2025 Inca Trail Availability & Permits
Important Booking Tips!

The majestic Inca Trail is one of the most important trails in the world. For many, this is a bucket list trip, and 2025 is the perfect time to cross this off your list. Get out of your routine to travel to Peru. The classic Inca Trail is an ideal trip for family, friends, fellow students, and more, as the total distance is 26 km/ 25 miles. Additionally, please let us know if you have a large number of travelers in your party, so we can accommodate you.

The Inca Trail is open to the public in 2025, but you must book early. Permits will go on sale the first week of October for 2024.

Alpaca Expeditions, a number 1 tour operator in the area, has daily departures for the classic Inca Trail. The 4 days and 3 nights option is the most popular, but we also have 5 days and 4 nights, 2 days and 1 night, and 7 days and 6 nights.

Trails are located in the Machu Picchu National Park and are highly regulated by the government. Permits are limited; therefore it is recommended not to wait. Simply fill out the brief form and put down a minimal deposit to secure your spot. Ensure all information is correct for ease of permit acquisition.

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How to Reserve Your Inca Trail Hike

  • Step 01

    Check the calendar below for availability, then click the “book now” button to get started.

  • Step 02

    Fill out your personal information and select the type of service and number of passengers for your trip.

  • Step 03

    You can add extra services such as Huayna Picchu tickets, Machu Picchu Mountain tickets, and the ability to upgrade your train tickets.

  • Step 04

    Review and accept our service policies before submitting the form; after submitting the form, you will have the option to pay USD 200 per person via PayPal.

Calendar 2025 Inca Trail Permit Availability

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The Inca Trail Permit Availability Calendar will show 100% permit availability for 2025 until the Peruvian government starts releasing permits to tour operators, starting typically in October of 2024. This does not mean that those spots all open! Tour operators are collecting permits now through fall and will secure permits as soon as they open. your trip dates as soon as possible to ensure you get permits. Alpaca Expeditions has a great success rate of getting permits for all our trekking guests. Reservations require only a $200 deposit.

If you don’t see permits for your ideal trip dates for the Inca Trail, we highly recommend exploring exceptional alternative treks around Peru!

If you have any questions during this process, call or email our amazing bilingual team in Alpaca’s Cusco office!

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Inca Trail Hikes – Which One Should You Choose?

While our most popular tour is the 4-Day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu, we have Inca Trail trips that range from 2 days to 7 days. Check our tour options below and choose the Inca Trail trek that best fits your interests!

Inca Trail Classic 4D 3N Group Tour

Inca Trail 4D 3N Private Tour | Alpaca Expeditions

Machu Picchu Inca Trail 5D 4N | Alpaca Expeditions

Luxury Inca Trail 4days

Inca Trail Trek Hotel 2 Days 1 Night

Salkantay Tour and Inca Trail 7D/6N | Alpaca Expeditions


Get Questions to Answers about Hiking the Inca Trail

How do I know this trek is for me?

98% of Inca Trail hikers are beginners and have a great time. A basic level of fitness is required as the Andes Mountains have a high altitude level.

How do I get the permits and secure my spot?

You don’t need to secure any permits; you only need to book with Alpaca Expeditions from our Book Now menu. Fill out the form and put down your deposit. We will secure your spot as the top tour operator in the area. We guarantee at least 99% of the first options every year.

I do not have my passport, or my passport is expired. Can I still book?

Absolutely! You can book with your current passport or driver’s license if you don’t have a passport. When you receive your new passport, email us a picture of the new passport and old one, and we will update your info at the government office to ensure everything runs smoothly entering the trail.

Can I cancel and get my deposit refunded?

If you book it soon and want to change the date or cancel it, you can only do so until the permits are released. After permits are released and we obtain and pay for them, permits are non-transferable. Therefore, a refund is not possible.

When will I know you have obtained my official permit?

Currently, we are accepting bookings for all 2025, you have to fill out our booking form and pay your $200 deposit., When the permits are released in the first week of October, we will obtain your permits and immediately email you the confirmation. Then, you are free to book other vacation needs.

Which Inca Trails are the ones I need to book now?

You must book now the following Inca Trails :
● The Classic Inca Trail hike as a group or private tour (4 Days / 3 Nights)
● The Inca Trail 5 Days / 4 Nights
● The Salkantay and Inca Trail 7 Days / 6 Nights Inca Trail 2 Days / 1 Night with hotel option
● Inca Trail 2 Days / 1 Night with camping option

All these treks are located in the national park, and permits are limited, so secure in advance.


Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu 4D3N Group Service

Inca Trail Magazine – See Everything About the Inca Trail Tours

The pictures in this magazine are amazing, and somehow, it still doesn’t do the area justice. Download our Inca Trail magazine to get a peek into what you’ll see and experience on the Inca Trail!

Get Your Inca Trail Magazine here

Alternative Treks Around Peru – Salkantay, Lares, Rainbow Mountain & More

Alternative Treks, like Salkantay, Lares, Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain, and Choquequirao, are hiking tours that travel on historic footpaths that are not the Classic Inca Trail. As a result, they are less crowded, have more booking flexibility and availability, and do not require trail permits. They still end up at Machu Picchu, but not via hiking directly into the UNESCO mountaintop citadel. Not sure how all these treks compare to each other? Check out Which Trek is Right For Me

If there are no Inca Trail permits for your ideal dates, we highly recommend you explore our alternative treks, or book a year out.



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