Salkantay Trek and Short Inca Trail 5D/4N (Camping)

Type of Service
Customized Private Tour
Difficulty
challenging
Frequency
March to January
Availability
Every day

Salkantay Trek and Short Inca Trail 5D/4N

The Salkantay and Inca Trail 5 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 route to Machu Picchu for decades. And the 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 Lake
  • Soraypampa
  • Salkantay Mountain
  • Winayhuana
  • Llactapata
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Short Inca Trail
  • Machu Picchu
  • Aguas Calientes
From $ 945 / per person
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Duration 5 Days - 4 Nights
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Itinerary

  • DAY 1 : CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA – LAGUNA HUMANTAY – SALKANTAY PAMPA
  • DAY 2 : SALKANTAY PAMPA – INCA CHIRIASKA – CANAL DEL INCA
  • DAY 3 : CANAL DEL INCA – LLACTAPATA – KM 82 – OLLANTAYTAMBO
  • DAY 4 : OLLANTAYTAMBO – KM 104 – WIÑAYHUAYNA – INTI PUNKU – MACHU PICCHU
  • DAY 5 : MACHU PICCHU TOUR – AGUAS CALIENTES – CUSCO

DAY 1 – CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA – LAGUNA HUMANTAY – SALKANTAY PAMPA

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

Your private transportation will take you on a 3-hour drive through the lush valley of the Apurímac River, until you reach the mountain town of Soraypampa at 3,850 m / 12,631 ft. Here you will be treated to a hot breakfast prepared fresh by our personal chef, before ascending on foot with your guide, up the mountain trail for 1-hour until you arrive at 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 lunch in Soraypampa.

After lunch you will be guided a further 2-hours along the trail to our campsite at the foot of the famous Salkantay mountain. The valley of Salkantaypampa is surrounded on all sides by towering mountains and glacial peaks, making your first night camping under the magic of the Andes a special one!

DAY 2 – SALKANTAY PAMPA – INCA CHIRIASKA – CANAL DEL INCA

Day 2 of the Salkantay Trek 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 4 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 for 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.

DAY 3 – CANAL DEL INCA – LLACTAPATA – KM 82 – OLLANTAYTAMBO

On day 3 of the Salkantay tour, the surrounding egology begins to change as you leave behind the treeless highlands of the glacial mountains & hike down into lush green wooded valleys.

The mornings’ trail follows the river from the Inca canal down to the archeaological site of Paucarcancha, an ancient Inca surveillance post and religious centre at 3,133 m / 10,278 ft. From here, you’ll follow your guide to meet the first section of the Inca Trail. Unlike the paths of Salkantay, your feet will now touch the original stones set down by the Incas centuries ago.

The second archeaological site of the day is Patallacta or Llactapata, meaning ‘High Town’ in Quechua at 2,840 m / 8,136 ft. The complex once served as an agricultural and urban center, and was an important checkpoint for travellers along the original Inca trail. After exploring the fascinating Inca ruins, you’ll walk a further 1-hour down the valley before stopping for lunch.

The final stretch of the day will be a leisurely 2-hour stroll along the Urubamba river until you reach the checkpoint at Kilometer 82. Awaiting you there is your private transport, eager to transfer you to your hotel in the town of Ollantaytambo.

After enjoying a well earned dinner in a local restaurant, you will be glad to fall into bed in your hotel and rest up for the days ahead.

DAY 4 – OLLANTAYTAMBO – INCA TRAIL KM 104 – WIÑAYHUAYNA – PUERTA DEL SOL – MACHU PICCHU

Day 4 of the Inca trail to Machu Picchu tour, begins with pick up from your hotel in Ollantaytambo and transfer to the local train station. At 7:20am you will take a 1-hour train journey to the start of the hike, Kilometer 104 at 2,200 m / 7,217 ft.

After crossing the bridge over the Willkamayu River (Sacred River in Quechua), you’ll pass through the checkpoint into the national park and find the first archeological site of the day, Chachabamba (valley of the trees in Quechua). The ruins are hidden inside a pristine semi-tropical forest, surrounded by fertile land and lush vegetation.

Once you have had chance to explore the ruins of Chachabamba, you will begin the 3-hour climb up the mountain trail to Wiñaywayna. The hike is tough but steady and will treat you to spectacular views of agricultural stepped terraces, cloud forrests and glistening waterfalls. Along the trail you will also get to know the local collection of flora and fauna, unique to the region, such as the Wiñay Wayna orchid, the Molle shrub and the Qeuña (Polylepis racemosa).

