ANCASCOCHA TREK TO MACHU PICCHU VIA SOCCMA 4D/3N

Minimum

1 passenger

Operation

All Year

Location

Cusco

Trek Description

This adventurous trek is for people who really want to experience nature and the beautiful landscapes of the Andes at its best.  We will pass by snow-covered mountains, deep valleys, pristine lakes, and get to observe native animals such as llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and encounter local communities and its people such as herders.

The Ancascocha Trek is remarkable and remains off the beaten path and away from crowds. Don’t be put off by its lesser known status as it is a great counterpart to other popular treks.

Named by National Geographic as one of the 20 dream hikes on their Worlds’ Best Hikes list, this stunning trek takes you past ancient Incan ruins and through traditional Andean communities such as Chillipahua and the trek’s namesake Ancascocha (3,700 m/12,136 ft).

  • Beginning altitude: 3,205 m /10,512 ft.
  • Maximum altitude: 4,650 m/15,255 ft.
  • Overall trek difficulty: Challenging

TREK ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan – Chancachuco Valley

o We will pick you up from your hotel and depart Cusco early in the morning. We will drive 1h 45m to Soqma (3,205 m/10,512 ft). This is the starting point of our trek and where we will meet the horsemen (and horses) that will accompany us throughout our trek.

The hike will begin with an approx. 1-hour hike to the Perolniyoc cascade lookout. This waterfall is breathtaking, and you will be able to climb down to the base of the falls for some fantastic photo opportunities (and cool down if the weather is hot)! Then, we will hike for another 45 minutes, where we’ll visit the Inca site with the same name (Perolniyoc).  It is perched on top of a cliff with spectacular views of the surrounding valley, your guide will share some history of the site.  You will be free to wander through the ruins, imagining life 500 years ago.

We continue our hike ascending for about an hour until we reach our lunch spot, Rayan (3,700 m/12,139 ft). Here you will sample for the first time, the incredible culinary skills of your chef, with a chance to rest, relax and refuel for the afternoon’s hike.

In the afternoon, we continue with a challenging 3-hour uphill hike to reach the Kuychiccasa pass (4,450 m /14,599 ft).  Passing rustic houses and you will see sumptuous views of the snow-capped peaks of the ‘Nevadas’, wild llamas, sprawling valleys, and if we are lucky, a passing condor (the largest bird within the Andes with a wing-span of up to 10 feet across!).

As we hike towards the top of the pass, we take a break to soak in the magnificent views of the Chancachuco Valley on one side and the Sacred Valley of the Incas on the other (while trying to catch our breaths as well).

From here, it is a 45 minute downhill hike to reach our campsite for the evening at the Chancachuco Valley (4,312 m / 14,147 ft). Here, your campsite will already be prepared when you arrive meaning you can change into warmer clothing and lie back to watch the sky gradually fill with the most incredible display of stars (clouds permitting of course) before joining your guide and your fellow trekkers for a well-earned, hearty dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,205 m/10,512 ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 4,450 m/14,599 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 16 km/9.9 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 8 to 10 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Day 2: Chancachuco Valley – Ancascocha – Huaynay Pass – Quesqa Valley

On our second day, you will be woken with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea, followed by a full breakfast to fuel you for the morning ahead.

We begin with a 45 minute undulating hike followed by a 20 minute ascent by way of a narrow trail that follows a stream with beautiful views of Mt. Veronica (5,822 m/ 19,100 ft).

Then, we will take a 2.5-hour hike downhill to reach the small community of Ancascocha (3,700 m/12,139 ft), in a small but gorgeous wooded valley with a stream running through it.

We continue our hike uphill for 1 hour, during this time, you will enjoy views of the nearby glacier and well preserved Incan remains, before reaching the beautiful crystal blue Ancascocha Lake, where we will stop for lunch.

After lunch, we continue our ascent towards the Huayanay Pass (4,650 m/15,255 ft). This is a strenuous 2-hour hike along a steep switchback trail, which brings us to the highest point of our trek. Along with this section, you will see an original cobblestone paved Inca Trail.

After taking time to enjoy the incredible views from the summit, we continue on a 3-hour descent towards greener vegetation. Along with this stretch, we will have a distant vista of the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as well as fascinating views of the communities of the Quesqa valley. We will also pass the small Incan site of Incaracay.

