• Av. el Sol 200, Cusco - Peru

Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N


5 days

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“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” Einstein

The Ancascocha Trail is one of the lesser known treks from Cusco. In fact, you may even draw blank looks from people when you tell them you’re hiking it. Yet it was named by National Geographic as one of 20 dream hikes on their World Best Hikes list, and for good reason.

Highlights of this trip include guided tours of ancient Inca ruins, wandering through remote Fincas where generations of farmers have tended their livestock, and passing traditional Andean villages like rayanniyuc and Ancascocha. But of course the real reason to take this trek is for the unsurpassed views of the majestic Andes.

Being rewarded with amazing views does not come without effort. This is a challenging trek as we climb above 4,550m to the Huayanay Pass (4,650 m/ 15,255 ft.) and so we recommend that everyone who joins us has a good level of basic fitness. But maintaining a high elevation for much of the trek we will see spectacular views across the mountains, beautiful clear blue lakes and raging waterfalls, and with the towering 6,266m (20,551 ft.) Apu Salkantay frequently dominating the skyline.


Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu – Overview:

Trip Overview

Tour Type: Trekking/hiking, cultural, gastronomy ,adventurous and folklore
Good For: 4,650 meters
Difficulty: Moderate, Difficult
Considerations: This trek follows a different route than our 5 Day trek. The campsite on the first night is near Salkantay. On the third day we will enjoy the typical dímela and folklore, On the fourth day we will hike the first day of the Classic Inca Trail.


  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soqma (start of trek)
  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • High quality, 4 person tent for every 2 people
  • Foam Mattress and pillow
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Portable Eco-friendly toilet ant toilet tent
  • Professional Chef and assistant chef
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all equipment
  • Horse to transport up to 8 kg of your personal gear
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • Emergency horse (in case we need it!)
  • Five breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
  • Hot water for washing twice daily
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy or Ollantaytambo
  • Private van transportation from Poroy or Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy) tierra viva hotel
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from us)
  • Day 5 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the trek crew (tipping optional and guidelines provided)
  • Travel/Health/Emergency insurance
  • Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45 minute hike to the top. Going back down is quite steep, if you are scared of heights. This is done after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is $75. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance, due to popularity. Please understand that weather is out of our control

Tour Plan

Day 01 Cusco – Soqma – Rayan

We pick you up in our private van from your hotel lobby at 4:30 am and we have 2 hours car drive to Soqma (3,205 m / 10,512 ft), Our vans are extremely comfortable and we provide blankets for those who would prefer to catch a little more rest during the drive, where your trekking professional chef will prepare our delicious breakfast after to enjoy it we will have a short time to pack our day pack with all day hike supplies in it and you will give your duffle bag to them to be carry.

After meeting your porters and horsemen, the hike begins with a moderate 2 hour walk to the Perolniyoc waterfall. If the weather is warm enough you may want to make the short climb down to the base of the falls to cool off, or maybe just stay on the trail and take your first photos.

A half hour further on we arrive at the Perolniyoc Inca ruins, perched on a cliff-top with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. All of our guides are experts in Inca history and so they will provide you with a quick history lesson as you soak in the views. We will also have lunch here and we will enjoy for the first time you will sample the sumptuous cooking from our kitchen team.

After lunch we make a steep climb for around an hour to our campsite at Rayan (3,700 meters /12,139 ft).

Clear nights in the Andes are a wonder in themselves, and as we settle down to a full 3 course dinner you can watch the sky fill with constellations and the most amazing display of shooting stars before retiring to your tent for a well-earned night’s sleep.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Lowest Elevation: 3,205 m/10,512 ft.
Highest Elevation: 3,700 m /12,139 ft.
Distance to walk: 8 km/4,9 miles
Approximate walking time: 4 to 5 hours
Level of Difficulty: Moderate (due to altitude)
Area: Dry Mountain
Temperature: hot and cold at night

Day 02 Rayan – Kuychiccasa Pass – Ancascocha -ANCASCOCHA LAKE

There’s no need to set an alarm on our team, as our team will wake you gently in the morning with a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee and hot water to wash with. Once everyone is up, we will have breakfast together and get ourselves fueled for the day ahead.

You will need that fuel as we start with a steep 2 hour ascent to the Kuychiccasa pass (4,450 m /14,599 ft). On the way we will pass rustic Fincas, we can spot some Alpacas or maybe even an Andean Condor, and always with the snow-capped peaks of the vilcabamba mount range in the background. There is no race to reach the top though, and we will take a break together to enjoy the 360 degree views of the Chancachuco and Sacred valleys. Then, we make an up and down climb with beautiful views of Mt. Veronica (5,822 m/ 19,100 ft) after it’s just a 3 hour easy hike to our lunch stop at the ancascocha Valley (3,700 m/12,139 ft).

