This Ancasocha tour combines the 2 best treks in Cusco region, Ancascocha, considered as one of the 20 best epic hikes in the world by National Geography, and The Inca Trail, one of the top treks in the world. It offers the most spectacular views of mountain ranges, dramatic scenery, soaring mountain peaks, heavenly views above the clouds… around every mountain corner a breathtaking scene awaits you. The whole Ancascocha trek goes from grassy land surrounded by snowcapped mountains to the cloud forest known also as the mountain jungle. Peru by Locals offers you this complete journey to Machu Picchu full of history and nature that will make your trek almost a religious pilgrimage.
- Trek with our passionate local guides that hiked hundreds of times and guided Machu Picchu more than 1000 times
- Enjoy the solitud of the mountains with espectacular views far from crowds
- Taste the experience of camping in a tent for a night
- Savor the Peruvian cousine brouhgt by our chefs to the mountains all made of scratch
- Hike the 2 top combined trails, the Ancacocha with a part on Classic Inca Trail
- Be at Machu Picchu for the Sunrise
- Have fun and scenic train ride back to Cusco
- Type of tour: Hiking, camping, historical, train ride, one night hotel
- Distance covered: 77 km (48 miles)
- Duration: 5 days / 3 nights camping / 1 night hotel
- Lowest elevation: 2700m (8,858 feet)
- Highest elevation: 4600m (15,091 feet)
Level of difficulty: Challenging but your passionate guide will be there encoraging you and help you enjoy as much as you deserve it.
Group size: Our hiking group sizes are very important to guaranty the quality of our service of giving you a personalized service that’s the reason we run with an average of 2 to 5 hikers
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
Accommodation: Camping for 3 nights at 3 season roomy tents for 2 people, if you are a solo traveller let us know so we can accommodate with some one else or we will just bring a private tent only for you at your request and one night hotel.
Our guides: PERU BY LOCALS was a dream that came true on 2015 for Jose Condor who guided treks from 2014 un till today and have been to Machu Picchu for over 1000 times, now Peru by Locals has a group of top guides around among men and women that had a proffesional degree and get refresh trainning with NOLS (National Oudoor Leadership Shool) training about WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER since our treks go in the wilderness and your helth is our priority in our trips so, our guides are totally trained to assist any fo your needs while on you are vacationing, we invest on our guides because we belive they are the main ingredient of any trip.
Peru by Locals is not only a travel company but a group of great tour leaders that love sharing our culture with you and love being with travelers.
Location: This trip starts in Cusco city or Sacred Valley at your request, you will need to fly to Lima which is the capital of Peru, then to Velasco Astete of Cusco airport which is a small domestic airport.
Departures: This hike is operated by PERU BY LOCALS 100%, when you book your hike or take any tour package. You go with us, we don’t rearrange tours, and we depart every day and year-round; the size of the groups is from 2 to 5 people on average, which allows us to give you personalized service.
We take bookings year round and this hike does not need to book with a long time in advance so, anytime you are ready join us and reach us for any questions you have to our 14/7 number +51 989585967 or email us to email@example.com
DAY 0: BRIEFING
The day before this adventure begins your designated guide will meet you at you choosen hotel in Cusco for giving you the last guidance about how to pack, what to pack, etc at 5:30pm, at the loby of the hotel.
DAY 1: CUSCO – SOQMA – RAYAN – CHARCAHUAYLLA
Early morning meeting with your guide in your hotel in Cusco for a drive to Soqma for about one and a half hours where your Soqma Hike will begin. Stop at the town called Huarocondo where you can purchase the last minute supplies such as water or snacks. Our adventure begins with one hour and half uphill, with great views and we will also encounter a beautiful waterfall called Perolniyoc as well as beautiful Inca ruins up the hill after ahving history lessons about the site and Incas the not to far lunch will be ready for you prepared by your chef.
After a delicious lunch followed by a short nap you will continue onto the campground that will take you for couple more hours.
- Distance covered: 13km (8miles)
- Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours
- Lowest elevation: 3000m (9.843 feet)
- Highest elevation: 4380 (14, 370 feet)
- Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
- Lodging: Camping
DAY 2. CHARCAHUAYLLA – ANCASCOCHA – SOYROCCOCHA LAGOON
Early in the moorning you will be awake by one of our crew with a cup of coffee in bed followed by a nutritional brekfast that will put you ready for a perfect adventurous day, we will start with the journey for about 3 to 4 hours with the view of Urubamba snow mountain range towards Ancascocha valley where our chef will wait for you with a delicious lunch.
