Classic Inca Trail Hike To Machu Picchu – 4D/3N

 

Inca Trail To Machu Picchu bucket list for 2021

Duration

4 days / 3 nights

Price

$ 699.00

Max. Alttitude

4215 m / 13829 ft

Best Time

MAY / NOV

6

ACCOMODATTION

REI Tents

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DIFFICULTY

Moderate/Challenging

GROUP SIZE

8 People Max

INCATRAIL 

4 Day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days, without a doubt, is one of the most famous trails in all of South America, But, why this Classic Inca Trail tour is very competitive? and why only 500 tourists per day on this Peruvian Hike? because This trek is, without a doubt, the most gorgeous hiking tour and is the main gate to Machu Picchu throughout The Sungate.

One of the reasons why the Inca trail Classic Tour in Peru is so popular is because this trail has original paved stonework from Inca times that the Spaniards never reached. You will walk along the original paths that the Incas used over 500 years ago. Another reason why this trail is very popular is that it is the only trail in all of Peru that connects directly to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. If you are really interested to learn everything you really need to know about the classic Inca trail click on the link and get important information and history about this classic trip to Machu Picchu.

Sun Gate

Other alternative treks take you first to Aguas Calientes town and then the following day Machu Picchu is reached. An added appealing detail to this trek is that you don’t need excellent physical stamina to hike this trail.

You only need to pack a few belongings, walking poles (available for rent), and have an adventurous spirit to hike this trail. If this trek interests you make sure to book months in advance. Only 500 permits are allotted daily of which only 250 permits are reserved for tourists. There is also an option for the 2 days Short Inca Trail  Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; If desired to hike in two days.

Inca Trail Classic Map To Machu Picchu

Inca Trail Map: Go to Machu Picchu for a hike in the Andes, and go to Machu Picchu. Using our illustrated Inca Trail map, discover the attractions and altitudes each day of the classic 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Inca Trail Map 4 Days

Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

Day 1: Training Day: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Piscacucho – Yuncaypata Campsite.

Prior to your classic Inca Trail Trek To Machu Picchu, you will have a pre-departure briefing in your hotel lobby the night before. Here your Tour Leader will answer any questions you may have, including Inca Trail Packing List for the four days, and give you some tips prior to your Inca Trail adventure 4Days 3 Nights.

On the following day, between 5 am to 5:30 am your tour leader will pick you up from your respective hotel. You will go on a 3-hour drive towards Kilometer 82. A hearty breakfast will be served to you right before KM 82 checkpoint and any last-minute snacks can be purchased during this stop as well. Here you will have the chance to repack any personal belongings and then head to the checkpoint for the classic Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.

Hiking Miles

You will begin this trail hiking a gentle up and down path until you reach the first Inca remain called Llactapata. Your tour leader will give you information about this site and also begin their guiding introduction about the Incas and the many remnants left.

You will continue to hike for two hours and stop for your gourmet-style lunch. If there is extra time on our hands we can stop for a short nap, if not, we can continue our 3-hour hike towards the Yuncaypata campsite. A happy hour of hot drinks and popcorn awaits you here followed by dinner. Afterward, we recommend you get a good night’s rest because the following day is the most challenging day of all.

Miles

Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and popcorn
Maximum Altitude: 3,300m/10,826ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,700m/8,852ft
Distance Travelled: 14 Km/8.5 miles
Walking Time: approximately 8 hours

Day 2: Challenge Day: Ayapata – Warmi Wañuska (Dead Woman’s Pass) – Paqaymayu – Chaquicocha

Wake-up time will be at about 5:00 am followed by an early breakfast. Today will be the most challenging day of this entire trek so we make sure to head out early. Your hike begins going slowly and gradually uphill over Dead Woman’s Pass. This path is composed of original steps used by the Incas.

We highly recommend you take walking poles to assist you during this hike. (Walking poles are available for rent in our office) This is the highest point in this entire trail and takes about 4-5 hours to hike this entire pass. When we all reach the top we will have a short break to take pictures and appreciate the view. We will then descend the steps of this pass which takes us about 2-3 hours until we reach our lunch spot at Paqaymayu.

Hiking miles Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

After lunch, we head out to the second pass called Runkurakay. This pass is a lot shorter and it will take about 2 hours to trek this entire pass. This pass is also composed of original Inca steps. After finishing the Runkurakay pass you will begin to feel a different type of weather and microclimate. You will appreciate a striking sunset and feel amongst the clouds.

