Salkantay Trek + Classic Inca Trail – 6 Days

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Salkantay Trek + Classic Inca Trail – 6 Days

Price from: $ 970.00 USD (See: Price List)

Often referred to as the High Inca Trail, it follows the same route up to the base of Salkantay before turning east across the Inca Chiriasca Pass at approximately 4900-m. This route then descends via Sisaypampa, from where you trek to Pampacahuana.

High Inca Trail – Salkantay Trek plus Classic Inca Trail 6 Days

Salkantay, via Paucarcancha, often referred to as the High Inca Trail, follows the same route up to the base of Salkantay before turning east across the Inca Chiriasca Pass at approximately 4900-m. This route then descends via Sisaypampa, where you trek to Pampacahuana and impressive Inca ruins. The remains of an Inca road then go down to the singular Inca ruins of Paucarcancha. Paucarcancha is also a vital camping site on the Ancascocha trek; on the third day, you can join the “classic” Inca Trail at Huayllabamba before continuing to Machupicchu. Because the route follows the Km 88 trail in its second half, permits are required, and thus booking in advance is highly recommended.

It is also possible to trek this route without a registered Peruvian guide. There is also an obligatory change from animals to porters before reaching Huayllabamba. If you don´t want to join the Classic Inca Trail, an alternative is to go to Huayllabamba, then down to Km 88, where you can take the train to Aguas Calientes or back to Cusco. Walking 30 km from Km 88 to Aguas Calientes is also possible, but the authorities are not keen on this, especially from Aguas Calientes to Km 88.

Overview

Overview

  • Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa to Humantay & Salkantay Pampa
  • Day 2: Salkantay Pampa – Inca Chiriaska Pass – Inca Canal “Pampaqawana”
  • Day 3: Inca Canal – Paucarcancha – Wayllabamba – Ayapata
  • Day 4: Ayapata – Llulluchapampa – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo – Chaquicocha
  • Day 5: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Inti Pata – Wiñaywayna
  • Day 6: Wiñaywayna – Inti Punku – Machupicchu – Cusco

Highlights –  Trek Salkantay Classic Inca Trail 6 Days:

  • Real-time Inca trail permit information via Kondor Path Tour, “official operator of the Inca Trail.”
  • Follow the legendary path of the Incas, winding through the spectacular scenery of the Peruvian Andes.
  • Mythical and awe-inspiring, Machu Picchu was declared 01 of the World’s New Seven Wonders.
  • Witness the spectacular architecture of the Incas in Peru.
  • View the beautiful skies of Machu Picchu when the sun lights them up after Intipunku.
  • Beautiful scenery and stunning Andes mountain vistas, and a Succession of impressive high passes

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Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake – Salkantay Pampa

High Inca Trail – At Soraypampa, we will meet our horseman to pack all the mountain equipment and your belongings. We start our Hike, where you will catch views of the stunning Vilcabamba range (02 magnificent snow glaciers, the Salkantay and the Humantay). 

Short Data:

  • Early morning pick you up from your hotel at 05 am
  • Private transfer to the trailhead “Soraypampa.”
  • Lunch at Soray Pampa.
  • Hiking Distance: 12 km / 7.4 miles
  • Estimated Hike Duration: 03 ½ hours walk
  • Highest point & Campsite elevation: Soraypampa 4,150 m (Just right at the bottom of Salkantay Glacier Peak)
  • Weather: Cold
  • Location: Mollepata, Cusco – Peru
  • Trail Conditions are rocky, dusty, and slippery; trekking shoes for sure.
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Easy (only Andean Altitudes)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Salkantay Pampa – Inca Chiriaska Pass – Inca Canal “Pampaqawana”

After the Coca tea for wake-up and breakfast, we will climb the highest Pass of the most exciting trek to reach the Inka Chiriaska pass, 5,200mt / 17.060ft (possible to observe some Condors around the area). Catch views of the surrounding mountains; this experience is unique step by step, and we can conquer the Peru summit.

We describe our next campsite of Canal Inka ( Altitude 3,750 meet / 12,303 feet), where you will see more beautiful landscapes.

Hiking Summary:

  • Early wake up to enjoy the views of the Salkantay, and Humantay mountains
  • Hiking towards the highest Pass, “Inka Chiriaska,” where the Inca Emperor suffered from super cold
  • Hiking Distance: 16 km / 9.92 miles
  • Estimated duration: 07 hours Hike
  • Highest point: Inca Chiriaska Pass 5,200mt / 17.060ft
  • Campsite elevation Inca Canal (Pampaqawana) 3,750mt / 12,303ft
  • Weather: Cold
  • Inca Trail Conditions are rocky, dusty, and slippery
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3: Inca Canal – Paucarcancha – Official Inca Trail (ayllabamba – Ayapata)

This morning our trek leads us; to the Cusichaca river passing the Inca canals to get Wayllabamba Site (Altitude 3,000mt / 9,842ft) that connects us to the official Inca trail. We will meet our Andean porters to start the Inca trail to the Ayapata camp. On this route, we will explore the Paucarcancha ruins.

