Ancascocha Trek Uncrowded Inca Trail

Ancascocha Trek To Machu Picchu

The Ancascocha Trek is a 4 or 5 day hike that takes you from the Cachiccata Peasant Community to Machu Picchu, passing through incredible landscapes, such as lagoons, waterfalls, mountains and archaeological sites. It is an alternative route to the Inca Trail, which is less crowded and more challenging, but also more rewarding. This community shows you its culture and tradition of the area. The highlights are the Inca quarries and the Sun Gate, where we will camp near this sacred place. The views are unique to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Machu Picchu Valley. The hike shows all its beauty on the route. We will see colorful lagoons and mountains, as well as snow-capped peaks such as the famous Veronica, Huayanay and Alambraniyoc. These mountains surround this beautiful hike until we leave the Inca Trail to the train station in Ollantaytambo.

THIS HIKE REQUIRES GOOD HIKERS WITH A GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION

This hike requires people with a good physical condition because, on the first day, we start with the ascent to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). You will also need it for the second day, because you have to cross the Black Pass, which is at an altitude of 3900 meters above sea level. From there, you are at the highest point of the hike, with magnificent views of the Peruvian Andes. After the second day, we will be on the Inca Trail, which will take us to the impressive 4-day hike, on the first day of which the hikers leave to reach Machu Picchu.

YOU WILL PASS THROUGH REMOTE COMMUNITIES ALONG THIS HIKE

The communities are Chancachuko, Ancascocha, Muyu Muyu, Quesca. Here, the local people arrive only by horses, or also by walking. There are no roads, because we are talking about the Peruvian Andes, with difficult access for cars. But the people live happily in these places as peasants. They are alpaca herders, llama herders, and also cattle farmers. This is the remote life of the inhabitants. Also we are going pass through beautiful mountain and velleys.

WHAT IS NECESSARY FOR THIS HIKE?

To begin with, there are many factors that you need, one being able to face the cold alone, having trekking poles, a good sleeping bag, also good trekking shoes, warm clothing, and the most important thing is to have the spirit to face the climatic factors on the route, whether it is heat or cold. It is also necessary to have a balance of mind, as we know mentally you have to face positively the days that you are doing as a hiker. Or prepare yourself mentally.

WHY IS IT CALLED ANCASCOCHA TREK TO MACHU PICCHU?

The route is named after the lagoon of the same name, because this lagoon is thanks to the melting of the Huayanay mountain. We can appreciate that this lagoon is on the slope of the Huayanay mountain. Over time, it has become famous and lucrative for the people who live below these mountains, where it feeds entire communities. A very important source not only for the inhabitants of the mountains, but also for the wild animals, such as deer, Andean pumas, foxes and wild birds.

WHY ANCASCOCHA INCA TRAIL?

This route is less known by hikers and also by some travel agencies. The route became very famous thanks to National Geographic Society, which considers it one of the 20 best hiking routes to Machu Picchu. It is a combined route with the 4-day Inca Trail and an alternative path that offers an exact combination to enjoy and learn about the Inca culture and history based on the sources of the ancient chroniclers. Why ancient chroniclers? They mention the route where many Inca rebels escaped to the Amazon jungle, combining the Inca Trail, passing snow-capped mountains, small rivers, and lagoons that the Spanish could never follow. They also mention that the mountains with access were places of great importance for the Incas because they made human sacrifices and left them under the mountains with snow. Because when we pass through these places we will see Inca Prestige that will sweeten the history of this route.

ARE THERE PORTERS ON THIS ANCASCOCHA TREK ROUTE?

This Ancascocha trek route to Machu Picchu does not require any help staff (porter), but it does require horsemen and cooks, as it is an alternative route combined with the Inca Trail. We only need fewer staff since the animals are the ones that carry all the camping equipment. We only need 2 people or more depending on how many hikers we have and in the same way to have a cook. We have a main cook and a second cook who are the people who make up the trek team to Ancascocha to Machu Picchu.

WHAT ANIMALS CAN YOU SEE ON THE ANCASCOCHA TREK ROUTE?

On the first day we will see horses, cows and on the second day we can already see llamas and alpacas, sheep as well as horses, mules. On the third day, we can mostly see alpacas near the highest pass of this route

HOW MUCH DOES THIS ROUTE COST?

This route costs more than 600 dollars per person, but the price depends on the type of service that you choose. Each agency has its own rates and offers. As a travel and tourism agency, we can offer you the best for your experien
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