Embark on a unique journey along the Iconic Inca Trail 5 days to Machu Picchu. This extended version offers not just a hike through history but a deeper immersion into the wonders of the Ancient route. The itinerary for the 5 day Machu picchu hike is designed to provide a more relaxed pace, allowing you ample time to fully appreciate each archaeological site.

The true magic of this Premium Machu Picchu Tour lies in its timing: you'll experience Machu Picchu not just once, but twice during exclusive hours, ensuring a more intimate and serene connection with this ancient citadel.

Join us for an unforgettable journey that merges the rich history of the Incas with the peaceful beauty of the Andean landscape. This trip provides a unique opportunity to discover ancient sites set against stunning natural backdrops.

Trek details

5 days / 4 nights
Hiking - Camping - Hotel
Maximum Altitude
4215 m / 13829 ft
Inca Trail & Machu Picchu
Group Size

Explore the Iconic Inca Trail to Machu Iconic a bit slower. This exclusive 5-day Machu Picchu hike is designed with a leisurely pace to appreciate each Inca landmark thoroughly. Immerse yourself in the region's history by interacting with locals and staying at unique, secluded campsites away from typical tourist areas.

With smaller group sizes, you'll enjoy a more personalized and intimate experience as you explore the Inca Trail. Your adventure ends with an afternoon arrival at Machu Picchu, where you can savor the magnificent sunset views. For a grand finale, start early on the last day to witness an Amazing sunrise over the ancient mountains of Machu Picchu.


  • Experience the Classic Inca Trail at a relaxed pace.
  • Stay at the finest and least crowded campsites.
  • Visit Machu Picchu twice— sunset and sunrise.
  • Return on the Panoramic Vistadome Train

Premium Inca Trail: 5 Days at a Glance

Day 1: Cusco — Km 82 — Llactapata — Hatunchaca

  • Start with a 5:00 a.m. hotel pickup, followed by a drive to Km 82, where you will begin the premium Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
  • Embark on a six-hour hike alongside the Urubamba and Cusichaca rivers, discovering Inca sites like K'anabamba, Wilkaraykay, and Patallaqta.
  • Spend the night in Hatunchaca village, situated at 3000 meters (9843 feet).

Day 2: Hatunchaca — Lluluchapampa — Warmiwañusca — Pacaymayu

  • After breakfast, prepare for the trek's most challenging day: a six-hour ascent to Dead Woman's Pass, located at 4215 meters (13,829 feet).
  • Celebrate reaching the highest point of the Inca Trail with a pause to take in the panoramic views.
  • End the day with a two-hour descent to the Pacaymayu Alto campsite, situated at 3600 meters (11,811 feet).

Day 3: Pacaymayu — Chaquicocha — Phuyupatamarca

  • Awaken between two mountains and prepare for a 6-hour hike.
  • Begin with a 2-hour climb to Ruinkuraqay's peak, which stands at 4000 meters (13,123 feet).
  • Continue with a 4-hour trek through the cloud forest to reach Phuyupatamarca, your campsite, located at 3600 meters (11,811 feet).

Day 4: Phuyupatamarca — Wiñaywayna — Machu Picchu

  • Wake up to the trip's most captivating view and embark on a 6-hour leg of the Inca Trail.
  • Experience the breathtaking sight of Machu Picchu bathed in the day's last light from the Sun Gate.
  • Conclude the day with a restful stay in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Day 5: Machu Picchu (The Lost City of the Incas)

  • After an early breakfast, catch the first buses to Machu Picchu.
  • Explore Machu Picchu's iconic sites with your guide.
  • Consider optional hikes (extra fees apply) to Huayna Picchu or Montaña for more adventure.
  • Finish your day by boarding the Vistadome train for your return journey. 
  • Expect to be dropped off at your hotel around 7:30 p.m.