The afternoon hike is all uphill in gradual incline up Soyrococha lagoon thats over 14,000 feet where we spend the nigh.
- Distance covered: 12km (7.4miles)
- Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours
- Lowest elevation: 3700m (12, 139 feet)
- Highest elevation: 4380 (14, 370 feet)
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Lodging: Camping
DAY 3: ANCASCOCHA – WAYANAY PASS – PAUCARCANCHA
Today we undertake the long stretch, but in return you will have amazing views, hike over the old Inca trail, cross over the highest elevation, You will ascent to the second and the highest pass on the Ancascocha Trek – Wayanay pass (4,600 m / 15,090 feet) about 3 hours, once you reach the pass you will experience that the escenary will start changing from high altitude grassy land to high altitude jungle, from here is all down hill for one hour untill lunch at Inca racay, finally for the next three or four hours to the next camp, viewing some waterfalls, amazing vistas and small Inca ruins.
- Distance covered: 16km (10 miles)
- Hiking time: 9 to 10 hours
- Lowest elevation: 3150m (10, 335 feet)
- Highest elevation: 4560 (14, 961 feet)
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Lodging: Camping
DAY 4. PAUCARCANCHA – KM 82 – OLLANTAYTAMBO – MACHU PICCHU TOWN
Our camp is close to Paucarcancha Inca site so, after a good breakfast we will explore and have guided tour at this site then we start our hike down through Wayllabamba valley to join the Classic Inca trail back to km82, along the way we will be encountering Incan ruinas, hikers who just started the classic Inca trail and probably lots of porters, today our hike will from easy to moderate sinze is mostly down hill and in lower elevation.
Our hike today ends by 1 pm with a good bye lunch with our crew, here avan will pick you up to Ollantay tambo ttain station where we catch a train to Aguas Calientes hotel to spend the night for about 1.40 minutes.
- Distance covered: 13km (8miles)
- Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours
- Lowest elevation: 2700m (8, 858 feet)
- Highest elevation: 300 (10, 000 feet)
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Lodging: Hotel
DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU TOUR
We will take a bus from Machu Picchu town early and arrive at Machu Picchu to watch the spectacular sun rise over one of the most amazing places on Earth. Be prepared for a flood of emotions or goosebumps at the very least, as you gaze at the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu!
Here you will have a 2 and half hour guided tour of the most important sites in Machu Picchu such as the main viwn point, main temple, Stone quarry, tmple of the Sun, etc.since this toru includes a full Machu Picchu permit. If you are brave enough and still have the energy, you can hike up the steep Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain,. When you are ready to leave, we catch the bus back down to Machu Picchu and enjoy a farewell lunch with the rest of the group before you return to Cusco by train in the afternoon
- Transport to and from your hotel in Cusco
- Meals (5B, 5L, 4D) Our meals are based in fresh vegetables, meat, fruit, and grains
- Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu
- Horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
- Chef who will be making all meals from scratch
- Boiled drinking water, there are not places to refill botles so you will need to bring cantines, camel back so our chef can refill them when you need it.
- Trekking guide, knowledgeable in history, tradition, fauna and flora and the most important they have certification in WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER
- First Aid Kit, carried by your guide
- Camping gear (sleeping tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table, chairs, air mattresses)
- Duffle bag for yor personal belongings to be carried by the horses, you have access to 17 pounds (8 kg) bag for the horse where you can put your personal belongings for camp, sleeping cloths, sleeping bag, set
- Round-trip bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town
- Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
- One-night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes town
- We will have hiking snacks available every moorning to pack
- Sleeping bag (can be rented for US$ 20). our sleeping bags are washed after each use
- Dinner on day 3, since you will be back in Cusco around 6 pm so, you can pick a restaurant at your leisure.
- Gratitudes for the guide, cooks and horse riders, a recommended 15% of the total cost of the trek. more details on how it Works can be given by email or call if need it.
- Original passport – Please remember to bring your original passport, which should be the current one; if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both (the one you used for booking your trip and the new one). The information you provided us in time of your booking have to match your tickets in the Classic Inca trail.
- Sleeping bag– Recommended at least 5°F (If you don’t have one, you can rent from us for $ 20)
- Good hiking shoes – They should be broken already; if you have acquired new ones, make sure to break them down before you come. They should be comfortable for your feet and possibly have ankle support.
- Down warm fleece – The jacket should be warm enough for the nights and a jacket that is wind windbreaker resistant.
