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Ancascocha Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days

This trek takes 4 Days and ends in Machu Picchu.

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Alternative Trek

Ancascocha Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days 23 reviews
Ancascocha Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days

Ancascocha Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days

This trek takes 4 Days and ends in Machu Picchu.

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS Alternative Trek

Ancascocha Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days 23 reviews
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Ancascocha Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

Ancascocha Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days,is considered one of the best alternative treks to the classic Inca Trail 4 days, in the Sacred Valley (very close to the Inca Trail). This route is little frequented by other travelers

This route is recommended for travelers with a good level of physical condition (two steps above 4,400 meters) and who seek tranquility on little-crowded trails during the high season.

On this walk, you will be able to visit the local towns and enjoy a variety of incredible ecosystems and landscapes such as; snow-capped mountains, rainforests, cloud forests, 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 beginning in Ancascocha culminates with a hike to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu.

CAUTION: It is recommended to spend two days in Cusco to acclimatize correctly


Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan-Chancachuco

Sites to Visit

The day begins very early when we pick you up from your hotel and we will go in our private transport for 1 hour 40 minutes, arriving at the colorful town of Soqma (Alt. 3205 m), which is the starting point to start our trekking. We will meet our tour guide and staff and start our great adventure to Ancascocha.

The walk will be light for approx. 1 h 30 min, until we reach the Perolniyoc waterfall, stopping to enjoy one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Sacred Valley.

For one more hour we will continue the walk, heading to the archaeological site of Perolniyoc, perched on top of the mountain; After listening to our tour leader reveal the remains of Inca history, we will walk for another hour to reach our lunch.

This day will be the best opportunity to acclimatize to avoid altitude sickness. After lunch, In the afternoon, we will continue walking 2 and 30 minutes to the pass called (Puka Kasa), in this place you will stop to get beautiful photos and a great view on the way to the sacred valley of the Incas and some glaciers. We will do one more walk for 1 hour and a half until we reach Chancachuco.

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Day 2: Chancachuco- Ancascocha-Huayllanay Pass-Qesqa

Sites to Visit

After breakfast prepared by our chef. We leave the camp. you will enjoy the snow-capped mountains, as well as a view of the floral landscape of the Sacred Valley.

On the way we will appreciate several spectacular snowy peaks. One of the ones that you will enjoy throughout this walk is the “Verónica” mountain (Alt. 5950 m) until you reach the Ancascocha Valley. we will be able to appreciate the traditional crops of the inhabitants of the area.

After crossing a stream and walking uphill for another 2 hours, you will finally reach Lake Yanacocha, above Lake Ancascocha (4090m), and then you will reach narrow points called Paso Huayllanay (4640m)

We will continue the walk after lunch downhill for 3 hours until we reach the community of Qesqa. On the descent, you will observe a variety of views of the «Huayanay» peak. The Qesqa community is located in the tree line. Thus, the night rest will be warmer than the previous nights (3,650 m / 11,910 feet).

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Day 3: Qesqa – Kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Sites to Visit

After breakfast we will begin to walk through the valley for approximately 2 hours, arriving at «Paucarcancha», an impressive fortress; Your private guide will give you a talk about the history of these beautiful ruins. Again we begin our descent for 30 minutes arriving at the town of «Huallyabamba».

It is here that we will join the famous Inca Trail and continue our journey for an additional 4 hours, until we reach Km 82. This last section is part of the classic Inca Trail; the road to Km 82 will stop at “Willkarakay”, an Inca site, and “Patallacta”, with excellent views and remarkable Inca constructions hidden at the bottom of the Valley. At kilometer 82, our chef will be waiting for you to enjoy lunch.

After lunch, transportation will take us to Ollantaytambo (Alt. 2792 m), where we will board the train.

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Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days

Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days


Sites to Visit

After enjoying the nutritious breakfast, we will board the bus that will transport us to the Majestic Lost City of the Incas, «Machu Picchu».

Your private guide will give you a talk about the history of this enigmatic place, we will visit the «Temple of the Sun», the «Royal Palace», the «Main Temple», the «Temple of the Three Windows» and the «Sun Clock». ”. The experience will be unforgettable. After your guided tour, you will have free time to explore. There are many more activities you can do (see options).

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

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Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days

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Ancascocha Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days

  • Professional english speaker tour guide
  • Expert mountain cook
  • Private transport from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus tickets up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu one way
  • 01 night Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Round trip train tickets Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
  • Camping  tent with capacity for 4 persons, but used only for 2 persons.
  • Dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
  • Transport from the train station to Cusco.
  • First-Aid Kits, Oxygen tank.
  • Meals: Breakfast (3), lunch (3), dinner (3),  with option for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose free.
  • Horses and muleteers to carry  the equipment and 15lbs of the hikers
  • Sleeping pad
  • Outdoor toilet tent.
  • Emergency horse, that will be staying with us during the hike to upload our personal day gears or ride.

