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  • Group size: 2-10
  • Tour Type: Hiking / Adventure /History
  • Max. Elevation: 4900 meters above sea level

Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail Tour 6D/5N

1150 USD Per person

Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail Tour 6D/5N

The Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail combines the best of natural and human artistic beauty.The Salkantay Trek is one of the 25 best trails in the world and the Inca Trail is one of the top 5 most beautiful trails on the entire planet. IncaGo Expeditions has prepared the best combined itinerary of two of the best treks to Machu Picchu.

On the first day, we visit the blue-green Humantay lake and camp at the foot of the Salkantay glacier. On day two we arrive at the Incachiriaska Pass, the highest point of the Salkantay Trek, from where you can see two blue lagoons and the Salkantay glacier in 360 degrees. On the third day, we will hike through an amazing path surrounded by medicinal bushes and enter the classic Inca trail. During the fourth day, we reach the highest point of the Inca trail and camp at Phuyupatamarca, considered the best place for star and constellation observation; In addition to having a privileged panoramic view of the Machu Picchu mountain.

On the fifth day, you enter the cloud forest of Machu Picchu and see the best sections of the original Inca trail and visit the best Inca ruins of the classic Inca trail; In addition to entering Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate and observing the lost city of the Incas at sunset. Finally, on day sixth, after having taken a hot shower and sleeping comfortably in a 3-star hotel, we visit the viewpoints of Machu Picchu, from where postcard photos are taken and a 3-hour guided tour is made showing the most outstanding points of the Inca citadel.

Highlights of our Salkantay Trek and Classic Inca Trail

  • We will work hard to create a lifetime experience for you and your loved ones on this journey on the Salkantay Trek and Classic Inca Trail.
  • We provide you with an emergency horse, in case you need a little push.
  • We provide you with an alpaca wool blanket and a hot water bladder.
  • Our campsites, are off the beaten path; Thus tranquility and direct contact with nature are assured.
  • Sleep in Phuyupatamarca, the best campsite for stargazing.
  • We visit, a local family house; to learn all aspects of the Andean culture and people’s lifestyle.
  • Be part of our social and environmental projects.
  • With our unique itinerary; have the wonderful opportunity to see the citadel of Machu Picchu twice, enjoy Machu Picchu at sunset and sunrise.
  • One day before visiting the citadel of Machu Picchu, take a shower and rest in a suitable bed to fully enjoy the lost city of the Incas the next day.
  • Our Salkantay Trek and Classic Inca Trail has a fair and cheap price compared to other operators.
  • We prepare food for our hikers and team with 100% organic veggies purchased from local producers.

Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail Trip Overview

  • Tour Location: Salkantay Trek and Classic Inca Trail – Epic 6 day Hike to Machu Picchu
  • Tour Type: Hiking: Camping, adventure, scenic, cultural and informative
  • Total, Distance: 46.7 miles/75 km
  • Good For: Experienced hikers
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay lake – Ichupata.

  • Hiking distance: 10 km/6 miles (5-6 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 4.400 meters above sea level
  • Considered: Moderate to difficult
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Cold and windy

We’ll pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 am. then will be driven for three hours to Soraypampa. This is the starting point our epic Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail. After a yummy outdoor breakfast, we’ll hike uphill for 2 hours to the Humantay lake; this section will be surrounded by andean grassland, purple flowers and the pretty Humantay snow-capped mountain. Once on the top, our guide we’ll give us the best suggestions to have amazing views of Humantay lake, let’s take our time and connect with nature. Our tour guide will also share interesting facts about the glaciers and coloration of the lake. After taking memorable photos, we’ll hike downhill for 45 minutes to Soraypampa. Then we hike 1 hour uphill to our lunch spot.

Our porter team will be waiting us, with a cold fruit juice and a delicious buffet lunch.
After a break, we’ll hike 2 hours uphill to our first Salkantay Trek basecamp; along the way will have a stunning view of red-orange colored mountains and the imposing Salkantay snow peak. Upon our arrival to our camp, our tents will be already set up; let’s rest after our first incredible day in the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail.

