Ancascocha Trek – 5 Days

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The Ancascocha Trek is Cataloged by the national geographic as one of the best hiking routes. This tour to Machu Picchu is off the beaten path. Enjoy the incredible mountain scenery on a remote and little-visited route.

Ancascocha Trek 05 Days to Machupicchu

Ancascocha Trek 05 Days – National Geographic recently named Ancascocha Trail one of the top 20 best hikes! Ancasocha Tour is a spectacular adventure for people who love nature, the Andes’ high mountains, and breathtaking alpine scenery. Ancascocha strenuous trek, this is for you! This fantastic Ancascocha adventure is usually trekking in 05 days and includes a private guide to Machupicchu. Socma is the beginning of hiking in Huarocondo or Socma (near the Cusco-Aguas Calientes railway line). The are several endpoints for the Ancascocha trail; you can connect with the Salkantay trek at Paucarcancha; you can connect with the ancient Inca Trail in Huayllabamba and continue to Machu Picchu, or you can end on the railway line at 88 or 82 kilometers. Join us! for the Ancascocha hike to Machu Picchu in a five-day trek. Ancascocha alternative trail provides visitors with beautiful Andean alpine valleys, snow-covered peaks.


Ancascocha Trek 5 Days Overview

Is this trip right for me? AT A GLANCE

Day-01: Cusco – Socma – Waterfall of Perolniyoc – Rayan
Day-02: Rayan – Kuychicassa – Ancascocha
Day-03: Ancascocha – Ancascocha Lagoon – Huayanay pass – Qesqa
Day-04: Qesqa – Paucarcancha – Machu Pichu Pueblo
Machu Picchu

Ancascocha Trail Highlights

Why you will love this experience

  • Enjoy soaring mountains, charming Andes farming villages.
  • Ancascocha trail has a great view of Veronica and the Huayanay snow-capped mountains.
    • It is a hiking alternative through Socma and one of National Geographic 25 “World’s Best Hikes.”
  • Our team prepares the camps to enjoy a beautiful vacation to have the best experience in Peru.


Ancascocha Trek – Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

We drive North East to Ñaupa Iglesia, a critical Inca shrine (the first trek to explore). We’ll tour the site before continuing our drive to the trailhead at Socma 3,205 m / 10,512 ft., located in the Pomatales Canyon. We’ll begin our best Ancascocha hiking destination ascending towards the Perolniyoc waterfall.

  • Early morning pick up from your hotel by our team.
  • Explore on the way to Socma Ñaupa Iglesia.
  • Private transfer to the trailhead “Soqma 3,205 m / 10,512 ft.”
  • Lunch at Perolniyoc Inca site
  • Walking distance: 08 km / 05 miles
  • Estimated duration: 04 hours trek
  • Highest point: Rayan 3,700 meters/12,136 ft.
  • Campsite elevation: 3,700 meters/12,136 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Meals: L, D
Day 2

After packing all our adventure equipment, we start trekking along the ancient Inca trail. The fauna of the place is Andean High Mountain, with its miniature shrubs and extensive grasslands. You will get a stunning panoramic view of the sacred valley of the Incas and glacier mountains from this place.

  • First Pass: Puccaqasa Mountain Pass 4,370 meter/ 14,333 feet.
  • Second Pass: Kuychicassa Pass 4,457 meter/ 14,619 feet.
  • Lunch at Chancachuco
  • Walking Distance: 18 km/ 11.2 miles
  • Estimated duration: 09 – 10 hours
  • Highest point: Kuychicassa 4,457 meters / 14,619 feet.
  • Campsite elevation: 4,090 meter/13,100 feet.
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

Ascending towards the Huayanay 4650 meters high / 15,300 feet. (two hours hike), a steep zigzag trail uphill, we find an original cobblestone paved Inca trail. On the way, the beautiful waterfall feeds into the Ancascocha lake.

  • Third Pass: Altitude of Huayanay 4650 meter/ 15,300 feet “Incredible view of the mountains and the Andes.”
  • Lunch at Incaraqay
  • Trekking distance: 15 km/ 09 miles.
  • Estimated duration: 09 hours
  • Campsite elevation: Qesqa community 3,650 meter/11,910 feet.
  • Meals: B, Lunch, Dinner
  • Note: Make sure you bring enough water in your camel bags to the Huanay pass.

