Inca Trail 4 Days
Inca Trail 4 days–Live a fascinating hiking to Machu Picchu sacred city teeming with bewitching legends and history with a private guide at your side.
This ancient Inca trail 4 days 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. 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 Machupicchu Incan city on an exciting adventure, where there’s such a warm, spiritual vibe here and you can witness it–Inca Trail 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or book your spot today!
This trip is officially operated by Peru Summit, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco.
- 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.
- Hike to Machu Picchu on mystical, stone-paved paths built by the Incas.
- Enter Machu Picchu on foot through the Gate of the Sun, as the Incas once did.
- Trek every day fully supported; carry only day packs.
- Enjoy the comfort of our famous Inca Trail camping services, the best on the trail!
- Spend the last day at Incomparable Machu Picchu, “Lost City of the Incas” with a private guide.
- Direct & official local tour operator with headquarter in Cusco, accredited by the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism.
Why Travelers Choose this Hike with Us?
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 our gourmet 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. 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 weigh.
We do our very best effort and are committed to change 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.
Group Size: We need a minimum of 02 people to depart to Inca Trail 4 days. Family groups, friend travelers, couple travelers or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our adventure to Machu Picchu. Prices are per person which are based on two people who might share a room / tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services; however, you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.
The Smallest Groups en Route – Averaging Just 4 Travelers
Could you imagine trying to hike silently along an isolated trail, carefully not disturbing shy wildlife, with 10 or 20 other travelers? Or walking on a remote area to explore the pristine wilderness with dozens of other tourists at your side? We know meaningful nature encounters must be undertaken in small groups. That’s why our trips come with an average of just four travelers, by far the smallest groups in the tourism industry across the country. This not only guarantees you more personal close-up wildlife experience, but a less-impact presence on the earth’s brittle natural places we love.
Besides, Machu Picchu offers one of the world’s most spellbinding travel experiences. But it’s also a world-renowned destination, and touring the site in a big group with multitudes of tourists shoving for photos, and competing to hear the guide, your once in a lifetime visit to this World Heritage Site may lose its magic. Our Machu Picchu Trips are scheduled with an average of just four travelers, allowing for a deeper exploration of the lost city of the Incas, with our Local Experts / Tour Leaders.
We Deliver on Our Promises
We are very confident the quality of our journeys will get your expectations and that you will savor the best possible of cultural travel experience, nature travel experience, and adventure travel experience if you are dissatisfied, we’ll happily give you credit for an extra trip or for a future journey. It’s, to our knowledge, the best guarantee in the travel business.
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.
Service Level: Upgraded.
Physical Grading: 1 2 3 4 5 6
STRENUOUS: Full-day hikes (6-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many hikes. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 14,500 feet are in this category.
Activities: Hiking / Trekking, Camping, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures.
Important Note: While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to 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.
Accommodations: 4 season Black Diamond tents designed for 4 people which are used only for 2 people, come with sleeping pads “Therma-Rest”, and Pillows.
- Based on two people US$ 1100 per person/ 4 Days.
- Based on three people US$ 999 per person/ 4 Days.
- Based on four people or more US$ 880 per person/ 4 Days.
- A personal porter included to carry your 7 kg / 14 pounds of personal items.
Price is per person based on personalized private and semiprivate service. We need a minimum of two people to run the tour to Inca Trail 4 days. We guarantee that your tour will be limited to a maximum of 8 people.
Request a Quote: We can customize this private trek just for you. Any detail can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and other destinations. Call us at +51 984 464 391 or request a quote, Here.
The Best Fare For The Best Trip
We don’t believe any other tour companies make comparable trips when you take into account our unique itineraries and signature itineraries, impressive locations, small groups and quality Trek Leaders / Tour Leaders. But, should you come across a similar itinerary or matching itinerary of our quality at a cheaper price, even within 45 days after booking with us, we will happily refund the difference. It’s how we deliver our promise.
You Book, You Go…Don’t Worry… We Won’t Cancel
While other tour companies generally cancel their trips due to low participation of travelers or pass their travelers to other big groups tour operators, we guarantee that we will never cancel a trip because of low signing-up or participation for the departure date neither get our travelers to other tour operators! This makes to our travelers the assurance and peace of mind to know their travel plans are insured and guaranteed.
Limited Spaces: 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.
Inca Trail 4 Days Availability 2019 – 2020 Per Month:
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!
Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55º – 75º F with evenings cooling down into the 40º and 50º. Much of this itinerary takes place in the mountains, where weather can change very quickly and evening temperatures regularly drop into the 30º and 40º. As our treks are planned during the “dry season”, days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of rainfall, and morning temperatures usually range from 35º and 45º with some frost on the tents, and frosty plains in some locations. While April and November departures may experience slightly higher amounts of rainfall, all-day rain is unusual. We will be hiking over multiple mountain passes which are over 14,104 ft, so should you be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.
Peru Summit Includes for Inca Trail 4 Days
- Private transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
- Entrance fee to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu.
- Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Train ticket back to Cusco at the end of our journey.
- Camping Equipment 4 season tent (04 people tent for 02 people).
- Sleeping pads (Therma-Rest mattress)
- Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
- Private transportation from the train station to hotel in Cusco.
- Trek Leader, Our Leaders are equipped and trained to practice First-Aid, administer oxygen if needed, and conduct radio communication.
- Meals: Breakfast (3), lunch (3), dinner (3), and snacks, with option for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose free, food allergy.
- First-Aid Kit.
- Oxygen tank.
- A professional Quechua chef.
- Quechua Porters who will carry the gears.
- A personal porter to carry your 7 kg / 14 pounds.
- A duffle bag, where you put your 7 kg / 14 pounds of personal items per person (personal cares, personal items, sleeping bag are within this 7 kg / 14 pounds).
Peru Summit Does Not Include for Inca Trail 4 Days
- Sleeping bags, (US$5 per day sleeping bags you might get them rented from us).
- Hiking poles (US$5 per day a pair of poles, Black Diamond or leki brand), you might get them rented from us.
- Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot Springs in Aguas Calientes.
- Tipping for the guides, porters, and other staff.
- Travel Insurance.
- Travel and health insurance (you need to have one and bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors,
Suggested Reading List
We have created a custom comprehensive listing of Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Peru travel books for this trip.
Trek Gear List / Trip Checklist
- Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.
- Travel insurance (and some copies).
- Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
- Backpack to carry your things.
- Phone and Camera charger and power bank battery.
- Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
- Torch or headlamps.
- Ear Plugs.
- Hands sanitizer.
- Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
- Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).
- Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
- Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
- Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
- Sunblock and sunglasses.
- Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
- Hiking trousers.
- Thermal layers (pants, t-shirt, socks).
- Hiking socks.
- Reusable water bottle or canteen.
- American dollars and peruvian soles in cash.
- Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
- Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
- Crédit or debit card.
- Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
- Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Acetazolamide (Diamox), Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).