Inca Trail 5 Days

Activity Type
Hiking, Camping, Archaeology & Cultural Adventures
Physical Grading
Strenuous
Service Level
Upgraded Comfort
Group Size
Min 2 ppl, Max 8 ppl
5 Days

Starting From
$ 1,050.00 USD
PER PERSON

Inca Trail 5 Days

Inca Trail 5 Days Experience to Machu Picchu

This Inca trail 5 days to Machu Picchu offers the most beautiful portals to the cultural richness. The cultural history of the Incan culture, ancient stone temples, stunning colorful verdant vistas which is the home of hundred of birds and mammals, and many historical landscapes all come together in this area.

So hiking the Inca trail 5 days will transport you to a whole mystical world where you are truly entrenched with the Incan legacy, teeming with bewitching legends and history, and beautiful terrain of the open mountain plains.

This enhanced option to reach the famed citadel Machu Picchu by foot along the original Inca trail adds a special way to explore the trail which takes you deeper into the culture, nature, and the freedom to roam with a private guide at your side. With significance to feel the travel essence, this adventure makes and adds a special and unique perspective to this mystical experience–Inca trail 5 days

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime – give us a call at +51 984 464 391 or shoot us an email at info@perusummit.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 5 Days Highlights, Peru Summit Adventures™ Advantages

Since 2014 and since the very first day of our operation, Peru Summit Adventures has been blazing new trails, new ways of experiencing in Inca Trail 5 days. Our trailblazing is just one reason we are a uniquely qualified local company to ensure you have a trip of a lifetime.

  • Trek in a high Andean realm. Stay in a mountain 4 season roomy tents (Black Diamond tents/ North Face Summit Series).
  • Travel & Trek with someone who hiked the Inca Trail 5 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 5 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 5-8 miles per day, fully supported; carry only day packs.
  • Enjoy the comfort of our famous Inca Trail 5 days 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 organize our hikes only in small groups with a minimum of 2 people max 8 people to experience the trail in-depth, that’s why we hike away from crowds and set up our tents in quieter places.
  • 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 5 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.

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 in Inca Trail 5 Days

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.

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Trip Details for Inca Trail 5 Days

Service Level

  • Upgraded

Physical Grading

  • 1 2 3 4 5 6, 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.

Activities

  • Hiking / Trekking, Camping, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures.

Important Note

  • While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Inca Trail 5 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.

Accommodation

  • 4 season Black Diamond tents designed for 4 people which are used only for 2 people, come with sleeping pads “Therma-Rest”, and Pillows.
  • 3 star Hotel in Aguas Calientes Town / Machu Picchu Town.

Group Size

  • We need a minimum of 02 people to depart. 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.

Limited Spaces

  • YES. To protect the historical trail, the number of people allowed to hike the Inca Trail 5 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.

Acclimatization

  • Please allow a minimum of 2 days in Cusco before your hike begins to Inca trail 5 days.

Suggested Reading List

We have created a custom comprehensive listing of Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Peru travel books for this trip.

Itinerary

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 by 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.

Inca Trail 5 DaysDay 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 3,650 m / 11,972 ft. 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.

Inca Trail 5 DaysDay 3, Pacaymayu – Phuyupatamarca 

Today we’ll take our time to wake up in the morning and have a great breakfast, we’ll then start hiking up for two hours to reach the second pass called Runkurakay 3,950 m / 12,956 ft, on the halfway to the pass, we’ll get and explore the ruins of Runkurakay, a place to get into the Incan history, archaeology and for a break before conquering the next high pass. Upon our arrival to Runkurakay pass, we’ll savor of the stunning views in every direction of the Vilcabamba range and Urubamba range. After a deserved rest at the top, we’ll descend down to the next Incan ruins called Sayacmarca for 1 hour and 30 minutes, where we’ll explore this place with our Trek Leader, before heading out to our lunch spot at Chakicocha. After lunch, the trail goes through the could forest with great scenic verdant vistas to Phuyupatamarca 3,650 m / 11,972 ft, our third campsite considered the most scenic campsite on the Inca Trail 5 days. The afternoon is for a relaxation time, enjoy the tea time and dinner.

  • Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.45 miles.
  • Hiking time: 7 – 8 hours.
  • Lowest elevation: 3,650 m / 11,972 ft.
  • Highest elevation: 4,950 m / 12,956 ft.
  • Physical rating: Moderate to demanding.
  • Highlight: Original section of Inca Trail, exploration of two Incan ruins, scenic views.

