International Mountain Guides Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions

Machu Picchu

Peru  •  Inca Culture Adventure Trek

Machu Picchu Trek with International Mountain Guides

IMG Machu Picchu Gear List

This equipment list is meant to help you compile your personal gear for a mountaineering expedition. Most items are required. Please consider each item carefully and be sure you understand the function of each piece of equipment before you substitute or delete items. Keep in mind that this list has been carefully compiled by the expedition organizer. Don't cut corners on the quality of your gear.

[  ]Medium to medium heavy weight waterproof hiking boots – with suitable ankle support; make sure whatever you wear is broken in and very comfortable; if leather, treat the boot multiple times with waterproofing)
[  ]Wool or wool/synthetic blend socks (2-3 complete changes)

[  ]Long johns (1 pair, lightweight synthetic)
[  ]Stretch nylon hiking/climbing pants, Schoeller type fabric.
[  ]Waterproof/breathable pants (preferable with leg zips)
[  ]Hiking shorts (nylon hiking style is best... avoid very short ones, as it might offend the locals. Best of all are the nylon zip-off hiking pants
[  ]Underwear (2-3 pair for trail use)

[  ]Long john top (1 lightweight, 1 medium—zip neck is best)
[  ]Soft shell or fleece jacket
[  ]Waterproof/breathable jacket with hood
[  ]Down or synthetic parka (REQUIRED, but reasonably light in weight)
[  ]T-shirt (synthetic is best)

[  ]Fleece or wool hat
[  ]Sun hat or baseball cap
[  ]Wool or fleece gloves
[  ]Bandanna
[  ]Chemical hand warmers (2 sets for cold mornings, only if your hands get cold easily)

[  ]Sleeping bag (down or synthetic, down to 25 degrees, compression stuff bag)

*Mattress sleeping pad is provided for the trek

[  ]Pack (medium size, internal frame, in the range of 3-5,000 cu. in.; Note: test prior to use! Try to keep the weight of the pack down. Top loading works best.)
[  ]Pack rain cover, to protect from mist... and mud! (As an alternative, bring 2-3 large garbage bags for the same purpose)
[  ]Adjustable ski poles (baskets are NOT required on the poles, and the poles MUST have tip guards to help protect the ancient stone steps from wear. OR, purchase a wooden walking stick in Peru.
[  ]Extra large stuff sacks (2; for packing clothes and bulk of personal lunch; to keep things organized and dry)
[  ]Medium stuff bag (for daily lunch)
[  ]Sunglasses (1 pair dark pair; plus retainers, i.e. Chums)
[  ]Sun cream (1 full bottle; 35-50 SPF protection)
[  ]Lip protection (with high SPF)
[  ]Water bottles (2 wide mouth 1 qt. Nalgene type bottles; a water hydration system can substitute for one bottle)
[  ]Toilet paper (2 large rolls in zip-lock bag; plus personal hygiene wipes)
[  ]Garbage bags (5-6 large, heavy duty; 30+ gal; use these to line your pack and all of your large stuff bags; it's an excellent way to keep your gear dry. At camps, put your boots in one. Extra bags are ALWAYS GOOD!)
[  ]Headlight (LED is best; fresh batteries, plus 1 spare set). You'll need a headlight, if we decide to walk in the dark to catch the first sun-rays on Machu Picchu.)
[  ]First aid kit. Personal needs only, Band-Aids, athletic tape, moleskin, non-prescription pain meds and anti inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen. Pepto Bismol tablets are helpful for dealing with minor stomach distress. Imodium is good for diarrhea. Consult with you doctor about the trip and travel at altitude and bring any recommended prescription drugs in original prescription bottles. Talk with your doctor about bringing Acetazolamide (Diamox) in 125mg or 250mg tabs to aid in acclimatization. Also consider a general antibiotic for the treatment of traveler's diarrhea.
[  ]Potable Agua tablets for water purification (1 bottle of 50 tablets, or, Lightweight personal water purification device—make sure you know how to use it, and what it filters; must filter viruses and use iodine to be 100% effective.)
[  ]Insect repellant (DEET is most effective. The bugs, in general, are not too bad, but best to be safe!)
[  ]Toothbrush & paste
[  ]Day pack (highly recommended for air travel & general touring—lightweight with few frills, top loading is best)
[  ]Lunch (for on and off mountain, to supplement provided lunches). Please bring a variety of foods weighing in total no more than 5 lbs. You can supplement this some with local foods, candies, and fresh fruits. Lunch ideas include: string cheese, beef jerky, dried fruit, candy bars, energy bars, hard candies, nuts, electrolyte replacement drink mix (several quarts repackaged into a Ziplock bag), 2 quarts worth of powdered power drink mix for your harder days. Salty snacks are often appreciated.

