Experience the ultimate adventure with our private Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu, spanning 4 days and 3 nights. Immerse yourself in captivating tales shared by our dedicated tour guide, tailored exclusively to your interests and pace.

Indulge in delicious meals carefully prepared by your personal chef, featuring local flavors crafted to suit your taste. This well-planned journey allows you to walk at your own speed, pausing at peaceful spots away from the crowds for moments of relaxation.

Perfect for those who crave a personalized touch, our Inca Trail Private tour offers a deep connection with nature and the fascinating history of the Inca people. Start your unforgettable journey today and embark on an adventure of a lifetime!

Trek details

4 days - 3 Nights
Hiking - Camping - Adventure
Maximum Altitude
4214 m (13829 ft)
Machu Picchu
Group Size
Up top 16

Experience the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on a private tour, letting you explore incredible Inca sites at your own pace, accompanied by a dedicated tour guide, chef, and an exclusive team of porters. Wander this iconic trail under a local expert's guidance, ensuring a memorable journey in the mountains, far from the bustling crowds. Ultimate Trekking offers top-notch camping equipment, seasoned tour guides, and skilled chefs, all aimed at delivering exceptional service at a reasonable price.


  • Book the Inca Trail through a local trekking specialist.
  • Begin the tour at your hotel and conclude right back there.
  • Discover the Inca Trail with a dedicated, exclusive tour guide.
  • Journey back on the scenic Vistadome trains.
  • Travel with purpose: your booking supports our social projects.

Private Inca Trail Tour at a Glance

Day 1: Cusco — Km 82 — Patallacta — Ayapata

Commence your journey with a 4:30 a.m. pick-up from your hotel. Drive to Km 82 to begin the Inca Trail. Your first day features a leisurely 6-hour trek alongside the Urubamba and Cuscichaca Rivers, concluding at the Ayapata campsite, situated at an elevation of 3,300 m (10,826 ft).

Day 2: Ayapata — Warmiwañusca — Chaquicocha

After rejuvenating with a restful night, enjoy breakfast and gear up for the day's challenges. Conquer two formidable mountains: the Dead Woman's Pass (4 hours ascending and 2 hours descending) and the Runccuracay Pass (2 hours for both ascent and descent). Your day concludes at the Chaquicocha campsite, also known as the "dry lake," positioned at 3,600 m (11,811 ft).

Day 3: Chaquicocha — Phuyupatamarca — Wiñaywayna

Awaken to a freshly brewed cup of coffee in your tent, readying yourself for the day's pleasant journey. Today's trek is a half-day journey (5 hours) during which you'll visit the Inca sites of Phuyupatamarca, Intipata, and Wiñaywayna. Your campsite is conveniently located a mere 2 hours from Machu Picchu.

Day 4: Wiñaywayna — Machu Picchu — Cusco

Greet the dawn of this pivotal day. After breakfast, hike towards Sun Gate, where you'll catch your first mesmerizing view of the majestic Machu Picchu citadel. Dive deep into the history and beauty of Machu Picchu with guidance from your tour guide. As the day wanes, board the Vistadome panoramic train for your return journey. Expect to be back at your hotel by approximately 7:30 p.m.

Optional hikes after the Machu Picchu tour:

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain - An additional ticket costs $68 per person. The hike takes approximately 2 hours round trip and should be undertaken after the guided tour of Machu Picchu.
Full Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco — Km 82 — Patallacta — Ayapata

You will be picked up from your hotel at 4:30 a.m. If you're staying in the Sacred Valley, particularly in Ollantaytambo, the pick-up time will be after 6:30 a.m. From there, you'll drive to Km 82, which marks the start of the Inca Trail.

Once you've had your first breakfast, you'll proceed to the checkpoint, where you'll need to present your passport. Then, your journey on the Inca Trail begins. The initial 2-hour stretch will take you along the left bank of the Urubamba River, leading to Patallacta. This significant archaeological site from the Inca Empire offers remarkable views.

After soaking in the history and beauty of the ruins, you'll continue hiking for another two hours until you reach the village of Hatunchaca. Here, a warm welcome awaits from your trekking chef and support team, along with a delicious lunch. The day's trek concludes with a 2-hour uphill hike, leading to your campsite at Ayapata, located at 3,300 m (10,826 ft). Upon arrival, you'll find your tents set up, with warm water available for washing, followed by tea time and dinner.

