Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with our 4-day Inca Trail Private Tours, culminating in the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. Delve deep into the rich history and culture of the Inca civilization as you traverse beautiful landscapes and ancient ruins. Our private tour guarantees you and your group a personalized and unforgettable experience.

Trek details

Duration
4 days - 3 Nights
Activities
Hiking - Adventure
Difficulty
Challenging
Maximum Altitude
4214 m (13829 ft)
Destination
Machu Picchu
Group Size
16
Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 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 $75 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

Included

  • 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.
  • Personal porter to 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
FAQs

What is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a world-famous trekking route that leads to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu in Peru. The trail is approximately 43 kilometers long and typically takes four days to complete. It passes through beautiful Andean landscapes, high mountain passes, cloud forests, and Incan ruins, before ending at the magnificent Machu Picchu site.

The Inca Trail was built by the Incas over 500 years ago and was an important pilgrimage route to Machu Picchu. It was rediscovered in the 20th century and has become one of the most popular treks in the world. It is known for its stunning natural scenery, rich cultural history, and challenging terrain.

The trek begins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, near the town of Ollantaytambo, and follows the original Incan trail to Machu Picchu. The trail passes through several archaeological sites, including Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, and Phuyupatamarca, which provide a glimpse into the ancient Incan civilization.

The highlight of the trek is the arrival at Machu Picchu, one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world. The site was built by the Incas in the 15th century and was abandoned during the Spanish conquest. It was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham and has since become a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world.

Why Choose the Private Inca Trail?

There are several reasons why someone might choose to do a private Inca Trail tour instead of joining a group tour:

  • Personalized experience: A private tour allows you to have a more personalized experience, as your itinerary can be customized to your preferences. You can discuss with your guide about your interests and pace, and they can tailor the trek to meet your needs.
  • Privacy and exclusivity: A private tour ensures that you have exclusive use of the trail and campsites, meaning you can enjoy the trek without the crowds and have more privacy.
  • Flexibility: With a private tour, you have the flexibility to adjust your itinerary according to your interests, physical condition, and weather conditions. You can take breaks, rest for longer periods, and enjoy the scenery at your own pace.
  • More attention from the guide: With a private tour, you have the undivided attention of your guide, who can provide more detailed information about the history, culture, and nature of the area. You can ask more questions and get more insights into the trail and the surrounding areas.
  • High-quality service: Private tours typically offer a higher level of service, with high-quality camping equipment, personalized meals, and a more attentive and experienced guide.

Overall, a private Inca Trail tour provides a more personalized, exclusive, and flexible experience that is tailored to your preferences and needs. It can be a more comfortable and rewarding way to experience this iconic trek in Peru.

What to Expect on the Private Inca Trail?

When you book a private Inca Trail tour, you can expect an intimate and personalized experience. You will have your own guide who will share their knowledge of the Inca culture and history with you. You will also have a private chef who will prepare your meals on the trail. The private Inca Trail is less crowded than the public trail, so you can take your time and enjoy the scenery.

How to Prepare for the Inca Trail Tour?

Preparing for the Inca Trail tour requires physical fitness, appropriate gear, and knowledge of the terrain and climate. Here are some tips on how to prepare for the Inca Trail:

  • Physical Fitness: The Inca Trail is a physically challenging trek that requires moderate fitness levels. It is recommended to train for several weeks before the trek by doing cardiovascular exercises, hiking, and strength training.
  • Altitude Acclimatization: The trail reaches altitudes of up to 4,200 meters above sea level. It is important to acclimatize to the altitude by spending a few days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley before the trek.
  • Appropriate Gear: You will need appropriate gear for the trek, including comfortable hiking boots, warm and waterproof clothing, a daypack, a sleeping bag, and a hat and sunglasses to protect against the sun.
  • Travel Insurance: It is recommended to purchase travel insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation and cancellation or interruption of the trip.
  • Packing List: You will need to pack essentials such as toiletries, sunscreen, insect repellent, a headlamp, and snacks. Your tour company will provide a detailed packing list.
  • Health Considerations: It is important to consult with your doctor before the trek, especially if you have any medical conditions. You may also need to get vaccinated for yellow fever and other diseases.
  • Weather: The weather on the trail can be unpredictable and vary greatly. It is recommended to check the weather forecast before the trek and pack accordingly.
  • Cultural Awareness: The Inca Trail passes through sacred Incan sites, and it is important to respect the area's culture and history. Your guide will provide guidance on cultural etiquette.

Preparing for the Inca Trail tour requires physical fitness, appropriate gear, and knowledge of the terrain and climate. By taking the necessary precautions and following the guidance of your tour company and guide, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable trek to Machu Picchu.

How long is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

The Inca Trail is a 26-miles (42-kilometer) hike that takes about four days. The trail leads from the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the lost city of Machu Picchu.

Where is the Inca Trail located?

The Inca Trail is located in Peru, in the Andes Mountains, and connects the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. The trail starts at 82 on the Cusco-Machu Picchu railroad, located approximately 75 kilometers northwest of Cusco.

Before reaching Machu Picchu, the trail passes through several Andean mountain passes, cloud forests, and Incan ruins. The trail covers a total distance of approximately 42 kilometers and takes four days to complete.

How hard is Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is one of the world's most popular trekking routes. It is also one of the most challenging. The trail itself is very steep, with many steps and uneven surfaces. The altitude makes it even more difficult, as does the weather, which can be extremely hot during the day and very cold at night. However, the views are incredible, and the experience of Trekking through this amazing landscape is truly unforgettable.

Where does the Inca Trail start?

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 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 high is the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is 26 miles (42 kilometers) long and typically takes 4 days to complete. The highest point along the trail is 13,779 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level.

When is the best time to hike the Inca Trail?

The best time to hike the Inca Trail is between April and October, when the weather is dry and sunny. However, the trial is open from March to January.

How much is an Inca Trail Private Tour?

A private Inca Trail tour costs $1000 - 1400.USD. This includes the cost of the permit, guide, and porter fees.

When is the Inca Trail closed?

The Inca Trail is closed every year from February to March for maintenance. It is also closed on occasion for bad weather. If you plan to hike the Inca Trail, check the trail's status.

How to book Inca Trail?

Below is the step-by-step guide on how to book the Inca Trail:

  • Decide which tour operator you would like to use- many reputable companies offer the Inca Trail. Research a few companies and decide which one you feel most comfortable with.
  • Once you have chosen a company, visit their website and see if they have any information on booking the Inca Trail. If not, give them a call or email asking for availability.
  • Follow the instructions given by the tour operator to book the Inca Trail. This will likely involve filling out an online form with your contact and personal information and choosing a date for your trip.
  • Once you have submitted the form (and possibly paid a deposit), you will need to wait for final confirmation from the tour operator that your permits were secured. Now, all you need to do is start getting excited about your trip!