Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 days - Orange Nation Peru

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 Days

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Peru’s best-known hike, visited by thousands of tourists every year. This 43-KM 5- day Classic Inca Trail combines visits mysterious and religious Inca cities, amazing mountain scenery, lush cloud forests rich in Andean flora and fauna, and culminates in the Sacred Inca City of Machu Picchu! The 5 day program is an excellent alternative to avoid most of the crowds found on the 4 day classical route and to reach quieter, more beautiful campsites. It is also recommended for families with children and mature adults, as it gives an extra day for acclimatization to the altitude and the daily walking distance is shorter because its spread out better.

Please see the Inca Trail availability online and make sure that your preferred departure date or back up date are available. Live our experience and have a look at our equipment, packing checklist, and our meals which have been highlighted by our clients.

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Service Level: Standard-comfortable mid-tier accommodation. Comfortable camping with private chef and a portable toilet. Modern vehicles with private driver.
Physical Rating: Some steep inclines at high altitudes, that can be regarded as strenuous. With sufficient pre-trail training, its easily achievable.
Travel Style: Hiking, trekking, and camping.
Group Size: Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 5.



For the 5-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you will be picked up at 7am from your hotel. From there, we take a private van to Ollantaytambo, passing through the historical and picturesque villages of Chinchero and Urubamba.

From Ollantaytambo we continue towards Km 82, where we begin our 3 hour hike toward Patallacta (2,650m/8,747ft) where we stop for lunch and to set up our first camp.

In the afternoon, we explore the amazing archeological site of Patallacta, enjoying all the ancient buildings and surrounding snow-capped mountains. Camp is located near the archeological site.

  • Meals included: Lunch, afternoon tea, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with comfortable tents, inflatable mattresses, blankets and pillows…. All set up by our super team!
  • Distance: 6kms/3.7 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 2 is another laid back day, ensuring that you have more than enough time to acclimate. Your guide will wake you up at 6:30am with a hot cup of coca tea in your sleeping bag before breakfast.

After a delicious and hearty breakfast, we start trekking through the Kusichaca Valley enjoying a myriad of flora and fauna, arriving at Wayllabamba for lunch.

After lunch, we walk up a moderately steep hill for the next 4 hours, winding through the Llullucha Valley to reach our second camp at Llulluchapampa (3,800m/12,537ft).

Our team will have hot drinks and appetizers ready and waiting for you, and tents set up for you to settle in before dinner. After a little time to relax, you can tuck into a scrumptious dinner from our talented chef.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with comfortable tents, inflatable mattresses, blankets, pillows
  • Distance: 11kms/6.8 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Today is the longest day of our trek and the most beautiful. After a delicious breakfast, we walk uphill for two hours to reach the highest point of our trek: the Warmiwañusca Pass or Dead Woman Pass, located at 4,215m/13,907ft.

From here, you will enjoy a spectacular views of different microclimates, magnificent mountains, beautiful green valleys, and a myriad of flora and fauna. After spending some time enjoying this beautiful sight, we descend for the next two hours to Pacaymayu for lunch.

Then, we ascend towards the archeological site of Runcurakay (3,800m/12,540ft) to explore the ruins and learn the history from our knowledgeable guide. We then continue on an incline to Runcurakay pass (3,977m/13,127ft), the second pass of the day.

Here, we can enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and stunning lakes. Continuing on our journey, we descend for an hour to the next archeological site of Sayacmarca (3,600m/11,877ft).

Finally, we trek for another two hours until our third campsite at Phuyupatamarca (3,650m/12,047ft). Walking through the Peruvian rainforest, we can enjoy the spectacular views of Machu Picchu Mountain and the stunning Inca Citadel, the Urubamba Canyon and the surrounding snow-capped mountains.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities with comfortable tents, inflatable mattresses, blankets, pillows
  • Distance: 15kms/9.3 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate/challenge

Today is the most anticipated day of our trek! We wake up early in the morning for breakfast. Afterwards we walk down Inca stairs towards the archeological site of Intipata, which is followed by another ascent to Wiñay Wayna (2,650m/8,747ft), where we will stop for lunch.

After lunch, we will take a little time to enjoy the stunning Inca site of Wiñay Wayna, an incredibly well preserved Inca site. After, we continue for another hour to the Sun Gate (2,720m/8,977ft).

On arrival to the Sun Gate, you will join the elite club of the people that are privy to the most jaw dropping view of the great Machu Picchu Citadel and its stunning landscape. This is one of the main highlights of the Inca Trail, which is now only accessible to people hiking the Inca Trail.

Then we descend to one of the world’s wonders, Machu Picchu Citadel, following the original Royal Inca Trail. We pass by the upper platform (the Guard House), where you can take the famous postcard pictures of Machu Picchu. Finally we take our bus to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night in a hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner
  • 3* Accommodation: Hotel Ferre Machu Picchu
  • Distance: 10kms/6.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

This is the day you’ve been waiting for! After an early breakfast at your hotel, you’ll take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu so that you can be there to witness the sunrise. It is a truly extraordinary site and not something you’ll want to miss!

You will enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu lasting for about two hours. You will see many of the most important parts of Machu Picchu Citadel and your guide will share lots of information about the importance of the places you are visiting.

If you wish to add an additional hike to your Machu Picchu tour, either to Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain, or Huchuy Picchu, you will have time to do this on your own after the conclusion of your tour.

When you have had your fill of the exceptional views of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Depending on your train departure time, you may also have time for some shopping, sightseeing or a visit to the museum or hot springs.

