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The High Inca Trail - Exodus Travels
The High Inca Trail - Exodus Travels
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29 reviews
Starts
Cuzco
+12 Destinations
Andes Mountains
Ends
Cuzco
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Highlights

Start and end in Cuzco! With the hiking & trekking tour The High Inca Trail, you have a 14 day tour package taking you through Cuzco, Peru and 11 other destinations in Peru. The High Inca Trail is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Physical Rating
Active
Travel style
Hiking & Trekking, Adventure, In-depth Cultural
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29 Reviews

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  • The High Inca Trail reviewer 1
    Written on October 25, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A challenging adventure. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?As we performed a ritual thanking the mountains for a safe arrival at Chiriasqa pass at 5000m a condor appeared and flew just above us. Seeing Machu Picchu for the first time upon arrival at the Sun Gate. Being so close to Salcantay. What did you think of your group leader?Maritza was a very competent leader capable of dealing with everything presented to her.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take at least two large packs of wet wipes, a spare battery for your camera, a good three season sleeping bag and Merino tee shirts and thermals. If you can squeeze it in then also take a pillow. I also recommend getting two or three dry bags from a camping shop to keep your clothes in when packing your duffle bag. Go at your own pace but don't stop for too long to catch your breath as you'll get cold.Is there anything else you would like to add?A good diversity on this trip. The first half of the trek was totally deserted and extreme compared with the masses encountered on the Inca trail on the second half of the Trek. Yet both parts were thoroughly enjoyable for different reasons. The camping areas were in spectacular locations.

  • The High Inca Trail reviewer 2
    Written on October 14, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Wonderful trek, highly recommended. Although the Inca Trail itself is well worth doing it's relatively busy, so to have four days trekking in the high mountains before that with hardly another tourist in sight added so much to the experience.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching the end of the Inca Trail and seeing Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate is great, but camping next to Salkantay glacier and walking alongside the mountain up to the Inca Chiriasqa pass was even better.What did you think of your group leader?Arturo was great fun and very knowledgable; apart from running the trek he was well able to talk us round the various Inca sites without a guide. Staff were excellent, and the standard of meals on trek was amazingly high.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We were pretty lucky with the weather and most days were sunny and mild, but camping at 4000 metres is cold. Really cold. Who'd have thought it?

  • The High Inca Trail reviewer 3
    Written on September 25, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Stunning scenery, a decent 'tough at times' trek, trip of a lifetime.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I felt the whole trek was inspirational but the most inspirational moment was being camped beside & staring in awe of Mnt Salkantay as the day ended and the night came in and to then, the following day, walk beside it. Truely amazing.What did you think of your group leader?Wilbert was brilliant - a fasinating character. Very friendly, intelligent, always happy and had a story to tell. Full of knowledge & very passionate about his country and always wanting to teach you and share his knowledge & the history of the Incas.   Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you feel your fitness levels aren't great then do somerthing about it because this a a challenging trek for those that are not used to it. I would also advise to take plenty of tavel tissues & hand saintiser to keep your hands clean and free from germs to avoid a potential stomach bug. I would also recommend a decent camera as there will be plenty of this that should be snapped as memory of this wonderful trip. Is there anything else you would like to add?THis is a very well organised trip from start to finish. Anyone that is in doubt of whether to book this trip or not then don't doubt anymore....JUST BOOK IT. You will not be dissappointed as it is a once in a life time adventure with some stunning scenes whether they are natural or built by the Incas.Keep up the good work Exodus - many people love what you do & what you offer us. Tim Doyle 

  • The High Inca Trail reviewer 4
    Written on September 5, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A great itinerary in the High Incas, getting away from the crowds but into the heart of this amazing region. If you like your mountains and a trekking without the tourist (I know this is an irony!) then this is the Peru for you. I also took the Lake Titicaca (only one out of my group to do so) and I'd highly recommend taking that opportunity when you're already out there: it's quite an experience and the transfer etc is expertly organised by Exodus.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Camping on the ridge above Phuyupatamarca was fabulous. Although this one of the rare times that we saw other campers it was idyllic to watch the sunset and rise over the mountains, whilst throwing an eye back to Mt Salcantay, where we'd come from. This is also a site which will always make me laugh- I got involuntarily up close and personal with a bunch of llamas, which was quite an experience!!!What did you think of your group leader?Wilbert was a fun guide who was very knowledgeable about the history and culture of the Incas- and always up for a laugh!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Do read the trip notes - if you like your comforts then enter this in the knowledge that there will be days without showering- but you are well looked after with daily bowls of hot water, if you want them.

