Machu Picchu • Guided Trek

Historic Cusco, Forgotton Ruins • Classic Inca Trail



9 days in Peru

Trekking Season:


Trekking Grade:



Climbing Grade: Advanced

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain above 8000 meters. Class 5.6 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Intermediate

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain at high altitude. Class 4 ice or 5.8 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Intermediate

This climb requires snow and ice climbing skills with proficiency on steep and icy terrain. Strong backpacking and excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Prior climbing experience is required. High altitude experience is beneficial.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Beginner

Prior climbing experience is beneficial. Basic snow and ice climbing skills are introduced during the program. Above average physical conditioning is requisite for this climb. No high altitude experience is required.

Climbing Grade: Beginner

No prior climbing experience is required. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Easy

No experience required.

Trekking Grade: Moderate

This trek requires 4-6 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 1000-2000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Strenuous

This trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 2000-3000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and great physical conditioning are requisite.

If you have further questions about our climbing or trekking grades; or about your qualifications for a particular expedition, trek, climb or course, please contact us.

We are now offering the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, Plus we’ve added one extra day in Cusco to our itinerary. The Sacred Valley tour helps acclimatization.

Trek Overview

Experience “The Lost City of the Incas“… forgotten for centuries and rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, an American historian. Our 9 day trek follows the classic “Inca Trail“ into the lush emerald forest of the Peruvian Andes. Machu Picchu a sacred city of the Inca Empire is regarded as one of earth’s great archaeological sites. The Incas started building it around AD 1430 but was abandoned a hundred years later at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. Or combine this trek with our nine-day Andes Discovery trek for an exciting back to back journey and discover two of Peru’s extraordinary regions.

“The trip was great! This was my first experience with camping/hiking/trekking of any kind, and our guide from Inka Trail to Machu Picchu, made the experience so amazing and doable for a beginner like me! I can’t say enough great things about the porters and the cook, who worked so hard every night to make sure I was well fed, even with my dietary restrictions I’ll never forget the amazing things I saw in Peru and the other people I met on the trail. Thanks so much for all your help in making this happen for us! Machu Picchu has always been a dream of mine and this was such a rewarding way to experience it.” June 2015 Valerie L

Machu Picchu and Classic Inca Trail • 9 day trek

After arriving in Lima we begin our journey in the bustling colonial city of Cusco where we tour the colorful markets and visit nearby ruins. Then visit the Sacred Valley. From here, our fully supported trek follows an ancient path through the Urubamba Valley to what is referred to by the Quechua people as the “Cloud Forest“. At last, we descend 1,500 cut-stone steps and enter the Gateway of the Sun, beyond which lies the glories of Machu Picchu. Built in the 14th century and unspoiled by the Spanish conquistadors this historic site also known in Quechua as “Old Peak“ will enchant the explorer within you.

Machu Picchu and Salkantay Trail • 9 day trek

perulodgeThe Salkantay trek follows an ancient path to a high mountain pass between two great peaks known as Salkantay (6271m) and Huamantay (5850m). During the trek we also have the option of staying at nice lodges instead of tent camping. Following the pass, the trail drops to what is referred to by the Quechua people as the “Cloud Forest“. At last, we arrive and enter the Gateway of the Sun, beyond which lies the glories of Machu Picchu.


Flight Schedule: USA – Lima (CUZ)
Trek begins and ends in Cusco, Peru

Day 1 • Arrive Lima
Arrival in Peru and overnight in Lima.

Day 2 • Cusco
Arrive in Cusco by mid-day. After checking into our hotel, a short walk from the Plaza De Armas, you’ll have time explore the center of Cusco on you’re own. Visit the local Cathedrals and local markets. We will have an orientation during the late afternoon.

