Rich in ecological diversity and cultural interest the Inca Trail is rated among the ten best trekking trails in the world. Our 9 day journey takes you through the breath-taking Andes to the awe-inspiring Inca ruins of Macchu Picchu giving you memories that will live in your mind forever.
Trekking at a leisure pace and staying at secluded camps you will pass ancient granite ruins built by the Incas, still half-cloaked by the jungle as if you were discovering them for the first time. We also pass two high altitude passes (the highest being Warmiwañuska or Death Woman Pass at 4215 metres) and this sensational trail ends fittingly as you step through the Gates of the Sun and the magnificence of Macchu Picchu – the lost city of the Incas – lies before you.
To enjoy this trek you will need a good level of fitness, a positive mental attitude and ideally some trekking experience. You will not carry anything except a small day pack with your water bottle and camera. To ensure our customers are fully-prepared Fitways offers training events in the Brecon Beacons, UK – see our website for more details.
THE FITWAYS PHILOSOPHY
‘Provide the highest standard of service for our customers, minimise our impact on the environment and support local communities.’
With our philosophy in mind we use our experience to organize everything using reliable, quality sources and have a Fitways Mountain Leader accompanying the group throughout so you can enjoy your adventure. Our group size will be limited to 10 to minimise our impact and with a litter policy that not only maintains but enhances we are confident we go above and beyond when it comes to preserving this stunning environment. Please also note trekking poles are not permitted within Macchu Picchu due to concerns about erosion and we support this stance. Additionally our use of local guesthouses and hotels as well as local staff and porters – provided with the best working conditions with good quality food, shelter and a living wage – helps us fulfil our pledge to support local communities.
Extension options (Rafting and Rainbow Mountain)
9 Days (4 Days on the mountain)
6 to 10 hrs (per day)
4,215 metres (Maximum)
19 to 27 October 2019
To join this trek, you need a good level of fitness, a positive mental attitude and ideally some trekking experience. It is not technically difficult, but the trip includes 2 long consecutive trekking days at altitudes reaching 4,215m.
To ensure you are fully prepared for your expedition, Fitways Adventures offer mountain training events in the UK, click here to find out more.
Day 1: Depart UK to Lima
Day 2: Arrive at Cusco: upon arrival we’ll transfer to the hotel and you’ll be given time to explore the sights, sounds and tastes of South America. Take your first day at altitude slowly.
Day 3: Cusco: as we continue our acclimatisation you’ll be provided with a Guided Tour of this historic city.
Day 4: Sacred Valley: a must-see, action-packed excursion taking in a beautiful river and Ollantaytambo – a colossal mountain fortress. You’ll be given time to explore the historic town and stop off for some chicha morada (a purple fermented-corn drink).
Day 5: Inca Trail Day 1 (4-5hrs walking): native ‘quechua’ porters escort us as we move through the arid Urubamba River valley. Magnificent views of the snow-capped mountain Veronica and Llactapata – an ancient citadel standing sentinel over the entry to two valleys – beyond which lies our journey.
Day 6: Inca Trail 2 (6-8hrs walking): In the morning we pass the Inca Halmet of Huayabamba all the while enjoying the incredible Andean mountains. Come the afternoon our path winds through an ecologically-unique Andean cloud forest before arriving at Llulluchapampa where we’ll camp at an altitude of 3600 metres.
Day 7: Inca Trail 3 (10-12hrs walking): today we cross the Warmiwañuska Pass at 4200 metres before travelling into the jungle. Ancient ruins part-consumed by the jungle squat in a dazzling, dream-like landscape of reaching ferns, exquisite orchids and many-hued birds. We camp within sight of snow-covered Andean peaks at the City Above the Clouds – Phuyupatamarca – ancient ritual baths where travellers stopped to purify themselves before entering the Sacred City now just a day away.
Day 8: Macchu Picchu 3 (4hrs walking): an early wake-up and quick breakfast sees us at the entrance gate to Macchu Picchu and the steep mountainside beyond leads to the Gates of the Sun – Inti Punku – where, if the gods are kind, you’ll be blessed with an unforgettable of the Inca’s sacred Macchu Picchu. Following a guided tour of the city we’ll return to Cusco via the scenic Vistadome train.
