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Inca Trail (the 4-day program)
The 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek is the classic way to experience this well-known peruvian adventure. Four unforgettable days of trekking along ancient Inca pathways, ruins and structures and gorgeous scenery of surrounding andean nature. We will walk through andean valley, cloud forests, grasslands, visit ancient sights and at the end get to the monumental Inca fortress of Machu Picchu.

Brief info

Technical difficulty:
Length: 45 km
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Prolonged walking time and the altitude might make this trek quiet demanding.
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Duration: 4 days
Attitude gain: 1743 m
Highest Point: Dead Woman's pass 4215 m
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No climbing experience is required. There are no in any way technical parts.
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The Inca Trail is closed in February to prevent erosion in the rainy season.
1. Easy
Light physical activity, usually walking or hiking, that is good for most fitness levels. Also suitable for children and elderly people. Perfect for whose who have never been to the mountains and who want to try it out.

2. Moderate
Activity involves daily walking for 3-5 hours a day, usually multi-day treks or long 1-day hikes that require a high level of physical activity. Suitable for people with an average level of physical fitness.

3. Challenging
Activity involves daily walking for 3-5 hours a day at various types of terrain (rough trails, partially exposed areas with danger of falling, gravel plains, pathless steep terrain) or high-altitude treks above 2000 meters. Requires an average to above average fitness level.

4. Strenous
Activity involves walking up to 6-7 hours a day in fairly difficult terrain (steep rocky slopes, snow covered glaciers or firn fields with danger of slipping) or high-altitude treks above 3000 meters. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.

5. Extreme
Activity involves walking up to 6-10 hours a day with difficult terrain and conditions (tricky rocky slopes or snow covered glaciers with increased danger of slipping), strenuous high-altitude treks at 4000-5600 meters. Requires very high level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as good practical experience of multi-day trekking on high altitudes.
HIKING/ TREKKING ACTIVITY LEVELS
What intensity you should expect from this activity and what fitness level is required for this activity
0. No requirements/ minimal requirements
Easy hiking/ trekking with non-technical elements. No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.

1. Beginner
Basic navigation skills are required if hiking/ trekking without a guide. Previous hiking/ trekking experience is not required, but desirable. No danger of falling with appropriate behaviour.

2. Intermediate
Average navigation skills are required if hiking/ trekking without a guide. Basic alpine experience is needed.

3. Advanced
Path not necessarily available. Sometimes need to use hands to keep going. Terrain assessment, good navigation skills and good alpine experience is required.

4. Professional
Mostly without a path and unmarked, might involve some climbing sections. Excellent navigation skills are required even if trekking with a guide. Proven alpine experience, mountaineering skills and familiarity with alpine equipment are required.
HIKING/ TREKKING: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY LEVELS
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.

Itinerary

Important details

Accommodation
While on the trek we will sleep in spacious, comfortable tents. For every two travellers we have a four-man tent, so everyone is comfortable!
Meals
Throughout our adventure a professional chef will prepare all our meals. Three breakfasts, three lunches, three afternoon snacks and three dinners will be freshly made just for you! Our chefs will make sure that every single trekker eats well. If you have any dietary restrictions please let us know beforehand so we can tune our menu!
Your guiding team
Our team consists of local professionals, who will make sure that there won't be a single moment when you feel like you don't know what to expect each step of the way. They will tell you stories and legends of these places, support you and make sure that every trekker has the best experience.
How hard it is
You will mostly walk on well-maintained paths, but prolonged walking time and the altitude might make this trek quiet demanding. No climbing experience is required. There are no in any way technical parts.
We have taken children as young as 7 and people up to the age of 68 many times.
Transfers
Our adventure starts and ends in Cusco. In order to get to the Inca Trail and back, we'll use comfortable buses, that will get us to and from in a quick and safe manner. Also, after we're done exploring Machu Picchu, to get back to modern civilization we will take a train, which is a great opportunity to just sit back, rest, observe incredible sights passing by and reflect on your adventure.
Insurance
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance that covers any cancellations, delays, medical expenses, emergencies and any other interruptions due to unforeseen circumstances that may occur during this trip.
Sustainability
Our guides are proud to promote and practice sustainable tourism. They take extra care of their porters, by providing them with the best equipment, uniforms, fair wages and insurances. They also support local communities by running social projects, that support local communities. Another important part is cleaning up the treks. Not only do all our tours adhere to the "leave-no-trace" principle, our guides make extra efforts to clean up after other trekkers.
Equipment
It is necessary to bring
You have to have your personal trekking equipment (comfortable shoes, clothes, a hat, hydroflask, etc) with you. It can get colder at higher altitudes and during the night, so bring some warm jackets and jumpers. Don't forget sunscreen, insect repellent, toiletries and personal medication. Take note, that personal porters are not included in the price, and have to be hired well in advance, so if you don't intend to use their service, pack smart!