Camp at Qesqa.

Day 4

This day in our Ancascocha hiking is like walking between the Inca trails and the archaeological remains. We continue downriver at Km. 82, From Km. 82 we transport to the Ollantaytambo train station to board our train.

At km 82, it is the farewell of our team of muleteers and cooks.

  • Lunch at “beginning of the Inka Trail.”
  • Hiking Distance: 13 km/ 8.2 miles
  • Trail Duration: 06 hours.
  • Overnight:  Aguas Calientes hotel.
  • Trail Conditions: lovely Andes Path.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Accommodation (hotel) 2,000 meters from train station.
  • Meals: B, L, D
Day 5

We have the best plan for you and your party.

  1. Early breakfast at your hotel
  2. Bus, or hiking up (by bus 25 minutes, by foot 1.5 hours)
  3. Guided tour time in Machu Picchu 2 hours
  4. Climb to Huayna Picchu (Optional – book in advance with us) 7:00 or 10:oo a.m.
  5. Bus return to Aguas Calientes village.
  6. PM a delicious lunch [not included] in the town of Aguas Calientes after the Ancascocha tour.
  7. Afternoon train service to Ollantaytambo.
  8. Train times: 14:55 – 16:45 or 18:45 depending on availability at Peru Rail/Inca rail
  9. Transfer service to Cusco.
  10. Meals: B

Note: Make sure you bring enough water.


Ancascocha Peru 05 Days Includes

  • Tour guide.
  • Private transport and professional driver (to the starting point of Ancascocha Trek Peru)
  • Horses to carry camping equipment.
  • Personal items to carry 7 kg/15.4 lb.
  • Entrance ticket.
  • Machu Picchu guided tour (2 hrs.) and extra free time for you.
  • Two train tickets (Expedition tourist train “round-trip”).
  • Machupicchu bus tickets (round trip)
  • 03 nights camping equipment. Spacious tents/Sleeping mat.
  • 01 night in a Hotel 02 star in Machu Picchu town Sierra Andina group (Andina Luxury, Presidente). SIA brand rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers and Wi-Fi.
  • We provide a duffle for personal items.
  • One cook
  • Meals (04 Breakfasts, 04 Lunches, 03 Dinners).
  • Boiled water provided from the 2nd day
  • Wake up to coca tea in your tent.
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
  • Oxygen Tank.
  • First aid kit.
  • All local taxes

Ancascocha Trek 05 Days to Machu Picchu Does Not Include

  • Cusco Hotel or Airbnb.
  • Water on Day 01, just half a day
  • Breakfast on Day 01; Dinner on Day 04, Lunch on Day 05
  • Waynapicchu Mountain.
  • Tips: Guide, Cook, Porters.

The Ancascocha Trail Peru Bring

  1. A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack –appropriate packs to carry your personal belongings.
  2. Original passport.
  3. Lighter trekking boot.
  4. There are three pairs of trekking pants (not jeans): 2 hiking, one cotton–which is just enough.
  5. Rain jacket: The first night, the temperature can be 5 degrees Celsius/41 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Warm/winter jacket.
  7. Thermals: wool socks, gloves, scarf, and woolen hat for cold nights.
  8. 03 t-shirts.
  9. One a suitable sleeping bag. It does its job!.
  10. Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness.
  11. Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  12. Water (only for the first-day hike).
  13. Camera and film.
  14. A headlamp.
  15. Bandages or moleskin.
  16. Medication (Imodium).
  17. Extra money.

Travel Facts

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Cost for Ancascocha Trek  05 Days / 04 Nights


  • Solo travel $1,625. “prices reduce if there are more people in your group.”
  • 02 people $999.
  • 03 people $820.
  • 04 people $730.
  • 05 people $675.
  • 06 people $645.
  • 07 people + $615.

* Price based on 02 people sharing one tent.
** Kondor Path Tours operates the Ancascocha Trail route.
*** Student discounts $ 20 off per person.

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