Optional hikes after the guided tour in Machu Picchu:

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain - This mountain takes 2 hours round trip and costs $68 extra per person.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain - Called Montaña, it takes 3 hours to finish and costs $68 extra per person.
Full Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco — Km 82 — Llactapata — Hatunchaca

Your 5-day Machu Picchu Trek begins with an early 5:00 a.m. pickup from your hotel in Cusco, followed by a drive to the trailhead. Along the way, we'll stop in Ollantaytambo for a delicious breakfast. Upon arriving at Km 82, you'll meet your trekking team and prepare for the adventure ahead. Before starting the Inca Trail, there is an important checkpoint where you must show your original passport.

Once all formalities are completed, the real adventure begins. A 4-hour trek takes you along the peaceful Urubamba River, through picturesque villages, and past the fascinating K'anabamba Inca site. This morning's trek leads you to the majestic Inca citadel of Llaqtapta, surrounded by stunning views.

After enjoying the breathtaking scenery, you'll have a well-deserved lunch. Reenergized, you'll embark on another 2-hour hike to reach the Hatunchaca village campsite, located at 3000 meters (9843 feet). Here, pre-set tents, warm water, and a welcoming tea-time setup await you. As night falls, you'll dine under the starry sky.

Comfort is our priority, so you will spend the night in spacious Eureka 4-man tents, thoughtfully allocated for two trekkers each, ensuring a peaceful and restful sleep.

  • Campsite Altitude: 3000 m / 9843 ft.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles
  • Meals: Snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: camping
  • Difficulty: Moderate
Day 2: Hatunchaca — Warmiwañusca — Pacaymayu

After a restful night, at around 6 AM, your trekking team will wake you with a cup of coffee or coca tea, help you pack, and provide breakfast. Today is the most challenging day of the trek. It starts with a 4-hour climb to Llulluchapampa, where you will stop for lunch. Along the way, admire the beautiful flowers, birds, and breathtaking mountain views.

After lunch, you'll continue for another 2 hours to reach the highest point of the Inca Trail, Warmiwañuska, also known as Dead Woman's Pass, at 4215 meters (13,829 feet). Take some time at the summit to explore and enjoy the spectacular views. Then, you'll trek downhill for another two hours to reach Pacaymayu Alto. Here, your tents will be set up, dinner prepared, and you'll spend the night.

  • Campsite Altitude: 3600m - 11811ft
  • Highest altitude: 421700m -13835ft
  • Distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Meals: breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: camping
  • Difficulty: Challenging
Day 3: Pacaymayu — Chaquicocha — Phuyupatamarca

After breakfast, you'll start with a 2-hour ascent to reach the second mountain, Runcuraccay, standing at 4000 meters (13,123 feet). Along the way, you'll explore an archaeological site with the same name, pass by a serene lake frequented by deer, and enjoy breathtaking views of nearby waterfalls. Upon reaching the summit, your group will regroup before beginning the descent into the lush Cloud Forest region. Here, the vegetation thickens, and the air becomes warmer as you discover the next archaeological sites, Sayacmarca and Conchamarca.

Lunch will be served approximately 4 hours from your campsite at Ayapata. After lunch, you'll continue hiking for another two hours, arriving at Phuyupatamarka (3600 meters / 11,811 feet). This location offers some of the most stunning views of the Inca Trail. If weather conditions allow, you'll have the opportunity to experience a spectacular sunset and sunrise at this campsite.

  • Campsite Altitude: 3600m - 11811ft
  • Highest altitude: 4000m - 13123ft
  • Distance: 13 km / 8 miles
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Meals: breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: camping
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Day 4: Phuyupatamarca — Wiñaywayna — Machu Picchu

Wake up to the first rays of the sun and enjoy breakfast while taking in the breathtaking views of Salkantay Mountain, Veronica Mountain, and Machu Picchu Mountain. Your day begins with a guided tour of Phuyupatamarca, an Inca site dedicated to water and mountain deities. Then, embark on a 4-hour descent of nearly 1000 meters, leading to lunch at Wiñaywayna. Along the way, you'll experience a rapid change in temperature as you move from the chilly mountain climate to the lush warmth of the cloud forest. You'll also visit the Inca sites of Intipata and Wiñaywayna.

