Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail 6 Days is one of those best Peru Treks in the Andes of Peru and perhaps in South America. If you are looking for a long adventure in Cusco, this Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail is the best option for the lost city of Machu Picchu.
On this 6 Day Trek to Machu Picchu, you will enjoy the diversity of flora and fauna of the Andes, ecosystems, and scenery, and the famous Salkantay mountain and Humantay lake you will see is breathtaking. During our journey, we will pass through beautiful landscapes and rural villages such as Pampacahuana and Huayllabamba. After finishing our three-day hike in the wild Andes, we continue our journey on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We pass through the iconic royal entrance Inti Punku (or Sun Gate) and descend into the archaeological wonder of Machu Picchu, which you will explore further with your bilingual guide on a private tour of the complex.
This Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail is the best option hike for an adventure lover. We are looking forward to exploring the Peru Andes together.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (4:00am – 4:30am).
Salkantay and Inca Trail 6 Days highlights:
We recommend you be in Cusco at least 2 days before your trek to be acclimatized to Cusco’s altitude so that you won’t have a problem during the tour.
Choquequirao Expeditions is a direct local tour operator in Cusco – Peru; we never share our tours with other companies as most of them do to minimize operating costs. We don’t work with intermediaries or have hidden prices; we have the best local guides and professionals. We guarantee that your travel expenditures will support the local economy, and improve the lives of local Peruvians, due to the simple reason we are a local business!
We 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 and 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 tour 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 hike back down to Soraypampa and officially begin the trek.
Today’s hike 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. We will settle in and have happy hour and a hearty dinner when we arrive.
After a savory breakfast, we will begin the 3 to 4-hour steep climb 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, to 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.
Today 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). A 4 hour uphill hike will follow 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.
Our professional chef serves breakfast. Then we continue with the Inca Trail expeditions, hiking uphill for 2 hours toward the highest point of the Inca Trail. The mountain top is called Dead Woman’s Pass (13800ft). Depending on the season, hikers will enjoy very scenic views from here. You will have 2 hour downhill walk to Pacaymayo, where our chef will provide you with a relaxing lunch.
You will ascend to 12980ft to reach the Runkurakay Pass in the afternoon. Here you get an incredible feeling of reaching the last high mountain top. You will stop visiting a couple of great Inca sites close by the camp on the way down. After walking by the cloud forest, you will arrive at our campsite at Chaquicocha.
This is the shortest day of our hike!. You will get up at 6:00 am. You will start hiking around 7:00 am. From the camping spot to the third pass called Phuyupatamarca, it will be up and down gentle way, which will take 2 hours, along the way you will see the most beautiful views; from third pass Phuyupatamarca over 3600, you will be able to see Machupicchu Mountain, the mountain range and jungle and much more.
After the third pass, you will go downhill, and that will take 3 hours and a half to get to the campsite; you will get to the camp called Wiñaywayna around 1:00 pm.
Along the way, you will visit the Inca sites and see them in one of the most beautiful canyons. After lunch, you won’t hike any more until the next day.
In the afternoon, you will visit the most beautiful Inca site, Machupicchu junior called Wiñaywayna, over 2600m, and it is only 10 minutes away from the camp.
The magical day!. This is an important day; everyone will be excited about today.
You will get up very early because you will have to do a line at the checkpoint, and this checkpoint opens at 5:30 am every day, which means you will start to hike at 5:30 am. The hike will take only 2 hours to Machupicchu; it will take one hour to Sungate; this part of the trek will be up and down, and the last 15 minutes it will be upstairs to get the Sungate. From the Sungate, you will have the first views of Machupicchu.
After that, you will go downhill, taking one more hour to Machupicchu. You will arrive there around 7:30 am. Then you will have to go to the main checkpoint at Machupicchu. Later on, you will have the guiding tour, which will take 2 hours approximately; after the guiding tour, you will get your free time to visit by yourself.
After Machupicchu, you will catch a bus to Aguas Calientes town, which will take half an hour; you will meet your tour guide again at Aguas Calientes town who will provide your train ticket for the transportation back to Cusco.
It will be by train and bus. From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo station; you will go by train, which will take 1 hour and a half, from Ollantaytambo to Cusco city, you will go by private bus, that will take 1 hour and a half. All the transportation back in Cusco city will be to your hotel.
We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.
Our Salkantay and Inca Trail 6 Days private service includes additional items such as:
We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.
We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.
We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Where is Salkantay Mountain?
The Salkantay Mountain is located in Cusco, 60 kilometers northwest of the City of Cusco. It has 6,271 meters of altitude, it represents one of the highest peaks of the Vilcabamba mountain range after the Ausangate Mountain exceeds it by 110 meters.
Why choose Salkantay and Inca Trail?
The Salkantay and Inca Trail Combo is a real adventure in the Andes of Peru, you should choose this trek if you are looking for a real adventure and excitement to walk in the footsteps of our Andean ancestors along the sacred route to Machu Picchu.
What if I suffer from altitude sickness?
Our tour guide is professional, he will treat you accordingly with the oxygen tank, we always provide an oxygen tank for this kind of tour.