Salcantay Trek & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - 7 Days

Salcantay Trek Inca Trail is decorated with some of highest peak and deepest gorge of Cusco region in Peru; between Salcantay, “Umantay” mountains and “Vilcanota” range. Salcantay Trek Inca Trail is the less crushed trek to Machu Picchu. Here we get the higher chance to see some those mammals which are worlds rare and endangered like; spectacle bear, dears, Vicuñas and Pumas. This trek gives the dramatic altitude changing from start to end.

The Salcantay Trek Inca Trail leads to you to the attractive village of wild diversity of different ethnic group inhabitant, offering the majestic views of Salcantay, Hullunku and “Qesqha”. The highest pass on this trek is at 5,200m.(Inca “Chiriasqha”) After crossing the pass, the trail starts to descend to Wayllabamba where it joins to the traditional Inca Trail, then continues through the original Inca Trail until Machu Picchu.

The Salcantay Trek Inca Trail is an amazing adventure that combines the diversity of spectacular views of the Vilcabamba mountain range and also a chance to encounter vast number of ethnics during our journey. The highlights of Salcantay Trek Inca Trail are mainly the Salkantay peak, Umantay Peak, Inca Chiriasqha pass, the scenic Inca Trail, The Inca ruins along the trail the stunning Machu Picchu the forests with an abundance of wildlife, majestic waterfalls, including many other natural experiences.

This seven-day Salcantay Trek Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the best trekking route if you are interested in variable mountain sceneries, traditions and history; it takes you to cross the entire Mountain Range of “Vilcabamba”; et the end of the trek you’ll explore the Inca icon of Machu Picchu. Salcantay Trek Inca Trail starts in the zone of “Markukasa” then continues by the shadows of the impressive snow-capped mountain of Salcantay (6,271 masl), interacting with its inhabitants and explore its forgotten Inca ruins of Pampaccahuana and Paucarcancha.

On day fourth, you’ll join to the Classic Inca Trail at the zone of Wayllabamba which is the first campsite for Inca Trail trekkers; from here, we’ll continue through the Inca Trail that runs over the mountains and the stunning cloud forest. The last day very early, we’ll head toward Inti punku or the Sun Gate to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu (if weather is good) later you’ll have two hours of tour within Machu Picchu, enjoy a free time within Machu Picchu and in the afternoon return to Cusco by train.

SALCANTAY MOUNTAIN

Salcantay is glacier-capped summit worshipped for thousands of years by local Indians. The name Salkantay is a Quechua word meaning “Savage Mountain or wild”. It is one of the highest peaks in the Andes, and the twelfth highest in Peru; through it is running the Salcantay Trek. However, as a range high point in deeply incised terrain, it is the second most topographically prominent peak in the country, after the mountain range of Huascaran.

Mountain of Salkantay was first climbed in 1952 by a French-American expedition comprising Fred D. Ayres, David Michael, Jr., John C. Oberlin, W. V. Graham Matthews, Austen F. Riggs, George I. Bell, Claude Kogan, M. Bernard Pierre, and Jean Guillemin. All except Oberlin, Riggs, and Guillemin made the summit.Two years later Fritz Kasparek fell through a cornice near the summit on the NE ridge.

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 1: Drive from Cusco to Markukasa and trek to Soraypampa camp

Four-hour bus journey to from Cusco to Mollepata and trek over Markukasa Pass until Soraypapa Camp.

Meals included: L-D
Accommodation: Camping

Day 2: Trek to Sisaypampa camp

Today will be the hardest day because the highest pass of Inca Chiriasqha (5,200 masl); but you will be rewarded with stunning mountain scenery.

Meals included: B-L-D
Accommodation: Camping

Day 3: Trek to Paucarcancha camp

Today, we will trek down through Paucarkancha Valley whit the presence of high mountain vegetation and different species of hummingbirds.

Meals included: B-L-D
Accommodation: Camping

Day 4: Trek to Llulluchapampa camp

Trek one hour to Huayllabamba; here, we join the official Inca Trail Route to Machu Picchu and we change the horses with porters to carry our staff because horses are not allow on the Inca Trail.

Meals included: B-L-D
Accommodation: Camping

Day 5: Trek to Chakiccocha camp

We’ll trek toward the Dead Woman Pass (4,200 masl) in the morning and in the afternoon, we’ll trek over Runkuraqhy pass (4,000 masl); our lunch will serve in between at the Pacaymayu Valley.

