(10 days)
april 17-26
May 15-24
may 27-june 6
july 24-august 2
august 21-30
september 4-13
October 9-18

Seeing Machu Picchu in person is on every hiker's bucket list!  This is a special trip for women only.  The group will be led by a team of all-female guide and porters from the Quechua community.  Joining us on this journey means supporting women trail leaders of Peru and the local economy.  Plus, this is an off the beaten path that will take you to Machu Picchu with lesser crowd and a more intimate experience with mother nature in the gorgeous Andes mountains.  The trek allows you to camp in the wilderness, soak in the hot spring of Aguas Caliente, visit Machu Picchu over a period of two days, and do the climb up Huayna Picchu for an incredible bird's eye view of the ruins.  You also spend time walking in the old part of Lima and visit the beautiful town of Cusco and the Sacred Valley.


As a finale, we  will take you to an actual mountain community, Huilloc Alto, above the quaint town of Ollantaytambo for a day visit to meet some of the porters, their wives who are weavers and their children.  Huilloc Alto recently opened its doors to tourism and is known to be the place where the original porters came from who are the core foundation of the trekking tourism industry in Cusco.  We will learn more about their culture, history and daily lives and directly interact with the weavers who still to this day create textile products by hand.  Oftentimes, on a trek, we do now get a chance to immerse ourselves with the Quechua culture and community, and especially lack the opportunity to get to know the porters and their lives. At Peak Explorations, we believe the Quechua people are as much of a cultural heritage as the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu as their lives are intertwined closely with the Andes and the history of this part of the world.

Our trek is operated by our local partner, Evolution Treks Peru.  As partners, we are creating new best practices for the treatment of porters in the Cusco region and decolonizing the the trekking tourism industry.  

meet our women trail leaders


DAY 1 - Arrive in Lima

Stay overnight in a hotel in Lima.


Lima City Tour

Overnight in Lima


Fly out to Cusco. Walking city tour of Cusco. Visit to local market and Qoricancha temple.

Overnight in Cusco


Sacred Valley Tour 

Overnight in Cusco


Day 1 of the Huchuy - Qosqo Trail.  Cusco - Tambomachay - Qenko - Huchuy Qosqo.


Day 2 of Huchuy - Qosqo Trail. Huchuy Qosqo - Lamay - Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo.

Overnight in Ollantaytambo


Day 3 of Huchuy - Qosqo Trail. Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.


Day 4 of Huchuy - Qosqo Trail. Aguas Caliente to Machupicchu.  

Optional hike of Huayna Picchu.

Return to Ollantaytambo where we spend the night.


Visit Huilloc Alto to meet the Quechua community (porters and their families).

Drive to Cusco in the evening where we spend the night

DAY 10

Fly home.

For the daily hike itinerary, see TREK SUMMARY.


This trek is STRENUOUS given the high altitude, the possible low temperatures, the early start times for each day. 

You must be physically fit, in good health, and preferably with recent backpacking/hiking experience.

​NOTE: Consulting with your doctor prior to joining the trip is recommended.  It is highly suggested that you familiarize yourself with the hazards and risks of high altitude trekking.   A completed & signed Liability Waiver form and travel insurance to cover 100% trip cost, emergency medical and evacuation are REQUIRED to join this trip.  After completing your trip booking and deposit, you will be required to purchase the required travel insurance by the trip balance due date.  Failure to obtain adequate travel insurance will result in cancellation of your booking and loss of trip deposit.

PRICE: $ 2495

Early bird promotion:

Book by November 15, 2019 for any of our 2020 dates and get $100 off.


$80 for tent single supplement

$360 for 6 nights hotel single supplement

Balance is due 30 days before departure.

Please read the TERMS & CONDITIONS and LIABILITY WAIVER before booking.  Click on Book Now below to book.

Airport pick up and drop-off to and from hotel
Shared accommodations In Lima, Cusco, Ollantaytambo & Aguas Caliente

Note: Hostel to be used in Aguas Calientes has hot showers + private bath+ breakfast or another similar; this can be upgraded, if desired.  

Service of a professional bilingual tour guide and assistant guide.
City Tour of Lima & Cusco
Sacred Valley Tour

● Day visit to Huilloc Alto (with lunch, shaman ceremony, plant medicine lecture, weaving demonstration)
Service of porter (to carry group gear and equipment)
●Transport: Cusco-Tambomachay, Lamay-Ollantaytambo, Ollantaytambo train to hotel; Ollantaytambo  to Huilloc Alto; Huilloc Alto to Cusco

●Train Ollantaytambo-KM104 and Aguas Calientes to Ollantyatambo.

● Round trip Bus ticket to/ from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town.
Train and bus back to Cusco after trek
Water during the trek
Duffel bag for your personal items (to be carried by porter)
Permits and entry fees for Inca Trail and Machupicchu
All meals during the trek (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and snacks throughout the day) 
(Note: Breakfast on day 1 and lunch in Aguas Caliente are not included)
Dining tent with tables and chairs
2 person tent and basic sleeping mat
Oxygen bottles & first aid kit for emergencies
Government Tax, office service charge and booking fees

International airfare & Lima to Cusco r/t; travel, medical & emergency evacuation insurance; meals in Lima, Cusco and during Sacred Valley tour; tips; entrances fees during city and Sacred Valley tours; and all other personal expenses. 


Wayna Picchu entry fee: $80
Service of 1 porter (can be shared by 2 people): $320
Service of half porter (up to 7 kilos or 15 pounds): $160
Single Tent supplement: $80

Gear Rental:
Sleeping bag: $70
Walking Sticks: $50
Inflatable Mattress: $60

International flights are excluded.  Clients must book their own flights and send a copy of their flight itinerary by e-mail to no later than the trip balance due date.

After making a deposit, you are required to obtain appropriate travel insurance through Travel Guard or other insurance of your choice that should cover at a minimum 100% of the trip cost (land & air), emergency medical and evacuation for high altitude trekking of up to 5000 meters.  Proof of travel insurance must be provided via electronic mail to no later than the trip balance due date.  Failure to obtain travel insurance by the trip balance due date will result in cancellation and no refund of your trip deposit and/or applicable cancellation fees as noted in the Terms & Conditions.

Note: If you opt to buy your insurance from a company other than Travel Guard, please ensure that the insurance you purchase covers high altitude trekking as there are only a select number of companies that provide such type of coverage.


Please check ahead of time as to the visa requirements for the country of your choosing.  You are responsible for securing your own visa, if required.


Upon booking, you will receive trip notes that include the recommended gear list and  specific trek information.


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Arlington VA 22204 USA


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