  • Campsite Altitude: 3300m - 10826ft
  • Distance: 13.5km - 8 miles
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Meals: breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping in comfortable tents
  • Difficulty: Moderate
Day 2: Ayapata — Dead Womens's Pass — Chaquicocha

On the second day, your trekking team will greet you with a cup of coffee or tea right in your tent. After packing and breakfast, you'll embark on the most challenging segment of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Today's journey involves conquering two mountains. The initial ascent to Warmiwañusca, also known as Dead Woman's Pass, takes about 4 hours. Once you reach its peak, at an elevation of 4,215 m (13,829 ft.), you can enjoy breathtaking views and explore the surrounding area. Following this, a 2-hour descent will lead you to the Pacaymayu Valley, where you'll stop for lunch.

Recharged, you'll begin a 2-hour climb to the second mountain, Runcuraccay Pass, situated at 4,000 m (13,123 ft.). After reaching the top, a 2-hour descent will take you to the second campsite, with stops at the Runkuraqay, Sayacmarca, and Conchamarca Inca sites along the way. Your camp for the night, Chaquicocha (meaning "dry lake"), is nestled at 3,600 m (11,811 ft.) within the cloud forest, boasting views of the Vilcabamba mountain range. Post-dinner, the clear skies offer a perfect opportunity for stargazing.

  • Campsite Altitude: 3600m - 11811ft
  • Highest altitude: 421700m -13835ft
  • Distance: 16km - 9 miles
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Meals: breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Difficulty: moderate to difficult
Day 3: Chaquicocha — Phuyupatamarca — Wiñaywayna

After breakfast, you'll embark on your trek's most leisurely and scenic day. Today's hike, spanning roughly five hours, takes you through diverse ecosystems, including the enchanting cloud forest. Throughout the day, you'll be treated to panoramic views of majestic mountains, the winding Urubamba River, and several captivating archaeological sites. Your journey will introduce you to Phuyupatamarka and Intipata, culminating at the Wiñaywayna campsite.

You'll have some free time upon reaching the camp and enjoying lunch. You can freshen up with a shower or perhaps engage in chasing llamas. As the afternoon progresses, your tour guide will lead you on an exploration of the hidden Inca Site of Wiñaywayna. Here, you'll delve into the intricacies of the temples and terraces and immerse yourself in Inca history.

Dinner offers a bittersweet moment as you bid farewell to your trekking team. While tipping is optional, it's a chance to show appreciation for their dedication. With a big day ahead, retiring early for the night is advisable.

  • Campsite Altitude: 2600m - 8530ft
  • Distance: 10km - 6 miles
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Meals: breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Difficulty: easy
Day 4: Wiñaywayna — Machu Picchu — Cusco

On the final day, rise early and hike to Sun Gate for 1 hour. This vantage point presents an awe-inspiring first glimpse of Machu Picchu, enhanced by the rising sun. After soaking in the view, continue on for another hour to reach the Machu Picchu Citadel. Upon arrival, you'll have a moment to freshen up, use the restroom, and perhaps enjoy a coffee. Subsequently, your guide will lead a thorough 3-hour tour, showcasing the citadel's most stunning sites.

Following the guided exploration, you'll have free time for personal discoveries or an optional ascent of Huayna Picchu (not included). Afterwards, catch a bus to Aguas Calientes. Here, you can enjoy lunch (not included) before boarding the Vistadome panoramic train to Ollantaytambo. Once in Ollantaytambo, our private company van will transport you directly to your hotel, with an expected drop-off around 7:30 p.m.

  • Highest altitude: 2700m -8858ft
  • Distance: 6km - 3 miles
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Difficulty: easy


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Comfortable camping equipment (tents, chairs, tables).
  • An additional tour guide for groups of 9 or more.
  • A personal porter will carry up to 7 kilos of your belongings.
  • Trekking chef to prepare fresh meals.
  • Porters to carry food and equipment.
  • Transportation for all 4 days.
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • All meals included (except lunch on the last day).
  • Drinkable water and snacks
  • Sleeping essentials: foam mattress, pillows, and towels.
  • Sleeping bags, trekking poles, Inflatable mattress
  • First aid kit, satellite phones, and an oxygen tank.
  • Bus transportation from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Vistadome panoramic train to return

Not Included

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Last day lunch
  • Travel Insurance

What's is the diference of the private Inca Trail tours compared to group tours?

