!PERU BY LOCALS is a group of great mountain guides that explored this trek long ago and put the itinerary together for you to enjoy fully.
The Ancascocha Hiking Machu Picchu is a spectacular trail that remains in the mountains known also as the Hidden Inca Trail or the Super Inca Trail that convines Soqma or Perolniyoc water fall, Ancascocha and part of the Classic Inca trail. It is less traveled and more rewarding path. It was listed as one of the world’s best hikes by National Geographic.
Along the way you will encounter Inca ruins, water fall, lakes, villages and snowcapped mountains of both main mountain ranges of Cusco, the Vilcabamba and the Urubamba mountain ranges.
This Ancascocha Hiking Machu Picchu is highly recommended for those who don’t like crowds. It is where you find the solitude, just hearing the wind blowing in the campsites, bird calls during the hike, but you will also learn about the Incas while you hike with your guide, apart of hiking in the mountains you will be hiking over old Inca trail that once conected ancient villages
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- 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
- Enjoy our premier camping equipment everynight
- Savor the Peruvian cousine brouhgt by our chefs to the mountains
- Hike the 2 top combined trails, the Ancacocha and part of Classic Inca Trail and explore all the Incan sites along your journey
- Be at Machu Picchu for the Sunrise
- Enjoy one night 3 start hotel in Aguas Calientes town after the trek
- Dinner at the top restaurant INDIO FELIZ in Aguas Calientes town
- Enjoy the train ride through the Sacred Valley
ANCASCOCHA TREK – DETAILS
- 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 perzonalized service thats the reason we run with an average of 7 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
- Accomodation: Camping, we use 3 season roomy tents for 2 people, if you are a solo traveller let us know so we can accomodate with some one else or we will just bring a private tent only for you at your request.
Our guides: PERU BY LOCALS was a dream that came thuth on 2015 for Jose Condor who guided treks from 2004 untill nowadays and have been to Machu Picchu for over 1000 times, now Peru by Locals has a groups of top guides around among men and women that had a proffesional degree and get refresh trainning every year these folks had been certified as WILDERNESS FIRTS RESPONDERS sinze our treks go in the wilderness and your helth is our priority in our trips so, our guides are totaly trained to assist any of your needs while on you are vacationing, we envest 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 leaders that love sharing our culture with you and love being with travellers.
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. This town is very well known for the LECHONES (roasted pork), which is considered the best in Cusco area, so we can have a taste of that local cuisine if you are interested. 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:||11 km (6.8 miles)|
|Time:||7 to 9 hours|
|Lowest elevation:||3000m (9,843 feet)|
|Highest elevation:||43800m (14,370 feet)|
|Level of difficulty:||Moderate to chalenging|
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:||12 km (5.5 miles)|
|Time:||7 to 8 hours|
|Lowest elevation:||3700m (12,139 feet)|
|Highest elevation:||43800m (14,370 feet)|
|Level of difficulty:||challenging|
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 an small Inca ruins.
|Distance covered:||16 km (10 miles)|
|Time:||8 to 10 hours|
|Lowest elevation:||3150m (10,335 feet)|
|Highest elevation:||4560m (14,961 feet)|
|Level of difficulty:||Demanding|
Day 4. Paucarcancha – km 82 – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu Town
Our camp is close to Paucarcancha Inca site so, after a good brekfast we will explore and have gudied 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 tarin to Aguas Calientes hotel to spend the night for about 1.40 minutes.
|Distance covered:||12 km (7.5 miles)|
|Time:||4 to 5 hours|
|Lowest elevation:||2700m (8,858 feet)|
|Highest elevation:||4560m (14,961 feet)|
|Level of difficulty:||moderate|
Day 5: Machu Picchu tour
We will take a bus from Aguas Calientes 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 three-hour guided tour of the most important sites in Machu Picchu. After the tour, you will have the time to explore the ancient city and take pictures at your own leisure If you are brave enough and still have the energy, you can hike up the steep Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, or just find a shady spot instead and relax, meditate and soak up the inspiring and spiritual energy of Machu Picchu. When you are ready to leave, you can catch the bus back down to Aguas Calientes town to collect your luggage from the hotel, and enjoy a farewell lunch with the rest of the group before you return to Cusco by train in the afternoon. One of the Peru by Locals representatives will meet you at the Cusco train station and transport you back to your hotel.
