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Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world; Thousands of tourists hike it every year especially the nature and culture lovers!…



4-Day Classic Inca Trail is a wonderful trekking in Peru that leads you to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu; it’s probably the most interesting and beautiful trek in the world; because the trekking involves the Andes, cloud forest and enigmatic VX century Inca sites. Along the Trail you’ll have the choice to see great variety of  flora, fauna and Inca archaelogical sites. The trail is stone paved ancient path which ends in the Inca Sanctuary of Machu Picchu situated at 2,400 m /7,874 fts.

The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is well known for its great biodiversity and its mysterious Inca archaeological sites; the INCA TRAIL is the most important route that links the main capital of the Incas – Cusco, with the religious Inca center – Machu Picchu. The trekking distance is of 45km or 26mls; with three high passes; the higest of which reach up to 4,200m / 13779fts. It is said that the Classic Inca Trail is one of the famous trekking route in the world doe to the natural and cultural highlights.

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Our Classic Inca Trail, has verity of beautiful highlights such as: landscape, culture, views of Machu Picchu and the Vilcabamba range, rivers, jungle, etc. This Adventure Trekking to Machu Picchu is portered trekking Tour, where the porters carry the majority of the equipment and we use camping tents for three nights; the tents are top quality and it is distributed one tent for every two persons

Essential Info for Classic Inca Trail

  • Location: The 4-Day Classic Inca Trail Trek begins at about 3 hours car drive from the city of Cusco; in the zone of Pisaqhakucho, known as the “Kilometre 82”, near Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Distance: 45 Km / 26Miles
  • Time: 4 days/ 3 nights
  • Level: Moderate, though still difficult if you have average fitness.
  • Departure Dates: Any day with two people. We offer affordably priced tours for 2 people so that you can depart when it suits you best.
  • Acclimatization: Minimum 2 days at an altitude of 3,000 meters or higher is recommended.
  • When to go: The best time to hike is from April until November, but the busy season is June to August; during this time is considered the dry season; there are little rains.
  • Altitude: The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu begins at 2,750 masl/8,875 ft and the maximum altitude is  4,200 masl /13,818 ft; this point calls “Warmiwañusqha pass” or Dead Woman Pass.
  • Temperatures: From minus 4ºC to 28ºC


  • Hike the world’s famous trek to Machu Picchu knows as the ” 4-day Classic Inca Trail”.
  • Explore Beautiful and special Inca ruins along the way.
  • Your first sight of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku (the Sun Gate).
  • Explore the wonder of the world – Machu Picchu
  • Many photo opportunities
  • Great views of the Vilcabamba Mountain range
  • Trek across the Machu Picchu national park
  • Walk at your own pace and enjoy the beautiful landscapes
  • Learn about the Incas; the biggest culture in the Americas development from XV to XVI century

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1: First walking day (7 – 8 hours)

3-hour bus journey to km 82 (starting point of the Inca trail), then continue walking through the stuning valley.

DAY 2: Dead woman pass ( 7 – 8 hours)

Enjoy the most challenging part of the Inca Trail,  trekking through the highest point “Warmiwañusqha pass” (Dead Woman’s pass – 4,200 masl/13,779ft).

DAY 3: A wonderful day (5 – 7 hours)

Wonderful day trekking on the original and well-maintained Inca Trail; we will visit Sayacmarka, Phuyupatamarka and Wiñaywayna Inca ruins.

DAY 4: Visit Machu Picchu and retunr to Cusco.

We’ll start very early to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu and explore every important place. In the afternoon, we’ll return to Cusco.


Deatiled Itinerary for Classic Inca Trail

One Day before our highly trained guide will meet you at your hotel to go over final details and ensure you are ready and excited for the adventure ahead.

DAY 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Pisqhakucho (km 82) – Ayapata

At 05:30 a.m we’ll pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and transfer you in our private bus to Pisqhakucho or km 82 (the starting point of the Classic Inca Trail). Bus journey from Cusco to Pisqhakucho takes approximately 3:30 hours.

Once we arrive there, we’ll pass the control point showing the TREK PERMITS and passports of integrants of the group. Then we walk over  a 50-meters long bridge to the other side of the “Urubamba” river from where we’ll climb up for five minutes aprox. Then the trail continues undulating with the presence of different types of cactus, some local families and farming lands of corn and potatoes.