After lunch we take a well deserve break, then we refill our empty bottles to continue our adventure for 3 hour hike up to the lake of Ancascocha (3950 m/ 12950 ft) Along this section you will see an original cobblestone paved Inca Trail Our campsite for the night is in a small but gorgeous and stunning view to the mountains around and the blue lake with a stream running through it.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Highest Elevation: 4,450 m/14,599 ft.
Campsite elevation:3,950 m/12,950 ft
Distance to walk: 18 km/ 11.1 miles
Approximate walking time: 8 – 10 hours
Level of Difficulty: Challenging ( due to distance and altitude)
Area: Dry Mountain
Temperature: fluctuates dry,cold and windy

Day 03 ancascocha – Huaynay Pass – Quesqa Valley – Paucarcancha- HUAYLLABMBA

Once again, Day 3 starts with a very consistent breakfast and water to drink we get ready for our memorable day starting with a climb, but this time just for 1 hour. Your reward? Stunning views of the nearby glacier, well preserved Inca remains, and the sparkling blue Ancascocha Lake.

Taking a deep breath we make a strenuous 1 hour climb to the highest point of the trek, the Huayanay Pass (4,650 m/15,255 ft).. After all that effort, we will take our time to enjoy the incredible views from the summit, to all mountains around like pukacasa (red mountain), and wayanay glacier mountain where are going to enjoy our coca tea well after a break we continuo an easy 45 minute walk to our view point to the famous pass along the classic inka trail well known as dead women’s pas and we will have the chance to see a view of the Classic Inca Trail in the distance as well as the remote communities of the Quesqa valley after some pictures we continue our trek for around 3 hours downhill along the way we are going to see an small Inca site of Incaracay until third lunch stop at the small community collpa ( stone salt mine) after our delicious lunch we 3 more hours to hike and we keep descending a nice easy hike to this large and important Inca site of Paucarcancha (3,133 m/10,278 ft). At this lower elevation, the vegetation is lush and green, On arrival at Paucarcancha your guide will provide a guided tour of the site, after and amazing explanation about our ancestor we have 20 more minute hike to huayllabamba community before settling into our campsite we are going to walk by another inka site patawasi once we arrive to our campground your team will be ready with hot shower once we will be ready we will be participants in our last and excellent dinner prepare by our trekking chef but this time it will be something special well known as pachamanka our delicacy dish after 40 minutes it will be buried we will share our dish with all our crew and some local people after it a group people will dance some of the Andean traditional typical dances while you enjoy the dances you deserve a cap of wine,beer or other can of drinks you prefer.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Highest Elevation: 4,650 m/15,255 ft.
Campsite elevation: 2950 m/ 9678 ft.
Distance to walk: 16 km/ 9,3 miles
Approximate walking time: 8 to 9 hours
Level of Difficulty: Challenging (due to altide and distance)
Area: Dry Mountain
Temperature: cold,windy and hot

Day 04 HUAYLLABAMBA– Kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

before continuing on with your hike. Today´s highlight will be entering to the Inca Trail for a section of the original path. On this hike, you will be mesmerized by the stunning views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. In addition, you will also get a taste of the Inca Trail by visiting the famous Llactapata Inca archaeological site. This site is known for having been an Inca village characterized by its houses, water channels, and many largest farming skill terraces gently bordering the mountain side. From Llactapata, you will hike for about 1 hour until your lunch.

After lunch and a well-deserved break, you will hike for another 2 hours until Km 82 where you will meet our private van Ollantaytambo-bound. Once in Ollantaytambo, you will enjoy your dinner and will take a train to Aguas Calientes town for your overnight stay.

Walking distance: 11 km
Campsite elevation: 2950 m.a.s.l
Trail end elevation: 2700 m.a.s.l
Aguas Calientes elevation: 2000 m.a.s.l
Trail type: Moderate
Accommodations: tierra viva hotel (or similar)

What to bring:

  • Original passport (nb. if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking you MUST bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block (factor 35+ recommended)
  • Head lamp + batteries*
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera + batteries*
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us) MUST have rubber tips
  • Insect repellent – 15% DEET
  • Snacks (while your crew will prepare the most amazing meals, everyone’s energy needs are different, particularly at altitude, and so you should pack some suitable snacks to make sure you are always
    fully energized)

Note: Batteries run down faster at high altitudes

Day 05 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

After early breakfast at the hotel, you will walk to the bus station alongside your guide to take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. The bus service is first come, first served basis, departing every 5 minutes and lasting approximately 25 minutes to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival to Machu Picchu, you will walk into Machu Picchu with your guide to the main lookout point. Here, you will be able to take your post card pictures of Machu Picchu. After enjoying the sunrise (weather dependent), you will begin your guided tour of Machu Picchu. During your guided tour, your guide will explain and take you to the most important sections of the citadel.

Following your guided tour, you will get to explore Machu Picchu with your tour guide. You will also have free time to explore the site on your own. If you have booked the extra hike to Huayna Picchu Mountain, you will climb it at this time. If you do not book this extra hike, you will still have the option to climb to the Sun Gate (an hour and a half) or to the Inca bridge (45 minutes).

After your visit to Machu Picchu, you will be required to take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes town to enjoy your lunch (not included). You return train from Aguas Calientes town to Ollantaytambo will be in the afternoon - those who have not booked either extra hike will have train tickets for the service at 2:55 pm and those who have booked either extra hike will have train tickets for the service at 4:22 pm.

In Ollantaytambo, our driver will be waiting for you to transfer you back to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel
Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft.
Temperature: cold and hot

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