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Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu (3 Days)

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Tour Details
Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu

Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu is an un-touristed trek in Peru. It is often referred to as the Hidden Inca Trail by many. It offers a unique experience. The trek takes you through some scenic routes offering views of the pristine wilderness.

It is a true off the beaten track experience. The views range from pastoral landscapes to snowcapped mountain peaks. We will be amidst the nature away from the touristic track for two days.

On this three days Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu, you will be crossing some traditional Andean farms with stunning views of the mountains. It will also take you through some lesser known  yet impressive archaeological sites.

National Geography Travel Magazine recently named this as one of the best 20 hikes in the world.

Why Treks in Cusco?

This is one of the less popular treks in Cusco to visit Machu Picchu. Treks in Cusco, as an outdoor adventure company has well experienced dedicated guides. Our guides are locals. They have an extensive knowledge on culture and history.

This is a high altitude trek with the highest point of the trek at 4200 metres above sea level. We recommend you to spend at-least 2-3 days acclimatising in Cusco before the trek. You may choose to experience our Cusco City Tour or Sacred Valley Tour while you are acclimatising to get an introduction to Incas history.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0500 AM

Price Includes

  • Pre-Trek briefing
  • Cusco Hotel Transfer
  • Round Trip Transport
  • Local Guide (English and Spanish speaking)
  • Tent with an extra capacity for added comfort
  • 01 Night in a basic ensuite hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back
  • Mattress
  • Cook
  • Meals
  • Mules and Muleteers
  • An extra horse for emergency use
  • First aid kit
  • All entrance fees

Price Excludes

  • Breakfast in the first morning
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek - prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
  • Sturdy hiking shoes with extra pairs of socks
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping. * This is a particularly cold trek, you should make sure you have a lot of very warm clothes.
  • Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
  • Flashlight
  • Sun block
  • Original Passport
  • Some Peruvian soles in cash

Day 1Cusco – Huata - Cochapata

Early in the morning we will pick you up from the hotel. Then we will drive to to an Andean village called, Molino. Here we will meet our porters and muleteers. We will then start our trek. After a moderate trek up the hill for two hours, we will reach Huata. This is an archeological site with a religious and historical importance.

From here, we will be trekking for two more hours to Chillipahua. Here we will stop for lunch. We will then continue trekking up the hill for two more hours to our campsite in Cochapata.

  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,000 m
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,600 m
  • Distance travelled: 14 kms approx.
  • Approximate Walking Time: 7 hours

Day 2Cochapata - Ancascocha - Chillca - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

We will wake you up to a freshly prepared breakfast. After breakfast, we will start climbing for an hour to Pauca Ccasa point. From here, you will get a breathtaking view of the valley below.

After a brief stop, we will start our descend to Ancascocha Alta. It is a remote Andean Quechua speaking community.

From here, we will continue hiking further down the hill to Ancascocha baja. It is a quiet place surrounded by beautiful mountains and fields.

We will then continue descending further down along a stream of water. This segment of the trek offers the best example of the bio diversity here. The route that has sights of Andes and snow capped peaks will change to lush tropical vegetation.

The last part of the Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu will take you through some Andean farms. This is a unique sight. You will be crossing some bridges set in a  unique patters across a river.

At around 3:00 PM, we will reach Chillca. From here we we will take a bus to Ollantaytambo town. Later in the evening, we will take the train to Aguas Calientes town. We will accommodate you in an ensuite hotel room.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Basic ensuite hotel room. 
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,200 m
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,600 m
  • Distance travelled: 15 km approx.
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 hours

Day 3Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Early in the morning, after breakfast, you will be taking a bus upto the citadel. Our local expert will give you a guided your of Machu Picchu. On this tour you will be visiting sites like the main plaza, religious centre, temples and many other prominent places. 

After the tour, you will have some free time to saunter around the citadel. If you have booked your trek to Huyana Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will assist you in finding the entrance. 

Alternatively, you can visit the sun-gate. It is a two hours round trip from the citadel by walk. Sun-gate offers fantastic view of the citadel. It through this gate, trekkers on Inca trail enter Machu Picchu at sunrise. 

After the tour we will meet at Aguas Calientes train station. We will transfer you to Ollantaytambo by train from here. At Ollantaytambo, our local representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Cusco. 


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Solo Traveller

Quite an off road experience. It was fun trekking with Carlos and his team. Everything was exceptionally well and they organised this trek very efficiently.

May 6, 2020