Classic Inca Trail 4 Days
Classic Inca Trail 4 Days
- Trek in a high Andean realm. Stay in a mountain 4 season roomy tents (Black Diamond tents, North Face Summit Series Tents).
- Travel & Trek with someone who hiked the Inca Trail 4 days for over 300 times, Salkantay Trek for over 200 times, Choquequirao Trek for over 150 times, Ausangate Trek for over 100 times, Lares Trek for over 50 times, being at Machu Picchu for over 600 times.
- Your own private guide, porters, delicious camp cuisine prepared by your personal cook.
- Explore trail-side archaeological sites that only Inca Trail 4 days hikers have access to.
Inca Trail 4 Days Hike to Machu Picchu, A Unique Premium Adventure.
Inca Trail 4 days–Live a fascinating hiking experience by the Unesco’s heritage Trail towards the sacred citadel of the Incas — Machu Picchu teeming with bewitching legends and history; savor spectacular views on a fully supported trek and a private guide at your side.
This ancient 4 day Inca trail in Cusco has always lured travelers so it is by far the most famous and iconic trek in South America and it is rated by many to be in the top 5 treks in the world. This trail is Unesco’s World Heritage site so do Machu Picchu, in few words, you will experience 2 Unesco Sites on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure filled with stone temples and surrounded by verdant vistas, 100% bucket list worthy.
In just 26 miles (43km) it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery with a stunning combination of the region’s ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forests, overshadowed by the fame of its ancient Incan temples and the Inca trail heading to the sacred cities in the jungle. The entire trail has a “mystical Inca” type of feel to it, especially when you reach the top of Deadwoman pass through the stairs and conquer the mysterious Machu Picchu Incan city on an exciting adventure, where there’s such a warm, spiritual vibe here and you can witness it–Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days, Join Us!
Join us for the adventure of a lifetime – give us a call at +51 984 464 391 or shoot us an email at email@example.com to learn more or book your spot today!
This trip is officially operated by Peru Summit Adventures, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco.
Inca Trail 4 Days Hike to Machu Picchu Key Difference
We do like to do our hikes a little bit different than others or conventional operators that way to experience a true journey & adventure along the trail likewise the team that goes with us as well. We understand the hard work our Quechua porters face along the trail just to make your hike/ experience as enjoyable as possible by providing us their support, how? by carrying our clothes, cooking delicious meals, setting up our tents, and for years, many have done this under appalling working conditions. However, all this could be different with us. We are committed to ethical conditions which are within our Responsible Travel guidelines.
Responsible Tourism is not a buzzword, it’s an action. Make a difference, be the change, and say no to the exploitation of humble people. If not now, when? See below some of the Pros you have when choosing to hike with us.
- We do not put our porters aside, they are part of the experience along the trail, you will have chance to share some coca leaves with them, give them some hi-fives, and they will share some stories, tales from their hometown at the campsites with you. This is an experience that involves everyone on the trail.
- After an arduous day, our porters deserve to sleep in a decent tent with a pad, that’s what they get for from us. We send these gears along with the travelers’ gears from our warehouse. We are totally against that our staff might sleep in precarious places like toilets floor or somewhere else at cold night temperatures.
- Peruvian labor law mandates that all porters be paid a minimum wage of 45 soles per day (about $14). We do pay them more than average, not even minimum wage. We do know that their work is tough (about 15 hours), most of them have large families or the youngers want to keep studying at local institutes and getting paid in a reasonable and decent way is very important to us to achieve their goals or improve their family’s welfare.
- Food/ nourishment is a must for our porters. We are against that they eat some leftovers of our travelers or eat only pasta and rice, they do deserve a proper meal because they spend the day carrying demanding loads up and down over mountains. If our travelers eat some chicken, beef or any other meal type, our porters do as well.
- By Peruvian labor law, porters must carry no more than 20 kilograms (44 pounds), including 5 kilograms (11 pounds) allowance for their personal belongings. Peru Summit Adventures porters carry 18 kilograms (39 pounds) plus 4 kilograms (8 pounds) of personal belongings. We try our best that our porters carry less than that weight.
