- Availability: Available now
- Group size: 2-10
- Tour Type: dventure/landscape/history/folklore
- Max. Elevation: 46.7 miles/75 km
Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail 6 Days
Salkantay Trekking Inca Trail Tour 6 Days /5Night
This Unbelievable tour allows you to mix the two more famous and beatifull hikes in Peru, the Salkantay trek and the Inca Trail to Machupicchu in 6 days avoiding with our itinerary the crowds and giving you a complete experiencie in hiking,scenes, culture, history, and contact with locals. The most hiking experience.
- Tour Location: Inca Trail and Salkantay Trail – Epic 7 day Hike to Machu Picchu
- Tour Type: Hiking, camping, adventure, landscape, history, folklore
- Total Distance: 46.7 miles/75 km
- Good For: Experienced hikers
- Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Day 1: Cusco -Sorapampa-humantay lake-ichupata
- Elevation: From 3,900 to 4,300 m
- Walking Distance: 10 km / 6 miles
- Considered: moderate to difficult
- Weather: Warm to cold
Your salkantay + inca trail hiking Tour begins with your trekking guide, chef, and porters picking you up from your hotel (it has to be located in Cusco) at 4:00 a.m., and we will drive two and a half hours to the trailhead, soraypampa (3,900 meters). We will meet our horseman and mules, and have time to prepare for the day and enjoy our breakfast. We will experience scenes of the Andes range, reddish, orange oxide and sulfair mountains , and the outstanding blue heal humantay lake. Today we hike up 2 hours from our breakfast spot to the humantay lake, once up there we have plenty of time to enjoy the place and take pictures from the best viewpoints, then we hike 45 minutes down and 1 hour up to salkantay pampa where is located our lunch spot. Our expert trekking chef will surprise us with amazing soups and buffet courses every single day, after lunch and digest time, we will hike 2 hours to our first base camp at ichupata. Upon our arrival at ichupata campsite (4,300 meters), our team will welcome you and provided hot drinks and dinner.
Day 2: Ichupata-incachiriaska pass-inca canal
- Elevation: 4,300 – 3,600 meters
- Distance: 16 km / 9 miles
- Considered: difficult
- Weather: Cold
You will be woken up with hot drinks, then get ready, have breakfast and starts hiking up the most challeging part of our hike but also pretty regarding with outstanding views of two lagoons one blue and the other a yellow one, the impressive salkantay mountain (6272), falcons and probably condors , this up hill will be for two hours and a half to incachiriska mountain pass. Following we will continue trekking 3 hours down to our lunch spot, where our porters and chef will be waiting with traditionals drinks and yummy lunch. After lunch and digest time we continue hiking down three hours through green valleys and winding streams and bunch of llamas and alpacas. our campsite is located in a little village of 10 families, which we going to visit to learn a bit more about that village flocklore and way of life.
Day 3: Inca Canal-Wayllabamba-ayapata
- Elevation: 3600 – 3700 meters
- Distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles
- Considered: Difficult
- Weather: Cold, warm
- Day 4 Ayapata-death woman’s pass-chaquicocha
This day we will have the oportunity to hike down for two hours and see paths and houses used by highlander farmers , living in the same way as our ancestors did at the time of the incas. Then, we will arrive at the famous Inca ruin known as paucarcancha, where your tour leader will provide you with some background on the Incas. Right after the ruins, your tour leader will point out new and different vegetation, as you move into the dwarf highland forest micro-climate. Finally, we will reach the classic Inca Trail, where our porters and chef will serve us a delicious lunch. Then we will hike two hours through the tiny forest of the highlands, observing aromatic,medicinal plants and epiphyte bromeliads, upon our arrival everything will be set up to have a comfortable rest, tea time and dinner.
Day 4 Ayapata-death woman’s pass-chaquicocha
- Elevation: 3,300 – 4,200 meters (the pass), 3,600 meters (the lunch) and again, 4,000 meters (the pass), 3,600 meters (the camp)
- Distance: 16 km / 9.9 miles
- Considered: Difficult Weather: we will experience the four seasons, all in just one day
Today is going to be the longest but also a really breathtaking day, including to this itinerary two Inca sites and the outskirts of the amazon forest. After an early breakfast, we will begin trekking up hill for 4 hours through the alpine micro climate full of andean yellow grass an some llamas in order to get death woman’s pass (4230 m). Following we will have time to rest and enjoy the snowy mountain peaks in the horizon. Afterwards, we will start descending on the stone-paved trail towards our lunch spot. Along the way, you will be able to observe a huge range of flowers and its infallible friends, the hummingbirds. Right after lunch, we will start climbing uphill for two hours to reach the second mountain pass. Halfway through our journey, we will explore the Inca site, called Runcuraccay. This place may have been a trail lodge from its oval shape and location in a remote area in between two inca towns. After crossing over the second mountain pass (4,000 meters high), we will begin descending for two hours, getting little by little into the cloud forest towards the pretty Incan site called Sayacmarca. After visting sayacmarka we will hike about 30 more minutes to reach our campsite, called Chaquicocha. Upon our arrival, everything will be already set up, have tea time and dinner.
Day 5: Chaquicocha- Phuyupatamarca – WiñayWayna
- Elevation: 3,600- 2,650 meters
- Distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles
- Considered: Warm and humid
This day is the most relaxed day of the hike. In the morning, we will have views of the specracular vilcabamba Mountain range, the Pumassillo snowy mountain. This day we will have about five hours of hiking, including the three Inca sites on the way to our campsite, two hours after departing we will get to the first inca place of the day called puyupatamarca (the terraced town into the clouds), following we will hike two hours and a half downhill in order to get intipata, a farming inca site with the most outstanding view of the whole inca trail, have a bit of time to enjoy and be connected with the mountains and glaciers. Finally we will reach our last campsite, called Wiñay Wayna (2,650 meters), where we will leave our daypacks and hike for five minutes to reach the most beautiful Inca site along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. After lunch, we will have a chance to take a cold shower in a really hot area (29 celsius degrees ), then you have a free afternoon to explore the most beautiful Inca site, Wiñay Wayna. In the afternoon will be our last tea time and dinner, leaded with a small presentation from your porters to say a final goodbye. They will come back to Cusco the next day, while we continue our journey to Machu Picchu.
Day 6: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco
This day is our most significant day, as we will wake up earlier than usual. After breakfast, we will hike two hours to Machu Picchu, where we will pass through the Sun Gate to experience a spectacular first view of the stunning mountains, snowy mountains, valleys, urubamba river, and Machupicchu in the distance. Once we arrive to our goal, our tour leader will share all his knowledge about Machu Picchu for two hours o maybe a bit more. At Machupicchu in addition of the information we will have plenty of time to take pictures and enjoy de place. Once we going to be completely satisfied wit Machupicchu we going to get off from Machupicchu, take the bus to go down to Aguas Calientes. This bus is about 30 minutes drive. Then we have lunch in a resturant (is not included) and finally take the train to come back at Cusco where we arrive by 8 pm.
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.
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.
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
Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
Comfortable shoes for camp
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
Toothbrush and paste
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.
Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
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