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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 5D, Inca Quarry Trek 4D and Inca Quarry Trail to Sungate 1D).

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

You will particularly appreciate the flora and fauna of this fascinating and welcoming walk.

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 – Ollantaytambo-Choquetacarphu

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 (2600m) where will start our journey. The walk uphill will lead to Incan pits (3100m) where you will learn about rocks carving and its techniques. We will then go get lunch in Choquetacarpu which is an hour away. Full of energy, we will keep going for a 1 hour and half walk to reach the impressive Sun’s door (3885m) or “Inti Punku” and stay overnight close to the site in our tents to enjoy the place fully and take a lot of pictures.

  • Low elevation : 2890 m
  • High elevation : 4430  m
  • Walking time : 10 hours
  • Walking distance : 12 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 2 hours and make an offering to the Veronica mountain and to Mother Earth. We will then keep going until Chancachuco pampa (4200m) where we will stop for lunch. After gathering some energy, we will walk for 2 hours to go to the community of Ancascocha (3700m) where we will camp for the night. We will also see the beautiful flora and fauna all along the way.

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

Day 3: Ancascocha – Ancascocha Pass -Community Muyu Muyu

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 colourful 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 Muyu Muyu community (3850 m) and have lunch.
We will already be on the Inca trail that third day, which we will follow for about an hour to reach the campsite.

  • High elevation : 4670 m
  • Low elevation: 3860 m
  • Distance : 12 km
  • Walking time : 8 hours
  • Difficulty : Challenging
  • Climate : Wind, Cold

Day 4: Comunidad Muyu Muyu-km 82 Piscacucho-Ollantaytambo-Machupicchu

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 estra 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 2019 – 2020

Every Day.

Number of peoplePrices per person
1-2 Person$ 670 USD Per Person
2-3 People$ 620 USD Per Person
6-8 People$ 600 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


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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