Ancascocha trek peru, cusco new hike to machu picchu. A trekking trail that is considered, one of the best hikes around the world according the national geography, the ancascocha trail, leads by the North West highland of Cusco region, where the lowest campsite is at 4,000mt “12,192 ff”. Amongst the many ancascocha trek programs offered by tour companies in Peru, our ancascocha trekking program, leads by the most scenic path, where you will be able to see impressive mountains of the southern Andes, trail with intact flora and fauna; that amazes everyone, reason by which this trekking trail is the best alternative trail to reach machu picchu. The ancascocha region, has many several trails starting at different points, most of them will start at parpiso, or socma.
Our ancascocha trek, will begin at the shores of Salkantay Mountain, it is the most spectacular view of the salkantay mountain, it runs by less frequented trails, and reaches the ancascocha lake “blue lake”, reason by which it is named ancascocha hike, (other companies do not reach this lake in their ancascocha hike).
Our Ancascocha trek, is advised for people who loves nature, and get away from the touristy trekking trails. While doing the ancascocha trek with our company, we guarantee that you will have the most scenic views, camp grounds from where you can see incredible mountains and many stars at night, we will also have the opportunity to walk the by old path, a section that not hiked by the 4 days inca trail hikers, this inca trail section looks even like a road for truck, but there is no trucks that can run by its stairs, while regarding the fauna: We will have opportunity to see the Andean fox, the majestic condors, deer, partridges, the Andean pecker and etc. our adventure tour to ancascocha, is 100% organized by our company, and leaded by our experienced and certified local tour guides who really knows the trail.
If you are interested to do an alternate trek to machu picchu, or do the traditional ancascocha hike, send us an e-mail, we’ll send you more info regarding this trekking to ancascocha in Cusco, Peru. Daily departures available in Private trek.
Recommended trek by the national geographic, ask for our private ancascocha trek peru.
Day 01: Cusco – Salkantay Pampa: Our fantastic ancascocha trek, begins with the meet up in your hotel at 05:00 hrs, then drive to the hike start point, before getting the place, we will stop at Mollepata, a small town where we can buy some supplies such as: water, walking sticks and etc, then we drive for 40 more minutes and stop at a planes named challacancha, here we will meet up with our muleteers and start our trek, the first 30 minutes are uphill, then we can walk by a flat train banking a water channel, here we can enjoy the fantastic view of salkantay glacier mount, then arriving to Soraypampa we’ll lunch, after lunch the will hike by a narrow highland valley towards to salkantay pampa, here over, 4,000 mt, at a quiet camp ground where we set up our tents and spend the night. 5 hours walk,
Day 02: Salkantay pampa – inca chiriaska – Toqtoqasa. Early breakfast will be perfect to provides energy for next part and the cooler morning temperatures will help us to ascend and summit the highest point of the ancascocha trek, we will breakfast at 06:30 hrs, then start the toughest part of our trek, the trail leads by an uphill trail to Inkachiriasca pass” the highest point of our trek, 5.100 m”, from this point we can have a great scenic view of the area, no words to describe how impressive the salkantay mountain is, impetuous snow-capped mountain that amazes everyone, after this point we will take an even less frequented path, we’ll walk to Toqtoqasa by an smooth downhill, with small icchu straw plants, the second day is the most challenging part of the ancascocha our hike, but we will have emergency horses following us, we will camp over 3900m.a.s.l.
Day 03: Toqto q´asa – Occoruro: Another fantastic day starts with nutritious breakfast, then we will re-initiate our beautiful walk. The hike begins with a gentle uphill hike, then the trek continues by a downhill path that is by straw grass, from here we can enjoy the view of the southern mountain which are smaller, we can see the Apurimac canyon at a long distance, same beautiful as usual, from here we will be able to see some shine metal ruff of houses at a very long distance. The hiking distance in time is about 7 hours. This is a wonderfull place where if lucky, we can see the flight of condors, they come from time to time, but for sure we will see: eagles, hawks and small birds; our camp site is at a really quiet and cozy place surrounded by mountains over 3,800mt. At around 16:30 hours, we serve delicious hot soup, followed by the main course. After dinner you can spend some time outside the tents watching the shooting stars, then sleep.
Day 04: Occoruro – Accocasa – wayanay – anacascocha: wake up at 06:00 hrs, then we will have breakfast, we will continue our hike towards the Accoqasa pass 4700m, all the hike is uphill and takes about three hours of walk, here we will reach a summit named accoccasa (4,700 mt), 360º view, place from where we can see many mountains, and using binocular we will be able to see the famous Inca trail to Machu picchu, but what amazes people are for sure the glacier mounts view such as Salkantay, pima sillu, Humantay. From here we will continue by a gentle path lead us to our lunch place. After lunch, a gentle uphill section will leads us to the Huayanay pass “4600mt”, from where we can see the famous Huacaywillka “veronica” (Sacred Tears), the hike leads by the well preserved old inca path, here we can see the blue color lagoon named ancascocha “reason why which our hike is named ancascocha trek peru”, here we’ll see some torrent ducks, Huallatas (Andean geese = Chloephaga melanoptera), the andean pecker and some migrant birds. After 3 hours from lunch we will reach the ancascocha camp site, located at a quiet place.
Day 5: Ancascocha – Chancachucu – Inca Stones Quarry: I would say that, this is the longest section in terms of distance of our ancascocha hike. We will re-start walking at about 07:30 by the old path, then crossing an stream we can have an small uphill, then we can walk by a gentle uphill path, then it reaches a place called chancachuku, here there still visible a fence where incas used to farm their llamas and alpacas, after lunch we can enter in to a canyon that is incredibly nice, clear water and green vegetation all year around, then do downhill before and uphill part to reach the incas water channel, following this path we will reach the view point of the sacred valley, then arrive in to the incas stones quarry for ollantaytambo, we will see the carved rocks that were ready to transport and some old dwellings, then walk to the camp site near by the incas stone quarry. 14 km of walk in about 8.5 hours.
Day 6: Stones Quarry – Ollantaytambo – Cusco: we will breakfast at an open spot, then we will hike by a gentle trail down to ollantaytambo, it takes about 4 hours only, the view is fantastic and the temperature is usually warm, we will lunch in ollanta then our transport will takes us back to Cusco city where ancascocha trek peru ends with transfer to your hotel. (Optional extension to Machu Picchu upon previous request.