Ancascocha Trek To Machu Picchu, 5 days

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The Ancascocha tour to Machu Picchu is considered one of the best alternative treks to the classic Inca Trail, located within the Sacred Valley (very close to the Inca Trail). This extraordinary path is definitely one of the most beautiful infrequent routes South of the Andes.

This Ancascocha hike is ideal for those travelers who have a good level of fitness (two high passes over 4,400 meters) and seek tranquility in uncrowded trails during peak season.

During the trek you can visit local villages, and enjoy a variety of ecosystems and amazing sceneries like; snow-capped mountains, tropical jungles, cloud forest wilderness, glacial lakes and of course Peru’s sensational Inca ruins. The best time for trekking Ancascocha is from April to November.

This 4-5 day odyssey starting from Ancascocha culminates hiking into the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. Shoot us an e-mail at and book your tour today!

CAUTION: Please allow a minimum of two (02) days to acclimate before considering to begin your adventure package to Machu Picchu.

DEPARTURE TIME Early in the morning.

Whats included
• Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
• Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
• Four-person tent for every 2 people.
• Chef
• Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
• Horse to transport 8 kg of your personal gear
• Duffle bag for your personal gear
• Four breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
• Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
• One night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
• Entrance to Machu Picchu
• Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

Doesnt not inclued
• Tips: Guide, Cook, Horseman.
• Water on Day 1
• $ 25 Waynapicchu Mountain (walk to top without a guide, the trail is well marked).
• $ 40 Sleeping bag rental
• $ 40 Trekking poles rental
• Single ten 40 $

You should bring
• A good day pack: such as Eagle Creek Afar Backpack (Appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.)
• Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
• Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required
• Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
• 3 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans), 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray before the trip.
• Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
• 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit. A rain jacket can be helpful, because there are rainy days even in the dry season!
• 1 warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
• 4 pairs of underwear, 6 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) It is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both really heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well as the weather is variable, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or too hot.
• 4 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
• 1 good sleeping bag liner which is super lightweight and easy to pack. This definitely does its job!
• Travel-size tissues and wet wipes.
• Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
• Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
• Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on, so bringing some anti-itch ointment could be helpful.
• Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelback
• Water (Only for first day of the hike, as we will provide you with water throughout the rest of the hike).
• Camera
• A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
• Bandages or moleskin
• Flip flops to change into at night. Your toes will thank you!
• Toiletries
• Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach) because some people get an upset stomach on the trek. Also, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful to help with aches and pains after 8-10 hours of hiking each day.
• Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
• Something to read in the evenings
• Extra money for drinks, tips in soles for cooks, horsemen, guides. (USD$60-70).
• Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220)

Packing list
As a Professional Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffle bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.
• 2 t-shirts
• 2 hiking pants at least
• 4 sets of undergarments
• 3 sets of hiking socks
• Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
• Couple Fleece/ Thermals
• Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º Celcious.
• Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
• Comfortable shoes for camp
• Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
• Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
• Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
• Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them.
• Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -10 – This can be rented from us


Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan

Pick up at your Hotel in Cusco and traveling via private vehicle through the Sacred Valley (1 hr. & 40 min) reaching the picturesque village of Soqma (Alt. 3,205 meters), which is the trailhead to start our trekking. Here we will meet our tour leader and staff and begin our great adventure to Ancascocha.

We will begin with a gentle walk along the Valley (approx. 1 hr. and 30 min.) until you reach the waterfall of Perolniyoc, stopping to enjoy one of the most beautiful waterfalls within the Sacred Valley. We will continue walking for an additional hour reaching the archaeological site of Perolniyoc, perched atop of the mountain, after listening to our tour leader revealing the remnants of the Inca history, we will walk for one more hour to reach our camp and have lunch. On this first day, we will have the opportunity to acclimate to the high altitude. After lunch, we can relax and rest (R & R) for our next day.

Overnight camp in the village of Rayan (3,700 meters / 12.136 feet).

Details of the trek Ancascocha to Machupicchu

  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8 km / 5 miles
  • Est. Walking Time: 4 to 5 hrs.
  • Lowest Altitude: 3,205 m / 10,512 feet
  • Highest Altitude: 3,700 m / 12,136 ft.
  • Distance: 8 km / 5 mile
  • Approx. Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate
  • Area: Mountainous


Day 2: Rayan – Ancascocha

Our second day begins with a delicious breakfast prepared & served by our chef.  We leave camp, hiking gently for 3 hrs., reaching the highest point into the passage of Puka Kasa (Alt. 4,450 m / 14,596 ft.).

