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Inca trail trek 4 days Details
4 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu

This 4 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu popularly known as Inca trail trek 4 days is truly a journey to one of the world’s most ancient civilizations. Discover and immerse yourself in the history, the mountains, the vegetation and wildlife, and, most of all, the people. Explore these Inca ruins that rest along the last know Inca Trail. Inca trail trek 4 days is a popular trail in South America. 

Machu Picchu is a wonder to hat shouldn’t be missed, and half the adventure is getting there by the Inca Trail. Learn how these ancient people lived and worked on this authentic and memorable trek and experience 4 days of adventure, and most of all, a cultural experience.

Though Machu Picchu is the final destination for everyone, the trip there is half the adventure. With this trek, you can get a feel for the architectural skill and prowess of this legendary civilization.

Though the Inca citadel is a wonder to behold, its location and the trek there only adds to its mystery and magic. As it sits like royalty upon the top of a mountain, you’ll be able to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds it as equally as you’ll love the site itself.

This 4 day Inca trail trekking experience is an opportunity of a lifetime. If you have time to spare and want to immerse yourself in the journey to Machu Picchu fully, then this hike is made for you.

With cloud-covered peaks offering an abundance of mystery to the site, you’ll feel the ever-present call of Machu Picchu with every step you take. 

Why Machu Picchu Tours?

Machu Picchu Tours is a licensed Inca Trail operator based in Cusco. Our guides are passionate about the history and culture of Peru. They have years of experience on hiking to Machu Picchu. 

We offer Inca trail trek 4 days both in private and as a small group tour. 

Do take a moment to check our reviews on Trip Advisor

This is a high altitude experience. We highly recommend you to spend 3-4 days in Cusco before the trail to avoid altitude sickness

Wondering why Inca Trail is so popular? Our local experts have compiled an article on this.. Check out our insider’s tips on hiking Inca Trail. We have also outlined the difference between Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0430 AM

Price Includes

  • Pick up and drop off in your hotel.
  • Entrance tickets for the 4 day Inca Trail and Machu Picchu site
  • Professional Tour Leader
  • Professional Chef
  • Personal porter to carry 6 kilos / 13.2 Pound of your equipment
  • Private transportation by bus to Km 82
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu site to Aguas Calientes town (Machu Picchu pueblo).
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Drinkable Water
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day (breakfast on day 1 + lunch in Aguas Calientes are not included).
  • 2 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
  • Duffel Bag
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit

Price Excludes

  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu
  • Sleeping Bag USD 30
  • Walking Stick USD 8
  • Additional extra porter 6 kg USD 80
  • Lunch and Dinner on the last day
  • Travel Insurance

4 day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu - Packing list

  • Essential: Original Passport ( Same as used at time of booking for permits)
  • Student Card (if you are a student and have booked in advance to qualify for the discount)
  • Backpack / Daypack (With a supportive hip belt)
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Supportive footwear (Trekking footwear, recommend waterproof)
  • Water storage for at least 2 litres; either a camel bag or water bottle
  • Headlamp / flashlight
  • Sun hat/ cap
  • Cash (For water, snacks, tipping )
  • Protect & hydrate sunscreen lotion (factor 60 or 70+ is recommendable )
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medication
  • Hand-sanitizer
  • Camera fully charged & extra batteries (batteries drain quicker in the cold)
Useful Info
4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu
  • Level of difficulty: Moderately difficult to Challenging
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Walking Distance – 45 km / 26 miles
  • Consideration: Entrance fee required
  • Tour availability: Daily departures min 2 people
  • Weather: dry from May to October, wet from November to April
  • To climb Huayna Picchu mountain you need to book in advance
  • 2 or 3 days Acclimatization is Recommended
  • Service offered: Group service, Private Service and Luxury Service
  • Tour Operator: Machu Picchu Tours & Treks

Day 1Cusco – Km 82 – Ayapata Campsite

Our adventure starts with a bright and early pick up at 4:30 am from your hotel in Cusco. We will then make our first stop at the town of Ollantaytambo where we’ll have an early breakfast. After breakfast, we travel to KM 82 (45 mins trip) and start our adventure! This will be our starting point of the Inca Trail trek which is considered one of the easiest days.

After trekking for 4 hours we will make our way to an exquisite buffet lunch setting organised and prepared by our Machu Picchu Tours team. After lunch, we will continue our journey of 3 hours ascending through the valleys of the Inca Trail.

