It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top” –Arnold Bennett
The Ancascocha Trek Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes is an incredible “off the beaten path” trail. It offers trekkers incredible views of beautiful Andean high Valleys, snow-covered peaks such as Salkantay Humantay (5,900m/19,356ft) and Salkantay (6,217m/20,396ft), colorful lakes such as Salkantay and Ancashqocha, and the indigenous communities of Chillipahua and its namesake of Ancashcocha. This adventure is for people who really want to experience nature and the Andes at its best; snow covered mountains, deep valleys, pristine lakes, animals such llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and encounters with local people such as herders.
We will spend 3 nights camping at the most beautifully remote, peaceful locations. The night skies in the Andes truly have to be seen to be believed. Depending on pace you can expect to hike for around 8-10 hours per day, but each day you will arrive at camp to find your high quality tent already pitched (complete with mattress and pillow), your gear in place, and your crew preparing a sumptuous dinner. After a well-earned night’s sleep you will be woken at dawn with a cup of steaming hot fresh coffee or tea and hot water to wash with, before sitting down for a nutritious and energizing breakfast. All you need for the days hiking ahead.
On the 4th day we take the train to Aguas Caliente, our base for visiting Machu Picchu. You will have photo opportunities galore as the train carves its way along the valley floor. Your final night will be spent in a top quality hotel with a group dinner at an excellent local restaurant (drinks not included). Rising as early as you want, your itinerary concludes with a guided tour of Machu Picchu and a ticket to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains (subject to availability). Witnessing this new wonder of the world is an incredible spectacle that will stay with you forever.
Finally, with your camera loaded with photos and your head loaded with incredible memories, you will take the train back to Cusco and a transfer back to your hotel.
So if you’re ready, put on your hiking boots, take a deep breath and take a hike with us through some of the most breathtaking and inspiring landscapes in the Andes, or indeed in the world.
At 5am, we pick you up at your hoteland drive in ourprivate vanfor 3.5hours toSoraypampa. Along the way, you can enjoy somespectacular views of villages,Iscuchaca,Limatambo,stunning valleysand the spectacularSalkantaysnow-capped mountain. At the trail head (Soraypampa), we power up with our breakfast while obsorbing the exhilarating views ofHumantay(5,900m/19,356ft) andSalkantay(6,217m/20,396ft)mountain glaciers. Puting on our comfortable shoes we take a 2.5 hour return hike up to see theturquoise Humantay Lake.We continue with a gentle ascension for 1.5 hours toSalkantay Pampa,where our chefs will have our delicious lunch waiting infront of the beautiful glacier.Slipping in through the back door with one hour uphill by switchback we arrive at ourfirst campsite at Soroccocha located at the foot of the great Salkantay Mountain.Then, you’ll replenish your body with a coffee or hot chocolate. Theviewson this day will be trulybreathtaking.
After breakfast, with mules and emergency horses we start the long hike, crossing several high mountain passes.The first pass is Inca Chiriaska (4959m/16269ft),with incredible views over the amazing landscapes of the area. From here, you walk along an original portion of an Inca Trail until you arrive at the Tocto pass (4821m/15816ft), where the trail heads towards the majesticSalkantay Mountain. We continue for the next 4 hours, passing over the Calacocha pass (4667m/15,311ft), the Cruz Casa pass (4600m/15,918ft) and the Millpo Pass (4399m/14,432ft)where we descend to our campsite at Millpounbelievable views and the successful crossing of 4 mountain passes. It is time for afternoon tea and a siesta since you have earned it.
After breakfast we walk for about an hour towards the Chusqenay pass (4630m/15,190ft) and then on to theRumi Inca pass,continuing on upwards to the narrow Valley of Yahuarmaky. After a rest and time to enjoy the views, we start climbing again until we reach the pass of Aqocasa (4686m/15374ft) in about 1.5 hours. This mountain is a nice reddish sandy mountain and from the top of this pass (with the help of binoculars), we get a view of the famous Inka trail, which leads to Machu Picchu. We can also see Salkantay, Humantay and Huayanay Mountains and from way off, we can see Huacaywillka (Sacred Tears). We get to enjoy exploring a small archaeological site called Inka Raqay. We descend from here to Inka Rakay, and then climb up again to Huayanay pass (4630m/15190ft). After a final downhill walk of 3 hours, we reach our campsite at Ancascocha, onAncascocha Lagoon (3700m/12139ft), a total walking time today of 8-9 hours today. It is time to relax, have dinner and share about the sights of today.
After a big breakfast, we walk down towards Chillca. From Ancascocha it is 2 hours of descent to Arequipa pampa. We pass by small villages observing Andean valleys with their typical trees and flowers, such as chachacoma, qewña, some orchids, begonias, and bromeliads that adorn the landscape. The descent becomes easier towards Camicancha (2930m/9612ft) where our car will pick us up or we will continue to descend to Chillca. We take the train around 4:00pm to Aguas Calientes where we will enjoy a celebratory dinner and spend the night in a hotel.
Bursting with excitement on your final surreal day, we take the first bus to Machu Picchu archeological site, making sure we tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The Citadel of the Incas,Machu Picchu, what an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you through the energetic ruins and its diverse main streets. Then on your own, you can wander around the town squares ofthe world’s spiritual center of esoteric wisdom, as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Or you can stay still and find the peace within as you sit in the pure delight of the moment.
|01 PERSON||PRIVATE||$1100 PER PERSON||5 DAYS|
|2-12 PERSON||PRIVATE||$580 PER PERSON||5 DAYS|
Our 5D/4N Ancascocha TREK includes extra horse to carry up to 7kg/16lbs of your belongings.
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