Day 3 • Sacred Valley
Today we will visit the Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley). At 9,400 feet it’s a good way to begin our acclimatization for our approaching trek. While visiting the Sacred Valley we will explore ruins, visit markets and can enjoy local foods before our return to Cusco. (B)

Day 4 • Cusco
After breakfast we offer a half-day city tour as well as visit the historical site of Sacsayhuaman. During the afternoon you’ll have time to get organized and do any last minute souvenir shopping before we embark on our journey to Machu Picchu. (B)

Day 5 • Piscacucho • Huayllabamba
Early morning we will be picked up at our hotel in Cusco and transferred to Piscacucho where we will begin our trek. We hike along rivers and over hills with wonderful views of mountains and Inca ruins until we arrive at the village of Huayllabamba which sits at 3,000 meters. (B, L, D)

Day 6 • Huayllabamba • Pacaymayo
Starting on the bank of the river we begin to ascend gradually entering steepening woods and cloud forest. We have an excellent view of a beautiful waterfall along the way. The trail ascends towards Warmiwañusca known as “Dead Woman’s Pass“. The trail passes through differing climate zones, one of which is a cloud forest containing Polylepis trees. The pass itself is located at 13,000 feet and is the highest point on the “Classic Inca Trail”. We then begin our decent to Pacaymayo complete with camp and facilities. (B, L, D)

Day 7 • Chaquicocha • Phuyupatamarka
The trail continues to ascend; passing a small lake named Laguna Cochapata. The trail reaches another high pass. Once again the trail descends steeply, then more gently, passes another small lake and soon affords a view of Sayaqmarka, perched atop a sheer rocky spur. A steep, narrow staircase leads up to the ruins. After descending into a small drainage the trail passes Chaquicocha and continues through high cloud forest, undulating, sometimes steeply while affording dramatic views. We pass a long Inca tunnel overlooking the valleys of Urubamba and Aobamba. We reach our camp at Ruinas Phuyupatamarka otherwise known as “Cloud Level“. (B, L, D)

Day 8 • Machu Picchu
We get an early morning start (before sunrise) for the short hike of just a few hours to Machu Picchu. We will be contouring a mountainside with views of peaks and cloud forest below until we come to a vertical stone staircase, which leads to our last pass. From here the first views of Machu Picchu are soon to be had. The whole day can be dedicated to exploring these extraordinary Inca remains with our local guide. The late-afternoon train takes us back to Cusco and transfer to our hotel. (B)

Day 9 • Lima • Depart
Transfer to our flights back to Lima. Awaiting flights back home if you have decided to make this the end of your journey. (B)

Itinerary Notes: Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the particular needs of the group. Please request a detailed itinerary for a list of scheduled and non-scheduled meals.


Land Cost
Price per person: $2600
Single Supplement: $300

Deposit and Payments
$1000 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application.
Balance due 120 days prior to departure

Services included
Park fees
All scheduled land transportation once in Cusco
Machu Picchu/ Cusco return train ticket
4 nights hotel accommodations in Cusco and Machu Picchu
3 nights tented accommodations
Cusco and Sacred Valley Tour
Scheduled meals in Cusco and during the trek
Professional guide
Porter service (10kg)
All group equipment for the trek (including tents, stoves, group gear)

Services not included
International airfare – USA – Lima
Domestic airfare – Lima – Cusco
Hotels while in Lima
Non-scheduled airport transfers
Non-scheduled meals
Snack food during the trek
Personal gear
Single Room Supplement
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage
Staff gratuities

Gear List

Trekking • Peru

Head and Face:
• Warm Synthetic/ Wool hat: One that covers the ears.
• Sun Hat or Baseball cap
• Sunglasses: Essential eye protection at altitude.
• Sunscreen: SPF 40 or more.
• Lip Balm: SPF 20 or more.
• Bandanas: Tied around neck they give good sun protection.
• Headlamp: Bring plenty of batteries.

Upper Body:
• Upper Body Layers: We recommend you have three warm layers for the upper body.
Items must be made of synthetic or pile. Make sure all layers fit comfortably over each
other and supply good insulation. A good combination is a long underwear top, a
sweater, and a pile jacket. Cotton items do not provide adequate insulation and
are completely useless when damp.
• Synthetic Fleece Jacket and/or Pullover: Medium weight
• Shirts: Three synthetic shirts for trekking. Three cotton shirts for camp and lodges.
• Hard Shell Rain Jacket w/ hood: Rain and high wind can be common. GORE-TEX© or
waterproof nylon that has been “seam sealed”.
• Insulated Synthetic or Down Jacket: Medium weight

• Lightweight Synthetic gloves: One pair

Lower Body:
• Quick Dry Hiking Shorts: One pair. Good for hiking at lower elevations in the mountains.
• Long Underwear Bottoms: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
• Hard Shell Pants: Bring a good pair of rain/wind pants of GORE-TEX© or waterproof
nylon that has been “seam sealed”. (full side zips)
• Trekking Pants: Synthetic, comfortable to climb in and provide good warmth on
cool misty days, dry fast and prevent sunburn. Schoeller© fabric is recommended.
• Undergarments: Enough for the duration of the program.

