Not only is it cold at night (temperatures can plumet to below zero), it may rain heavily even in the dry season. So get prepared with our checklist:
* Walking shoes
Good walking shoes are essential for the Inca Trail. Go for light-weight, waterproof trainers that have ankle support. You might want to go up a size to make sure they feel comfortable with thick socks.
TOP TIP Walking boots can be expensive – especially if you only plan to use them a couple of times. Try eBay for second-hand trainers – I snapped up a pair of Rockport walking boots for just £14!
*4 x thick socks
Blisters can be agony on a trek so make sure you wear thick walking socks. Take plenty of plasters, too.
* Rain poncho
Whatever the season, there’s bound to be the odd rain shower so don’t get caught out. Have a poncho rolled up in the bottom of your bag to pull out in a hurry. Primark sells them super-cheap or you can buy them locally.
* Zip-off hiking trousers
Zip-off trousers are ideal for the Inca Trail – they’ll keep you nice and warm on frosty mornings, but they can be unzipped if you get warm later on.
* Fleece top
As well as several t-shirts, be sure to bring a fleece or warm jumper. It’s best to layer up, rather than have one heavy winter coat.
* Thermal underwear
Make sure you bring warm underwear! It may not sound very appealing but it gets super cold at night. Girls, bring leggings.
* Wooly hat and gloves
It can be windy at high altitude and cold in the mornings, so a hat and gloves are a good idea to keep warm.
Make sure your sunglasses have total UV protection and it’s worth buying a sunhat as this can prevent sun stroke.
* Extra clothes
Bring a spare pair of trousers and shorts. Extra socks are also a must as you’re bound to want fresh ones by day 3…