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ANCASCOCHA TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 5D/4N

from $750.00

Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu known as the hidden Inca Trail of Kings is a new face for trekking and a remarkable trail that remains off the beaten path. Ancascocha Trek was named by National Geographic as one of 20 dream hikes on their World Best Hikes list.

  • Reviews 1 Review
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Camping, Trekking
    • Activity Level Hard
      8/8
    • Group Size Medium Group
    All about the ANCASCOCHA TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 5D/4N.

    HIGHLIGHTS.

      • Hiking in the most remote places off the beaten path.
      • Free transfer airport Pick up and drop off
      • Panoramic train on the way back to Cusco
      • Learn and interact with our native Tour Guides
      • Meet our multicultural team going with us Including women Porters and Chefs
      • We promote gender equality and Women´s empowerment
      • 2% of  the price you pay goes to support our Social Projects

    WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE.

    • Original Passport.
    • International Student Card (if pay as a student).
    • Immigration card.
    • Sleeping bag (not included but you can rent one from us)
    • Walking boots
    • Walking stick
    • Good backpack or daypack
    • Waterproof jacket.
    • Good Warm jacket, hat and gloves
    • Recyclable water container or camel bag
    • T-shirts
    • Comfortable trousers
    • Sun hat + sunglasses.
    • Hat for cold.
    • Sun protection cream
    • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
    • Torch or head lamp
    • Personal medication
    • Sandals + Towel
    • Extra money for any emergency or to purchase any souvenirs.

    OVERVIEW.

    • DISTANCE: 53 km / 33 miles.
    • Day1: 12 km/7.2 miles, 6 hours approx.
    • Day2: 16 km /9.6 miles, 8 hours approx.
    • Day3: 15 km/9 miles, 8 hours approx.
    • Day4: 10 km/6 miles, 6 hours approx.
    • Day5: Machu Picchu Tour and back to Cusco
    • Type of trek: Nature, Cultural and history adventure and much more.
    • Elevation: 2000 m / 6400 ft.
    • Machu Picchu tour and back to Cusco
    • Elevation: 4750 m / 15200 ft.
    • Weather: From May to October dry season, from November to April wet season.
    • Hot Spring: optional at Aguas Calientes 5 day.
    • Train Service: We provide expeditions train service however you can do upgrade.
    • Hotel: You spend overnight in a nice hotel 3star.
    • Departure Dates: Every Day.

    Optional items:

    Huayna Picchu Mountain  tickets cost an additional $40 per person. To get this ticket, you need to book far in advance; climbing takes 2 hours round trip.

    Machu Picchu Mountain tickets cost an additional $40 per person. To get this ticket, you need to book far in advance; climbing takes 3 hours round trip.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Tour Guide
    • Assistant Guide (for more than 9 people)
    • Pre Trek Briefing
    • Top chef, super Porters, super horsemen, and amazing horses
    • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu & Guiding tour
    • Entrance fee to classic Inca Trail (on day 4)
    • Pick up from your hotel(on day1)
    • Transportation to the starting point of the trek and return to Cusco
    • Private local van from km 82 – the end of the trek to Ollantaytambo train station. (on day4)
    • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. (on day4)
    • Round trip bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town. (on day5)
    • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. (on day5)
    • Private minivan from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.(on day5 – your hotel)
    • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 happy hours, 4 dinners
    • If you have a special diet – do not worry our chefs will make it for you
    • Drinking water (boiled and filtered – included during the trek)
    • Small snacks on day1 – day2 – day3 – day4
    • Dining tent with tables + chairs and Kitchen tent
    • 4-man tent (only 2 people enter)
    • Sleeping mattress (foam)
    • Duffle bag for your personal gear (holds 8kg)
    • First Aid kit and oxygen bottle
    • Horses for our camping and cooking equipment
    • Horse for emergencies in case you need it.
    • Toilet tent.
    • Hot water bottles for the night
    • Hot water for washing.
    • Pillow + blanket.
    • rain poncho.
    • Rain covers for your backpacks.
    • Hotel 3star Terrazas de la Luna
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • The last lunch in Aguas Calientes. (day5)
    • Tips to guide, chef, porters and horsemen.
    1. Day 1 CUSCO - SOCCMA - RAYANNIYOC

      We will pick you up at 5:00 am from your hotel with our private transportation + guide, chef and porters, then we will drive into the sacred valley for 1 and half hour to get the trail head called Soccma village (the starting point of the hike 3000 m / 9,600 ft). Before hiking we will have our first delicious breakfast.