Few groups do this second pass the same day but we believe it is too beautiful of a view to be overlooked. After a much-deserved rest, we continue walking to our campsite in Chaquicocha where we will have our happy hour of hot drinks and popcorn followed by your gourmet dinner. We will go to sleep early for the next day is an unforgettable day.

Miles

Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and popcorn
Maximum Altitude: 4,200m/13,774ft
Minimum Altitude: 3,600m/11,811ft
Distance Travelled: 16 Km/ 9.94 miles
Walking Time: approximately 10 hours

Day 3: Unforgettable Day: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Intipata – Wiñayhuayna

Today your hike will only be for a half-day walk so you can sleep in till 6 am. Breakfast will be served gourmet style, as are all of your meals. After breakfast, we begin our walk to one of the most beautiful days of this trail.

You will walk along the Andes Mountains where you will appreciate stunning views of cloud forests, glaciers, the affluent Urubamba River, and the beginning of tropical valleys. Once you reach Phuyopatamarca summit you will have a short break and adjust your walking sticks for the descent. A 1000 meter/ 3,280 ft. of steps downhill will follow.

Hiking miles

Prior to reaching your last campsite, you will connect with Intipata Inca remains. Here you will see massive terraces left by the Incas and have the chance to take photos.

You will continue your descent until you reach your last campsite of Wiñayhuayna. Your happy hour of hot drinks and popcorn will be waiting for you followed by your gourmet dinner. A good night’s rest will follow as Machu Picchu awaits for you the next day.

Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and popcorn
Maximum Altitude: 3,600m/11,811 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,600m/8,530 ft
Distance Travelled: 10 Km/ 6.2 miles
Walking Time: approximately 6-7 hours

Day 4: The Lost City of the Incas: Wiñayhuayna – Intipunku – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes- Cusco

Tour to the city of Machupicchu

Today begins earlier than usual. After breakfast we say a farewell to our chaskis (porters) and set off on the trail by 4:00 am in order to arrive by sunrise in Machu Picchu. This last part of the trail from Wiñayhuayna to Machu Picchu takes about 1 1/2 hr of hiking. This trail is clearly marked but knows ahead of time that you will be walking in darkness prior to sunrise. It is highly recommended to bring a headlamp, as the path is narrow.

Your first stop will be at Intipunku, where the famous Sun Gate to Machu Picchu is located. Suddenly all efforts up until this point are rewarded with an unforgettable sight. A backdrop of natural beauty, human art, and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu will be available for you to see as the sun is rising. You will have plenty of time to take photos of the Lost City of the Incas, from the classic postcard view and different angles around. A final short hike will bring us to the entrance and into the heart of Machu Picchu itself, where we spend the rest of the morning with a 2 hour guided tour of the citadel.

Meals: Breakfast only
Maximum Altitude: 2,700m/8858 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2,100m/6889 ft.
Distance Travelled: 8 km
Walking Time: 5-6 hrs including Machu Picchu guided tour

Bus Sutle

The shuttle bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes is included in your tour. This departs every 15 minutes and will be available for you to descend whenever you decide it is time to go. Make sure to double-check your train schedule and be at the train station one hour before departure. If you wish to travel in more comfortable seats we recommend upgrading your train ticket to the Vistadome service. Your package includes the Expedition train service but can easily upgrade for an extra cost. Here you have the option of an earlier departure and superior comfortable seats for the ride back to Cusco. Whichever train service you choose to Cusco, we arrange for your pick up and drop off at your hotel. This is included in your service.

Important Note: Campsite allocations are subject to change depending on availability provided by the National Institute of Culture (Government officials in charge of the Inca Trail).

Additional Inca Trail Information

Travel Highlights

  • 100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru, we never put you with other tour operators.
  • Pick up from Airport and Hotel
  • Top-of-the-line equipment REI Co-op Half Dome 4 Tent. Only for Two person
  • 7 kg per person, other companies offer you only 6 kg
  • Best English Speakers Tour Leaders, We know Communication is very important in your trip
  • Extraordinary Chefs! Don’t get stressed about food and forget your power bar. We serve you a 5-star outdoor restaurant with delicious organic gourmet food in your dining tent.
  • Hotel Aguas Calientes with all facilities
  • Free and Safe Storage in Cusco and Aguas Calientes while you are hiking and visiting Machupicchu
  • REI Inca Trail Camping Equipment
  • Private transportation
  • Perfect Location For Photographers
  • Comfortable and Panoramic Train back to Cusco from Aguas Calientes.

