Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

Inca Trail trek 4 days

The Inca Trail 4 Days is a renowned trek in Peru leading to Machu Picchu’s ancient ruins. It offers stunning landscapes, Inca archaeological sites like Wiñay Wayna, and a rewarding sunrise view of Machu Picchu on the fourth day. This challenging adventure is a bucket-list experience for nature and history enthusiasts.

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Embark on a sacred journey rich in history, surrounded by diverse flora and fauna. Moreover, this 26-mile route stands as the exclusive means to reach Machu Picchu, particularly and significantly, but most importantly, it is a more fulfilling experience to tread this path on foot, just as the Incas did centuries ago.

At Sap Adventures, our team comprises adept, well-educated, and enthusiastic tour guides who will lead your group through the 4-day Inca Trail adventure, addressing all inquiries along the way. We are supported by a dedicated group of porters who assist in transporting all necessary camping equipment and personal belongings. Additionally, we have a skilled chef who will serve up hot, restaurant-quality meals at each campsite, ensuring a delectable dining experience and guaranteeing you have ample energy to relish the breathtaking landscapes that the 4-day Inca Trail hike unfolds.

Why should you hike the Inca trail 4 Days with SAP ADVENTURES?

  • Our porters are treated with utmost respect. They are equipped at no cost by our company, Sap Adventures, to undertake the 4-day Inca Trail journey to Machu Picchu. We offer them a just salary, comfortable tents with pads, proper meals, trekking footwear, hiking attire, and a winter shelter. We prioritize their health, well-being, and the welfare of their families, and we are committed to social initiatives aimed at enhancing their quality of life.
  • We keep our group sizes small, accommodating a maximum of 2 to 8 individuals, setting us apart from other travel agencies that handle larger groups.
  • We provide top-of-the-line equipment, including Eureka tents, Mountain Hardwear sleeping bags, Black Diamond trekking poles, and quality sleeping pads to ensure you have restful nights in the mountains.
  • For your peace of mind, we offer satellite phones for both emergencies and non-emergencies, ensuring you can stay in touch with your loved ones at all times.
  • Our portable toilets are eco-friendly, comfortable, and maintained in a hygienic condition.
  • Our hotel-to-hotel service includes direct pick-ups and drop-offs from your accommodations in Cusco City, guaranteeing you won’t be left stranded before or after any of our tours.
  • Sap Adventtures is a dependable travel company, known for its practicality, punctuality, and warm hospitality, whether you’re an individual traveler or part of a group. You can verify our reputation through our reviews on Trip Advisor, Google Reviews, and WeTravel.
  • We take pride in being a 100% locally owned travel company and a fully licensed Inca Trail operator.
  • Our tour guides are highly trained and continuously update their knowledge through a comprehensive program of professional development. They are passionate about showcasing the wonders of the Inca Trail in Peru.
  • We handle all ground logistics, including transportation, Machu Picchu tickets, Inca Trail permits, train tickets, and bus tickets. We meticulously arrange and secure every detail of your hike, allowing you to enjoy a worry-free experience.
  • On the fourth day of your journey, your return train ticket is scheduled for 2:55 p.m. or 3:20 p.m. from Aguas Calientes, ensuring you arrive in Cusco early enough to rest and potentially embark on another tour the following day.
  • We ensure prompt payment to our porters, guides, drivers, and cooks as soon as they complete their duties.
  • We do not combine our Inca Trail 4-day groups with other companies, ensuring a more exclusive and personalized experience.
  • It’s worth noting that our Inca Trail porters have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and are fully prepared to work safely.

Inca Trail 4 day hike Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Piskacucho – Km 82 – Wayllabamba

The inaugural day of the Inca Trail presents a relatively effortless start, offering a mild initiation to the journey. Commencing in the early morning, your hotel in Cusco will provide transportation between 5:30 and 6:00 am. The drive to the trek’s outset, Piscacucho, consumes approximately two hours. From this point onward, you will traverse the Urubamba River and enter the revered Sacred Valley of the Incas.

After proceeding through the checkpoint, the trail will guide you through exquisite Andean landscapes, featuring snow-draped summits and luxuriant greenery. Along the way, you will encounter some petite Inca ruins, including Llactapata, which serves as a beneficial warm-up for the ruins you will later encounter during the trek.

The path will persist through the valley until you arrive at Wayllabamba, where you will establish your campsite for the night. This presents an ideal opportunity to unwind and bask in the scenic splendor before resuming the journey the following day.

