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Ancascocha Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

This trek takes 5 days/4 nights and ends in Machu Picchu.

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Multi Day Hike

Ancascocha Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days 23 reviews
Ancascocha Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

Ancascocha Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

This trek takes 5 days/4 nights and ends in Machu Picchu.

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Multi Day Hike

Ancascocha Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days 23 reviews
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Ancascocha Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

Ancascocha Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days, is the hidden gem of Peru as it’s been classified by National Geographic in the top 20 treks worldwide. This beautiful trek offers you one of the least hiked paths with the most magnificent views accompanying you on your sacred pilgrimage to the Wisdom Temple of Machu Picchu.

During the Ancascocha Trek, you’ll enjoy the strenuous view of Ancascocha Lake, a holy place where the Quechuas used to leave offerings. Also, a priceless bonus in the Ancascocha Trek is that you’ll visit part of the Classic Inca Trail as part of your trek in two different archaeological sites: Paucarcancha and Llactapapa. That’s why this trek is also known as Hidden Inca Trail or the Super Inca Trail.

For a once in a lifetime experience, you can add our exclusive Ayahuasca retreat guided by an original mistic Quechua shaman.

Are you still wanting more? You can combinate the Ancascocha Trek with Sacred Valley Tour and Rainbow Mountain Tour, so you have seen it all!



Sites to Visit Day 1

cusco machu picchu peru salkantay la playa

Ancascocha Trek 5 Days

The expedition begins when we pick you up from your hotel in our private transport; then we will go on our bus through the Sacred Valley of the Incas for 1 hour and 40 minutes until we reach the town of Soqma (3,205 m / 10,512 ft).

Here will be the trek from the trailhead to the Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu; the cowboy will be waiting for us in this town to start this fantastic adventure.

We will do a gentle walk for an hour and a half of walking; we will stop at the Perolniyoc waterfall, considered one of the best waterfalls around the Sacred Valley. Our tour guide will explain the history of this place.

We arrive at the Perolniyoc area, located on the waterfall; After listening to the explanation of the Inca history of our guide, we will take a one-hour walk to reach our place for lunch and camp.

In this part of the walk, we will acclimatize to the altitude, so that after lunch, we can relax and rest for the next day; We spend the night at Rayan camp (3,700 meters / 12,136 feet).

Ancascocha Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days

Ancascocha Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days

Day 2Rayan – Ancascocha

Sites to Visit Day 2

5 Day  Ancascocha Trek

The adventure will begin at 5 am with coca tea; After breakfast, we will start the trek from Yanacocha to Machu Picchu. Our 2 and 30-minute slow walk will allow us to reach the highest point of the second day’s trek, the Puka Kasa pass (4,450 m / 14,596 ft);

For many people, this is the most challenging part, but it is also the most beautiful day. We will see snow-capped mountains and the Sacred Valley on the other side; when we reach the top of the hill we will stop to take some photos.

On the walkthrough Ancascocha, we will see one more snowy peak in front of us; the snow-capped mountain called “Verónica”, which is a mountain (5,950 m / 19,600 ft) will accompany us for many hours,

After doubling some of the grassy hills we will enter the Ancascocha Valley, where the town is located. We then cross the river and walk uphill for another 2 hours to reach our camp. Around lake Ancascocha and walk towards Machu Picchu (4,090m). The coldest night of the entire trip. Do not worry. We have a good sleeping bag and a blanket.


Sites to Visit Day 3

The guide will be waking you up at 5:30 am with coca tea, and then you’ll have 30 minutes to be ready; after a delicious breakfast, we will go on our hike to Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu;

You will start your walk uphill for 2 hours until we reach the highest point of Ancascocha way to Machu Picchu which is called the “Huayanay Pass” (height 4,650 m / 15,300 ft.). The views on the trail are truly breathtaking.

After enjoying the magnificent views from the spot, we will hike towards the valley until arriving at Incaraqay (iIncasite), where a delicious lunch awaits us. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the condors flying through the passage of Huayanay, seldom one can see.

At this point, we will begin a 4-hour descent into vegetation. During this part of the trek, we will have views of the original Inca trail to Machu Picchu that will appear in the distance and fascinating views of the communities of the valley of Qésqa.

