Ancascocha Trail to Machu Picchu 5 DAYS

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The Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu is a beautiful, but the lesser known route. National Geographic has included it on their list of dream hikes around the world. You will make your way through traditional villages such as Chillipahua and Ancasocha (3700m). You will reach an altitude of 4500m at Huayanay Pass and also have several breathtaking views of Apu Salkantay (6266m).

We will hike for 3 days and arrive at Machu Picchu on the fourth day. The third day we will hike for half the day on the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.


  • Trek the off the beaten track in the highlands of the Sacred Valley—some of the best trekking in Peru to reach Machu Picchu.
  • Travel Trek with someone who hiked the Inca Trail for over 300 times, Salkantay Trek for over 200 times, Choquequirao Trek for over 150 times, Ausangate Trek for over 100 times, Lares Trek for over 50 times, Ancascocha Trek for over 20 times, being at Machu Picchu for over 600 times.
  • Experience indigenous Quechua culture, fragile ecosystems, Inca ruins, and spot Andean wildlife like the majestic condor.
  • Full-service camping, including a comfortable dining tent, in gears, we have the best of the trail.
  • Behold vistas of incredible landscapes providing endless photo opportunities.
  • Spend the last day at ethereal Machu Picchu, “Lost City of the Incas” with a private guide.
  • Expert-led off the beaten track trekking holiday in Peru. Direct official local tour operator based in Cusco, managed by locals.
  • Direct official local tour operator with headquarter in Cusco, accredited by the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism.

We head out to Soqma Village 10,512 ft, early in the morning, by driving for about 1 hour and 45 minutes, which is the trailhead to start our hiking. At this point we’ll meet up our horses and muleteers, get ready our hiking gears, and we’ll have our breakfast, after enjoying the breakfast we’ll start hiking up following a small valley to Perolniyoq a small Incan site perched atop the mountain, but previously we’ll see a nice waterfall, a perfect place to shoot some pictures. Once our arrival to the Incan site, you’ll have an explanation about the history of this site by our Trek Leader. We will then continue to our lunch spot for about 1 hour where we’ll enjoy a just prepared lunch, which comes with starter, soup, main course, dessert, tea (coca), in our dining tent overlooking to a great scenery around. After having our lunch, we’ll continue hiking up for about 2 hours to reach the first pass Called Kuichicasa 14,596 ft, at this point we’ll have stunning vistas of the Urubamba range where some snowcapped mountains are located, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas below us. From the pass we’ll hike downhill for 1 hour to get the first camp site called Chacachuco 14,268 ft. All meals included.

Hiking Time: 7 – 8 hours
Hiking Distance: 7.45 miles / 11 km
Physical Rating: Moderate – Strenuous

Today’s breakfast makes us ready for a great adventure day, after having our breakfast at 6:00 am, we’ll start hiking on a highland plain with great views around, after trekking for about 3 hours we’ll arrive at next lunch spot located in Ancascocha community. After lunch we’ll hike up for about 2 hours to reach the second camp site 14,432 ft, located close by to Ancascocha lagoon. All meals included.

Hiking Time: 7 – 8 hours
Hiking Distance: 7:45 miles / 12 km
Physical Rating: Challenging

We start the day having a nutritious breakfast at 6:00 am, we then start our trek, following the switchback trail up to the highest point with amazing vistas in every direction, snow-capped mountains. After 2-hour hiking, we reach the highest pass on the whole trail, Guayanay pass 15,252 ft, with stunning views around, where we’ll take our snacks, before making our way to lunch spot. Next, the trail goes downhill to lunch spot for about 2 hours, on the way we’ll see a small Incan ruins, and walk close by to some alpacas. In the afternoon, once we enjoy our meals, we’ll continue with our trek trough the highland valley to the next camp site Paucarcancha 10,335 ft for 2 more hours, on this section of path we’ll walk on the ancient Inca trail which is connecting to Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley with stunning glacier peaks beyond. Close by to this camp site is located the Paucarcancha Incan Site a great place to learn about the Inca history while exploring with our Trek Leader. All meals included.