Embark on your adventure with an early-morning hotel pick-up in Cusco from 5:30 to 6:00 am, followed by a drive to the trek’s initial point at kilometer 82. Initiate the hike with a leisurely stroll along the Urubamba River, passing through quaint villages and archaeological sites en route. Journey through abundant foliage, ascending to the first campsite at Wayllabamba, situated at an elevation of 10,830 feet above sea level.

Day 2: Wayllabamba – Inca Trail Highest Point – Pacaymayo

The second day of the Inca Trail presents the toughest leg, characterized by a steep ascent leading to Dead Woman’s Pass, perched at an altitude of 4,215 meters. This section of the trail is notably steep and may pose a considerable challenge for some, yet the panoramas from the summit are undeniably breathtaking.

Upon reaching the pass, the descent to Pacaymayo commences, guiding you through picturesque landscapes and enveloping cloud forests. This portion of the trail is particularly captivating as it meanders past several Inca ruins, including Runkurakay and Sayacmarca.

By late afternoon, you’ll arrive at Pacaymayo, where you’ll establish your camp for the night. This interlude provides an opportune moment to recuperate and recharge before continuing your journey the following day.

Today is recognized as the most demanding day of the trek, as you ascend to the pinnacle of the trail at Warmiwañusca Pass, soaring at an elevation of 13,780 feet above sea level. Make sure to take periodic breaks along the way, affording you the chance to rest and savor the awe-inspiring vistas of the Andean mountains and valleys. Descend into the Pacaymayo valley and arrange your overnight camp.

Day 3: Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarka – Wiñaywayna

On the third day of the Inca Trail, the terrain is somewhat more forgiving compared to day two, as it primarily involves a descent towards Wiñay Wayna. This segment of the trail holds special allure, as it guides you past various Inca ruins, including Phuyupatamarca, renowned as the “Town in the Clouds.”

As you trek, you’ll also encounter enchanting waterfalls and babbling streams, providing ample opportunities for respite and basking in the natural splendor. By late afternoon, you’ll reach Wiñay Wayna, where you’ll establish your campsite for the night.

Today’s hike presents a blend of both steep ascents and descents, taking you through several Inca sites, including Runkuracay and Sayacmarca. Ascend to the second-highest point of the trail, reaching an elevation of 12,630 feet above sea level, before descending into the ethereal cloud forest and ultimately arriving at the concluding campsite of Wiñay Wayna.

Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco

The ultimate day of the Inca Trail promises the utmost excitement, for you will at last arrive at Machu Picchu. Kickstarting the day early, you’ll embark on a brief trek to the Sun Gate, granting you magnificent aerial vistas of Machu Picchu. Subsequently, you’ll descend to the ruins themselves, where a knowledgeable guide will accompany you on a tour.

Machu Picchu is nothing short of awe-inspiring, boasting remarkable architectural feats and breathtaking panoramas. Following the tour, you’ll have some leisure time to independently explore the ruins prior to boarding the train for your return journey to Cusco.

Rise early to ensure your arrival at the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) in time for the sunrise spectacle illuminating Machu Picchu. Descend into the citadel and partake in a guided exploration of this ancient Inca city. In the afternoon, take a bus ride to Aguas Calientes for a satisfying lunch and subsequently embark on a scenic train voyage back to Cusco.


  1. Comfortable hiking shoes/boots
  2. Moisture-wicking hiking socks
  3. Quick-drying pants
  4. Lightweight t-shirts
  5. Long-sleeved shirt
  6. Fleece jacket or sweater
  7. Rain jacket and pants
  8. Hat or cap
  9. Gloves
  1. Sleeping bag (suitable for cold weather); rental available through the company
  2. Optional pillow
  1. Small backpack (20 to 30 liters)
  2. Hiking poles; available for rent through the company
  3. Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Insect repellent
  6. Water bottle or hydration system
  7. Snacks (energy bars, trail mix, etc.)
  8. Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, etc.)
  1. Passport and essential documents
  2. Original student card if you qualify for the student price
  3. Cash for gratuities to your guides and porters
  1. Camera or smartphone with a quality camera for capturing memories
  2. Portable charger for electronic devices
  1. Lightweight towel

Please be aware of stringent regulations regarding item restrictions on the Inca Trail. Consult your tour operator or guide to confirm that you are not bringing any prohibited items. Most of your gear will be carried by porters, so ensure all your belongings are packed in durable and waterproof bags or duffels. We provide you with a duffle bag for packing up to 7 kilograms of your personal belongings, which will be carried by our porters throughout the trek.

