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Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail Machu Picchu 7 days

Experience the two most popular treks to Machu Picchu: Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail with authorized local tour operator

Salkantay Trek Inca Trail Machu Picchu is extremely remarkable trek flaunting remarkable panoramas of the peaks on the Vilcabamba mountain range in Peru.  Since the trail goes around the stunning Mountain of Salkantay;  one of the highest Mountains in Peru. The trail reaches its highest point at “Inca Chiriasqha Pass” 5,200m / 17060ft which offers magnificent views of Mt.Salkantay and deep valleys below.

The trail traverses fabulous mountain panorama, Inca and Peruvian-style villages; culturally fascinating vicinity of ancient Inca Temples and irrefutably challenging Mountain Passes. Therefore the Salkantay Trek Inca Trail route is diverse, remote, secluded and enriched topography; offering a fabulous experience for the one looking to take an adventurous journey; explore the scenic beauty of the Machu Picchu and Salkantay regions. No wonder the trail is considered to be one of the best treks in Peru.

Our Trekking package of “Salkantay Trek Inca Trail” is newer trekking routes on the mountains of “Vilcanota mountain range”; it’s considered safe and awe-inspiring trail to Machu Picchu. Experience the glory of walking on the trail traversed by legendary Inca ruins; you also will pass through beautiful “Inca  Chiriasqha” and “Dead Woman” Passes. The trail traverses a variety of terrain and explores the rich cultural and natural diversity of the Cusco region. Consequently, the Salkantay Trek Inca Trail offers an amazing view of the Mt. Umantay, Mt. Salkantay, Apurimac canyon, Urubamba canyon and Machu Picchu the icon of the Incas.

Salkantay Trek Inca Trail Machu Picchu
Because the Salkantay Trek Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an extremely remarkable trek flaunting remarkable panoramas of the peaks on the Mt. Salkantay and Machu Picchu border

OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

TIMING: 7 days and 6 nights.
STARTING AND ENDING POINT: Cusco Hotel.
DEPARTURE DATES: Daily Departure group service and private service – Mini: 2 people.
TYPE OF TOUR: Adventure, Cultural and History.
TRANSPORT: Bus, trekking and train.
DIFFICULTY:Does involve some narrow trails, so sturdy footwear is required to help you enjoy it fully.
TRAIN OPTIONS: Expedition Option: This is the cheapest, but still a very comfortable way of getting to Machu Picchu.
VISTADOME OPTION: Vistadome train is faster, has snack-service, bigger windows and is generally a more comfortable experience; if you prefer this service, please the let us know at the booking time (Extra US$30pp).

DESCRIPTION FOR SALKANTAY TREK INCA TRAIL

7-day Salkantay Trek Inca Trail is one of the famous trekking routes in Peru. It opened for trekkers in the 1980s and since has been possible for the adventure travelers. The region no doubt is rich in sceneries apart from the diverse culture, flora and fauna. The route is the most popular trekking because of its panoramic sceneries of the Andes, including the Mt. Salkantay(6,271m), Mt. Umantay (6,194m) Mt. La Veronica (5,750 m), Mt. Chullunko (5,980m.), Mt. Qesqa(5,800m), Mt. San Gabriel (5,760m). There are Inca settlements along the trail and diverse communities.

The trek takes you around the Mt. Salkantay, following the courses of three mighty rivers- “Soray” in the beginning, “Pampajahuana” in the zone where the trail joins to the classic Inca trail and “Urubamba” which is one of the world’s deepest gorges, flanked by the giant Salkantay and “Vilcabamba” range. The flora, geography and culture also change dramatically along the Trail; This trek starts at the village of Mollepata and cross two high passes one of them is located at 5,200 m / 17060ft (Inca Chiriasqha Pass), and the other reaches 4,200 m / 13779ft (Dead woman’s pass).

