Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail
Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail. Add a special perspective to your mythical adventure and experience hiking the Salkantay trek & Inca Trail, which is a premium 7-day trek to get Machu Picchu, exploring the two best popular treks in Cusco. Treks, which are blessed with forested natural mountainscapes, ancient incan temples crowning the mountains, and the inca trail where takes a step back in time and mysterious Machu Picchu citadel declared as a new seven world wonders.
Hike with our experts to be teeming with fascinating legends and history on an exciting trek adventure.This famous trekking route of the world takes adventurers along an epic and sometimes challenging journey to the city in the clouds because on the trail we reach until 5,000 m.a.s.l / 16,350 feet, which is the highest pass located right next to the second highest peak in Cusco, and hikers will be struck by the majestic beauty and human ingenuity of the Inca temples that remained hidden until just over 100 years ago as the trails goes just close by still covered incan ruins. Only this particular trek offers you to go winding and exploring the spectacular sceneries of the Peruvian Andes, the past centuries-old incan sites located on the trail itself to the mythical and awe-inspiring Machu Picchu–Salkantay trek & Inca Trail.
Group Size: We need a minimum of 02 people to depart. Family groups, friend travelers, couple travelers or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our adventure to Machu Picchu. Prices are per person which are based on two people who might share a room / tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services; however, you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.
Service Level: Upgraded
- Trek in a high Andean realm. Stay in a mountain 4 season roomy tents (Black Diamond tents).
- Your own private guide, porters, muleteers, horses, delicious camp cuisine prepared by your personal cook.
- Explore trail-side archaeological sites that only Inca Trail hikers have access to.
- View ice-clad Salkantay, Huamantay, and the diverse ecosystems of the Cordillera Vilcabamba.
- Hike to Machu Picchu on mystical, stone-paved paths built by the Incas.
- Enter Machu Picchu on foot through the Gate of the Sun, as the Incas once did.
- Spend the last day at Incomparable Machu Picchu, “Lost City of the Incas” with a private guide.
- Direct & official local tour operator based in Cusco, managed by locals.
Physical Grading: 1 2 3 4 5 6
VERY STRENUOUS, CHALLENGING: Full-day hikes (7-9 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 4,000 feet) on many days, with some camping and hiking at extreme altitudes. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 11,500 feet, with some days ascending as high as 16,850 feet.
Activities: Hiking / Trekking, Camping, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures.
Important Note: While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, e.g, strikes, natural desasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.
Accommodations: 4 season Black Diamond tents designed for 4 people which are used only for 2 people, come with sleeping pads “Therma-Rest”, and Pillows.
Price: From US$ 1300/ 7 Days
The price is based on two-person. Whether you would like to take a private service, our service would increase in US$350 with two-person, US$300 with three-person, US$250 with four-person or more, these prices are applied to each person.
Student with a valid ISIC student ID: US$ 1180; Children under seven years of age receive a 10% discount. Children between 7 and 15 years pay the student price, but must show a copy of their passport.
We need a minimum of two people to run the tour. We guarantee that your tour will be limited to a maximum of 8 people. To ensure a private tour with us, our price increases US$350 with two-person, US$300 with three-person, US$250 with four-person or more, these prices are applied to each person.
Request a Quote: We can customize this private trek just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and other destinations. Call us at +51 984 464 391 or request a quote, Here.
Limited Spaces: Yes. To protect the historical trail, the number of people allowed to hike the Inca Trail each day is limited to 500. That is why, you should reserve your space as soon as possible. Spaces can be filled up three to four months in advance. Spaces fill more quickly in the high tourist season, from May to September.
Whether you would like to climd up the keen Wayna Picchu mountain, please let us know at the moment you are booking the tour( tickets for Wayna Picchu is limited, 400 tickets a day).
Acclimatization: Please allow a minimum of 2 days in Cusco before your hike begins to Salkantay trek & Inca Trail.
