6 Days on the Salkantay and Full Inca Trail: A Comprehensive Trek

Embark on a 6-day adventure that blends the Salkantay Trek with the Full Inca Trail, leading to the unforgettable Machu Picchu.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

6 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

March - January

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Embark on a six-day expedition that masterfully combines the rugged beauty of the Salkantay Trek with the historic allure of the Full Inca Trail, culminating in the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. This journey is not just a trek; it’s an exploration of the diverse landscapes and rich cultural tapestry of the Peruvian Andes. From the serene beauty of Humantay Lake to the highest pass at Inca Chiriaska, every step on this trail immerses you in a world where nature’s grandeur meets ancient civilization. Experience the blend of challenging high-altitude hikes, breathtaking scenery, and the mystique of Incan ruins, all while being supported by our experienced guides and porters.

This meticulously designed adventure takes you through varying terrains – from lush valleys and high mountain passes to cloud forests and archaeological sites, each offering its unique charm. The trek is structured to gradually immerse you into the Inca culture, with visits to lesser-known ruins and the iconic landmarks along the trail. As you journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu, the changing landscapes and the unfolding history create a narrative that enriches your understanding and appreciation of the Incan Empire. Concluding with the majestic sunrise at Sun Gate and the exploration of Machu Picchu, this trek is an unforgettable blend of physical challenge and cultural enrichment, perfect for those seeking to experience the heart of the Peruvian Andes and the legacy of the Inca civilization.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM - 4:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Salkantay Mountain, Humantay Lake, Paucarcancha archaeological site, Wayllabamba, Llulluchapampa, Dead Woman's Pass, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu
Price
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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Your journey begins with a warm welcome in Cusco, where you'll embark on a picturesque drive to Mollepata, offering a taste of local cuisine for breakfast. The adventure continues to Soraypampa, the starting point of your trek and where our dedicated horsemen await to manage the camping logistics.

The day's highlight is the mesmerizing Humantay Lake, a serene oasis of emerald waters set against the backdrop of majestic glaciers – a true marvel of nature. This tranquil spot offers ample opportunities for photography and contemplation.

After soaking in the lake's beauty, return to Soraypampa for a delightful lunch, with the panoramic Salkantay Mountain elevating the dining experience. The day concludes with a leisurely ascent to Ichu Pata, your first campsite. Here, unwind with a warm cup of tea and a delicious multi-course dinner as the Andean sunset transforms the sky into a vibrant tapestry.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6 hours, 13 km

After a hearty breakfast, prepare for a day of achievement as you ascend to the Inca Chiriaska Pass, perched at a breathtaking 5,020 meters. Conquering this summit offers a spiritual experience and stunning views of the Vilcanota mountain range – a spectacular display of Andean beauty.

The descent leads through serene valleys to Sisaypampa, an excellent spot to possibly witness the majestic Andean Condor. A well-deserved lunch fuels the remainder of your trek to Pampa Cahuana. Here, end your day with a soothing cup of tea and a sumptuous dinner under the stars, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the Andes.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7 hours, 10 km

The day begins with a nourishing breakfast, fueling you for a trek filled with cultural immersion. Our path leads us down to Wayllabamba, with a pause at Paucarcancha – an archaeological site echoing tales of Incan history. The journey then ascends to Llulluchapampa, marking our entry into the heart of the classic Inca Trail.

Here, our dedicated porters join, taking up the trek’s logistical load. Your evening at Llulluchapampa's campsite is a serene retreat in the wilderness, enhanced with a relaxing tea session and a delectable dinner prepared by our culinary team. It's an ideal setting to unwind and reflect on the day's experiences, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the Andes.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 8 km

Awake to the challenge of Day 4, as we embark on a climb to Warmiwañusca Pass, also known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This ascent is both a physical and mental endeavor, culminating in rewarding panoramic views from the highest point of the Inca Trail. Capture the essence of the Andes as you stand atop this majestic pass.

The journey then descends to the lush Pacaymayo Valley, where a well-deserved lunch revitalizes you for the afternoon hike. The trail weaves through ancient ruins and dense foliage, leading to Chaquicocha. As evening descends, gather around for cups of hot tea, sharing stories and insights, followed by a lavish dinner crafted from local ingredients. This campsite offers a perfect blend of nature and comfort, setting the stage for another night under the starlit Andean sky.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 8-9 hours, 13 km

The dawn of Day 5 greets you with an energizing breakfast, preparing you for the trek to the archaeological wonder of Phuyupatamarca, known as 'the town above the clouds'. This site offers a mesmerizing view of the Andes, providing a profound connection to the ancient Inca civilization.

Post-lunch, the trail leads you to Wiñayhuayna, aptly named ‘forever young’ in Quechua. Here, explore the captivating ruins and terraces that paint a picture of Inca ingenuity and spirituality. As evening approaches, celebrate your journey's accomplishments with a toast of sparkling wine, honoring the Inca spirits. The day concludes with a special dinner, a time for sharing stories and expressing gratitude to our supportive staff.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 10 km

The final day of your trek is a momentous one. Begin with a morning cup of coca tea and a hearty breakfast, before embarking on the journey towards the Sun Gate. Witness the awe-inspiring moment as the sun rises, unveiling the majestic Machu Picchu in all its glory – a sight that captures the essence of your entire trek.

