Salkantay Expedition & Inca Trail 7D/6N
The 7 Day salkantay Expedition – Inca Trail offers you the chance to enjoy a mix of both the Salkantay Trek and the Inca Trail combined. Starting on the Salkantay trekking and the route diverges just before Salkantay Pass and instead goes over the Incachiriaska Pass (Frozen Inca Pass) which take you down to the village of Wayllabamba where you join the Inca Trail and continue on to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate.
You really will enjoy the amazing Salkantay trip, stunning mountains makes beautiful landscape, the flora and fauna are very impressive.
Salkantay Expedition – Overview
- Starting altitude – 9515ft. / 2900m
- Highest altitude – 16,496ft. / 5028m
- Walking distance – 43miles / 75km
- Longest day – Day 2, approximately 9.9 miles / 16km
- Coldest night – Day 2 around 0° Celsius
- Overall difficulty – very difficult
Salkantay Expedition – Itinerary
Day 1 Cusco- Cruz Pata – Salkantaypampa
Very early in the morning we will peak you up from your hotel, and then we will travel on our private buss to the trailhead of Cruspata (3300m / 10,826ft.) We very quickly will repack our hiking staff before we begin this adventure trip, we will go on a gentle route for three hours until Soraypampa (3800m / 12,388ft.) there we will have our lunch with amazing towering Humantay Mountain, by the afternoon we will continue trekking for two more hour until Salkantay pampa (4000m / 13123ft.) our campsite. Along the route you really enjoy the amazing landscape.
DAY 2 Salkantaypamapa – Paso Salkantay – Sisaypampa
Today is going to be a spectacular adventure for us, early by 06.30 in the morning after a hot breakfast we begin with a gentle climbing to Pampa-Japonesa (Japanese Climbers Base-camp set 3 decades ago), after 4 hours hiking through the pass of Salkantay close to the snowcaped Mountain we will reach the Incachiriaska Pass located at (5200m / 17060ft.) This pass is a wonderful spot for sightseeing because it is surrounded by majestic snow-peaks such as Humantay (5217m), Tucarhuay (5450m) and Soray (5428m), the Cusichaca valley, lakes and moraines. After the pass we will start descending all the way down for 20 minutes to Ichupata (Andean grass place) where we will stop for Lunch, afterward we will continue descending until Sisay pampa Campsite (3790m / 12434ft.) at this section we will be able to fully appreciate and take in the imposing Andean topography, very quiet and cozy place where you can see Llamas, Alpacas and condors. Campsite is near the local kid’s school.
DAY 3 Sisaypampa – Paucarcancha
From the campsite after breakfast we start our trekking descending in a beautiful valley with native flowers and amazing views for 3 hours to Pampacahuana community near the Incan canals restored few years ago by Kendall Project, helping the local farmers and shepherds, we get to stop for our lunch, and then we continue the final 3 hour to Paucarcancha an old Inca site where we will stop for some history leson, pictures and also this is where we will set up our camp for tonight.
DAY 4 Paucarcancha – Llulluchapampa
After breakfast we start walking down to Wayllabamba (3000m / 9842ft), today we will enter into the national Park, connecting our trek to the famous Inca trail to Machupicchu. Our porters will welcome us to continue the Inca trail, we start our gentle climbing 3 to 4 hours to Llulluchapampa (3800m / 12467ft.) Valley past a rushing stream and through enchanted native polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes and look back to the sweeping snow peaks and valleys of the Huayanay mountain. Llulluchapampa is a spectacular campsite, probably we might be the unique campers at this amazing site. Time for pictures and relax because we will arrive 1 hour before it gets dark.
DAY 5 Llulluchapampa – Chaquicocha
Today is fairly a big adventure as we have to make our way over 2 passes, luckily we’ve camped fairly close to the first so it’s not as hard as for most Inca Trailers who are camped in the valley far below. The highest point of the Inca Trail is (4200m / 13780ft.) Dead Woman pass.
Today we will travel with fantastic views, we see the high mountain ranges as we cross the 2 passes and will have the chance to visit 2 Inca sites (Runcuraccay and Sayacmarca), we will also see a variety of plants and Animals, as we are arriving to the area known as the cloud forest. Our campsite tonight is at Chaquicocha (3600m / 11800ft) which is one of the quietest campsites and affords beautiful views of the sunsetting over the mountains.
