Ultimate Inca Trail Trek

Ultimate Inca Trail Trek

From £3,150
Altitude 4,200m Grade: T3

The Ultimate Inca Trail with a full morning tour of Machu Picchu and extra time on 'the trail' staying at quieter campsites.

The Ultimate Inca Trail Trek can operate with just 2 people. Weekly dates available from mid-March to December, please contact the office.


Without a doubt the Inca Trail is, and always will be, one of the world’s awe-inspiring walks. It is not long (as far as treks go), but does go to quite a significant altitude (4200m) before dropping down to the ‘most famous pile of rocks in the world’, Machu Picchu. Steeped in mystical history, the classic trail passes many other interesting ruins before arriving at the extensive ruined ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Our itinerary allows more time than most on the trail, making the walking easier, giving you more time to acclimatise and more time to explore and learn about the history and culture surrounding this region. We visit Machu Picchu early in the morning before the crowds arrive, returning to Cusco using the Vistadome train in the afternoon. A full day is scheduled in Cusco after the trek when you can choose simply to relax in this delightful city, or try some rafting, horse riding or mountain biking.

There are alternative walks that lead to Machu Picchu, but they are not the Inca Trail trek. You must have a permit to walk the trail, and these are limited. Working closely with our colleagues in Cusco, we will obtain these permits for you but the earlier you book the more certain we can be to secure a permit.

Extensions are available for this trek - please see the Trip Dossier tab for further details.

The Cusco sightseeing days before the trek are now private tours for Adventure Peaks clients. For the 5 day Inca Trail trek you will be joining clients from other countries and will be led by a fully qualified local Peruvian guide.

Private Trips are also available on dates to suit you, please contact the office for more information.

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Dates & Prices

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Flight Inclusive
With Flight
Land Only
With Flight
13th Jul 2024 - 23rd Jul 2024 Spaces11 £3,150£4,250 Book Now
27th Jul 2024 - 6th Aug 2024 Spaces11 £3,150£4,250 Book Now
10th Aug 2024 - 20th Aug 2024 Spaces11 £3,150£4,250 Book Now
17th Aug 2024 - 27th Aug 2024 Guaranteed11 £3,150£4,250 Book Now
7th Sep 2024 - 17th Sep 2024 Spaces11 £3,150£4,250 Book Now
9th Nov 2024 - 19th Nov 2024 Spaces11 £3,150£4,250 Book Now

* A deposit of £400 will be required at checkout.


Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date

Climb Huayna Picchu £95
Ultimate Inca Trail Single Supplement £395

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

  • Estimated International flights from London (flight inclusive package)
  • All road transfers in country (unless stated in 'exclusions’)
  • Accommodation - 5 nights in hotels, 3 nights camping
  • Meals - 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 evening meals
  • Park fees as appropriate
  • Machu Picchu and other permits
  • Local guides
  • Local trekking staff to assist (cook and driver)
  • All camping equipment (excl. personal kit)
  • Adventure Peaks kitbag. A logoed top will be substituted for returning customers and non-UK clients
  • 24hr back-up and support from our UK staff
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases from Adventure Peaks shop

What's Excluded

  • Travel to and from UK airport
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals if not indicated in 'inclusions'
  • Personal equipment
  • Drinks and personal spending
  • Tips for local staff
  • Visas (if required)
  • Museum and monument entry fees


Day 1 Depart UK

Day 2 On arrival from your spectacular flight along the Andes to Cusco, we transfer you to your hotel and start acclimatising to the rarefied air of this beautiful city (3326m). In the afternoon, we take a short walking tour of the centre of Cusco to familiarise you with the main sights, restaurants and a chance to stretch your legs and experience hiking at 3300m. At a convenient time you guide will arrange a full briefing for the days ahead.

Day 3 From Cusco we visit the water temple of Tambo Machay, the “Red Fort” of Pucara, the mysterious engraved Huaca of Quenko and the impressive Sacsayhuaman, With a private expert guide and private transport, this is the best way to see the outlying Cusco ruins in just a half a day.