At around midday, you’ll arrive at the impressive archaeological site of Wiñayhuayna. The name means ‘Forever Young’ in Quechua and is inspired by the beautiful orchids that surround the site. Located 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, the citadel is one of the most famous sites within the sanctuary of Machu Picchu, and was once an important venue for agriculture, religion and administration. Here your guide will take you on a journey through its history and provide you with an opportunity to rest and eat the lunch box we have prepared for you.

After lunch at Wiñayhuayna, you’ll begin the afternoons’ hike to the Inti Punku Sun Gate. After hauling yourself up the steps for an hour or so, you’ll 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. As well as offering one of the most stunning views of the sanctuary and its surrounding mountains, 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 will follow the trail onward to Machu Picchu. Descending for 45 minutes, to the gates of the Lost city of the Incas at 2,490 m / 8,169 ft. Your first encounter with the citadel will be a relatively short one, but since our arrival will be late in the afternoon, there will be few tourists around to share it with.

As there will be plenty more time to befriend the Inca city on day 5, you and your guide will take the 30 minute tourist bus from Machu Picchu entrance to the town below, Aguas Calientes.

Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes) is situated at 2,160 m / 7,086 ft, 300m lower than Machu Picchu, and will be your resting place for the night. It is also home to a public ATM, a collection of thermal baths (hot springs) and a multitude of bars and restaurants. Once your guide has accompanied you to your hotel for check in, they will also direct you to the restaurant where you will be treated to an a la carte menu that evening, and possibly a celebratory drink.

*If you wish to relax in the thermal baths (hot springs), they are only a 10 minute walk from the town center and are open for visitors until 8pm. Entrance fee is 10 soles (optional extra cost).*

DAY 5 – AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU TOUR – CUSCO

After taking breakfast in your hotel, your guide will meet you at reception and escort you the bus station where you will board the tourist bus to Machu Picchu. The scenic route from Aguas calientes takes you on a 30 minute bus ride up the mountainside to the entrance of the Inca citadel. Once inside, you will be taken on a 2-hour tour of Machu Picchu, journeying through its rich history, as you make your way through the Inca city with your personal tour guide. Aswell as visting the famous sites of the temple of the sun, the central plaza and the stepped terraces, you will have plenty opportunity to take the bucket list photos you came for atop the panoramic viewpoint of Machu Picchu. Before boarding the bus back down the mountain, your guide will also allow you time to explore the mysteries of the sanctuary alone.

Once you have regrouped with your guide and taken the bus back to Aguas Calientes, there will be time to take lunch in one of Machu Picchu towns’ many restaurants (optional extra), before boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo. There you will be greeted by your guide and private transportation who will take you on the 2-hour drive back to your hotel in Cusco. Arrival time in Cusco is approximatley 6.30pm.

*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 8.30pm.*

Included

  • 6:00pm Briefing at your hotel in Cusco the night before the trek
  • Pick up from the hotel in Cusco
  • Private transport from Cusco to Soraypampa
  • 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 and pillows
  • Muleteers & horses (Salkantay) to carry tents, food & cooking equipment : 7kg per person
  • Porters to carry tents, food & cooking equipment (Inca Trail)
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 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
  • 2 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Round trip bus ticket : Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket : Ollantaytambo – Km 104
  • Train ticket : Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Oxygen and first aid kit
  • 1 night hotel in Ollantaytambo (inc. breakfast)
  • 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes (inc. breakfast)

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)
  • 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

OPTION 1
$945 REGULAR PRICE 1050 PER PERSON
PRIVATE SERVICE

(2 to 3 people)

OPTION 2
$900 REGULAR PRICE 1000 PER PERSON
PRIVATE SERVICE

(4 to 5 people)

OPTION 3
$855 REGULAR PRICE 950 PER PERSON
PRIVATE SERVICE

(6 to 8 people)

Packing List

ESSENTIAL ITEMS:

  • 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)

FOR YOUR BAGGAGE:

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

  • 5 Long sleeve shirts
  • 5 Breathable t-shirts
  • 5 Sets of underwear
  • 5 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

TOILETRIES:

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

ITEMS TO TAKE INSIDE MACHU PICCHU:

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 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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  • Departure dates: We have groups for the Camino del Inca every day of the year. Less February, when the Inca Trail is closed throughout the month. The month of February you can visit Machu Picchu by train. More is not possible to do the Inca Trail.

