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Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail

Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail

Salkantay trek to Inca Trail 7 days is the most complete hike to Machu Picchu. Trekking to the sacred mountain of Salkantay and Hiking the Classic Inca Trail. The peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba ascend to form a fragmented chain between the districts two big rivers: the Urubamba and the Apurimac. Along the Cordillera's northern side huge glacial summits meet with abundant tropical rain forests. Situated northwest of Cusco, Nevado de Salkantay, the Cordilleras highest summit is at the east side of the chain and reches 6271 meters above sea level. The name Salkantay translates to Savage Mountain in Quechua. The Salkantay trek usually takes 7 days and has become well-known with hikers who want a peaceful path less trodden that culminate on th lost city tof the Incas - Machu Picchu. The 4 days you will trek through glorious surroundings and hardly see any other tourists, from there you will join the Inca Trail at Huayllabamba and carry on to Machu Picchu, which we arrive at early in the morning on the seventh day. The famous Inca Trail, linking  Machu Picchu with the Sacred Valley, is the best diverse landscapes and passes more than Llactapata, Runkurrakay, Sayacmarka, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna, Inca tunnel, other Incas Sites on the route. Permits are needed for this tour, so book in advance. It is one of the most complete and authentic Inca paths that you can find! 

Quick Itinerary:

Day 01: Cusco - Soraypampa

Day 02: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pampa

Day 03: Salkantay Pampa - Pampacahuarina

Day 04: Pampacahuarina - Llullucha Pampa

Day 05: Llucha Pampa - Chaquicocha

Day 06: Chaquicocha - Wiñayhuayna

Day 07: Wiñayhuayna - Machu Picchu


Highlights of the Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail:

  • Discovery of a more complete Incan path
  • Opportunity for experienced trekkers to enjoy a challenging hike
  • Trekking to the sacred mountain of Salkantay
  • Hiking the Original Inca Trail
  • 7 day hike accompanied by explanations of a professional bilingual tour guide
  • Lovely moutain landscapes observation
  • Amazing and hidden Incan sites discovery
  • Guided tour of the amazing Inca citadal - Machu Picchu

Service Level: Quality camping equipment, extra porters and private transport.

Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding -  Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers

Age requirement: 12+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Salkantay and Inca Trail Tour Operator: Inca Trail Machu Travel

Crew: A Inca Trail Machu Representative in Cusco, a professional bilingual Tour Guide, a Cook and extra Porters for your personal belonging. 

Accomodation: 6x campsite.

Meals: 6x breakfast, 6x lunch, 6x dinner, 6x afternoon tea

Transportation: Transportation by private van, 1x train (Expedition Class).

Group Available: Small Group - Min: 2 - Max: 8  

 

Departures 100% guaranteed!!

Do I need to book it in advance? The Inca Trail Salkantay Trek has departures guaranteed, but Inca Trail permits, train tickets and entrances to Huayna Picchu Mountain are subjet to availability! For that reason, we HIGHLY recommend booking it well in advance to ensure you receive exactly what you want!!

PLEASE NOTEMay, June and July are peak months of a HIGH TOURIST SEASON in Cusco. It means that Inca Trail permits are SELL OUT MANY MONTHS IN ADVANCE!!


How to Book and Send Payment

To complete your booking, we will require your personal details, full name, passport, nationality and day of birthday. Once sent, our booking department will require the 50% pre-payment for your book your entrance fee and train ticket. Booking and payment you will find the next step to book and payment.

