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INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4D/3N

Machu Picchu Hike

Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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EXPERIENCE THE INCA TRAIL HIKE FOR 4 DAYS

Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 4 Days Tour, without a doubt, is one of the most famous trails in South America. But, why this Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu is very competitive? and why are only 500 tourists per day on this Peruvian Hike? Because this trek is, without a doubt, the most gorgeous hiking tour in Cusco City and is the main entrance to Machu Picchu throughout The Sun gate.

As one of the most popular hiking trails in Peru, it’s no surprise that this particular hiking tour offers something special. The Inca Trail Hiking Tour to Machu Picchu for 4 days features original stonework from ancient Inca times and will take you along paved Inca paths used over 500 years ago!

You’ll also have access to some great stunning views with your breathtaking scenery; not only is there plenty for portraits but videotaping as well (perfect if we want future generations to remember what happened). All-time classics like Machu Picchu hikes are right in front of us – how about that for motivation!

If you are interested in learning everything you need to know about the classic Inca trail, click on the link and get important information and history about this 4 Days classic trail to Machu Picchu.

Sun Gate The End of The Inca Trail?

From this viewpoint, you get only a spectacular view, and it’s actually where trekkers who hike along the original Inca Trail enter Machu Picchu. Let’s take an even closer look at these wonders of the Worl in a different way!

Other alternative treks like the most popular treks in Peru – the Salkantay Trek 5 days to Machu Picchu, Lares Valley Trek 4 Days – take you first to Aguas Calientes town and then the following day Machu Picchu is reached. An added appealing detail to this Inca Trail Tours is that you need excellent physical stamina to hike this trail.

This trek is ideal for those who only want to carry a few belongings and have an adventurous spirit. If this trek interests you, make sure to book months in advance because Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tickets is required. Only 500 permits are allowed daily, of which only 250 permits are reserved for tourists. There is also an option for the 2-day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; if desired, hikers can complete the trek in two days.

Max Altitude

4.200m /13,828 ft

Best Time

May/Nov

Accommodation

Tents

Difficulty

Mod / Chall

Group Size

8 People Max

PRICE

699

INCA TRAIL HIKE ITINERARI

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 ( Wild Woman’s Pass - 4,221 ) – 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 Wild 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 of 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).

How Many Days Do You Need in Order to Hike In Peru

The Classic Inca Trail trek is one of the most popular combined routes. Each route varies in length from one to fourteen days, depending on the demand and availability of lodging along the way. All four journeys are one-way trips. You will generally travel back to Cusco using a combination of public and private transportation, depending on which tour company you use to make your trip reservations.

The One-Day Inca Trail Hike (1-day trek)

You can see Machu Picchu in one day if you’re short on time (but be prepared to wake up early!). You’ll take the train from Cusco to Kilometer 104, which is a location on the trail. Then, you’ll hike around 15 kilometers (9 miles) through the Sun Gate until you reach the Machu Picchu sanctuary. This option is great if you want to view Machu Picchu and experience a small section of the Inca Trail trek all at once.

The Lares Trek (3-day trek)

The Lares Trek, also known as the cultural alternative to the Inca Trail, is a three-day journey into the historical weaver communities on the eastern slopes of Machu Picchu. But don’t expect it to be a trip to the museum.

To glimpse into time-honored villages, you must earn access by obtaining passes that soar to over 15,000 feet and zigzag across Pumahuanca’s peak. On day four of your Lares trek, you may add another stop at Machu Picchu ruins.

Vilcabamba Traverse Route (1 – 2 week trek)

The trek to Machu Picchu is not for the faint of heart. At 65 kilometers long, this is regarded as one of the most difficult ways to see Machu Picchu. The route starts in Cachora and winds a mile-deep canyon to Choquequirao, or “Cradle of Gold.” The Vilcabamba Trail follows the same route that Hiram Bingham took when he rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911, albeit via more isolated towns.

The Salkantay Route (1 – 2 week trek)

The Salkantay Trek is the only Inca Trail option that lets you sleep in a comfy bed and take a hot shower at the end of every day’s hike! Though it still requires reasonably fit participants, The Lodge Trek runs along the Salkantay Trail through the Cordillera Vilcabamba mountain range but permits nightly rest at fully serviced lodges placed along the route. Machu Picchu is reached by following the trail to an elevation of 15,000 feet.

