Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail 7 Days

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with the Epic Salkantay and Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu, spanning a magnificent seven days.

Salkantay-Inca Trail Combo: Uniting Adventure and Ancient Splendor

On this 7-day Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you will get to see the towering peaks of the Salkantay region which are considered significant “Sacred” or spiritual protectors by locals. The first 3 days of the journey take you through the breathtaking “Vilcabamba” mountain range, formed by two of the deepest canyons in the Cusco region: Urubamba and Apurimac. You’ll primarily be surrounded by gorgeous snow-capped mountains during these initial Days, and rarely come across other groups.

Fourth day. We’ll join with the Classic Inca Trail 4 Day/3 nights at Wayllabamba Community and then continue to Machu Picchu over the “Dead woman’s pass (4,200m).

The Private Inca Trail & Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu seasons extends from mid-March to November  Visit Our Home Page For More

Daytime temperatures can reach 20°C – 27°C at high altitudes in June July nights can drop to below -5°C. Trekking in Cusco during winter, from June to September, offers cool to mild and clear days with often very cold nights. Daytime temperatures are around 20°C and at night may drop to 0°C or as low as – 5°C. Occasionally winter storms can bring snow as low as 3,500m.

Salkantay Trek Weather

Weather patterns are not so predictable that you can be absolutely positive about weather conditions in advance. The lower altitude treks experience the forests, village culture, and Fantastic Mountain views and are likely not to experience extremes of weather, but rather mild weather conditions throughout the trekking season. Salkantay Machu Picchu hike 5 Days is geographically an outstanding trek to Machupicchu.

The highest mountains, tracts of wild forest, the rolling high plateau of the Andes, and the greatest biodiversity are some of these Micriclimes you’ll see along this 7-day Inca Trail Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.

Salkantay & Inca Trail Tour | For those looking to combine the best of our two most popular treks, this is for you. The Inca Trail or Salkantay Tour are a lot to take in, together they are long and tiring, so you should have some overnight hiking experience and be in good shape.

Expectations on The Salkantay trek and Inca Trail 7 Days

Location: Inca Trail and Salkantay Trail – Unique 7-day Hike to Machu Picchu

Tour Type: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture, nature, glaciers.

Total Distance: 46.7 miles/75 km

Good For: Experienced Hikers

Difficulty: Challenging

Considerations: Permit Required Month In Advance

NOTE: news! If you’re interested in booking the Inca Trail, we kindly ask that you let us know promptly. The Inca hike, limited to 500 tourists per day (including guides and porters), is regulated by the National Parks authorities. To ensure availability during the peak season of June/July/August, we recommend securing your Inca Trail permit at least six months in advance. For the remaining months, we suggest booking your Machu Picchu entrance and Huaynapicchu Ticket at least three months ahead. Adventure awaits!

Group Service Price

From $970 USD Pp

(5/5)

Itinerary highlights

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Exploring the colonial city of Cusco, Discover Hidden Places with our experts tour Leaders in Peru

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Get ready to Explore in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley of the Incas and level up your hiking skills!

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Embark on an epic adventure, tracing the sacred Inca Trail of the Incas along the legendary pilgraming Path!

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Rediscover the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu

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Visit The Most Colorful Rainbow Mountain in Peru.

What’s included

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Private guide, leading you to the awe-inspiring wonder of Machu Picchu.

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Hotel accommodations in Cusco & Sacred Valley, for every budget.

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Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge
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Door to Door service
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Meet and greet airport service

Highlights

HOW TO GET PERU?

How To Get To Cusco City?

Currently, the airport in Cusco serves exclusively domestic flights. As a result, all international travelers arriving by plane must disembark in Lima and proceed through Customs.

Even if your flight to Cusco is scheduled on the same day with the same airline carrier, it is necessary to retrieve your luggage in Lima and check it in again.

The best way to reach Cusco is by air, and luckily there are several options from different airlines. Start Peru or LAN are highly recommended, although they can be a bit pricey. They offer the most flights and flexibility.

Just keep in mind that delays or cancellations may occur. The high altitude of Cusco makes landing a bit challenging, especially in bad weather conditions. If you’re up for an adventure, bus travel is always an option.

Although it can be a long journey, the buses in Peru are well-maintained and quite comfortable. This option is particularly encouraged if you’re coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Arequipa, Puno. If you’re traveling from Lima, be prepared for a 21-hour bus ride. Safe travels!

How To Treat The Elevation In Cusco Peru

Treating elevation (altitude) sickness in a place like Cusco, Peru, which sits at a high elevation of about 3,400 meters (11,150 feet), requires some precautions and strategies to help your body acclimate to the thin air.

Altitude sickness can range from mild discomfort to severe symptoms, so it’s important to take it seriously. Here’s how you can treat elevation sickness:

1. Acclimatization:

Gradual Ascent: If possible, try to gradually ascend to higher altitudes over a few days rather than going directly from sea level to Cusco’s altitude.
– Take Breaks: Plan for rest days or shorter activities upon arrival to allow your body to adjust.

2. Hydration:

– Drink Plenty of Water: Staying well-hydrated helps your body cope with altitude. Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption, as they can contribute to dehydration.

3. Rest:

– Allow for Rest: Listen to your body and get plenty of sleep during the first few days at high altitude. Avoid overexertion.

4. Diet:

– Eat Lightly: Consume easily digestible foods and avoid heavy, greasy meals that can stress your digestive system.

5. Medications:

Diamox (Acetazolamide): This prescription medication can help prevent and alleviate altitude sickness Please consult a doctor before using it and discuss potential side effects.

