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Cusco – Soraypampa
Min Age : 8+
Max People : 2 - 10

Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail 6 Days

Salkantay Trek  to Inca Trail 6 Days its one of those best Peru Treks in the whole andes of Peru and perhaps in suth America. If you are looking for long adventure in Cusco this Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail is the best option to lost city of Machu Picchu.

On this 6 Day Trek to Machu Picchu you will enjoy the diversity of flora and fauna of the Andes, ecosystems and the scenery as well as the famous Salkantay mountain and Humantay lake you will see is breathtaking. During our journey we will pass through beautiful landscape and rural villages such as Pampacahuana and Huayllabamba. After finishing our 3 day hike in the wild Andes we continue our journey on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We pass through the iconic royal entrance Inti Punku (or Sun Gate) and descend into the archeaological wonder of Machu Picchu, which you will explore further with your bilingual guide on a private tour of the complex.

This Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail is the best option hike if you are adventure lover. we looking forward to explore the peru andes together.


  • Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail 2019”
  • Follow the Inca Path of the Incas, winding through the spectacular scenery of the Peruvian Andes
  • Mythical and awe-inspiring Machu Picchu declared 1 of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Witness the spectacular architecture of the Incas in Peru – Cusco.
  • View the beautiful skies of Machu Picchu when the sun lights them up after Intipunku.
  • Beautiful scenery and stunning Andes mountain vistas and Succession of impressive high passes
  • Humantay Lake
  • Spectacular Snow peaks of Salkantay Mountain
  • Peruvian Food
  • Reach history
  • Native flora and fauna from the region

Salkantay Hike to Inca Trail Hike – Overview

  • Day 1 – Cusco – Soraypampa – Ichupata
  • Day 2 – Ichupata – Pampacahuana
  • Day 3 – Pampacahuana – Llulluchapampa
  • Day 4 – Llulluchapampa – Phuyupatamarca
  • Day 5 – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 6 – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Distance Trekked: 67 km/ 42 miles

Beginning altitude: 3,800 m/12,467 ft

Maximum altitude: 4,850m / 15,908 ft

Inca Trail Trek 6 Days Pre-Trek Briefing:

You will have a thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your Salkantay Trail to Inca Trail . Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.


DAY 1:Cusco – Soraypampa – Ichupata

We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and have a beautiful scenic drive of 3 hours duration to Mollepata. At Mollepata we will have breakfast at one of the local houses. During this portion of the drive we will have our first views of the magnificent Salkantay and Humantay Mountains, as well as observe lush vegetation and the fields of local families growing potatoes, quinoa, lima beans, etc.

At this point we will arrive at Soraypampa (3,800 m/12,467 ft), the trailhead for the Salkantay trek, and meet our support staff, who will pack everything for the trek and load the equipment onto horses. The first thing we will do is hike up to the magnificent Umantay Lake. After enjoying the beauty and taking pictures, we will hike back down to Soraypampa and “officially” begin the trek.

The hike today is uphill from Soraypampa to Ichupata (4,300 m / 14,104 ft) in the upper valley. This is a 5 to 6 hour hike. Along the way we will pass Salkantaypampa, which is our lunch spot.

Ichupata is our camp for the night. When we arrive, we will settle in, have happy hour and a hearty dinner.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Distance Covered: 12 km
Approximate 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 pass – Pampacahuana

After a savory breakfast, we will begin the 3 to 4 hour steep climb to towards the Incachiriasca pass (4850m/15908ft), the highest of the entire route. We will have amazing views of Apu Salkantay and glacial moraines during this portion. We will pause at the top of the pass to take pictures and enjoy the magnificent view.

We will then descend towards our lunch spot at Sisaypampa, a flat area from which one can observe the neighboring Salkantay Valleys. This is a place where we might see Andean condors.

After lunch we continue towards the Pampacahuana community (3,700 m / 12,136 ft), located next to an original Inca canal. This is our camp for the night.

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

DAY 3:Pampacahuana – Paucarcancha – Huayllabamba -Llulluchapampa

Today we change pace as we join the Classic Inca Trail. We begin by hiking downill for 3 hours from Pampacahuana to Paucarcancha (3133 m / 10,276 ft)). We will have lunch there and visit the Inca Site. This is where we will say goodbye to our horsemen and the horses, and meet our porters.

From Paucarcancha we will hike 25 minutes downhill to the last village on the Classic Inca Trail, Huayllabamba (2,866 m / 9,400 ft). This will be followed by a 4 hour uphill hike to Llulluchapampa (3,700 m/12,136 ft). On the way we will hike through many ecosystems, including the cloud forest. Llulluchapampa is our camp for the night. It is located very close to Dead Woman´s Pass.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Distance Covered: 15 km/9 ½ miles
Approximate Walking Time: 8 hours
Lowest elevation: 2,866 m / 9,400 ft
Highest elevation: 3,700 m/12,136 ft
Difficulty: challenging

DAY 4:Llulluchapampa -Dead woman’s pass – Pacaymayo – Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca

Today is our longest day and crosses two high passes; luckily for us we chose to camp last night at a location where we’re nearly at the first pass, Dead woman’s pass (4,215 m/13,825 ft), the highest point of the Inca Trail Expedition. Then after we’ve gone over the second pass (Runcuraccay pass 3,950 m/ 12,959 ft), the walking is easy with very few ups and downs to contend with.

