ANCASCOCHA TREK INFORMATION
Get way off the beaten path with this challenging trek. Have the trail to yourself as you climb 2 big mountain passes and get rewarded with unbelievable views of the milky way, Humantay Lake, rivers, and the Ancascocha Lake and Valley.
One of the Sacred Valley’s best kept secrets, this trek takes you through local communities, passed stunning waterfalls, and offers some of the most spectacular 360 degree views in all of Peru.
The Ancascocha Trek
Named after a reservoir lake, this trek is doable in 4 or 5 days and is the ultimate choice for those seeking solitude from the crowded trails. Starting in the town of Soraypampa, the first day involves almost 8 hours of hiking through strenuous terrain with a maximum altitude of 5000 meters. The second day does its best to out-do the first with 10 hours of hiking at altitude. As difficult as it may be, the views are second to none and the crisp air is as fresh as it gets. You may be ready for a descent at this point but that’s still one day away. The third day is another one spent at altitude, albeit less tiresome than the previous two. Passing through monstrous valleys and red-tinted mountains is a unique experience that many will never have the chance to see. Across the range is the famous Inca Trail surrounded by the sacred mountains of Salktantay, Humantay, Huayanay, and Huacaywilka. The day ends with a 1.5-hour descent towards the campsite of Ancascocha. Your wishes of an easy hike finally come true on the fourth day. Descending next to orchids and bromeliads you’ll head towards Ollantaytambo to catch a train towards Aguas Calientes where you’ll be treated to a comfy bed and celebratory dinner. On day 5 you’ll reach the pinnacle of everything you’ve worked for by heading to Machu Picchu.