How fit do you need to be to hike the Inca Trail?

How do I get in shape to hike the Inca Trail?

Cardio or aerobic exercises is the number one area to focus on when you are training for the Inca trail because a strong cardiovascular system can process oxygen at a better rate. Each day you work out should involve cardio. We would typically do cardio with abs or light weight lifting and stair steps.

How hard is it to hike the Inca Trail?

1) How difficult is the Inca Trail? The Classic Inca Trail Route difficulty is considered a moderate level hike. If you are hiking the Classic Inca Trail Route you will hike 26 miles over four days at an elevation nearing 13,828 feet (4,215 meters). The longest day you can expect to hike is around 10 hours.

Can you hike the Inca Trail if you are afraid of heights?

I have taken plenty of people with fear of heights/falling on the trail. The local guides are generally excellent at helping people, just make sure you let them know your fear. Narrowest bit of the path is about two abreast. There are places where there are big drops but the path is good, so walk on the inside.

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Do you need to train for the Inca Trail?

Putting in at least four days a week training is essential. Walking in the hills, rocky terrain or just up and down steps, will give you the best chance of enjoying your journey. You do not want to just endure the Inca Trail, you want to enjoy it!

Can you hike the Inca Trail alone?

It’s Official: You Can’t Hike the Classic Inca Trail Without a Guide. The official Inca Trail regulations, as laid down by Peru’s Ministry of Tourism (MINCETUR), state that anyone walking the trail must be accompanied by an officially registered tour guide in an organized group. This has been the case since 2001.

What do you wear to hike the Inca Trail?

As mentioned, the best way to pack your clothes for the Inca Trail is in layers.

  • Underwear and base layers. For ladies advisable bring a pair of sport bras.
  • 3 short sleeve shirts.
  • 1 long sleeve shirt. …
  • 1-2 hiking or comfortable trousers and shorts. …
  • Warm jacket. …
  • Rain gear/poncho.