Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

4 Days /  3 Nights

Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

4 Days / 3 Nights
Departures: March - December 2024

From $1,365 AUD
Trip Style
Group Adventures

Hiking & Trekking

Departure city: Cuzco, Peru
End city: Cuzco, Peru

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Tour Leaders / Guides
Someone local to show you around
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Group Travel
Meet like-minded people and new friends

A spectacularly rich experience in the Andean Mountains awaits you! Immerse yourself in the Inca culture as you hike 43 kilometres through the heart of the beautiful Andes. This 4-day trek is the only one to take you along the original Inca Trail, arriving in the early morning light to Machu Picchu.



  • Hike the original & legendary Inca Trail
  • See ancient Inca ruins along the trek
  • Reach Machu Picchu in the early morning
  • Enjoy delicious Peruvian food


accommodation style
3 Nights Accommodation
Camping during trek (including tent for 2 people and basic sleeping pad)
3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
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Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fees, Porters and cook to carry all shared camping equipment, Snacks, Emergency oxygen bottle + more
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Accommodation pick-up, Roundtrip bus to/from start and endpoint of the tour + Train Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Professional bilingual guide
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Accommodation in Cuzco
  • Day 1 breakfast, Day 4 lunch and dinner, bottled water
  • Guide for bus and train transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions


Departure Time: 5:30, 6:00 hrs


Cuzco, Trek to Wayllabamba Camp via Ollantaytambo


Today you will be picked up at your accommodation between 5:00-6:00 am. One day before the trek, make sure you made all of the necessary preparations. Before starting the amazing trek adventure, you will be taken by bus to the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will have an hour to eat breakfast on your own and purchase last-minute snacks, water and walking sticks. Then you will hop back on the bus to Piscacucho where the famous Inca Trail journey will begin. Don't forget to bring your original passport, student card (if applicable) for the first Inca Trail checkpoint. Your guide will have your tickets for you. Start hiking along rolling hills in the Vilcanota River Valley where you will spot several small archaeological sites on the way. During halfway, you will enjoy a tasty lunch and you will have time to relax before reaching Wayllabamba camp. (2,980m)


Trekking:10 kilometres / 6 hours


Difficulty: Moderate trek along a rolling path gradually ascending from Piscacucho 82 KM (2,570m) through the Urubamba river valley for 10 KM to reach Wayllabamba Camp (2,980m).


Meals: L, D

Trek to Pacaymayo Camp via Dead Woman's Pass


Enjoy an early breakfast around 6:00 am before starting off on the most challenging day along the trail, with a vertical hike of 6 km (approx. 5 hours) to reach Dead Woman's Pass at 4,215m followed by a 3 km hike down stone steps to reach Pacaymayo camp at 3,600m (approx. 2 hours). You can take your time and rest as much as you need, as you will ascend more than 1,200 meters over the course of the morning. Just after you reach Dead Woman's Pass you will be rewarded with spectacular views of nearby snow-capped mountain peaks and roaring waterfalls. Walk slowly down to Pacaymayo Camp (3,600m) to enjoy the view. You will stop for lunch and a well-deserved nap. Then you will have the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the camp before dinner and an early bedtime.


Trekking: 10 kilometres / 7 hours.


Difficulty: Difficult trekking day starting at Wayllabamba Camp (2,980m) with a constant ascent of 6.4 KM to Dead Woman’s Pass (4,215m), an elevation gain of 1,200 vertical meters. Descend another 2.4 KM along a stone staircase to reach Pacaymayo Camp (3,600m), a decrease in elevation of 800 vertical metres.


Meals: B, L, D

Trek to Wiñayhuayna Camp via Runquracay Pass


Today, hike for one hour uphill and discover the beautiful Pacaymayo archaeological site. Continue one hour to Runquracay Pass (3,950m) where you can summit the mountain for amazing views of surrounding peaks. You will have the chance to explore two more archaeological sites called Sayacmarca & Phuyupatamarca with your guide before having lunch along the way. By late afternoon you will reach Wiñayhuayna High Jungle camp (2,650m) set above a river valley in a high jungle climate. After dinner, say a big THANK YOU to your porters and guides.


Trekking: 15 kilometres / 9 hours


Difficulty: Moderate ups and downs along ancient Inca stairways for 15 KM from Pacaymayo Camp (3,600m) crossing over Runquracay Pass (3,950m) ending at Wiñayhuayna High Jungle Camp (2,650m) with breaks at scenic archaeological sites along the way.