Inca Trail 5 DaysDay 4, Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu 

An important day, because we’ll embrace Machu Picchu today. After taking our breakfast and enjoying the sunrise, we’ll descend to Wiñaywayna a place with impressive Incan constructions which look quite similar to the ones at Machu Picchu where our Trek Leader will deliver a great information about this site, on the way from the last campsite to Wiñaywayna, we’ll stop at other Incan ruins (Phuyupatamarca, Intipata) for an exploration. Upon our arrival to Wiñaywayna and after the exploration the Incan site, we’ll have our last lunch and a farewell time to our porters. We’ll then continue hiking to Machu Picchu for two more hours, entering in this wonder of the world through the Gate of the Sun, from where we’ll have the first views of the famed Incan city, and take our time to make great shots from this point. Once we arrive at Machu Picchu we’ll take our time to make great shots of the Incan city, as the afternoon is usually with fewer people. We’ll then take the bus to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes town) where we’ll stay at cozy hotel Cabaña, and have dinner at the restaurant (this last dinner is not included).

  • Hiking distance: 10 km / 6.21 miles.
  • Hiking time: 7 – 8 hours.
  • Lowest elevation: 2,400 m / 7,872 ft.
  • Highest elevation: 3,650 m / 11,972 ft.
  • Physical rating: Moderate to demanding.
  • Highlight: Original section of Inca Trail, exploration of three Incan ruins, first views of Machu Picchu from the Gate of the Sun, and gaze out Machu Picchu.

Inca Trail 5 DaysDay 5, Guided Tour at Machu Picchu – Cusco 

Today a great breakfast at the hotel makes us ready for a full morning exploration of Machu Picchu on a private tour with your Trek Leader. We’ll take the bus back to Machu Picchu early in the morning for an amazing tour until 12:00 pm (Machu Picchu permits will issue for the first group which is from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm).
If you have booked a permit for Wayna Picchu mountain, you’ll climb the mountain after the tour; however, spaces are subject to availability. In the unlikely event that Wayna Picchu permits are not available for your departure date, you will climb Machu Picchu Mountain instead.
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.

Inca Trail 5 DaysNote 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!

What’s Included For Inca Trail 5 Days

Inclusion

  • Transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Entrance fee to the Inca trail 5 days and Machu Picchu.
  • One night hotel in Machupicchu town.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus tickects up and down in Machupicchu town.
  • Train ticket back to Cusco at the end of our journey.
  • Camping Equipment 4 season tent (04 people tent for 02 people).
  • Air 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 bus 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.
  • First-Aid Kit.
  • Oxygen tank.
  • Meals: Breakfast (4), lunch (4), dinner (3), and snacks.
  • A professional Quechua chef.
  • Quechua Porters who will carry the gears.
  • 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).
  • Personal porter who carries your 7 kg / 14 pounds of personal items.

Exclusion 

  • 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.
  • Gratuities for the guides, porters, and other staff.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Travel and health insurance (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, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.

Price

  • Based on two people US$ 1300 per person/ 5 Days.
  • Based on three people US$ 1200 per person/ 5 Days.
  • Based on four people or more US$ 1050 per person/ 5 Days.
  • A personal porter included to carry your 7 kg / 14 pounds of personal items.

The price is subject to a hotel *** in Machupicchu town; however, you want to have four-star or five-star hotel we would provide you that class hotel, so you would add the difference to the total balance. Besides the price is per person on personalized private and semiprivate service.

The Best Fare For The Best Trips

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.

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.

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).
  • Sleeping bag liner.
  • Backpack to carry your things.
  • Phone, power bank battery, camera charger and adapter.
  • Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Camera.
  • Torch or headlamps.
  • 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.
  • Ear Plugs.
  • Thermal layers (pants, t-shirt).
  • Hiking socks.
  • 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, Aspirin, Acetazolamide (Diamox), Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).

What’s The Trek Like

Welcome Meeting (briefing)

All welcome meetings (briefings) are delivered by your tour leader/ trek leader at your hotel at 5:00 PM the night before your trek. If you are unable to make it at that time, please, let us know with a reasonable time in advance to coordinate a different time.