Included

  • Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before your tour in our office or your Hotel.
  • Collection from your Hotel in Cusco from (05:30 am) or from Sacred Valley.
  • Private transportation (Start of our trek).
  • Breakfast in Urubamba in our farmhouse,
  • Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat-free, or special diets upon your request.)
  • Permit and fees for the Inca Trail Machu Picchu Sanctuary, (Request for Huayna Picchu your Entrance ticket)
  • Inca Trail Porters to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food, and fresh vegetables).
  • Drinkable boiled water for your container (We start filling from the second Days Morning)
  • 7-kilogram duffle bags (per Person)
  • 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
  • 2 expert gourmet mountain cooks, assistants.
  • Hot drinks every afternoon include popcorn.
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
  • 2 people per tent, clean, new, spacious (4 people REI Half Dome 4 tents).
  • Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress,
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
  • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance.
  • 3-4 hours guided tour in Machupicchu
  • Bus Ticket from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Tourist Expedition train return to Poroy Station or Ollantaytambo.
  • Private Bus to Cusco From The Train Station

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC) (For rent in Our Office)
  • Hiking Poles (For rent in Our Office)
  • Tips for the trekking crew, Guides, Cooks, and Porters at your discretion.
  • Flight Ticket to Cusco.
  • Accommodation in Cusco. (see recommendation)
  • Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl) and (COVID-19)

Price

We are excited to be part of your adventure and lead you to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Make sure to book your tour in advance. Only 500 people a day are permitting on the Inca Trail of which 250 are reserved for tourists. Machu Picchu allows 2500 tourists daily. Don’t miss your adventure!

From: $ $ 699.00 per person Group Service

Note: An initial deposit of $250.00 is required to reserve your spot. We require this deposit to buy train and bus tickets, entrance fees to Machu Picchu, Inca trail admission ticket, and for your return transportation. The remaining balance is due 21 days prior to your trek. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

Student Discount

$40 dollars, bing your green card or student cart please

Additional Upgrades

Huayna Picchu

If you want to climb Huayna Picchu make sure to book in advance as there are only 400 permits allowed daily to this location.

$40 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade.

Vistadome Train

From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo: Prices vary from $57.00 to $73.00 per person one-way.

Machupicchu Mountain

Machupicchu Mountain offers even more magnificent views than Huayna Picchu. There are also only 400 permits allowed daily to this location. A 360-degree view of Machupicchu and the surrounding valley and glaciers are seen from this mountain.

US$35 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade.

Additional Night in Aguas Calientes hotel

The price depends on the season and Hotel availability.

Inka Bridge

If you did not have the opportunity to book an additional upgrade this one is available for free. It is an hour and a half round trip hike.

Sun Gate

If you did not have the opportunity to book an additional upgrade this one is available for free. It is a two-hour round-trip hike.

Packing List

This is basic  information about the Clothing packing list REad all the information Here in this linK INCA TRAIL COMPLETE GUIDE

CLOTHING:

1st Layer:

  • Underwear
  • Long-sleeved Thermal Shirt
  • Thermal form-fitting pants

2nd Layer:

  • Polar Fleece
  • Trekking pants
  • Thick socks

3rd Layer:

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof pants (optional)
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Scarf
  • Cold weather Hat
  • Gloves
  • Buff/ handkerchief
  • Sun hat

TRAVEL ACCESSORIES:

  • Backpack 20-30 L
  • Waterproof cover for backpack
  • Trekking shoes (waterproof and firm)
  • Sport shoes/ sandals for campsites
  • Camping pillow
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sturdy water bottle
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp
  • Plastic bags for wet items
  • Toiletry kit (toothbrush, wet wipes, etc)
  • Swimsuit/ towel
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)
  • Sunscreen lip protector
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent 

OTHER:

  • Personal Medications
  • Motion sickness tablets for the van ride
  • Camera/ Extra battery
  • Personal snacks
  • Hand warmers (optional)
  • Leisure book for evenings
  • Cash and small coins

Items for rent

  • Single Tent $60 (if you wish to sleep alone)
  • Sleeping Bag $30 per person (minus 5 degrees Celsius)
  • Air Mattress $20 per person (REI inflatable mattress)
  • Professional REI Walking Poles $20 per pair
  • Backpacks $25
  • Head Lamp $10
  • Extra kilograms $10/kg (Example 5kg=$50)

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Food & Drink

Healthy Organic Gourmet meals in all of your Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

Daily Seasonal Food on each trip and Tours

Peruvian cuisine has only recently exploded onto the international culinary stage, but Peruvians have always been crazy about their nation’s culinary heritage, and they steadfastly cling to the traditional, multiculti flavors of home. Even in the face of modern gastronomic innovation. A range of climates, from high altitude to low, offers an impressive diversity of produce. Yes, that means potatoes over 3800 kinds but also a variety of corn and other grains, to say nothing of the country’s native aji chilies that are often puréed into sauces.