Today sees some of the best views and scenery of the whole Inca Trail and includes visits to two Inca sites, Runcuraccay and Sayacmarca (3,850 m/12,628 ft). There are fantastic views of high snow-capped peaks for most of the day and the cloud forest all around us today is by far the most visually stunning.

Our campsite for tonight is at Phuyupatamarca (3,680 m/ 12,073ft), from where we’ll get our first views of Machu Picchu mountain far in the distance (the site itself is hidden from view). The views of the sunset from here are fantastic and once again the campsite is quiet with the majority of trekkers camping closer to Machu Picchu

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Distance Covered: 15 km/9 ½ miles
Approximate Walking Time: 8 hours
Lowest elevation: 3,680 m/12,073 ft
Highest elevation: 4,215 m/13,825 ft
Difficulty: challenging

DAY 5:Phuyupatamarca – Wiñay Wayna – Sun Gate

Today is all about the Incas; we visit 3 major sites (Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Wiñay Wayna) before we finally arrive to Machu Picchu itself late in the day. With only a short distance left to cover you’ll really have the opportunity to see these sites in detail and learn more about the Inca culture and Machu Picchu in preparation for your visit tomorrow. The area around these Inca sites is also rich in wildlife and with only a handful of people around on this stretch of trail at this time of day, it is the perfect opportunity to try and spot some of the more elusive species.

Once we finish our tour of Phuyupatamarca we head into the rain forest! We will walk downhill for 2 ½ hours until we reach the impressive Wiñay Wayna (2,680 m /8,792 ft) Inca site. During this stretch of the trail we will visit Intipata. Many people feel that the most beautiful pictures of the entire Inca trail Expedition can be taken from this location! Wiñay Wayna is the largest and most exquisite archeological site on the Inca trail and means forever young in Quechua.

After a thorough tour of the site we continue towards

the Sun Gate (2,720 m/ 8,920 ft), which is called Intipunku in Quechua. We will arrive there around 5 pm. This is where we will have our first view of Machu Picchu . At the sungate, we will have the opportunity to see a fantastic sunset.

From the Sun Gate we will head down to the citadel of Machu Picchu to take the bus to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes you will check in to your room at the hotel. The natural hot springs in town are an unbeatable way to spend a late afternoon/early evening if time is available before dinner. Dinner will be at Indio Feliz.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodations: Hotel
Distance Covered: 11 km/7 miles
Approximate Walking Time: 5 hours
Lowest elevation: 2,040 m/6,691 ft
Highest elevation: 3,680 m/12,073 ft
Difficulty: moderate.

DAY 6:Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

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

You will begin your hike of Huayna Picchu mountain at 10 AM. If you are not climbing the mountain, or after you hike the mountain, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.

When you arrive in Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you 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

  • Salkantay Cusco & the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 Days
  • Trek briefing with your Guide.
  • Second tour guide for groups above 9+
  • Private Transport and professional driver (to the starting point of the trek)
  • All entrance tickets and permits for Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Park.
  • Indigenous Porters to carry ((camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetables).
  • Extra porter to carry 7 kg/15.4 lb. personal items “Inca Trail tour”
  • Mules to pack camping equipment “Salkantay trek portion”.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Village
  • Machu Picchu guided tour (2 hrs) and extra time for you.
  • 1 train ticket from Machupicchu Pueblo to Ollantaytambo village (Expedition Tourist Train)
  • 1 bus ticket from Machu Picchu Park to Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Spacious tents / Sleeping mat.
  • We provide a duffle bag for personal items.
  • One Chef and assistant Cook
  • Excellent Meals (5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners)
  • Wake up coca tea in your tent.
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
  • Kondor Path Tours uses walkie-talkies on all treks.
  • Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
  • All local taxes
Doesn't Include
  • Sleeping bag –  40 $
  • Walking poles – 40 $
  • Machu Piichu Mountain Hike or Huayna picchu Mountain – 75 $
  • Day 6 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the crew (guides, porters, cooks, wranglers)
What do I need to bring?
  •  A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack –appropriate packs (to carry your personal belongings).
  • Original passport.
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
  • 4 pairs of Trekking pants “no jeans”.
  • 1 warm / winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/ gloves/scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
  • 5 pairs of underwear, 5 pairs of socks.
  • 4 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 Good sleeping bag liner, it is super lightweight and easy to pack, definitely does its job!.
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Camera and film
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Flip flops to change into at night – your toes will thank you!
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Something to read in the evenings
  • Extra money for drinks, tips (porters, cooks, guides.




  • US $1100 per person


  • Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): US$20
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US $20
  • Under 7 years Discount: US $35
Optional Extras

Optional upgrade (Need to book in advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mts climbing:  USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mts climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: USD50.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance)

How to book (Group or Private Service):

You can either book by emailing us or by using the Booking form provided on this site.

By e-mail: andeanpathtravel@gmail.com

Send us your Personal Details for Booking: 

  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Date of Birth

Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid ISIC card. It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail / Alternative trek (you will need to show the real ISIC card http://www.isiccard.com upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).

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