Inca Trail Private Tour is an exclusive tour designed according to your preferences; hike the Classic Inca Trail route at your speed with a private team of porters, chefs, and tour guides. It’s a perfect option for couples, families with children, or a group of friends who would love a more personalized and private service.
Private 4 days 3 nights Machu Picchu Trek
The Inca Trail Private Tour is the perfect way to experience the Classic Inca Trail route, explicitly tailored to your preferences. With a private team of porters, chefs, and tour guides, you can hike at your own pace and enjoy the stunning scenery at your leisure. This exclusive tour offers an intimate and unique experience of one of the world's most popular hiking trails.
A private Trek to Machu Picchu is the most pleasant way to experience the Inca Trail and enjoy this fantastic hike in Peru. Customize the trip for your needs, preferences, and speed. You will hike with an elite team of porters, chefs, and tour guides just for the people at your party. This Private Machu Picchu trek is available every day.
Why book with TreXperience?
- Food: Our trekking chefs will prepare special meals daily. We use fresh local products to prepare the best Peruvian food. We also provide vegetarian, vegan, and GF options.
- Equipment: We provide kitchen tents, dining tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs, Eureka 4-person tents, sleeping bags, air mattresses, and trekking poles.
- Transportation: We provide door-to-door service. We will start the tour from your hotel at any Cusco or Sacred Valley location. After the tour, we will also drive you back to your hotel. We are the only company that offers Panoramic Vistadome trains on the way back to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery.
- Safety: All our staff has received training in first aid, mountain rescue, and Covid 19 protocols. We provide oxygen tanks, first aid kits, and satellite phones.
- Porters: TreXperience porters have the proper equipment and fair wages; they are the most valuable workers on the Inca Trail; without them, it is impossible to reach Machu Picchu.
- Duration: 4 Days / 3 nights
- Depart: Km 82 – Piscacucho
- Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
- Season: March to January
- Destination: Machu Picchu
- Hiking Distance: 42 km – 26 miles
- Type: Private Adventure – Camping
- Book with Confidence and Flexibility
- Sleeping bags, trekking poles, and mattresses included
- A private team of tour guides, chefs, and porters
- Private portable toilets
- Panoramic Trains to return (Vistadome or 360°)
- No booking fees! No credit card fees
Private Inca Trail at a Glance
Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – LLactapata – Ayapata (14km, 8hrs)
Depart from your hotel around 4.30 am and drive to Km 82 to start your Private Inca Trail! The hike on the first day takes around 6 hours along meandering streams, ancient Inca sites, and the Andes' stunning views until Ayapata, the first campsite at 3300 m (10826 ft).
Day 2: Ayapata – Warmiwañuska – Chaquicocha (16km, 10 hrs)
Wake up with a hot cup of coffee or coca tea in your tent and prepare for the most challenging day of the Inca Trail; the 4-hour hike to Dead Women's Pass at 4215m (13828 ft) and 2-hour hike to Runkuraqay pass at 4000m (13123 ft). Camp at Chaquicocha, located at 3600m (11811 ft).
Day 3: Chaquiccocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna (10km, 6hrs)
The third day is undoubtedly the most beautiful, with spectacular views of mountains and different landscapes, visiting several archeological sites such as Phuyupatmarca, Intipata, and Wiñaywayna, the last campsite at 2600m (8530 ft).
Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco (6km, 2 hrs)
Start early for the final day; the first part is a 1-hour hike to the Sun Gate before sunrise to enjoy the breathtaking views of Machu Picchu. Next, it's another hour to Machu Picchu; go back to Cusco on the Exclusive Panoramic trains.
Campsite locations might change depending on availability and the final campsite assignment! We can also customize the itinerary according to your preferences.
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
- Second Tour Guide for groups of 9+
- Trekking Chef and porters to carry food and equipment
- Personal porter to carry 7 kilos of your equipment
- All transportation included (door-to-door service)
- Return on the Vistadome train or 360° trains
- All meals during the Inca Trail except last-day lunch
- Drinkable water is provided every day
- Snacks every day
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- Eureka 4-person tent for every 2 trekkers
- Eureka 2-person tent if you request a private tent
- Sleeping Bag, Inflatable mattress, trekking poles
- Sleeping foam mattress, pillows, towels
- Oxygen bottle, First aid kit, Satellite phones
- Portable private toilets
- Tickets to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- All taxes and booking fees included
- Last day lunch and dinner
- Huayna Picchu Mountain Tickets
- Montaña Machu Picchu tickets
- Travel Insurance – Strongly recommended
- Tips (Optional)
At your speed!