Two hours after we arrive to Mesqhay; A nice resting place where you can purchase water and other type of drinks; here we will stop for resting (15 minutes), after that we’ll continue 40 minutes walk to Llactapata Inca Ruins. where the guide will explain you about the site.

From Llactapata, the trail continues through the Cusichaca River/Valley. After two hours of walking we will arrive to Hatunchaca (long bridge) where our lunch will be served. From here, we’ll continue 45 minutes to Wayllabamba (Valley of Grass – 3,000 masl) which is a small community; here you can purchase some snacks and some water.

After a good rest in “Wayllabamba”, we continue the climb up the last two kilometers to “Ayapata” camp (3,300m – 10,820fts asl); which will take us approximately 1:30 hours.

  • Meals included: L & D.
  • Accomodation: Double occupancy camping tent.
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,300m / 10,820fts. Camp
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,750m / 9,022fts. starting point
  • Distance Travelled: 13 km / 8 mls.
  • Approximate walking time: 7-8 hours.

DAY 2: Ayapata – Dead Woman’s Pass – Chakiccocha: Top Day

After breakfast we’ll depart from Ayapata Camp at 07:00 a.m. Today will be our longest day; but one is rewarded with spectacular views. From Ayapata, the trail climbs up for two hours to Llulluchayoc Zone; where you can see several species of birds and hummingbirds, falcons and black-crested buzzard eagles.  From Llulluchayoc zone, the trail climbs for two more hours to “Warmiwañusqha” pass. You can walk at your own pace.

Warmiwañusqha or Dead Woman Pass (4,200m / 13,997 fts); is the highest pass and the first of two passes that we will cross today. Once we arrive to the pass, we’ll take a rest before beginning a steep descent into the Pacaymayo  valley (3,600 m /11,800 fts) 2:30-hours. At Pacaymayu Valley our lunch will be served. Then we’ll continue the second ascent.

From Pacaymayu, we will hike one hour and stop at Inca ruins of Runkuraqhay (round shaped balcony); Runkuraqhay was probably a relay station for the Inca massagers (The chaskis); From Runkuraqhay, the trail continues up for 1 hour to the second pass (4,000 m / 13,123 fts). From here, most of the trail is downhill or gently undulating until we reach the impressive Inca ruins at Sayacmarca (inaccessible or dominant spot).  from Sayacmarka a 20-minutes walk will bring us to Chakiccocha (3,600 m / 11,800 fts) camp.

  • Meals included: B, L & D.
  • Accomodation: Double occupancy camping tent.
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,200 m / 13,977 fts. The pass
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,600 m / 11,800 fts. The Camp
  • Distance Travelled: 17 km / 10.5 mls.
  • Approximate walking time: 7 – 8 hours.

DAY 3: Chakiccocha – Phuyupatamarka – Wiñaywayna

Today will be short and beautifully day because this stretch of the INCA TRAIL is well-kept stone paved, still in great condition after many centuries. From Chakiccocha camp, the The Inca Trail continues two hours undulating to the 3rd pass (3,600 m / 11,800 fts). A few minutes down after the pass,  is  located the Inca ruins of Phuyupatamarka; The name means Town over the clouds, which probably was temple of the water. One still can see here a beautiful six water baths bordering a small courtyard used for the rituals of the water.

After the exploration, we leave the site via an impressive Inca staircase. After about three hours of walking through cloud-forest we’ll arrive to Wiñaywayna (2,600 m / 8, 530 fts); I’ts the last official campsite before Machu Picchu.

In the afternoon, we’ll explore this stunning Inca ruins of Wiñaywayna. The name in Quechua means “Young Forever” and is named doe to a variety of pink orchid which grows here. The ruins were discovered in 1942 by the historian from Peru Julio C. Tello; The ruins comprises magnificent agricultural terraces set in an impressive location.

  • Meals included: B, L & D.
  • Accommodation: Double occupancy camping tent.
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,600 m / 11,800 fts. The Pass
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,600 m / 8,530 fts. The camp
  • Distance Travelled: 10 km / 6.20 mls.
  • Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours.

DAY 4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – “Aguas Calientes” – Cusco

Get up at 04:00 a.m and start the hike at 05:00 a.m to get to Intipunku or Sungate and overlook Machu Picchu for the sunrise ( if weather allows).

