Short inca trail with camping

Price : $570


Our short day Inca Trail with camping includes six hours of hiking along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We will start our first day with a 5 hours hike gradually uphill to  Winaywayna Inca ruins where you will enjoy your box lunch. From there we will hike one more hour to the Sun Gate(Intipunku) from where you will see Machu Picchu from a distance, then take the bus to our private campsite. And the next day very early morning, you will visit Machu Picchu and you will enjoy the sunrise over the ruins.


Day 1: Cusco - Kilometer 104 – Puente Ruinas

We will pick you up at 04:00 am from Cusco to start the Inca Trail wiht camping. We drive for about an hour and a half until Ollantaytambo town where we will board our train until kilometer 104(Starting point odf the hike). Once we disembark  the train, we will meet our chef and porters. They will serve us our breakfast. Then we start our hike,

Our trek today takes us along the most wonderful stretch of the Classic Inca Trail 4 Days. We’ll visit beautiful Inca sites, see a variety of flora and fauna and get to take in the stunning panoramas of the Andes. We will hike 10km of the trail. Our hike begins wiht a visit of Chachabama ruins then works it’s way up along a paved Inca trail to the archeological site of Winay Wayna before continuing on to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). We will have our box lunch. After enjoying our meal. we’ll hike through the lush and green cloud forest that covers the mountain and get to see a wide variety of plants, flowers, orchids, and birds along the way. We might see some larger mammals such as Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and Spectacled Bears (if we are very lucky).

After a full days hiking, we’ll get to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the afternoon and get our first views of Machu Picchu spread out on the mountain ridge below. The light in the afternoon is great for photos and with fewer tourists on the site, it’s a perfect time to take wonderful pictures of the site. After passing through the Sun Gate we’ll keep hiking for about 45 minutes to get Machu Picchu where we will catch the bus about 20 minutes until our campsite Puente Ruinas where we will have our dinner and the night in our tent.

Day 2: Machu Picchu

Our second day start wiht a walk of 20 minutes to the bus station where we will take the bus up to Machu picchu. We will get there at 06 am and see the sunrise over the ruins. Our tour guide will take you to the best place to take an amazing porcard picture of Machu Picchu.

Your guide will spend around 2 hours explaining the highlights of Machu Picchu. Afterward, you will have time to explore by yourself the ruins and hike Huaynapicchu if you have booked this option. (This is a separate entrance ticket that costs $65 per person). Finally, you will return to Aguas Calientes and take a train back to Ollantaytambo, and then bus back to Cusco. Once in Cusco, we will transfer you back to your hotel.




  • A personal porter to carry your 7 kg of your personal belongings
  • Pick up and drop off in your hotel.
  • Trail ticket of 06:10 am from Ollantaytambo to km 104 (the starting point of the walk).
  • English speaking guide with conduct radio communication.
  • Foam mattresses.
  • Professional chef
  • Kitchen equipment.
  • Dining tent with chairs and tables.
  • Portable environmental biodegradable toilet (The Pett).
  • Meal service at the campsites (2 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 1 dinners, 1 snacks). With option for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose Intolerance and any food allergy.
  • 4 season Tents for two people (tent with capacity for 3 people used as doubles - Kayla Doite).
  • Porter service. As detailed in the table authorized by the Ministry of Culture. (To carry our camping equipment and food) we never overload our porters and they have proper equipment.
  • Inca trail Permits and Machu Picchu ticket.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on day 01.
  • Round trip bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and viceversa on day 02.
  • Satelital phone.
  • Return Expeditions train ticket back (14:55 Hrs.) To Ollantaytambo.
  • Private transportation from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and first aid kit.
  • Pre-departure Inca Trail briefing, presented by the tour guides at 6:00 pm at the office a day before.
  • Wake-up tea. Hot herbal tea brought to your ten ton second day.
  • A duffle bag, where you put your 7 kg / 14 pounds of personal items per person (personal cares, personal items, sleeping bag are within this 7 kg / 14 pounds).
  • We provide hot water bins to help our clients clean and feel good at night.
  • Rain Poncho to cover from the rain.
  • Two hour guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Boiled water to fill in your water bottles or Camelback (your chef will provide clean water after each meal)
  • Day pack cover to keep you dry your belongings.

Not included?

  • Tips (optional).


  • Original Passport and student cards if you are students.
  • A Hiking/trekking Backpack (21 liters capacity).
  • Hiking Poles with rubber tips. You can bring your own or rent it from AB Expeditions.
  • Trekking Clothing: Hiking shoes, waterproof pants, waterproof shorts, two shirts, a light sweater, jacket for rain, and clothes to rest in at the hotel. On the other hand, it is quite comfortable and relaxing for the body to wear light clothes for the walk; for this, waterproof materials are very good, because they enable quick drying from sweat and rain.
  • Night in Aguas Calientes: Please bring with you a clean set of clothes to wear after the trekking. Also, you can bring along swimwear and towels if you decide to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
  • Personal Hygiene items: toothpaste. toothbrush, and wet wipes.
  • Medicine: If you are taking any medications, please bring them with you. It is also recommended to bring some over the counter medicine for the altitude sickness (Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Sorojchi, Acetazolamide). It is also suggested to bring Anti Blister Gel to avoid getting blisters on your feet and being unable to continue on your trek.
  • Digital Camera with an external memory (2-4 Gb) (Optional).
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Sun Block SPF 60 (UVA-UVB) waterproof and sport.
  • Waterproof Insect Repellent lotion, not spray.
  • Swiss Army Knife.
  • Water bottle made of flexible plastic. This type of bottle is very easy to carry and does not take up a lot of space. At the same time, they help in our effort to protect the environment.


FEBRUARY 2022: Closed for Trail maintenance


The Peruvian Ministry of Culture and SERNANP are in charge of all regulations of the Inca Trail, including permits and campsites. To access the Inca Trail, you have to have a permit that matches your FULL NAME, PASSPORT NUMBER, NATIONALITY, and AGE issued by the Ministry of Culture. 

Only licensed Inca Trail Travel Agencies like AB EXPEDITIONS can secure these, and they are not transferable in date or name at any time. If you are not able to start your Inca Trail hike on your start date, it is not possible to transfer the permit to someone else. If you need to change your start date, you have to make sure permits are still available for the new date and buy a new permit. These are all rules of the government of Peru that all Travel Agencies need to follow. If permits are sold out for your desired start date, many other treks lead to Machu Picchu such as Salkantay Trek, Inca Quarry Trek, and Lares Trek. We can help you find the perfect trek for you.

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