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Ancascocha Trek Packing List

Dear Trekker,

Thank you so much for choosing Action Peru Treks for your 5 day, 4 night Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu! We know you are going to have an amazing time!

This document is a basic checklist with more detailed explanations on the following pages. We know every trekker goes through the phase of “Should I / Should I not bring this?” Also there is the, “I already own “X”, is that good enough or do I need to buy “Y?” We hope our explanations will be helpful! All that being said, the checklist can stand alone! If you don ́t have any questions, you can just use it and be ready to go!

A few general notes. You will be given a duffle bag that can hold up to 8 kg of your personal belongings on the trek. This will be carried by one of the horses. This cost is already included in the price of your trek! A daypack is all that is needed during the hiking portions of the day for essentials (water, camera, etc). You do not need a “traditional” hiking backpack.

Your sleeping bag does not have to fit in your duffle bag. The sleeping bags are carried separately by the horses. However, the weight of the sleeping bag and sleeping mattress will be included in your 8 kg limit. Approximate weight for those items in total is 3.5 kg.

A note on general packing for the entire time you are in Peru. You will be able to securely store your other belongings that you aren´t taking on the trek at whichever hotel or hostel you are staying at in Cusco or the Sacred Valley. There will be no charge for this. So we don ́t want anyone to worry about where they will put their things when they are on the trek. Also, on the day of your Machu Picchu visit, your Aguas Calientes Hotel will store your belongings that you aren´t taking for the tour and Huayna Picchu hike.

We are always here to help! If you have any questions we will be happy to answer them! We can ́t wait to meet you and guide you on this incredible trek!!

Contact us at any time: info@actionperutreks.com +51 961 504 002

Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 5 day trek packing guidelines

  • Passport – original necessary, photocopy won´t be accepted
  • Water – multiple small water bottles or camelback system
  • Four pair hiking pants – zip off, 3⁄4 length, of full length
  • 6 pairs underwear, 6 – 7 pairs of socks
  • 2 pair long underwear – 1 super thick, 1 midweight
  • 2 or more t-shirts – dry weave type
  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 hoodie, 1 fleece shirt and/or vest for layering
  • Poncho – oversized version that fits over your backpack and gear and rain jacket
  • Sleeping bag – down or synthetic feather – can be rented from us
  • Daypack for your personal belongings during the day
  • Warm/Winter jacket
  • Snacks
  • Cash
  • Hiking boots – waterproof, well broken in
  • Toilet paper
  • Wet wipes and antiseptic hand gel
  • Kleenex
  • Hiking poles – must have rubber tips
  • Small towel
  • Flip flops
  • Personal toiletries – basic toothbrush, toothpaste, small shampoo/conditioner, 
soap/body wash
  • Insect repellant with 30% DEET
  • Personal medication
  • Camera with film/memory cards and extra batteries
  • Head lamp with extra batteries
  • Sun protection – sunscreen (SPF 35 or higher), sunglasses, sun hat
  • Plastic bags/dry bags
  • Clean outfit for the day of your Machu Picchu visit
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Small umbrella (optional)
  • Travel first aid kit (optional)
  • Flashlight (optional)
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs (optional)
  • Band aids/Neosporin (optional)

Packing List Notes

  • Water bottle
    • Disposable water bottles are not allowed on the trek. Bring one large (2 liter) or 2-3 small water bottles. We will refill them along the way with boiled water. A camelback system will also be excellent.
      • You will need to bring 2 liters of water for the first day of the hike. We will provide you with water the remainder of the time (beginning at camp on night 1 or at lunch on day 1 if necessary).
  • A poncho and a raincoat?
    • Yes, you do need both, even in the dry season. It probably won´t rain, but better safe than sorry. The poncho you can buy very cheaply anywhere in Cusco. You also need a raincoat for less heavy rain.
  • Sleeping bag
    • A four season sleeping bag is preferred. The coldest camp is below 0 C. You will also want double socks for this camp.
    • You can rent one from us for US $25
      • Our rental sleeping bags are rated from – 6 to – 14 C.
      • They are synthetic, mummy style
      • They weigh 2.5 kg
    • We provide Thermarest inflatable mattresses and a pillow for all of our trekkers
    • The weight of your sleeping bag and sleeping mattress count toward your 8 kg limit. The approximate weight of the two items combined is 3.5 kg.
  • Winter jacket
    • Winter coat in the packing checklist is somewhat misleading. We don´t mean a bulky down jacket. Layering is preferable. Sometimes a raincoat is the best outer shell. You just want to, for the coldest moments, have some combination of coats or layers equal to a winter coat.
  • Snacks
    • We will provide you with plenty of snacks. However, you will usually want to have some back up or bring some of your favorite types of snacks.
  • Cash
    • We recommend US $150 to US $200. We know that sounds like a lot and most people (including us) don ́t like going hiking with that much money in their pocket. However, you will need cash for things along the way, potential souvenirs, tips, etc. US Dollars and Peruvian Soles are accepted. You can change money in multiple locations in Cusco. We recommend changing US $80 to US $120 into soles. That will give you approximately 240 to 360 soles. It will be fine to have the remainder of the cash in US dollars. There is not much chance that anyone will have change on the Inca Trail. So when you change your money, make sure to ask for billetes pequeños.
    • Tipping is optional as our guides, horsemen and chefs are paid quite well. For reference, we do have tipping guidelines on our website to give you a “ballpark” figure. However, we want to stress that those are loose guidelines and totally at your discretion.
    • There are ATM´s in Aguas Calientes, but nowhere else along the trek
  • Hiking Boots
    • If possible they should be well worn in. That is very important. Waterproof with ankle support is recommended. However if you already have a comfortable pair with good grip on the rocks then don’t go rushing out to buy new boots – you are better off with your own well worn in pair.
    • In the dry season, waterproof is not as important. The rainy season is December through March
  • Toilet paper
    • There is absolutely NO toilet paper along the trek. Bring at least one roll.
    • We provide a portable toilet on the trail. It will be present at lunch and the entire time you are in camp.
  • Hiking poles
    • Our trekkers are of various ability levels. Some advanced trekkers may not be sure whether they need poles. Only you can judge your ability. However, if you look, all the guides use trekking poles and they hike these trails multiple times per month! Be kind to your knees. If you don ́t have trekking poles you can rent them for US $20 (for a pair).
  • Small towel
    • This is all you need for the hike. If you are going to soak in the hot springs, do you need a larger towel? No. Towels can be rented very cheaply outside of all of the hot springs. You do not need to bring a bulky towel with you!
  • Flip flops
    • After a day of hiking it will be very nice to rest your feet at camp in comfortable sandals (or other comfortable footwear of your choice).
  • Head lamp
    • You definitely need a head lamp and extra batteries. You can bring a flash light if you want, but it isn ́t a substitute for a head lamp.
    • Batteries run down faster at high altitude
    • The first chance you will have to charge anything is in the afternoon of Day 3 at Paucarcancha
  • Plastic bags
    • These are to keep your belongings and clothes dry by wrapping them in plastic bags.
  • Travel first aid kit
    • This one is hard to say. There are those that bring a large first aid kid and never use any of it. There are those who bring one and everyone in the group is grateful for what they have and uses that person ́s first aid kit. We have basic first aid supplies. If you feel more comfortable with a complete first aid kid, by all means bring it!
  • Umbrella and flashlight
    • These optional items are truly up to you. An umbrella can be useful when there is barely a drizzle!
A flashlight can be helpful in camp. If you have room for it, there is no harm in bringing one. We just want to emphasize that a flashlight is not a substitute for a head lamp and an umbrella is not a substitute for a poncho.


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