Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

This Trek is a completely new Ancascocha Trek we have launched and is regarded as one of world’s best trails as chosen by National Geographic. Along this Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu you will enjoy the most spectacular views of snow mountain peaks and crystal lakes and you will also explore the local villages of Soqma and Ancascocha. This Ancascocha Trek offers the most scenic views of the Urubamba mountain range. In the stillness when surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks and upon hearing the sounds of the natural streams you will find peace and relaxation. On this Ancascocha Trek you will also have the opportunity to hike part of the iconic Inca Trail en route to the archeological wonder of Machu Picchu Inca site.

Ancascocha Trek – Highlights

  • Amazing views of Huayunay peak
  • Amazing mountain ranges of Urubamba
  • Beautiful cloud forest and lush vegetation
  • Amazing lakes of grassland
  • Stunning Inca sites
  • History and cultural immersion
  • Beautiful streams and cascades
  • Flora and fauna
  • Delicious food and traditional cuisine
  • Amazing wonder of The Ancascocha Trek and Machu Picchu


Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu – Summary

  • Trip style: Adventures, History & Cultural Immersion
  • Length : Ancascocha Trek 4 Days/ 3 Nights
  • Frequency: From March to January (February is closed every year)
  • Group: 2 persons min, max 10 persons
  • Physical grading: Moderate, challenging
  • Total distance hiked : 49 km /31 miles
  • Beginning altitude : 320 m /10,512 ft
  • Maximun altitude: 4650 m /15,298 ft

Ancascocha Trek – Itinerary 

  • Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan (Meals: L/D)
  • Day 2: Rayan– Ancascocha (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 3: Ancascocha – Huayanay Pass – Muyumuyu (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 4: Muyumuyu – Paucarcancha – km 82 ( meals : B/L/D)
  • Day 5: Machu Picchu Wonder of the World – Cusco (Meals: B)


The Ancascocha Trek Briefing:

You will have a thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your Ancascocha Trek. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations for The Ancascocha Trek.

Itinerary for Ancascocha Trek Machu Picchu

Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan

We will pick you up from your hotel at approximately 5:30 am and then drive by private bus for 2 hours to Soqma,] which will be the starting point of our Ancascocha Trek. Then the real adventure begins as we follow a gently undulating path for half an hour, before we ascend gradually for another hour until we reach the Incan site of Piroiniyoc.

From here we will enjoy the amazing views of the Ancascocha trek and Soqma waterfall and valley and take a short break at our scenic lunch spot. After lunch we will continue hiking for another hour along more undulating paths until we reach our camping site at Rayan.

  • Walking Distance: 8 km / 5 miles
  • Starting Elevation: 3200 m /10511 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3700 m / 12130 ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping

Day 2: Rayan – Ancascocha

Our wake up call for Ancascocha Trek will be at 5:30am with a nice warm cup of coca tea and a filling breakfast to follow after. Then we will start our hike uphill for approximately three and a half hours until we reach the beautiful views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will take in the amazing snow peaks of the Veronica mountain (5750 m / 19100 ft) and also gaze upon the Urubamba river down below in the valley.

We will then begin our descent for about one hour until we reach our lunch spot where we will enjoy our meal facing Veronica mountain. After lunch we will continue our Ancascocha Trek descending for another three and a half hours until reaching our campsite for the night. On the way we will enjoy the beauty of The Ancascocha Trek and the surrounding village as we trek across open grassland, past small streams and in the native forests.

  • Walking Distance: 16 km / 10 miles
  • Starting Elevation: 4450 m /15,511ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3700 m / 12,130 ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate / Challenging
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping

Day 3: Ancascocha – Huayanay Pass – Muyu Muyu community

Today we will wake up around 5:30am and enjoy our breakfast before starting the days hike.

On day 3 of the Ancascocha Trek we will get to enjoy the most incredible views. We are going to enjoy the serenity of crystal lakes and stunning peaks of Huayunay mountains and appreciate the unique architecture of the real Incan roads that link the classical Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

After four hours hiking followed by a further half hour descent we will reach our lunch spot at Inca Rakay. After lunch we keep following the path down hill for another four hours. Along the way we will enjoy the lush mountain forests and features of the Classic Inca Trail until we reach our campsite for the night.