Summary of the walk: Downhill trek into the Andes forest

  • Wake up with hot Coca leaves the drink in your tent
  • 03 hours trek to Wayllabamba (meeting point with your Inca porters here)
    • Estimated duration: 04 hours trek
  • Explore the Inka site of Paucarcancha, “the happy place.”
  • Accommodation: Ayapata Camp 3300 meters.
  • Trekking distance: 12 km / 7.4 miles
  • Highest point: Ayapata
  • Weather: Cold and pleasant weather
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4: Ayapata – Warmiwañuska to Chaquicocha

Hiking from Ayapata to Llulluchapampa, the vegetation is thin, and the day warms on the approach to the trail’s highest point, “Warmiwañusca Pass,” 4,236mt/13,894ft. We take lunch at the Pacaymayo Valley 3,526mt /11,566ft.

Brief information about the Hike:

  • Trekkers survive the two highest Andes passes, the Warmiwañusca and Runkuracay.
    • Explore the two Incan sites:
      • Runkuracay
      • Concha Marca
      • Sayacmarka
    • Weather: several different microclimates
    • Lunch at Pacaymayo, located between the two passes on a valley
    • Walking distance: 16 km / 9.9 miles
    • We trek this route and various campsites to avoid crowds
    • Camp location: Chaquicocha
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Inti Pata – Wiñaywayna

Today we follow the most incredible track of the Inca trail with many good sceneries. The path from Phuyupatamarka becomes increasingly dramatic as it leads down to the next campsite at Wiñaywayna (Altitude 2,740 m/8,990 ft.)

A summary of Chapter Five: Today is the most leisurely day trek, and trek into the cloud forest

  • Explore 03 Incan sites:
    • Phuyupatamarka
    • Intipata
    • Wiñaywayna
  • Walking distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles
  • Lunch at Wiñaywayna camp
  • Free afternoon to recover energy for the next day for Machupicchu.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 6: Wiñaywayna – Inti Punku – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Last stretch of the Inca Trail from Wiñaywayna to Machu Picchu. In Machu Picchu, we have our guided tour around the Inca citadel. During the afternoon, we return to Cusco by train from Aguas Calientes.

A summary of Chapter Six:

  • Walking distance: 05 km / 03 miles
  • Machu Picchu guided tour is 02 hours.
  • By bus, descend to Aguas Calientes town for lunch (not included)
  • Train back service from Machu Picchu train station to Ollantaytambo train station.
  • Private transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Meals: Breakfast.

Inclusions

Salkantay Trek Plus Classic Inca Trail Combination in 06 Days/ 05 Nights Includes

  • Trek briefing with your Guide.
  • Private Transport and professional driver (to the starting point of the trek)
  • All entrance tickets and permits.
  • Indigenous Porters to carry (camping equipment)
  • Extra porter to carry 07 kg/15.4 lb. personal items.
  • Mules to pack camping equipment “Salkantay trek portion.”
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Village
  • Machu Picchu guided tour (02 hrs) and extra time for you.
  • One train ticket from Machupicchu Pueblo to Ollantaytambo village (Expedition Tourist Train)
  • 01 bus ticket from Machu Picchu Park to Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Spacious tents / Sleeping mats.
  • We provide a duffle bag for personal items.
  • One Chef and assistant cook
  • Excellent Meals (05 Breakfasts, 05 Lunches, 05 Dinners)
  • Wake up, coca tea in your tent.
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
  • Kondor Path Tours uses walkie-talkies on all treks.
  • Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
  • All local taxes

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Salkantay Inca Trail Trek 6 Days Does Not Include

  • Water on Days 01 & 06
  • Breakfast on Day 1, Lunch on Day 06
  • Energy snacks will be handy as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • We encourage our guests to use refillable water bottles to reduce plastic waste on the trail.
  • Tips: Guide, Cook, Porters

Bring to Trek Salkantay Classic Inca Trail 6 Days

  •  A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack –appropriate packs (carry your personal belongings)
  • Original passport.
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
  • 04 pairs of Trekking pants “no jeans.”
  • 01 warm / winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/ gloves/scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
  • 04 t-shirts, 02 long sleeve shirts
  • 01 Good sleeping bag liner; it is super lightweight and easy to pack; it does its job!
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Camera and film
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Flip flops to change into at night – your toes will thank you!
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Something to read in the evenings
  • Extra money for drinks, tips (porters, cooks, guides. ($30-40)

Travel Facts

Frequently Asked Questions Salkantay Trekking

Is there an age limit for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

No, there is no age limit, but if you are older, you should have a medical check-up before traveling and try to acclimate at altitude (see altitude sickness). We have had children as young as seven years old and people up to 68 years old many times, don’t worry; we are here to help you do it! When there is a will, if possible.

