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Our special trek to machu picchu

Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu

As a local agency, we are always looking for hiking options around Cusco. This trek offers unforgettable experience hiking the Inca Quarry Trail (Also you can check our other alternatives:Moonstone Trek 5 D, Inca Quarry Trek 4D and Inca Quarry Trail to Sungate 1 D).

The Ancascocha road is off the beaten track, that is why we offer alternate routes that satisfy our clients, this route is hard for trekkers but it is one of the quietest and very peaceful routes, hard to walk is the first day all the day uphill until reaching the Inti Punku camp, the second day is only 3 hours to reach the Buena Negra  pass with a height of 4 450 meters will be a challenge for each of the mountaineering fans.

Ancascocha trek is also  very picturesque, going through colorful mountains and valleys and following the incredible Inca trail road network.

This Ancascocha trek is one of the alternative trek uncrowded on way to get to Machupicchu, in particularly, is super peacefull place.   Amazing  mountains to enjoy,  The nature is an gift  of mother earth as a lagoons, wild birds , wild ducks.   Andean people  who are llama farmers over 4 500 meters.

Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu

Map of Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu

Map of Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu

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Trek Briefing to Ancascocha Inca Trail

We  will meet the previous day to give you detailed information about the trip.  One day before leaving for the Ancascocha Inca Trail, we will provide you Ample information regarding your upcoming 5-day trek and any other details that you would like.


Day 1: Cusco – Cachiccata – Sun Gate

Breakfast /Lunch/ Dinner

After having breakfast at your hotel, we will come pick you up with our private bus and go to Sacred Valley, in the  Cachiccata community (3200 mt) where will start our journey. The walk uphill will lead to Inca quarry (3200m) where you will learn about rocks carving and its techniques. We will then go uphill to get to lunch at Choquetacarpu which is an hour away. Full of energy, we will keep going for a 1 hour and half walk to reach to the impressive Sun  Gate (3885m) or “Inti Punku” and stay overnight close to the site and we are going to have a beautiful sun set  in the afternoon  having a cup of coffee as well enjoying  the priceless view of sacred of the Incas.

  • Low elevation : 2890 m
  • High elevation : 4430  m
  • Walking time : 7 hours
  • Walking distance : 6 km
  • Difficulty : Challenging

Day 2: Sun Gate – Chancachuco – Ancascocha Valley

Tent /Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

We will have a delicious breakfast in this wonderful place before starting to walk for about 1 hour easily hike and  after this  we are going uphill about  2/30 minutes to the top of the mountain and here  we might make an offering to the Veronica mountain and to Mother Earth. We will then keep going  40 minutes downhill to get to our lunch  until Chancachuco Pampa (4200m) where we will stop for lunch. After gathering some energy, we will walk for 3 hours to get to Ancascocha camping site  (3700m) where we will camp for the night. along the way, we are going to have  beautiful mountains  really colorful  to get photos  the mountains  offers unforgettable  experience for ancascocha treks  to Machupichu.

  • Low elevation : 3698m
  • High elevation : 4200 m
  • Walking time : 8 hours
  • Walking distance : 10km
  • Difficulty : challenging
  • Climate : Cold wind

Day 3: Ancascocha – Huayanay Pass -Paucarcancha

Tent / Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

After having breakfast we will go up the Huayanay mountains (4670m) for 2 hours to leave little by little the wonderful valley of Ancascocha. Along the way, you will appreciate the colorful mountains, lagoons, birds and even see a puma if you will be lucky enough. We will then walk 2 hours more to arrive at the Inca Raquay valley to have lunch (3900 mt) not one are there  basically  we can feel  nature of the Peruvian Andes.

We will already be on the Inca trail that third day, which we will follow for about an hour to reach the campsite call Paucarcancha inca ruins this place will be our camping to over night  and to enjoy last peaceful place.

