The joint Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an incredible journey, combining beautiful landscapes and ancient routes. On this Inca Trail, we’ll see many different Inca ruins that will help us understand Andean life and Inca culture. It is said that the Inca nobility took this Inca Trail on their pilgrimage to the Apu Salkantay (the Protector Mountain God). For this reason, this Inca Trail alternative is longer and more interesting than the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4d/3n. This does, however, connect up with the classic Inca Trail on Day 3.
The hike along the Salkantay and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu lasts 6 days and 5 nights, with the final day taking us to Machu Picchu. We’ll enter by the Sun Gate, with its stunning view of Machu Picchu and the entire valley.
Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa
Pick up at 5:00am from your hotel to head to Mollepata and pass through the plains of Anta, which contains the towns of Izcuchaca, Zurite, and Ancahuasi. We then enter the Limatambo Valley and, after 2 hours by bus, arrive at Mollepata to take the breakfast then will continue 30 more minutes to Cruzpata to begin our Salkantay trek. until Soraypampa camping site , we’ll have lunch after it we will have the optional hike to Humantay lake, diner, overnight.
Day 2: Soraypampa – Pampa Japonesa – Canal Inca
Erarly mornign will have the breakfast to start the hike, on this part of the route we will see the snowy Salkantay (6,271m / 20,574ft) at its best. We’ll cross the high pass take in the steep Andean surroundings in Inca Chiriasca after 1 hour of this place will take the lunch, continue walking as we skirt the mountain and descend the Canal Inca to get to the second camp on the same canal, diner, overnight.
Day 3: Canal Inca – Tres Piedras – Runcaracay
We will begin our hike today towards Paucarcancha. Notice the changing scenery and ecology along the way, looking for birds as well other wildlife. Later we will join and walk through the Cusichaca Valley to Runcaracay, on this day of the route, we will connect with the Classic Inca Trail, and spend the night in there.
Day 4: Runkuracay – Pakaymayu – Sayacmarka
This day will be one of hardest days on the Inca Trail. We will ascend steeply and interminably to the first high pass of the route, Warmiwañuska Pass (Dead Woman’s Pass – 4,200m / 13,779ft). Our exertions are rewarded with a feast for the eyes: views of the entire Vilcabamba mountain range. Afterwards, we will walk to Pakaymayu and camp at the ruins site of Sayacmarka.
Day 5: Sayacmarka – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna
We will begin our trek early in the morning along this part of the Inca Trail, crossing the high jungle and seeing beautiful orchids and local animals. We will also see and take time to explore the amazing archeological remains along the Inca Trail, including Phuyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna. In this part of the trek, the temperature begins to increase as we enter a more temperate ecological zone.
Day 6: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
We will wake up at 4:30am for a satisfying breakfast and to begin our walk to be the first ones in Machu Picchu for the sunrise. We will descend through cloud forest into the high Inca jungle ecological zone, inhabited by orchids and many kinds of hummingbirds.
We’ll continue by descending this royal trail until we reach Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. You will have a guided visit of this modern Wonder of the World and will have free time to explore on your own. Then we will take the train and a private bus back to Cusco.
Professional guide (English and Spanish-speaking).
Entrance tickets for the Inca trail and Machu Picchu.
Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
Horses to carry our equipment
Muleteer and Chef
Porter per person during the Inca Trail
Coffee break in the afternoons
5 breakfasts / 6 lunches / 5 dinners
First aid kit and oxygen bottle
Train ticket back to Ollantaytambo.
Bus back to Cusco.
Min 4 – Max 12
What we recommended to bring:
Walking shoes or boots
Rain jacket, hat, sunblock, sunglasse
Extra money but in Nuevos Soles (Peruvian national currency)
U$D. 919.00 p/p
2 – 3 pax
4 – 5 pax
6 – 7 pax
8 – + pax
U$D. 1199.00 p/p
U$D. 1059.00 p/p
U$D. 989.00 p/p
U$D. 919.00 p/p
In the salkantay trek and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu can I hike the Salkantay at any time?
For the Salkantay trek and Inca Trail it is necessary to make a reservation in advance since on this tour on the third day we connect to the classic Inca Trail and to enter you need the permits granted by the government and these spaces are quickly exhausted especially the months between April to November, which is the high season for tourism.
Can I make the Salkantay trek and Inca trail to Machu Picchu by myself?
This tour cannot be done on your own since it connects to the classic Inca Trail and to walk this road you need to have the government authorization and this authorization is only given to authorized agencies such as Inkas Destination.
Can I change my starting date for the Salkantay trek and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?
Once the reservation is made and the date is confirmed, it is subject to availability of spaces for the Inca Trail, the government only releases 500 daily spaces and 300 are for tourists, it will also be communicated in case of paying penalties.
Do we need to take our own sleeping bags and mats?
The sleeping bag is not included in the tour and you need to bring (or hire) a warm sleeping bag with fleece liner, and the mat is included for all tour.
What about Altitude Sickness?
Inkas Destination recommends that all our clients be at least 1 or 2 days before the tour departure in order to acclimate to the altitude, we also recommend drinking coca tea that helps oxygenate the blood, all our guides carry an oxygen balloon to provide our clients if necessary.