Is inca Trail hard?│How physically demanding is the Inca Trail?
Is inca Trail hard?│While it is true that to do the Inca Trail to Machupicchu tour it is not necessary to have particular skills; however, it is necessary to maintain good health and physical condition, why? Join us, and we will tell you why physical condition is important for the Inca Trail.
Is inca Trail hard? – Altitude of the Inca Trail to Machupicchu:
The Inca Trail covers a total of 43 kilometers/26.7 miles, at the lowest point it is 2430 meters/1510 miles (Machu Picchu) and the highest reaches 4200 meters/ 2609 miles. Therefore, if you are planning to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu next year, it is important that you are in good health, in excellent physical condition and of course you must be well prepared mentally for this incredible trek.
Remember that Inkayni Peru Tours, has several packages made especially for you.
Recommendations to have a good physical condition:
Next, INKAYNI PERU TOURS will give you some scopes so that you can take into account in your physical preparation based on the recommendations of some specialists.
The specialists recommend to prepare 6 months before starting the trek, keep in mind that the route through the Inca Trail is not uniform and therefore, you must be in good physical condition for the Inca Trail to Machupicchu.
To be fit for the trek, your heart, back, hip and foot muscles must be strong so that you can climb easily and use less oxygen during the Inca Trail tour. Therefore, altitude sickness will not have any negative effect on your body and you will be able to enjoy your new adventure.
Start training now and you will be in excellent physical condition for the Inca Trail!
The recommended time for physical preparation, according to trekking specialists, indicates that the body should be worked at least 6 or 7 months before trekking the Inca Trail. But, this time will vary depending on the rhythm of life you have. For example, if you are a person who frequently exercises, the preparation time will decrease to 2 or 3 months preparation. However, if you are a person with little physical activity, you should make your preparation with plenty of time in advance.
Only then you will be able to enjoy trekking the Inca Trail and reach one of the Wonders of the Modern World “Machupicchu”.
Being in good physical condition for the Inca Trail will depend a lot on the desire you put into your training. The first activity we recommend is to practice hiking in your locality, you can hike 10 km per day in your city before your trip, choosing a variety of routes including rocky terrain.
Aerobic training on your own
Aerobic training, or cardiovascular training, refers to activities that use oxygen to adequately meet the demands of exercise through aerobic metabolism. Among the activities you can perform are:
- Long distance running
- Swimming or walking long distances is an excellent way to develop your cardiovascular system.
If you are an excellent athlete with 2 months of preparation to perform your walk will be enough and if you are not this type of person you should make a little more effort, perhaps increasing the duration of your exercises but not the intensity, because this could be detrimental to your health.
Training with regimen:
In case you really want to trek the Inca Trail and you find it difficult to train on your own, due to various situations; it is recommended to train under a regimen together with a trainer trained with this type of training. This will help you a lot in maintaining a training schedule to achieve a good physical condition for the Inca Trail.
Recommendations if you have any illness:
An important requirement, in addition to good mental health, excellent physical condition for the Inca Trail to Machupicchu is that you must be in good health and if you have any illness:
- Circulatory problems (high blood pressure, heart disease)
- Respiratory problems (asthma, emphysema or recurrent bronchitis)
- Heart problems (tachycardia, myocardial disease, epilepsy or others) or any disease that may cause you to faint during the trip, we recommend that you visit a doctor before your trip.
What to bring to the Inca Trail?
- Original passport
- Current university card (discounts are available for students)
- Hiking boots
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- T-shirts (quick-drying)
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Sun hat
- Sunscreen (SPF 35+)
- Insect repellent (We strongly recommend NATURAL repellent)
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer
- Personal medication
- Camera and film
- Flashlight with spare batteries (or an eco-friendly option).
AVAILABILITY OF ACCESS TO THE INCA TRAIL
Since 2002, access to the Inca Trail has been limited to 500 people per day (approximately divided between 200 tourists along with 300 guides and porters), regardless of the time of year. This means that it is necessary for everyone to obtain permits in advance to hike the trail.
Obtaining a permit is only possible with an approved tour operator, such as Inkayni Peru Tours, which purchases these daily permits in advance. This means you can only do the Inca Trail with an approved tour company to secure your spot.
Best season for the Inca Trail
Doing the Inca Trail in the month of March is usually a good decision, although it is still within the rainy season, it does not rain too much. This will give you cool days and pleasant temperatures; unlike the months of May, June and July, in these months there is no rain but the days can get a bit stifling and heavy. However, these are the best days to visit Cusco and its surroundings.
- None of the treks include sleeping bags (you can rent one from us), lunch on the last day, entrance tickets “Wayna Picchu” or “Machu Picchu Mountain” and travel insurance.
- Children under 9 years old should not participate in this trek due to the high physical demand.
- All minors taking the Inca Trail tour may participate under the supervision of an adult
At Inkayni Peru Tours we have prepared the best treks and customizable experiences to give you the most unforgettable trekking trips that Cusco and Peru can offer.