Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail 7D/6N

Type of Service
02 people as minimum and 07 people as maximum (customized service)
From March to December
Every day

Salkantay Trek and Classic Inca Trail 7D/6N

The Salkantay and Inca Trail 7 day tour is perfect for those seeking an action packed adventure through the Andes!

The snowy peak of Salkantay has been a highlight for hikers the world over on their way to Machu Picchu for decades. And the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is famous for being one of the 10 best hikes in the world. Combine the two and you have a trekking experience of a lifetime with the best that the Peruvian Andes has to offer!

Look no further than this magical tour for snow capped mountains and Amazonian jungle valleys!

Places to visit :

  • Humantay Lagoon
  • Salkantay
  • Huayllabamba
  • Warmiwañusca Pass
  • Pacaymayo
  • Wiñayhuayna
  • Inti Punku
  • Machu Picchu
  • Aguas Calientes
From $ 891 / per person
Duration 7 Days - 6 Nights
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  • Day 1 : Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Humantay Lagoon.
  • Day 2 : Soraypampa – Pampajaponesa
  • Day 3 : Pampajaponesa – Sisaypampa
  • Day 4 : Sisaypampa – Huayllabamba
  • Day 5 : Huayllabamba – Pacaymayo
  • Day 6 : Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna
  • Day 7 : Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco


The Salkantay tour starts with pick up at 5am from your hotel in Cusco.

Your private transportation will take you on a 2.5 hour drive through the lush valley of the Apurímac River, until we reach the mountain town of Mollepata at 2,803 m / 9,200 ft. Here you will stop for a hearty breakfast at a local restaurant in the town square, before continuing on to the start of the hike.

After breakfast, you will be transported a further 30 minutes up the valley to the start of the hike at Marco Qasa. From here you’ll say goodbye to your driver and follow your guide along the mountain trail for 4-hours until you reach the campsite at Soraypampa at 3,850 m / 12,631ft.

After a freshly prepared lunch, made by our personal chef, you will leave your belongings at camp and ascend up the mountain trail for 1-hour until you reach the turquoise waters of Humantay Lagoon at 4,180 m / 13,714 ft. On a clear day, the glacial waters of the lake reflect the breathtaking snow capped peak of the Humantay mountain that towers above. Once you have soaked up your moment with Humantay, your guide will lead you back down the valley to enjoy a hot cup of coca tea at the camp in Soraypampa.

In the evening, the chef will prepare dinner at camp, whilst you enjoy the beautiful stars of the southern sky and embrace the energy of the surrounding Andes mountains. And when you are ready, you will return to your comfortable yurt for the night to sleep.

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Day 2 will begin with breakfast at the Soraypampa camp, prepared fresh by our personal chef.

With only 5-hours of hiking ahead of you, day 2 will be a welcome warm up for the days to come. Beginning with a leisurely walk to Salkantaypampa, located at the foot of its namesake, the majestic peak of Salkantay. From there you’ll bear right and follow the trail for a further 90 minutes up the mountainside until you reach camp at Pampajaponesa at 4,000 m / 13,123 ft.

Here you will be treated to a freshly prepared lunch made by our personal chef, and an afternoon free to relax or explore. If you have adjusted to the altitude well and fancy an afternoon stroll, you are welcome to leave your belongings at camp and head off along the 40 minute trail to the nearby shores of Salkantay lake.

Accomodation for the night will be in your tent beneath the stars, under the shadow of the snow-capped peak of Salkantay.

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Day 3 of the Inca Trail begins with breakfast at camp, followed by a challenging ascent to the Inca Chiriaska Pass at 5,100 m / 16,730 ft. The trail zigzags up the mountainside along a well worn path, but will be a test of your strength thanks to the low oxygen at high altitude, and the bitter chill of the thin morning air. Typically the climb takes 2.5 hours to reach the summit, but the breathtaking view of Humantay and Salkantay will have you smiling as you reach the heighest point of the 7 day trail.

The 90 minute descent down the opposing side of the pass will reward you with a well earned lunch & rest in Sisaypampa. Afterwards continuing steeply down the valley to the campsite in Canal del Inca at 4,000 m / 13,123 ft. At camp you’ll find herds of resident alpacas, and the ruins of an Inca canal once used as an irrigation channel from the waters of Salkantay Mountain.

After a 16 km hike over rough terrain, you will sleep well in your tent tonight at the camp Canal del Inca.

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On day 4 of the Inca Trail, the surrounding egology begins to change as you leave behind the treeless highlands of the glacial mountains and journey down into lush green wooded valleys.

