Woman hiking the incredible ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu near the cliff

Salkantay & Inca Trail 7 Days

7 Days & 6 Nights
Starting from US$1100 per person
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Up to 8 People Group Size
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5,100 m / 16,732 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

The Ultimate Combined Trek to Machu Picchu - The Best of Both Worlds

Soraypampa - Sky Camp - Humantay Lake - Death Woman’s Pass - Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu
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5,100 m / 16,732 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

Are you finding it hard to decide between the Salkantay Trek and the Inca Trail? Well, twiddle your thumbs no more. Our Salkantay and Inca Trail 7 Days trek combines the two routes to Machu Picchu in one awesome trip. Both treks are considered in the top twenty-five treks in the world by National Geographic and put together form one of the most epic journeys of all.

It’s no surprise that this combo will challenge you to the max and test your limits. However, when it all comes to a climax at the astounding Inca Citadel, Machu Picchu, you’ll realize all your efforts were worth it. You’ll feel a huge sense of achievement and fulfillment as you wander among the ancient city and look out over the beautiful panorama that is Peru’s dense jungle.

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  Overview

Our Salkantay and Inca Trail 7 Days trek is the perfect choice for those pondering over the two routes. You get the best of both worlds and can enjoy following in ancient footsteps on the Inca Trail and witness some of the most epic views you’ve ever seen on the Salkantay route. Enjoy this ultimate experience by yourself, as part of a group, or as a couple.

You’ll begin your adventure on the Salkantay trail and visit the stunning Humantay Mountain that sits like a jewel among the white mountain peaks. Next, you’ll make your way to see the imposing Salkantay Mountain before diverging and joining the ancient Inca Trail.

Along this ancient path, you’ll learn all about the fascinating, innovative Inca culture from your knowledgeable guide and stop off at some of the most important Inca archaeological sites that played a huge role in their empire.

To top it all off, you’ll end your challenging trek with a visit to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu. Explore this incredible site and learn all its secrets as you look out in wonder at this astounding feat of humankind. This trip is worth every step, and you certainly won’t be disappointed when you choose to go this route. Are you up to the challenge?

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 01

    Cusco | Mollepata - Marcoccasa - Soraypampa - Sky Camp

    Leave Cusco to start our hike from Marcoccasa. Enjoy the huge glaciers all the way to our first camp in Soraypampa.

  • Day 02

    Soraypampa | Humantay Lake - Soraypampa - Salkantaypampa - Ichupata

    This morning, trek up to Humantay Lake before seeing the imposing Salkantay Mountain. After, head to our camp in Ichupata.

  • Day 03

    Ichupata | Incachiriaska Pass - Inca Canal

    Hike up to the highest point of the trek, the Incachiriaska pass, and enjoy stunning views. Head down through the Andean valley to our camp, Canal Inca.

  • Day 04

    Inca Canal | Paucarcancha - Wayllabamba - Ayapata

    Trek an ancient path and visit Paucarcancha archaeological site. Then, you’ll finally step foot on the classic Inca Trail and head to camp.

  • Day 05

    Ayapata | Death Woman’s Pass - Runkuraqay Pass - Yanacocha - Sayacmarca - Chaquicocha

    This morning, reach the highest part of the Inca Trail, Dead Woman’s Pass, and then continue to two sites, Runkuraqay and Sayacmarca. Spend the night in Chaquicocha.

  • Day 06

    Chaquicocha | Phuyupatamarca - Intipata - Wiñay Wayna

    Continue along the trail and see three Inca sites today, Phuyupatamarca, Inti Pata, and Wiñay Wayna. Enjoy your last evening with the porters and cooks.

  • Day 07

    Wiñay Wayna | Sun Gate - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

    Enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate and witness this incredible site for the first time. Explore the Inca citadel and then make your way to Ollantaytambo by train. From there, our transport will take you to Cusco.

