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Salkantay Trek & Classic Inca Trail 7D/6N

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  • Trekking
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  • 6 nights camp
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  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunch
  • 6 Dinners
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Overview

Salkantay means “wild mountain”. At a height of 6271 m (20573 ft), it is the highest peak in the Vilcabamba mountain range and one of the highest in the Andes. It is located northeast of the city of Cusco. During our walk, we will climb up to 5028 m / 16495 feet, we will have views of beautiful Andean landscapes and we will have the possibility to observe condors, alpacas and other Andean animals in their natural habitats. This trail connects the Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail. The total duration of this Salkantay Trek & Classic Inca Trail 7 days.

This is a mixed landscape and culture trip, here you will have a unique experience, enjoying the great nature with unique landscapes, customs and traditions of the local people and the experience of walking on the Inca trail.

Our Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail 7 days 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 salkantay trek & inca trail to the full.

The Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail 7 days, is a good hiking option in the city of Cusco, due to the diversity of landscapes, history and ancestral culture. Inca Trail Availability

We offer daily departures in the Inca Trail and Alternative outes: check availability here.

It is recommended to book the Inca Trail at least 4 months in advance, because this is the most famous road in South America and many people want to do.

Useful Information

  • Starting Altitude: 2900m / 9515 ft.
  • Highest Altitude: 5028m / 16,495 ft.
  • Coldest Night: Day 2 around 0º Celsius
  • Overall Difficulty: Moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Tea / Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 72km/ 44.738. miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate.

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

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

Overview Day to Day

  • Day 01: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – CHALLACANCHA.
  • Day 02: CHALLACANCHA – SORAYPAMAPA – SALKANTAYPAMPA.
  • Day03: SALKANTAYPAMPA – INCACHIRIASKA – PAMPACAHUANA.
  • Day 04: PAMPACAHUANA – WAYLLABAMBA – LLULLUCHAPAMPA.
  • Day 05: LLUCHAPAMPA – PACAYMAYO – CHAQUICOCHA.
  • Day 06: CHAQUICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAYWAYNA.
  • Day 07: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO.

PLEASE SEE: OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND F.A.Qs

Conditions for the Mountain – Machu picchu and Wayna Picchu.

* Note:Level of difficulty depends a lot on your fitness and acclimatization.

*The train service on all tours includes (Expedition to Ollanta) and bus to Cusco.
* If you want to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes have to tell us in advance to arrange your hotel and modify the train service return, the camps mentioned in the program are referential as it depends on the time and date of reservation and Availability of the Ministry of Culture-Cusco
* Campsites are subject to approval by the decentralized department of the Ministry of Culture and also depends a lot of time in your reservation, therefore, the above fields are for reference.

Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco- Mollepata – Challacancha.

Salkantay Trek we pick you up, from your hotel at 6am to start the journey Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail 7 days, ‘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 – Inkachiriasca – 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. Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail 7 days

  • 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: Llulluchapampa – 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 – Machu Picchu – 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 14.55.pm and we will arrive back in Cusco at about 8.45pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast and water for drinking.
  • Distance: 6km
  • Difficulty: Easy

**Train included in all tours is the Expedition Train (to Ollanta) Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 14.55.pm and being the 9:20pm the last train. Pacha Expeditions, 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 train) for an increased price.

*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

PLEASE SEE: OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND F.A.Qs

Includes

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • 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

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

  • Machu picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountain US.70 – will need to be booked way in advance, if you would like to add an extra hike. Please let us know at the time of booking.
  • First breakfast and Last lunch – We will stop at Ollantaytambo for the first breakfast and have the last lunch at Aguas Calientes after the tour of Machu Picchu.
  • VISTADOME Train to Cusco instead of Expedition Train -This train runs from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy) and it will cost you US.57 per person extra.
  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters.
  • First Breakfast
  • Last Lunch Aguas Calientes

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WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE.

  • Original passport (and *Student card  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 70 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.

* To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a university card, with current and updated date

* If desired train back to Cusco can be upgraded to Vistadome (+U$.65)

OPTIONAL ITEMS TO TAKE:

  • Shorts
  • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Extra money
  • Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)

OPTIONAL SERVICES (NOT INCLUDED):

  • Hire of sleeping bag – U$.30
  • Walking stick: U$.15
  • Day pack: U$.20
  • Single tent: U$.25

PLEASE SEE: OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND F.A.Qs

Prices

Price & Add – ons

Group: U$: 980
Private: U$: 1,100

Group versus Private Treks: What’s the difference?

  • Depending on the number of people in your booking, additional people may join the trek to make a full group.
  • If you choose “private”, no additional people will be joining your group, no matter the size.
  • Minimum booking size is two people; one person may book a group trek if Pacha Expeditions Travel Peru, is able to join that person with additional groups.

Discounts

  • Under 18 years Discount: U$: 20
  • Under 07 years Discount: U$: 35

Rentals

  • Hiking poles – U$: 25 (pair)

Upgrades

  • Return Vistadome train – U$: 50 per person
  • Return Hiram Bingham train– U$: 380 per person
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (5-star hotel) – U$: 245 Per person
  • Tierra viva Machu Picchu (3+ star hotel) – U$: 50 Per person

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