Hiking Time: 8 – 9 hours
Hike Distance: 8.70 miles / 14 km
Physical Rating: Challenging

We take our breakfast early in the morning to hike down to km 82, this section of the trail is pretty much the section of the Classic Inca Trail, so on the trail we’ll see a lot of Inca Trail hikers who are starting their adventure. On the trail we’ll see Llaqtapata, a beautiful Incan ruins nestled in the Sacred Valley with amazing crop terracing around, and other small Inca ruins. After, 5 hours hiking, we’ll have arrived to km 82 where we’ll have our last lunch prepared by our chef, and a place to say goodbye to our horses, muleteers, and chefs. Next, we’ll drive for 45 minutes to Ollantaytambo town, a quaint town with Inca cobble stone streets. From this place we’ll have a train ride to Machu Picchu Town for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Upon our arrival hotel check-in. All meals included, exept dinner, for a good choice of the restaurant get some recommendations from your Trek Leader.

Hiking Time: 5 hours
Hiking Distance: 6.83 miles / 11 km
Physical Rating: Moderate

A full morning exploration of Machu Picchu affords us the luxury of exploring at a leisurely pace while learning more about the Inca culture and the latest theories behind the construction of this marvelous complex. We have an early breakfast and head up to the ruins by shuttle bus before the morning tourist train arrives in order to fully enjoy the peace and solitude of this mystical place. Our knowledgeable Leader leads us on a fascinating tour, recapping Machu Picchu’s rediscovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and explaining the significance of the various structures that cover the grounds. We then have the chance to indulge ourselves with a hike to the dramatic viewpoint of Intipunku (the Sun’s Gateway), or a variety of other intriguing possibilities including an easy walk to an ancient Inca drawbridge or more vigorous hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain based on permit availability both peaks loom above the ruins. Of course, we can also choose to independently continue our exploration of the main site and daydream about what life must have been like here centuries ago. We catch the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and from there take the bus back to Cusco, arriving at hotel at about 7:00 p.m. The day concludes with our Leader joining us for a final celebration dinner at a traditional local restaurant. Only breakfast included, the rest of meals don’t include.


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  • Sleeping bag
  • trekking stick
  • Extra oxygen
  • First Aid kit
  • One foamy sleeping pad per person
  • Inflatable Mattress
  • Tourist bus and transportation to Start of the Inca Trail: and Km 82
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train EXPEDITION leaving Aguas Calientes in the afternoon
  • Pick up from the train station and transfer to Hotel in Cusco
  • Professional tourist guide fluent in English, specializing in hiking, with many years of experience and trained in first aid and rescue, who will attend the first day to the last day of the walk, leaving them at their hotel.
  • Professional Chef, assistant cook, and waiter for customer service. Our chefs are graduates of culinary schools with many years of experience cooking in the mountains; we find them at km 82
  • Porters, responsible for keeping all our logistics hike (camping equipment, food), in addition, carrying 8 kg of personal belongings of each client. We met them at km 82.
  • Tourist ticket to the Inca Trail and Machupicchu. This ticket will be given the first day of the trek and will be used along the way until you get to Machupicchu.
  • Eureka Doite high mountain tent, that is waterproof and thermal, for up to 4 people, but for convenience, we use it only for 2 people.
  • Dining Tent
  • Kitchen Tent
  • Reinforced foam
  • Restroom Tent and Portable Toilet
  • Camping tables and chairs
  • Tableware
  • First Aid Kit: includes alcohol, bandages, pills for the altitude, oxygenated water, bandages, cotton ball, oxygen, etc.
  • organic local Peruvian food

Not Included

  • The last Dinner, beverages are not included in the pax.
  • Tips
  • Others not mentioned
  • Personal medicines

What you should pack for this tour

  • Original Passport
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Daypack

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Our 5D/4N Ancascocha TREK includes extra horse to carry up to 7kg/16lbs of your belongings.

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