Finally, we will reach our campsite, nestled in the Quesqa valley (3,850 m/12,631 ft). Your chef will serve an excellent dinner as we reflect on the sights and sounds of the day.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m/12,139 ft.
  • Campsite elevation: 4,650 m/15,255 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 18 km/ 11,1 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 10 – 11 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging
  • Area: Dry Mountain

Day 3: Quesqa Valley – Paucarcancha – Kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

This will be our final day of trekking, as we descend from the Quesqa Valley (2 hours) until we reach the Incan site of Paucarcancha (3,133 m/10,278 ft) where your guide will provide a comprehensive commentary about the site.

We will hike on a section of the Inca Trail and hike downhill for 5 hours until we reach Km 82, which is the official start of the Inca Trail. Along the way, we will be able to see the Incan site of Llactapata. Lunch will be served at Km82.

After lunch, we will be picked up by our private transportation and drive towards Ollantaytambo (2,792 m/9,160 ft) to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes. Photo opportunities are endless as we carve through the valley floor into the lush green vegetation of the Aguas Calientes area.

After two nights in the mountains, your comfortable hotel room will be a welcome sight. The natural hot springs in town are also a great place to relax if there is time before dinner. We will have dinner together at a nice local restaurant with an extensive menu (drinks not included) before retiring to the hotel to prepare for the early start to Machu Picchu the next day.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lodging: Hotel
  • Highest Elevation: 2,040 m/6,692 ft.
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,850 m/12,631 ft
  • Distance to walk: 15 km/9,3 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 7 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

You will have a very early breakfast at your hotel, then take one of the first buses (5:30 am) along the winding road towards Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Your guide will then give a 2-hour walking tour of this breathtaking citadel, named as one of the new 7 wonders of the world. Your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is included in the price of the trek.

If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you can begin the hike once your guided tour concludes. The ticket price for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain is also included in the price of your trek. If you choose not to climb the mountain, you will have plenty of free time to explore Machu Picchu before returning to Aguas Calientes by bus.

Arriving back in Aguas Calientes, you will board the expedition train to Poroy or Ollantaytambo. From here, you will travel by private transportation to Cusco and back to your hotel. Your arrival time in Cusco will depend on the time of your train departure.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,005 ft.
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft.
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy/Challenging*

SERVICES INCLUDED:

  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soqma (start of trek)
  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • High quality, 4 person tent for every 2 people
  • Inflatable Mattress and pillow
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Portable Eco-friendly toilet and toilet tent
  • Professional Chef and assistant chef
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all equipment
  • Horse to transport up to 8 kg of your personal gear
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • Emergency horse (in case we need it!)
  • Four breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners
  • Hot water for washing twice daily
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy or Ollantaytambo
  • Private van transportation from Poroy or Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from us
  • Day 4 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the trek crew (tipping optional and guidelines provided)
  • Travel/Health/Emergency insurance

TIPS

PACKING LIST

Amarutrek Expeditions wants you to enjoy your time while on our treks so we have compiled a suggested list of what you should pack or take for treks.

 

FUNDAMENTALS:

  • Passport (valid, up to date and if renewed- bring both old and new one)
  • Valid ISIC student card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better like camelbaks enough for about 2-3L)
  • Sturdy hiking boots (lightweight with good soles like KEEN,MERELL, ETC.)

DUFFEL ITEMS:

Porters will carry up to 7 KG or 15LBS of your personal items. This includes your sleeping bag and air mattress (if you bring or rent one). These two items will weigh about 3.5 KG or 7LBS.

  • 2-3 t-shirts
  • 2-3 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 4 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 insulated waterproof jacket
  • 2 hats (one for sunny and cold weather)
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Hiking boots
  • Trekking pole with rubber tips. Metal tips are not allowed
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Small bottle or bar of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean – might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap
  • Batteries and Chargers: There are no places to plug in while trekking
  •  Plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C or 14F

TOILETRIES:

  • Sunscreen – 50 or more SPF
  • Insect Repellent – 20{09a695a951a181e383114da9027e5bc1c4678300c93575b8c1080a0d27810d37} DEET
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication

SUGGESTED ITEMS FOR DAYPACK:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25L will be allowed in. If larger, you to rent a locker outside the citadel gates.

  • Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won’t have time to filter water until your first lunch.
  • Hat for Sunny weather
  • Rain gear like ponchos, waterproof clothing, etc
  • Insulated waterproof jacket
  • Camera and phone with batteries or chargers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen and Insect repellent
  • Snacks such as granolas or energy bars
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips

FAQ

AMARUTREK EXPEDITIONS FAQ

Please read carefully the following as it will help answer questions about our services.

