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Ancascocha Trip & Hidden Inca Trail 5 days

Ancascocha Trip & Hidden Inca Trail 5 days

The Ancascocha Trip & Hidden Inca Trail is one of the lesser traveled alternative Machu Picchu treks, it is a perfect combination of Nature and little known Inca sites, ideal for those people seeking off the beaten path routes in the proximity of Sacred Valley. Our Ancascocha Trip takes you through the Peruvian Andes, travelers will be able to experience part of the Inca Trails to Machu Picchu, high mountain passes, and beautiful little villages set up in the Andean Valley. This trail has great views of tall snow-capped peaks.

The beautiful Ancascocha Trip is not a very well known route yet; Top Peru Trips offers this trekking option as one of the best hiking trails to Machu Picchu, due to excessive demand for the Inca Trail and Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu; converts to Ancascocha trip as the best trekking option between numerous alternative trails to Machu Picchu.

Our Ancascocha Trip & hidden Inca Trail was designed to be done in 5 days and 4 nights including the one day visit of Machu Picchu, but experienced people can hike it in 4 days, all our Ancascocha trek options do not require any trek permits from the government office so it is open and available anytime of the year.

Ancascocha Trip & Hidden Inca Trail– Highlights:

  • Amazing mountain scenery
  • High Mountain passes
  • Typical Andean Villages
  • Impressive Inca sites and trails.
  • Snow capped mountains.
  • The very attractive Ancascocha lake
  • The cloud-forest or high jungle
  • Train ride to Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu the lost city of the Incas

Overview

Ancascocha Trip – Overview

  • First Day: Cusco – Molino – Chillipahua
  • Second Day: Chillipahua- Pucakasa – Ancascocha
  • Third Day: Ancascocha – Qesqa community – Paucarcancha
  • Fourth Day: Paucarcancha – Kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
  • Fifth Day: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Itinerary

Ancascocha Trip – Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Molino – Chillipahua

After the pick-up from your hotel we will leave Cusco and drive by bus to the town of Huarocondo, 10 minutes after this town we will arrive to the place called Molino or Parpishu, located in the valley of Pachar in the Urubamba province; at Molino we will meet our muleteers and after they get ready, our Ancascocha Trip will start.

We will walk across the footbridge of Parpishu. Following the beautiful footpath we will slowly start ascending from the Valley, 3 hours of slow hike will let us arriving to the mountain top; Incas built a big fortress at this point called in the present day as W´ata which is a beautiful lookout point, where our guide will introduce us some of the Inca history.

After to explore the site we will have our first lunch in the proximity of the W´ata ruins (3,800 m.). After lunch we will walk 2 hours to arrive to the village of Chillipahua, a long the way we will enjoy stunning views of Vilcanota mountain range and some deep valleys. This first day of our Ancascocha hike is relatively easy. We will camp at Chillipahua village.

Meals Included: Lunch and dinner

Walking Distance:           6.2 miles

Walking Time:                   6 hours

Day 2: Chillipahua – Puca-kasa- Ancascocha

After breakfast we will leave camp and continue with our Ancascocha trip, following a lovely stream the trail will lead us to the community of Incaraqay, inhabited of sheepherders in the high Andes. 2 more hours of uphill hike will take us to the next pass at Quychiq´asa (4,500m) with astonishing views of the glaciers mountains around.

After to enjoy a relaxing moment we will walk down to another small valley for lunch. In the afternoon 50 minutes’ walk along the Silque River will let us to arrive to the village of Ancascocha with its beautiful farmlands, following the ancient Inca pilgrimage trail we will walk to our camp above the beautiful Ancascocha lake, which gave the name for this trail. This second night camp is very scenic (4150m) with the full view of Mt Wayanay but it is one of the coldest nights in our Ancascocha trip.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Walking Distance:           8.6 miles

Walking Time:                   8 hours

Day 3: Ancascocha- Huayanay pass – Qesqa- Paucarcancha

After a delicious breakfast we will start our 2 hours hike towards Wayanay pass (4,650 m/ 15,300 ft.) along the way we will have great views of Ancascocha Lake and Mt Wayanay, reaching the highest point we will feel the magical sensation of surviving one of the top passes on the hikes to Machu Picchu. We then walk down for 3 hours to the lunch place at Muyu muyu village, on the way we will pass the small Inca site of Incaraqay.

In the afternoon we will walk down for another 3 hours to arrive to our camp at Paucarcancha which has a beautiful Inca site, this is the meeting point with Salkantay trail and the beginning of the Machu Picchu National Sanctuary. Our guide will explain us more about the Inca history at this beautiful site.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Walking distance:  9.3 miles

Walking time: 8 hours

Day 4: Paucarcancha – km 82- Ollantaytambo- Aguas calientes

Our cook will serve us a good breakfast, we then walk 30 minutes to join to the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and this portion of the Ancascocha trip is very easy; on the way to km 82 we will visit Wilcaraqay a well preserve Inca site with a view of Llaqtapata to the lower part. As we hike to our lunch spot we will meet all the groups hiking the classic Inca Trail.

Arriving to km82 we will have our final lunch on the hike, we then have transfer to the train station of Ollantaytambo. Later we will have the train ride to Aguas Calientes, where we stay in a hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Walking distance: 7 miles

Walking time:  4 hours

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

After breakfast we will board the bus which will take us to the legendary lost city of the Incas, “Machu Picchu”. As part of our itinerary the same professional tour guide from the Ancascocha trip will teach you about all the history of this mysterious and mystical place. We will visit the Sun Temple, Royal palace, Main Temple, Three Windows Temple and Sun Dial. It will be an unforgettable experience. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore on your own.

If you have booked Wayna picchu, you will need to coordinate with your guide for Machu Picchu tour depending on your scheduled time to the mountain, for people not hiking any of the mountains there are some other optional activities on your own (not included in the price.)

  1. Visit the Sun Gate: You will have an opportunity to walk (approx. 2 hours up and down) up to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) to see Machu Picchu from a different angle.
  1. Hike to the Inca Bridge: The Inca Bridge offers a dose of adventure for your next Machu Picchu visit. However in this case, the adventure is a little less strenuous, but a lot more death defying, not suggested for people with vertigo.

Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon you will return to the train station in Aguas Calientes for the trip back to Ollantaytambo. Upon your arrival to train station you will be transferred by car to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions

What includes in the Ancascocha Trip:

  • All transfers included for Ancascocha trip.
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco, the morning of Ancascocha Trip  departure
  • Horseman’s and horses to carry our camping and kitchen equipment
  • English Speaking Professional Guide
  • 4 Season tents, with 2 to 3 people capacity.
  • Therma-Rest self-inflating mattress
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 suppers are included for the Ancascocha trip
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Expedition Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (day 4)
  • Return Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from the Train Station to your hotel in Cusco
  • One night of hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (last night)
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu

Not included in the Ancascocha Trip:

  • Sleeping bag.( you can hire it in our office for 30.00USD)
  • Walking poles( you can hire it in our office for 25.00USD a pair)
  • First day breakfast and lunch on the last day at Aguas Calientes.
  • Tips (Cook, horseman and guide)
  • Insurance of any kind, international airfares, domestic flights, Airport departure (U.S. $ 31 per person for international flights and U.S. $ 7 for national flights) taxes, visa fees or excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverage, bottled water, snacks, laundry, phone calls and entrance fee to Wayna Picchu Mountain

Note: For Wayna Picchu climb, we highly suggest you to book it in advance. The spaces are limited to 400 people per day.

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