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Salkantay to Inca Trail

Salkantay to Inca Trail

Do you want to do the Classic Salkantay to Inca Trail? but it is sold out. Inca Trail Machu has created a new alternative hiking to Machu Picchu. Salkantay Inca Trail involves 5 day hike on the famous Salkantay trek and 2 day hike to the Short Inca Trail. This hike is the best alternative hikes to the 7 day Salkantay to Inca Trail. Not along the typical tourist trail path, this is an innovating adventure for travelers who want a little more solitude and individuality on their journey. With impressive views, such as Umantay Mountain and Lake, the Salkantay Mountain, Llactapata ruins, Challacancha ruins, Wiñaywayna ruins and Machu Picchu citadel..

This is one of the most interesting and enjoyable alternative hike to the Inca Trail due to the wide range of plant diversity, various ecosystems, remote Andean villages, and views of the snow-capped Umantay and Salkantay Mountain as well as of the Llactapata Incan site on the peak of a mountain, just behind the Machu Picchu Mountain, Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna ruins on the Inca Trail. This trail finally reaches Aguas Calientes, located at the foothill of the historical and archaeological site of Machu Picchu, from where we hike in early morning up to lost city of the Incas to see the sunrise above it. Then our English speaking tour guide takes us around this incredible Incan citadel.




Quick Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco - Mollepata  - Soraypampa - Umantay (Lake and Mountain) - Salkantaypampa (camping)
Day 02: Salkantaypampa - Salkantay Mountain - Colpapampa (camping)
Day 03: Colcapampa - La Playa - Aobamba camping
Day 04: La Playa - Llactapata Inca Ruins - Hidrolectrica - Puente Ruinas (camping)
Day 05: Puente Ruinas - Chachabamba - Wiñaywayna - Aguas Calientes (hotel)
Day 06: Machu Picchu - Cusco.


Crew: A Inca Trail Machu Representative in Cusco and a professional Tour Guige, a Cook, and Horseman for the Salkantay to Inca Trail.

Accommodation: Campsites (4 nights), Hotel in Machu Picchu (1 night).

Meals: 5x breakfast, 5x lunch, 5x dinner, 4x afternoon tea.

Transportation: Transportation by private van, 1x train

Group Availiable: Mix: 2  Max: 8 Trekkers


Important info about your trek:

  • 6days hiking on a mixed tour (Inca Trail - Salkantay Trek)
  • Limited permits due to the excursion involves Inca Trail
  • Weather: A varied weather along the trek, is recommended acclimatize before
  • Departure Point: We'll meet up on your accommodation
  • Departure Time: 05.00am
  • Briefing Point: Our professional guide will visit yor accommodation 2 or 1 day before the trek
  • Briefing Time: Among 17:00 - 18:00
  • Return Point: Cusco - Our driver will drop-off in your hotel or Airbnb department


Packing List:

  • Passport: Carry it is very important
  • Inmigration Card
  • ISIC card: If you booked as a student
  • A good hiking shoes: Comfortable and useful on all terrain
  • Waterproof: Especially in rainy seasons
  • Sunscreen: Avoid the ultraviolet ray
  • Coca Leaf


Salkantay Inca Trail Trek Avalaibility

There are spots available everyday, our departure is 100% guaranteeed. if you would like to book. Send your request information, you can find on the right on the website.


How can you book the Salkantay to Inca Trail?

The Salkantay Inca Trail starts on the fiveth day of the Salkantay to Inca Trail! if you like to start the tour on the 10th of May, you need to check Inca Trail availability on May 14th!. If there is still availability of the Inca Trail on your date requested in the time of your booking.



Interesting Information:

Day 01: Cusco - Soraypampa - Salkantaypampa
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The bus to Mollepata departs from Cusco at 5 am, arriving in the village at 7:30 for breakfast (optional and not included) and any last minute supplies, which are also not included. From here, at 2.9 km above sea level, the bus goes uphill for another hour to the trail head, Challacancha. The rocky trail goes up and down through the mountains, with impressive views of snowy mountain peaks including the giant, Salkantay, and the Apurimac Valley and River. The first campsite, Soraypampa, which is at 3850 meters above sea level, is reached by lunchtime, after which there is a 2 hour hike up to the beautiful Humantay Lake, perched high in the mountains. Hikers return in time for afternoon tea, which consists of coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and mate de coca, after which there is free time to rest until dinner.

Salkantay Trek moderate hike one day


What is included on the Trek?
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Pre - Trek briefing

Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing. Our guide will provided the duffel bag for your personal belonging,

Note: It is very important let us know, where you will be staying in Cusco;


Professional Guides

Experienced bilingual Tour Guide. They all grew up in this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional, and will ensure you are safe and happy.

Note: A group up to 8 participants has 1 Tour Guide, a groups over 8 participants receives 2 Tour Guides



Camping (5 Nights) and Hotel in Machu Picchu (1 Night)

Our tents are of the brand Eureka Mountain double  designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent.


Hotel in Machu Picchu: with private bathroom and hot water (Single, Double or matrimonial room)


Sleeping Mattress - Thermarest mattress

We provide with inflatable mattresses of the brand Therm-A-Rest. The mattresses are 3 cm heigh that will ensure you a sufficient isolation from the cold earth!

This inflatable mattress for more comfort to sleep in the trail 


Sleeping Bag

We use only feather sleeping bags that are suitable up to minus 16°C. This means you do not need to be worry about cold as temparature at night at each trek reaches just up to 0°C (maximum -5°C)!!