6. Supplemental Oxygen:

– In severe cases, supplemental oxygen might be necessary. Some hotels in high-altitude areas offer oxygen tanks for guests.

7. Avoid Alcohol and Smoking:

– Alcohol and smoking can worsen the effects of altitude sickness. It’s best to avoid them while acclimating.

8. Listen to Your Body:

– Pay attention to any symptoms like headache, shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, or dizziness. If symptoms worsen, it’s crucial to descend to a lower altitude.

9. Natural Remedies:

– Some people find relief from altitude sickness by drinking coca tea, a traditional remedy in the Andes. However, it’s important not to overdo it, as excessive consumption could have negative effects.

10. Consult a Doctor:

– If you have a history of heart or lung problems, or if you’re concerned about altitude sickness, consult a doctor before traveling to high altitudes.

Remember that everyone’s body reacts differently to altitude, and there’s no way to completely avoid altitude sickness. It’s essential to be prepared, give your body time to acclimate, and seek medical attention if symptoms become severe.

How Is The Weather In Cusco Peru?

Cusco, Peru, has a temperate and relatively mild climate due to its elevation in the Andes Mountains. The city’s high altitude of around 3,400 meters (11,150 feet) influences its weather patterns. The climate is characterized by distinct wet and dry seasons. Here’s an overview of the weather in Cusco:

1. Dry Season (May to September):

– This is considered the best time to visit Cusco, as it experiences less rainfall and generally clearer skies.
– Daytime temperatures are mild, ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F).
– Nights can be chilly, with temperatures dropping to around 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F).
– It’s the peak tourist season, so expect larger crowds, especially around popular attractions like Machu Picchu.

2. Wet Season (October to April):

– The wet season in Cusco coincides with the Southern Hemisphere’s summer and is characterized by more frequent rainfall.
– Daytime temperatures during this period are similar to the dry season, but nights might be slightly warmer.
– Rainfall is heaviest from November to March, with January and February being the rainiest months.
– Rain showers can be intense but are often followed by periods of sunshine.
– This season is considered the low tourist season, so there might be fewer crowds and lower prices on accommodations and tours.

Keep in mind that weather can be unpredictable, even during the dry season, due to the city’s high elevation. It’s a good idea to pack layers, including warm clothing for the nights, as well as waterproof gear for potential rain showers. Additionally, the weather in Cusco can vary based on the specific month and even week, so checking a reliable weather forecast before your trip is recommended.

Bring Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is an absolute must! Whether you’re planning trips for months or embarking on adventurous journeys, unexpected events can strike at any moment. Protect your investment and embrace peace of mind with the right insurance. Need assistance? We’re here to connect you with an expert agent who’ll guide you through the process!

Health Concert Along the Inca Trail

Open communication with your Tour Leader regarding any health conditions or concerns is vital. Although our guides are not medical professionals, they are equipped with first-aid training. Additionally, we collaborate with a clinic in Cusco to provide support to our team when needed.

Please that you assess whether a Tour is suitable for you. Consulting your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in planned activities is recommended. It’s also important to seek your physician’s advice regarding vaccinations and medical precautions. Please note that One Travel Destinations does not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level, and medical needs.

If you experience severe altitude sickness or any other condition that prevents you from hiking, but you still want to visit Machu Picchu, we will gladly assist you in coordinating a train trip. Please note that since this will be a new itinerary, additional fees may apply. However, we will make every effort to utilize as much of the original plan as possible to keep costs to a minimum.

If you encounter difficulties during your hike and are unable to proceed, a dedicated porter will accompany you to the nearest road. They will wait while a car is arranged to pick you up and transport you to the closest health clinic for assistance.

Comparison Between Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain in terms of time, distance, and location

Machu Picchu Mountain: Price $80.00
– Time: The hike to the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain usually takes about 3 to 4 hours round trip, depending on your pace.
– Distance: The trail is approximately 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) one way, making it a total hike of about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).
– Location: Machu Picchu Mountain is located to the northwest of the Machu Picchu archaeological site itself. It offers panoramic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding area.

Huayna Picchu Mountain: Price $80.00
– Time: The hike to the top of Huayna Picchu generally takes around 2 to 3 hours round trip.
– Distance: The trail is shorter but steeper, with a distance of about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) each way, making it a total hike of around 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).
– Location: Huayna Picchu is the iconic mountain that rises directly behind Machu Picchu. It offers breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and the Urubamba River valley.

Both mountains require a separate entrance ticket and have limited daily slots due to conservation efforts and the preservation of the sites. The hikes are considered moderately challenging and involve steep ascents, uneven terrain, and sections with stairs and narrow pathways. It’s important to consider your fitness level and any altitude-related factors before attempting either hike.

Machu Picchu entrance Times and Circuits

As of our last update in September 2023, Machu Picchu has specific entrance time slots to manage the flow of visitors and preserve the site. These times may vary, so it’s important to confirm the current entrance times with our office before your visit. Here’s a general idea of the entrance times:

There are typically two entrance time slots for Machu Picchu:

1. Morning Entrance:

– The morning entrance allows you to enter Machu Picchu early in the day.
– It often starts around 6:00 AM and lasts until around noon.
– This entrance time is popular for visitors who want to experience Machu Picchu in the cooler morning hours and have more time to explore the site.

2. Afternoon Entrance:

– The afternoon entrance is usually from around 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM.
– This time slot is often less crowded than the morning entrance and can be a good option if you prefer a quieter experience.