Day 4 The hike starts at the fascinating circular ruins of Moray. While some think it was a landing pad for alien spaceships, more likely is that the Incas built this as an experimental agricultural centre. Concentric circular terraces allowed them to simulate different facing slopes and different growing temperatures to see what crops would grow where. With a homemade picnic along the way you hike on down, past the spectacular salt pans of Maras to end in the Sacred Valley.

Day 5 After an interesting drive to the end of the road at Chilca we meet our support team of traditional porters before embarking on the famous Inca trail to Machu Picchu. The trek undulates along the banks of the Urubamba river and we camp the night at Llactapata (2,788m) beside some spectacular ruins which, if you have the energy, we have time to explore. This is camping and trekking in style. Whilst walking all you need to carry is a daypack, all camping equipment is carried by the porters. All camp chores are done for us and delicious food is served by a cook and his helpers.

Day 6 We trek up the Cusichaca valley to the small hamlet of Huallyabamba, the last inhabited place on the trail. The path continues on up beautiful Inca path, past humming birds and stunted cloud forest. Our camp is at Llulluchupampa (3680m) - a beautiful grassy area with outstanding views down the valley.

Day 7 Possibly the hardest day of the trek, we rise early and head to the top of Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman’s Pass 4200m). This is the highest point of the trail before we descend into the Pacasmayo valley and then climb again passing the first of many Inca ruins Runkuracay. Our second pass of the day (3998m) gives us spectacular views of the Vilcabamba range. Walking on well preserved Inca pathway we pass Sayacmarca ruins with plenty of time for an in depth tour and explanation before passing through a tunnel and a gentle climb which brings us to Phuyupatamarca ruins (the place above the clouds) where we camp (3650m).

Day 8 After an early morning chance to catch the sunrise on the surrounding snow-capped mountains of Salcantay (6200m) and Veronica (5800m), we say a farewell to our porters with a traditional song and dance. Our final day hiking brings us down into the cloud forest on a series of Inca stairway to Winay Wayna, another interesting ruin full of swallows and orchids. Finally we contour through cloud-forest to Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun and our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. We pass through the ruins and catch a bus down to our hotel in the colourful town of Machu Picchu Pueblo (formally known as Aguas Calientes) and celebrate our return to civilisation.

Day 9 Returning first thing in the morning we have Machu Picchu virtually to ourselves for a full guided tour, with time to climb Huayna Picchu (due to permit restrictions, please let us know when booking if you want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain) or else just wander through the ruins, soaking up the amazing atmosphere. In the afternoon, we board the train for an exhilarating ride along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here our waiting bus whisks us back to Cusco and our hotel. Then if we have the energy we can explore Cusco’s excellent nightlife.

Day 10 Today, we transfer to Cusco airport in time for your internal and international flights home.

Day 11 Arrive home


It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

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We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

Expeditions and Treks under 7000m - Campbell Irvine Direct : http://www.campbellirvine.com/AdventurePeaks

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) www.aacuk.org.uk Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: www.world-first.co.uk Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
J S Insurance: www.jsinsurance.co.uk Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: www.snowcard.co.uk Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: www.thebmc.co.uk Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: www.dogtag.co.uk Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): www.aacuk.org.uk Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: www.axainsurance.com Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: www.ingleinternational.com Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: www.insure4less.com.au (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

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Theresa · 7 years ago ·

Had a fantastic time. My highlight was realising we made it to the highest point without realising. My Husband's was the day at Machu Picchu.

Anonymous · 9 years ago ·

We were looked after so well the trip was brilliant and I had the best adventure ever. We also had a great leader and the local team were bloody brilliant. I found the sungate completely unexpected I could never have imagined how it felt. I enjoyed every step of the trip even when we got rained. The cloud forest is bloody awesome. All of it.

When we had passed the Sungate we came across lots of tourists who had taken the bus route. One lady asked about buses 'we walked' I said 'oh really' and what time did you set off. 'Monday I said' she was baffled.

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