Once I booked my place on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, can I change my departure date?

Yes, you can change the departure but not the date of entry to the citadel of Machu Picchu tickets are purchased well in advance; if you change the hiking departure, your tour could become one of four or three days, depending on the program book. Remember to schedule your trip to Peru in advance to avoid problems and stay in Cusco 3 or 4 days before the trip). Please note that on this trip, you will meet people of different gender and nationality than yours; we are an agency that cannot guarantee the gender and ethnicity of our tourists.

What is the food like on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

We have an excellent kitchen that offers a fantastic variety of dishes:

Breakfast: Varies depending on the difficulty of the journey ahead. Usually, a wide selection of products: oatmeal, eggs, pancakes, bread, and jam. You can have hot chocolate, coffee, English tea, and a piece of herbal tea (chamomile, lemongrass, tea, or just traditional Coca).

Lunch and dinner: always have a bowl of soup followed by a main course (chicken, meat, fish, etc., with rice or pasta). This is followed by dessert and a herbal drink for good.

Refreshments (Happy Hour): After the Hike, every day, there will be hot drinks, popcorn, cookies, bread and jam, chocolate, milo, etc., etc. etc.).

Snacks: Before starting the Hike for the day, you will be given – a piece of fruit, a chocolate bar, a packet of cookies, and some candy.

Vegetarian / unique diet options are available upon request (see below).

Do you offer vegetarian options on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

Yes, we offer vegetarian food. Please specify your dietary needs when making your reservation.

Is there drinking water on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

Yes, we provide water previously boiled for at least 5 minutes (water purification tablets are unnecessary). Therefore, you only need a bottle of water for the first part, for lunch, the first day and then, from there, refill your bottles to Machu Picchu.

How many people are in each tent?

The tents for all our tours are for four people, but the modern man is very tall, and only two people fit in each tent, which allows more space and comfort. If you are traveling alone, you must share the tent with another person unless you request a private tent (single tent $25).

About tipping the workers?

Tipping is a personal decision depending on the job performance of each person accompanying you on this trip.

Where do I have to store my luggage when I go on tour?

All hostels and hotels in Cusco have a storage room to keep the tourists’ belongings; to make this trip, you must leave it in place.

What happens if I get sick and need to come back?

We have a shallow rate of people returning once the trip has started. Our priority is to help you complete the trip; our guides are well-trained and have a first aid kit and emergency oxygen. Please don’t think this (that you are in good hands).

What is the weather like in Salkantay Trekking?

In Cusco, we only have two seasons rainy for six months and dry for 06 months; the dry season starts in April and October; the days are usually sunny and warm, but keep in mind that the weather is very variable in the high and mountain towns, from November to March rainy days and many unstable months, where the rains can be heavy.

Note: Temperatures are for the Cusco Valley 3400m. And temperatures change depending on altitude (higher altitude = cold or vice versa).

What is the Salkantay Trek train like?

The train included in all tours is the (Expedition Service); the schedules are the available spaces in the wagons once the agencies make the full payment. The first train can be taken at 18:20 hours and the last at 22:50 hours: Salkantay Expeditions. Arrange transportation back to Cusco (by cab or bus).

Note: Trains are sometimes subject to change depending on Peru Rail train operators. If desired, the train can be modified for a better service with a corresponding price increase.

How to get to Salkantay Trek?

You must arrive before the city of Cusco, where it will be necessary to go with a guide to direct the way to make your adventure tours of Salkantay treks.

Where is the Salkantay Trek located?

The Salkantay trek is located in Cusco, about 60 km northwest of Cusco. The proximity of Salkantay to Machu Picchu makes trekking around it an alternative to the Inca Trail.

What can I bring to the Salkantay Trek?

You should bring a series of accessories for the trail. As a backpack that will be your companion during the five days of the tour, carry the following

  • Light and warm clothes
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Hat
  • Plastic poncho.
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs
  • Towel.
  • Water bottle.
  • Gloves for the cold.
  • Walking sticks
  • Flashlight.
  • Binoculars.
  • Personal toiletries
  • Camera.
  • Personal documents
  • Insect repellent and sunblock
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Disposable tissues.
  • Cash.
  • Personal medications.
  • Snacks.
  • How many kilometers do you have to travel on tour to reach Machu Picchu?