It’s also important to book your tickets well in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to secure your preferred entrance time.

Pre Departure Briefing

We kindly request you to join us at our office for the pre-trek briefing, which takes place at 7:00 PM on the evening before your trek. If you are unable to attend at this time, we would be more than happy to arrange an alternative time that suits you. The briefing session typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, during which you will also be provided with your duffel bags for the Inca Trail, spanning 4 days.

The 2D/1N Short Inca Trail Trek with HOTEL package does not include a briefing session. However, our friendly office staff will be more than happy to assist you and review all the necessary details during your check-in time at the hotel. Rest assured, we are dedicated to providing you with a seamless and enjoyable experience throughout your trek.

Duffel Bags For Each Hiker

During your Meeting, duffel bags will be waiting for you at the briefing. Our dedicated porters will take care of carrying them, ensuring they are returned to you at each campsite, so you can focus on enjoying your adventure. The duffel bags measure 65 cm long X 30 cm wide (equivalent to 2ft long X 1ft wide) to accommodate your essentials.

It’s important to note that each duffel bag has a maximum weight allowance of 7kg. Out of this, 4kg is allocated for your clothes and other personal items, leaving you with a remaining 3kg specifically designated for your cozy sleeping bag and comfortable pad. We want to make sure you have all you need to have a restful night’s sleep amidst the breathtaking surroundings of your journey.

Pick-Up Time For The Inca Trail Trek

ONE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS stands out as one of the few companies that offers hotel pick-up services. If your accommodation is located within Cusco City’s central area, your Tour Guide will arrange the pick-up time during the briefing session. Please note that pick-up times may vary by 30 – 45 minutes due to traffic conditions and previous pickups.

Cusco, a city steeped in history, boasts charming cobblestoned streets and narrow passageways. However, it’s important to note that smaller hotels and Airbnb options are often nestled in car-inaccessible streets, sometimes located on hilly terrains. As a result, hauling luggage could pose a challenge. For a more convenient stay, we highly recommend selecting accommodations with improved accessibility. We have curated a list of comfortable hotels that are easily reachable for both pick-up and drop-off purposes.

Certain treks offer the convenience of pickups in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley, as described in detail below.

The List below outlines potential pickup locations for the start of our tour.

Trek Possible Starting Locations
  1. Inca Trails Cusco, Urubamba, Yunahuara & Ollantaytambo
  2. Salkantay Treks – Only Cusco
  3. Lares Trek – Only Cusco
  4. Huchuy Qosqo Trek – Only Cusco
  5. Ausangate and Rainbow Trek – Only Cusco
  6. Day Tours Cusco, Urubamba & Ollantaytambo

Return To Cusco After Your Hike

Returning From Machu Picchu requires a lot of logistics, which are all included in your tour.

From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, you will take a 25-minute bus down to the village. Buses are first come first serve and run all day.
You will take a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. Your guide will give you your train tickets with train time. Make sure you get to the platform 30 minutes ahead of time.

* Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is 2 hours

* Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy is 3.5 hours

Once you arrive at the train station, look for a gentleman wearing our Logo sign. He will then drive you to San Francisco Square, Cusco

* Van ride from Ollantaytambo to nearby San Francisco Square is 2 hours Aprox.

* Van ride from Poroy to nearby San Francisco Square is 30 minutes

Once you arrive near San Francisco Square, you will separate into separate pre-paid taxis and be driven back to your hotel.

HIKING TOUR INFORMATION

Activities

Hiking, Camping, Nature, Stunning Landscape, Archaeology & Cultural Adventures

NOTE: We are excited to bring you the Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail 7-day tour! While we strive to follow the itinerary as planned, please note that certain changes may be required due to local conditions such as strikes or natural disasters. Rest assured, our experienced travel company will make these decisions in the best interest of your safety and enjoyment. Your satisfaction is our top priority!

Group ZISE Min 2 ppl, Max 8 ppl

We require a minimum of 02 people to embark on our trips. Whether you’re traveling with family, as a couple, or even on your own, you’re more than welcome to join us. The price is per person and is based on double occupancy, with the possibility of sharing a room or tent. While the itinerary is primarily designed for shared services and semi-private accommodations, if you prefer a private service, please let us know in advance and we will make the necessary arrangements.

Our Service

UPGRADED: Experience the best of Premium or Comfort trips with Tour Leaders Peru experts. Our experienced crew and top trip leaders/guides are by your side, providing in-depth exploration and exclusive access to unique sites known only by the local leaders/guides.

Our carefully crafted itineraries offer plenty of free time to roam and discover. Enjoy high-end camping gear, top-notch accommodations, and the best available transportation. Most importantly, your trip price includes ground transportation, delicious meals, and exciting activities. Join us for an informative, engaging, and upbeat adventure!

Physical Conditions

All seasoned adventurers are in excellent physical shape! This category is tailor-made for you. Embark on 5 to 8-day trips that will test your mettle. Brace yourself for full-day hikes, mountainous terrain, and steep trails with elevation gains and descents of up to 4,000 feet.

Get ready for some camping and hiking at extreme altitudes, all while enjoying breathtaking views. Most hikes take place above 11,500 feet, with some days reaching heights of 16,850 feet. Prepare for thrilling exposed sections along the way. Let the ultimate adventure begin!

Sleeping Tents

REI Half Dome Pro is a four-season tent available in REI or other reputable brands. Paired with the Therma-Rest Pro sleeping pads and pillows, these tents offer a roomy and cozy experience. Although designed for three people, they are best suited for accommodating two guests.

