Inca Trail 5 Days
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 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 email@example.com 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).
- 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
- 3 star Hotel in Aguas Calientes Town / Machu Picchu Town.
- 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.
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 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.
Inca Trail 5 Days Availability 2019 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 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.
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 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.
Day 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.
Day 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.
Day 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.
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 5 Days
- 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.
Peru Summit Does Not Include For Inca Trail 5 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.
- 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.
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).
- 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).
- 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).
Take a look at our amazing footage of the Short Section of Inca Trail
The official Inca Trail Map