[  ]Passport/Visa
[  ]International shot record
[  ]Money ($100-150 for the local staff tips, plus $300-500 for misc; drinks, some meals, travel, and gifts, and your departure taxes, when flying into/out of Peruvian airports (usually included in your airline ticket). Bring some smaller bills, like $5's and $10's) ATM's are available (but limited) in Cuzco and Aguas Calientes.
[  ]Credit cards (alert your card carrier that you will be traveling out of country)
[  ]Travelers checks (not recommended any more)
[  ]Money belt/neck pouch
[  ]Running/tennis shoes (use as camp shoes)
[  ]Socks; cotton or synthetic, for travel (3)
[  ]Small bag of liquid biodegradable soap (for clothes)
[  ]Underwear (3-4)
[  ]Toiletries (be sure to keep it light here)
[  ]Cotton pants or synthetic travel pants (2)
[  ]Dress shirts (1-2)
[  ]T-shirts or short sleeve travel shirts (2-3)
[  ]X-large tough duffel bag (to fit pack; for air travel and porter carry; with small combination lock)
[  ]Second large duffel bag or suitcase (for air travel and to store gear at hotel; lock)
[  ]Ear plugs

Clothing Note: Easy-wash travel-clothing is convenient, as are jeans and non flashy shirts. Avoid bright colors or logos that mark you as a tourist. Cuzco and the Inca trail are "tourist friendly," so being a tourist doesn't create any problems—but it's a good idea to dress-down, nonetheless. Cotton for trail use, however, is generally DISCOURAGED.

[  ]Diary, pen & pencil
[  ]IPod or MP3 player — bring one you are willing to risk losing. Best if it runs on batteries.
[  ]Camera(s), extra storage media cards and extra batteries
[  ]Binoculars, smaller style

Gear Donations: We like to encourage our Peru trekkers to bring along some of their used and close-to-worn-out-gear and clothing on this trip. This gear can then be donated to our local guides and staff after the trek-and make your bag lighter for your flight home. Appropriate items include long underwear tops and bottoms, pile clothing, socks, gloves and mittens, outerwear, gaiters, and other clothing items that you've used during your trip but you no longer need-or want. This token is not expected by us or our local staff, but it is a good way to "unload" some of your older gear that you no longer need or want and help out someone who can put it to good use. Extra trek food can also be left for the Peruvian staff after the trek.

We certainly don't want to overwhelm our local staff, and your guides will help coordinate the donation so that all are treated fairly. Our local contacts certainly appreciate anything you can give them, but please don't make any promises along the way.

Lastly mark all personal gear including water bottles clearly in indelible ink with your name. Check the condition of your gear and be sure to test new pieces of equipment thoroughly.

Recommended Gear

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Every time I go on one of George Dunn's expeditions, I come back saying, 'that was the best adventure I've ever been on'!! I had the time of my life on each trip.
~Bruce G. 
I was very impressed with how everything was so well organized. It seemed like every little detail was covered. IMG is way better than the others. Way better! You guys are the best in the business...
~Jim P.
IMG team at the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu
I had a wonderful time on the trek! The places we stayed and ate in were top notch. The guides were great, very helpful, and Jaimi (the guide from the local company) was excellent and very knowledgeable about the area and history. Off the top of my head I can't think of anything that could/should be changed. Thanks again for providing a wonderful experience in Peru!
~Jason G.
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