The Classic Inca Trail Route (3 – 5 day trek)

The Classic Inca Trail Hike is the most popular trek of the four alternatives described in this piece. It begins at kilometer 82 along the route, at the village of Piscacucho. The first day is a moderate hike through the Andean foothills, crossing the Urubamba River and arriving at your campsite in Huayllabamba. On the second day, you’ll ascend what’s known as “Dead Woman’s Pass,” which is the highest point of the Inca Trail Elevation at 4200 meters (13,776 feet). After that, it’s all downhill to the Pacaymayo River campsite.

Food & Drink

Healthy Organic Gourmet meals in all of your Classic Machu Picchu Hike

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

MACHU PICCHU HIKE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Price, FAQs, and Everything you need to know before embarking on the Machu Picchu Hiking Trip make your reservation ahead – we have a Special discount for team leaders and family groups tours to Machu Picchu.

HIGHTLIGHT
PRICES
INCLUSION
NOT INCLUDE
PACKING LIST
ITEMS FOR RENT
INFORMATION

100% GUARANTEED

  • 100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru. We never share you with other tour operators.
  • Pick up from Airport and Hotels
  • Top-of-the-line equipment REI Co-op Half Dome 4 Tent. Only for Two people
  • 7 kg per person, other companies offer you only 6 kg
  • Inca Trail and Short Machu Picchu hike entrance Tickets (Huayna Picchu or Montana Machu Picchu in case you want to explore more)
  • 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 (overnight stay) - In case you have overnight
  • Free and Safe Storage in Cusco and Aguas Calientes while you are hiking and visiting Machu Picchu.
  • REI Machu Picchu Hike Camping Equipment also available for Rent
  • Private transportation
  • Perfect Location For Photographers
  • Comfortable and Panoramic Train back to Cusco from Aguas Calientes.
  • and More

PRICE PP 699,00 - 8+GUESTS

Prices Varies Depending size of the Group:

  • $699.00 USD Per Person (Minimum 8+ Guests)
  • Contact us if you have questions about family and friend Tours.

100% WE COVERED MACHU PICCHU HIKE

  • 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

GO SECTION OF ITEMS FOR RENT

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 (Contact Us)
  • Accommodation in Cusco. (see recommendation Contact US )
  • Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl) and (COVID-19)

INCA TRAIL PACKING LIST

This is basic information about the Clothing packing list REI and all the information Here in this linK Comple Packing List to Peru

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

TRAVEL SMART WE HAVE ALL YOU NEED

Items For Rent

  • Single Tent $60 (if you wish to sleep alone)
  • Sleeping Bag $30 per person (minus -3 degrees Celsius)
  • Air Mattress $20 per person (REI inflatable mattress)
  • Professional REI Walking Poles or other reputable Brand $20 per pair Hold Trip.
  • Backpacks $40 Hold Trip
  • Head Lamp $10
  • Extra kilograms $10/kg (Example 5kg=$50) Per Day

Read our Important information the booking process and confirmation

General Information Trekking with Tour Leaders Peru

The times Mentioned in this itinerary are approximations. Walking times depend on the group, and the Tour Leaders may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.

Specific Information About Trekking the Luxury Inca Trail Hike

The Inca Trail is not open in February
Campsites or itineraries are subject to change, depending on the time of booking and availability of campsites. The Ministry of Culture, the government institution responsible for operating the Inca Trail, allocates campsites to authorized trekking companies on a first-come, first-served basis, and so we cannot guarantee that all campsites described in this itinerary will be available when you book.

Booking Inca Trail Hike

A scanned copy of your passport and a non-refundable deposit must be provided upon booking an Inca Trail hike. This is due to government regulations that require complete passport details and full payment of the Machu Picchu entrance fee in order to issue a permit. Your reservation will only be confirmed when we have your entrance ticket in our hands.

If your passport number changes after you book, you must tell us immediately or you may lose your booking! If the name or number on your passport is different from the name or number on your Inca Trail permit, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.

You must carry your original passport with you on the trail.

If you booked an Inca Trail hike at a student rate, you must bring the required documentation on the trail with you. If you do not present this documentation, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund, nor given an opportunity to pay the full rate.
Extras & Upgrades on the Luxury Inca Trail Hike

If you’d like to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, let us know at the time of booking as it requires a separate permit.

This trek includes transportation by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo Full service (Tourist Class), or equivalent Inca Rail service, followed by private vehicle transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

COMBINED INCA TRAIL HIKING TOURS

Are you a traveler looking for new adventures? A photographer in search of stunning landscapes? A hiker or camper who loves the outdoors? If so, you’re going to want to check out our new hiking tours of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu post. But hurry – restrictions are now in place due to Covid19 which may limit access in the near future. So don’t miss your chance to experience this unique and amazing journey!

