INCA TRAIL HIKE TO MACHU PICCHU 4D/3N
Hike The Inca Trail
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Inca Trail Hike Private Tours To Machu Picchu 4 Days perfect option only for families and Friends. If you’re looking for an exclusive and unique trekking experience, the private Inca trail tours to Machu Picchu are the perfect option! This 4-day trekking route allows visitors to explore the most remote and pristine areas of the Machu Picchu archaeological site.
You’ll pass through a variety of ecosystems, including cloud forests, subtropical jungles, and high mountain passes, with stunning views of the Vilcabamba Range, Machu Picchu, and Wayna Picchu Mountain. The Private Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu is an excellent option for visitors who want a more private and personalized trekking experience while visiting Machu Picchu.
We are an experienced Inca Trail Services provider with a wide range of services, hike the Inca trail for 4 days is ideal for families since it says in the title. This is private only for you and adjusts your hiking demands as needed.
4 DAY PRIVATE SERVICE Permits to this hike are LIMITED and only a certain number of hikers are allowed on the trail each day, so be sure to book well in advance.
The trail starts at km 82 of the railway, just outside of Ollantaytambo, and ends at Machu Picchu.
Best Time To Hike The Inca Trail
The best time to visit Machu Pichu is during the dry season, from April to October. The trail can be quite challenging and is not recommended for inexperienced hikers. It is important to plan your trip well in advance, as the permits for the Inca Trail are limited and sell out quickly.
Inca Trail Tours:
4.200m /13,828 ft
Mod / Chall
8 People Max
INCA TRAIL HIKE 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.
The Classic Inca Trail Route is the most popular route on the Inca Trail and 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: 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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).
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 Hike makes your reservation ahead – we have a Special discount for team leaders and family groups tours to Machu Picchu.
- 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 Tours of which 250 are reserved for tourists. Machu Picchu allows 2500 tourists daily. Don’t miss your adventure!
SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL 2022, 2023
Note: An initial deposit of %50 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.
$40 dollars, bring your green card or student cart, please
If you want to climb Huayna Picchu make sure to book in advance as there are only 400 permits allowed daily to this location.
$80 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade.
From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo: Prices vary from $57.00 to $83.00 per person one-way.
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$83 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.
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- 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
- 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
- Long-sleeved Thermal Shirt
- Thermal form-fitting pants
- Polar Fleece
- Trekking pants
- Thick socks
- Waterproof Jacket
- Waterproof pants (optional)
- Insulated Jacket
- Cold weather Hat
- Buff/ handkerchief
- Sun hat
- 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
- Plastic bags for wet items
- Toiletry kit (toothbrush, wet wipes, etc)
- Swimsuit/ towel
- Sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)
- Sunscreen lip protector
- Insect repellent
- 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
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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
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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
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
SALKANTAY & INCA TRAIL 7 DAYS
Total distance: 46.7 miles/75km
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
LARES TREK & INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS
Total distance: 29,3miles/47km
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
GOOGLE MAP FOR MACHU PICCHU HIKE
The Inca Trail is a hiking route that leads to Machu Picchu, an ancient archaeological site in Peru’s Andes Mountains.
The trek is approximately 26 miles long and takes you through a variety of archaeological sites on this map of the Inca Trip, which includes your day trip schedule.
BEST INCA TRAIL HIKE EQUIPMENT, PORTERS PRIVATE TOILET
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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
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.
-What is the difference between the Classic, Short, and Salkantay Routes?
-How difficult is the trekking?
-What is the maximum group size?
-What is the minimum age requirement?
-What is the best time of year to go on the trek?
-Do I need to be an experienced hiker to do the trek?
-What should I bring with me on the trek?
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.
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?.
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.
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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
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.
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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