At night we will have a tea time meeting, while our guide is telling us interesting tales and we are interacting in between all participants, later we will have a varied buffet dinner. The Ichupata camp is located at the foot of the Salkantay, this gives us a unique opportunity to observe Inca constellations and stars of the southern hemisphere, from a quiet and privileged position.

** Day highlights on the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail Tour: the paradisiacal humantay lake and stargazing over the Salkantay glacier from a privileged place.

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First day map of the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail

 

Day 2: Ichupata – Incachiriaska Pass – Inca canal.

  • Hiking distance: 16 km/10 miles (8-9 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 3.600 meters above sea level
  • Considered: Moderate to difficult
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Cold and windy

Our guide will wake us up with a hot cup of chocolate and after a few minutes he will bring us a container of warm water to wash our faces and get up in a better mood. After getting ready, we will taste a nutritious Andean breakfast, since today we will reach the highest point of our trip on the Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail. We will hike uphill for 3 hours to the Incachiriasca pass. This mountain pass has one of the most spectacular panoramic views of the Salkantay Trek; From this place we will see the entire chain of snowy mountains of Vilcabamba, in addition to having a privileged view of the snowy Salkantay and two blue lagoons. If we are lucky we can also see the largest flying bird in the world, the majestic Andean condor.

After tasting a hot coffee and a sandwich, we will descend for 3 hours to our lunch camp. The next 3-hour stretch to our camp will be along a relatively flat trail, surrounded by rocky outcrops where many Andean chinchillas, known locally as vizcachas, live. Upon our arrival at our camp, our tents will be ready, so we can rest after a challenging day on the Salkantay Trek. Our porters will give us a bucket of warm water, a towel and liquid soap so we can clean up a bit. At night we will enjoy a tea time and a tasty buffet dinner.

** Highlights of the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail Tour: the 360-degree view of the snowy Salkantay and the Vilcabamba mountain range, in addition to seeing the majestic Andean condor.

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Map of the second day of the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail

 

Day 3: Inca Canal – Wayllabamba – Llulluchapampa.

  • Hiking distance: 16 km/10 miles (7-8 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 3.700 meters above sea level
  • Considered: Moderate to difficult
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Cold and windy

After a tasty breakfast, we will visit a local house in the village of Pampacahua, here we will learn a lot about the traditions and lifestyle of the people of the Andes. We are gradually leaving the beautiful Salkantay trek and we hike downhill for 3 hours through a path full of medicinal plants such as: the muña, the marku, the achupalla, the chilca among others. We will arrive at the Inca ruin of Paucarcancha, from where we officially enter the classic Inca trail. Paucarcancha is a small but strategic Inca town, currently it is well preserved by the park rangers of the Cusco Ministry of Culture. From here we will hike for 40 minutes to the town of Wayllabamba.

Upon our arrival, our expert trek cook will be waiting for us with a cold apple juice and a varied buffet lunch. After about 30 minutes of digestion, we will ascend for 3 hours through a cobbled Inca trail until our campsite in Llulluchapampa. In this section we will have the illusion of entering the Amazon jungle, it is due to the special microclimate found here, which we call the dwarf forest of the mountains. Our camp is located in the alpine forest of the Andes and from this point you can already see dead woman´s pass.

** The highlight of the day: We leave the beautiful landscapes of our trip on the Salkantay Trek and enter the Inca Trail and its amazing landscapes and imposing Inca ruins.

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Third day map of the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail

 

Day 4: Llulluchapampa – Death Woman’s Pass – Phuyupatamarca.

  • Hiking distance: 10 km/6 miles (7-8 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 3.750 meters above sea level
  • Considered: Moderate to difficult
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Cold and windy

This 4th day of our amazing 6-day Salkantay Inca trail journey, will start with hot chocolate mug coming to your tents to wake you up. This is the day we going to hike from the Andean foothills to the Amazonian cloud forest. After a delicious breakfast, we’ll hike uphill on a cobblestone path to the famous dead woman’s pass. This 2-hour hike will show us nice views of rugged mountains and the Wayllabamba valley. Once on the summit, we will celebrate our conquest with a Pachamama offering (mother earth ceremony) and with great photos you guide will take of you and your loved ones. Then we start descending for 2 hours to Pacaymayo valley, where we have lunch. Along the way will observe flowers of different colors and their inseparable friends, the endemic hummingbirds of the Inca trail. Upon our arrival to lunch spot, our support team will give us a cold apple juice and a delicious buffet lunch.

