Cachicata Trek & Short Inca Trail

Trek Details:


  • Hike Distance:  .46km / 29 miles
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Duration: 5 days/4    nights
  • Highest point: Sikllakasa  pass 15200 ft / 4700 m
  • Elevation Gain: 6,000 ft / 1900 meters
  • Weather: See below
  • Seasons: All year round. 
  • Hike Trail Map:   See below
  • Cusco drive time to starting point: 3hr 15min+
  • Town Nearest Hike: Urubamba
  • Beauty:   Paramo, Puna, Glacier lakes,  Vilcabamba mountain range views, scenic trail, Grassland area, local villages, wildlife: prairie horses and dogs, Vizcachas and  Andean foxes, Spectacled bear, Dwarfed deer. Birds; Condor, torrent tyranulett, black-chested buzzard-eagle, Chiguanco thrush, hummingbirds.
  • Activities:   Hiking trail, archaeological site tours, nature and Andean community visits.



  • Professional, bilingual Tour Guide
  • Collection from hotel
  • Return transportation (bus to start of trail plus tourist train back to Ollantaytambo and transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco)**
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu and the  Short Inca Trail
  • 1 one way bus tickets Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on day 4, and 1 round trip ticket Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back to Aguas Calientes on day 5.
  • Meals throughout the tour. (breakfast on the first day, and  lunch on the fifth day in Aguas Calientes town are not included).  
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Cook
  • 2 person  tents
  • Basic foam sleeping pads 
  • Porters, Horsemen and mules to carry food, cooking and camping equipment only. *
  • Extra oxygen
  • First Aid kit
  • Vegetarian/special diet options available upon request

*Important!!! Our porters carry cooking and camping equipment only. YOU NEED to hire an EXTRA PORTER if you don’t wish to carry your own belongings on the trail. We recommend this as the best thing to do when booking a tour with us.

There is no such thing as a ‘free porter’. Companies that offer this complimentary service are usually engaging in exploitative practices that force porters to carry extra unpaid weight. Do not fall for of this fishy marketing scheme.