7 Day Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is ideal for those who seek to explore lesser-traveled routes and combine outstanding trails with even more impressive scenery. The joint Salkantay and Inca Trail experience will leave you astounding at each step as you explore the majestic natural landscapes and the ancient essence of this region, not only through the various microclimates you will pass, but also through your visits to the ancient temples and roadways of the Inca legacy.
Our principle objective is to arrive to Machu Picchu – the best reward after making a long journey through the rough terrain of one of the richest areas of South America.
DAY 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Suyroccocha
Today we will depart very early from Cusco, at 5:00 am, and make the 3-hour journey to the town of Mollepata, the gateway to the Salkantay valley. Along the way you will experience many different micro-climates and altitudes, each with its unique agricultural essence, such as the town of Limatambo, known for its avocados. Here we will have a quick breakfast before continuing back up in elevation to the community of Soraypampa where we begin our trek. After lunch, our first stop will be at the Humantay Lake, magical turqoise waters that lay right at the foot of this massive glacier. Returning back to camp in Soraypampa, here we will settle in for the night, and weather permitting, a spectacular night show of constellations and the possible shooting star.
Max Elevation: 4,800 meters / 15,921 feet
Distance: 12km / 7.45 miles
DAY 2: Soraypampa – Salkantaypampa – Pampa Japonesa
Today we will rise early for breakfast and begin our ascent. First to Salkantaypampa, moving closer and closer to this massive mountain at an astounding 6,271 meters / 20,574 feet, whose name literally refers to the wild and untamed force of Nature than rules the creative forces of this world. Our camp today will be at Pampa Japonesa (4,600 meters / 15,091 feet), the last spot nearest to the glacier before ascending to the high pass. This evening you will feel the cool wrath of the nearby ice and potentially here the avalanches at a safe distance.
Max Elevation: 4,600 meters / 15,091 feet
Distance: 13km / 8 miles
DAY 3: Pampa Japonesa – Incachiriaska – Canal Inca
With each day we are nearing our connection with the original Inca Trail and this day is the final one in our route to unite with this historic area. Here it is possible to observe the Andean Condor and its majestic flight. Today the altitude will test your strength as we ascend to the high pass of Incachiriaska (5,338 meters / 17,513 feet), and finally, after about 3 hours we will descend into the valley below for a more gentle walk. Arriving to our camp we will share dinner together and rest. The night views continue to amaze us due to the thin atmosphere at this elevation, allowing us a spectacular observation of the night sky.
Max Elevation: 5,338 meters / 17,513 feet
Distance: 14km / 8.7 miles
DAY 4: Inca Aquaduct – Huayllabamba – Ayapata
Today we will enter into the famous Inca Trail, starting first with the archaeological center of Paucarcancha. Continuing onwards we will return to an elevation with abundant vegetation and plenty of flora and fauna in the Andean cloud forest. The views of the towering mountains above us and multiple waterfalls at every turn accompany as we venture through changes in microclimates. We arrive for lunch at the Inca Trail pass before making a short connection to our campsite for the night at Ayapata (3,300 meters / 10,942 feet).
Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles
DAY 5: Ayapata – Warmiwañusqa – Chaquicocha
After a nourishing breakfast to begin our trek, we ascend to the high pass of Warmiwañusqa at an elevation of 4,200 meters / 13,779 feet, to then descend back into the forest and an environment full of native queuña trees and plenty of hummingbirds among abundant flora and fauna. We will arrive to the campsite of Pacamayo for lunch and rest before continuing onto our final destination of Runkurakay (3,760 meters / 12,150 feet), believed to be the atrology temple of the Incas. Camp will be at Chaquicocha (3,400 meters / 11,154 feet) for dinner and another night under the stars.