We do our very best effort and are committed to changing the things on the trail to make a better place for everyone that is part of us. We know all these issues because we experienced unfair treatment when we worked as support staff years ago for other companies. Be an explorer be a local at least for 4 days and mingle with our Quechua Andean porters. Come join us and make a great difference by hiking with us, it’s the only way to discover what we are really doing it.
Think Green, Think Global for a Better Place for Everyone
Traveling with us you are making a big difference in favor of the environment, our trips are rated as eco-friendly trips to ensure that fragile ecosystems are protected and maintained for future human generations, also maintain ecosystem and environment integrity through considering a sustainable and ethical business model. Making genuine and sustainable itineraries often translates to real costs, with a host of responsible travel practices that underpin our prices.
UPGRADED COMFORT: Premium or Comfort trips are led by Peru Summit Adventures experts, an experienced crew at your side, or top trip leaders/guides, and tap into private local experts' resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to unique sites that only the local leaders/guides know. Itineraries are carefully crafted and fully planned, with plenty of free time to roam. Camping gears are high-end and accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals (especially in hikes) and activities are included in the trip price.
STRENUOUS: Designed for experienced active travelers in excellent physical condition. Full-day hikes (6-9 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 ft) on many hikes. 4-day to 6-day trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 14,500 ft are in this category with some exposed sections.
Hiking, Camping, Archaeology & Cultural Adventures
While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Classic Inca Trail 4 Days. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, eg, strikes, natural disasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.
Pro 4-season tents in Black Diamond and North Face with Pro Sleeping pads in Therma-Rest and pillows, tents are roomy and cozy designed for 3 people but used only for 2 guests.
Min 2 ppl, Max 8 ppl
Minimum of 02 people is needed to depart. Family groups, couple travelers, friends, or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our trips. Price is per person, which is based on two people who might share a room/tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services as well as semi-private service; however, if you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.
YES, to protect the historical trail, the number of people allowed to hike the Inca Trail 4 days each day is limited to 500. That is why, you should reserve your space as soon as possible. Spaces can be filled up three to four months in advance. Spaces fill more quickly in the high tourist season, from May to September.
Please allow a minimum of 2 days in Cusco before your hike begins to Inca Trail 4 days.
DAY 1: Cusco - Piskacucho Km 82 - Wayllabamba
We pick you up early from your hotel in Cusco and take two and a half-hour drive through the Sacred Valley to the beginning of the trail which is Piskacucho KM 82 ( 2,700 m/ 8,856 ft). On the half drive in Ollantaytambo, in the heart of the Sacred Valley we’ll stop to have breakfast (this first breakfast is not included in your package tour), after that, we keep driving for one-hour to get the beginning of the Inca trail; in which, we’ll stop at the main checkpoint for the registration of our documents, for this, you must bring your original passport. Once we pass the main checkpoint we’ll walk about three-hour to lunch spot of Tarayoc. On this section of the trail, we’ll see the first Incan site known as Kanabamba, in the further distance the majestic Veronica mountain (Waqaywillka).
Today our most fascinating site is Llaqtapata (Incan site which is comprised of temples, palaces, terraces), that was used as the nexus point between the cities from the jungle side and the cities from the highlands during the Incan empire, where our Trek Leader will deliver a great history about this site. At the place called Tarayoc we’ll have our lunch by 1:00 pm. We will then walk up the valley for two more hours to reach the first campsite, called Wayllabamba located at an altitude of 3,000 m / 9,840 ft.
In the evening we’ll have our tea time where we’ll enjoy delicious local tea, local empanada, popcorn, etc, accompanied by hot chocolate, organic coffee from the jungle of Cusco. Eventually, we are finishing the day having a great Novo-Andean dinner.
- Hiking distance: 11 km / 6.83 miles.
- Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours.
- Lowest elevation: 2,700 m / 8,856 ft.
