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Ancascocha Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days | Alternative Trek

Five-Day Ancascocha Trek To Machu Picchu

One of the greatest alternatives to the classic Inca Trail is the five-day Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu, Situated near the Inca Trail Trek, in the Sacred Valley. This extraordinary hike is definitely one of the most beautiful infrequent routes South of the Andes.

This trek 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 Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days, you can visit traditional local people, 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 in hiking into the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. Shoot us an e-mail at gotrekstoperu@gmail.com and book your tour today!

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

Trip Details of Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

  • Tour Name: Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days
  • Tour/Trek Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
  • Location/Terrain: ancascocha lagoon, paucarcancha inca site , machu picchu
  • Accommodation: beautiful campsites
  • Acclimatization: Due to the high altitude, we recommend 2  days in Cusco before embarking on our Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days hike
  • Adventure Rating  Very Strenuous trek
  • Activities: Trekking/ Camping
  • Altitude: 4650m/14655ft
  • Departures: every day  with 2 or more people
  • Customizable: Yes!
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Day by Day Travel Schedule

Customize this itinerary by adding extra days to any location. Please contact one of our expert travel advisors for advice.

Five-Day Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu:

We pick you up at your Cusco hotel and drive you in a private vehicle through the Sacred Valley for one hour and forty minutes, arriving at the charming Soqma village (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 Trek.

We will begin with a gentle hike along the Valley (approx. 1 hr. and 30 min.) till you come to Perolniyoc Waterfall, where you can pause to see one of the Sacred Valley’s most exquisite waterfalls. We have another hour of walking to go to our tent and eat lunch after hearing our tour guide explain the ruins of the Inca history. We will endure our Ancascocha Trek for an additional hour reaching the archaeological site of Perolniyoc, perched atop the mountain,. We’ll get a chance to adjust to the high altitude on this first day. We can unwind and rest (R & R) after lunch in preparation for the following day.

Details of the trek Ancascocha to Machupicchu

  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8 km / 5 miles
  • 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
  • Physical Level: Moderate
  • Area: Mountainous

Our travel chef whips up a delectable meal to start our second day. After three hours of moderate climbing, we depart from the camp and arrive at the highest point of the “Puka Kasa” crossing (Alt. 4,450 m / 14,596 ft.). For most hikers, 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, appreciate scenery views from of lower landscape of the Sacred Valley.

You will feel as though you have survived one of the highest mountain ranges when you reach the mountain’s peak. You will walk for an hour and a half till lunchtime, after which you will continue trekking to Chancachuco, taking in all the amazing and scenic vistas.

As we continue our hike, 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 at the Valley of Ancascocha Trek.   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 5 Days

  • Meals:                               Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance:                         14 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

After a wholesome breakfast, we continue our Ancascocha hike 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 we may look forward to a delicious meal. With any luck, we will be able to witness condors circling the Canyon. We’ll keep trekking downhill for three hours after lunch until we arrive at the Qesqa village. On the descent, you’ll observe a variety of views of “Huayanay” peak.

At the edge of the trees lies the community of Qesqa.  Thus, the overnight rest will be more temperate compared to the previous nights (3,650 m / 11.910 feet).

Details of the trek: Ancascocha 5 Days to Machupicchu

  • Meals:                               Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance:                         14 km / 9 miles
  • Highest Altitude:          4,650 m / 15,298 ft.
  • Camp Elevation:           3,150 m / 12,628 ft.
  • Approx. Hike time:       8 to 9 hours
  • Level of difficulty:        Arduous
  • Area:                                 Mountainous

The fourth day begins with an early morning breakfast. We’ll start hiking gradually down the Valley for approximately 2 hours .The guide will tell you about the history of the stunning remains of “Paucarcancha,” an amazing Inca fortification.We again initiate our descent for 30 minutes arriving to the village of “Huallyabamba”.

From this point on, we will join the well-known Inca Trail and travel for a further four hours until Km 82. The road to Km 82 will stop at “Willkarakay,” a wonderful Inca site, and “Patallacta,” which offers fantastic vistas and amazing Inca constructions concealed at the bottom of the Valley. This final stretch of the original Inca Trail is part of it.

At Kilometer 82, our chef will be waiting for a delectable lunch. Afterward lunch, conveyance will take us to Ollantaytambo (Alt. 2,792 m) where we will board the train.

Details of the trek: Ancascocha to Machupicchu 5 Days

  • 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:                         16 km / 7 ½ miles
  • Level of difficulty:        Easy

Following a delectable breakfast, we will board the bus that will take us to “Machu Picchu” the majestic Lost City of the Incas. The history of this wonderful location will be shared by your tour guide.  Visits to the “Temple of the Sun,” “Royal Palace,” “Main Temple,” “Temple of the Three Windows,” and “Sun Dial” will be available to us.  We guarantee an amazing time here.  You will have free time to explore on your own following your guided tour. 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 the Ancascocha Trek 5 Days) for example The “Puerta del Sol” (2 hours hike up and down), where you will appreciate the Inca city from a different viewpoint. 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 5 Days

Meals:                              Breakfast

Lowest Altitude:           2,000 m / 6.691 ft

Highest Altitude:          2,400 m / 8,052 ft

What's Included

Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Four-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Excellent meals:
  • Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, and rice, which are rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking. (Vegetarian, vegan, or special diet meals upon request)
  • Tea time before dinner (coffee, cocoa, biscuits, popcorn).
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking)
  • Wake up to coca tea in your tent
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Horse to transport 8 kg of your gear
  • Duffle bag for your 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.
  • Tips: Guide, Cook, Horseman.
  • Water on Day 1
  • First breakfast-last lunch
  • extra horse

Trip Info

Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

Go Treks Peru is 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 Celcius.
  • 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.
  • A small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
  •  Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek

Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2022 through January 2023. All prices quoted are $USD

  • group service:  $545 per person

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).


  • Student Discount 20$ dollars
  • Those under 15 years will pay as a student: US$20.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00

Optional Extras (Need to Book in Advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing:  USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 75.00 (Need to book in advance)

All our travelers will receive a full briefing with your private guide 1 or 2 days prior to your Ancascocha to Machu Picchu 5 Days tour. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and prepare yourself properly for the Ancascocha trek.

Where is the Ancascocha 5 Days trek?

The Ancascocha 5 Days Trek is done from the local village of Soqma in the direction of the Ancascocha Lake. We will hike up to kilometer 82 and finally reach Machu Picchu, all these places to visit are located within the geographical scope of the province of Urubamba, department of Cusco.

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