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Inclusions & exclusions
Included in the Ancascocha Hiking Machu Picchu:
- Transport to and from your hotel in Cusco and any other transport needed
- Organic meals on trek
- Machu Picchu tickets
- Horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc) from day 1 to day 4
- Boiled drinking water everyday during the trek so, we recomend to bring your water bottle to refill it.
- Trekking guide, knowledgeable in history, tradition, fauna and flora and the most important they are trained in mounatin first aids for your safeteness
- First aid kit, carried by your guide includes an oxigen tank in case is needed
- Equipment (sleeping tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table, chairs, air mattresses)
- Duffle bag if needed, this isbasically to put your belonging on horse the once you may need during the night to sleep or extra cloths for Machu Picchu
- Round-trip bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (expedition) – it can be upgraded to vistadome train with an extra fee
- One night hotel (3*) accommodation in Aguas Calientes (if you have preferences of hotels, we can arrange it at an additional cost)
- Eight kilos (17,6 pounds) free bag for the horses where you can put your personal belongins
Excluded in the Ancascocha Hiking Machu Picchu:
- Sleeping bag (can be rented from us for $ 20)
- Lunch on the last day at Aguas Calientes
- Tips for muleteers and guides
- Huayna Picchu tickets (it can be arranged at additional cost)
- Huayna Picchu: In order to climb Huayna Picchu, you must book well advance since permits are limited to 400 tickets per day. The cost is USD 70 per person.
Prices for Ancascocha Hiking Machu Picchu
$ 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.
WHAT TO BRING
WHAT TO BRING ON THE TREK?
Please, remember to bring your original passport and that should be current one, if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both the one you use for booking your trip and the new one, the information you provided us in time of your booking have to match with your tickets in the Inca trail, the reason we ask you for your personal information when you book the trip.
Down sleeping bag. You should considere bringing slepeing bag rated at least to – 4°F, if you don’t have one you can rent one form us fro USD 20 (ther are washed after each use)
Trekking boots, they should be breaking down if you have acquired new once make sure to break them down before you come, they should be confortable for your feet and if they have ankle support that is even better.
Down warm fleece, jacket, has to be warm enough for the nights and the jacket if is a win breaker or rain jacket is good.
Few t-shirts, hiking, you will sweat you may considerer to bring at least 3 or 4 of them, one for the hike, one the night and one clean for Machu Picchu
Socks, Bring at least 3 pairs
Sun hat, some days can be hot and suny, we recommend you to bring a sun hat that can keep the sun off your face.
Cloths for sleeping, warm long underwear and you can use your fleece to sleep with, you may consider bringing gloves especially for the camp sites.
Light long pants, trekking pants are the best those that you can sip off the legs, plus they dry fast.
Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended
Head lamp, All the camps are dark so you will need to bring your head lights for organizing your staff in your tent or going to the bathroom at night.
Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes
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 you 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 Timeby Mark Adams,
Trekking poles. They are very recomended for up hill and hills according to experts they can take up to 30% of your body weight
Bug repellent, there are mosquitos all around the year make sure you pack your bug spray.
Toiletries – toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel
Sunscreen – SPF 35+ recommended
Set of cloths. you should considere bringing set of clean cloth for Machu Picchu, after the night at teh hotel
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Frequently asked questions
What is the terrain like? How challenging is it?
The trek is rated as challenging and covers approximately 51 km / 31.6 miles on uneven, rocky terrain with steep uphill and downhill sections. Day 1 and day 2 are probbaly the most challenging for most of people because of the uphill and elevation.
How long before should I book the Ancascocha trek?
- The Ancascocha trek does not require a permit so we take bookings all around the year and you can book with ultill 2 weeks before your trip to Machu Picchu. Even the trail does not require a permit the trail ends in Machu Picchu where you need a permit so, we will confirm the availability for Machu Picchu permit at your request time. Peru by Locals still needs to put everything together such as arrange guides, horses, Machu Picchu tickets, train tickets, hotel, etc.
What is the weather like on the Ancascocha 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 to 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: wet season and 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?
You only carry a day-pack with everything you may need for a day´s hike (water bottle, rain gear, cameras, snacks). The horses carry your extra bag or duffle bag and You will have access to them upon arrival at the next stop. You will be allowed to put up to 8 Kilos / 17 pounds that may include sleeping bag 1.5 Kilos / 3.3 pounds, sleeping pad kilo /2 pounds, extra cloths for the night such as long warm underwear, warm fleece and others. If you don’t have any extra bag where you put extra stuff for the porter we will provide you with a duffle bag and you can return it back at the end of your trek in Cusco.
