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Salkantay + Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 6 days 5 nights

Salkantay + Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 days 5 nights



Trek Overview

  • Trek Type: Hiking, adventure, camping
  • Who For: People with sense of adventure and in good shape
  • Temperature: Cold, temperature may go below 0 C° /32f at night
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Highest altitude: 4,850 m / 15,908 ft


This alternative trail is unique version instead of the Classic Salkantay Trek or inca trail.  The first two days follow the trail around Salkantay Mountain, but on the 3rd day we join to the classic inca trail and as other hiker we will enjoy the classic inca trail. We are sure you will want to repeat this trail.



At 4:30am we pick you up from your hotel, and then we drive in our private bus to Mollepata (2,850m/9,350ft) for 3 hours, in this place we´ll stop for breakfast. Then we continue by bus to Soraypampa (3800m/12,467ft), the trailhead for the trek, where we meet our horsemen, horses and pack all our equipment onto the horses. Afterwards we start the gradual climb up for about 2 hours to see a spectacular Umantay lagoon. After some pictures we will back to Soraypamapa, where officially begins our trek through narrow path until lunch spot. After lunch, we follow the narrow trail which is gentle climb up for 3 hours through beautiful Andean valley toward our first campsite at Ichup located at 4400m/14,436ft or Pampa Japonesa. This will be our coldest and best camping place right in front of Salkantay.

  • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 12 km / 7 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,800 m/12,467 ft
  • Highest elevation: 4400m/14,436ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging


After a delicious breakfast, we will begin the 3 or 4 hour steep climb towards 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 stop at the top of the pass to take pictures and enjoy the magnificent view.

We will then descend 2 hours toward 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 / 8 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 7 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136
  • Highest elevation: 4,850 m / 15,908 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging


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 visit the Inca site of the same name.

After the tour we will have lunch and a little bit of break. From Paucarcancha we will continue hiking for 30 more minutes and reach Wayllabamba and join to the classic inca trail. After we will pass a check point we will hike for 3 more hours uphill, until we reach our campsite at Llulluchapampa (3700masl). This uphill will be challenge but it will be worth it. Once at campsite we will enjoy our hot afternoon tea and our first delicious dinner. Night in tents.

  • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 15 km / 8 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 2,600 m / 9,136
  • Highest elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging


Early in the morning porters will wake you up with a hot cup of coca tea to get you ready for the challenge day. After breakfast we will begin our walk slowly for 2 hours approximately until DEAD WOMEN (4215masl/13829feet). Short break on the top for picture and we will start descending into Pacaymayo valley. It will take us 2 hours slow down hill until lunch spot. Break for 1 hour enjoying delicious mountain lunch. After lunch we start again uphill for another 2 hours to reach Runkuracay pass (3900masl), on the way uphill we will visit small Archeological site. After second pass it will be another downhill for 2 more hours with beautiful views of; lagoon, woodland and Sayaqmarka Archeological Site (do not miss it). We will get to our campsite Chaquicocha by 5pm, where we will enjoy our afternoon tea and our delicious dinner. Night in tents.

  • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 12 km / 7 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,550 m
  • Highest elevation: 4215masl/13829feet
  • Difficulty: Challenging, Moderate and Challenging


After porters call with hot cup of coca tea and breakfast we start the most beautiful day. We will hike for 2 hours inca trail 100 %  paved with stones, enjoying view of snow mountains, deep valleys and definitely many porters (Andean people). Once we get Puyupatamarka, the view is simply astonishing. After short break we will visit the Archeological Site of Puyupatamarka (if we are lucky we can see mountain Machupicchu and Waynapicchu). From here it will be thousand meter stairs downhill or three thousand feet stairs downhill and it will take us 3 hours until Intipata (farming terraces since inca times). After short relax we will get lunch spot in Wiñaywayna campsite and break for 1 hour after lunch. Late in the afternoon we will go to visit our last inca site Wiñaywayna (this is like small version of Machupicchu). Back to our Wiñaywayna camp we will have our everyday afternoon hot tea and our delicious dinner. Today after dinner we will say goodbye to our porters and cook and thank them for their good job. After farewell we advise to go bed early, because we will get up the next day very early to go Machupicchu.

  • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 10 km / 6.2 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 2,680 m/8,792 ft
  • Highest elevation: 3,600 m/11,808 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate


Early morning breakfast, after we will walk to Intipuncu called Sun Gate where we will be able to observe the impressive Lost City of Machupicchu, walk to the Sanctuary and have guided tour.

At a suitable hour we will take bus down to Aguas Calientes Village and go to the station to take the return train to Cusco, reception and transfer to hotel.

  • Meals:  Breakfast
  • Distance Covered: 6 km / 6.2 miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 2 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 2,400 m/ 7,875 ft
  • Highest elevation: 2,700 m/ 8,856 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy


Price: $999 USD per person


  • Discount of USD20 for students with the student international card (ISIC Card).  we need a copy of the card at booking and you have to bring to Perú with you
  • Discount of USD20 for minors of 16 years old that send us a copy of their passport at booking.


