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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 07D/06N

Useful Information

Starting Altitude – 2900m / 9515 ft.

Highest Altitude – 5028m / 16,495 ft.

Coldest Night – Day 2 around 0º Celsius

Overall Difficulty – . Difficult

Salkantay means ‘Savage Mountain’. At a height of 6271m (20573ft), it is the highest peak in the Vilcabamba mountain range and one of the highest in the Andes. It is situated to the northeast of the city of Cusco.

During our trek, we will climb as high as 5028m/16495ft, have views of beautiful Andean landscapes and have the possibility of observing condors, alpacas and other Andean animals in their natural habitats. This walk connects with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for the last 4 days. The total length of this trip is 7 days and 6 nights.

By booking your Inca Trail with Pacha Expeditions, you are choosing the best. Don’t believe us? Check out our reviews on TripAdvisor!

Our Inca Trail service is perfect for families, group of friends and honeymooners. With smaller groups, you get the full attention of our expert guides and with each trekker, having a personal porter to carry 7kg of your gear you can enjoy the trek to the full. Inca Trail Availability

We offer daily departures on the Inca Trail: Check Availability Here.

It is strongly recommended to book your Inca Trail at least 4 months in advance as permits can quickly sell out.

Overview

DAY 01: CUSCO- MOLLEPATA – CHALLACANCHA.

Meals: Lunch – Tea – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities
Minimum Altitude: 2850 masl
Maximum Altitude: 3850 masl
Distance: 14km/9miles
Time: 5h approximately
Difficulty: Moderate.

DAY 02: CHALLACANCHA –SORAYPAMAPA-SALKANTAYPAMPA.

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch – Tea – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities
Minimum Altitude: 3650 masl
Maximum Altitude: 4100 masl
Distance: 09km/9miles
Time: 5h approximately
Difficulty: Moderate.

DAY 03: SALKANTAYPAMPA-INCACHIRIASKA-PAMPACAHUANA.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Tea – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities
Minimum Altitude: 4100 masl
Maximum Altitude: (5.300) 4650 masl
Distance: 21km / 13.5 miles
Time: 9h approximately
Difficult: challenge.

DAY 04: PAMPACAHUANA-WAYLLABAMBA-LLULLUCHAPAMPA.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Tea – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities
Minimum Altitude: 3600 masl
Maximum Altitude: 4650 masl
Distance: 21km / 13.5 miles
Time: 9h approximately
Difficult: Moderate.

DAY 05: LLUCHAPAMPA-PACAYMAYO-CHAQUICOCHA.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Tea – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities
Minimum Altitude: 3600 masl
Maximum Altitude: 3650 masl
Distance: 21km / 13.5 miles
Time: 9h approximately
Difficult: challenge.

DAY 06: CHAQUICOCHA-PHUYUPATAMARCA-WIÑAYWAYNA.

Accommodation: Camping facilities
Minimum Altitude: 3650 masl
Maximum Altitude: 2600 masl
Distance: 16km / 07.5 miles
Time: 6h approximately
Difficult: Moderate.

DAY 07: WIÑAYWAYNA-MACHUPICCHU-CUSCO.

Meals: Breakfast and water for drinking.

Distance: 6km
Difficulty: Easy

Itinerary

DAY 01: CUSCO- MOLLEPATA – CHALLACANCHA.

We pick you up from your hotel at 6am to start the journey to ‘Tarawasi’ (2600m / 8530ft) an important Inca archaeological complex, 2 hours from Cusco. We will have our breakfast (optional)here and then continue to Mollepata – this is where we meet our horsemen and mules and begin our trek. We will walk for about 3 hours to reach our camp, called Challacancha (3500m / 11482ft). From here, we will have views of the mountains with snow, Humantay, Soraypampa, which is more than 5750m / 17552ft above the sea level. Overnight

Meals: Lunch – Tea – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities
Minimum Altitude: 2850 masl
Maximum Altitude: 3850 masl
Distance: 14km/9miles
Time: 5h approximately
Difficulty: Moderate.

DAY 02: CHALLACANCHA –SORAYPAMPA-SALKANTAYPAMPA.

We have breakfast and then begin a walk of about four and a half hours towards Soraypampa (3900m/12795ft). This point has impressive views of the snow-capped mountains of Humantay (5917m/19412ft) Tucarway (5910m/19389ft) Rayuska (5350m/17552ft) and Salcantay (6271/20573ft). We have lunch and a rest here.
We will then climb in an easterly direction for about an hour until we arrive at Salkantay pampa that is located at a height of 4100m/13451ft. We stay the night here.

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch – Tea – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities
Minimum Altitude: 3650 masl
Maximum Altitude: 4100 masl
Distance: 09km/9miles
Time: 5h approximately
Difficulty: Moderate.

DAY 03: SALKANTAYPAMPA-INCACHIRIASKA-PAMPACAHUANA.

