Ancascocha Trek
(5 Days)

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    Duration

    5 Days/4 Nights

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    Difficulty

    Challenging

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    Starting Point

    Cusco

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    Ages

    All Ages

From: $675.00

Five days and 4 nights to Machu Picchu – One of our best and most rigorous treks!


Get way off the beaten path with this moderately challenging trek.  Have the trail to yourself as you climb 2 big mountain passes and get rewarded with unbelievable views of the milky way, rivers, and the Ancascocha Lake and Valley.  

One of the Sacred Valley’s best kept secrets, this trek takes you through local communities, passed stunning waterfalls, and offers some of the most spectacular 360 degree views in all of Peru.  As an added bonus – you also get to trek on part of the Classic Inca Trail too.  What more could you want?

This is a full-service trek where you only carry a day pack.  All gear, food, and tents are carried by porters and pack animals.

What's Included

  • Transportation from end to end
  • Private, English speaking guide
  • All meals as listed (can accommodate dietary restrictions with proper notice)
  • Duffel bags for items to be carried by porters (up to 15lbs/7kilos per person).
  • Clean water at every meal stop
  • Accommodation at a 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • All entrance fees and permits
  • Tents – 2 people/tent (single occupancy available for additional charge.)
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Basic First aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Walking sticks (available for rent)
  • Lunch and Dinner – Day 5
  • Alcoholic Beverages of any kind
  • Gratuity
  • Breakfast – Day one
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb (can be reserved in advance available for additional fee of $30 per person)
  • Sleeping Bag (can be rented for $30)
  • Travel Insurance

Departure/Return Locations

Your hotel in Cusco

Departure Time

5am

Day 1: CUSCO – RAYAN – RESERVORIO

Hiking time: 6-7 hours (including breaks and photo ops)

  • Begin the day by interacting with locals in their community before beginning a challenging but rewarding trek up to a mysterious cliff-top Inca Site called Perolniyoc
  • Along the way, you will be greeted by a towering waterfall and spectacular views of the Sacred Valley

Day 2: RESERVORIO – ANCASCOCHA

Hiking time: 6-7 hours (including breaks and photo ops)

  • Today you will get a taste of some high elevation as you ascend to the first mountain pass at Kuychik’asa (4450m/14599ft) with 360 degree views of the Andean landscape
  • After lunch, give your lungs a break while you descend into the valley and are greeted by local animals and views of rivers and snow-capped peaks

Day 3: ANCASCOCHA – QUESQA – PAUCARCANCHA

Hiking time: 6-7 hours (including breaks and photo ops)

  • The challenge for the day is getting over your second big mountain pass – Huayanay (4650m/15255ft)
  • During the hike today, you will pass the stunning Ancascocha Lake, several waterfalls, well-maintained Inca sites, rivers, llamas, and the Quesqa Valley

Day 4: PAUCARCANCHA – KM 82 (INCA TRAIL) – AGUAS CALIENTES

Hiking time: 6 hours (including breaks and photo ops)

  • Experience a part of the Classic Inca Trail
  • Take a scenic train ride through the countryside to Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a hot shower and comfortable bed in a hotel

Day 5: MACHU PICCHU- CUSCO

Today is the day, People! Machu Picchu is here!

  • Early morning guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Free time for further exploration or a hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. (Tickets to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain are NOT included and must be purchased separately in advance)
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes(on your own)
  • Train ride and van transport back to Cusco
For a more detailed itinerary, click here.

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