The Salkantay trek is approximately 72 kilometers distributed over five days and four nights through beautiful Cusco to reach Machu Picchu.

Will the Salkantay – Machu Picchu trek be available in 2023?

Yes, the five-day Salkantay trek is available for all adventurers who want to travel to Cusco in 2023.

What is the best season to do the Salkantay trek in 2023?

The best season to do the Salkantay trek is during the dry season in Cusco, which is during April and October.

Is the Salkantay trek 2023 tour dangerous?

No, the route is signposted, and the professional team you will travel with will ensure no incidents occur.

How much is physical fitness necessary to do the Salkantay Trek 2023?

This is a five-day trek, where we will be going up and down trails for more than 70 kilometers in the known altitude of Cusco; for this reason, it is advisable to be prepared for the trek.

It will not be necessary to train hard, but it does help to do cardiovascular exercises, such as walking three times a week for at least three months before the tour.

Also, spending a couple of days acclimatizing to the altitude of Cusco before the tour will help us a lot.

What is the level of difficulty of the Salkantay Trek?

To do the Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu, you should know that the level of trekking varies from moderate to complex. Therefore, it is recommended to be in good physical condition. In addition, it is recommended to use good trekking shoes, preferably that they are already molded to your feet; this will facilitate the walk and will not have any problems.

What time of the year is better for doing the Salkantay Trek?

The best time to do the Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu with good weather is between April – October, as we have the presence of clear skies and smaller-scale rainfall. Mainly the driest months are between June – August, which is winter in the Andes. However, it is suggested to foresee the type of clothing to use during these months, because during the day you can enjoy the sun, while at night you can feel intense cold.

Why should you make the Salkantay trail?

The number 1 reason we did the Salkantay trek was the environment you are in. You hike for five days in very different backgrounds. On other trekking tours, the walk to Machu Picchu, the environment often remains the same, becoming monotonous. This is not the case with the Salkantay trek at all.

With each step, the landscape changes, and the mountains reveal something new; the rolling clouds, the breathtaking terrain, the towering mountains, and the smiling locals.

There is something magical about walking in the area on the Salkantay trail. All you have to do is walk and enjoy. You have no stress, and there are not many things you must think about during your Hike. Just enjoy the walk. Great, isn’t it?

How can I book the Inca Trail or Salkantay?

You can book the Inca Trail by contacting us through the website or the following email info@kondorpathtours.com. You only need to fill out the reservation form and provide us with your personal information, such as full name, date of birth, Passport or Identity Card number precisely as indicated in your document, and the exact date of the excursion. Otherwise, please send your inquiry to our email info@kondorpathtours.com.

Can I do the Salkantay Trek by myself?

Salkantay trek It is not recommended because the conditions are not the best. The Salkantay Majestic Hike is accessible to all hikers, but it is recommended to be accompanied by certified expert guides who know the trail very well.

Is the Salkantay Trek dangerous?

No, We refer to security in terms of being robbed, assaulted, or similar during the route. We heard before doing this route that it could be, but it is false. The most significant danger you face is the altitude, so I recommend you look at this altitude sickness guide.

Can anyone do the Salkantay Trek?

Yes and no. Acclimatized and in relatively good shape, I can do the Salkantay trek. It is a route that many people take, which can give you a clue that it is not about climbing the Himalayas. Still, it would be best if you were realistic with your physical condition and, above all, with your acclimatization level.

Do I need to acclimatize to do the Salkantay trek?

Yes, absolutely, yes. We recommend that you spend at least two or three days in Cusco. Drink plenty of water (as much as it bothers us all, beer is not water), get plenty of rest, and take some walks to measure yourself. If you feel that your body reacts in a more or less usual way (considering that you are at more than 3500 meters above sea level), you are ready for the adventure.

PRICE LIST

Cost for Salkantay Trek plus Classic Inca Trail 6 Days / 5 nights

PRICES PER PERSON 2023. Hiking tours are only open to your party.

  • 02 people US$ 1743. “prices reduce if there are more people in your group.”
  • 03 people US$ 1365.
  • 04 people US$ 1199.
  • 05 people US$ 1155.
  • 06 people US$ 1050.
  • 07 people US$ 1020.
  • 08+ people US$ 970.

* Price based on 02 people sharing one tent.

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TRAIN SERVICES

By PeruRail / PER PERSON

+ $35 Vistadome train (MACHUPICCHU  – POROY) Outbound Journey
+ $50.00 Vistadome train (MACHUPICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO) + Transfer to Cusco from Ollantaytambo
+ $445.00 Hiram Bingham train (Train MACHUPICCHU – POROY) Inbound Journey

EXTRA TICKETS

+$75 Huayna Picchu
+$75 Montaña
+$60 RE-ENTRY TO MACHU PICCHU

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