CUSTOM INCA TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5-DAYS
EXCLUSIVE TOUR INCLUDES: 2+ DAYS TREKKING ON INCA TRAIL AND 2 DAYS AT MACHU PICCHU
✓ 5-Day Adventure ✓ Enjoy hiking 2+ days on Inca Trail ✓ Enter Machu Picchu on 2 days ✓ View pristine mountain lakes ✓ Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu ✓ Deluxe camping included ✓ Chef-prepared meals and snacks ✓ Explore 2+ days on a top 50 National Geographic ranked, world-wide trail ✓ Start any day – Available when Inca Trail is sold-out
Pricing: $850.00/person – (25% deposit required at time of booking)
Tips – Solo fee – Private Tent and Hotel Room ($35.00) – Huayna Picchu or Mount Machu Picchu climb permit – Travel Insurance Available through World Nomads –
Guiding Peru’s 5-day Custom Inca Trek to Machu Picchu tour offers you the opportunity to explore one of the most rewarding and scenic trails in the world. On this tour, you will get an opportunity to traverse the foothills of Peru’s Cordillera Vilcabamba, providing an unforgettably beautiful trek to the fabulous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. The trek consists of 2+ days of traversing over high mountain passes, providing tremendous views of spectacular forested valleys and the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. Then the trek enters the Inca Trail for 2+ days of trekking and exploring the historical Inca Sites that this region is famous for. This 5-day tour is for people who want to experience the scenic Andes and nature at its finest, yet still access the Inca Trail when the Classic 4 day permits are sold-out. As you hike on this remote “hidden trail” into Machu Picchu, you will be rewarded with an experience of a lifetime!
On this tour you can expect challenging hiking and high altitudes. Training for at least 2 months before the trek is advised. Please read our terms and conditions and follow our suggested packing guidelines. This trek is available when the Classic 4-day Inca Trail is sold-out.
Custom Inca Trek to Machu Picchu Tour Details
Guiding Peru refers to our Custom Inca Trek to Machu Picchu Tour as the “hidden trail trek”, due to it’s “off the beaten path” location. On this trekking tour, we will take you through some of the most unique and remote communities of the Cusco region to see how the locals continue to live like their native ancestors, the Incas. Our Custom Inca Trek to Machu Picchu Tour will give you the opportunity to enjoy the first 2+ days on the remote Ancascocha Trail, followed by the next 2+ days on the Inca Trail. You will enter Machu Picchu on the 4th day through the Sun-Gate and then re-enter Machu Picchu early on the 5th day to enjoy a privately guided 2 hour tour of the famous Machu Picchu Citadel. This trek will prove to be challenging but well worth the effort! *One day before the trek your guide will brief you in your hotel lobby. Time to be determined at the time of booking.
DAY 1: CUSCO – CHILCA – ANCASCHOCHA ANDEAN COMMUNITY
- Walking Hours: 7 hours
- Walking Distance: 11km/challenging
- High Altitude 4450m
- Accommodation: Deluxe Camping
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
On Day 1 of the Custom Inca Trek to Machu Picchu Tour, Guiding Peru’s experienced tour guide will pick you up from the lobby of your Cusco hotel at 5:30 am driving for 2hrs30min, to reach the starting point in the community of Chilca 3200m. Here the road ends and the Ancascocha-Inca Trail begins. We will have a delicious breakfast, prepared by our professional chef, to get us started on the trail. We will also will meet the rest of our staff, such as the horseman, porters and horses that will help us carry all the camp gear and your personal belongings during the trek. After breakfast at the trail-head, we will begin to hike up a long, gentle hill for about 4 hours to reach a summit with stunning views to reach the location for our lunch. After a refueling lunch prepared by our chef, we will continue hiking the hardest part of our trek by moving up the steep incline on an original Inca trail, that will be somewhat challenging. The first part of our trail includes a flat path, with some small hills mixed in and then downhill to the valley of Ancascocha community. Depending on the weather and clouds, you will get the best opportunity to see the majestic condors soaring through the skies. While trekking on this part of the Inca trail, it gets very narrow on the side of the mountains that offers spectacular views of the surrounding valley. Reaching this evenings campsite, our staff will be waiting for us with hot drinks and a delicious chef prepared dinner. The tents will be set up and ready for us to sleep in the wonderful surroundings of the hanging Andes glaciers.
