Classic Inca Trail 4 Days
Trip style: ITP04
Service Level: Standard
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Night
Trip style: Cultural Immersion
Physical demand rating: Moderate to challenging trekking – need experience.
When to visit: Recommended any time between March to December.
Departures: Private service every day.
Day 1: Cusco – Piscca Cuchu (Km 82) – Huayllabamba (Meals: L/D)
Day 2: Huayllabamba – Pacay Mayu (Meals: B/L/D)
Day 3: Pacay Mayu – Wiñay Wayna (Meals: B/LD)
Day 4: Wiñay Wayna – Citadel of Machu Picchu (Meals: B)
*B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
- Veronica Snowcapped Mountain
- Archeological sites: Patallaqta, Runkuraqay, Sayaqmarka, Phuyupatamarka, Intipata and Wiñaywayna.
- Urubamba valley view
- Dead woman´s pass (Warmi wañusq´a) and view of surrounding snowcapped ranges.
- Water cascades along the four days hike
- Second and third campsite view
- Superb view of the snow-capped cordillera Vilcanota
- Ancient Inka path that goes to Machu Picchu
- Sun gate and the view of Machu Picchu
- Machu Picchu Inka Citadel tour
What is included
- Orientation meeting in Cusco, previous to departure date
- All transfer in private service
- 03 Night accommodation camping gear (2 person tents)
- 09 Gourmet Andean meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
- 3 Breakfast
- 3 Lunch
- 3 Dinner
- Filtered and boiled water during the trek
- Service of English-speaking tour guides
- Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
- Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Duffle bags for personal luggage (07 pounds allowed per person)
- Quality camping gear: 02 person tent, toilet tent, Kitchen tent, dinner tent, table and chairs
- Chef and assistant cooker
- Porters for the whole camping equipment included the personal duffle bags of the clients (07 pounds person)
- First aid kit with oxygen
- Short wave radios
- Sanitary care (Disinfect dishes, filtered water, etc.)
- Environment care (All the garbage is going back to Cusco, portable toilet treatment).
- International flights
- Domestic Flights
- Sleeping bags (you can rent it in cusco)
- Extra services not mentioned in the program
- Tips and extra expenses
Day 1: Piscca Cuchu (Km 82) – Huayllabamba (Meals: L/D)
This day, early in the morning you will be transfer from your hotel to Piscca Cucho (Km. 82), starting point of the expedition following the footsteps of the Inkas towards Machu Picchu. Meet at this point to your local crew of porters, cook and lead guide who will look after you very well for the duration of the trip. Your duffel bags (7 kg. – ) and the majority of the gear for the hike will be carried by the porters. As you walk this ancient trail experience a deep valley with semi-arid terrain along the Urubamba River with magnificent views of snowcapped mountains, archeological sites like Llaptapata and the valley of Kusipata. After lunch, you will continue admiring breathtaking views at every step along the way until reach campsite.
- Starting Point: 2,700 m. – 8,910 ft.
- Campsite: 3,000 m. – 9,900 ft.
- 10 Km. / 6.2 mi. – 6 hrs. Approx.
Overnight: Wayllabamba Campsite (Altitude: 3,000 m. – 9,900 ft.)
Day 2: Huayllabamba – Pacay Mayu (Meals: B/L/D)
After a healthy breakfast, the expeditions continues with the long steep path to Warmi huañusca (Dead Woman´s pass 4,215 m. – 13,910 ft.). On the walk up experience a montane sub-tropical forest, the habitat of the spectacle Bear, white tailed Dear brocket, miniature and big orchids as many hummingbirds and colorful birds too. The walk up is demanding but rewarding with astonishing and unforgettable views at every breathtaking steps you take until arrive to the summit. After spectacular and astonishing views, and well deserved break, the downhill walk to camp site begins stopping into many breaks for appreciating the beautiful landacape and water cascades.
Difficulty: Difficult to Challenging
- Starting Point: 3,000 m. – 9,900 ft.
- Highest Point: (Dead´s woman pass) 4,215 m. – 13,910 ft.
- Campsite: 3,600 m. – 11,880 ft.
- 10 km. /6.2 mi. – 8 hrs. Approx.
Overnight: Pacaymayu camp site (Altitude: 3,600 m. – 11,880 ft.)
