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Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek 4 days

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Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek

The spectacular Ancascocha hike to Machu Picchu, goes throughout pretty spots in the Peruvian Andes. It is a trail far less hiked than other hiking circuits. Without doubts, it is one of the few off the beaten tracks in the Cusco region.
This awesome hike, was named by National Geographic as one of 20 dream hikes on their World Best Hikes list; this stunning trek takes you throughout an imposing 70 meters waterfall, ancient andean hamlets, wonderful Incan sites, incredible snow-capped mountain and lush valley views. And of course this hike closes with a flourish, with the visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu.

Highlights of our Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek

  • We wish to create a lifetime experience for you. So we carefully and in detail planned every aspect of this 4 day trek to Machu Picchu.
  • We provide you with an emergency horse, in case you need a little push.
  • Hike with us and be part of our social and environmental projects.
  • We always pamper our hikers, thus we provide baby alpaca blankets and hot water bladder for the cold nights.

*In addition to all the above, we prepare food for our hikers and team with 100% organic veggies purchased from local producers. We also cook a traditional hot stone underground barbecue; called Pachamanca.

Trip overview of our Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek

  • Trek Type: hiking, scenic,cultural and informative
  • Good for: everyone
  • Difficulty: moderate to difficult
  • Season: From March to December

Day 1. Cusco – Socma – Rayan – Kuychiccasa Pass – Chancachuco Valley

  • Hiking distance: 10 miles/16 km (8 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 4.000 meters above sea leve
  • Considered: Moderate to Difficult
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Cold and windy

We will collect you at 5:00 am. from your hotel and We will drive for one hour and 20 minutes to the community of Socma; where is located the starting point of our Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek. After a delicious buffet breakfast, we will make a slight climb of an hour and a half to the beautiful Perolniyoc waterfall. After we take pretty pics with this imposing fall, we will hike uphill for one hour to an Inca site called, Racaypata, which is perched on a cliff-top. From this Inca ruin, we have a spectacular view of the lush Socma valley and its well looking food crops. Also our guide will teach us interesting facts about the Inca site and the surrounding mountains.

Next, we make a steep ascent for around an hour to reach our lunch spot at the hamlet of Rayan. Upon our arrival our cook will wait us with a cold apple juice and a yummy buffet lunch. After digesting lunch for half and hour, our Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek begins with a challenging 3 hour uphill hike to reach the Kuychiccasa pass.  From this mountain pass, we will have magnificent views of the sacred valley of the Incas and the imposing Veronica snow-capped mountain. After taking dozens of instagrammable pics, we will hike 45 minutes downhill to arrive our camp for the evening at the Chancachuco Valley.

Upon arrival to our first campsite our staff of porters; will have the tents already pitched. They will provide you warm water in buckets so you may washed up; and rest after a difficult but rewarding day in the Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek. At night let’s enjoy tea time with popcorn, hot chocolate, crackers and a delicious buffet dinner.

** This incredible day in the Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek, will make you appreciate a beautiful 70 meters waterfall, an Inca site perched on the top of a cliff, and also stargaze incredible andean constellations and the milky way.

Day 2. Chancachuco Valley – Ancascocha – Huaynay Pass – Quesqa Valley.

  • Hiking distance: 11.2 miles/18 km (10 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 3.700 meters above sea leve
  • Considered: Challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Cold and windy

You will be woken very early with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or coca tea, and 5 minutes later we bring you a lukewarm water bucket to you wash up your face and get up in a better mood. Then we will enjoy a delicious and organic buffet breakfast. Next, We begin with a 45 minute relatively flat hike followed by a 20 minute ascent by way of a narrow trail that follows a stream with beautiful views of Veronica snow-capped mountain. Continuing with the Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek, We hike downhill for two hours and a half until arriving to the small community of Ancascocha. This hamlet is located in a small but gorgeous wooded valley, adorned with a stream running through it.
Then, We hike uphill for one hour and 30 minutes downhill to our lunch spot. Our lunch area is located next to the wonderful blue Ancascocha lake. After a delicious buffet lunch, we will hike uphill for two hours to the Huayanay pass, which is the highest of our hike. Throughout this section, you will hike a 500-year-old cobbled Inca Trail.
After enjoying incredible views of the rugged and snowy mountains, We embark on a 3 hour descent along a green lush valley. Throughout this stretch we will have a distant scenery of the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu, as well as fascinating views of the communities of the Quesqa valley. We will also pass next to the small Inca site of Incaraccay. Here we will stop for a bit to have a lesson of interesting facts about the Inca civilization.
Finally we will reach our campsite, nestled in the Quesqa valley. At night let’s enjoy our tea time and a hearty buffet dinner.