Max Elevation: 4,200 meters / 13,779 feet
Distance: 16 km / 9.9 miles
DAY 6: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna
From here we are only one day from Machu Picchu, but there are several astouding locations to visit along the way. We continue through Runkurakay, onto Phuyupatamarca – one of the most impressive ceremonial platforms with fine construction techniques. Last we visit Wiñaywayna (the mountain of eternal youth), with its superior aquaducts, terraces and temples. From here you will be able to feel and see the energy of Machu Picchu, intensifying with each step. Views of the Sacred Valley and the Urubamba River valley far below start to come out at several vantage points. The jungle also thickens as we descend. Our camp will be nearby Wiñaywayna (2,650 meters / 8,692 feet) for dinner and rest.
Max Elevation: 3,700 meters / 12,136 feet
Distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles
DAY 7: Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu – Cusco
Today we must rise before sunrise for a quick ascent to the famous sungate if we want to catch the finest sunrise on the planet – the first rays illuminating the crystal city of Machu Picchu. It is almost a 2 hour journey to Intipunku (Sun Gate) at only 2,730 meters / 8,956 feet), where you will have the privelege of observing the great citadel of Machu Picchu at the most precious time of day. From here we can also observe the surrounding areas of deep river valleys and towering snow capped peaks.
Once within the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, your guide will take you on a short tour to the most important sites and share their respective stories and signficance. Afterwards you will have free time to explore as you wish all that Machu Picchu has to offer. Later in the afternoon we will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes and board the train back to Cusco. This way our tour Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu concludes.
Distance: 5 km / 3 miles
- Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office, for an orientation before your trek and provide you the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. meeting at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
- Transport: Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Challacancha (starting point of the trek).
- Experienced Guide: English speaking professional and official tour guide.
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
- Entrance fee to Inca Trail.
- Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Kailas, Pro aconcagua and Rei 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested.
- Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs.
- Foam mats or sleeping pads: to put under your sleeping bag (carried by horses)
- Accommodation: 6 nights in tent
- 1 Duffle Bag: Where you can put your personal belongings (7 kilograms = 15 lbs) which includes your sleeping bag.
- Porters: We include your personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffel with your personal items. There is no additional fee for this. We will give you your duffel bag at your briefing the night before and this should be filled with the things you need for night and the next day. You will not have access to your duffel until your evening campsite.
- Trekking Cook: In charge to prepared all the meals along the journey, over 6 people cook assistant
- Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 dinners and Snacks (Vegetarian, vegan or special menus are available at no extra cost)
- Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite we will wake you up with a cup of coca tea our support staff will bring the coca tea to your tent in order to wake you up.
- Tea time = Happy Hour: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
- Daily snacks – Days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6: Our Snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, Caramels we will give this snack at the beginning of each day trek in a cloth bag to avoid environmental contamination.
- One textile snack bag per person: to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
- Water grooming: Each morning warm water with towel
- Medical kit: Our crew bring the First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Train tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition service at 18:20 hrs)
- Transport: Transfer from Ollantaytambo Train Station to hotel in Cusco(Day 7)
- 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit
- Entrance fee to Salkantay Trail
- Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us). US$40
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain $85
- Extra Personal porter ,US$160 for carrying for personal items for 5 kg.
- Meals where are not stated
- Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.
- Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:
- Original Passport
- ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Toiletries and hand sanitiser
- Personal medication
- Camera and film
- Torch with spare batteries
****Daily Departure with at least 2 people****Check Inca trail availibility: Inca Trail Availability
****Includes a Personal Porter who will carry your personal items up to 7 kilos (including the sleeping bag : 2kgs), we will provide you a duffle bag for this purpose.****
|NUMBER OF PAX||PRICE PER PERSON||ACTION|
|02 people||US$ 1400|
|04 people||US$ 995.00|
|05 people||US$ 975.00|
|06 people||US$ 925.00|
|07+ people||US$ 900.00|
- Students with ISIC CARD: US$25. Please send us the copy of your passport at the booking time.
- Under 18 years old: US$35. Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time
|Hire of sleeping bag 5 season||$40.00|
|Walking stick highly recommended!||$25.00|
|Single Tent supplement||$50.00|
|Additional porter for 5 kg.||$160.00|
|Additional night at 3 star hotel||$85.00|