Salkantay Inca Trail Trek – Inca Trail Salkantay Trek
Are you confused about choosing Salkantay Trek or Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? You can have the best of both on this six-day Salkantay Inca Trail Trek. It is popularly known as the Inca Trail Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu at once.
Salkantay Trek offers more of a high-altitude experience. You will be witnessing the beauty of the Peruvian highlands. While Inca Trail provides an insight into the Inca civilization. You will be able to see different archaeological ruins whilst retracing the footsteps of the Incas on this 500-year-old trail.
You will get stunning views of Andean villages, landscapes, and archeological sites. You will also travel along the Salkantay Mountain’s base at 6,271 meters.
Salkantay is one of the most spectacular and highest peaks in southern Peruvian Andes. Salkantay, to the Andeans, is one of the sacred “Apus”, (Peaks In Quechua).
The route to Machu Picchu will take you through some lesser-known Inca archeological sites. You will get to see some remote Quechua communities, and before you reach the traditional Inca trail of 4 days to Machu Picchu. Enjoy the beauty and culture of this route.
This route takes you to the highest points of both trekkings. Inca Chiriasca at 5,100m and Warmi Wañusca Pass (or The Dead Woman Pass) at 4,200m.
You will travel through the mountains above the Urubamba River, which follows an ancient Inca road that leads to Machu Picchu. The trail takes you through the dense subtropical cloud forest and high-altitude mountain ranges (The Andes).
The 90-kilometer trek is one of life’s greatest experiences. This is also a great way to get to Machu Picchu from Cusco. Inca Trail requires you to have permits that are sold out at least six months in advance.
This trek is at a high altitude. To avoid altitude sickness, we recommend you spend at least three days in Cusco prior to the trek.
The best time to trek is during the dry season, from May to October. During the Rainy season, the trail gets slippery. Inca Trail is closed for maintenance every February.
Why Minka Peru Expedition?
Just like trekkers, even the tour operators need permits and licenses to operate this tour. Minka Peru Expedition is a licensed operator of the Classic Inca Trail. We are also a well-respected operator for Salkantay Trekking. We have exclusive guides, chefs, and porters for this trek.
Cusco’s tourism professionals are our guides. They are experts in English and have extensive knowledge of the history, Inca sites, flora, fauna, and more.
DeparturePick up from your Hotel
Departure Time5:00 AM.
Return TimeApproximately 6:00 PM.
Dress CodeWarm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk
IncludedAccommodationEntrancesFirst aid kit and emergency oxigenMealsPick up from your HotelProfessional GuideTransportation
Not IncludedWalking Stick
Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Ichupata (12 kilometres, approximately)
Day 2: Ichupata – Sisaypampa (12 kilometres, approximately)
Day 3: Sisaypampa – Ayapata (14 kilometers, approximately)
Day 4: Ayapata to Chaquicocha
Day 5: Chaquicocha to Wiñaywayna
Day 6: Wiñaywayna to Machu Picchu – Return to Cusco.
Salkantay Inca Trail Trek - Inca Trail Salkantay Trek Includes:For complete facts about many aspects of Minka Peru Expedition tours, check out our FAQs page!
- Pre trek briefing.
- Pick-up from your hotel on the morning of trek departure.
- Transport from Cusco to the trailhead.
- Inca Trail Permit. (includes entry to Machu Picchu, but not to Huayna Picchu)
- English/Quechua/Spanish-speaking professional guide. (you will have an assistant guide for groups of over 6 people).
- Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
- Basic foam mattress. If you require greater comfort during the trek we can hire you an inflatable mattress. (eg. Thermarest)
- A Toilet tent is included for the first 2 days of the trek. Toilet tent is NOT included in the Inca Trail part of the route, because we use facilities provided by the Ministry of Culture.
- Porters & Mules (for equipment and personal items) They carry camping equipment, food, and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7 kg per person). If you wish to take more, you can hire an extra mule or porter.
- 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower ONLY for the first 2 days.
- Tents for our staff to sleep in.
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Bus down from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu.
- Train ticket (Expedition service) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
- Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes).
- Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
- We will serve lunch on the last day of the trek.
Salkantay Inca Trail to Machu Picchu does not Include:
- Breakfast on the first morning.
- Dinner on the last night.
- Entrance to the thermal springs.
- Entry to Huayna Picchu. ($60)
- Tipping is completely optional. We take good care of our team members.
- Recommended to carry on Salkantay Inca Trail to Machupicchu Includes:
- A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended.
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
- Camera, films, and batteries. (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
- Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
- Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
- We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
- Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters, etc.
- Small towel or sarong.
- Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
- Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
- Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
- Walking sticks or poles. (we can hire these to you).
- When calculating costs for hire of walking stick, sleeping bag, calculate using the length of the tour. Even though you won’t use the equipment on the final day it will still be ‘on the road’ and ‘occupied.’
- If you hire equipment and break it – you are responsible for the price of replacement /or repair. (please do the right thing!)
- AVAILABLE DISCOUNTS. (these discounts are not cumulative)
- Students: US$ 30.00. (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please beware that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
- Teenagers: US$ 20.00. (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
- Children: US$ 45.00. (up to 10 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
- Check Availability Here.
- Deluxe Sleeping Bag suitable for -15deg. $5.00 per trip day.
- Walking stick lightweight aluminium $2.00 per day, per stick.
- Inflatable Mattress $5 per day.
- Aguas Calientes Extra Day & Upgrade.
PRICE $USD PER PERSONPrivate Group
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