  • Walking Distance: 13 km / 7 miles
  • Starting Elevation: 4600 m /15,511 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3800 m / 12,130 ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping

Day 4: Muyu Muyu – Paucarcancha – Kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

On the last day of The Ancascocha Trek we discover the start of the Inca trail that leads to the Machu Picchu Inca site. Our hike will begins with a two and a half hour descent to the first Inca site of Paucarcancha where we will take a break to enjoy and explore the beauty of this Incan site. We continue downwards for a further four hours through the village of Huyallabamba until we reach to next Incan site of Llaqtapata. After taking some time to explore we continue the hike along an undulating path until we reach the beginning of the Inca Trail.

At Km 82 of the Inca trail we will reach the end of our Ancascocha trek  and enjoy our last lunch of the trek together. We will  then take our private van to Ollantaytambo train station from where we will catch our train all the way to Machu Picchu Town. To mark the end of The Ancascocha Trek we will celebrate with a tasty group dinner before retiring to our beds for a good nights sleep in our hotel.

  • Walking Distance: 13 km / 7 miles
  • Starting Elevation: 3800 m / 12,511 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3700 m / 9,130 ft
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel

DAY 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

We wake early to catch a bus up to the Machu Picchu Inca site where we will have the chance to enjoy sunrise and experience the wonder of Machu Picchu in the morning light. You will enjoy a two hour tour from a local guide around this astonishing archeological site and then enjoy some free time to explore it further by yourself.

During this time you may also opt to hike to the top of Huayna picchu, the iconic mountain peak that overlooks the site of Machu Picchu as well as Machu Picchu Mountain itself. After we will return to Machu Picchu Town by bus, from where we catch our train to Ollantaytambo and then take a private bus back to Cusco.

  • Highest Elevation: 2115 m / 7231 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Meals Included: Breakfast


Services Included in the Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide for the entirety of The Ancascocha Trek
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Chef and Assistant Chef
  • Horeseman
  • 6 kg of your personal items
  • Pick-up from your hotel to starting point of The Ancascocha Trek
  • Private van from your hotel to Soraypampa
  • Train to Aguas Calients town
  • Train back to Ollantaytambo
  • Private bus from Ollantaymbo to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the ancascocha trek when you need to bring your own)
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4Lunches, 4Afternoon Snacks and 4Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Kitchen tent and Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

Services Not Included in the Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be rented from us : US$20.00)
  • Hiking poles (Can be rented from us : US$B15.00)
  • Air mattress (Can be rented from us : US$ 20.00)
  • Lunch and dinner on Day 5
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your Ancoscocha Trek.

What to bring to the Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Daypack


Ancascocha Trek – Prices

Group Service

  • 2017 – Price per person  US$730.00 (adults)

Private Group Price

  • 2017 – Price per person US$780.00 (adults)

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).


  • Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 18’s Discount: US$20

Optional upgrade:

  • Sleeping Bag US$20
  • Walking Pole US$15
  • Inflatable Mattress US$20
  • Single Tent Supplement US$35

Optional upgrade (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)
  • Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: USD50.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Dependent on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance)

How to book (Group or Private Service):

You can either book by emailing us or by using the Booking form provided on this site.

By e-mail:

Send us your main Departure date and back up date: By providing us with a main date and a back up date for your Ancascoha Trek (Classic Inca Trail, Short Inca Trail, Lares Trek, Cachicata Hike, etc.) Andean Path Travel will reply to your e-mail automatically.

Send us your Personal Details for Booking: 

  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Date of Birth

Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid ISIC card. It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail / Alternative trek (you will need to show the real ISIC card upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).


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Payment of deposit amount is:

  • US$ 200 per person for the Ancascocha Trek Machu Picchu
  • NOTE: If you want to climb to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain let us know in advance because they allow only 400 people for both mountains. You also need to include the additional cost.

US$ 25.00 for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

There are 2 time sessions:

  • First group of 200 hikers is from 7 – 8 am
  • Second group of 200 hikers is from 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified, although you need to be flexible to either time.

Payment of the deposit can be made through 1 following options:


  • We accept deposits through PayPal.The Paypal deposit is US $200 dollars per person. Paypal charges a fee of 6%, so the deposit will actually be US $212 dollars per person. The Paypal fee does not count toward the final Ancascocha trek price. Through Paypal you will send the deposit to

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