Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail 7D/6N
From March to December
7 Days / 6 Nights
Small groups between 2 to 8 people as maximum (customized service)
Places to visit:
- Day 01: Cusco - Mollepata - MarcoQasa - Soraypampa - Humantay Lagoon.
- Day 02: Soraypampa - Pampajaponesa
- Day 03: Pampajaponesa - Sisaypampa.
- Day 04: Sisaypampa - Huayllabamba
- Day 05: Huayllabamba - Pacaymayo
- Day 06: Pacaymayo - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna
- Day 07: Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Day 01: Cusco - Mollepata - MarcoQasa - Soraypampa - Humantay Lagoon.
We leave Cusco at 05:00 am in a private transport of the company to get to Mollepata (2900 masl), passing through Izcuchaca and Limatambo before, we will arrive at our destination Mollepata at around 7:30 am where we will stop by 40 minutes to have breakfast and introduce our team who are with us during the next 07 days of walking, then we have 30 minutes more by car to get to Marco qasa.
Here we are going to start our first day of hiking, we will have 04 hours of walking to the camp; During the trek we can enjoy the majestic snow of Humantay (5480 masl), walking in the mountains of the Andes until arriving at the camp of Soraypampa where we will have lunch, after a delicious lunch and a short rest, in the afternoon we will walk 45 minutes to appreciate a beautiful lagoon located very close to the glacier "Laguna Humantay". After visiting and exploring the lagoon we will return to Soraypampa camp (3900 masl), in the afternoon we will have our "tea time" where our guests can enjoy the famous coca tea to counteract altitude sickness and where our guide will explain a bit more from the area where we are, then we will enjoy the Andean night sky to understand a little more about Andean astronomy. After having a delicious dinner, we will go to rest to be ready the next day.
Camping night in Soraypamma.
Day 02: Soraypampa - Pampajaponesa
We will start our second day with a walk to Choquekiclla, where we will see the majestic Salkantay and Humantay, sacred mountains covered with snow-capped peaks and we will camp on their skirts (4,000 meters above sea level).
Camping night in Pampajaponesa.
Day 03: Pampajaponesa - Sisaypampa.
The third day is going to be the most difficult day of the walk. It's long, it's cold, and you have to walk over the 4,650 meters to the Abra del Salkantay. However, the dawn in the midst of the extensive pastures of Sisaypampa, the sun illuminating, the Andean peaks at 6,264 meters rising behind will make an energizing and fascinating start to the day.
The climb to the Abra takes about 3 or 4 hours, and is quite pronounced with narrow curves and steep slopes until light structures finally emerge from the Abra rock. Unless the road in June or July, the road should not have any snow or ice, although hail, sleet, ice, and rain are possible at any time of the year.
Although the air is thin and the road is steep, anyone who is physically well, fit and acclimatized to the altitude can reach the mountain pass. Our group carries additional oxygen if necessary, but you can also ride a horse through the mountain pass.
Once we have crossed the pass, it is the beginning of a downhill hike where it is very likely that we will descend more than 1,700 meters vertically until we reach our camp on the Canal del Inca. During our walk, we will be able to appreciate and enjoy the impressive Andean landscape.
Night camp in Sisaypampa.
Day 04: Sisaypampa - Huayllabamba
We start day 4 by walking through the Inca Canal, which takes us to Paucarcancha. In Paucarcancha, we will enter the valley of Cusichaca and walk to Huayllabamba (Incaracay).
Night camp in Huayllabamba.
Day 05: Huayllabamba - Pacaymayo
After waking up at 5:00 - 5:30 am and having breakfast, we will start a steep climb to the highest pass: Abra de Warrmihuañusca also known as Paso de la Mujer Muerta at 4,200 meters. On this day you should feel proud to get to the top! After a break here, we begin the descent towards the lunch stop located in Pacaymayu (3,550 meters). On the way to the pass we will be able to see lots of hummingbirds and other birds. We will also have the time to appreciate an incredible variety of native plants and trees, such as the Polylepis or Q'ueuña trees that grow in the amazing cloud forest at 3,650 meters! We will arrive at our camp, Pacaymayo, at 2 pm, after lunch we will have all afternoon free to rest and relax.