Limited Spaces

the preservation of the historic trail, access to the Inca Trail for a 4-day hike is limited to 500 individuals per day. It is highly recommended to secure your spot as early as possible, as reservations can be made up to three to four months in advance. Notably, during the peak tourist season from May to September, spaces tend to fill up rapidly.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN THE INCA TRAIL?

The Inca Trail is a world-renowned trekking route in Peru that leads to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. Along this trail, trekkers have the opportunity to explore a variety of archaeological sites, experience diverse flora and fauna, and delve into the historical significance of the region. Here’s an introduction to these aspects of the Inca Trail:

Archaeological Sites:

The Inca Trail is dotted with numerous archaeological sites that showcase the advanced engineering and architectural skills of the Inca civilization. Some of the notable sites along the trail include:

1. Patallacta:
Also known as “Laqtapata,” this site marks the beginning of the Inca Trail and offers scenic views of the surrounding mountains.

2. Runkurakay:

A small circular ruin that served as a watchtower or resting place for travelers. It is believed to have been used for ceremonial purposes as well.

3. Sayacmarca:

A well-preserved site with intricate stone masonry, likely serving as a tambo (a traveler’s lodge) and possibly a religious site.

4. Phuyupatamarca:

Known as the “Town above the Clouds,” this site offers breathtaking views and features impressive terracing and stone structures.

5. Intipata:

The Intipata ruins are a kind of hidden gem in the classic four-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu. A frequent question we get from our Inca trail hikers is always which and how many ruins will they see along the way. The Intipata ruins are sometimes referred to as the “gringo killers” because we visit them right before we begin our descent on day three of the hike.

6. Wiñay Wayna:

This site includes terraced agricultural areas and well-preserved structures. Its name means “Forever Young,” possibly referring to the surrounding waterfalls.

Flora and Fauna:

The Inca Trail traverses diverse ecosystems, allowing trekkers to witness a range of flora and fauna as they ascend through different altitudes:

1. Highland Vegetation:

The trail starts in grasslands and cloud forests with various types of moss, ferns, and orchids.

2. Montane Forest:

As trekkers climb higher, the landscape transitions to cloud forest, with trees covered in bromeliads and abundant bird species.

3. Páramo Ecosystem:

In higher altitudes, you’ll find the páramo, a unique high-altitude ecosystem characterized by hardy grasses, small shrubs, and cushion plants.

Historical Significance:

The Inca Trail was a vital route in the Inca Empire’s extensive network of roads. It served as both a pilgrimage route and a means of communication between different parts of the empire. The trail is a testament to the Inca’s engineering prowess, as it includes intricately built stone paths, staircases, and bridges that have withstood centuries.

The significance of the Inca Trail lies not only in its historical importance but also in its role as a gateway to Machu Picchu. The trek offers a profound cultural and spiritual experience, allowing trekkers to connect with the ancient traditions and ways of life of the Andean people.

Keep in mind that trekking the Inca Trail requires careful planning, including obtaining permits, hiring guides, and preparing for the physical demands of the journey. It’s advisable to book with authorized tour operators and adhere to responsible trekking practices to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

WHY YOU SHOULD HIKE WITH TOUR LEADERS IN PERU?

LOCALLY OWNED COMPANY.

Founded by former Inca Trail Tour Guide Cesar Conde, founder of www.blissfultravelescapes.comTOUR LEADERS PERU is a locally-owned company in Cusco, Peru. It proudly stands as the sole tour operator and agency with deep roots in the region, offering unparalleled expertise and insider knowledge.

OUR CAMPING EQUIPMENT.

With its dedication to utilizing top-of-the-line equipment like HALF DOME REI tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags, Tour Leaders Peru has established itself as a trailblazer in the industry, driving impactful change.

FOOD IN EACH TRAIL.

Embark on a remarkable hike with Tour Leaders Peru, where indulging in culinary delights is almost guaranteed. Our talented chefs undergo specialized training annually to craft exquisite meals throughout the journey. Prepared with fresh ingredients, our buffet-style food selection includes delectable options spanning breakfast, snacks, and lunches complete with soup, main courses, and hot beverages.

To welcome you at each campsite, we’ll treat you to a delightful hot drink during our happy hours. For dinner, be prepared for a culinary journey featuring soup, main courses, and desserts. As an added convenience, we ensure all hikers have access to potable drinking water while on the trails.

PORTABLE TOILETS.

At One Travel Destinations, we prioritize the comfort and convenience of our valued clients. That’s why we offer exclusive access to portable ecological toilets at all of our campsites. Rest assured, these facilities are available solely for the private use of our esteemed clientele, ensuring a seamless and eco-friendly experience for everyone involved.

PERSONAL PORTER.

Our hiking services encompass porter assistance, allowing travelers to bring along 7 kg (16 pounds) of personal belongings while on the trail. Our dedicated porters will shoulder the responsibility of carrying all your belongings, ensuring your trek is hassle-free and enjoyable.

HOTEL TO HOTEL SERVICE.

One Travel Destinations provides convenient hotel-to-hotel service for all our travelers. Our comprehensive services start by offering direct pick-up from your Cusco hotel accommodation and conclude with a seamless drop-off in Cusco. Experience seamless and hassle-free transportation throughout your journey with us.

FREE LUGGAGE STORAGE.

