Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

This unique wonder  Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most significant trkes that Cusco Peru and the wold has to show in the Peruvian Andes, it is recognised as the iconic trail of South America. Perfect for mountain lovers, on this picturesque hike you will walk the original Inca path that has been built by our ancestors and take in stunning views of the snow capped Urubamba and Vilcabamba mountain ranges.

As you hike through lush green tropical forest you will be surrounded by a variety of beautiful native Andean flora and fauna and at night you will be spoilt with the impressive star-lit skies of the Southern hemisphere. This Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most important hikes from the Inca period because it was built for religious purposes as a road for pilgrims and Incan royalty, they followed this path to reach the sacred site of Machu Picchu. After you have enjoyed the beauty of the hike you will marvel at the wonders of the Machu Picchu Inca archaeological site. Entering through the Sun Gate you will experience the same panoramic views of the ancient Incan wonder.

Hiking the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu will be an unforgettable and truly unique experience. Due to its unmatched beauty and historical significance this trail is now considered one of the top 10 hikes in the world for mountain lovers.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Highlights

  • Amazing views of Veronica peak
  • Amazing mountain ranges of Urubamba
  • Beautiful cloud forest and lush vegetation
  • Amazing lakes of grassland
  • Stunning Inca ruins
  • History and Cultural Immersion
  • Beautiful streams and waterfalls
  • Flora and fauna
  • Delicious food and cuisine
  • Amazing wonder of the world Machu Picchu


Classic Inca Trail – Summary:

  • Trip style : adventures, history & cultural immersion
  • Length : 4days/ 3nights
  • Frequency ; from March to January (February is closed every year)
  • Group : 2 persons min , max 10 persons
  • Fhysical grading : moderate , challenging
  • Total distance hiked : 45 km /28 miles
  • Beginning altitude : 3,800 m /9,512 ft
  • Maximun altitude: 4,215 m /13,910 ft

Classic Inca Trail

  • Day 1: Cusco – km 82 – Huyallabamba (Meals: /L/D)
  • Day 2: Huyallabamba – Pacaymayo(Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 3: Pacaymayo – Winayhuayna (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 4: Machu Picchu Wonder of Peru and the World – Cusco (Meals: B)

Inca Trail to  Machu Picchu – Detailed Itinerary



Classic Inca TrailWe will pick you up from your hotel at approximately 5:30am and then drive by private bus for two hours to Ollantaytambo where we will stop for a quick breakfast. Then we continue driving for another hour until we reach the start point of the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Once everyone has had the chance to prepare their belongings we will pass through a control point to enter the National Park. Then the real adventure begins, we follow a gently undulating path for one and a half hours, before we ascend gradually for another half an hour until we reach the Incan site of Llactapata. From here we will enjoy the amazing snow capped views of the Veronica mountain peak and begin our short descent to our lunch spot. After lunch we will continue hiking for another two and a half hours until we reach our camping site at Huayllabamba. After enjoying  our afternoon tea we will have the opportunity to meet the incredible porters who will be helping us along our journey.

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 5 to 6 hours
  • STARTING ELEVATION: 2800 m /8765 ft
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION: 3000 m / 9840 ft
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate
  • Overnight: Camping
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (including a snack and afternoon tea).


Inca TrailWe wake up early at approximately 5:30am and then following a lovely breakfast we start the hike up to Dead Woman’s Pass at 4,215m, the highest point of the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Along the way we will explore the amazing forest with its native trees and hanging mosses and we will enjoy the other beautiful natural scenery. After reaching the pass, we will take some time to enjoy the stunning snowy mountains surrounding us. We then begin our descent to the camping site at Pacaymallo where we will have lunch and enjoy a relaxing free afternoon.

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 7 to 8 hrs
  • STARTING ELEVATION: 3000 m / 9840 ft
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION: 4215 m / / 13,828 ft
  • OVERNIGHT: Camping
  • DIFFICULTY: Challenging
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (including a snack and afternoon tea)


Inca Trail Hikes

Inca Trail Hikes

We wake up early again and following a hearty breakfast we hike for two hours up towards the second mountain pass of the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. From there we can take in stunning views of the snow-capped Pumacillo peak. We then drop down from the second pass to visit and explore the beautiful Incan site of Sayacmarka after which we hike gently back up to the third mountain pass, which we cross before we take a break for lunch.