THE SALKANTAY MOUNTAIN

Salkantay or Salcantay is a Quechua name that means “wild”; it’s one of the highest mountain in Peru and is located in the mountain range of Vilcabamba between the two large rivers: Urubamba and Apurimac rivers. Our program of Salkantay Trek Inca Trail normally takes 7 Days and has become popular with trekkers wanting to combine a quieter and less trodden route with the history of the Inca ruins on the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 1: Salkantaypampa camp:

First of all , we’ll pick you up from your hotel and travel to Cruzpata (One hour beyond Mollepata ); here we’ll start trekking with stunning views of the Vilcanota mountain range. The camp will be at the base of the Salkantay Mountain; 6-7 hour trek.

Day 2: Inca Chiriasqha pass at 5,200m:

We will start at 07:30 a.m trek up toward the highest pass; and after a good rest at this lovely spot decent to the Sisaypampa camp; 7-8 hour trek.

Day 3: Paucarcancha Inca ruins:

The trail continues descending through the high Andean valley with the presence of Llamas and Alpacas until Paucarkancha camp where we will see the Inca Channel still in use; 6-7 hour trek (L-D).

Day 4: Llulluchapampa camp:

One hour down to Wayllabamba community and join to the traditional Inca Trail; from here, we’ll continue up to Llullucha camp located at 3,800 m / 12467ft; 5-6 hour-trek. (B-L-D)

Day 5: Ch’akiccocha:

Two-hour trek up to Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200 m / 13779ft), then we’ll descend to Pacaymayo Valley where lunch will be served; after lunch, we’ll continue up to the second pass ( 4,000 m / 13123ft) and then we’ll descend to Ch’akiccocha Camp; 7-8 hour trek (B-L-D).

Day 6: Wiñaywayna:

5 hour-trek through the original Inca Trail with stunning mountain scenery and exploring enchanting Inca site: 7 -8 hour trek (B-L-D).

Day 7: Machu Picchu:

Two hour-trek to Machu Picchu and visit before the crowd arrives from Cusco at midday. Finally, we’ll return to Cusco by train.

FULL ITINERARY

DEATILED ITINERARY FOR SALKANTAY TREK INCA TRAIL

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Cruzpata – Salkantaypampa:

The Adventure begins once we pick you up from your hotel at 06:00 a.m and transfer you to Mollepata town; here we’ll stop for 30 minutes to have breakfast and purchase some items for the trek; from Mollepata, we’ll continue one hour more by car until Cruzpata (3,200 m / 10450ft – the starting point of the trek) here we will encounter our “arrieros” (horsemen) and trekking staff. We’ll initiate our Trek to Machu Picchu carrying small bag because the heavy ones will be taken by the horses.

At Cruzpata, we’ll see spectacular views of the chains of snow-capped mountains of Vilcabamba and the lush of Apurimac River Valley, then a gentle climb for about 4 hours to Soraypampa (3,800 m / 12467ft) our spot for a rest and lunch. After lunch, we’ll continue climbing gradually for 2 hours and 30min through the more unspoiled Andean valleys to Salkantaypampa, our campsite for our first night.

Please Note: There is an option to explore the Umantay lagoon. This will be decided by the criteria of the guide and the group.

  • Meals: L-D
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,200 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,900 masl
  • Trekking time: 6-7 hours

Day 2: Salkantaypampa – Inca Chiriasqha Pass – Sisaypampa:

A wonderful morning because the imposing views of the Salkantay Mountain (6,271 m / 20574ft) close to the camp; the trek will start at 07:00 a.m with a gentle climbing to Pampa-Japonesa (Japanese Climbers Base-camp) and then, we’ll continue up toward the Inca Chiriasqha Pass (5,200 m / 17060ft) the highest of the trek. This pass is a wonderful spot for sightseeing because it is surrounded by majestic snow-peaks such as: Humantay (5,217 masl), Tucarhuay (5,450 masl) and Chullunku (5,428 masl).

The mountains still plays very important role in the mentality of the inhabitants of the zone; they believe that in each mountain is living one spiritual person named “APU”. After the pass, we will trek down for 30 minutes where we’ll stop for lunch, afterward, we will descend until Sisaypampa Camp (3,800 m / 12467ft).

