Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail
TREKKING MAP The 7 Day Salkantay - Inca Trail offers tourists the chance to enjoy a mix of both the Salkantay Trek and the Inca Trail combined. Starting on the Salkantay Trek, the route diverges just before Salkantay Pass and instead goes over the Incachiriaska Pass (Frozen Inca Pass) which leads down to the village of Wayllabamba where you join the Inca Trail and continue on to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate.
WHY TAKE THE SALKANTAY TRAIL?
- The Salkantay Trek is listed as one of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.
- The Salkantay Trek is definitely one of the very best trekking adventures that you will find in Peru and in the continent of South America.
- After the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is the 2nd most popular trek to Machu Picchu (and a lot less crowded).
- Hiking alongside the magnificent Apu Salkantay and arriving at the ruins of the majestic Machu Picchu is one of the best experiences known to mankind.
- Trekkers can see natural bridges, snowcapped mountains, colorful valleys, waterfalls, wildlife, unique plants, and cloud forest.
- Camping with less people allows you to control your own trip and have the best views of these incredible mountains!
- The Inca Trail trek is listed in the TOP 5 best treks in the world by multiple different magazines.
- The Inca Trail is the best Trek in Peru.
DAY 1: Cusco | Mollepata - Challacancha – Soraypampa (Humantay Lake)Walking Distance – 12km / 7.45 miles
Starting Elevation – 3350 meters ASL / 10990 feet ASL
Highest Elevation – 4600 meters ASL / 15091 feet ASL
Campsite Elevation – 3920 meters ASL / 12861 feet ASL
Meals: Lunch and Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Accommodation: Glass-Topped Sky Camp
Adventure: Moderate-High! (Especially the trek to Humantay Lake!)
We start the day by picking you up at your hotel at 05:00 AM. We will drive for around 4 hours, crossing Anta and Mollepata and ending up at Challancha. Through the windows of the bus you can clearly see the white, snowcapped mountains of Apus Salkantay and Humantay: two colossal gods of the Incas. You will also see spectacular scenery of high peaks and low valleys in a colorful and contrasting panorama filling every direction you turn your eyes! After the first two hours of driving, we will stop quickly in Mollepata to take advantage of the toilet facilities, souvenir shops, and an optional, short breakfast. We will then continue to Challacancha, the starting point for our trek. We will meet our support staff, and they will organize all of the equipment and cargo mules. Around 09:30 AM, we will begin trekking to Soraypampa (3850 MASL – 12631 FASL), the first campsite on our journey.
The first section of the path takes us over a few deep valleys along the side of a mountain. At some parts of the trail, an old aqueduct can still be seen which still supplies water to farmers in the lower valleys. We will travel 7 km (4.35 miles) in 3 hours to Soraypampa where we will have our lunch at the base camp of Salkantay. After lunch and a short rest, we hike up to the unforgettable Humantay Lake (4200 MASL – 13779 ft). This is a 5 km (3.1miles) round-trip which we will walk in a total of 3 hours. This place one of the most beautiful sights in all the Andes with unbelievable blue-green water reflecting the mountain glaciers of Apu Humantay. It seems like something out of a dream or fairy tale! Back at our camp, the background of the valley at sunset creates the most peaceful scene with an energy that can only be felt and not described! Because Soraypampa (our camp) is located in the middle of the glacier valleys, the sky is so immensely clear at night that you can truly appreciate the stars, constellations, and even comets shooting across the pitch blackness, uninterrupted by the hustle, bustle, or lights of the city. Take a moment this night to re-center your spirit and consider all the deep things of life in the profound silence and tranquility of Soraypampa!
DAY 2: Soraypampa | Salkantaypampa - Pampa JaponesaWalking Distance – 13km / 8 miles
Highest Elevation – 4000 meters ASL / 13123 feet ASL
Meals: Lunch and Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
Adventure: Absolutely, completely satisfactory
After an early wake up and hearty breakfast, we start on a gentle uphill to Salkantaypampa as we enjoy the views of this imposing mountain in front of our eyes all morning! Salkantay Mountain is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region and one of the Inca gods called “Apu”. As we ascend, we will make stops along the way to enjoy the outstanding mountain scenery of the Vilcabamba range. After lunch, we will gradually continue ascending to our campsite in Pampa Japonesa.