At One Travel Destinations, we go the extra mile to provide exceptional service. That’s why we offer complimentary luggage storage for all your extra bags and personal belongings. So, whether you’re exploring the city or catching a flight, you can trust us to keep your belongings safe and secure while you enjoy your journey worry-free. Experience hassle-free travel with One Travel Destinations!

TOP QUALITY SERVICE.

We are the only company that prides itself on consistently receiving excellent reviews on TRIPADVISOR. Our satisfied customers have raved about our exceptional services, describing the unforgettable experiences they’ve had on our tours. With us, you can expect nothing less than a remarkable journey filled with immersive adventures, knowledgeable guides, and delightful discoveries. Join us for a tour that will leave you with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Itinerary

Day 1: Humantay Lake - Salkantay Campsite

Inca Trail - KM-82
Fig.1 – Humantay Lake – Salkantay Trek hike day One.

We start the day by picking you up from your hotel at approx 04:00 AM. We will drive for around 4 hours, crossing Anta and Mollepata and ending up at Challancha. Through the windows of the bus, you can clearly see the white, snowcapped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay: two colossal gods of the Incas. You will also see the spectacular scenery of high peaks and low valleys in a colorful and contrasting panorama filling every direction you turn your eyes! After the first two hours of driving, we will stop quickly in Mollepata to take advantage of the toilet facilities, souvenir shops, and optional, short breakfast.

We will then continue to Challacancha, the starting point for our trek. We will meet our support staff, and they will organize all of the equipment and cargo mules. Around 09:30 AM, we will begin trekking to Soraypampa (3850 MASL – 12631 FASL), the first campsite on our journey.

The first section of the path takes us over a few deep valleys along the side of a mountain. At some parts of the trail, an old aqueduct can still be seen which still supplies water to farmers in the lower valleys. We will travel 7 km (4.35 miles) in

3 hours to Soraypampa where we will have our lunch at the base camp of Salkantay. After lunch and a short rest, we hike up to the unforgettable Humantay Lake (4200 MASL – 13779 ft). This is a 5 km (3.1miles) round-trip which we will walk for a total of

3 hours. This place is one of the most beautiful sights in all of the Andes with unbelievable blue-green water reflecting the mountain glaciers of Apu Humantay.

It seems like something out of a dream or fairy tale! Back at our camp, the background of the valley at sunset creates the most peaceful scene with an energy that can only be felt and not described! Because Soraypampa (our camp) is located in the middle of the glacier valleys, the sky is so immensely clear at night that you can truly appreciate the stars, constellations, and even comets shooting across the pitch blackness, uninterrupted by the hustle, bustle, or lights of the city. Take a moment this night to re-center your spirit and consider all the deep things of life in the profound silence and tranquility of Soraypampa!

Hiking distance: 13 km / 8.1 miles
Hiking time: 6½ to 7 hours approximately.
Climate: hot during the day and warm at night.
Accommodation: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Maximum Altitude: 4200 Masl / 13779 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2954 masl / 9694 ft.

Day 2: Salkantay - Inca Chiriasqha pass (5,200m / 17060ft)

Dead Woman Pass 4200m

Fig.2 – Salkantay Glacier 6271m/20,574f.

Today will be a beautiful day because we will see the snow mountains of Humantay (5,217 masl), Salkantay (6,271 masl), and Chullunku (5,570 masl). We will start the trek at 07:30 a.m; the trail climbs up gently to “Pampa-Japonesa” (Japanese Climbers Base camp set 3 decades ago) then, we’ll continue to the highest pass called Inka Chiriasqha (5,200m / 17060ft) from where one is rewarded with splendid mountain scenery.

The trekking time from the camp to the pass will take us 4 to 5 hours. After we have a rest on the pass, we’ll continue down through old moraine until the Accobamba zone where our lunch will be served. After lunch, we will descend to Sisay Pampa Camp (3,790 m / 12434ft).

A Sisaypampa section we will be able to fully enjoy and take in the imposing Andean topography, a quiet and cozy place where you can see a herd of llamas, alpacas and with luck, we might see the Andean condor considered an important deity among the locals. Our camp will be near the kid’s school. (7-8 hours walking)

Hiking distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles
Hiking time: 6½ to 7 hours approximately.
Climate: cold by day, very cold at night.
Accommodation: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Maximum Altitude: 4650 masl / 15255 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2750 masl / 9022 ft.

Day 3: Inca Canal - Paucarcancha campsite
Winayhuayna Inca terraces

Fig.3 – Salkantay Camp Day 2 All our Equipment is ready for our Hikers.

After breakfast, we will start the trek at 07:30 a.m; we will walk down a beautiful valley with native flowers and exciting views; after 3 hours, we will arrive at the Pampaccahuana community near the Inca canal repaired a few years ago by Kendall’s Project (American archaeologist) to help local farmers and shepherds.

From Pampaccahuana, it will be 3 hours to Paucarcancha camp where we will find beautiful Inca ruins.

Hiking distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles
Hiking time: 7 hours approximately.
Climate: cold by day, very cold at night.
Accommodation: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Maximum Altitude: 5000 masl / 16404 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3750 masl ASL / 12303 ft.

Day 4: Enter the Original Inca Trail - Llullucha campsite
Machu Pichcu Lost Inca City

Fig.4 – You can hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2, 4, 5, or 7-day all-inclusive tours, which include all or part of the famous Classic Inca Trail Trek.