The mornings’ trail will follow the stream from the Inca canal down to the archeaological site of Paucarcancha, an ancient surveillance post and religious centre of the Incas at 3,133 m / 10,278 ft.  Here you can explore the ruins and rest for a while during your lunch break.

After entering into the Machu Picchu National Park, we will continue along the valley of the Cusichaca River, through a subtropical humid forest, full of local flora such as bromeliads, orchids and ferns. A further 1-hour down the trail awaits the first campsite of the traditional Classic Inca Trail, Huayllabamba at 2,950 m / 9,648 ft.

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After taking breakfast at camp, we will resume our Inca trail to Machu Picchu tour, and slowly ascend for 9km until we reach the Warmiwañusca Pass or ‘Dead Womans Pass’ at 4,215 m / 13,828 ft. The trail will take you through beautiful forests of Queñua (Polylepis tarapacana) and reward you with a glorious view of the Vilcabamba mountain range at the summit.

The final 3km of the day will be a descent down the mountain, through majestic cloud forests and humid microclimates. After completing the most challenging day of the Inca Trail, you’ll be relieved to arrive at camp in the Pacaymayo Valley at 3,620 m / 11,876 ft. This camp offers you an experience of a lifetime of sleeping above the clouds.

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After taking breakfast at camp, you’ll begin the penultimate day of the Inca trail by ascending to the Runkurakay pass, passing by the Inca ruins of Runkuracay at 3,750 m / 12,303 ft. During the period of the Incas, this site was once an important resting place for the Chasquis, the Inca messengers or couriers, that facilitated their ancient ‘postal service’.

Ascending further up the trail, you’ll arrive at the highest point of the day, atop the Runkurakay pass at 3,950 m / 12,960 ft. The breathtaking views from the summit of Runkurakay are said to rival those of the previous day upon the Warmiwañusca Pass.

The next leg is a descent to the Sayaqmarka ruins, ‘Inaccessible Town’ in Quechua 3,600 m / 11,811 ft. This complex was once home to celestial scholers and an astronomical observatory.

After Sayacmarca, the surrounding vegetation begins to change as you enter the tropical Amazon rainforest. 30 minutes down the trail you will stop for lunch in ChaquiCocha.

Continuing along the trail, you’ll pass by two Inca tunnels carved out of granite rock in the mountainside. The tunnels give way to the third archeaological site of the day Phuyupatamarca, ‘The city above the clouds’. At an altitude of 3665 m / 12,024 ft, these ruins are often clouded in jungle mist and are home to ritual baths and fountains which still function in the wet season.

The final stretch of the trail is a descent down 2,000 Inca stone steps, until you arrive at camp, bordering the impressive archaeological site of Wiñayhuayna, ‘Forever Young’ in Quechua. At 2,650 m / 8,694 ft, the complex it situated upon the steep slopes of the hillside, amongst 40 levels of agricultural stepped terraces, overlooking the Urubamba river. Built by the Emperor Pachacutec in the 15th century, it is one of the most famous sites within the sanctuary of Machu Picchu, and was once an important venue for agriculture, religion and administration.

After completing the longest day of the Inca trail, you are welcome to explore the Inca ruins, take a dip in a nearby waterfall or put your feet up at camp whilst enjoying a hearty dinner.

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With the promise of Machu Picchu on the horizon, you will be woken early at 4am to take breakfast and say goodbye and thank you to the porters and chef. Your wonderful team will be heading back to Cusco with their equipment this morning, leaving you to cross the finish line with only your tour guide.

The final checkpoint of the trail opens at 5:30am, afterwhich you will endure one last climb up the trail to the Inti Punku Sun Gate. After hauling yourself up the steep stone steps, you will be greeted by the most breathtaking, panoramic view of Machu Picchu. At 2,720 m / 8,923 ft, the sun gate is strategically located to welcome noble visitors of the Inca citadel, acting as a control gate for its elite visitors. Aswell as offering one of the most stunning views of the sanctuary of Machu Picchu and its mountains from above, the sacred site is also famed for framing the sunrise during the winter solstice in June.

With a camera full of photos of that unforgettable view, you’ll follow the trail onward to Machu Picchu. Descending for 45 mins to the gates of the Lost city of the Incas at 2,490 m / 8,169 ft.

Once you’ve entered the citadel, you’ll have a 2-hour tour of Machu Picchu. Throughout which your guide will take you on a journey through the rich history of the Inca city, leading you along its famous sites to the legendary panoramic viewpoint. From there you’ll be best poised for the perfect view of Macchu Picchu & the iconic bucket list photos you’ve been waiting for.

As you soak up your surroundings, you’ll be guided through the ancient Inca streets to such landmarks as the temple of the sun, the central plaza and the iconic stepped terraces. As well as having time to explore the mysteries of the sanctuary alone.

