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6-Day Salkantay Trek & Full Inca Trail Experience

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

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

6 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

March – January

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

6-Day Salkantay Trek & Full Inca Trail Experience 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
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 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

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
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6-Day Salkantay Trek & Full Inca Trail Experience

Tour Itinerary

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

Day 1: From Cusco to the Enchanting Humantay Lake and Ichu Pata

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

Tour Highlights

6-Day Salkantay Trek & Full Inca Trail Experience 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.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Pickup and drop-off from/to your hotel in Cusco.
  • All transportation to and from trek starting and ending points.
  • 4-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Professional chef and assistant chef.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water for water bottle refills.
  • Horses for 7 kg of personal gear during Salkantay section.
  • Muleteers to manage horses.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • Porter Service: To carry camping equipment, food, and other essentials.
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Entrance fee to Huamantay, Salkantay, and Machu Picchu.
  • 5 nights of camping accommodations (tents provided).
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Expedition-class train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent; carried by trekkers unless opting for porter service on the Inca Trail).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 1 breakfast.
  • Day 6 lunch and dinner.
  • Personal Porter Service for the Inca Trail Section: Additional charges based on requirements: Full Porter for personal gear (12kg): US$150, Half Porter for personal gear (6kg): US$75, Extra Porter for sleeping gear (4kg): US$50.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 80 extra per person).
  • Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are at your discretion.

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Emergency Horse & Handler: An extra horse and a trained handler provide added safety on the trail.
  • North Face Four-Season Tents: State-of-the-art, weather-resistant tents for ultimate outdoor comfort.
  • Mountain Climbing Permits: Choose between Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Vistadome First-Class Train: Enjoy scenic travel from Aguas Calientes with panoramic windows offering spectacular views.
  • Private Van to Cusco: Enjoy a direct, comfortable transfer to Cusco post-trek.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleep well with one premium sleeping bag per person.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Personal Duffel Bag: Use a durable duffel bag to conveniently carry your personal gear, including the sleeping bag and self-inflating pads.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Porter for Personal Belongings on Inca Trail: A dedicated porter will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items directly to each campsite during the Inca Trail section, allowing you to trek more comfortably.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

1790

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

1830

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

1900

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

2340

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

2990

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

3500

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

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.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances – Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Peru Tripper will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Peru Tripper does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport & student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots & extra socks.
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, beanie, and thermals for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Torch/flashlight & spare batteries.
  • Camera, film & batteries.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen & water for the first morning.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel/sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks/poles.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

We’ll provide a returnable duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing, held 1-2 nights before your tour. Familiarize yourself with the bag, pack efficiently, and get essential trek details, safety guidelines, and updates. It’s a great chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Our 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.

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