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Inca Trail & Salkantay

6D/5N

Prices from: USD 720.00 per person

This incredible trek takes place under the sacred mountain of Salkantay (6,271m), one of the highest and most dazzling of the Peruvian Andes, passing through Quechua communities and lesser-known Inca ruins, to finally join the 4-day Inca Trail to Machupicchu.

Overview
DURATION 6 days and 5 night  
SEASON From January to December except February for maintenance  
DEPARTURE Daily  
RETURN Private Car  
IMPORTANT VERY IMPORTANT BOOK EARLY YOUR INCA TRAIL PERMITS FOR 2018
The inca Trail permits are limited to just 500 persons per day, and this includes all the staff such as tour guides, porters, and cooks. The government have announced that trek permits for departures in 2018 (from March 2018 ) will go on sale from the beginning of October which is earlier than previous years. The months April, May, and June will sell out very quickly. Last year the entire month of May sold out in a couple of hours if you are thinking to hike the Inca trail you must need to book in advance
 
Itinerary

Day 01 : Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha? Humantay Lake ? Soraypampa(L)(HH)(D)(B)

About 5:30 a.m. your interesting and knowledge tour guide is going to pick you up from your hotel and at this time you are going to meet the rest of your group. A two-hour ride will take you through beautiful landscapes until you arrive at the Andean town of Mollepata, about 9180 feet above sea level, where you will enjoy breakfast.
After that, we are going to continue our journey to CHALLACANCHA, our trek starting point. We will meet with our super staff, who will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 10:00 a.m., we will begin our hike toward Soraypampa (3850 meters above sea level). During the hike we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, around 1:00 p.m., we arrive at the campsite where we will have a great Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we will visit Humantay Lake, an amazing lake in the mountains, (1 hours and 20 minutes hike) and we will come back to our campsite where our chef will be ready whit our happy hour, some hours late we have our special dinner.

Day 2. Soraypampa(B) inkachiriaska Pass ichupata(L) - Pampacahuana (HH) (D)

Are you ready!!!
After our great Breakfast, We will leave the campsite around 7:00 am to start the four-hour steep climb towards the Incachiriasca pass (4850 masl), the highest of the entire trail, and from which we will have impressive views of the Salcantay snow peak. We will immediately descend towards our lunch spot Ichupata, observe Salcantay’s neighboring valleys (it is possible that you will see condors in this area). After lunch, we will descend towards the Pampacahuana community, next to which exists an original Inca canal. Here we have dinner and set up camp.

Day 3. Pampacahuana(B) ?Paucarcancha(L)) wayllabamba (HH)(D)

Good Morning Everybody!!!
At dawn, our trek leads us to the Secret Valley of the Incas. We will pass little creeks and visit several small archeological sites. Our last station for this day will be Wayllabamba (3000m/9843f), both our camping site and the starting point for the Classic Inca Trail on the next morning.

Day 4. Wayllabamba(B) ? Warmiwa˝usca ? Pacaymayu (L) (HH)(D)

After that our porters wake up us whit a great Coca infusion to enjoy the beautiful panorama and the cozy and mystical atmosphere, our day starts early in the morning. Our trek takes us to the valleys of Yuncachimpa (3300m/10827f) and Lulluchapampa (3850/12631f) and finally leads us to the Warmiwañusca pass (4200m/13780f), which offers an impressive view of the snow capped montain Veronica. After a short moment at the summit, we will continue walking down to our camping place named Pacaymayu (3500m/11483f).

Day 5. Paqaymayu(B) - Runkuraqay - Sayacmarca chaquicocha(L)- Phuyupatamarca ? Wi˝ayhuayna(HH)(D)

After a heartwarming breakfast !!!
Today’s hike is exceptional because we will pass the ruins of Runkuraqay; Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñayhuayna and we will enjoy the dramatic views of the Aobamba Valley. Start with a steady ascent to the second highest pass at Runkuracay reaching 12400 feet above sea level (3780 masl) and passing through a circular Inca control point that occupies a commanding position overlooking the spectacular Vilcabamba mountain range below. Catch your breath and realize the rest of Inca trail is mostly downhill. Be careful with your knees as the descent from the pass to the ruins of Sayacmarca is very steep and you may feel the strain at the end of the day.
The name Sayacmarca means "inaccessible town" and describes the position of the site, ideally perched on the rocks. The one of a kind Inca trail, now a monumental structure of granite stones, continues through ever-changing layers of cloud forest full of rare orchids, hanging mosses, bromeliads, and tree ferns. Past the Inca tunnel, a gentle climb will take you to the third pass at 12139 feet above sea level (3700 masl), offering incredible views of several snow-capped peaks including Salkantay (20574 ft./6271m) and Veronica (18865 ft./5750m). Close to the pass you will find the impressive ruins of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town). A brief explanation of the mysteries of Inca architecture, before continuing along splendid Inca road to the important agricultural site of Intipata and up to the third and last campsite at Wiñayhuayna (forever young) located at 8856 feet above sea level (2700 masl). Wiñayhuayna, named after a variety of pink orchid that grows here, is the last official campsite before Machu Picchu. There is a small gift shop, a bar and best of all, hot showers for a small fee. There will also be many more trekkers gathering here, ready for the final hike into Machu Picchu We, therefore, recommend taking extra care of your personal belongings here. Keep an eye on your day packs and don’t leave anything outside your tent at night. Tea time and dinner.

