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Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail 7D / 6N

Created with Sketch. Salkantay, Machu Picchu, Peru
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7D/6N

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Specific Tour

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12 people

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Español, Ingles

Overview

Inca Trail Trekking is geographically an outstanding trek to Machupicchu. The highest mountains, the deepest gorges, tracts of wild forest, the rolling high plateau of the Andes, and the greatest biodiversity are some of this TREKKING highlights. This seven days trekking combines Salkantay Trail and the Classic Inca Trail Trek; where you’ll see the huge peaks of Salkantay region which are considered important “Apu” or spiritual protector to locals.

The Inca Trail  Trekking & Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu leads you through the “Vilcabamba” mountain range which is formed by two deepest canyons of the region: Urubamba and Apurimac. During the trek, for the first 3 days you will be surrounded with magnificent mountain scenery and rarely see other groups; on the fourth day we’ll join with the Classic Inca Trail at Wayllabamba Community and then continue to Machu Picchu over the “Dead woman’s pass (4,200m).

The Inca Trail  Trekking & Salkantay Trek season extends from mid- March to November. Daytime temperatures can reach 20°C – 27°C at high altitude in June July nights can drop to below -5°C.

Trekking in Cusco during winter, from June to September, offers cool to mild and clear days with often very cold nights. Daytime temperatures around 20°C and at night may drop to 0°C or as low as – 5°C. Occasionally winter storms can bring snow as low as 3,500m.

The weather patterns are not so predictable that you can be absolutely positive of weather conditions in advance, but there are well-established patterns. The lower altitude treks experience the forests, village culture, and Fantastic Mountain views and are likely not to experience extremes of weather, but rather mild weather conditions throughout the trek season.

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    Activities: Trekking Adventure
    Shuttle to Challacancha: 3½ hour by bus from Cusco.
    Difficulty Levels: 4 of 5
    Maximum Altitude: 5600 masl. / 18372 ft.
    Accommodation: 1 Days Hostel, 5 Days Camping
    Optional Activities: Horse Reading, Hotspring.
    Locations: Salkantay, Inca Trail, Machupicchu.
    Departures Day: Daily Departures.
    Starts: Pick up at your accommodation in Cusco around 4:00 AM
    Ends: Drop-off at Cusco around 22:15 PM

Itinerary

DAY 1 : Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa.
We start the day by picking you up from your hotel at approx 04:00 AM. We will drive for around 4 hours, crossing Anta and Mollepata and ending up at Challancha. Through the windows of the bus you can clearly see the white, snowcapped mountains of Apus Salkantay and Humantay: two colossal gods of the Incas. You will also see spectacular scenery of high peaks and low valleys in a colorful and contrasting panorama filling every direction you turn your eyes! After the first two hours of driving, we will stop quickly in Mollepata to take advantage of the toilet facilities, souvenir shops, and an optional, short breakfast. We will then continue to Challacancha, the starting point for our trek. We will meet our support staff, and they will organize all of the equipment and cargo mules. Around 09:30 AM, we will begin trekking to Soraypampa (3850 MASL – 12631 FASL), the first campsite on our journey.
The first section of the path takes us over a few deep valleys along the side of a mountain. At some parts of the trail, an old aqueduct can still be seen which still supplies water to farmers in the lower valleys. We will travel 7 km (4.35 miles) in 3 hours to Soraypampa where we will have our lunch at the base camp of Salkantay. After lunch and a short rest, we hike up to the unforgettable Humantay Lake (4200 MASL – 13779 ft). This is a 5 km (3.1miles) round-trip which we will walk in a total of 3 hours. This place one of the most beautiful sights in all the Andes with unbelievable blue-green water reflecting the mountain glaciers of Apu Humantay. It seems like something out of a dream or fairy tale! Back at our camp, the background of the valley at sunset creates the most peaceful scene with an energy that can only be felt and not described! Because Soraypampa (our camp) is located in the middle of the glacier valleys, the sky is so immensely clear at night that you can truly appreciate the stars, constellations, and even comets shooting across the pitch blackness, uninterrupted by the hustle, bustle, or lights of the city. Take a moment this night to re-center your spirit and consider all the deep things of life in the profound silence and tranquility of Soraypampa!

Hiking distance: 13 km / 8.1 miles
Hiking time: 6½ to 7 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Maximum Altitude: 4200 Masl / 13779 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2954 masl / 9694 ft.
DAY 2 : Soraypampa – Inka Chiriasqha Pass – Sisaypampa Camp.
Today will be a beautiful day because we will see the snow mountains of Humantay (5,217 masl), Salkantay (6,271 masl) and Chullunku (5,570 masl). We will start the trek at 07:30 a.m; the trail climbs up gentle to “Pampa-Japonesa” (Japanese Climbers Base-camp set 3 decades ago) then, we’ll continue to the highest pass called Inka Chiriasqha (5,200m / 17060ft) from where one is rewarded with splendid mountain scenery.

The trekking time from the camp to the pass will take us 4 to 5 hours. After we have a rest on the pass, we’ll continue down through old moraine until Accobamba zone where our lunch will be served. After lunch we will descend until Sisay pampa Camp (3,790 m / 12434ft).

A Sisaypampa section we will be able to fully enjoy and take in the imposing Andean topography, quiet and cozy place where you can see herd of llamas, alpacas and with luck we might see the Andean condor consider an important deity among the locals. Our camp will be near the kid’s school. (7-8 hours walking)

Hiking distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles
Hiking time: 6½ to 7 hour approximately.
Climate: cold by day, very cold at night.
Acomodation: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Maximum Altitude: 4650 masl / 15255 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2750 masl / 9022 ft.
DAY 3 : Sisaypampa – Paucarcancha.
After breakfast, we will start the trek at 07:30 a.m; we will walk down in a beautiful valley with native flowers and exciting views; after 3 hours, we will arrive to Pampaccahuana community near the Inca canal repaired few years ago by Kendall’s Proyect (American archaeologist) to help local farmers and shephers. From Pampaccahuana, it will be 3 hours to Paucarcancha camp where we will find a beutiful Inca ruins.

Hiking distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles
Hiking time: 7 hour approximately.
Climate: cold by day, very cold at night.
Acomodation: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Maximum Altitude: 5000 masl / 16404 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3750 masl ASL / 12303 ft.
DAY 4: Paucarcancha – Wayllabamba – Llulluchapampa Camp.
After breakfast we’ll continue one hour to Wayllabamba community; at this place we will enter in the original Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Here is also where our muleteers return home with their mules; fresh porters will welcome us to continue the trek carrying the gear, equipment and food all the way to Machu Picchu; Horeses aren’t allowed on the Inca Trail Trek. From Wayllabamba we’ll continue gentle climb up to Llullucha camp, along the way we will see a rushing stream, we’ll walk through enchanted native polylepis woodland.

Distance Travelled: 14 Km. / 8.7 mile
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours approximately.
Climate: tropical warm.
Acomodation: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Maximum Altitude: 3000 masl / 9842 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3750 masl / 12303 ft.
DAY 5: Llulluchapampa – Dead Woman Pass – Pacaymayo – Runkuracay – Chakiccocha
Today will be a long day; After breakfast we’ll climb up for two hours to reach the second highest pass known as “Warmiwañusqha” or Dead Woman Pass (4,200m / 13779ft), from here one is rewarded with spectacular mountain scener. After a good rest, we will continue trekking down to Pacaymayu Valley through several Inca steps.

The descend to Pacaymayo Valley will last for two hours; here our lunch will be served. After a good rest, we climb up again for 1 hours to visit the archaeological site of ‘Runkuraqhay’ (round shape balcony) and then continuing one more hour to Runkuraqhay pass at 4,000m / 13123ft; from where in a clear day you can see on your bag “Dead Woman Pass” and in front of the Pumasillu snow mountain range.

From the pass, we’ll continue descending for one hour through Inca steps until the Inca site of ‘Sayacmarka’ (inaccessible town) which also was discovered by Mr. Hiram Bingam at 1915. We will have a short rest here before we continue walking for 20 minutes to Ch’akiccocha camp.