During lunch, you'll bid farewell to your trekking team and have the option to leave gratuities. Afterwards, your tour guide will lead you on the final leg of the Inca Trail towards Machu Picchu. This part includes a one-hour hike to the Sun Gate, offering a fantastic afternoon view of Machu Picchu. An additional hour’s descent from the Sun Gate will take you to the upper section of Machu Picchu, where you’ll find the most stunning vistas. Arriving later in the day provides a unique opportunity to explore this iconic site with fewer crowds, ideal for taking photos.

Afterwards, you'll take a bus down to Aguas Calientes, check into your hotel, enjoy a refreshing shower, indulge in dinner, and rest up for the following day.

  • AC Altitude: 2000 m / 6562 ft.
  • Highest altitude: 3600m - 11811ft
  • Distance: 10km / 6 miles
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Meals: breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Difficulty: Moderate
Day 5: Machu Picchu — Return to Cusco

On this crucial day, you'll wake up early and catch the first buses to Machu Picchu to experience the sunrise. Upon arrival at the citadel, you'll need to present your original passports. Your tour guide will lead you on a comprehensive 3-hour tour of the fortress. During this tour, you'll have the chance to explore its most remarkable temples, palaces, and streets. After the guided tour, you'll have some free time to explore on your own or opt for a hike to Huayna Picchu (note that permits for this hike must be booked in advance and are not included in this package).

Once your exploration of Machu Picchu is complete, you'll take a bus back down to Aguas Calientes, where you can have lunch (not included). Afterwards, you'll board the Vistadome panoramic train for your return journey to Cusco. You can expect to be dropped off at your hotel around 7:30 p.m.

  • Highest altitude: 2400m -7874ft
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meals: breakfast at the hotel
  • Difficulty: Moderate


  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Second Tour guide for groups 9+
  • Pre-departure briefing the day before the trek
  • All transportation included during 5 days
  • Inca Trail Permits
  • Machu Picchu entrance Tickets
  • Personal Porter included for up to 7 kilos
  • Porters to carry food and equipment
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • Drinkable water during the trek
  • Camping equipment (tents, tables, chairs, porta-potty)
  • 3-night camping with comfortable 4-man tents for every 2 trekkers
  • 1-night hotel stay in Aguas Calientes (3-star)
  • First aid kit, oxygen, satellite phones
  • Bus ticket to and from Machu Picchu
  • Vistadome panoramic train to return

Not included

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Machu Picchu Mountain (different form Machu Picchu Citadel)
  • Sleeping Bag, Trekking poles, Air mattress
  • Last day Lunch
  • Travel Insurance

What is the itinerary for the Inca Trail 5 days to Machu Picchu?

The 5-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu begins at Kilometer 82. On the first day, you'll camp at Hatunchaca Village. On the second day, you will stay at Pacaymayu, on the third day at Phuyupatamarca, which offers amazing views, and finally, you'll arrive at Machu Picchu. Along the way, you will explore ancient Inca sites including Patallacta, Wayllabamba, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Intipata, Wiñaywayna, the Sun Gate, and Machu Picchu itself. This journey provides a comprehensive experience of the historical and scenic highlights of the Inca Trail.

How does the 5-day Machu Picchu hike differ from the classic 4-day trail?

The 5-day hike covers the same route as the 4-day version but spreads the distance over an extra day. This extra day allows for a slower pace, which can be easier for many hikers. You will spend more time at each site, have more opportunities to rest, and enjoy the scenery without rushing.

Which additional sites are included in the 5-day Machu Picchu tour that aren't on shorter treks?

The 5-day tour typically includes extended visits and detailed explorations of sites like Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Wayna, which are often passed quickly on shorter treks. This allows for a fuller appreciation of these ancient sites.

What should I pack for a 5-day hiking trip on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

For a five-day Machu Picchu hike, you should pack lightweight and comfortable clothing suitable for various weather conditions: waterproof hiking boots, a raincoat, warm layers for cold evenings, a hat and sunscreen for sun protection, a headlamp or flashlight, a good-quality sleeping bag, and a personal first aid kit.