  • Meals: B – L-D
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,200 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,800 masl
  • Trekking time: 7-8 hours

Day 3: Sisaypampa – Paucarcancha:

After breakfast, we’ll continue descending through a beautiful valley with native flowers and impressive views of a typical Andean Valley where we’ll see llamas and alpacas; after 3 hours of trekking, we will arrive to Pampaccahuana community near which exist an Inca canals repaired few years ago by the archeologist Ann Kendall Project to help local farmers of the zone; here we will stop for rest break and enjoy our lunch; then, we’ll continue the final 3 hours approximately down to Paucarcancha, an Inca ruins where we will stop to explore – camp here.

  • Meals: B – L-D
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,800 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,200 masl
  • Trekking time: 7-8 hours

Day 4: Paucarcancha – Wayllabamba – Llulluchapampa:

Today we will connect to the famous Inca Trail. After breakfast, one hour walk down to Wayllabamba Community (3,000 masl); this is also the place from where our muleteers return to their homes with their mules. Fresh porters will join us to continue the trek to Machu Picchu; the porters will carry the heavy gear like: duffel bags, camping equipment and food, etc

From Wayllabamba the trail climbs zigzag up for 2 hours to Ayapata where the lunch will be served; after that, we’ll continue up through enchanted native polylepis woodland until we arrive to Llulluchapampa camp.

  • Meals: B – L-D
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,200 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,800 masl
  • Trekking time: 6-7 hours

Day 5: Llulluchapampa – Pakaymayu – Ch’akiccocha:

After breakfast, we will start ascending through numerous Inca steps towards the warmihuañusca pass (Dead Woman’s Pass) 4,200 m / 13779ft. From here, we will have amazing view of the impressive Inca Trail and spectacular mountains around. Then, we’ll descend to Pakaymayu Valley where we will have lunch. After a rest, we’ll climb again to visit the archaeological site of ‘Runkuraqhay’ (round shape balcony) and then, we’ll continue to Runkuraqhay Pass 4,000 m / 13123ft.

From the pass in a clear days you can see Dead woman’s pass and in frond the Pumasillu snow mountain range. From the pass, we’ll continue to descend through Inca steps to the Inca site of ‘Sayacmarka’ (inaccessible town) which also was discovered by Mr. Hiram Bingam at 1915. We will have a short rest here before continuing towards Ch’akiccocha camp.

  • Meals: B – L-D
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,200 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,600 masl
  • Trekking time: 7 – 8 hours

Day 6: Ch’akiccocha– Phuyupatamarka – Wiñaywayna:

Today will be an excellent day because we will trek through the cloud forest and on the original Inca Trail which is paved with white granite stone. We will visit Phuyupatamarka ruins and observe many flowers and a great variety of birds, especially Hummingbirds. Also, we’ll have a splendid view of the snow-capped mountains of Pumasillu Mountain Range. Lunch will be served at the campsite; In the afternoon, we will visit the Inca ruins of Wiñayhuayna (Young Forever) often considered the most beautiful Inca Temple.

  • Meals: B – L-D
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,600 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,600 masl
  • Trekking time: 5 – 6 hours

Day 7: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco:

Our reward at the end of our epic 7-day Salkantay Trek Inca Trail is the amazing Panorama as we’ll arrive to the great Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. We will enjoy a 2 hour-guided tour of Machu Picchu and then you will have extra time to explore by yourself; at midday approximately, we will take the bus down to the town of “Aguas Calientes” where you can enjoy your lunch and in the afternoon, we will catch the train back to Cusco and you will be transferred to your Hotel.

Meals: B
Maximum Altitude: 2,750 masl
Minimum Altitude: 2,000 masl
Trekking time: 2 hours

PRICE INFO

THE PRICE FOR SALKANTAY TREK INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU

Daily Departure
Group serveice and private service

 TYPE OF TRAIN  PRICE PER PERSON
 Expedition class  US$ 1,150
 Vistadome class  US$ 1,180
 Hiram Bimgham class  

Private Service Prices

2 people    US$1,250 per person
3 people    US$1,230 per person
4 people    US$1,200 per person
5 people    US$1,180 per person
6+ people    US$1,150 per person

Discounts for Salkantay Trek Inca Trail Machu Picchu

Student Discount: US$40 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
Under 18’s Discount: US$40
Optional Extras:
Sleeping Bag US$40
Walking Pole US$12
Inflatable Mattress US$30
Single Tent Supplement US$45
Personal Porter to carry extra 7kg of personal items US$120