Ancascocha Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

Ancascocha Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days


Sites to Visit Día 4

On the fourth-day ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu, we will start the day with a delicious breakfast. Prepared for our cook, keep going down the valley for approximately 2 hours until you reach “Paucar Cancha,” a great Inca site fortress.

You will learn the Inca history about this beautiful site, and then you will have free time to explore on your own. Afterward, we visit Paucar Cancha, another Inca site, where the last part of our hike starts for 3 hours until we reach km 82. This last part of the trek is in the beginning section of the original Inca trail to Machu Picchu; on the way up to km 82,

We will stop In the Inca site of Willcaraqay from here is possible to observe Patallaqta, another extraordinary Inca ruin. At km 82, our chef will be waiting for you with a delicious lunch.

After lunch, we will take a bus to Ollantaytambo (2,792 m), from where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes. We spend the night here.


Sites to Visit Day 5

After breakfast, we will board the bus that will take us to the most critical energy center of the Incas, “Machu Picchu.” As part of our itinerary, the same professional guide of the hike of Ancascocha; will teach you the whole history of this mysterious and mystical place. We will visit the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Palace, the Main Temple, the Temple of the Three Windows, and the Dial of the Sun. It will be an unforgettable experience. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore independently.

If you have booked your visit to Huayna Picchu, you will need to coordinate with your guide to visit Machu Picchu, depending on your scheduled time.

Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon, we will return to the train station in Aguas Calientes to return to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at the train station, you will be transferred by car to your hotel in Cusco.


Ancascocha Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

  • Pre-Trek briefing the night before the trek to go over the itinerary, meet your guide(s) and answer any questions
  • Private transport to starting point of the trek
  • Personal porter to carry your overnight gear up to 8kg/17.6lbs
  • Dry bag in which to put your overnight gear so it won’t get wet or dusty on the trail
  • 3 person, 4 season tents (2 people in large and comfortable Mountain Hardwear Expedition tent)
  • Extra-thick foam mattress sleeping pad to put under your sleeping bag
  • English speaking professional guide
  • Full meals (4 meals per day, tea time every afternoon, snacks on the trail)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Emergency horse (1-2 per group depending on group size)
  • Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and stools
  • Dietary needs: able to cater to any dietary preference/need
  • Toilet tent, toilet paper, and portable toilet
  • Horsemen and horses (to carry tents/food/cooking equipment)
  • Hot water every morning/evening for hand washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill water bottles every morning/afternoon
  • Round trip tourist train: Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu and back
  • Round-trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back
  • First entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex (6am to 10am)
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu, a little time to explore on your own
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy) and dinner in a local restaurant
  • Private Transport back to hotel in Cusco

No Included

  • Flights
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day
  • water the day 1 and 5
  • Tip for your guide(s) and trek staff are optional but highly encouraged if you enjoy your trek


Ancascocha Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

On the trail you should carry a day pack with your camera, water bottle or bladder, snacks, hand sanitizer, face mask,  cold weather clothing and rain gear or poncho in case of rain (unlikely in dry season – May to October) and anything you will need before dinner as horses do not walk alongside you. We will provide you with a dry bag for your overnight gear to be carried by horses. Your bag will be waiting for you at every campsite. Yes, we can store your luggage for you during the trek. Most hotels/hostels also provide this service.

What To Bring

Weather on the trek and in Cusco

The weather varies a lot across Peru, having 28 climates and 84 of the worlds 104 ecosystems. Cusco is set high up (3,380 mts, 11,089 ft) in the Andean Mountain Range and the dry season (winter) is from Mar/April to October/November with the wettest part of the year (summer) being December through March. The weather for trekking is pretty much the same year round, with the main difference being the amount of rainfall. During the dry season, most days are dry and clear, but high-altitude mountains always have the potential for rain and/or snow so it is essential to come prepared for all types of weather regardless of the time of year.

The Ancascocha trek is very high altitude, therefore the weather can be quite cold and unpredictable. The nights on this trek are usually around 20F/-7C. During the day it can get quite warm if the sun is out; anywhere from 60-75F/15-24C. Keep in mind, if the weather is rainy or cloudy it will be colder, and that the weather can change in an instant, particularly when up at the high-altitude passes. It is often quite windy at the top of the passes as well. As with any high-altitude trek you’ll need to bring plenty of layers to adjust to the fluctuating temperatures and conditions as well as appropriate sun/rain protection.