Travellers whose tour is a package; the welcome meeting will be upon their arrival in Cusco once they are transferred from the airport to the hotel. Briefings are approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour long, where you will receive your duffel bags.

Duffel Bag

A great Peru Summit Adventures duffel bag will be given to you at your briefing time. En route, your porters will carry them and have them returned to you at each campsite.

You need to consider the maximum weight of 7kg/ 15 pounds. Remember 4kg/ 8.5 pounds will be for your clothes and other personal items. The remaining 3kg/ 6.5 pounds will be for your sleeping bag and sleeping pad. Duffel bags will be given back to the Peru Summit Adventures office crew at your hotel upon your arrival from your trip.

Trek Level

This trip is Level 5, Strenuous. The trek starts at 8,856 feet (2700 m), reaches a maximum elevation of 13,828 feet (4,215 m), and the highest place we camp is 11,975 feet (3,650 m). The total mileage hiked is about 27 miles/ 43 km. This trail might be a bit rugged at some sections, and not the well-maintained trails you may be accustomed to in the United States or hometown. But, do not worry, you can hike at your own speed for the most part, since the tour is in a small group or it is just yours with the accompany of your Trek Leader.

If the group consists of 9 participants, there will be an additional Group Sweep (assistant guide). On the trail, you will just carry your own daypack for the items that you want with you on the trail, such as a water bottle and a jacket or a camera. Our team of Inca Trail porters carries all your other gear in duffel bags from camp to camp. The altitudes at our campsites, our first camp is at 9,842 feet (3,000m), second camp at 11,975 feet (3,650 m), third camp at 8,694 feet (2,650m).

Machu Picchu Entrance Schedule

Machu Picchu now has two different time windows to visit – either morning or afternoon. Your entrance ticket will be issued for only one session, morning session or group, and when your time window is over, you will leave the site with your leader and take the bus back to Machu Picchu town/ Aguas Calientes town, otherwise, the Rangers will ask you to leave.

  • Morning group: 6:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Afternoon group: 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM

If you have tickets to hike either Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will have some extra time. If you wish to spend the whole day at Machu Picchu, we are glad to add an afternoon session ticket to your booking for $50.00 per person, if so, let us know.

Huaynapicchu and Machu Picchu Mountain

If you are able to make some extra effort and make a short hike to one of the mountains next to the Machu Picchu to have unique breathtaking views from above, then consider in your booking one of these mountains. Any of the mountain options, the ticket will be issued for the first window session, it means, you will hike first and after that, you will explore the Machu Picchu with your leader. This hike might be unguided.

  • Huaynapicchu Mountain: It is the most popular one and must be booked in advance since it sells out very quickly months in advance. The hike takes approximately 45 minutes to the top, and other 45 minutes to return. Tickets are sold in time sessions stating when you can start this hike. The first session is from 7:00 – 8:00 AM and the 2nd session is from 10:00 -11:00 AM. Again, this refers to the timeframe when you can start your hike. All Wayna Pichu tickets are booked for the first session. 4-Day and 7-Day Inca Trail Trekkers CAN NOT do this hike and enjoy a tour of the ruins instead. Time will not allow for this.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain: It is a bit longer, a bit less popular, and more amazing than Huaynapicchu. It takes 1.5 hours to the top and another 1.5 hours to the bottom. Again, there are two-time windows, from 7:00 – 8:00 AM and 9:00 -10:00 AM. All Machu Picchu mountain tickets are issued for the first session. 4-Day and 7-Day Inca Trail Trekkers CAN NOT do this hike and enjoy a tour of the ruins instead. Time will not allow for this.

Booking Early, Guaranteed Spot! Why Do You Need to Book So Early?

Inca Trail permits availability will be reflected on our website, based on it you can book your permits. The rules and regulations controlling the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are continually changing and it is important to be aware of the issues detailed in this information before embarking on your adventure to Peru.

To protect the Inca Trail’s monuments and environment, the Peruvian government only issue 200 permits a day for hikers (plus an additional 300 permits for the licensed porters and staff who carry the gear and work on the trips). Permits sell out extremely fast in advance! We must obtain your permit for you when you sign up, so we urge you to book your trip at least six months in advance, especially if you are considering going between May and September. Once this limit of 500 people is reached, the Trail is effectively closed off for the day and no further bookings can be made.

