Inca Trail and Beyond

The connoisseur`s Inca Trail - an extended trek to Machu Picchu




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Holiday Overview


  • Acclimatisation in the colourful city of Cusco
  • Hike the Silque Valley and the Ancascocha Pass
  • Early morning at Machu Picchu
  • Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Inca Trail is recognised to be one of the world's greatest treks. Traversing the foothills of Peru's Cordillera Vilcabamba, provides an unforgettably dramatic trek to the fabulous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Crossing three high passes, the established trek follows sections of stone pathway created by the Incas of South America four centuries ago and provides tremendous views of spectacular forested valleys and of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba. Our visit to Peru begins in ancient Inca capital of Cusco, high in the Andes. Here we have 2 days of sightseeing and acclimatisation including visits to the fortresses at Sacsayhuaman and at Ollantaytambo in the nearby Sacred Valley. We then set off on a picturesque trail around Huayanay Peak, passing through forest to alpine meadows and crossing the Ancascocha Pass (4625m) to reach the Inca Trail. On this memorable 3-day section of trail, we are likely to see few other trekkers. This short introduction also ensures that we are fit, well acclimatised and ready to enjoy one of the world's greatest walks. Once on the main trail, we encounter increasingly impressive Inca ruins such as Sayacmarca and Winay Huayna, before arriving at Machu Picchu, the world-famous lost city of the Incas. With blue glacial lakes, cloud forest, orchids, hummingbirds, magnificent Inca settlements and stone-paved trails, there is no other short trek in the world that offers such a variety of experiences.

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Is this holiday for you?

This classic adventure offers a variety of trekking conditions. Most of the walking is on well-defined tracks, including some sections of ancient Inca highways, which are paved with stone. There are occasional river crossings and some steeper sections of trail on the first two days of the trek. It should be noted that trekking at altitudes above 3000m. makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers. We have allowed three nights at an altitude around 3000 metres before we start trekking and this should provide adequate acclimatisation. You will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking for 5 or 6 hours each day with the occasional longer day, and for several days continuously. You will encounter some long ascents and/or descents on some days. There are also long sections of Inca built steps to negotiate on a couple of the days.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Cusco. Transfers from the airport to hotel are provided.
  • A day for acclimatisation and sightseeing in Cusco. included guided visits to the main Inca sites.
  • Drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, trek through the Maras salt pans and Ollantaytambo ruins visit
  • Begin trekking in the Silque Valley ascending to our first campsite at Hatumrumiyoc (3000m).
  • Trek to the head of the valley, with views of Peak Veronica (5700m) to the place known as Ancascocha.
  • Cross the Ancascocha Pass (4625m) and then descend to camp at Muyu Muyu.
  • Trek down the valley to Q`esqa and descend to the ruins at Paucarcancha (3048m).
  • Today we join the Inca Trail and continue uphill to Llulluchapampa (3810m).
  • Cross Dead Woman's Pass (4200m) and trek onwards via the 2 other passes to Phuyupatamarca (3650m)
  • After watching sunrise on Salkantay (6271m), trek to Machu Picchu, via Inti Punku, the Sun Gate.
  • Full day exploration of Machu Picchu with a guide, before taking the train to Ollantaytambo and Cusco.
  • A free day to explore Cusco. Enjoy further sightseeing, last minute souvenir hunting or just relax.
  • Departure day. Cusco Airport transfers are provided.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Cusco. Transfers from the airport to hotel are provided.

    Arriving in the former Inca capital of Southern Peru, we are met by our guide or a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group’s hotel. After checking in we are free to explore this utterly charming city. The group hotel is a short walk away from the main square - the Plaza de Armas, where there are numerous cafes, restaurants and craft shops as well as the stunning architecture left behind by both the Inca and Spanish colonial empires that made Cusco their capital city. As we are now at an altitude of 3200 metres, we will want to take it easy in order to acclimatise to the rarefied air. In the evening, we can relax in one of the excellent restaurants that overlook the square.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • A day for acclimatisation and sightseeing in Cusco. included guided visits to the main Inca sites.

