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Inca Trail Trek Equipment

Embarking on an Andean trek is an adventure for the body and the spirit! But, to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the mountains, you need the right tools for a safe and enjoyable journey. 

The equipment you have at your disposal can make all the difference – from the sturdy boots on your feet to the cozy tent that shelters you at night. Of course, we understand the value of well-chosen gear, which is why we carefully choose equipment for each trek.

Whether you’re opting for a classic adventure or a premium luxurious escape, we’ve got you covered with gear that keeps comfort and safety at the forefront.

Here’s the lowdown on our gear and other measures we take to ensure that your trek is a once in a lifetime experience!

Sleeping Tents

After a day of conquering mountain trails, a good night’s rest is essential!  That’s why we set you up with spacious Eurekaand REI Co-op Half Dome 4 tents. 

They’re built for four, but you’ll only share with one other lucky trekker – which means double the space to sprawl out and stash your gear.

These tents feature entrances on both sides (because who wants to crawl over their tent-mate?) and even include a vestibule – perfect for ditching muddy boots after a day of exploration.

Dining Tents

Meals on the trail are a highlight, a chance to relax, refuel, and connect with your fellow trekkers. Our dining tents provide a communal space where you can relax, enjoy delicious food, and swap life stories.

  • Cusco-Made Tents: These locally crafted tents add a touch of Andean authenticity to your dining experience.Their round shape and sturdy construction help keep the warmth in on colder days.
  • Copper Canyon Eureka Tents: These reliable tents offer spaciousness and comfort, making them the perfect setting for post-trek relaxation and camaraderie.

Sleeping Pads and Bags

A good night’s sleep under the Andean stars is SO needed to recharge after a day of adventure.  We know this, and so we provide foam sleeping pads on most of our treks, and comfy air pads on the Inca Trail routes.

These create a cushioned layer between you and the ground, offering a welcome buffer for tired muscles.

We also offer warm, cozy sleeping bags for rental, rated for temperatures down to  -15°C / 5°F, perfect for the often chilly Andean night!

We’ll make sure you have clean liners, and a totally hygienic and comfortable sleep experience. 

On our luxury treks, we go the extra mile for your sleep comfort! With even thicker, premium sleeping pads that provide an extra layer of luxuriously soft cushioning between you and the ground.

Important Note: If you’re taller than 1.95m / 6’4″, finding suitable sleeping bag rentals in Cusco may be difficult, so it’s recommended to bring your own.

Our Trekking Poles (Available to rent)

All of our trekking adventures are made possible by our expertly designed Trail Trekking Poles
Whether you’re exploring Andean trails on a weekend escape or embarking on a multi-day expedition, these poles offer the perfect balance of comfort and performance.

  • Adaptable Support: Dual FlickLocks provide easy adjustability, allowing you to customize the pole length to match the ever-changing terrain. Hike with confidence, knowing your poles will adapt seamlessly to the trail’s demands.
  • Built for Adventure: From gentle slopes to challenging ascents, our Trail Trekking Poles provide the support and stability you need to conquer the Andes with ease.

Comfort and Convenience: Portable Eco-Friendly Toilets

Leave those questionable park toilets behind! We prioritize your comfort by providing spotless, eco-friendly toilet tents at all of our campsites and lunch spots.  This means you can enjoy the convenience of a private bathroom experience without compromising our commitment to minimizing our environmental impact.

CleanWaste Go Anywhere

We use CleanWaste Go Anywhere portable toilets and privacy shelters. This system is designed for sustainability –  waste is safely contained and easily disposed of, reducing the burden on delicate Andean ecosystems.

Porters & Horsemen

The Inca Trail and other Andean adventures simply wouldn’t happen without our incredible team of porters and horsemen. They’re the unsung heroes behind every successful trek!


Our porters often hail from remote villages, and carry essential supplies like tents, sleeping bags, and kitchen equipment with incredible strength. (This includes food, camping gear, sleeping bags, and your 8-kilo duffle bags containing personal items).

Their unwavering determination means you can focus on conquering those trails, knowing a cozy camp awaits you at the end of each day.

Read more about our porters here!

Muleteers and Horses

Trekking the Andes wouldn’t be the same without our skilled muleteers and their loyal horses.

These teams possess a deep understanding of the trails, passed down through generations.  They navigate steep slopes, rocky paths, and ever-changing mountain weather with remarkable ease.

Beyond transportation, horses are woven into the fabric of Andean culture.

Their strength and resilience reflect the spirit of those who call these mountains home. And with the horses carrying your gear, you can lighten your load and truly soak in the breathtaking beauty of your surroundings.

A Note on Respect and Responsibility: At Action Peru Treks, we hold our porters and horsemen in the highest regard. We’re committed to ethical practices – fair wages, proper equipment, and unwavering respect for their invaluable contribution. When you choose us, you’re not only embarking on an unforgettable trek, but also supporting the local communities that make these adventures possible.

Satellite Phones

Venturing off the grid is exhilarating, but sometimes the unexpected happens. That’s where our satellite phones come in, ensuring we can swiftly seek medical advice, get crucial weather updates, or even adjust your itinerary on the fly.

These devices don’t care about fussy signals or cell towers – they work flawlessly under the vast Andean sky, keeping you connected when it counts.

On every trek, our guides carry a fully charged satellite phone (along with trusty walkie-talkies for local communication). 

And hey, we understand – sometimes you just want to check in with loved ones. Feel free to use our satellite phone to call home (we’ll just ask you to chip in $2.50 a minute, payable later).

A note on walkies: Our radio walkie-talkies are directly linked to the Machu Picchu National Park. If anything unexpected happens, we can immediately get in touch with the right people throughout the region, ensuring a rapid response if needed! Satellite phones are reserved for longer distances.

Luxury Trek Amenities

While all our treks prioritize comfort, our premium expeditions take pampering to new heights.  After a day of traversing breathtaking landscapes, you deserve moments of pure indulgence.  Here’s how we ensure your experience is both luxurious and worry-free:

  • En-Route Massage Therapist: After a challenging hike, let our skilled massage therapist work their magic. Choose from targeted deep-tissue techniques to relieve muscle tension or a relaxing Swedish massage to promote overall well-being.
  • Refresh in Hot Showers: Escape the trail and step into a world of warmth and cleanliness. Our portable solar-powered showers offer a touch of luxury – wash away the dust with luxuriously hot water and enjoy a private shower enclosure.
  • Premium Gear: Every detail contributes to your luxurious trek. We meticulously select top-of-the-line gear, including spacious tents from brands like Eureka and REI, along with ultra-comfortable inflatable sleeping pads.
  • Enhanced Medical Support: Our commitment to your safety means going the extra mile. In addition to our guides’ comprehensive first-aid training, we’ve partnered with S.O.S Medical Clinic for on-the-trail support.

Gearing Up for Your Andean Adventure: What to Pack

Going on a hike requires thoughtful preparation. Your packing list will vary slightly depending on your chosen trail. We provide a detailed list for each trek, but here’s a general overview of the essentials:

  • The Basics: Original passport, backpack, reusable water bottle, suitable sleeping bag (rentals available), sturdy hiking boots, and weather-appropriate clothing (consider layers!).
  • Trail Comforts: Toiletries, sun protection, headlamp, camera, binoculars, a good book, trekking poles (rentals available), and bug repellent.
  • Medication Must-Haves: Prescription medications and over-the-counter essentials (pain relievers, allergy meds, etc.).
  • Power Up: Extra batteries for all your devices – they drain faster in the high altitudes!

Important Note: Don’t forget to check the detailed packing list for your specific trek. Feel free to reach out with any questions – we’re here to make sure you’re fully prepared!

Giving Back: Gear for Good

At Action Peru Treks, we feel that going above and beyond to support our incredible team who make your adventures possible is super important, and the least we can do for all of their hard work.

If you have any gently used outdoor gear or clothing (headlamps, sleeping bags, trekking poles, warm clothes – even socks!), consider donating it to one of our porters. Your contribution makes a real difference and is always appreciated!

Ready to Hit the Trail?

With a thoughtful packing list and a generous spirit, you’re all set for an unforgettable Andean adventure. Let’s go trekking! Click here for more info on our treks.

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