What's it like

Highlights

  • This 7-Day trek to Machu Picchu offers tourists the chance to enjoy a combination of both the Salkantay Trek and the Inca Trail.
  • The Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail are both listed as two of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.
  • The Salkantay and Inca Trail 7 Days is one of the very best trekking adventures you’ll find in Peru and across the whole of South America.
  • Trekkers can witness rustic bridges, cascades, streams, glaciers, colorful valleys, waterfalls, wildlife, unique plants, and the intriguing cloud forest.
  • Camping with fewer people allows you to control your trip and have the best views of these incredible mountains.
  • The Inca Trail trek is listed in the top 5 best hikes in the world by multiple different magazines.
  • Learn all about the ancient culture of the Incas and how they lived up in the mountains hundreds of years ago.
  • End your journey with a visit to the world-famous Machu Picchu that’ll take your breath away.

Why Travel with us

  Itinerary
Day 01

Cusco | Mollepata - Marcoccasa - Soraypampa - Sky Camp

Highlight of the day: Embarking on your adventure and being astounded by spectacular landscapes along the whole route.

Hike Through the Glacial Mountains

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Sky Camp Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
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12 km / 7.46 mi Walking Distance
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3,650 m / 11,975 ft Starting Elevation
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3,900 m / 12,795 ft Highest Elevation
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3,900 m / 12,795 ft Campsite Elevation

Your trip begins today with an early pick-up from your accommodation to transfer you to the starting point of the hike in Marcoccasa. From there, we’ll make our way slightly uphill all morning until we get to our lunch spot to rest. We’ll then continue on a more accessible trail this afternoon.

You’ll soon see the imposing Humantay glacier appear and experience some incredible views that are sure to take your breath away. You’ll then reach our camp for the night in Soraypampa to enjoy a tasty dinner and a night under the stars in our Sky Camp.

You’re about to embark on a magical adventure that combines the two best trekking routes to Machu Picchu: The Salkantay Trek and the Inca Trail. Your trip begins bright and early today. We’ll collect you from your accommodation in Cusco and at 4:30 am and head off in our private transport for 3 hours until we reach the starting point of the trek, Marcoccasa (3,650 m / 11,975 ft). Before setting off, you’ll meet the rest of your team, who’ll accompany you along the whole route while you enjoy an energizing breakfast to give you the best start possible.

Your hike today begins in the middle of beautiful green valleys as you’re surrounded by the watchful eye of the immense Andean mountains. You’ll be walking slightly uphill for 3 hours until we get to our lunch spot, where you get to taste the incredible cooking of our talented chefs for the first time and get some rest. Then, we’ll keep going on a slightly easier trail.

Suddenly, as if by magic, the ginormous sacred Humantay glacier will show itself. You’re sure to feel your heart skip a beat in its powerful presence. Remember, the mountains are the main gods to the Andean people and are worshipped and respected in their culture. You’ll notice the temperature drop quickly here, and you’ll need to make sure you keep warm. Don’t forget to pack plenty of layers in your daypack.

A little further on, we’ll get to our camp for the night in Soraypampa (3,900 m / 12,795 ft), where our team will welcome you with some warming hot drinks. You’ll enjoy your first spectacular dinner accompanied by stunning glaciers before heading to your Sky Camp igloos for the night. From your bed, you’ll be able to gaze up through the roof and observe the clear Andean night sky and starry constellations.

Day 02

Soraypampa | Humantay Lake - Soraypampa - Salkantaypampa - Ichupata

Highlight of the day: Visiting the beautiful Humantay Lake that sits like a jewel in the mountains.

The Stunning Humantay Lake and Incredible Views

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Camp Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
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8 km / 4.97 mi Walking Distance
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4,500 m / 14,764 ft Highest Elevation
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4,500 m / 14,764 ft Campsite Elevation

You’ll wake up to savor a delicious breakfast and listen to a talk from your guide about the area. Then, you’ll be on your way up to the jewel in the mountains, Humantay Lake. This is a stunning place that feels like something from a dream world. Take some photos and rest before we head back down to Soraypampa for lunch.

In the afternoon, we’ll ascend to Salkantaypampa, and you’ll get the most wonderful view of the imposing Salkantay Mountain. We’ll continue for one more hour to our camp where you’ll enjoy a hot drink and some dinner. The climate gets much colder up here, so make sure to pack accordingly.