DAY 3: Pampa Japonesa | Sisaypampa - Canal IncaWalking Distance: – 14km / 8.7 miles
Highest Elevation: – 5000 meters ASL / 16404 feet ASL
Campsite Elevation: – 3750 meters ASL / 12303 feet ASL
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
Adventure: Absolutely, completely satisfactory
Today, we will conquer the last stretch to the pass (Incachiriasca, 5338 MASL – 17513 FASL). Be amazed about the incredible forthcoming views of Salkantay! From the pass, we will make our way down to our lunch camp in Sisaypampa, where the highest-living Andean rodent, the chinchilla, can be seen. After lunch, we continue heading downhill and, as we near the campsite, the valley narrows and the river becomes a canal. Our campsite this night is at the Inca canal.
DAY 4: Canal Inca | Huayllabamba - Ayapata.Walking Distance: – 14 km / 8.7 miles
Campsite Elevation: – 3000 meters ASL / 9842 feet ASL
Maximum Altitude: - 3750 meters ASL / 12303 feet ASL
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
Today, we will start with a 3-hour steep downhill trek to the Incan ruins at Inkaracay (also known as Paucarcancha). It is an archeological site well worth exploring! Afterward, we will continue hiking down to the small village of Huayllabamba where we join the traditional Inca Trail. After making a lunch stop, we will head up to our campsite, through a steep, but very scenic, climb. Our campsite tonight is at Ayapata.
DAY 5: Ayapata | Llulluchapampa - Pacaymayo - ChaquicochaMaximum Altitude: 4200 meters ASL / 13776 feet ASL
Campsite Elevation – 3400 meters ASL / 11154 feet ASL
Distance: 16 km / 9.9 miles
Weather: You will experience the 4 seasons all in just one day
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Today, we will reach the highest point on the Inca Trail (dead woman pass) (Warmihuañusca) (4200 MASL – 13776 FASL). After a two-hour descent, we will arrive at Pacaymayo Valley (3600 MASL – 11808 FASL) where we lunch. We then continue up to the second pass (Runkurakay) (3970 MASL – 13022 FASL), stopping halfway to visit the impressive archaeological site of Runkurakay. Going over the pass, we descend toward Lake Yanacocha and enter into the cloud forest to arrive at the Sayacmarca Inca ruins (3624 MASL – 11887 FASL). Our campsite is at Chaquicocha (3400 MASL – 11154 FASL).
DAY 6: Chaquicocha | WiñaywaynaCampsite Elevation – 2600 meters ASL / 8530 feet ASL
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Today, we will take an easy climb in the morning to the last pass with its Incan ruins of the same name (Phuyupatamarca, 3700 MASL – 12136 FASL). Here, we will also have remarkable views of the Urubamba River Valley. Afterward, we descend to the Wiñaywayna campsite (2650 MASL – 8692 FASL) and visit another archeological site there after lunch.
DAY 7: The Most Important Day – Machu Picchu!
Today we arrive at the long-awaited finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! After an early start to our day, we arrive at the campsite exit gate where we must wait in line until 5 AM. The Machu Picchu entrance check point is open from 06:00 AM until 17:00 PM. Subsequently, we will hike one hour until we arrive at the Sun Gate (Intipuncu) which looks down onto Machu Picchu. Arriving at the Sun Gate we will feel so jubilant that we have finally arrived! We will arrive early to beat the crowds to this viewpoint and enjoy its serenity in the soft morning light. From there, we will walk downhill on a stone path to enter the hidden Royal Citadel of the Incas with impressive panoramic views all the way down.
After we register in the site, we explore this amazing and world-famous location. We will have a 2-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields. Be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas which was so far ahead of their time and still partially a mystery today! Without having modern tools or even steel and iron to work with, the people who built this city were genius in organizing this community in a sustainable and beautiful way on the side of a mountain, even bringing water in canals through its streets for the people to use. When a Peruvian guide showed this site to Hiram Bingham, it was almost unrecognizable, covered in thick vegetation and in a state of disrepair. It has since been cleaned and restored and is now protected and treasured by the world at large!
