Salkantay IncaTrail Machupicchu
This is an alternative trek following the Inca trail to Machupicchu. The Trek usually takes seven days and offers greater contact with local people. The package allows you combine two of the most popular walking routes in the Cusco region which are the Salkantay and Inca Trails. In fact on the fifth day the Salkantay route links up with the famous Inca Trail ending in Machupicchu itself. This Trek is more difficult than the Inca Trail done on its own and involved four days with horses to carry food and equipment. Day five is done with porters as horses are not permitted on the Inca Trail. Enjoy this new and different trekking option with our experienced guides.
- Duration of the trek: 7 Days / 6 Nights
- Distance of the trek: 80 km
- Estimated walking time: 7 to 8 hours
- Season: From March to November
- The maximum height: 4,520m (14,845 ft)
Day 1: Cusco / Mollepata / Markokasa
We will pick you up 6:00am at the hotel, leaving Cusco for the Limatambo valley arriving Mollepata village (2,800m, 9,186 ft.) three hours later. Located high upin the Apurimac valley, this is the start of our walk through the Andean forests. After a couple of hours we reach Marcocasa campsite.
Day 2: Marcocasa / Choquekiclla / Soraypampa
After an early breakfast, we start walking up towards Soraypampa Andean community (4,000m, 13,123 ft). Along the way we have the chance to enjoy the view of the majestic Salkantay and Humantay sacred mountains, capped with snow.
Day 3: Soraypampa / Pampa Japonesa / Canal Inca
On this day we will reach the highest point of the route (4,520m, 14,845 ft) where we will have the opportunity to enjoy the extraordinary and marvelous snow covered mountain named Salkantay (5,600m, 18,372 ft). After a short break in the pass we descend toward the Inca Canal.
Day 4: Inca Canal / Tres Piedras / Llulluchapampa
Walking along the Inca Canal, it leads us to Paucarcancha and Llulluchapampa where we will camp.
Day 5: Llulluchapampa / Pakaymayu / Sayacmarka
Today we climb up to the second highest pass of the route which is Warmiwañuska, at 4,200m (13,780 ft). Afterwards we descend to Pakaymayu Valley and then to Sayacmarka campsite.
Day 6: Sayacmarka / Phuyupatamarca / Wiñaywayna
We walk through marvelous scenery in where we will visit several remaining Inca sites.
Day 7: Wiñaywayna / Machupicchu / Cusco
Very early in the morning we will start the walk to Intipunku (The Sun Gate) where we get the first striking view of Machupicchu itself. We will enjoy a guided tour and then a bus down to Aguas Calientes, where we take the train back to Cusco.
Price for shared service: $ 590 per person (adult)
Included / Not included
- Hotel pick-up in Cusco
- Private bus transportation from Cusco to Mollepata (where we start the hiking)
- Professional Bilingual tour leader (two leaders for groups over 8 people)
- Porters and horses to carry the company's stuff
- Cook and meals (6 breakfasts / 6 lunches / 6 dinners)
- Camping equipment (tents, mattresses, tables, chairs, kitchen tent and dinning tent)
- First aid kit and Oxygen
- Entrance fees to Inca Trail and Machupicchu
- Bus down ticket from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
- Breakfast on first day and lunch on day four
- Tips for crew (tour leader, cooks and porters)
- Sleeping bag (can be hired in our office $3 per day)
- Entrance to visit the hot spring in Aguas Calientes town (10 soles)
- Porter and horses to carry your personal items 12 kilograms ($70)
- Vistadome train service ($50 plus)
We recommend bringing
- Backpack and sleeping bag
- Hiking shoes or boots
- Rain coat or poncho
- Warmth clothes
- Insect repellent
- Sun block, sun glasses and hat
- Water bottle
- Water purifying tables
- Flash light and knife
- Towel and toilet paper
- Snacks (chocolates, candies, cookies, etc)
- Personal first aid kit
- Extra national currency (soles)
- ISIC Card for students