The Inca Trail Private Tour is designed to let you hike at your own pace, with a private team of porters, chefs, and tour guides to support you. This means you can take your time to enjoy the stunning views and take plenty of rest breaks without worrying about keeping up with a group. You'll have plenty of time to explore the ruins along the way and learn about the Inca culture from your expert guides. And, of course, you'll be able to savor some delicious meals prepared by our private chef.
If you would like a Group Tour: We can offer you the Classic Inca Trail group tour.
Full Itinerary of the 4- day Private Machu Picchu Trek
Day 1: Cusco – Km 82 – Llactapata – Ayapata
On the first day, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco around 4.30 am and drive to Ollantaytambo, where we will have breakfast and visit our Social Project, where we support local children’s education. After breakfast, we will go for a 1-hour to Km 82 (Piscakucho Village) to start our Private Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at km 82, we have to go through the checkpoint where you will be requested to show the original passports; once we pass the controls, we will begin your TreXperience! to the great “Lost City of the Incas.”
The first part of the Inca Trail is a 4-hour hike along meandering streams, local villages, ancient Inca sites, and stunning views of the Andes mountains until we arrive at Hatunchaca village to have a well-earned lunch. Our trekking chef will prepare delicious meals using local products and offer a buffet style with different options.
After lunch, the second part of the day it’s a 2-hour hike up to Ayapata, the first campsite of the Inca Trail, where we get ready for dinner and sleep. Upon arrival at the campsite, you will have the tents ready to prepare your bed; we will provide warm water to wash. You will have an Inca Style tea time every afternoon before dinner, where the tour guide will explain the plan for the next day and entertain you with great history.
- Campsite: 3300m – 10826ft
- Highest altitude: 3300m – 10826ft
- Distance: 14km / 8.6miles
- Duration: 6 hours
- Meals: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner
- Difficulty: Moderate
Day 2: Ayapata – Warmiwañusca– Runkuraqay – Chaquicocha
Wake up early with a hot cup of coffee or coca tea in your tent, and after a nutritious breakfast, you will begin a 4-hour hike to the highest point of the Inca Trail, Warmiwañusca or Dead women’s Pass at 4215m (13828 ft);. At the top, your trekking team will have ready for you a coca tea to help with the altitude. Next, you will continue for 2 hours to the lunch place at Pacaymayu Valley.
After lunch, we will climb the second mountain for 2 hours to Runkuraqay Pass at 4000m (13123 ft), traversing different microclimates and 2 Inca sites (Runkuraqay and Sayacmarca) and admiring the magnificent views of the mountains and lakes. The second campsite is Chaquicocha at 3600m (11811 ft). At this campsite at night, having a clear sky is perfect for stargazing!
- Campsite: 3600m – 11811 ft
- Highest point: 4215m -13828 ft
- Distance: 16km / 9.9 miles
- Duration: 10 hours
- Meals: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea time dinner
- Difficulty: Challenging
Day 3: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna
With the two mountains over, we will start the third day of the Machu Picchu private Trek descending from the Andes into the Cloud Forest, enjoying the Vilcanota and Salkantay Mountain range’s spectacular views until we arrive at the third and last campsite, Wiñaywayna, at 2600 m (8530 ft).
The first part is a relatively easy hike for 2 hours to Phuyupatmarca Inca Site (City in the Clouds, 3650m – 11,972 ft), where we will rest and see Machu Picchu Mountain (Montaña) from a distance. The second part starts with a sudden drop from the high mountains into the lush cloud forest. Along the way, we will visit Intipata (Terraces of the Sun), where we will enjoy the fantastic views before reaching the lunch place. After lunch, we have the afternoon free to chase llamas, visit the Wiñaywayna Inca sites, and take a refreshing shower.
- Campsite: 2600m – 8530ft
- Highest point: 3650m – 11,972 ft
- Distance: 10km / 6.2 miles
- Duration: 6 hours
- Meals: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea time dinner
- Difficulty: Moderate
Day 4: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu
On the final day, we start pre-dawn to arrive early at the Sun Gate (Intipunku) before sunrise and enjoy the breathtaking views of Machu Picchu. The wake-up is earlier, around 4.00 am, have breakfast at 4:30 am, and wait at the checkpoint until 5.30 am to start hiking, with the first 1 hour to Sungate and then another hour to Machu Picchu.
