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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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;
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)
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
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Tables and chairs, cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas
A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town
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;
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.
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!