      Here at Soccma you will meet your horsemen, horses, and your tour guide will introduce you all your team for this amazing journey. then you will be hiking little by little, after one hour of hiking up you will meet the beautiful waterfalls called Perolniyoc; along the way you will see and meet mostly local people which makes more amazing the hike, after the waterfalls you will keep hiking uphill to first Inca site called Qorimarca, your private tour guide will explain everything about included the Inca site, afterwards you will hike one more hour to get the first camping place called Rayanniyoc over 3700m.
      In Rayanniyoc your amazing chef and porters will welcome you at first camping place. And for sure this is a good place to see the stars night sky full constellations.

    2. Day 2 RAYANNIYOQ - KUYCHIQASA PASS - ANCASCOCHA

      Our porters will wake you up at 5am with room service coca tea which is the best way to get up and get ready for the amazing adventure. We depart camp at about 6:30 AM to hike for approximately 3 hours uphill where we will see amazing and incredible views of the snow-capped peaks, llamas, alpacas, valleys and much more, and if we are lucky we may see condors – the largest bird in the Andes with a wing-span of up to 10 feet across. And eventually we reach the first pass called Kuychicassa (4,450 m /14,596 ft) where we take a break and enjoy the magnificent views of the Chancachuco Valley and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. And also as first time you will be able to get the views of the highest Mountains; Veronica Mountain (5800m/18560ft), Chicon Mountain (5700m/18240ft), Pitusiray Mountain (5750m/18400ft), Huallanay Mountain (5650m/18080ft), and much more.
      Then we will start our descent hike for another one hour until we reach the location of our lunch place. After lunch we ascend for 30 min with beautiful views of Mountain Veronica (5,822 m/ 19,100 ft) and then there will be 3 and half hours of hiking downhill to reach the small community called Ancascocha (3,700 m/12,136 ft)
      This camp site is the amazing!

    3. Day 3 ANCASCOCHA - HUAYANAY PASS - QESQA COMMUNITY

      Views of a nearby glacier and lake and the well-preserved Inca trail are the highlight of this day. We will start our wake-up time with coca tea in your sleeping tent. (it will be like room service) After breakfast we get ready for this challenging day but you won’t get tired of the spectacular views. We begin hiking for about 3 hours along a zigzag trail up towards the Huayanay Pass (4,750 m/ 15,200 ft) which is the highest point of our Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu. While hiking today we will find and meet one of the originals Inca trails and also on the way, we see the beautiful waterfall that feeds into the Ancascocha Lake.

      After this stunning view of the highest point, we descend for 2 hour until we reach the Inca site of Incaraqay, and also we will have lunch there. At this point we will hike downhill for 1 1/2 hours into greener vegetation. During this part of the trek we will have views of the classic Inca trail to MachuPicchu from far distance, and fascinating views of the Qesqa valley. Then we’ll reach our campsite called Qesqa community (3,800 m/12,200 ft).

    4. Day 4 QESQA - PAUCARCANCHA - KILOMETER 82 - OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES

      From Muyu Muyu village we will descend for 1 hours until we reach the Inca site of Paucarcancha. At the Inca site your Tour Guide will provide a tour. After the tour we will hike downhill for 4 hours with little uphill until we reach Km 82, which is part of the classic Inca trail and also marks the end of our hike. Along the way we will be able to see the Inca site of Llactapata, which is the first Inca site on the Classic Inca Trail. Our chef will provide you your last delicious lunch at Kilometer 82. After lunch you will say good bye your team (chef, and porters), so this is the time where you can organize some tips for them.

      And then we will drive to Ollantaytambo train station for 30minutes. Ollantaytambo is a lovely small town and if we have time we can visit the town (2,792 m/9,158 ft). After visiting the town we will have dinner in Ollantaytatambo in one of the best restaurants. Then you will catch the train to Aguas Calientes, train journey will be for one hour and 40 minutes to Aguas Calientes (train services will depend on the season but normally is expedition service from ollantaytambo to Aguas calientes). Once you reach Aguas Calientes your tour guide will take you to your hotel.

    5. Day 5 AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - AGUAS CALIENTES - CUSCO

      The most important and magical day! You will get up and have breakfast early at your hotel, because the first bus to Machupicchu is at 5:30am. If you want to enjoy it the sunrise at Machupicchu, you have to get early that will be the only way to observe the sunrise at Machupicchu site (organize the pick-up time with your Guide). You and your guide will drive half hour to get the Inca city Machupicchu. The Inca ruins Machupicchu opens every day at 6:00am. Your guidig tour at Machupicchu will take 2 hours approximately which you will explore with your guide. After your tour, you will have free time to explore by your own so you can explore the sun gate, inca bridge, Machupicchu Mountain or Huaynapicchu Mountain etc. Once you are finished exploring Machupicchu you will meet up with your tour guide at Aguas Calientes town who will provide your train ticket (train service is at 2:55pm). These tickets may be distributed earlier while you are still at Machupicchu.

