Packing list for hiking the Inca Trail
Preparation for your hike
The number of trek permits is limited to 500 per day (about 200 tourists and 300 trekking staff)
and it is NOT possible to do the trek independenly, not even by contracting a guide. If you want to do the trek it is VITAL to book well in advance at a professional travel agency
(preferably a tour operator). For the high season (May to September) it advisable to book at least 3 months in advance to guarantee a place. Permits are sold on a first come, first served basis, and once all places have been booked, No trekking operator can offer you a space on the Inca Trail
. There is no system with a waiting list. All spaces are personal and non-transferable and even if someone would cancel, no one else could take that space. Even in the low season you should book as far in advance as possible. Please also note that the Inca Trail
is closed in February of each year for maintenance.
The tour packages include tents, mattresses, and meals and the only thing you need to take is a small backpack with your clothes, and personal items, like a sleeping bag and a torch. It is important to take a plastic poncho or jacket for the rain, especially in the months November to March.
In regard to safe drinking water, it is possible to buy bottles of water during the first two days, but on the third day it is necessary to purify water, for this we recommend that you carry purifying tablets or drops to make the water safe to drink.
WE SUGGEST YOU BRING:
- A Back Pack
- A Sleeping Bag
- Hiking Shoes
- Long Pants
- T-shirts that you can layer
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece, sweaters and 4 pairs of socks
- A Rain Jacket or a Poncho
- Plastic bags to store your spare clothes
- Flashlight and Batteries, pocket knife
- A Water Bottle & water purifying tablets
- A Hat and beanie to protect you from the sun and the cold
- Gloves and scarf for the nights
- Sun Block & Insect Repellent
- Toilet Paper
- Some extra snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate)
- Swimsuit (recommend for the hot springs)
- Some cash (there is no ATM in Aguas Calientes)
- TIPS for porters, guides, cooks - (please see note below)
- Personal medical kit
- Original passport and ISIC Card (if you have one). Photocopies are not acceptable.
We also suggest that if you are going to do the Inca Trail that you have spent 2 days in Cusco or at high altitude in order to have acclimatised and be ready for the trail in respect to altitude.