From the Wiñayhuayna camp to Sungate, the hike will be for 1:30 hours approximately with significant upward stretches in the last half; the trail contours a mountainside and drops into cloud forest before coming to an almost vertical flight of 62 steps leading up to the final pass at Intipunku suddenly the whole of Machu Picchu is spread out before you in all its glory – a fantastic sight for all.

From Inti Punku we walk down to Machu Picchu (45 minutes) and arrive to the upper part from where you’ll have the choice to the panoramic pictures of Machu Picchu

Once you arrive to Machu Picchu, you will have ample time to take photos from the classic viewpoint. When the group is back together again, we’ll descend to the main entrance where you can safely leave your large backpacks. You can also go to the toilet and have a quick coffee in the restaurant just outside the entrance. The group will re-enter to Machu Picchu Ruins with the same guide for a complete informative tour of the major sectors.

The tour takes about 2 – 3 hours so at about 11:00 a.m you will have free time to explore the ruins alone. After you finish your exploration, you will take bus down to the town of “Aguas Calientes” to enjoy your lunch; the buses from Machu Picchu to “Aguas Calientes” are leaving every 10 minutes. In the afternoon, you’ll head to the train station and return to Cusco.

Important note:

The above trek itinerary is typical 98% majority of our Inca trail 4-day groups. However, campsites used during the trek may be subject to change depending on availability of spaces as issued by the UGM (the government authorities that control access to Inca Trail). The UGM are responsible for allocating the campsites to the trekking companies.

Although we try to make Wiñaywayna our last campsite (since it is only a 2-hour trek to Machu Picchu) we cannot guarantee this to be the case and on occasions, we have been allocated space at Phuyupatamarca (nearly 5 hours from Machu Picchu). These matters are the same for all trekking companies and are outside of our direct control.

  • Meals included: B.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,700 m / 8,858 fts. Inti punku or Sun Gate
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,400 m / 7,874 fts. Machu Picchu
  • Distance Travelled: 5 km / 3 mls.
  • Approximate walking time: 2 hours.



Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu includes

  • Transportation: Transfer from your hotel in our tourist bus to Pisccakucho (km 82, starting point of the Inca trail); Bus down from Machu Picchu to the town of “Aguas Calientes”; Tourist train expedition class from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo; Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Inca Trail Permits.
  • Entrance Fees: For Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 hot lunches, 3 hot dinners: Delicious meals prepared by professional chef. Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn); we offer vegetarian option upon request, we provide available boiled water each morning for your water bottles.
  • Guides: Licensed bilingual tour guide (2 guides over 8 people),
  • General Porters: For camping equipment, food and cooking gears.
  • Camping Equipment: We provide four people capacity tent for two people, brand new four season tents, therm-a-rest, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats, tables, tent for porters, kitchen gear and backpacks, warm clothes and life insurance for the porters.
  • Others Items: First aid kit, oxygen bottle.


  • Breakfast on the first morning; some hotels offer early morning breakfast. If not, we’ll stop in the town of Ollantaytambo, on the way to the starting point of the trek where you can have breakfast and buy some items for the trek.
  • Lunch in the town of “Aguas Calientes” on the final day; you must consider a budget from $15.00 USD to $30.00 USD for this meal.

Optional items to be hired:

  • Entrance to the thermal baths in “Aguas Calientes” (optional) US$ 6.00.
  • Extra Porter to carry your personal items (7kg) in duffel bags that we provide $ 60.00 USD for the entire trek.
  • Sleeping bag can be rented in our office for $20.00 USD for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  • Others; the optional night in the town of “Aguas Calientes”, we will assist you on this but you must let us to know in advance and change you train tickets for the next day.
  • Tips for the staff.

Payment facts

We’ll require a non-refundable trek deposit of $200 USD per person. The deposit can be sent by a WESTERN UNION, by PAY PAY or to our BANK ACCOUNT by money transfer. This is the fastest and most secure form of payment in Peru.

The money transfer should be in the name of “SUNRISE PERU TREK TOUR OPERATOR E.I.R.L”. Once you arrive in Cusco, you must pay the remaining balance in cash prior to beginning your tour. We accept both: US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency).