Day 9: Cusco: you’ll be given a rest day back in this wonderful city, or if that’s not your style there’s an option for river rafting.
Day 10: Depart Peru to UK.
The Fitways Adventures goal is to provide you with a stress & hassle-free trip a cut above the rest. We go the extra mile to organize everything using quality sources so you can sit back and enjoy the trip. We don’t want to be one of the companies guiding trains of people up the mountain, so we limit our group size to 10, giving you a more personal service.
- Transfers from Cusco Airport
- 4 nights’ hotel accommodation in Cusco. Breakfast included. (Twin rooms)
- Trip lead by an International Mountain Leader with extensive experience running treks at altitude.
- A local English speaking guide
- All meals during the trek
- Tents and camping equipment
- Porters (7kg weight Limit per person)
- Private transportation to the start of the trail.
- 3 Nights in spacious double-occupancy tents.
- Dining tent with tables and stools, mattress.
- Kitchen tent and latrine tent.
- VISTADOME train back to Cusco. (Amazing views!)
- Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco
- Entrance ticket to the Inka trail
- Soft drinks
- Travel insurance
- International or Local flights
- Lunch and dinner in Cusco
- Lunch in Machupicchu (After the guided tour)
- Sleeping bag
- Personal equipment and clothing
This will be used to carry all your belongings in the plane’s hold and used to store any items you don’t need while trekking. This can be left behind at the hotel in Cusco at no extra cost. Standard airline allowance is normally between 20kg and 30kg – you may also want to leave some space for souvenirs.
This will be used to carry all the items you won’t be carrying on the trip itself – this will be given to the porters. Ideally, this is a rugged duffle bag that you don’t mind being bashed around a bit. It is recommended that clothing is kept within a dry bag in a holdall to prevent it from getting wet. The recommended size is 70 to 90 litres and the weight allowance for your bag is 7kg. If you wish to pay extra for a larger weight allowance, this can easily be arranged.
Recommended 30-35 litres – this will be used to carry personal effects during the trek. You’ll be reunited with your duffle bag at the end of each day when we arrive at the accommodation. Your Group Leader will give you a briefing on what you need to carry, but to give you a rough idea, it will include water, waterproofs, warm hat & gloves, sun cream, water, first aid kit, notepad, camera, snacks. Please note that rucksacks are generally shower proof and not waterproof. Therefore, it is advised that you put your kit into dry bags within your pack to prevent your items from getting wet.
Peru uses the Sol (S). Carrying cash, an ATM card, as well as a credit card that can be used for cash advances in case of emergency, is advisable. Credit card fraud is rampant. Tell your bank you will be in Peru and use your card with care. USD, Euro and GBP are easily exchanged in Cusco.
Ask for small denominations, as S100 bills are hard to change in small towns or for small purchases.
Do not accept torn money as it will likely not be accepted by Peruvians. Don’t change money on the street as counterfeits are a problem.
ATM machines are readily available in Lima and Cusco. ATMs in Ollantaytambo can be unreliable. Plan ahead if you need cash. ATMs allow withdraw up to $200 USD or equivalent in soles per day per account. There is no ATM close to the entrance of Machu Picchu. The nearest ATM is in the village of Aguas Calientes.
VISA and MASTERCARD are most widely accepted. AMEX is accepted more frequently now, but mainly in the luxury hotels and restaurants.
Valid travel insurance is essential in order for you to take part in a Fitways trek. You will need cover for medical expenses and emergency repatriation in the event of illness or injury, including cover in the event that you need to be evacuated from the mountain by helicopter. Fitways also recommend that your policy includes cancellation protection as deposits paid cannot be refunded.
As with all foreign travel, it is advisable that you check the latest information and advice on your destination. For UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice, see www.gov.uk/fco
For booking international flights we recommend www.skyscanner.net as an easy and comprehensive flight searching site.
January is the hottest month in Cusco with an average temperature of 11°C (52°F) and the coldest is July at 7°C (45°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 9 in August. The wettest month is January with an average of 155mm of rain.
The climate varies as you progress along the Inca trail. During the day it can be quite warm and sunny; dry during the first two days, and a little humid on the third and fourth days. In the night, the first two campsites are often very cold, while the third night is more temperate.
