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Best Moonstone Trek To Machu Picchu 5 days - New Alternative

Moonstone Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days, is an excellent alternative to the traditional Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

Discover the magic of the Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu, a 5-day adventure that takes you beyond the usual trails. Explore ancient Inca ruins, local communities, and stunning landscapes as you follow in the footsteps of the ancient Andean inhabitants. With guaranteed departures and a detailed briefing before setting off, this experience immerses you in the authenticity and beauty of the high and wild Andes and ends with a one-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Get ready to rise, go, and explore!

Moonstone Trek 5 Days Overview

  • Day 01: Cusco – Quillarumiyoc – Molinuyoc – Wata – Chillipahua
  • Day 02: Chillipahua – Accoccasa Pass – Chancachuco
  • Day 03: Chancachuco – Wayrac Punku – Inca Quarry
  • Day 04: Inca Quarry – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (Hotel)
  • Day 05: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
  • Trek seldom-walked Sacred Valley trails with minimal tourist traffic.
  • Experience the one-day Inca Trail via Wiñay Wayna ruins, culminating in Machu Picchu.
  • Enjoy two distinct visits to Machu Picchu, offering ample time for photography and fully guided exploration.
  • Relax and rejuvenate in charming Aguas Calientes after your trek.
  • Explore Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Discover Cuzco, renowned for its unique blend of Inca and Colonial architecture.

Trip Details of 5 Days Moonstone Trek To Machu Picchu 

  • Tour/Trek Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
  • Location/Terrain: Moonstone Inca site, Machu Picchu Inca site.
  • Accommodation: beautiful campsites
  • Acclimatization: Due to the high altitude, we recommend 2 days in Cusco before embarking on our moonstone trek to Machu Picchu 5 day hike
  • Adventure Rating  Very Strenuous trek
  • Activities: Trekking/ Camping
  • Altitude: 4643m/15232ft
  • 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.

First Day of Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu (5 Days)

We embark on our journey in a private minibus, pausing to explore the area of “Killarumiyoq”. The ancient “Sun Calendar”, a large moon-shaped stone believed to be crafted for ceremonial and astrological purposes, awaits our discovery. Continuing onwards, we traverse through “Huarocondo” Village and navigate the narrow “Pomatales” valley, eventually arriving at “Mollinoyoc”. The trail exudes tranquility as we ascend to heights that offer magnificent panoramic views. Following lunch, we halt to explore the imposing Pre-Incan fortress of “Wata de Wata”. Our descent leads us through verdant valleys and native Andean trees, passing by quaint villages until we reach the charming village of Chillipawa, our campsite for the night.


  • Accommodations:       Camp
  • Hiking Distance:            10 km
  • Approx. Hike time:       7 to 8 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          3.924 m/12, 870 ft
  • Lowest Altitude:           3.256 m/10, 682 ft
  • Level of Difficulty:        Moderate

Second Day of Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu (5 Days)

On the second day, we embark on a long, steady ascent to the “Pampas – Prairie” in the highlands, where we are treated to breathtaking views of the wild grasslands. After a morning of hiking, we pause for lunch near the stunning “Ancascocha” lagoon. Following this, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the high plateau before returning to our remote campsite, nestled away from any town or village. As night falls, prepare to be mesmerized by the spectacular night sky and the brilliance of the constellations above.


  • Accommodations:       Campsite at Chancachuco
  • Hiking Distance:            11 km/7 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:      7 to 8 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          4,643 m/15,229 ft
  • Lowest Altitude:           3,750 m/12,300 ft
  • Level of Difficulty:        Challenging

Third Day of Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu (5 Days)

Following breakfast, we embark on a journey alongside a creek, traversing through a hidden valley nestled within a narrow canyon. Our path leads us past a small grove and onwards to an Incan Aqueduct, a marvel of ancient engineering, now abandoned but still spectacularly carved.

As we near the end of our trek, we face a short yet steep climb to our lunch spot, a flat prairie offering respite and scenic views. After lunch, we descend to “Huayraqpunku”, also known as the “Wind Gate”, an Incan Sanctuary strategically positioned to overlook the majestic “Mount Veronica”.

Finally, a brief hike brings us to our campsite nestled among the granite stones of the Qachiqata Quarry. This historic site served as the quarry where the massive stones were cut and shaped before being transported down the mountainside and across the river to construct the renowned Temple of the Sun in Ollantaytambo.