- Few t-shirts– Made for hiking; as you will sweat a lot, you may consider bringing at least 3 or 4 of them, one for the hike, one for the night and one clean for Machu Picchu
- Socks – Bring at least 3 pairs
- Sun hat – As some days can be hot and sunny, we recommend you to bring a sun hat that can keep the sun off your face.
- Light long pants – Trekking pants are the best ones, especially those that you can zip off the legs, plus they dry fast.
- Clothes for sleeping – Warm long underwear; you can use your fleece to sleep in and you may consider bringing gloves, especially for the campsite
- Head lamp– All the camps are dark so you will need to bring your headlights for organizing your stuff in your tent or going to the bathroom at night
- Sunscreen– SPF 35+ recommended
- Trekking poles – They are very helpful, they can take 30% off your weight (if you don’t have them, you can rent them from us for $10 per pair for 4 days of hiking)
- Camera– With spare batteries or phones take great pictures nowadays (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
- Bug repellent – There are mosquitos all year round so make sure you pack your bug repellent
- Water bottle – Machu Picchu national park does not allow to bring plastic bottles, please make sure you have a Nalgene bottle or camel bag, before we leave the hotel in Cusco make sure you have filled up your water bottle for the first day then you will be able to get more from us whenever you will need it.
- Prescription medicines, please inform your trip leader of any medications you are taking
- Food restrictions – If you have any allergies or preferences, make sure you add in the booking form.
- Book to read – you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book or those that are about Machu Picchu that may make your journey more interesting (the following books are recommended by us: Last Days of the Incasby Kim MacQuarrie, Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams
OFTEN ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE DO I MEET THE TEAM?
The day before the trek starts your guide will meet you at your chosen hotel in Cusco at 5:30 pm for a pre-trek talk, so we recommend you book a hotel in the downtown area of Cusco and once you have a place to stay advise us the hotel information.
WHAT IS THE TERRAIN LIKE? HOW CHALLENGING IS IT?
The trek is rated as moderate to challenging and covers approximately 77 km (47.8 miles) on uneven, rocky terrain with steep uphill and downhill sections. Day 3 is the most chalening for most people because the elvation and the rest of the trail is moderate.
HOW LONG BEFORE SHOULD I BOOK THIS TREK?
Thsi trek does not require booking long in advance permit but it includes Machu Picchu so, we recomend to book at least with a month in advance that give us a good time to put everything togheter for you to enjoy with no worries.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE TREK DURING THE YEAR?
Weather in the region is extremely variable and you should pack for a variety of conditions. In addition, our trek passes through ten bio-zones ranging from high altitude alpine conditions to high jungle. During a sunny day, you can expect temperatures of about 18–25°C (65–77°F), however, on the second day the weather is very unpredictable and temperatures can drop to 6°C (42°F) during the day at the pass (but you won’t spend a lot of time up there).
The Machu Picchu area has a humid climate and tends to be warmer since it is located at a lower altitude and near the Amazon Jungle. The average temperatures at Machu Picchu are between 23°C to 25°C (73°F and 77°F), with the minimum temperature around 18°C (64°F). The Cusco area has only 2 well-defined seasons: the wet season and the dry season. The wet season starts in November and ends in March. During this period, it rains almost every day for three or four hours, but also there are several sunny days. The dry season begins around March and lasts until October. June and July are the coldest months. Paradoxically at noon, the temperatures can reach 23 °C (77°F), the annual highest temperature.
WHAT DO HORSES CARRY FOR ME?
You only carry a day-pack with everything you may need for a day´s hike (water bottle, rain gear, cameras,
snacks). Horses carry the rest of your extra bag and will meet you upon arrival at the next stop. You will be allowed to put up to 8 Kilos / 17 pounds may include a sleeping bag 1.5 Kilos / 3.3 pounds, sleeping pad kilo /2 pounds, extra clothes for the night such as long warm underwear, warm fleece, and others.
WHAT I AM GOING TO EAT ON THE TREK?
Our meals are based on organic food, and we pack from the beginning fresh vegetables.
Your lunch would be based on a Quinua, pasta, vegetables soup and the main course usually in a small version of buffet including rice, potatoes, white or red meat and, salad such as avocado.
Dinner is usually similar but comes with dessert.
Breakfast is based on eggs, omelets, pancakes, bread, cereals, oatmeal, and drinks. You will be very well fed and may just want to pack very little snacks with you because we will even give you snacks such as fruit and a cookie for the way.
