Salkantay Inca Trail 6 Days / 5 Nights

For many people, this is best trek to Machu Picchu because it takes you on a less traveled path around the snow caped Salkantay peak (6.271m/20569ft). Which is one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes, passing through Quechua speaking communities and old Inca ruins. We begin at Soraypampa, where the route diverges just before Salkantay Pass and goes over the Frozen Inca Pass. This leads you down to the village of Wayllabamba where you join the Inca Trail and continue on to Machu Picchu.

SALKANTAY AND INCA TRAIL (6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS)

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Salkantay Inca Trail (6 Days / 5 Nights)

For many people, this is best trek to Machu Picchu because it takes you on a less traveled path around the snow caped Salkantay peak (6.271m/20569ft). Which is one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes, passing through Quechua speaking communities and old Inca ruins. We begin at Soraypampa, where the route diverges just before Salkantay Pass and goes over the Frozen Inca Pass. This leads you down to the village of Wayllabamba where you join the Inca Trail and continue on to Machu Picchu.

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha - Soraypampa

In the early morning, we pick you up from your hotel and travel 4 hours by bus to Mollepata and stop for breakfast. We will continue another 40 minutes to Challacancha, where we will begin our trek. We will enjoy magnificent views of Nevado Humantay (5917m) and after about 3 hours we'll arrive at the small settlement of Soray, a place where the valley floor broadens and Nevado Salkantay comes into view. This is where we have lunch and then spend the afternoon exploring the high Andean lagoon of Humantay. (L,D)

Day 2: Soraypampa – Pampacahuana

Today the trail ascends very gradually to Inca Chiriaska pass (where it cools down), which is the highest point of the trip (4,950m / 16,200ft). At the pass, we get to see some absolutely mind-blowing views of the cordillera Vilcabamba and Urubamba, and will continue with impressive views of the snow covered Salkantay. We descend along the trail and stop at Yanaqaqa for lunch, and in the afternoon, we continue towards the Pampacahuana community which still has an original Inca Canal. This is where we will camp for the evening and have dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Pampacahuana – Wayllabamba

From Pampachuana, we hike 3 hours hike down the narrow, steep slope into the valley to the Inca fortress of Paucarcancha. We will explore this complex, then it's about another 1/2 hours walk down to the small village of Wayllabamba where you join the Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We set up camp and spend the night at Wayllabamba (3,000 MASL). (B,L,D)

Day 4: Wayllabmba - Pacaymayu

After breakfast, we ascend the Warmiwañuusca mountain pass (4200 MASL). In the first section, we will see an abundance of native vegetation and as we continue along the trail you will see less as we move up to the higher elevation. After approximately 5 hours, we reach the peak of the mountain and stop to rest and take some majestic photos of the landscape. We begin our decent down to the campsite, located an hour downhill at the Pacaymayu valley (3600 MASL). (B,L,D)

Day 5: Pacaymayu – Wiñay Wayna

The trail climbs up towards the second pass, and about halfway up there is a small round roofless stone building, which is the remains of an Inca archaeological site known as Runcuracay. The trail continues to rise towards the second pass of Runcuracay, which is at around 3900m. Once we reach the second pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular views of the snowcapped peaks of the Pumasillo mountain range. We descend ½ hour to the ruins of Sayacmarca - a group of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. After lunch, we continue to the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca (a town at Cloud-level). We will take some time to explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways that spill down the mountainside here. Then, we begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway, partly cut from living granite, leads us finally to our camp by the ruins of Wiñay wayna (forever young) the last camp site at 2500 MASL. Here you will find a place to take a hot shower. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Wiñay Wuayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
We start to hike early in the morning (5:00) for the last section of the magical Inca Trail. From Wiñay wuayna to Intipunku it is an easy hike (2 hours), followed by a broad level path, which winds through shrubs and comfortably lit woodland. In less than an hour, we arrive at Intipunku (the Gateway of the Sun) and through the rectangular doorway you can see the Machu Picchu. We arrive at the Machu Picchu ruins (2400m) at 07:30 and have a guided tour of the Ruins for about 2 1/2 hours followed by some free time. In the early afternoon, we'll return to Aguas Calientes by bus for a meal in one of the many restaurants and then return by train to Cusco. (B)

INCLUDED:

• Pick up from hotel

• Transportation by bus to Challacancha in Mollepata

• English / Spanish speaking tour guide

• Admission fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

• 05 Breakfasts, 05 lunches and 05 dinners

• Camping equipment: 2 person large

• Mattress and tent

• Cooking / dinning tent, tables, chairs

• First aid kit

• Porters to carry camping equipment

• Cooking supplies

• Bus to Aguas Calientes

• Expedition train back to Ollantaytambo, and bus to Cusco

NOT INCLUDED:

• Lunch in Aguas Calientes

• Tips or additional spending money

PASSENGER MUST BRING:

• Original passport

• Sleeping bag

• Water bottle

• Insect repellent

• Sun block

• Sun glasses

• Hat

• Comfortable hiking shoes

• Change of clothes

• Flashlight

• Rain coat

• First aid kit

STUDENT DISCOUNT:

In order to get the discount of US $ 40, it is necessary to email us a scanned copy of your ISIC (International Student Card). Without this we will not be able to offer you the student discount.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Reservations need to be done four months prior to arrive to Cusco.

Price per person US$ 790  


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