DAY 2: ANCASCOCHA – HUAYANAY – INCARACAY – COLLPA
- Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
- Walking Distance: 18km/challenging
- High Altitude: 4960m
- Accommodation: Deluxe Camping
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner and snacks
On the 2nd day of the Custom Inca trek to Machu Picchu Tour, you will wake up at 6:00 am to tent service of coca tea or a hot cup of espresso coffee that will help awake us to enjpoy these beautiful highlands. From our 1st night’s campsite at Ancascocha community, we start hiking up the beautiful lake- Soyrococha 3,800m where we will enjoy a delicious lunch (near the lake) while watching astounding views of spectacular waterfalls falling from the mountain glaciers. After having a nourishing lunch, we continue our trek (from the lunch spot to the summit) to see the Inca trail, only two more hours until we reach the top of Huayanay pass 4,690m. After reaching the summit, we will make a traditional offering to the mountains and then continue to go downhill to the next Inca site, Incaracay 4,200m. After having a relaxing break and listening to our guide’s discuss the areas explored, we continue to travel downhill for about 2.5 more hours. Here we will reach the campsite in a natural source of clay and minerals where animals and birds of the surrounding area come to visit. Your second night will be much warmer than the first night. You will be served a wonderful meal prepared by our chef. Following dinner, our guide and staff will discuss today’s highlights and tomorrow’s itinerary. Perhaps a clear night will allow your guide to point out the Southern constellations.
DAY 3: COLLPA – PAUCARCANCHA – PATTALLACATA – KM 104
- Walking Hours: 7-8 hours easy/moderate
- Walking Distance: 20km
- High Altitude: 3500m
- Accommodation: Deluxe camping
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with snacks
On the third day of your tour, you need to wake up early, to begin to hike downhill along a beautiful Inca trail for 45 minutes to Paucarcancha. This is an amazing ancient Inca site, located at the junction of three different Inca trails, leading into one. The first Inca trail comes from Salkantay, the 2nd is the famous Inca trail, and the 3rd is the trail that we hiked from the Ancascocha community. This is a perfect location and an interesting Inca site, which had multiple functions in the valley. The Paucarcancha is very well preserved and only a few people get to see this amazing complex. After exploring this site, we continue along the trail of the first day “Classic” Inca trail, where the panorama will change as it will be surrounded by a different environment than the previous 2 days. After 2 hours of hiking, we will arrive at the Wilcaracay Incan complex, which is the best view point to see the amazing complex of Patallacta. Here your guide will give you some interesting information on the site, the Incas and the trail. We will continue hiking to Canabamaba to learn more details about the Incas and their amazing buildings. After exploring this site we will be arriving at the km 82- Piscacucho, where many hikers will be in lines at the beginning of the famous Inca trail. After reaching km-82 we will enjoy our lunch near the railroad. After a nice rest and a wonderful lunch, prepared by our chef, we will continue to hike along an Inca Trail near the railway tracks. For the next 3 hours we will have wonderful views of the surrounding mountains as we walk in solitude as only a few trekkers make this part of the trail. We will arrive into our campsite near KM-104, where again we will be greeted by the smiling faces or our porters. After a refreshing hot shower, we will enjoy a wonderful meal, followed by a discussion on the history of the Inca ruins we will discover tomorrow on the spectacular Inca Trail leading into the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu.
DAY 4: KM-104 – WINAY WAYNA – MACHU PICCHU - AGAUS CALIENTES
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with snacks
- Walking Hours: 6-7 hours/moderate
- Walking Distance: 13kms
- High Elevation: 2650m
- Accommodations: Deluxe camping
After an early breakfast, we will leave the campsite, along with our guide and hike for 30 minutes to the entry point of the Inca Trail at Km-104. On arrival, we will have a light snack and begin our adventure to Machu Picchu. Chachabamba (2,050m) will be the 1st archaeological center we visit. This well-preserved Inca site is known for its beautiful construction and important location in the Sacred Valley. Next, we will slowly climb for about 3 hours to the archaeological center of Wiñay Wayna (2,650m), where we will enjoy its magnificent structures and a fulfilling box lunch. After a short break, we continue hiking through the semi-tropical forest to Intipunku (Sun Gate), where we witness the first panoramic view of the citadel of Machu Picchu, surrounded by impressive mountain peaks, deep valleys and the Urubamba River. From Intipunku, we descend for 30 minutes to the citadel, take a rest and have plenty of opportunity to take photos. Lastly for today, we will continue our hike down to the town of Aguas Calientes (2,030m), where we will spend the night at a wonderful campsite away from the hustle and noises of the village. Later today we will have the option to visit the Aguas Calientes hot springs. Following this experience, you will enjoy an evening meal, where Guiding Peru’s guide will brief you about your next day at Machu Picchu.