  • The High Inca Trail reviewer 5
    Written on July 5, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trip is a great combination of remote high level altitude treking and culture with fantastic scenery, flora and fauna. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Arriving at Sungate and viewing Machu PicchuThe remoteness of Salcantay region and having a full moon to visualise the hugh hulk of Salcantay surrounded by stars.What did you think of your group leader?Nothing was too much trouble for Wilfredo. He worked hard on keeping a group together that had mixed abilities and experience. His experience in guiding ensured it felt as though we had the Inca Trail to ourselves. In addition, his knowledge and passion for his country was always evident and he was always happy to answer our questions, even if it was the 15th time he had been asked.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The coco leaves and tea do help!

  • The High Inca Trail reviewer 6
    Written on June 1, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A challenging trek with some steep climbs. The 8 days saw us camping and trekking in rain, wind, snow and then beautiful clear blue skies.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching the top of Dead Womens Pass and then a few days later arriving through the sun gate. What did you think of your group leader?Bobby was very knowledgable and very friendly and helpful. On the Cusco part of the trip he seemed a bit disorganised on occasion but I think this was due to discrepancies between the trip note itinery and the actual itinery he was able to offer. He gave everyone his contact details and on one occasion when it was free time to explore and I found myself lost I gave him a call and he responded immediately, he then came to 'rescue' me. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take waterproof clothing whatever the brochure/trip notes say the weather will be like! I had taken the trip notes saying there could be the 'occasional downpour' literally and I didn't take any waterproof trousers. After 2 two days of continuous rain I was almost out of dry clothes - luckily a fellow traveller had spare waterproofs he lent me (thank you John!).Budget for the tipping on the trek part of the trip. Again, the trip notes guide on tipping and advice given to travellers by Exodus staff varied a lot and on average we put about £130 each into the tip kitty.At Lima airport after you have collected your luggage, you need to exit the building and then walk back into the check in area of the airport to check in for the flight to Cusco.  Is there anything else you would like to add?The trip notes for this trip were not accurate for the non trekking part of the trip.The hotel we stayed at in Cusco was not the hotel detailed in the final joining instructions - it was a more central hotel which was great, but unfortunately the electrics and breakfast were not....Be aware that if you go in May, there could be days of rain. Two days of continuous rain wasn't fun to trek in - the guide wasn't surprised by the rain as he said May is the end of the rainy season. The food provided on the trek is great - how the chef can produce so much variety for so many people from his small tent is amazing.  

  • The High Inca Trail reviewer 7
    Written on January 2, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    This was my first trip with Exodus and I'm booking my next one soon! A fantastic experience, I especially enjoyed camping in the wild. The only people we saw for days were our group, our porters and a few locals. We had a great group, and I really enjoyed the company of the others.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Sunrise over the mountains when we camped at Phuyupatamarka. We had 360 degree views, and the sun as it hit Salkantay was amazing. The thunder storm the night before was spectacular too.What did you think of your group leader?Wilfredo was a great leader, he really looked after everyone, and made sure the holiday was a fantastic experience, no matter what their fitness levels. He told us great stories over dinner, and really cared about the porters.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take some domperidone anti-sickness tablets with you if you can. I was quite sick one night, and the day that we climbed the highest peak, but a fellow traveller gave me some of these and they really helped. Mozzie spray is essential - the day we walked along the canal we were bitten a lot. Be prepared for all weather conditions - we saw everything, sun, rain, snow, thunder... Take a metal Sig type drinking bottle, they are great as hot water bottles in the tent at night.Is there anything else you would like to add?This is a fantastic holiday - book it! Look out for condors - it was amazing to see them. The tipping was a bit weird - we were told how much to give, which was more than it said on the trip notes ( trip notes are in USD but we were told to tip in Peruvian currency so the exchange rate had changed) and we had to give it to the tour leader at the start, before we had any experience of what the porters / cooks etc would be like.

