Inca Trail F.A.Q - PLEASE read before posting!

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Inca Trail F.A.Q - PLEASE read before posting!

Postby steve » Thu May 10, 2007 5:58 pm

Hey everyone,

Watering Hole members have had a lot to say about the Inca Trail! Before you post a new topic please scan this list to see if the subject is already being discussed. Feel free to ask additional questions or share your opinions and expertise with others, but please add to an existing topic. If you're subject isn't being discussed then by all means create a new topic ... but I think we have the sleeping bag rental thing pretty much covered! :shock:

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Re: Inca Trail F.A.Q - PLEASE read before posting!

Postby gulina » Thu Apr 15, 2010 1:01 am

I understand washroom facilities are sparse on the Inca Trail, but how sparse is sparse!? I guess there are no flush tolilets, and you may not get hot showers, but do you get to wash at all!? Just wanting to be prepared! thanks. Angela
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Re: Inca Trail F.A.Q - PLEASE read before posting!

Postby klm500 » Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:32 am

Hi
There are toilets at all the campsites and at lunchstops etc. on route. They were fine...a bit smelly by the next morning after everyone has spent the night there but not too bad! There are no showers until the final night when you can pay for a hot shower if you want one (there was a bit of a queue but it was so worth it!) However, every morning the porters bring you each a bowl of hot water so you can wash then. I took wet wipes too which were really good for getting off dirt etc!
Hope that helps.
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Re: Inca Trail F.A.Q - PLEASE read before posting!

Postby gulina » Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:04 am

Thanks! Yes I always carry wipes on me since this H1N1 situation! Are the bowls of water private or communal? Thanks again! Angela
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Re: Inca Trail F.A.Q - PLEASE read before posting!

Postby klm500 » Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:13 pm

Private. They bring them to the door of your tent in the morning (along with a cup of coca leaf tea ugh...).
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Re: Inca Trail F.A.Q - PLEASE read before posting!

Postby ballu » Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:53 pm

My experience was the same as klm500's...while hiking if you have to go, you have to find a bush, but there will be toilets at camp. Bring a flashlight (headlamp is best as it's hands-free) and your own toilet paper.
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Re: Inca Trail F.A.Q - PLEASE read before posting!

Postby j_dcmc » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:09 am

Hi Everyone,

Quick question on the tents/camping arrangements. If one is travelling solo, is there an option for a single tent?

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Re: Inca Trail F.A.Q - PLEASE read before posting!

Postby kasey01 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:53 pm

I had a single tent when I did the trek. I didn't ask for one, we just had an odd number of people since I was traveling with my parents and we were a group of three. It worked out good though, loved having my own tent each night. Not sure if you can specifically request one though.

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Re: Inca Trail F.A.Q - PLEASE read before posting!

Postby por_1981 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:01 am

None of the links in the top post work, can one of the moderators verify they are still active?

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Re: Inca Trail F.A.Q - PLEASE read before posting!

Postby ballu » Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:17 pm

Looks like maybe the links were changed during the website redesign...

For Inca Trail FAQs try here:

http://www.gadventures.com/faqs/inca-trail/

Lares Trek here:

http://www.gadventures.com/faqs/lares-trek/
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Postby graybeard » Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:50 pm

Howdy ballu,

While the links you supplied are good, the original (and now broken) links were much more comprehensive and useful. I wonder if yet another push on the web guys to get the site fixed is in order.
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Re: Inca Trail F.A.Q - PLEASE read before posting!

Postby TravelFun » Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:01 pm

graybeard wrote:Howdy ballu,

While the links you supplied are good, the original (and now broken) links were much more comprehensive and useful. I wonder if yet another push on the web guys to get the site fixed is in order.


No need for the web guys...I've updated all the links and they should now all be working and will take you you to the required post :P
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Postby TravelFun » Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:42 pm

FYI - checked older posts and they too reference the old name so raised it to the techhies:
http://wateringhole.gadventures.com/vie ... 36&t=21508


Thanks for highlighting this issue guys!
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Re: Inca Trail F.A.Q - PLEASE read before posting!

Postby poudie » Mon May 06, 2013 6:02 pm

I just did the Inca Trail in May 2013, and I thought I'd share my recent experience, as some surprises popped up even after reading all of these FAQs and posts. I hope this post can be helpful - I wasn't sure exactly where to post it.

Activity level: I found it very demanding, mainly due to the altitude. Everyone in our group felt the altitude at 4200m at Dead Woman's Pass. I don't think this was related to fitness levels, this was not "feeling the burn" of worked out muscles, but an overall breathlessness when you can feel like you just aren't getting enough oxygen. I don't know of a way to train for that.