DAY 6: Chaquicocha – Wiñaywayna
today we travel relatively short distance, we hike on the most preserved path along what is known as Inca flat (gentle ascents and descents) we get to enjoy the lush and verdant cloud forest and spectacular views of the Andes.
We will visit 3 Inca sites (Phuyupatamarca, intipata, and Winay Wayna) this is by far one of the most impressive days of the trekking. Our campsite for tonight is Wiñay Wayna (2680m / 8792ft), this is a beautiful place to enjoy our free afternoon and get to have an extended guided tour of Wiñaywayna the most beautiful and intersting inca site from the whole trip.
DAY 7 Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu
On our last day trekking we will wake up at 03:30 in the morning, and after breakfast we will quickly go to the last check point from our trip, as soon as we pass the control gate we start our one hour hike to the sun gate, once we arrive there you will have the first view of Machu Picchu, it is the main entrance to the amazing lost city of the Incas, At this point we can relax for a while, taking pictures, and finally we continue all the way down to reach the recognized as one of the seventh wonders of the world.
It was just a legend for long time, until 1911 when the American explorer Hiram Bingham discovered it only after many expeditions in the area. Machu Picchu rises to a height of 2430 meters above sea level, in the middle of a tropical forest sourronded by extraordinary mountains. It was without any doubt one of the most amazing hand works. Its massive buildings, terraces and temples are a masterpiece. we will have a guided tour for about two hours; visiting the most impressive temples, and palaces of this beautiful Inca city, and then you have extra time to explore by yourself. After enjoy Machu Picchu we take the Buss to Aguas Calientes town, and then cash the train back to cusco. At the schedule time, our transfer will be waiting at the train station, and transfer you in hotel.
Additional options: If your legs, lungs and energy still hold up after our seven days hiking, it may be possible to climb the peak of Huayna Picchu, behind the main site. However, a special permit is required and it is issued in limited quantities. So if you are interested book at the same time with your trek.
What is Included on the Salkantay trekking?
Inka Trail Explorer includes the transfer from the aiport to the hotel, on your arrival in Cusco aiport one of our representative well be waiting for you with the Inka Trail Explorer Logo.
Professional Tour Guide
Our staff of professional tour Guides, they studied tourism and English at University. They all are passionate in the history, archeology, and also in the astronomy, they always will be happy teaching you about their heritage.
The night before the Salkantay hike, your guide will give you all detailed information about your trek schedule, an also you will get your duffel bag, which is to fix your personal belongings no more than 7kg / 14lbs you have to include your sleeping bag and air matt in case you have or rented
Depending on the number of the hikers in the group is the amount of porters, this People are in charge to transport all the camping equipment, food supplies and your personal duffel bags along the Classic Inca Trail.
We do use horses for the first 4 days of our Trek, not being allowed for the classic Inca trail. Horses are going to carry all camping equipment, food supplies and your duffel bags. Also we include an emergency horse for the Salkantay trekking, if you feel tire or just need a break, an emergency horse is waiting for you
All the transportation is included on this trip. From the beginning of your hike to the end of your hike, our train service is expedition class it can be upgraded to the Vistadome train.
Our camping equipment is from the best quality and very comfortable, each Tent will be shared by 2 people, except if you request for a single tent, we provide spacious dining tent and kitchen tent.
Our amazing and experienced chefs, they prepare all the meals and they make magic happens in the midle of the mountains in a small tent over a single flame. Always taking care of our customer’s health we provide all natural and fresh vegetables and selected meat proper from andes of Peru. We honor all food restrictions, but you should mention as soon as you are booking your hike. Food is served family style and you will enjoy our traditional dishes from Peru and Cusco. Every day in the morning your chef will provide you a snack to enjoy while you are trekking.
Beginning from your first lunch antil your last breakfast, we will supply all the water you need. The water you will get from us is straight from the glaciars and streams, it will be boiled, filtered and cooled before it will be distributed. You must bring your own water bottles or camel back. Highly recommended carring about 3L wort, you have the chance to refill your bottle every day at each meal.
Not Included on the Salkantay Trekking
You really need a sleeping bag when you choose the camping option. Most of our campsites are above (3,500m /11,390ft) it can be cold. We highly recommend bring Sleeping bag for -10C (it can be rented from us).