    A day for acclimatisation in Cusco. We have a relaxing walking tour of the city. Every small street or alley-way that we enter and every corner that we turn, brings another surprise, in the form of superbly constructed Inca walls or the rather more architecturally extravagant Spanish Colonial churches and palaces. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Pizarro took control of the city (with apparent ease) in 1535. The highlight of this guided tour is our visit to the impressive fortress citadel of Sacsayhuaman, which is set high above Cusco and affords wonderful views of the city. The afternoon is free for further independent exploration.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, trek through the Maras salt pans and Ollantaytambo ruins visit

    After breakfast, we set off for an impressive drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The road climbs out of the valley to reveal stunning views of the Vilcabamba peaks, Salkantay Este and Huayanay – our first glimpse of the high mountains. We take a detour from the main road to visit the 16th century church at Maras. Set in an imposing position high above the Sacred Valley, its red roof is visible for miles around. From the church we take a leisurely stroll down to the valley floor, passing through the spectacular salt mines at Moray. This walk takes about 2 hours and is an easy introduction to our trek. Reunited with our transport, we make the short drive along the Urubamba River to Ollantaytambo situated below an important Inca ruin. We spend the night at a hotel in the town. In the evening, we will have a final briefing and repack our clothing and equipment for the ensuing trek.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

    • Time 2 hours

  • Begin trekking in the Silque Valley ascending to our first campsite at Hatumrumiyoc (3000m).

    Today, we start trekking from Ollantaytambo. Crossing the Urubamba River on a bridge after 10 minutes, we head west for 3 hours to the junction with the Silque Valley where there is a good place to stop for a picnic lunch. Our trekbags will have been taken by road to Chilca to meet up with our porters. There is a short-cut into the Silque Valley which means that we do not need to go as far as Chilca. After lunch, we make the easy one and a half hour ascent, through potato and quinoa farms, to our first campsite at Hatunrumiyoc (c.3000m), a name that means `big stone` in the local Quechua language.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 hours

  • Trek to the head of the valley, with views of Peak Veronica (5700m) to the place known as Ancascocha.

    We continue our beautiful walk up the Silque Valley with great views of the peak known as Veronica (5700m). Immediately above camp we enter a narrow gorge, taking the path on the left side. We cross a number of small bridges and then the path begins to climb above the river on its west side. Turning the corner, we contour above several small grazing settlements, where the local Quechua people tend their herds of sheep and horses. Our campsite is in a beautiful location at the head of the valley, at the place known as Ancascocha (cocha meaning lake) - the lake is half an hour’s walk above the campsite.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hours

  • Cross the Ancascocha Pass (4625m) and then descend to camp at Muyu Muyu.

    Above the village, we turn towards the southwest and continue our ascent in a narrow valley, with waterfalls and a small lake. A walk of around 3 hours takes us to the Ancascocha Pass (4625m) where we are treated to excellent views of deeply incised valleys and forested ridges in the distance and the snow-capped peaks of Salkantay Este and Huayanay nearer to hand. The scenery is truly spectacular, as we descend into the Q’esqa Valley to our campsite, at Muyu Muyu (3810m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hours

  • Trek down the valley to Q`esqa and descend to the ruins at Paucarcancha (3048m).

    We continue to follow this beautiful valley, descending through several small hamlets, scattered grazing pastures and patches of woodland the village of Q’esqa. Glaciers tumble down from Huayanay, immediately above as we begin a gradual climb out of the valley along a ridge. After 20 minutes, we start to descend and after a further hour we arrive at the first Inca ruin. We continue to descend on a delightful path to the junction with the Pampacahua River, and the nearby semi-circular Inca ruins of Paucarcancha.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hours

  • Today we join the Inca Trail and continue uphill to Llulluchapampa (3810m).

    Crossing the Cusichaca River we contour above the village of Huayllabamba. At this point, we have joined the main Inca Trail and begin an ascent through beautiful patches of cloud forest, to the campsite at Llulluchapampa (3810m). There are great views of Huayanay during this part of our walk and we will also see many species of orchid, as well as some of the more than 250 varieties of hummingbirds that can be found in the Machu Picchu National Park.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hours

  • Cross Dead Woman's Pass (4200m) and trek onwards via the 2 other passes to Phuyupatamarca (3650m)

