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Classic Inca Trail Trek Details
4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu - Hike The Inca Trail Cheap

4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu, popularly known as Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu is one of our signature treks. It is a 500 years old trail through which the Incas used to hike from Cusco to their sacred citadel, Machu Picchu

Quite recently, the popular travel magazine, National Geography listed Inca Trail as one of the top twenty-five treks in the world. Most people who visit Machu Picchu, prefer hiking the esteemed trail and to reach the citadel the Incas way. 

However, due to the growing popularity and to protect the trail from hazards, local authorities restrict just 500 people a day. This includes porters, guides, and chefs. So barely 200 hikers get to hike a day. The trail often sells out six months in advance. 

The trailhead is at Km 82. It is a point that is 82 kilometers away from Cusco on the way to Machu Picchu. The trailhead is located halfway between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes. 

This is one of the most rewarding treks to Machu Picchu. It offers diverse views from snow-capped peaks to cloud forests. 

The trail is also dotted with many less popular and undiscovered archaeological sites. The highlight of hiking the Inca trail is the Dead Woman’s pass, Wiñay Wayna, and Inti Punku (Sun Gate). View of the sun rising on the Inca Citadel from the Sun Gate is exclusive to those on the Inca Trail. 

Hiking the Classic Inca Trail Trek is somewhat challenging. You will be passing through many high-altitude mountain passes. We highly recommend you to spend 2-3 days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness. 

Why Machu Picchu Peru Cusco?

We are a licensed Inca Trail tour operator based in Cusco. Traveling with us means adventure, fun, and security. We maintain high safety standards. Our guides are trained on first aid and the use of Oxygen cans. 

We believe that choosing the right tour company is important to determine your experience in Cusco. We aim to offer a seamless experience that would make your trip unforgettable. Check our reviews on TripAdvisor.

Please Note: To get the most enchanting views of the cloud forest, you may upgrade to the vista dome train for your way back at an extra cost. The train has panoramic windows that offer a 360 degrees view.

If you want to experience just the highlights of the Inca Trail then do take a look at our Cheapest 2 Day Inca Trail tours.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

04:30 AM

Price Includes

  • Professional Guides
  • Briefing: The night before your trek, you will come to our office for your briefing.
  • Porters & Horsemen: We include a personal porter, who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag containing your personal items
  • Emergency Horse: All of our Alternative Treks include an extra horse for our clients to use if they need a break from trekking.
  • Hotel the last night
  • Transportation: All your transportation is included in this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 4:30 a.m. (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo before the trek) and brought to the trail head to begin your trek.
  • First Aid
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu
  • First Aid Kit
  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Entrance fees to Inca Trail
  • All food during the trek

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bag: USD $20
  • Inflatable air matt: USD $15
  • Walking sticks (pair): USD $15
  • Huayna Picchu mountain $ 75

Things To Carry

  • 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).
  • Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Torch or headlamps.
  • Ear Plugs.
  • Hands sanitiser.
  • Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
  • 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.
  • American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
  • 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 diarrhoea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).
  • Snacks and Water Bottles
4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu- Classic Inca Trail Trek

Day 1Cusco - Km 82 - Wayllabamba

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you along the Sacred Valley of Incas to Ollantaytambo train station. You will be boarding the train to the trailhead from here. 

Once we reach Km 82, the authorities will be verifying your permit and your passport. So it is important to carry your original passport. We will then begin the four days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

We will be hiking to Miskay. Here we will be stopping for lunch. After lunch, we will continue the hike to our first campsite in Wayllabamba. On our way, we will be visiting the renowned Inca ruin of Llactapata. 

  • Hiking Time: 6-7 Hours (approx)
  • Hiking Distance: 11 Kms/6.83 Miles
  • Highest Point: 3,000 m/9,840 ft.
  • Lowest Point: 2,700m/8,856 ft.
  • Highlights: Inca Ruins
  • Physical Level: Moderate

Day 2Wayllabamba - Pacaymayu

We will begin the day quite early in the morning, After a nutritious breakfast and coca tea,we will be hiking to the highest point of the 4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu – Warmi Wañusca (Dead Woman’s Pass) at 4215 meters above sea level (13828 feet).

Most people have felt an energy of a female spirit here, hence the pass is called – Dead Woman’s Pass. From here we will be hiking down to Pacaymayo where we will be camping for the night. 

  • Hiking Time: 7-8 Hours (approx)
  • Hiking Distance: 12 km/ 7.45 Miles
  • Highest Point: 4,215 m/ 13,825 ft.
  • Lowest Point: 3,000 m/ 9,840 ft.
  • Highlights: Highest Point of the trail, Scenic Views
  • Physical Level: Extreme

Day 3Pacaymayo - Phuyupatamarka - Wiñay Wayna

After breakfast, we will hike up to the second-highest pass of the Inca trail at 3850 meters | 12631 feet. The trail will take us through Runcuracay ruins. We will also be visiting some sites like Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarka. 

We will then be heading to Wiñay Wayna where we will be camping for the night. Wiñay Wayna translated to “Forever Young,”. In the evening, we will hike to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna. 

  • Hiking Time: 8-10 Hours (approx)
  • Hiking Distance: 15 Kms/ 9.32 Miles
  • Highest Point: 3,950 m/ 12,956 ft.
  • Lowest Point: 2,650 m/ 8,692 ft.
  • Highlights: Inca ruins, the original section of Inca Trail, jaw-dropping views
  • Physical Level: Extreme

Day 4Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will be leaving quite early in the morning. We will begin the final leg of the 4 day Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu. First, we will be visiting Inti Punku (Sungate). You will be getting a spectacular view of sunrise at Machu Picchu citadel from here. 

Once you have had your fill of this pristine view, we will be hiking down to the citadel.

The tour guide will then give you a two hours guided tour of the citadel. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. 

If you have booked to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will be directing you to the respective entrance. After your Machu Picchu tour, you will be taking a bus down to Aguas Calientes. Here you will be boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo. 

Our representative will be meeting you at the train station and will be transferring you to your hotel in Cusco. 

  • Hiking Time: 2-3 Hours (approx)
  • Hiking Distance: 5 Kms/ 3.11 Miles
  • Highest Point: 2,700 m/ 8,856 ft.
  • Lowest Point: 2,400 m/ 7,872 ft.
  • Highlights: Entering Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate, Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Physical Level: Moderate
4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu- Classic Inca Trail Trek

How long is the Inca Trail?

The classic Inca Trail of four days is 54.2 kilometers (33.7 miles) long.

Is the Inca Trail worth it?

Yes, the Inca Trail is a worth experience. This route follows an ancient Inca road through different ecosystems. During the Inca trail you will see Inca ruins, lush mountain jungles and thrilling Andean landscapes.

What is the highest point on the Inca Trail?

The highest point of the Inca Trail is the Warmiwañusqa Pass (a Quechua expression that means “Dead Woman’s Pass”). This pass is located at 4215 meters above sea level (13828 ft).

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was one of the places i most longed to visit .
Make my reservation directly with the travel agency Machu Picchu Perú Cusco .
They helped me organize everything.
Everything was coordinated staff very well instructed especially Karen she is a very friendly person .
Sue organized my trip .
Thank you very much to all.

November 21, 2019