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SALKANTAY  TREK INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU INCLUDES

  • Transportation: Tourist bus from Cusco to Cruzpata (starting point of the trek); Tourist train Expeditions class from “Aguas Calientes” Ollantaytambo; bus down from Machu Picchu to “Aguas Calientes”; transfer to you hotel .
  • Camping equipment: We provide four people capacity tent for two people, brand new four season tents, therm-a-rest, dining room tent, kitchen tent, toiled tent, seats, tables, tent for guides and helpers, kitchen gears.
  • Entrance fee: to the Inca trail and  Machu Picchu.
  • Inca Trail Permits
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts ;6 hot lunches; 6 hot dinners and delicious meals prepared by professional chef food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), we’ll offer vegetarian option if you request; we’ll provide available boil water each morning for your water bottles.
  • Guides: English-speaking professional guides, 2 guides over 8 people.
  • Cook: Professional Chef and Chef’s Assistants.
  • Horses: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears as well to carry your personal items (7kg per person) in duffel bags that we provide; Muleteers.
  • Porters: To carry from Wayllabamba to Machu Picchu all camping gears including your persona duffle bag.
  • Others: First-aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping bag: can be rented in our office for US$ 20 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  • Breakfast: on the first morning. Some hotels offer early morning breakfast service. If not, we’ll stop at Mollepata for your breakfast and also you can buy some items for the trek.
  • Meals: Lunch in the town of “Aguas Calientes” on the final day you must consider a bugged of US$ 15 to 20 in average restaurant.
  • Tips for the staff.

 SALKANTAY TREK INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU MAP

Salkantay Trek Inca Trail Machu Picchu

Experince

Experience for Salkantay Trek

The Salkantay Trek is not a forced march and the pace is always slow, the days generally being shorter than a day hike at home.

We do recommend that you embark on a good fitness programme prior to your trip though, and one that builds up general stamina and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a rucksack to train for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, so the best advice is to get out into the hills as often as you can. You are likely to carry about 4 kilos in your day sack so this is a good weight to work with.

If you are going to be using the gym then concentrate on step machines which work on the thigh and calf muscles, and try to build your heart rate up to 50% above resting rate. Any cardiovascular activity is good, but remembers that swimming will not train the correct muscle groups so it must be added to other exercises to be effective. Exercise groups like body pump, Pilates and aerobic are all excellent preparation for a trek like this, especially those which work on core strength, balance and stability.

Support Team

Salkantay Trek Support team

The horses will carry your main bag up to a maximum weight of 7 kgs and cater for all the group needs, including assisting you if you need to go back down the valley. Unless specifically tenting, all accommodation is in tents which are top quality; except the last night will be in a 3-stars category hotel.

We run our Salkantay Trekss from a permanently staffed office in Cusco and our dedicated team provides an excellent service.

All of the guides have been employed for over ten years with us, and they have been trained to our high standards personally by Director and high altitude trekking leaders. They know how to deal with medical emergencies and speak good English. They are very attentive and after so many years have a good understanding of western needs.

WHY BOO A TOUR WITH US?

If you think all the travel companies are same then it is time you change your concept! Yes, we are different and we don’t just say it, we can prove it! We create, organize and guide all by ourselves! Sunrise Peru Trek has been organizing and guiding travel groups since 1999, and every time we travel, the trips just keep getting better and better! We have been turning the dreams of thousands of our visitors into memories by providing first-class services. We are dedicated to offering our customers the best service and support throughout your journey to Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. With professional and experienced team, there is no better travelling companion than Sunrise Peru Trek Team. Let us enlighten you why we are different!

 

SUNRISE PERU TREK pioneered adventure Company for nearly two decades and we remain committed to small, low-impact groups keen to not just see, but experience our range of remote destinations to Machu Picchu We are one of the Peru’s leading tour operators trusted for professional, efficient, and highly hospitable services. We focus on Treks and Adventure tours to Machu Picchu only, which encourages us to polish our itinerary and improve constantly.


Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek