Hike the complete inca trail, or the moonstone trek Peru: Many people think that trail starting at the km 82 is the complete inca trail; but that is only secondary trail connecting to the sacred trail at about dead woman pass on the second day. How about the other part? There is a large important section of the inca trail that is ignored by many of tour operator and tours guides. We, as local guides offer you to be part of the few people that can make the complete inca trail to machu picchu that was considered sacred. I would say that, by doing the entire trail, you can feel and understand the mystery of the inca culture. The trail can start in Zurite, but some people are starting in Killarumiyoc, or the moonstone, reason by which they name it moonstone trek peru, but only few programs can connect to the traditional 4days inca trail, The trail leads by impressive landscapes, where you can absolutely be involved in a quiet and pure nature, lots of glacier lakes, blue color mounts, white mountains that they look as snow mounts. The trek gives you the opportunity to skip from the crowds, it is a combo inca trail trek that brings you to see the first part and connect to the traditional inca trail. Either you want start at the moon temple: moonstone trek, or from Zurite, we’ll make sure you enjoy the hike, satisfaction is guaranteed with us!
Complete Inca Trail:daily departures, available in private service.
Day 01: Day 01: Zurite – Yanacocha. Early morning we pass through your hotel and transfer you to the trek start point Zurite 3322m. It is about 50 minutes of journey by an asphalted route, where we will meet our muleteers who are quechua speaking (Native Peruvian Language). the at the beginning of our hike we pass through inca terraces for farming corns and potatoes, on the also we will see a carved rock that has been used as shrine, then we’ll continue through eucalyptus forest, while we go higher the scenery will be more panoramic, the trail goes up hill, after 3.5 hours we will arrive to a place named llama-cancha “llama fence” (fence where in a rock a llama head was painted by the inka artists. At a distance we will see snowcapped mounts such as: Salkantay, Wak´ay huillca “veronica” chicon and Ausangate. Then after an hour we’ll pass the high pint of the day 4300m, then walk a little downhill, nearby a stream we will lunch. after lunch there are about 3 more hours of hike to the camp site, the trails disappears only, our expert guides knows which way to follow, we will arrive to haunt pampa (big flat) surrounded by beautiful mountains and arrive at the Yanacocha lake. Reason for legends and considered holly by the villagers, we’ll camp at about 4,200masl.
(Trek difficulty: Challenge. Total distance: 12km. Estimated walking time: 7 – 8 hours).
Day 02: Yanacocha – Kenqo mayu – Ancascocha: All our trekking in cusco area are nice, but this is just different, this day we will wake at around 6 in the morning and have breakfast, we will start with a gentle uphill by an old and non-used trail, we summit the CCara Cruz pass which is over 4600m at about one hour and a half form the camp, it offer a great view of mountains, also nice section as the first day, but more colorful mountains, where we have a wide view, mounts and valleys, even the Apurimac canyon, along the trail we can see cara cara eagles, herons, torrent ducks, the andean fox and if we are lucky we may see condors. After about an hour and so we arrive to qenqo mayu “Switchbacks River” where we will have lunch, then we find a well preserved wide inca trail, using this trail we walk on a gentle path that leads uphill, after about 3 hours we arrive to a little plateau in the middle of reddish mounts, we will spend the night over 4000m.
(Trek Difficulty: Challenge. Total distance: 12 km. Estimated walking time: 8 hours).
Day 03: Ancascocha – Wayanay Pass – Qhesca: A beautiful view inspires the day, it start with a gentle uphill trail that gradually tends in serious uphill for about an hour, the inca trail is well preserved, in some parts the foundation of it is about 3meters deep, the inca trail continues towards the wayanay pass which is at 4600m, before the summit we appreciate the view of the ancascocha lake which is formed by glacier water, the summit looks closer and closer at every step. It is a good spot for a break and have lunch, after lunch we hill have time for siesta and walk around in a land with wide view. The trail continues downhill and we will arrive to a place home of bull farmers and camp over 3900m.
(Trek Difficulty: Challenge. Total distance: 10 km. Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours).
Day 4: Qhesca – Paucar cancha – Ayapata: After breakfast we descend in to the Huayllabamba valley, the trail follows path of local’s shepherds, while lower elevation local trees are coming out, we walk banking a stream, and on the trail we may see some farmers that they walk long distances to grow potatoes. Once we reach the valley we will stop at a nice inca trail named paucarcancha, we will lunch at the vicinity. From lunch we walk to huayllabamba “300m”. At this point parth of our team “the muleteers” will return to their home and instead we have porters “people who will carry the equipment). At this point we meet the second day of the traditional four days of inca trail to machu picchu, we get registered at the official control and walk uphill to the camp which is at one hour and a half, the place has toilet fascilities, at arrival we set out tents and spend the night in the middle of nature.