Packing List


What should I pack for 4-Day Classic Inca Trail Trek? This is the most frequently asked question by Inca Trail hikers.

When traveling to a new and faraway destination like South America, you’ll need to prepare well in advance, especially when you are thinking to hike the Classic Inca Trail.

For your trip to Peru, you will take one or two large suitcases depending on the length of your vacation. However, you will only bring the necessary equipment for the 4-day trek to Machu Picchu. You must store the rest of your belongings in your hotel in Cusco while you are on the Trail

For the 4-Day Classic Inca Trail, you should minimize the equipment that you will bring. We recommend 5 kilos in your backpack and 7 kilos in your duffle bag. Remember that you are responsible for carrying your backpack at all times and that you will need to have all the necessary equipment for the day. Our robust porters will carry the 7-kilos of your duffel bag, and you can only find them at the campsites but not during the day.

Essentials for the Classic Inca Trail:

  • Valid and original passport (a copy will not be accepted)
  • The passport must have a minimum validity of 6 months to enter and leave Peru.
  • Valid student card (if you booked as a student)
  • Walking shoes (light and comfortable)
  • A good quality backpack (light, small and comfortable)
  • Water storage for at least 2 liters; either a camel backpack or one or more bottles of water
  • Trekking poles (you can rent from us)

Items to put in your backpack:

Below is a list of items that we strongly recommend you carry with you at all times in your backpack. Remember that you will take it with you every day of the trek, so we recommend you bring a good quality, light and comfortable backpack.

It is important to note that due to local regulations, your backpack must not exceed 25lts. All larger bags cannot be brought into Machu Picchu and will need to be stored outside the gates.

  • hat and sunglasses
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Warm layers (fleeces/long-sleeved shirts)
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Gel alcohol
  • Toilet paper
  • personal medication
  • Bandages, moleskin
  • Camera, extra batteries
  • Head Torch
  • Additional snacks, energy bars, chocolate.
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks and tips (a small change helps pay for the use of the villagers’ toilets on the first day)

Items to put in your Duffle bag:

SPT TRAVEL & TOURS will provide you with a duffle bag to pack all the items you don’t need to take with you during the day. Our porters will carry this bag for you throughout the trek. Please note that this bag must weigh a maximum of 7kg, including your sleeping bag and air mattress (if you bring/rent one). These two items weigh approximately 3kg together (2kg sleeping bag, 1kg air mattress). During the Inca Trek, you will go through different temperatures on the way up/down; it can also get cold at night at the campsite. Therefore, layers work best!

The Duffle bag will be delivered to our office during the briefing held the day before the trek; we can also deliver them to your hotel if you need to organize your things sooner.

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Air mattress
  • Light and comfortable shoes for camping.
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves for the Inca Trail
  • 4 t-shirts (absorbent t-shirts are best)
  • 2 pants/mountain pants
  • 2-3 sets of underwear
  • 2-3 pairs of hiking socks
  • 1 fleece
  • 1 warm coat for the coldest nights
  • quick dry towel
  • Soap
  • Wet wipes
  • toothbrush and paste
  • moisturizing face cream
  • power bank/battery charger
  • Plastic bags to separate wet or muddy clothes

Classic Inca Trail duffle bag


The Price Info

Daily Departure

 Expedition class  US$ 615
 Vistadome class  US$
 Hiram Bimgham class

Available discounts:

You’ll get $25 USD discount on prices to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and children under the age of 17 years old (scans of your ISIC card or child’s passport must be provided at the time of paying the trek deposit in order to qualify for the discount). International Youth Travel Cards (IYTC) or other forms of student identity are not acceptable.

The Inca Trail Availability:

We offer daily departures on the Classic Inca Trail (excluding February when the trail is closed) – The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on the Inca Trail  (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters). We recommend that you make a trek booking as early as possible.

Inca Trail Optional Extras:

  • Sleeping Bag US$25
  • Walking Pole US$10
  • Inflatable Mattress US$15
  • Single Tent Supplement US$30
  • Personal Porter (half) to carry 6kg of personal items US$60
  • Full Porter to carry 14kg of personal items US$130

The Private price

  • 2  people $740 USD PP
  • 3  people $700 USD PP
  • 4  people $670 USD PP
  • 5  people $645 USD PP
  • 6 + people $ 615 USD PP


Classic Inca Trail FAQ’S

Please read carefully the following information; it will help with your questions about our services and the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu”

Questions and answers that will help on the Classic Inca Trail


It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm or 7pm at our office or in your hotel.


