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18 Reasons to hike the Ancascocha trek with Action Peru Treks!

Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu

Named after a tiny but beautifully located community in the Cordillera Vilcabamba’s remote eastern fringe, this is a little-known trek, but worthy addition to the growing list of alternative treks to the Classic Inca Trail trek. It starts in the village of Soqma. Crossing two high passes including Huayanay pass (4,650 m/ 15,298 ft. highest point). It offers amazing views of some of the region’s best-known snow peaks, Salkantay and La Veronica. An added bonus is the magnificent Huayanay glacier which towers above a landscape laced with icy lakes and cascades. Along with the natural attractions you’ll pass interesting Inca ruins, sections of Inca Trails, red mountains and friendly local indigenous people. Ancascocha can easily be combined with the classic Inca Trail, Salkantay trek or the Moonstone trek. The Ancascocha trail finishes at several points: you can link up with the Salkantay trek at Salkantaypampa, you can link up with the Classic Inca Trail at Paucarcancha, KM 82 and continue to the magnificent and Mysterious city of Machu Picchu.

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  1. The Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes is a remarkable trail that remains off the beaten path.
  2. It is listed as one of National Geographic’s 20 dream hikes on their World Best Hikes list.
  3. The Ancascocha trek is the #1 best alternative trek to Machu Picchu.
  4. The Ancascocha Trek is very remote. It is our signature trek and we designed it ourselves.
  5. One advantage for it is that it is designed to be done in 4 days, 5 days, 7 days and 8 days.
  6. The Ancascocha Trek is unique and the scenery is mind blowing. The Ancascocha Trek is superior to all the alternative treks. If you ask any of the guides they will tell you Ancascocha is the choice hands down.
  7. The Ancascocha   trek is gorgeous and you will definitely see snow capped peaks, lots of Llamas and Alpacas too.
  8. There is a portion of the Classic Inca Trail hiked is backwards. So the Ancascocha Trail intersects with the Inca Trail a couple of hours in. Then you walk from there to KM 82.
  9. “There is always availability”. The rate limiting steps around here are Inca Trail permits and Huayna Picchu permits. Since those are both sold out, the rush isn´t extremely large.
  10. “We have the best and most experienced tour guides in the region”. All of our tour guides are seasoned and local professionals with English, Spanish and Quechua   language speaking at a mother tongue level who are licensed by Peru’s Ministry of Tourism. Most of these guides have master’s degrees in relevant subjects and all have dozens, if not hundreds, of glowing recommendations on Trip advisor, National Geographic and many blogs. We take all security precautions to make your trip safe, enjoyable and the experience of a lifetime.
  11. “We have the best chefs in the region” Our Chefs are certified and highly trained at a professional culinary institute in Cusco and Lima. Our chefs can accommodate pretty much everything: vegetarian, gluten free, allergies and many others.
  12. Enjoy the best food that will blow your mind! The quality is unparalleled and as for quantity, you will definitely have all you can eat! We also include Peruvian specialties to give you a true culinary immersive experience.
  13. “Best trekking equipment” We supply the sleeping tents (Eureka Timberline 4 person tent for every 2 trekkers/ Eureka Timberline 3 person tent for single trekkers) Therma-rest air mattresses, dining tents, cooking tents, tables, chairs, toilet tents, and other trekking equipment. Our outfitter purchases the highest quality trekking equipment in Peru, USA. And older equipment is evaluated and replaced on a regular basis.
  14. We are a Sustainable and Eco Friendly Tour Operator. (Agregar link)
  15. We are 100% indigenously owned and operated. The fact that our company is completely local means all the money paid for treks goes right back into the communities and local economy!
  16. Small groups, big adventures and the best personalized service. Our style of trek means you’ll hike the Peruvian Andes and see the local way, eat the local way and sleep the local way.
  17. The Huayna Picchu permit is included in the Ancascocha trek price (with the exception of the 7 day, 6 night Ancascocha + Inca Trail trek). You would begin the hike at 10 AM. This would be done after your 2-3 hour guided walking tour of Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu is a truly amazing experience.
  18. Additionally, it includes a luxury Vistadome train ride, lodging in a very nice hotel in Aguas Calientes, and dinner at the nicest restaurant in Aguas Calientes, Indio Feliz.

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