Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu is a remarkable trail close to Cusco city and that remains off the beaten path, is listed as one of the National Geographic´s 20 dream hikes on their world and being the best hike list extremely and the trek goes through some traditional villages and high peaks like Salkantay and Veronica. This Ancascocha trek is part of the traditional Inca trail along the trail , you will see beautiful archeological sites, such us Paucarcancha , Tarapata, Huillcarakay, Llactapata, kanabamba, and at the end Salapunko.


Ancascocha Trek 4 days Trip Overview

Difficulty of the hike: Moderate

KmDistance hike: 56 Kilometers

Elevation max: 4650m

Group: 2-8

Price from $540 5 or more persons

Price from $640 for 2 - 4 persons

NOV 2020-DEC 2021


Trip Highlights

  • The Ancascocha Trek, also known as the Hidden Inca Trail or the Super Inca Trail, is a less traveled trek. If you’re looking for off the beaten path trails, pristine wilderness, and a challenging trek, this is the one for you! National Geographic recently named Ancascocha Trail as one of the World’s 20 Best Hikes!
  • Best local tour guides who teach you about several ancient Inca ruins, wandering through remote Fincas where generations of farmers have tended their livestock, and passing traditional andean villages like Chillipahua and Ancascocha. But of course the real reason to take this trek is for the unsurpassed views of the majestic Andes.
  • We will see spectacular views across the mountains, beautiful clear blue lakes and raging waterfalls, and with the towering 6,266m (20,551 ft.) Apu Salkantay frequently dominating the skyline.
  • On our third day of hiking we will be on a portion of the Classic Inca Trail (the one that gets booked up a year in advance!) After 2 days of solitude, you may well be surprised to see so many other hikers; but don’t worry, they are going in the other direction!
  • From the sacred valley town of Ollantaytambo we will take the scenic train to Aguas Calientes, which is the base for our trip to Machu Picchu. The train journey in itself is a fantastic experience, and full of photo opportunities.


Ancascocha Trek  is very strenuous and challenging due to the altitude gain, high altitudes, 7 steep summits, and length of hiking: 56 km/34.8 miles and goes up to4,959m/16,270ft. Being rewarded with amazing views does not come without effort, we recommend that everyone who joins us has a good level of basic fitness. Be prepared for all kinds of weather changes, since in the Andes, you can rain, snow, or hail at any time. That is why we recommend wearing a good trekking equipment such as hiking shoes, jackets and pants.


  • Confortable camping tents with foam matress and blanket, 02 nights.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes ,01 night.



Day 1


Difficulty level: Moderate
Altitude: 4450 m
Hiked distance: 18 km
Approximate walking time: 9 h

We leave Cusco at 5:00 am in the morning by car and drive for an hour and 45 minutes to the village of  Soqma, place which is located ( 3,200m, 10,512 feet),  so this is the starting point of our Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu where you meet up with our horsemen team, and then we  have some breakfast. After we start the hike 1 hour 15 minutes to the cascade, called Pirolniyoc and time to stop for views and then hike 40 minutes to the Inca site.

Ater we continue for 45 minutes to the lunch  place, named Rayan located at (3,700 masl/ 9,350 feet) and afterward some lunch then we start 4 hours uphill hike  to Kuychiccasa pass located (4,450 mals/ 14,596 feet) and here some outstanding views of some valleys like Chancachuco and some part of Sacred Valley of the Incas and then some  easy downhill for 45 minutes to our campsite then at night some views to the stars.

Day 2


Difficulty level: Challenging
Altitude: 4650 m
Hiked distance: 18 km
Approximate walking time: 10 h

We wake you up, with coca tea and afterwards a nutritive  breakfast then , you will hike for 45 minutes up and down paths until to see a excellent view of the Veronica snow capped mountain, located at ( 5900 masl/ 19,100 feet), afterward we continue the hike for 1 hour uphill  until to reach  the Ancascocha lake , where will be  our lunch.

After lunch we continue the uphill for 2 hours and arrive to the pass called Huayanay with altitude (4,650 masl/15,290 feet), so this point is the highest in our entire trek and in this segment we find an original stone paved Inca trail with some great views, then we continue  3 hours and the half downhill to the Inca site called Inca Raccay in the afternoon  we arrive to the Muyu Muyu community, located at (3850 masl/12,628 feet).

Day 3


Difficulty level: Moderate
Altitude: 3850 m
Hiked distance: 14 km
Approximate walking time: 7 h

After the breakfast we will  hike downhill for 2 hours towards Paucarcancha ruins,  there you will explore this fascinating inca place. Then we will continue hike down to the community of Huayllabamba, where  we will join to the classical inca trail. At midday we will arrive to the place of tarayoc, where will be our Lunch. After one short break we have to walk to the inca site of Patallacta, which is the most amazing and biggest one inca village. Continuing with the walk alongside the Vilcanota river, we will arrive at km 82, where we say goodbye to our muleteers; and then take the transportation to Ollantaytambo.

In the afternoon (16:45 pm) we will take the train to Aguas Calientes, on arrival we will check in the hotel. Then with the guide , you will  organize the plan to visit Machu Picchu.

Day 4


Difficulty level: Easy
Altitude: 2400 m
Hiked distance: 6 km
Approximate walking time: 3 h

The most important day, since you concocera and them 7 modern wonders of the world. Everyone should get up at 4:00 am, to have breakfast and then queue at the bus station to Machu Picchu. We will leave in one of the first buses to the citadel, we will pass the control to the 6:00 am. Once inside, we will go up to the house of the guardian, a very famous place from where the most famous photos of Machu Picchu are made, and from there you will start the guided tour for 2 hours the most important sites. Once the guide finishes his explanation you will have free time to visit other sites like the Inca Bridge, Sun Gate. Or if you book any of the mountains you can also go in the schedule of your reservation. At the latest they must come down from Machu Picchu at noon, since it is no longer possible to stay all day at the archaeological complex.

In the afternoon take the train back to Ollantaytambo, and from here by bus to the city of Cusco where you arrive approximately at 19:00 pm.


  • Professional english speaker tour guide
  • Expert mountain cook
  • Private transport from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus tickets up from aguas calientes to machupicchu one way
  • 01 night Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Round trip train tickets.
  • Camping  tent with capacity for 4 persons, but used only for 2 persons.
  • Dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
  • Transport from the train station to Cusco.
  • First-Aid Kits, Oxygen tank.
  • Meals: Breakfast (4), lunch (3), dinner (3),  with option for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose free.
  • Horses and muleteers to carry  the equipment and 15lbs of the hikers
  • Sleeping pad
  • Outdoor toilet tent.
  • Emergency horse, that will be staying with us during the hike to upload our personal day gears or ride.


  • Sleeping bags, you might get them rented from us US$ 20
  • Hiking poles,you might get them rented from us US$15
  • Last lunch on 5th day.
  • Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot springs in Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes).
  •  Tipping.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain $ 80 usd
  • Travel Insurance.


  •  Original passport
  • Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
  • Backpack (rucksack) to carry your things.
  • Phone, power bank battery, camera charger and adapter.
  • Camera.
  • Torch or headlamps.
  • Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
  • Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).
  • Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
  • Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
  • Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
  • Sunblock and sunglasses.
  • Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
  • Hiking trousers.
  • Ear Plugs.
  • Binoculars.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Hiking socks.
  • Water bottle or canteen.
  • American dollars and peruvian soles in cash.
  • Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
  • Luggage Tags and Locks.
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
  • Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, antihistamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, dehydration)


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