• Trekking Socks: Four pair synthetic medium weight
• Hiking Boots or Trekking Shoes: One pair medium weight hiking boots/shoes large enough
to be comfortable with one liner sock and one heavy synthetic sock.
• Sport Sandals or Camp Shoes: These are to wear in camp or lodges.

• Sleeping Bag: Mountain temperatures can get below zero degrees Fahrenheit
so bring a warm bag(rated to 0 degrees Fahrenheit)

Packing and Backpack:
• Frameless backpack: One lightweight small size (2500-3000 cubic inches) comfortable pack
with some support, adequate to carry personal gear. The pack should fit properly and have
a good waist belt. Carry gear between 15 and 20 pounds.
• Duffle/zip Bag: One medium size, transporting gear via porters.
• Duffle/zip Bag: One medium size, store non-mountain gear during the trek.
• Travel locks, nametags, and contact information written directly on the duffels.
• Passport

Climbing Gear:
• Trekking poles: adjustable and collapsible

Travel Information

International Programs • Peru

Program start time & location: begins and ends in Lima

Visa/Entry Information: A valid passport is required to enter and depart Peru. Tourists must also provide evidence of return travel. U.S. citizens may enter Peru for tourist visits of up to 90 days.

Health & Immunizations: Immunizations are not required for entry into Peru

Flight Travel Information: USA – Lima (LIM)

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Meals and Food: All meals are provided as per meal schedule. (see itinerary for meal schedule)

Gear: A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Frequently Asked Questions

Even the most experienced climbers have questions and if this is your first time on an Expedition, Trek or Northwest Climb you’re sure to have them. We provide information about such things as travel dates, itineraries and required equipment throughout our website. However, if you can’t find the answers you seek anywhere else, we try to provide them here!

Travel & Insurance

When do I need to arrive and depart?

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Domestic Departures: Regarding Northwest programs our itineraries reflect the date and time the program begins at a particular start location (North Cascades NP, Olympic NP, etc.). When flying to Washington State you’ll likely need to arrive the day before the climb begins in order to meet the group at the program start location. In regards to your departure flight, our return time to the program start location is often unpredictable. We suggest a hotel reservation for the night of the last day and plan to return home the day after the end of the program.

What if I want to arrive early or depart later than the program? Mountain Gurus can assist in arranging accommodations before or after the program. Our Operations Director can recommend things to do if you desire.

Will a Mountain Gurus agent greet me at the airport? For International programs depending on your arrival time, we coordinate ground transportation. We either greet you at the airport or arrange transportation to your hotel. In most cases the program formally begins the morning after arrival day.

Do you recommend trip cancellation insurance? Mountain Gurus highly recommends purchasing of trip cancellation and travel insurance. This comprehensive travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.

Do I need any other insurance? Make sure you provide yourself adequate traveler’s medical and evacuation insurance for coverage should you have a problem during the trip.

Should I have concerns when traveling internationally? We recommend registering with the United States Department of State when traveling anywhere internationally. Registration is voluntary and is your sole responsibility. Also, the United States Department of State maintains a travel Warning/Alerts list for most countries around the world. www.travel.state.gov

Experience and Fitness

What are climbing and trekking grades? Mountain Gurus provides climbing and trekking grades to help our client choose which programs are best suited for their experience level, knowledge of climbing and overall physical conditioning. Mountain travel can be extremely challenging yet profoundly rewarding. We offer programs of various skill levels and difficulty. Regardless which program you choose we expect our clients to be physically and mentally prepared for the demands of the journey.

Can anyone participate on your MG programs? We feel that anyone in reasonably good physical fitness should be able to join us on many of our programs. Mountain Gurus guides will introduce basic trekking and climbing skills needed during the course of the program. Remember your ability to participate in the program is largely dependent upon your overall health and fitness. An expedition, trek or climb shouldn’t be taken lightly and we encourage you to prepare for it by physically conditioning yourself for the strenuous aspects of the program. We strongly advise anyone who is considering a climb with Mountain Gurus, who may have a medical condition or medical history that may affect their performance, first consult with their physician. If you have further questions or concerns please contact us and our Operations Director can discuss which program is best suited for you.

