The Inca Trail Hike or the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Embarks on an unforgettable 4-day & 3-night iconic adventure trip along the world famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with the best Inca Trail tour operators in Peru, and live a fascinating hiking experience to the sacred city of Machu Picchu on a fully supported trek, with a private team of porters, chefs, and a private guide at your side.
The Classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all travelers and is perfect for all those adventurous who want to hike one of the most famous trekking routes in South America and one of the top 5 best treks around the world and experience a true and authentic hike along the Inca Trail, with a final destination; Machu Picchu itself; that ranks among the world’s most impressive archaeological sites.
This Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu is only about 42 km (26 miles) long, but it goes up and down and along mountains, and ranges in altitude from 2,400 meters (7,874 feet) above sea level to 4,215 meters (13,829 feet), rising up through three mountain passes, where each day brings something new as you travel through various Andean environments including cloud forest and alpine tundra.
During this impressive Inca Trail tour in Peru, you will discover fascinating Inca archeological sites, walking along the original Inca paths the Incas had built nearly 500 years ago, admiring majestic mountain views, and ending the Inca Trail hike at the Inti Punku or the “Sun Gate,” the entrance to the mysterious Lost City of the Incas.
Book your Inca Trail Permit well in advance if you plan to hike the Inca Trail this 2024 or 2025. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a popular trek, 100% bucket list worthy, and spaces fill up quickly! For travelers with schedule or budget restrictions, we are glad to offer the amazing Short Inca Trail (2 days and 1 night). It includes hiking on day 1 and the great Machu Picchu tour on day 2!
What Is Included For The classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?
- Pre-Trek briefing the night before the trek to go over the itinerary
- Pick up from your Hotel in Cusco on the morning of the Inca Trail 4 days trek
- Private transportation from your hotel to the starting point of the Inca Trail hike Km 82
- Personal porter up to 7 kg/14 pounds to carry your overnight gear
- English speaking professional guide who is highly experienced in trekking
- 3 person, 4 season tents (2 people in large and comfortable Eureka Timberline Tents)
- Air mattress to put under your sleeping bag for 3 nights camping
- Meals: Breakfast (3), lunch (3), dinner (3), and tea time every afternoon, and snacks on the trail
- One duffle bag, where you put your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15.4 lb (this weight includes your sleeping bag).
- Dietary needs: able to cater to any dietary preference/need
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
- Dining tent (with table, stools, chairs, etc.).
- Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
- Chef and cooking equipment and cooking tent
- Permit to the Classic Inca Trail and entrance ticket to the Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
- Bus tickets from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes town
- Private toilet tent, with a normal toilet seat – this is only for our group
- Porters to carry tents, food and cooking equipment
- Boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and afternoon
- Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Private transport back to your hotel in Cusco
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
What Is Not Included For The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?
- Hotel before/after the trek
- Breakfast on day 1
- Lunch and dinner on the last day
- Extra hikes within Machu Picchu like Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person – please note if you choose this option, you need to booked in advance
- Sleeping bags and walking poles (poles must have intact rubber bottoms)
- Tip for your guides, cook and porters
- Items of a personal nature and souvenirs
- Travel interruption & travel medical/evacuation insurance (required)
- Extra expenditure during the trek, such as soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
Packing List For The 4 day INCA TRAIL Trek
- Original passport & valid International Student Card (ISIC, if applicable), some copies.
- Travel insurance (and some copies).
- Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
- Sleeping bag liner.
- Hiking boots (waterproof). Sneakers are acceptable but expect to get wet
- Long-sleeved shirts to prevent sunburn.
- Trekking poles with rubber covers. Without rubber covers, they will be of limited use.
- Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
- Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
- Water bottle or canteen.
- American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
- Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
- Hiking trousers.
- Hiking socks.
- Sunblock and sunglasses.
- Deep or mosquito repellent.
- Day Pack: We provide a duffle bag, to put in some personal belonging that will no use during the day, and it will be carried by pack horses, and you will need a small daypack for carrying your water, snacks, camera, rain gear, and layers, sunscreen and bug spray, meds every day. Note: Maximum allowed in Machu Picchu is 25 liters, but the smaller the better.
- Rain gear (you need to have a rain gear. From April- Oct is dry season and from Nov-Mar is the wet season. Just keep in mind that it can rain anytime of the year in the cloud forest and in the Peruvian Andes the weather is very changeable and unpredictable, it’s also good to have rain pants, as well, as a poncho will not suffice)
- Personal first-aid kit. We recommend you bring
anti-inflammatory tablets (ibuprofen), aspirin for headaches or muscle pain and blister kit.). Also, some recommendations meds of the doctor for parasites and stomach bacterial infections (tablets like Ciprofloxacin for bacteria and Metronidazole, Tinidazole) and for high altitude (altitude sickness) Diamox and Ciprofloxacin.
Frequently Asked Questions Inca Trail 4 Days to Machu Picchu
What is the calssic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?
- A: The Inca Trail is a hiking trail in Peru that leads to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. The trail is famous for its stunning views of the Andes Mountains and for the many Inca ruins that hikers pass along the way.
How long is the Inca Trail?
- A: The classic Inca Trail is a four-day, three-night trek that covers approximately 42 kilometres (26 miles).
Do I need a permit to hike the Inca Trail?
- A: Yes, you need a permit to hike the Inca Trail. The Peruvian government limits the number of people who can hike the trail each day to help preserve the fragile ecosystem and protect the ruins. It’s important to book your permit well in advance, as they can sell out quickly.
How difficult is the Inca Trail?
- A: The Inca Trail is a moderate to challenging hike, with steep climbs and descents, high altitude, and variable weather conditions. It’s important to be physically prepared for the trek and to acclimate to the altitude before starting the trail.
What should I pack for the Inca Trail?
- A: You should pack comfortable hiking clothes, sturdy hiking shoes, a warm sleeping bag, a waterproof jacket, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, sunglasses, a water bottle, and snacks. It’s also a good idea to bring a small backpack to carry your personal belongings.
What is the best time of year to hike the Inca Trail?
- A: The best time to hike the Inca Trail is during the dry season, which runs from April to october. The trail can be hiked year-round, but the rainy season (November to March) can make the trail more difficult and muddy.
Do I need a guide to hike the Inca Trail?
- A: Yes, all hikers on the Inca Trail are required to have a licensed guide. This is to ensure the safety of hikers and to protect the trail and ruins.
How much does it cost to hike the Inca Trail?
- A: The cost of hiking the Inca Trail can vary depending on the tour operator and the level of service you choose. Generally, you can expect to pay between $500 and $1000 USD per person for a four-day trek, including permits, guide, food, and camping equipment.
Can I hike the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu solo?
- A: No, hiking the Inca Trail solo is not allowed. All hikers must be part of a guided group, and permits are issued for specific departure dates and group sizes.
Is altitude sickness a concern on the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?
- A: Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern on the Inca Trail, as the trail reaches elevations of over 4,200 meters (13,800 feet). It’s important to acclimate to the altitude before starting the trail, stay hydrated, and listen to your body for any signs of altitude sickness.