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Salkantay trek and Inca Trail are often touted as Cusco’s must-do trek, but there is a rising star in a far more remote pocket of Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary – the Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days. It takes you to the high alpine or highland and cloud forest wilderness here and has the trail pretty much to everyone.
With Peru’s famous Inca Trail, and Salkantay Trek, becoming increasingly overrun – forcing travellers to battle stiff competition for peak season permits – the lesser-known Ancascocha Trek is quickly gaining a reputation as both a less-crowded, scenic historical trail due to the Inca Trail, and more strenuous alternative. A good level of fitness is required due to the high altitude. But the extra effort pays off. The Ancascocha trek Machu Picchu 5 days offers mind-blowing vistas and takes in a variety of ecosystems – from cloud forests and alpine peaks to glacial lakes and tropical jungles. Following in the footsteps of the highly trained Inca messengers, the four- to five-day odyssey culminates at the ancient site of Machu Picchu.
On Ancascocha trek, the trail goes through very remote andean communities, where locals try to keep living in happiness moving their llamas and alpacas as they’ve been doing so far. This trail forms part of the network of classic Inca Trail which is linking Machu Picchu from the other towns located in the highlands, therefore, we’ll have the chance to witness ancient Incan ruins along the path to Machu Picchu, Inca ruins that are still covered by shrubs waiting for becoming uncovered by you.
If you are even more an intrepid one, and have longer time to hike, you have a chance to continue hiking the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as the trail gets to same path, so this would be even more a WOW experience for you. This tour is designed to create an experience that changes your life–Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days.
Join us for the adventure of a lifetime – give us a call at +51 984 464 391 or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or book your spot today!
This trip is officially operated by Peru Summit, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco.
Could you imagine trying to hike silently along an isolated trail, carefully not disturbing shy wildlife, with 10 or 20 other travelers? Or walking on a remote area to explore the pristine wilderness with dozens of other tourists at your side? We know meaningful nature encounters must be undertaken in small groups. That’s why our trips come with an average of just four travelers, by far the smallest groups in the tourism industry across the country. This not only guarantees you more personal close-up wildlife experience, but a less-impact presence on the earth’s brittle natural places we love.
Besides, Machu Picchu offers one of the world’s most spellbinding travel experiences. But it’s also a world-renowned destination, and touring the site in a big group with multitudes of tourists shoving for photos, and competing to hear the guide, your once in a lifetime visit to this World Heritage Site may lose its magic. Our Machu Picchu Trips are scheduled with an average of just four travelers, allowing for a deeper exploration of the lost city of the Incas, with our Local Experts / Tour Leaders.
We are very confident the quality of our journeys will get your expectations and that you will savor the best possible of cultural travel experience, nature travel experience, and adventure travel experience if you are dissatisfied, we’ll happily give you credit for an extra trip or for a future journey. It’s, to our knowledge, the best guarantee in the travel business!
Traveling with us you are making a big difference in favor of the environment, our trips are rated as eco-friendly trips to ensure that fragile ecosystems are protected and maintained for future human generations, also maintain ecosystem and environment integrity through considering a sustainable and ethical business model. Making genuine and sustainable itineraries often translates to real costs, with a host of responsible travel practices that underpin our prices.
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We head out to Soqma Village 10,512 ft, early in the morning, by driving for about 1 hour and 45 minutes, which is the trailhead to start our hiking. At this point we’ll meet up our horses and muleteers, get ready our hiking gears, and we’ll have our breakfast, after enjoying the breakfast we’ll start hiking up following a small valley to Perolniyoq a small Incan site perched atop the mountain, but previously we’ll see a nice waterfall, a perfect place to shoot some pictures. Once our arrival to the Incan site, you’ll have an explanation about the history of this site by our Trek Leader. We will then continue to our lunch spot for about 1 hour where we’ll enjoy a just prepared lunch, which comes with starter, soup, main course, dessert, tea (coca), in our dining tent overlooking to a great scenery around. After having our lunch, we’ll continue hiking up for about 2 hours to reach the first pass Called Kuichicasa 14,596 ft, at this point we’ll have stunning vistas of the Urubamba range where some snowcapped mountains are located, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas below us. From the pass we’ll hike downhill for 1 hour to get the first camp site called Chacachuco 14,268 ft. All meals included.
Today’s breakfast makes us ready for a great adventure day, after having our breakfast at 6:00 am, we’ll start hiking on a highland plain with great views around, after trekking for about 3 hours we’ll arrive at next lunch spot located in Ancascocha community. After lunch we’ll hike up for about 2 hours to reach the second camp site 14,432 ft, located close by to Ancascocha lagoon. All meals included.
We start the day having a nutritious breakfast at 6:00 am, we then start our trek, following the switchback trail up to the highest point with amazing vistas in every direction, snow-capped mountains. After 2-hour hiking, we reach the highest pass on the whole trail, Guayanay pass 15,252 ft, with stunning views around, where we’ll take our snacks, before making our way to lunch spot. Next, the trail goes downhill to lunch spot for about 2 hours, on the way we’ll see a small Incan ruins, and walk close by to some alpacas. In the afternoon, once we enjoy our meals, we’ll continue with our trek trough the highland valley to the next camp site Paucarcancha 10,335 ft for 2 more hours, on this section of path we’ll walk on the ancient Inca trail which is connecting to Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley with stunning glacier peaks beyond. Close by to this camp site is located the Paucarcancha Incan Site a great place to learn about the Inca history while exploring with our Trek Leader. All meals included.
