Trek Glacier Halancoma Short Inca Trail Machupicchu 5 Days 4 Nights

This route is less-frequented by hikers and gets you away from the crowds. This 3 days trek up to the startling glacial lakes of Halancoma and Tastyuc, with a beautiful stroll along a glacier. Llama shepherds help with the toughest stages of this challenging, often barren hike; mostly in the 4000m-4200m contours. You will finish by descending to some old Inca ruins then continue to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo and then transfer by train to Machu Picchu.



Day 1: Cusco - Tastayuc – Tastayuc lagoon

We depart from Cusco in the morning at 06:00 and drive 2 ½ hours to the community of Tastayuc (3,400 m / 12,522 ft) located on the route to Quillabamba. This is the starting point of our trek and is the place where we meet the porters who will join us on our hike.

It will take us about 3 hours (approx.) to hike up to the lagoon of Huaqratanca, were we will have lunch. After that, we continue for another 2 hours to our camp site at Qosqoqawarina and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the Halancoma glacier.

Day 2: Qosqoqawarina - Yanaorcco pass – Choquecancha

Following breakfast, we will take a 3 hour hike to reach the mountain pass of Yanaorcco. From view point, we can appreciate the snowcapped peaks of la Veronica and Chicon in the distance. We will then travel downhill for about another hour to a small lunch spot near a lagoon the continue on to the Andean community of Choquecancha. This is where we will camp for the evening.

Day 3: Choquecancha – Pumamarca ruins - Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

From Choquecancha, our trail will descend to the Inca ruins of Pumamarca. Here we will explore the area and the rock remains then continue for 2 more hours to see more Inca ruins (Muscapuquio, Media luna and Muyumarca). From here, we continue our adventure and make our way to Ollantaytambo (2,792 m/9,158 ft), where we will have lunch and spend the afternoon visiting this well preserved Inca town.

Day 4: Ollantaytambo - KM.104 – Machu Picchu

We will pick up you from your hotel at 07:00 and will walk 15 minutes to the train station so we may transfer to Km 104, where we begin our hike. We will explore the archeological site of Chachabamba and continue 3 hours towards another site, named Wiñaywayna. Here, we will enjoy a lovely picnic lunch and take in the spectacular surroundings. In the afternoon, we continue through a cloud forest towards the famous Sun gate from where we have our first panoramic view of the marvelous Machu Picchu at the sunset. A short descent brings us to our destination, where we drive down to the village Aguas Calientes to spend the night.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

After breakfast in the hotel, we will travel ½ hour by bus to Machu Picchu for a 2 ½ hour walking tour of the site, visiting the temples, palaces and many other interesting places. You will have time to explore the Inca bridge at the Sun gate of Machu Picchu, that overlooks the ruins. We will return to Aguas Calientes at about 16:20 to take the train back to Cusco.


• Pick up from hotel

• Transportation by bus to Tastayuc

• English / Spanish speaking tour guide

• Admission fee to Machu Picchu

• 04 Breakfasts, 04 lunches and 04 dinners

• Camping equipment: 2 person large

• Mattress and tent

• Cooking / dinning tent, tables, chairs

• First aid kit

• Porters to carry camping equipment

• Cooking supplies

• Bus to Machu Picchu ruins and return to Aguas Calientes

• Overnight accommodation in Aguas Calientes

• Expedition train back to Ollantaytambo, and bus to Cusco


• Lunch in Aguas Calientes

• Tips or additional spending money


• Original passport

• Sleeping bag

• Water bottle

• Insect repellent

• Sun block

• Sun glasses

• Hat

• Comfortable hiking shoes

• Change of clothes

• Flashlight

• Rain coat

• First aid kit


In order to get the discount of US $ 30, it is necessary to email us a scanned copy of your ISIC (International Student Card). Without this we will not be able to offer you the student discount.

Price per person US$ 650



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