Meals included: B-L-D
Accommodation: Camping

Day 6: Trek to Wiñaywayna camp

Today, we’ll trek through the cloud forest and warm weather with the presence of thick vegetation, flowers, birds and hummingbirds.

Meals included: B-L-D
Accommodation: Camping

Day 7: Explore Machu Picchu

Early start toward Machu Picchu to see the sunrise and explore before the crowd arrive from Cusco at midday; in the afternoon, we’ll return to Cusco.

Meals included: B

Day 1
Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa

Seven-day Salcantay Trek Inca Trail to Machu Picchu begins at 06:30 a.m once we pick you up from your hotel in our private transport and travel to the town of Mollepata (2,800 masl) for approximately 3 hours; along the way, we will see small communities and we will stop to see the farming lands of Limatambo and the Inca Ruins of Tarawasi an exceptional Inca Temple with one of the finest examples of Inca polygonal masonry situated in a long retaining wall. In Mollepata, you can purchase some items for the trek; and then, we’ll start the trek toward the Marcukasa pass with splendid views of the Apurimac Canyon and the mountain chains of Vilcabamba. In the afternoon, we’ll descend toward our campsite located at Soraypampa (3,800 masl).

Meals: B-L-D

Accommodation: Camping

Maximum Altitude: 2,800 masl

Minimum Altitude: 3,800 masl

Distance Travelled: 14 kms

Approximate Walking Time: Total hours of walk: 7-8 hours

Day 2
Soraypampa - Inca Chiriasqha Pass - Sisaypampa

Today is the hardest day because the highest Pass of Incachiriasqha 5,200 masl; the trek begins at 07:00 a.m with a gentle climbing to Salkantay pampa then the trail continues zigzag up to Pampa-Japonesa (Japanese Climbers Base-camp set 3 decades ago) hiking through the pass of Incachiriasqha close to the mountain’s eternal snowcaps; after 5 hours of walk, we’ll arrive to Incachiriasqha Pass (5,200 meters) where you will be rewarded with stunning views of the majestic snow-peaks of Humantay, Tucarhuay, Chullunku and Soray. After good rests, we’ll continue descending until Sisaypampa Camp (3,790 masl), at this section, we’ll enjoy the imposing Andean topography, quiet and cozy place where you can see herds of llamas, alpacas and with luck we might see the Andean Condor.

Meals: B-L-D

Accommodation: Camping

Maximum Altitude: 5,200 masl

Minimum Altitude: 3,800 masl

Distance Travelled: 16 kms

Approximate Walking Time: Total hours of walk: 8-9 hours

Day 3
Sisaypampa - Paucarcancha

Today is easy and beautiful day because the downwards and the unique vegetation. We’ll start at 07:00 a.m. After enjoying breakfast, we’ll start the trek down to Pampaccahuana community where we can enjoy the Inca Channel still in use by the local people for the agriculture; then, we’ll continue through the high Andean Valley where we can enjoy great variety of birds and hummingbirds. Our camp will be near Paucarcacha Inca ruins which we will explore the next day.

Meals: B-L-D

Accommodation: Camping

Maximum Altitude: 3,800 masl

Minimum Altitude: 3,200 masl

Distance Travelled: 14 kms

Approximate Walking Time: Total hours of walk: 7-8 hours

Day 4
Paucarcancha - Wayllabamba - Llulluchapampa

Today, we will enter into the popular Inca Trail that connects our trek to the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We’ll trekking at 07:30 a.m one hour walk down to Wayllabamba (3,000 masl) community; here you can purchase some items for the rest of the trek here also is where our muleteers return home with their mules and fresh porters will welcome us to continue the trek carrying our gear, equipment and food. From Wayllabamba, we’ll start a gentle climbing for two hours to Ayapata where our lunch will be served. In the afternoon, we’ll continue climb the steep part of the Llulluchayoq Valley past a rushing stream and through enchanted native polylepis woodland. Our camp is located at two hours before Dead Woman Pass (4,200 masl) with splendid views.