Private Inca Trail tours offer a more personalized and flexible experience. You can hike at your own pace, take breaks when you want, and enjoy the scenery without the crowd. Your guide will focus solely on your group, allowing for a deeper understanding of the trail’s history and culture.

How much do private 4-day Inca Trail tours cost?

The cost of a private 4-day Inca Trail tour varies depending on the number of participants. Prices start at $820 per person. The larger the group, the lower the price per person.

How hard is the 4-day Inca Trail hike?

The 4-day Inca Trail hike is considered challenging. It involves walking on steep, uneven paths at high altitudes, which can be physically demanding. However, with proper preparation, including physical training and acclimatization to the altitude, many people find it a rewarding experience.

Can I visit Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain in one private tour?

Yes, you can combine visits to Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain in one private tour. This requires careful planning to fit both locations into your itinerary, so it's important to discuss your plans with one of our sales agents to ensure a seamless experience.

Where will I stay during the 4-day Private Inca Trail?

During the 4-day Inca Trail, you will stay in tents at established campsites along the route. These campsites are equipped with basic facilities and are specifically designated for Inca Trail hikers.

How early should I book a private Inca Trail tour?

You should book your private Inca Trail tour at least six months in advance, especially if you plan to hike during the peak season from May to September. This is because permits for the Inca Trail are limited and can sell out quickly.

What's included in the 4-day Inca Trail tour package?

Our Ultimate Private Inca Trail tour package includes a professional guide, porters to carry equipment, entrance fees to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, all meals during the hike, and all camping equipment. We offer door-to-door service where we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you back afterward. Additionally, we provide a duffle bag in which you can pack up to 7 kilograms of your belongings, including sleeping bags and an air mattress.

Where does the Private Inca Trail Tour start?

The Private Machu Picchu trek starts at the 82 km marker on the Cusco-Machu Picchu rail route. The trailhead is at an altitude of 2,800 m (9,186 ft).

How does the weather affect the Inca Trail hike?

The weather on the Inca Trail can vary significantly and can affect your hiking experience. During the rainy season from October to April, the trail is often wet and slippery, while nights can be very cold. Proper gear and preparation for changing weather conditions are essential.

Can I visit Huayna Picchu during my private Inca Trail hike?

Visiting Huayna Picchu during your PRivate Inca Trail hike is possible but requires a separate ticket, which must be booked well in advance due to limited availability. This climb offers stunning views of Machu Picchu from a different perspective.

What does my Inca Trail tour do to help the environment?

Ultimate Trekking implements eco-friendly practices to help protect the environment. These include minimizing waste, using biodegradable products, and participating in conservation projects to preserve the trail and its surroundings.

Can I meet local communities during the tour?

During the first day, we had the opportunity to meet local communities living along the Inca Trail. These interactions allow travelers to learn about local customs and traditions, providing a richer cultural experience. Starting from Day 2, we will be hiking alongside the protected areas of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. However, you will have daily interactions with our local porters.

How are food preferences handled on the Private Machu Picchu tour?

At Ultimate Trekking, we cater to various food preferences and dietary restrictions, such as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. It is important to communicate any specific dietary needs to your sales executive in advance so we can accommodate your requirements.

What safety measures are in place during the hike?

Safety measures during the Private Machu Picchu hike include guides trained in first aid and emergency procedures, and the use of communication equipment such as satellite phones and walkie-talkies to ensure help is accessible if needed. We also provide a first aid kit and an oxygen tank. It is recommended to stay at least two days in Cusco before the trek to acclimatize.

Can I add extra sites like Ollantaytambo to my tour?

You can often customize your itinerary to include additional sites like Ollantaytambo. Discussing your interests with the sales executive will help tailor your journey to include these historical sites.

What animal experiences are available during the trek?

During the trek, you might encounter local wildlife and learn about native animals such as llamas, alpacas, birds, insects, reptiles, and, if you're lucky, bespectacled bears or deer. Some tours provide educational sessions about these animals, highlighting their importance in Andean culture.