Of course! During the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel in Cusco, both are for free.


OF COURSE! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number that you sent to us to book your Inca Trail permit. The rangers check each day and also when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will check your passport before allowing you to board the train. In case you are renewing your passport, go ahead and send us your old number to secure your permit, we can make the changes when you get your new passport number…if so, please send the new passport number as soon as possible.


The maximum group size is 8 persons. Usually our groups are between 2-8 persons. SUNRISE PEREU TREK Specializes in SMALL; PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.


You will have 1 cook per group. The number of porters depends of the size of the group. For a group of 2 trekkers, there will have 4 porters, 4 trekkers will have 6 porters, 6 trekkers will have 9 porters, 8 trekkers will have 12 porters.


The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 6kg/12p. Your team of porters will carry your duffle bag for you, together with the food and camping gear.

It’s important to be aware, that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.


Toilets have improved a lot in the last couple of years and all of the larger campsites have toilet blocks with flush toilets and running water.


In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, SUNRISE PERU TREK will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems in extreme cases; a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance required). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.

Generally those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if recover quickly.  They then continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to original plan.


Absolutely!! Included in the package and on the last day we will drop you at your hotel! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, for sure we will pick you up!


It will depend on the train’s availability BUT the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco from the train. Therefore you will take the train at 4:22pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours for Machu Picchu


The Classic Inca Trail is the only trek that leads you directly up to the Sun Gate, having the first amazing view of Machu Picchu. This trail has also a historical significance because along the Inca Trail, you will explore many religious Inca Cities and it will take you through many different microclimates, offering amazing views of the Andes, the valleys, the waterfalls, the flora and fauna.


It is advisable to have two full days in Cuzco to recover from your travel and to do at least one day hike to higher altitudes help with acclimatization. We can organize day hikes & other tours around Cuzco for you. If you have already been in another area of Peru at high altitude before arriving in Cuzco, we still recommend you have a complete day in Cuzco to rest, recover from your travel and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cuzco before departing for the trek.

To avoid altitude sickness on the trek, we recommend that you spend time in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley. If you have never been in high altitude, we recommend that you spend a day in the Sacred Valley because it is at lower altitude than Cusco city.

Watch the Classic Inca Trail Video

Classic Inca Trail elevation Map

Inca Trail Elevation Map


Essential Information

Essential information for Classic Inca Trail

Trekking Briefing

The Classic Inca Trail briefing or the information sessions will be held in our office at 6:30 p.m. or in your hotel one day before the hike. If you are unable to take this time, you must arrange another time with a member of SUNRISE PERU TREK TRAVEL & TOURS office team. Briefings last approximately 30-45 minutes and will allow you to receive your duffel bags.

The Inca trail group

Maximum group size for Classic Inca Trail is 8 passengers. Passengers come from a range of countries worldwide (average of 3 nationalities per group) and many will be solo travellers. You will find you have many things in common with your fellow travellers, including a passion for discovery and a strong interest in exploring the National Parks. Classic Inca Trail is designed for adults over 18 years old. While most passengers are aged 25-55, every year we get many people both above and below this age range.

All travellers over the age of 70 will be requested to complete a self-declaration of fitness form prior to travel. Our tours are a unique holiday experience and much of your enjoyment will come from the team spirit of your group and the fun you’ll have together, as well as from the local setting. We cannot stress strongly enough the importance of bringing a positive attitude with you on tour; a sure guarantee to enjoying each and every moment, even in the adversity of the odd rainstorm!

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is also referred to as “Altitude Sickness”, and as the name indicates the illness is commonly encountered at exceptionally high altitudes, such as the summit area of the highest pass. AMS, once apparent, can be most effectively treated by immediately taking the affected person to a lower altitude. Often a drop as little as 500m will be sufficient. The symptoms of AMS include in the order normally experienced; headaches, nausea, anorexia, exhaustion, lassitude, rapid pulse, insomnia, swelling of the hands and feet and reduced urine output.