All permits to trek must be bought as far as possible in advance with complete and correct passport information, to which no modifications can be made. Any attempts at modifications result in a loss of the permit and any money paid. So we do REQUIRE a copy of your passport on a good resolution at the moment of booking. The date of passport expiry – Must be valid for a least 6 months past the date of travel.

Please note: The passport number and name will be used to identify yourself as you enter the checkpoint at the start of the trail, throughout the hike and Machu Picchu. If this information does not match the information you have submitted at the time of booking confirmation, changes and corrections can be subject to extra fees as discrepancies can lead to being denied admission to the Inca Trail. These regulations and rules are strictly enforced by the governing bodies of the Inca Trail and are out of the control of Peru Summit Adventures, meaning no exceptions can be made.

If you are denied access to the Inca Trail in the unlikely event, as a result of providing incorrect or invalid information during the booking time, the cost of accommodation, train tickets, and other services during this time will be the responsibility of the individual and not Peru Summit Adventures.

Weather in Inca Trail 5 Days

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.

Best Time to Go

The Inca Trail can be hiked all year round except in late January and February, the rainiest months, and February when the trail is closed for repairs.

Please be advised during the wet season (Jan – March) if there are periods of severe rainfall some of the campsites on the Inca Trail may become unusable and unsafe. In the interest of your safety, there may be some changes made locally to the trekking itinerary if the conditions of the campsites are assessed to be unsafe.

The trail reopens on March 1st when the rainfall lightens up and the mountains are still green. High season begins in May and extends through September, as these are the driest months. October through December is considered shoulder season when occasional rainfall is possible, but keep in mind that the highlands of Peru are a temperate desert and it is not uncommon for it not to rain for weeks at a time even in the height of the rainy season and also the weather can be changeable during the day or during the week through this shoulder season.

Health Concerns, Getting in Shape

You must be in shape to take this trail and must be honest with us about any health conditions or concerns you might have before booking this trek and be honest with your leader during the hike, while our leaders are not medical professionals, they do have first aid and mountain emergency procedures training.

You are responsible for assessing whether a tour is suitable for you. You should consult your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in any planned activities and for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. You should seek your physician’s advice on vaccinations and medical precautions. Peru Summit Adventures will not provide any medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the tour based on your unique circumstances, fitness level, limitations, and medical requirements.

Please be advised that quite often we are in isolated areas and away from medical facilities and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your tour, please carefully read the itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel.

The Inca Trail is mostly stone-paved (Inca stones) and it goes up and down across green valleys and mountains while crossing two high-altitude passes. Any fit experienced hiker will enjoy this hike, but we recommend you make an extra effort to prepare by engaging in regular exercise well beyond your normal routine. To accelerate your conditioning, try walking faster than 1.5 miles per hour, walking on steeper inclines, using your gym’s stair-climbing machines, or going on full-day hikes (also a good way to break in your boots), when you go on a full-day hike, consider to carry your daypack with some items inside at least 15 pounds/ 7 kg. Please be aware that there are a few sections of long, steep stone staircases, so we do suggest to bring hiking poles to protect your knees.

In the unlikely event, you develop extreme altitude sickness or any other disease that prohibits you from hiking, and you still wish to visit Machu Picchu by train, we will gladly work with you to coordinate this trip. Since this will be a new trip, it will require extra fees. However, we will use as much of the original itinerary to keep costs low. Because of this, we recommend you consider at least $300 as an emergency budget for things that may happen during the tour and might incur additional expenses.

If you experience issues while hiking and can not continue, a Peru Summit Adventures staff (leader in extreme situations, a porter, group sweep if there is one, or another group member) will assist and accompany you to the closest road and wait while a car comes to pick you up and transfer you to the nearest health clinic.

Lost Items

You are responsible for your items throughout the tour. Please be diligent about where you drop off your things and remember to grab all items from our vans, your tents, restaurant, etc. Do not leave anything unintended during your hike. Other trekkers or teams might pick it up not knowing whose it is.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our tours. When traveling on a private tour, a group tour, you will not be permitted to join the group or start the tour until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader. Travel insurance is inexpensive and mandatory. With trips being planned months ahead of time, you never can predict what could happen. Adventure travel includes more risk than the average trip. Insurance is a way to protect the investment you have made on this journey.

Items to Rent

The following trekking items are not included on the tour, so you can rent from us.

