The Inca Trail 4 day Trek

 

The Inca trail 4 day trek to the lost city of the Inca’s and Machu Picchu is a magical adventure. Making this historical journey high into the Andes will hold special memories that stay with you the rest of your life. Check out our 2018 dates and Top 10 Tips for a success and enjoyable Inca trail trek to Machu Picchu. Read our training information.

The Inca Trail 4 day Trek to Machu Picchu is a truly amazing, educational, challenging and must have experience in your life time. Our 4 day trek on the traditional Inca trail covers 26 miles over 4 days. We cross over 3 passes with the highest at 4,215m/ 13,828 feet. Cusco sits at 3,400m/ 11,152 feet and the city of Machu Picchu sits at 2,430m/ 7,972 feet on the edge of the Amazon. The positioning of Machu Picchu and the incredible way the Inca’s re enforced the mountain below the city from possible earthquakes, hand carved each structure, managed to cultivate crops, redirect water and positioned the city out of reach of invaders in truly remarkable. The journey to Machu Picchu will leave you inspired with true admiration for the incredible Incan people who ran these trials over 500 years ago.

The wondrous city of Machu Picchu Just arrived in Machu Picchu

 

An Ian Taylor Trekking group in Machu Picchu

 The magical city of Machu Picchu

A little bit more about the Inca Trail 4 day Trek

On the Inca Trail 4 day Trek, the most famous trek in South America, you will be able to learn about the ruins and scenery which make this trail so famous. The total distance of the Inca trail is approximately 26 miles/ 42 km, departing from a place known as Kilometer 82 at 2,600m/ 8,528ft. We will cross a narrow bridge at Kusicancha, that leads straight on to the famous Trail. There are many sights of interest in this first day as we move uphill for our first nights camping at Wayllabamba 3,100m/ 10,137ft.

The second day on the trail is more difficult, as you have to climb to 4,215m/ 13,776ft at the pass of Wanusca (Dead Woman’s pass). It is really important to take it slow and steady before the pass. Trekking at altitude needs to be managed correctly. Speak to us about how to train and prepare. This 1,115m/ 3,658ft jump in altitude is challenging. Prior training is needed. Once over the pass we will move into another amazing valley and drop 700m/ 2,296ft to our camping site at Pacaymayu 3,500m/ 11,480ft. The third day is the longest, but also the most interesting as we will visit impressive ruins like Runkurakay and Sayacmarca. Tonight we will camp at Winaywayna 2,700m/ 8,829ft. The Total ascent on the trail is 2,065m/ 6,774 feet and total descent is 2,265m/ 7,431 feet. Make sure you have trained specifically for this challenge.

The view out from Machu Picchu A view view of Machu Picchu Ian Taylor Trekking at the entrance to the Inca Trail Making the final few steps to the top of dead women's pass
some of the 8000 steps on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu On top of the dead women's pass The historical city of Cusco Snow capped peaks of the Andes Mountains

On the final day, we will rise early at 3am walk to the check point and wait for Machu Picchu to open. It will take one hour to the amazing Sun Gate. We will aim to see the sun rise over Machu picchu from the Inti Punku (Sun Gate).  The remainder of the day is spent exploring this fabulous ancient city of the Inca’s, climbing Huayna Picchu or get lost in the city of Machu Picchu.  The scenery is spectacular and so rewarding to finally arrive at this famous destination. Trekking the Inca Trial is one of the world’s greatest treks and one that may chance your life. This trekking experience deep in the Peruvian Andes gives you insight into how intuitive and resourceful the Inca People were. These true mountain tribes were genuinely remarkable people, completing the entire Inca Trail in one day.  On the Inca trail 4 day trek to Machu Picchu, we will be following the traditional Inca Trail in one of the world’s most unique and famous trekking trails.

We are available 5 days a week in support of your training, preparation and answering any questions you may have. Ian has climbed Everest the top, climbed Kilimanjaro 19 times and lead numerous treks on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. We have the experience and expertise to help you prepare and fully enjoy your Inca trail experience. On signing up we send out our 35 page dossier on the trek with full information and details of undertaking this adventure. The cost of this trek starts at $2,250.

Why not climb Huayna Picchu overlooking the lost city of Machu Picchu, giving you a different perspective of this wondrous place. This climb needs to be booked along side your Inca trail booking.  Check out our up coming treks in 2018

Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive in Cusco, Peru where you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to comfortable hotel. You are free to do some sight seeing in this unique and magical city. After you have settled in at your hotel go out and tour the City of Cusco. The afternoon is free to rest, acclimatize, and sight see around Cusco.  However, we strongly urge you to take it easy, go for a walk and drink plenty of water, as Cusco sits at 3,400m/ 11,152 ft above sea level and you are at high altitude with 30% less oxygen than sea level. You will need to stay well hydrated.

Day 2

It is important to spend two night in Cusco before the trek so we recommend our full day private sacred valley tour including: Pisaq remains, Pisaq market, local corn beer brewery, Ollantaytambo remains, Ollantaytambo village and return to Cusco. The Pisaq and Ollantaytambo remains are very special experiences in themselves, along with mixing with the culture, this day will live long in the memory.  This day also gives your body a chance to acclimatize to the lower levels of oxygen.  After a long way you will return to your hotel in Cusco. The day your will start at 8am and finish at 6pm.

Day 3

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 2,954m/ 9,691 feet. After an initial 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 Huayllabamba 3,100m/ 10,170 feet.

Day 4

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.  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.

Day 5

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 astronomic 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. Tips will be given this evening.

Day 6

The final leg of our journey on the Inca Trail 4 day Trek. We will be up early 3am 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 broad level path, which winds comfortably through scrub and light woodland, where colourful 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. From here we will take pictures and enjoy the beauty of the sight of this spectacular city. We will take a full city tour of Machu Picchu for about two hours.  Those who had selected to climb Wayna Picchu will branch off and with great view looking back on the lost city. If not climbing Wanya Picchu you can take time to explore the magical Machu Picchu for yourself. Usually around 1pm you will get on the bus provided just outside the main entrance gate to get us to Aguas Calientes town where the train station is and we will head back to Cusco to clean up and celebrate!

Day 7

The Inca Trail 4 day Trek is over. You will be picked you up from your hotel in Cusco depending on your flight time.  We will drive you to the airport in order to take your flight for your onward journey. There are options to join tours to the Amazon, lake Titicaca and other treasures Peru has on offer.

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Does this information on the Inca trail 4 day trek excite you to take the next step towards achieving your goals in the mountains?  If so, get in touch today.  We pride ourselves on making sure that our clients have every opportunity to succeed on the mountains, including professional training advice, gear lists and video links on how to pack your bag, and much more.  We are always available to answer any questions you  may have by email, phone or skype, so contact us today!