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Inca Trail Adventure: Some Frequently Asked Questions


Here at Abbey Travel, one of our favourite adventure holidays is the Inca Trail in Peru. We get asked lots of questions about the Trail, so we have decided to dedicate a blog post to answering some of your most frequently asked questions.


When is the best time to go?

The Inca Trail is always a breath-taking trip but we would recommend going between May and September. This is especially true for those who have never trekked before – there would be nothing worse than a newbie trekking during wet season! Be sure to plan as far in advance as possible as tours fill up very quickly.

What should I pack?

We have been many times and, over the years, we have learned the hard way about what to bring and what we should leave at home. Lucky for you, we are willing to share our wisdom!

A common mistake when going on the Inca Trail is bringing far too much stuff. Here is the Abbey Travel essentials list:

- A backpack that you can carry with you during the day
- A water bottle
- A sleeping bag
- A flashlight
- Hiking shoes
- Three thermal base layers
- A jumper
- A fleece
- A waterproof jacket 
- 2 lightwear hiking trousers
- Underwear
- 4 pairs of socks
- A quickdrying travel towel
- Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat
- Passport
- Money
- Personal items such as toothbrush
- Hand sanitiser

How physically fit do I need to be?

The Inca Trail is about 42km (25 miles) long and is classified as a “moderate” trek. Of course the fitter you are, the easier you will find it. Trekkers tend to find the first day the most difficult. Our advice would be to engage in regular exercise in the few months leading up to your trip. It will definitely go towards making the experience more enjoyable.

Lots of people worry about having to carry their luggage during the trek. There are porters available to carry trekkers’ luggage which is included in our tours. We recommend that trekkers make use of this service, particularly if it is your first trek.

What are the chances of me suffering from altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness tends to be something which is overlooked by many. Here at Abbey Travel, our nine day Inca Trail package means that you have two days to acclimatise to the altitude in Cuzco, which stands at around 3400 metres about sea level. This acclimatisation period is usually enough to ensure most people escape altitude sickness. The good news is that severe altitude sickness is rare.


Book Your Inca Trail Adventure trail today!


Why waste any time? Book your Inca Trail adventure with us today. If there is one thing we can guarantee, it is that it will be a holiday of a lifetime! 

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