      Your transportation back in Cusco will be by train and private van. journey from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo town will be by train which will take 1 hour and half Then you will take for 2 hours by private van from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

      All transportation in Cusco or anywhere will be back to your hotel.

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    Trekking Accomodation:

    This amazing alternative trek provides the best camping spots which are pretty much private. 3 camping nights includes a spacious 4 man tent that will be shared by only two people so you can spread out a bit and also we included pillow with Sleeping mattress (foam).

    Hotel 3start: the fourth night is spent in a nice Hotel at Aguas Caliente Town, rather than camping. This 3 star hotel is included in the trek cost, and it’s based on a shared room (Double occupancy). We are the only tour Company who provides 3star Hotel.

    If you would like to upgrade your hotel, or prefer a single room, there will be an additional cost.

    • First night: Camping
    • Secong night: Camping
    • Third night: Camping
    • Fourth night: Hotel 3 start at Aguas Calientes town.
    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    First Night, Second Night & Third NightAmazing camping nights

    Hotel 3star included on day4Hotel 3star in Aguas Calientes Town included

    Prices

    Price: $750 USD Per person group service

    Price: $730 USD per person group service (if you are 4people)

    Price: $890 USD per person private service (Minimun 2 people)

    Price: $1150 USD Per person private service (single traveler)

    Discounts

    Student Discount ( only with active green ISIC card): US$25.00

    Under 18 years will pay as student: US$25.00

    Note: If you are more than 4 people contact us.

     

    1. Why runas expeditions?

    RUNAS EXPEDITIONS is an experienced travel company, we are experts doing tours and you are our motivation; to show you our culture; You will have your best adventure and experience ever in PERU. We will work together to do your trip, hiking through the Andes to reach MACHUPICCHU or any other tours.
    Peru is one of the countries that has so many things to do as an adventure, so we offer you the best experiences ever in your lifetime. Whatever is your tour you will have the best adventures. All our tours are only and strictly operated by RUNAS EXPEDITIONS with our professional staff. we are located and based in Cusco, working more than 10 years in the tourism industry, we believe that we are in advance than any others tour companies because we really practice and educate the people to protect the environment and we really help to local people with giving jobs, and giving donations to the local children.  And we really care about our employees guides, chefs, porters, horsemen and all our staff. Runas Expeditions contributes to the Peruviangovernment with 19%taxes on all sales (overseas companies are exempt from paying this so do not contribute to the Peruvian economy in this aspect).
    All our tour guides are from university who speak English; they are very professional with a lot knowledgeable and a lot passion to their work.

    2. Do i need to be fit?

    Well all the treks Inca trail, Salkantay Trek, Lares Trek, Ausangate trek or whatever trek are moderately difficult, at least you need to train like go running, gym, hike a little bit or do any exercise. On the trail you will have enough time do anything, if you are hiking slow on the way that’s not problem take your time enjoy yourself because our tour guides will be ready to help at any times.
    Please when you will be going high altitudes, go slowly and steady and drink a lot water and of course drink the magical coca tea.

    3. How long in advance should I book for the Inca trail?

    Well all the treks Inca trail, Salkantay Trek, Lares Trek, Ausangate trek or whatever trek are moderately difficult, at least you need to train like go running, gym, hike a little bit or do any exercise. On the trail you will have enough time do anything, if you are hiking slow on the way that’s not problem take your time enjoy yourself because our tour guides will be ready to help at any times.
    Please when you will be going high altitudes, go slowly and steady and drink a lot water and of course drink the magical coca tea.

    4. How can I proceed to book a reservation for the Inca trail?

    Sending your main Departure date and back up date:
    You must provide us a main date and a backup date. By providing us with a main date and a backup date for your trek classic Inca Trail, you automatically authorize Runas Expeditions to use either of these dates for your reservation. Runas Expeditions within the next 24 hours, we will send you an electronic receipt confirming your trek has been officially booked and also to confirm the exact departure date of your trek. And will be required to make a deposit of 20% or 200$ USA of the total price of the Inca Trail. If you want more information just follow the website or contact us.

    4. How can I proceed to book a reservation for the Inca trail?

    Sending your main Departure date and back up date:
    You must provide us a main date and a backup date. By providing us with a main date and a backup date for your trek classic Inca Trail, you automatically authorize Runas Expeditions to use either of these dates for your reservation. Runas Expeditions within the next 24 hours, we will send you an electronic receipt confirming your trek has been officially booked and also to confirm the exact departure date of your trek. And will be required to make a deposit of 20% or 200$ USA of the total price of the Inca Trail. If you want more information just follow the website or contact us.

    5. How can I proceed to book a reservation for the altervative treks?

    The same as the Inca Trail, sending your departure date and backup date:
    You must provide us a main date and a backup date. By providing us with a main date and a backup date for your trek classic, you automatically authorize Runas Expeditions to use either of these dates for your reservation. Runas Expeditions within the next 24 hours, we will send you an electronic receipt confirming your trek has been officially booked and also to confirm the exact departure date of your trek and also you have to do a deposited of 200$ usa or 20% of the total price of the trip.

