Ever wanted to hike to Machu Picchu with nothing but clean mountain air and gorgeous vistas to accompany you? Then the 5D Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu is for you! This Ancascocha trek combines amazing history, spectacular vistas and a glimpse of modern day Andean life. You’ll trek through high Andean Quechua farming villages, pass jewel-like glacial lakes, and camp in the shadows of the region’s most impressive peaks, from Salkantay to Humantay and Huaynanay, and more.
Walk along less-travelled Inca trails, no less impressive in their ingenuity and historical significance on a route that formerly connected the Incan sites of Limatambo, Mollepata, Machu Picchu, Choquequirao and Chinchaysuyo, to reach the impressive Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu.
This isolated Ancascocha trek is a true adventure for those craving a chance to commune with nature as they hike the real Andes on their way to Machu Picchu.
A chance to experience the Andes in their full splendor without the clamber of a multitude of trekkers. The Ancascocha Trek is a high altitude trek with multiple high passes, rocky terrain, turquoise lakes and snow-capped peaks. You can also expect to see traditional stone houses belonging to local farming villages, some Inca ruins, and a bit of Andean wildlife. And of course, Machu Picchu on Day 5!
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Total Walking Distance – 6km
Total Walking Time – 5h
Minimum Altitude – 2870m / 9416 ft / Maximum Altitude – 4600m / 15,092 ft
Altitude of camp – 4600m / 15,092 ft
Approx. night temperature: -15˚C (5˚F) (June)
Total Walking Distance –
Total Walking Time – 8-9h
Minimum Altitude – 4399m / 14,432 ft / Maximum Altitude – 4959m / 16,270 ft
Altitude of camp – 4399m / 14,432 ft
Approx. night temperature –
Total Walking Distance – 13km
Total Walking Time – 8-9 h
Minimum Altitude – 3700m / 12,139 ft / Maximum Altitude – 4686m / 15,374 ft
Altitude of camp – 3700m / 12,139 ft
Approx. night temperature – -5˚C to -8˚C (18˚F to 23˚F)
Total Walking Distance – 8-9km
Total Walking Time – 5h
Minimum Altitude – / Maximum Altitude –
You may want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain to cap off your Machu Picchu experience, but remember that permits are limited and must be reserved at the time of booking! There is an additional cost to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain not included in the price of this trek. For more tips on what to see, check out our Visiting Machu Picchu page.
After taking the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, we will make our way back to Cusco via train to Ollantaytambo and then private transport the rest of the way. The return trip takes about 4h in total.
Want more time to explore Machu Picchu? Consider adding on an Extra Day!