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Premium Classic Inca Trail 5 Days/4 Nights

Premium Classic Inca Trail 5D/4N
  • Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
  • Trip Type: Trekking
  • Place: Machupicchu
  • Journey Difficulty: MODERATE
  • TOTAL DISTANCE: 43 KM / 26 MILES
  • GOOD FOR: THOSE WHO ENJOY HIKING AND HAVE A MODERATE LEVEL OF FITNESS
  • CONSIDERATIONS: PERMIT REQUIRED
  • HIKING SEASON: 11 MONTHS OF THE YEAR
  • TRAIL CLOSE: ONLY FEBRUARY
  • ACCLIMATIZATION:  PLEASE SPEND AT LEAST REST DAYS IN CUSCO BEFORE START YOUR HIKE
  • GROUP SIZE: CAN BE 2 OR 8 HIKER

Overview

Premium Classic Inca Trail 5 Days

Considered one of the best treks in Peru’ and the world for its exquisite beauty and the archaeological centers that one can find on its way, likewise you can appreciate different ecological floors from Andean rain forests, as we will also see some centers archaeological sites that are partially covered by the jungle and makes it look like we discovered it for the first time, to finally arrive at the lost city of the Incas, “Machu Picchu”.

It is a must do and one of the highlights of your trip to Peru. The Premium version of 5 days and 4 nights of the premium classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu  offers 5 days of trekking along original paved Inca trails.

It extends through valley elevations from (2,700 m/8,856 ft) to mountain passes of (4,215 m/13,825 ft). Finally, it passes through the cloud forest to reach the majestic Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu.

his is one of the best known routes in the world and will reward those willing to break a sweat with a stunning combination of mountains and most beautiful trails. We run our own tours, which guarantees fair treatment from our porters and quality equipment creating an unforgettable trip for you that will remain etched in your memory and you will not be able to forget it or compare it with others.

 

Itinerary

DAY I CUSCO - KM82 - LLAQTAPATA - HATUNCHACA

DAY I CUSCO – KM82 – LLAQTAPATA – HATUNCHACA

We will start early to go to the town of Ollantaytambo where we will have a stop to have breakfast, and then go to kilometer 82 or Piscacucho (beginning of the Premium Inca Trail), we slowly advance along the banks of the Urubamba river with excellent views of the Verónica peak. (5,900m/19,000ft). There will be a variety of native plants and birds around us during this stretch.

As we continue to follow the trail over fairly flat terrain, we come to the small community of Miskay. From here we will gradually ascend for 40 min and finally we will see, from the highest part of a viewpoint, where we will appreciate the archaeological center of Llactapata (Patallacta). Then we will go down to the canyon to have lunch close to Llactapata.

From Llactapata it is an easy 2 hour walk to our camp in Hatunchaca. Where we will spend our first night on the Inca trail

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Maximum altitude: 2980 m/ 9776 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 2980 m/ 9776 ft
  • Distance walk: 10 km/ 6 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
DAY II KM - HATUNCHACA - LLULLUCHAPAMPA

DAY II KM – HATUNCHACA – LLULLUCHAPAMPA

We will start early with a coca tea or coffee in the tent. To then have a nutritious breakfast. Most of the groups would be advancing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu today and heading to Paso de la Mujer Muerta, the highest point of the trek and one of the hardest and longest climbs on the Inca Trail. We are going to take things at a more leisurely pace and our goal for today is a camp just before the pass, Llulluchapampa. This breaks up the most difficult section over two days, making the climb significantly easier.

On the way to Llulluchapampa, we will once again go off the beaten track to visit the least visited of all the sites on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Inca fort of Paucarcancha and Patahuasi. As we ascend to Llulluchapampa, we will pass through several biozones, including the low sierra, the Uncas forest (a native Andean tree), the cloud forest, and the high puna. There are many opportunities to view a variety of plants and birds and if we are lucky we may also see white tailed deer. Like the first night, our camp for the night is peaceful and quiet, with most hikers camping in the valley below or on the other side of the pass.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Maximum altitude: 3800M/ 13825 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 2980 m/9776 ft
  • Distance walk: 9 km/5.5 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging
DAY III LLULLUCHAPAMPA - DEAD WOMAN'S PASS - PHUYUPATAMARCA

DAY III LLULLUCHAPAMPA – DEAD WOMAN’S PASS – PHUYUPATAMARCA

This day will be the longest and goes through two overpasses; Fortunately for us, we chose to camp last night in a place where we are almost at the first pass, the Dead Woman Pass – Warmiwañusca (4,215 m/13,825 ft), the highest point of the trek. Then, after passing the second pass, Runcuraccay Pass (3,950m/12,959ft), the hike is easy with very little up and down to contend with.

Along the Inca trail we will have the best views and landscapes of our trip and it includes visits to two Inca sites, Runcuraccay and Sayacmarca (3,850 m/12,628 ft). There are fantastic views of high snow-capped peaks for most of the day and the surrounding cloud forest.