After a 30 minute rest, will hike uphill for 2 hours to the Runcuracay pass, which is second pass of the Classic Inca Trail; before arriving to the second summit, we’ll stop in half way to explore an Inca ruin of Runcuracay. According archaeological evidences, this building may have been a trail-lodge and a kind of a watchtower in this part of the Inca trail. From Runcuracay mountain pass we will have an extraordinary panoramic view of the cloud forest and the Pumasillo snow-capped mountain. Then we descend for 1 hour to Sayacmarca, which is a huge Inca town perched on the top of a hill. In Sayacmarca there is an Inca balcony, from where we will contemplate a beautiful view of the Aobamba cloud forest.

Finally, we will hike the last stretch of the day. The last 2-hour section is considered by previous hikers as a jewel; due its wonderful scenic views and endemic birds and orchids of the Inca trail. Upon arrival to Puyupatamarca, which is the name of the 3rd pass on the Inca trail and our campsite, you will astonish by an incredible view of the Machu Picchu region and the Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon, we will spend a memorable time contemplating the Puyupatamarca Inca ruin with a perfect sunset over the Salkantay peak (the second highest peak in Cusco).

** What an incredible day in our Salkantay Inca trail tour; we will explore stunning Inca ruins and contemplate dazzling views of the Andes, the cloud forest and snow-capped mountains.

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Map of the 5th day of the Salkantay Inca trail

 

Day 5: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Aguas Calientes.

  • Hiking distance: 15 km/8.3 miles (6-7 hours)
  • Hotel altitude: 2.000 meters above sea level
  • Considered: Moderate to difficult
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Cold and windy

The most amazing day of this 6-day experience in the Salkantay Inca trail Andes. We’ll have a delicious outdoor breakfast, observing a marvelous sunrise over the Machu Picchu mountain and the Salkantay snow-capped mountain. Then we hike 10 minutes downhill to visit the Inca ruins of Puyupatamarca, an outstanding Inca settlement perched in the middle of two mountains and right in front of the Machu Picchu mountain. From this point we descend for 3 hours through a path paved completely in stones. In this section of the trail we have a lot of chances to spot colorful birds such as: cock of the rocks, Andean motmots, Andean guans, toucans, trogons and tanagers. Intipata Inca ruin is a series of 50 farming terraces perched on the slope of a mountain. According to previous hikers, Intipata has one of the best views of the Machu Picchu Inca trail.

From here, we hike 40 minutes to Wiñaywayna to enjoy our last lunch prepared by our chef. After lunch, we hike 5 minutes to Wiñaywayna known as Mini Machu Picchu. Following with our 6-day tour in Inca lands; we’ll hike for 1 hour and 30 minutes to the Sun Gate, a strategic point from where we have a first glimpse of the Machu Picchu citadel. Then we hike downhill for 45 minutes to arrive to the main Machu Picchu overlooks. We will have all the afternoon to contemplate a memorable sunset in Machu Picchu and without that many people. Also from this spot we take our postcard photos of Machu Picchu. After having enjoyed the first views of the lost city of the Incas, we’ll board a bus for half an hour to Aguas Calientes. Once here, your guide will drop you of at your hotel, coordinate dinner time and plan the visit to the Inca citadel the next day.

** ! Yes¡ This awesome 6-day hike, will give us the chance to visit Machu Picchu citadel twice.

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Sixth day map of the Salkantay Inca trail

 

Day 6: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

  • Meals Included: Breakfast Only

In order to get well rested and have plenty of time to enjoy the views, pictures and guided tour at Machu Picchu; we suggest you to wake up by 5:00 in the morning, get ready, pack the essentials and take the bus from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu citadel. This will be a ride of 30 minutes until reaching the Inca citadel at 6:15 am. more or less. Thus, you will have the chance to see the sunrise on this magnificent location. Your guide will give enough time to take pictures into the most beautiful spots of the Inca citadel, share information about this amazing Incan masterpiece and display you the most impressive details of Machu Picchu.