  • High elevation : 4670 m
  • Low elevation: 3860 m
  • Distance : 15 km
  • Walking time : 8 hours
  • Difficulty : Challenging
  • Climate : Wind, Cold

Day 4: Paucarcancha – kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes

Tent /breakfast /lunch /dinner

We will wake up early in the morning, have breakfast and start walking an hour and a half until the community of Paucarcancha, where we will explore the archaeological site for a little while. We will then keep walking for 30 minutes to arrive at Huayllabamba, the connection with the Inca trail and walk 3 hours more before having lunch. Along this Inca trail, we will appreciate various archaeological sites like Patallacta and Wilkaracay and little Incan constructions. A bus will take us to Ollantaytambo where we will take the train and reach Aguas Calientes to stay overnight in a hotel.

  • High elevation : 3860 m
  • Low elevation : 2025 m
  • Walking distance : 12km
  • Walking time : 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy walk
  • Climate : Warm

Day 5: Aguas Calientes –Machipicchu Ruins-Cusco

hotel /breakfast

You will have an early breakfast at your hotel and take the bus at 5:30 am for 30 minutes to go up to Machu Pichu and appreciate the sunrise over the ruins. The tour with our guide inside the site will last 2 hours and you will have free time afterwards to explore the city on your own. Later on, we will go back to Ollantaytambo and take the bus back to Cusco and to your hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accomodation : Hotel
  • Climate : Warm and humid


Included on the Ancascocha Inca Trail with Machu Picchu

  • Tourist guide fluent in English, spanish and quechua
  • Transport to bring you to the start of the trek
  • Comfortable tent for 4 persons
  • Mattresses
  • Bathroom tent
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dinning room tent
  • Tables and chairs
  • Cooks
  • Muleteers
  • Horses carrying 8 kg of luggages per each person
  • Emergency horse
  • breakfasts/  lunches/  dinners
  • Drinking water
  • Oxygen tank
  • Round train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Machu Pichu- machupicchu to ollantaytambo-cusco
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes town
  • Entrance ticket for Machu Pichu
  • Round bus ticket from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Pichu- machupicchu to aguas calientes town

Not Included on The Ancascocha  Trek

  • Sleeping bag (you can rent some directly at the agency)
  • First day breakfast
  • Lunch for the 6th day
  • walking stick ( you can rent from us)
  • Tips for the Crew, cook and muleteers

What To Bring for  the Ancascocha Trek

  • Original passport (it is to bring buy tickets)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with extra battery
  • Suncream
  • Hat for the sun and for the cold
  • Hiking sticks
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Flashlight
  • Hiking shoes, trousers and jumpers
  • gloves
  • thermal clothing
  • walking stick

Departures & Price

Departure dates 2021 – 2022

Every Day.

Number of people Prices per person
1-2 Person $ 620 USD Per Person
2-3 People $ 570 USD Per Person
6-8 People $ 520 USD Per Person

Note: A minimum of two people is required to run the trek, and there is a maximum of eight people per group.

students: discount of $20, but you have to supply us with a copy of your ISIC card when you make the booking. Children up to 15 years of age will be charged as students, under the condition that you supply us with a copy of the passport at the time of booking time.

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Packing list


  •  Original passport
  • valid student card (if booked as a student with Machula Expeditions)
  • immigration card  ( as you enter Peru)
  • comfortable Daypack ( hiking Daypack)
  • Camelbaks ( or water bottle)
  • comfortable hiking boots


Paucarcancha ruins

Gear inside your Daypacks

  • Sunhat
  • Rain Poncho
  • Fleece
  • Music Iphone
  • Handsanitizer
  • Camara
  • Sunscreen
  • Wet wipes
  • Bug Spray
  • Personal Medications
  • Toilet Paper ( plastic bag for waste
  • For your Duffel
  • 2 Hiking pants
  • 4 Sets s-shirt
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • sets of undergarments
  • water proof jacket
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • headlamp  essencial
  • Quickday towel
  • sleeping bag recommend down bags for -10c at least
  • toothbrush and paste


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