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Those who prefer to explore virgin terrain will be happy to know that the Incas were master builders of roads. The Ancaschocha Trek is a very unusual route located in a remote part of the Peruvian Andes. This is sometimes also called the Super or Hidden Inca Trail. This hike offers views similar to the traditional Inca Trail, along with little-known ruins and a spectacular landscape made up of crystal-clear lakes and snow-capped peaks. Due to the higher elevation, the 19-mile route takes approximately 5 days and 4 nights, before reaching Machu Picchu. Hike length: 56 km / 34.8 miles and climbs to 4,959 m / 16,270 ft.
National Geographic recently named Ancascocha Trek one of the 20 best treks in the world!
Early in the morning we will pick you up from your hotel through our private transport and we will drive for 2 hours to Soqma (3,205 m / 10,512 ft) which is the starting point of our trek and we will meet our muleteers and horses and prepare for the hike the ascent will be gradual until the lunch point that will take us 2 hours to the Perolniyoc waterfalls where we will take a short rest and then continue our walk to the archaeological center of Perolniyoc located on a cliff and with a view of the valleys and mountains.
We will also have a delicious al fresco lunch made with organic products from the area after lunch we will have a well-deserved rest to recharge our energies and then we will continue with the walk to our camp in Rayan (3,700 meters / 12,139 feet). This section of the walk will be with a steep climb of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Upon arrival at the camp, our muleteers will have the tents ready and then one of our personnel will provide us with a washing machine with warm water for our personal cleaning and later our waiter will offer us hot drinks in our personal tents such as coffee, chocolate, coca infusions. and different types of tea and cookies and popcorn and then we will meet in the dining tent to enjoy dinner and later we will retire to our personal tents for the night
On the second day your waiter will wake you up in the morning (you do not need to turn on your alarm) with a cup of coca infusion or coffee later you will enjoy a good breakfast and then we will prepare our equipment to start the walk with a steep 3 hour ascent up to the Kuychiccasa pass (4,450 m / 14,599 ft) During our walk we will pass through small villages with views of extensive Andean peaks and valleys. Then we will descend a meandering path for 1 hour to reach the lunch place called Chancachuco (4,312 m / 14,147 ft). After lunch we will take a well-deserved rest and continue the itinerary, we will walk a small climb where we will have a view of the majestic snow-capped mountain La Verónica (5750 m / 19100 feet) and then we will descend for 3 hours to reach the second camp that will be in the community of Ancascocha (3,700 m / 12,139 ft). All meals included
After a good breakfast we will be ready for this challenging journey. Ascending for 3 hours towards the Paso de Huayanay (4,650 m / 15,255 feet) where you will be rewarded with incredible views of glaciers, well preserved Inca remains and we will take a well-deserved rest and continue the walk, with a descent of 1 hour to reach the point of lunch where our chef will delight us with a gratifying lunch that will be near an archaeological center called Inkaracay (3,960 meters / 12,990 feet) after lunch the descent will be through the Quesca valley to the camp that will be at the Inca site of Paucarcancha (3,133 m / 10,278 ft). Place where your guide will share their knowledge about our ancestors the Incas and they will explore the area walking along an original Inca trail that connected to Machu Picchu.
This will be the last day of our walk through Ancascocha and it is the easiest part we will walk part of the classic Inca Trail towards km 82 (the official start of the Classic Trail) which will take us 6 hours to reach that place where
Where we will have our lunch prepared by our chef, and then we will say goodbye to our staff to take the transport for 45 minutes to the OLLANTAYTAMBO train station. From there we will go to the town of AGUAS CALIENTES which is a trip of 1 hour and 45 minutes
Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. All meals included, except dinner
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast and take a bus to the citadel of “Machu Picchu” where you will enjoy a 3-hour guided tour of this magical place. and then you will be given free time to explore and take more pictures. You can also climb the mountains of Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu if you wish. In the afternoon, you will descend by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will have free time to have lunch, explore the city and board the EXPEDITION train back to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy station according to scheduled service and train. After your transportation, a member of staff will pick you up and take you back to your hotel in the city of Cusco (4 hours drive from the city of Aguas Calientes).
Guide (English – Spanish)
Entrance Thermal Baths “Pacchanta”
Entrance Ticket “Vinincunca”
First aid kit
Lunch on the fourth day in Aguas Calientes
Tips for guides
Tips for the staff