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How to Train to Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu



How Train for the Inca Trail by Inti Sun Trek

If you might be wondering how you are gonna get in your best shape for your Inca trail hike?

Here we have the best advice for training for your Inca Trail hike. If you follow the information below, we guarantee that you will have an amazing Inca Trail adventure.

First, Prepare your mind

The success of your trip depends on it. Preparing for a trip could be time consuming, stressful and exhausting. Most likely you might feel like you are not ready enough, fit enough, etc. The fact is that when it comes to traveling, there is not such a thing as being 100% ready. In the words of our former trekker, “You learn best by just doing it. Be mindful of your fears and anxieties. Learn the means to pacify them. But also remember that despite of preparation, imperfect scenarios will still creep in on you.”

In Peru we have a common saying which is “The nature of a wanderer (traveller) is to make their path along the way.” One cannot be in control of everything as we also intent do in our daily lives at home. The fact is that travelling offers us the opportunity to let go the need to control everything.

Your resilience and open-mindedness will be challenged no matter how experienced of a traveller you are. The world is full of differences that you need to embrace. Finally, looking back on your trip, you will be proud of the impact it had on you mentally and physically.


Now, Prepare your body.

In our tours we often have different categories of people. There are those experienced hikers who hit the trails at least once a month, those who hike every once in a while, perhaps a few day hikes a year and maybe some overnight camping trips too. Finally, there are those who have never done anything like this but are willing to try it anyway. And what better opportunity than on your way to Machupicchu?

No matter what category you fall into, consider the following tips:

Get into the countryside or a park often. This will allow your mind and your body to familiarise with the outdoors.

Take a hike. If you are new to hiking, the best way to do this is by walking one to two hours outdoors every weekend.

Build up from there. Gradually, start adding more time to your hikes. If you can walk for a maximum of 3 hours or longer, then you are in a good place to perform well on one of our hikes, including the Inca Trail.

Learn to drink enough water while you hike. Consider drinking 2 litres of water a day, whether you are hiking or at work.

Choose harder hikes every weekend and search for information about hikes that involve climbing. A hike with a 30 minute climb is a really good start. Carry up to 12 pounds in your daypack to speed up your training. Fill up your backpack with weights, snacks, water and books when you go hiking outdoors.

Hit the gym if you can’t make it outdoors.

Start with a 20 minute warm up routine on the elliptical machine, then a 20 minute jog or fast paced walk on the treadmill, and finish your workout with a 10 minute climb on the step master machine. These three elements will get you to a good place. It is better if you do this routine carrying a backpack and gradually adding weights to it. If you can train for a full hour on the step master, then you are ready to climb Machu Picchu.