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Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu Trek (6 Days/ 5 Nights)

Set off on an incredible 6-day adventure along the Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu, and make lasting memories!

USD $1,596.00

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Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu Trek (6 Days/ 5 Nights)

Highlights

  • Salkantay Trail
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Inca culture
  • Machu Picchu

 Description

The Salkantay Trail features mountains, forests, and Incan ruins. This trek displays beautiful natural variety: from icy glaciers to steaming tropical forests. In addition to the abundance of Inca culture you’ll encounter, you’ll see life as it is lived in the mountains and on farms.

Duration

6 Days/5 Nights

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco / Cruzpata / Salcantaypampa

You’ll be picked up from the hotel at 5:00 am and driven to Cruzpata about 4 hours away. On the way to Mollepata, you’ll pass through the town of Limatambo as you drive along the shore of the Apurimac River. From here, you’ll will continue on to Cruzpata, where you will meet the horsemen and horses.

Then, you’ll begin the Salkantay Trail trek up to Soraypampa  on the way to Salkantaypampa to camp for the evening. Once you arrive, at the night’s campsite in Salkantaypampa, you’ll be able to appreciate the majestic Salkantay mountain.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 10 km (6.21 miles)

Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours

Maximum altitude point: (3850m/12628ft)

Day 2: Salkantaypampa / Pampacahuana

After breakfast, you’ll continue the hike with a steep four-hour climb towards the Incachiriasca pass that will present you with incredible views of the  snow-capped peak that lends its name to the Salkantay Trail.

Then, you’ll descend towards a flat lookout point at Sisaypampa to break for lunch. Afterwards, you’ll continue towards the campsite for the night in the community of Pampacahuana.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 14 km (8.70 miles)

Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours

Maximum altitude point: (4850m/15908ft)

Day 3: Pampacahuana / Llulluchapampa

After breakfast, you’ll head downhill for about 4 hours along the shores of the Pampacahuana towards Wayllabamba. On the way, you’ll visit the Incaracay archaeological complex. Once you arrive in Wayllabamba, you’ll break for lunch.

After lunch, the trek will join the Inca Trail. You’ll have to say goodbye to the horsemen as pack animals are not allowed on the Inca Trail. However, you’ll say hello to a group of porters to help the rest of the way.

With a new group of porters, you’ll head to Llulluchapampa to set up camp for the night. The climb features a changing landscape that allows you to see everything from sierra to puna as well as domesticated llamas and alpacas.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 14 km (8.70 miles)

Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours

Maximum altitude point: (3850m/12628ft)

Day 4: Llulluchapampa / Chaquiqocha

After breakfast, you’ll hike for 2 hours up to the highest point on the Inca Trail: the almost 14,000 ft Abra Warmihuañusca. Immediately after the first pass, you’ll climb to the second pass: the Abra Runkurakay. Halfway up, you’ll stop to visit the archaeological complex with the same name that is believed to have once been a watchtower.

After going over the pass, you’ll descend through the cloud forest and Yanacocha on your way to Sayacmarca. This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. It is a mere 20 minutes away from Chaquicocha where you will camp for the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 12 km (7.45 miles)

Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours

Maximum altitude point: (4200m/13776ft)

Day 5: Chaquiqocha / Wiñay Wayna

After breakfast, you’ll take an easy climb to the third pass on the Salkantay Trail: Phuyupatamarca. Its name means “town over the clouds.”On this particular climb, you’ll get to admire the amazing craftsmanship of the ancient Inca. Semi-detached paths and ravines filled with help stabilize the trail in the multi-leveled Andean geography.

After passing through a tunnel, you’ll arrive at the pass.  From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations as well as stunning views of the Urubamba River valley. You’ll also see the long descending stone steps that lead to Wiñaywayna where you will spend the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 14 km (8.70 miles)

Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours

Maximum altitude point: 3,900 m (12,792 ft)

Day 6: Wiñay Wayna / Machu Picchu

You’ll wake up bright and early for breakfast at 4:00 am. Just an hour later, you’ll climb to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate).  From this impressive spot, you’ll have the chance to see the sunrise over the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu.

From here you’ll descend into the citadel of Machu Picchu from the “House of the Guardians.” Then, you’ll head to the control point to register and leave your backpack. Soon after, you’ll go on a 2 hour guided tour. Following the tour, you will then have free time to walk around, climb the Wayna Picchu Mountain, or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge.

In the afternoon, you’ll meet up with the rest of the group in the town of Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Poroy Train Station before being taken back to your Cusco hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Total distance: 4 km (2.49 miles)

Estimated walking time: 2 hours

Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (8,829 ft)

Single supplement: $Single tent US$ 36

What’s Included

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Hotel pickup on the morning of trek departure.
  • Private transportation to Cruzpata, head of the Trek
  • Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fee
    • valid from days 3 to 6 of this program
  • English-speaking professional guide
    • two guides for groups 8+ persons
  • 4 Season tents
    • 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent
  • Therma-Rest self-inflating mattress
  • Horsemen and horses
    • Carry tents, cooking equipment
    • Carry backpacks, sleeping bags and mattresses
    • Max. 9 kilos/ 19 lbs per person
    • days 1 to 3
  • One emergency horse (days 1 to 3)
  • Porters to carry personal gear up
    • Max. 9 kilos/ 19 lbs per person including sleeping bag and sleeping pad
    • Days 3 to 6
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen tent
    • Chef and cooking equipment
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
  • Toilet tent
  • Accommodations for all of the staff
  • First aid kit (including emergency oxygen bottle)
  • Bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

What’s Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented in the office for US$ 36 for all 6 days)
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Domestic airfare to and from Cusco (+/- US$ 290 per person round trip)
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Passport & Visa Costs
  • Vaccination Costs
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Drinks
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Border taxes or fees

Important Notes

Optional Services:

Upgrade the train to Vistadome Class: add US$ 25

Sleeping bag during the tour ( -10°C): add US$ 36

Extra porter to carry your personal equipment: add US$ 140

Extra night at Aguas Calientes after the trek: add US$ 30

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Salcantay, Urubamba Province, Peru

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