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Machu Picchu Kit List

A visit to the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail is a feature of many a bucket list. The route is as challenging as it is rewarding, traversing high mountain passes and reaching altitudes of nearly 4,200m along the way to Peru's famous citadel.

EverTrek's team in Peru have been leading trips for 15 years. We've asked them to share their advice and expertise on what to take with you for the best possible experience of this iconic trek.


Base Layers

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Packing multiple base layers will make your trip more comfortable. We recommend bringing a mix of long sleeve base layers and short sleeve base layers as temperatures can vary. Long sleeve base layers can offer protection from the sun, especially at altitudes of 4,000m and above.


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A fleece mid layer to wear over a base layer and underneath a jacket is a key part of any layering system. Your mid layer should be comfortable, easy to move in when worn over your base layer and fit underneath your other base layers.

Walking Trousers

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You will need at least one pair of light hiking trousers, hiking shorts or convertible trousers. While some prefer to wear shorts in hot weather, others may choose to wear full-length trousers to protect against sunburn, insects or scratches. We recommend walking legwear made of quick drying synthetic materials to allow wicking.

Insulated Jacket

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The Andean weather can range from warm and humid during the day, to colder at night. For cooler evenings around camp, an insulated jacket can help keep you warm and comfortable.

Waterproof Jacket

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A light and packable waterproof jacket provides protection from the elements when you need it, without adding too much weight to your pack.


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A set of light thermals to sleep in will keep you comfortable on your trip.


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A light pair of gloves in case of cold weather shouldn’t add too much weight to your pack.

Sun Hat & Warm Hat

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A cap to keep the sun at bay, and a warmer beanie for cooler nights help to keep you comfortable throughout the trip.

Neck Warmer


Neck warmers are incredibly versatile, and can provide warmth on cooler nights, as well as sun protection during the day.


Walking Socks

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Taking multiple pairs of socks will help keep you comfortable day to day. Walking socks will wick away excess moisture from your feet. Heavier weight socks provide cushioning in key areas on long days. It's worth taking lighter socks for the warmer conditions as well. Your footwear must fit comfortably with whatever you choose.

Walking Boots

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You’ll be spending a lot of time in your boots so it’s best to make a choice based on what is most comfortable. Your walking boots need to be comfortable enough to wear for multiple days at a time, with adequate support at the ankle and through the midsole. Test out your boots on a few longer walks before the trip. Your feet can swell after long days of walking, so a little extra room is often better than a tight fit.


Trekking Poles

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Poles can keep you stable on the rough, uneven sections of the trail and for reducing the stress on your joints on long descents.

Head Torch

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A head torch for evenings at camp and early starts is essential. Be sure to pack replacement batteries as well.



Polarized lenses, or sunglasses rated cat 2-4 will help protect your eyes from UV at higher altitudes.

Sleeping Bag

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A warm sleeping bag for nights at higher altitudes will help you get a comfortable night’s sleep. To protect your sleeping bag from dirt, always use a sleeping bag liner. We always recommend taking a sleeping bag liner which will bring added warmth.

Camping Mat

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A sleeping bag will only provide you with a comfortable night’s sleep when paired with a good sleeping mat, which plays a vital role in keeping you insulated from the cold temperatures on the ground.

Day Pack

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Choose a comfortable day pack for carrying extra layers, water, food and daily essentials. For advice on how to select the right pack for you, check out our Backpack Buying Guide.

Duffel Bag

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When travelling with EverTrek, a small duffle bag (around 60L) or a bigger day pack will be needed to take your things up the mountain (you can leave the rest of your things in your suitcase in the hotel).

Dry Bags

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Dry bags can help keep your kit protected from the rain, and organised within your pack.

Other Essentials

  • Sliders/ flip flops for around the camp
  • Casual clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet roll and wipes - essential for the Refuge
  • Water bladder (2 Litres)
  • Diarrhea kit / Medication