DAY 1, CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – MARQOKASA
We go to your hotel to pick you up very early in the morning to start our journey to Tarawasi ( 2,600m / 8,502 feet), an important incan site located about one and half-hour away from Cusco; in which, we will enjoy about the history recounted by our tour guide. after that we will keep driving to Mollepata town where we will meet up with our muleteers after a while we will get ready for the hike, about 1:00pm we will have lunch enjoying the scenic views around us, then to walk for couple of hours to get the first camp site called Marqokasa ( 3,600m / 11,772 feet) from this camp site we will have astonishing views around, and one of them is the mountain of Rayusqa(5,450m / 17,822feet). in the evening we will have our tea time, next we will have dinner, and eventually we will go to sleep.
DAY 2, MARQOKASA – SORAYPAMPA – SALKANTAYPAMPA
In the morning we will wake up with a hot coca tea provided by our muleteer, then we will have our breakfast. In the morning we will walk for four hours to get the lunch spot called Soraypampa( 3,890m / 12,720feet). in which we wll be at the bottom part of Tuqarway mountain( 5,930m / 19,391feet), in the afternoon we will have a two-hour walking uphill to get the second camp site, known as Salkantaypampa(4,150m / 13,571feet), at this camp site we will be at the skirt part of the stunning Salkantay mountain( 6,279m / 20,533feet) thus we will have an amazing sunset at the Salkantay’s summit. In the evening we will have our tea time, next we will have dinner, and eventually we will go to sleep.
DAY 3, SALKANTAYPAMPA – INCACHIRIASCA PASS – SISAYPAMPA
As usual every morning we will wake up with hot coca tea, and this morning that is not the exception, right away we will have our breakfast, enjoying the beautiful sunrise at the summit of Salkantay mountain. After that we will set off uphill to Incachiriasca pass that is located at an altitude of 4,990m / 16,317feet) and which is the highest point on this trail to Machu picchu; from this point we will have spectacular views; such as: the Salkantay Mt, glacier lagoons, and it is possible to see condors soaring around. Subsequently we will walk downhill to get our lunch spot about 1:00pm, where will enjoy the succulent lunch, afterward we will continue walking to get the third camp spot which is located at Sisaypampa (4,100m / 13,407feet), the views around are undeniably beautiful. In the evening we will have our tea time, next we will have dinner, and eventually we will go to sleep.
DAY 4, SISAYPAMPA – INCAN CANAL – PAUCARCANCHA
Wake up hot coca tea in the morning to start another great day, right away to enjoy our breakfast, then we will walk through the highland valley of Pampaccawa, where we will see the remains of ancient incan canals, later on after having a great walk we will arrive to Paucarcancha that is a small archaeological remains from the incan time, then we will have a short hiking to get the fourth camp site which is Wayllabamba (3,000m / 9,810feet), at this camp site that is provided by the Ministry of Culture, we will meet up with our quechua porters for the next days, and we will say goodbye to our muleteers and horses; because horses and mules are not allowed into the inca trail to Machu picchu, so that only quechua porters are allowed. In the evening we will have our tea time, next we will have dinner, and eventually we will go to sleep.
DAY 5, WAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYU
This morning after having a great breakfast we continue hiking on the inca trail, the path is uphill until getting the Deadwoman Pass ( 13,784 feet/ 4215 m), as we hike to this pass, we will get in different ecotones ( a transition area between two adjacent ecological communities “ecosystems”), befote to crown the Deadwoman pass we have lunch at place known as Llulluchapampa, so using that lunch’s energy to fulfill the summit, when we will have made it, we will take a well-deserved break to enjoy the sceneries around, from this highest point we walk downhill to get the second campsite called Pacaymayu. At the arrival, we will be welcomed warmly with claps by our porters, after a while tea time, eventually dinner.