The CDC and WHO have recommended that travellers receive the following vaccines:
Yellow Fever (this vaccine may be required based on your travel itinerary)
The sockets are 230v. The voltage is not exact, but the difference is usually tolerable by electrical devices. It’s mostly safe to plug your electrical apparatus from United Kingdom in Peru without a voltage adapter. If you have any concerns with a special device i.e. a medical device, you probably want to seek further professional help.
There will be no available electricity supply on the trek itself so do ensure you have plenty of spare batteries. Plugs are typically the 2-pronged flat type found in the US, though some facilities have been noted to use the 2 rounded prongs instead.
Wi fi is available at the hotel in Cusco. There is also mobile phone reception. During the trek there are very few sections where you will be able to pick up a mobile signal.
Cuzco enjoys high daytime temperatures up to 20 degrees Celsius from May to October, despite this being Peru’s winter period, and you will be fine wearing cotton trousers, shorts and T-shirts in Cuzco itself on sunny days. The temperature drops considerably at night, however, and can reach below freezing, so make sure that you have a warm sweater and fleece or coat to go out at night. If you travel during the rainy season, you can expect rain at least once a day, so take waterproof clothing.
Peru is basically a country of open doors. The entry into Peru for Citizens of most American and Western European countries does not require a tourist visa. The maximum period of stay granted by the authorities is 183 days (cannot be extended). To enter Peru you will need a valid passport with 6 months remaining.
Clothing & Footwear (For Trail only)
- 1 x base layer (ideally long-sleeved and light coloured)
- 2 T-shirts (not cotton- light colours are cooler)
- Lightweight fleece
- Heavyweight fleece (or soft-shell)
- Waterproof jacket (breathable e.g. Gore-Tex)
- Liner gloves
- 1 x Warm gloves
- Lightweight down jacket (The evenings can get a little chilly)
- Walking Trousers
- Waterproof trousers (ideally lightweight – it’s not essential that these are made of a breathable material)
- 3 pairs of underwear
- 2 pairs of warm walking socks (suggest wool – no nylon)
- 2 pairs of lighter weight socks (ideal for use with trainers around camp)
- Lightweight shoes (trainers/trail shoes are ideal) for evenings or lower on the trail as well as in towns & cities
- Walking boots (Lightweight & worn in) It is advisable to wear them on the ’plane so that in the event that your baggage goes astray, you’ll have them with you
- Buff (great when the trails get dusty)
- Hat (something that will cover your ears)
- Sun hat (ideally a light colour)
- Sunglasses (must be Category 3 rated)
- Rucksack (daypack 30 – 35 Litres)
- Water bottle (2 x 1 Litres)
- Walking poles*
- Head torch and 2 sets of spare batteries*
- Sleeping bag liner
- 3/4 season Sleeping Bag (Comfort Rated 0/-5C) Please store in dry bag*
- Thermarest Mattress
- Compeed or equivalent
- Sun cream (minimum Factor 30)
- Lip salve (high factor)
- Nail clippers
- Foot powder or cream (antifungal)
- Camera and spare batteries/charger
- Notepad and pen
- Contact lenses (& glasses as a back-up) – the dust on the treks can be very irritating
- All the contact lens solution you will need for the trip
- Zip Lock plastic bags and dry bags (Essential) – perfect for keeping your kit organised & dry
- Kit Bag for the porters or mule (Around 100L) Barrel shaped bags (waterproof) are ideal.
- Small padlock
- Cash (USD or local currency) for the tip at the end of the climb (small denominations)
- Spare kit bag (small) to leave any excess clothing at the hotel in the storeroom
- Toilet paper & lighter
- Wash kit (including biodegradable soap & shampoo) – please keep any heavy items, including cosmetics, to a minimum; Travel size options recommended. If you are travelling as a group consider sharing these items on the mountain.
- Ear plugs (great for ensuring a good night’s sleep)
- Eye mask (Very useful if your roommate wants to read)
- Books or e-reader (there will be plenty of free time most afternoons/evenings)
- Travel towel Wet wipes (A great way to freshen up)
- Antibacterial hand gel (excellent for preventing the spread of bugs/illness)
- Small can of deodorant
- Trail food – chocolate, energy bars etc
- Insect repellent – there are mosquitoes on the Inca Trail
- Swimming costume (hot springs)
- *These can be hired from Fitways Adventures