Trekkers can take precautions to at least minimize the severity of the illness, by maintaining a slow steady pace from day one, include an extra day of acclimatization at a high altitude and by drinking at least 3-4 liters of water every day. Preventative medicine is also available and you should consult your physician for specialist advice.

Fluid build-up may cause a condition known as edema (or oedema), which can affect the lungs (pulmonary), preventing effective oxygen exchange, or affect the brain (cerebral) which will result in the swelling of the brain tissue.

The latter can be lethal if not treated immediately or if symptoms are ignored. Probably 40% of all people trekking the Inca trail will suffer to some extent from AMS. You should familiarize yourself with this condition and take preventative care. For more information on this sickness please click on the Action Guide to High Altitude.

Guides and Porters

Once on the Mountain, your well-equipped guides and porters will rank second only to your mental determination, in terms of important factors contributing to a successful Machu Picchu attempt. For the duration of your Inca Trail trek, your guide will be your advisor, he will lead you through the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, and he will bring you very safely. It will be important that you work closely with him and take note of his advice.

Porters and cook

The porters of Classic Inca Trail, do not only transport your gear and the supplies up to the mountain. Arriving at every camp site long before you, they will have already erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening they will also boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner of a quality that has surprised many previous clients.

Useful tips:

  • Make sure for Classic Inca Trail, all your clothes and sleeping bag are packed in plastic bag inside the duffel bag, to ensure they stay dry in the event of rain, even if your duffel bag is waterproof.
  • Something good Vaseline or Vicks Vaporub are good on the summit attempt.
  • Moist air coming from your noise or on your lips will freeze and become very uncomfortable
  • Sound travel at night and many people snore on the Inca Trail – bring some ear plugs to sleep with.
  • At the beginning the trail is very dusty and sinus congestion is a problem with many hikers. Bring a good decongestant spray or tablet.
  • For Classic Inca Trail, travel with your most important gear as hand luggage – e.g. wear your hiking boots in the plane – missing luggage is a common problem.


Should you encounter any difficulties meeting your transfer from the airport to the starting hotel, depending on which country you are in you can contact a SUNRISE PERU TREK representative on the following:

  • Mauro Pedraza – Operations Manager
    Mobile: +(51) 984 734633
  • Henrry Chauca – Operations
    Mobile: +(51) 950 313131
  • Sharon Ovalle – SUNRISE PERU TREK Representatives Supervisor
    Mobile: +(51) 974 359484

Please remember if it is a genuine emergency, we of course want you to call us; however, if it can wait until the next day, we ask that you call during our office hours. Thank you.

Trek Description

Classic Inca Trail Trek

  • Hike the most famous route to Machu Picchu
  • Explore the mysterious Inca sites along the route
  • Arrive to Machu Picchu through the San Gate
  • Explore Machu Picchu the icon of the Incas

Four -day Classic Inca Trail starts in the zone of Pisqhakucho or the place known as the km 82 at 2,750m / 9,020fts; this place is located one hour beyond the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas; you’ll be transported by bus until there. Then Every day you’ll walk approximately 7-8 hours for 3 days and one day you’ll explore the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

The entire Inca Trail Trail is a distance of 45 km or 26 miles with three high passes to cross. Along the trail there are several Inca archaeological sites. The trail crosses eight ecological zones from Andes to high Rocky Mountains, Alpine Tundra and dense tropical zones. The Classic Inca Trail is perfect for individuals, couples and small groups of friends.

Trek Recommendation

Important recomendation for 4-Day Classic Inca Trail

  • For Classic Inca Trail, we recommend 2 days in the city of Cusco or other plce with similar altitud (3,400 m / 11,150 fts) to get used to the altitude; meanwhile, you can take others tours like city tour or Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once you arrive to Cusco, we will give you a pre-travel talk (briefing) of the city and of the tour in your hotel; time will be confirmed on your arrival.
  • The government has strictly limited the number of people; permitted for the Inca Trail (permits are issued to about 200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters this 500 permits include 4 day-Inca Trail). We recommend you to make your reservations at least 30 days in advance; however 3 months in advance is recommended especially during the months of June, July, August, September and October.
  • It’s recommended to book Classic Inca Trailin advance, before booking flight tickets and hotels, because there are limited spots to reserve for Inca trail at INC and PERU RAIL (train tickets).
Classic Inca Trail Guide

4-Day Classic Inca Trail Guide

The first day of your trek is long. You have to start early from Cusco to reach Machu Picchu National Park. You have to go through several official procedures before you start the trek.