After this tour, you are free to climb up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Be sure to book in advance to get tickets for these!). Each mountain takes approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Another option is walking to see the Incan Bridge. You will be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for more than 7 hours before hiking back down to Aguas Calientes (or riding the bus for $12.00 USD) to catch our train at 18:20 PM to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco at about 22:00 PM. Rest your feet and your body now, but we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come!
What is Included?
- Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office, for an orientation 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
- 1 Blanket or Liner
- 1 Pillow per person
- 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
- Light-Weight plastic rain poncho
- We will create a the trip of a Memorable Lifetime Experience for you.
- We are Direct operators & local owners with the best trekking team on the hike.
- Entrance fee to Salkantay Trail (S/.10 per person)
- Sleeping Bags: (you can hire from our company), our sleeping bags are -18ºC-comfort (0ºF), mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
- Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
- Last Day: Lunch and Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
- Personal clothing and gear.
- Travel insurance.
- Tips for our staff: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
- 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.
Thank you for choosing Salkantay Trekking! We will do everything within our means to take care of you and ensure an enjoyable trip of a lifetime in Peru!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE SALKANTAY TREK & INCA TRAIL
Please read carefully the following information – it will help you with any questions you may have about our services.
IS IT FOR ME?The Salkantay Inca Trail Trek is a great combination and better suited for more adventurous trekkers who are able to handle higher altitude and longer distances. Ascending to reach the famous Incachiriasca Pass at 5338 MASL – 17513 FASL is not too strenuous since it is at the beginning of the trek, neither is it very steep, but it does require stamina and a little time in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude before beginning the trek.
THE BRIEFINGThis meeting will take place the night before the trek’s departure at 7 PM (in 2017) or at 6 PM (starting in 2018) at our office which is located at Triunfo Street 392, Office 212 (second floor). We are 1 block from the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) of Cusco.
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of firstname.lastname@example.org or you make your deposit directly on this link: https://www.paypal.me/SalkantayTrekking
DUFFEL BAG FOR Salkantay & Inca Trail 7 DaysThe evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7 kg/15.4 lbs. Our horseman will carry your duffle bag for you together with the food and camping gear. It is important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day as the horsemen and horses will always be ahead of the group. During the travel, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, raincoat, camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually, a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both free of charge.
HOW TO BOOK THE Salkantay & Inca Trail 7 DaysFIRST To make a booking, please email us to check availability and receive customized booking forms. You can also download a generic form from: Passenger Details form.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase any Salkantay & Inca Trail 7 Days permits or entrance tickets without the following information:
- Personal information (Full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Passport number
- Date of birth (dd / mm / yyyy)
SECOND, we require a deposit of US$500 per person in order to purchase a permit for the Salkantay & Inca Trail 7 Days. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL.
OUR HIKING TEAM
Our Tour GuidesYour tour will be led by a trained and highly experienced professional with a very solid guiding background, years of hiking and wilderness experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into unforgettable adventures.
They never stop learning so that they can be the best possible guides. They all speak English and of course they also speak Spanish and even Quechua, the Incan Language. They are all able to communicate with natives from around the area and will have lots of history to share with you. Check out the Meet Our Tour Leaders....
Our CooksAfter a challenging trek we know how important a good hot meal can be to prepare your body and warm you up. That’s why on every trek with Salkantay Trekking we employ chefs with years of experience cooking on the trails so that they provide filling and nutritious meals using fresh ingredients and a variety of flavors.
Every chef prepares different meals depending on what food is available. ...More info.
Meals: What to ExpectAll of our hiking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.
For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.
We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee. ...More info.
Our Horseman and HorsesOur Horseman and his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites.
Our horsemen are hired from the areas where the trekking route goes and therefore have extensive knowledge of the area.
Besides trekking and camping gear every horse carries a total of 40 kg of guest's belongings.
You will have a personal allowance of 7kg/165lb for your gear....More info.
SKY CAMP - Under the deep blue sky
Feel in your every cell the perfect union of heaven and earth. Sleep peacefully under the deep blue sky, in the middle of the Humantay and Salkantay Mountain. At the same time, enjoy all the carefree comforts and services of a high-class holiday home....
Terms and Conditions
Our 7D/6N Salkantay & Inca Trail Trek includes extra horse to carry up to 7kg/16lbs of your belongings.
We are the only Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu that works exclusively with specialists and experts.
The Salkantay Trek is our passion and customer satisfaction our success!”
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