 

Why to book with Inca Trail Machu Tour Operator

  • A licensed tour guide for 8 trekkers, two licensed tour guides from 9 up to 16 trekkers.
  • Specialist operators for international tour companies.
  • Tour operator since 2009
  • Highly experienced english speaking guide.
  • Eureka Camping tents for 4 season
  • All Inclusive (sleeping bag, thermarest mattress, hiking poles, etc) 
  • Nutritious, well-balanced, hearty and healthy buffet meals with fresh, high quality ingredients, high in energy value and prepared carefully to avoid illness.
  • Drinking water since the second day to fill up your water container for the day hike
  • Daily afternoon tea
  • Gentle wake up each morning! with a hot drink (coca tea, chocolate, coffee, etc)
  • We catter for any food restriction
  • Private bus to head trail
  • Comfortable sleeping foam roll matts (Therma a rest mattress
  • Inca Trail Machu hires peruvian professional staff like guides, assistant guides, chefs, and porters and pay them with good wages far lots better than other tour companies do.

Resposinble Travel

San Martin de Porres School

If you reserve this trip, you will be making a donation to the school for special needs children

 

Inca Trail Machu Porters

Inca Trail Machu DOES NOT permit this exploitation!! We guarantee that our porters carry only an amount given by the Peruvian law!! There is still a long way to go when it comes to a reserve of adequate meals, backpacks and warm dry sleeping accommodation.

 

Day 01: Cusco - Sayllapata

We pick you up from your hotel at 6 am to take you by private transport for a 3 hour ride from Cusco (3,400 m) to Mollepata (2,803 m/9,196 ft). On the way, we stop in Limatambo (a small town) to visit Tarawasi - very important religious Incan remains! Then, we continue our ride to a one and  half an hour far away town of Mollepata where we have breakfast. There we start hiking up to Tillka and we take then wide gradually ascend to Marcocasa (3,500 m/11,482 ft) passing various Andean forests and steppes on the route giving us many opportunities to take fantastic photos of birds, flowers and various plants! In Marcocasa, we are given stunning views of the snow-capped peak of Rayuska (5,350 m/17,552 ft). In the end of the day, we get to a place of our first campsite at Sayllapata (3,600 m/10,200 ft).


Estimated trekking time: 7 hours
Trekking distance: 14 km
Max. elevation: 3,600 m (10,200 ft)
Min. elevation: 2,803 m (9,196 ft)
Difficulty: Easy

Day 02: Sayllapata - Salkantay Pampa

After an early breakfast, we start our today´s trek. First, we get to Soraypampa (3,850 m/12,600 ft) where we join the main route of the Salkantay Trek. From there, it takes approximately an hour to reach Salkantay Pampa, a place of our second campsite. Before we do so, we are given an opportunity to observe a breathtaking scenery of the sacred mountains of Humantay (5,917 m/19,412 ft) and Salkantay (6,271 m/20,574 ft)!! Especially, the Salkantay Mountain is considered by Andean cultures to be "Apus" (a mountain god) of a great importance!! When in Salkantay Pampa (4,100 m/13,451 ft), we set a campsite to be later served dinner. The night might be a bit colder due to its altitude so do not forget to pack a sufficient number of warm cloths please. 


Estimated trekking time: 6 hours
Trekking distance: 10 km
Max. elevation: 4,100 m (13,451 ft)
Min. elevation: 3,600 m (10,200 ft)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Day 03: Salkantay Pampa - Pampacahuarina

Today, we leave the main route of the Salkantay Trek to change for the route of Inca Trail. So we continue first through a lovely valley with native flowers and impresive views of the Salkantay Mountain in front of us at the left side passing through the indigenous villages of Qhesqa and Paucarcancha. Then, we ascend to the Incachiriaska Pass (Frozen Inca Pass;  5,100 m/16,700 ft), the highest point on the entire trek. From this point, we can admire the closest view of Salkantay and whole this area dotted with small mountain lagoons and old glaciers of diverse shades of blue! If we are lucky, we can see a variety of viscachas (chinchillas) and white-tailed deer and hopefully some rare animals such as a condor, guanaco and vicunha! Afterwards, we start descending to the Cusichaca Valley until the small village of Pampacawana (4,000 m/13,123 ft), a place where we can appreciate old Incan channels! We set a next campsite nearby and after dinner, we go to sleep. 


