SALKANTAY – INKA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 6D/5N
The Salkantay route is a remote and ancient footpath in the same region as the Inka trail, offering arguably more spectacular views. This route provides a magnificent alternative for those who wish to escape the more congested trekking routes.
Private Service Price
- 2 people USD$ 1,099.00 per person
- 3 people USD$ 1,070.00 per person
- 4 people USD$ 1,035.00 per person
- 5 people USD$ 1,005.00 per person
- 6 + people USD$ 979.00 per person
- Student Discount: USD $25.00 (requires ISIC Card)
- Under 18’s Discount: USD $25.00
Optional extras NOT included (need to book in advance):
- Hiking Machu Picchu Mountain: USD $70.00
- Hiking Huayna Picchu Mountain: USD $70.00
- Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: USD $50.00
- Sleeping Bag: USD $30.00
- Walking Poles (pair): USD $20.00
- Air Mattress: USD $30.00
- One-person tent: USD $30.00
- Extra night in Aguas Calientes
Every Day Of The Year
Departure dates: We have potential group trips for the Inka Trail every day of the year, except in February when the trail is closed for maintenance.
Note: You are able to visit Machu Picchu by train in February.
Availability: Only 500 people are allowed on the Inka Trail per day and this includes tourists, guides, porters and chefs. Therefore, to avoid disappointment, you should make your reservation months in advance. Also, please note, all agencies have the same number of spaces, so if one agency is not able to accommodate your dates, none of them will be able to.
Details & Itinerary
On the trail, we pass through varying ecological zones, from sparsely vegetated alpine meadows flanking two spectacular need metres/20,000ft glaciered peaks, down through subtropical forest to the Inka Trail, to later arrive at the Lost City of the Inkas, Machu Picchu.
We are proud to say that we run ecologically-safe trips and that we try to recycle as much as possible. All the inorganic and human waste is collected in different containers and removed from the trails we use.
Level: medium. People of all ages that have a good level of fitness can do this trek.
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Day 01: Cusco – Mollepata - Soraypampa
We’ll leave Cusco early in the morning and have a scenic drive to Mollepata and then up to Soraypampa, where we’ll camp at the head of the trail. Tea, lunch, and dinner will be provided by our excellent cook in our dining tent, equipped with tables and stools.
Day 02: Salkantay - Sisaypampa
We will begin our trek by slowly hiking up to the Inka Chirihasca Pass at 5,000m/need ft. From there, we’ll hike along the right face of the massive Salkantay glacier where we will have magnificent views of the surrounding snow-covered peaks, and we’ll finish the day by descending to our camp, Sisaypampa.
Day 03: Sisaypampa - Llullucchapampa
After a healthy breakfast, we’ll start hiking, passing through the community of Wayllabamba and joining up with the main Inka Trail. We will then go through Andean cloud forest and camp above the tree line at Llulluchapampa.
Day 04: Llullucchapampa – Phuyupatamarca
This morning begins early in order to hike up to the Warmiwanusca Pass. This is one of the best days on the Inka Trail, with a visit to the ruin sites of: Sayacmarca, Conchamarca and later camping near Phuyupatamarca meaning City Above the Clouds, and taking in magnificent views of the Veronica and Salkantay Peaks.
Day 05: Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna
Another early morning, this time to see the sun rise over the ruin sites from the best campsite along the Inka Trail. After breakfast, we’ll trek down to the ruin site of Wiñay Wayna and camp here for the evening.
Day 06: Machu Picchu
We will leave Wiñay Wayna this morning to trek to the the Sun Gate or Inti Punku, and into Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Inkas, arriving at 6:00 a.m., for a -hour guided tour of the citadel, with time to explore the ruins yourself afterwards.
Late afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo and bus back to Cusco.
- Pick up from your hotel in Cusco and transport to the head of the trail
- Spanish and English-speaking professional guide
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups
- Inka Trail pass and Machu Picchu entrance ticket
- Porters, mules and horses to carry all the equipment for the group and staff: tents, food, and cooking equipment, dining tent and chairs
- Permits and tickets for our porters and cooks
- 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 snacks and 5 dinners. All these meals are prepared by our cook and his/her assistant. We can accommodate special dietary requests e.g. vegetarian meals and allergies.
- Coca tea is served every morning in your tent
- Snacks each morning
- Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
- Hot drinks such as coca tea, black tea and coffee in the afternoon
- Two-person tent
- Sleeping mattress (you will need to carry this unless you hire a personal porter)
- Oxygen and first aid kit
- 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Return bus ticket Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu
- Expedition train ticket to return to Ollantaytambo, bus to Cusco and transfer to your hotel
- Sleeping bag (can be rented at our office)
- Breakfast on Day 1, Lunch and Dinner on Day 6
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
- Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
- Travel Insurance – we strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance for the duration of your trip
What you need to bring
- Original Passport and migration card
- ISIC card (www.isic.org) if applicable (must be submitted at the time of booking)
- Backpack and daypack
- Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
- Hiking boots and sandals (very important)
- Rain gear: a good raincoat, rain pants and a plastic rain poncho
- Shirts and pants for the whole trek
- Coat, layers for varying temperatures, especially at night
- Thermal gloves, scarf, hat for cold nights
- Woolen socks
- Bathing suit for the hot springs
- Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
- Insect repellent
- Personal medical kit and medication
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper
- Small towel
- Water bottle (recommended 1 liter)
- Trekking poles (can be rented from us)
- Headlamp with spare batteries (very important)
- Camera and extra batteries
- Extra money for drinks, souvenirs, tips etc. (soles or dollars)