** This second day in the Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek will be challenging but also spectacular.

Day 3. Quesqa Valley – Paucarcancha – Kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo.

  • Hiking distance: 9.4 miles/15 km (7 hours)
  • Hotel altitude: 2.000 meters above sea leve
  • Considered: Moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Cold and windy

After an early wake up, we get ready for our last hiking day in the wonderful Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek. After a delicious outdoor breakfast, we hike downhill for two hours towards the Inca site of Paucarcancha. Here your guide will share interesting facts about Inca arquitecture and the function of the site 500 years ago.

We then join a section of the 4 day Classic Inca Trail and make an easy hike downhill for 2 hours until we arrive to the town of Meskay, where we will have a nutritious buffet lunch. Then we hike for two hours on a relatively flat surface to the Km 82, which is the official start of the Classic Inca Trail hike. Once here, we will be picked up by our private van and driven to Ollantaytambo. Once we arrive to Ollantaytambo we will delight our dinner in a restaurant; then we take the train at 19:00 pm. This train rides from the andean foothills to the upper jungle for one hour and 45 minutes.

Once at Aguas Calientes town we can finally say “the Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek is done”. Your guide will drop you off at your hotel and plan the visit at Machu Picchu the next day.

** Perfect itinerary on this 4 day hike to Machu Picchu to be amazed by imposing Inca settlements and beautiful lush inter andean valleys.

Day 4. Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

  • Hiking distance: 6 miles/10km (6-7 hours)
  • Hotel altitude: 2000 meters above sea level (3 star hotel)
  • Considered: moderate
  • Weather: Warm and very humid during the day and chilly in the evening

Meals Included: on this Ancascocha Machu Picchu Hike: Breakfast Only

In order to get well rested and have plenty of time to enjoy the views, pictures and lessons at Machu Picchu. We suggest you to wake up by 5:00 in the morning, get ready, pack the essentials and take the bus from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu citadel. This will a ride of 30 minutes until reaching the inca citadel at 6:15 am more or less. Thus, you will have the chance to see the sunrise on this magnificent location.

Your guide will give enough time to take pictures into the most beautiful spots of the Inca citadel, share information about this amazing Incan masterpiece and display you the most impressive details of Machu Picchu. Then we take the bus back at more or less 12:00 pm. down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy without rush our lunch. This lunch is optional and not included. At lunch, your guide will deliver out train tickets, so if you opt to skip this; please arrange to get these train tickets before leaving your guide at Machu Picchu citadel. Unless you requested for an upgraded train, we will book the Expedition class train departing Aguas Calientes at 3:20 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. This will be a 2 hour drive to Ollantaytambo or 4 hours to Poroy (this is based on which train you board). At Ollantaytambo or Poroy an INCAS PATH driver will meet you and drive you back to Cusco, then we drop you off at the door of your hotel or the closest possible if the is not car access until your accommodation.

 

** Our service is door to door.

Included on the Ancascocha Trek & Short Inca Trail

Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grew up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into this amazing trek.

Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the Ancascocha Trek, that also includes an entrance to Machu Picchu

Hotel: This Ancascocha Trek & Short Inca Trail, includes two nights in a three-star hotel. The first night hotel is in the town of Ollantaytambo and the second night is in Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu. The hotel you book will be listed on your invoice, and upgrades are always available.

Briefing: The night before your trip, you will come to our office for your informative meeting. You will receive your duffle bag that will stay with your porters while you hike on the Ancascocha Trek. This duffle bag should not exceed 7 kg / 14 pounds and should include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

Porters: We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffle bag and also our camping equipment and food to our basecamp. There is no additional cost for this. You will not have access to your duffle bag until you arrive at your camp in the afternoon.

Transportation: INCAS PATH will be providing all transportation for this ancascocha trek. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5 am. and brought to the trailhead. The round trip train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes are included. You also have the option to upgrade to the Vistadome class train to come back for $75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, our van will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. In addition we included your round trip bus ticket from Aguas calientes to Machu Picchu.

Food: Our Ancascocha Trek & Short Inca Trail, includes expert hiking chefs who will cook delicious meals, that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.

Water: Starting from your first lunch until your last breakfast, We will provide you boiled, filtered, and then cooled water before distributing. You must bring personal water bottles and or a camelback. We advice you to bring a bottle or camelback of 1.5 litters, as being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.