Night camping in Pacaymayo.
Day 06: Pacaymayo - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna
After breakfast we will start our walk, This is one of the most beautiful days of the Inca Trail. We will visit the archaeological site of Runkurakay from which we will have a spectacular view of the area, we will go up the pass of the same name (3,800 masl), we will continue to the archaeological sites of Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna, which are joined together by a wonderful path Inca original white granite, among the abundant vegetation of the forest. We will observe the remarkable balance achieved by the Inkas and their environment. We will have our lunch halfway in a beautiful camp known as ChaquiCocha, our camp will be located in the vicinity of the Wiñaywayna archaeological site (2,700 m.s.).
Camping night in Wiñaywayna.
Day 07: Wiñay Wayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
This day we get up early at 4:00 AM, have breakfast and start the hike at 5:00 AM. We said goodbye to the porters because they returned to Cusco with all the camping equipment.
We will make our walk in the middle of a dense vegetation typical of the rain forest towards the Sun's Gate or Inti Punku, from where we will have a formidable panoramic view of the Inka Citadel. At Machu Picchu we are arriving approximately. At 7:00 AM, Once here we will have a guided tour of 2 and a half hours to visit the most important places of Machu Picchu. Then they will have free time to visit Machu Picchu on their own.
At opportune time we will go down in bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, where they will be able to take lunch in one of the varied restaurants that exist in this place. In the afternoon 4:12 PM we will board the return train to Ollantaytambo and from there by car to Cusco, the next hour of arrival to Cusco will be 8:00 PM, the tour ends with the transfer to their respective hotels.
End of services.
- Private transportation from Cusco to Mollepata.
- Return Train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
- Entrance Ticket: Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- Bus ticket: Machu Picchu - "Aguas Calientes".
- Professional Tour Guide: Spanish-Guide; 2 tour guides for groups of 8 people.
- Chef: In charge of meal preparation.
- Muleteers and horses (Part of Salkantay): Carry tents, food and cooking equipment (Max 7 kg per person.
- Porters (Inca Trail Part) carry stores and cooking equipment.
- Meals: 6 Breakfasts / 6 Lunches / 6 Dinners / Snacks and afternoon tea.
- Equipment: tents, inflatable mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, chairs, tables and first aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Sleeping Bag, you can rent in our office ($ 35.00 USD for the entire trip).
- Lunch on the fourth day and breakfast on the first day.
- Extra porter to carry your luggage or personal backpack (Optional $ 60 USD, right to 8 kilos of luggage).
Recommendations to bring
- Carry Original Passport and card of migration (TAM).
- Student card with current date.
- Crry a sleeping bag (can be rented at the agency).
- Carry hiking boots and sandals (very important).
- Carry trekking poles (can be rented at the agency).
- Coats: layers of varying temperatures, especially at night. Thermal / gloves / scarves: woolen socks / woolen hat for cold nights, shirts for the whole trek.
- Carry a headlamp (very important).
- Carry a camera and extra batteries.
- Carry sunscreen / hat and sunglasses.
- Carry personal medical kit.
- Carry insect repellent.
- Rain gear: a good raincoat and rain pants and a plastic rain poncho.
- Carry toilet paper.
- Extra money for drinks and gratuities, souvenirs, etc. (soles or dollars).
- Carry bathing suit for the hot springs.
- Carry a water bottle (recommended 1.
STANDARD SHARED SERVICE
This service gives visitors the option of doing the Inca Trail and alternative Inca trails to Machu Picchu, to join a group of hikers, others like you who come from abroad to make this wonderful hike to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. A great opportunity to have fun and make new friends.
Special walking program just for you, we do not get together with other people, it is organized just for you and offers you the possibility of choosing the departure date you want and the size of the group. All private services include additional services, such as extra porters to carry your personal things, walking sticks, sleeping bag and other additional services.