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4 day Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu

The 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu often known as the Classic Inca Trail is the best Inca Trail Tours. 4 Day Inca Trail Hike is one of our signature tours. We have an exclusive team of well-experienced and English-speaking local tour guides guiding the trail. They hiked the Inca trail over 500 times in the last 10 years.

The legendary stone-paved ancient Inca trail to Machu Picchu is the most hiked trail in Peru. Peru. 4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is also one of the most famous & impressive treks in South America. Inca Trail Trek tops the bucket list of many travelers. 

The trail is dotted with lesser-known Inca ruins. It offers staggering views at every turn. The 4 Day Inca Trail takes you from the snow-capped Andean peaks to the cloud forests of Peru. You will be hiking through some of the notable sites like Wiñay Wayna.

The highlight of the trail comes on the last morning as you will be witnessing the sunrise from Intupunku or Sun Gate as you will be entering Machu Picchu. This view is exclusive and limited to those hiking the 4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

Inca Trail Permits:

In order to protect the authenticity of the trail, local authorities have implemented Inca Trail Permit. Inca Trail permits are issued by the ministry of tourism in Peru. 

It limits access to just 500 trekkers a day. This includes porters, chefs, and guides. Often the Inca Trail permits are sold out six months in advance. So if you are planning on hikin this esteemed trail to Machu Picchu, make sure to plan well in advance. 

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu altitude:

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 to Machu Picchu. 

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

Best time to hike 4 Days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

To get the most of your Inca Trail experience, we highly recommend that you hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu during the dry season – between March and November. During the rainy season, the trail gets slippery and often the high mountain passes are covered by clouds making it impossible to relish the views along the way. 

Please Note that the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is closed in February, every year for maintenance. 

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.

Why Happy Gringo Tours for Inca Trail?

Happy Gringo Tours is a licensed and top rated Inca Trail Tour Operator based in Cusco. We are the only tour operating company in the region to offer healthy organic food on all our treks and trails. 

We take pride in working with locals. Our team comprises of English speaking, experienced local tour guides who have guided Inca Trail tours for over 500 times in the last 10 years. 

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
Reasons we say this as the Best Inca Trail Tours
  • 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.
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Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Piskacucho Km 82. - Llactapata - Ayapata

Your epic 4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu experience begins with an early morning (0400 AM) pick up from your hotel in Cusco. We will be driving you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo.

We will be meeting our support team (porters and chefs) here. While you relish our traditional Organic Andean breakfast, we will organise your sleeping bags, duffel bags and other things. Please note that you won’t have access to your duffel bags during the trek so make sure to carry your essentials in a day pack with you. 

After breakfast, we will be driving you further to the trail head in Km.82 (Piskacucho). The trail head is named after its distance to Machu Picchu from Cusco City. 

Once in Km 82, local authorities will be verifying your Inca Trail Permit against your Original Passport. 

Before begining our Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu, our local travel expert will be briefing you on safety aspects of hiking in the Andes. 

4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

We will begin the hike through a flat surface for two hours to a notable Inca site, Patallacta. During the Inca civilization, Patallacta served as a check point to those visiting their sacred site, Machu Picchu. 

After an immersive tour of the remains and introduction to Incas history, we will be hiking for some three hours. We will be stopping by many notable Inca sites along the way. The prominent one being Llactapata. 

Llactapata in Quechua means “High City”. It is named after its altitude, 2840 metres above sea level (9317 ft.)

Our local expert will be giving you an insight of the complex and its prominence to Incas. Once you have had your fill of the history, we will continue hiking to our lunch camp. Our crew will extend a warm welcome with a cup of freshly brewed coca tea (help with altitude sickness). 

You will then relish our exclusive organic food for lunch. Happy Gringo Tours is the only local operator to serve organic meal. 

After lunch, we will be continuing the hike through two local communities to our campsite in Ayapata. If you have forgotten to buy some essentials for the trail, you can buy them from the two communities we will be crossing. 

Ayapata nestles at 3300m/10827 ft. We will be reaching the campsite around 0500 PM. Our crew will be serving some snacks and coca tea or Peruvian coffee. Dinner will be served at 0730 PM. 

Day 2Ayapata - Dead Woman’s Pass - Runkurakay Pass - Sayacmarca - Chaquicocha

Our crew will be waking you up in the morning to a cup of freshly brewed coca tea or Peruvian coffee. Coca Leaves are consumed since Inca civilization. It is the best and the most natural way to fight altitude sickness and get an energy boost.

After relishing a native organic breakfast, we will gradually begin our hike up the hill to the highest point of the 4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Dead Woman’s Pass (4215m/13829ft). It normally takes four hours to get there. 