Details: We profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each hiker receives a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress to insulate, a backpack cover to protect their daypack while hiking, an extra blanket, a bladder to refill with hot water for the cold nights and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best holiday.

Satellite phones: our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our crew. While all our guides are prepared and trained to deal with most basic problems that occur in the mountains; Very rarely serious problems may occur that will require the assistance of a specialist doctor and that is when our satellite phones are very useful and necessary, also if you want to call a friend who is anywhere in the world, from Ancascocha second campsite or from the dead woman´s pass on the classic inca trail or in case you need to verify the puppy that you left at home with the grandmother. While satellite phones are not cheap, We believe they are very important for your security and to give you the best possible experience.

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the Ancascocha Trek & Short Inca Trail, which every INCAS PATH tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Not Included on the Ancascocha Trek & Short Inca Trail

Rentals: Due we are hiking for 5 days, each trekker needs a sleeping bag, when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and trekking poles (with rubber tips). They are optional but encouraged for a better comfort. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:

  • Sleeping Bag: $20
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $15
  • Trekking Poles (Pair): $15

Additional options

Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 1 hour hike to the top. While this hike is on your own, your guide will show you the entry. Huayna Picchu is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you with advance. The ticket is $75 per person.

Machu Picchu Mountain is the other mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu site. as Huayna Picchu it offers also spectacular views, this extra hike takes 3 hours round trip. This is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you in advance. This ticket is $75 per person.

Vistadome Train 

Our Ancascocha Trek & Short Inca Trail includes, the ExpeditionTrain class to come back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. This train is always booked at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. departing from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. There is also the vistadome train class, which is an upgraded train that offers slightly larger seats and windows, some entertainment and snack. Usually, the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and goes to Poroy, a train station 30 minutes close to Cusco. As this is an upgraded fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel. The ticket is $75 per person.

Extra day at Machu Picchu

You will have from 6 am to 12 pm to enjoy Machu Picchu (it is not possible to be all day in Machu Picchu due to the new protection regulations developed by the Peruvian state), arriving at the citadel around 6 a.m. and leaving no later than 12 p.m. to take your train at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. If you also want to have a guided tour again the next day in Machu Picchu, we can also organize it.

  • The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is $ 55 per person.
  • The round trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu is $ 25 per person.

Prices

We would love to tour the Ancascocha Trek & Short Inca Trail with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to Machu Picchu. We can leave any day from March to February as the ancascocha trek is always available

Group Price (2020):

  • $700 per person

Private Tour:

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

  • 2 Trekkers: $980 per person
  • 3 Trekkers: $925 per person
  • 4 Trekkers: $870 per person
  • 5 Trekkers: $815 per person
  • 6 Trekkers: $760 per person
  • 7 Trekkers: $705 per person
  • 8 or more Trekkers: $650 per person

Hotel:

We include a three (3) star hotel and we utilize, Retama Machu Picchu, Inti Punku Machu Picchu Hotel & Suites, or Waman Hotel Machu Picchu (based on availability at booking). Rooms are based on double or triple occupation, and there is a single room surcharge of $50 US per person if you book lonely. Rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers,breakfast and wifi. We could also upgrade your hotel if you like better something more luxurious. Please remind the service in Aguas Calientes is not as good as in Cusco. Below there is a list of potential upgrade choices, If you want any other hotel, just let us know

  • El Mapi:  +$80 US pp shared (+$160 for a single)
  • Sumaq: +$220 US pp shared (+$380 for a single)

Solo travelers:

  • + $ 50 US per person

For those who want a single room or travel alone, there is a $ 50 room charge to cover the total cost of the room. We do not join hikers alone in a double room. This covers three star hotels and will be more expensive for improved hotels.

Student Discount:

  • – $ 25 discount per person

Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the beginning of the hike or who is 17 years old or younger. For those who use an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of Machu Picchu.

Please send everything to incaspath@hotmail.com

Packing list

This Ancascocha Trek & Short Inca Trail, includes porters who will carry all your duffle bag while you hike on the inca quarry trail. We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during this Machu Picchu Trek.

