Inca Trail Hike – Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Llulluchapampa
We will pick you up from your hotel at 4am and take you on our van to Ollantaytambo a little town in the sacred valley, where we are going to stop for breakfast and then we go still on our van for another 40 minutes to the starting point of our Inca Trail Hike.
Piscacucho (Km82) located at 2600m / 8476ft from here we will follow the left bank of the Urubamba River for a couple hours with a beautiful scenery until we reach an amazing Inca Complex called Llactapata which is a great appetizing to start this Inca Trail Hike, after enjoy the beauty of this complex we will turn all to the left into the Hatunchaka valley with the great views and we will be hiking on a gently path for couple of hours until we reach a nice small town of Wayllabamba at 3000m / 9780ft a great place to enjoy our first lunch.
The trail increases in difficulty, because of the altitude and steep, but the scenery does not stop surprising you as we are making our path we will go into a high Andean woodland, from the lunche place we hike 4 until we reach our campsite called Llulluchapampa located at 3800m /12388ft above a perfect place to spent the night.
Day 2: Llulluchapampa – Pacaymayu – phuyupatamarca
Today will be a big challenge for everybody we have three passes to do in one day. All uphill at least for 2 hours to the first pass called Warmiwañuska at 4215m / 13740ft. this is the highest pass from our trek and then we have to descend on the steep path in the other side of the mountain all the way to Pacaymayu for 2 hours, another perfect place to enjoy our lunch.
Now after lunch we go uphill for 2 hours to the second pass called Runkuraqay located at 4000m / 1340ft this is a perfect place to enjoy the beautiful mountain ranges of Vilcabamba and Urubamba, after a short break we will descend until Sayacmarca an amazing Inca complex with spectacular views and scenery, obviously today we will be hiking on a better preserved path and more Inca ruins along the trail. After explore this beautiful complex, we will continue with our hiking straight to the third pass Phuyupatamarka 3650m / 11899ft, and it is the same place where we are going to stop for camping.
- Hiking distance: 15km
- Time: 9 hours
- Difficulty: dificult
Day 3: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu Cusco
This time we have to start early morning at 3am to be early in Machu Picchu and have enough time to explore Machu Picchu. After an early breakfast we will start to descend on the very steep stairs for 2 – 3 hours until Wiñaywayna located at 2600m /8476ft the most beautiful Inca complex along the Inka trail, after explore this amazing place we continue our hike on a gentle renowned path for its subtropical flora and fauna until the Sun Gate the main entrance to Machu Picchu, it is a nice lookout point, great place for pictures.
Once we arrive to Machu Picchu we will have 3 hours of tour with a professional tour guide, and then you will have plenty of time to explore by yourself this amazing Inka monument. After a great experience in Machu Picchu we will take the bus to Aguas Caliente town, and then train back to Cusco.
- Hiking distance: 11km
- Time: 5 hours
- Difficulty: moderate
What is Included?
- Pick up from the Airport/Hotel
- English Spanish speaking tour guide
- Professional cook
- Entrance Fee to the trail and Machu Picchu
- Briefing the night before the trek
- Extra porter & Duffle bag
- Porters to transport the camping equipment and food supplies
- Air mattresses
- Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the trailhead
- 4-man tent for every 2 people
- Dinning tent
- Kitchen tent
- Train ticket, Vistadome class at 16:22 hours
- Pick up from the train station and drop off into your hotel – Cusco
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Meal: 2 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- Water: we will provide you water every day at breakfast time, at lunch time and at dinner time
What is not Included?
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking poles
- Huayna Picchu mountain
- Machu Picchu Mountain
- First day morning breakfast
- Last day lunch
- Extra expenses
Inca Trail Hike – Price
Inka Trail Explorer Warmly welcomes to you and we really want to make the best experience for you on the Inca Trail, our departure treks can be any day of the week as long as permits remain with the government; permits are only needed for your start date.