Domestic & International Programs

How can I find out about necessary visas or entry requirements for the country I am visiting? Mountain Gurus will send you all necessary visa information contained within our pre-departure package. In most case American citizens can obtain a visa upon arrival. It is your responsibility to send in all pre-required visa applications and associated fees. In addition most countries maintain websites that provide all necessary information and application forms.

How can I find about necessary immunizations for the area where I am traveling? As part of your itinerary, we’ll provide you with current recommended/required immunizations for the country where you are traveling. You can always consult the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov

Can I hire an additional porter? On International programs Mountain Gurus can arrange hire of a personal porter if desired for an additional cost. Please notify MG in advance if you’re considering a personal porter.

Can additional gear or clothing be stored during the program duration? In most cases additional items can be stored at the hotel or with our ground operator.

What type of accommodations can I expect?

Hotels: During our stay in international destination cities you can expect to stay in high quality hotels. When available we opt to stay in smaller boutique style hotels that provide a friendly atmosphere and high quality experience.

Camping or Lodges: When camping we provide our clients with high quality mountaineering tents. Depending on the expedition or climb clients participate in setting up tents and help in establishing camp as well as participate in cooking. On Treks and Tours, Mountain Gurus provides our clients with a fully supported experience, your tent will be set up and waiting when you arrive in camp and you’ll be greeted with hot water and a cup of tea. Destinations like Nepal we often opt to stay in high quality lodges (also known as Tea Houses) as an alternative to camping. Due to our local knowledge we choose from the finest lodges available which provide great food and a friendly warm environment.

Do you provide single accommodations? International programs that include hotels, a single room supplement is available for an additional cost if desired. For those traveling alone who do not wish to pay an additional cost for a single room, we will pair you in a room with another same-sex team member. In the event another team member of the same sex is not available for room pairings, you will be assigned a single room. During Northwest climbs single tent accommodations are not available.

How heavy a pack do I need to carry?

On Northwest programs you will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food, in addition to your personal gear. This should be taken into consideration when deciding what you should bring. Be prepared to carry between 40-65 lbs. depending on the length of the program and group size.

For International programs pack weight varies greatly depending on the type of program. On our fully supported Treks and Tours you will only be expected to carry a small to medium sized day pack with each trekking day’s necessary clothing and essentials. 15-30 lbs. Expeditions will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food in addition to your personal gear. 40-65 lbs. On fully supported Expeditions we utilize high altitude climbing porters which greatly minimizes the need to carry group gear. 35-50 lbs.

Private and Custom Programs

I have a group of family/friends/colleagues and we have specific dates we would like to climb. Can you customize a program for us? All of our programs can be run on a private basis. The beauty of a private program is you climb what you want, with who you want, when you want. We’ll take care of the entire program. We are also able to provide you with a custom itinerary depending on your interests. We may require a $100 non-refundable deposit for custom program planning which will be applied towards your program cost at the time of reservation.


Is it customary to tip your support staff or mountain guide? On international programs where we utilize support staff (porters, cooks, kitchen staff, etc.); it is Mountain Gurus practice to take a group tip and divide it among the support staff. Tipping of Mountain Guides for a job well done is always appreciated.

How can my family get in contact with me when I’m on a on a Mountain Gurus program? After your application and deposit are accepted; you will be provided with a detailed itinerary which will include hotel and ground outfitter contact information for your program. Due to the nature of the wilderness areas we travel it is likely you will be out of contact during the duration of the program. Telephone and internet access is available in some destinations at you own expense.

What if my spouse, family or friends don’t climb; can they still join me on safari? We would be delighted to make arrangements for non-trekking family and friends to join you after the climb. We suggest you extend your safari a few days to take advantage of Tanzania’s remarkable wildlife parks and diverse landscape.

Can my son or daughter join me on the program? What’s the minimum age requirement? Possibly, we would prefer to talk with you about the program you’re interested in and see if it’s an appropriate choice for someone under the age of 18. We accept participants 16 years or older on our regularly scheduled trips, accompanied by a legal guardian.