Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu - 5 Days

Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

From time to time it is necessary to get away from the routine for a while and share a wonderful and unrepeatable experience with your loved ones. That is why we offer this shorter, 5 day Inka Trail hike suitable for families and groups of friends. This trek is still long enough to enjoy everything you expect from the Inka Trail but short enough so the youngest of the family can enjoy it without problems and with many amenities provided by us. This 5 Day Inca Trail Trip gives you all the time you need to enjoy this amazing trek to the full. With visits to more Inca sites, the best campsites on the trail, all at a relaxed and easy pace this is the ultimate way to visit Machu Picchu. Trekking a 4 or 5 day Inca Trail is one of those things that everyone should do once in their life and the 5 day version allows you to enjoy it to the full. Normally done in smaller groups, this is a great alternative for those worried about their hiking capability and speed or for families with younger hikers. The last night before visiting Machu Picchu will be spent in a hotel in Aguas Calientes or we can camp near the town of Aguas Calientes (when you book this service, please confirm your choice of hotel or camping for the final evening).

OVERVIEW

  • Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – KM 82 – Miskay – Hatunchaca
  • Day 2: Hatunchaca – Wayllabamba – Dead Woman’s Pass – Pacaymayo
  • Day 3: Pacaymayo – Runcuraccay Pass- Sayacmaraca Ruins- Phuyupatamarca
  • Day 4: Phuyu Patamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Sungate – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: (The Lost City Of The Incas Machu Picchu ) – Cusco

Total distance trekked: 45 km/ 28 miles

Maximum altitude: 4,215 m /13,825 ft

Beginning altitude: 2,720 m /8,922 ft

Overall trek difficulty: Moderate

Itinerary

Day 1
Day 1: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - KM 82 - Miskay - Hatunchaca:

We pick you up early in the morning at your hotel (6:30am), then we drive in our private transport to Ollantaytambo passing the pictures of villages of Chinchero and Urubamba. Until km 82 the starting point of the Inca Trail. The first 2 hours of the trek are relatively easy as we make our way to our first Inca site, Patallacta which was an Inca checkpoint for the approach to Machu Picchu. After our arrival close to Patallacta we make our way down in to the canyon to a great lunch spaghettispot and can enjoy the views of Patallacta. From Patallacta we carry on along the trail, taking things easy and enjoying the scenery and the stories your guide tells you. It’s about a 2 hour walk to get to our camping site at the village Hatunchaka (3300 meters).

  • Total distance: 12 km (7.800 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 4 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 2,600 m (8,692 ft)
  • Campsite altitude: 3000 m (9,842 ft)

Day 2
Day 2: Hatunchaca - Wayllabamba - Dead Woman's Pass - Pacaymayo:

We wake up early to begin our ascent to Dead Woman’s Pass, the views as we make our way up are fantastic with beautiful views of snow-capped mountains and the cloud forest all around us. This first stretch is the most difficult part of the trek, it consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 km and brings us to the first mountain pass in this Inca Trail 5 day hike, Abra Warmihuanusca (Dead Woman’s pass). Luckily we only climb half way up the pass as we have plenty of time to get to our destination. We will have lunch spaghetti at Llulluchapampa with very nice view and relax and to buy any last essentials that you need and if we’re lucky we may see deer and falcons in this area. From Llulluchapampa the landscape changes from cloud forest to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation) and we have the chance to spot domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu (one of the few plants that grow at that altitude). It’s about a 2 hour walk up to the pass where we can enjoy the beautiful panorama and enjoy your snack . After we’ve made it to the pass it’s now all downhill for the rest of the day, our camp is Pacaymayo valley.

