Salkantay + Inca Trail 7 Days
This Trek join the Salkantay Trek and part of the Inca trail to Machupicchu. You will see ecological zones, alpine meadows, spectacular glaciated peaks, down through subtropical forest, Inca Sites, Wiñayhuayña, the Sun Gate to Machu Picchu!
From US$ 900
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Salkantay + Inca Trail 7 Days
Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Marcocasa (L, D)
Today is a fairly easy day to help us ease in to the trek. Our tour begins by visiting the important Inca site of Tarawasi which lies about 2 hours drive from Cusco. After our tour of the site we'll carry on to Mollepata where we'll begin our trek. Following a different path to most groups we will see a variety of native plants, flowers and birds along the way and have fantastic views of the valley spread out before us. Our campsite for the night is at Marcocasa (3500m / 11482ft) from where we will have fantastic views of the snow-capped peak Rayuska (5350m / 17552 ft.). Hardly anyone camps here so we will be able to enjoy this beautiful spot in complete peace and tranquility.
Day 2: Marcocasa - Salkantaypampa (B, L, D)
Leaving Marcocasa we'll carry on along the trail heading for Soraypampa where we will join the main Salkantay trekking route. Once again today is fairly easy going without too much distance to cover. The views today are fantastic and we will see several high peaks looming above us. By the time we get to Soraypampa the 3 main peaks of the region, Humantay (5917m / 19412 ft.), Tucurway (5910m / 19389 ft.) and Salkantay (6217m / 20573ft.) will all be in view. From Soraypampa it's about another hour's walk to Salkantaypampa (4100m / 13451 ft.) where we will camp for the night. Due to the high altitude it can get cold at night here so you are recommended to put on your hat and gloves before going to sleep.
Day 3: Salkantaypampa - Pampacawana (B, L, D)
Today we once again leave the main trekking route as we head for the Inca Trail. Continuing up the valley towards Salkantay we take a side path that leads us up and over the Incachiriaska Pass (Frozen Inca Pass, 5028m / 16495 ft.) which is the highest point on the trek. From the pass we carry on down to the small community of Pampacawana (4000m / 13123 ft.) where we will camp for the night. The views today are once again amazing. Climbing up over the shoulder of Salkantay you feel completely dwarfed by the sheer size of the mountain and can get a sense of why the Inca's worshipped it as a god. The whole area is dotted with small mountain lakes of varying hues and colours and we will also hopefully see a variety of wildlife such as Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and White Tailed Deer and possibly some of the rarer Andean animals like Condors, Guanacos and Vicunas.
Day 4: Pampacawana - Llulluchapampa (B, L, D)
Setting off from Pampacawana we'll make our way down the valley to join the Inca Trail at Wayllabamba, along the way we'll pass by our first Inca site of the trek Paucarcancha. At Wayllabamba we'll switch from using horses to carry our gear to porters (lunch will be served here). After that, we will continue through the Huayruru Valley until we arrive in Llullucha Campsite(3800m). From here we will be able admire the stunning mountain views. This tour includes history of the area and a visit to Llactapata and aother small traditional communities on the way.
Day 5: Llulluchapampa - Chaquicocha (B, L, D)
After breakfasts we continue walking towards the challenging point of Dead Women’s Pass (Warmiwañusca 4200m) the highest point of the trek. Then the trail descends to the beautiful Pacaymayo valley(3800m) where we will have lunch. After a rest we will ascend to the second pass(4000m). We will walk on the original lovely Inca paved steps, at the top there is a splendid view of the Vilcanota Mountain Range. Later we will descend to Chaq’iqhocha Campsite(3600m). This will be a 15km hike that will take about 8 hours. On the route we will visit amazing Incan temples like Runkuraqhay and Sayacmarka.
Day 6: Chaquicocha - Wiñay Wayña (B, L, D)
An excellent day to trek through the cloud forest on the original Incan paved stone way. We’ll visit Phuyupatamarka ruins observing many flowers and a variety of birds such as Hummingbirds. Also we’ll have a splendid view of the snowcapped mountains of the Pumasillu Mountain Range. Lunch will be served at the campsite after this we will visit Wiñayhuayna Archeological Site which is considered the most beautiful temple on The Inca Trail. We have the afternoon free to enjoy this magical place among the mountains. This will be a 10km hike that will take about 5 hours.