 

WILL I GET PICKED UP WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel by one of our representatives, please ensure that you inform us of your flight details at least 14 days prior to your arrival. Our representative will be holding an orange board with Amarutrek Expeditions on it.  You must exit the terminal in order to find our representative (they cannot enter inside).  They will be waiting for you right outside the terminal, be on the lookout for our orange sign!!!

 

WHEN WILL THE BRIEFING TAKE PLACE?

The briefing will take place the night before the trek departure at 6 pm at our office, which is located at A.v Antonio Lorena A-25 Int 5 Santiago, Cusco. If you have any question regarding how to get there or any other concerns, please contact us.

WHERE WILL MY LUGGAGE BE STORED?

We will store your luggage while you are are on your trek or tour.  If you prefer to store it at your hotel, that is perfectly fine too.  Our luggage storage service is free of charge. Make sure to take the items you will need for your trek or tour.

 

WILL THERE BE HOTEL PICK UP?

Yes, we will pick you up from your hotel through our private transportation.  This is included within your trek or tour package.  If you are staying at a hotel in the Sacred valley, we can also pick you up as well. Please let us know where you will be staying to coordinate pick up!

 

HOW DO I BOOK PERMITS FOR THE INCA TRAIL?

To book permits for Inca Trail, we will need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW link located on our homepage.  You will need to provide all group participants information. (Full names, valid passport information, gender, date of birth, nationalities). This information is needed as each permit will be issued with each participants’ provided information. (NOTE: permits cannot be changed or transferred once issued).

We require a deposit of US$200.00 per person, in order, to purchase permit(s) for the Inca Trail. You can make your deposit by clicking on the PAYPAL links located at the top of our home page or you can click on the PAYPAL link on our booking page.

 

Once all of these steps have been met, we will send you an email confirmation of your permits and invoice.

CAN I PAY OFF MY REMAINING BALANCE IN CUSCO?

Of course! You can pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) before your trek or tour starts. There are many ATMs located within the historical center of Cusco.  You can also pay through PAYPAL but will have to pay their 5.5{09a695a951a181e383114da9027e5bc1c4678300c93575b8c1080a0d27810d37} service charge fee. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you will need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address amarutrekexpeditions@gmail.com.

 DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek or tour(students 18 & above need valid ISIC student cards – green). For example, if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before this trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.

All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30.

For children from the age of 2 to 11, the discount is $40.

For children from the age of 0 to 2 are free.

All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.

Send us a copy at info@amarutrekexpeditions.com

 

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE PERMITS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Once the permits have been purchased, the Peruvian government does not allow any changes, so it is out of our hands.  Permits are not transferable or non-refundable so make sure your dates are exact and the information provided is correct. *** If you cancel your Inca Trail Trek, the deposit is not refundable.

 

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT TO ENTER THE INCA TRAIL?

Yes, you have to bring your original passport (the one that was used to book the permit) as it is very important to be allowed entry on the Inca Trail. If you have renewed your passport, you will have to bring both the old and new one. This also applies to your train ticket also as an employee will check your passport before allowing you to board the train. If you have renewed your passport, please let us know to make the necessary changes to your train tickets.

 WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE INCA TRAIL?

The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee.  You will encounter many different varieties of microclimates as you hike and it will depend on the location. We highly recommend you to bring a variety of clothing for these changes. Example: dress in layers, insulated waterproof jackets.

 

WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?

In general, if you exercise regularly or spend a couple of days in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley, chances are you will acclimate normally(which is about 24 hours to 2 days). Items recommended for altitude sickness are WATER, COCA TEA, and OXYGEN IF NEEDED. Our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness.

We offer the Cusco City Tour or Sacred Valley Tour that you can book while you are acclimating.  Check out our Day Tours on our Home Page.

 

WHAT DOES THE INCA TRAIL LIKE IN PEAK SEASON?

It will get crowded but with government regulations in place, there will be enough space for everyone. To improve your experience along the Inca Trail, we have the privilege of being the only tour operator camping at Llactapata. Where you have a great lookout point to Machu Picchu!  However, if crowding is a concern, we recommend that you book your permits in advance(at least 5 to 6 months) or consider one of our alternative treks!

 

HOW MANY COOKS/PORTERS PER GROUP?

Each group will have 1 cook. The number of porters depends on the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, there will be 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, and 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.

WILL I GET A DUFFEL BAG?

The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/15lbs. Your team of porters will carry your duffel bags for you. Along with your food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as an insulated waterproof jacket, phone, camera, extra chargers/batteries, sunscreen, insect repellent, personal medications, toilet paper, snacks, water, etc. A 30L to 50L backpack is sufficient.

