Day 1: Cusco - Ollantaytambo-82km (trailhead) - Llulluchapampa
Early morning pick up from your hotel to initiate a bus ride to the trail head of our journey at the km 82 on the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After crossing the Urubamba River, we begin the hike along the Inca Trail, as we will follow the left side of the river. We will go through native farmlands and will get familiar with the various crops produced in the area. Visit of Wilkarakay and Llactapata and have a stunning view of the sacred snow-peak of Wakay Wilka (5850 meters) considered by the local natives to be the "Sacred Tears of Fertility".
Enjoy a leisurely hike through the Cusichaka River Canyon with magnificent views of the Cordillera Oriental.
We will continue along the trail and start the ascent in different levels where we will appreciate different ecosystems.
Camp site in Llulluchapampa.
Day 2: Llulluchapampa to Chaquicocha
After a healthy breakfast, we will initiate the hardest hiking day of our journey as we will climb up to the Dead Woman's pass (Warmiwañuska). As you go up this steep hill enjoy the forest of polylepis trees (Qeuña), considered the highest growing trees in the world in danger of extinction.
Have a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains from the pass before heading down to our lunch spot at Pacaymayu Alto. This is the best area to see the elusive Andean condors. After lunch, we will start a short ascent to the Inca ruins of Runkurakay and the Andean Lake of Yanacocha en route to our second pass of the day at 3680 meters. Discover the Inca ruins of Sayacmarca on our way down to our campsite at Chaquicocha. Enjoy the active bird life around the campsite.
Day 3: Chaquicocha to Wiñaywayna
Waken up at the call of bird songs, you will be offered a consistent breakfast. The hike to the Wyñay Wayna campsite will take you to the lunch vegetation of the cloud forest where exotic birds (Andean Guan, Gray-Breasted mountain toucan, red crested cotinga, etc.) will salute your passing: enjoy the scenic views of the Cordillera Oriental with the stunning snow-peaks of Salkantay (6.271m), Humantay (5.735m) and Pumasillo (5686 m).
Walk around the inca ruins of Phuyutamarca before descending to our campsite at Wyñay Wayna. Enjoy the sunset above the Urubamba River perched amongst the many Andean Terraces of this marvelous Inca site.
Day 4: Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
After an early morning breakfast, we will hike the last 5 kilometers of the Inca Trail to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise where we will appreciate the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Heading down to the main gate, we will stop at the lookout point where your guide will explain you few facts about this important Inca site. Walk around Machu Picchu and take the time to climb up to Wayna Picchu or explore the temple of the moon before heading down to Aguas Calientes to board your train back to Cusco.
- Pre-departure briefing
- Private transport from Cusco to the trailhead
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 afternoon teas
- Camping equipment: two-man tents, sleeping roll matt
- Communal dinner tent, cooking tent,
- Toilet facilities are available at each lunch spot and campsites
- Stools, tables.
- Entrance fee to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu
- Porters (for the heavy gear like tents, food and others)
- A chef
- English speaking professional tour guide
- Drinking water for Day 2 and 3
- Transport back to Cusco (Expedition class)
- First day Breakfast (we stop at Ollantaytambo)
- Last day Lunch (recommended in Aguas Calientes)
- Left luggage at Machu Picchu. 4 Soles for each bag
- HUAYNAPICCHU TICKET (65USD entrance fee)
HUAYNA PICCHU also known as WAYNA PICCHU (Quechua: "Young Peak") is a mountain in Peru around which the Urubamba River bends. It rises over Machu Picchu, the so-called "lost city of the Incas" and divides it into sections. The Incas built a trail up the side of the HUAYNA PICCHU and built temples and terraces on its top. The peak of Huayna Picchu is about 2,720 metres (8,920 ft) above sea level, or about 360 metres (1,180 ft) higher than Machu Picchu.
Since last year, there is a limit in the numbers to climb Waynapicchu mountain, this is 400 people a day, and therefore there are two timetables for entrance, the first 200 hundred and second 200 hundred people:
At 7 a.m. first entrance
At 10 a.m. second entrance
If you are interested in climbing WAYNAPICCHU, please make a request in advance, as it is highly requested, this is an extra cost of 65USD that is charged by the park administration, and not by UNITED MICE. UNITED MICE does not guarantee the entrance fee ticket
- Bus from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes (12 USD a single ticket)
- Personal Porter, if you have not got any experience of having hiked and carried all your staff including sleeping bag and sleeping mat, we suggest you hire a personal porter (if you are interested, please request at the same time you are booking your Inca trail, a personal porter costs 140USD for the whole trip) carrying a maximum of 14 kilograms/30 pounds, this is regulated by the government.
- Sleeping bag (at 30USD for the whole trek)
- Tipping your trek staff is customary!!!
- A rucksack with your personal belongings for the whole period of the trek which is to be carried by you including sleeping bag and mattress, when you do not hire a personal porter
- A big rucksack to be provided to a personal porter, and a small rucksack to be carried by you with the essentials for the day (this is when you hire a personal porter)
- Rain gear (annorax and rain trousers if available) and rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
- Strong and waterproof trekking boots recommended
- Sandals or flip-flops for a higher comfort while at camp
- Warm clothes (thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping)
- Sleeping bag (please inform our Reservations Department if you wish to book this extra service at the moment of your booking)
- Foamy mattress: will be provided by us but is to be carried by you
- Head torch and batteries
- Camera, batteries and memory card (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Wide brim hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
- Insect repellent – minimum recommended 80% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
- Toilet paper
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
- A canteen or camel back, plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into the Inca Trail.
- Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you take river or stream water along the route.
- Swimsuit (for showering or bathing chances)
- Cash in soles and/or US$ (small change)
- Original passport
- Original International Student Identity Card ISIC (in case you have applied for a student discount)
- Bad knees require walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail), as well as knee braces
- Rubbish bag and plastic bags for dirty or damp clothes
- Sun glasses
- Two pair of trousers (light and thick)
- T-shirts and shorts
- Wool socks and hat
- Pocket Knife