After soaking in the breathtaking views, descend for a 2-hour guided exploration of Machu Picchu. Delve into the historical and cultural narratives of this ancient wonder, understanding the depth of its significance. This guided tour offers insights into the architecture, astronomical alignment, and the mysteries that surround this iconic site.

Concluding your exploration of Machu Picchu, descend to Aguas Calientes for a relaxing lunch, reflecting on the profound experiences of the past six days. The journey then continues with an Expedition-class train ride to Ollantaytambo, offering one last glance at the Andean scenery you've traversed. A private bus awaits to take you back to your hotel in Cusco, marking the end of this transformative journey through the mystic lands of the Incas.

Accommodation: None (Return to Cusco)
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Approx. 2-3 hours, 4 km

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Tour Highlights

  • Scenic Drive to Mollepata: Start your adventure with a picturesque drive from Cusco to Mollepata, setting the tone for the scenic beauty that awaits.

  • Humantay Lake: Experience the surreal beauty of the crystal-clear, emerald waters of Humantay Lake, nestled beneath towering glaciers – a photographer’s paradise.

  • Ascent to Inca Chiriaska Pass: Conquer the high-altitude Inca Chiriaska Pass at 5,020 meters, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Vilcanota mountain range.

  • Encounters with Andean Wildlife: Spot the majestic Andean Condor and other native wildlife, adding a touch of wonder to your trek.

  • Exploration of Lesser-Known Inca Sites: Discover the hidden gems of Incan architecture and history at sites like Paucarcancha and Llulluchapampa.

  • Warmiwañusca Pass: Challenge yourself with the ascent of the Warmiwañusca Pass, the highest point of the Inca Trail, for stunning mountain vistas.

  • Phuyupatamarca and Wiñayhuayna: Unravel the mysteries of ancient Incan ruins at Phuyupatamarca and Wiñayhuayna, offering insights into the Incan way of life.

  • Sunrise at Sun Gate: Witness the unforgettable sight of the sun rising over Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, a moment that captures the spirit of your trek.

  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu: Delve into the history and culture of the iconic Machu Picchu with an expert-led tour, exploring its many wonders.

  • Scenic Train Ride to Ollantaytambo: Conclude your journey with a scenic train ride back to Ollantaytambo, reflecting on the unforgettable experiences of your trek.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Booking your spot on our trek is as simple as paying a deposit of 40% of the total trip cost. We use this deposit to prepare for your adventure, securing all the necessary permits and equipment.

Please make sure to pay the remaining balance 2 days before your trip starts.

Accepted Payment Methods

We want to make things easy for you! That’s why we offer a variety of payment options: bank transfer, credit card, or PayPal. Just keep in mind, depending on the payment method, there may be some additional fees.

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Late Payments

If we don’t receive your final payment by the due date, we might have to cancel your reservation and use the deposit as a cancellation fee. To avoid this, please take care to submit your payment on time.

Last-Minute Bookings
For bookings made within 15 days of the trip departure date, the full payment is required at the time of booking.

Cancellation Policy

Client Cancellations – All Sales are Final

We get it, sometimes plans change. But due to all the planning and non-refundable expenses associated with this tour, once you’ve booked and paid, we can’t provide a refund if you need to cancel. That’s why we strongly recommend getting comprehensive travel insurance that covers trip cancellations. It’s a great way to protect yourself if something unforeseen comes up.

Force Majeure

Sometimes, things beyond our control, like natural disasters or political instability, can change our plans. In such cases, we’ll work together to either reschedule your trip or offer a credit for future travel, subject to availability and at our discretion.

Travel Insurance

We always recommend going for comprehensive travel insurance to cover trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and other unexpected events. We want you to be well-protected in case of any surprises. Remember, Peru Tripper isn’t responsible for any costs incurred due to trip cancellations or disruptions not covered by your travel insurance.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 6-Day Salkantay Trek & Full Inca Trail Experience. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 6-Day Salkantay Trek & Full Inca Trail Experience, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

We’ll supply the duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing with your guide, held 1-2 nights prior to the tour’s start. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the bag and pack efficiently.

The briefing covers essential trek details, such as itinerary, safety guidelines, and last-minute updates. It’s an excellent chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Packing Tips:
  • Layering: Make sure to pack clothing that can be layered easily to adapt to the variable weather conditions.

  • Space: Use packing cubes or zip-lock bags to organize your gear and to maximize space in your backpack.

  • Footwear: Break in your hiking boots before the trek to avoid discomfort or blisters.

  • Dry Gear: Even if your daypack is water-resistant, consider packing your gear in dry bags or garbage bags for added protection.

  • Essentials: Keep essentials like passport, cash, and personal medication in a secure and easily accessible place.

  • Sleeping Bag: If you have not opted for the porter service during the Inca Trail section, please note that you will be responsible for carrying your own sleeping bag.

  • Lightweight: Aim to pack as light as possible, especially if you haven’t opted for a porter service. Consider your stamina and the trek’s difficulty when packing.

  • Deluxe Package: If you’ve opted for the Deluxe Package, make sure your personal belongings do not exceed the weight limit for the porter service during the Inca Trail segment.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store my luggage at the Peru Tripper office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Peru Tripper offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

How difficult is the trek?

The trek is of moderate difficulty. While no prior trekking experience is required, a good level of fitness will help in navigating the terrains and altitude.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season, from May to September, offers clearer skies and a lower chance of rain.

Do I need to tip the trek crew?

While tipping is optional, it’s a kind gesture to show appreciation for the services provided by the guide, chef, and other team members.

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