The Inca trail is not for the feint of heart.
Its narrow passages, rolling terrain and winding paths challenge even the most experienced hikers. But there’s something more about these trails. Not just a hiking experience, the Inca trails are a spiritual experience. And Henrry is as intimately familiar with the curves and dips in the terrain as he is with the mystical stories behind this sacred trail.
Trekkers can choose one of three paths: the Mollepata, Classic or One Day hikes. Mollepata is the longest trail beginning at Cusco and terminating at the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. As you trek to an altitude of 13,800 feet, you will pass through cloud forests, alpine tundra and a series of Incan ruins, each with its own mystical past.
The Classic trail originates at a spot on the Urubamba River and proceeds to the Incan ruins of Patallaqta (settlement on a platform), an area of great religious, agricultural and military significance. From there the winding trail will take you above the Kusichaka River and then onto Warmi Wanusqa (“Dead Womans Pass”) and a bevy of Polylepsis trees and then onto Lake Quchapata and the magnificent view of Urubamba and Aobamba valleys at Qunchamarka. The hike terminates at the Macu Picchu Sun Gate.
On a One Day tour, you will pass Incan ruins throughout, each with its own story, and move on to cross wooden bridges, enjoy wonderful panoramic views and observe roaming llamas. As in the others, this hike will terminate at the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu.
Hiking the Inca Trail is a once in a lifetime experience that you will, indeed, remember for the rest of your life.