Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the world's premier treks that combines spectacular high Andean scenery & Inca ruins culminating at Machu Picchu. Most treks last four days and are offered as either standard class or luxury class outings. For experienced hikers, the breathtaking Salcantay trek takes you even higher into the Andes to some of the Inca's most sacred peaks. Or, take an Inca Trail alternative like Choquequirao or Cachiccata. All treks require several days acclimatization to high altitude & a good level of fitness. Hiking the Inca Trail can be very challenging, but Adventure Life's Peru experts are here to assure trip planning is seamless and that you're prepared for the hike. Contact us for help planning a trip to Peru & the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Preparation is the key to enjoying the Inca Trail to its fullest. The 4-day trek is about 25 miles (40 km) long, at high altitude, so basic hiking fitness is required.
Altitude. The classic Inca trail ranges in altitude from about 9,000 ft. to almost 14,000 ft. (3,000-4,800m) and the highest campsite is at 12,600 ft (3,850 m). Everyone is affected by altitude differently, so the best way to know how your body handles altitude is to hike at similar altitudes before your trip. Then, upon arriving to Cusco, spend several days acclimatizing. To acclimatize gradually, spend a few days in the Sacred Valley and then Cusco. Stay well hydrated and consider taking hikes up to ruins like Sacsayhuaman, Pisac and Ollantaytambo before starting the Inca Trail hike.