Once you’ve regrouped with your guide, you’ll descend by bus to Aguas Calientes, where you can treat yourself to a well earned lunch in one of Machu Picchu towns’ many restaurants. After lunch, you’ll board a train back to Ollantaytambo, where you’ll be met by your guide and private transport who will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. Arrival time 8pm.

*There will also be time to climb Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain in this tour after your guided tour of the Inca citadel. However please be aware, this will be an extra cost of $70 USD per person and will involve an extra 2-hours hiking. Return to Cusco will therefore be aboard a later train and arrival time in Cusco will be approx 10pm.*

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  • 6:00pm Briefing at your hotel in Cusco the night before the trek
  • Pick up from hotel in Cusco
  • Private transport from Cusco to Marco Qasa
  • Professional English/Spanish speaking tour guide
  • Entrance ticket to Humantay, Inca trail and Machu Picchu
  • All camping equipment: 2 person tents (with enough space for belongings)
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Comfortable inflatable mattress & pillows
  • Muleteers & horses (Salkantay) to carry equipment, tents, food, and cooking equipment – 7kg per person
  • Porters to carry equipment, tents, food, and cooking equipment (Inca Trail)
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, tea time & snacks (All prepared by our chef)
  • Vegetarian/vegan and special diets requested
  • Hot coca tea brought to you every morning in your tent
  • Hot drinks – coca tea, coffee & tea at meal times
  • 1 litre of boiled water per person – given after breakfast & lunch, to refill water bottles
  • 2 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Bus ticket : Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket : Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Oxygen and first aid kit

Not Included

  • Food not included in the itinerary
  • Breakfast in Mollepata on first day
  • Sleeping Bag : Can rent from agency : $ 25 USD for entire trip
  • Trekking Poles : Can rent from agency : $ 20 USD for entire trip
  • Optional lunch in Machu Picchu town : $ 27 USD (upon client request)
  • Hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain : $ 70 USD (upon client request)
  • Optional entrance to thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (S / .10 soles)
  • Porter to carry extra luggage : 8kg for $ 60 USD
  • Emergency horses along the trail if unable to hike
  • Gratuities / Tips for the guide, porters and cook

Recommendations to bring

  • Original passport – expiration date no less than 7 months
  • Valid Student ID card (if student booking)
  • Good quality walking boots or shoes
  • Good quality sleeping bag for cold temperatures
  • Trekking poles – can be rented at agency
  • Sandals for down time (very important)
  • Baselayers of varying temperatures, especially for the night
  • Thermals, gloves, scarves, wooly hat
  • Good quality trekking socks to avoid blisters
  • Raincoat or long poncho (for rainy season)
  • Waterproof trousers (for rainy season)
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Long trousers
  • Shorts suitable for hiking
  • Wide-brimmed hat – UPV is strong at altitude
  • Canteen water bottle as you should drink plenty of fluid on the trail
  • Headlamp/Torch (very important)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Medicine/personal effects (eg. contact lense liquid)
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Camera or phone camera
  • Portable battery charger
  • Toilet paper (not usually found on trail)
  • Small travel towel
  • Cash/coins – small denominations – soles & dollars
  • Swimming suit for the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (optional)

Price and Options

(Groups of 4 to 8 maximum)

STANDARD SHARED SERVICEThis service gives visitors the option of doing the Inca Trail and alternative Inca trails to Machu Picchu, to join a group of hikers, others like you who come from abroad to make this wonderful hike to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. A great opportunity to have fun and make new friends.

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Special walking program just for you, we do not get together with other people, it is organized just for you and offers you the possibility of choosing the departure date you want and the size of the group. All private services include additional services, such as extra porters to carry your personal things, walking sticks, sleeping bag and other additional services.


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Packing List


  • Original Passport
  • VALID STUDENT ID CARD (if booked as a student)
  • Immigration card (delivered on the airport upon entering Peru)
  • Good quality backpack (medium sized)
  • Water storage bottle or canteen: Camelbak bottles are recommended, but all need to be sufficient to hold 1-2 litres
  • Comfortable shoes, preferably light with good soles (waterproof goretex for rainy seasons)


The train has a luggage limit of 7-8 kilograms per person. We therefore recommend bringing only important and necessary items to Machu Picchu.

  • 7 Long sleeve shirts
  • 7 Breathable t-shirts
  • 7 Sets of underwear
  • 7 Pairs of socks
  • 2 Hiking trousers
  • 2 Shorts (suitable for hiking)
  • 2 Fleece
  • 1 Waterproof coat and pants (for rainy seasons)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sandals – In case you want to visit the hot springs in Machu Picchu town
  • Small quick-drying travel towel
  • Portable battery charger for your phone and cameras


  • Sunscreen
  • Facial moisturiser
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc.


