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Trekking Standard Inca Trail Trek 4 Days

Wednesday, 22 February, 2017 | Inca Trail Treks, Top Trekking | 2 Comentarios

Overview

Overview

Standard Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu offers a number of stunning mountain scenery of the Vilcabamba mountain range; and the mysterious Inca ruins along the trail. It runs through the reserve area of Machu Picchu; inscribed as a world heritage in the list of UNESCO. The Standard Inca Trail Trek is one of the most famous trekking routes in the world; Inca trail traverses a variety of terrain and explores the rich cultural and natural diversity of the southern Peru. This trek offers amazing views of the Mountain range from which Salkantay mountain is the highest with 6,271m.

Our customized Standard Inca Trail Trek allows a gentler acclimatization process; as it traverses the variety of landscapes. From jungle to high alpine; lush valley and up to arid peaks passing through hospitable villages through the world’s deepest gorge.  The trekking is walking at your own pace; on well-developed trails that pass through Inca settlement; located mainly in the hilly or mountainous region elevation up to 3,800m.

You do not need to be a professional mountaineer to trek on the Standart Inca Trail. But it is always beneficial to explore something more if you are physically fit. Perhaps the most enjoyable part of our trek; will be the cool air of the mountains and magnificent views of the mountain peaks; and the iconic Machu Picchu.

Highlights of Standard Inca Trail Trek

  • Standard Inca Trail Trek is commonly referred to as one of the best hiking trails the world has to offer.
  • The Standard Inca Trail Trek is a trip that you need no prior experience to do – just a comfortable pair of boots and “Sunrise Peru Trek” as your trusted guide.
    Enjoy the photo opportunities every moment
  • You will cover 45KM (26 miles) of ancient stone paved Inca Trail in 4 days and 3 nights
  • Standard Inca Trail Trek includes trek across two mountain passes the highest of which reach to 4,200masl.
  • Explore every Inca sites along the trail such as: Pata LLacta, Willcaraqhay, Runkuraqhay, Sayacmarka, Conchamarka, Phuyupatamarka, inti Pata, Wiñayhuayna, Inti Puku and Machu Picchu itself.
  • This is the only hike that allows you to go directly through the Sun Gate into Machu Picchu – seeing the amazing sacred Inca citadel of Machu Picchu from above for the first time.

Important:  please book early, because the permits for the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu are sold out months in advance.

Outline itinerary

Day 01: First easy walk

Drive from Cusco for 3:00 to Pisqhakucho, pass the control point and trek for 6 -7 hours; today’s trekking is considered moderate, we’ll covert a distance of 13km

Day 02: hardest day

Today we’ll trek over the highest pass at 4,200m and in the afternoon we’ll trek over the second pass at 4,000m. Today’s trek is considered hard but you’ll rewarded by splendid views.

Day 03: Beautiful walk

Today the walk is through the forest with the presence of wildlife and also we’ll explore several Inca site along the trail Including Inca tunnels, Inca terraces and more.

Day 4: Machu Picchu

Trek for two hours very early in the morning and arrive to Machu Picchu for the sunrise and visit before the crowd arrives by train from Cusco. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour and 3-hours free time for further exploration. In the afternoon we’ll return to Cusco.

Standard Inca Trail Trek Advisor

Itinerary

DAY TO DAY

Day 01: First Trekking Day

We’ll Pick-up you from your hotel in Cusco at 05:30 am and travel for 3-hours in our private bus to Piscacucho at 2,750m; we’ll stop in the town of Ollantaytambo to get breakfast and purchase some item for the trek. Once at Pisqhakucho we will meet our trekking crew, porters who will carry our belongings for the trek.

The trail starts with a gentle climb, and then we have three hours on relatively level terrain as we follow the course of the river, rewarded with superb views of Mount Veronica (5,750 m). At the zone of Miskay we take the trail to the left, ascending gradually to the Inca ruins of Willkaraccay high above the mouth of the Cusichaka stream and across from the Inca town of Llactapata (Terraced Town). Here we’ll have an introduction to the Incas culture and history of the Llactapata.

After the tour and a short rest, we continue another one hour to our lunch site at Hatunchaka. The trail in this section is adorned with native flowers and bromeliads growing in the boulders along the left side, and by majestic views of the mountains in both valleys.

Walking times are always approximate, depending on weather conditions, group ability and other factors. After lunch, another 2-3 hours will bring us to Yukachimpa Camp (3,300 m).