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 Short Inca Trail 5 Days

  • The Salkantay Trail and the short Inca Trail tour offers you an unbeatable adventure.
  • This experience gives us endless emotions from the first day of the walk.
  • It allows you to arrive and get to know one of the modern Wonders with beautiful views along the way.
  • We will have a spectacular change of microclimates during the tour full of Flora and Fauna.
  • You will enjoy a new Machu Picchu route designed exclusively by our agency.

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At Machu Picchu Viajes Perú our goal is to create the best possible experience for all our clients. Proof of our effort are our recommendations.

Cameron C
Cameron C
25/04/2023
Lovely trip Absolutely amazing trip with this group... and I suggest Sandro with everything, he was beyond knowledgeable and helpful past where he had to or most would, if you are booking tours in peru for any type of trip use this
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Sergio F
20/04/2023
Machu Picchu 2023 El tour con la guía Tatiana estuvo excelente, Tatiana se supo adaptar al grupo, sus explicaciones fueron muy claras y didácticas.Muy recomendable!!
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Fabian L
20/04/2023
Hermosa visita. Didactica y amena Muy amable, paciente y didáctica. Una hermosa experiencia. Hermoso paseo.Fuimos con amigos y disfrutamos mucho todas las explicaciones historicas
Mariano L
Mariano L
20/04/2023
60's group-birthday celebration at Machu Picchu We were a group of 7 friend celebrating our 60th's in Cusco. Tatiana, the appointed guide, approached us the day before the visit to brief us about the tour and to align expectations. Tatiana showed a deep knowledge, big patience and a great sense of humor in dealing with 7 big boys. She is the main responsible in makung our visit to Machu Picchu a wonderful and unforgettable experience.
Chuangyi L
Chuangyi L
23/03/2023
Meaningful and fantastic experience The tour guide is bravo and patient, and yet knowledgeable. He will answer all the questions related to the local culture if you do that. And the schedule is not tired at all but overall it is satisfying. Great memory and meaningful experience at Peru.
Gordon
Gordon
23/03/2023
Great experience with Sandro Sandro is the best tour guide I’ve ever met. He can explain every question you ask and he is passionate at his work. Gorgeous experience!
Stella Z
Stella Z
17/03/2023
Beichen Zhai This is a very very very gooooood and amazing trip with Domingo and Benjamin. They are professional, kind, friendly, and knowledgeable! They care about us everyday . If I have chance to be with my parents come Cusco again I will definitely choose this agency! I really hope that one day we will meet!!!
Regina M
Regina M
14/03/2023
Tour Valle Sagrado, Moray y Machu Picchu Contrate con la agencia el tour Valle Sagrado, Moray y Machu Picchu y el servicio fue excelente, me brindaron un tour privado y estuvo genial. La atención que me brindaron por WhatsApp fue muy buena resolvieron mis dudas y estuvieron al pendiente de todo.El transporte en excelentes condicones, limpio y el chofer Edwin muy amable.El guía Saul nos brindó una excelente atención e información, nos explico con detalle cada punto del recorrido, aprendimos mucho de los lugares que visitamos.Nos sentimos muy seguras en todo el recorrido.Recomiendo la agencia ya que cumplen con lo que solicitas y ofrecen.
Papla
Papla
10/03/2023
¡Increíble experiencia en el tren! Tuvimos la increíble oportunidad de viajar en el tren Expedition con show de canto y baile en vivo.Nuestro guía Juan Carlos fue muy amable y paciente en Machu picchu.Lo recomiendo al 100%.
Patricia B
Patricia B
23/01/2023
Empresa y guías súper, súper, súper recomendables!!!! Fue una experiencia única!!!! En estos dos días hemos conocido muchísimos restos arqueológicos de la civilización Inca y sobre su historia. Los guías Sandro y Benjamin son dos genios!!!! Todo el tiempo estuvieron a nuestro lado, atentos a nuestros requerimientos y siempre dispuestos a dar un poco más. Nos fuimos con la sensación de haber aprendido muchísimo y de haber conocido a full el Cusco. Son 1000% recomendables!!!!

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