    After breakfast, we start the hour and a half climb towards the Huarmiwanusca (Dead Woman's) Pass (4200m) which affords superb views of Huayanay to the south and also of the Pacaymayo Valley, which lies in front of us, to the west. Dropping down into this valley takes about two hours and then we start the ascent to Runccuracay, a small Inca “tambo” or inn. We take lunch near here, before setting out for our second pass, the Runccuracay Pass (3985m) where, weather permitting, we should have great views of the Vilcabamba range in the far distance. The trail here becomes wider, now paved with the original Inca stones and weaves through a forest which is becoming ever more luxuriant. We make a short detour to climb the 98 steps which lead up to Sayacmarca “the place with a dominant view” - an impressive Inca ruin which looks out towards the Aobamba Valley some 2000 metres below. Continuing our descent, we pass the small Inca site known as Qonchamarca and then climb to the so called “third pass,” trekking through magnificent forests (and also negotiating a tunnel carved by the Incas) to our next campsite at Phuyupatamarca (3650m). This is another camp with incredible views of the Urubamba Valley ahead of us to the north and north-west. There are magnificent views of Salcantay, Humantay and the whole Vilcabamba range.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hours

  • After watching sunrise on Salkantay (6271m), trek to Machu Picchu, via Inti Punku, the Sun Gate.

    An early start to catch the sunrise on Salkantay (6271m) from a viewpoint above camp. As the alpenglow shines on the snow-capped peak, we can comtemplate this amazing start to a special day. Then, after breakfast, we say farewell to our porters and kitchen crew and begin the descent of the more than 3000 steps which lead down to the beautiful Inca ruined settlement of Winay Huayna, a name which means eternally young. A detour away from the main trail leads to this wonderful citadel overlooking the Urubamba River. A further hour of descent and a final 30 minute climb, takes us to the famous Inti Punku, or Sun Gate, where we will have our first, and most impressive view, of Machu Picchu, the famous lost city of the Incas. The view remains hidden until the last moment, and the first view of the citadel is an unforgettable experience. Passing through the Sun Gate, we descend past the site itself and then catch the bus down to the town of Machu Picchu Pueblo, formerly Aguas Calientes, (2040m) where we spend the night at our designated hotel. This little town has a very special atmosphere, nice hot springs (a swimsuit is a must!) and good restaurants and bars.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bl

    • Time 4 hours

  • Full day exploration of Machu Picchu with a guide, before taking the train to Ollantaytambo and Cusco.

    An early morning start to catch the first bus back up to Machu Picchu. This ensures that we have a good amount of time to explore the site before the crowds arrive on the first morning train from Cusco. We will be accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, who will bring the citadel to life for us. We will also have enough time to go exploring on our own. After the tour of the main buildings and structures with our expert guide, we can walk to the Inca Bridge, discover hidden corners of the ruins, or just soak up the atmosphere of one of the most famous places on earth. We will spend a full day in the citadel before catching the bus (or walking) back down to Machu Picchu Pueblo/Aguas Calientes in time to catch the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. From here we transfer by bus over the pass and down into Cusco where we check into our hotel. We will no doubt wish to enjoy an evening meal in one of Cusco’s many excellent restaurants.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • A free day to explore Cusco. Enjoy further sightseeing, last minute souvenir hunting or just relax.

    A free day in Cusco, for more sightseeing, last minute souvenir buying, or just relaxing in the special ambience of this charming city.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Departure day. Cusco Airport transfers are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary group transfers to the airport are provided Why not extend your holiday in Peru to include a visit to the Amazon Rainforest, an excursion to Lake Titicaca or a trip to Colca Canyon to watch condors. We can also arrange flights to Ecuador and cruises around the Galapagos Islands. Contact our office for further details.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • Inca Trail permit fee and entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Cusco Airport transfers (on designated group arrival and departure days only)
  • All land transport required in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan. Guided sightseeing tour of Cusco
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel Insurance
  • Cusco airport departure taxes
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Lunch and dinner in Cusco / Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

All clients arriving in Cusco on day 1 will be met by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel in the city. All clients must provide the KE office with full details of their flights. If you intend to arrive in Cusco ahead of the group arrival day it is possible to arrange an individual transfer at extra cost. Alternatively, taxis from the airport to downtown Cusco are available outside the terminal building and are relatively inexpensive (£2 - £4 for the 15 minute ride). Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. Airport transfers are provided for clients departing Cusco on the last day of the Land Only itinerary