We take our breakfast early in the morning to hike down to km 82, this section of the trail is pretty much the section of the Classic Inca Trail, so on the trail we’ll see a lot of Inca Trail hikers who are starting their adventure. On the trail we’ll see Llaqtapata, a beautiful Incan ruins nestled in the Sacred Valley with amazing crop terracing around, and other small Inca ruins. After, 5 hours hiking, we’ll have arrived to km 82 where we’ll have our last lunch prepared by our chef, and a place to say goodbye to our horses, muleteers, and chefs. Next, we’ll drive for 45 minutes to Ollantaytambo town, a quaint town with Inca cobble stone streets. From this place we’ll have a train ride to Machu Picchu Town for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Upon our arrival hotel check-in. All meals included, exept dinner, for a good choice of the restaurant get some recommendations from your Trek Leader.
A full morning exploration of Machu Picchu affords us the luxury of exploring at a leisurely pace while learning more about the Inca culture and the latest theories behind the construction of this marvelous complex. We have an early breakfast and head up to the ruins by shuttle bus before the morning tourist train arrives in order to fully enjoy the peace and solitude of this mystical place. Our knowledgeable Leader leads us on a fascinating tour, recapping Machu Picchu’s rediscovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and explaining the significance of the various structures that cover the grounds. We then have the chance to indulge ourselves with a hike to the dramatic viewpoint of Intipunku (the Sun’s Gateway), or a variety of other intriguing possibilities including an easy walk to an ancient Inca drawbridge or more vigorous hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain based on permit availability both peaks loom above the ruins. Of course, we can also choose to independently continue our exploration of the main site and daydream about what life must have been like here centuries ago. We catch the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and from there take the bus back to Cusco, arriving at hotel at about 7:00 p.m. The day concludes with our Leader joining us for a final celebration dinner at a traditional local restaurant. Only breakfast included, the rest of meals don’t include.
Hiking Optional Huayna Picchu. Hike may be unguided and is steep with some exposure. Permits are limited to 400 spaces a day. An alternative optional hike may be available if Huayna Picchu permits cannot be obtained.
Although we do our very best possible to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for several reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather, natural disasters, and terrain conditions. On some occasions, these conditions may demand us to deviate from our original schedule, in which case we will provide the best available alternative options. And we’ll make a great experience of it!
For Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days we need a minimum of 02 people to depart. Family groups, couple travelers, friends, or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our team. Prices are per person which are based on two people who might share a room / tent. The itinerary is described and based on personalized private and semiprivate service; however, if you are looking for an exclusive private service, that would be upon request.
We don’t believe any other tour companies make comparable trips when you take into account our unique itineraries and signature itineraries, impressive locations, small groups and quality Trek Leaders / Tour Leaders. But, should you come across a similar itinerary or matching itinerary of our quality at a cheaper price, even within 45 days after booking with us, we will happily refund the difference. It’s how we deliver our promise.
While other tour companies generally cancel their trips due to low participation of travelers or pass their travelers to other big groups tour operators, we guarantee that we will never cancel a trip because of low signing-up or participation for the departure date neither get our travelers to other tour operators! This makes to our travelers the assurance and peace of mind to know their travel plans are insured and guaranteed.
Hiking between 7 to 8 hours every day covering the 58 km / 36,04 miles of trail, with stops to enjoy the unique nature visuals along the trail, and we’ll hike through the ancient Inca Trail, and a part of Classic Inca Trail as the path finishes at KM 82 which is the starting point of Classic Inca Trail, we’ll learn about the local culture, local flora and fauna, history, counted by our great storyteller Tour Leaders, getting to two high passes, which are over 4,400 m.a.s.l, and exploring Inca ruins along the trail where we’ll enjoy the history of each place by our local expert. We’ll interact with local children engaging them in games, this will be a memorable experience for both you and the children of the local community. We’ll end this amazing adventure exploring the stunning ancient inca city of Machu Picchu with our tour leader discovering its mysteries.
We’ll eat amazing food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch time, tea time), all fresh, just made and organic food, all prepared by our Quechua chef. All this food experience we’ll be always in our dining tents with chairs, tables, at night with lamps, and many more.
At night we’ll take a time to get our cameras ready to spot some constelations and take some awesome shots of milky way. And our accomodation for night we’ll be in four season tents with therma rest sleeping pads, and sleeping bags.
Discover remnants of a well-preserved historic civilization, as well as a thriving modern culture. Relish in the beauty of nature, breathtaking mountain peaks, and artifacts from one the most powerful empires in human history. Meet local people, and grassroots leaders who’ll share their contributions to Andean society. Hike a part of classic Inca Trail, and hike up to the highlands then to immerse into the cloud forest, enjoy the magical ancient city of Machu Picchu, as well as other archaeological sites along the trail.
Start the day in your tent with wake up call, which is a nice and hot coca tea, after that, to have breakfast at camp base, a great Andes mountains with lush forest, highland deserted vistas, and stunning views generally. Spend the day hiking, getting different types of microclimates, different nature views every single minute, getting some archaeological sites, enjoying some fascinating stories counted by our Tour Leaders. Stop about mid-day for lunch, generally on the half way to the next camp site.
End your day with a nice tea time, then a typical-cooked dinner made from our locally-sourced ingredients. At night, we’ll take a glance the sky to learn about the Andean constellation, and take some great shots of milky way. End your activity of the day, resting in a confortable four season tent with nice sleeping pads, and sleeping bags.
Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55º – 75º F with evenings cooling down into the 40º and 50º. Much of this itinerary takes place in the mountains, where weather can change very quickly and evening temperatures regularly drop into the 30º and 40º. As our treks are planned during the “dry season”, days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of rainfall, and morning temperatures usually range from 35º and 45º with some frost on the tents, and frosty plains in some locations. While April and November departures may experience slightly higher amounts of rainfall, all-day rain is unusual. We will be hiking over multiple mountain passes which are over 14,104 ft, so should you be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.
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