From $ 730.00 Per Person

The Ancascocha Trail is one of the lesser known treks from Cusco. In fact, you may even draw blank looks from people when you tell them you’re hiking it. Yet it was named by National Geographic as one of 20 dream hikes on their World Best Hikes list, and for good reason.
At CREATE PERU, your safety, enjoyment and comfort are always our primary concern, and so your guide will always ensure that the pace of the hike suits the whole group, taking rests when necessary. Our campsite on all 3 nights will be prepared before our arrival, and we use only high-quality camping equipment to ensure your maximum comfort. We are extremely proud of our kitchen team, and you will be amazed at the meals your chef and his assistant are able to produce on the side of a mountain. You certainly won’t go hungry, and the menu is especially prepared to ensure you have enough energy for each days hiking.
On our final day of hiking we will be on a portion of the Classic Inca Trail (the one that gets booked up a year in advance!) After 3 days of solitude, you may well be surprised to see so many other hikers; but don’t worry, they are going in the other direction!
From the sacred valley town of Ollantytambo we will take the scenic train to Aguas Calientes, which is the base for our trip to Machu Picchu. The train journey in itself is a fantastic experience, and full of photo opportunities. A night at a nice hotel is included in the price of the trek, as is a group dinner at one of the best restaurants in Aguas Caliente, so you are sure to get a good night’s rest.

- Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan
- Day 2: Rayan – Chancachuco – Ancascocha
- Day 3: Ancascocha – Huaynay Pass – Quesqa Valley – Paucarcancha
- Day 4: Paucarcancha – Kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
- Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
- Total distance hiked: 49 km/30.2 miles
- Beginning altitude: 3,205 m /10,512 ft.
- Maximum altitude: 4,650 m/15,255 ft.
- Overall trek difficulty: challenging.
Pre-Trek Briefing:

We provide a full briefing for the trek a day or two before we depart. This gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the itinerary or the packing list (we will provide you with your ATP duffle bag for your gear at the briefing).

Day 1: Cusco – Soqma – Rayan

We pick you up from your hotel early on the first morning and drive for around 2 hours to Soqma (3,205 m / 10,512 ft), the starting point of our trek. Our vans are extremely comfortable and we provide blankets for those who would prefer to catch a little more rest during the drive.
After meeting your porters and horsemen, and making a final equipment check, the hike begins with a moderate 2 hour walk to the Perolniyoc waterfall. If the weather is warm enough you may want to make the short climb down to the base of the falls to cool off, or maybe just stay on the trail and take your first photos.
A half hour further on we arrive at the Perolniyoc Inca ruins, perched on a cliff-top with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. All of our guides are experts in Inca history and so they will provide you with a quick history lesson as you soak in the views. We will also take lunch here and for the first time you will sample the sumptuous cooking from our kitchen team.
After lunch we make a steep climb for around an hour to our campsite at Rayan (3,700 meters /12,139 ft).
nights in the Andes are a wonder in themselves, and as we settle down to a full 3 course dinner you can watch the sky fill with constellations and the most amazing display of shooting stars before retiring to your tent for a well-earned night’s sleep.
- Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- Lowest Elevation: 3,205 m/10,512 ft.
- Highest Elevation: 3,700 m /12,139 ft.
- Distance to walk: 8 km/4,9 miles
- Approximate walking time: 4 to 5 hours
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate
- Area: Dry Mountain

Day 2: Rayan – Kuychiccasa Pass – Ancascocha

You will need that fuel as we start with a steep 3-hour ascent to the Kuychiccasa pass (4,450 m /14,599 ft). On the way we will pass rustic Fincas, see wild Alpacas or maybe even a passing Condor, and always with the snow-capped peaks of the Nevadas in the background.
There is no race to reach the top though, and we will take a break together to enjoy the 360-degree views of the Chancachuco and Sacred valleys. Then, it’s just a 1-hour easy hike to our lunch stop at the Chancachuco Valley (4,312 m / 14,147 ft).
After lunch we make a short climb with beautiful views of Mt. Veronica (5,822 m/ 19,100 ft) before an easy 3 hour walk downhill to the community of Ancascocha (3,700 m/12,139 ft). Our campsite for the night is in a small but gorgeous wooded valley with a stream running through it.
- Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- Highest Elevation: 3,700 m/12,139 ft.
- Campsite elevation: 4,450 m/14,599 ft.
- Distance to walk: 14 km/8,6 miles
- Approximate walking time: 8 – 10 hours
- Level of Difficulty: Challenging
- Area: Dry Mountain

