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The Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes is a remarkable trail that remains off the beaten path. It is listed as one of National Geographic’s 20 dream hikes on their World Best Hikes list. The trek wanders through traditional villages like Chillipahua and its namesake Ancashcocha (3,700 m/12,136 ft). Along the way, it humps over big passes, including the high point at the Huayanay Pass (4,550 m/ 14,925 ft), and takes in views of towering 20,551 foot (6,266 m) Apu Salkantay.
trekking to Machu Picchu has become the ultimate bucket list item for many and usually it’s the classic Inca Trail trek that people have their sights set on. With such high demand and permits almost always snatched up six months in advance, the Inca Trail can be an out-of-reach option if you’ve planned your Peru vacation five months in advance instead of six. Allow us to introduce you to a no less challenging or less scenic alternative to the classic Inca Trail.
The Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu is a four-day trek through the foothills and passes of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. If natural beauty, storybook settings, brushes with Andean village life, and the snow-capped peaks of the Andes sound enticing to you, this trek is for you. Listed as one of National Geographic’s 20 dream hikes, the Ancascocha trek has a lot going for it including that ever-popular appeal of being considered off-the-beaten-path. Here’s what you can expect on the Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu.