Salkantay & Inca Trail Expedition 6 Days

Salkantay & Inca Trail Expedition 6 Days

The Classic Inca Trail is one of the most well known and popular treks in the world. The Salkantay trail has become the number one alternative to that trek in the situation where The Inca Trail Expedition permits are sold out. However, that “alternative” is pretty incredible itself. So how do you decide? Fortunately, you don´t have to! We offer this combination of the two treks that will give you the best of both worlds!

On this six day Salkantay & Inca Trail Expedition, you spend the first 3 days on the Salkantay Trails before transitioning to the Inca Trail for the last 3 days. The diversity of flora and fauna, ecosystems and scenery you will see is indescribable.

For this Salkantay & Inca Trail Expedition, you spend the 5th night in Aguas Calientes. You will stay in a nice hotel and have dinner at the best restaurant in Aguas Calientes, Indio Feliz. Finally, on day 6 you will have your Machu Picchu tour and Huayna Picchu hike.

Overview

Salkantay & Inca Trail Expedition – Overview

  • Day 1 – Cusco – Soraypampa – Ichupata
  • Day 2 – Ichupata – Pampacahuana
  • Day 3 – Pampacahuana – Llulluchapampa
  • Day 4 – Llulluchapampa – Phuyupatamarca
  • Day 5 – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 6 – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Distance Trekked: 67 km/ 42 miles

Beginning altitude: 3,800 m/12,467 ft

Maximum altitude: 4,850m / 15,908 ft

 

Salkantay & Inca Trail Expedition: Pre-Trek Briefing

You will have a thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your Salkantay Trail & Inca Trail Expedition. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.

Salkantay & Inca Trail Expedition – Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Ichupata

Salkantay & Inca TrailWe will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and have a beautiful scenic drive of 3 hours duration to Mollepata. At Mollepata we will have breakfast at one of the local houses. During this portion of the drive we will have our first views of the magnificent Salkantay and Humantay Mountains, as well as observe lush vegetation and the fields of local families growing potatoes, quinoa, lima beans, etc.

At this point we will arrive at Soraypampa (3,800 m/12,467 ft), the trailhead for the Salkantay trek, and meet our support staff, who will pack everything for the trek and load the equipment onto horses. The first thing we will do is hike up to the magnificent Umantay Lake. After enjoying the beauty and taking pictures, we will hike back down to Soraypampa and “officially” begin the trek.

The hike today is uphill from Soraypampa to Ichupata (4,300 m / 14,104 ft) in the upper valley. This is a 5 to 6 hour hike. Along the way we will pass Salkantaypampa, which is our lunch spot.

Ichupata is our camp for the night. When we arrive, we will settle in, have happy hour and a hearty dinner.

  • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 12 km
  • Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,800 m/12,467 ft
  • Highest elevation: 4,300 m / 14,104 ft
  • Difficulty: challenging

Day 2: Ichupata –Incachiriasca pass – Pampacahuana

After a savory breakfast, we will begin the 3 to 4 hour steep climb to towards the Incachiriasca pass (4850m/15908ft), the highest of the entire route. We will have amazing views of Apu Salkantay and glacial moraines during this portion. We will pause at the top of the pass to take pictures and enjoy the magnificent view.

We will then descend towards our lunch spot at Sisaypampa, a flat area from which one can observe the neighboring Salkantay Valleys. This is a place where we might see Andean condors.

After lunch we continue towards the Pampacahuana community (3,700 m / 12,136 ft), located next to an original Inca canal. This is our camp for the night.

  • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 14 km
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136
  • Highest elevation: 4,850 m / 15,908 ft
  • Difficulty: challenging

Day 3: Pampacahuana – Paucarcancha – Huayllabamba -Llulluchapampa

Salkantay & Inca Trail ExpeditionToday we change pace as we join the Classic Inca Trail. We begin by hiking downill for 3 hours from Pampacahuana to Paucarcancha (3133 m / 10,276 ft)). We will have lunch there and visit the Inca Site. This is where we will say goodbye to our horsemen and the horses, and meet our porters.

From Paucarcancha we will hike 25 minutes downhill to the last village on the Classic Inca Trail, Huayllabamba (2,866 m / 9,400 ft). This will be followed by a 4 hour uphill hike to Llulluchapampa (3,700 m/12,136 ft). On the way we will hike through many ecosystems, including the cloud forest. Llulluchapampa is our camp for the night. It is located very close to Dead Woman´s Pass.

  • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 15 km/9 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 2,866 m / 9,400 ft
  • Highest elevation: 3,700 m/12,136 ft
  • Difficulty: challenging

Day 4: Llulluchapampa -Dead woman’s pass – Pacaymayo – Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca

Today is our longest day and crosses two high passes; luckily for us we chose to camp last night at a location where we’re nearly at the first pass, Dead woman’s pass (4,215 m/13,825 ft), the highest point of the Inca Trail Expedition. Then after we’ve gone over the second pass (Runcuraccay pass 3,950 m/ 12,959 ft), the walking is easy with very few ups and downs to contend with.

Today sees some of the best views and scenery of the whole Inca Trail and includes visits to two Inca sites, Runcuraccay and Sayacmarca (3,850 m/12,628 ft). There are fantastic views of high snow-capped peaks for most of the day and the cloud forest all around us today is by far the most visually stunning.

Our campsite for tonight is at Phuyupatamarca (3,680 m/ 12,073ft), from where we’ll get our first views of Machu Picchu mountain far in the distance (the site itself is hidden from view). The views of the sunset from here are fantastic and once again the campsite is quiet with the majority of trekkers camping closer to Machu Picchu

  • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 15 km/9 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,680 m/12,073 ft
  • Highest elevation: 4,215 m/13,825 ft
  • Difficulty: challenging

Day 5: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate

Salkantay & Inca Trail Expedition 6 DaysToday is all about the Incas; we visit 3 major sites (Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Wiñay Wayna) before we finally arrive to Machu Picchu itself late in the day. With only a short distance left to cover you’ll really have the opportunity to see these sites in detail and learn more about the Inca culture and Machu Picchu in preparation for your visit tomorrow. The area around these Inca sites is also rich in wildlife and with only a handful of people around on this stretch of trail at this time of day, it is the perfect opportunity to try and spot some of the more elusive species.

Once we finish our tour of Phuyupatamarca we head into the rain forest! We will walk downhill for 2 ½ hours until we reach the impressive Wiñay Wayna (2,680 m /8,792 ft) Inca site. During this stretch of the trail we will visit Intipata. Many people feel that the most beautiful pictures of the entire Inca trail Expedition can be taken from this location! Wiñay Wayna is the largest and most exquisite archeological site on the Inca trail and means forever young in Quechua.

After a thorough tour of the site we continue towards

the Sun Gate (2,720 m/ 8,920 ft), which is called Intipunku in Quechua. We will arrive there around 5 pm. This is where we will have our first view of Machu Picchu . At the sungate, we will have the opportunity to see a fantastic sunset.

From the Sun Gate we will head down to the citadel of Machu Picchu to take the bus to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes you will check in to your room at the hotel. The natural hot springs in town are an unbeatable way to spend a late afternoon/early evening if time is available before dinner. Dinner will be at Indio Feliz.

  • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel
  • Distance Covered: 11 km/7 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 5 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 2,040 m/6,691 ft
  • Highest elevation: 3,680 m/12,073 ft
  • Difficulty: moderate.

Day 6: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Salkantay & Inca Trail ExpeditionYou will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a very early bus (5:30am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Once there you will be given a 2 hour walking tour of the site.

You will begin your hike of Huayna Picchu mountain at 10 AM. If you are not climbing the mountain, or after you hike the mountain, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.

When you arrive in Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.

  • Meals:  Breakfast
  • Lowest elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
  • Highest elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft

Inclusions

Services Included in the Salkantay & Inca Trail Expedition:

  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide for the Salkantay Trail & Inca Trail Expedition
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soraypampa
  • Four person tent for each 2 persons.
  • Inflatable Mattress and pillow
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent
  • Chef and assistant chef
  • Wranglers, porters and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc) and eight kg (15 lbs) per hiker for your own belongings
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • Emergency horse in case we need it
  • Six breakfasts, five lunches, and five dinners
  • Twice daily hot water for washing.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Private van transportation from Poroy to your hotel in Cusco
  • Emergency oxygen bottle, medical kit and emergency satellite radio
  • Inca Trail permit
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on Day 5
  • Round Trip Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on Day 6
  • Lodging in Aguas Calientes on night 5 of the trek (double occupancy)
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes on Night 5

Services Not Included in the Salkantay & Inca Trail Expedition:

  • Sleeping bag – you can rent one from us
  • Day 6 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the crew (guides, porters, cooks, wranglers)

What to bring for the Inca Trail Expedition:

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended
  • Head lamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents (can be rented from us)
  • Insect repellent (minimum 30% DEET)

Prices

Price

  • US $1100 per person

Discounts

  • Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): US$20
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US $20
  • Under 7 years Discount: US $35

Rentals

  • Hiking poles – US $20.00 (pair)
  • Sleeping bag – US $25.00

Upgrades

  • Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (5 star hotel) – US $460 per night (per person, assuming double occupancy)
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (4 star hotel) – US $234 per night (per person, assuming double occupancy)
  • Vistadome train (US $35) or Hiram Bingham train (US $375) for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu on day 9 – US $45
  • Private hotel room in Aguas Calientes – US $40
  • Private tent – US $30

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