Distance Travelled: 16 Km. / 9.9 mile
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours approximately.
Climate: tropical warm.
Acomodation: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Maximum Altitude: 4200 masl / 13776 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3400 masl / 11144 ft.
DAY 6: Chaquiccocha – Phuyupatamarka – Wiñaywayna.
Toda is another beutiful but short day. You will notice a change in the eco-system while walking throught the tropical forest. After two hours walk we’ll arrive to the Inca settlement named Phuyupatamarca (Town above the clouds) (3,600 masl/11,811 ft). A well-preserved site with long chain of Inca baths where one can see impressive Inca engineering. Here you’ll receive explanation from the tour guide for half hour.

From Phuyupatamarca, we will descend approximately 3,200 of well-preserved Inca steps (3 hours); we also will pass another Inca Tunnel before we arrive to the Inca ruins of Wiñaywayna (Young Forever) (2,650 m/8,694 ft). Next to the ruins will be set up uor camp. Today’s lunch will be served in the camp so, after the lunch you’ll have time to rest and be ready to start very early the next day.

Distance Travelled: 16 Km. / 9.9 mile
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours approximately.
Climate: tropical warm.
Acomodation: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Maximum Altitude: 3600 masl / 11811 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2600 masl / 8530 ft.
DAY 7: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – “Aguas Calientes” town – Cusco
Today, we will start the tour very early; the breakfast will be served at 04:30 a.m, and we’ll begin to trek at 05:00 a.m to be in time at the Sungate or Inti Punku to get the first glimpse of Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu. We will continue with the last triumphal descent to Machu Picchu and you will receive a relaxing tour for two hours approximately.

After the tour you will have enough time to explore the Machu Picchu site on your own. At around noon, you must take the bus that will take you down to the town of “Aguas Calientes”; Here you will have your lunch in one of the restourrants; in the afternoon at 2.55pm we’ll take the train to Ollantaytambo trainstation from where you’ll be tranferred to your hotel in Cusco arriving there at 7:30pm.

Distance Hiking: 6 Km. / 3.7 mile
Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours approximately.
Machu Picchu guided tour: 2½ hour.
Climate: tropical warm.
Shuttle to Cusco:3 hours by train and bus from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast.
Maximum Altitude: 2429 masl / 7972 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2040 masl / 6692 ft.

Include:

  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office, for an orientation before your trek and provide you the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. meeting at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
  • Transport: Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Challacancha (starting point of the trek).
  • Experienced Guide: English speaking professional and official tour guide.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fee to Inca Trail.
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Kailas, Pro aconcagua and Rei 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested.
  • Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs.
  • Foam mats or sleeping pads: to put under your sleeping bag (carried by horses)
  • Accommodation: 6 nights in tent
  • 1 Duffle Bag: Where you can put your personal belongings (7 kilograms = 15 lbs) which includes your sleeping bag.
  • Porters: We include your personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffel with your personal items. There is no additional fee for this. We will give you your duffel bag at your briefing the night before and this should be filled with the things you need for night and the next day. You will not have access to your duffel until your evening campsite.
  • Trekking Cook: In charge to prepared all the meals along the journey, over 6 people cook assistant
  • Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 dinners and Snacks (Vegetarian, vegan or special menus are available at no extra cost)
  • Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite we will wake you up with a cup of coca tea our support staff will bring the coca tea to your tent in order to wake you up.
  • Tea time = Happy Hour: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
  • Daily snacks - Days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6: Our Snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, Caramels we will give this snack at the beginning of each day trek in a cloth bag to avoid environmental contamination.
  • One textile snack bag per person: to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
  • Water grooming: Each morning warm water with towel
  • Medical kit: Our crew bring the First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition service at 16:22 hrs (subject to availability))
  • Transport: Transfer from Ollantaytambo Train Station to hotel in Cusco(Day 7)
  • 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit
  • We will create a the trip of a Memorable Lifetime Experience for you.
  • We are Direct operators & local owners with the best trekking team on the hike.