Estimated trekking time: 7 hours
Trekking distance: 14 km
Max. elevation: 5,100 m/16,700 ft
Min. elevation: 4,000 m/13,123 ft
Difficulty: Difficult

Day 04: Pampacahuarina - Llullucha Pampa

Hard trekking expects us today so we finish our breakfast to gain more energy and get ready for the trek. First, we hike for 3 hours to get to  Paucarcancha (3,205 m/10,515 ft). There, our Tour Guide shows you around antique Inca´s ruins called Inkaracay! Then we descend for a couple of minutes to the town of Wayllabamba (3,000 m/9,842 ft). There, we say good-bye to our horseman and horses and welcome our Porters as we join the route of Inca Trail where only Porters are permited. Before we continue climbing, we enjoy lunch. During hiking, we can appreciate a cloud forest with its native trees, orchids, mosses, ferns as well as birds. Finally we get to our next campsite at Llullucha Pampa (3,855 m/12,650 ft)


Estimated trekking time: 7 hours
Trekking distance: 13 km
Max. elevation: 3,855 m/12,650 ft
Min. elevation: 3,000 m/9,842 ft
Difficulty: Difficult

Day 05: Llucha Pampa - Chaquicocha

Early after breakfast, you start ascending towards the highest point of the trail - Abra Warmiwañusqa (Dead Woman´s Pass) at 4,200 metres passing through the cloud forests of Yunkachimpa and Corral Punku offering excellent views of surrounding snowcapped peaks. From Warmiwañusqa, you descend to the Pacaymayo Valley (3,300 m), where you have a lunch break. Then you continue hiking through the valley to the Inca´s ruins of Runkuracay where a guided tour follows. Afterwards, you climb up and get over the second pass - Abra Runkurakay (3,860m) walking on this "Royal Inca´s Highway" down to the next Incan site - Sayacmarca. On the way, you pass the Yanacocha Lake. In the end, we get to our second campsite - Chaquicocha (3,670 m).


Estimated trekking time: 7-8 hours
Trekking distance: 12 km
Max. elevation: 4,200 m (12,630 ft)
Min. elevation: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)
Difficulty: Challenging

Day 06: Chaquicocha - Wi˝ayhuayna

Today, we start hiking passing through lovely subtropical vegetation and many important archaeological sites. Before we reach the first site, we get over Phuyupatamarca Pass (3,670 m) and just behind it, we can see the Phuyupatamarca Incan complex (3,600 m), one of the best preserved and most completed sites of the trek. The complex is located on the top of a mountain and it corresponds with its Quechuan name that means the "Town above the Clouds". After a guided tour, we have lunch there. Then, we start a steep descent via a cloud forest offering an opportunity to see beautiful orchids and different bird species on the way to our last campsite at Wiñay Wayna (2,700 m). There we have a guided tour of the same-named impressive archaeological complex consisting of a religious sector, urban sector and an agricultural center with lots of stepped terraces. Afterwards, we are served dinner and then we go to sleep to get ready for the "icing on the cake" of the trail - Machu Picchu!!

Estimated trekking time: 5-6 hours
Trekking distance: 10 km
Max. elevation: 3,670 m (12,040 ft)
Min. elevation: 2,700 m (8,860 ft)
Difficulty: Moderate

Day 07: Wi˝ayhuayna - Machu Picchu

Early morning of the last day, we climb antique steps to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) to see the sunrise above the long-expected citadel of Machu Picchu!! Then, you enjoy a 2 and half an hour guided visit of the so called "Lost City of the Incas"!! Afterwards, you have an opportunity to climb the peak of Wayna Picchu (45 minutes up and the same time back) on your own to take some panoramic pictures of Machu Picchu!! In the afternoon, you descend to the town of Aguas Calientes to take a train back to Cusco. Arrival in the evening. 