- Highest elevation: 3,000 m / 9,840 ft.
- Physical rating: Moderate
- Highlight: Inca ruins.
DAY 2: Wayllabamba - Pacaymayu
The second day is the most challenging one, today a great nutritious breakfast makes us ready for the hike, the path is uphill until getting the Dead-woman pass ( 4,215 m / 13,825 ft ) which is the highest point on the Inca trail, as we hike to this pass, we’ll get in different ecotones ( a transition area between two adjacent ecological communities “ecosystems”), before crowning the top we’ll have lunch at Llulluchapampa 3,800 m / 12,464 ft, After having lunch, we’ll hike up to reach the Dead-woman pass for two more hours, upon our arrival we’ll take a very well-deserved break to enjoy the sceneries around, from this highest point we walk downhill for 3 hours to get the second campsite called Pacaymayu. This evening we’ll have tea time and dinner.
- Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.45 miles.
- Hiking time: 7 – 8 hours.
- Lowest elevation: 3,000 m / 9,840 ft.
- Highest elevation: 4,215 m / 13,825 ft.
- Physical rating: Demanding.
- Highlight: Highest point on the trail, Scenic views.
DAY 3: Pacaymayu - Wiñay Wayna
Early in the morning we’ll take our breakfast, we will then reach the second pass called Runkuraqay 3,950 m / 12,956 ft m, today is quite different than the other previous days, because you’ll enjoy several Incan ruins along the trail (Runkuraqay, Sayaqmarka, Phuyupatamarca, Intipata, and Wiñaywayna) where you’ll get a rich history of each Incan temple. Most part of the trail goes through the cloud forest where is possible to see beautiful orchids and birds, and most part of the trail is still original as the Incans left behind centuries ago. As well as, today we’ll treat us with dramatic views of the Urubamba range and Vilcabamba range, both located in the Andes. About mid-day we’ll enjoy our just prepared fresh meal at a lookout point with stunning vistas around. After lunch, we’ll hike downhill to Wiñaywayna, translated to “Forever Young,” ( 2,650 m / 8,692 ft.) the last camp site. In the evening we’ll enjoy our tea time and dinner.
- Hiking distance: 15 km / 9.32 miles.
- Hiking time: 8 – 10 hours.
- Lowest elevation: 2,650 m / 8,692 ft.
- Highest elevation: 3,950 m / 12,956 ft.
- Physical rating: Moderate to demanding.
- Highlight: Incan ruins, original section of Inca Trail, dramatic views.
DAY 4: Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
The most important day–Machu Picchu, there is no way how to describe the feelings of the first views of Machu Picchu from the Gate of the Sun, as the mist rises off the mountains early in the morning and the astonishing Incan city appears in front of you. this morning, all sores, and other uneasiness of the trek are transformed in happiness, because we’ll be illuminated by the energy, that way we’ll be entering in the wonder, underneath the sunrise. Eventually, we’ll reach this impressive place, where the masterpiece is combined in one element with thousands of elements crafted carefully to have a brilliant combination and perfection. In which, all our dreams will come reality. The morning is dedicated to exploring the extraordinary Machu Picchu with your Trek Leader. After a great time at the Incan emperor’s palace, we’ll take the bus down to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes town), where we’ll have lunch (not included). In the afternoon we’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station and/or Poroy train station, as of this place continue driving to your hotel in Cusco.
- Hiking distance: 5 km / 3.11 miles.
- Hiking time: 2 – 3 hours.
- Lowest elevation: 2,400 m / 7,872 ft.
- Highest elevation: 2700 m / 8,856 ft.
- Physical rating: Moderate.
- Highlight: Conquering Machu Picchu through the gate of the sun, guided tour at Machu Picchu.
Note on Itinerary
Although we do our very best possible to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for several reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather, natural disasters, and terrain conditions. On some occasions, these conditions may demand us to deviate from our original schedule, in which case we will provide the best available alternative options. And we’ll make a great experience of it!
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