Ancascocha Trek 6 Days + Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu



The Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu in 6 days is a challenging but rewarding experience in Peru.

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  • Group Service

    Exploring Peru requires good physical shape and comfort with extended walks, as daily activities involve city tours to historic ruins and other landmarks.

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  • Challenge

    Hiking tours of Ancascocha Trek demand sufficient physical and mental preparation. These tours last 6 days with daily walks of 6-8 hours, over 5000 meters of ascent and descent, including some steep steps.

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  • Ancascocha Trek 6 Days will Take the extraordinary journey through the highlands of Peru’s Sacred Valley to experience some of the most exciting NEW! hiking trails leading up to Machu Picchu.
  • Sample our top-notch ‘Novo Andean Food’, crafted by skilled Chefs with a creative touch.
  • Make your Peru journey one to remember with experienced expert tour guides who have hiked the Inca Trail over 500 times, the Salkantay Trek more than 250 times, Choquequirao Trek over 300 times, the Ausangate Trek 50+ occasions, Ancascocha Trek on 70 journeys and Machu Picchu trekking experiences in excess of 500.
  • Experience the spectacular beauty of Quechua culture, witness fragile ecosystems, and explore ancient Inca ruins. Keep an eye out for wildlife like the majestic condor – it’s perfect for stunning landscape photography!
  • We provide a comprehensive camping experience REI CO-OP, complete with all the necessary gear and a cozy dining tent. Enjoy the best of nature’s trail with us!
  • Marvel at the breathtaking beauty of nature’s panoramic scenes and capture them all in timeless photographs.
  • Revel in the grandeur of Machu Picchu, otherwise known as the “Lost City of the Incas” for your final day with a personal guide.
  • As an official and accredited tour operator based in Cusco, Peru, and approved by the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism, we are committed to providing our clients with exceptional service.

Embark on an unforgettable Adventure to Machu Picchu by taking the Ancascocha trek Short Inca Trail 6 Day.

Experience the beauty of untouched nature as you conquer steep canyons, mountains, valleys, and snow-capped peaks while admiring amazing views along the way!

If you’re looking for an unforgettable trek in Cusco, the Ancascocha Trek Expedition to Machu Picchu for 6 days is a very good option. This secluded trail takes you through some of the beautiful scenery around the sacred valley, offering even more breathtaking views than Salkantay or Inca Trail. Plus, it’s almost entirely your own – no crowds here! Embark on this unique journey to explore all that Peru has to offer!

With Peru’s Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek becoming increasingly popular, tourists are battling for peak season permits. The lesser-known Ancascocha Trek 6 days are quickly gaining recognition as both a less hectic and picturesque option to the Inca Trail due to its historical significance, while also providing an extra challenging hike. It will require a good level of fitness given its high-altitude terrain but the reward makes it all worth it!

Prepare to be blown away by the incredible landscapes of the Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 6 days adventure! From cloud forests and alpine peaks to glacial lakes and tropical jungles – you’ll get a chance to experience all sorts of ecosystems. Walk in the footsteps of Inca messengers for up to five blissful days before finally reaching the majestic site known as Machu Picchu. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity full of breathtaking moments!

On the Ancascocha trek to sort Inca Trail, you will journey through isolated Andean villages where locals still move their llamas and alpacas as they have done for centuries. This trail is part of a network that connects Machu Picchu with other towns in the highlands, so along your path to this incredible archeological site, you’ll come across ancient Incan ruins hidden beneath thick shrubbery – just waiting for you to discover them!

Are you a daring soul with more time to trek? Then why not embark on the Classic Inca Trail journey – an experience of a lifetime? This 6-day expedition takes you along the same path as Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu for 5 days, but with added thrills and breathtaking views. Don’t miss this chance for your own wow moment – contact us now at +1 888-812-8687 or send us an email at info@tourleadersperu if you’d like more information or would like to book your spot!


Let us take you on a journey to discover Peru’s hidden gems and unspoiled natural beauty.

DAY 1: Cusco - Socma Village - Perolniyoc Incan Ruins - Chacachuco

At the break of dawn, we’ll depart for Soqma Village 10,512 ft. After driving 1 hour and 40 minutes to the trailhead, our horses and muleteers will be ready with hiking gear in tow. Once breakfast is served, we’ll begin our journey through a lush valley toward Perolniyoq waterfall – an ancient Incan site perched atop the mountain! On your way up you can take some stunning photos at a nearby waterfall too. And don’t forget: while reaching your destination you won’t want to miss out on hearing all about this fascinating history from our Tour Leader!

