Explore Vilcambamba 5d/4n

5 Days / 4 Nights 56 km 2900 msnm – 4420 msnm difficult – moderate Cusco – Huancacalle Machu Picchu – Cusco

If you are looking for an adventurous and challenging trek in the untouristed part of Andes this trek is for you! It’s truly spectacular and special with variety of flora, fauna, snow peaks, impressive valleys and lakes on the way, while at the same time visiting the last refuge of the Incas – Vilcabamba and its archeological sites.

We trek along some excellent examples of the unrestored Inca trails before heading off into “unknown territory”.

We cross three consecutive passes, often covered in snow before descending to the wonderfully warm jungle. Crossing a great mountain chain, we finally arrive at Machu Picchu.

The Vilcabamba trek is one of the hidden treasures in Peru!


We pick you up from your hotel in private transport at 5am. We pass through the pretty Sacred Valley before beginning to climb to the Abra de Malaga – a very spectacular and very windy road! Often the pass (4300 m) is snow covered. At Chaullay we divert from the route to Quillabamba and head towards Huancacalle. We should arrive at Huancacalle by 1pm, and after lunch we will have a guided tour of the archaeological sites of Vitcos-Rosaspata and the Ñustahispana (White Rock). We camp 15-20 minutes walking from Ñustahispana. Meals: Lunch, Dinner.


After an early breakfast we begin our expedition by climbing, first walking on an impressive Inca trail and all the time observing wonderful flora and fauna passing different zones from rain forest to puna. After 5 hours we will arrive at a high point at Azotina/Asuntina Pass (3915m) before descending quickly to Pillaukasa (3860m). We observe a variety of snow capped mountains, and follow crystal clear rivers. It is spectacular walk as you leave the high jungle and arrive in the Andes. Camping Racachaca (3570m) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


After passing Racachaca we will climb to Hatun Pampa (3860m) for 2.5 hours. From Hatun Pampa we will climb for another 2.5 hours to Tullu Tacana (4400m). From there we walk up and down for one hour passing Yanacocha lake and climbing the second pass of the day Yanococha Pass (4420m). Afterwards we descend to another beautiful lake and have lunch there. After lunch we climb to reach the third pass of the day Abra Muhun (4400m) after another 2 hours of hiking. This is a difficult trekking day with long walking time of 9-10 hours and many changes in altitude, but above all beautiful high alpine lakes and snowcapped mountains. This is the most difficult day of the hike. Camping below Abra Muhun at the beginning of the high jungle – depending on progress of group. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


After breakfast, our hike is all downhill as we enter once again the high jungle with the warm climate. We pass by a canyon filled with roaring water and continue by coffee, fruit and granadilla plantations, before arriving at the village of Yanatile (2000m) (approx 6-7 hours walking). We will have our lunch there. Then we will take transport to the hydroelectric plant, from where, we can appreciate the nearby Inca site and later we can visit the small archaeological site of Intihuatana before taking a local train from hydroelectric plant to Aguas Calientes. Basic Hostel Aguas Calientes Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in restaurant.


On this day, we will plan to leave very early to take the first bus to Machu Picchu which leaves at 5:30 so that we can be at the citadel early to see the sun rise. In this place, we will have a thorough explanation of the Inca construction, at a time where there will be the least number of people. We can also secure our entry to the mountain of Waynapichu from where we can appreciate Machu Picchu from a different vantage point. Later, we will again descend to the pueblo of Aguas Calientes to take our return train to Cusco, and then return you to your hotel. Meals: Breakfast in the hotel.


  • An explanation two days before departing Transport in private bus to the start of the trek Transport from Yanatille to the hydroelectric plant
  • Transfer to your hotel on return
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Meals according to the program (Vegetarian option available)
  • Boiled water on all days for your bottles
  • Snacks far walking
  • Camping tents for 2 and 3 persons depending on the requirements Inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest)
  • Camping equipment, dining tents, kitchen, tables, chairs
  • Cook and assistant cook
  • Kitchen/eating utensils
  • Pack animals (mules and horses) to carry the baggage and equipment
  • Emergency horse
  • Wranglers to care for the pack animals
  • Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish and Quechua
  • Assistant guide for groups larger than 8 people
  • Entrance tickets to Vilcabamba Entrance into Machu Picchu
  • Last night celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes in a restaurant
  • Bus up to and back down from Machu Picchu
  • Return train ticket to Cusco
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom and hot water
  • First aid equipment and oxygen tank


  • Breakfast the first day
  • Dinner the last day
  • Tips for personnel: guide, cook, wranglers (according to their job)
  • Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office)
  • Entrances to hot springs
  • If you would like to rent an additional horse, the cost is $10 per day
  • One small nylon reinforced backpack to carry the things you need for the trek (camera, drinks, etc.)
  • One large backpack or suitcase to keep the things you don‘t need in your hotel in Cusco until you return from your trek
  • Sleeping bag good for -5°C (which can be rented in Cusco)
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries
  • One water bottle (1 liter) or a small plastic throw away bottle
  • Hiking boots
  • Tennis shoes
  • One jacket (of nylon with hood and water and wind resistant)
  • One Fleece Jacket
  • One pair of gloves and hat of wool (they can be bought during your trip)
  • 3 or 4 short sleeved shirts (preferably “dryfit” that don’t retain water)
  • 2 pairs of shorts such as bermudas
  • Socks: 4 pairs of wool and 4 of fiber (coolmax) for the trek (avoid cotton as these can retain water)
  • 1 sun hat and sunglasses
  • Binoculars for birdwatching
  • Personal medications and toiletries in small containers
  • Sunscreen for your skin and lips
  • Insect repellent
  • Moisturizer lotion to avoid the drying out of the skin
  • Bathing suit for the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes
  • Energy foods according to your needs: chocolates, granola bars, dried fruits, etc. (they can be purchased in Cusco).


  • Sleeping bags which can be rented in the office for $5 per day and good for – 10°C.
  • Professional walking sticks can be rented in the office for $2 per day

Explore Vilcambamba 5d/4n – 2015/2016

PRICE PER PERSON IN USD $ 1,650 $ 1,285 $ 1,095 $ 1,035 ask us for prices
  • If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour, letting us know which date you wish to leave, and you must make your reservation a week ahead of time so that we can organize your tour.
  • If you wish to go with other people, check our group departures site to join an existing group.
  • Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions


  • Students: $20 U.S. (only for students who have a current international student card – ISIC card) – due to the differences in entrance ticket prices
  • Children: $20 U.S. (minors of 16 years with proof of passport) – due to the differences in entrance ticket prices.
  • Volunteers in Peru: $20 U.S. (with a confirmation of volunteering activities)