Cusco city is located at 3400m/ 11000ft above sea level so it is important that you have a healthy respect for the altitude. For people coming from sea-level is suggested to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco prior to go on a multi-day hike as the Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu (3 days is usual time recommended). This period of time will allow travelers to get acclimatized to the high altitude and also gives you the opportunity to explore the city of Cusco, visiting some of the nearby Inca ruins as Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca pucara and Tambomachay, as well as taking a great day tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas to visit the biggest souvenir market of Pisac, the stunning town with Inca foundation and beautiful ruins at Ollantaytambo or you can also take a tour to Moray, Salt pans and Chinchero. As part of your acclimatization for the Ancascocha trek you can also take the Huchuy Qosqo day hike, Moray & Salt mine day hike or any other day treks we offer around Cusco, which are our suggestion as the acclimatization tours before to go on the multi-day hiking trails.
The Ancascocha treks go in the high altitude. but not necessarily you need to be an expert hiking because you can take the plan B or just ride a horse for the difficult parts of the hike, it is very important to have a meeting with the guide a day before you go on the trek. but also to see the plans on how to manage the altitude problem you should talk to your travel agent.
The 5 day Ancascocha trek to Machu Picchu is the one which allows you a slow hiking and enjoy everything about this amazing trail in the Peruvian Andes