Other info for today

  • Meals Included: L, D
  • Total distance: 11 km
  • Estimated time: 7-8 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 3,300 m
  • Campsite altitude: 3,300 m

Standard Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

The Highlights of today

Standard Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 02:  Trek over the highest pas of “Dead woman pass”

Today we’ll start early climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4, 200m/13,776ft. After and early breakfast, we begin the most difficult part of the trek, which consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 km.

Along this climb, the landscape changes frequently; aling the trail we may see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at high altitude. We also cross an area of the so called cloud forest, which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows, and the Andean bear, which is also called the Spectacled Bear.

Is’t very important to be prepared to face strong Andean weather (blazing sun or cold winds) around the pass, drink lots of water along the hike. We advise that on this day specially, your daypack is well stocked with candies, chocolates and coca leaves that will keep your sugar level high, and help with altitude sickness.

Immediately after the pass, we descend through Inca steps for three hours into the Pacaymayo valley (3,600m/118,08ft). Here we’ll setup our campsite.

Other info for today

  • Meals Included: B, L, D
  • Total distance: 11 km
  • Estimated time: 7-8 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 4,200 m
  • Campsite altitude: 3,600 m

Standard Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

The Highlights of today

 Standard Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu Standard Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 03: Beautiful walk

Today is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting, due the number of archaeological sites and the lush cloud forest area that we cross, so the hike of today is very rich in Andean flora and fauna.

From the camp of Pacaymayo we climb for 1:30 hours to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3,970m/13,022ft). Halfway up, we stop to explore the archaeological complex with the same name located at 3,800m/12,464ft.

Runkuraqhay Inca archaeological site consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a relay station of the “Chaskis” or Inca messengers. From the pass in clear days one can observe the magnificent views of the Vilcabamba mountain range including the views of the first pass. From the second pass, we descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive in the archaeological site of at Sayacmarca (3,624m/11,887ft); located in the beginning part of the amazon jungle.

Continuing the hike through the cloud forest, we arrive to Phuyupatamarca (3,600m/11,850ft); the name means ¨town over the clouds¨. From here, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River valley. From Phuyupatamarka is a 3-hour walk down a flight of steps to our last campsite, close to Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). Wiñay Wayna is the most spectacular Inca site.

Other info for today

  • Meals Included: B, L, D
  • Total distance: 18 km
  • Estimated time: 8 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 3,900 m
  • Campsite altitude: 2,600 m

Standard Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Highlights of today

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Day 4: Explore Machu Picchu

The hike of today will begin very early (wakeup call at 4:00am); then hike to Machu Picchu overlooking the Urubamba River to the sun Gate or INTIPUNKU; from the INTI PUNKU is possible to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. The sky starts getting light by 6:00am and the first rays of the sun reach Machu Picchu at about 7:00am.

From Inti Punku (the Sun Gate); a final easy 50-minutes walk downhill steps will bring us first to the upper south sector of Machu Picchu (The Guardian houses). The trail ends at a series of terraces; which present classic views of the overall city; after enjoying a panoramic view we must walk straight down to the entrance of Machu Picchu.

Our visit will end in the late morning; after which there will be a couple of hours for more exploring on your own; or to just collapse under a tree in the central plaza area. In the early afternoon; bus to Aguas Calientes town where you can have your lunch in one of the restaurants; and in the afternoon we’ll take the train back to Cuzco. Arrival to Cusco is generally around 8.30 -9:00 pm.

Other info for today

  • Meals Included: B
  • Total distance: 5 km
  • Estimated time: 2 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m
  • Machu Picchu Altitude: 2,400 m

Standard Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

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Standard Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Includes

Price inclusions

Our Standard Inca Trail Trek Includes:

  • Briefing: Group and guide meeting at 7:00 pm in our office or in you Hotel, this will be the night before of your trek
  • Early collection from your hotel in Cusco from (04:30 am) or from Sacred Valley at 8:00am
  • 3-hour drive a private bus from Cusco to km 82 –Piskacucho village (The trek starting point)
  • Full meals for the entire tour (3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat free or special diets upon your request.)
  • Permit and fees for Inca Trail Park and Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
  • Porters to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dinning and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetables).
  • 2 Excellent experienced tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
  • 2 expert “Sunrise Peru Trek” gourmet mountain cooks, assistants.
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
  • 2 person per tent clean, new, spacious (4 person dome igloo tents).
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person
  • One pillow per person
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
  • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance
  • 3-4 hours guided tour in Machu Picchu and extra time for you within Machu PIcchu
  • Bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town
  • Tourist Expedition train return to Ollantaytambo train station and bus to Cusco

