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4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu – Inca Trail Tours

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Inca Trail Tours Details
4 day Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu

The 4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu is a signature tour of Happy Gringo Travel Agency in Cusco, Peru. Experience the best of the Inca Trail Tours with our certified local tour guides who have hiked the trail over 500 times in the last 10 years.

“The LEGENDARY stone-paved Inca trail to Machu Picchu ” is Peru’s number one trail to Machu Picchu. This 4-Day trek is also one of the most famous & impressive treks in South America. Inca Trail Trek tops the bucket list of many travelers. 

In order to protect the authenticity of the trail, local authorities restrict access to just 500 trekkers a day. This includes porters, chefs, and guides. Often the Inca Trail permits tend to sell out six months in advance. 

The trail takes you from the snow-capped Andean peaks to the cloud forests of Peru. The trail is dotted with many interesting archaeological sites, this includes, Wiñay Wayna, Sun Gate or Inti Punku, and more. 

This is a high-altitude hike and involves hikes through high mountain passes. The highest point of the Inca Trail is the infamous Dead Woman’s Pass at 4215 meters (13828 ft.) above sea level. You will be hiking to the pass on the second day of the 4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu. 

If you are interested in taking an alternative route to Machu Picchu, check our guide about all you need to know before starting the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.

We highly recommend you to spend at least four days in the City of Cusco before the trail to acclimate and avoid altitude sickness during the trail.

Why Happy Gringo Tours for Inca Trail?

While hiking the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu with us, you’re going to travel with healthy organic food. We are a licensed and official Inca Trail tour operator to offer this Organic Group Service to Machu Picchu.

Do take a moment to check our reviews on Trip Advisor. 

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0500 AM

Price Includes

  • 3 Nights in tents
  • 4 man tent for every 2 hikers
  • Entrance Fees (Inca Trail & Machu Picchu)
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Duffel bag to carry your belongings
  • Train Tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

Price Excludes

  • Travel/Health insurance
  • Tips
  • Breakfast on day 1, lunch & dinner on day 4
  • Sleeping bag

Recommended To Carry

  • Hiking boots
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Water bottle
Resons To Book 4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu With Us
  • We are the only Inca Trail operators providing Organic Peruvian Food on the trail – Our routes are designed for health-conscious and curious travelers
  • Our 4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu starts in Cusco and finishes in Cusco
  • On our Inca Trail Tours you will be entering the lost city of the Incas through the Sungate
  • Inca Trail Permits Official Site and real-time Machu Picchu tickets information
  • We will pick you up from your Cusco hotel and Drop off by the center of Cusco (Plaza de Armas).
  • Free luggage storage while hiking Inca Trail Trek
  • Local Expert Guides, Cooks and Porters
  • We are the unique company in Cusco who provides Hot Water Bottle.
  • Free Cusco Airport Pick-Up (Let us know in advance the arrival time to Cusco Airport – Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport).
  • Experience the Legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, hike Inca Trail 4 days to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World!
  • We have five star ratings on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website
  • Whilst hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, we are always ahead of the crowds.
  • Note: After Machu Picchu guided tour – We take bus to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) for lunch, then late in the afternoon, train to Ollantaytambo to carry on by bus to Cusco. (All Included).
  • All hikers who want to experience the 4 day inca trail to Machu Picchu must book at least 4 months in advance.
Inca Trail Map
Hiking Inca Trail

Day 1Cusco – Km 82 – Ayapata

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you through the Sacred Valley of Incas to Ollantaytambo train station. 

Here, you will be boarding the Aguas Calientes bound train for a short journey along the Urubamba River. We will be getting down at Km.82. This is the trailhead of the Inca Trail Tour. The local authorities will be verifying your passport and your Inca Trail permit. 

The first two hours of the trail will be on a flat surface to Llactapata archaeological site. After a guided tour of the complex, we will be hiking for another two hours to our lunch camp. Here we will be serving you an exquisite Organic and nutritious meal. You can also taste coca leaf tea, which helps to prevent the effects of altitude sickness.

After lunch comes the first uphill but you’ll get some time for breaks and continue for another couple hours to reach our first campsite Ayapata- Base camp.

Day 2Ayapata – Chaquicocha

We will begin the day with an organic breakfast. Then we will be hiking up the hill for five hours to the highest point of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Dead Woman’s pass locally known as Warmi Wanusca at (4215 meters/13779 feet).

This is the most challenging part of the Inca Trail. We will have a short break here so you can rest and rejuvenate. 

We will then start hiking for two hours down the hill through original Inca steps. These are quite steep steps. We will then reach our campsite for lunch. 

After lunch, we will be hiking for another two hours up the hill. On our way, we will be stopping at different Inca sites. 

The popular ones are Runkurakay and Sayamarca. From Sayamarca it’s a 30 minutes hike to our exclusive campsite in Chaquicocha.