Note: We have options for vegetarians or vegans too, – in time of your booking advise us so we know what to make for you on the trek.
HOW MANY DAYS SHOULD I STAY IN CUSCO BEFORE THE TREK TO ADJUST TO THE ALTITUDE?
The main cause of altitude sickness is going too high too quickly. Given enough time, your body will adapt to the decrease in oxygen. This process is known as acclimatization and generally takes one to three days at any given altitude., Cusco is at an elevation of 3,400 meters / 11,154 feet, so spending at least 2 days before any trek will help you a lot. You may also consider taking altitude pills. We often recommend to our clients DIAMOX or Acetazolamide, which are used to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness. This medication can decrease headaches, tiredness, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath that can occur when you climb quickly to high altitudes (generally above 10,000 feet/3,048 meters). It is particularly useful in situations when you cannot make a slow ascent. The best ways to prevent altitude sickness are climbing slowly, stopping for 24 hours during the climb to allow the body to adjust to the new height, and taking it easy the first 1 to 2 days. (Regarding any specific medications, Please, check about side effects, precautions, interactions, or overdose or ask for advice from your doctor).
DO I NEED TO BRING MONEY ON THE TREK?
You should consider bringing money, as you may want to buy bottled water, snacks, Gatorade, beer? etc. from locals that live along the way, especially on day one, as well as if you are thinking to give appreciations or tips for the porters and guides too.
The last lunch at Aguas Calientes is not included, so you will need money for that as well. We recommend you bring soles rather than dollars; there are banks and exchange offices in Cusco where you can change any type of currency.
DO I NEED TO CARRY MY OWN MEDICINE OR FIRST AID?
Your guide will have a first aid kit all the time while you are on the trek, which includes some pain killers, bandages, small bandages to prevent blisters, an oxygen tank, pills for the case of diarrheas, and similar. At any time of the trek please feel free to ask for anything you may need, however, if you need any special medication or you have a special medical condition, please, contact your doctor to get the best advice before the trek.
CAN I RENT A SLEEPING BAG FROM YOU? WHAT TYPE SHOULD I BRING?
We rent sleeping bags that are specially designed for cold temperatures in the treks and we offer sleeping bags for up to 5 ºF = -15 Cº, In time you are booking your trek with us, you should request the sleeping bag if you need it, as at the spot it won’t be possible to rent it.
If you have one, make sure they are down and for temperatures up to 5 ºF = -15 Cº, or, even better, made for colder temperatures than that –, you don’t want to be cold.
HOW BIG MY GROUP IS GOING TO BE?
We are specialized in both small and big groups, but we like small groups because that way our clients get personalized service especially when you encounter lots of things on treks, such as Incan sites, flowers, flora, and fauna – your guide spends lots of time with you so you can learn more about our culture and history.
We limit the size of our groups on treks to up to 8 people.
Of course, if any situation requires more than 8 people in a group, that is not any problem for us at all, – for example, a group of friends or family that is more than 8, we are happy to have them in a single group.
HOW DO I GET WATER ON THE TREK?
You will be provided with boiled drinking water from day 1 to the end of your trek., However, make sure you will get enough water for the first day, (you can also purchase it on the way to the beginning of your trek). People usually drink about one and a half liters of water per day, some even more so, you need to bring water bottles for the first day to refill them. We recommend you to bring Nalgene water bottles or camel bags so that way we can make less garbage., you will encounter locals selling bottled water along the way but not everybody is responsible, many people litter and that is sad. We need to take care of our home and nature – that is why we recommend you refill your bottles when you can and thank you for being part of our green home.
IS THERE ANY AGE LIMIT?
In the Inca trail, there is no a minimum age or limit,- any person who is prepared for trekking can do it., Inca Trail is a challenging trek so, there is a requirement of being fit., that is why everybody that is thinking to trek Inca trail should have a certain level of fitness -, you don’t want to give up in the middle of the trek, as Inca trail is not like walking in the park but is also not impossible.
WHAT TIME DO I GET BACK TO CUSCO ON THE LAST DAY?
You will be back in Cusco around 5 pm after the trek., If for any reason you have to be back in Cusco earlier than that, please advise us at the time of your booking or at least over one month before your trek begins, as we have to buy you the train ticket for exactly the specified trains.
SHOULD I HAVE TO BOOK WAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN IN ADVANCE?
