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Salkantay – Inca Trail 6Days / 5Nights

  • This trek is a combination of the two most popular treks that exist to reach Machu Picchu, little explored and visited only by those who are willing to challenge its geography and conquer it.
  • This trek will take you around the second largest mountain that surrounds Machu Picchu (Salkantay, elev. 20,574ft/6271m), giving you an up-close view of the impressive mountain and surrounding glaciers.
  • The route near Salkantay offers a view of varying ecosystems, different plants, and animals as you hike next to snow-capped mountains and glaciers, down into lush green landscapes of the cloud forest and jungle.
  • The Salkantay – Inca Trail 6-Day hike also offers a different view of the notorious Inca Trail, taking you on a hike through the history of the Incas and visiting some of their mountaintop archaeological centers to finish in the Inca city of Machu Picchu.
  • The Salkantay trek was named the number 1 Alternate Route to Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail is recommended and considered one of the most beautiful and popular walks around the world by different travel guides such as Frommers, Lonely Planet, and National Geographic. Hiking this trek gives you the opportunity to have both experiences in one trip.


About this activity


Group or Private


Trekking and Adventure


Up to 8






6 Days


DAY 1: Cusco – Cruzpata – Salkantaypampa.

We will begin our Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek with pick up from your hotel at 5:30 AM in our private transport and we’ll head toward the town of Mollepata (9184ft/2800m). Here we’ll eat breakfast before continuing on an hour more to the town of Cruzpata (10,168ft/3100m). In this town, we will meet our horseman and his horses that will transport the equipment (tables, seats, food, baggage, tents, and food) for the next three days. From Cruzpata we’ll begin the ascent toward Soraypampa by a fairly flat road.
Once in Soraypampa, we will see the snowcapped mountain of Salkantay (21,000ft/6400m). We’ll continue through the valley, crossed by rivers and streams and filled with native birds and vegetation, to arrive at our camp in Salkantaypampa (12,770ft/3890m) at the foot of Salkantay. The camp is surrounded by many rocks and streams. Here we will pass the night, with the stars and the snow-covered Salkantay filling the sky. A Delicious dinner Will be prepared by our Cook.

Distance: 6.2mi/10Km
Meals:  Lunch – Dinner
Maximum Altitude: 12,762ft/3890m.

Day 2: Salkantaypampa – Valle Sisaypampa – Pampacahuana.

Today we will wake up to a hot cup of coca tea, 30 minutes before breakfast to give us strength for the morning. After we enjoy our meal, we’ll begin the 4 hours climb to the highest point of our trek. This place is called El Paso de Inkachiriasca (15,915ft/4855m).
From this point, we can enjoy our closest view of Salkantay and the surrounding ancient glaciers shining in different shades of turquoise and blue. We can also appreciate the small lakes and sometimes will even hear avalanches from Salkantay. Later we’ll descend toward the part of the plain known as Sisaypampa.
From here we can see more snow-covered mountains that accompany us on our trek. Here we will have our lunch before we continue on the hike toward our camp called Canal Inka (11,155ft/3400m).
This place has a canal that was built by the Incas to bring water from the snow of the mountains to the valley below. We’ll pass the night here, and once again, our cook will dazzle us with his cooking.

Distance: 8.7mi/14 Km
Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Maximum Altitude: 15,928ft/4855m

Day 3: Pampacahuana – Inkaracay – Llulluchapampa.

After breakfast, we’ll proceed with our trip across the valley close to the stream Pampacahuana. A couple of hours down, we’ll show up at the first archeological complex called Inkaracay, which we’ll explore with the assistance of our guide. Later we’ll proceed with the plummet, and a couple of moments further down we’ll track down the town of Wayllabamba (9840ft/3000m).
Here we will pass on our horses and express farewell to our horseman. Starting here, our watchmen will be responsible for moving the hardware. On the Inca Trail, it is restricted to entering with pack animals since it expands the disintegration of the path. Here in Wayllabamba, we’ll partake in our lunch and a rest. Later we’ll make the four hours move to our camp in Llulluchapampa (12,650ft/3855m).
To get to our camp, we get to stroll through woods of native trees, greeneries, greenery, orchids, and birds. From our camp, we can notice the snow-covered pinnacle of Wayanay as we partake in a tasty cup of hot cocoa.

Distance: 8mi/13Km
Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Maximum Altitude: 12,648ft/3855m

Day 4: Llulluchapampa – Abra Warmiwañusca (Paso de la Mujer Muerta) – Runkuraqay – Chaquiqocha.