Upon arrival at the Lost Inca citadel, we will have a coffee break, leave some hiking gear in the lockers, and start the guided tour of Machu Picchu. Your tour guide will take you through the most remarkable places and show you the best of the ancient citadel. Later you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, have lunch (not included), and board the exclusive panoramic trains (Vistadome or 360°) back to Ollantaytambo and a comfortable van back to Cusco. The arrival approximate arrival time back to your hotel is 7:30 pm.
- Distance: 6km / 3 miles
- Duration: 3 hours
- Meals: Breakfast
- Difficulty: Easy
- Panoramic trains to return (Vistadome or 360°)
4-Day Private Inca Trail Packing List
You must take all the essential equipment to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu without cellphone service or route access; you will travel with a daypack where you carry all the necessary equipment for the day, and the rest you will put in the duffle bag provided to you during the safety briefing.
Essential for the Inca Trail Private Trek:
Please make sure this equipment is with you during the Inca Trail.
- Original Passport: You will need the original document; if you have renewed the passport after the booking, make sure you travel with a copy of the old passport.
- Student ID: Only required for those booked as students; you must validate your student ID to get the 40$ discount. Please send us your ID to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your eligibility for the discount.
- Comfortable daypack
- Light, comfortable Hiking boots
- Comfortable hiking clothes for cold and warm weather
- Trekking poles, good quality (you can rent from us)
- Good Sleeping bags ( -10°C at least)
What to put in your Daypack?
Remember that backpacks should not be larger than 25 liters for Machu Picchu; however, if your bag is oversized, don’t worry; you will make it look small for the last day when we arrive at Machu Picchu citadel.
- Hydration Bladder / Water Bottle: You must have a container of at least 2 liters. Disposable plastic water bottles are prohibited on the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- We provide boiled water after the first lunch until Machu Picchu. Make sure the water containers fit perfectly in your daypack.
- Sun Hat: Light and easy to handle, preferably one that covers your neck
- Rain gear: Rain jackets or a poncho
- Neck Gaiters for hiking during the day
- Fleece jacket: Light and must be inside your daypack
- Beanie for the cold mountains and nights
- Sunglasses are essential
- Headlamp always in your daypack
- Gloves: Light, breathable, and waterproof
- Wet wipes, toilet paper
- Personal medications, first aid kit
- Sunscreen, bug spray
- Hand Sanitizer
- Extra Money in Soles and small denominations
What to put in your duffle bag?
The duffle bags will be provided to you during the briefing the day before the tour. You can put all the stuff that is not needed during the day, remember that you can access this bag only at the campsites. A maximum of 7 kilos per person is allowed and carried by our porters until Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes town).
- Hiking Trousers: 2 or 3 (convertible trousers, at least one)
- Trekking shirts: 4 or 5 (long sleeves preferably)
- 4 or 5 sets of undergarments
- 5 sets of hiking socks
- 1 Warm jacket for the cold nights
- Towels, quick-dry ones
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, wet wipes, toothbrush, paste, soap, moisturizers)
- Personal medication (band-aids, moleskin, painkillers, etc.)
- Sandals or comfortable shows for the campsites
- Extra batteries
- Extra Snacks
Private Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Price per person:
To book the Machu Picchu Private hiking tour, you need to make an initial payment of 200.USD per person, the remaining balance can be paid online, in installments, or Cusco with any credit card or PayPal with no booking fees at all.
The final price depends on how many people travel in your group.
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All travelers under 17 will have a $40 discount. If you are 25 years old or under when traveling, you can get a 40$ discount with a valid student ID. Would you please advise by email to give you a code for the discount?
Valid Student ID for Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
To get the student discount, travelers should have a Valid ID with the following:
- 25 years or less at the time of entering Machu Picchu. Older than 25 can not enter as a student
- The ID must have the Name of the university, Name, and photo of the student
- The ID must have a valid expiration date
Invalid Student IDs
Student IDs are not eligible for a discount when:
- Traveler is older than 25
- Expired ID
- Student Id without expiration date
- ISIC cards are not valid.
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Private Inca Trail Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between group tours and Private tours?
Both tours follow the same route, have the same campsites, and have the same number of days to complete the Inca Trail for 4 days. However, the Private Inca Trail Tour will allow you to hike at your speed with a private team of porters, chefs, and a Private Tour Guide. You will be able to customize the itinerary if needed.