  • The High Inca Trail reviewer 8
    Written on November 6, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic holiday, we were lucky to such a great group. Macchu Pichu was breath taking but it wasn't the highlight of the holiday for me it had to many tourists and loud fat Americans booming about, I enjoyed trekking in the Andes over the high pass the most, the scenery was spectacular and the trails were challenging and good fun.   What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?How the people of Peru live in the wilderness of the Andes, they are very isolated, the nearest shop for supplies is usually over a two hour walk, they have to be fairly self sufficient growing their own crops, farming cattle, chickens, horses and brewing corn beer. Children have to walk for hours to get to school, there are no hospitals or doctors nearby, and no cars or buses, no gas or electricity. To boost their incomes alot of these farmers are porters on the Inca trail, working once or twice a month during the season.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader was verg good, he had excellent knowledge of the Inca's and their history. He looked after the group very well and catered for everyones different levels of  fitness during the trek. As a group we were lucky to have him.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Mosquito repellant should be on the essential kit list, I got eaten alive on the first day.The tipping was incorrect in the trip notes, it advised $60-$70dollars to cover all tipping, I budgeted $70 dollors, when we got there it was $90 dollors required and that didn't include the guide that was another $20 dollars, this meant I was using my credit card to pay for food at the end of the holiday. It is very important you get the information correct on the trip notes for the tipping so we are prepared, this was a big topic of conversation between the group because we had all budgeted $70 dollars. Eat at the local places it saves you a fortune, tourist restaurants cost between £8-£12 per meal, a local place will do the same meal for £3, and it tastes just as nice.Is there anything else you would like to add?Don't like tipping at the start of the holiday, every other exodus holiday we tipped at the end and had a ceremony which was really nice, for this holiday we had to sort out the tipping before the start of the trek, it didn't feel right tipping for a service I had not yet received. I know you could add to your original tip or even claim money back if you wanted to at the end, but it is a messed up way of doing things, I would prefer to decide the tip towards the end of the trek.

  • The High Inca Trail reviewer 9
    Written on October 31, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Truly an amazing and unforgettable adventure. The diversity of Peru and its people is inspiring and made for a once in a life time experience. This was my third trip with Exodus and I continue to be impressed by their professionalism, organization and ethics. Exodus takes care of the people that they employee providing them with the proper equipment to do their jobs. Other companies had the porters sleep in the washrooms and wear sandals made from old tires. Once again Exodus has provided a wonderful experience.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Camping at Ichu Pata 4200m and waking up to snow on the ground and a clear view of Salcantay.  2.    Seeing two condors circling the sky. 3.    Passing through the Sun Gate and seeing Machu PicchuWhat did you think of your group leader?Wilfredo is a very experienced and knowledgeable guide. He is a true Peruvian and very passionate and proud of his country and its people. He took care of us and made certain that everyone finished the difficult trek successfully. He was very respectful of the people that were working with him. Wilfredo was a wealth of information and did not hesitate to share his experience. I will miss the Inca tales that he shared with us at the dinner table.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Invest in some good clothing. I would highly recommend Icebreaker shirts and underwear. They will keep you warm and cool and they do not smell after a few days. You will only need a couple shirts and three pair of underwear. Bring a few good quality protein bars for the long days. The breakfast on the day you go over the Inca Chiriasqa pass was good but there was not enough carbs and protein. Get a good down filled sleeping bag. I used a minus 10 down sleeping bag and was toasty warm. Bring at least one walk pole Use DEET and sunscreen at all times and if you can bring a sun hat (Tilley) and a ball cap that would be great Be prepare for rain, sun, hail, snow, and wind. The weather can change in an instant  Is there anything else you would like to add?As a previous traveler stated ……. Remember to look up and enjoy! Just take it slow and enjoy all the sights and sounds Read the other reviews as there is some good advice

