Salkantay trek & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6d/5n

6 Days / 5 Nights from US $ 919.00
Salkantay trek & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6d/5n
6 Days / 5 Nights from US $ 919.00
Max Altitude
3300 msnm
Trip Length
6 Days / 5 Nights
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Physical Level
Trip Style

Salkantay and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Briefing

In recent years many people wanted to know the snow mountain Salkantay (6370m./20893ft) and the beautiful Humantay lake with its turquoise colors without losing the majesty of doing the Inca Trail for this reason Inkas Destination lists the Salkantay trek and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu It is an incredible trip, which combines beautiful landscapes and ancestral routes. It is said that the Pre-Inca and Inca royalty traveled the Inca Trail, making a pilgrimage to the snow mountain Salkantay, which was considered the protective mountain of the entire Vilcabamba Valley, it is for this reason that this Salkantay trek and Inca Trail would become more complete than other treks. who arrive at Machu Picchu than the classic Inca trail, is a perfect walk for lovers of nature, culture and adventure.
Along this Inca Trail, we will see Nature, Inca archaeological remains that will help us understand Andean life and therefore the Inca culture.
The trekking through the Salkantay and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu lasts 6 days and 5 nights, the last day we will enter Machu Picchu through Puerta del Sol with an impressive panoramic view of Machu Picchu and the entire valley.

Other amazing alternative to this trek is Vilcabamba trek to Machu Picchu.

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Meeting and briefing

Some days before the tour, our team will contact you via E-mail or WhatsApp and will coordinate the meeting time at your hotel to provide you the all tour details and answer all your questions.

🗓 Itinerary

🏁 Starts from your accommodation in Cuzco at 04:30 A.M.
🔚 Ends to the center of Cuzco at about 7:00 P.M.


DAY 1:

Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 11 km + 4 km
🕗 Duration: 4 hours + 2 hours
📈 Maximum elevation: 4200m. – 13776ft.
📉 Minimum elevation: 3900m. – 12792ft.
⛺ Lodging: Soraypampa

Starts From your accommodation in Cuzco at 04:30 A.M. The guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Cuzco center from 4:30a.m. in the morning. When the whole group is gathered, we will 2 hours drive to Mollepata (2 800m./9 116ft.) where you have the opportunity to have an energetic breakfast, and then continue driving 40 min. to the small village of Challacancha (3600m./13680ft.), where we meet our muleteers and mules, in this place begins the 4-hour walk to the first camp of Soraypampa (3900m./12792ft.) lunch.

After a delicious lunch the hike to Lake Humantay (4200m./13776ft.) begins 1h30 minutes uphill walk and the same time down to the camp, dinner and overnight.

💡 To keep in mind

At the Mollepata stop you will separate your stuff and you may send 5Kl. by horse, also will pay for the access to the Humantay Lake, this ticket costs 20 soles that is not included in the tour.


🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 12 km
🕗 Duration: 8 hours
📈 Maximum elevation: 4500m. – 14760ft.
📉Minimum elevation: 3900m. – 12792ft.
⛺ Lodging: Inca Channel

Early in the morning after our fortifying breakfast we will begin the trek to the top of our trek passing through Salkantaypampa (4200m/13776ft.) we will continue climbing until we will have a well-deserved rest in Ichupata or Pampa Japonesa (4500m/14760ft.) where we will rest and be able to appreciate the snow mountain Salkantay (6271 m./20574 ft.) in its maximum splendor, as well as other snowy mountains such as HumantayTucarhuay, we will rest and then continue climbing to the Incachisiaska high pass from this point we will have a panoramic view of the entire Vilcabamba Mountain Range, After the explanation of our guide we will continue our trek skirting the mountain and descending through the ancient and ancestral Canal Inca. From this place we will see the wonderful geography that surrounds us to reach the second campsite Canal Inca (3900m./12792ft), dinner and overnight.

💡 To keep in mind

-This second day is the most difficult, so the use of walking sticks is highly recommended.
-The weather in the Andes is very changeable, so it is recommended to bring a rain poncho or waterproof jacket.


🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 13 km
🕗 Duration: 8 hours
📈 Maximum elevation: 3900m. – 12792ft.
📉Minimum elevation: 3300m. – 10824ft.
⛺ Lodging: Ayapata

After our breakfast, we will begin the walk towards Paucarcancha (3143m./10039ft) and during the walk we will be able to see changing landscapes and we will feel that time did not pass through these mountains and that we went back 500 years watching the local people work their crops potatoes, corn in a traditional way, in complete communication and respect for mother earth (Pachamama), we will visit the Paucarcancha archaeological remains where we learn more about the Inca culture, we will also see that the vegetation changes as we get closer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which contain a great diversity of birds, as well as the birth of wild life. Then we will walk through the Cusichaca valley in the direction of Wayllabamba, In this part of the route we will connect with the classic Inca Trail and we will meet the porters and cross the Inca Trail controls for 2 more hours to the Ayapata camp (3300m ./ 10824 feet), dinner and overnight.