We have breakfast and then begin our trek towards the Incachiriasca pass that is located at a height of 5028m/16495ft. This is the highest point on our hike and from here; we have a magnificent view of Salkantay or the ‘savage’ mountain (6271m/20573ft) as well as of remarkably coloured small lakes that are located on the sides of this imposing snow-capped mountain. There is also the possibility of seeing condors and wild rabbits as well as other typical native animals of the Peruvian Andes – llamas, guanacos and vicuñas. After arriving at the pass, we will descend to the Pampacawana community (4000m/13123ft) where we will camp.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Tea – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities
Minimum Altitude: 4100 masl
Maximum Altitude: (5.300) 4650 masl
Distance: 17km / 13.5 miles
Time: 8h approximately
Difficult: challenge.

DAY 04: PAMPACAHUANA-WAYLLABAMBA-LLULLUCHAPAMPA.

We will have breakfast and then walk in the direction of the archaeological site of ‘Paucarcancha’ and then towards the village of Wayllabamba. Here we will join the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and our horseman and porters will replace mules. We continue on the trail to Llulluchapampa (3850m/12631ft) where we will spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Tea – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities
Minimum Altitude: 3600 masl
Maximum Altitude: 4650 masl
Distance: 20km / 13.5 miles
Time: 8h approximately
Difficult: Moderate.

DAY 05: LLUCHAPAMPA-PACAYMAYO-CHAQUICOCHA.

After breakfast, we will start a steep ascent towards the Huarmihuañusca pass (often called ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ due to its image from afar) which is at 4200m/13750ft. From here, we will have an amazing view of the impressive Inca Trail. We then descend to Pacamayu where we will have lunch. After a rest, we climb again to visit the archaeological site of ‘Runcuracay’ and to reach the Runkurakay pass (4000m/13080ft). Views of the mountains and surrounding area, from these points, are spectacular. Then begins a steep descent from the pass leading to the Inca site ‘Sayacmarca’. We will have a short rest here before continuing towards Chaquicocha (3660m/12007ft) where we will spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Tea – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities
Minimum Altitude: 3600 masl
Maximum Altitude: 3650 masl
Distance: 13km / 09.5 miles
Time: 7h approximately
Difficult: challenge.

DAY 06: CHAQUICOCHA-PHUYUPATAMARCA-WIÑAYWAYNA.

We have breakfast and begin walking towards Wiñay Wayna. On the way, we pass the archaeological sites of ‘Phuyupatamarca’ (‘Town in the Clouds’) and ‘Intipata’. We will spend the night at Wiñay Wayna campsite (2680m/8792ft). A short distance from this campsite is located the Inca site of the same name ‘Wiñay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’). Even if you are tired after your day’s trek, do not miss visiting the most impressive site on the trail.

Accommodation: Camping facilities
Minimum Altitude: 3650 masl
Maximum Altitude: 2600 masl
Distance: 16km / 07.5 miles
Time: 6h approximately
Difficult: Moderate.

DAY 07: WIÑAYWAYNA-MACHUPICCHU-CUSCO.

We have breakfast at 4am and leave the campsite at 5am, walking in the direction of the city of Machu Picchu, which is about 6km away. We will arrive at ‘Inti Punku’ (Sun gate) (2730m/8792ft) and wait there to observe the beautiful Andean sunrise over the spectacular city of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft). Then we will walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo (picture postcard shot) of this ancient city. Finally, we visit Machu Picchu itself!
Your guide gives a walking tour (approximately 2 hours) and after this, you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8923ft)! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top.
You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cusco. The train usually leaves at 3.55pm and we will arrive back in Cusco at about 8.45pm.

Meals: Breakfast and water for drinking.

Distance: 6km

Difficulty: Easy

*If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. You can also go to the thermal springs in the town – a real treat after finishing the trail!

N.B. Campsites may be subject to change depending on allocations by the official body that controls access to the Inca Trail (Ministry of culture Cusco).

*Difficulty level depends very much on your fitness and acclimatization

Inclusions

OUR TOURS INCLUDES:

  • Professional, bilingual Tour Guide
  • Collection from hotel and train station
  • Return transportation (bus to start of trail and tourist train back to Ollanta)**
  • Entrance fee to Salkantay National Park, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 afternoon snacks, 6 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Cook
    2-man tent
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Horseman and mules
  • Porters (they carry cooking and camping equipment)
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First Aid kit

NOT INCLUDED.

  • First Breakfast
  • Last Lunch Aguas Calientes

**Train included in all tours is the Cerrojo backpacker (to Ollanta) Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 13:37pm and being the 9:20pm the last train. Llama Path will organize the transport back to Cusco (by taxi or by bus).

Please Note: Train times are subject to change depending on Peru rail timetables and availability.If organized in advance, the train can be upgraded to Vistadome (large windows that the Expedition cerrojo train) for an increased price.

WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE:

  • Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
  • Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags.
  • Water (only for first day of trek, then we will provide you with drinking -previously boiled- water).
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Water
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
    *To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC card.

Optional

OPTIONAL ITEMS TO TAKE:

  • Shorts
  • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
    Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Extra money
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes town -not included-

OPTIONAL SERVICES (NOT INCLUDED):

  • Hire of sleeping bag –  ($ 40)
  • Walking stick: ($ 35)
  • Day pack: ($ 30)
  • Single tent: ($ 50)

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