Estimated trekking time: 3 hours
Trekking distance: 4 km
Max. elevation: 2,700 m (8,860 ft)
Min. elevation: 2,400 m (7,875 ft)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Included

  • Pre-trek briefing with your Tour Guide (our guide will visit your hotel a day before);
  • Transfer by private vehicle to Soraypampa - the initial point of the trek;
  • Accommodation: Campsites (6 nights);
  • Entrance fees to the red of Salkantay, an Inca Trail Permit and Machu Picchu fee;
  • Meals: 6x breakfast, 6x lunch, 6x dinner and 6x afternoon hot beverages (please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost);
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide (a group of up to 10 participants receives 1 Guide, a group over 10 persons receives 2 Guides);
  • Professional Cook;
  • Horseman;
  • Horses and Porters to carry food, camping equp,cooking equipment and personal belonging (7 kg), Porters to do so in the second part (due to very strict Inca Trail regulations;
  • Camping equipment: Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
  • Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress); 
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
  • A blanket per person
  • A pillow
  • Day Pack Rain Covers;
  • Rain Ponchos;
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings);
  • A T-shirt of the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail Map;
  • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own);
  • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
  • Food;
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town;
  • A Tourist train from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo (Expedition Service);
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day;
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ($80) or Machu Picchu Mountain ($80);
  • Extra porter and horses to carry your personal belonging (USD 130)
  • Travel insurance;
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned.

Meal budget: Please allow USD 40-50 for meals not included.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single room" option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.

Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price

Salkantay & Inca Trail Packing List

Backpacker for you trekking

Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. If you have extra porter, the porter carry your luggage from Km82 (1st day) to Wiñay wayna camping (3th day). If you don’t have extra porter. We recommend keeping the weight under 5 kg/10lb. You will need to carry clothes, sleeping bag.

If very important your take best cover backpacker, because the weather in Inca Trail is change every date, we can’t predict it raining or no. If you don’t have, we recommended to putting your clothes, sleeping bag and other personal equipment inside the plastic bag.

 

Appropriate clothing along this hike

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machupicchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.

 

Suggest Items

  • Passport original
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Cash in soles
  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for Sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)

Extra Information

Optional services to be hired

  • Backpack 45 Lts USD 20
  • Walking sticks or trekking poles USD 20 for both
  • Personal shared porter.- Very recommended to hire a personal half porter for 7 Kg US$75.00 for the entire trek. Tierras Vivas provides a porter duffle bag for your belongings/equipment at the briefing time the night before of your tour. Foam pad roll mattress is provided to each trekker and need to be carried by your porter or you in case you don`t hire an extra porter. If you have an inflatable Therma-rest mattress, bring it, it is more comfortable or you can hire for extra US$25.00 for entire trek. *Equipment as sleeping bags, trekking poles, backpacks, rain ponchos,water bottles must be organised in advance at the time of your booking or send us an e-mail.

Important note: Personal shared porter must be reserved in advance at the time of booking your trek.

 

Extra information

The camping equipment to Inca Trail will be returned to Cusco on day 4th, you need to give to chef the sleeping bag, mattress.

Camping (double tent) provided in 1st, 2nd, 3rd nights

 

The hike to Inca Trail no included the extra porter. You will need to carry with you a daypack with your clothes, sleeping, Camera, water bottle, snacks, cold weather and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in Dry season May to October)- but as a precaution.

 

Important note: Personal shared porter must be reserved in advance at the time of booking your trek.

 

Tipping & extra money

 

It’s very important to take EXTRA MONEY. You need to take at least 200-300 soles emergency money:

  • The local people built the small markets in the route and you can find the water, snack, chocolate, cola etc. Your first breakfast, last lunch no included
  • Tipping to Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: If at the end of your trek you felt your trekking guide(s), and staff did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference: however as a guideline we suggest each hiker contributes USD 50 per person to a collective tipping pool, more is always appreciated.

 

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