No Included


  • Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot springs in Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes).
  •  Tipping.
  • Travel Insurance.


What To Bring

Ancascocha Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days

  • A good day pack: such as Eagle Creek Afar Backpack (Appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.)
  • Original passport.
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
  • 2 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).
  • 3 pairs of underwear, 3 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 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–The air is cold and damp, so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seems to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.
  • 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 Camel-back
  • Water (Only for first day of the hike, as we will provide you with water throughout the rest of the hike).
  • Camera and film
  • 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: toothbrush, toothpaste/floss, shampoo/conditioner, brush/comb, Vaseline (great for potential blisters on the feet), feminine hygiene products, deodorant, nail clippers/file/tweezers, spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, contact lenses and supplies, hand sanitizer etc. Pack what you need, but pack light.
  • 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,
  • Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220)


Luxury All Inclusive Service
Number of personsPrice per person

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 $650 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!).

Discounts:inca Trail to machu picchu 4 days

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

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)

Frequently Asked Questions: Ancascocha Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days

Travel Guide Ancascocha Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days

Ancascocha Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days

Ancascocha Trek, Trekking to Machu Picchu has become the latest bucket list item for many and is usually the classic Inca Trail trek that people have their sights set on. With such high demand and permits almost always snatched up six months in advance, the Inca Trail may be an out of reach option if you have planned your Peru vacation five months in advance instead of six. Let us introduce you to a no less challenging or less scenic alternative to the classic Inca Trail.

The Ancascocha to Machu Picchu trek is a four-day hike through the foothills and passes of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. If natural beauty, storybook settings, brushes with Andean village life and the snow-capped peaks of the Andes sound appealing to you, this trek is for you. Listed as one of National Geographic’s 20 dream hikes, the Ancascocha hike has a lot to offer, including the increasingly popular appeal of being considered off the beaten path. Here’s what to expect on the Ancascocha to Machu Picchu trek.

Why Sullpayky Experiences!

In SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES we are not only a Travel Agency, we are a 100% Quechua family with more than 15 years of experience in the world of tourism. Our mission is to offer an unforgettable experience that will mark your life, based on Inca values: honesty, love and respect. For this reason, we offer a different kind of tourism, in which our priority is to give you more than a fun trip, a trip of reunion with yourself, to know your essence through the most sacred thing we have, our land, the Pachamama.

We are specialists in creating a personalized experience, so we have more than 28 tours that can be modified according to your needs (from the classic Inca Trail to innovative and alternative tours such as Moonstone) because there are many ways to know Machu Picchu, however, we are convinced that there is only one right for each client. . We also offer tours for clients with special needs.

We offer personalized assistance 24 hours a day, before and during your trip. When you contact us, you will be attended by our Peru travel experts, who will be happy to assist you and help you as soon as possible, answering your questions and providing you with information, as well as recommendations to prepare you physically and mentally for the experience you will live.

All our staff is 100% Quechua and is in constant training to always offer the best possible service. Our guides are Quechua mystics who will provide you with a unique experience. They also have basic training in photography and are equipped with a semi-professional camera to document your entire trip so you don’t have to worry about anything except enjoying every moment. Our cooks have chef training and will be informed of any dietary restrictions (such as allergies).

SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES is a local travel agency and tour operator authorized by the institutions that govern tourism regulations in Peru. That is why we have the necessary licenses and permits to operate within our country.
We also emphasize that we are against the exploitation of the Pachamama (earth) and our wayki (brothers), so we offer a totally ecological tourism and well paid for all our workers, as we seek to be the difference in everything.

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Continuous improvement is one of our commitments. One of our principles is that the work of each area is important to achieve the best final product. Therefore, throughout our history we have developed several projects with different areas, which have given us the following results:

We have completed the policy of our Integrated Management System as a sign of the guarantee of our organization.

Continuous training to tour guides, cooks, porters, drivers, people in charge of different areas such as Sales, Reservations, Operations, Administration, etc., in customer service, quality of service to tourists, knowledge of the route, and other topics concerning the tourism industry in Peru. Due to our progress in these areas, we have received the CALTUR 2021 Certification from the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism.

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SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES – Travel Agency and Tour Operator, complies with all the requirements and licenses necessary to operate and offer various services in the field of tourism throughout the Peruvian territory. The institutions mentioned below are in charge of regulating the tourism industry in Peru and we are subscribed to them:

We are authorized by DIRCETUR (Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Cusco), a government agency that promotes competition, sustainability, and diversification of Peruvian exportable products, tourism, and handicrafts.

We are subscribed to PROMPERU (Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Exports and Tourism), an institution belonging to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of our country.


We are also subscribed to SERNANP, in order to operate in the Inca Trail Network. The National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State, which is a specialized technical public agency of the Peruvian government, under the Ministry of Environment of Peru, is in charge of directing and establishing the technical and administrative criteria for the conservation of the Natural Protected Areas of Peru.


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