ANCASCOCHA TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4D/3N
Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu is a remarkable trail close to Cusco city and that remains off the beaten path, is listed as one of the National Geographic´s 20 dream hikes on their world and being the best hike list extremely and the trek goes through some traditional villages and high peaks like Salkanaty and Veronica. This Ancascocha trek is part of the traditional Inca trail along the trail , you will see beautiful archeological sites, such us Paucarcancha , Tarapata, Huillcarakay, Llactapata, kanabamba, and at the end Salapunko.
DAY 1 : CUSCO – SOQMA – RAYAN – CHANCACHUCO VALLEY
We leave Cusco at 5:00 am in the morning by car and drive for an hour and 45 minutes to the village of Soqma, place which is located ( 3,200m, 10,512 feet), so this is the starting point of our Ancashccocha trek to Machupichu where you meet up with our horsemen team, and then we have some breakfast. After we start the hike 1 hour 15 minutes to the cascade, called Pirolniyoc and time to stop for views and then hike 40 minutes to the Inca site.
Ater we contibue for 45 minutes to the lunch place, named Rayan located at (3,700 masl/ 9,350 feet) and afterward some lunch then we start 4 hours uphill hike to Kuychiccasa pass located (4,450 mals/ 14,596 feet) and here some outstanding views of some valleys like Chancachuco and some part of Sacred Valley of the Incas and then some easy downhill for 45 minutes to our campsite then at night some views to the stars.
Meals: Breakfast / lunch / dinner
Lowest elevation: 3,205 masl/10,512 ft
Highest elevation: 4,450 masl/14,596 ft
Distance to walk 9 hours, 18km/10 miles
Level to difficulty: Moderate
Time to walk: Dry season, from May to November
DAY 2: CHACACHUCO – MUYU MUYU COMMUNITY
We wake you up, with coca tea and afterwards a nutritive breakfast then , you will hike for 45 minutes up and down paths until to see a excellent view of the Veronica snow capped mountain, located at ( 5900 masl/ 19,100 feet), afterward we continue the hike for 1 hour uphill until to reach the Ancasccocha lake , where will be our lunch.
After lunch we continue the uphill for 2 hours and arrive to the pass called Huayanay with altitude (4,650 masl/15,290 feet), so this point is the highest in our entire trek and in this segment we find an original stone paved Inca trail with some great views, then we continue 3 hours and the half downhill to the Inca site called Inca Raccay in the afternoon we arrive to the Muyu Muyu community, located at (3850 masl/12,628 feet).
Highest Elevation: 4,650 m/ 15,298
Campsite elevation: 3,850 m/12,628 ft
Distance to walk: 18 km/ 10 miles
Approximate walking time: 10 hours
Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Meals: Breakfast and lunch and then dinner
Campsite elevation: 3850 masl/12,628 feet
DAY 3: PAUCARCANCHA – WAYLLABAMBA – LLAPTAPATA – KM 82 – AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN
After the breakfast we will hike downhill for 2 hours towards Paucarcancha ruins, there you will explore this fascinating inca place. Then we will continue hike down to the community of Huayllabamba, where we will join to the classical inca trail. At midday we will arrive to the place of tarayoc, where will be our Lunch. After one short break we have to walk to the inca site of Patallaqta, wich is the most amazing and bigest one inca village. Continuing with the walk alongside the Vilcanota river, we will arrive at km 82, where we say goodbye to our muleteers; and then take the transportation to Ollantaytambo.
In the afternoon we will take the train to Aguas Calientes, on arrival we will check in the hotel. Then with the guide , you will organize the plan to visit Machupicchu.
Highest elevation: 3850 masl/ 12,629 feet
Lowest elevation: 2,750 mals/9,158 feet
Distance to walk: 7 hours/ 14 km
Level of difficulty: Easy
Time to walk: From April to November
DAY 4: MACHUPICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO
The most important day, since you concocera uan d them 7 modern wonders of the world. Everyone should get up at 4:00 am, to have breakfast and then queue at the bus station to Machu Picchu. We will leave in one of the first buses to the citadel, we will pass the control to the 6:00 am. Once inside, we will go up to the house of the guaradian, a very famous place from where the most famous photos of Machupicchu are made, and from there you will start the guided tour for 2 hours the most important sites. Once the guide finishes his explanation you will have free time to visit other sites like the Inca Bridge, Sun Gate. Or if you book any of the mountains you can also go in the schedule of your reservation. At the latest they must come down from Machupicchu at noon, since it is no longer possible to stay all day at the archaeological complex.
In the afternoon take the train back to Ollantaytambo, and from here by bus to the city of Cusco where you arrive approximately at 19:00 pm.
Highest elevation: 2,400 masl/ 7,680 feet
Lowest elevation: 2,000 mals/6,400 feet
Distance to walk: 3 hours/ 6 km
Level of difficulty: Easy
Time to walk: From April to November
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ANCASCOCHA TREK:
- Professional english speaker tour guide
- Expert mountain cook
- Private transport from your hotel to the start of the trail.
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
- Bus tickets up from aguas calientes to machupicchu one way
- Round trip train tickets.
- Camping tent with capacity for 4 persons, but used only for 2 persons.
- Dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
- Transport from the train station to Cusco.
- First-Aid Kits, Oxygen tank.
- Meals: Breakfast (4), lunch (3), dinner (3), with option for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose free.
- Horses and muleteers to carry the equipment and 15lbs of the hikers
- Sleeping pad
- Outdoor toilet tent.
- Emergency horse, that will be staying with us during the hike to upload our personal day gears or ride.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE ANCASCOCHA TREK:
- Sleeping bags, you might get them rented from us US$ 20
- Hiking poles,you might get them rented from us US$15
- Last lunch on 5th day.
- Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot springs in Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes).
- Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain $ 80 usd
- Travel Insurance.
WHAT TO BRING FOR THE ANCASCOCHA TREK:
- Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.
- Travel insurance (and some copies).
- Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
- Backpack (rucksack) to carry your things.
- Phone, power bank battery, camera charger and adapter.
- Torch or headlamps.
- Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
- Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).
- Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
- Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
- Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
- Sunblock and sunglasses.
- Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
- Hiking trousers.
- Ear Plugs.
- Thermal underwear.
- Hiking socks.
- Water bottle or canteen.
- American dollars and peruvian soles in cash.
- Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
- Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
- Luggage Tags and Locks.
- Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
- Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrea, re-hydration)
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