What to put in your Backpack?

For the Inca Trail tour, ensure you have a comfortable, good-quality backpack that is always with you during the five-day tour. According to Machu Picchu regulations, your backpack should not exceed 25L. 

Here's what to pack in your Backpack:

  • Original Passport
  • Rain Gear and Sun Protection: Prepare for variable weather conditions.
  • Insect Repellent
  • Warm Clothes: Include fleece jackets and sweaters for chilly mornings and evenings.
  • Hygiene Essentials: Hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and toilet paper.
  • Health Items: Personal medication, band-aids, and moleskin for blisters.
  • Electronics: Camera, extra batteries, and flashlight.
  • Hydration Supplies: Camel bags or water containers for 2 liters (No plastic allowed).
  • Snacks: Additional snacks, power bars, and chocolate.
  • Extra Money: For souvenirs, drinks, and tips.

What should you put in the duffle bag provided by Ultimate Trekking?:

During the orientation briefing held the day before the trek, Ultimate Trekking Peru will provide a duffle bag for your items, with a maximum weight limit of 7kg. Our porters will carry this.

Here’s what to include:

  • Sleeping Bags and Air Mattresses: We can rent these; they typically weigh about 2 kilos for sleeping bags and 1 kilos for an air mattress.
  • Footwear: Walking shoes, sandals, or sneakers.
  • Outerwear: Warm jacket, hat, and gloves.
  • Clothing: Four sets of clothing, including a fleece or down jacket.
  • Quick-Dry Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Battery Charger
  • Plastic Bag: To keep wet clothing or trash.

By organizing your gear into these two categories, you'll ensure that you have all the essentials on hand while keeping your load manageable as you enjoy the hike. Remember, keeping your backpack light is crucial for a more comfortable trek.

What's the total distance covered during the Inca Trail 5 days?

The total walking distance of the 5-day Inca Trail is about 26 miles (42 kilometers). This distance is spread out over the five days, making the daily hiking distance manageable and enjoyable.

How challenging is the 5-day Inca Trail compared to other Machu Picchu hikes?

The 5-day Inca Trail is moderately challenging. It involves long distances and high altitudes but is done at a slower pace compared to the 4-day hike, which can make it feel less intense. The trail includes several steep sections that require a good level of fitness.

What are the highest altitude points on the Premium Inca Trail over 5 days?

The highest point you will reach on the 5-day Inca Trail is Dead Woman’s Pass, which is about 13,828 feet (4,215 meters) above sea level. This is the most challenging part of the hike due to its high altitude and steep ascent.

What are the typical daily start and end times on the 5-day Inca Trail slow version?

Each day typically begins with breakfast around 6 AM, followed by starting the hike by 7 AM. Depending on the day's distance and pace, the hiking day usually ends by 4 PM or earlier, which gives you time to rest and enjoy the campsite each afternoon.

What types of accommodation are available on the Premium Inca Trail?

On the Premium Inca Trail, you will camp in comfortable tents for three nights and spend one night in a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes. This combination allows you to experience both the adventure of camping along the scenic trail and the comfort of a hotel stay as you prepare to explore Machu Picchu.

What meal options are provided during the Inca Trail 5 days?

During the 5-day Inca Trail, you will be provided with three meals a day that are designed to be both nutritious and tasty. The meals often include a variety of Peruvian and international dishes, prepared by skilled cooks who travel with your group.

Are vegetarian or vegan meal options available during the 5-day Machu Picchu hike?

Yes, vegetarian and vegan options are readily available during the hike. It's important to inform your tour operator about your dietary needs in advance so they can accommodate your preferences throughout the journey.

How large are the groups on the 5-day Inca Trail slow version tours?

The group sizes for the slow version of the Inca Trail are typically small, ranging from 6 to 12 people. This smaller group size ensures more personal attention from the guide and a more intimate group experience.

What fitness level is required to complete the 5-day Inca Trail?

A moderate to good level of fitness is required to enjoy and complete the 5-day Inca Trail. The trail involves several days of walking, including some steep climbs and high-altitude conditions. Pre-trip preparation and training are recommended to ensure you enjoy the hike.