Ayapata (1,0826 ft/3,300 m) is the first campsite and today is basically a training day for the following days to come. Today we meet our friendly team who will be in charge of the equipment and the entire trek! A time to socialise and make new friends too!

Ready for dinner? Dinner is normally ready by 7pm served by one of our top chefs! Camping under the stars is a moment to remember whilst at the same time you appreciate the natural beauty and tranquility this place offers.

Day 2Ayapata – Chaquicocha campsite

Today is the longest day and by far the most challenging! We begin the day with an uphill climb of 4 hours (approx.) Warmi Wañusk’a (the dead woman’s pass) is known to have furthest altitude in the Inca trail (13,829 ft/4,215).

So be prepared to have your cameras ready for some beautiful scenery. We continue on the trek descending to Pacaymayu (2 hrs approx) and take a break to enjoy a variety of meals offered for lunch.

After enjoying a wholesome lunch, we continue on trekking for another 3 hours through the cloud forest. Then we will hike down the hill for 2 hours to our final campsite of the day at Chaquicocha (11811 ft/3600m).

Treat yourself to a traditional Peruvian hot ‘mate’ tea whilst glancing at the sunset and ending the day with a great hearty dinner!

Day 3Chaquicocha – Wiñay Wayna campsite

Today we’re on our own in the morning! This will be more of a relaxed climb with 2 hours of beautiful landscape and gain more insight into Peru’s history and culture.

We make a stop to Phuyupatamarca (11811 ft/3600m) and take a minute to enjoy the panoramic view. From there, we descend a further 3 hours to reach our final campsite, Wiñay Wayna (8530 ft/2600m).

We will have the rest of the afternoon to recover all of our energy and visit one of the great archaeological sites along the Inca Trail known as Wiñay Wayna (forever young).

This will be our last dinner with our team where we say our goodbyes and thank the porters who have gone above and beyond to make this trek amazing!

Day 4Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu tour & back to Cusco

Last day of the trek and we start super early, 4am! After breakfast, we pack our gear, get ready and make our way to Inti punku.

We will be one of the first groups to enter the Sun gate or Inti punku and be ready for a glorious sunrise surrounded by superb views.

Today will be a grand and rewarding day as we make our way to Machu Picchu trekking for 2 hours to the Sun gate and a further 30 minutes to the entrance of Machu Picchu.

Capturing first-hand views of this magnificent citadel. After visiting Machu Picchu with a 2 hour guided tour, you will have free time to explore a little more of Machu Picchu.

Once we finish exploring, we will take the bus to Aguas Calientes. We do recommend you have lunch in the town before you leave to Cusco.

The return to Cusco will take us 4 hours approximately, 2 hours by train and 2 hours by bus arriving at Cusco at 7pm.

Inca trail trek 4 days
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Family Traveller

I travelled to Peru in October and had an amazing time. John is a great tour guide, he is very informative, helpful and a lovely guy. He did all he could to make sure we all had everything we needed. During the 4 days trekking the Inca Trail he kept us motivated and made the experience fun. Also excellent at taking photos for you to remember the experience long after you have left and your muscles no longer ache. Me and my friend were at the back as our group was faster than us and he never made us feel like we were slow. If anyone is thinking of doing a tour I highly recommend John as he is somebody who looks after his guests well!

February 12, 2020


Solo Traveller

I decided to take my first solo trip, not knowing what to expect. So, I decided to travel with John from the company to Peru, a country and continent I hadn’t been to before. From the get-go, John was friendly and welcoming and made me, and the rest of the group, feel right at home.

Throughout the entire busy schedule, John kept us motivated and excited as we weaved our way through the magical sights of Peru, Cusco, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. He is incredibly informative, knowledgeable and kind. He definitely made the Peru experience worthwhile, and I’d highly recommend travelling with him!

January 15, 2020


Couple Traveller

This was a dream come true. The booking process was very easy. We just gave our passport number and sent a copy of our passports and did a 50% payment and John took care of everything. He was quick to reply to my mails. The experience in itself was second to none.

December 17, 2019


Couple Traveller

This was a dream come true. The booking process was very easy. We just gave our passport number and sent a copy of our passports and did a 50% payment and John took care of everything. He was quick to reply to my mails. The experience in itself was second to none.

December 17, 2019