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Inca Trail 5 Days Hike To Machu Picchu

Inca Trail 5 days To Machu Picchu bucket list for Peru.

Inca Trail 5 Days – Explore whit Us We will cover your 5-day Inca trail hike with everything related to tours to Machu Picchu such as Salkantay Inca trail 7D/6N such as Permits, Camping equipment, Toilets, reviews; tips, and Frequently Asked Questions for the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 days or Royal Inca Trail 2 Days

5 Days Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail 5 Days to Machu Picchu invites you to enjoy the Private 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Hike a bit slower, spending more time in every archaeological site you visit. This option is ideal for families with younger hikers and for older people who want to enjoy the journey at their own pace. Because this trek is done on a smaller Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 Day, this is a great option to avoid most of the crowds found on the Classic Inca Trail.

The Inca Trail Hike 5 days to Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful Inca treks in the world due to its natural beauty. You will discover various ecological zones along the Inca trail trek, including highlands and tropical Andean forests, as well as Inca archaeological sites that make you wonder if you’ve just discovered them.

This Tour Gives you Tranquility and Avoid Crowds.

The Inca Trail Tours to Machu Picchu is Peru’s number one trek and one of the most well-known and popular treks in the world. The 5 days Inca Trail Tours really gives you the opportunity to take in all the sights and experiences of the Machu Picchu Trail at your leisure. Staying at campsites that few people use. Trekking the Inca Trail expedition is one of those things that everyone should do once in their life and the 5-day version allows you to enjoy it to the full.

Important:

The Peruvian government requires permits to hike on the Inca Trail, which is limited to 500 people per day, including support staff. Permits sell out 4-5 months in advance, so it is strongly recommended to book your Inca Trail 5 Days at least 4 months in advance, as permits
Inca Trail to 5 days takes more time to do the traditional Inca Trail to Machupicchu, leaving more time to appreciate nature and archaeology along the way. We spend one long fourth day visiting Wiñaywayna and Machu Picchu, and on the fifth day. We return to Machu Picchu to see the sunrise from the Sun Gate. We encounter valleys that contain wildlife endemic to high deserts or the tropics, between stretches of puna and cloud forest.

We encounter mysterious archaeological sites half-covered by jungle overgrowth, which look like you are discovering for the first time. Machu Picchu Hike (Machupicchu) is one of the world’s greatest cultural treasures, and of these is the most enigmatic Place to put on your bucket list.

Why You Should – ASAP!

The spots for the 5 day Inca trail trek for next year, have already been opened, and there are limited spaces, so we suggest you make your Inca Trail reservation as soon as possible, we have had many clients who could not go to the Inca Trail 5 Days because they did not book on time. in case you miss these tours, there are alternative options

  1. Rainbow Mountain Tours
  2. Ausangate Trek 4 Days

 

Max Altitude

4.200m /13,828 ft

Best Time

May/Nov

Accommodation

Tents

Difficulty

Mod / Chall

Group Size

8 People Max

PRICE From

870.00

Inca Trail 5 Days ITINERARY

The Inca Trail is a famous hiking trail in Peru that connects the city of Cusco to Machu Picchu. The trail traverses some of the most beautiful and challenging mountain scenery in the world and passes through several Incan ruins along the way. There are three different routes on the Inca Trail: the Classic Route, the Short Route, and the Salkantay Route with Inca Trail 7 Days.

Question: When Is The Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu How Many Miles or KMs?  covers a distance of 26 miles (42 km). The Short Route is 14 miles (22 km) long, and the Salkantay Route is 46 miles (74 km) long. All three routes end at Machu Picchu.

Day 1: Cusco - km 82 –Wayllabamba campsite

We pick you up at your hotel and transfer you by car to our trailhead at Piscacucho, km. 82 on the Train route to Machu Picchu a 3-hour drive from Cusco city. After clearing the trailhead control point, we hike along the left bank of the Vilcanota River enjoying the impressive snowcapped Veronica (the highest point in the area).

The valley is dry walking adjacent to fields of corn In the rapids below the trail, We explore the enormous Inca site of Llactapata, then turn south and begin to gain altitude following the narrow side valley of the Cusichaca River. We camp near the hamlet of Huayllabamba (2,954 m/9,690 ft).

Distance 12km/7.2 miles,
Elevation gain 300 m/984 feet.

2 : Challenge Day: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo campsite

Climbing up from Wayllabamba for about 3 hours through steepening woods and increasingly spectacular terrain brings you to the tree line and a meadow known as Llulluchapampa (3,680m). After this, we will take approximately 2 hours to the first highest pass of the trail Abra de Huarmihuañusca or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass at 4,215m.