Meals: B-L-D

Accommodation: Camping

Maximum Altitude: 3,000 masl

Minimum Altitude: 3,800 masl

Distance Travelled: 10 kms

Approximate Walking Time: Total hours of walk: 6-7 hours

Day 5
Llulluchapampa - Pakaymayu – Chakiccocha

We’ll start the trek at 07:00 a.m and we’ll continue up to the pass of “Abra Warmihuañusca” or Dead woman Pass (4,200 masl/13,776 ft) two hours from the camp, here we will rest and enjoy the views up many mountains some with snow and low several valleys. Then, we’ll descend for two hours by the restored Inca Trail with many steps down to Pacaymayo valley where the lunch will be served. In the afternoon, we´ll continue to climb toward the other pass, the “Abra Runkurakay” (3,970 masl/13,022 ft); half-way up, we’re gonna stop to visit the archaeological complex of Runkuraqhay which probably was stopping place for the Chaskis or Inka messengers.

Runkuraqhay is located at 3,800 masl and consists of a small oval structure; after we’ll explore and continue toward the pass from where one can see the Pumassillu snow mountain (5,650 masl) and “La Veronica” (5,750 masl); after a good rest, we’ll descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter in the cloud forest where is located Sayacmarka Inca Ruins: This is a beautiful complex made up of a semi-circular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Only 20 minutes away is Chakiccocha camp, where we will set up our campsite. Chakcicocha offers awesome views of the neighbouring mountain ranges at sunrise and sunset.

Meals: B-L-D

Accommodation: Camping

Maximum Altitude: 3,600 masl

Minimum Altitude: 4,200 masl

Distance Travelled: 15 kms

Approximate Walking Time: Total hours of walk: 8-9 hours

Day 6
Chakiccocha – Phuyupatamarka – Wiñaywayna

Today will be easy day, we’ll start the trek at 07:00 a.m; two hours after we arrive to the Inca Temple of Phuyupatamarka from where we’ll descend approximately 3,200 Inca steps through the cloud forest until we reach the impressive Inca Complex of Wiñaywayna, rush vegetation of bamboos and flowers at this cloud forest terrain at Wiñaywayna there are fountains and stairways that spillins down the mountainside. Wiñaywayna means young forever it’s the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail, at this Inca sites you’ll have time to explore and have a guided tour. Our camp will be near this extraordinary Inca temple.

Meals: B-L-D

Accommodation: Camping

Maximum Altitude: 3,600 masl

Minimum Altitude: 2,600 masl

Distance Travelled: 10kms

Approximate Walking Time: Total hours of walk: 6-7 hours

Day 7
Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu – Cusco

We’ll start the trek at 05:00 a.m, we’ll head – equipped with our flashlights – to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku from where you watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (if weather is good); then, we’ll continue 45 minutes down to Machu Picchu; once we arrive to Machu Picchu, we will take pictures and then we’re gonna start the guided tour for two hours during which you will enjoy its spiritual charm. Thereafter, you will have enough time to explore the archeological site on your own. Most of the tourist finishes at 12:30 p.m time to take bus down the bus to THE town of “Aguas Calientes” where you can enjoy your lunch and in the afternoon, we will take the train and return to Cusco at around 04:30 p.m arriving to Cusco by 09.00 p.m approximately.

Meals: B

Accommodation: Camping

Maximum Altitude: 2,750 masl

Minimum Altitude: 2,400 masl

Distance Travelled: 5 kms

Approximate Walking Time: Total hours of walk: 2 hours

The Trip Cost includes

  • Transportation: Tourist bus from Cusco to Mollepata starting point of the trek and tourist train expeditions class from "Aguas Calientes" to Cusco; bus down from Machu to "Aguas Calientes".
  • 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 Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
  • 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 offer vegetarian option if you request; we provide available boil water each morning for your water bottles.
  • Guides: English-speaking professional guides, 2 guides over 8 people.
  • Chef: 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.
  • Others: First-aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle.

The price Not Includes

  • Sleeping bag: can be rented in our office for US$ 30 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.
  • Entrance to the thermal baths in "Aguas Calientes" (optional) US$ 3.
  • Tips for the staff. Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

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Price From USD 1 USD $ 1,050/person
1050
Total $ 1,050 USD

Trip Facts

  • min: 2 - Max: 8
  • Max: 5,200masl
  • Machu Picchu in Peru
  • Challenge Salkantay Trek begins in the zone of “Soraypampa” 3:30 hours drive west of Cusco, Peru. We pass the village of Ancahuasi, Limatambo and Mollepata
  • Cusco hotel
  • Moderate to challenge
  • Camping

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