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How Much is the Inca Trail 4 Days Cost?

the price for the Inca Trail 1 day is 639 dollars.

Tour Prices – Inca Trail Group Service for the 2024 Season:
  • Adult: 639 USD per person
  • Student: 599 USD per person
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The student discount is available for all students worldwide, provided that they fulfill the criteria established by the Peruvian government. This concession is applicable when buying tickets to Machu Picchu from the Peruvian government.


Your student ID must be an original PVC card issued by your university.

The student ID must show the following details:

  • University information.
  • Student’s name.
  • Student’s photograph.
  1. The student ID must display a valid expiration date, which is only valid for one year. For instance, if you visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the expiration date on your ID must be 2023 or 2024. If you visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the maximum expiration date allowed is 2024.
  2. The student discount is only applicable to students who are under 25 years old.
  3. The International Student Identification Card (ISIC) is not valid for the discount, even if it fulfills the above-mentioned requirements.
  4. The only valid document for the student discount is the original student ID that fulfills the requirements established by the Peruvian government. No other documents such as certificates or virtual cards are accepted as proof of student status.
  5. To apply for the student discount, send us a copy of both sides of your student ID to when you book the tour. If you submit it later, you will not be eligible for the student discount.

How to book Inca Trail 4-day hike?

  1. Initiate Booking: Click the “BOOK NOW” button above.
  2. Date Selection: Choose your preferred departure date.
  3. Personal Information: Complete the booking form by providing the necessary personal details for each participant.
  4. Deposit Payment: Make a payment of $250 per person as a deposit.
  5. Confirmation: Once we receive your deposit, we will promptly send you a confirmation of your trip.

Additionally, you have the option to add extras to enhance your experience:

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu: Book these in advance because tickets can run out quickly, similar to Inca Trail permits.
  • Walking Sticks and Sleeping Bag: These can be reserved one day before your departure at our office. We have an ample supply available for rent.

Rest assured that once we secure your Inca Trail permits, we will confirm that everything is meticulously organized. All confirmed start dates are guaranteed.

Secure your Inca Trail adventure with SAPADVENTURES today!

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How to Book Inca Trail 4 Days with SAP ADVENTURES?

  1. Initiate Booking: Click the “BOOK NOW” button above.
  2. Date Selection: Choose your preferred departure date.
  3. Personal Information: Complete the booking form by providing the necessary personal details for each participant.
  4. Deposit Payment: Make a payment of $150 per person as a deposit.
  5. Confirmation: Once we receive your deposit, we will promptly send you a confirmation of your trip.

Additionally, you have the option to add extras to enhance your experience:

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu: Book these in advance because tickets can run out quickly, similar to Inca Trail permits.
  • Walking Sticks and Sleeping Bag: These can be reserved one day before your departure at our office. We have an ample supply available for rent.

Rest assured that once we secure your Inca Trail permits, we will confirm that everything is meticulously organized. All confirmed start dates are guaranteed.

Secure your Inca Trail adventure with SAPADVENTURES today!

How hard is the 4 day Inca Trail?

The 4-day Inca Trail is moderately challenging. It involves steep ascents, descents, and long hikes at high altitudes. Trekkers should be reasonably fit and prepared for varied weather conditions. However, the slow pace and support from guides and porters make it manageable for most adventurers. Proper preparation and acclimatization can enhance the experience.

Can you go to the toilet on the Inca Trail?

Yes, there are designated toilet facilities along the Inca Trail, often basic pit toilets. However, they may not always be readily available, and during the trek, it’s important to follow Leave No Trace principles and respect the environment. Many tour operators also provide portable toilets for added convenience and hygiene.

Is 4 day Inca Trail worth it?

Yes, the 4-day Inca Trail is definitely worth it. It offers a remarkable blend of physical challenge, stunning landscapes, historical exploration, and culminates in the breathtaking Machu Picchu. The sense of achievement and the unique experience make it a highly rewarding adventure, often considered a highlight of a trip to Peru.

Can I wear shorts on Inca Trail?