We’ll give you a wake-up call this morning with a warming hot cup of coca-leaf tea to give you the boost you need to start your day. Then, you’ll savor a delicious breakfast and enjoy a small talk from our guide about the importance of the mountains in Andean culture.

Once we’re on our way, you’ll begin a one-and-a-half-hour hike to a real gem in the mountains, Humantay Lake, that sits below a snowy glacier of the same name. Let the natural beauty and the brightness of the tranquil water envelop you in this place where ritual ceremonies are still performed to this day in honor of Mother Nature, or as the Andean communities call her, Pachamama.

We’ll make our way back down to our camp in Soraypampa for some lunch and a rest before continuing with a slight ascent to Salkantaypampa. If you were impressed by Humantay Mountain’s beauty, just wait and see what’s next. You’ll be faced with the imposing Salkantay Mountain that’s considered one of the main deities of the entire region and that are also known as Apus. We’ll keep going for one more hour to our campsite in Ichupata at 4,500 m / 14,764 ft (or Japanese Pampa at 4,200 m / 13,779 ft).

You’ll feel the cold a lot more at this altitude, so it’s essential you pack enough warm clothes, including hats and gloves. As always, we’ll be waiting with a hot drink to warm you up, and then you’ll enjoy a tasty dinner.

Due to the close proximity to the Salkantay Mountain, you can sometimes hear the thunder of avalanches. Don’t worry, though, as these are far away from where we are. This is the highest campsite on our journey, and nighttime temperatures can reach 0°C (32°F).

Day 03

Ichupata | Incachiriaska Pass - Inca Canal

Highlight of the day: Enjoying the most beautiful scenery imaginable and getting up close to massive glaciers.

Adventure Through the Andean Mountains

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Camp Accommodation
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Challenging Difficulty
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12 km / 7.46 mi Walking Distance
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5,100 m / 16,732 ft Highest Elevation
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3,900 m / 12,795 ft Campsite Elevation

You’ll need to eat a hearty breakfast today to manage the toughest day on the hike. We’ll head to the highest point at the Incachiriaska pass and enjoy some truly stunning views of snowy glaciers and crystalline streams dotted through the valley. You might even see a condor mid-flight. We’ll then head down to our lunch spot.

After some rest, we’ll keep descending through the beautiful Andean landscapes until we get to our camp, Canal Inca, in Pampacahuana.

You’ll welcome the morning with a hot coca tea and will need to ensure you eat a great breakfast today as this is the toughest day on the whole trek. We’ll ascend slowly to the Incachiriaska pass (5,100 m / 16,732 ft), the highest point of our hike, all the while accompanied by the mighty glaciers.

At the top, you’ll be welcomed with a coca tea to help you adjust to the altitude while you look out at the gorgeous landscape that surrounds you and boasts pretty valleys dotted with crystalline lakes. If you’re lucky, you might even get a glimpse at the majestic condor in flight. From there, you can take an optional 30-minute walk to see the glaciers up close. Otherwise, we’ll begin our descent.

Soon, you’ll arrive at our lunch spot, where our talented chefs will have everything ready and waiting for you to enjoy a well-deserved feast. You’ll be able to relax for a bit before we continue on our way.

This afternoon, we’ll descend through beautiful Andean valleys that are so picturesque you’ll want to have your camera to hand. We’ll hike until we reach our camp, Canal Inca, which’s situated in a tiny local community called Pampacahuana, and that’s home to just ten families.

Day 04

Inca Canal | Paucarcancha - Wayllabamba - Ayapata

Highlight of the day: Witnessing the drastic change in climates as you descend and entering the Inca Trail.

Your Inca Expedition Begins Here

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Camp Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
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12 km / 7.46 mi Walking Distance
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3,900 m / 12,795 ft Highest Elevation
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3,300 m / 10,827 ft Campsite Elevation

You’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time today as you trace ancient steps this morning. We’ll head to the Paucarcancha Inca site to learn about its history before making our way to the classic Inca Trail for lunch. Afterward, we’ll keep going through the most stunning landscapes until we reach our camp for the evening.

Today, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back in time as you walk the paths as the traditional farmers of Peru who live in complete communion and respect with Mother Earth, or Pachamama, as so many have done since ancient times. You’ll be able to observe how they live in these remote regions and appreciate the tranquil nature of their lifestyle.

