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Inca Trai FAQS

Inca Trai FAQS
Inca Trai FAQS

The classic IncaTrail Hike is the most dream hike for many in the world that is the reason why every single year we get thousands of people from all over the world just to experience it the inca foot step on the andes, this worldwide trek make you to enjoy the beauty of Mounatin ranges, charming indigenous Vellages , inca ruins and beautiful flora fauna

Is the Inca Trail difficult?

Great question! The Inca Trail is considered a moderate trek; however, there are a lot of steps to climb up, and the altitude can also affect the body. We recommend to bring your own sticks or you can rent from us the walking poles as it helps with your balance and reduces stress on the knees. If you have mobility issues, please let us know during booking the Inca Trail Hike,

Tips for Hiking the Inca Trail

The Inca trail difficulty can be eased by these tips that help in your preparation before your trek in peru:

  • Exercise to strengthen leg muscles, with squats and lunges, aerobic training that strengthens lower body and core
  • Acclimate to the Andes Region high altitude before the start of your hike. Spend at-least 2-days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley of the incas for your body to prepare for the challenge Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Practice trekking before your dream trip arrival and prepare yourself mentally. Working on your mental stamina as well as improving your physical endurance will make all the difference when tired legs, sore muscles, fatigue, doubts, and sickness arise
  • Pacing yourself on the trek as well as listening to your guides will make the trek enjoyable and unforgettable.
  • Be mentally strong and be positive all the time

How many hours and kilometers will I hike a day?

Make sure you daypack is comfortable hiking boots, because it is estimated you’ll be walking six to nine hours for each of the first three days and about two hours on the last day.

Every tour operator is a little different, but the hike is usually broken down into:

  • Day 1: 11 km (6.8 miles) 5 to 6 hrs
  • Day 2: 12 km (7.5 miles) 6 to 7 hrs Dead Woman’s Pass ( wuarmi huanusca pass )is also visited on this day.
  • Day 3: 16 km (10 miles) 8 to 9 hrs
  • Day 4: 4 km (2.5 miles) 3 hrs aprox, The magic City of the Incas – Machu Picchu – is visited on this day

What are the requirements to hike the Inca Trail?

To trek the Inca Trail Peru with Andean Path Travel you must be over the age of 6, with a moderate level of fitness, and hold a passport that is valid for up to six months.

How high is the Classic Inca trail?

The Inca Trail begins at 2,800m (9,186 ft). The highest point you’ll reach on the trek is approximately 4,215m (13,780ft). The highest camping site is at 3,600m (11,811 ft) for at least one night. And the lowest camping site is over 2700m (7,728ft)

How cold does it get?

It can get chilly due to the altitude. During the Andean winter (May – August) the temperature can drop below zero at night( dry seaso ). It can be cool during the summer months too (September – March wet season ), so we suggest bringing thermal underwear , down or warm jackets and a warm sleeping bag or you can rent from Andean Path Travel

Is altitude sickness common?

It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by the altitude as your ability to adapt can vary from person to person. (We do recommend you undertake the trek in a good state of physical fitness.) Most of our travelers have no problem, as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly for 2 or at least 1 day before you Classic Inca Trail Trek. This might include spending a full day in Cuzco (3,249m [10,659 ft] above sea level) and drinking plenty of wáter and coco tea.

When is the high season on the Inca Trail?

trekking the Inca Trail Trek 4 Days is popular all year round, however May to September is considered the high season. The permits can be sold out months in advance this means you should book you trek at least 8 months before the hike. However, if permits are not available, there is an option to walk the Lares TrekSalkantay Trek which still takes you to Machu Picchu.

How far in advance should I book my tour?

To secure a spot on the Inca Trail 4 Days, we recommend you book your tour at least 8 months in advance during high season (May to October) and three months in advanced during low season (November to April). Because the last year the inca trail regulation change a bit specially with the entrance fee.

Do I need a permit to hike the Inca Trail?

Yes. No one can not do the trek with out guides or porters and tour companys, because the inca trail is very well regulated by the peruvian goverment,We require the following information for the purchase of an 5 Days Inca Trail permit or space:

  • Full name (as it appears on your passport)
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Date of passport expiry (*Must be valid for the date of travel)

Please note that any attempts to modify your personal information will result in the loss of the permit. A refund will not be possible so make sure you double-check your information. As well, there’s a limited amount of 500 hundred permits in effort to preserve the 2 Days Inca Trail Route which we counting porters, guides, cooks and passengers or Trekkers.

When do we reach Machu Picchu and how much time will we spend at the ruins?

Reaching to Sungate and Machu Picchu depends on the campsite assigned to your group on the third night. However, many groups will reach the Sun Gate at around 6:54am. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy and explore in the ruins thanks to a two-hour guided tour and some free time to exprerience afterwards. If you hiking the inca trail you should spend only untill 12 pm becasue the regulatios has been changed in the last year in order to avoid the crowd in the city

How do we get back to Cuzco?

After you’ve taking the Inca Trail Path and the the beauty of Machu Picchu, your group will travel by bus to Aguas Calientes where you will enjoy the last lunch and then catch a train back to Ollantaytambo, from where you’ll take a bus back to Cuzco hotel.