After that, we’ll move on to our lunch destination where we can savor a freshly-made meal with an appetizer, soup, main dish, and dessert. We will have the chance to take in magnificent views while dining in our large tent. And of course, no meal is complete without tea (or Coca). All this awaits us for one hour!

After enjoying a delicious lunch, we will ascend for about two hours to Kuichicasa 14,596 ft and be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the Andes mountain range featuring some snow-capped peaks as well as the Sacred Valley below. After taking in the view from this first pass, it is then time to start descending for an hour towards our campsite Chacachuco 14,268 ft where all meals are included!

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,205 m/10,512 ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 4,450 m/14,596 ft.
  • Distance: 7.45 miles / 11 km
  • Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours Approx
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

DAY 2: Chacachuco - Ancascocha Lagoon – Huaynay Highest Pass – Quesqa Valley

Jumpstart your day with a delicious breakfast at 6:00 am, and take off on an exhilarating adventure.

Trek through the highland plain for about three hours before arriving at the Ancascocha community, where lunch awaits you. Then embark on a two-hour uphill journey towards the second campsite 14,432 ft beside the stunning Ancascocha lagoon – all meals included!

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Include
Campsite elevation: 14,432 ft 
Hiking Distance: 7:45 miles / 12 km
Walking time: 7-8 hours Approx
Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Area: Dry Open and Panoramic Mountain

DAY 3: Ancascocha Lagoon - Paucarcancha

At the break of dawn, we refuel with a nutritive breakfast at 6:00 am and then set off on our excursion to ascend up the switchback trail. The highest peak that lay ahead is Guayanay Pass 15,252 ft which overflows with spectacular views in all directions along with snow-capped peaks! After 2 hours of trekking uphill, we will take some snacks here before heading onward to our lunch spot.

After that, the path takes us further downhill to a lunch spot where we can pause for two hours while admiring Incan ruins and perhaps a few alpacas. In the afternoon, after taking our time with our meals, it’s onward through the picturesque highland valley until reaching Paucarcancha at 10335 ft in an additional couple of hours.

Get ready to trek the historical Inca path – all the way to Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley, with glistening snow-capped mountains in the distance. During our stay near this campground, we will visit Paucarcancha Incan Site where we can expand our knowledge about Peru’s remarkable history while guided by our Peruvian Tour Leaders!

Physical Rating: 

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner INCLUDE!
Lodging: Tents
Elevation:  Guayanay Pass 15,252 ft
Distance to walk: 8.70 miles / 14 km
Walking time: 8-9 hours Approx
Moderate – Challenging

DAY 4: Paucarcancha - Inca Trail - km 82 - Ollantaytambo Hotel

As explorers, we traverse a winding path, filled with stones and puddles of mud. To ensure stability on the descent, it is highly recommended to bring along trekking poles. This journey will take us through an inter-Andean valley boasting pleasant weather until we connect to The Classic Inca Trail.

As we make our way along the classic Inca Trail, we’ll be able to take in breathtaking views of the valley and landscapes from various natural vantage points. Starting at Paucarcancha ruins, traverse through a section of this historic path until you arrive at kilometer 82 on the railroad – taking with you an experience that will remain embedded within your memory forever.

  • From Wayllabamba, it is four and a half hours to get to the end of today’s walk.
  • During the trek, we will discover Inca ruins, such as Patawasi, Patallacta, Canamarca, etc.
  • At kilometer 82, our tourist vehicle awaits us to move to the town of Ollantaytambo.
  • Today we rest in a 3-star hotel with hot showers. (Hotel Available for an upgrade – Contac Us)

Additional note depends on the evolution of the whole group’s walk. The guide will designate new camps or starting times of the walk to cover our entire expedition; we will adapt to the best decisions of the hiking guide and group decision explorers.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch, Dinner Include
Hiking Time: 5 hours
Hiking Distance: 6.83 miles / 11 km
Physical Rating: Moderate

DAY 5: Hike the Royal Inca Trail throughout the Sun Gate - Sunrise in Machu Picchu

The activities begin with the train service From Ollantaytambo Town to kilometer 104 of the railway line. At the beginning of the walk, we have the welcome sign to the sacred path of the Inca. We crossed the Chachabamba suspension bridge and then registered towards the Short Inca Trail at the entrance control. We have a gradual ascent until we reach the ruins of the Inca population of the Wiñayhuayna Inca site.

