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Peru’s Inca Trail Training Program

Training Program For Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu 

Hiking the Inca Trail is possible for all ages as long as you are fit. Have you booked your Inca Trail tour already? Do you feel you haven’t prepared enough? How hard is the Inca Trail?

What might ruin your trip on the Inca Trail is not you, or the weather conditions. However, altitude sickness could become your worst enemy if you have not yet correctly acclimated. (We recommend start training 2 months in advance at home). This is why we have designed this training itinerary for the Inca Trail plus our acclimatization program where you will not only feel better but we will also make sure that you will successfully achieve your adventure trip, in other words we will train you about 2 days before you start the 4 day Inca Trail, or the short Inca Trail hike.

Upon arrival in Cusco we will take you straight to the Sacred Valley where you will stay for 2 nights, before beginning your trek. during these 2 days you will do certain outdoor activities, as well as due to the low altitude of the place where you will stay, you will not be so concerned about the effects of altitude sickness. If some symptoms of altitude sickness are experienced, the effect will be minimal.

When your body is physically exhausted, you have only one thing left. This is your mental strength. mind is a powerful tool and needs to be trained. We recommend a simulated Inca Trail expedition and the best way to achieve this is by doing training hikes in the Sacred Valley with local experts. Consider joining our Inca Trail training program.

Preparing For The Inca Trail

Once you have booked your tour for the Inca Trail you should prepare yourself physically and mentally.  Preparing for the Inca Trail isn’t just a case of having the best trekking equipment, reading all the traveler blogs and hoping for the best, but rather doing what is necessary to ensure that you have a successful and unforgettable adventure in the Peruvian mountains.

Objectives Of This Training Program

At the end of this training program:

  • You should be able to descend and climb steep slopes
  • You should be able to recover from a hard day’s hiking within an 5 to 7 hour period to resume another day of hard physical exertion.
  • You will be tought how to pack for the Inca Trail
  • You will be able to correctly use hiking sticks for the Inca Trail
  • We will teach you how to control your breathing while hiking
  • We’ll teach you some survival tips
  • We will help you with tips for dealing with vertigo naturally (in case you need)

What is the highest point on the Inca Trail?

The highest point is 4,215m (13,828 ft), trail is nearly 28 miles long, but it is incredibly rewarding. This elevation could cause problems even for fit travelers, therefor you have to get used to the high altitude by staying at a lower elevation and enjoying short hikes in the Sacred Valley area for a couple of days before starting on the Inca Trail. This is the best way to prevent altitude sickness.

The difficulty of the Inca Trail begins with the distance. It is 45 km (26 miles) in total, covered during 4 days and 3 nights. The classic Inca Trail is generally divided into the following 4 days:

  • Day 1: 16 km (10 miles). highest point 3000 m (9842 ft)
  • Day 2: 12 km (7.5 miles). highest point 4250 m (13779 ft)
  • Day 3: 9 km (5.6 miles). highest point 3800 m (12800 ft)
  • Day 4: 4 km (2.5 miles)  highest point 3680 m (12073 ft)

 Did you know that there is an alternative Inca Trail that you could also consider if you have not been able to book your 4 day Inca Trail “Short Inca Trail with hotel”

How is the 2-day Inca Trail?

The shorter Inca Trail is for those trekkers with limited time on their hands or who just want to take things a little easier. This trail starts at km104 and climbs to the ruins of Wiñay Wayna before continuing to Machu Picchu. As there is not much time at Machu Picchu on the first day, Machu Picchu is visited the next day by bus from the town of AC. Permits could be reserved at least 2 months in advance.

Itinerary of Our Training Program

Day -1 Transfer from Cusco to Urubamba

We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco or from the airport in Cusco, we go to the Sacred Valley by the route of Chinchero. We visit the Salineras of Maras and the archaeological site of Moray. After this, we have lunch in the town of Maras in a restaurant called Mamamecha which is quite preferred by tourists for its panoramic windows and views of the Andes. After a delicious lunch we will drive to the town of Urubamba where you will spend your first night.

Day -2 Ollantaytambo Ruins & Short Hiking to Pinkuylluna Mountain

Very early at 8 am approximately we will pick you up from your hotel and we will head to the town of Ollantaytambo where we will visit the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, the tour in this site will be 2 hours and then we will hike to the mountain of Pinkuylluna exactly where the warehouses are located, this ascent will take about 40 minutes to 1 hour, we will hike through an original Inca trail with beautiful views, exploring the houses and part of the military sector that used to protect the entrance to Ollantaytambo.

By midday after this fantastic trek we will descend to go for lunch. In the afternoon we will take you back to your hotel in Urubamba.

Day -3 Urubamba to Pisac Ruins and Hiking to Pisac Mountain

Today we will wake up at 7am and head for the town of Pisac, here we will not only visit the ruins of Pisac but also have a short trek through the religious sector better known as Intiwatana, here we will carry walking sticks and our guide will show you how to use the walking sticks and many more tips. You will learn how to organize your backpack, as well as what to bring and what not to bring to the Inca Trail.

Trip Overview

  • Tour type: Cultural, Adventure & Hiking.
  • Good for:  Improving hiking skills
  • Highest elevation: 3,500 Meter / 11,489 ft.
  • Minimum elevation: 2,400 Meter / 7,850 ft.
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather: It is relatively mild and wet all year round
  • Extra Considerations: It is necessary that you have already experience in hiking before taking our program. 

Things to Know Before Hiking The Inca Trail Perú

Sacred Valley tours

Highlights.- One of the many benefits you will get in our itinerary :

  • You will be able to complete the Inca Trail
  • Local tour guides 
  • Flexible itinerary



Our Training Program for the Inca trail is run only by ComeSeePerú Tours as a private tour. 

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    Price per person from:
    $ 210.00
    Trip Length: 3 Days
    • Price per passenger:
      USD $ 1500.00
    • Total Price:
      USD $ 210.00.00
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