A little later on, we’ll get to the Inca archaeological site called Paucarcancha to learn a bit about its history and advanced architecture for its time. Your guide will also show you how the vegetation changes as you get closer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The climate will get warmer and vegetation thicker.

Then, you’ll finally enter the classic Inca Trail and have your lunch. You’ll have time for a short break before we begin the ascent to our camp. Keep your camera handy to snap some wonderful photographs of the impressive mountains that welcome you as we enter the cloud forest. This evening, you’ll have a tasty dinner before heading to bed for some well-deserved rest.

Day 05

Ayapata | Death Woman’s Pass - Runkuraqay Pass - Yanacocha - Sayacmarca - Chaquicocha

Highlight of the day: Looking out at the gorgeous glacial landscape from Dead Woman’s Pass.

Retracing Ancient Steps and Visiting Inca Constructions

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Camp Accommodation
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Challenging Difficulty
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16 km / 9.94 mi Walking Distance
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8-9 hours Walking Time
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4,215 m / 13,829 ft Highest Elevation
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3,600 m / 11,811 ft Campsite Elevation

The hardest day of the Inca Trail will take you up to Dead Woman's Pass this morning, from where you can take in the incredible surrounding landscape. We’ll head down again, and the climate gets warmer as we reach our lunch spot.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit the archaeological site of Runkuraqay and learn all about its history before continuing to the Runkuraqay pass. We’ll keep going to another Inca site called Sayacmarca before hiking the final stretch to our camp for some dinner and rest.

Today is the most demanding part of the Inca Trail, but you’ll also enjoy the best rewards. After breakfast, we’ll begin a 4-hour ascent and observe how the landscape changes dramatically as we leave the thick vegetation behind once again and enter colder mountains. You’ll notice lots of Andean hay around, called “icchu,” which is the main diet of many animals that live in the region.

We‘ll reach 4,215 m / 13,829 ft at the Dead Woman's Pass, the highest part of the Inca Trail, where you’ll have some time to relax and enjoy the glorious views all around of glistening glaciers who refuse to disappear into the clouds due to climate change.

Afterward, we’ll descend along a cobbled path to our lunch spot. This section of the trail is dotted with exotic flowers and wild orchids. We ask you to take great care of them as they’re at risk of extinction. According to the Andean culture, if you take things slowly and connect with nature, you should be accompanied by the magical flight of hummingbirds that are a sign of good luck.

After lunch, we’ll climb for another 45 minutes until we reach the beautiful archaeological site of Runkuraqay. Despite the many theories and studies regarding the sit, most experts believe it to have been a vantage point to monitor the valley below. Use this opportunity to take some photos and spread your wings as you imagine yourself soaring high above the mountains like a condor. We’ll then continue for 45 minutes more until we reach the Runkuraqay pass at 3,950 m / 12,959 ft.

Your guide will give you a brief talk here as you rest your legs before you start a 30-minute descent to Yanacocha, where rituals were performed in honor of the water's spirit. Little by little, mist will cover the road as you enter the cloud forest and approach the Sayacmarca archaeological site. Once there, you’ll be dazzled by the fine work and mastery of Inca architecture that still remains a mystery today.

Don’t give up yet! There are still 25 more minutes of walking to reach our camp in Chaquicocha. You'll feel the warm embrace of the Amazonian spirit and the energy of life surround you in this incredible place to observe local flora and fauna's diversity. Enjoy a hearty dinner and a great night’s sleep.

Day 06

Chaquicocha | Phuyupatamarca - Intipata - Wiñay Wayna

Highlight of the day: Visiting some fascinating Inca sites and learning all about the ancient culture.

Explore Inca Sites and Learn Their History

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Camp Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
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9 km / 5.59 mi Walking Distance
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4 - 5 hours Walking Time
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3,650 m / 11,975 ft Highest Elevation
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2,650 m / 8,694 ft Accommodation Elevation

Yesterday’s efforts will be rewarded today with a more leisurely 5-hour hike. You’ll stop off at Phuyupatamarca and Intipata archaeological sites and get a fantastic view over the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We’ll then head down to our lunch spot and camp at Wiñay Wayna.