Inflatable Air Matt
It is optional but it helps in getting a good sleep, (it can be rented from us). but, if you have your own, we highly recommend bring with you.
Highly recommended. It helps to keep your valance especially when you go steep downhill and it must have a rubber tip when bringing your own, if you do not have (it can be rented from us)
Huayna Picchu Mountain
This amazing mountain stands behind Machu Picchu; the views from the top are spectaculars. It takes 45 minutes to reach the top and 45 minutes back down it is quite steep. If you are interested to experience this adventure you need to book in advance, and also we highly recommend climb this Mountain in the second group which is at 10am and you have more chance to get better view.
Is not Included the breakfast from day first, but we get to stop in Mollepata a beautiful town, where you can buy your breakfast before we continue this adventure.
After the tour in Machu Picchu we get to stop in Aguas Calientes and you can enjoy your lunch before you catch the train back to Cusco.
Salkantay Expeditions – Prices
We warmly welcome to you, and we really want to make the best experience for you on this adventure trip. Our departure treks can be any day of the week as long as permits remain with the government; permits are only needed for your start date.
Price:USD 950 Per Person – Group Service
A group Service means that it is open to other people to join you. Your group will have varying hiking and fitness abilities. All our guides are experts on how to keep the hike moving and happy no matter how fast you go.
Private Tour Service is available and priced by party size
The Salkantay trek + Inca Trail is the best trek to Machu Picchu, even better if you do just with your friends or loved ones. Our private trek can start with any size and we will do all our best to make unforgetable experience for you.
- 2 Hikers US$1150 per person
- 3 Hikers US$1050 per person
- 4 Hikers US$940 per person
- 5 Hikers US$900 per person
- 6 Hikers US850 per person
- 7+ Hikers US$800 per person
Student Discount: US$40 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
Student Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to email@example.com
Salkantay Expeditions – Optional Extras
- Sleeping Bag US$35
- Walking Pole US$12
- Inflatable Mattress US$35
- Single Tent Supplement US$35
- Vistadome train.- (One Way): $65 per person
- Huynapicchu.- $65 per person
Additional Free Tours
If you are traveling with the family or friends and you are 4 or more people in your group, you automatically get for free one of our additional tours what you like more from the List down below. Plese, we do not include the entrance feeds, we include the transportation and a professional tour guide.
Do not worry single travelers, if you book any treks with us, you get a special discounts on any of our additional tours
- South Valley tour
- Maras Moray Tour
- Sacred Valley Tour
- Cusco City Tour
Salkantay Inca Trail – Packing List
- Valid, GREEN ISIC card (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)
What I need to pack In may Duffle Bag?
Remember you are packing for 6 nights of camping. Horses and Porters will carry up to 8 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3.5 kg.
- 4 wicking t-shirts
- 3 hiking pants
- 5 sets of undergarments.
- 5 sets of hiking socks
- 2 Fleece
- 1 Warm, down jacket: this trek includes 4 cold nights camping
- 1 wool hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Walking boots
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might enjoy something a little larger.
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean
- Battery Charger: There is not place to plug in while trekking!
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- 1 Rain jacket and pants
- Face moisturizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medication
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
Should I need bring my own Daypack?
We highly recommend bring your onw daypack and it can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend small one and pack in the list from down below. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25L will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside citadel gates.
Original Passport, GREEN ISIC card (if you booked as a student)Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)Good daypack (the smaller, the better)Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won’t have time to filter water until your first lunch.
- Bug spray
- Rain gear
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Personal medication
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Salkantay & Inca Trail – Booking
How to book
It’s always better contact us directly and confirm with our team before your booking. Once you are ready, please fill in our Booking Form and pay the Deposit of $200 US per person. Our office will email you back that day with your confirmation. We always send out confirmations, so if you don’t hear from us, check your spam or contact our office and we will resend.
We are so excited to take you on the Inca Trail and thank you for your trust in us.
We Are: Inka Trail Explorer
We are an adventure tour company; we operate treks on the Inca trail, Salkantay, Ausangate, as well as to Choquekirao and Lares. We provide adventures with authentic life, changing experiences in each of our treks. We ensure the quality of our trips, by operating our own programs in Cusco