Elevations gains on your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

What are the elevations gains on your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu. This will depend on your route you chose. We will look at the traditional 4 day Inca trail but the 5 day and 6 day treks will include all or most of the same trail to Machu Picchu.  After helping over 1,000 people trek this famous trail to Machu Picchu, we want to share as much information as possible with you. So you too can enjoy this amazing experience and trail. When you are finished on this page come back up and click this link for all you need to know about trekking the Inca trail. I personally an still amazed by the Incas and the structures they built along this trail. To see the most and have more time you need to pick the classic 5 day Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

Elevations gains on your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Elevations gains on your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 1: Cusco,Sacsaywaman. You arrive high, flying into Cusco at 3,400m/11,152 feet it is really important to spend 2 nights at this elevation before going onto the Inca Trail. If you can spend more time it will stand to you. Once you arrive you will have some time to dehydrate before we take you up higher to Sacsaywaman at 3,700m/ 12,139 feet. we will explore the ancient Inca site before walking back down through the back streets of Cusco to our hotel.  At this elevation there is 30% less oxygen than at sea level. You can always come in early, recover from jet lag, time zone changes and gain extra acclimatization for the climb. We have people joining our treks from around the world so it is important so make sure you are rested and well hydrated.

Elevations gains on your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Elevations gains on your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 2: Full day tour along the sacred valley of the Incas. You will be up early for breakfast as you will be leaving at 7am for long but exciting day touring the sacred valley of the Incas you will be visiting a range of important site. My favorite are Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and Moray. You will go as low as 2,800m/ 9,186 feet before head back to up Cusco at 3,400m/ 11,152 feet to sleep. Walking around at altitude on this day will greatly help in the acclimatization process.

Elevations gains on your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Elevations gains on your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 3: The journey to Machu Picchu starts. The Inca Trail 4 day Trek starts with the transfer from your hotel, in the early morning and transfer to the kilometre 82 (Inca trail check point) in a private bus. All gear will be sorted for the porters, we will check in and move into the National park at 2,600m/ 8,530 feet. After an initial small hill, the first part of the Inca trail is relatively flat for about two hours.  From the trail we will see Llactapata or “Inca archaeological site”, also from the trail it is possible to appreciate the impressive landscape, flora, fauna and villages with native people who still follow traditional Inca traditions. We will have lunch by the river bank and keep moving after the trek continues ascending lightly to a semi-tropical valley for two hours until the camp ground at Wayllabamba 3,000m/ 9,842 feet. You will go up 400m/ 1,312 feet. 

Elevations gains on your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Elevations gains on your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 4: The Big Challenge to the Dead Women’s pass. We will rise early this morning for breakfast before we start the part of the Inca trail which leads to the highest point, passing through different climatic and ecological zones as we ascend the Warmiwañusca pass at 4,215m/ 13,828feet. The highest point of the Inca Trail 4 day trek.  We will ascend up to the high pass; the first section presents abundant vegetation with trees of wild origin. Because of this reason it’s known by many as the world’s highest cloud forest, where the landscapes flora and fauna start at 3,800m/ 12,467feet. We will have lunch at Llulluchapampa 3,850m/ 12,589 feet where you can see the valley you have come out of.  After this section of the Inca trail, it tends to be less forested up to the high point, and is typical of the Andean mountains, covered with Icchu, or straw, and mountains with perpetual snow. After an strenuous, approximately 6 hour trek up hill, you will get to the summit to celebrate.  We will rest up, take photos and start to trek downhill 700m/ 2,296 feet on rock steps and dusty trail to camp.  From the pass we will see the beauty of the deep valleys and distant snow capped mountains, and move slowly to our second camp ground at Pacaymayu 3,500m/ 11,482 feet.

Elevations gains on your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Elevations gains on your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 5: The most unforgettable day on the Inca Trail. After a good night’s sleep and early start, the trail moves steeply up the opposite side of the valley wall, towards the second pass. About halfway up there is a small round roofless stone building, this Inca archaeological remains is known as Runcuracay. The building is thought to have been an astronomical site. After the trail continues climbing towards the second pass “the Abra de Runcuracay”, which is at around 3,950m/ 12,959 feet. We will continue towards the 3rd pass 3,670m/ 12,040 feet walking past Sayacmarka, Chaquiqocha, Phuyupatamarka and make the long journey down to our camp at Wiñayhuayna 2,700m/ 8,829 feet. You will go up 630m/ 2,067 feet and down 1,350m/ 4,429 feet.

Elevations gains on your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Elevations gains on your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 6: One of the most unique experiences of your life. The final leg of our journey on the Inca Trail 4 day Trek. We will be up early 3:30am for breakfast and quick pack up. We will talk the short distances to the Machu Picchu entrance gate and wait for opening. From Wiñayhuayna to Intipunku is an easy trek, following a narrow path, which winds comfortably through scrub and light woodland, where colorful butterflies flutter across the trail. After about an hour and 30 minutes, the trail comes to a narrow flight of stone steps leading upwards into a small stone structure with a grass floor a few meters square. This is Intipunku, the Gateway of the Sun, and through the rectangular doorway you can see Machu Picchu. From Intipunku, a pathway leads directly downhill to Machu Picchu itself which takes about an hour.  You will hike up 70m/ 230 feet and down 300m/ 984 feet today.

Elevations gains on your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Elevations gains on your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Why not join one of our Inca Trail treks. We will help you get the right training information and come fully prepared for your trek so you get the most out of the experience. It is not easy to hike at altitude so you need to come with the right strength and conditioning to be safe all the way through this Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Read some REVIEWS from our trips and then CONTACT US.

 

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