Day 3: Pacay Mayu – Wiñay Wayna (Meals: B/L/D)
Early in the morning, after breakfast, start hiking up to the second pass (3,950 m. – 12,870 ft.), and on the half way your lead guide will take you to visit and explain about an Inkan site called Runqu Raqay. Upon arrival the second pass you will enjoy of the fantastic view of the Pumasillo (puma´s claw) and veronica (Weq´ey Willka) massifs. After well-deserved rest start descending until the second remarkable Inka site named Sayaqmarka (3,600 m. – 11,880 ft.). Afterwards continue walking through an original Inka causeway and tunnel that are surrounded by beautiful enigmatic cloud forest until arrive to the third pass (3,700 m. – 12,210 ft.). After lunch on the way down to camp site visit the third serene site P´huyupatamarca (‘Town above the Clouds’ 3,650 m. – 12,045 ft.), then visit the grandiose terraced hillside place of Inti Pata (the sun´s place 2,800 m. – 9,240 ft.), and finally get astonished by the magnificent site of Wiñay Wayna (Forever young).
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
- Starting Point: 3,600 m. – 11,880 ft.
- Highest point: (Runq´u Raqay pass): 3,950 m. – 13,035 ft.
- Campsite: 2,650 m. – 8,745 ft.
- 16 km. / 9.9 mi. – 10 hrs. Approx.
Overnight: Wiñay Wayna camp site (Altitude: 2,650 m. – 8,745 ft.)
Day 4: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu (Meals: B)
This day, after breakfast, leave very early (5:00 am) towards the Sun Gate, from which on clear mornings there is no way to describe the feeling of the first views of Machu Picchu and on the rainy season as the mist rises off the famous site appears unreal and beautiful in front of you. Upon arrival to the incredible “lost city of the Inkas”, escorted by your professional lead guide enjoy a guided tour the complicated history of the site, the surprising degree of technology achieved by its builders, the provision of water channels that reveal a deep understanding of hydraulics, and its exceptionally fine stonework. All this magnificent building allows you to go back in time and with the help of your guide revive the existence of those builders truly admirable taking in the awe-inspiring scenery. After this fantastic tour you will have a free time for exploring the site and then get down to Aguas Calientes for boarding the train back to Cusco.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
- Starting Point: 2,650 m. – 8,745 ft.
- Machu Picchu Inka Llaqta: 2,400 m. – 7,920 ft.
- Machu Picchu Mountain: 3,080 m. – 10,164 ft.
- Wayna Picchu Mountain: 4,700 m. – 15,510 ft.
- Aguas Calientes Town: 2,000 m. – 6,600 ft.
- 6 km. / 3.7 mi. – 3 hrs.
Overnight: Cusco (Altitude: 3,350 m. – 11,055 ft.)
Know Before You Go
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Passport and Visas
All countries require a valid passport (with minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It’s your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation.
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest you make photocopies of passports, visas, and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack also a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while traveling, you will have copies for easier reporting and replacement. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock.
What to take
Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A small size daypack is also essential.
- Passport (with photocopies)
- Travel insurance (with photocopies)
- Airline tickets (with photocopies)
- USD cash and Credit or debit cards
- Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
- Camera/Binoculars/Watch or alarm clock/ Reading & writing material
- Fleece top/windproof/waterproof jacket
- 4 shirts/t-shirts/1 pair of shorts/2 pairs of long trousers/1 pair hiking pants/track pants/ swim wear
- Sun hat/Sun block /Sunglasses/Flashlight/Water canteen
- Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals
- Toiletries (biodegradable)/ Cover for backpacks
- Personal First-aid kit (prescription drugs you may be taking).
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements.
The 4-day Classic Inka trail Trek is physically challenging but worthwhile, and the excursion is within the ability of most reasonably fit. It is a 42k (26.09mi) trek, with 2 high passes to be crossed, which the first one is Dead´s woman pass with an elevation of 4,215 m. – 13,910 ft. and the second one is Runq´u Raqay pass 3,950 m. – 13,035 ft. The Inka trail is often moderate steep to strenuous, and it may rain even during the dry season. The temperatures at night may fall below zero, so it is important to come prepared with worm clothing.