5 Day Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu through Salkantay Route



These activities are a walk in the park! You will be able to enjoy the scenery, history, and time with loved ones without exhausting yourself. You do not need any special training, gear, or acclimatization for an “Easy” trek or tour. Terrain will be generally flat and comfortable, highly traveled.


A step up from “Easy,” these tours require a little more physical effort but are still 100% manageable to anyone with or without adventure experience. Again, you do not need special training, gear, or acclimatization for a “Mild” trek or tour. Terrain is generally flat but with possible gentle up- and downhills.


Before embarking on a “Moderate” trek or tour, you should be at least partly acclimatized to the high altitude of the Andes as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. These tours are still very manageable without special training as long as you have spent a day or two at high altitude. Terrain often includes moderate up- and downhill walking with possible rough patches or infrequently-traveled sections.


“Challenging” treks or tours require that you are acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 2-3 days or more at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. You will need to be in good physical shape, and it’s recommended that you train at least some beforehand, possibly with running, biking, or strenuous workout videos. Terrain is often rough, sometimes with steep up- and downhills and often not highly traveled. Generally, these last several hours.


These “Formidable” treks are our most difficult treks and require serious effort but are also the most rewarding. It is necessary to be in pristine physical condition. Again, you must be acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 4-5 days or more if possible at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. It is important to train physically before these treks so that your body is prepared for the strenuous nature of the trip. Generally, these last at least an entire day in infrequently-traveled areas with rough paths.


05 Days Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu through the Salkantay route will take you through spectacular landscapes that will take your breath away: ecological zones with lush flora and fauna endemic to deep valleys, overpasses in the region that are over (4400 meters above sea level), grasslands with unforgettable views of the Salkantay Mountain (6270 meters above sea level), Humantay Mountain (5900 meters above sea level). A trek highly recommended for people who want to experience nature in its purest state exploring little-traveled paths to one of The Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.



Today we will depart very early from Cusco, at 04:00 am and make the roughly 3-hour journey to the town of Mollepata, the gateway to the Salkantay valley. Along the way, you will experience many different micro-climates and altitudes, each with its unique agricultural essence, such as the town of Limatambo, known for its avocados. Here we will have a quick breakfast before continuing back up in elevation to the community of Soraypampa where we begin our trek. Keeping roughly 02 hours up to Salkantaypampa (4,100 meters/ 13,451 feet), we will have lunch below the massive glacier of Salkantay. After a brief rest, we’ll hike a challenging, less-traveled uphill path for 3 ½ hours until we arrive at our camp for the night at Pampa Japonesa (4,610m/15,124 ft.)

The campsite is located at the base of the stunning Salkantay mountain, and if the night is clear, you will most likely see the most stunning display of stars and distant galaxies. Your chef will prepare a sumptuous and hearty dinner before we retire for the night to rest our weary limbs!

  • Max Elevation: 4,600 meters / 14,336 feet
  • Distance: 12km / 7,46 miles

Lodging: Campsite


After breakfast, with our mules, muleteers and emergency horses, we start the longest and highest altitude hike of our trekking, crossing several high mountain passes. The first pass and the highest is Inca Chiriaska (5,200 m/17,060ft), with incredible views over the amazing landscapes of the area. From here, you walk along an original section of the Inca Trail (Capac Ñan) until you arrive at the Tocto pass (4821m/15816ft), where the trail heads towards the majestic Salkantay Mountain. We continue for the next 4 hours, passing over the Calacocha pass (4667m/15,311ft), the Cruz Casa pass (4600m/15,918ft), and the Millpo Pass (4399m/14,432ft) where we descend to our campsite at Millpo. It has been a day of unbelievable views and the successful crossing of 4 mountain passes. It is time for afternoon tea and a siesta since you have earned it.

  • Max Elevation: 5,200 meters / 17,060ft
  • Distance: 12km / 7,46 miles

Lodging: Campsite


After breakfast, we walk for about an hour towards the Chusqenay pass (4630m/15,190ft) and then 50 minutes to the Rumi Inca pass, continuing upwards to the narrow Valley of Yahuarmaky in another 40 minutes.  After a rest and time to enjoy the views, we start climbing again for approximately 1.5 hours until we reach the pass of Aqocasa (4686m/15374ft). This mountain is a nice reddish sandy mountain, and from the top of this pass (with the help of binoculars), we get a nice view of the famous Inka trail, which leads to Machu Picchu. We can also see Salkantay, Humantay mountains and far away we’ll see Huacaywillka (Sacred Tears). We get to enjoy exploring a small archaeological site called Inca Raqay. From here, the descend to Inca Rakay is about 3 hours, and then 1.5 hours climbing up again to Huayanay pass (4630m/15190ft). After a final downhill walk of 3 hours, we reach our campsite at Ancascocha, next to Ancascocha Lagoon (3700m/12139ft).

Lodging: Campsite



After a big breakfast, we walk down towards Chillca. From Ancascocha, it’s about 4 hours of descent to Arequipa pampa. We pass by small villages observing Andean valleys with their typical trees and flowers, such as Chachacoma, qewña, some orchids, begonias, and bromeliads that adorn the landscape. The descent becomes easier towards Camicancha (2930m/9612ft), where our car will pick us up, or we will continue to descend to Chillca. We’ catch our train in the afternoon to Aguas Calientes, where we will enjoy our dinner and spend the night in our hotel.

Lodging: Golden Sunrise*** or similar.


This last day starts very early. We will wake you up at around 05.00 am, have breakfast, and then take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. There are two good reasons to be at the entrance of Machu Picchu very early:

1.- It is well worth the effort to get up first as the Inca city is quietest in the early morning, and you will have plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the sunrise over Machu Picchu.