Private Tour Service is available and priced by party size
- 2 Hikers: $680 per person
- 3 Hikers: $660 per person
- 4 Hikers: $640 per person
- 5 Hikers: $600 per person
- 6 Hikers: $570 per person
- 7 Hikers: $550 per person
- 8 or more Hikers: $530 per person
Student discount: $20 per student. To aply to student discount you shoud follow the below govenment requirements
Students from 18 to 25 years old get discount of $20
Students from 12 to 17 years old, they get discount of $20.
Children from under 11 years all they get discount of $20.
The Ministry of Culture has changed its regulations regarding student discounts for entrances to Machu Picchu and Inca Trail permits. For anyone wishing to obtain a student discount, the following requirements must be met: (1.- Must be under 25 years of age 2.- Must have a valid institutional student card with A.- Photograph B.- Student´s full name C.- Expiry date in 2019 that includes the date of reservation and the date of visit to Machu Picchu). Please note ISIC cards or any alternative documents proving student status will not be accepted. Unfortunately, if you fail to meet any of the above criteria we will not be able to offer the student discount.
For example, if you book your trek at the age of 17 but, you turn 18 before you start your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
Please send all documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
Inca Trail Hike – Optional Upgrades
- Sleeping Bag US$15
- Walking Pole US$6
- Inflatable Mattress US$15
- Single Tent Supplement US$20
- Vistadome train (One Way): $65 per person
- Huynapicchu: $65 per person
Huayna Picchu Mountain
Huayna Picchu, is a stunning mountain that sits directly behind Machu Picchu, this is the infamous sugar-loaf mountain which sits at an elevation of 2,720m and 300m above the Machu Picchu Inca Citadel. For the 4 days inca trail hikers we highly remmend climb the Huayna Picchu Mt in the Second session from 10am to 11am.
There are some archaeological remains as the Moon Temple and other precincts that are interconnected with authentic trails, steps, tunnels and natural formatted caves which made the view more interesting, without any doubt, Huayna Picchu mountain can be the highlight of your trip to Machu Picchu.
The last stretch to get the summit is very steep, narrow, and in some parts, you are required to use your hands for balance. There are some stone ladders to climb up the cliff face along the way. if you have problems with the heights this may not be the hike for you. The summit itself is not flat but is instead rocky, therefore when the crowd picks up it can be a bit difficult to move around.
- Difficulty – Due to the complexity and gradient of the trail, the hike is rather challenging.
- Duration – The round trip can take between 1.5 to 2 hours in average.
- Elevation – The mountain’s summit sits at 2,693masl, while the climb itself is 353m.
Additional Free Tours
If you are traveling with the family or friends and you are 4 or more people in your group, you automatically get for free one of our additional tours what you like more from the List down below. Plese, we do not include the entrance feeds, we include the transportation and a professional tour guide.
Do not worry single travelers, if you book any treks with us, you get a special discounts on any of our additional tours
- South Valley tour
- Sacred Valley Tour
- Cusco City Tour
We know planning an adventure vacation is no small decision, so we’re here to make the process as easy as possible for you. We’ve been doing this for quite a while, so we’ve got the answers to everything you need to know!
Upon your arrival in Cusco City
You will be welcomed by one of our transfers at Cusco airport and then you will be transferred into your hotel. Find out your transfer in Cusco airport holding our Inka Trail Explorer logo. Please you should provide us your flight schedule before you leave home.
Your guide will meet you in your hotel 1 or 2 days prior you start the 3 days Inca trail hike. your guide will explain everything concerning the Inca trail tours in detail. This includes the 3-days Inca trail schedule and a few tips on how to make the Inca trail easier. You also will receive a duffel bag which is meant to contain all of your personal belongings and it will be carried by our porters.
Do I need to hire an extra porter? and how much it cost?
The Inca trail is quite challenging and even more if you decide to carry all your belonging by yourself. In order to have fun and enjoy better this trip, we highly recommend you to hire an extra porter who can carry part of your hiking gear up to 8kl or 15lib. The night before the trek we will provide you a duffel bag where you can pack your sleeping bag, air mat and some extra clothes for the trip. Our 3-days Inca trail hike includes the extra porter.
How big needs to be my daypack?
