• Salkantay Trek with Inca Trail 7 Days

    Cusco

    From

    $ 1100

    Duration

    7 Days

    Type of tour

    Trekking

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    Can’t decide between the Salkantay trek and the Inca Trail? Well, worry no more. Our 7-day Salkantay and Inca Trail trek combines the two routes to Machu Picchu into one breathtaking journey. Both treks are considered among the top 25 treks in the world by National Geographic and together they form one of the most epic treks of all.

    Not surprisingly, this combination will challenge you to the max and test your limits. However, once at the top, you’ll realize that all your efforts have been worth it, when it all comes to a head at the stunning Inca citadel, Machu Picchu. You will feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment and satisfaction as you walk through the ancient Inca citadel and contemplate the beautiful panorama of the dense Peruvian jungle.

    Short itinerary

    SHORT ITINERARY

    Day 1: Cusco – Marcoccasa – Soraypampa

    We will leave Cusco to start our trek from Marcoccasa. During the trek, we will enjoy the huge glaciers until we reach our first campsite in Soraypampa.

    Day 02: Soraypampa – Lake Humantay – Ichupata

    In the morning, we will go up to the Humantay Lake before appreciating the imposing Salkantay Mountain. Afterwards, we will head to our campsite in Ichupata.

    Day 03: Ichupata – Chiriasca Inca Pass – Inca Canal

    Hike to the highest point of the trek, Abra Incachiriaska and enjoy breathtaking views. Then, we will drive through the Andean valley to our campsite, Canal Inca.

    Day 04: Inca Canal – Cancha Pauccar – Wayllabamba – Ayapata

    Walk along an ancient trail and visit the archaeological site of Paucarcancha. Finally, you will enter the classic Inca Trail

    Inca Trail and head to the campsite.

    DAY 5: Ayapata – Warmi Wañusca – Chaquicocha

    In the morning, we will reach the highest part of the Inca Trail, the Abra de la Mujer Muerta, then continue to two sites: Runcuraccay and Sayacmarca. We will spend the night in Chaquicocha.

    DAY 6: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna

    Today we will continue on the road and see three Inca sites: Phuyupatamarca, Inti Pata and Wiñay Wayna. Enjoy your last night with the porters and cooks.

    DAY 7: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

    Today enter Machu Picchu through the sun gate to witness for the first time this incredible site, explore the Inca citadel, then take the train to Ollantaytambo, from here our transportation will take you back to Cusco.

    Itinerary

    TRAVEL ITINERARY

    The Salkantay and Inca Trail tour starts once we pick you up at your hotel (which must be located in Cusco) at 4:30 am. Together with the guide, chef and porters you will be transported for two and a half hours to the trailhead, Marcoccasa (3,300 meters). You will meet your muleteer and horses, you will also have time to prepare for the day and enjoy a delicious breakfast. You will experience views of the Andes, lush green valleys and beautiful waterfalls. The hike will be of moderate difficulty, with a gradual uphill climb lasting approximately three and a half hours until lunchtime. After that, the hike will be less steep and more relaxed. The views along the way change as you progress. The beginning of the trail is all green, charming valleys, but by the afternoon, you will be right at the foot of the snow-capped Humantay Mountain. You will also experience a change in temperature from warm to cold. So make sure you have warm clothes and gloves for the cold afternoon. After arriving at Soraypampa camp (3,800 meters), the team will welcome you with a toast of hot drinks and a delicious dinner.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Time: 9 Hours Approx.
    • Distance: 14 kilometers Approx.
    • Weather: Cold and windy
    • Maximum Altitude: 4,400 m.a.s.l. / 14,435 ft.
    • Difficulty: Challenging
    • Campsite: Pampa Japonesa