After breakfast we’ll continue for one hour to the Wayllabamba community; at this place, we will enter the original Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Here is also where our Team returns home with their mules; fresh porters will welcome us to continue the trek carrying the gear, equipment, and food all the way to Machu Picchu; Horses aren’t allowed on the Inca Trail Trek. From Wayllabamba we’ll continue the gentle climb up to Llullucha camp, along the way we will see a rushing stream, and we’ll walk through enchanted native Polylepis woodland.

Distance Travelled: 14 Km. / 8.7 mile
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours approximately.
Climate: tropical warm.
Logging: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Minimun Altitude: 3000 masl / 9842 ft.
Maximum Altitude: 3750 masl / 12303 ft.

Day 5: Dead Woman Pass (4,200m / 13779ft) - Chaquicocha Capmsite
Machu Pichcu Lost Inca City

Fig.5 – Highest point Along The Inca Trail – The Dead Woman Pass (4,200m / 13779ft).

Today will be a long day; After breakfast, we’ll climb up for two hours to reach the second-highest pass known as “Warmiwañusqha” or Dead Woman Pass (4,200m / 13779ft), from where one is rewarded with spectacular mountain scenery. After a good rest, we will continue trekking down to Pacaymayu Valley through several Inca steps.

The descent to Pacaymayo Valley will last for two hours; here our lunch will be served. After a good rest, we climb up again for 1 hour to visit the archaeological site of ‘Runkuraqhay’ (round shape balcony) and then continue one more hour to Runkuraqhay pass at 4,000m / 13123ft; from wherein a clear day you can see on your bag “Dead Woman Pass” and in front of the Pumasillu snow mountain range.

From the pass, we’ll continue descending for one hour through Inca steps until the Inca site of ‘Sayacmarka’ (inaccessible town) which also was discovered by Mr. Hiram Bingam in 1915. We will have a short rest here before we continue walking for 20 minutes to Ch’akiccocha camp.

Distance Travelled: 16 Km. / 9.9 mile
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours approximately.
Climate: tropical warm.
Logging: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Maximum Altitude: 4200 masl / 13776 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3400 masl / 11144 ft.

Day 6: Chaquicocha - Winayhuayna Last Campsite
Machu Pichcu Lost Inca City
Fig.3 – You can hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2, 4, 5, or 7-day all-inclusive tours, which include all or part of the famous Classic Inca Trail Trek.

Today is another beautiful but short day. You will notice a change in the ecosystem while walking through the tropical forest. After a two-hour walk, we’ll arrive at the Inca settlement named Phuyupatamarca (Town above the clouds) (3,600 masl/11,811 ft). A well-preserved site with a long chain of Inca baths where one can see impressive Inca engineering. Here you’ll receive an explanation from the tour guide for a half-hour.

From Phuyupatamarca, we will descend approximately 3,200 well-preserved Inca steps (3 hours); we also will pass another Inca Tunnel before we arrive at the Inca ruins of Wiñaywayna (Young Forever) (2,650 m/8,694 ft). Next to the ruins will be set up in our camp. Today’s lunch will be served in the camp so, after lunch, you’ll have time to rest and be ready to start very early the next day.

Distance Travelled: 16 Km. / 9.9 mile
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours approximately.
Climate: tropical warm.
Logging: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Maximum Altitude: 3600 masl / 11811 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2600 masl / 8530 ft.

Day 7: Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco
Machu Pichcu Lost Inca City
Fig.3 – You can hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2, 4, 5, or 7-day all-inclusive tours, which include all or part of the famous Classic Inca Trail Trek.

Today, we will start the tour very early; breakfast will be served at 04:30 a.m, and we’ll begin to trek at 05:00 a.m. to be in time at the Sungate or Inti Punku to get the first glimpse of Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu. We will continue with the last triumphal descent to Machu Picchu and you will receive a relaxing tour for two hours approximately.

After the tour, you will have enough time to explore the Machu Picchu site on your own. At around noon, you must take the bus that will take you down to the town of “Aguas Calientes”; Here you will have your lunch in one of the restaurants; in the afternoon at 2.55 pm we’ll take the train to Ollantaytambo train station from where you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Cusco arriving there at 7:30 pm.

Distance Hiking: 6 Km. / 3.7 mile
Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours approximately.
Machu Picchu guided tour: 2½ hour.
Climate: tropical warm.
Shuttle to Cusco 3 hours by train and bus from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast.
Maximum Altitude: 2429 masl / 7972 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2040 masl / 6692 ft.

WHAT INCLUDE?

Transportation:

  • Private transport from your Cusco hotel to the start of the trek KM 82
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train Machu Picchu – Cusco (Vistadome Train for 5-star and 4-star packages / Expedition Train for 3-star packages)
  • Transfer from Cusco train station back to your Cusco hotel

Camping Equipment:

  • We use four-season REI tents with two entrances and a capacity for four people (for comfort, only two people per tent)
  • Infable REI mattresses.
  • Hiking Poles for each Hiker
  • Tables, and seats for each Hiker
  • Food and drink utensils
  • Dinner tent and kitchen tent
  • First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle

Our Team:

  • Professional, knowledgeable bilingual Tour Guide
  • A Cheff to prepare your meals
  • Porters to carry provided equipment and food (additional porters are available for rent to carry your personal belongings) such as your Duffle bags or Any other Staff. 7 Kilos Per 40 Dollars Per Day.