Day 3Chaquicocha – Wiñay Wayna

After relishing a typical breakfast, we will begin the third day of this 4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu by hiking to the last mountain pass, Phuyupatamarca. This is the best area to witness the highland flora and fauna. 

In Quechua, Phuyupatamarca means  “City in the Clouds” and IntiPata ” Sun above the terraces” . 

We will then stop for lunch at our campsite. After lunch we will hike to the iconic site, Winay Wayña “Forever Young”. This is one of the interesting sites on the Inca Trail. After a guided tour of the ruins we will walk back to our campsite for dinner.

After dinner, we will be bidding goodbye to our porters. 

Day 4Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu

The highlight of the 4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu. We will be leaving the campsite early in the morning to Inti Punku or Sungate. You will get the first sight of Machu Picchu citadel from here. 

We will then hike down to the citadel. We will be giving you a two hours guided tour. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have booked to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains, our guide will be directing you to the trailhead. 

After exploring Machu Picchu, you will be taking a bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here we will be serving lunch at a local restaurant. At around 04:00 PM, we will be taking a train back to Ollantaytambo. 

Our representative will be meeting you on arrival and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco. We will be returning to Cusco by 09:30 PM.


How long is the Inca Trail?

The 4 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu, popularly known as Classic Inca Trail is 26 miles or 41.8 Kilometres long. The highest point of the Inca Trail Trek is at 4215 meters above sea level (13,828 feet).

Where is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an emblematic trek in Peru, South America. It takes you through the 500 years old stone-paved path to the lost city of the Incas and one of the new seven world wonders, Machu Picchu. 

How many miles is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

The 4 Day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu, popularly known as Classic Inca Trail is 26 miles or 41.8 Kilometres long.

Is the Inca Trail worth it?

To most, the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu is a lifetime experience. Considering the fact that this esteemed trail is dotted with many archaeological ruins and the path is through a 500 years old stone-paved way, yes Inca Trail is worth it. 

How many steps are in the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

The 4 Days Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu involves hikes through over 10,000 steps. The whole trail is 26 miles or 41.8 Kilometres long.

How far in advance to book Inca Trail?

In order to protect the trial, local authorities in Peru have restricted access to 200 people a day. This includes porters, guides, cooks. So barely 100 people get to enter the trail each day. As Inca trail is a popular option to get to Machu Picchu the permits are often sold out six months in advance. It is highly recommended that you book your Inca Trail to Machu Picchu at least six months in advance.

What is the highest point on the Inca Trail?

The infamous Dead Woman’s Pass locally known as Warmi Wañusca is the highest point on the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. It is located at 4215 meters above sea level (13,828 feet). 

How many days in Cusco before Inca Trail?

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu involves hiking through the 26 miles or 41.8 Kilometres long stone-paved trail built by the Incas. With the highest point of the trail at 4215 meters above sea level (13,828 feet), the trail is somewhat challenging. It is highly recommended that you spend at least 3-4 days in Cusco before the trial to avoid altitude sickness. 

How to prepare for hiking the Inca Trail?

To most, altitude is a major concern whilst hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. As a licensed local Inca Trail operator, we highly reccomend you to spend a few days in Cusco and Sacred Valley of the Incas and get completely acclimatized to the altitude before commencing your hike. We have curated a detailed article on Inca Trail hiking tips to help you prepare to hike this esteemed trail to Machu Picchu. 

When to do the Inca Trail?

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is closed every year in February for maintenance. It is highly recommended that you hike the Inca trail during the dry season – between March and November.  

4 Reviews
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Teodore Darlens

Couple Traveller

Fantastic Trek! We had a great tour with Gringo tours and our tour guide Marco

January 9, 2020

M Torre

Couple Traveller

We just finished the classic Inca Trail 4 days and 3 nights with one of the best groups of the Inca track. My wife almost did not finish because she felt so tired but we were hiking with Marko a fantastic guide who gave us important motivation.

The food was great and fresh prepared by our chef Dio. The porters were very well treated compared with other groups, they were always smiling but other ones were not. It seems Happy Gringo treats very well the porters and gives good food.

We are going to recommend our families and friends to hike the Inca trail with this locally owned company!!

December 20, 2019

Donna Edwards

Couple Traveller

This trip was excellent!!
Every day was a history lesson with our guides.

What you see and experience on the trail was so much better than taking the train.

August 15, 2019

Marshall E

Couple Traveller

I just returned from 4 days/3 Nights Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu with Happy Gringo. They were so organized and responsive in the time leading up to the trek and everything went smoothly. My guide, Marko was phenomenal, the porters worked so hard and the chefs created the most amazing meals throughout the trek. Just book your trip with Happy Gringo and be prepared for the trip of a lifetime.

August 7, 2019