- Ancascocha 8 days / 7 nights
outstanding trek takes us through the Cordillera
Vilcabamba, a range which juts out of the lowlands and
has glaciers feeding the Amazon. During this
breathtaking journey, we cross two high mountain passes,
traverse beautiful green valleys, and camp next to
brilliant glacial lakes in the Andean cloud forest. This
is a great opportunity to explore remote trails free
from tourist traffic and full of unforgettable scenery.
Throughout the trek, we enjoy a stunning panorama of
snow-capped peaks, including the magnificent Mount
Salcantay (6,270 m.). We will also explore ancient Inca
archeological remains and appreciate a wide variety of
flower and bird species. Our final day brings us to the
legendary Inca town of Ollantaytambo, from where an
optional extension to Machu Picchu can be taken.
1.- Cusco / Mollepata
Leaving Cusco early in the morning, we take a scenic
drive of approximately 4 hours to the small village of
Mollepata, located high above the Apurimac River. We
camp our first night at a nearby farming area called
Marco Casa to rest and acclimatize before beginning our
trek. Here, we also meet up with the mules, horses, and
arrieros (wranglers) that will carry our gear during the
DAY 2.- Mollepata / Soraypampa
Today we begin our gentle hike into the Cordillera
Vilcabamba. From above the green river valley, we hike
steadily upwards to the high plateau. Along the way, we
get our first incredible view of Huamantay (5917 m.). As
we approach our campsite at Soraypampa, the enormous
Salcantay peak (6270m. and the highest in the Vilcabamba
range) dominates our skyline.
DAY 3.- Soraypampa / Acobamba
day begins with a steep climb up to the Incachilaska
pass (4,870 m.), from where we enjoy fantastic views of
the surrounding range. Descending through a deep
corridor, we arrive to a small, flat valley where we
camp in front of Mount Palkay.
DAY 4.- Acobamba / Paucarcancha
Acobamba to Paucarcancha - As we continue walking, the
valley opens to puna grassland through which we make
another gradual descent. We pass through the community
of Pampa Cahua, where the local people still farm their
potato crops in the same fashion and with the same tools
as in Pre-Columbian times. The vegetation becomes
greener as we continue down to the Inca site of
Paucarcancha. Here we spend the afternoon exploring the
ruins and resting for the night.
DAY 5.- Paucarcancha / Qesca (Keska)
Following an original Inca stone path, we spend the day
gradually climbing up along a small stream surrounded by
many beautiful flowers. We continue through a rural area
where the treeline ends and the puna starts. We camp in
a lovely highland area next to the flowing stream.
DAY 6.- Qesca / Ancascocha
Today we have a steep push up over the Ancascocha Pass
(4650 m.), from where we descend following a switchback
path. We make a stop by the beautiful Lake Ancascocha to
enjoy the scenery and have lunch. From here we continue
walking gently down to the community of Ancascocha where
we camp for the night.
DAY 7.- Ancascocha / Ollantaytambo
final day is a lovely walk through a deep corridor,
crossing several bridges above the Silke River. On the
way down, we appreciate a wide variety of flower and
bird species including orchids and hummingbirds. Our
path opens into the Sacred Valley, where some of the
best corn crops in the world grow. When we reach Chilca,
our private vehicle will take us to Ollantaytambo to
visit the incredible ruins and spend the night in a
DAY 8.- Ollantaytambo / Cusco (or Optional extension to
the morning, we take a bus back to Cusco. Those wanting
an extension trip to Machu Picchu will take a morning
train to Aguas Calientes and spend the day visiting the
amazing Inca remains with a professional guide. See
further details below.
Departure : Everyday.
Private transportation to head of trail.
- Professional, English-speaking guide and camp
- Plentiful, nutritious meals (Vegetarian option
available) where indicated.
- Double-occupancy tents and camping equipment (includes
dining tent, kitchen tent, and latrine tent).
- Pack animals to carry personal gear and equipment.
- Entrance fee to Ollantaytambo archeological
- Accommodation in Ollantaytambo.
- Bus from Chilca to Ollantaytambo and back to Cusco.
8 days / 7 nights.
What you should bring :
Backpack or duffle bag.
- Sleeping bag.
- Warm clothing / thermals.
- Insect repellent.
- Trekking shoes / wool socks.
- Water bottle.
- Rain gear.
- Day pack.
- Sunscreen and hat.
- Personal medical kit.
- Bathing suit and towel.
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manner we require a deposit of 50% of the cost of the
chosen program at the time of booking.
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