You can rest this afternoon and take a shower or visit the Wiñay Wayna archaeological site. Then, enjoy your last dinner and celebrate as you say your goodbyes to the porters and cooks who’ll have accompanied you the whole way.

After the difficult day yesterday, you’re rewarded with a much easier hike today, starting with a tasty breakfast. Before we begin our walk, ask permission from the beautiful Pumasillo glacier, and fill yourself with its energy. You’ll only walk a total of 5 hours today and see three impressive archaeological sites along the way.

First off, we’ll reach the Inca complex of Phuyupatamarca or “Town above the clouds.” The Inca nobles used this sacred place to communicate with the stars and study astronomy, which was a very important part of their culture.

After, we’ll descend for two-and-a-half hours to get to an agricultural experimentation station, Intipata (2,800 m / 9,186 ft), where you’ll find a series of platforms used to create microclimates that boost food production in the area. From there, you’ll also get a fantastic view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Urubamba River - a sacred body of water that runs through this territory as if it were a huge anaconda. Finally, we’ll arrive at our lunch spot and campsite in Wiñay Wayna (2,650 m / 8,694 ft).

After lunch, you’ll have the opportunity to take a shower and relax as you’ll have the afternoon free to do what you please. You can also visit the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna. Once again, the advanced architecture of the Incas will surprise you with aqueducts and temples. Listen carefully to your knowledgeable guide, who’ll reveal the mysteries of this fascinating place to you.

Finally, enjoy your happy hour of snacks and hot drinks and your last dinner before our team of porters and cooks say their goodbyes to you. Thank them warmly for allowing you to have a fantastic adventure in comfort.

Day 07

Wiñay Wayna | Sun Gate - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Without a doubt, wandering through the Inca fortress Machu Picchu and discovering its hidden secrets.

Explore the Incredible Inca City Fortress: Machu Picchu

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Breakfast Box Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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5 km / 3.11 mi Walking Distance
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2 hours Walking Time
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2,720 m / 8,924 ft Highest Elevation
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2,430 m / 7,972 ft Machu Picchu Site Elevation
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2-5 hours exploring Activity Duration
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2,720 m / 8,924 ft Huayna Picchu Mountain Elevation
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3,000 m / 9,843 ft Machu Picchu Mountain Elevation
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Moderate to Challenging / 2-4 hours Optional Activities (Difficulty - Duration)

Wake up very early today to hike to the Sun Gate and then down into the Machu Picchu archaeological site. You’ll enjoy a 2-hour tour before exploring the fascinating place by yourself. You can also hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain if you have pre-booked tickets.

In the afternoon, you’ll head down to Aguas Calientes for a spot of lunch before catching the train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our transport will take you back to your accommodation in Cusco where you can finally rest your legs.

The day you’ve been waiting for since you set foot on the trail is here! You’ll feel your heart skip a beat when you visit one of the most energetic places on earth, Machu Picchu.

We’ll get up earlier than usual today while the world is still enveloped in darkness. You’ll get to have a quick breakfast before we start a 2-hour walk to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

After the first hour of walking, we’ll reach the Sun Gate, and you'll see the archaeological gem that is Machu Picchu in the middle of the mountains for the first time in the distance. You'll wonder how the ancient culture was able to build this wonder on almost inaccessible land on the side of a mountain. The last stretch is approximately 1-hour downhill. The sun's spectacle at dawn illuminating this ancient site will leave you breathless and imprint an image in your mind that you’ll never forget.

Once you enter the World Wonder, you’ll enjoy a 2-hour guided tour to discover the citadel’s hidden secrets before you have free time to explore the site by yourself. You’re sure to be surprised at the amazing architecture and that some fountains and aqueducts continue to function after being built more than five centuries ago. This is also the time to hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for an incredible panoramic view of Machu Picchu if you have pre-booked tickets.

Upon exiting the complex, you can catch a bus to the small town of Aguas Calientes, where you’ll find lots of restaurants. Choose one to enjoy your lunch in, but remember to be at the train station thirty minutes before your train is scheduled to leave. Generally, the Expedition class train departure time is 3:20 pm or 4:22 pm.

