Inca Trail Altitude


The entire 4-day Inca trail hike is 26 miles (42 km). However, the altitude at its highest point is 13,776 ft or 4200m, which can sometimes cause problems for hikers. For this reason, its recommendable to spend a few days in Cusco before hiking at high altitudes; this unforgettable experience


Cusco stands at 3,600 metres and is already significantly higher than Machu Picchu, though many sections of the Inca Trail are much higher.
Starting at 2,600mt, the trail ascends to 3,300 metres on the first day. On the second day, it’s over Dead Woman’s pass- the highest point on the Classic Inca Trail at 4,250 metres. This is the most difficult point for altitude sickness, though little time is spent at this highest point, and the trail descends again to 3,600 metres to Phuyupatamarca the second-night camping. The trail descends from this point until arriving at Machu to the Sun Gate in Picchu at 2,430 metres.



The hike is challenging, but with a good or normal fitness routine before the walk, most hikers 99% complete the trek. The second and the thirt day of the trek are the most difficult. After breaking camp, the walk to Abra de Warmiwanusca, or Dead Woman’s Pass, is arduous and steep.
The Hikers should go at their own pace and drink plenty of water. In the sectional view of the trail map, Abra de Warmwañusca is the highest point in the trek, with an elevation of 13,799 feet (4,200 meters), wich you will pass the second-day hike

The landscapes change from the moderate temperatures of the Sacred Valley to the arid and cold high plains. The camp is set up at Pacaymayu and Phuyutamarca, with incredible views.


Hiking the Classic Inca Trail in Winter (May-September)
May to September is Peru’s dry season. It’s one of the best times to explore Machu Picchu because the weather is as great. You’ll have blue skies, less rain, and cloudy fog blocking your view.

During the winter, days are warm, nights are cool, and the rain is sparse. May, Jun, July, and September are considered the best months to visit Peru, but with great weather comes large crowds. Remember that the Classic Inca Trail is restricted to 250 permits per day; however, Machu Picchu allows 2,800.
If you want to hike the Classic Inca trail during the winter season, you’ll need to book your trip faraway in advance as permits sell out (sometimes a year in advance

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