  • Pair of trekking poles: $5 a day
  • Sleeping bag: $5 a day

What You Will Do

Hiking between 7 to 9 hours every day covering the 43km / 26.71 miles of trail, with plenty of stops to enjoy the unique nature visuals along the trail. We will start the hike at Piscacucho village (Km 82), the section of the trail on day one and the first section on day two, the trail is pretty much a “bridle path”, after the place called Llulluchapampa on day two, the original section of the Inca trail begins, which goes until Machu Picchu. We will learn about the local culture, local flora/fauna, history, delivered by our great storyteller Tour Leader.

There are two high points, one is Warmiwañusca (Deadwoman) pass at 4,215m/ 13,829 ft, and the other is Runkuracay pass at 3,950m/ 12,959 ft. We will end this amazing adventure exploring the stunning ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu with our tour leader discovering its mysteries.

We will interact with our porters engaging them in games, talks, this will be a memorable experience for both you and them, our idea of the Inca Trail is to involve our porters in your experience that way you will have an opportunity to understand about their culture, language, and more.

We will eat amazing food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, tea time), all fresh, just made, and organic food, all prepared by our chef. All this food experience we’ll be always in our dining tents with chairs, table, at night with lamps, and many more amenities. At night we will take a time to get our cameras ready to spot some constellations and take some awesome shots of the milky way. Our accommodation for the night will be in four-season tents with Therma rest sleeping pads and sleeping bags.

What You Will See

Discover remnants of a well-preserved historic civilization, as well as a thriving modern culture. Relish in the beauty of nature, breathtaking mountain peaks, and archaeological sites (temples, dwellings, crops terracings) from one the most powerful empires in human history. Meet local people (Quechua porters) and grassroots Leaders who’ll share their contributions to Andean society.  Hike the original section of the Inca Trail and embrace Machu Picchu after 4-day trekking. Hike up to the highlands then to immerse into the cloud forest, enjoy the magical ancient city of Machu Picchu, as well as other archaeological sites along the trail.

A Typical Day

Start the day in your tent with wake-up call, which is a hot coca tea, next, you will have breakfast surrounded by great Andes mountains with lush forest or highland deserted vistas depending on the day, and stunning views generally. Get ready your rucksack and your fedora, your duffle bags should be given to your porters to carry them to the next campsite.

Spend the day hiking and getting different types of microclimates, different views every single minute, getting some archaeological sites, enjoying some fascinating stories delivered by our Tour Leader. Stop at a scenic spot about mid-day for lunch, generally on the halfway to the next campsite.

End your day with nice tea time, then a typical-cooked dinner made from our locally-sourced ingredients. At night, we’ll take a glance at the sky to learn about the Andean constellation, and take some great shots of the milky way. End your activity of the day, resting in a comfortable four-season tent with nice sleeping pads, and sleeping bags.

Tipping

Tipping is part of the tradition of any trek to Machu Picchu and a personal appreciation based on the team effort and it can make a big difference to locals employed who will be with you. While we pay good wages to our entire crew, anything extra is always appreciated. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. Please know that gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, you should never feel pressured into this.

Normally, the participants in a group pool their tipping money together for the leaders, porters, and chefs, or you might do this individually, or your leader will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Tipping your Leaders is more personal and needs to be decided based on your relationship, quality, and length of the service with them and done separately from the group or could be individual, this happens mostly once the tour is over in Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes Town.

Porters and Chefs prefer local currency (Peruvian Soles) if possible. Leaders are happy with both currencies–US dollars, or Peruvian Soles. Ask your Leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture, preferable during your welcome meeting time before your trek begins.

  • Chef: $35 – $70 USD or the equivalent in Soles (from all group or participants)
  • Porters: Each porter $20 – $45 USD or the equivalent in Soles (from all group or participants)
  • Leaders: The amount is an entirely more personal preference, however, as a guideline, $40 -100 USD per person can be used.

Trek Leaders or Guides Are Part of the Core of Peru Summit Adventures and Your Perfect Local Companion

The perfect custom-made private tours, adventure tours, or expeditions don’t just happen. It takes a team of talented, knowledgeable, passionate, and experienced professionals to bring it all together and possible. Our team of Peru Summit Adventures Leaders is comprised of local trip veterans, seasoned tour veterans with rich backgrounds on history, archaeology, culture, cuisine, geology, biology, and more.