Coffee, Tea, Water, & Assorted Beverages

Every morning and afternoon, before and after your daily hikes you will find hot drinks and snacks in your dining tent.

*Special Diets Available Upon Request
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Free Luggage Storage

We make easy your trip, Free luggage storage when you are traveling or Hiking with us for more details contact us, please. 

REI Camping Equipment for each trip

We are not affiliated with this rei.com Brand But as a local Tour operator we support local business and our customer enjoy their private Sleeping tent only for two persons to learn more in our Camping Equipment for Inca trail

Private Eco Toilets

We do not share public toilet along the Inca trail we carry our portable ECO Toilets Only for our Groups

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Peruvian Gourmet Food on each Tours

Food Include in each Trek, Vegetarian option available. we really take care of your gluten-free food contact with our office for any food restriction.

Private Transportation on each trip

As a responsible tour operator in Peru, we do not share our mobility with other tourists, all our transportation is only for your group or family members.

Best Chaskis (Porters)

We do not overbear our staff, they are principal resources in this travel industry

We leave no trace

We carry all our Trash From The begging to the end of each hike keeping clean all our hiking trail

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INCA TRAIL HIKING TOUR FAQ’s

The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu Tours itself is breathtaking. But the end of the trail is a spectacular sight as you reach the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu at sunrise. The classic Inca trail runs 26 miles (42 km) long, is usually hiked over 4 days and 3 nights and is tucked away in the beautiful Andes mountains in Peru.

How much it actually cost to hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu?

The price tag for hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu depends largely on the tour company, package, and guide you choose. Here are some of the general costs, plus actual specifics from our own recent treks on 2021.

Doing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu independently is not an option. The Peruvian government limits the number of hikers on the trails each day. Everyone must have a permit and be accompanied by a licensed guide. And yes, through a series of checkpoints on the trail, they actually enforce it.

The general cost for the Inca Trail trek: $600

On average, the classic Inca Trail hike costs around $600/person (this generally includes transportation to the trailhead from Cusco, a guide, porters, three meals a day, hiking permits, entry to Machu Picchu, and tents). You can find it even cheaper. But besides the advertised sticker price, there are a few other things to consider when choosing a tour company: How many hikers are in each group? How often and how much food is provided during the trek? And finally, what’s the reputation for the company’s treatment of its porters?

Budget 

Even though we tend to focus on budget traveling, it’s good to remember that sometimes the cheapest option isn’t always the best option. Cheaper companies for the Inca Trail often have larger groups (15-25 people), provide smaller meals, and/or no snacks.

Some even have a bad reputation for inadequately providing their porters (i.e. lacking rain ponchos, jackets, or even proper hiking shoes). I was surprised by how many people online included snacks as a necessary item to pack and bring along because some companies don’t provide enough food pro by other companies.

How hard is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Hiking the Inca Trail is an experience that should inspire excitement, invoke a little bit of fear, stoke jealousy amongst your friends, and stir a sense of wonder in your soul.

One of the most popular things to do in South America – and one of the world’s most famous hikes – the Inca Trail is the sort of singular adventure for which we all travel. The hike itself, which brings you along ancient narrow paths deep into the Peruvian countryside and high into the Andean mountains, is gorgeous; perfect Incan ruins, cloud forest, and majestic valley views laid out like breadcrumbs along the way to perhaps the greatest end-point of any multi-day hike on earth, the iconic Machu Picchu.

Back To Cusco

After our own hike, we wanted to share our hard-earned insights, advice, and tips to help you plan and prepare for your own successful Trail experience – all neatly whittled down into this comprehensive guide.

So, whether you’re heading there in high or low season and want to understand the camping and accommodation situation better, have no idea what to pack or how to get a permit, are worrying about whether you’re fit enough, will get altitude sickness or if it’s too late to book a spot on a tour, then this post will provide you with all the necessary information answers from experienced fellow travelers (and, we hope, quite a bit of excitement and inspiration for the hike itself!).