(Trek Difficulty: Gentle. Total distance: 12 km. Estimated walking time: 7 – 8 hours).
Day 5: Ayapata – Deat womans pass – Pacasmayu: The trail has several stairs from the beginning to the end. From here the trail goes through a forest and we will walk along many stairs and next to a clear water stream which is said to provide magic energy to hikers. After walking approximately 2 hours we will arrive at Llulluchapampa (3800m/12,467ft). Llulluchapampa is the “Nostoc land” algae that grow in the highland lakes. The walk is challenging but when you arrive you will be rewarded by the sight of breathtaking mountains and finally you will see the impressive summit up close. After a break we will continue hiking on the subalpine section to reach the highest point of the Inca trail Warmywañusca pass “Dead Woman pass“(4215m/13.828ft). The summit is simply amazing because from this height you will see a wide range of mountain tops and cloud forest vegetation including the world’s highest cloud forest and the flora and fauna which is living at (3800m/12.467ft). After taking a break for photos on the summit we descend to our camp. The trail here is stone paved and well preserved; many bushes and flowers decorate the trail to the camp at Pacasmayu “hidden river” (3650m/11.975ft). We will arrive to the camp at around 14:00 hours after 2 hours of downhill hiking. We then enjoy a well-deserved lunch and have the rest of the afternoon free for relaxing at our camp.
(Trek Difficulty: Challenge Hard. Total distance: 7 km. Estimated walking time: 6 hours).
Day 6: Pacasmayu – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñayhuayna: We begin an uphill path which leads to an old Inca trail that climbs steeply up the opposite side of the valley towards the second pass. About halfway up, there is a small round roofless enclosure known as Runcuracay (3790m/12,434ft), after visiting this building we continue the trail by climbing towards the highest pass “Runcuracay Pass” (3900m/12,795ft). This summit offers the hiker a panoramic view of mountains and valleys. From this point the trail goes downhill for about 1.5 hours then we arrive to Sayacmarca “Town in a Steep Place” (3650m/11,975ft). This town is on a rocky promontory overlooking a large valley and the Inca trail and is accessible only by a single narrow stone staircase, the trail descends into a lush cloud forest. This is one of the most fascinating parts of the trail and it is also one of the easiest to walk. After 15 minutes we arrive at Chaquicocha “dry lake” where we stop for lunch. From lunch continuing we arrive in to an interesting Inca tunnel carved into a granite mount slope. After a couple more kilometers we will arrive at the third pass named Phuyupatamarca “Cloud-level Town” (3650m/11,975ft). This site enjoys panoramic views over the Urumbamba River snaking its way through a lush green valley, it has rectangular structures and several water fountains fed by spring water. Below the trail is all downhill, ahead there is a spirals stairway that amazes everyone, it descends steeply towards Wiñayhuayna, “Forever Young” (2650m/8,694ft) which is another very interesting Inca site with waterfall views. Upon arrival our tents will be ready and you can rest in your tent before dinner.
(Trek Difficulty: Challenge. Total distance: 15 km “5.56 miles”. Estimated walking time: 8 -9 hours).
Day 7: Wiñayhuayna Machu Picchu – Cusco: The final section of the magical sacred Inca trail from Wiñayhuayna to Intipunku is an easy hike. We walk along a broad level path which winds lazily through scrub and light woodland with colorful butterflies fluttering across the trail. After no more than an hour, the trail comes to a narrow flight of stone steps leading upwards into a small stone structure with a grass floor a few meters square. This is Intipunku “Gateway of the Sun” (2720m/8,923ft) where the trail passes through a rectangular doorway and you finally get a glimpse of Machu Picchu, the magical city of the Incas. From here the pathway leads down a steep slope to Machu Picchu and we arrive at the site after another hour of walking. On arrival it is necessary to ‘check out’ of the Inca trail and then ‘check in’ at Machu Picchu (2400m/7,874ft). A visit to Machu Picchu usually takes about two hours and after this guided tour you’ll have free time for further exploration of the site. You may wish to explore the Inca bridge which is a gentle 30 minute walk. Finally you will need to catch a bus to Aguas Calientes “Machu Picchu Town” (2000m/6561ft) where the train station is located. Please ensure that you are at the train station 30 minutes before your train departure. When you arrive at Ollantaytambo train station in 1.4 hours, then our personnel will be waiting to drive you back Cusco city in our private transport arriving after 1.4 hours where our fantastic serviceof complete inca trail or moonstone trrek ends. (book this tour as sacred inca trail).
(Trek Difficulty: Gentle. Total distance: 6 km “3.28 miles” Train Ride: 1.4 hours).