Our lunch spot will be Chakicocha and we continue our adventure after our delicious lunch to our Phuyupatamarca camp (3680 m/12,073 ft), from where we will get our first views of Machu Picchu mountain and the beautiful sunset. The sunset views from here are fantastic and once again the camp is quiet with most hikers camping closer to Machu Picchu.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Maximum altitude: 4215m/ 13828ft
  • Minimum altitude: 3680 m/12073 ft
  • Distance walk: 15 km/9.3 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 8 to 9 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
DAY IV PHUYUPATAMARCA - WINAYWAYNA - MACHU PICCHU

DAY IV PHUYUPATAMARCA – WINAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU

After our breakfast; We will begin our descent down the steps of the Inca Trail to visit 3 archaeological centers (Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Wiñay Wayna) before arriving at Machu Picchu at the end of the day. With only a short distance to go, you will really have the opportunity to see these sites in detail and learn more about the Inca culture and Machu Picchu. The area around these Inca sites is also rich in wildlife and with only a handful of people on this stretch of the trail at this time of day, it is the perfect opportunity to try and spot some of the more elusive species.

Once we arrive at Wiñaywayna we will have our lunch, then we will continue our trek for about 1 hour and a half on a part of the Inca Trail that is relatively flat, with small ups and downs along the way. Then we will arrive at Puerta del Sol (2,720 m/8,920 ft) which is called Intipunku in Quechua. This is where we will have our first view of Machu Picchu and from there we will head to the ruins to take the bus to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will check into your clean and comfortable hotel. The town’s natural hot springs are a great way to spend an afternoon or evening if time is available before dinner. Dinner will be in the best restaurant.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Maximum altitude: 2720m/ 8923ft
  • Minimum altitude: 2050 m/6725 ft
  • Distance walk: 11km/7 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 2hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
DAY IV AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

DAY IV AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

You will have breakfast at your hotel before taking a very early bus (5:30 am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Once there, you will be given a 2-hour walking tour of the site.

If you have chosen to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain, you will start the hike at 10 am. The ticket price for Huayna Picchu is included in the price of your hike. If you are not climbing the mountain, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before heading back to Aguas Calientes by bus.

When you arrive in Aguas Calientes, you will board the expedition train to Poroy/Ollantaytambo. From Poroy/Ollantaytambo, you will travel in a private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. The arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket. Here you will conclude your Premium Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Maximum altitude: 2430 m/7972 ft
  • Minimum altitude: 2050 m/6725 ft
  • Approximate walking time: 2hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

Includes

INCLUDED

Acclimatize Tour Explore Cusco (optional)

  • We have for you an Optional Walk. If you have time and are interested, we can do the acclimatization tour visiting one of the archaeological centers of Cusco and discover hidden places in the city.
  • Professional Tour Guide.
  • Approximate tour of 5 hours.
  • This is a free activity for travelers who book tours from 2 days and require acclimatization.

Briefing

Informative meeting, one day before the adventure. Once there, you will receive all the pertinent information for your hike and the guide will answer all your doubts.

Transport

  • Private bus pick up from your hotel to the starting point of the trek  km 82 or Piskacucho
  • Bus ticket down.  Machu picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Return ticket by train EXPEDITION Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
  • Return bus from Ollnataytambo station to your hotel in Cusco.

Accommodation

  • Camps for 4 days and 3 nights.
  • 1 Night Hotel 3 *** Aguas Calientes

Field Staff

  • Professional travel Guide in Spanish and English with many years of experience in adventure tourism
  • Professional chef
  • Porters  to carry the necessary equipment and the personal effects of the passengers of up to 7 kg

Water

  • Cusco Andean Hike will provide you with boiled water (previously filtered and cooled) from your first lunch, last breakfast and for your bottles before each walk (you decide how many liters you need each day).
  • Drinking enough water and hydrating is very important to be able to feel good in the mountains and thus avoid altitude sickness.

 Food

  • Breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners (breakfast on day 1 and lunch, dinner on the last day are not included).
  • Option Vegan, vegetarian.

DUFFEL BAG

  • You have included 7 kg so you can carry your personal belongings (be careful with the fragile items)

Tickets and Permits

  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Inca trail Permits

Camping equipment

  • High mountain tent for 4 people, but we use it for 2 people (more comfort for you). If you want a personal tent  we also have personal tents (you must inform us in advance).
  • Camping Cot, we are the only company which use bed on the Premium inca trail and Private inca trail.
  •  The best Mattress, we use therm-a-rest sleeping pad.
  • Bathroom / Bath Chemical.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Premium Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days: Breakfast not included first day, lunch and dinner of the last day.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Ticket HUAYNA PICCHU and MOUNTAIN MACHU PICCHU (if you want any of the tickets you must inform us in advance to be able to make the reservation – any of the tickets has an extra cost)
  • Extra Porter to carry personal belongings of customers more than those already included (for 7 kilos to 14 kilos).
  • Tips for staff.

