Ultimate Inca Trail Packing List Guide for 2022 – 2023
Inca Trail 2023
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a place you must visit at least once in your life. Over 4 days, you will be hiking through mountains, valleys, jungle, cobblestone paths, and no internet connection or route.
When hiking in the high mountains, away from the city, with no electricity, no route access, and no stores, it’s essential to take all necessary equipment with you. To complete the Inca Trail, you must prepare your equipment in advance and prepare physically for short hikes.
In the Andes of Cusco, we have 2 main seasons. The wet season is from November to March, and the dry season is from April to October. However, it doesn’t matter what season you are hiking the Inca Trail; you must always be prepared for cold, wind, rain, and sunny days; the weather in the Andes, especially on the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, is unpredictable.
Documents needed for the Inca Trail
- Original Passport:
You will need the original passport used when booking the tour. If you renew the passport after the booking, you must update the passport number. To do this, please send us a photo of the 2 passports.
- Student ID:
All travelers under 17 years old will get a 40.USD discount. Students under 25 years old, at the time of entering Machu Picchu, can also get the student discount if they have a valid Student ID (the ID must have the name of the University, photo of the Student, and Valid expiration date) IDs with no expiration date or expired date are not valid. To get the student discount, please send a copy of your ID to email@example.com to see if you are eligible for the disocunt.
- Vaccination to enter Peru:
You may require some additional vaccinations before traveling to Peru. Please don’t forget to consult with your doctor before your trip so they can advise you. Please check the CDC website for suggested vaccinations for visiting us http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/peru.
Clothing for the Inca Trail hike
As mentioned above, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu weather are unpredictable, and rains can occur even in the driest months of the year, like July. It would be best if you always were prepared for all seasons.
During the Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek, Lares Trek, and other treks to Machu Picchu are better to wear layers to remove or add depending on the weather condition, hiking up to the mountains, or going down to the valley. Temperatures throughout the day can vary dramatically as you pass different ecological zones.
Bring around 5 or 6 sets of undergarments; you should always bring an extra set as you might use more than 1 in the day if it gets wet. 1 or 2 different will be enough as you will have to save room for others. Sports underwear is better, bring sports bras.
- Base layers:
You will need base layers for the cold nights and early morning; they must be lightweight.
Long sleeve shirts are recommended for this trek; they must be lightweight, breathable, and quick-dry material. Bring 2 short sleeve shirts and 3 long sleeve shirts; cotton is not recommended.
You will need a fleece jacket for the cold nights and early morning. Also, we recommend bringing rain jackets.
- Hiking pants:
Bring 2 or 3 hiking trousers; convertible trousers are perfect for sunny days. For ladies, leggings are also widely used.
- Sun protection:
Bring a sunhat with a neck cover; neck gaiters will be very helpful to cover your neck and prevent sunburn. Also, bring good sunglasses.
- Beanie and Gloves:
Bring a fleece beanie and gloves; waterproof gloves are suitable for rainy days
- Hiking Boots and shoes:
Hiking boots are essential equipment on this list; you must get a rubber sole with ankle support. Make sure you have worn them before arriving on the Inca Trail. After the long hiking day, your feet will need to breathe; bring some light and comfortable sneakers or sandals.
You should have thick hiking socks to wear with the boots and some light socks to wear at the campsite. We recommend 4 pairs of thick wool socks and 3 pairs of lightweight socks.
Camping equipment for the Inca Trail 2023:
- Sleeping bags:
Mummy-style down sleeping bags are recommended for this trek; they should be lights and temperatures rating around -10 C (14F). You can rent from us; we provide warm down sleeping bags with liners. We will provide pillows on all our trekking tours.
- Trekking poles:
Bring lightweight adjustable trekking poles for the trek; if you don’t have one, you can rent Black Diamond poles from us.
- Water storage:
Bring a blader that fits your backpack or a reusable water container for at least 2 liters of water, bigger than 21 litter in the Inca Trail might be too heavy.
- Inflatable Mat:
We will provide a camping mat for your Inca Trail tour. However, you can bring or rent from us an inflatable mat that will provide you with more isolation and comfort.
Headlamps are essential for this trek, you can bring a flashlight, but headlamps are better to have hands free.
Take cameras, cellphones, or Go-Pro to capture the best moments. Remember you will be camping out in the mountains with no electricity. Bring a good power bank or extra batteries.
- Travel money:
Bring extra cash in Soles and small denominations for souvenirs and tips, and buy anything along the trek.
Toiletries and others
You will be hiking out in the open space and at a high altitude; good sunscreen is essential. Bring a water-resistant sunscreen and lip balms.
- Bugs spray:
Bring insect repellent high in Deet, Machu Picchu, and Inca Trail in a warm and humid area.
- Small Towel:
We provide hand towels to dry your hands. Bring a small quick-dry towel to dry your face or take a shower.
- Swimsuit (optional):
If you stay an extra day in Aguas Calientes, you can bring a bathing suit.
- Wet Wipes – Tissues:
Pack wet wipes, tissues, toilet paper, and hand gels to disinfect your hands during the trek.
Please bring all your toiletries; make sure they are small, and lightweight (toothbrush, toothpaste, dry shampoo, deodorant, face moisturizer, small soap)
First-aid Kit for the Inca Trek
Bring Diamox, Pepto, Ibuprofen, Imodium, and motion sickness pills.
- Blister Plasters:
Treat blisters early to reduce friction. Take also band-aids.
- Antiseptic cream:
Very important to have in a safe place.
- Feminine products:
Snack for the day:
- Energy bars (one or 2 per day)
- Dry fruits
- Beef Jerky