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU – HUAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN – INCA BRIDGE – CUSCO
- Meals: Breakfast with snacks
- Walking Hours: 3-4 hours/easy
- Walking Distance: variable
- High Elevation: 2700m
On our fifth and last day of the Custom Inca Trek to Machu Picchu Tour, you will begin with a very early breakfast to start an amazing day in Machu Picchu. We will start by hiking along the Inca trail that ends in Machu Picchu (one of the flat stones on the edges of cliffs in the highland jungle) that is well known as the Inca Bridge trail. This will prove to be a fascinating hike where very few tourists go. This walk will take us approximately 35 minutes round trip, and proves to be the best way to begin your tour of this magical complex. After the Inca Bridge, you will relax and enjoy the best viewpoint of the Citadel. Your guide will continue his discussion about the mystery of Machu Picchu that will leave you enthralled. Following the discussion, your guide will lead you on a tour of the complete complex that will last between 2-3 hours. Then you will have time to enjoy your optional climb of Huayna Picchu Mountain or Mount Machu Picchu or walk around and self-explore Machu Picchu on your own. Following your day in Machu Picchu you will take the bus to Aguas Calientes and take the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo, where our driver will take you back to your Cusco Hotel.
What’s Included in our 5-Day Custom Inca Trek to Machu Picchu Tour?
• Professional local Guide with expert knowledge of the area and its customs • Assistant guide(s) based on group size • Pre trek briefing with lead guide • Breakfast, snack, lunch, tea, dinner with daily water • 4 man tents shared by 2 guests • Toilet tent, Kitchen tent, Dining tent and chairs • Private hot shower tent • Cooks, assistants, horseman, porters • Packhorses (to carry the tents, food, cooking equipment, and your personal belongs 8 kilos per person) • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu • Guided tour of Machu Picchu • Return transfer to hotel • First-aid kit • Oxygen • Bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (round trip) • Duffel bag • Hiking poles • Sleeping bag, air mattress, blanket and pillow • Radio communications • Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo • 4 nights deluxe camping • Inca Trail Permit
Suggested Packing List
• Original passport (should passport change post booking bring both) • ISIC internatinal student card if applicable. • Backpack to carry your personal items • Comfortable trekking boots with good ankle support • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperatures • Thermal underwear for cold conditions • Gloves or mittens, wool socks, beanie for cold conditions • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort • Personal medications, insect repellant • Flash light, head lamp and extra batteries • Camera • Binoculars • Sun hat, Sunscreen, and sunglasses • Rain jacket/pants or high quality rain poncho • Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes • 2 x1 litre water bottle • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Our guides Reuben, Marco and Celia were great. They took care of everything. I enjoyed the conversation and learning about their country. I liked the food and think the meals were well rounded. The hotels were clean and accommodating. Good team. I’d book with them again."
SEAN S., DENVER CO
"Awesome leadership, great preparation, outstanding food, a new adventure at every turn and....the contrast from 14000 ft. peaks to jungle canopy was what brought it all together....two worlds, one civilization, new friendships, and lots of fun. We'll be back!"
LOUIS C., SCOTTSDALE AZ
"One final note - over the four days, one couldn't help looking over at the other groups of trekkers, observing and even chatting with along the trail. From groups of 2 to what looked like other groups of 30+ people, I don't think I found any group that was as well looked after as our group. You can stop looking now - go ahead and book with Guiding Peru."
RICHARD C., ALBERTA CALGARY CANADA
YOU SHOULD KNOW
When to Travel
- High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
- Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rain storms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
- Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains. The Custom Inca Trek to Machu Picchu Tour is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.
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