The Classic Inca Trail

The Challenge

The world famous Inca Trail in Peru is an absolutely fabulous trek. Flying to Lima in Peru then on to Cusco, the last outpost before the Inca trail.  The trek does involve walking up high mountains and can be strenuous in parts, but the views from the higher ground are fantastic and exhilarating. This is just a trek, no climbing, but while walking, there is lots to see from start to finish.

On route you will see the remains of Inca grain stores and other building, different plants and animals, including large frogs and Llamas. It usually takes three and a half days to complete this challenge as you ascend to 14500ft above sea level. It is a never to be forgotten trek.

Before we start the Inca Trail we stay in Cusco a town at 12000 ft above sea level for 2 nights to acclimatise and see the area, walking to and exploring an Inca settlement called Saxaywaman before a long walk descending back into Cusco. There is time to look around Cusco and buy souvenirs in the local shops and marvel at the Inca architecture.

On the trek, you will have porters to carry your large bags to each night’s camp and your food will also be cooked and provided by the porters and cooks on the trek. We will be camping at least 3 nights with tents being erected by the porters and taken down again.

The route is a steady ascent up to the highest point at the top of dead Woman’s Pass where we descend again until the final short ascent to the sun gate overlooking Machu Picchu. Here we descend to the ruined city to spend time exploring.

Accommodation is provided in hotels in Lima, Cusco then returning to Cusco for a night at the end of the trek. While walking, we will be sleeping in tents two people per tent.

You may ask yourself, ‘can I walk it’? For most people I would say yes with some preparation and training before hand. While walking, it is a slow pace due to the height (13,780ft). We walk approx 26 miles in 3½ days so it is not too much for most people with some training.

Challenge details

Duration: 6 days

Grade: moderate to tough

Challenge date

1st  November to 10th November 2020

Other group dates can be arranged, minimum 10 people

Challenge prices

Registration fee: £250 + trip cost £2100

Paying by bank transfer?

    • Name Brian Smailes
    • Acc no. 10307750
    • Sort code. 20 04 50

What is included

Flight included

All meals and drinks (non alchoholic) on the trek and in the hotels from getting to your first hotel to leaving the last hotel at the end of the trip

Qualified guides with first aid cover

Snacks to take on the trek

Porters to carry your large bags and deal with tents and food

Certificate and t-shirt at the finish

No hidden extras and everything included