Inca Trail Map
The majority of the altitude points on the Inca Trail are lower than the altitude of Cusco (3400m/ 11,155ft,) making Cusco the perfect place to acclimatize for several
days before your trek to the heights of the mountainous passes.
Day 1- The Classic Inca Trail begins at Km 82 at a place called Ollantaytambo which is located 2,600 meters above sea level/ 8520ft. From Km 82, the trail gently descends for the morning, into Patallacta archaeological site. Patallacta will be you campsite for the night.
It takes approx 3 hours and you will walk around 10Km depending on which campsite is chosen.
Day 2 –This day covers more ground and enables a shorter walking distance for the net more challenging day. Starting at your campsite you will ascend visiting temples and ruins along the way until you reach your campsite at Llulluchapampa at 3,800 meters above sea level / 12,460ft.
The hiking takes approx 5-6 hours and you will walk around 16km.
Day 3 – The Inca Trail on this day is the most challenging, as the trail climbs to over 4,200m/ 13,780ft to summit the Dead Woman Pass. From the pass. The trail will then descend towards the Pacaymayo River until it rises gain for the accent of the second pass of the day, the ruins of Rukuraqay at an elevation of 4,050m/ 13,200ft. From this point the route descends to Caquiccocha, at 3,600m/ 11,811ft and then finally leveling out slightly to arrive in camp Phuyupatamarca at 3,800m /12467ft where the most amazing skies at night can be found.
This day take approx 6-8 hours due to the elevation and covers 18Km.
Day 4 – The trail will predominantly and gently descend until you reach Sun Gate standing at 2,720m/ 8,924ft this original entrance to the city will let you view it from above. Carrying on your decent you will arrive at Machu Picchu which you will explore at the lowest point of your journey at 2,400m/ 7874ft. The day will end by travelling wither by foot or bus to Aguas Calientes where you can explore and catch your train back to start of your trek.
This day of hiking, excluding the exploration of Machu Picchu totals 16km which throughout the whole day will take you approx 4- 5 hours .