    On day 2 of the tour, we will wake you up with hot drinks and breakfast. Then you will have to get ready for the day, we will show you the alpine microclimate and the breathtaking views from the high mountains of the glaciers. Many Andean people consider them as the highest mountains around Cusco and the father of the other mountains (Apus means God). Then you will begin a two-hour climb up to the most beautiful blue lagoon, located at the foot of the Humantay glacier mountain. It is believed that the Incas used to hold ceremonies celebrating the God of water and the Apus, which surround this tranquil place. Then you will start the return to the main trail and continue to the lunch spot at Salkantay Pampa. It will be time to depart from Humantay mountain and enjoy the views of a higher mountain, Salkantay mountain (6,215 m). You will arrive there after 1 hour of walking, to enjoy a good lunch. After lunch, we will have an elevated climb of two hours to reach our second camp, at Ichupata or Pampa Japonesa at (4,200 m). At this site it will be a cooler hike, so make sure you have a jacket, hat, sunglasses and gloves. At the camp, porters will welcome you to enjoy hot drinks and dinners. Tonight is the perfect night to see the constellations and views of Salkantay Mountain. This site is the closest camp to Salkantay, so it is possible to hear some avalanches. However, don’t let this scare you, as they will not be near us.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Time: 9 Hours Approx.
    • Distance: 18 kilometers Approx.
    • Weather: Cold and windy
    • Maximum Altitude: 5,100 m.a.s.l. / 16,732 ft.
    • Difficulty: Challenging
    • Camp: Paucarcancha

    After a good tea and breakfast, it will be time to embark on the most challenging and rewarding hike so far in this adventure. Your guide will take you over the Inca Chiriasca pass (5,000 meters above sea level), at a steady pace to see the wonderful views of the glacier mountains. Once you have reached the top, there will be hot coca tea, views of the valley and lakes, and even wildlife such as condors and hawks. You will then begin to descend, or you can take an optional hike to a glacier, which only takes 30 minutes. Then, we will continue walking to the lunch spot, where the porters will be waiting for you with traditional hot tea and a delicious lunch. For the rest of the day, you will hike downhill through lush green valleys and winding streams before arriving at camp in a small village with 10 families.

    • Elevation: 4,300 – 5,000 meters, then to 37,500 meters.
    • Distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles
    • Rated: Difficult
    • Weather: Cold

    On this day of the Salkantay and Inca Trail tour you will see a glimpse of the past as you walk along the mountain slopes, used by traditional Peruvian farmers, who have lived in the same way since the time of the Incas. Then, you will arrive at the famous Inca ruins, where the tour guide will provide you with information about the Incas. After the ruins, the guide will show you new vegetation and other things, as you move into the microclimate of the jungle. Finally, you will arrive at the classic Inca Trail, where the porters will be waiting to serve you a succulent lunch. The afternoon hike will be all uphill until you reach our campsite. Be sure to have your camera ready, with fully charged batteries, as you won’t want to miss the opportunity to capture the magnificent views of the mountains and the lovely natural waterfalls in the cloud forest.

    • Elevation: 3,750 – 3,000 meters, then to 3,300 meters.
    • Distance: 14 Km / 8.6 miles
    • Rating: Moderate to difficult
    • Weather: Cool in the morning, warm in the afternoon.

    This day will be the longest day of the trek, but at the same time the most impressive, because you will see the Inca ruins, the cloud forest among others. The day will begin with a nutritious breakfast, and then start with a two-hour climb uphill in the rustic area. The Andean Ichu is a dry place with little vegetation, but you can see llamas and alpacas. When we reach the top of the Paso de las Mujeres Muertas (4,200 meters above sea level), you will have time to rest and enjoy the mountains, the glaciers and the spectacular mountains nearby. Afterwards, we will start descending the rocky mountain to our lunch spot. On the way, you will be able to observe orchids and other flowers. Try to walk slowly and be careful with nature. This section is a perfect place to observe hummingbirds. After lunch, we will start climbing uphill for two hours to reach the second peak. Halfway up, you will visit the Inca ruins, called Runcuraccay. It is said that this place functions as a watchtower from its oval shape and its position overlooking the valley. After crossing the second peak (4,000 meters high), we will begin to descend for an hour to the lake called Yanacocha, where the Incas organized ceremonies for the goodness of the water. Then, we will arrive to the famous cloud forest and also to one of the most beautiful Inca ruins called Sayacmarca. Sayacmarca is where you can observe the original Inca houses, water fountains, water channels and the most spectacular views of the valley. After the ruins, it will take you about 30 minutes more to reach our campsite, called Chaquicocha. Once again, you will have the opportunity to see different types of flora and fauna, as you will be in the high jungle.

    • Elevation: 3,300 – 4,200 meters (the pass), 3,600 meters (lunch) and again, 4,000 meters (the pass), 3,600 meters (the camp).
    • Distance: 16 Km / 9.9 miles
    • Rated: Difficult
    • Weather: You will experience all four seasons, all in one day.

