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4 Days 3 Nights
Availability : Any day with 2 people. Not available in February.
Km 82
Machu Picchu
Difficulty : ★★★ Moderate
Adventure : ★★ A little bit different
Solitude : ★★ Popular
Min Age : 8+
Max People : 12
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Discover this Classic Inca Trail hike in style! Our Luxury Inca Trail Hike follows the same 4-day route as the famous Classic Inca Trail, but with added comfort.

This hike to Machu Picchu includes Comfort Camping on nights 1 and 2 and accommodation at a 4-star luxury hotel in Aguas Calientes on night 3. Enjoy a leisurely morning on Day 4 before heading to Machu Picchu for an afternoon tour of this incredible Inca citadel – an exclusive Machu Picchu experience that lets you enjoy the site without the big morning crowds.

Our Luxury Inca Trail Hike follows an ever-changing landscape that starts in the Sacred Valley and finishes in the Andean jungle. Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience in comfort, what is sure to be an unforgettable time. Read more about what makes the classic Inca trail hike so awesome in our blog!

Did you know? Only a special few actually get to hike the Inca Trail every year. Peru’s permit system allows just 500 people on the trail every day – approximately 200 visitors and 300 trekking staff.  Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and are in very high demand: they can sell out as much as 6-8 months in advance! Once permits have been purchased, NO OPERATOR CAN OFFER YOU ONE. All permits are personal and non-transferable meaning that if someone cancels, their spot cannot be taken by someone new. And there is no waitlist!

Note: The Inca Trail hike is closed in February for maintenance.

What to Expect on the Luxury Inca Trail Hike

The Luxury Inca Trail hike follows an Inca road, which features a combination of ground trails and stone-paved paths. Some sections are very steep, and require sustained uphill climbing. You may see a variety of flora and fauna, such as cacti, orchids, birds and possibly a vizcacha (Andean chinchilla) or two, as you hike from alpine tundra to lush cloud forest.

At high passes, you will be treated to majestic views neighboring mountain ranges. The Luxury Inca Trail hike also includes the chance to visit several impressive Inca ruins. And of course, the Comfort Camping and luxury hotel in Aguas Calientes are what make this Luxury Inca Trail hike so special!

Price
Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people

$2550

4-6 people

$1975

7-8 people

$1765

9-12 people

$1740
Details

What is Included?

  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of trek departure
  • Transport from Cusco to the trailhead
  • Inca Trail Permit (includes entry to Machu Picchu, but not to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain)
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide, plus an assistant guide for groups over 8
  • Comfort Camping tent
  • Camp bed, thick Thermarest foam mattress and Thermarest inflatable pillow.
  • Comfortable camp chairs
  • Shower tent for short, hot showers
  • High quality Black Diamond walking stick
  • Cook and cooking equipment, plus assistants for larger groups.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary. Our professional cooks prepare a combination of traditional Peruvian and Western cuisine. Talk to your guide if you have certain preferences! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. When served, salads are washed in boiled water.
  • Porters, who carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7kg/15lbs per person). If you wish to take more, you can hire a personal porter. Please contact us for costs.
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs, and kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
  • Tents for our staff to sleep in
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket (Vistadome service) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • 4* hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Lunch on the last day.

What is Not Included?

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Entrance to the hot springs
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Toilet tent is not included on Inca Trail hike routes because we use facilities provided by the Ministry of Culture.

You Should Bring

Optional Extras & Upgrades

We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trek and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.

Important!

  • When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days.
  • Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.
  • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

Available Discounts

  • Students: USD $30 off, in certain circumstances. Please enquire for details about eligibility.
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4 years: Free. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group. This discount does not apply to train fares. Children under 2 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap.
  • 5% off a day tour listed price when you also book a 3-day or longer trek operated by Apus Peru

Trekkers Wanted

    Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone! Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!
    Note: Trekkers Wanted for the Inca Trail ONLY available while permits last for your departure date.

Important Info

    General Information About Trekking with Apus Peru

    • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you trek might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
    • The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.

    Specific Information About Trekking the Luxury Inca Trail Hike 4D

    • The Inca Trail is not open in February
    • Campsites or itinerary are subject to change, depending on the time of booking and availability of campsites. The Ministry of Culture, the government institution responsible for operating the Inca Trail, allocates campsites to authorized trekking companies on a first-come, first-served basis, and so we cannot guarantee that all campsites described in this itinerary will be available when you book.

    Booking Your Luxury Inca Trail Hike 4D

    • A scanned copy of your passport and a non-refundable deposit must be provided upon booking a Luxury Inca Trail hike. This is due to government regulations which require complete passport details and full payment of the Machu Picchu entrance fee in order to issue a permit. Your reservation will only be confirmed when we have your entrance ticket in our hands.
    • If your passport number changes after you book, you must tell us immediately or you may lose your booking! If the name or number on your passport is different from the name or number on your Inca Trail permit, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.
    • You must carry your original passport with you on the trail.
    • If you booked a Luxury Inca Trail hike at a student rate, you must bring the required documentation on the trail with you. If you do not present this documentation, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund, nor given an opportunity to pay the full rate.