  • Accommodations:       Campsite at Incan Quarry
  • Hiking Distance:            10 km
  • Approx. Hiking Time:  6 to 7 hours
  • Lowest Altitude:           3,525 m/11,564 ft.
  • Highest Altitude:          3,940 m/12,136 ft.
  • Level of Difficulty:        Moderate

Fourth Day of Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu (5 Days)

For photography enthusiasts, we recommend an early rise to witness the breathtaking sunrise over the Sacred Valley from the top of our campsite. The morning rays illuminating the glaciers of “Mount Veronica” create a mesmerizing spectacle.

As we embark on our last day of trekking, we descend from the Pampas towards a lush valley, navigating huge stone ramps once used by the Incas to transport stones. Crossing the river, we explore the enormous Temple of the Sun in the city of Ollantaytambo. By exploring this magnificent temple, you gain a deeper appreciation for the incredible manpower required by the Incas to transport these massive stones to their current location.

Finally, we board the train bound for Aguas Calientes, where we will rest and rejuvenate after our unforgettable trekking adventure.


  • Hiking Distance:           7 km/4 miles
  • Approx. Hike Time:      3 to 4 hours
  • Highest Altitude:          3.525 m/11.562 ft.
  • Lowest Altitude:           2,792 m/9,158 ft.
  • Level of Difficulty:        Easy

Fifth Day of Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu (5 Days)

On our final day, we rise early, with wake-up calls at 4:30 a.m., followed by breakfast at 5:00 a.m. at the hotel. We then board the bus to Machu Picchu, a journey of approximately 25 minutes, with the entrance doors opening at 6:00 a.m. Don’t forget to bring your original passport to show the Rangers and obtain a Machu Picchu seal.

Your guide will lead you to the best vantage points in Machu Picchu, allowing you to soak in the beauty of the sunrise (weather permitting). Following this, you’ll enjoy a two-hour guided tour of the ancient citadel. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Machu Picchu at your own pace.

For those who have reserved a visit to “HUAYNAPICHHU” (tickets $25.00 per person, limited to 400 per day – not included), the hike begins from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Please coordinate with the Trek Leader for your visit, depending on the Municipality’s scheduled time.

Various optional activities are available, such as the “Puerta del Sol” (2 hours hike up and down), offering a different perspective of the Inca city.

In the afternoon, we catch the train to return to the City of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival, transportation awaits to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco, concluding our memorable Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu.


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

Note: If you want to stay an extra night, just let us know and we can help book a hotel in Aguas Calientes, as well as your train ticket for the next day.

Please be aware:

  • Rangers don’t allow people to carry bags bigger than 25 liters when entering Machu Picchu.
  • No trekking poles are allowed in Machu Picchu.
  • Snacks and water are allowed – in bags.

What's Included

Inclusions for Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu (5 Days)

  • 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.
  • Excellent meals: Including pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, and rice – rich in carbohydrates suitable for trekking. (Vegetarian, vegan, or special diet meals upon request)
  • Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coca, 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
  • Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
  • 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 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

Trip Info

Packing List for Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu (5 Days)


  • Moisture-wicking shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Fleece or lightweight jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Hiking pants
  • Convertible pants (zip-off legs)
  • Hiking shorts
  • Moisture-wicking underwear
  • Wool or synthetic socks
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Warm hat


  • Hiking boots
  • Camp shoes or sandals


  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag suitable for cold weather
  • Sleeping pad or air mattress
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Trekking poles (if desired)
  • Reusable water bottle or hydration system
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Sunscreen (high SPF)
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medications and first aid kit
  • Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
  • Portable charger or power bank
  • Ziplock bags or dry sacks for organizing and waterproofing


  • Passport
  • Travel insurance
  • Cash (small bills for tipping and purchasing items along the way)
  • Snacks (energy bars, nuts, dried fruit)
  • Notebook and pen
  • Map or guidebook

Note: Be sure to pack light but adequately for varying weather conditions and the physical demands of trekking in the Andes.

GO TREKS PERU: Your Professional Local Tour Operator

At GO TREKS PERU, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service and ensuring your trekking experience is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. As part of our commitment to your convenience, we provide you with a duffle bag during your briefing. Additionally, we INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds, covering essentials such as your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress, and extra clothing. With us, you can focus on the adventure ahead while we take care of the logistics, ensuring a seamless and memorable journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Peru.

Price per person: US$750 (Minimum 2 persons; departures all year round)

Included Discounts
– 8kg canvas bags and a horse to carry your personal effects on all our hikes at no additional cost.

