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  • Group size: 2-10
  • Tour Type: Hiking / Adventure /History
  • Max. Elevation: 12 Km / 7.2 Miles

Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail Tour 6 days

$900

Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail 6D/5N

This epic Machu Picchu hike, allows you to mix the two most famous and beautiful hikes in Peru. Let’s combine: snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes with a cobblestone path and a dozen of imposing Inca ruins. This hike allows you to see breathtaking landscapes of two top 25 hikes in the world.

Highlights of our Salkantay Trek and Classic Inca Trail

  • We wish to give you the best experience on this Salkantay Trek and Classic Inca Trail by. That is why we planned a unique itinerary; that gives you the precise hours of hiking to make you really enjoy, observe, acclimatized to the altitude, take your time and appreciate the landscape beauty of this trip.
  • We provide you with an emergency horse, in case you need a little push.
  • We provide you with a alpaca wool blanket and a hot water bladder.
  • Our campsites, are off the beaten path; Thus tranquility and direct contact with nature are assured.
  • We visit, a local family house; to learn all aspects of the andean culture and peoples 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. For sunrise and sunset.
  • 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.

*In addition to all the above, we prepare food for our hikers and team with 100% organic veggies purchased from local producers. We also cook together with our hikers, a traditional hot stone underground barbecue, called Pachamanca.

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: Quite Challenging

Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay lake – chupataI

  • Elevation: From 3,900 to 4,300 meters
  • Distance: 10 km / 6 miles
  • Considered: moderate to difficult
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Warm to cold

We’ll pick you up from your hotel at 4:00 am. then will be driven for three hours to Soraypampa. This is the starting point our epic Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail. After an outdoor breakfast, we’ll hike uphill for two hours to Humantay lake; this section will be surrounded by andean grassland, purple flowers and a pretty snow-capped mountain. Once on the top, our guide we’ll give us the best suggestions to have amazing views of the turquoise lagoon; let’s take our time and connect with nature while hearing interesting facts about mountains and lakes. You´ll hike downhill for 45 minutes and then one hour uphill to our lunch spot. Our support team will be waiting us, with a cooled juice and a delicious buffet lunch.
After a nap, we´ll hike two hours uphill to our first basecamp; along the way will have a nice 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 a incredible day in the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail. Then at night we´ll enjoy a charming tea time and a yummy buffet dinner.

** The Salkantay Trek will open its arms to give us a wonderful scenic welcoming.

Day 2: Ichupata – Incachiriaska Pass – Inca canal

  • Elevation: 4,300 – 3,600 meters
  • Distance: 16 km / 9 miles
  • Considered: difficult
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Cold

You´ll be woken up with a mug a hot coffee; then get ready to enjoy a nutritious breakfast. we’ll hike uphill for three hours to the Incachiriaska mountain pass; on the way will observe big snowy peaks all around us. Once on the top, we’ll see condors if we´re lucky; also our support team will provide us a cheese or ham sandwich and a hot drink. To continue with this 6 day hike to Machu Picchu, we’ll descend for three hours to Sisaypampa where will enjoy a buffet lunch. After a nap will hike downhill for three hours more, through an area crowded by llamas and alpacas. In our campsite area there exist only ten houses; will visit one of them to learn more about the andean lifestyle and traditions.

** This is a very challenging day, due we’ll arrive the highest point of the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail.

Day 3: Inca Canal – Wayllabamba – Llulluchapampa

  • Elevation: 3600 – 3700 meters
  • Distance: 16 km / 10 miles
  • Considered: Moderate to difficult
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Cold, warm

After a yummy buffet breakfast, we’ll hike downhill for three hours to an Inca settlement; along the way will observe and smell many medicinal shrubs and will see typical andean homes. Upon our arrival to the Inca ruin, our guide will give us a guiding tour inside the Paucarcancha archaeological site. After visiting this place, we´ll get into a different zone life known as: the dwarf highland forest. Will hike inside this area for 45 minutes to Huayllabamba; which is the starting point of the Classic Inca Trail and the place where will delight a yummy and varied lunch.
Here we’ll meet with extra porters due mules are not able to work on the Inca Trail; let’s hike for three hours to our third camp, located in the area of Llulluchapampa. On the way will see nice trees hosting varied and pretty bromeliads, a crystalline stream and a small cascade. Once in our camp, will have a charming tea time and a delicious buffet dinner.

** Today we´ll leave behind the Salkantay Trek to start with the Classic Inca Trail.

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

  • Elevation: From 3,700 to 3750 meters
  • Distance: 10 km / 6 miles
  • Considered: moderate to difficult
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Warm to cold

This will be a fantastic scenic day, due will get little by little from the andean foothills to the beginning of the amazon jungle. 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. Let’s celebrate on the top to then start descending for two hours to lunch spot. Along the way will observe flowers of different colors and their inseparable friends: the hummingbirds. Upon our arrival to lunch spot, our support team will give us a fruit juice and a delicious buffet lunch.
After a 30 minute nap, will hike uphill for two hours to the second pass of the Classic Inca Trail; we’ll stop in half way to explore an Inca ruin known as: Runcuracay. This building may have been a trail lodge, this is due its arquitectonic shape and its remote location in between two Inca settlement. We descend for one hour to Sayacmarca, which is a huge Inca town perched on the top of a hill. Once here we´ll get into the starting of the amazon forest; let’s hike for two hours to our fourth campsite. This two hour stretch is considered by previous hikers as a jewel; due its wonderful scenic views, birds and orchids.
At night we’ll stargaze Inca constellations and the milky way while enjoying our tea time.

** The fourth campsite in the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail is known as: Phuyupatamarca; and it has a privileged located to see stars in 360 degrees.

Day 5: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Aguas Calientes.

  • Elevation: From 3,750 to 2000 meters
  • Distance: 15 km / 8.3 miles
  • Considered: moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Warm and humid

This is the most easy day and one of the most beautiful ones in the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail. we’ll have a delicious outdoor breakfast; observing the Machu Picchu mountain and the Salkantay snow-capped mountain. Then will visit a awesome Inca settlement perched in the middle of two mountains. From this point we descend on a cobblestone path for three hours to Intipata. This terraced growing area has according previous hikers, the best scenic view of the whole 6 day Machu Picchu hike.
Then we hike 40 minutes to Wiñaywayna to enjoy our last lunch prepared by our chef. We will do the digestion for half an hour, while our guide show us the outstanding Mini Machu Picchu. This place is just five minutes from our lunch area and is as beautiful as Machu Picchu citadel but smaller. Following with our Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail Hike; we’ll hike for one hour to the sungate, from where we have a first Machu Picchu citadel glimpse. Then we hike downhill for 30 minutes to arrive to the Machu Picchu overlooks; from where we take our postcard photos. After having enjoyed the first views of the lost city of the Incas, we’ll board a bus for half and 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.

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 lessons 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 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 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 an INCAS PATH 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 the is not car access until your accommodation.

** Our Salkantay Trek and Classic Inca Trail service, is door to door.

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