  • Total distance: 10 km (7.376 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 6 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 4,215 m (13,821 ft)
  • Campsite altitude: 3,600 m (11,811 ft)

Day 3
Day 3: Pacaymayo - Runcuraccay Pass- Sayacmaraca Ruins- Phuyupatamarca

Today sees some of the best views and scenery of the whole Machu Picchu 5 day hike and includes visits to two Inca sites (Runcuraccay and Sayacmarca); with fantastic views of the high snow-capped peaks for most of the day and the cloud forest all around us today is by far the most visually stunning. A long the way we will visit one of the most beautiful ruins on the Inca Trail where we’ll have a guided tour for about half hour( sayacmarca) From Sayacmarca we continue on down to our lunch spaghetti spot at Chaquicocha (dry lake) where you can see some of the fantastic flora and fauna the 5 day Inca Trail Trek has to offer. From Chaquicocha onwards we walk along Inca flat (gradual inclines) as we make our way towards our final campsite Phuyupatamarca (3680 meters 12073ft) from where we’ll get our first views of Machu Picchu mountain far in the distance (the site itself is hidden from view). The views of the sunset from here are fantastic and once again the campsite is quiet with the majority of trekkers camping closer to Machu Picchu.

  • Total distance: 13 km (8.136 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 9 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 4,000 (13,123 ft )
  • Campsite altitude: 3,680 m (12,033 ft)

Day 4
Day 4: Phuyu Patamarca - Wiñay Wayna - Sungate - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

Today is all about the Incas; we visit 3 major sites (Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Winay Wayna) before we finally arrive to Machu Picchu itself late in the day. Today, we might have the chance to enjoy one of the most spectacular sunrises on the Inca Trail, provided we have clear skies the sunrise at Phuyupatamarca is beautiful. and we then start our way down the long descending stone steps which will lead us to Winaywayna (2650m/8692ft) this beautiful site has beautiful views of the Sacred Valley and was an important agricultural site for Machu Picchu. We all spend some time at Intipata to have a look around and then continue on to Winaywayna. WIÃ’AY WAYNA is the biggest archaeological site in the Inca Trail besides Machupicchu and consists of an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector, offering spectacular views over the already narrower Urubamba River valley. winaywayna is our lunch spaghetti place, after lunch spaghetti with our porters and we will say good bye to them. It is a tradition on the 5 day inca trail tour to have a thanking ceremony for all the hard work the porters and cooks have put in and if you want you can leave a tip for them in this moment. After we’ve said goodbye to our team we carry on to the Sun Gate (Intipunku) from where we’ll get our first views of Machu Picchu city . It takes about an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle to reach the Sun Gate and it is about another hour down to the site itself. On arrival we’ll have a chance to enjoy the sunset and to see Machu Picchu without any crowds before taking the bus to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.** Private groups can arrange to camp this evening instead of staying at a hotel.

  • Hotel: Inti Punku (or similar)
  • Total distance: 11 km (6,14 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 5 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 3,680 m (12,033 ft)

Day 5
Day 5: (The Lost City Of The Incas Machupicchu ) - Cusco

Waking up early we’ll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens AT 6:OO am. We’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the city. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Difficulty: Enjoyable
  • Altitude point: 2400 m (machupicchu)

What does and does not include for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Includes

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel
  • Pick up at your hotel
  • Private transport from Cusco to Piscacucho (starting of the trek)
  • 7 kilos of your personal items extra clothes, sleeping bag to be carried by the porters, so you just need to carry your daypack with everything you will need during the day.
  • 4 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) for 2 people and Inflatable mattress
  • English speaking professional guide experienced in mountains and archeology
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Porter to carry tents, food, cooking equipment
  • Hot water for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
  • Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private transport to Cusco
  • Admission Ticket to the Inca trail
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Inca citadel
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • 2 bus tickets from Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent:
  • Hot water for drinking and washing purposes

Does not include

  • Wayna Picchu Mountain (US5)
  • Sleeping bag (minus 8 °C) (US$ 20.00)
  • Last dinner
  • OPTIONAL UPGRADES: VISTADOME Train to Cusco instead of Expedition Train, Please add US7 per person
  • Tips for your crew guide, cook, porters ( Head Expeditions PERU staff receives a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip, tips are optional but of great consideration to them)

Prices

Private Price

  • $950

Packing List

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag (Minus 10°C – can be rented at Head Expeditions Perú office for US$ 0.00)
  • Sturdy Hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and trekking pants, not jeans
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera, extra film & batteries
  • Sun protection – sunscreen – sun hat – sunglasses
  • Thermals: wool socks: Gloves
  • Scarf and woolen hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain poncho: a good rain jacket
  • Extra plastic bags especially in wet season
  • Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs (optional)
  • Water bottle: water purifying tablets optional
  • Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Original passport and ISIC student card if applicable

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