A typical day starts with an early morning cup of tea or coffee and a bowl of hot washing water brought to your tent. After a hot breakfast during which camp will be struck and the porters will be given their loads, we start walking in the pleasant cool of the morning. We usually walk for about 3 hours in the morning. Lunch is usually a picnic and takes about an hour or so. We aim to pitch camp for the night by 3 or 4 p.m., ie. well before dusk. Dinner is served in the mess tent at around 7.00 p.m. and is a delicious three course meal. The cooks never fail to impress! During dinner is a good time to socialise and to talk over the events of the day. We are usually in bed by 9.00 pm - plenty of time to re-charge the batteries before the next day's walk.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

The group will have a total of four nights in hotel accommodation in Cusco, where we use a comfortable tourist class hotel located close to the cultural centre of the city. There will also be one hotel night in Ollantaytambo and one night at a local Inn in Aguas Calientes. Whilst on trek, there will be a total of 6 nights camping. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Depending on availability, it may be possible to pre-book single rooms for the nights that you spend in Cusco. Please note that it is extremely difficult for us to book single rooms at any of the other hotels used in this itinerary. For additional hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Due to the restrictions placed on the number of porters allowed on the Inca Trail, it is not possible to offer single tent accommodation on this holiday.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

On trek, the food is a mixture of local and European-style, all purchased in Peru and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. Breakfast includes fresh fruit, porridge, pancakes or omelette with plenty of toast and home-made jam. Lunch is usually a picnic - fresh fruit, salad and bread, cheeses, cold meats, avocado and plenty to drink. Dinner is served in the mess tent and is a delicious three-course meal. In Cusco and Aguas Calientes there is a wide range of restaurants cafes and bars serving excellent and varied cuisine.

In Cusco, Ollantaytambo, and Aguas Calientes below Machu Picchu, there is a wide range of dining options and while staying in these cities and towns it makes sense to give you the choice of where and what to eat. We have therefore not included in the trip price, meals (other than breakfast) whilst staying in hotels throughout this tour. Clients will be expected to pay for these meals (4 lunches and 6 dinners - see itinerary for details) and you should allow approximately £6 - £15 per meal. While trekking a full trek service including all meals is provided.

We estimate that £300 will be sufficient for your requirements This amount should cover the above mentioned non-included meals, as well as tips for drivers, trek crew and local guides (approximately £75), and other incidental expenses, such as refreshments. There is no need to purchase local currency prior to travelling. It is possible to withdraw your money in local currency from ATMs in Cusco. If you are bringing your travel money with you we recommend you bring it in the form of US dollars in cash as this provides for the easiest exchange and in emergency can even be used to purchase goods. Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and to pay for meals in Cusco.

The cost of your permit for the Inca Trail is included in the trip price. Please note that the Peruvian Authorities strictly limit the amount of Inca Trail Permits issued for each day and that permits are issued on a first come, first served basis. The permits are only issued against a name and a passport number. Once issued they cannot be amended, cancelled or transferred. In order to ensure your place on the Inca Trail, KE will purchase your permit as soon as the trip is guaranteed to run or when you make your booking if the trip is already guaranteed. To cover this you will asked to pay an additional deposit at the time of booking. Once the trip is guaranteed to run, the cost of your Inca Trail permit cannot be refunded (unless we cancel the trip).

On this trip the group will be accompanied throughout by a professional English-speaking local guide. In addition while trekking the group will be supported by a full crew of camp staff. Baggage is carried by horses during the Silque Valley section of the trek but these are not allowed on the Inca Trail and here baggage will be carried by porters.

Tipping is common in Peru, however you must remember that it is voluntary, and how much you give depends on how you feel about the service you have received. Airport baggage carriers are the only exception and tipping is compulsory. These people are unwaged and make a living by carrying your luggage. The general rule is 1 or 2 soles per bag. For hotel staff, tipping is not expected, but is welcome. For hotel porters 1 or 2 soles per bag is reasonable. Drivers of standard taxis do not usually expect a tip. As with most countries, it is usual to tip in restaurants and 10% is expected for good service. For the support crew on trek (guides, cooks, porters etc.), it is recommended that each client contributes around £50 to £60 to a group tipping pool.

