Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

Peru, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from $1,620 (land only)

Trek & Walk

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

For conservation reasons, the packed weight of your trek bag (including your sleeping bag) when trekking on the Inca Trail is limited to a maximum of 8 kgs / 17.6lbs. A small duffel bag will be provided for your baggage whilst trekking the Inca Trail. Items not required on trek can be stored in your main luggage/KE kitbag at the group hotel in Cusco.

You must bring the following items:

Hiking boots


Trekking trousers / trekking pants

Waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants


Baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)

Casual shirts and/or T-shirts

Fleece jacket or warm jumper

Waterproof jacket


Warm hat

Eyewear - Sunglasses

Gloves or mittens

3/4 season sleeping bag (comfort rating to -5ÂșC)***

Daypack c. 30 litres*

Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries

Water bottles 1 Litre / 2 pint (x2)

Washbag and toiletries

Antibacterial handwash

Small towel

Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

Down jacket

Trekking poles ** (recommended)

Sleeping bag liner

Trainers / sneakers or similar for camp use

Long johns (thermal underwear)


Swim wear (for the hot springs at Machu Picchu Pueblo)

Spare laces

Insect repellant

Travel clothes

Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

Camera, film / memory cards, batteries


* Daypack

Perurail has a strict policy on hand baggage on the train to the Inca Trail and from Machu Picchu. The weight of your hand baggage on the train must not exceed 5kg and the sum of its dimensions (length + width + height) must not exceed 157 cm or 62 inches. If your daypack exceeds these dimensions it must be placed inside your trek bag for transportation on the train.

** Trekking Poles

For conservation reasons, trekking poles cannot be used on the Inca Trail unless they have rubber tips. Please make sure that when flying, sharp objects such as trekking poles and knives are packed into your check-in luggage.

*** Sleeping Mat

An inflatable sleeping mat is provided so there is no need to bring your own.


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