Essentials:

  • Original Passport.
  • STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the inca quarry hike is entirely dirt soil

For Your Duffel:

Our porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

  • 4 wicking t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of undergarments.
  • 4 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 Fleece and 1 down jacket; it gets cold at night
  • 1 rain jacket and rain pants /rain poncho
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Hiking boots
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might bring a towel a little larger.
  • Battery Charger: ¡There is no place to plug, on the ancascocha machu picchu trek!
  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep away clean clothes from dirty clothes.
  • Earplugs in case someone from the group snores
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least

Toiletries:

  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Handsanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toiletpaper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

Inside Your Daypacks:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some ítems you need to pack, are listed below:

  • Passport.
  • Sunhat.
  • Sun cream.
  • Sunglass.
  • Headlamp.
  • Rain gear.
  • Fleece.
  • Snacks, which contain a quick source of sugar or caffeine.
  • Electrolytes, which are very useful to replace mineral salts lost when hiking.
  • Camera.
  • Music (IPhone).
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste.
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips.

Where do we pick up the hikers for the Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek?

Pick up will be from your hotel at 5:00 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.

Where to pay the remaining amount for the Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek

Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the ancascocha trek for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your trek.

Reserve for the Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek?

We try to make the booking as easy as possible in Incas Path. We prepare a reservation form where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 200 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the ancascocha trek and Machu Picchu permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.

Permissions for the Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek?

Only tour operators licensed by the government, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your ancascocha trek and machu picchu permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.

Passport Number Update?

The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.

Where to stay in Cusco?

You can stay in a hotel that you consider convenient, however you must have the account of the location of the hotel, because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your Incas Path sales representative.

Can I stay in the sacred valley?

Not, as the driving route to get the trailhead of the ancascocha trek does not go through the sacred valley of the incas.

During the trip, how challenging is the Ancascocha Trek & Short Inca Trail?

Remember that this ancascocha trek, it is challenging, because of the long hours of hiking; if rains, the dirt soil path could be muddy (don´t worry if you have good hiking boots) also this machu picchu 5 day trek is humid,hot and with mosquitoes all the time. so it will be exhausting but it will be worth it, when you arrive at machu picchu, and so you will take your so awaited postcard pictures and will learn all the most interesting details about these incredible inca ruin.

Will I need extra money on the Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek?

Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, reminders or for tipping, take about 500 soles with you; «also remember that along the days of hiking into the ancascocha trek just cash is accepted».

How many people will be in my group on the Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek?

We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups that start each day; we can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in the Ancascocha Trek & Short Inca Trail and machu picchu citadel. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.

Do you need hiking boots for the Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek?

We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the ancascocha trek can become a bit muddy and slippery; please make sure they have good soles.

Are trekking poles really necessary on the Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek?

For this trek we recommend the use of trekking poles for everyone, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people; there are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the dirt soil path.

Are there any toilets along the Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek?

Along this trek there are 3 places that has toilet; firstly at the hiking start, then at lunch spot and at basecamp. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.

Can I use plastic bottles during the Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek?

Due to New government regulations for the ancascocha and Inca trail trek it will be 100% BANNED to BRING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES. We kindly suggest you getting your aluminum plastic bottles to avoid any dissapointment at the check points along the ancascocha trek

Aluminum water bottles can be bought in many different shops around the main square.

If you are still at home and ready to fly to Peru for your trek, we recommend you bringing aluminum water bottles or camel bags.

Where do I store my luggage?

All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests. Also if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage

What should I expect from the weather on Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek?

Please understand that this is a very difficult question to answer. Historically, from April to October it is the dry season, from November to March it is the rainy season, but in recent years our weather has been affected by climate change and today it is very difficult to predict. Remember that in the mountains the radiation and heat are very high during the day and the evenings and nights always cold, we always recommend a short sleeve shirt due to the heat, however you going to need to have a bottle of mosquitoe spray ready. Long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and for the cold nights. Also you need a rain jacket and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket

Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?

For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets on the ancascocha trek. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your 4 day machu picchu trek and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.

What type of outlet is used in Cusco?

Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output; however some local áreas, still use that of South America (that is why, power banks for the hike are encouraged to be brought).

What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?

Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip to ancascocha trek & machu picchu and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, we always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.

In general, participants in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.

Is there a possibility to cancel my Ancascocha Machu Picchu Trek?

There is no possibility to cancel the Ancascocha Trek & Short Inca Trail. Even in extreme weather conditions or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The peruvian government does not have any type of refund or change of date, because if there is any weather problem or strike that prevents us from entering the choquequirao trek; we will do our best to provide you with an alternate hike or take you to the trek in some way. We will keep you very informed in case there is a strike or weather inconvenience in Peru, Cusco, rainbow mountain region or Machu Picchu. In the event that a passenger decides to cancel their trip to Peru, they will lose the total amount deposited because the permits and logistic are already organized.