Ancascocha Best Hiking Trail

The Ancascocha hiking is a spectacular hidden Inca Trail off the beaten track. This alternative hike offers the most beautiful views of the Urubamba Mountains. The Ancascocha adventure traverses everything from the rolling farmland of the Vilcabamba Valley to the alpine highlands, passing through the foothills and Cordillera Vilcabamba Mountain.

The hiking adventure is a little-known but worthy list of alternative Inca trails; you can enjoy a fantastic view of some of the most famous snow peaks in Salkantay and La Veronica. Huayanay Nevada is impressive, towering above the landscape of icy lakes and small waterfalls. In addition to natural attractions, you will pass through exciting ruins, scattered parts of the Inca Trail, and friendly pastoral communities.

Hiking to Machu Picchu has become the ultimate checklist item for many people. Usually, this is the classic Ancascocha hike; let us introduce you to the equivalent challenges or beauty of the traditional Inca Road.

Adventure route

  • First day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan
  • Second day: Rayan – Ancascocha
  • Third day: Ancascocha – Huayanay pass – Muyu Muyu community
  • Fourth day: Muyu Muyu – Paucarcancha – Kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
  • Fifth day: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Important information

  • The total distance of the Ancascocha walk: 49 km / 30 ½ miles
  • Start altitude: 3,205 m / 10,512 feet
  • Maximum altitude: 4,650 m / 15,298 feet
  • General difficulty of walking: Defiant “challenging.”

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