Cusco weather: Cusco is always very cold at night due to the high altitude. It is regularly around 40F/4.4C at night so bring a nice warm jacket for nighttime walking in town. It is warmer in Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley and Aguas Calientes as these areas are lower altitudes than Cusco and the trek.

What to bring: for your trek

Everything you need for the day should be kept in your daypack that you carry because all the items you leave with your porter will not be available to you until the evening at the campsite. It is recommended not to hike in cotton or jeans in the event of rain as cotton takes a very long time to dry. It is also recommended to bring true hiking boots or trail running shoes as regular running shoes do not get very good traction, especially when it has rained.

  • Sleeping bags and walking poles (poles must have intact rubber bottoms)
    • Recommend a sleeping bag rated for 20F/-7C or below for this trek
  • Sleeping bag liner (for your sleeping bag if you wish)
  • Mattress pad – while we provide a mattress pad, being rested is essential for a great hiking experience and we find that sleep habits are very individualized. Therefore we recommend bringing your own pad that you know you are comfortable sleeping on, as well as any other sleep items you might want to have (camp pillow, etc).
  • Sunscreen: the sun is very strong in Cusco
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • Hiking shoes/boots with good, grippy tread
  • Optional: microspikes in case of excessive snowfall (rare)
  • Hiking pants (or shorts) and shirts (layers)
  • Layers – long underwear and/or warm sleep pants for cold nights
  • Hand warmers if you wish
  • Warm hat, gloves, scarf and thick warm socks (or you can buy a traditional Peruvian hat and scarf – they are beautiful!)
  • Daypack and rain cover
  • Rain gear – rain jacket and rain pants (optional for the pants), can buy an inexpensive poncho before the trek
  • Cash for tipping porters (USD or Peruvian Soles are fine), cooks, horsemen, guides, buying items along the trail, for in town, emergencies, etc. Note: Cash should be in perfect condition (ripped, damaged bills of any kind are NOT accepted anywhere in Peru)
  • Swim suit, flip flops, towel for any hot springs you may visit (not every trek/trip has this) if you wish to go
  • Sandals
  • Torch/flashlight/headlamp (and batteries)
  • Insect repellent for the Machu Picchu portion of this trip
  • Hand sanitizer and face covering (for COVID-19 Pandemic)
  • Extra snacks if you wish (beyond snacks provided by us)
    • E.g. if you have a favorite protein bar as Cusco doesn’t sell items like this
  • First aid kit, including blister protection (though your guide will have one, you may wish to carry one of your own)
  • Personal medication and toiletries you might want/need
  • Camera, extra memory cards, batteries and solar panel/power bank
  • Water bottle or water bladder to refill
  • Passport (must be valid 6 months past your final travel dates for most countries)
  • Copies of passport (keep copies separate, give to travel friends to keep, etc)
  • Power plug adapter
  • Travel lock(s) approved by TSA (or they cut them off – US only)
  • Tickets, itinerary, emergency contact information
  • Any medications you currently are taking or need/may need (see suggestions below)
  • Small quick-dry pak towels and/or compostable wipes for a quick wipe down at the end of the day

What to bring: medications – medications are optional and depend on your specific needs

  • Antibiotic for travelers diarrhea or UTI
  • Antibiotic for a severe bacterial infection
  • Medication for upset stomach/indigestion
  • Medication for prevention of altitude sickness (requires a prescription from your physician and has contraindications for certain people and potential side effects)
  • Anti-inflammatory medication (some people find this is useful for prevention of altitude sickness as well. Speak with your physician for more information)
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Anti-nausea medication for motion sickness/altitude sickness if needed
  • Cold/flu medication
  • General pain killer/fever reducer
  • Vaccinations – recommend bringing all boosters up to date (MMR, tetanus, etc)
  • COVID19 negative test result (currently within 72 hours of departure) and eventually will likely need a COVID19 vaccination card


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 $700 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 Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

Travel Guide Ancascocha Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

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.

We know you will be happy with our service, as evidenced by the hundreds of testimonials from our traveler clients from all over the world. See the recommendations and memories of travel experiences in various social networks such as TripAdvisor, which will explain why you should choose SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES for your next vacation in our country.

About our growth process
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.

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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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