How do I secure permits for the Inca Trail 5 days and how far in advance should I book?

To secure permits for the 5-day Inca Trail, you need to book through a licensed tour operator Like Ultimate Trekking. It is recommended to book at least 6 months in advance, especially during the peak season from May to September, as permits are limited and sell out quickly.

When is the best time to undertake the Machu Picchu 5 days tour?

The best time to undertake the 5-day Machu Picchu tour is during the dry season, from May to September. During these months, there is less rain and clearer skies, making hiking conditions more favorable.

Are there age or fitness requirements for the 5-day Inca Trail slow version?

There are no specific age restrictions for the 5-day Inca Trail, but due to the physical demands of the hike, participants should be in good physical health and have a reasonable level of fitness. Both young and older hikers should prepare adequately.

What wildlife and plants can I expect to see during the 5-day Machu Picchu hike?

During the hike, you may see a variety of plant life, including orchids, bromeliads, and polylepis trees. Wildlife sightings might include birds such as the Andean condor and hummingbirds, as well as mammals like the spectacled bear and vizcachas.

What cultural or historical insights are highlighted on the Premium Inca Trail?

The 5 day Machu Picchu Inca Trail tour offers rich cultural and historical insights into the Inca civilization. Guides will discuss the trail's history and purpose and the sites along it, including the Incas' engineering techniques and their historical significance.

What are the sanitation facilities like during the Inca Trail 5 days?

At Ultimate Trekking, we provide private portable toilets for your convenience. Additionally, the Inca Trail features basic but adequate sanitation facilities along the route. Each campsite is equipped with toilet facilities, which our staff regularly cleans and maintains to ensure hygiene and comfort throughout your trek.

Is there an option to charge electronic devices during the 5-day Inca Trail?

Electronic device charging options are very limited during the 5-day Inca Trail. It's advisable to bring extra batteries or power banks.

What are the water sources along the Premium Inca Trail, and is the water safe to drink?

Water along the trail comes from natural streams and springs. We filter the water and boil it before drinking to ensure safety.

What emergency evacuation options are available during the 5-day Machu Picchu hike?

In case of an emergency, our guides are well-equipped to provide first aid, and we have established protocols for evacuating to medical facilities if necessary. Additionally, our guides carry communication devices, such as satellite phones, to ensure immediate assistance is available whenever required. This ensures a safer and more secure experience while on the trail.

What languages do the guides speak on the Machu Picchu 5 days tour?

Ultimate Trekking Guides are fluent in Spanish and English. Depending on the needs of the group, guides who speak additional languages may be available upon request and could incur an extra charge. This ensures that all participants can fully enjoy and understand the tour's rich history and culture.

How does the 5-day Inca Trail manage environmental conservation?

Ultimate Trekking adheres to strict environmental conservation practices. We follow specific guidelines for waste management and trail maintenance to minimize the impact on natural resources. These measures help preserve the trail and its surroundings for future visitors, ensuring the beauty and integrity of the environment are maintained.

Are porters available for hire on the 5-day Inca Trail, and what is their carry limit?

Porters are included to help carry gear and supplies on the trek. Their maximum carrying limit is typically set by regulations to ensure their health and safety, usually around 20 kilograms per porter. This policy helps protect porters from being overloaded and promotes a more humane and sustainable trekking environment.

Can I extend my trip to explore more of Peru after completing the Machu Picchu 5 days tour?

Yes, many visitors choose to extend their trip to explore other attractions in Peru, such as the Amazon Rainforest, Lake Titicaca, or the Nazca Lines. If you're interested in discovering more of what Peru has to offer, feel free to contact us, and we can suggest the best ways to explore these fascinating destinations.

What are the cancellation and refund policies for the 5-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

The Inca Trail permits are non-transferable and non-refundable. To book a tour with Ultimate Trekking, you will need to make an initial deposit, which is also non-refundable. This ensures your reservation and permit for the trail are secured for your chosen dates.