    Today is the most relaxed day of the Salkantay and Inca Trail tour. In the morning, you will enjoy the views of the Andes Mountains and the glacier peaks of Pumassillo Mountain. There will only be about five hours of hiking, where you will be able to see the three Inca ruins on the way to our camp. The first ruins are called Phuyupatamarca (cloud level city) and are two hours from camp. It is impressive to observe the beautiful platform and the houses where the Inca nobles studied astronomy. The second set of ruins is on the hillside between terraces. It may have been an Inca agricultural experiment station. You will also have views of the sacred valley and the Urubamba River. Finally, you will arrive at the last campsite, called Wiñay Wayna (2,600 meters), where you can store your things and walk for five minutes to reach the most beautiful Inca ruins along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This place is close to a village where you can enjoy the beauty of the water channels, terraces and temples, and learn about the religious ceremonies that used to take place there. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to take a hot shower, and then a free afternoon to explore the most beautiful Inca site, Wiñay Wayna. Later in the afternoon will be your final happy hour and dinner, with a short presentation by your porters to say goodbye, and then return to Cusco the next day as you continue your journey to Machu Picchu.

    • Elevation: 3,600- 2,600 meters
    • Distance: 10 Km / 6.2 miles
    • Considered: Hot and humid

    Day 7 is the most important day of the tour, it will be the time to visit Machu Picchu. You will wake up earlier than usual. After breakfast, you will walk for two more hours until you reach Machu Picchu, where you will pass through the Sun Gate and experience spectacular views of the impressive mountains, valleys, rivers and Inca ruins. Once you arrive, your tour guide will brief you on Machu Picchu for two hours. Afterwards, you will have time to explore on your own. Be sure to visit all the sacred sites such as temples, palaces and the famous Inca bridge. When you are ready to return to Aguas Calientes, there will be buses leaving regularly. The bus ride is about 30 minutes.

    After spending some time in the town of Aguas Calientes, you should be at the train station 30 minutes early to return to Cusco.

    • Elevation: 2,600 – 3,600 meters (8,600 – 3,600 feet)
    • Distance: 10 Km / 6.2 miles
    • Considered: Hot and humid

    Includes

    What’s Included Salkantay Trek:

    • Transfers In/ Out
    • Transportation Cusco – Soraypampa
    • Professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish)
    • Pack horses and muleteer.
    • 04 breakfasts – 04 Lunches – 03 Dinners
    • Professional Cook
    • Camping Equipment «Triple waterproof tents for each 02 people and personal flasks» – Triple waterproof tents for each 02 people and personal flasks.
    • Personal Flasks» – Dining Tents and Kitchen
    • Camping Equipment for Guides, Cooks and Porters.
    • 01 night Hotel with private bathroom and hot water in Machupicchu.
    • First Aid Kit
    • Oxygen Balloon.
    • Entrance tickets to all the places of visit.
    • Train tickets to and from Cusco (Expedition).
    • 03 bus up and down to and from Cusco.
    • Transfer Ollantaytambo – Cusco – Hotel.

    Recommendations

    Recommendations for your trip:

    • Sun block
    • Original passport
    • CIIU (student discount card), in case you have it.
    • Small backpack
    • Rain poncho
    • Good hiking pants, hiking boots, sun, hat and sunglasses
    • Camera batteries and extra
    • 2 liters of water
    • Extra money
    • Insect repellent
    • Trekking poles
    • Snacks

    Prices

    Group Tour
    • Transfers In/ Out
    • Transportation Cusco – Soraypampa
    • Professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish)
    • Pack horses and muleteer.
    • 04 breakfasts – 04 Lunches – 03 Dinners
    • Professional Cook
    • Camping Equipment «Triple waterproof tents for each 02 people and personal flasks» – Triple waterproof tents for each 02 people and personal flasks.
    • Personal Flasks» – Dining Tents and Kitchen
    • Camping Equipment for Guides, Cooks and Porters.
    • 01 night Hotel with private bathroom and hot water in Machupicchu.
    • First Aid Kit
    • Oxygen Balloon.
    • Entrance tickets to all the places of visit.
    • Train tickets to and from Cusco (Expedition).
    • 03 bus up and down to and from Cusco.
    • Transfer Ollantaytambo – Cusco – Hotel.

    Offers

    2 Days

    CLASSIC INCA TRAIL

    • Location: Cusco
    • Type: Trekking
    • Group size: 18
    • Difficulty: Moderate
                                   
    Before: $570
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    TREK LAGOON WITH DOMES

    • Location: Cusco
    • Type: Trekking
    • Group size: 15
    • Difficulty: Moderate
                                   
    Before: $360
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