Porter service on the Inca Trail is very essential “no porters, no Inca Trail” and that is why for the classic Inca Trail using porters is mandatory, is impossible hikers can carry all the equipment and food supplies for the entire 4 days. Sometimes you see donkeys at the beginning part of the trail, which is the way locals transport goods to the village. But for the short Inca Trail hike porter service can be used only for elder aged people or with any physical limitations in order to help them to carry their supplies.
The porter regulations for the classic Inca Trail are very strict, to avoid porters carrying more than 20kgs each of them, there are check point places every day along the trail. For hikers hiring the service of an extra porter for the Inca Trail hike, we advise you to book it advance in order to include the additional porter on the list of Inca Trail hikers and secure his entrance fee to the park.
Inca Trail porters usually carry all the equipment (tents, table, chairs and kitchen utensils) and food supplies from the travel company, but if you have booked for the service of an extra porter you are allowed to give him 14kgs of weigh maximum, which will be taken all the way to Aguas Calientes town. People not using the service of extra porter have to carry their sleeping bag, pad and personal items.