You’ll arrive in Ollantaytambo or Poroy where our private transport will be waiting to take you back to Cusco to the door of your accommodation.

You can finally rest those tired legs, but we can assure you that your heart will still be beating to the Andean rhythm for years to come.

  Inclusions

At Salkantay Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details, so you don’t miss anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What Is Included?

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure Briefing

    You’ll meet your tour guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. There, we’ll provide you with the duffle bags, which our horses and porters will carry. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.

  • Experienced Tour Guide

    English and spanish speaking official tour guide. All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. We choose them for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and sincere desire to proudly share in our culture and history. He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!

  • Private Camping Equipment

    You’ll have spacious dining and kitchen tents where you can enjoy your food without problems. In addition, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by our horses and then, by our porters).

  • Portable Travel Toilet
  • One Duffle Bag

    On the trek, you can carry your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15.4 lb (this weight includes your sleeping bag).

  • Medical Kit or First AID Kit

    All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

  • Extras Included in our Service

    We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress, a cover to protect your backpack on the road, and a rain poncho.

  • Customer Service 24/7

    We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication with Salkantay Trekking leading up to your trek.

  • Satellite Phone

    Our main priority will always be the tranquillity of our clients. All of our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains; however, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps you feel more secure. For this reason, each Salkantay Trekking guide has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world.

Accommodation

  • Accommodation in Private Campsites

    Our Sky Camp was a sensation so far in 2018. Our clients recommend it for its novelty, comfort, and balance with the environment.

    Our incredible Sky Camp is located in front of impressive glacier mountains, Humantay and Salkantay. This campsite allows for the perfect union of sky and earth. It will enable you to sleep calmly under a deep, blue sky starred with an exceptional view of the constellations. At the same time, you can enjoy all the comforts of a first-class vacation home.

  • Best Camping Tents
    Days 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6: Salkantay Trekking uses the best camping tents to ensure your safety and comfort (e.g., Eureka Timberline or Mountain Hard Wear tents).

Meals

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, and 6 Dinners

    Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets (vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost), so let us know if you have any particular allergies or restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks.

  • Water on the trail

    We’ll provide you boiled, filtered, and cooled water during your hike, from your first lunch to your last breakfast. For this, you need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle (we recommend a capacity of 2 liters).

  • Wake up tea

    Every morning at the campsite, you'll be woken up with a cup of hot coca tea. Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.

  • Tea Time or Happy Hour

    Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide you popcorn, biscuits/cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won't have to wait until dinner to relax, warm-up, and enjoy a bite to eat!

  • Snacks on the trail daily

    Before starting your trekking, your tour guide will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, cookies, chocolate, caramels, etc. Every morning, we’ll refill it so that you can enjoy your snacks during the walk.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

    To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we'll give you a cloth bag for your snacks.

  • Products for hygiene

    You’ll be provided with a small towel and soap before each meal to clean your hands.

Transportation

  • Private Transport
    • Day 1: You'll be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel by private transportation to Marcoccasa, the starting point of the trek.
    • Day 7: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Day 7)

    PeruRail Expedition Service

  • One-Way Consettur Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Day 7)
  • Cargo Mules

    On days 1, 2, and 3, cargo mules will carry all the camping equipment and your baggage allowance (7 kg / 15.4 lb). Our muleteers will be responsible for your duffle bag and personal items, and they’ll hand them to you when you get to each camp.

  • Porters

    During the Inca Trail, our Porters (our Kallpa Team) will carry all our camping equipment, from the personal tents, clothing, and sleeping bags, until extra dining and kitchen tents, food, water, tables, chairs, and a gas bottle stove. We will include the personal service of a porter responsible for carrying your duffel bag and personal items.

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Permits and Ticket for Inca Trail

    As soon as we receive your complete information and the deposit that secures your reservation, we’ll buy all the necessary permits (subject to availability). These permits are issued for a specific date and will be in your name. They cannot be changed under any circumstances. Change of passport number is only allowed for renewal reasons. In that case, you must bring both your old and new passport.