Food On The Inca Trail:

  • High-quality meals to provide the necessary energy for this challenging trek
  • In addition to three meals daily, you will be given revitalizing snacks
  • Hot drinks such as tea and coffee, as well as enough water for your canteens (collected from local streams and boiled while on the trek)
  • For more information about the trek, please see our Inca Trail FAQs.
COMPLETE INCA TRAIL PACKING LIST

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In order to prepare your Machu Picchu packing list, you’ll need to understand some basics about the logistics of the hike, weather seasons by month, and what tour companies provide top-of-the-line equipment. Before you purchase any gear, research carefully and also find out what the tour you’ve booked (or are considering) includes.

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Daypack:

You will need a daypack for the 5-day Machu Picchu trek; this must be small, light, and comfortable. For Machu Picchu, backpacks should not be larger than 25 liters; Osprey Day Pack Amazon or DayPacks for Hiking REI.COM however, if yours is bigger is ok; you can make it look smaller or store it on the last day.

Duffle Bags:

The Tour Leaders Peru office will have a special treat for you the day before your tour begins: a handy duffle bag. This bag is super convenient because you can stow all the essential equipment you’ll need during the exciting 5-day adventure. And guess what? The amazing porters will carry these bags for you! Just remember, the weight limit is 6 kilos, which includes your cozy sleeping bags and comfy air mats.

Passports:

On the epic Inca Trail adventure, don’t forget your original passport! Make sure it’s valid for at least 6 months from your visit to the country. And hey, if you’re booking as a student, remember to bring along your student card. Can’t wait to see you on this amazing journey
Recommendation:
Bring a waterproof neck wallet travel pouch and passport holder

Sleeping bags:

Make sure to bring high-quality sleeping bags rated for temperatures as low as -10°C. During winter, mountain temperatures can drop to 0°C below. Don’t worry if you don’t have one; you can rent a sleeping bag from us for just $25 for the entire trip! our recommendation is to buy down sleeping bags 0 degree

Inflatable mattresses:

We provide foam mattresses for the Inca Trail; if you want more comfort, you can bring an inflatable mattress or rent it from the Tour Leaders Office for 20$ for the whole trip or buy your own inflatable mattress pad online

Trekking poles:

REI.COM Trekking poles are incredibly useful when conquering mountainous terrains—helping you tackle both ascents and descents with ease! Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with them; our knowledgeable tour leader will provide a thorough explanation of how to use them effectively. You have the option to bring your own trekking poles for hiking Online or rent a pair from us for just $15 for the entire trip. So, gear up and get ready for an exhilarating hiking adventure!

Hiking boots:

waterproof hiking boots are a must-have for this hike. Prioritize their use before embarking on the Inca Trail, as they provide crucial ankle and toe support.

Hiking Socks:

Make sure to pack 4 – 5 pairs of hiking socks for your adventure! Opt for thick wool hiking socks to keep those blisters away and enjoy your hike to the fullest!

Sandals or sneakers:

After an exhausting day of hiking, it’s time to free your feet from the confines of your boots. Instead, slip into some comfortable, lightweight footwear as you wander around the campsite. Remember to bring along camp sandals or light Hiking shoes for both the camping and hotel in Aguas Calientes. Your tired feet will thank you!

Rain gear:

You must always bring rain gear; even during the dry season, rain can occur anytime. We will provide you with rain plastic for your duffle bags during the Inca Trail.
Bring:
1. Waterproof Jackets.
2. Gloves.
3. Rain Hiking Pants. You will need to get some waterproof bags to keep your clothes dry.

Warm clothes:

Please Make Sure to have warm clothes with you at all times in your daypack while hiking!
Don’t forget to bring
1. Down jacket
2. Hats for hiking.
3. Thermal hiking gear
As temperatures might drop below freezing at night. Stay prepared and enjoy the winter season in Peru!

Toilet paper:

Carry toilet paper in your daypack. Additionally, it’s advisable to bring wet wipes antibacterial or tissues for added convenience.

Water container:

Ensure you bring water bottles, bladders (Camelbak water bladder), or any reusable containers with at least a 2-liter capacity. Kindly note that single-use plastic bottles are strictly prohibited on the Inca Trail and at Machu Picchu.

Toiletries:

Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, dry shampoo, moisturizers, small Travel towel

Personal medication:

Headache pills, pain killers, Pepto, Imodium, Diamox, band-aids, hand sanitizer, and a basic first aid kit travel.

Cameras:

Cellphones, GoPro, and travel cameras must be comfortable and not very heavy. Note that to use tripods need special permission. During The Inca Trail tour, we camp in the mountains, and at some campsites, we don’t have electricity; you need to bring extra batteries or a portable power bank.

Headlamp:

Headlamps are essential for the Inca Trail; you will need them to go to the restrooms at night, during dinner time, and if you are late on the trail walking in the dark is always good to prevent always carry in your daypack.

Sun Protection:

Sun hats, long sleeves for hiking, and sunscreen are always with you.

Insect repellent:

Don’t forget to pack bug spray for people – something with feet works wonders! If you’re hiking the Inca Trail between July and October, we highly recommend the mosquito net for head and face. Stay protected and enjoy your adventure to the fullest!

Snacks:

Pack energy bars, chocolates, candies, crackers, and granola. While we do provide daily snacks, it’s always great to have some extras on hand! Let’s keep the energy high and the snacking game strong!

Extra Money:

Bring extra money in Soles to the Inca Trail; you will need them to buy water, use toilets during the first and last day, buy souvenirs, or tip.