Huayna picchu and Machu picchu mountain both must be previously reserved more information: info@cuscoandeanhike.com

Price & Availability

AVAILABILITY

The Premium classic Inca Trail 5 days is a protected area. To avoid environmental and archaeological damage, the Peruvian Ministry of Culture only allows the entry of a maximum of 500 people per day, including (porters, cooks and guides).

Due to the high demand, the spaces for the Inca Trail trek are sold out every minute, so we strongly recommend that you confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Small Groups 2 to 8 pax
  • 24/7 assistance by our Whatsapp ✆+51 944363112
  • Extra porter 7Kg
  • Food Options  – best Chef – Vegan, vegetarian.
  • Camping Cot
  • Sleeping pad included Therm a rest 
  • Professional tour guide English speaker from the beginning to end
  • 100% Quality service
  • The Premium Classic Inca Trail To Machu picchu include 1 night hotel and dinner  in aguas Calientes. 

PRICE PREMIUM INCA TRAIL 5 DAYS

  • 2 People US$ 1050.00 per person

  • 3 People US$ 1010.00 per person

  • 4 People US$ 960.00 per person

EXTRAS

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain –    US$ 70.00 per person
  • Machu Picchu Mountain   –    US$ 70.00 per person
  • Sleeping Bag – US$ 25 per person
  • Walking Poles – US$ 20  a pair  of walking poles

Huayna picchu and Machu picchu mountain both must be previously reserved more information: info@cuscoandeanhike.com

INCA TRAIL DISCOUNTS

  • STUDENT DISCOUNT  US$ 35.00 (Valid studend card at the time of the trek  or under 17 years old, we need to see the copy of the card for receive the discount).
  • KIDS ON THE INCA TRAIL US$ 40.00 (Just we need the copy of the passport).

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How to book

For any of our services, you must send your personal information and a deposit of US $ 200 per person, the rest may pay at our office in Cusco two days prior to your trip, to get the student discount you must send your ISIC card original by means of a photo to our mail info@cuscoandeanhike.com:

  • Name and surname
  • Passport number
  • Gender
  • Birthday date
  • Student Card (ISIC if you are a student Yes or No)
  • Nationality
  • Email – Phone number
  • Food preferences

PayPAl

You can make the deposit from our website by PayPal, please note that PayPal charges a 6% tax that automatically includes this option, once the deposit is made, send us the confirmation by email. To make your deposit by PayPal click on the “Pay Now” button below.

Western Union and Money Gram

You can also use these means to make the deposit. On behalf of our administrator. Take into account that this deposit generates transfer costs, which our clients must assume.

  • Name: Maria
  • Last name: Catunta choque
  • Identity number: 42265390
  • Address: Urb. Progress Jr-spine L-15
  • City: Cusco
  • Country: Peru

Note:

Once the deposit is made, you will receive a receipt with the money transfer code, the client must send the receipt with a photograph to our email. info@cuscoandeanhike.com

Packing list

Inca Trail Packing List

Packing list Make sure to pack only what is strictly necessary for the hike to Machu Picchu itself, and leave your other belongings at the hotel.

What to pack for the Premium Classic inca trail trek 5 days?

Important items to pack for the Inca Trail

  • Original Passport (the same name and number passport that you booked).
  • Back Pack (capacity of 36 liters).
  • Sleeping Bag that resists up to -5° celsius (23° fahrenheit) in case you are not bringing your  own, you can rent one from Cusco Andean Hike.
  • Clothes for Trekking: Hiking boots, waterproof clothes (short, pants, rain jacket), T- shirt, and light sweaters. also bring clothes and a warm sweater to change into when we rest at the campsite, preferably made of cotton to keep you warm, especially for the first two nights. when you are hiking it is best to use your waterproof gear.
  • Hiking Poles. In case you do not own any, you can rent
  • Rubber tip.
  • 3 plastic bags to be able to keep your clothes separatein these 3 categories: clean, wet and dirty
  • Toiletries: Ensure you bring enough of everything you will need for the entire trek: soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, a towel and antibacterial gel.
  • Medication: If you are currently taking specific medication, please bring enough with you for the duration of your sta. We recommend you pack some altitude sickness prevention tablets such us aspirine, coramina diamox, sorochipills or acetazolamina, anti-blister gel is also a good idea to avoid getting excessive blisters on your feet from the uphill hiking, since if this gets out of hand it could compromise your participation in the trk.
  • For those who are staying over in Aguas Calientes: Remember to bring clean clothes for your stay after the hike ends. In case you would like to visit the relaxing hot springs in Aguas Calientes. do not forget to bring swimwear and a towel.

  • Camera.
  • Flashligh and Extra Battery
  • Sun cream.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Canteen or Camel bak.
  • Swiss army knife (optional)

you can also bring some small change Peruvian soles to buy beverages or somethin along the hike, but this is optional. If you are going to stay in the town of Aguas Calientes an extra night, we recommend you to bring enough cash with you.

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