The first two hours of hiking are refreshing, so it does recommend to bring enough water, sunscreen, and a bell hat. The rest of the trek is within the vegetation of the cloud forest until reaching Sungate, Machu Picchu, and the town of Aguas Calientes.

The panoramic views are unique and impressive throughout the hike; One hundred percent pleasant, we recommend the walk from Ancascocha crossing the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Hiking Distance: 

  • Train service: We board the train takes us to kilometer 104.
  • Walking Distance: 11 km
  • Estimated duration: 04 1/2. Hours.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Meals: BoxLunch
  • Aguas Calientes village elevation: Overnight Aguas Calientes 2000 meters (HOTEL)

DAY 6: Guided Tour At Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco

Start your morning off right with an in-depth exploration of Machu Picchu! With the luxury of taking our time while learning more about the Inca culture and theories behind this magnificent complex, we can get up early for breakfast before catching a shuttle bus ahead of the tourist train to occupy every second without interruption. It is truly unique to experience such stillness and mysticism in this remarkable place.

Our experienced Tour Leader takes us on a captivating journey that reveals the story behind the rediscovery of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and uncovers key details about its structures. We then have the opportunity to choose from several thrilling activities such as hiking up to Intipunku (the Sun’s Gateway), walking across an old Inca drawbridge, or engaging in more demanding treks around Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain depending on permit availability. Both peaks tower grandly over these amazing ruins!

We have the option to explore independently and imagine what life was like centuries ago at this incredible site. Later, we will take a train to Ollantaytambo followed by a bus ride back to Cusco arriving at our hotel around 7 PM. To cap off an amazing day of exploration, our leader will join us for dinner tonight in a classic local restaurant– breakfast is included but meals beyond that are not.


How Many Days Do You Need in Order to Hike In Peru

The Classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular combined routes. Each route varies in length from one to fourteen days, depending on the demand and availability of lodging along the way. All four journeys are one-way trips. You will generally travel back to Cusco using a combination of public and private transportation, depending on which tour company you use to make your trip reservations.

The One-Day Inca Trail Hike (1-day trek)

You can see Machu Picchu in one day if you’re short on time (but be prepared to wake up early!). You’ll take the train from Cusco to Kilometer 104, which is a location on the trail. Then, you’ll hike around 15 kilometers (9 miles) through the Sun Gate until you reach the Machu Picchu sanctuary. This option is great if you want to view Machu Picchu and experience a small section of the Inca Trail trek all at once.

The Lares Trek (3-day trek)

The Lares Trek, also known as the cultural alternative to the Inca Trail, is a three-day journey into the historical weaver communities on the eastern slopes of Machu Picchu. But don’t expect it to be a trip to the museum.

To glimpse into time-honored villages, you must earn access by obtaining passes that soar to over 15,000 feet and zigzag across Pumahuanca’s peak. On day four of your Lares trek, you may add another stop at Machu Picchu ruins.

Vilcabamba Traverse Route (1 – 2 week trek)

The trek to Machu Picchu is not for the faint of heart. At 65 kilometers long, this is regarded as one of the most difficult ways to see Machu Picchu. The route starts in Cachora and winds a mile-deep canyon to Choquequirao, or “Cradle of Gold.” The Vilcabamba Trail follows the same route that Hiram Bingham took when he rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911, albeit via more isolated towns.

The Salkantay Route (1 – 2 week trek)

The Salkantay Trek is the only Inca Trail option that lets you sleep in a comfy bed and take a hot shower at the end of every day’s hike! Though it still requires reasonably fit participants, The Lodge Trek runs along the Salkantay Trail through the Cordillera Vilcabamba mountain range but permits nightly rest at fully serviced lodges placed along the route. Machu Picchu is reached by following the trail to an elevation of 15,000 feet.

The Classic Inca Trail Route (3 – 5 day trek)

The Classic Inca Trail Hike is the most popular trek of the four alternatives described in this piece. It begins at kilometer 82 along the route, at the village of Piscacucho. The first day is a moderate hike through the Andean foothills, crossing the Urubamba River and arriving at your campsite in Huayllabamba. On the second day, you’ll ascend what’s known as “Dead Woman’s Pass,” which is the highest point of the Inca Trail Elevation at 4200 meters (13,776 feet). After that, it’s all downhill to the Pacaymayo River campsite.