How many people are required to book a Private Tour?
The minimum number of participants required for this tour is 1 person, and there is no maximum since we can split the group for the checkpoints but still hike and camp together. The price for the Private Inca Trail will depend on the number of travelers in your party.
What is the Inca Trail food like?
A trekking chef will prepare fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals. Our menu is prepared using fresh local products; every day, you will have more than one option; we provide buffet-style during the Inca Trail Tours.
We cater to special diets and restrictions, such as vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, etc. Please contact about special diets.
How to book the Inca Trail Private Tours?
Scroll down on this page, find your preferred date, and press the BOOK NOW button in the lower part; if your travel date is not there, don't hesitate to get in touch with us at email@example.com.
To make a booking, you must make an initial payment of 200.USD per person; the remaining balance can be paid online with any credit card or in our office up to 24 hours before trip departure.
Which Inca Trail Tour is the Best?
- Group Inca Trail: Perfect for solo travelers, couples, or good friends who want to join other travelers to interact and make new friends.
- Private Inca Trail Tours: perfect for couples, families with children, groups of friends who would like to enjoy the Inca Trail only with their party, and no other travelers will be allowed.
What size daypack should I use for Inca Trail?
Your backpack should be small, light, comfortable, and carry water appropriately. For Machu Picchu, you are not allowed to enter with a bag bigger than 25 liters; however, it is more about the size of your back during the last day; if your backpack is bigger than 25 liters, you must take only essentials for that day to make it look small.
When is the time to hike the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu?
Inca Trail is open all year round except February when it is closed for maintenance; the best time to hike is during the dry season, from April to October. Find more information about the best time to visit Machu Picchu.
Why Book the Private Inca Trail Trek with TreXperience?
TreXperience is Top rated on Google, Trip Advisor, TourRadar, Expedia, GetYourGuide, and Bookatrekking with 99% five-star reviews.
We started TreXperience in 2017, and in a short time, we became one of Peru's best trekking tour operators. Our Trekking tours to Machu Picchu are organized with the best food, equipment, trekking team, and panoramic trains.
We care about our team and customers; they are essential to our business. Our happy customers are the best presentation of our excellent service.
TreXperience is ranked among the top 10 tour operators on Trip Advisor and other platforms. Also, our Inca Trail tours were voted as the “Tour Of The Year 2019.”
TreXperience supports social projects.
TreXperience is the only Local company that supports local children’s education. We support a library with computers and an internet connection in the village of Cachiccata. During the Inca Trail, you will be able to visit this project.
Fair treatment to porters
Inca Trail Porters are the backbone of the whole Inca Trail operations. We provide homestay in Cusco and Ollantaytambo to our porters that need to travel from distant villages to work on the Inca Trail.
We provide all necessary equipment such as shoes, knee braces, a full uniform, porter tents, plenty of food, insurance, and constant training during the Trek.
Fair prices and excellent service
Our tour prices are fair, and you get what you paid for. TreXperience’s tour has no hidden costs; as a local tour operator, we spend all your money here in Cusco on your trip and staff. We are the only company that offers our private Inca Trail Tours with Panoramic Trains.
Fair wages to all our staff
We work with the best Inca Trail team; our tour guides are highly rated and fluent in English. Our chefs are experts in preparing meals in the mountains, and our porters will take care of your equipment very well.
Although many tour companies will say that they hire female porters, this is not entirely true; once you are on the Inca Trail, you will see primarily male porters.
TreXperience always includes female staff in our trips; 70% of our office staff are female, 5% of our porters are women, and 10% of our chefs and Tour Guides are women.
Book your tours with us; you can pay online with any credit card, PayPal, or bank transfer. You only need to pay an initial deposit for your tour, and the remaining balance can be paid up to 48 hours before the tour departure.
No booking fees
Most similar companies will charge 5% for using PayPal or a Credit card. TreXperience does not charge any booking fees at all.
We accommodate special diets.
We can accommodate any food diet or restriction, such as Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Pescatarian, meat lovers, and many more. Please get in touch with us if you have questions.
Best hiking equipment
TreXperience provides Eureka camping tents, thick foam mattresses, dining tents, kitchen tents, porta-potty, and duffle bags to take your stuff.
Panoramic Train included
We are the only company that offers the Vistadome panoramic trains on the last day of the Inca Trail Private Tour.