Packing list for hiking to Machu Picchu

This packing list is for conditions in April/May. For a 4 day hike you may want to bring the following:

HIKING BASICS

  •  1x Hiking backpack: Deuter ACT Trail Pro 32l was perfect to have all your layers, an emergency snack and water for the day for 2 people.
  • 1x Hiking boots 

STAY WARM AND DRY WITH FUNCTIONAL LAYERS

  •  1x Rain jacket: We like brands with cute animal names, such as the Marmot Minimalist Goretex rain jacket.
  • 1x rain poncho: it will cost you 5 soles in Cusco
  • 1x Compressible down jacket: An easily compressible down jacket does wonders when it is cold at night or windy on the mountain pass. The Patagonia down sweater hoody is a keeper.
  • 2x thin long sleeve baselayers: Both Arcterys Rho or Patagonia Capilene are excellent choices
  • 2x mid layers: 
  • 2x long hiking pants
  • 1x long underwear / leggings
  • 3-4x hiking sock pairs (pro-tip: double socks keep you warm at night)
  • 4x underwear

SLEEP

  • 1x insulated sleeping bag that will keep you warm even in -5-0 degrees C at night
  • 1x inlay for your sleeping bag

SUPER USEFUL

  • 1x flashlight and/or head-lamp
  • 1x hat 
  • 1x gloves
  • 1x walking sticks
  • 1.5-2l  of refillable water-bottles
  • camera to capture your moments

TOILETRIES 

  • 1x toothbrush and toothpaste
  • 1x sunscreen (30-50 depending on your preference)
  • 1x anti-bacterial hand sanitizer
  • 1x toilet paper

MEDICAL PACK

  • bandaids and blister tape
  • high altitude sickness medicine
  • pain killers: ibuprofen / paracetamol (no aspirin! it is not recommended at high altitude)
  • Anti – diarrhea pills
  • Muscle rub cream for sore muscles
  • Personal medication as needed

HANDY GADGETS

  • 1x power bank to recharge your phone or camera

HELPING LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Many people bring chocolates or other sweets as presents on travel. Our guide suggested to rather bring things for the porters’ families and kids, e.g. writing pads or coloring pencils.

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