  • The High Inca Trail reviewer 10
    Written on October 13, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    I spent much of my two weeks in Peru slapping myself to make sure I was awake and that it wasn’t all just a dream. High in the Andes I loved the absolutely breathtaking scenery, the incredible ruins of the ancient Inca settlements, the sincere warmth and friendliness of the Peruvian people, the diversity of the food, the beautiful old Spanish colonial buildings in Cusco, the kick of the Pisco in the loveliest little bars in the world, the depth of the history and religion, the vibrant music, the colours of the people in traditional dress and the absolutely breathtaking scenery again because it deserves an extra mention. This was a fantastic trip that I just couldn’t fault at all.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Possibly one of the most inspirational moments of my life, let alone the trip, was reaching the top of the Chiriasqa Pass at 4,950 metres above sea level. In the thin air it was hard work getting there but I felt that every gasp for breath and every aching muscle had been worthwhile as I stood there and looked behind me at the ice capped Mount Salacantay and its icy blue glacial lakes and ahead of me at the vast wilderness of Sisay Pampa as snow flurries contrasted against bright blue sky and dark clouds. With no sign of human life in sight this was probably the most remote and isolated place I had ever been.  I had always wanted to walk the Inca Trail but the Salcantay extension made the experience all the more remarkable. Seeing hardly a soul for days, star gazing at the clearest night skies imaginable, having a bath in the icy waters of the Rio Cusichaca and emerging from my tent each morning to look up at snow covered peaks and down at cloud filled valleys are moments I will remember and treasure for the rest of my days.What did you think of your group leader?Bobby was an absolute star. He’d already done the Inca Trail something like four hundred times before and consequently knew every mountain, every mountain path, every block of stone at the Inca sites, every exotic species of plant, every llama that we met along the way, every native bird and insect, every star in the sky, every statistic about South American football and the best way to cook a guinea pig. He always had a smile on his face, he had an infectious laugh, he punctuated his speeches with jokes and he liked a beer.  My favourite moments with him though were when we were all seated round the table after dinner on the nights of the trek. High in the cold, cold Andes and miles from civilisation he would tell us his tales of days gone by, his personal experiences and the history and superstitions of his country. His round Peruvian face looking stern in his concentration, illuminated only by a camping gas lamp, was an absolute picture. And then he would laugh.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you immerse yourself in the culture of the Andes, eat everything you’re given, breath in that beautiful fresh mountain air, stare at the stars, talk to the people and take in everything that you see you will have a wonderful trip and you will hardly notice the gruelling physical exertion.Is there anything else you would like to add?I was pleased that I chose the High Inca Trail because there were very few coach transfers and even they were fairly short with frequent stops at places of interest. Other trips to Peru involve other remarkable features which I haven’t yet seen but they are often a long coach ride or a flight away. On this trip I felt as though I didn’t waste a single moment transferring from one place to another.  Also, when you get to the ‘classic’ bit of the Inca trail that everybody does, although still very remote and beautiful, it seems a lot busier as you come across other groups. The campsites on these stages are busier and noisier. For this reason the Mollepato and Salcantay extension was by far the best part of the trek.  No matter what you do though, it’s all fabulous.

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  1. Day 1: Start Cuzco (3400m); afternoon city tour.
  2. Day 2: Full day walking tour of nearby ruins including Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman.
  3. Day 3: Free day in Cuzco.
  4. Day 4:  Drive to Marcocasa; trek to camp at Soraypampa.
  5. Day 5: Optional walk to Humantay Lagoon and climb up to base of Salcantay.* *
  6. Day 6: Cross Inca Chiriasqa Pass and follow glaciated valley to Pampa Cahuana.
  7. Day 7: Follow river to camp at Huayllabamba.
  8. Day 8: Join Inca Trail and cross Dead Woman's Pass (4215m).
  9. Day 9: Over Runcuray Pass (3900m) to ruins of Sayajmarca and Phuyupatamarca.
  10. Day 10: Down Inca steps to Wiñay Wayna and Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate.
  11. Day 11: Guided tour of Machu Picchu; train to Sacred Valley.
  12. Day 12: Explore Ollantaytambo and Pisac; return to Cuzco.
  13. Day 13: Free day Cuzco.
  14. Day 14: End Cuzco.

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Covering a total distance of approx 347 km.
  • Cuzco (Peru)
  • 65 km
  • Mollepata (Peru)
  • 56 km
  • Huayllabamba (Peru)
  • 45 km
  • Llulluchapampa (Peru)
  • 9 km
  • Winay Wayna (Peru)
  • 4 km
  • Aguas Calientes (Peru)
  • 8 km
  • Machu Picchu (Peru)
  • 26 km
  • Ollantaytambo (Peru)
  • 48 km
  • Pisac (Peru)
  • 13 km
  • Cuzco (Peru)
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