    Extras & Upgrades on the Luxury Inca Trail Hike

    • If you’d like to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain , let us know at the time of booking as it requires a separate permit.
    • This trek includes transportation by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo on the Vistadome service (Executive Class), or equivalent Inca Rail service, followed by private vehicle transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Ready to Book?

  • Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.
Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Ollantaytambo - KM 82 - Llactapata - Ayapata

    You will be picked up from your Cusco hotel early in the morning in private transport. You should have breakfast in your hotel or bring some snacks. We will stop in Ollantaytambo for last-minute purchases, or a quick breakfast if you missed it in Cusco! We will continue to Piscacucho (also known as Kilometer 82) where the trail starts. On arrival at Kilometer 82, it is necessary to show entrance tickets, passports, and student card (if applicable).

    Crossing the Urubamba River, we begin our trek through typical dry forest growing prickly pear and other cactus, and the tara tree. We will walk around 3 hours (6kms) to Llactapata the first archaeological site on our journey. From there, another 4 km of gentle uphill through farmland takes us to Huayllabamba. Then, leaving pastoral villages and farmlands behind, we will continue to Ayapata (3300mt /10,826ft), our campsite for the night.

    Total Walking Distance – 14kms
    Total Walking Time – 6 – 7hs
    Minimum Altitude – 2,700m / 8858 ft / Maximum Altitude – 3,300m /10,826ft
    Altitude of camp – 3,300m /10,826ft
    Approx. night temperature: -3˚C

Day 2Ayapata - Llulluchapampa - Dead Woman's Pass – Pacaymayo - Chaquicocha

    After a good night’s rest, we start walking for 2 hours and enter the subtropical forest, walking through Llulluchapampa. From here we will start a steep ascent towards the highest pass: the Abra de Huarmihuañusca, or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, coming in at an impressive 4200m (13,779ft). You’ll feel an amazing sense of achievement upon reaching the top! After a short rest, we continue downwards 600m (1968 ft) over 3kms (1.8 mi) through a very humid forest of Pacaymayo where you will have lunch.

    We will continue walking to the beautiful Inca site of Runkurakay, one of the checkpoints and the beginning of the original Royal Inca trail to Machu Picchu, known as Qhapaq Ñan. We continue on to Sayakmarka, one of the most beautiful Inca remains on our Luxury Inca trail hike and after 3hs we will reach the campsite at Chaquicocha (3600mt /11,811ft).

    Total Walking Distance – 12kms
    Total Walking Time – 8hs
    Minimum Altitude – 3300m / 10,826ft / Maximum Altitude – 3600mt /11,811ft
    Altitude of Camp – 3600mt /11,811ft
    Approx night temperature: -5˚C

Day 3Chaquicocha - Wiñaywayna - Aguas Calientes

    After another early breakfast, we enter the cloud forest, trekking through some incredible scenery filled with orchids and hummingbirds. After another hour, we arrive at Phuyupatamarca (‘town in the clouds’). This is the third highest point on the Luxury Inca trail hike (3680m /12,073ft) and we will have breathtaking views of Salkantay mountain.

    After feasting our eyes for a moment, we continue downhill through the forest for about 3 hours until we reach Wiñay Wayna (‘forever young’), where we will have lunch. Steps away is the Inca site of the same name, the most impressive on the trail. No matter how tired you are, talk to your guide and don’t miss out on seeing this wonder!

    After our visit, we leave Wiñaywayna to climb to Inti Punku, The Sun Gate (2700m / 8858ft). This will take an hour of hiking through highland jungle, along a trail of flat stones that line the cliff edge. From this fabulous spot, we may enjoy spectacular views over the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu, weather permitting. From Inti Punku, a short walk brings us down to the entrance of Machu Picchu.

    Before reaching the entrance, we will take a side path off the trail to go down to Aguas Calientes, as we will save Machu Picchu for tomorrow. We take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where we’ll check into your hotel, before enjoying a celebratory dinner. Then it’s off to bed as we’ll have an early start tomorrow!

    Total Walking Distance – 14km
    Total Walking Time – 8h
    Minimum Altitude – 2040m / 6692ft / Maximum Altitude – 3680m /12,073ft

Day 4Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

    After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will take the bus up to Machu Picchu. For a more relaxed visit, we recommend a somewhat later start, but we can also aim for the 6am entry if that is your preference. Your 4h visit to Machu Picchu can be spent exploring some of the alternative routes, like the Inca Bridge, after which your guide will give you a 2-3h walking tour of the historic citadel.

    If you’re feeling adventurous you may wish to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, but take note: this requires an extra permit, and they can sell out well in advance! Be sure to tell us at booking if you would like to add one of these hikes. For more tips on what to see, check out our Visiting Machu Picchu page.

    And if you don’t plan on doing one of these extensions, we suggest enjoying your Machu Picchu visit in the afternoon, after the morning crowds have all but completely cleared out.

    We return to Aguas Calientes by bus and then start our journey back to Cusco in the afternoon by Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. There, our driver will meet us and transfer you directly back to your hotel in Cusco. Total travel time is about 4 hours from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.

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