The Wayna Picchu mountain has a limit of permits up to 400 per day which is divided into two groups -, the first group from 7 am to 8 am and the second one from 10 am to 11 am., We recommend you to book it in advance, especially for the dry season or high season that runs from April to August, Consider booking it 2 or 3 months in advance and email us for the availabilities.
WHAT IS THE TOILET SITUATION ON THE TREK LIKE? SHOULD I BRING MY TOILET PAPER?
We will provide you with a portable private toilet tent especially for day one since there are not public toilets, afterwards you will be able to use propper toilets, In the case of the toilet paper, you will need to bring your own with you., We recommend one role for every two people, but in the case for any reason, you will need extra, your cook will have extra roles for you., Please don’t hesitate to ask for it as they are always prepared for any emergency.
DO I NEED WALKING POLES?
Walking poles are recommended for everybody, they will help you a lot down and uphill, Our expert guides say that they can take up to 30% off the weight of your body and pair of them is recommended per person.
If you don’t have any but you want to have them on your treks, you can rent them from us as well – a pair costs US$ 15 for the four days.
HOW BIG MY DAY BACKPACK SHOULD BE?
Thirty-litre backpack will be big enough to carry your belongings such as water, rain gear, and extra clothes
HOW BIG THE SLEEPING TENTS ARE? HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN SLEEP IN?
Our tents are for 4 seasons and each one is designed for 3 people, but we use it for 2 (2.30 cm length/ 0.90 inch), width 1.70cm/0.70 inch).
Please, email us if you are a solo traveler, about if you want to share a tent or you want to.
CAN I PAY THE REST OF THE BALANCE ON THE CREDIT CARD OR DOES IT HAVE TO BE IN CASH?
We take the balance of the payment in cash, so you won’t need to pay extra fees, Of course, you can use PAY PAL or CREDIT CARD, but you will need to pay the fees that are usually over 4.5%.
On the day of your briefing when your guide will meet you, one of the representatives will meet you too to collect the rest of the balance for your trek.
The Peruvian sole is the currency of Peru, and usually fluctuates in the 3.3 to 3.8 Nuevo sol to 1 US Dollar.
Spanish is the national language of Peru, also a 20% of Peruvians speak Quechua (Inca language) Our guides are fluent in Spanish and English.
Why Peru by Locals
- Peru by Locals offers tailor-made treks and tours and we cater to your interests when we plan your tour
- We are committed to providing world-class tours based on exceptional customer service.
- We are a locally owned and highly experienced travel company based in Cusco, Peru.
- Our staff consists of members which have decades of first-hand experience in the Peruvian tourism sector.
- All the management and staff in Peru by Locals speak English, Spanish, and Quechua (the language of the Incas).
- Our guides and staff members are professionally trained and educated in the history of the Incas, Peruvian history, culture and traditions, first aid in the wilderness, guiding treks and tours, the fauna and flora of the region, and tourism management.
- We are committed to protect our environment.
- We are committed to creating Jobs and empowering local people. We believe in fair labor practices and honor and treat all our employees with dignity.
- We have programs to help with the development of the porters’ families and communities, such as planting trees and buying school books and school equipment for poor local communities.
- We honor native communities that have stewarded the land you visit
- We have also started an Education Fund to support the education of the children of porters. A percentage of income from every tour and trek goes to education of needed once.
- Our trips are designed carefully to your needs and we create diverse unique itineraries from 1 to 15 days in length, a we offer wide range of tours and treks and all the tours. We guarantee you the experience of a lifetime!
- Peru By Locals organizes free worry trips for you to enjoy fully.
Peru small group specialists
Our tours are designed for those who love adventure, want to explore new places, experience the local culture, love food, like history or photography for all ages whether you are traveling alone, with friends, in couples, family. At Peru by Locals there is not
Small groups are the best and the average tour or trek group is around 4 to 8 people. Why is this great? Well, have you ever waited in line while 40 other people get a coffee in the morning? Believe it or not, it is not fun. Taking small groups allows us the flexibility to take you on an adventure to places that nobody else goes.
$ 710 per person
Students: Discount of $30, but you have to supply us with a copy of your ISIC or University card copy when you make the booking.
Children up to 15 years of age will be charged as students, under the condition that you supply us with a copy of the passport at the time of booking.
In order for us to reserve your spot on this trek, you are required to send us the following information: full names, passport number, age, gender, nationality and make the relevant deposit of US$200 per person using PAY PAL as indicated below:
When you have sent us the information of each person, made your deposit using PAYPAL and once we have both, we will confirm your tour. Thank you so much for choosing PERU by LOCALS.
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