Then we take the bus back at more or less 12:00 pm. Down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy without rush our lunch. This lunch is optional and not included. At lunch, your guide will deliver out train tickets, so if you opt to skip this; please arrange to get these train tickets before leaving your tour guide at Machu Picchu citadel. Unless you requested for an upgraded train, we will book the Expedition class train departing Aguas Calientes at 3:20 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. This will be a 2-hour drive to Ollantaytambo or 4 hours to Poroy (this is based on which train you board). At Ollantaytambo or Poroy, our IncaGo Expedition driver will meet you and drive you back to Cusco, then we drop you off at the door of your hotel or the closest possible if there is not car access until your accommodation. You will arrive to your hotel in Cusco around 6:30 pm.

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Map of the visit to Machu Picchu and the return to Cusco

 

Included

Professional english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grewp up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our treks

Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits.

Briefing: The night before your trek departs, you will come to our office for your briefing. You will recieve your duffel bag that will stay with our porters, while you hike. This duffel bag should not exceed 7kg/14 lbs and does need to include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

Porters: We include a personal porter, who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. There is no additional cost for this. You will not have access to your duffel bag until our evening basecamp.

Transportation: we going to have transportation included in this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 4:30 a.m. and be driven to the beginning of our trek, Upis Bajo (3,900 meters).

Equipment: Incas path has the best equipment. We use Eureka Timberline 4 tents that are shared by only two people. You will have a large dining tent to enjoy your meals in.

Food: Our expert hiking chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let your guide know at your briefing. Food is typically all served as buffet. We will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, tea time and snacks. A snack will be provided each morning for you to enjoy through the hike. Your last meal with your expert chef will be after lunch on day four.

Water: starting from your first lunch until your last breakfast, Incas path will supply ad much water as needed. The water we provide is boiled, filtered, and then cooled before distributing. You must bring your water bottles or camelback. We recommend carrying about 3 Liters worth a day. You will be able to refill your water at each meal.

First Aid: Every Incas Path guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February, which every single Incas Path tour leader must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes,cramp etc.) and oxygen.

Extras: We thing it´s the care to small details that separates us from other trek companies. Every trekker receives a small pillow to sleep with, a foam mattress for insulation, and a rain poncho. We going to work hard to create your best holiday.

not Included

Rentals: Every trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and trekking poles (with rubber tips) are optional but necesary. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:

  • Sleeping Bag: $35
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $30
  • Trekking poles Sticks (Pair): $30

Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 1 hour hike to the top. While this hike is on your own, your guide will show you where this hike begins. There is an additional entrance ticket that we can secure for you with advance. The ticket is $75 per person.

Machu Picchu is the other mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu site. It offers also spectacular views this extra hike takes 3 hours round trip. You can book this with an additional entrance ticket that we can secure for you. This ticket is $75 per person.

Vistadome Train All our treks include the Expedition (tourist class) Train class. This train is usually booked at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. Departing from Aguas Calientes. There is also the vistadome train class, which is an upgraded train that offers slightly larger seats, windows, some entertainment and snack. Usually, the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and goes to Poroy, a train station 30 minutes close to Cusco. As this is an upgraded fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel. The ticket is $75 per person.

Essentials:

  • Passport Valid,
  • STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)

For Your Duffel: Our porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3.5 kg.

  • 4-5 wicking t-shirts
  • 1-2 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of undergarments.
  • 4 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 Fleece 1 Warm,
  • down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • 1 Rain jacket and pants
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Hiking boots
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might enjoy something a little larger.
  • Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
  • Earplugs

Toiletries:

  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  •  Bug spray
  • Handsanitizer
  •  Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toiletpaper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

Inside Your Daypacks:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25 litters will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside in the Machupicchu check point. Some items are listed above and can be a personal choice if you want in daypack or duffel.

  • Sunhat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Music (IPhone)
  •  Handsanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips