This hike was fantastic. Day 2 is a challenge but the rest of the days were moderate and involved lots of amazing Inca ruins. Beautiful views at many places and, of course, Machu Picchu is the icing on the cake. Yes, hike this trail (and...More
I just returned from the Inca Trail and can confirm that nights and mornings can be pretty cold. We also rented sleeping bags and never had a problem with the cold while sleeping. I would recommend a sleeping bag liner... More
I just returned from the Inca Trail and can confirm that nights and mornings can be pretty cold. We also rented sleeping bags and never had a problem with the cold while sleeping. I would recommend a sleeping bag liner, which is a good idea when renting a sleeping bag anyway. I used Dimples Excel Sleeping Bag Liner which does not add a lot of warmth, but as I said that was not an issue for me. If you are worried about the cold, you could get a more substantial liner that would insulate better. Not a bad idea especially if you do not know the type of sleeping bag you will be renting. We had some pretty nice ones and may have gotten lucky. Another thing that became indispensable for us was the Ultra Light Down Jacket from UNIQLO Hot damn, I just checked and it's on sale for $9.90 right now?! I wish that was the case when we bought ours... Anyway, that thing is amazing. Packs down super small making it easy to carry in your day pack and it is extremely warm. I wore mine over layers of a Polartec-200 fleece jacket (mine was HH but many these jacketes are available from many manufacturers) and a smartwool or similar active wear long sleeve shirt (i.e. Craft Long Sleeve Active Comfort or 32 Degrees Heat Performance Long Sleeve) Also highly recommend you take a knit hat and some gloves. My young one (11 year old) also used a face cover, so you could take one of those or a scarf. I took a pair of long johns type pants which I ended up sleeping in, but not hiking in. Would have been way too hot for hiking, even during the cold mornings. I did need both the down jacket and fleece layers when it was cold though. One would not have been enough.