The Expedition Train will take you back to Ollantaytambo at 2:55pm or 3:30pm. The train tracks follow the spectacular Urubamba River through the mountain valley.

Once you arrive in Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle. You will arrive at your hotel by 7:00pm.

  • Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel
  • Difficulty: Easy


  • On the 5 day Inca Trail, we will be doing the circuit #3 and there is no other way to do another circuit unless you buy an additional entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 2:55pm or 3:20pm, 4:22pm, or 4:43pm. The cost is $57 USD.
  • We can organize an earlier train, please request at booking.
  • The Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain Hikes depend on availability and come with an additional cost. Please let us know at booking.


The Inca Trail Tour 5 day is available on any date that is best suited to you as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers and Inca Trail permits are available!

PRICE – Group Service

$897 USD per person – Personal porter included!

***This price includes the extra porter who will carry your belongings up to 7kgs, we provide you a duffel bag, where you can put your things.

***We provide large Eureka 4 person tents for each 2 trekkers.

PRICES – Private Service

2 hikers $1227 USD per person
3 – 4 hikers $ 1077 USD per person
5 – 6 hikers $ 977 USD per person
7 – 8 hikers $ 777 USD per person


  • 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: $30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $40 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.


  • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress – $20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent- $30 USD – (tent for solo trekker only)
  • Additional Night in Aguas Calientes – From $60 USD (depending on availability)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade -$57 USD per person (For the return to Cusco at 4:43pm)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain -$75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Single supplement -$35 USD per night (for solo travellers with single room)

***Huayna Picchu is an optional trek within Machu Picchu Citadel which does not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.



  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel
  • Pick up at your hotel
  • Private transport from Cusco to Piscacucho (starting of the trek)
  • 5 kgs of your personal items extra clothes, sleeping bag to be carried by the porters, just carry your daypack
  • 4 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) for each 2 trekkers
  • Foam mattresses and camping pillows
  • English speaking professional guide experienced in mountains and archeology
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Porter to carry tents, food, cooking equipment
  • Warm water to freshen up
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles after each meal
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Chef, cooking equipment
  • Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and private transport to Cusco
  • Permit for the Inca Trail
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Inca Citadel
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • 3 bus tickets from Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
  • One  night hotel in Aguas  Calientes


  • Huayna Picchu: $75 USD Please let us know at the time of booking.
  • Machu Picchu: $75 USD Please let us know at the time of booking.
  • Hotel before and after the trek
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Flight tickets
  • First breakfast and Last lunch – We will stop at Ollantaytambo for the first breakfast and have the last lunch at Aguas Calientes after the tour of Machu Picchu.
  • VISTADOME Train: $57 USD per person extra. (Return Only)

*** Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters ORANGE NATION PERU – Our staff receives a fair wage immediately after their trip has ended, tips are optional but they do greatly appreciated them.


  • Original  Passport: (Must be the same you used for booking your trek)
  • Valid, University Card: (Only if you booked as a student)
  • Good Daypack: One with extra room for a box lunch (the smaller, the better)
  • Water: 2-3L (Camelbak bladders are encouraged)
  • Boots: Comfortable broken in hiking boots or shoes (Boots with ankle support recommended).
  • Sleeping Bag: 4 season bag (can be rented from ORANGE NATION)
  • Headlamp or flashlight: Headlamp frees up hands (Back-up flashlight & batteries are recommended)
  • Toilet paper: Make sure to bring your own.


As a Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and  INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 15 lbs. including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.

  • Warm clothes
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quick dry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer your own
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them
  • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us for $20USD


  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit


We highly recommend a small backpack 30 – 40 Liters for hiking. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.

  • Drinking Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water at every meal. Please bring your canteens or bottles
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Rain gear
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, ice cream, cereal bars, protein bars
  • Coca leaves
  • Rain plastic poncho
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 Days
From USD $897

Why travel with Orange Nation Peru?

We have become the leaders in small group adventure travel over the past three decades by consistently listening to our travelers and delivering what they desire: adaptable itineraries, the freedom to explore, smaller group sizes, safety and peace of mind, and knowledgeable local guides who provide unique insights into the destination that would be missed through any other means of travel.

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EXPERT GUIDES : Our expedition staff are experienced, enthusiastic and among the best in the industry - they are our secret to success

SMALL GROUPS: Travelling with us will always feel like going with friends and not with a group of strangers in an organized tour.

OUR EXPERIENCE: With fifteen years’ experience and over 25 Packages to Machu Picchu alone, our team knows how to deliver a successful expedition.

ENVIRONMENTAL: Education and conservation are our passion. We aim to create lifelong ambassadors for the protection of all wilderness areas.

Travelers' Choice Awards 2023
Excellent based on 360 reviews

Letty C

Excellent worker

Jun. 2023

Joaquín excellent 👍 Very Caballero helped me with my 🎒 offered me oxygen does very well His work ⁇ in singing to Subme to the 🐎 And what a beautiful mountain it cost me to Climb but with the Joaquín's help I did!

Mariana D

A great adventure!

May. 2023

We made 4D / 3N of the Inka Trail. The experience was challenging, but it was worth it. Chef Fortunato's meals and explanations of Jony and David's places were very complete. Tmb the patience to make sure we all get there on time.


Fast and friendly service

Dec. 2022

We did not get to specify the service due to the political situation in the country, however the company quickly and carefully proceeded with the return. Very good service and when the situation calms down we will resume service with them.

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