Medio Día
Duration: 5 Days

Tour Type: Walking

Max.Height : 1,900 msnm

Group sizes: +2

Fisica Level: Moderate

Ancascocha Trek 5 Days

Ancascocha Trek 5 Days.-

Ancascocha Trek 5 Days, In the Peruvian Andes you can enjoy this walk through Ancascocha which is located in the eastern mountain range of Vilcabamba, declared as one of the best walks by the Nat Geo, an alternative route to the classic walks. It is a spectacular trail that remains off the beaten path still given its proximity to the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

BRIEFING Ancascocha Trek 5 Days: The day before the trek, you will meet with your guide in our ANDEAN PERU TREKS office and meet all the members who will be traveling with you. The expert guide will explain you about the hike, route and all the necessary recommendations will be provided to you. The talk lasts about 40 minutes, where you will receive your duffel bags which will be carried by the horses along the walk.

The road through Ancascocha to Machu Picchu is perfect for those who live the experience of traveling in places with little crowds, having the opportunity to visit the local villas and also you will disinteract the beautiful landscapes accompanied by breathtaking views of the Cordillera del Vilcanota.

Ancascocha Lake (3,700 m / 12,136 ft.) From which the name of this trek originates. In some places it is possible to walk on stone tracks; We will also pass by one of the highest places called “Huayanay Pass”, from here we can appreciate the mountain of “Apu Salkantay” (20,000ft.).

This Ancascocha Trek 5 Days takes us through the impressive mountains of Cusco. Hiking only for people who love adventure and nature, this trek leads through the high Andean sites, which for its tranquility and above all for the contact with the Quechua speaking inhabitants who still maintain many Inca customs, this program has a lot of value cultural.

It is one of the routes that remains intact, unlike others this is a path where we will probably be the only ones on the road, and is offered by us and a few companies, which gives us the advantage of finding an almost pristine landscape that It maintains its fauna and flora, Ancasqocha offers to the visitor a place of beautiful high Andean valleys, peaks with snowy like: (Salkantay the second highest snowcapped one of Cusco to 6,271 m., Humantay, Wayanay, etc.).

We will also appreciate colorful lakes and others). This adventure also takes us along Inca Originales paths lost between the mountains and covered by the passage of time, which formerly led to Limatambo, Mollepata, Machu Picchu, Choquequirao, Tumibamba and Chinchaysuyo. And if there is luck you can see condors, and other Andean animals such as Andean fox, deer, llamas, etc.

Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan

Ancascocha Trek 5 Days

Ancascocha Trek 5 Days.- At the scheduled time we will pick you up from your hotel, then drive in the Sacred Valley for 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach the town of Soqma (3,205 m / 10,512 ft). This is the starting point for the walk from Ancascocha to Machu Picchu, the riders will be waiting for us in this village ready for this adventure trek.

We will take a light walk towards one of the lateral valleys, covering about 1 hour and a half of trek, we will stop in the waterfall of Perolniyoc, considered one of the best waterfalls in the Sacred Valley.

We will continue walking an hour to get to the archaeological site of Perolniyoc, located on the waterfall, after listening with the explanation of Inca history with our guide, we will continue walking for an hour to reach our lunch place and camp.

On this day of the walk to Ancascocha we will acclimate to the high altitude, so after lunch we can relax and rest for the next day; We spend the night at Rayan camping (3,700 meters).

  • Meals: Lunch / Dinner
  • Lowest height: 3,205 m / 10,512 feet
  • Highest height: 3,700 m / 12,136 ft
  • Walking distance: 8 km / 5 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Level of difficulty: moderate
  • Area: Dry Mountain

Day 2: Rayan – Ancascocha

Ancascocha Trek 5 Days

Ancascocha Trek 5 Days.-  After breakfast we will leave the campsite, we will take a light walk for 3 hours to reach the highest point of our second day of walking called “Puka kasa” (4.450 m / 14.596 ft), for many people this is the most difficult section but also Is the place with the most spectacular views, we will appreciate some of the most impressive snow covered mountains and also the Sacred Valley. When we get to the top of the mountain you will feel proud of yourself surviving one of the highest steps in this mountain range. After enjoying all these wonderful and picturesque views, it is time to go down to the “Chancachuco” site, it will take us an hour and a half to get to lunch.

