Inca trail packing list: Packing for Inca trail


If you have planned your trip to Peru, then you must not miss the glorious Citadel of Machu Picchu and the famous most Inca Trail that leads to the wondrous Machu Picchu remains. In this blog, we will provide you all the necessary information about what and what not to pick while hiking through the Inca Trail. Inca Trail hike is so long and demanding so we must know what to take for Inca Trail Packing List. We will make it easy for you to understand the packing for the Inca trail hike.

early morning breathtaking view of Machu Picchu
Splendid early morning view of Machu Picchu

Inca trail hike packing

Below is the comprehensive guide for the Inca trail hike packing list which will assist to make your trip convenient and free of worry. All the guide is based on immense experience and knowledge we have gained over a certain time.


It’s important to know that unlike Ausangate and Salkantay treks you cannot have an unguided hiking tour to the Inca trail. Licensed and authorized tour agencies can take a guided tour to the Inca trail as per the country law so it’s better and convenient to follow the book and you’re your trip booking with an authorized tour operator.


It must be kept under consideration that the Inca trail is closed for February month due to maintenance work to provide the Inca trail to the tourists in the best-preserved form. It’s better to make bookings accordingly to avoid any kind of inconvenience and irksome experience.

Luggage Capacity:

Well, you won’t be bringing all the luggage you have brought for the entire tour of Peru. Your operator will take care of your hotel accommodation where you will keep your luggage. It’s better to take at least 2 bags for the Inca trail tour. You will carry a backpack and an extra bag supplied by the tour operator. There is a luggage limit as you’ll be provided with professional porters and they can carry a limited amount of luggage so there will be a certain restriction for the quantity of the Inca trail checklist. Almost every touring company allows extra luggage of 6 kg per hiker. Generally, a Duffel bag is provided, you’ll keep all your important and frequently used stuff in your backpack.

Inca trail hike view from day 3
Breathtaking view from Inca trail hike day 3

Essentials for Packing Checklist for the Inca Trail?

Let’s talk about the essential items to be carried by every trekker to have the best adventure, and joyful experience rather than annoying and irksome while trekking to the classic and worldwide famous the Inca Classic Trail.


Don’t forget to grab your original passport with you as it is required for verification at KM82. Any trekker without his/her valid ID verification won’t be allowed to proceed as per the clearly stated policy. So, take your original passport with you to avoid inconvenience and annoyance.

Hiking Gear: 

On a difficulty scale, the Inca trail stands at an intermediate level because it retains high altitude along with narrow and steep passes which can lead to exhaustion for inexperienced trekkers. Temperature fluctuation might be challenging for some also. Make sure to take the best hiking gear with you to make your trek trip comfortable. Backpack size must be good enough to accommodate all the necessary things easily.

  • Proper hiking shoes/boots.
  • Hiking poles (especially if you are inexperienced or infrequent trekker)
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag


The classic Inca trail trekking is a four day and three-night daring journey in the Andean mountains, situated a few kilometers away from the Cusco city. All the participants should prepare to deal with the weather. In addition, here are a few pro tips which will be very useful during the journey.

  • 3-4 sports T-shirts/vests for hiking
  • 1-2 pairs of lightweight trekking trousers
  • 2 T-shirts/shirts to change into at the campsite
  • 1-2 long/full sleeves shirts
  • 1 lightweight fleece or jacket
  • 3-4 pairs of sports/trekking socks
  • 3-4 pairs of undergarments.
  • 1 pair of sandals or slippers to use at campsites (to rest your boot-ridden feet)

Weather Protection:

It is very important to have safety measures as per the weather conditions at such a high altitude. The sunlight could be pungent in such heights and the wind conditions therefore proper gear selection is necessary to avoid inconvenience. Don’t forget to bring the following things.

  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Neck scarf (protects against winds, dust, and the sun as well)


You don’t want to regret not having:

  • A toothbrush.
  • Face Cleanser/baby wipes.
  • Hand-sanitizer.
  • Dry soap/shampoo.
  • Tissue paper roll.
  • Bug Spray
  • Deodorant.


What else you shouldn’t forget?

  • Basic first aid
  • Blister pads
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Water bottle
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Hiking Shoes/Boots (To provide best ankle cushioning)
  • Camera (to capture the memories)
  • Power bank (to keep your devices charged)
  • Take GPS enabled devices with you.

Do take all the above-mentioned things and you are good to go to the Inca trail hike. Contact Camina Los Andes and we will provide you small group guided tour to provide you with the best and unforgettable experience.

We the Camina Los Andes will provide you with the best service to make your trip special and memorable.