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SALKANTAY TREK PLUS INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 6-DAYS

3 Days hiking on the Salkantay Trail

3 Days hiking on the Classic Inca Trail

National Geographic top 20 Ultimate Bucket List Trek

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Overview

Guiding Peru combines two amazing treks, allowing you to experience the best of both worlds. On this 6-day Salkantay Trek Plus Inca Trail tour, you will spend the first 3 days on the magnificent Salkantay Trail before transitioning to the Classic Inca Trail for the last 3 days. The diversity of flora and fauna, ecosystems and scenery is incredible as our team leads you into the citadel of Machu Picchu.

The Classic Inca trail is well-known as the best hike in South America or perhaps the world. This impressive trail offers astounding trekking on the original paved Inca pathways where you will explore many ancient Inca ruins along the way. The Salkantay trek is widely considered as the best alternative hike leading into Machu Picchu and was named by National Geographic as a top 20 Ultimate Adventure Bucket List Trek.

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Tour Price

Pricing: $1150.00/person (personal porter included)

  • 25% deposit required at time of booking

6-Day Salkantay Trek Plus Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour Details:

  • Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Ichupata
  • Day 2: Ichupata – Pampacahuana
  • Day 3: Pampacahuana – Llulluchapampa
  • Day 4: Llulluchapampa – Chaquicocha
  • Day 5: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna
  • Day 6: Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Distance Trekked: 72 km – Maximum altitude: 4,850m – Challenging

Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Ichupata (Salkantay Trail)

Accommodation: Deluxe Camping
Highest Elevation: 4300m
Distance to walk: 12km
Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours/challenging
Meals: Lunch, dinner, and snacks

We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning for a 3 hour scenic drive to Mollepata.  During the drive we will enjoy views of Salkantay and Humantay Mountains. Soon we will arrive at Soraypampa (3,800 m), the trailhead for the Salkantay trek, and meet our support staff, who will pack everything for the trek and load the equipment onto horses. We begin by hiking up to the magnificent Umantay Lake. After enjoying it’s scenery, we will hike back down to Soraypampa and begin our trek. The hike today is uphill for about 6 hours from Soraypampa to Ichupata (4,300 m) in the upper valley,  passing Salkantaypampa, which is our lunch spot. Ichupata is our camp for the night. When we arrive, our staff will greet us with happy hour and a nutritious dinner.

Day 2: Ichupata – Pampacahuana (Salkantay Trail)

Accommodation: Deluxe Camping
Highest Elevation: 4850m
Distance to walk: 14km
Approximate walking time: 8 hours/challenging
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack

After tent service of hot coca tea we will enjoy a hot breakfast before beginning the 3 to 4 hour steep climb to towards the Incachiriasca pass (4850m), the highest point of the entire route. We will have amazing views of Apu Salkantay and mountain glaciers.  We will then descend towards our lunch spot at Sisaypampa, a flat area from which one can observe the neighboring Salkantay Valleys. This is a place where we might see Andean condors. After lunch we continue towards the Pampacahuana community (3,700 m), located next to an original Inca canal where we will camp for the second night.

Day 3: Pampacahuana – Llulluchapampa (Salkantay Trail)

Accommodation: Deluxe Camping
Highest Elevation: 3700m
Distance to walk: 15km
Approximate walking time: 8 hours/challenging
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack

Today we join the Classic Inca Trail. We begin by hiking downhill for 3 hours from Pampacahuana to Paucarcancha (3133 m). We will have lunch there and visit the Inca Site with our guide explaining it’s role in the history of the Incas. Here is where we say goodbye to our horsemen and the horses, and meet our porters who will assist us all the way to Machu Picchu. From Paucarcancha we will hike 30 minutes downhill to the last village on the Classic Inca Trail, Huayllabamba (2,866 m), followed by a 4 hour uphill hike to Llulluchapampa (3,700 m).  Llulluchapampa is our camp for the night and is located near Dead Woman´s Pass.

Day 4: Llulluchapampa – Chaquicocha (Salkantay Trail – Inca Trail)

Accommodation: Deluxe Camping
Highest Elevation: 4215m
Distance to walk: 16km
Approximate walking time: 8 hours/challenging
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack

Today is the longest day of the Inca trail portion of the hike and we will start early hiking for 2 hours to the highest pass of the Inca trail, Dead Woman’s Pass (4,215 m). Here we’ll stop for a short break to enjoy the views before continuing with a long descent, 2 hours to the next valley (Pacaymayu Valley – Hidden River) for lunch. After lunch we begin ascending for 2 hours to the second pass of the trek, along the way we’ll stop at a small Inca site (Runcu Raccay) and see two huge waterfalls cascading down the opposite side of the valley. After the second pass, it’s another 1 hour of downhill hiking to a magnificent Inca site, Sayacmarca (inaccessible village). We’ll stop here for a rest and have a tour of the site. It’s then just another 15 minutes until we stop for the night at our campsite Chaquicocha (Dry Lake, 3,600 m).