– Emergency horse available throughout the journey in case anyone feels unwell.

– Student discount (with valid ISIC card): $25

– Children under 15 discount: $25

– Children under 7 discount: $35

Rentals Extras
  • Hiking poles: US$15.00 (pair)
  • 4-season sleeping bag:
    • Private tent: US$30.00
    • Air mattress: US$15
Interested in hiking Huayna Picchu? We can arrange it! Price: US$85.00 per person. There are 2 shifts (at 7 am and 10 am), with limited capacity of 400 people per day. Reserve your tickets in advance to secure your spot. Alternatively, you can opt for Machu Picchu Mountain, an alternative with equally stunning views.

Optional Extras (Need to Book in Advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing:  USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance).

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


  1. Due to strict Machu Picchu Park regulations, once you have made your reservation, you will not be able to cancel the space you have booked. Nor can you alter the name or date of the reservation. There will be no refunds in case of cancellation.
  2. The $200 deposit is non-refundable. The cost of the Inca Trail entry fee will also not be refunded as permits are non-refundable, and EXPLORE ADVENTURES PERU purchases the tickets in Machu Picchu Park when reserving your spot.
  3. If you cancel between 30 and 10 days before your hike, you will be required to pay 50% of the total cost.
  4. If you cancel between 10 and 3 days before your hike, you will be required to pay 80% of the total cost.
  5. If you cancel one or two days before your hike, you will be required to pay 100% of the total cost.
  6. In the exceptional case that you decide to return once the trail has started, you will be required to pay extra expenses such as food and transportation. You can rejoin the group at Machu Picchu for the walking tour and use all the services from then on.

Recommendation for Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu (5 days)

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in the Peruvian Andes with the Moonstone Trek, also known as the Moonstone Trail, to Machu Picchu! This 5-day tour will take you through stunning landscapes, ancient Inca ruins, and authentic local communities. Here are some recommendations to make the most of your experience:

  • Prepare yourself physically: Trekking in the Andes can be challenging, so make sure you’re in good physical shape before starting. Practice long and steep hikes to prepare your legs for the adventure.
  • Pack smartly: Pack light but with all the essentials. Make sure to bring weather-appropriate clothing, sunscreen, insect repellent, a flashlight, and a reusable water bottle.
  • Stay hydrated and protected from the sun: Drink plenty of water during the trek to stay hydrated, especially at high altitudes. Also, use sunscreen and wear a hat to protect yourself from the strong sun.
  • Enjoy the food and culture: Taste the delicious Peruvian food prepared by our chef during the trek. Also, take the opportunity to interact with local communities and learn about their culture and way of life.
  • Respect the environment and local culture: Help us preserve the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of the region by respecting the environment and following the instructions of our guide.

Get ready for an unforgettable experience full of adventure, history, and natural beauty with the Moonstone Trek, also known as the Moonstone Trail, to Machu Picchu!

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu:

  1. What level of physical fitness is required for the Moonstone Trek? The Moonstone Trek is a moderate to challenging hike that requires good physical fitness. Participants are recommended to be in good shape and adequately prepared before the trip.
  2. What is the maximum altitude reached during the trek? During the trek, we will reach altitudes of up to approximately 4,200 meters above sea level. It’s important to be prepared for altitude and follow acclimatization recommendations.
  3. What is the duration of the trek and the distance covered each day? The Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu lasts for 5 days. Each day, we will walk a variable distance, ranging from 10 to 15 kilometers, depending on the terrain conditions and the group’s pace.
  4. What type of weather can I expect during the trek? The weather in the Machu Picchu region is variable and can change rapidly. During the trek, we can expect cold temperatures at night and warm temperatures during the day. We may also experience occasional rain, especially during the rainy season between November and March.
  5. What should I bring with me during the trek? It is recommended to bring appropriate clothing and equipment for the weather conditions and terrain. This includes warm clothing, waterproof gear, trekking boots, sunscreen, insect repellent, a headlamp, a reusable water bottle, and other essential trekking items.
  6. What is the cancellation policy? The cancellation policy may vary depending on the tour operator. It is recommended to review the terms and conditions at the time of booking. Generally, cancellation charges may apply depending on the advance notice provided.
  7. Are meals provided during the trek? Yes, all necessary meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are provided during the trek. Meals are typically nutritious and tailored to the hikers’ needs.

These are just some of the frequently asked questions about the Moonstone Trek to Machu Picchu. For more detailed information, it is recommended to contact the tour operator directly or visit their official website.

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