Meals: B, L, D

Trek to Sun Gate, Explore Machu Picchu, Return to Cuzco (B)


Today, you will wake up between 3:30 and 4:30 am and have breakfast early to live an incredible experience. You will head to the Wiñaywayna checkpoint and join the lineup to wait for the gate to open at 5:30 am. Once the gate opens, you will hike for about an hour to reach the Sun Gate. We'll keep our fingers crossed for a clear day! Catch the first glimpses of light over the stunning ruins of Machu Picchu, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Then continue down the final length of the trail for 40 minutes to reach the Machu Picchu archaeological complex.


Explore this magical site on a 2-hour guided tour and learn about the history of this incredible Inca citadel. Afterwards, you will be free to visit on your own and take pictures at your leisure. If you're feeling adventurous, take an optional trek to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (must be booked in advance). Return to Aguas Calientes from where you will catch a train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you will take a bus back to Cuzco, arriving back around 20:00. You will be dropped off late in the day at the Plaza San Francisco. Please make your way back to the accommodation of your choice. We wish you the best for your onward travels!


Trekking: 7 kilometres / 2 hours


Difficulty: Follow an easy, flat and narrow 7 KM path from Wiñayhuayna High Jungle Camp (2,650m) to the Sun Gate (2,720m) and finally descend into the impressive archaeological site of Machu Picchu (2,400m).


Meals: B

4 Day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu Map

Additional Information

The COMPLETE service INCLUDES a thermal sleeping bag, foam sleeping mat, duffel bag & porter to carry a total of 7kgs of personal gear for each trekker (3kgs sleeping bag & mat + 4kgs personal items).


The reduced BASIC (LIGHT) service ONLY INCLUDES a basic foam sleeping mat and EXCLUDES the thermal sleeping bag, duffel bag & porter to carry personal gear. You will carry your own backpack, sleeping bag, mattress and personal gear.


A Private Trek Option is also available.


Inflatable Sleeping Mattress, Professional Trekking Poles.

During the trek, single travellers will share a tent with another traveller of the same sex and couples will have a tent to themselves.

This hike is demanding, it’s important to be in good physical condition. The Inca Trail elevation changes make the hike strenuous as there are three passes during the hike and you will have 1950 metres of uphill and 2250 metres of descent.

Bring or Rent in Cuzco: hiking poles, rain pants, rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals, warm socks, sweater, thermals, hat, gloves, sun hat, sunblock, sunglasses, flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card (there is limited to no electricity available during the trek), waterproof bags for your camera, hand sanitiser, personal first aid kit, water bottle. Bring extra cash for snacks, water, Gatorade which doubles or triples in price along the trail.

Original passport, visa (if applicable), insurance card, personal medications.

On all of our Treks to Machu Picchu, we search for great cooks who provide you with the best tasting meals on the mountain, with specialty menus and the freshest local ingredients available. Here is an idea of what you will be eating during your trek.


*Vegetarian Option Available Upon Request (please advise at least 2 days in advance).


BREAKFASTS: Hot porridge, quinoa or oats, fried eggs, omelette or pancakes with fresh bread, fried bananas and boiled water for hot tea, coca tea, coffee, chocolate and milk.


LUNCH & DINNER: First Course: Quinoa, corn, noodle, asparagus, mushroom or vegetable soup, stuffed avocado or potatoes. Second Course: Chicken breast, beef stew, quinoa, fried rice, hamburgers, fried chicken, spaghetti bolognese, typical dishes: aji de gallina (chilli pepper chicken), escabeche de pollo (marinated chicken) or ajiaco de olluco (spicy potato stew). Desserts: Fried plantains, chocolate pudding, chocolate or vanilla cake and boiled water for hot tea, coca tea, coffee, chocolate and milk.


SNACKS: Boiled water for hot tea, coca tea, coffee, chocolate and milk with popcorn, cookies, crackers.

  • Inflatable Sleeping Mattress ($15 USD for the trek)
  • Professional Trekking Poles ($15 USD for the trek)
  • Huayna Picchu Trek (200 Soles)
  • Machu Picchu Mountain Hike (200 Soles)


Tips (Tipping is 100% optional depending on the service you received. Although tipping is customary in Latin America, it is NOT mandatory. If you do wish to give a tip, we recommend $40-50 USD per trekker for the entire team of porters, cooks and guides.)


*Optional extras are subject to availability and prices may change at any time without prior notice. Please confirm pricing and availability at least 2 weeks prior to departure.

Terms and conditions apply.  Subject to change and availability.  Prices are per person twin share and subject to currency fluctuation. (ba)