This alternative Ancascocha trip is perfect for those who want a light/moderate/challenging adventure and like to explore new things. Travelers should be in good shape since you’ll be hiking for long periods of time.


It is suggested to have walking preparation at least 2 months in advance with activities that help strengthen the muscles of the legs with a good technique to hold your breath

As this tour generally covers heights over 14,000 feet above the mountains in very rough terrain and very low temperatures as well as very high temperatures. Check this packing List


During your Pre-departure trip, we highly recommend you do some pre-trek Day tours tour in Cusco.

This trip preparation is for acclimatization purposes; there are several day tour options such as Sacred Valley, Maras Moray, Walk with llamas, and alpacas Tour. The walks will be moderately difficult with options for more strenuous hikes. You’ll also get to see numerous archaeological sites along the way.


Cusco is located at a high altitude of 11,200 feet. The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu are lower, at 9,200 and 8,000 feet respectively.


All-Inclusive Peru Tour includes a stay in wonderful accommodations that have been chosen for their excellent quality, location, and personality. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions!


Throughout this Tour, you will be accompanied by a top private Tour Leader. You will also meet local experts support 7/24


We have all of the transportation you need in Peru taken care of, as specified by your itinerary. If you want to go see something that’s not already on the agenda while you’re here, just let your private guide know. They will be more than happy to help recommend some options for getting there.


With our private tours, you get to design your dream trip – pick your departure date and we’ll do the rest. These specially crafted itineraries include guided excursions, cultural experiences, wildlife encounters, and luxurious accommodations so that you can make the most of your time abroad.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, look no further than our Peru luxury tour packages by BLISSFUL TRAVEL ESCAPES LUXURY TOURS.

From Machu Picchu to the Sacred Valley, our expert guides will show you the best that Peru has to offer. Contact us today to start planning your dream Peru vacation!


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  • 100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru, We never mix our groups with other travel companies
  • Pick up from Airport and Hotel Cusco - included
  • 4-star hotels in both Lima & Cusco (apply for Peru Packages)
  • Entrance Tickets to all archeological sites
  • Meals
  • Staff
  • Best English Speakers Tour Leaders, We know Communication is very important in your trip
  • Free and Safe Storage in Cusco.
  • Private transportation
  • It perfect Location For Photographers
  • Oxygen Tank
  • First Aid Kit


We'd want to take the lead in your journey with Ancascocha Hiking Tour To Machu Picchu.

Group Price

“prices reduce if there are more people in your group.”

  • 02 people US$ 1,345.
  • 03 people US$ 1,130.
  • 04 people US$ 980.
  • 05 people US$ 945.
  • 06 people US$ 855.
  • 07 people US$ 805.
  • 08+ people US$ 775.

* Price based on 02 people sharing one tent.

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Note: An initial deposit of %50 is required to reserve your spot. We require this deposit to buy train and bus tickets, entrance fees to Machu Picchu, Hiking Trail admission tickets, and your return transportation. The remaining balance is due 21 days prior to your trek.

Please see our Terms and Conditions. Don’t miss your adventure!



  • Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before your tour in our office or your Hotel.
  • Collection from your Hotel in Cusco from (05:30 am)
  • Private transportation (Start of our trek).
  • Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat-free, or special diets upon your request.)
  • Permit and fees for the Ancascocha and Inca Trail Machu Picchu, (Request for Huayna Picchu your Entrance ticket)
  • Horses to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food, and fresh vegetables).
  • Drinkable boiled water for your container (We start filling from the second Days Morning)
    7-kilogram duffle bags (per Person)
  • 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
  • 2 expert gourmet mountain cooks, and assistants.
  • Hot drinks every afternoon include popcorn.
  • Boiled water from 2nd day.
  • 2 people per tent, clean, new, spacious (4 people REI Half Dome 4 tents).
  • Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress,
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
  • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance.
  • 3-4 hours guided tour in Machupicchu
  • Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Tourist train return to Poroy Station or Ollantaytambo.
  • Private Bus to Cusco From The Train Station

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Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC) (For rent in Our Office)
  • Hiking Poles (For rent in Our Office)
  • Tips for the trekking crew, Guides, Cooks, and Porters at your discretion.
  • Flight Ticket to Cusco (Contact Us)
  • Accommodation in Cusco. (see recommendation Contact US )
  • Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl) and (COVID-19)