While you can wear shorts on the Inca Trail, it’s advisable to bring lightweight, quick-drying pants as well. Weather in the Andes can be unpredictable, and it can get chilly at higher altitudes. Long pants provide protection against sunburn and insects. It’s a good idea to layer your clothing for flexibility in adapting to changing conditions during the trek.

Do you sleep in tents on the Inca Trail?

Yes, during the Inca Trail trek, you sleep in tents at designated campsites. Most tour operators provide comfortable camping equipment, including tents and sleeping mats, to ensure a restful night’s sleep. Porters typically set up and take down the tents, making the camping experience convenient and comfortable for trekkers.

Can a beginner hike the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is moderately challenging, and while beginners can attempt it, it’s advisable to have some hiking experience and be in good physical condition. Proper preparation, including cardio fitness and altitude acclimatization, is crucial. The trek involves steep ascents and descents at high altitudes, so being adequately prepared can enhance the experience and reduce the risk of altitude-related issues.

Can the Inca Trail be done in 3 days?

Yes, you can choose to do the trek in combination with another trail in our 3 Day Inca Trail tour we give you more details about this.

Where does the 4-day Inca Trail start?

The 4-day Inca Trail typically starts at a location known as “Kilometer 82” or “Km 82.” This is the trailhead for the classic Inca Trail trek. Trekkers usually begin their journey at this point, embarking on the four-day trek that leads to the majestic Machu Picchu archaeological site in Peru.

What are the best months to hike the Inca Trail?

The best months to hike the Inca Trail are typically May to September, during the dry season in Peru. These months offer more predictable weather with lower chances of rain, making for a more pleasant trekking experience. However, it’s essential to book permits well in advance, as they tend to sell out quickly, especially in the peak months of June and July.



The oversight of all regulations pertaining to the Inca Trail, including permits and campsite allocations, falls under the jurisdiction of the Peruvian Ministry of Culture and SERNANP. To gain access to the Inca Trail, individuals must possess a permit that matches their FULL NAME, PASSPORT NUMBER, NATIONALITY, and AGE, issued by the Ministry of Culture.

A strict cap of 500 individuals per day is enforced for entry to the 4-day Inca Trail starting at km. 82. This figure encompasses all supporting personnel, including authorized porters, cooks, and tour guides, and is rigorously monitored. Once the Inca Trail reaches its daily limit of 500 visitors, access is denied for the day, and no further reservations are accepted. Reservations cannot be made directly on the Trail, and all permits must ideally be procured a year in advance.

These permits can only be secured by licensed Inca Trail Travel Agencies such as SAP ADVENTURES, and they are non-transferable in terms of date or recipient at any point. If you find yourself unable to commence your Inca Trail hike on the specified start date, transferring the permit to another individual is not an option. To reschedule, you must ensure that permits are available for the new date and purchase a fresh permit. These regulations are mandated by the government of Peru and must be adhered to by all Travel Agencies. In the event that permits are unavailable for your preferred start date, there are alternative trekking routes to Machu Picchu, including the Salkantay Trek, Inca Quarry Trek, and Lares Trek, which we can assist you in selecting based on your preferences.


  • During the high season, which spans from May to August (including June and July), it is advisable to secure your permits a full 8 months ahead of your intended trek.
  • Bottled water is obtainable for purchase at select points along the trail during the initial and second days, with no availability until reaching Machu Picchu.
  • This 4-day expedition to Machu Picchu is not suitable for travelers with preexisting back issues.
  • Daily departures are guaranteed for groups of 2 or more individuals.
  • Please note that there are no departures in February due to trail maintenance.
  • Wheelchair access is not available.
  • REMEMBER TO BRING THESE ESSENTIALS: Your original passport, proof of insurance, and any necessary personal medications.


  • Ensure your hiking shoes are well-worn and comfortable before embarking on your trek.
  • It’s recommended to acclimatize by spending a minimum of 2 days in Cusco before commencing your 4-day Inca Trail hike, allowing your body to adjust to the altitude.
  • Remember to trim your toenails extremely short before embarking on your Inca Trail journey in Peru! Overly long toenails can rub against your hiking boots during the descent, potentially causing discomfort or even nail issues.
  • Store your clothing inside your sleeping bag while sleeping. This way, if the morning is chilly, you can easily don warm attire. This practice streamlines your morning routine and ensures your clothing remains at a comfortable temperature.
  • Be prepared for rain at all times, even when trekking during the dry season on the 4-day guided hike to Machu Picchu. Unexpected rain can lead to an unpleasant experience when your belongings get thoroughly soaked with no way to dry them.
  • Bring sandals or comfortable leisure shoes to slip into after a day of strenuous trekking in your hiking boots.