💡 To keep in mind

-Remember that you must show your original passport at the checkpoint of the Inca Trail to enter, do not forget it.
-From the checkpoint we say goodbye to the horses and you will have to carry all your luggage but if you think you need help, you can hire the services of an extra porter that has a cost of USD. 140.00 that carries 15kl.


🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 12 km – 7.4mi.
🕗 Duration: 7 hours
📈 Maximum elevation: 4200m. – 13779ft.
📉 Minimum elevation: 3750m. – 12300ft.
⛺ Lodging: Pacaymayu

After scrumptious breakfastmade by our talent chef, we begin the hardest day of the trail. Awaiting us is a steep, lengthy ascent for about 4 hours to the high pass Warmiwañuska (4,200m. – 13,779ft.), that mean “Dead Woman’s Pass”  This ascent crosses two ecological zones like andes, hightlands.
The view from the top reveals snowcapped mountains in all directions, including the towering crags of Salkantay, the icy claw of Pumasillo, and Huayanay of the Vilcabamba mountain range, we will descend about 40 minutes and we will have the lunch in the muidle of the mountain, after lunch we will continue descending to the other side of the valley to Pacaymayu (3750m. – 12300ft.) campsite where will have the dinner and spend the night.

💡 To keep in mind

Always carry a wind jacket with you and as well as a rain jacket, normally in the pass it is very windy and depending on the season it can rain.


🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 16km. – 10mi.
🕗 Duration: 9 hours
📈 Maximum elevation: 3915m. – 12841ft.
📉 Minimum elevation: 2700m. – 8856ft.
⛺ Lodging: Wiñayhuayna

After our delicious breakfast, we will continue walking through the Pacaymayu Valley, after it we will hike up 45 minutes to the Inca remains Runkurakay the guide will show you the most important parts and we will see the two impresive waterfalls on the mountain slopes, then will continue hike up 45 more minutes to Runkuracay high pass (3915m. – 12841 ft.) we will enjoy with the view and then will say good bye to the andes landscape, we will continue the hiking downhill for about 1 hour until get Sayacmarca archaeologicalsite.

You will then ascending toward the final summit of the route in Phuyupatamarka (3650m. – 11975 ft.)after relax and charge energy we will descend for 2 hours 1/2 to Intipata archaeological site that is just 30 minutes far of our campsite Wiñayhuayna (2700m. – 8856 ft.), dinner, overnight.

💡 To keep in mind

Always carry a wind jacket with you and as well as a rain jacket, normally in the pass it is very windy and depending on the season it can rain.


🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 5km. – 3.11mi.
🕗 Duration: 2 hours
📈 Maximum elevation: 2700m. – 8856ft.
📉 Minimum elevation: 1950m. – 6396ft.
🚉 Train back: 1 hour 45 minutes
🚐 Van back: 1 hour 30 minutes

We will have our breakfast at 4:00am, then we will register in the last check point of the Inca trail we will walk 1 hour 1/2 to the Sun Gate (2700m. – 8856ft.), this momment all your effort of the last days will rewarded with the best view of Machu Picchu (2700m. – 7872ft.) congratulations you made it.

After 40 minutes walking to the citadel finally you will be inside of Machu Pichcu, the guide will explain the fascinating history of the Incas and their mysteries, and start the guided tour of the most important points after 1 hour 45 minutes of guided tour you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu, then you will catch the bus back down to Aguas Calientes (1950m. 6396ft.) (Machu Picchu town) and board the train to Ollantaytambo (2800m. – 9148ft.) train station, over there our driver will wait for you and transport you to Cusco.

💡 To keep in mind

-In Ollantaytambo our driver will wait for you with a sign with your name and he will return you to Cusco.
-The last lunch is not included but normally the guide organizes with the group the last dinner in a restaurant that is coordinated with the group, before taking the train back to Ollantaytambo.


From 2021 onwards the government introduced new circuits and schedules for this reason in case of unavailability of Llaqta Machu Picchu tickets compatible with the tour schedule, the booking will be processed with an alternative route subject to availability.

💡 Important to know

– Over the last years specially after Covid-19, the rules have been changing due to the increase in visitors to this route and these are some of the new regulations that must be taken into account:
After entering the Inca trail, the visitors will not able to extend their stay, the time is indicated in the entrance ticket within the established route.
– Only máximum 500 people per day will be able to access the Inca Trail, an amount that includes autorizad guides, cooks, and porters, in other words the total number of visitors is limited to approx. 200 tourists, for this reason we recommend making the reservation months in advance specially in high season April, May, Jun, July, August, September.
– Due to conservation and restoration reasons, the Inca Trail is close one month a year ( February), if the trail is close for any other event or circumstance client will be informed 30 days in advance, except in the event unforeseen event of force majeure, in this case, its applies without prior notice, but we will informed as soon we know of the event.
– All people to enter the Inca trail must identify themselves with their original documents at the check points of the Ministry of Culture.