During this part of the trail, hikers are exposed to the Andean elements: first scorching sun and then, closer to the pass, freezing winds. Once at the top hikers can celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the trail.

The descent from the pass is steep although not difficult, following the trail on the left side of the valley to the valley floor and to the 2nd campsite at Pacamayo (3,600m). There are toilet facilities here and also we relax for the rest of the day.

Distance 12km/7.2 miles,
Elevation gain 1,215 m/3,986feet

Day 3: Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarka 3rd Pass campsite

We cross a second pass (3,975 m/13,038’) where we find the first Inca site Runcuracay and follow a fine Inca highway down to the exquisite ridge-top Inca place of Sayaqmarka.

Further on, we pass through a tunnel amid luxuriant cloud forest vegetation. Camp at the superb Phuyupatamarka Inca place (3,679m/12,067 ft) overlooking the Urubamba River far below. Phuyupatamarka is Quechua for “City above the Clouds”. The views toward the sacred peak of Salcantay are sublime.

Distance 10 km/ 6 miles,
Elevation gain 315 m/ 1,033feet

Day 4: Phuyupatamarca – Machu Picchu

Today is all about the Incas; we visit 3 Inca sites (Phuyupatamarca, Intipata, and Wiñay Wayna) before we finally arrive at Machu. With only a short distance left to cover you’ll really have the opportunity to see these sites.

The final stretch of the Inca Trail is completely deserted at this time of the day, so our arrival at Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) is perfect. With good light and very few tourists around, we can get great photos of Machu Picchu from a distance before carrying on down. After we arrive at Machu Picchu, we’ll head down to Puente Ruinas (the campsite near Aguas Calientes) to be greeted by our porters for our last night camping together. We’ve made it!

Distance 11km/ 6.146 miles
Elevation all descent to Machupicchu 2,400 m/ 7,874feet

Day 5: Machu Picchu – back to Cusco city

We will begin very early to take the first bus to the city of Machupicchu, where we will be the first visitors of the day to enjoy the magic and mystery of one of the wonders of the world.

The tour with your guide will take around 3 hours. Then, you will have free time to explore the entire city on your own. In the afternoon, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to board the train to Cusco.

Note:
The night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office or in your hotel (the exact time will be confirmed on arrival to Cusco).
If you are interested in this tour or do you have any questions about it.

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 5 DAYS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Price, FAQs, and Everything you need to know before embarking on the Machu Picchu 5 days tour make your reservation ahead – we have a Special discount for team leaders and family groups to consider in your bucket list Lares ValleyTrek and Inca trail 4 Days.

HIGHTLIGHT
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INCLUSION
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ITEMS FOR RENT
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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:

    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 permitted on the Inca Trail of which 250 are reserved for tourists. Machu Picchu allows 2500 tourists daily. Don’t miss your adventure!

From: $ 870.00 per person - Group Service

Two trekkers: $1370 per person
Three trekkers: $1320
Four trekkers: $1270
Five trekkers: $1170
Six trekkers: $1070
Seven trekkers: $970
Eight, or more, trekkers: $870

Note: An initial deposit of $300.00 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. 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 permitted on the Inca Trail of which 250 are reserved for tourists. Machu Picchu allows 2500 tourists daily. Don’t miss your adventure!

100% WE COVERED MACHU PICCHU HIKE

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 Sacred Valley.
  • Private transportation (Start of our trek).
  • Breakfast before each trip,
  • Complete meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat-free, or special diets upon request.)
  • Permit and fees for the Inca Trail Machupicchu Sanctuary.
  • 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).
  • 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, and 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.
  • Personal ecological Toilets
  • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance.
  • 3-4 hours guided tour in Machupicchu
  • Round trip Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu.
  • Tourist Expedition train return to Poroy Station or Ollantaytambo.
  • Bus to Cusco

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    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 Combined Inca Trail Tours. 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

    Machu Picchu five Days Inca Trail Map

    Read Inca Trail Map Travel Article: 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 the Inca Trail Elevation – altitudes each day of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tours.

    Inca Trail Map 4 Days

    BEST INCA TRAIL HIKE EQUIPMENT, PORTERS PRIVATE TOILET

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    Hiking in Peru is a great way to take advantage of the country's natural beauty. The right camping equip can make your trip more enjoyable and comfortable, like what REI has on offer with their Tents S, Pats S, Bags, etc!. From our store, you know where else these products might come into play when traveling abroad

    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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    5 Day Inca Trail Hike FAQs

    Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about the Inca Trail Hiking Tour. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    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.

    Information

    Why Travel with Tour Leader Peru?

    We are available 7/24 in support of your 5-day Inca trail hike 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 businesses 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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