Day 6. Wi˝aywayna - Intipunku - Machu Picchu

Today is our Big days my friends !!!!
We will get up very early around 4:00 am - to get to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate), to view Machu Picchu whit the first rays of the sun. That will be a hike of 1-2 hours, with significant upward stretches in the last half. You will be walking in darkness, so a headlight is strongly recommended. The trail is marked and takes about 1½ hours.
The trail contours a mountainside and drops into cloud forest before coming to an almost vertical flight of 50 steps leading up to the final pass at Intipunku (Sun Gate). Suddenly the whole of Machu Picchu.
A final short hike will bring us to the entrance and into the heart of Machu Picchu itself, where we spend the rest of the morning with 2 hours guided tour and some more exploring on your own. The shuttle bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes is included, departs every 15 minutes and will be available for you descend to Aguas Calientes town.

Recommendations

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Warm clothes, including a jacket. Also is recommended thermal clothing, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag (it can be hired at our agency)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Camera, films, and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain, and cold
  • Sun block cream, mosquitoes repellent.
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • Small towel.
  • Swimming suit (if you intend to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Cash in soles or US$
  • Original passport
  • Optional: walking poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Trail).

What is included?

  • Courtesy transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cusco (Please provide us your flight information)
  • Pre-departure Inca Trail briefing, presented by your tour guides at our downtown Cusco office.
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco and transfer to Salkantay trek at Challacancha (trek starting point).
  • Entrance ticket to Inca Trail & Machu Picchu.
  • Weight Allowance: 7kg per trekker (weight to be carried by porters).
  • Visit & entrance ticket to the different Inca archaeological sites during the Inca Trail.
  • Bus ticket Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes.
  • Expedition train ticket on Day 6 from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Pick up from the train station and transfer to your hotel.
  • Multilingual Inca Trail and Salkantay leaders.
  • Assistant Guide (for groups of 9 or more people).
  • Professional cook and cooking equipment.
  • Well treated local porters and horsemen.
  • Porters service (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • 5 Nutritious Breakfasts, 5 High-energy Lunches, 5 Delicious Dinners.
  • 5 Tea times.
  • Vegetarian food is available upon request with no extra charge.
  • Nutritious Snacks.
  • Hot tea kindly brought to your tent first thing in the morning.
  • One liter boiled water every day after breakfast to refill your bottles, from the second day.
  • Clean and spacious 4P-capacity Tents – only two people per tent.
  • Comfortable Personal foamy pad (double foam), given to you at the beginning of the trek.
  • Private Campasite.
  • Emergency oxygen
  • First aid equipment.
  • Biodegradable personal hand soaps.
  • Biodegradable detergents to dishwashing used by our kitchen staff
  • Accommodation, food, transport, permits for our porters and cooks.
  • Bus ticket from Machupicchu - Aguas Calientes.
  • Inca Trail survivor certificate.

What is not included?

 

  • Sleeping bag (If you don’t have a sleeping bag, you can rent with us).
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day: after the guided tour at Machupicchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machupicchu or Aguas Calientes at your own expense.
  • Visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes: a relaxing way to end-up the 4-day trek while you’re awaiting the return train to Cusco, only 10 minutes from the village center.
  • Tips.

Prices per Person 100% inc. Tour + Hotel

Services  Private Service Price per Traveler USD$
Train 2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 persons 7 persons 8 to more

Group Service

Expedition
965.00
925.0
875.00
820.00
780.00
750.00
720.00

720.00

If the option chosen is sold out, we will book another one of the same category, price, and service previous customer's approval.

Optional services

  •   20 USD Sleeping bag rental(-18°C) for the whole trek
  •   20 USD single tent accommodation
  •   130 USD Personal porter (15 kl or 33 lb)
  •   30 USD Walking Poles (Pair)
  •   80 USD Huayna Picchu entrance ticket
  • Extra night in Aguas Calientes (check the details with your account executive)

Note

Camp site allocations are subject to change depending on availability provided by the National Institute of Culture (government OFFICE IN CHARGE OF THE INCA TRAIL). The Government department assigns us to campsites People who want to visit Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, must let us know as soon as they can because according to new rules, there is a limit of people (400) per day that can climb them.

Inca Trail Programs

4D
Classic Inca Trail
2D
Short Inca Trail
3D
Inca Trail Challenge
5D
Special Inca Trail
7D
Inca Trail & Cusco
8D
Inca Trail & River Rafting
9D
Destination Inca Trail
12D
Titicaca Lake & Inca Trail
5D
Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu
1D
Machu Picchu Full Day
We organize tours for small groups, including families, friends, students and volunteers. Our tour leaders speak English, Spanish & Quechua (Andean Language) and will dedicate themselves to giving you the best independent tours in Cusco as well as Machu Picchu.

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