Good to know in case that you want to spend 1 more day in Machu Picchu
From 2021, the Ministerio de Cultura (Peruvian Ministry of Culture) has created 4 types of official entrances to visit Machu Picchu those circuits were created in order to better organize the traffic of travelers inside Machu Picchu, reduce the risk of infection by COVID-19, preserve and protect the constructions of the archaeological site for the future.

Machu Picchu Solo (Circuits 1, 2, 3 or 4)
This ticket includes the entrance Llaqta of Machu Picchu (all citadel) (Circuits 1, 2, 3 or 4) this ticket sellout fast.

Machu Picchu Circuit 3 + Machu Picchu Mountain (U$D. 20.00 extra)
This ticket is the only one that has re-entry and first the guiding tour to Machu Picchu from the bottom part and after the guiding tour you go up the Mountain.

Machu Picchu Circuit 4 + Huayna Picchu Mountain (U$D. 20.00 extra)
Machu Picchu Circuit 4 + Huchuy Picchu Mountain
With these tickets you will receive the guided through the lower part of Machu Picchu about 1hour 1/2 until the check point of Huayna Picchu or Huchuy Picchu where you walk up the mountain on your free time.

The availability of entrance tickets to Machu Picchu is very limited and it is recommended to book as far in advance as possible. Especially if you are traveling in high season.

🚫 Cancellation policy

If you cancel more than 15 days before the start of the tour you will receive back 40% of the amount pre-paid in advance, After this time, or in case of no-show for the tour, you will not be entitled to a refund, this is because the Inca Trail has another type of organization unlike the other treks.


<ul><li> Informative briefing the day before we coordinate with you the time</li><li> Duffle bag to carry 5kl. on horses during the trekking</li><li> Pick up form the Hotel in Cusco</li><li> Van transportation from Cusco to Mollepata</li><li> Muleteers and mules to carry the equipment</li><li> Professional chef and cooking equipment</li><li> 5 nights camping</li><li> 5 breakfasts / 5 lunches / 5 dinners</li><li> Porter for camp equipment</li><li> Entrance ticket to Inca Trail</li><li> Machu Picchu Ticket</li><li> Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo</li><li> Professional guide (English & Spanish-speaking)</li><li> First aid kit and oxygen bottle</li><li> Return bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco</li></ul>

  • First breakfast, last lunch
  • Slepping bag (You can rent you if you do not have you own, cost is 15.00 dollars)
  • Porter to Carry your stuff (optional)
  • Walking poles
  • Ticket to the Humantay lake (20.00soles)

What to Bring

  • Sleeping bag (-15C)
  • Passport.
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Walking sticks
  • Thermal clothes
  • Light clothes
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Cap or hat
  • Small backpack
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight
  • Personal medication and personal higiene product
  • Chocolates, candies or another snacks
  • Camera (optional).
  • Extra money but in Nuevos Soles (Peruvian national currency)


Is there a vegetarian, vegan or glute-free food option?

Yes, we have menu available for any special diets: vegetarian, vegan, food allergies, etc. If you are vegetarian or gluten-free simply send us a message advising what are your specification on the food and we will do.

There are restroom along the trek?

In each camping site are toilets those are free and also along the way are some specially in the luch points and some rest points but are not free the cost is 1 or 2 soles, important each traveler has to carry their own personal hygiene products, including toilet paper.

What to do with my luggage during the Salkantay trek?

Most places where you might stay (hotel, hostel or boarding houses) can store your luggage for free during the Trek. We also gladly can save it; all you have to do is bring it to our office the day before the Trek.

What about the water and snack on the Salkantay trek and Inca trail?

At breakfast, lunch and dinner you will receive boiled water to drink tea, coffee, etc. For the walk we normally recommend buying bottle water because it is safer for travelers, along the walk there are local people who sell and you can buy the cost It is from 2.00 soles per bottle, in case no one sells, our chef will provide them with cold boiled water, for the hiking you can bring the snacks that you prefer normally we recommend to bring seeds, cookies, sweets, nuts.

What about the altitude sickness?

Like all tours that are over 3500 meters high, we recommend taking a minimum of 1 or 2 days of acclimatization before the tour so that the body is oxygenated and it is less likely to have altitude sickness, as well as drinking coca tea since this plant oxygenates blood and help to avoid altitude sickness, all our guides carry a first aid kit which includes an oxygen balloon in case it is necessary to use it at any time.

When is the Salkantay trek or Inca trail closed?

The Salkantay trek is not closed during the year and government permission is not needed, but during the months of January and March, which is the rainy season, and the Inca trail is close on February and in tis month will me imposible to organize this tour on this month.

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