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Price Per Person From:

Adult

Child -$30 Discount

Adult (18-70)
7+ people $970 per person
6 people $990 per person
5 people $1000 per person

4 people $1200 per person
3 people $1,370 per person
2 people $1,610 per person

Hiking Gear

Sleeping bags ( For Rent )
$30

Sleeping mattress – For Rent – $20

Gear 

Trekking Poles – rent for $20

Availability

Huayna Picchu Mountain $80.00 (if available)
Machu Picchu Mountain $80.00 (if available)
*Kindly take note that the prices indicated above are solely valid for the year 2024. The rates may differ based on the scheduled departure dates. We suggest that you reach out to one of our Travel Advisors for a Free quotation and additional details. Best Regards Tour Leaders Peru.

DEPARTURE FROM

The Group Service Inca Trail Tours depart From Cusco City and the Sacred Valley Of Cusco

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DEPARTURE TIME

4: am Pick Up time from Cusco Hotels

RETURN TIME

Usually, we are going to return to Cusco by 8: 30 PM Approximately & drop you up to your respective hotels

INCLUSIONS:

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Breakfast at all hotels
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Train Machu Picchu – Cusco (Vistadome Train for 4-star and 5-star packages / Expedition Train for 3-star packages)

NOT INCLUDED:

Airfare – In case you need help with your flight ticket to Peru Contact us at (408) 898 – 8724

Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
Airport taxes
Tips

Sleeping Bag, You must Bring your own or You can rent one from our office

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Frequently Asked Questions

Inca Trail Trek & Tours FAQs: Usually before booking the Inca Trail, you will have questions, such as the best time to go to Machu Picchu and Inca Trail Trek.

How challenging is the 7-Day Inca Trail trekking & Salkantay Trek?

Trekking is considered from moderated to challenge; you don’t need to be an athletic or expert mountaineer to complete the Trail to Machu Picchu. If you get a good acclimatization process you’ll stay well during the trek.

However, we recommend you exercise and walk before you come to Peru for Trekking. Remember that the best preparation for the trek is treadmill exercises with steep inclines and stairs.

Which day is the hardest part of the Inca hike?

Known its steep elevation gain and numerous stone steps, Day 2 is widely regarded as the most challenging leg of the Inca Trail hike. Despite the arduous ascent and descent, I persisted and believed that conquering Day 2 would make the remaining stretch feel like a breeze. Undoubtedly, Day 2 stands as the pinnacle of steepness throughout the entire journey.

Beginner Can climb to Machu Picchu?

You do not need to be an expert hiker or have done several multi-day treks in order to complete a 2, 4, or 5+ day trek to Machu Picchu. Our advice if you want to trek the Inca trail to Machu Picchu is to spend a few days in Cusco beforehand getting acclimated to the high elevation and have a good and tough mindset.

Can you hike Machu Picchu without a tour group?

Machu Picchu visitors can not enter without tour guides. (New rules recommend that all INCA trail hikers should hire a tour operator is Mandatiry

7 days you need for the Inca Trail? 4 days

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu offers various trekking routes. Among them, the Classic Inca Trail stands out as a 4- to 5-day hike, typically taking around 4 days and 3 nights to reach the majestic Machu Picchu.

Including acclimatization include 2 more days

What is the hardest day of the Inca Trail?

Day two of the Inca Trail hike is widely regarded as the most challenging. It is during this stretch that you ascend Dead Woman’s Pass, standing at an impressive altitude of 4,215 meters, typically reaching around midday. Notably, this elevation surpasses even that of Machu Picchu itself.

How to spend 9 days in Peru?

Day 1: Sacred Valley (Ccochahuasi & Pisac)
Day 2: Sacred Valley (Maras, Moray, & Ollantaytambo)
Day 3: Machu Picchu.
Day 4: Cusco.
Day 5: Cusco Ruins (Sacsayhuaman & Puka Pukara)
Day 6: Lake Titicaca Train. Second Option Manu National Park – Amazon Jungle.
Day 7: Lake Titicaca.
Day 8: Puno –> Lima. Optional tours

Which is harder Kilimanjaro or Inca Trail?

When preparing to conquer the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, it is crucial to consider training and acclimatization. The trail reaches impressive altitudes of up to 4,215 meters, presenting the challenge of being in very high altitude environments. However, if you think that’s extreme, wait until you set your sights on Kilimanjaro, where the maximum altitude soars to an astounding 5,895 meters. Proper training and acclimatization are paramount to conquer these remarkable heights.

Add Ons

Ance your Peru experience by exploring the beautiful city of Cusco. Taking tours in this vibrant destination not only helps with acclimatization but also sets the perfect tone before embarking on the classic trail hike. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

RELATED TOURS

Are you a traveler looking for new adventures? A photographer in search of stunning landscapes? A hiker or camper who loves the outdoors? If so, you’re going to want to check out our new hiking tours of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu post. But hurry – restrictions are now in place due to Covid19 which may limit access in the near future. So don’t miss your chance to experience this unique and amazing journey!

Hiking Trail To Machu Picchu

Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 5 Days

Total distance: 26 miles/23km
Elevation: 4,200m/13,779ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require

Machu Picchu Ina Trail Hike

Short Inca Trail 2 Days

Moderate hike. The trek starts at 2100m (KM 104) and climbs to 2700m (Wiñay Wayna) before descending to 2400m (Machu Picchu). Since the trek is carried out at a much lower you do not need to worry about acclimatization.

Salkantay Trekking Tour 5 Days

Inca Trail Salkantay Trek 7D

Total distance: 46.7 miles/75km
Elevation: 4,821m/15,817ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
This is all-inclusive Tour

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Lares Valley – Inca Trail 4D

Total distance: 29,3miles/47km
Elevation: 4,700m/15,419ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
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