What happens if I get injured or get sick in the middle of the trek?
In cases of emergencies or medical problems, we follow a detailed medical protocol. All our guides have a “wilderness first aid certification”, and carry a full first aid kit, portable oxygen, and radios with them at all times. In case a special medical attention is needed (the worst situations would be like breaking a leg for example), , the nearest medical centers, are at Ollantayatmbo. town, depending of how far away on trek you are.
In case you get sick, for example if you get altitude sickness that can not allow you to continue, you may need to return with one of our stuft to the beginning of trek and get the train to Machu Picchu where you can meet us for the tour so you don’t miss all the experience.
What is the electrical situation?
There is not electricity while you are on trek but you will have access to electricity in Aguas Calientes town so, considere bringing recharger for using your phone or camera . And all the camps are dark so you will need to bring your head lights for organizing your stuff in your tent or going to the bathroom at night.
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 main course usually in a small version of buffet including rise, potatoes, white or red meat and, salad such as avocado.
Dinner is usually similar but comes with dessert.
Breakfast is based on eggs, omelette, pancakes, bread, cerials, oat meal 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 a 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.
Should I tip to the porters and guides? If I do, how much I should I tip?
Our porters and guides are paid fairly according to Peruvian labor laws – that is why , we don’t force our clients to tip the crew. However, most of our clients want to give them an appreciation for the work they do and the service they receive so, if you feel like giving them an appreciation or tip them, feel free to do it at the end of their work. If thats the case we recomend to tip with 15% of the total cost.
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 of 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 headache, 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 an advise to 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 an 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 to 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, oxygen tank, pills for 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 advices prior to the trek.
Can I rent sleeping bag from you? What type should I bring?
We rent sleeping bags that are especially 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 and have it for the trek for USD 20.
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 thing 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, in case any situation requires to take 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.
Will I get to see the sun rise from Machu Picchu?
You have the chance to watch the sun rise fromMachu Picchu sinze we will be catching one of the firts buses from the town. It is for sure a perfect place to enjoy the Sun rising over the mountains.
How do I get water on the trek?
In the Salkantay trail 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 half litre 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., yYou 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 refilling 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 not 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., tThat 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 trek, as Inca trail is not like walking in the park but is also not impossible.
Can I enter Machu Picchu with my backpack?
You are allowed to take into Machu Picchu backpacks up to 20 liters , a bigger bag or duffle bag they can be left at the hotel and picked up for the train ride.
What time do I get back to Cusco the last day?
You will be back in Cusco around 5pm 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 specified trains.
Will I have any extra time in Machu Picchu after the tour with my guide?
You will be finishing the tour in Machu Picchu by 10 am and then your guide will leave you in Machu Picchu on your own so, you can enjoy it at your leisure and take a bus down to Aguas Calientes anytime you feel ready to leave Machu Picchu. At Aguas Calientes you can meet everybody from the group then for lunch before your train leaves.
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 7am to 8am and the second one from 10am to 11am., We really 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 Salkantay trek like? Should I bring my toilet paper?
We will provide you a portable private toilet in every camp site that will be cleaned by our staff after being used.
Do I need walking poles?
Walking poles are recommended for everybody, they will help you a lot in 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 cloths, since we will provide you a personal porter who will carry up to 13Lbs of other equipment.
If you already have any backpack between 20 an 40 litres, they will be good too.
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 traveller, about if you want to share a tent or you want have your own tent to sleep in.
Is there any place to wash myself? Are there showers?
The Inca trail has cold free showers in the second and third campsite so, if you don’t care taking cold showers, you feel free to shower. Every day in the morning you will a get small bucket of warm water in your tent that you can use for washing hands, face or whatever you need. We also recommend you to bring baby wet wipes that you can use for washing yourselves. But the last night you will ahve an acces to hot shower at your hotel.
Is there phone signal on trek?
There is a signal on day one until noon and on day three in the afternoon, but day four you will get a full signal in case you need to be in touch with somebody.
Can I pay the rest of the balance in 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 6%.
In 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.
Can I smoke on the trail?
If you are a smoker, you should still bring your cigarettes on the trek, but maybe try to smoke less, some people believe to trek is hard if you smoke, but your body is used to it so, it may be even worse for you.
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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