This is the most beautiful day of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as we will enjoy views of the Veronica mountain peak, Vilcabamba mountain ranges and the magical Cloud forest. Along the way we will also stop to visit and explore the Incan sites of Phuyupatamarka and Intipata. We will hike for another three hours before we complete our descent to the campsite at Winayhuayna.

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 9 to 10 hrs
  • STARTING ELEVATION: 3600 m / 11,896 ft
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION: 3600 m / 12,465 ft
  • OVERNIGHT: Camping
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (including snack and afternoon tea)


Machu Picchu This is the earliest start of the trek as we wake up at 3:30am in order to catch a spectacular view of the sunrise at Machu Picchu ruins. We will enter the Incan site of Machu Picchu as the ancient Incas did, through the Sun gate entrance. Once we have taken in the unique panoramic views we will descend into the main part of the site of this archaeological wonder. We will enjoy a two hour guided tour with the best local guide after which you will have to time to explore the beauty of this vast site yourself. Following this we will get down to Aguas Calientes Town and then catch the train back to Ollantaytambo and return to Cusco by private bus.

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 3 hrs / 6 km
  • STARTING ELEVATION: 2600 m / 7956 ft
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION: 2700 m / 8233 ft
  • OVERNIGHT: Camping
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast


Included in the Classic Inca Trail

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Chef and Assistant Chef
  • Porters for trekking
  • 6 kg of your personal items
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Private bus from your hotel to km 82
  • Train back to Ollantaytambo
  • Private bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Kitchen tent and Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu ruins
  • Bus from Machu Picchu ruins to Aguas Calientes

Not Included in the Classic Inca trail

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be rented from us : US$20.00)
  • Hiking poles (Can be rented from us : US$15.00)
  • Air mattress (Can be rented from us : US$ 20.00)
  • Lunch and Dinner on Day 4
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your Classic Inca Trail.

What you Need to Take for the Classic Inca Trail

  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries per person
  • Daypack per person


Classic Inca Trail – Prices

Group Service

  • 2017 – Price per person  US$685.00 (adults)

Private Group Service Price

  • 2017 – Price per person US$750.00 ( adults)

Important: Price includes up to 6 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the porters (NO need of extra Porter hire!)

Optional upgrade:

  • Sleeping Bag US$20
  • Walking Pole US$15
  • Inflatable Mattress US$20
  • Single Tent Supplement US$35

Optional upgrade (Need to book in advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing:  USD 70.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 70.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: USD50.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance)

How to book (Group service or Private Service):

You can either book by emailing us or by using the Booking form provided on this site.

By e-mail:

Send us your main Departure date and back up date: By providing us with a main date and a back up date for your Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Short Inca Trail, Lares Trek, Salkantay TrekAncascocha Peru Trek, Cachicata Hike, etc.) Andean Path Travel will automatically respond to your e-mail.

Send us your Personal Details for Booking: 

  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Date of birth

Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid ISIC card. It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Classic Inca Trail / Alternative trek (you will need to show the real ISIC card upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).


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Deposit amount is:

  • US$ 200 per person for the Classic Inca Trail
  • NOTE: If you want to climb to Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain let us know in advance please because they allow only 400 people for both mountains. You will also need to include this as an additiona cost.

US$ 70.00 for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain

There are 2 time sessions:

  • First group of 200 hikers is from 7 – 8 am.
  • Second group of 200 hikers is from 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified, although you need to be flexible to either time.

Payment of the deposit can be made through 1 of the following options:


  • We accept deposits through PayPal.The Paypal deposit is US $200 dollars per person. Paypal charges a fee of 6%, so the deposit will actually be US $212 dollars per person. The Paypal fee does not count toward the final Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu price. Through Paypal you will send the deposit to

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