Day 5: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna (Inca Trail)

Accommodation: Deluxe Camping
Highest Elevation: 3600m
Distance to walk: 10km
Approximate walking time: 5 hours/easy
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack

After hot coca tea/coffee and our chef prepared breakfast we will hike for two hours until we reach Phuyupatamarca (3,680 m), where we will have our first views of Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Mountain, and Huayna Picchu mountain. We will walk downhill for 2.5 hours until we reach our camp deep into the rain-forest. During this stretch of the trail we will visit the historic Inca site Inti Pata. After Inti Pata it is a further 30 minutes to our campsite at Wiñay Wayna –  Forever Young – (2,680 m). When we arrive at the camp we will have a late lunch. After relaxing in our tents, we will visit this amazing archeological site where we will have our camp set up for our last night.

Day 6: Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu – Cusco (Inca Trail – Machu Picchu)

Accommodation: Deluxe Camping
Highest Elevation: 2700m
Distance to walk: 5km
Approximate walking time: 2 hours + 2.5 hour Machu Picchu tour/easy
Meals: Breakfast, and deluxe snack box

You will be woken up early today, about 4:00 am, when our porter will serve you a freshly prepared cup of hot coca tea or coffee as you pack your bag for the final day on the beautiful Inca Trail. At 5:30am, you’ll get into the final checkpoint & trek to the Sun Gate to enjoy the 1st spectacular sight of Machu Picchu. We then descend to the fortress of Machu Picchu while gazing at the panoramas of this stunning valley. At 7:30am we’ll arrive at Machu Picchu City, from where our 2.5 hour private guided tour will start through the most important and exceptional parts of the complex. After the guided tour you will be provided a light boxed lunch before exploring Machu Picchu more on your own or beginning the optional  Huayna Picchu or Mount Machu Picchu Mountain climb. After your visit to Machu Picchu, you will be transported back to Aguas Calientes via bus. Here you will have plenty of time to shop and enjoy a late lunch, before returning to board the train departing for Cusco. You will board the train at 4:30 pm to Cusco, where Guiding Peru’s van and driver will be waiting to provide comfortable transportation to your Cusco hotel. Your arrival time in Cusco will be at approximately 8:00 pm.

When to Travel

  • High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
  • Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rainstorms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
  • Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains.
  • The Inca Trail is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.

Suggested Packing List

  • Original passport (should passport change post booking bring both)
  • ISIC international student card if applicable.
  • Backpack with rain-cover to carry your personal items
  • Dry-pack for porters to carry on trail (up to 8kg)
  • Comfortable trekking boots(water-proof) with good ankle support
  • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperatures
  • Thermal underwear for cold conditions
  • Gloves or mittens, wool socks, beanie for cold conditions
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort
  • Personal medications, insect repellent
  • Flash light or  head lamp and extra batteries
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Sun hat, Sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Rain jacket/pants or high quality rain poncho
  • Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes
  • 2 x1 litre water bottle or 1 x 2 litre water reservoir for day-pack
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles

What’s Included

* Professional English/Spanish speaking Guides having expert knowledge about the area and its customs.
* Assistant guide(s) based on group size
* Pre-trek briefing with lead guide, 1 day prior to trek
* Includes breakfast, snack, lunch, tea, dinner with daily water
* 4 man tents shared by 2 guests
* Toilet tent, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, and private hot water shower tent
* Cooks, assistants, horseman
* Packhorses for SalkantayTrail (to carry the tents, food, cooking equipment, and all your personal belongs-8 kilos per person)
* Person porter for Inca Trail (8 kilos per person)
* Inca Trail permit and Machu Picchu entrance ticket and guided tour
* First-aid kit and oxygen
* Bus Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
* Duffel bag and hiking poles
* Sleeping bag, air mattress, and pillow
* Radio communications
* Expedition train from Aguas Calientes
* Return transfer to hotel
* 5 nights deluxe camping

Options:

** Huayna Picchu or Mount Machu Picchu Climb Permits ($75.00) 
* Travel insurance and tips
* Solo fee – private tent ($40.00)