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Salkantay adventure via Inca Trail, 4 day

Salkantay Adventure Peru

The 4 day Salkantay adventure via Inca Trail, allows hikers to combine the 2 most popular treks of Cusco region in one single trip. This Salkantay adventure goes to the Sacred Valley. It  gives you the opportunity to connect part of the Classic Salkantay trek with the beginning portion of the Classic Inca Trail.

The Salkantay adventure begins following the regular path of Salkantay trek. But instead of following the path to Santa Teresa Valley, we will trek up to the right side of Apu Salkantay to the pass called Incachiriaska (16100 ft.). Afterwards following a beautiful valley, the trail will take us along the Cusichaca river. On the third day of the hike we will connect to the Classic Inca trail and hike it in opposite direction into the Sacred Valley.

Salkantay adventure – Highlights:

  • Amazing mountain scenery
  • High Mountain passes
  • Typical Andean Villages
  • Impressive Inca sites and  Inca trails.
  • Snow capped mountains.
  • The very attractive Mt Salkantay
  • Train ride to Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu the lost city of the Incas


Salkantay adventure – Overview

  • First day : Cusco – Soraypampa – Ichupata
  • Second day : Ichupata- Incachiriasca – Paucarcancha
  • Third day: Paucarcancha- km82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
  • Fourth day : Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu –  Cusco.


Salkantay adventure – Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Ichupata 

Travelers will be picked up from the hotel in Cusco and have a scenic bus drive of 3 hours to Mollepata. At Mollepata we will have the opportunity of buying breakfast at the local houses. Along this first portion of the drive there will be magnificent views of Salkantay and Humantay Mountains. It is possible to observe lush forest and the farming fields of locals growing potatoes, quinoa, Lima beans, etc.

Arriving at Soraypampa (3,800 m/12,467 ft) the trail-head for the Salkantay adventure. Here we will meet our support staff, who will assist us with everything for our trek. Our luggage will be loaded on the horses. We will definitely hike up to the stunning Umantay Lake. After to enjoy the beauty and taking pictures, we come back down to Soraypampa. We then start hiking the other valley up.

The hike from Soraypampa to Salkantaypampa will be approximately for 2 hours. After lunch we will hike uphill for 3 more hours to arrive to Ichupata. We camp here for the night.

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 12 km / 7 ½ miles
  • Estimate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,800 m/12,467 ft
  • Highest elevation: 4,300 m / 14,104 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Day 2: Ichupata – Incachiriasca – Paucarcancha

After a nutritious breakfast, we will begin the 3 hour hike towards the Incachiriasca pass (4950m/16100ft). This is the highest point of the entire Salkantay adventure. There will be constant views of Apu Salkantay and glacial moraines around. We will be stopping at the pass to take pictures and enjoy the astonishing view of the area.

The downhill hike to Sisaypampa is 2 hours for lunch.  At this portion of the hike we might see Andean Condors.  Also will be possible to see some animals such as llamas, alpacas, and cows as the farm of the locals. From here is still visible the Mt Salkantay and the beautiful scenery.

After lunch the hike is 3 hours downhill towards the Paucarcancha community (3,200 m / 10,636 ft). Following a beautiful valley, we will pass an original Inca canal and we overnight at Paucarcancha.

  • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 14 km / 8 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136
  • Highest elevation: 4,850 m / 15,908 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Day 3: Paucarcancha – Huayllabamba – KM 82  – Aguas Calientes

After an early breakfast you will have the opportunity of exploring the ruins of Paucarcancha. The hike today is downhill for 5 hours until we reach Km 82. We take the beginning part of the classic Inca trail. Along the way we will see the Inca sites of Willkaraqay and Llactapata. At our arrival to km 82 our chef will be awaiting for us with a delicious lunch.

After lunch we will be picked up by our private van at Km 82 and transported to Ollantaytambo (2,792 m/9,158 ft). Here we will catch the train to Aguas Calientes.

When you arrive to Aguas Calientes you will check in to your hotel. In the evening dinner will be in one of the restaurants in the town.

  • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lodging: Hotel
  • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136 ft
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,792 m/9,158 ft
  • Distance to walk: 16 km/ 10 miles
  • Estimated walking time: 6 ½ to 8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

You will have breakfast at your hotel and then we take a bus (5:30am)to Machu Picchu. We will see the magnificent sunrise. Once there you will be given a 2 hour walking tour of the site.

After the guided tour you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu. In the afternoon you will return to Aguas Calientes by bus.

From Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From the train station you will be transferred to Cusco and drop off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft


What’s included in Salkantay adventure?

  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel in Cusco
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco, the morning of Salkantay adventure departure
  • Horseman’s and horses to carry our camping and kitchen equipment
  • English Speaking Professional Guide
  • 4 Season tents, with 2 to 3 people capacity.
  • Therma-Rest self-inflating mattress
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 suppers included
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Expedition Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (day 4)
  • Return Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from the Train Station to your hotel in Cusco
  • Accommodation for one night in Aguas Calientes (last night)
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu

What is not included in Salkantay adventure?

  • Sleeping bag.( you can hire it in our office)
  • Walking poles( you can hire it in our office)
  • Breakfast on the first day and Lunch at Aguas Calientes.
  • Tips (Cook, horseman and guide)
  • Transfer in/out in Cusco
  • Travel insurance, international airfares, domestic flights, Airport departure taxes
  • Entrance fee to Wayna Picchu Mountain

What you need to take for Salkantay adventure

  • Original Passport is required for Salkantay Adventure
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots are suggested for Salkantay adventure
  • Waterproof jacket,pants / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Flash light
  • Spare batteries

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