We recommend taking a backpack into the citadel, however please be aware that bags of more than 25 liters will not be allowed. Larger backpacks will need be stored outside the gates of the citadel.

  • Water canteen:
  • Sun hat
  • Rain clothes
  • Camera or phone camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and a small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, and tips

Additional Information

VISTADOME TRAIN FIRST CLASS OR INCA RAIL 360º TRAIN : For an additional payment of $30 USD per person, you can upgrade your tour package to the Vistadome class train or the Inca Rail 360º train for the return journey from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. The upgrade is subject to the availability of trains on the dates you wish to travel.

  • Extra tickets will need to be purchased to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain
  • There are limited number of spaces available per day, so we recommend requesting booking the tickets in advance
  • Once the mountain tickets are sold out for that day, there are no options available for extra tickets
  • The cost to climb the Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain is $ 70 USD per person. This will be added to the total cost
  • Those hiking Inca Trail that wish to do Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, will also be charged an extra $ 70 USD
  • IMPORTANT: Before requesting tickets to the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, check availability by contacting us!
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Where does the tour start and end?
  • All ours tours begins with the pick up to the tourists at the door of their hotels “We pick up to our clients from any hotel located in the city of Cusco”, We recommend to stay close to the historical center of the city of Cusco, it will make it easier to find your hotel.
  • All our tours ends at the door of the hotels, it means the tours will finish with transfer to your respective hotel located in Cusco.
How to prevent altitude sickness?
  • The altitude sickness or soroche can cause you some discomfort during your visit such as dizziness, fatigue or nausea. Try to avoid alcoholic beverages and fatty foods before the visit.
  • To reduce symptoms, try to acclimatize yourself one day before to the altitude of the city of Cusco. We recommend to drink infusions of coca leaf (natural plant used by the Incas) is an excellent option to avoid the actitude sickness.
How is the accommodation?
  • For all the tours which include hotels. We offer hotels of 3* and 4* category, it has spacious and comfortable rooms, bathrooms, hot showers and bueffet breakfast. If the tourist like, you can change the accommodation to a better service. You just have to request it via email for an additional cost.
Which season is the best time to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu?
  • The dry season months between April to December are the best time to come and visit Cusco. During those days the possibility of rain is very little, so the roads are not swampy and the landscapes can be better to enjoy and takes the best pictures. On the other hand, the months with the most rain are January, February and March.
What are the coldest months in Cusco Peru?
  • The coldest season in Cusco are in the months from May to July. During this time the sun is strong in the day, but once it goes down or you spend much time in the shade, it can get very cold. It can go below zero at night, so warm clothes and Jackets are necessary to bring during these months.
How long in advance can I request the tour?
  • We recommend to purchase the tours weeks or months in advance, this because the train and Machu Picchu tickets has a limit of spaces, dont wait until the lust minute to book your tour, other ways you will not be able to find spaces.
During the trip to Machu Picchu, where the big luggages will stay?

The train company that operates to Machu Picchu does not allow the traveler to carry a suitcase that weighs more than 7 kilograms. To go up and visit the city of Machu Picchu, it is recommended to carry a light and small backpack for your convenience; the rest of the luggages you can leave them without any problem at the storage of your hotel in Cusco, or you can also leave at our office in Cusco city, we have an storage too.

Very Important in case you want to book the Inca trail to Machu Picchu:
  • CLASSIC INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS: If you want to book the Classic Inca Trail 4 days, you must to book early to get your desired date. Depending on the month you prefer to do the hike, you may need to book 6 months or more in advance, the limit of spaces for the inca trail 4 days is 400 people per each day.
  • SHORT INCA TRAIL: If you are booking the 1 or 2 day Inca Trail, it is preferred that you also book in advance, however 2 to 4 month in advance would be good, the limit of spaces for the short inca trail is 200 people per each day.
When is the best season to hike the Inca Trail?
  • The best time of year to do the inca trail is between May to October, with August and September being the best months of all. The trail is dry and the weather is lovely. During the rainy season between November to April  the trail will be wet and can make it more difficult.

What will you live in the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail 7 days

  • With this route we will combine two treks (salkantay and inca trail) to Machu Picchu.
  • This route offers you to visit the southern part of the Cordillera de Vilcabamba, showing beautiful landscapes that vary from pampas to the jungle.
  • During the tour you will be able to observe places where nature combines with ancient trails.
  • During the walk we will go through various ecosystems which offer us a diverse variety of flora and fauna of the jungle.
  • You will manage to combine various climates, impressive landscapes and archaeological sites.

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