  • Entry Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site

What Is Not Included?

  • Extras and important equipment

    All our travelers need a sleeping bag to camp. Inflatable mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional but highly recommended. If you do not have them, don’t worry, you can rent them with Salkantay Trekking.

    • Sleeping bag: US$ 35.00
    • Inflatable mattress: US$ 35.00
    • Walking poles (pair): US$ 35.00
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain

    You can climb the famous mountain you always see in the photos behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It’s 45 minutes uphill, and coming back down can be scary if you fear heights. You can take this excursion once your guided tour to Machu Picchu ends. The permit must be issued at least one month in advance due to high demand. Consider that there could be changes to protect your integrity, mainly due to weather conditions.

    The ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 75.00 per person.

  • Machu Picchu Mountain

    Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It offers less steep, wider, and visually less frightening trails than Huayna Picchu, and it takes 1.5 hours to reach the top. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can secure for you if we have time in advance.

    The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 75.00 per person.

  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes and Dinner in Cusco (Day 7)
  • Personal Hiking Clothing and Gear
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff

    Tipping is the norm on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do.

  • Additional costs or delays beyond our control

    Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.

  Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you'll find speedy answers to all those questions you had about hiking in Peru with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services. Please read carefully the following information – it will help you with any questions you may have about our services.

Have another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap!

How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?

It’s very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you adjust and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.

You might have already been in another area of Peru at a high altitude before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we still recommend you have a whole day in Cusco to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before departing for the trek.

Here some suggestions for activities to do in the Cusco vicinity before starting your adventure trek:

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Salkantay Trekking office.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full at most 7.30 pm one day before your departure (generally after the briefing).

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency at our office in Cusco. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Duffel Bag or Canvas Case

The evening before you start your trek, we’ll provide you with a duffle bag to pack your clothes for the 7-day Salkantay & Inca Trail trek. Your weight allowance is up to 7 kg / 15.4 lb. Our horses will carry them the first three days of our hike, and then our porters will take them for the following days and hand them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 60 x 24 x 22 cm (23.6 x 9.45 x 8.66 in).

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.

Cusco is an old city, meaning it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Return to Cusco

Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!

  • In Machu Picchu, you’ll board a bus that’ll take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes, you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo (or Poroy). Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 1:45 hours.
  • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Salkantay Trekking clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Cusco or directly to your hotel. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes 1:30 hours.
  • In Cusco, depending on your hotel’s location, we’ll take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport, camps, tents or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

  Pricing

The "Salkantay & Inca Trail 7 Days" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.

2021 Land Cost

Group Price: US$ 1100.00 per person.

Required Pre-payment: US$ 500.00 per person.

Balance (Cusco): US$ 600.00 (Commonly paid in Cusco after the briefing).

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 8%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day in Cusco) without charges.

Please, after your deposit, send us the transfer number to sales@salkantaytrekking.com; only after that, we'll be able to confirm your deposit and reservation.

Extras & Upgrades

There are complementary services and upgrades you can include in this trip.

  • Huayna Picchu:  US$ 75.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:  US$ 75.00
  • Vistadome Train:  US$ 75.00

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Peru Adventure.

  • Rainbow Mountain:  US$ 100.00  US$ 80.00
  • Sacred Valley:  US$ 60.00  US$ 50.00
  • City Tour:  US$ 30.00 US$ 20.00

Additional Items

There are additional items you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices.

  • Sleeping bag::  US$ 35.00
  • Inflattable mattress:  US$ 35.00
  • Walking poles (pair):  US$ 35.00

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed, we guarantee the price won’t increase, whatever the circumstances. So please, before booking, ensure you’ve read all our important tour information.

Student Discount

US$20.00 off

Student discounts apply to anyone 17-years-old or younger, and we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all documentation to sales@salkantaytrekking.com.

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Trip Details

Salkantay & Inca Trail Trek 7D
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Remember |  One of our Travel Experts will contact you soon to confirm the availability of the trip you chose, give you more information, and/or provide you alternative options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 958 191 179 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

Note |  Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!

Feel free to reach us via email at sales@salkantaytrekking.com or by calling us directly at (+51) 958 191 179

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

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