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Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail

Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail

The Salkantay trail to Inca Trail is one of the most complete hiking to Machu Picchu. Involves 7 days hike to Salkantay Mountain and Classic Inca Trail Trek. On the way you will see how dramatically the microclimates change from plateaus to high snowy peaks to lush tropical areas. Have your camera at the ready to capture the incredible views! This trek is more challenging than the classic Inca trail and designed for the experienced hiker who wants to try something new and less common. The first part of the trip uses horses and the second porters, due to strict Inca trail regulations. We provide you with top quality camping equipment and a balanced diet to give you all the energy you need, we have thought of everything, so you can just enjoy the trek and have an unforgettable experience.

 

 

Overview
Itinerary
Includes
Before you go

Quick Itinerary:

 

Day 01: Cusco - Sayllapata

Day 02: Sayllapata - 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 Classic 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

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

Accommodation: Campsites (6 nights).

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

Transportation: Transportation by private van, 1x train.

Camping equipment: You can view our camping equipment here!

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;
  • 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 to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and Porters to do so in the second part (due to very strict Inca Trail regulations);
  • Camping equipment: personal double tents, Term-a-rest mattress, 
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
  • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings);
  • 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;
  • A shuttle bus between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Town ($12 - one way, $24 - a round trip);
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ($80) or Machu Picchu Mountain ($80);
  • Extra porter and horses to carry your personal belonging (U$ 130)
  • International and domestic flights nor airport departure taxes;
  • 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.

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!

Inca Trail Vs Alternative Treks

Many people include Peru in their “Things to do” list before they depart the planet, the main reason being to Trek the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, although what most people don’t know is that there are various Inca Trails Trips to Machu Picchu to pick from in the Cusco region. The difference lies in what kind of an experience you want, hiking the Inca trail and how challenging you like your treks.

If you want to say that you’ve hiked the famous hike to Machu Picchu, then the Classic Inca Trail is for you. But usually you will need to book in advance, in case it is fully booked, we recommend other alternative treks:

Extra Information for Salkantay Trek

BACKPACK

 

We recommend that you bring a backpack with extra spaces and pockets. This should not weigh more than 45 litres (5 kilos).

 

PRIVATE GROUP

 

You will be provided with a duffel bag that will be carried by our horsesand Porters. Porters and Horses are regulated to 5 kg per hiker and will not be permitted carry more. If you belongings are heavier than 5 kg you must pay USD 130 extra for the extra horses.

Duffle bags - Upon your return to Cusco, please leave the duffle bag at reception

 

SUITABLE CLOTHES

 

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, layered 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 in the first two campsites, warm coats can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machupicchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machupicchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. Check our “What we recommend that you bring” list for further information

 

CHECKLIST OF WHAT TO TAKE TO SALKANTAY TREK

  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Extra Money (emergency)
  • Camera and film
  • Binoculars
  • Cover for backpacks
  • Fair sized daypack
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Shorts
  • Long trousers
  • Hiking pants/track pants
  • Hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes
  • Sport sandals
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunglasses (Optional)
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Water bottle
  • Pocket knife
  • Torch/flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Personal medication
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