DAY 6, PACAYMAYU – WIÑAYHUAYNA
Early in the morning we take our breakfast, then to keep walking uphill on the inca trail until we reach the pass called Runkuraqay 13,015 feet/ 3980 m, this sixth day as distinct from the other previuos days, you will enjoy several incan sites (Runkuraqay, Sayaqmarka, Phuyupatamarca, Intipata) where you get a rich information on history and the importance of each incan site, and we get the high jungle a proper cloud forest jungle, as we hike to the third campsite we will see couple of gorgeous orchids. About midday we will have lunch at place called Chaquiqocha. . Later, we will reach Wiñaywayna, translated to “Forever Young,” ( 2,650 m / 8,694 feet.) At the arrival, we will be welcomed warmly with claps by our porters, after a while tea time, eventually dinner.
DAY 7, WIÑAYHUAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
The most important day, because that day, it is the day of llaqta(city) MACHU PICCHU, there is no way to describe the feeling of the first sights of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, as the mist rises off the mountains early in the morning and the astonishing llaqta (city) appears in front of you. this day, all the sores, and the other uneasiness of the trek are transformed in happiness, because we will be iluminated by the energy, that way we will be entering in the wonder, undearneath the sunrise; eventually, after walking about fourty five minutes from the Sun Gate, we will have arrived to the new seven wonder of the world, where the masterpiece is combined in one element with thounsands of elements to have a brilliant combination and perfection. in which, all our dreams will come reality. The morning is dedicated to exploring the extraordinary Machu Picchu, where your guide will give you a thorough three-hour tour. Following your tour, you will have time to yourself before taking the bus to Aguas Calientes. We will then have our last lunch before you take the train back to Cusco. In the afternoon you will go aboard the train back to Ollantaytambo train station and/or Poroy train station, where our transfer will be waiting for you to take you back to the hotel in Cusco.
NOTE ON ITINERARY
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather and terrain conditions.
Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55° – 75° F with evenings cooling down into the 40s and 50s. Much of this itinerary takes place in the mountains where weather can change very quickly and evening temperatures regularly drop into the 30s and 40s. As our treks are planned during the “dry season”, days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of precipitation. While April and November departures may experience slightly higher amounts of rainfall, all-day rain is unusual. We will be hiking over multiple mountain passes which are above 16,404′ so guests should be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.
PERU SUMMIT INCLUDES
- Transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
- Entrance fee to the Inca trail and Machu Picchu.
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Train ticket back to Cusco at the end of our journey.
- Camping Equipment 4 season tent (03 people tent for 02 people)
- Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
- Private bus from the train station to hotel in Cusco.
- English guide, Our guides are equipped and trained to practice First-Aid, administer oxygen if needed, and conduct radio communication.
- Meals: Breakfast (6), lunch (6), dinner (6), and snacks.
- A professional Quechua chef who grew up in the countryside, and several Quechua Porters who will carry the equipment.
- Horses, and muleteers that carry your 7 kl / 14 pounds personal items.
- Emergency Horse to escort our groups and supply water, snacks to our group every day.
- Oxigen tank.
- Quechua porters for inca trail section.
PERU SUMMIT DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Sleeping bags, US$5 per day, and hiking poles US$5 per day( a pair of poles, Black Diamond or leki brand), you might get them rented from us.
- Therma-Rest mattress and air pillow US$5 per day.
- Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks.
- Gratuities for the guides, porters, and other staff
- Travel and Health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.
- Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.
- Travel insurance (and some copies)
- Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
- Backpack to carry your things.
- Phone and Camera charger and adapter.
- Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
- Ear Plugs.
- Power bank battery
- Torch or headlamps.
- Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
- Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us)
- Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
- Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
- Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
- Sunblock and sunglasses.
- Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
- Hiking trousers.
- Thermal underwear.
- Hiking socks.
- Water bottle or canteen.
- American dollars and peruvian soles in cash.
- Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime
- Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
- Crédit or debit card.
- Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
- Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).