If you hired your extra porter, then you only need to bring a small daypack (25 to 30 Lts max). Big enough to pack you rain gear, snack, water, camera, fleece jacket and some small items that you might need for the day trek. Remember, you will have access to your duffel bag every day at the camping place and sometimes at the lunch place.
Can I leave my Suitcase in your storage?
Usually most of the hotels in Cusco city offers a free storage but, definitely you can leave your suitcase in our storage while you go on trek or tour, we offer a free storage.
How do I Pay my final Balance?
Your final balance should be paid in cash and it can be done in American dollars or in the local currency (Peruvian soles). We kindly request pay your final balance at least 24 hours prior you start the trek. You also can pay your balance via PayPal 10 days prior you start the trek. To pay your final balance via PayPal, you need to log into your PayPal account using our e-mail address – email@example.com
Can I cancel my trip or change my departure date?
As soon as you make your confirmation by paying your deposit we proceed to purchase the Inca trail permits, Machu Picchu tickets and train tickets. According the government regulations, the Inca trail and Machu Picchu permits or tickets cannot be canceled, changed of date or transferred into other traveler and unfortunately there is not a refund.
Do I need my Original passport when I travel into Peru?
Very important to bring the original passport with you. If you are a foreigner, you need a passport to enter Machu Picchu. Not just any passport. It has to be the passport you used to book your trip in Peru or buy your entry tickets to different attractions in Cusco – Peru.
If you renew your passport after you booked your trip in Peru, you must travel with both the old and the new passports. You also can send us via e-mail a copy of your new and old passports and we will be able to upgrade your new passport information.
How fit do I need to be to hike these trails?
As long as you enjoy hiking, you’ll love these trails – you’ll be hiking about eight miles a day, but there’s no rush, you can take it at your own pace. In fact, the slower the better I say, as that way you get plenty of time not only to enjoy your surroundings, but let your body acclimatize to the altitude as well.
We recommend doing plenty of exercise before you start the Inca trail tour, as the fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy your hike. We suggest you try to go for a short walks or running 2-3 times a week. If you have access to some walking trails that go over hills then go and explore, Hit the gym if you can’t do outdoor activities.
That said our trips are designed for regular active people, so you don’t need to be a triathlete or anything – though if you are you won’t be bored!
What if I need a special diet?
We cater all the food restrictions you might have; we work with responsable retaurants and cooks who will take care of you. You also can specify your particular requirements when you fill up our booking form.
- Vegan (no meat or animal products)
- Vegetarian (no meat products)
- Fishatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
- No red meat (eat chicken & fish)
- Gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
- Lactose intolerant (no dairy products)
Do you recommend buying travel insurance?
You should have full travel insurance cover – please be aware that some insurance companies require insurance to be purchased within 7 days of deposit payment. It is imperative for you to have medical cover and emergency repatriation and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance policy that also includes trip cancellation and other travel mishaps (e.g. flight cancellations or delays, trip interruption, theft or loss of luggage and personal effects).
Inca Trail Hike – Packing List
- Hiking Poles with rubber tips
- hiking boots with ankles support
- head lamp
- Green Isic card (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
In your Duffle Bag
Remember you are packing for 2 nights of camping and porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt
- 2 wicking t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants
- 3 sets of undergarments
- 3 sets of hiking socks
- 1 Fleece
- Warm, down jacket: this trek includes 2 cold nights camping
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones.
- Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- Face moisturizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
In your Daypacks
Daypacks we always recommend small one. Inside Machu Picchu no bag larger than 25L will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside citadel gates.
- Water: we supply clean water at each meal, 2/3L for day. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won’t have time to filter water until your first lunch.
- Bug spray
- Rain gear
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Inca Trail – Booking
Before you make your booking of your Inca trail trek to Machu Picchu you have to fill up our booking form with all of your personal information.
We cannot start the booking process without the following information: Full Name, Passport Number, Nationality, D.O.B, Gender and Age, it has to be as the same as is written on passport
We require a deposit of USD $ 200 per person via PayPal + 6% of PayPal transaction in order to purchase all the entrance fee to Inca trail 4 days and train tickets. The deposit can be done via PAYPAL or Wester Union.