Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu – 4 Days

Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu: The origins of this trail was that it was a pilgrimage route meant only for the Inca nobles; now thousands of trekkers & travellers follow this ancient footpath to Machu Picchu every year. Making it one of South Americas most well known routes it’s no wonder why this path was chosen by the Incas. The mountain pass views are stunning; and you’ll pass through numerous historic ruins along the way.

Throughout the trek, you’ll pass through cloud forests and below snowy peaks and discover the world of the Incas. Following a centuries-old sacred trail, you will visit a variety of historic sites, finally arriving at Machu Picchu, the most famous and complex of all.

After an overnight in Machu Picchu Pueblo you’ll then spend the following morning touring the Incan citadel; including possible climbs to Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu mountains (for those with energy!). Following your time in Machu Picchu you’ll then make your way back to Cusco to reflect on an epic journey.

Note: If you’re short on time, be sure to check out the Short Inca Trail trek which follows the last day of the Inca Trail.


  • Embark from Ollantaytambo, one of South America’s oldest villages
  • Crossover Dead Woman’s Pass (4212m) for breathtaking views of Pumahuanca
  • Camp at Phuyupatamarca, “‘the place above the clouds”
  • Descend the Wiñay Wayna terraces and through the Intipunku gateway
Day 1
Cusco - Huayllabamba

Leaving Cusco early, you'll take the route to Km82. This is your first check point at the beginning of the trek. From here the trail winds along the river valley for a period. This is a good day to warm-up before the challenges that lie ahead.

En route you'll pass Wilkaracay with its impressive view of Patallacta which were both site of importance to the Incas. This is the start of a trail full of Incan sanctuaries.

Reaching your first campsite at Huayllabamba (3000masl). Porters will have set up camp and our cook will begin preparing your evening meal.

  • Distance: 10.58km | 7.3ml
  • Approx. Time: 6hr
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner & Snacks
Day 2
Huayllabamba - Pacaymayo

Today following the Inca trail you'll ascend to Warmiwañuska (“Dead Woman’s Pass”).

This is the highest altitude mountain pass of the trail (4250masl).

Descending by intricate stone trails to your campsite for the evening, at Pacaymayo (3500masl).

  • Distance: 10.15km | 7ml
  • Approx. Time: 8-9hr
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Snacks
Day 3
Pacaymayo - Phuyupatamarca

After a good and plentiful breakfast you'll continue along this ancient trail passing small marsh ecosystems, ascending over the second mountain pass of the trek (3,850masl).

Taking lunch then continuing on, the last remaining hours of the day, are some of the most epic of the Inca Trail with great landscapes and scenery. You'll encounter the last campsite of the trail when the sun begins to set at Phuyupatamarca. 

  • Distance: 10.58km | 7.3ml
  • Approx. Time: 8-9 hr 
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Snacks
Day 4
Phuyupatamarca - Sungate – Machupicchu - Cusco

Finally you've reached the last leg of the trail to the fabled Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Tracking down for around 3hrs, about 1000m below from the last campsite.

On the way you'll discover a couple of Incan sites: Intipata and Wiñaywayna which is just 2 hrs before your arrival to the famous Sungate. 

Here you'll get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu; then trekking down further to the citadel for a full guided tour to better understand this incredible Incan site.

Afterwards you'll take the bus down to Machu Picchu Pueblo, with your guide. Then embarking on the train back to Ollantaytambo or Cusco to enjoy the evening & revel in an epic journey.
  • Distance: 6.53km | 4.5ml 
  • Approx. Time: 5 hrs 
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch + Snacks
  • Machu Picchu Travel

Tour Info

Breakfast x 3
Lunch x 4
Dinner x 3
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Machu Picchu Entrance Ticket
Round-trip bus tickets
Return Train to Cusco & transfer to hotel
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Any additional extras
There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured
Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Peruvian food can be spicy, it can be strong and rich for many European diets. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, so please avoid at all costs on arrival and stick to bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request), and a mountain cook. They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude.
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru.

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  • Domestic Flights - Lima - Cusco - Lima
  • All Hotels as indicated in the plan
  • All meals as indicated in the plan
  • Private bilingual guide for all activities
  • Private transport for all location transfers
  • Camping equipment, food, mules & crew for the
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  • All entrance tickets required for Machu Picchu
Not Included
  • International Flights
  • Any additional meals required
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