Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
Peru, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,395 (land only) - from $1,620 (land only)
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:
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
Eyewear - Sunglasses
Gloves or mittens
3/4 season sleeping bag (comfort rating to -5ºC)***
Daypack c. 30 litres*
Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
Water bottles 1 Litre / 2 pint (x2)
Washbag and toiletries
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:
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)
Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
Camera, film / memory cards, batteries
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.
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.