Pack animals are not allowed on the Inca Trail and all baggage will be carried by local porters although we may use pack horses for the trek though the Silque valley. Each group on the Inca Trail is restricted to a maximum number of porters designated by the park authority. The limit is imposed by the Peruvian National Park Authorities and is designed to minimise the impact on the Inca Trail from the many visitors it receives. Before starting on the Inca Trail you will be provided with an ‘approved’ Inca Trail trek bag which is smaller than your KE trek bag. Whilst trekking, the packed weight of this trek bag including your sleeping bag, should be around 8 - 10kgs. Please note that this baggage limit is considerably less than on the majority of our treks. It is possible to leave clothes and other items not required on trek at the group hotel in Cusco; items of clean clothing can be sent to meet you at the end of the trek in Aguas Calientes for the night and day at Machu Picchu to assist with the restricted baggage allowance for the trek.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

At the present time, nationals of countries that are members of the European Union and nationals of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa need only a valid passport (with at least 6 months of validity) and a return or onward journey ticket for entry into Peru. A visa is not required. A Tourist Card is issued on arrival in Lima and this is valid for a 90 day stay in the country. Nationals of other countries should contact the High Commission of Peru in their own countries for information on how to obtain their visa.

Passengers intending to travel via the USA, please note the following:

Your passport must have a machine readable bar code if you are transiting through the US. You must complete an online application form to travel to, or transit through the USA.

Under the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), all travellers, including children, from the 27 countries under the US visa waiver programme will have to fill out an electronic travel authorization form online ( prior to boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship. You can also use this site to check whether your country is part of the visa waiver scheme.

You will be required to answer questions about criminal records, communicable diseases, past history of visa revocation or deportation, and basic biographical data such as name, birth date and passport information. Changes in address and itinerary can be made online after the ESTA form has been first submitted.

You will not be allowed to board any US bound aircraft without completing the online ESTA form.

If you have a criminal record (including criminal driving offences), you will be required to obtain a visa in advance of entering or transiting the USA.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

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 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:

    • 4 season sleeping bag*
    • Daypack c. 30 litres**.
    • Headtorch / headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
    • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc)
    • Water bottles 1 Litre / 2 pint (x 2)
    • Hiking boots
    • Trainers / sneakers or similar for travelling and camp use
    • Socks
    • Technical walking socks (2 or 3 pairs)
    • Trekking trousers / trekking pants
    • Waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
    • Underwear
    • Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
    • Casual shirts and/or T-shirts
    • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Warm jacket (down)
    • Sunhat
    • Lightweight thermal gloves
    • Warmer over gloves or mittens Warm hat
    • Washbag and toiletries
    • Small towel
    • Eyewear - Sunglasses

    The following items are optional:

    • Trekking poles ***
    • Long johns (thermal underwear)
    • Swim wear (for the hot springs at Aguas Calientes)
    • Travel clothes
    • Nailbrush
    • Antibacterial handwash
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • 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
    • Spare laces
    • 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).


    • A comfortable camping mattress is provided.
    • * Sleeping bag
    • Hire sleeping bags are available for this trip
    • * 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.

    We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    Know before you go

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Our treks can be physically demanding, but more as a result of altitude and terrain than distances walked. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Running, cycling and swimming are good for developing aerobic fitness and better stamina. You should gradually increase your exercise leading up to departure, and in the month before setting off, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country

    The climate of the Andean valleys of Peru which corresponds to the region between 3000 and 4000 metres is characterised by hot wet summers and cool dry winters. The Southern Hemisphere winter season in the Andes runs roughly from March through to October and this is the optimum period for trekking in this part of Peru. At this time we can expect the days to be warm and generally sunny, with temperatures between 12 and 20°C. Above c. 3500m during this season, the night-time temperatures will fall below freezing. At our highest camps we might experience night-time temperatures as low as -5°C at any time and in mid-winter (July and August) temperatures may dip to minus10ºC overnight.

    Trekking and Climbing in the Andes. (Globetrotter Adventure). Val Pitkethly and Kate Harper. The Conquest of the Incas. (MacMillan). J. Hemming. The South American Handbook. Exploring Cusco. Peter Frost (available in Cusco). Inca Cola. Matthew Parish. Latin America Spanish phrasebook. Lonely Planet.

    Inca Trail 150; Machu Picchu. 1:50,000 Editorial Lima 2000

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