    6. How many days in advance is recommended to be in Cusco? How far in advance must one check in at the royal adventura office to guarantee the reservation?

    All the hiker from any treks, we high recommended to be in Cusco 2 or 3 days before doing the trek in order to acclimatize with high elevation. The last details about your trek (to pay the remaining balance) should be at the Runas Expeditions office at least two days prior to departure

    7. Do i need to send a deposit and how much do i need to deposit?

    Yes, you do. We use your deposit “Non- refundable’’ to pay official fees when making your official reservation. For example, we need to pay tourist and porters entrance fees and taxes (19%). We also use it to secure chefs, porters and horses for our different treks.
    You have to deposit US$200 per person for Inca Trail and US$200 per person for alternative trek or us $200 for any tours. 
    US$265 per person for Inca Trail + WaynaPicchu or for the Alternative trek + WaynaPicchu. 
    Please confirm if you want to climb WaynaPicchu as it needs to be booked well in advance too; this is US$65.00 per person there are 2 time sessions: 7 to 8am or 10 to 11am this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible to either time.
     NOTE: The client will assume all transaction fees.

    8. Can i book group service or private?

    When you book as Group Service, you will meet people from different nationalities, different ages, and different culture minds, while you are hiking you don’t have to wait for the last one but you will wait at lunch place and camping site because you will share the same food, the same sleeping tents etc.
    When you book as Private Service, you will definitely have exclusive service with more details and surprise to you. You will travel just yourself not with other people to share thing, it will selected just two people for honeymooners, for family or a group of friends and normally the groups are small but they could be a big group.
    And also we included one way transportation from the airport to your hotel + sleeping bag.

    9. Is there a meeting before the trek or any tours?

    Of course there will be a meeting at Runas Expeditions office before doing any tours, where you will meet your tour guide, the rest of your group, and be provided with a clear information about your trek or any tours.

    10. Can i rent equiment from Runas expeditions?

    Yes, You can. Here you can rent sleeping bag, sleeping tens, trekking poles, inflammable matrass or air mattresses but we don’t rent hiking boots, rain jackets or other personal clothing.

    11. Can i rent an extra porter and how much will they carry for me?

    Runas Expeditions, you don’t have to pay for extra porter, we included in all our tour extra porter to carry 7 kilos per person (duffle bag), so we are the only tour company who provide this. You will carry just a small daypack.

    7 Reasons to Hike the Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu. Ancascocha trek is known as the hidden Inca Trail of kings, and the who trail distance is 34 miles.

    1. Incredible views
    2. Backcountry adventure ( Off The Beaten )
    3. Fantastic Inca history & 9 Inca Sites
    4. Spectacular snow cap mountains, waterfalls & lagoons
    5. Interact with locals.
    6. Hike 9 miles of the classic inca Trail.

    7. Round Trip Train Journey.

    Definitely we are offering you the best alternative trek to Machu Picchu, and you’ll be the one who will experience on the classic Inca Trail and much more.

    Overall Rating
    5/5
    Kristi Brennan
    Reviewed On 21/11/2019
    5/5

    The Ancascocha Trek is one of the top 20 hikes in the world, according to National Geographic. I chose it because it was as one of the least known, least traveled, most spectacular routes in the high Andes, ending in Machu Picchu. I went with Runas on the personal recommendation of a friend. It was everything I had hoped, and more. The trek itself is incredible, we saw no other hikers, the landscapes were indescribably beautiful and dramatic. It was challenging but manageable - I had t spent some time acclimating prior to the trek.. The services and guidance provided by Runas were simply outstanding every step of the way. Eddy was an excellent guide - he provided so much enriching information on history, culture, plants, animals, geology - everything. The food was Peruvian, and the chef created some of the best I have ever eaten - fresh, healthy, so tasty! The service and consideration from the team was luxurious - I woke up in the mornings to a basin of warm water and hot chocolate at tent door, and enjoyed a hot water bottle for my feet on cold nights. The equipment was excellent, the team was so helpful and hardworking, Guide Eddy was kind, knowledgeable, personable. Runas is 100% Peruvian and the entire team was local Quechuan from the villages. They have a very strong connection and commitment to the land, culture, history, and people of the high Andes. Eddy is dedicated to improving the lives of the common Peruvians - he treats his team with respect and fairness, and Runas also supports a local village school. I highly recommend going with Runas Expeditions - they offer a wide variety of hikes and tours through the Sacred Valley, the Andes, Cusco, Machu Picchu. They are professional, knowledgeable, dedicated to providing an exceptional experience to their clients.

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