Day 3: Ancascocha – Huaynay Pass – Quesqa Valley – Paucarcancha

Once again, Day 3 starts with a climb, but this time just for 1 hour. Your reward? Stunning views of the nearby glacier, well preserved Inca remains, and the sparkling blue Ancascocha Lake.
Taking a deep breath, we make a strenuous 2 hour climb to the highest point of the trek, the Huayanay Pass (4,650 m/15,255 ft). Along this section you will see an original cobblestone paved Inca Trail. After all that effort, we will take our time to enjoy the incredible views from the summit, before making an easy 45-minute walk to our lunch stop at the small Inca site of Incaracay.
The afternoon’s hiking is much easier as we descend to the community of Quesqa Valley and on to the Inca site of Paucarcancha (3,133 m/10,278 ft). At this lower elevation, the vegetation is lush and green, and we will have the chance to see a view of the Classic Inca Trail in the distance as well as the remote communities of the Quesqa valley.
On arrival at Paucarcancha your guide will provide a guided tour of the site, before settling into our campsite for the evening and yet another excellent dinner.
- Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- Highest Elevation: 4,650 m/15,255 ft.
- Campsite elevation: 3,133 m/10,278 ft.
- Distance to walk: 15 km/ 9,3 miles
- Approximate walking time: 8 to 9 hours
- Level of Difficulty: Challenging
- Area: Dry Mountain

Day 4: Paucarcancha – Kilometer 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

The last day of hiking is the easiest of all as it is a 6-hour hike downhill on a section of the Classic Inca Trail to Km 82 (the official start of the Classic Trail). Lunch will be served at Km82. After lunch we drive you to Ollantaytambo (2,792 m/9,160 ft) to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes (2,040 m/6,692 ft). The train journey provides a totally different perspective of the mountains you’ve just been hiking in, and many more photo opportunities.
Arriving in Aguas Calientes you will check-in to your nice hotel room where you can rest before dinner. Or, if you still have some energy, the natural hot springs in town are also a great place to relax. Showered and refreshed we will take dinner together at an excellent restaurant with an extensive menu (drinks not included). It’s likely to be an early night though, as our trip to Machu Picchu normally starts before sunrise!
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Lodging: Hotel
Highest Elevation: 3,133 m/10,278 ft.
Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/6,692 ft.
Distance to walk: 12 km/ 7 ½ miles
Estimated walking time: 6 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy

DAY 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

We will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a very early bus (5:30am) driving around 30 minutes to get to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Once there you will be given a 2-hour walking tour of the site.
If you have elected to climb Machu Picchu Mountain you will begin the hike at 10 AM. The ticket price for Machu Picchu Mountain is included in the price of your trek. If you are not climbing the mountain you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.
When you arrive in Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.
- Meals: Breakfast.
- Maximum altitude: 2400m


Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel
Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soqma (start of trek)
Bilingual English-speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
High quality, 4-person tent for every 2 people Kitchen tent
Dining tent with tables and chairs
Portable Eco-friendly toilet ant toilet tent
Professional Chef
Wranglers and horses to carry all equipment
Horse to transport up to 8 kg of your personal gear
Duffle bag for your personal gear
Emergency horse (in case we need it!)
Five breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy or Ollantaytambo
Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel
1-night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Entrance to Machu Picchu


Sleeping bag rent: US$20 for the all hike.
Inflatable mattresses
Walking sticks
Lunch on the last day after the guided tour at Machu Picchu.
Entrance to the Hot Springs in Cocalmayo and Aguas Calientes.
Optional night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged easily.
Alcoholic drinks.
Entrance to Huayna Picchu.
Extra activities

What you should bring:
Backpack waterproof layer
Loose pants and better long
Feather coat and waterproof jacket.
Gloves and skullcap.
Trekking shoes with thick orm.
Micro fiber or wool socks.
Walking sticks.
Sunscream and glasses.
Mosquito repellent.
Original passport.
Purifiying pills.
Personal higiene items.
Torch with replacement battery.
Sleeping bag.
Extra Money to tipping guides, cookers and porters.

2 persons
$ 730 PP
3 – 5 persons
$ 720 PP
6 – 10 persons
$ 710 PP
All of our tours are private services
To make this amazing Adventure we need minimum 2 people
It there is 1 person we can start the tour but that person will pay $ 1200 for the private group.
Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek
Air Mattress – $20 USD per person per trek
Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek
Personal Tent- $30 USD – (Tent is for single trekkers)
Entrance fee to hot spring – 4 USD

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