Included the Salkantay, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.


A professional Cook + Meals

5x breakfast, 5x lunch, 5x dinner, 4x afternoon´s hot beverages and Snack every morning

The Inca Trail Machu chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about. If you are a vegetarian or have any restrictions, our chef will prepare special food, please advise us in advance. A vegetarian meal option is for NO extra cost. Food is typically served and buffet.



Excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own, Inca Trail Machu will supply all the water needed. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distributing. You must supply your own water bottles or camel back. We recommend carrying about 3L worth. We will refill our waters at each meal.


Muleteer + Horses

Our horses will carry the all camping equipement for your trek and 7 kg for your personal beloging + Sleeping bag; 

An emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower;

Muleteer is responsible to take the horses;

Inca Trail Machu DOES NOT permit this exploitation!! We guarantee that our horses carry only an amount given by the Peruvian law!!


Tourist Train

From Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo, there are two companies train (Incarail and Perurail),you can choose two time of your train return to Cusco

If you take the train return at 14:55, you will be in Cusco at 18:00

If you take the train return at 19:00, you will be in Cusco at 22:00

On the high season, it is very important let us know in advance, because it is very difficult find spaces available.


Cooking Equipment

Tables and chairs, cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas


Machu Picchu Bus

A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town


Private Transportation

Early morning transfer by private bus to Challacancha - the initial point of the trek;

The train service is finishing in Ollantaytambo Train station, then our driver is waiting for you and he will take to Cusco;


First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

Our guide has received training in first aid from a physician. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen.


Extra equipment for your hike included 

  • A pair hiking poles
  • 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 Map;.


Not Included
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  • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ( U$85);
  • A shuttle bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu (U$12 - one way);
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned.



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!

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Highlights by Archaeological Sites

  • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel
  • Visit Soraypampa
  • Hike through the Salkantay Mountain
  • Take a rest in Aguas Calientes
  • Visit Wiñaywayna


Best moment of the Trek

  • The change to Inca Trail after have saw the Salkantay Mountain


Encampment Equipment

Inca Trail Machu Tour operator will provide the double tent. Our tents are of the brand  EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary
Inca Trail Machu will provide the clean Sleeping bag, Inflatable pillow and blanket. Our porters will leave inside your tent. Once arrived to the camping, you will find inside your all camping equipment.



  • Walking sticks or poles cost $20 to rent.
  • Daypack for your hike U$ 10
  • Rain Poncho U$ 10 
  • There are emergency porters available for rent along this trek if you are unsure you will be able to complete the hike, cost $80.

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Salkantay to Inca Trail

Here is everything you need to know about Salkantay Trek Peru, one of our most impressive routes.

Where is located the Salkantay?
The "Salkantay" snowy is the highest peak of the Vilcabamba mountain range, part of the Peruvian Andes. It is located 60 km at the northwest of Cusco city. It is the 38th highest peak of the Andes and the 12th highest peak in Peru.

Altitudes in Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail 
During the Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail, we will find the following altitudes:
  • Starting Elevation “Mollepata” 2 803m a.s.l.
  • “Soraypampa” at 3 750m a.s.l. 
  • "Humantay" at 5 917m a.s.l.
  • "Salkantay" at 6 271m a.s.l.
  • "Salkantay Pampa" at 4 100m a.s.l.
  • "Frozen Inca Pass" at 5 100m a.s.l.
  • "Pampacawana" at 4 000m a.s.l.
  • "Paucarcancha" at 3 205m a.s.l.
  • "Wayllabamba" at 3 000m a.s.l.
  • "Llullucha Pampa" at 3 855m a.s.l.
  • "Dead Woman´s Pass" at 4 200m a.s.l.
  • "Pacaymayo Valley" at 3 300m a.s.l.
  • "Abra Runkurakay" at 3 860m a.s.l.
  • "Chaquicocha" at 3 670m a.s.l.
  • "Phuyupatamarca Pass" at 3 670m a.s.l.
  • "Phuyupatamarca Incan Complex" at 3 600m a.s.l.
  • "Wiñayhuayna" at 2 700m a.s.l.
How many kilometers is walked during the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu and how many hours do we walk per day?
The total distance involves about 74 km, climbing about 1 800m through glaciers, snow, and some rock; that´s why accessing the route typically involves three days of travel from Cusco.
  • Soraypampa to Los Andenes: 14 Km (Trekking time: 7 - 8 hours)
  • Los Andenes to The Beach: 18 Km (Trekking time: 10 hours)
  • The Beach to Hot Springs: 15 Km (Trekking time: 7- 8 hours)
What does "Salkantay" and "Machu Picchu" mean?
The name "Salkantay" comes from "Salka", a Quechua word meaning "wild", uncivilized. So, the name is often translated as "wild mountain".
"Machu Picchu" means 'Old Mountain' in the indigenous Quechua language. "Machu Picchu", the lost city of the Incas, is an unprecedented historical, natural and architectural complex, a tourist destination that has earned the category of inescapable.

How difficult is the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?
This path has a moderate to strong difficulty, it is recommended to have good physical preparation, and arrive in Cusco at least 2 days before starting the tour for acclimatization.

Is it possible to do the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu on my own?
The trekking of Salkantay unlike the traditional Inca Trail, in which it is mandatory to hire an agency and is difficult to adquire a ticket for entrance, the Salkantay trekking allows its realization on your own. The trekking begins in the village of Mollepata, where you have to pay a registration at the checkpoint in the main square, that has an approximate cost of 130 soles or 40 dollars.

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