  • Briefing: At least briefing has to be two day before your trek (to organize everything the next day). We will come to your hotel for briefing.
  • Transportation: All your transportation is included in this trek.
    • You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 4:30 a.m. in Cusco and drive to trailhead to begin your trek.
    • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
    • Bus from Machu Picchu archeological to Aguas Calientes one way
  • Professional Tour Guide: All of them speak English, graduated in tourism and well-trained in first aid measures. All them grew up in Cusco and have a passion to teach others about their heritage. They are experts in their field working at least 5 years in tourism and will ensure your safety and happiness.
  • Access Tickets: As soon as we receive your personal information and a deposit, we are going to purchase your access tickets to all sites
  • Cook: Our cooks are very well trained, working for many years on Inca trail as cook, so they have experience for cooking really good for our hikers
  • Porters: People from the Andes (from different communities), who carry all equipment for camping, food and 7 kilos of duffel bag with your stuff in, from 3th day until Machupicchu
  • Horsemen:  Horseman and his mules to carry all equipment and your duffel bags, the first 3 days
  • Emergency Horse: All of our alternative treks include an extra horse for our clients making very little progress in the trek. In this trek we include emergency horse for the first 2 days
  • Equipment: We provide the finest equipment. We use Eureka tents, shared by only two people. Spacious dining tent with camp tables and chairs to enjoy our meals in, latrine tent, inflatable mattresses, sleeping liner and pillow and duffel bags (up to 7Kg/15lbs per person, it includes your sleeping bag). The duffel bag will be provided by your guide at your briefing.
  • Food: You will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the trek, along with a happy hour of hot tea each afternoon. We will also provide you snack each morning to enjoy along the day. Our chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about. We honor all food restrictions. Be sure to remind your tour guide of any food restrictions at briefing. Food is typically served family-style.
  • Drinking Water: Beginning from your first lunch until your 4th day breakfast, we will supply all the water needed. This water will be filtered, boiled and then cooled, before distributing. You must take your own water bottles or camel back. We recommend carrying about 2L worth. We will refill waters at each meal.
  • First Aid: all our guides receive training in first aid from a physician. Our tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment, if needed.

Not Included:

  • Food: First day breakfast and Lunch the last day.
  • Sleeping Bag: If you don’t want to bring, it´s available for rent: $20 for whole trek.
  • Walking Sticks (Pair): If you don’t want to bring, it´s available for rent: $15 for whole trek
  • Huayna Picchu: Is $70. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance, due to popularity. Is the mountain that stands background to Machu Picchu. It is 55 minutes hike up. Going back down is quite steep, if you are scared of heights. You will do this after your tour in Machu Picchu.

How to Make Booking


To successfully make a booking you must:

  1. Click on Booking Now and fill out the request.
  2. Receive a booking form, fill out and send us.
  3. Make your deposit.
  4. Receive your confirmation from us via email and that it is all.

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1. – We will email you booking forms for completion.

These forms will outline the details that we need from each of you – passport number, nationality, full name etc. We do not need a scan of your passport. If you are a student, we need the number of your ISIC student card, and a scan of your card. With Inca Trail bookings, we need this at the same time as your booking.

2.- Nonrefundable deposit to confirm your reservation.

  • FOR UNIQUE PACKAGE TOURS: Deposit: 25 % of the program price per person
  • FOR UNIQUE ADVENTURE JOURNEYS: Deposit: USD 225 dollars per person

When sending you the booking forms, we will also send you further information about how to make your deposit. Payment options include: 1. Paypal (accept Credit Cards) 2.Bank deposit 3. Western Union

  • Please note that there are costs involved in both making international bank transfers or a Western Union transfer – in both cases the costs will be paid by the client, NOT Pureq Experiences.
  • Please note that this deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE as described in the General Terms and Conditions. We highly recommend you take out travel insurance that covers such deposits in the case of cancellation.

3.- Upon receipt of your deposit, we will confirm your trek via email.

LEASE read this confirmation – it includes details of your pre trek briefing, our address as well as how to pay the balance.

4.- Arrival in Cusco (only for treks)

the balance of your payment can be paid upon arrival in CASH. (As long as you arrive in Cusco a MINIMUM of 48 hours prior to your trip’s departure unless by prior arrangement)

  • For those that wish to pay the balance of their trek fee via PayPal or bank deposit or Western Union, please ask your travel consultant for more information.
  • For cancellation policy, please refer to our General Booking Conditions.

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Children: 5-16 years old


Packing List


  • Passport
  • Valid, GREEN ISIC CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good 20 to 30 liters daypack
  • Water storage: Camelback enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Swimsuit


Porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). I f you rent in our office both, the weight is 3.5 kg total.

  • Extra t-shirts
  • Extra hiking pants
  • Set of hiking socks
  • Warm jacket:, because gets very cold at some nights
  • wool hat
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Sandals for camp
  • Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection


  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication: First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.


We always recommend the small ones. Because inside Machu Picchu, no larger back bags than 25L will be allowed in. Other ways, you will need to store outside.

  • camelback
  • Sunhat
  • Rain gear
  • Camera
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Rain jacket and pants, or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Toiletries
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