Packing: You are allowed 6kg that the porters will carry for you, in bags that G provides. This 6kg includes the sleeping bag you will be taking - the ones G provides you with is 2kg. If you choose to rent the extra air mattress, that is another 1 kg. Meaning you will have 3-4 kg of belongings that the porters will carry, depending on if you rent the extra mattress. You will have access to your duffel bags at the campsites only.

Daypack: You'll need a rainjacket (+/- rainpants if you have them), a hat, sunscreen, insect repellant, hand sanitiser, toilet paper, camera, pain killers, and room to pack your sweater/warm hat/gloves. I packed about 1.5 litres of water capacity and I never ran out of water (I drink large volumes usually). Asthmatics bring an inhaler because it can get very dusty.

Shoes: I wore waterproof ankle-supporting hiking boots and it was great for me. My partner wore leather blundstone boots and was very comfortable. Whatever works best for your feet, just be sure it's a shoe that your foot won't slide around in when on an incline/decline. Ankle support is worthwhile for the downhill parts.

Walking sticks: I hated them for uphill, but my partner loved them. We both were so grateful to have walking sticks for the downhill descents though, it saved the knees and ankles a lot of trauma.

Water: Drinking water will be supplied to refill your packs at the lunch site and at the campsite. I found 1.5 litres of carrying capacity to be more than adequate for my needs. Drinks will be available for purchase on the first day of the hike, but no further food/drink can be purchased until you reach Machu Picchu.

Food: Fantastic. Breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. You won't be hungry.

Toilets: For the most part, squat toilets are provided at campsites and lunch sites. Bring your own toilet paper. Some local families provide toilet sites with toilet paper on day 1 (at S/$1 per use), but there are still no seats and these were actually harder to use.

Washing: You will be provided with a bowl of warm water every morning and evening at camp with some soap, to wash your hands, face etc. Some wet wipes can definitely be handy for other times. Cold showers were available at the second and third campsites, I didn't have the heart to use them.

Weather: In May, the nights were comfortable with thermal underwear, a polartec sweater, and my gortex coat (I have a tendency towards being cold). The days were warm enough to wear shorts for hiking, but I wore long sleeves and nylon hiking pants very comfortably to protect from the sun.

Medications: I did take the acetazolamide for altitude sickness. I feel that it helped and I would take it again, but I know it's not for everybody. I brought antibiotics in case of travellers diarrhoea but I never needed it.

Camera: I took my SLR along with 2 extra lenses and a gorillapod. The tripod wasn't necessary - we were never given enough time at any one place to justify setting it up or taking it out of the daypack, until Machu Picchu. I rarely changed camera lenses, and found my telezoom was a bit neglected except to take some photos of the llamas.

Machu Picchu: Now here's where things have changed. Tour groups used to get started at 4:30 on the final day, to reach the sungate for sunrise. You can no longer do this. There is a control gate that lets campers continue their hike at 5:30 am (in May) to the sun gate, and therefore we arrived after sunrise. All campers, all tour groups, all tour providers, were in the exact same position. Don't expect to see the sunrise from the sungate any more, it seems this is a thing of the past. Folks on the Lares trek said they saw the sunrise at Machu Picchu, but not from the sungate.

Value: Priceless.

I hope prospective travellers will find this summary helpful.
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Re: Inca Trail F.A.Q - PLEASE read before posting!

Postby trekker_lady » Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:00 pm

Poudie, your summary is very helpful for those planning on trekking the Inca Trail. Yes, Day 2 is the challenge and as I learned no amount of preparation helped me dealing with the altitude. Our guides were a blessing though and encouraged slow steps - which I did! I made it of course.

Hydration is key from Cuzco to Machu Picchu. Really, really believe this. Diamox is optional. I'm glad I didn't take it because of side effects which some of my colleagues had. Toilets? What can I say? I'm a woman in my 50s. Not much surprises me and I've seen a lot worse here in the wilds of Canada. Just go with it recognizing it is a necessity and try not to dwell.

If you're with G Adventures, you're in good hands. The guides and porters just make it so much easier. Since returning to Canada, I've heard horror stories about other tours. Glad I didn't hear these in advance, let me tell you.

Oh and one more thing - the stars and constellations in the Andes in the middle of the night will leave you wishing you were sleeping out in the open. Having had to use the 'facilities' in the middle of the night turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Just enjoy your trip - it's all over before you know it.

Travel safe and positively! ♥
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