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Items For Rent

  • Single Tent $80 (if you wish to sleep alone)
  • Sleeping Bag $30 per person (minus -3 degrees Celsius)
  • Air Mattress $20 per person (REI inflatable mattress)
  • Professional REI Walking Poles or other reputable Brands $20 per pair Hold Trip.
  • Backpacks $40 Hold Trip
  • Head Lamp $10
  • Extra kilograms $10/kg (Example 5kg=$50) Per Day


This is basic information about the Clothing packing list REI and all the information Here in this linK Comple Packing List to Peru


1st Layer:

  • Underwear
  • Long-sleeved Thermal Shirt
  • Thermal form-fitting pants

2nd Layer:

  • Polar Fleece
  • Trekking pants
  • Thick socks

3rd Layer:

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof pants (optional)
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Scarf
  • Cold weather Hat
  • Gloves
  • Buff/ handkerchief
  • Sun hat


  • Backpack 20-30 L
  • Waterproof cover for backpack
  • Trekking shoes (waterproof and firm)
  • Sport shoes/ sandals for campsites
  • Camping pillow
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sturdy water bottle
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp
  • Plastic bags for wet items
  • Toiletry kit (toothbrush, wet wipes, etc)
  • Swimsuit/ towel
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)
  • Sunscreen lip protector
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent


  • Personal Medications
  • Motion sickness tablets for the van ride
  • Camera/ Extra battery
  • Personal snacks
  • Hand warmers (optional)
  • Leisure book for evenings
  • Cash and small coins


Read our Important information on the booking process and confirmation
General Information Trekking with Tour Leaders Peru

Note: The times Mentioned in this itinerary are approximations. Walking times depend on the group, and the Tour Leaders may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.

Specific Information About Trekking Luxury Ancascocha Hike?

*The Inca Trail is not open in February

Campsites or itineraries are subject to change, depending on the time of booking and availability of campsites.

The Ministry of Culture, the government institution responsible for operating the Inca Trail, allocates campsites to authorized trekking companies on a first-come, first-served basis, so we cannot guarantee that all campsites described in this itinerary will be available when you book.

Booking Anascocha Hike

We need a scanned copy of your passport and a non-refundable deposit must be provided upon booking an Inca Trail hike.

This is due to government regulations that require complete passport details and full payment of the Machu Picchu entrance fee in order to issue a permit.

*Note: Your reservation will only be confirmed when we have your entrance ticket to hold the trip in our hands.

*Note: If your passport number changes after you book, you must tell us immediately or you may lose your booking! If

*Note: If the name or number on your passport is different from the name or number on your Inca Trail, Machu Picchu entrance permit,

*Note: you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.

You must carry your original passport with you on the trail.

If you booked an Inca Trail hike at a student rate, you must bring the required documentation on the trail with you.

If you do not present this documentation, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund, nor given an opportunity to pay the full rate.

Extras & Upgrades on the Luxury Inca Trail Hike Contact Tour Leaders Peru Please

*Note: If you’d like to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, let us know at the time of booking as it requires a separate permit.

This trek includes transportation by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo Full service (Tourist Class), or equivalent Inca Rail service, followed by private vehicle transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

NOTE: Prices are based on two people sharing a room and do not include international airfare to/from your destination or internal flights during the Peru Tours. If you’re traveling alone, prices are available upon request but additional fees will apply. For groups larger than 8, please contact us as special pricing may be available for Family and Friend groups.

Depending on the date, international and local holidays as well as festivals may result in a surcharge. All prices are subject to change and will be quoted in U.S. dollars. For more information, please consult the terms and conditions for this trip.”


This Ancascocha Tour is available year-round.

Note: Only the Classic Inca Trail is closed in February.

    4 Days Map to Ancascocha Trek

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    Experience the spectacular beauty of Quechua culture, witness fragile ecosystems, and explore ancient Inca ruins. Keep an eye out for wildlife like the majestic condor – it’s perfect for stunning landscape photography!


    Ausangate Trek and Rainbow Mountain 4 days are considered the crown jewel of the Andes. This isn’t a trek for all, but those who want to get off the beaten path will find this an experience of a lifetime. 


    Hikers ascend two mountain passes over 13,000 feet Dead Woman Pass (3,962 meters) and then drop down to where Machu Picchu sits at 7,982 feet (2,430 meters). There are other route options.


    Total distance: 46.7 miles/75km
    Elevation: 4,821m/15,817ft
    Good for Hikers
    Difficulty: Quite Challenging
    Inca Trail: Permit Require
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