  • It’s a 3:30-hour-journey from Cusco to KM 82 or Pisqhakuchu community where the gate for the Inca Trail is located. Start by 5:30 am so that you reach park gate by 9:00 am.
  • Around 10 minutes before reaching the park gate, the bus will leave you where you’ll need to check last details of the trek: like use the toilets, use the sunblock and the insect repellent.
  • After reaching the park gate, the first thing you have to do is register yourself with the park authority. Your passport number and the permits will be reviewed here.
  • After registration, the porter’s load will be weighed; it shouldn’t exceed 20 kg.
  • After that, park officials will check the porter’s license and finally check their backpacks to ensure they are carrying necessary clothing and equipment.

The whole process at park gate may take more than one hour. After all the proceedings, you’ll cross the bridge and finally start the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Don’t get tensed if you find that you are starting your trek only around 10 or 11am.

You have only 6 hours of trekking on Day 1. Before sunset, you’re likely to be inside your tent.

The control point of the CLASSIC INCA TRAIL in the zone of Chachabamba or the KM 82; It’s important your original passport – the permits will be provided by Sunrise Peru Trek

Final Day to Machu Picchu

All routes on the Inca Trail go through the sun gate, the first point from where you can perceive Machu Picchu. You will see a great number of trekkers that day. This number can touch close to 200. The general tendency of trekkers on the last day on the Inca Trail is to start at 5:00am as soon that the last camping gate is open. If you start at 5.00am, with an average speed, you can reach the Inti Punku or Sun gate latest by 6.30 am. It takes a maximum of 1:30 hours to reach the sun gate. If you don’t want to be stuck in a line of 200 trekkers, then you can start late.

From Wiñaywayna (the last camp); the trail starts ascending gradually towards the sun gate. A one hour march will take you to the base of the Inca stone steps. Start ascending with gentle speed as the climb will take 20 minutes.

Once you reach the top of the Sun gate; you’ll see Machu Picchu and you’ll have enough time to take pictures; from here the trail becomes down for the next 30 minutes to proper Machu Picchu.




The Peruvian Ministry of Culture and SERNANP are in charge of all Inca Trail and Machu Picchu regulations, including permits and campsites. To access the Classic Inca Trail, you must have a permit corresponding to your FULL NAME, PASSPORT NUMBER, NATIONALITY and AGE issued by the Ministry of Culture.

Only Inca Trail approved travel agencies such as SPT TRAVEL & TOURS can insure them, and they are not transferable in date or name at any time. If you are unable to start your Classic Inca Trail Trek on your departure date, it is not possible to transfer the permit to another person. If you need to change your start date, you must ensure permits are still available for the new date and purchase a new permit. These are all the rules of the government of Peru that all travel agencies must follow. If permits are sold out for your desired start date, there are many other treks that lead to Machu Picchu, such as the Salkantay Trek, the Inca Quarry Trek, and the Lares Trek. We can help you find the perfect hike for you.


The best time to hike the 4-day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is between April and September. With the rainy season in Peru over, most tourists and travelers will have planned their trip during these months. The trail itself is open 11 months a year, but all Inca Trail Trails are closed in February for environmental and archaeological maintenance.

January and March

During these months, Inca Trail tours are relatively uncrowded, wet, and definitely fun if you like a challenge. Fewer tourists and fewer queues when arriving in the city can mean that traveling to Machu Picchu and its surroundings during the winter season has its advantages. Because Machu Picchu is considered a sanctuary of the Inca Emperor Pachacuti (1438-1472), walking around this time of year can highlight the tranquil beauty in which this site was created to be enjoyed.


Beautiful and mild, April is an excellent time to Hike the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu due to the firmer ground and clearer weather. Photography can also be quite haphazard in April if you want to capture high-quality images of Machu Picchu and the surrounding forests.


Good weather for hiking the Classic Inca Trail and reasonably dry, May is also a good time to visit Machu Picchu. Be aware of reservation and travel fees, as May is the start of peak travel season for college/university students. Flights and accommodation can be a bit expensive if you don’t plan well.