After breakfast, we will leave to vanquish the second-most elevated mark of our journey. We’ll track down this point 2 hours up the mountain at Warmiwañusca (13,780ft/4215m), likewise called Paso de la Mujer Muerta, and that implies Dead Woman’s Pass. It’s called this since it has the shape of a resting or dead lady. Starting here, we’ll descend for two hours toward Pacaymayó (11,850ft/3600m), where we’ll have our lunch and rest. Revived, we’ll proceed with our journey and visit the second archeological complex called Runkuraqay.
There we’ll stop to visit and investigate with our guide. Later we’ll proceed with the journey toward the third pass likewise called Runkuraqay (13,000ft/3900m). From this spot, we will have one more fantastic perspective on the encompassing scenes. Later we’ll slide toward the following archeological complex called Sayacmarca which we’ll likewise require some investment to investigate.
At long last, we’ll make a beeline for our camp for the evening, which is around a 30-minute stroll from Sayacmarca. Our camp is called Chaquiqocha (11,811ft/3600m), and that implies a dry lake. Here we can visit the swamp and we will spend the evening.

Distance: 7.4/12Km
Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Maximum Altitude: 13,780ft/4215m

Day 5: Chaquiqocha – Puyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna.

This part of the hike is exceptionally gorgeous due to the encompassing vegetation. Today we can see the value of crude plants. After our morning meal, we’ll proceed with our journey toward the third pass called El Paso de Puyupatamarca (12,130ft/3700m). There is one more archeological complex here that we will explore, and afterward, we have the opportunity and energy to visit and unwind.
From this spot, noticing the rear of the mountain of Machu Picchu is conceivable. After pictures, we’ll plunge toward our camp close to the archeological complex of Wiñaywayna (8600ft/2700m) which we’ll likewise investigate with the assistance of our guide. The view from this spot is lovely since we will see the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the waterway that crosses it, and the pile of Machu Picchu.
This camp offers showers (cold) for travelers. Here we’ll triumph ultimately over our last supper together and express farewell to our staff (cook and watchmen).

Day 6 Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco.

Today we will start earlier to 3:00 AM to attempt to be a portion of the first at the control (found 10 minutes from camp). At 5:30 AM, we’ll take off and clear our path through a lavish and damp forest to Machu Picchu. Following an hour of climbing, we’ll arrive at Inti Punku, or the Sun Door, where we can take in the fantastic perspectives on the Incan city. Following that, we’ll advance down to Machu Picchu to investigate with our aide for two hours. Afterward, you’ll have the option to investigate for a couple of hours all alone. After this time, we’ll head towards the town of Aguas Calientes (6693/2040m) to eat or visit the natural aquifers prior to taking the train to Ollantaytambo where a car be held on to return you to the Square de Armas in Cusco.

Distance: 3.7mi/6Km
Meals:  Breakfast
Maximum Altitude: 11,200ft/3400m (Cusco).


What Is Included for the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek?

  • Pick you up from your hotel. Private Transportation Cusco – Cruzpata (the start of the hike).
  • Private guide (English, Spanish, Quechua) along the hike and at Machu Picchu.
  • Tents (2-3 people per 4-person tent, for your comfort)
  • Sleeping mats.
  • Meals are detailed in the itinerary (vegetarian menu available on request, veggies will be washed in boiled water).
  • A cook and cooking equipment (dining tent, table, chairs).
  • First aid kit and oxygen on hand. 11lb/5kg of your personal items (sleeping bag/extra clothes) to go on the horses and later transported by the porters.
  • Horses or mules to transport equipment and horseman, and porters on the Inca Trail.
  • Bus tickets: Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (first day at Machu Picchu only).
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu. Train ticket: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo. Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

What Is Not Included for the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek?

  • First breakfast and last lunch.
  • Snacks (Chocolate, crackers/cookies, dried fruits).
  • Sleeping bag (you can rent a sleeping bag from us for $30 for the trip).
  • Bottled drinks (water, sodas, beers, etc.)
  • Entrance to Waynapicchu.
  • Entrance to the hot springs at Aguas Calientes.
  • Tips for guide, Cook, horseman.


Things to keep for the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek

Important. The list given here is a suggested packing list, based on the experience of our guides and staff, and passengers that enjoyed the Salkantay trail and Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. Feel free to pack what you think you need to be comfortable along the hike.

  • Passport.
  • Student ID (if applicable)
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • Hiking Boots.
  • Socks (6-7 pairs).
  • Sandals.
  • Swimsuit.
  • Thermal Underwear.
  • Hiking Pants (3).
  • Shirts (6-7).
  • Vest.
  • Fleece/Polartec.
  • Rain Jacket.
  • Headlamp/Flashlight (extra batteries).
  • Sun Hat.
  • Wool Hat/Gloves.
  • Sun Glasses.
  • Water Bottle/Reservoir.
  • Hiking Poles (1 pair).
  • Watch (water resistant, with light).
  • Camera/GoPro.
  • Plastic Rain Poncho.
  • Sun Block (50+ SPF).
  • Chapstick.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Toiletries.
  • Toilet Paper (2 Rolls).
  • Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer.
  • Pocket knife, lighter, whistle, sewing kit.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Personal Medication.
  • Snacks.
  • Money (local currency).

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