In Machu Picchu, you will have the chance to see the ruins of other exquisite buildings, as well as the once-glorious Incan pathways, old temples, and palaces.
But because you have to hike for more than three days to reach a height of more than 2400 meters above sea level, you must make sure to take the proper gear and supplies. So, we’ve included a tried-and-tested Inca Trail packing list for Machu Picchu below.
Before we go on to our extensive packing list, it is important to know about the climatic conditions of Machu Picchu.
The best time to visit Machu Picchu is during the dry season, which typically lasts from April to October, with May to July being the busiest months. So you must go in August, September, or early October if you want to avoid the crowds.
The rainy season, with January and February being the wettest months, is not ideal for visiting Machu Picchu because the hiking trails are more likely to be sloppy and muddy.
Going to higher elevations makes the climate unpredictable because it doesn’t always stay this way. Therefore, it’s important to pack for both dry and wet weather.
If you plan to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you must bring a lot of layers. In this type of weather, wool is the greatest material to wear. It is important to wear comfortable, lightweight clothing underneath all of those layers.
Additionally, remember to include long and short-sleeved tops, jackets, ponchos, gloves, hats, and scarves. Since you’ll be hiking for longer than three days, bring lots of breathable underwear.
The inner sole of your hiking boots or shoes should be well-molded to the contour of your foot, especially for women. Take about 4 pairs of breathable wool socks that will not collect too much moisture.
As you will be hiking the Inca Trail for a maximum of 6-7 hours each day for 3–4 days, it is also important to bring hiking poles with you to lessen the strain on your knees and feet and to keep your balance and posture in check.
Carry a good pair of sunglasses because UV radiation can be extremely harmful at higher elevations such as Machu Picchu. Sunscreen is also vital if you want to keep your skin safe! Remember to bring headlamps, mosquito repellents, plastic bags (for storing your dry/wet items), and Ziplock bags to carry your phone, cameras, passport, cash, and wallet.
It is also a good idea to include a first-aid kit containing all of your medicines, plasters, bandages, antiseptic cream, and even altitude sickness meds like Diamox.
Water bottles with a capacity of up to 2-3 liters and snacks like chocolate, protein bars, nuts, or chewing gum are recommended.
It is exciting to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. However, it needs careful planning, starting with choosing a date, finding a tour operator, and deciding what to take with you on the hike. After all, one of the most important aspects of your Machu Picchu trip is your packing list.
You must therefore pack lightly and use a good backpack because you will have to hike every day while carrying more than 5 to 6 kg.