Essential Machu Picchu Equipment List
We will trek to Machu Picchu via the rarely visited Tomacaya route which climbs over the Tocto Pass taking you to an altitude of 4900m!
The Tomacaya route is known as the quieter and more remote route and approaches Machu Picchu from the opposite direction to the Inca Trail. This means you will see less people and be sleeping in small camps giving a much more intimate feeling with the mountains.
Below is our essential packing list, specifically designed for our trip to make sure you have everything you need.
While travelling to Peru you can pack everything you need including your duffel bag and daypack into a normal suitcase to make travelling easier. When you start the trek everything you don’t need can be left in the suitcase and safely locked away ready for your triumphant return.
So, here is the list!
Duffel bag – We recommend an 80l to 100l duffel bag to carry the bulk of your trekking kit.
Day pack – A hiking backpack to carry your daily essentials, 25l to 30l combined with a hydration bladder.
A 3 to 4 season sleeping bag, anything with a rating of 0 to -10c will be more than adequate for Machu Picchu.
A blow-up sleeping mat for your nights in the tent, we like the Thermarest brand as they are light, pack small and designed to retain heat. We also recommend packing a hand or battery pump to save those breaths while at altitude!
Hiking Boots - You will need a good pair of hiking boots which are well worn in and comfortable. The EvertTrek Yeti’s are fond of the brands Meindl, Scarpa, La Sportiva, Salamon and Salewa.
We also recommend bringing a pair of lightweight trainers for wearing around camp after a long day’s hiking. These are also great for throwing on quickly if nature calls during the night.
Trekking Trousers – 2 pairs of lightweight trekking trousers, the Machu Picchu trek can experience hot temperatures so convertible trousers are a good choice for those who like to trek in shorts.
Base Layer – 2 to 4 base layers, tight to your skin and sweat wicking materials are ideal, a good base layer will keep you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold. At the higher end you will have Merino Wool base layers which we highly recommend although any base layer from brands such as Rab, Berghaus, Montane and Ice Breaker will be suitable.
Mid Layer / Outer Layer – The morning and evenings on the Tomacaya Trek can be cold so packing a lightweight fleece and down jacket is a smart way to keep yourself warm without adding too much extra weight.
Underpants and Socks x 3 each – We recommend Merino Wool or Bamboo trekking undercrackers, this is very important as it will help avoid chafing sores and stay “fresh” for multiple wears during your trek.
Sports Bra x 2 - Added support and comfort while trekking, much more comfortable than an underwire bra and will help avoid chafing. Our Yeti’s like Under Armour in particular.
Waterproof Jacket – It is always possible that during your trek to Machu Picchu you will get rain, so a lightweight Gore-Tex or similar jacket is essential. This will also act as a wind stopper jacket and is nice to throw on when you stop for lunch.
Waterproof Trousers – A lightweight pair of Gore-Tex or similar over-trousers to put on over your trekking trousers.
Sun Hat – either a wide brim hat or baseball cap to keep the sun off your head and face.
Beanie Hat – For the morning and evenings when the temperature drops.
Sunglasses – Essential item for keeping your eyes safe in the bright glaring sun. We recommend good UV protection glasses.
Neck Buff – Very versatile item, great for keeping your neck, head and face warm out away from the sun and dust.
Headlamp – For moving around camp at night and finding things in your tent when the sun goes down.
Gloves x 2 – A lightweight liner pair of gloves and a thicker insulated pair of gloves.
Trekking Poles – These are great and very helpful for the steep trails, making the climbs easier and taking a lot of the pressure off your knees on the descents.
First Aid Kit – Although our guides carry a full first aid kit we do recommend bringing a small personal kit containing any personal medications, blister tape, headache pills and electrolyte tablets. We’d also recommend bringing any sanitary items you may need for the trek.
Sunscreen – If I could offer you one piece of advice, wear sunscreen.
Wet wipes – For a cheeky tent wash.
Small trekking towel – For a cheeky tent dry.
Zip lock bags – To carry the used wet wipes & tissues ready for disposal at the end of the trek.
Ear Plugs – Tents are not good at blocking out snoring.
Snacks - we always recommend bringing something that will give you a boost when you are flagging, be it Haribo, energy gels or protein bars - whatever will help get you through!
As always, if you ever have any questions or want further advice about what to pack for your trek - just drop us an email - email@example.com.