As we go to the village of Ancascocha we will appreciate some snowy peaks in front of us, La Montaña Veronica (5,950 m) will accompany us for many hours, then we will arrive to the Ancascocha Valley, where we will meet the village. Then we crossed the stream and climbed an uphill for another 2 hours to reach our camp around Lake Ancascocha (4,090 m.), The coldest night for the whole trip.

  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Highest height: 4,450 m / 15,250 ft
  • Campsite pitch: 3,700 m / 12,136 ft
  • Trekking distance: 16 km / 10 miles
  • Approximate trekking time: 8 to 10 hours
  • Level of difficulty: Challenging
  • Area: Dry Mountain

Day 3: Ancascocha Pass – Huayanay – Qesqua Community

After a nutritious breakfast, we will continue our walk from Ancascocha to Machu Picchu; We will hike for 2 hours until reaching the highest point of Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu called “Paso Huayanay” (4,650 m), we can enjoy some breathtaking views.

The Incas built the Inca Trail in an impressive way. After enjoying these breathtaking views from the promenade, we will walk to the valley until arriving at “Incaraqay” where a nutritious lunch awaits us. If we are lucky we will see the condors flying around the Huayanay pass.

From here we will descend for 3 hours in the middle of green vegetation. During this part of the trek we will have views of the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu that will appear in the distance, and fascinating views of the communities of the valley of Qésqua.

  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Highest altitude: 4,650 m / 15,298 ft
  • Elevation of the campground: 3,650 m / 11,910 ft
  • Trekking Distance: 14 km / 9 miles
  • Approximate trekking  time: 8 to 9 hours
  • Level of difficulty: Challenging
  • Area: Dry Mountain

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

Ancascocha Trek 5 Days

Ancascocha Trek 5 Days.- This day begins with a delicious breakfast. Continue down the valley for approximately 2 hours until you reach “Paucar Cancha”, which is an extraordinary Inca fortress. You will learn the Inca history about this beautiful site and then you will have free time to explore on your own.

After visiting Paucar Cancha, we will start the final trek for 4 hours until we reach Km 82, this last part of our trek going in the initial section of the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, along the way to km 82. In Inca ruin of Willcaraqay from here it is possible to observe Patallaqta another remarkable Inca ruin. At km 82, our chef will be waiting for you with a delicious lunch.

After enjoying a delicious lunch we will transfer to Ollantaytambo (2,792 m) from where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes.

  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highest height: 3,850 m / 12,628 ft
  • Lowest Altitude: 2,792 m / 9,158 ft
  • Walking distance: 13 km / 8 ½ miles
  • Estimated walking time: 7 hours
  • Level of difficulty: Easy

DAY 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Ancascocha Trek 5 Days

Machu Picchu 5-Days Ancascocha Trek

We will board the bus after breakfast to go to the citadel of  “Machu Picchu”. As part of our itinerary the same professional guide of the walk of Ancascocha; It 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 visit to the archaeological center, you will have some time to explore the site.

If you have paid to visit the mountain of “Wayna Picchu”, you will have to coordinate with your guide to visit Machu Picchu depending on your scheduled time for the mountain

Visit «Sun Gate» You will have the opportunity to walk (approximately 2 hours up and down) to Puerta del Sol (Inti Punku) to see Machu Picchu from a different angle.

Hike to the Inca Bridge:

The Inca Bridge offers a dose of adventure for your next visit to Machu Picchu. However, in this case, the adventure is a little less strenuous, but death much more challenging, not for people with vertigo.

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

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lowest Height: 2,040 m / 6,691 ft
  • Highest height: 2,440 m / 8,052 ft

Included in the Trip

  • Expert guide (additional guide for groups of nine or more)
  • Briefing to your hotel 1 or 2 days before your hike.
  • Pick up from hotel and transport to Soqma
  • Tent of four people for every 2 people.
  • Cook shop
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Dining room with tables and chairs
  • Hygiene service shop
  • Expert chef
  • Horses to carry the whole equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Horse to carry 8 kg of your personal equipment
  • Bag for your personal belongings
  • Emergency horse in case we need it
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Hot water to wash.
  • Boiled water for every day
  • Bottle of oxygen and medical equipment.
  • Ollantaytambo Expedition train ticket to Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Bus to go up to Machu Picchu

Not Included in Ancascocha Trek

  • Sleeping bag (you can rent it in our office)
  • Trekking poles (you can rent it in our office)
  • Breakfast for the first and Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the last day.
  • Tips (cook, rider and guide)
  • Insurance of any kind, international air tickets, domestic flights, departure to the airport (US $ 31 per person for international flights and US $ 7 for domestic flights) taxes, visa fees or excess baggage. Additional nights are not included during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages, bottled water, snacks, laundry, phone calls and entrance to Wayna Picchu Mountain


  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, tops, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, thermal underwear, light long pants, gloves, poncho, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sun block
  • Head lamp
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
  • Insect repellent

NOTE: If you want to go up to Huayna Picchu, we suggest you book in advance with your reservation; This is because spaces are limited, for any additional information write us.

