Combined Salkantay - Machu Picchu Trek 7D/6N

  • Tour Description


    Salcantay means 'savage mountain'. At a height of 6271m (20573ft) it is the highest peak in the Vilcabamba mountain range and one of the highest in the Andes. It is situated to the north-east of the city of Cusco.

    During our trek, we will climb as high as 5028m/16495ft, have views of beautiful Andean landscapes and also have the possibility of observing condors, alpacas and other Andean animals in their natural habitats. This walk connects with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for the last 4 days. The total length of this trip is 7 days and 6 nights.

    DEPARTURES: This tour is available from mid-April to the end of November.


    Day 1:
    We pick you p from your hotel at 6:00 a.m. to begin our journey to ‘Tarawasi’ (2600m/8530ft), an important Inca archaeological complex, 2 hours from Cusco. We will eat our breakfast there and then continue on to Mollepata, where we will meet our horseman and mules and begin our hike. We will walk for approx. 3 hours until we reach our campsite, which is called Marqocasa (3500m/11482ft). From here we will have views of the magnificent snow-capped mountain, Rayuska, which is more than 5350 m/17552 ft above sea level. We will spend the night here.

    Day 2:
    After breakfast, we will walk for about four and one-half hours to Soraypampa (3900m/12795ft). This point has impressive views of the snow-capped mountains of Humantay (5917m/19412ft), Tucarway (5 910m/19389ft), Rayuska (5350m/17552ft) and Salcantay (6271m/20573ft). We have lunch and rest here.
    Then we will climb in an easterly direction for about one hour until we arrive at Salkantay pampa which is located at a height of 4100m/13451ft. We camp for the night here.

    Day 3:
    After breakfast, we begin our trek to the Incachiriasca pass, which is located at a height of 5028m/16495ft. This is the highest point of our hike, and from here we have a magnificent view of Salcantay, the ‘savage’ mountain (6271m/20573ft) as well as of remarkably-colored small lakes, which are located on the sides of this imposing snow-capped mountain. There is also the possibility of seeing condors, wild rabbits and other typical native animals of the Peruvian Andes, such as llamas, guanacos and vicunas. After arriving at the pass, we will descend to the Pampacawana community (4000m/13123ft), where we will camp for the night.

    Day 4:
    After breakfast, we will walk to the archaeological site of ‘Paucarcancha’ and then to the village of Wayllabamba. This is where we will join the inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu. We will say goodbye to our horseman and mules, which will be replaced by porters. We continue on the Inca Trail to Llulluchapampa (3850m/12631ft), where we will camp for the night.

    Day 5:.
    After breakfast, we will start a steep ascent to the Huarmihuanusca pass (often called ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ due to its image from a distance) which is at 4200m/13750ft. From there we will have an amazing view of the impressive Inca Trail. We will then descend to Pacamayu, where we will eat lunch. After a rest, we will climb again to visit the archaeological site of ‘Runcuracay’ and then reach the Runkurakay pass (4000m/13080ft). Views of the mountains and surrounding area from these points are spectacular.

    After that we begin a steep descent from the pass leading to the Inca site ‘Sayacmarca’. We will have a short rest here before continuing on to Chaquicocha (3660m/12007ft), where we will spend the night.

    Day 6:
    We have breakfast and begin walking towards Wiñay Wayna. On the way we pass the archaeological sites of 'Phuyupatamarca' ('Town in the Clouds') and 'Intipata'. We will spend the night at Wiñay Wayna campsite (2680m/8792ft).

    The Inca site of the same name, ‘Winay Wayna’ (‘Forever Young’) is located a short distance from the campsite. Even if you are tired after your day’s trek, you will not want to miss visiting the most impressive site on the trail!

    Day 7:
    Breakfast is at 4 a.m. We leave the campsite at 5 a.m. and walk 6km to the city of Machu Picchu. We will arrive at ‘Ini Punku’ (Sun gate) (2730m/8792ft) and wait there to observe the beautiful Andean sunrise over the spectacular city of Machu Picchu (2400m/7873ft). Then we will walk down the last part of the trail to the spot where you can take the classic photo (picture postcard shot) of this ancient city. Finally, we visit Machu Picchu itself!

    Our guide will give you a walking tour (approx. 3 hours) of Machu Picchu. Then you are free to explore this mysterious city on your own. If you have enough energy, you might also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8923ft). It takes about 55 minutes to reach the top.

    We recommend that you return to Aguas Calientes for lunch. You will receive your train tickets back to Cusco. The train usually leaves at 3:55 p.m. and arrives back in Cusco at about 8:45 p.m.

    If desired, you may arrange an extra night’s stay in Aguas Calientes. This is a very popular option, as it allows you additional time the next day to explore Machu Picchu. You can also go to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes – a real treat after finishing the trail! If you plan to go to the thermal springs, remember to bring your swim suit.

    Note. Campsites may be subject to change depending on allocations by the official body that controls access to the Inca Trail (Unidad de Gestión de Machu Picchu-UGM).

    Trek Difficulty level:

    Easy Moderate Moderately Difficult Very Difficult Impossible...nothing
    is impossible!

    Please Note: Difficulty level is highly dependent on your fitness level and how you acclimate to the altitude.


    • Professional, bilingual Tour Guide
    • Pick up from hotel and train station
    • Return transportation (bus to start of trail and tourist train back to Ollanta)**
    • Entrance fee to Salcantay National Park, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
    • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 afternoon snacks, 6 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day
    • (breakfast on day 1 and lunch in Aguas Calientes are not included)
    • Dining tent with tables and chairs
    • Cook
    • 2-person tent
    • Inflatable sleeping mattress
    • Horseman and mules
    • Porters (they carry cooking and camping equipment)
    • Oxygen bottle
    • First Aid kit

    **Expedition-class train is included in all tours to Machu Picchu. Your train departure time will be confirmed when we receive the final payment for your tour. The earliest train available leaves Aguas Calientes at 1:37 p.m. The last train leaves at 9:20 p.m. Our travel agency will arrange the transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco (by taxi or by bus).

    Please Note: Train schedules are subject to change, depending upon Peru Rail’s timetable and availability. If arranged in advance, your train selection may be upgraded to Vistadome for an additional charge. (The Vistadome has larger windows than the Expedition train.)

    What you need to take:
    • Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
    • Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
    • Walking boots
    • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
    • Warm jacket
    • Hat and gloves
    • T-shirts
    • Comfortable trousers
    • Sun hat
    • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags.
    • Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with drinking -previously boiled- water).
    • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
    • Insect repellent
    • Water
    • Toiletries
    • Personal medication
    • Camera and films
    • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
    Flashlight with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
    *To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC card.

    Optional items to take:
    • Shorts
    • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
    • Plasters and bandages
    • Sandals
    • Extra money
    • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes town -not included-
    Optional services (not included):
    • Rental of 5-season sleeping bag ($25)
    • Rental of walking stick ($14)

    Prices 2017: Consult

    Updated 2017 (Includes porters to carry personal belongings)

    There is a $30 discount for students with a valid ISIC card or children under 12 years old.

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