School Trek - Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

Peru, School Expeditions, 11 days - from $2,900 (land only)

School Expeditions

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.

Note: For conservation reasons the packed weight of your trek bag (including your sleeping bag and camping mattress) when trekking on the Inca Trail is limited to a maximum of 10 kgs – 22lbs. Items not required on trek can be stored at the group hotel in Cusco.

You must bring the following items:

Daypack c. 30 litres *.

Sleeping bag (comfort rating – minus 10 degrees centigrade)

Water bottles 1 Litre / 2 pint (x2)

Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries

Hiking boots

Sports sandals or ‘wet shoes’ for the rafting

Trainers / sneakers or similar for traveling and camp use


Trekking trousers / trekking pants

Waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants


Padded biking shorts

Thermal 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

Lightweight thermal gloves

Warmer over gloves or mittens

Washbag and toiletries

Small towel


First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

Warm jacket (down) – recommended for June - September

Trekking poles **

Travel clothes

Antibacterial handwash

Sleeping bag liner

Long johns (thermal underwear)

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

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

Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

Camera, film / memory cards, batteries

Equipment provided locally

All rafting equipment, including wet suits, splash jackets and buoyancy aids.

Bikes, bike gloves, bike helmet.

A ‘Thermarest’ or similar sleeping mat.


* 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.

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