June, July, August and September

As for the weather, these are the most popular months to do the 4-Day Classic Inca Trail and/or visit Machu Picchu. With dry weather, very little rain, and cooler nights, walking during these months is generally more comfortable than other times of the year. Disadvantages may include the challenge of getting lodging and trail permit reservations, as these will be in short supply.


With increasingly cooler temperatures, it is an ideal climate to walk the Classic Inca Trail. Although cooler than most other months, October is reasonably dry and falls outside of holiday periods, making it a good time for hiking in Peru in general. The low season offers premium hotels and quieter experiences when traveling and dining.

November and December

November and December feature surprisingly good weather for hiking the Inca Trail, with minimal rainfall. Just before the winter holidays, the lines and attractions in and around Machu Picchu are busy but not overcrowded. Also, hotels near Machu Picchu and transportation remain relatively undisturbed.

We recommended any hiker who are planning to do Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is better to stay a couple days in Cusco or higher altitude to be well acclimatized before you begin the 4 days trek; it is important to walk with small back pack.
A minimum of 02 persons is needed to depart Classic Inca Trail. Whether you’re traveling as a family, group, friends, and couples or even traveling alone, we welcome you to our Trekking adventure to Machu Picchu. Prices are charged per person or maximum of two persons sharing a room/tent. Shared services are the basis for the described itinerary. Private services will be upon request.
We are confident that the quality of our journeys will meet your expectations and that you will enjoy the best of cultural, nature, and adventure travel experience ever possible. If you are not satisfied, you will be given credit for an extra trip or for a future journey. This is the best the best guarantee you can get in the travel business.
Due to low participation of trekkers, other tour companies will cancel their trips or pass their customers to bigger group tour operators, we guarantee that we will never cancel a trip because of low subscription or participation or change the date of departure neither will we give our travelers to other tour operators!.. Our customers can rest assured that their trekking holidays are insured and guaranteed for trekking to Machu Picchu.
Booking the Classic Inca Trail is easy with SPT Travel & Tours; click on any BOOK NOW button, select your departure date, complete the form with all the requested details, including passport information, and finally send the initial payment required to reserve the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Due to the strict permit reservation policy for the Inca Trail administered by the Peruvian government, all Inca Trail reservations must be confirmed manually.

During the Classic Inca Trail, we offer:

  • Excellent Food: Your trekking Cook will prepare special meals for you every day, from the first lunch to the last breakfast. We use fresh local products to offer the best of Peruvian cuisine. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals can be prepared upon request.
  • Top quality Equipment: We offer kitchen tents, dining tents, bathroom tents, tables, chairs, 4-person Eureka tents for 2 travelers and 2-person Eureka tents for single travelers, we charge an extra US$30 for the whole trip.
  • Transportation: We provide door to door service, we will start the tour from your hotel to anywhere in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, and after the tour we will also take you back to your hotel. We are the only company that offers panoramic trains on the way back to relax and enjoy the fantastic views.
  • Security: All our staff are trained in first aid, mountain rescue, Covid 19 protocols. We provide oxygen cylinder, first aid kit, satellite phones.
  • Porters: Our porters have the right equipment and fair wages; They are the most important staff of the Classic Inca Trail; without them it is not possible to reach Machu Picchu.

Why should you do the Inca Trail 4 days with SPT Travel & Tours?

  • At SPT Travel & Tours, our porters are treated with respect, we provide them with a fair salary, a decent tent with a mattress, good food and adequate equipment. We take care of their health, their well-being and the health of their families, we also get involved in social projects to improve their lives.
  • We are a practical, punctual, reliable travel agency that welcomes individuals or groups. Take a look at our reviews on Trip Advisor.
  • We do not share our 4-day Classic Inca Trail group with other companies.
  • Small groups of 2 to 8 people maximum. This fact differentiates us from other travel agencies that accept larger groups.
  • SPT Travel & Tours is a 100% locally owned travel agency and fully licensed Inca Trail operator.
  • Our tour guides pride themselves on being up-to-date and have a comprehensive continuing professional development program. We like to show how fascinating and surprising the Inca Trail is.
  • Your return train ticket on day 4 is at 2:55 p.m. m. from Aguas Calientes. Therefore, arrive early in Cusco to get enough sleep to go on an excursion the next day.
  • Our Inca Trail porters have received their covid-19 vaccine. are ready to work!!!

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