The best trekking boots for your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu are showcased below. There are many different options when it comes to trekking boots, however, we are going to list five of our favorite. Of course, these are not the only options out there for suitable boots, however, these are ones that we have personal experience with. Ian Taylor has climbed Mount Everest to the top and led over 10+ trips along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. First of all watch our Inca Trail video before reading further. Then CONTACT US for further information. Check out our up coming trips.
There are four main factors we suggest you consider when purchasing your trekking boot. You want to make sure that you have a comfortable, waterproof boot, with both good ankle support as well as a more rigid sole. The terrain on the Inca Trail is very un-even with a LOT of steps. Having the right support in your boot will be essential for a save and successful journey.
1). La Sportiva TXS GTX
This is a new boot from La Sportiva, that has replaced our beloved Trango Trek GTX. We prefer a more rigid sole under foot and these boots do a great job. They breathe well, are lightweight and waterproof. Some of our Sherpa and Kilimanjaro guides wear these boots as well. Ian used these boots on four Kilimanjaro climbs this year along with three Everest Base Camp trips, and they are still in great condition for the same again next year. This boot would be a great option for your trek to Machu Picchu!
2). Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX
Scarpa has come out with a new lighterweight option in the Zodiac. These boots are Gore-Tex, so a waterproof boot to keep you dry if you experience moisture on the trail. They also have good ankle support and lacing system. These boots, similar to the La Sportiva TXS, have a more rigid sole. This is ideal for the stairs you will encounter on the Inca Trail. Scarpa are always re-inventing trekking boots and if they fit your foot correctly, then they may be the right boot for you. They work great and last a long time. Also, if you decide on more challenging trails after the Inca Trail, we would also recommend these boots for a Kilimanjaro climb, Elbrus or Everest Base Camp.
3). Lowa Renegade GTX Mid
The Lowa Renegade GTX Mid boot has been around for a long time and worn by many trekkers around the world! These are a perfect boot for the Inca Trail. They are waterproof, have good ankle support, and also have a semi-rigid sole. The grip of these boots and the more rigid sole is ideal for the many stairs on the Inca Trail. The negative of these boots is that they do have a lot of stitching on them, making them more susceptible to wearing out faster than other options. However, if you treat this boot well, you could wear this option for a trek to Annapurna Base Camp as well!
4). Merrell Moab Mid 2 Waterproof
The Merrell Moab Mid 2 Waterproof Trekking Boot has been around for years and there is a good reason for that, they are a great boot! These boots boast a waterproof membrane, good ankle support, comfortable and sturdy fit. The Merrell boot may be the option for you if you have a slightly wider foot or need more room in your toe box. This boot is a reliable and durable option that will be ideal for your Inca Trail trek! We would also recommend this boot for Kilimanjaro, Annapurna Base Camp or Everest Base Camp.
5). Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX
Salewa has been coming out with a lot of new and very high quality boots over the past few years. While we have not personally worn this boot yet, however, we do have a lot of clients wearing these boots on the Inca Trail. We have had very good feedback on this option! They have Gore-Tex in the boot, so they are waterproof and also have a good amount of ankle support. This lightweight, but durable boot would be a great option for your trek to Macchu Picchu.
The Best Trekking Boots for your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu
All of the boots that we have mentioned above would suit for a wide range of trips! We do not want you to have to purchase one boot for one trip, so make sure you have an idea of what your trekking goals are for the future when purchasing your boots. All of these boots also come in Men’s or Women’s styles. Therefore, they should work for anyone coming on one of our Inca Trail treks!