We provide
We provide all the camping equipment (sleeping tents, dining tents and cutlery), sleeping mattresses, oxygen tanks and a first aid kit.

You can rent from us
We offer sleeping bags, inflatable mattresses and walking poles for rent. You can also hire personal porters from us, but please do it well in advance.
You can also hire porters from us - for $95 you get a porter to carry 8kg of personal items US, or for $190 you get a porter carrying up to 16kg of your personal belongings.

The 4-day Program options

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What's included
Meals
Three breakfasts, three lunches, three afternoon snacks and three dinners will be freshly made just for you! If you have dietary restrictions, let us know in advance! We also provide water refills and hot and refreshing beverages
Guiding Team
Professional English speaking guide, assistants for groups of 9+ people, professional chef, a team of porters to carry our camping and cooking equipment.
Accommodation
Spacious sleeping tents. Each couple of trekkers get a four-man tent to themselves.
Transfers
A bus to the beginning of the trek, a train ride back to Ollantaytambo, a bus back to Cusco.
Group Camping Equipment
Dining tents and cutlery, oxygen tanks, a first aid kit, sleeping mattresses.
Entry fees
Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
What's not included
Airplane tickets
Internation flight tickets and local transportations outside the tour
Personal trekking equipment
Comfortable clothes, shoes, sleeping bags, etc.
Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance for the duration of the trip.
Tips
Tips (the amount you tip (or if you tip) is a personal decision and it is NOT an obligation.
Good to know
Do I need a personal porter?
An adventure does not have to mean pain and by hiring an extra porter that will carry up to 14 kilos of your personal belongings you will definitely be able to enjoy the Inca Trail more and take your time to relax. In addition, you will be creating a job for one more porter and thus helping us to help the local community.

If you choose to hire an extra porter you will only need to carry your daypack with things like water, suncream, insect repellent, camera, etc. If you choose not to hire a porter then you will need to carry everything you plan to take on the trail including your sleeping bag and mattress (a foam mattress is provided).
Are the porters well treated?
We think our porters are the best treated on the whole Inca Trail. All our porters receive a fair wage, are fully insured against accident or injury and are provided with good quality equipment and uniforms as well as the correct gear for all conditions.
Is there an age limit for the Inca Trail?
There is no age limit on the Inca Trail or on any of our treks but if you are over 60 or have ill health, we advise you to have a medical check-up before your trip. Follow the advice given to everyone and make sure you to acclimatize to the altitude and train for the trek. We have taken children as young as 7 and people up to the age of 68 many times. Do not worry, we are here to help you do it!!
Are there many toilets on the Inca Trail?
Toilets have improved a lot in the last couple of years and all of the larger campsites have toilet blocks with flush toilets and running water. On the whole they are kept pretty clean. If you do need to go to the toilet between campsites then defecate well away from the trail and water supplies; dig a hole, or cover your faeces with a rock, and take the paper with you in a bag to deposit in one of the several bins along the way.
When is the best time to visit Peru?
The dry season is considered April – October.
The trips in November and December are chosen with slightly wetter, warmer weather in mind.
The Inca Trail is closed in February to prevent erosion in the rainy season
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What do I need to take with me?
  • Original Passport
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us).
  • Walking sticks (can be rented from us).
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat & sunglasses
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries
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