This 6 day Salkantay trek and Inca Trail Expeditions is one of the great challenging hikes through the Peruvian Andes. The wonderful Salkantay trek and Inca Trail Expeditions offer the most varied and scenic trekking trail in the proximity of Machu Picchu. It combines part of the two most popular treks in the region of Cusco. It starts going around the Mt Salkantay and then it joins to the Classic Inca trail.
After 3 days of hike we will join to the extraordinary Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu. This Inca trail Marathon will give you the chance to experience the Icy glaciers, high mountain passes, cloud forest and Inca sites. At the end of the Inca Trail expeditions finally it will brings us into the magical legendary lost city of the Incas “Machu Picchu”. This Inca Trail expeditions is available from April to November.
In the morning of departure for the Inca Trail expeditions travelers will be picked up from the hotel. We then travel for 2 hours until we arrive to the town of Mollepata, where we will have a short stop to have breakfast at a local restaurant. We leave Mollepata and continue traveling for one more hour by bus to arrive in Challacancha the trail-head for the Inca Trail expeditions. At this point we will meet the horseman (wranglers) and the rest of the crew, before we start with the spectacular Salkantay trek and Inca Trail.
There will be constant views of Mt Salkantay and Humantay on our way to Soraypampa, which is the first camp for the classic Salkantay trekkers, we will pass Soraypampa and hike up for 2 more hours to arrive to Salcantaypampa for lunch. In the afternoon we will walk for two hours uphill to reach our campsite at Ichupata in the proximity of Mt Salkantay.
After breakfast, we will start hiking uphill for approximately 3 hours to reach the highest point of the entire Inca Trail expeditions. This pass is called Inca Chiriyaska(16.500ft) it has a stunning views of all the tall mountains around, after we enjoy the spectacular scenery, we will start descending down the other side of Salkantay with direction of Sisaypampa, where our chef will provide us a delicious lunch. In the afternoon we will hike down for two hours to reach the camp at Pampacahuana village.
The day begins with a delicious breakfast. We will continue descending through a small valley for approx. 3 hours until we arrive to Paucarcancha, which is an extraordinary Inca fortress. we will have a guided tour at Paucarcancha to learn all the Inca history an especially about this beautiful site. This is the beginning of the Machu Picchu National Sanctuary and the end of Salkantay Trek, after to have lunch at Paucarcancha village, we will check in to the classic Inca trail. We then start our 3 hour intense hike uphill until we reach the camp at Llulluchapampa.
Breakfast is served by our professional chef and then we continue with the Inca Trail expeditions, hiking uphill for 2 hours toward the highest point of the Inca Trail Marathon called Dead Woman’s Pass (13800ft). Depending on the season, travelers can enjoy a very scenic view from here. We will have 2 hour downhill walk to Pacaymayo, where we will enjoy a relaxing lunch.
In the afternoon, we will ascend to 12980ft to reach the Runkurakay Pass. Here we will celebrate our victory of reaching one of the last high mountain tops. On the way down, we will stop to visit a couple remarkable Inca sites located close by the camp. after to walk across we will arrive at our campsite at Chaquicocha.
After breakfast, we will walk through the head of the spectacular Cloud Forest, before we visit Phuyupatamarka Inca site. On the way down, we will have the opportunity to see some varieties of orchids, ferns and mossy trees as part of the sub-tropical cloud forest, we will also have chance to enjoy the wonderful view of the impressive mountains around Machu Picchu. after walking for a couple hours into the lush forest, we will arrive to Intipata, another remarkable Inca farming place. We will break for lunch at the camp and then head out for a 10 minute walk, which will lead us to Wiñaywayna, a beautiful and very well preserve Inca ruin, considered a preview to Machu Picchu.
We begin our journey very early, as it is the most important day of the entire Inca Trail Marathon via Salkantay trek. After breakfast, we will leave the campsite at 5:30 a.m. and hike to Machu Picchu. Our total hike is approx. 2 hours We will first pass by the Sun gate (Intipunku) before we arrive to our final destination; this is a fenomenal point of Machu Picchu. It is a “must take” picture opportunity as we continue our trek downward.
Upon our arrival to Machu Picchu, we will take pictures and the guide will show us the most important places located in the area. Our guided tour concludes and you will have some free time to explore the site by yourself. At scheduled time, we will take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes for Lunch. In the afternoon, we board the train to Ollantaytambo and take the bus back to Cusco. End of the Inca Trail expeditions.
Note: The reservations for this trek are exactly the same as the Classic Inca Trail. The trek permits are limited by the government office, so be aware and secure your booking well in advance! We recommend you taking this trek between April and November. For any additional information, we invite you to contact us.