With the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the travel industry, our Trip Leaders safely deliver your trip-of-a-lifetime to maximize your Peru journeys and adventures every step of the way. Our Tour/Trek Leaders have worked extensively in the Peru isolated mountains, archaeological sites, hiking the Inca Trail (at least 150 times), Amazon jungle, and being at Machu Picchu for over 400 times at least, this guarantees your trip a unique and memorable experience.

What Makes Us Different!… Here’s, Why You Should Book With Us!

Making a choice of your right travel company/ tour operator is the most important decision you will make as you make your plans for a long-anticipated dreamed adventure. At first glance, some companies may seem cheaper. However, when you research a little deeper, you will see why traveling with Peru Summit Adventures assures that you will have the most memorable travel experience possible. In fact, we guarantee it, our TripAdvisor reviews say that.

Making genuine and sustainable itineraries often translate to real costs, with a host of responsible travel practices that underpin our prices, here are the reasons why you should go with us!

1. We Focus on Details

Little insignificant details make all the difference to get a successful trip and an unforgettable experience, that’s the point where our tailor-made trip specialists and destination experts work intensely. No stone is left unturned in our quest to deliver exceptional private tours, trekking tours, and expeditions in Peru. With us, it’s all about you and your traveling mates too, for sure! We take your wants, needs, time constraints, budgets, and personal travel style into account to deliver experiences that are far from standard.

2. Our Safety Record is Flawless

Safety is at the core of everything we do at Peru Summit Adventures. There is nothing that we take more seriously. Put away your concerns and start enjoying the trip of your life knowing that you are on safe and sound hands. Peru Summit Adventures is a registered trademark and a licensed company by the Peruvian Ministry of Tourism (MINCETUR).

3. Knowledge and Expertise

What an awesome to travel with someone who is from the same destination, a professional expert, it’s how you get the first-hand information. Our Peru Summit Adventures staff are friendly, funny, with deep knowledge on the route and destination, and great storytellers. We love what we do and it’s obvious. A simple concept, yes, but it makes all the difference. The team at Peru Summit Adventures all live and breathe the trip, experience, adventure, (you’ll see this when you arrive!). We love what we do, and it’s obvious. From the moment you arrive, you’ll feel the buzz and excitement that Peru Summit Adventures offers.

4. We are Local Entrepreneurs, A Family Enterprise (we are not a gringo company)

Probably you will see that most of the tour operators mention it on their websites that are local tour companies, however, if you research a little deeper you will find out that’s not true, they might be although half of the operation is done from here and another half abroad, they even have NorthAmerican phone number or European phone numbers, which is a clue to find out, we are not against the foreigner companies or half foreign companies, what we are against is that they lie.

In Cusco exist just few truly local tour operators. If you did not know, foreign companies come to Peru to get rich without paying a General Sales Tax or Tax Contribution to our country. If you did not know that, according to the United Nations, for every US $100 spent on a tour in a developing country or foreign travel companies, only $5 stays in the local economy. Normally, almost all of the money flows back to large companies operating outside the destination countries. As we are a local family enterprise, we guarantee that your travel expenditures will support the local economy, and improve the lives of Peruvians through contributing to general sales tax.

5. Responsible Travel

Be a responsible traveller! Let’s make this world a better place for everyone and for everyone that lives in it! The natural environments that we travel to are fragile and abundant with beautiful culture and traditions that are often reliant on tourism. We have a responsibility as travelers to minimize the impact of our presence, protect what is delicate, and leave a positive influence everywhere we can.

As a locally owned and based Peruvian tour company, we integrate these practices into our in-country operations we are aiming for a style of travel that makes the world a better place for everyone, and for everyone that lives in it. Since our very first days as a tour operator, responsible business has been at the heart of what we do. Peru Summit Adventures is committed not just to treading lightly, but to making a real difference by helping and investing in local communities, education initiatives, environmental conservation projects. These values are not more than just words, they are ingrained in the culture and philosophy of our crew, daily operations of Peru Summit Adventures trips, and at our office too.

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We Focus on Details

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Our Safety Record is Flawless

Safety is at the core of everything we do at Peru Summit Adventures. There is nothing that we take more seriously.

Knowledge and Expertise

Our Guides with a deep knowledge of destination, route, and a focus on customer service makes all difference en route

Responsible Travel

Let’s make this world a better place for everyone and for everyone that lives in it! All is done in a responsible manner

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