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The Salkantay and Inca Trail 6 Days is an Inca pilgrimage style trekking tour in the Andes of Peru. This extraordinary combination of Salkantay trail and Inca Trail Expeditions offers you the unique chance to experience the most scenic hiking trail in the proximity of Machu Picchu. You will hike on parts of the two most spectacular treks in the region of Cusco – Peru. Hikers will start following the beginning of the Salkantay trail, and then you will get to join the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
After three days of great hiking in the proximity of Mt Salkantay, hikers will get to join the famous Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This fantastic six-day expedition gives you the opportunity of enjoying spectacular snow-capped peaks, high mountain passes, cloud forests and some great Inca sites. So at the end of the Inca Trail expeditions, finally you will make it directly to the magical legendary lost city of “Machu Picchu”. This Inca Trail expedition is recommended to hike from April to November.
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.
Peru Tripper 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!
On the morning of departure for the Inca Trail expeditions, travellers will be picked up from the hotel. You then travel for 2 hours until we arrive at the town of Mollepata, where you will have a short stop to buy breakfast at a local restaurant. You leave Mollepata and travel for one more hour by bus to arrive in Soraypampa, the trailhead for the Inca Trail expeditions. At Soraypampa we meet our horseman who will be in charge to carry our camping gear by horses, once we are ready we start with our adventure.
Today we will hike to one of the most beautiful lakes in the Salkantay route; at 1.5 hours walking uphill is the Humantay lake, one of the many hidden treasures in the mountainous region of Peru. The emerald water and the imposing glacier come together in an impeccable harmony in the incredible landscape you will see.
After we had a great time at Humantay Lake, we will begin the descent to Soraypampa to have lunch at a very scenic spot still with Salkantay Mt in the background. After eating the delicious meal, we’ll still hike up for about 3 hours to get to the first campsite known as Ichu Pata; at this point, we’ll be impressed by stunning views of eroded mountains and enjoy the sunset with a tea followed by delicious dinner.
After breakfast, we will start walking uphill for approximately 3 hours to reach the highest point of the entire Inca Trail expeditions. This pass is called Inca Chiriyaska(16.500ft). It has mind-blowing views of all the tall mountains around it. After enjoying the spectacular scenery, we will start hiking down the other side of Salkantay with the direction of Sisaypampa, where our chef will be waiting for us with a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, we will hike down for two hours to reach the camp at Pampacahuana village.
The day begins with a delicious breakfast. We will continue descending through a small valley for approx. Three hours until we arrive at Paucarcancha, an impressive Inca fortress in the valley. We will have a guided tour at Paucarcancha to learn this beautiful site’s history. Here you are at the beginning of the Machu Picchu National Sanctuary and the end of Salkantay Trek. After having lunch at Paucarcancha village, we will check in to the classic Inca trail. We then start our 3-hour intense hike uphill until to reach the camp at Llulluchapampa.
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.
After breakfast, you will walk through the beautiful Cloud Forest. Then you will visit the Phuyupatamarka Inca site on the mountain top. On the way down, you will see some varieties of orchids, ferns and mossy trees as part of the cloud forest. There will also be great views of the impressive mountains around Machu Picchu.
After walking for a couple of hours into the lush forest, you will arrive at Intipata, another remarkable Inca farming place. Later you will break for lunch at the camp. Then a 10-minute walk will lead us to Wiñaywayna. A beautiful and very well preserved Inca ruin. The great site is considered a preview of Machu Picchu.
We begin our journey with an early wake up as it is the most important day in our Inca Trail expedition. After breakfast, we leave the campsite at 5:30 a.m. and hike to Machu Picchu. Our total morning hike is approx. 2 hours. We will first pass by the Sun Gate (Intipunku). Then we arrive at our final destination; this is a phenomenal point of Machu Picchu. It is a “must take” picture opportunity as we continue our trek downward.
Upon our arrival at Machu Picchu, we will take pictures from the top. Then the guide will show us the most important Inca temples located in the area. After the guided tour, you will have some free time to admire this fantastic site before you leave it. You will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch at the appropriate time.
In the afternoon, you board the train to Ollantaytambo, and then you have to transfer back to Cusco. End of the Inca Trail expeditions.
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.