2.- Our guide will give you a tour around Machu Picchu, telling you about the history of Machu Picchu and the most famous temples and altars. Of course, he will also take you to the classical viewpoint (sacred Rock Hut), this vantage point offers a terrific view of the whole Inka city. After that, if you still have plenty of energy, you should climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. This is the steep mountain dominating the background of Machu Picchu.

From the top of Huayna Picchu, you have a stunning and breathtaking view of the complete Machupicchu area. It takes 1 hour to climb Waynapichu and 1 to 1 ½ hour (depending on if you want to make a detour to the vast cavern) to return down. Once you feel that you have seen every corner of Machupicchu, you will take a bus down to the village of Aguas Calientes to have lunch.

Usually, we take the bus at around 1:00 pm. The bus ride takes about 25 minutes, and your guides will give you the ticket. Make sure that, before you leave Machu Picchu by bus, the guides give you the time and location of the restaurant where the group meets in Aguas Calientes. You will get your train and bus tickets back to Cusco in the restaurant in Aguas Calientes.

What´s Included


  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. The meeting will be at 06:00 pm 01 or 02 days before the trip begins.
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Chef.
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 07 kg of your items.
  • Pick-up and transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Water (excluding the first 04 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
  • 04 Breakfasts, 04 Lunches, 04 Afternoon Snacks, and 04 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food, please let us know (menu includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime every day (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
  • Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite, you will be woken up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the coca tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Four-person tent for every two trekkers.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Golden Sunrise Machupicchu ***, Hatun Samay Hotel ***) Day 4.
  • Double thickness foam sleeping mattress.
  • Oxygen bottle.
  • First aid kit.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
  • Train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Transportation Ollantaytambo-Cusco.


  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us). US$25.00
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 05.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$35.00
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.


  • Original Passport
  • Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries or headlamps.



****Daily Departure with at least two people****

*02 people $ 780.00
*03 people $ 750.00
*04 people $ 720.00
*06- 08 people $ 620.00


  • Under 18 years old: US$ 25.00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years old): US$ 25.00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to info@inkayniperutours.com.  More Information about STUDENT CARD.

Extra Services?

 Hire of a sleeping bag – 5 season  $ 25
 Walking stick highly recommended!  $ 15
 Single supplement  $ 70
 Additional night at 3-star hotel  $ 85


Is the trek difficult? Do I need to be in good physical condition?

All our treks (Inka Trail, Salkantay, Ausangate, Lares, etc.) are moderately difficult, lengthy, and traverse rough mountain terrain. We kindly recommend that if you plan to conquer any of these routes to be in relatively good physical condition, plus acclimatization. These means arriving in Cusco at least 02 days before your trek departure to adjust to the altitude. During the last two months leading up to your trek, we suggest a regular and moderate exercise routine to improve endurance and stamina. We wish for you to have the best experience possible!

Are vegetarian, vegan, and other special diet needs available?

Of course! Without any additional costs! When you make your reservation, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies!

Vegetarian foods will be absent of all meats, chicken, or fish. We will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.

Most of our main meals are buffet-style, leaving you the option to avoid anything undesirable to you.

If there are any food items or veggies that you cannot stomach, perhaps onions, tomatoes, mushrooms.. etc., upon your request, we will ask our chef to leave them out or separate this item.

We can also attend lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant diets. We cannot accept individuals with serious allergic or life-threatening reactions.

I have a food allergy. May I still participate?

Every day we receive many clients with food allergies to nuts, wheat, etc. Please inform us in detail of your condition upon making your reservation.

We kindly ask that you declare the severity of your reaction and any medication that you take in case of an emergency.

If your allergy is severe, we ask that you be accompanied by a friend or individual conscious and entirely responsible for your situation and ready with any medication.


When must I arrive in Cusco or arrive at your office?

We require that all clients arrive in Cusco at least 48 hours before the start of your trek, although 03 nights before is ideal. You must pay your remaining balance two days before your departure for your trek. This will ensure that all individuals are acclimatized and adjusted to the high altitude conditions to begin your trek comfortably. Please note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash in our office and cannot be paid before your arrival.

Our office hours are Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm, 4:00pm – 8:00pm. (Please aim to arrive at 7:30 pm at the latest!)

Are hiking sticks or poles necessary?

For this trek more than any other, we do recommend hiking sticks, especially for those with any known knee problems. The poles will assist your balance and reduce the impact on your knees.

Inkayni Peru Tours will rent hiking sticks for $15

Where can I store my baggage that I don't need for the trail?

Any baggage that is not necessary for your trek may be stored in your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge). In the case that your hotel may not provide this service, we will store your baggage safely in our office free of charge.

What is the weather like during the trek?

The best time for making the trek with good weather is between April – October when there are minimal rainfall and clear skies. The driest months are June – August, which is winter in the Andes.

January to March is summer in Peru, which means rainy season for Cusco and especially the Inka Trail, which is located mostly in the tropical cloud forest.

Where do I have to be the morning of the start of my trek, and where will I finish at the end?

We will pick you up from your hotel to begin your trek, and upon finishing, we will also leave you at your hotel.

I wish to have a train company or train option different to that which Inkayni Peru Tours offers, is this possible?

If you wish to change your train company or option (such as Vistadome de Peru Rail, to Ollantaytambo or the whole route to Poroy), or your departure time, additional fees may apply. You must speak with one of our sales agents to inquire about availability and the additional costs.

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