Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Difficulty

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu certainly demands a little physical effort. Considered as “moderate” grade, this will depend more than anything on your physical condition.

The height and the constant ascents and descents constitute the biggest difficulty in the walk. To reach the first step, the walk ascends from 2,000 meters. up to 4,000 meters. Followed by a descent of approximately 1,500 meters. After crossing the second step located at 3, 500 meters. the degree of difficulty of the walk will be reduced.

The age to realize this Inca path does not play a primordial role, but its willpower and the desire to live a unique and unforgettable experience.


Option 01: Traditional Inca Trail 4 days

DAY 1: The Traditional Inca Trail begins in the city of Cusco, from where they move by bus to km 82 or Piscacucho. From the point of control begin the adventurers to load the backpacks to start their adventure to Machupicchu at a height of 2650 masl. The ascent of the first day will be gradual and simple, they will climb only up to 3000 masl passing through Miskay (2800) and finally Huayllabamba (3000).

Degree of difficulty: easy

DAY 2: The second day will pass through narrow and steep trails (9 km) uphill to reach the top of the Warmihuañuska mountain. Then you will descend to Pacaymayo 3600 meters above sea level, the walking time will be 6 hours.

Degree of difficulty: difficult

DAY 3: This day the hike begins with a slight ascent to Pacaymayo, from where a walk through a more difficult stretch begins for 1 hour until you reach the archaeological complex Runkuracay 3,750 masl, then a descent to a lagoon called Yanacocha and another ascent to Phuyupatamarca and finally an excursion through flat ecosystems to Wiñayhuayna.

Degree of difficulty: difficult

DAY 4: The last day of adventure will be calm. You will have a slight ascent until inti punku and a descent towards the citadel of Machupicchu.

Degree of difficulty: moderate.

Option 02: Inca Trail Short 2 days

The Short Inca Trail starts at km 104 of the railway. The degree of difficulty is the same as day 4 of the traditional Inca trail, with a slight rise to inti punku, to see the sunset passing through Wiñayhuayna, and descending to the citadel of Machu Picchu, from where you can descend to hot waters by bus, or walking (degree of difficulty, difficult, due to the small bleachers en route).

Degree of difficulty: moderate.

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