Inca Trail - Trek to Machu Picchu
ElevationAscent: 6,822' 2,079 m
Descent: -6,876' -2,096 m
High: 13,665' 4,165 m
Low: 8,436' 2,571 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 87% (41°)
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37.8 mi 60.9 km • Point to Point • 6,974 ft Ascent 2125.55 m Ascent
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“Experience a 4 day hike through rugged mountains and ancient ruins on the way to the famed Machu Picchu.”— Caleb Joyce
The first day is relatively easy as it follows the Urubamba River Valley. The elevation gain is low. Around 3.5 miles in, you'll come up on the Llactapata Archeological Site. Meander through the ruins and look to the other side of the stream to see neighboring ruins. The first day will most likely end at Wayllabamba, the last community on the Inca Trail.
Day 2 is by far the most strenuous since you'll climb over Dead Woman's Pass, which peaks out just under 14,000 feet above sea level. It's a beautiful section, but most focus on breathing and putting one step in front of the other. A beautiful camp is just over the pass in Llulluchapampa. While running water is available, its bacteria levels are questionable. It's best to bring a filter.
Day 3 keeps you high on the peaks as you wind around the mountains exploring and soaking up a handful of Inca ruins. This section is spectacular and unforgettable for historical and geological reasons. Most find their last night at Winay Wayna, giving you only an hour on day four to reach the Sun Gate. This is the best way to beat the rush of people visiting Machu Picchu via train and bus.