SHORTH INCA TRAIL 2 DAY WITH HOTEL

This itinerary is rated moderate hike. The trek starts at 2100m (KM 104) and climbs to 2700m (Wiñay Wayna) before descending to 2400m (Machu Picchu). Since the trek is carried out at a much lower altitude than the Short 2 day Inca Trail trek you do not need to worry about acclimatization.

Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 5 Days

Total distance: 26 miles/23km
Elevation: 4,200m/13,779ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require

SALKANTAY & INCA TRAIL 7 DAYS

Total distance: 46.7 miles/75km
Elevation: 4,821m/15,817ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require

LARES TREK & INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS

Total distance: 29,3miles/47km
Elevation: 4,700m/15,419ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require

GOOGLE MAP FOR MACHU PICCHU HIKE

Hike The Inca Trail with our illustrated map, and go to Machu Picchu. The iconic 4-day hike is a beautiful way of exploring Peru’s Andes Mountains while discovering hidden gems along your journey!

Inca Trail Map 4 Days

BEST INCA TRAIL HIKING EQUIPMENT, PORTERS PRIVATE TOILET

Top Of The Line REI - EQUIPMENT

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Porters Weltfare INCA TRAIL PORTERS

Have you ever wondered how the Inca Trail was made? The answer might be found in its most important part: Porters, they'll take you to your destination.
PORTER isn't just about carrying your gear for hiking – it's also a job that requires strength, agility.

Bathroom Situation ON THE INCA TRAIL

If you're planning to hike the Inca Trail Hike, there are a few things you need to know about the bathroom situation. Unlike many other trails, there are no bathrooms along the way, so it's important to plan ahead. Here are a few tips to help make your journey as comfortable as possible.

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INCA TRAIL HIKING TOUR FAQs

Are you considering a hike on the Machu Picchu Trail and surviving the woman’s Pass? If so, there are some things you should know before making your decision. This blog post will answer some frequently asked questions about the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tours. We’ll cover everything from how difficult the hike is to what the weather is like and what you can expect to see along the way. So, if you’re curious about what it’s like to hike the Inca Trail, keep reading!

The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 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.

Machu Picchu Hike Cost? average Price

The price tag for Machu Picchu Hiking Tours 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.

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

The general cost for the Inca Trail Holidays: $600 On average including The Inca Trail Permits, transportation to the trailhead from Cusco, porters, three meals a day, 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, and are crowded groups.

How Hard is The Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is an ancient hiking path that leads to Machu Picchu, one of the most famous and popular tourist destinations in South America. The path is 43 miles long and passes through a variety of landscapes, including high-altitude forests, mountain peaks, and rugged terrains. Hiking the Inca Trail is definitely not for everyone – it can be difficult, challenging, and even dangerous at times. But if you’re up for the challenge, the journey is definitely worth it!.

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.

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

The Bathroom Situation 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.

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

Inca Trail Portable Toilets – 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 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.

 

Inca Trail Availability - Hurry Up

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 4 Months in advance, before booking flight tickets and hotels, because there are limited spots to reserve.

Is The Inca Trail Really 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.

Read the article here: Is The Inca Trail Worth really Worth It

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 Trek away in the beautiful Andes mountains in Peru.

Read Our Article Inca Trail Map  great info for everyone

Is The Inca Trail Dangerous?

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

Read Related Article: Is The Inca Trail Dangerous?

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 or anyone in our groups. You can read more about our Risk and Safety policies 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 visiting Machu Picchu and 750 per day trek the Inca Trail (500 on the complete Inca Trail, 250 on Shor Day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu).

  • 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 Inka 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 The Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

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 vacation makes 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 meters 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 meters.

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. 

Machu Picchu Covid19 Restrictions for Visitors

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 pro & post Covid-19, 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.

 

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Why Travel with Tour Leader Peru?

We are available 7/24 in support of your Inka Trail training, preparation, and answering any questions you may have. Our Office staff will be in charge of your Preparation.

We have the experience and expertise to help you prepare and fully enjoy your Amazing Machu Picchu Trek. On signing up we send out our Hiking trips events with full information and details of undertaking this adventure.

The cost of this trek variate according to the size of the group.

Free Luggage Storage

We make easy your trip, Free luggage storage when you are traveling or Hiking your Inca Trail 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 customers 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

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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