For most individuals, this is the most difficult section due to the altitude.  However, it’s also the most spectacular part of the tour, you’ll enjoy the snow-covered mountains, in addition to vista of lower landscape of the Sacred Valley.

In reaching the peak of the mountain you’ll have the feeling of surviving one of the highest mountain ranges. After enjoying all the wonderful and picturesque views, you’ll continue trekking to Chancachuco, hiking for one hour and a half until lunch time.

As we continue our walk, you’ll appreciate several spectacular snow-capped peaks and one that you’ll appreciate throughout this hike is “Veronica” mountain (Alt. 5,950 m), till arriving to the Valley of Ancascocha.   Here you’ll observe traditional small plantations by inhabitants of the area. After crossing a stream and hiking uphill for another 2 hours you’ll finally reach our campsite, above the Ancascocha Lake (4,090 m).

Details of the trek: Ancascocha to Machupicchu

  • Meals:                               Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance:                         18 km / 11.2 miles
  • Highest Altitude:          4,450 m / 15,250 ft.
  • Camp Elevation:           3,700 m / 12,136 ft.
  • Approx. Hike time:       8 to 10 hours
  • Level of difficulty:        Arduous
  • Area:                                 Mountainous


Day 3: Ancascocha pass – Qesqa community

After a wholesome breakfast, we continue our tour during the morning (2 hours approx.) to reach the highest elevation (Huayanay Pass 4,650 m) enjoying breathtaking views along the way.

It is stifling how the Incas handled the difficult terrain to make their edifices.  After enjoying the magnificent views and local history, we’ll drive to the Valley of Inkarakay, where a pleasurable lunch will be waiting for us. If we are fortunate, we will see condors flying around the Canyon.

After lunch we’ll continue walking downhill for 3 hours until we reach the community of Qesqa. On the descent, you’ll observe a variety of views of “Huayanay” peak.  The Qesqa community is located at the tree line.  Thus, the overnight rest will be more temperate compared to the previous nights (3,650 m / 11.910 feet).

Details of the trek: Ancascocha to Machupicchu

  • Meals:                               Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance:                         15 km / 9 miles
  • Highest Altitude:          4,650 m / 15,298 ft.
  • Camp Elevation:           3,850 m / 12,628 ft.
  • Approx. Hike time:       8 to 9 hours
  • Level of difficulty:        Arduous
  • Area:                                 Mountainous


Day 4: Qesqa – Kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

The fourth day begins with an early morning breakfast. We’ll start hiking gradually down the Valley for approximately 2 hours reaching “Paucarcancha”, an extraordinary Inca fortress, the guide will enlighten you on the history of these beautiful ruins.  We again initiate our descent for 30 minutes arriving to the village of “Huallyabamba”.

It’s here that we’ll merge with the famous Inca Trail and continue our journey for an additional 4 hours, till we reach Km 82.  This last section is part the classical Inca Trail, the road to Km 82 will stop at “Willkarakay”, a great Inca site, and “Patallacta” with great views and remarkable Inca constructions hidden at the bottom of the Valley.  At Kilometer 82, our chef will be waiting with a delectable lunch.

After lunch, transportation will takes us to Ollantaytambo (Alt. 2,792 m) where we will board the train.

Details of the trek: Ancascocha to Machupicchu

  • Meals:                              Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:         Hotel
  • Est. walking time:         6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty:        easy
  • Highest Altitude:          3,850 m / 12,628 ft
  • Lowest Altitude:           2,792 m / 9.158 ft
  • Distance:                         12 km / 7 ½ miles
  • Level of difficulty:        Easy



After a scrumptious breakfast, we will board the bus transporting us to the Majestic Lost City of the Incas, “Machu Picchu”.

Your tour guide will impart the history of this mystical place.  We will have the opportunity to visit the “Temple of the Sun”, the “Royal Palace”, the “Main Temple”, the “Temple of the Three Windows” and the “Sun Dial”.  Here, we promise an unforgettable experience.  After your guided tour, you’ll have free time to do your own exploring.

  • If you have reserved your visit to “Huaynapicchu” (tickets limited to 400 per day – not included), will have to coordinate with the Tour Guide for your visit depending on the programmed time.

There are many more activities that you can do.  These activities are optional (not included with package) for example: The “Puerta del Sol” (2 hours hike up and down), where you will appreciate the Inca city from a different view point.

In the afternoon, we catch the train to reach the City of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo, we will have transportation waiting to drive you to your hotel in Cusco.

Details of the trek: Ancascocha to Machupicchu

  • Meals:                              Breakfast
  • Lowest Altitude:           2,040 m / 6.691 ft
  • Highest Altitude:          2,440 m / 8,052 ft


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