Is it possible to skip the Inca Trail even if the tour includes it?

Yes! Let us know that you don’t want to hike the Inca Trail Expedition 2 Days when you book. We’ll arrange for you a different trip or sacred valley of the incas in Cuzco and then take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes. You will rejoin your group at Machu Picchu inca site for the guiding tour.

What type of accommodation can I expect on the Inca Trail?

We use three-man tents (eureka) and sleeping matts to accommodate two same-sex travelers or friends, couple. There are a few places on the trail where permanent (but very rustic) toilet facilities exist, and when they’re not available, your crew will set up portable toilet tents.

Do porters carry our luggage on the Inca Trail?

Yes! ANDEAN PATH TRAVEL provide you with a large stuff sac where you can place 6kg of your personal items (including your tent and sleeping bag). Our super porters will carry these bags while you hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Your other personal items will be stored safely at our hotel in Cuzco. All you need to take is a daypack containing the things you’ll need during the day like water, camera, sunscreen, toilet paper,rain jacket,first aid kit or anything else that’s over the 6kg allowance.

Will I be given a sleeping bag and mat?

Great question! Sleeping bags are not provided, so we recommend bringing a compact three-season sleeping bag. You can also rent a sleeping bag from Andean Path Travel; just let us know when you book. We provide our travelers with foam mats, but please feel free to bring your own-self inflating mat if you’d like. Because the terrain is not easy to sleep

What type of food will be served on the Inca Trail?

Our cooks prepare excellent high-quality foods that are perfect for a day of hiking. The menu usually includes: pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruit and vegetables, oatmeal, and eggs. If you’re a vegetarian, no problem! We’re able to cater to your needs. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please let us know in the booking time or send us a email with all your need to info@andeanpathtravel.com

Is purified water available on the trail?

Bottled water can be purchased on day one and on the evening of day three of the trek. However, we discourage trekkers from purchasing bottles as it increases the amount of waste. Instead, we strongly recommend bringing a refillable water bottle, as boiled water will be provided with every lunch time and dinner time and also we provide you every morning for the each day trek.

Can I bring my own walking stick?

Yes, as long as it is not a metal-tipped walking pole, as they are not allowed on the trail. You can rent a walking pole from Andean Path Travel as well along with additional equipment like sleeping bags and air mattresses.

What is the suggested amount that I should tip the guides and porters?

Tipping is at your discretion, but is always appreciated. If you enjoyed the service you enjoyed from your guides and porters,cooks we suggest tipping but consider the tipping is completely optional.


  • Once in a lifetime experience
    David acted as our guide during our 4 day Inca Trail adventure in April. David went above and beyond for everyone and really made the trip a “once in a lifetime” experience.
    No question was a stupid question and we learnt so much during the hike itself and when we eventually reached Machu Picchu. When we struggled up those Incan steps David was there offering support and never made anyone feel they were lagging behind or causing an inconvenience. I can’t recommend David or the Inca Trail enough and I will definitely be back!!

    Sarah Cloonan
    Dublin - Ireland
  • Machu Picchu would not have been the same without doing the 5-day comfort tour of the Inca Trail first, and entering through the Sun Gate. David and his crew did a phenomenal job taking care of us, with patient hiking tips, amazing meals and exceptional service every step of the way. My husband and I are both in our 50’s, and we went with our 24 year old son. The altitude was definitely noticeable the first two days, and when they say the hike is challenging – they mean it! However, the physical exertion is well worth the effort for the breathtaking views! David timed our day so that we had plenty of time to comfortably hike, and still enjoy all of the scenery. He chose the best camping spots so we could relax in the evenings with a cup of coca tea and watch the sunsets! This was definitely a once-in-a-life-time experience! Put this on your bucket list!

    Sandra M
    Italy - Rome
  • Once in a lifetime” Experience
    When i did the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in June a dream came true and i had the trip of my lifetime.
    I coud not wish for a better guide than David. He is a fantastic guide and made this trip to something special.
    Although the hike was very hard at some points, David was very supportive and helped every member of my group keep ging. He was very funny and we had always a good laugh together. Besides he had an awesome cultural and historical knowledge and told us a lot of interesting things about the trail itself and every ruin we visited, especially about Machu Picchu.
    David made our four day hike to an amazing and unforgettable experience and i highly recommend him as a tour guide to everyone i know.
    If i ever come back to Peru, i will definitely join one of Davids tours again!
    Lovely greetings from Germany

    Sarah Schoenborn
    Würzburg - Germany
  • Thank you David!
    Thank you for an incredible outdoore experience. 4 days Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu july31- aug4 was amazing. With our guide David and his stuff we had excellent food, breathtaking views, knowledgement of local culture and history and support of all kind when needed.
    I can higly recommend David and his stuff!

    Ingela D
  • Amazing !!
    I was fortunate enough to have David as a guide whilst doing the inca trail trek. David was knowledgeable, kind, engaging, fun and respectful. He took time to get to know each member of our group and allowed us to go at our own pace. I would highly recommend David as a guide for future travellers. 🙂

    Stepho Jenko
    Australia Meridional - Australia
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