In the Price is not included

Breakfast on the first morning
Lunch on the last day
Sleeping bag (4 seasons -Minus 8ºC) can be rented by us $25 for the trip.
Porter service to carry: (sleeping bag, mattress, extra clothes.) 7 Kg for US$ 60 or 15 Kg for US$ 120
Tips for the trekking crew, guides, cooks and porters (It is a tradition but not mandatory).

FAQ

  Standard Inca Trail Trek FAQ’s

How far in advance do I need to book the Standard Inca Trail Trek?

4-day Standard Inca Trail Trek is extremely popular, and permits are strictly limited on a first-come, first-served basis, therefore early booking is important (ideally 6 months or more in advance of your travel dates). If you are unfortunately inflexible with dates, another option you may like to consider is the quieter Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu which does not require permits, for now.

How does it work with the guide and porters for Standard Inca Trail Trek?

OUR GUIDES.- Quality guides make the difference between a great trip and a wonderful experience. “Sunrise Peru Trek” guides are fully qualified and trained. All have many years of experience of guiding trekkers in Peru, and speak excellent English.

They bring a wealth of knowledge to your journey, opening your eyes to the legends, culture, food, flora and fauna of the Andes.
Additionally they are first aid trained and fully trained and experienced in dealing with cases of altitude sickness. They also carry a comprehensive first aid kit.

OUR PORTERS.-  Your luggage and the camp equipment will be transported by “Sunrise Peru Trek’s” porters who come from the local communities (Tinki, Phacchanta, Lares, Cunacani, etc) around the city of Cusco. This kind of work allows them to support their family and communities. All porters have a specific task, dependent on the size of the group: cook, porters’ chief, assistant cook, tent attendant, and WC attendant. Weight is an essential variable on the Inca Trail (each porter carries max. 20kg). All of our equipment weight is pre-measured to fit within the weight requirements for our porters’ health and safety. Tips are not included in our arrangements.

What equipment do I need for the trek?

While trekking the Inca Trail you will only have to carry a day bag with water, snacks, spare clothes and your camera (if you pay for extra porter US$ 60 for 7 kilos). Your main bag will be moved by a porter. You must limit your luggage to one bag of up to 7kg per person. It is possible to store excess luggage at your hotel in Cusco.

We will supply you with a detailed equipment list as part of your pre-departure information pack. You will need normal walking and travelling gear as well as a sleeping bag and warm clothes. See the packing list section.

How fit do I need to be for Standard Inca Trail Trek?

The Trek is graded moderate to strenuous, and on walking days you will be trekking for between 5 and 8 hours per day. You will be trekking at high altitude and we recommend that you enjoy a good level of physical fitness before tackling this trek. The trails are generally well maintained and are a good walking surface.

Are there toilets?

Many new, flush toilets have been built along the Inca trail including all of the major campsites. This has helped a lot to improve sanitary conditions on the trail although conditions are still not always perfect.  Each toilet block has cold running water. We recommend that you bring hand-sanitizer to use after visiting the public toilets. Every evening we will provide you with a bowl of warm water to wash with.

When is the best time of year?

The trekking season on the Inca Trail is from March to December. Many consider the best months to do the Inca Trail are from May to September when the conditions are fairly dry and the weather generally sunny. Please bear in mind however that you’ll be trekking at altitude, and the months of June, July and August can also be very cold at night.

Price

  The Price of the Trek

Standard Group Service Adult

US$ 615.00

Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative)

  • Students: US$ 30 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
  • Teenagers: US$ 30.00 (up to 16 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
  • Children: US$ 45.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)

Departure dates

Fixed departures are available along the year. Exception: one-month closing period of all Inca Trail routes in February. Please contact us to check departures to alternatives routes.

All Classic Inca Trail departures are subject to government space availability, please contact us fo the availability

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Map

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Location

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Highlights of every Day

Day1

Pisqhakucho or Km 82

Trekking Standard Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 2

Dead Woman’s Pass

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Day 3

Phuyupatamarka

Trekking Standard Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 4

The iconic Machu Pccchu

Trekking Standard Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu