During the Alternative Trek or Inca Trail to Machu Picchu your main luggage will be stored in Cusco. You will receive a small duffle bag on the evening before your trek at the briefing. You can pack your clothes and sleeping bag for 3-4 days. Your team of porters or horse (depending on trek) will carry these bags together with the food and equipment for the trail. Please note that you will not have access to these items until the end of each day as the porters will always be ahead of the group. It is advisable to carry your day pack containing your personal belongings such as your camera, water and sun screen etc. By Peruvian law the duffle bag must not weigh more than 7 kilograms (14lbs) this limit is set to protect the health of the porters and animals. All bags will be weighed before being accepted. If you require more than 7 kilograms, it will then be your responsibility to carry the extra weight with your day pack.
Please Note: This packing list is only for 3, 4, 5, 7, & 9 Day Treks.
PASSPORT: You MUST take your original passport, a photocopy is not sufficient. (Keep it in a plastic bag in case of rain).
SLEEPING BAGS: You will need a good warm sleeping bag for the Inca Trail trek. Where possible we recommend you bring your own sleeping bag, however adequate ones can be rented from SAM Travel for US$20 per person per trek, that are guaranteed to be warm, clean and have a liner. If you are planning to purchase a bag it is a good idea to purchase a four season (or -10) bag is recommended for the winter months. At other times you will probably be fine in a 3 season (or -4/-5) bag although this depends on how much you feel the cold and is given as a guideline only.
INFLATABLE MATTRESSES: It is recommended to have an inflatable mattress for comfort but not required. SAM Travel Peru thick foam mattresses are included in the package price. If you would like to rent an inflatable high quality Therma-rest- mattress, we have them available to rent for $20 per person per trek.
WALKING POLES: It is highly recommended that you have walking poles for your trek. SAM Travel Peru has professional expandable poles available to rent for $15 a pair, per person per trek.
WATERPROOF, WELL WORN-IN WALKING BOOTS: Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential. Whatever you wear on your feet the most important thing is comfort. It is vital to ensure your boots are well worn in and lightweight. Ankle support and waterproofing is recommended but if you already have something comfortable with good grip then don’t go rushing out to buy new boots – you are better off with your well-worn in pair!
WATERPROOF CLOTHING: A plastic poncho is recommended and can be purchased locally for approximately US$1. Some trekkers also like to bring waterproof trousers, however a poncho will usually be sufficient if it covers your bag, body and most of your legs.
SMALL LIGHTWEIGHT UMBRELLA: Light umbrellas which pack away to almost nothing can be useful to protect from drizzle.
PLASTIC BAGS: to keep your belongings and clothes dry (wrap everything in plastic bags).
TOILET PAPER: Most important! Also small plastic bags for rubbish which can then be thrown in the main rubbish bag provided by the porters.
SMALL TOWEL AND BASIC PERSONAL TOILETRIES: There are showers available at the campsite on the third night. Bring travel size shampoo and shower gel if you would like to use it, plus wet wipes for the rest of the trek.
WATER BOTTLE: bring one large (1.5 liter) or two or three small water bottles that can be refilled on the trail with boiled water, which will be supplied when possible.
WARM CLOTHING FOR THE NIGHT TIME: Fleece, long pants, woolen hat, gloves.
THERMAL UNDERWEAR: If trekking in winter or you tend to feel the cold easily.
WALKING CLOTHING – YOU NEED TO LAYER UP: e.g. zip off trousers, fleece, T-shirts.
PERSONAL MEDICATION AND BASIC FIRST AID KIT: Band aids, Imodium, Panadol, rehydration salts, and any other medication prescribed by your doctor.
CAMERA AND SPARE BATTERIES, MEMORY CARDS OR FILM: Please note: there are no electrical outlets on the Inca Trail so make sure you fully charge up/or have spare batteries!
SNACKS: Chocolates, chips, crackers, granola bars, or energy bars etc. Additional snacks are provided during the trek but you may like to bring one or two extras just in case.
TORCH (FLASH-LIGHT): (Very Important) and spare batteries.
FOR THE SUN: Sunscreen, sunglasses and sunhat
TROPICAL STRENGTH: Insect repellant
ANTISEPTIC HAND GEL
SWIMWEAR FOR AGUAS CALIENTES HOT POOLS: Towels can be rented for 3 soles.
FLIP FLOPS / THONGS / SANDALS: If you wish to have a shower on the third night.
Please visit the Inca Trail Trek or Alternative trek to Machu Picchu PROGRAM page for more information about each trek and if you are looking for the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, visit this page for information on securing Inca Trail Permits.
SAM Travel Peru Team!!