Day 7: Wiñay Wayña - Machu Picchu - Cusco (B)
This journey is the most prospective for all, our effort will be rewarded, we walk 2.00 hours aproximately toward Inti Punku, where we will have a splendid panoramic view of Machupicchu,then, we will continue our trek to enter to Machu Picchu Sanctuary, where we will have a guided visit, having a free time to take pictures an walk around, subsequently we will descend to the station of the train to return to the city of the Cusco.
All departure and arrival times are approximate.
Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
- Pick-up from your hotel
- Tourist bus from Cusco to Mollepata village starting point.
- Bus ticket down from Machu Picchu complex to Aguas Calientes.
- Two hours Machu Picchu guided tour.
- Entrance tickets to Machupicchu and the Inca Trail.
- A local experienced English - Spanish tour guide.
- Return train ticket on the last day from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Collection from train station (Ollantaytambo) and transfer to Cusco city.
- 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Afternoon Snacks and 6 Dinners
- Vegetarian food available upon request with no extra charge
- Camping gear: Double waterproof tents ( 4 person capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and keeping the backpacks ) + dining tent with tables and chairs + kitchen tent + toilet tent + tent for our guides, and staff.
- 24 hours emergency oxygen assistance.
- First aid kid.
- Bio-degradable personal hand soaps and detergents.
- Hot water every morning and evening after the trek for washing purposes + filtered and boiled water to fill up your water bottle every morning, night, and at lunch time if requested.
- Professional chef, Chefs helper, cooking equipment ( surgical steel )
- Porters to carry cooking and camping equipment.
- Horses to carry the camping equipment.
- Assistant Tour Guide (for groups of 9 or more people).
- Drop-off at your hotel
What is not included
- Personal expenses
- Tips or gratuities for guides, drivers, cooks, porters, etc.
- Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes
- Breakfast (first day) and the last lunch( last day).
- Sleeping bag and walking sticks
- Group of 2 people: US$ 1300.00 p/person
- Group of 3 people: US$ 1100.00 p/person
- Group of 4 people: US$ 980.00 p/person
- Group of 5 people: US$ 900.00 p/person
Prices in U.S. dollars are based on per person, departures are guaranteed.
Private Trip for similar itinerary with much flexibility.
This tour includes the Expedition Service. The Expedition train has fully covered wagons with panoramic windows to allow travelers to immerse in the beauty of the natural landscape, and make your experience at Machu Picchu begins on the train.
- EARLY BIRD SAVING: 90 days prior to the trip: 10% off.
- Inca Trail Student Discount, $ 40.00 per person (Requires ISIC Card to qualify, you will need to e-mail us a copy of your ISIC)
- Inca Trail Children, $ 40.00 per person (Passengers under 18 years old receive the same discount as a student. If you are claiming a child discount you must send us a scanned copy of your child's passport by email).
- Inca Trail - Andean Community: Peru, Colombia, Bolivia and Ecuador : $ 30.00 per person.
NOTE: INCA PLANET TRAVEL GUIDE reserves the right to make the final decision regarding amount of discount. Also we offer special discounts for groups.
Extensions and additional services
- Upgrade to Vistadome train (one way): $65.00 per person
- Huaynapicchu mountain ticket: $60.00 per person
- Machupicchu mountain ticket: $60.00 per person
- Sleeping Bag: $25.00 per person
- Walking Pole: $20.00 per person
- Inflatable Mattress: $15.00 per person
- Single Tent Supplement: $25.00 per person
- Personal Porter to carry extra 15kg of your belongings: $60.00
- Extra horse to carry extra 15kg of personal items:$50.00
Things to bring
- Hat or cap to protect from the sun.
- Sun cream (factor 35 recommended), lip salve, sun glasses.
- Money belt + emergency money
- Water bottle (mineral water can be bought throughout Peru)
- Camera + Batteries (Batteries can easily be bought in Peru and is of excellent quality).
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Original passport.
- Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs.
- Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
- Insect repellent
- Comfortable walking boots with good ankle support.
- Sleeping bag.
- Backpack (65 litres should be quite sufficient).
- Clothes: long trousers (lightweight), T-shirts, short-sleeved shirt, long-sleeved shirt, pair shorts, Underwear and socks (thermal underwear is highly recommended, being light, warm and makes good nightwear on cold nights), Fleece jacket.