Ready? Here’s everything you need to know before doing the Inca Trail hike rear all our advice, please.

Are there toilets on the Inca Trail?

Inca Trail, toilet quality

This is where the bad news begins. Inca Trail toilets are not the most hygienic, clean, or private affairs. You’ll be lucky if your toilet has a lock. On the first day, the toilets are usually fairly decent and clean. However, as you venture further along the trail the quality rapidly decreases.

By the next day, you will use a squat floor toilet. In which you squat over. The flushing mechanism often floods meaning that toilet waste is on the floor of many Inca Trail toilets. Be sure to wear your hiking boots when going to the toilet.

There is often no light and you’ll want to make sure you bring a headlamp for those night-time toilet visits. We have even seen toilet blocks with no bin or container in which to place used toilet paper. Piles of used toilet paper inevitably build up in a pile in the corner of the toilet.

This does not make for a pleasant experience! you can read How to use toilets on The Inca trail very good information for new outdoor adventures

You will also be lucky to get a sink to wash your hands. Luckier still to get soap. Therefore it is highly recommended that you bring your own hand sanitizer. Most campsites will have a tap where you can wash your hands.

Inca Trail toilets – Portable option

My name is Cesar and as a Tour Guide, I believe the best option on the Inca Trail is to hire a tour company that provides a portable toilet all the way up. These are known as ‘toilet tents’.

Although not as common, this is probably one of the most important things I would recommend when deciding on what tour operator to use. You’ll probably have to book with a western operator and it may cost slightly more, but it’s definitely worth it! The toilet tent is carried up with you by porters.

They are clean and only used by your group. You’ll be able to sit on a toilet drum within the privacy of a tent, and if there are any issues, your operator will sort them out immediately. Click here for our recommended operator service.

This is where the bad news begins. Inca Trail toilets are not the most hygienic, clean, or private affairs. You’ll be lucky if your toilet has a lock. On the first day, the toilets are usually fairly decent and clean. However, as you venture further along the trail the quality rapidly decreases.

 

When to book the Inca Trail trek 4 days?

The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters this 500 permits include 4 days inca trail). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as posible we recommend 4 months in advance.

It is recommended to book the tour inca trail to Machu Picchu 2 days in advance, before booking flight tickets and hotels, because there are limited spots to reservation for Inca trail at INC and PERU RAIL (train Tickets).

Is The Inca Trail Worth it?

Hiking the Inca Trail is absolutely worth the $180 dollars per day group service or maybe more if you go on a private group. We can assure you will create big memories that will last a lifetime and that alone is worth the money. You will see many ancient Inca remains along the way that rival Machu Picchu in beauty and preservation that you can only see on the Inca trail. On top of that, the sense of accomplishment upon arriving in front of the Sun Gate after hiking for 4 days is gratifying.

However, to travel to this iconic Inka city of Machu Picchu on a bus, skipping the hike when you’re physically able to do it, would be a mistake. All of the magic of the experience would be lost. On the trail, you truly feel connected to the local culture and the Inca history comes alive, which is the best part. If you happen to be in Peru and you aren’t physically able to do a trek to get to Machu Picchu, it’s still magnificent to see and it’s worth the visit. It’s a world wonder for a reason.

Distance for the Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 days and 3 nights

The trail itself is breathtaking, but the end of the trail is a spectacular sight as you reach the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu at Sunrise. The Classic Inca trail runs Covers 26 miles (42 km) long, is usually hiked over 4 days and 3 nights, and is tucked away in the beautiful Andes mountains in Peru.

Is the Inca Trail dangerous?

Like anything in life, the Inca Trail does have risk. But you are far more likely to have an accident on the roads back home, than trekking on the Inca Trail.

There is always a risk of landslides in any mountains. The lifecycle of a mountain involves it gradually eroding and making its way downhill to the sea via the rivers. It is what mountains do. But some parts of a mountain are more prone to landslides than others. In the same way that you are more likely to get mugged in certain areas of California, New York, or the Alpes than others, the key lies in understanding and managing the risks.

Part of managing the risk is making sure everyone involved is aware of the risks, including you our clients. You can read more about our Risk and Safety policies here. And at the bottom of each tour on our websites, is an “F&Q” section, with further details about the risks involved in a particular trip.

Is this the first time someone has died on the Inca Trail or Machu Picchu?