The route is dotted with different flora and dauna, most distinct to the region. Our guide will explain its significance.

Dead Woman’s Pass:

Once at the Dead Woman’s Pass, you will be able to contemplate the panoramic view of the valley tucked amidst the snow capped Andean peaks. You will feel the energy of the Incas who hiked the trail thousands of years ago. 

Our local expert will be sharing some information and Andean beliefs. You will understand the importance of the mountain peaks (Apus) in the Andean mythology. 

After soaking in the view, we will gradually begin our descent for an hour and a half to our lunch camp. Our crew will be serving you a delicious and traditional organic meal. Everytime, during breakfast, lunch and dinner you will have the option to refill your water bottle. 

After relishing a delicious native meal, we will be hiking for 45 minutes, up the hill to Runkurakay archaeological site. It is an Inca complex, our local expert will be giving you a detailed tour here. We will be visiting two beautiful waterfalls here that flows on the mountain slopes. 

We will then continue hiking further up for another 45 minutes to Runkurakay Pass 3760m/12335ft. After a challenging hike, we will be stopping here to relish the pristine views. The Incas used to perform ceremonies here to express their gratitude to the sacred peaks. Our local expert will be explaining this to you in detail. 

Sayacmarca:

We will begin with a gradual hike, down the hill for about an hour to the archaeological site of Sayacmarca. This is one of those sites that can be visited only by those hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Our local expert will give you a tour of the complex. 

We will continue hiking down the hill for another 25 minutes to our campsite in Chaquicocha (3600m/11811ft). Our crew will be serving snacks and beverages followed by dinner. 

You can enjoy the views of the Andean constellations in the clear sky and wind up the longest yet the beautiful day of the 4 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Day 3Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca - Intipaca - Wiñay Wayna

We will begin the day with a cup of freshly brewed coca tea or Peruvian coffee, followed by a hearty Andean breakfast. The third day of the four day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is quite relaxing as we will be hiking through low altitudes and cloud forests.

Phuyupatamarca

After a short hike, we will be hiking up the hill to Phuyupatamarca archaeological site. It nestles at 3650m/11975 ft above sea level. In Quechua, the name signifies “mystical place above the clouds”.

We will be giving you a detailed tour of the complex. After the tour, we will descend for to and a half hours to Intipata. This was a prominent agricultural site to the Incas. You will get stunning views of the Urubamba river snaking through the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Our local expert will be explaining the importance of farming during the Inca era and how the current generation have adopted the traditions of their ancestors.

Wiñay Wayna

We will begin our hike down the hill for thirty minutes to our campsite in Wiñay Wayna. We will be reaching there by 0100 PM.

After a well deserved lunch, we will be hiking to the archaeological site. Wiñay Wayna in Quechua means forever young. This is possibly the most beautiful complex you will be visiting on your Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

You will discover the prominence of each site as our local expert will walk you through the complex. We will stop to witness the sunset here. 

Back in the campsite, we will be having a celebratory meal with our Happy Gringo Team as you would have conquered the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu by now. It will be time to bid goodbye to our support crew.

After dinner, you will be sleeping under the clear Andean sky with the view of galaxy and milkyway.

Day 4Wiñay Wayna - Sungate - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

We will be waking up at 0330 in the morning. Our tour guide will be handing you over a bottle of water and snack box. We will be leaving the campsite by 0400 AM to reach the Sungate and witness the sunrise over the Inca citadel.

It takes about an hour to reach Sungate from Wiñay Wayna campsite. As we reach, you will get first view of the emblematic Inca citadel, Machu Picchu at a distance. 

We will have ample of time in Sungate to capture the best moments of the trail in your camera. After witnessing the sunrise, we will be descending for 45 minutes to the lost city of the Incas. 

Machu Picchu:

Once in Machu Picchu, out local expert will be giving you a two hours tour of the complex. We will be visiting the main plaza, remains of the royal quarters, farming terraces, ceremonial sites, to name a few.

After the tour of the complex, you will have some free time to soak into the views and vibes of Machu Picchu. If you have booked to hike Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain our tour guide will be directing you to the respective trailhead.

Please note, just as Inca Trail, you will also need permits to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains. 

Once you have had your fill of the emblematic Inca city, we will take a 25 minutes bus ride down to Aguas Calientes town. The town is home to natural hot springs which will be the best way to reward your feet after a four day trail.

After having lunch at a local restaurant, we will be heading to the train station. You will be boarding the 0400 PM train to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will be meeting you on arrival and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco city. We will be reaching Cusco by 09:00 PM. 

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FAQs

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.  

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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