 

IS THE TREK DIFFICULT?

The Inca Trail is a 42km (24.4 mile) hike through the Andes in the Cusco region. The maximum altitude reached is 4,217m/13,907ft. On the second day of the trek, we will hike up two mountains. The Trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit for this trek.

We recommend in preparation for the trek: try walking 15kms/9 miles in a day or exercise at a gym within the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimated to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.

 

ARE THERE TOILETS ALONG THE TRAIL?

This question has been highlighted by most of our trekkers, especially by female trekkers, that require a private, clean and sanitary toilet.  Amarutrek Expeditions provides toilet facilities that have an individual tent and a camping toilet with a seat.  Our toilets are always set up at a comfortable distance from our campsite.  At night, if you need to use the toilet it is readily accessible and clean, unlike the dirty facilities supplied by the government.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE TRAIL?

In this scenario, if you are unable to finish the trek due to a health reasons, Amarutrek Expeditions will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on our treks for any respiratory problems. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.

Generally, those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if they recover quickly they may continue their journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu with their group.

 

IS THERE HOTEL DROP OFF AFTER THE TREK?

Absolutely!  It is included in your package. After your trek is over, once in Cusco, we will drop you off at your hotel with your private transportation. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you off there too!

 

 

AT WHAT TIME ARE THE TRAIN’S DEPARTURE?

It will depend on the train availability but the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco. Therefore, you will take the train at 4:22 pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours to enjoy Machu Picchu! If you need to change your departure times, please contact us in advance to make the necessary changes as we cannot change tickets at the last minute.

 HOW MUCH IS THE UPGRADE TO VISTADOME?

The upgrade to the Vistadome train, which has slightly nicer seats, panoramic windows and ceiling are priced at US $ 65 per person. This includes the transfer from Poroy(train station) to Cusco(your hotel). You will be offered some snacks and a dance show on board.  It is 2 hours by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then another 2 hours from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by private transportation. If you upgrade to the Vistadome train, the trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy takes 3.5 hours and then 25mins by private transportation to your hotel(Cusco).

 

HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO TIP?

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance to the people who will take care of you throughout during the trek.  It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Amarutrek Expeditions destinations. Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you feel, depending on your perception of the quality and length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.  You can also split tips between group members to go towards each of the staff members that partook in the trek or tour.

 

ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?

Yes, we are a local sustainable & responsible touristic operator. We incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and help the local communities respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all of our staff to know, understand and respect the local places and its people.

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

Amarutrek Expeditions wants you to enjoy your trek to the fullest and we offer these additional options to enhance your Inca Trail trek!!!

 

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS :

 

Huayna Picchu

Huayna Picchu(young mountain) is a mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu (old mountain).  It is a 45-minute exhilarating hike to its top.  You will be doing this hike on your own as your guide will direct you after the guided tour of Machu Picchu where to go. This is an additional option to add on and it $75 per person. If you decide this risk-taking hike is for you, let us know in advance as tickets sell out fast.

 

Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu mountain is a newer mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu ruins. It offers more stunning views than Huayna Picchu but takes an hour and a half to reach the top.  If you are lucky enough, you might be able to see the rare spectacled bear that lives in areas (off limits to the public). This is an additional option to add on and it $75 per person. It must be booked in advance as it sells out fast.

 

Vistadome Train

All our tours include the Expedition (Tourist) Train. This train is normally booked at 4:22 p.m., leaving Aguas Calientes. The Vistadome train is an upgrade option, that offers slightly larger seats, windows, and even some entertainment. Normally, the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and travels to Poroy, train station closer to Cusco. While there is an upgrade fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel. The price for this upgrade is $75 per person and must be booked in advance.

Extra Day at Machu Picchu

You will have a full day at Machu Picchu, arriving at the citadel around 6 AM and leaving no later than 2 PM in order to catch your 4:22 train. If you would like to visit Machu Picchu again the next day, this time on your own, we can arrange this.  It must be coordinated in advance and the prices are as follows:

Entrance ticket for Machu Picchu- $55 per person

 

Hotel Upgrades

  • Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (5-star hotel) – US $460 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (4-star hotel) – US $234 per person per night (double occupancy)
  • Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (3- star hotel) – US $50 per person per night (double occupancy)

You can also ask us about another hotel of your choice and we can give you a quote on the price for the extra days you will be staying.

PRICES

  • US $690 per person for Group Service
  • US $750 for Private Service.

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