No, this is not the first time someone has died either on the Inca Trail or Machu Picchu. But the figures are very low when you consider up to 7000 people per day visit Machu Picchu and 750 per day trek the Inca Trail (500 on the complete Inca Trail, 250 on the one day Inca Trail).

  • 2004 A tourist was struck by lightning on Huayna Picchu and died
  • 2010 2 people died in a landslide at Wiñay Wayna campsite
  • 2013 A tourist fell and died, on a lower part of Machu Picchu
  • 2016 A tourist fell from Machu Picchu Mountain, having crossed the safety barrier to take a jumping selfie
  • 2020 A porter was killed in a landslide at Pacamayo campsite

How long does it take to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

How Many Miles is The Inca Trail from km 82?

We’ve outlined our own route on the Inca Trail below and, in broad terms, this is the sort of itinerary you can expect (note that this relates solely to the days spent on the hike, not the days of traveling to/from Cusco and Ollantaytambo):

Day One: Travel from Ollantaytambo to km.82 in the morning and hike to the campsite

Distance | Approx. 6.8 miles/ 11 km

Elevation Gain | 350 meters

Difficulty | Moderate, with a steep tiring section towards the end.

Day Two: Early rise to hike through cloud forest and up to Dead Woman’s Pass and the descent to campsite

Distance | Approx. 7.5 miles/ 12km

Elevation Gain | 1,115 metres

Difficulty | High, this is the hardest day of walking but after you reach DWP, it’s mostly downhill.

Day Three: Early rise to hike the most photogenic section of the Trail

Distance | Approx. 9.6 miles/ 15.5km

Elevation Gain | Minus 1,000 metres

Difficulty | Moderate to a little difficult as there are several steep sections.

Day Four: Very early rise (3 a.m.) to reach the entry check-point and hike 1-2 hours to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu.

Distance | Approx. 3.1 miles/ 5 km

Difficulty | You’re almost at the end and Machu Picchu, you should be hopping, skipping, and jumping all the way there!

Best time to hike Inca Trail

Towards the end of February is the wettest month in the Andes. The Inca Trail, as well as several other national parks in Peru, is closed throughout the month for essential maintenance. Machu Picchu INCA remains open at this time.The trail reopens in March, though the highlands are still rainy through into

early April.May and October, are the best times to trek the Inca Trail as permits may sell out slightly less fast as in the peak months, plus it’s dry, and warmer than June, July and August.The Festival of the Sun (Inti Raymi) takes place towards the end of June and cities, such as Cusco, always get busier with local crowds heading towards Machu Picchu.Peru’s national vacation at the end of July is also a peak time for Peruvians to tackle the Inca Trail or visit Machu Picchu by train. The dry conditions prove popular with vacationmakers all the way through August and

into September.By November, the rainy season is starting up again in earnest. However, you still might get some solid trekking conditions with nothing like the crowds of the summer – and you won’t need to secure your pass quite as far in advance.December is wet and attracts crowds over the vacations with accommodation and flight prices rising, despite the weather. Things ease off again in January – which is wet but without the vacation crowds.

Machu Picchu hike difficulty

First, the numbers: if you tackle the classic four-day Inca Trail you’ll have 24-26 miles to trek (depending on which trailhead you set out from), over 2,000 metres to haul yourself up and level yourself down, and over 3,000 steps to deal with in total.

In terms of fitness and technical challenge, this is considered to be a trek of moderate difficulty. The effort required, though, isn’t evenly distributed across the four days. Rather, the greatest lung-bursting effort is front-loaded into the first day and a half. The high point, Dead Woman’s Pass, is – at 4,198 metres – definitely the toughest of the three passes, both in terms of the potential effects of altitude and the sharpness of the elevation gain. There are, however, a number of campsites on the way to this first pass, and some groups opt to make the second day easier by staying at the highest campsite on the first night. 

Due to Coronavirus Machu Picchu Tickets and Inca Trail, Permits can be Changed

Peruvian authorities are allowing visitors to change their Machu Picchu entry tickets. And tour operators can change Inca Trail permits. I’ve included a link to see information about the new rules at Machu Picchu, a link to the new Machu Picchu website, and other tips to help you navigate your way through the process of canceling or changing your trip to Peru.

This is an unprecedented opportunity to perhaps salvage some of your expenses if you canceled a trip to Machu Picchu. The borders of Peru are closed and train service to Machu Picchu is suspended since March 17, 2020, to limit the spread of Covid19. The Peru government has extended the border closing now until October 30, 2020. However, they announced that international flights to Peru will resume on January 1, 2021.

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