Not Included:

  • Entrance fee to Salkantay Trail (S/.10 per person)
  • Sleeping Bags: (you can hire from our company), our sleeping bags are -18ºC-comfort (0ºF), mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
  • Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
  • Last Day: Lunch and Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips for our staff: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Salkantay, Machu Picchu, Peru

Tour Map Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail 7D / 6N

FAQs

What Should I Bring for the Tour?
– Original passport
– For students: ISIC card
– Insurance card/certificate
– Walking stick ( Highly Recomemded )
– Hiking boots
– Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
– Warm jacket
– Hat and gloves
– 2-4 t-shirts
– 2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
– Long underwear for sleeping
– Hand sanitizer
– Comfortable trousers
– Sun hat or cap
– Sunscreen
– Insect repellent
– Water
– Toiletries/ Toilet paper
– Personal medication
– Camera
– Flashlight or headlamp
– Extra money for tips/snacks/beer.
How is the weather in the inca jungle tour?
Weather in the Inca jungle trail change a lot special the first day. however the weather is very warm in Santa Maria, Santa Tereza and Aguas Calientes. all this towns are located lower then Cusco and they are not higher then 2400 meter about the see level.
Temperature during all year is between 10°C and 25 °C.
Only in the biking portion you will need warm jacket and rain jacket.
when is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?
Best time to visit Machu Picchu by inca jungle trail is between march and December.
How hard is the biking tour ?
It is not that difficult and not that challenge however we recommend passenger have some king of experience with the bike. then with our tour guide recommendation you will have a great time with our tour.
Do I need experience for the tour?
Actually you don't need that expert experience on biking, rafting, or zipline. In any moment you fell these activities is to much for you. You can decide to not continue with this activities and take and optional way.
When should I book inca jungle trek?
Never is to early to book you tour with us, It is because you will have enough time to book in advance updates like Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña. This tickets are sold out very fast and you need to book approximately 2 months before departure.
How much is to enjoy hotspings?
In Santa Tereza - Cocalmayo, You will find the best hotspings in the area, it only cost 10 soles or 3.5 USD dollars.
How hard is the hike on the second day?
It is not that hard. It is a medium exercise hike, However we recommend bring just belongs you will really need in the hike. Lite back pack is more confortable for hike this area.
How much money do I have to take in the tour?
We recommend 200 soles or 70 USD dollars. This is because sometimes you can need money for water, snacks, extra drinks, any kind of emergency.
How hard is hike from Aguas Calientes o Machu Picchu?
It is 1:30 hours hike . The first part is 30 minutes flat and then 1 hour steps up to Machu Picchu.
When Machu Picchu open and close ?
Machu Picchu Open at 6:00 am and Close at 5:00 pm.
How long people usually take in machu picchu?
Usually people stay in Machu Picchu for 5 hours then they prefer to go to Aguas Calientes for lunch or spend sometime in the town.
Do you serve vegetarian food in machu picchu jungle tour?
Yes we do . Please when you book this tours don't forget to tell us if yu are vegetarian or you have any kind of allergy.
Huayna Picchu VS Machu Picchu Montaña
Many people ask about Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Montaña and few people know the difference about this 2 climbing hike mountains in Machu Picchu.

Huayna picchu: It is located at the northeast area and it is famous because since the summit you can enjoy a beautiful landscape and Machu Picchu.

huaynapicchu have a steep road and people arrive to the summit in approximately 45 minutes hike up. In the summit you can enjoy and take picture for not longer then 20 minutes. This is because huaynaPicchu pick do not have a big space and not to of people can login there.

if you plan hike up to Huayna Picchu You need to book in advance . it cost 25 American dollars per person.

Huayna Picchu altitude: 2789 masl.

Montaña Machu Picchu: It is the taller Mountain. You need at list 3:30 hours to enjoy the hike up to this Montaña. This mountain ofer different altitudes view of Machu Picchu and also a amazing panoramic view of all machu picchu, Aguas calientes, hidroelectrica and others areas around.

In the summit you can spend longer time. this is because not lot of people go to this mountain yet because the new accest it is.

if you plan hike up to Montaña, You need to book in advance . it cost 25 American dollars per person.

Montaña altitude: 3240 masl.

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