Weather conditions in the Andes are highly unpredictable. While the official dry season for the Inca Trail spans from April to October, providing a 90% chance of clear skies, it’s important to note that rain can still occur during the dry season, and the sun might make appearances during the rainy season. Hence, it’s crucial to stay ready. Regardless of the season in which you embark on the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, it’s advisable to have rain protection gear such as a rain jacket, rain pants, a poncho, and waterproof gloves.

The Inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu encompasses a variety of microclimates, and it’s possible to encounter all four seasons in a single day. Thus, thorough preparation is essential. Layered clothing is the key as it allows for easy adaptation to fluctuating temperatures. It’s wise to have a down jacket on hand since mornings and evenings can be quite chilly.


It’s advisable to consider obtaining travel insurance as a precaution. In the event of a last-minute cancellation of your 4-day Inca Trail tour, travel insurance can provide reimbursement for your pre-paid, non-refundable Inca Trail permit. Additionally, in cases of illness or injury when you are far from home, travel insurance can cover expenses related to necessary medical care during your travels.


This trek is physically demanding, and it is strongly advised to be in excellent physical shape. The challenging elevation changes along the Classic Inca Trail contribute to the strenuous nature of the hike, particularly due to the presence of three mountain passes along the route.


While on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, individual travelers will be matched with another traveler of the same gender to share a tent, while couples will have a dedicated tent for themselves.


Our 4-day/3-night Inca Trail group consists of a diverse mix of individuals, encompassing various trekking abilities and age groups. When you reserve a spot in a group tour, it’s important to acknowledge that there will be variations in the pace of different participants. Each person will trek at their own speed, and our tour guide will make efforts to ensure that everyone in the group receives attention and support, regardless of their individual pace.


Every year, we conduct training sessions for our chefs during the off-peak season to ensure they deliver the most delicious meals on the mountain. Our menus are crafted with specialty dishes and incorporate the freshest locally-sourced ingredients for all our treks to Machu Picchu. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect to dine on during your trek.

*We offer various dietary options such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and more. Please inform us of your preferences at the time of booking, and we will accommodate your requests.


Gratuity is a customary practice on 4-day Inca Trail tours. On the afternoon of the third day, we bid farewell to our exceptional porters and skilled chefs. This is the opportune moment to offer a tip to show your appreciation, although any additional gesture is always warmly received. It’s important to note that tipping is entirely voluntary, and you should never feel obligated to do so.

Typically, our clients pool their gratuity funds for the chef and porters. As for your tour guide, it’s customary to provide a tip after the guided tour at Machu Picchu. The amount you decide to give is based on your personal experience with them. For our porters and chefs, it’s preferable to provide tips in Peruvian Soles. Guides can accept either U.S. dollars or Peruvian Soles without any issues.

Here are some suggested tip amounts:

  • Porters: 50 – 90 soles per porter
  • Chefs: 120 – 150 soles per chef
  • Tour guides typically receive a higher tip than the chef.

4-Day Inca Trail Map

4-day Inca Trail Map

Inca Trail Altitude & elevation Gain by Day

The Inca Trail is a famous hiking route in Peru that leads to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. The trail is known for its challenging terrain and varying elevations. Here is the approximate elevation gain for each day of the classic Inca Trail 4 Days trek:

  • Day 1: Cusco (start at around 3,400 meters / 11,150 feet) to Wayllabamba (approximately 3,000 meters / 9,840 feet). Elevation gain: Minimal ascent on the first day.
  • Day 2: Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo (approximately 3,600 meters / 11,810 feet). Elevation gain: You’ll climb up to the highest point of the trail, known as Warmiwañusca or Dead Woman’s Pass, which is at about 4,215 meters (13,825 feet). This is a significant elevation gain from Wayllabamba.
  • Day 3: Pacaymayo to Wiñay Wayna (approximately 2,700 meters / 8,860 feet). Elevation gain: You’ll go over two passes, the highest being the Runkuracay Pass at around 3,950 meters (12,960 feet). There are both ascents and descents during this day.
  • Day 4: Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu (approximately 2,430 meters / 7,970 feet). Elevation gain: This day involves some ascent to reach Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), from where you’ll descend to Machu Picchu.

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