Optional Services

  • Entrance to the mountain Huayna Picchu; US $ 20 per person
  • Train Vistadome to Machu Picchu (one way), US $ 65 per person
  • Dinner or Lunch at Aguas Calientes Restaurant; US $ 20 per person

You must consider

  • Rates are per person (single or double room).
  • Prices include round trip tickets between Cusco and Machu Picchu
  • Departure times may vary.
  • The rates are not valid for Christmas or New Year, during which special prices will be quoted on request


  • Hiking poles – US$20.00
  • Sleeping bag – US$25.00
  • Sleeping bag Deluxe Package (+ Pillow & Liners) US$35.00
  • Private Tent – US$30.00


  • Vistadome Train (RoundTrip) – US$65.00
  • Single Accommodation*  – US$43.00 – Up

Prices in Private Service

Number of people Price per person

Price per person $750.00  (Minimum 2 persons; departures all year except February)

We include duffle bags 8kls and a horse with no additional cost.

Emergency horse available throughout the trek.


  • Student Discount (with valid ISIC card) – $25
  • Under 15 Discount – $25
  • Under 7 Discount – $35.


  • Hiking poles – US$15.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag – 4 season – US$30.00
  • Private Tent – US$30.00
  • air mattress -$15


  • Train upgrade to Vistadome: US$50.00 one way (Departing from Aguas Calientes)


Huayna Picchu :  price is US$65.00 per person and there are 2 turns (at 7am and 10am) for Only 400 people can hike Huayna Picchu per day.

Ancascocha Trek 5 Days.-  Also known as lagoon “Ancascocha“, Quechua voice that can be interpreted as “Laguna de los Flancos”, so called because it is inside a hole, that makes its edges almost perpendicular.

The glass of this glacial lagoon, is 80 meters long by 40 meters wide, and occupies a geological depression located at 3200 meters above sea level. In addition, the color of its waters varies in different shades of green according to the time of year and sunlight.

Also during the rainy season the lagoon can reach a depth of 10 m, falling to only 3 m in the dry season.

It should be noted that the lagoon Ancascocha is part of the beautiful landscapes of the National Sanctuary of Ampay.

What to bring: The climate in Peru varies greatly as it has 28 different climates and 84 of the world’s 104 ecosystems. The city of Cusco is at 3380 meters above sea level, next to the Andes mountain range, its seasons are in winter from April to May and October to November, the wettest part of the year is summer from January to March.

Ancascocha Trek Climate

Temperatures don’t vary too much between these seasons but the amount of precipitation does. The heat can be quite hot in the sun during the day, to cool off go to a shady spot.

Temperatures cannot be forecast as they change rapidly and you will need to walk in layers during the day. At night it gets colder in the mountains, and most people need warm clothes and tents to rest in, as well as thick socks, gloves, and a hat.

Day pack for this Ancascocha Trek

All your accessories should be stored in your travel backpack, the items you leave with the porter will not be available until bedtime at the camp.

It is advisable not to wear cotton clothing in the rain, as the fabric does not dry quickly. It is advisable to wear mountain climbing boots or trail running shoes, because of the rain on our route.

The 5-Days Ancascocha Trek  is one of the most rewarding routes of the Peruvian Andes. A walk in continuous ascent leads to the slopes of impressive snow-capped peaks in the Andes, passing through Queuñas forests, vestiges of ancient Inca trails, the beautiful lagoon of Ancascocha among other impressive natural scenery.

We descend, leaving the arid fist, to enter a fertile valley of abundant Andean flora, hummingbirds, confluences of rivers and the spectacular view of the snowy Veronica. We ended up just 20 minutes from the Ollantaytambo train station, this is one of the alternative routes to the Inca Trail favorite by adventurers who then want to visit Machu Picchu.