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5-Day Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail Combo

Experience the best of both worlds with this trekking combo, leading you to Machu Picchu through the scenic routes.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

5 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

March – January

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

5-Day Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail Combo Overview

Unlock the beauty and mystery of Peru’s landscapes and history on this unparalleled 5-day Salkantay and Short Inca Trail adventure. Immerse yourself in the kaleidoscopic mix of ancient Inca ruins, awe-inspiring mountain ranges, and lush landscapes that define Peru’s rich cultural tapestry. This carefully designed tour encapsulates the thrill of exploring Salkantay’s soaring peaks and the Short Inca Trail’s historic paths.

Whether you’re a hiking aficionado eager to tackle the Salkantay trek or a history lover keen to unravel the mysteries of ancient Inca cities, this tour offers an unbeatable combination of natural beauty and historic significance. Get ready for a transformative journey that offers a deep dive into Peru’s cultural heritage and its most iconic trails and landmarks.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Humantay Lake, Ichupata, Incachiriaska Pass, Paucarcancha, Classic Inca Trail, Ollantaytambo, Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, Sun Gate, Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
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5-Day Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail Combo

Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Day 1: Departure from Cusco, Humantay Lake Discovery, and Ichupata Camp

Start your day bright and early at 4:00 a.m., as our exclusive travel team picks you up from your accommodation in Cusco. After a two-hour scenic ride, we arrive at the town of Mollepata, the ideal spot for a quick, self-sponsored breakfast. As we resume our journey toward Soraypampa, relish the sight of quaint towns and the distant, majestic Salkantay Mountain.

Upon reaching Soraypampa, we prepare for our first trek. The immediate vistas of surrounding mountains like Salkantay and Humantay make for an awe-inspiring start. From here, a 1.5-hour uphill hike takes us to the breathtaking Humantay Lake, where its turquoise waters provide a mesmerizing backdrop for photos.

After soaking in the beauty, we return to Soraypampa for a freshly-prepared lunch. Post-meal, the adventure continues with a 4-hour hike toward our first campsite at Ichupata. We conclude the day with a magical stargazing session guided by your expert trek leader, followed by a hearty dinner.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7-8 hours, 12 km

Awake to the comforting aroma of hot coca tea delivered straight to your tent. After a wholesome breakfast, we set out to conquer today’s challenge—reaching the Incachiriaska Pass, locally known as the “Frozen Inca Pass.” Along the way, marvel at the captivating views of glaciers and Salkantay Mountain, not to mention the possible sightings of local eagles, hawks, and condors.

Reaching the summit of the pass is exhilarating, and the panoramic views make it well worth the strenuous climb. After enjoying some high-altitude tranquility, we begin our descent. A delicious lunch awaits us two hours downhill at a picturesque spot.

Post-lunch, a two-hour hike lands us at our next camp in Pampacahuana. Rest your tired muscles and relax during our “mountain happy hour,” featuring tea and snacks, before indulging in a sumptuous dinner.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 8-9 hours, 15 km

Start the day with a nourishing breakfast before we begin our descent toward Paucarcancha. This fascinating Inca site is rich with historical architecture, including terraces and dwellings, offering plenty of opportunities for exploration and photography. As we proceed, we join a section of the Classic Inca Trail, where even more historical ruins await.

After a full day of hiking and absorbing rich Incan history, we reach Km 82, where lunch is served. From here, we transfer you to the charming town of Ollantaytambo. Here, you can relax and rejuvenate in a cozy hotel, reflecting on the journey so far while enjoying a local dinner experience.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7-8 hours, 16 km

As dawn breaks, we make our way to the train station for a 6:10 a.m. departure to Km 104. This marks the starting point of our trek for the day. After alighting, we clear the checkpoint and are greeted by the ancient Incan site of Chachabamba. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the intricate temples and sacred spaces as our guide walks you through its historical significance.

The day’s hike then transitions to a scenic uphill walk, culminating at the Wiñaywayna Inca Temple. Known to mean “forever young” in Quechua, this site offers both historical and visual delights. After a brief exploration and a quick snack, we set forth on the final leg of our trek to Machu Picchu. The journey takes us through the famous Sun Gate, the first point from which you can view the enigmatic ancient city.

The afternoon light graces Machu Picchu, offering you excellent photo opportunities with fewer crowds. We then take a bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu town. Here, you can relax and unwind in your hotel, eagerly anticipating tomorrow’s exploration.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 12 km

Start the final day of your adventure with an early breakfast at your hotel. We board the first bus back to Machu Picchu to capitalize on the serene morning atmosphere. Your guide will offer an in-depth tour of this ancient citadel, explaining its historical importance and the theories that surround its purpose and construction. If you opted for it, this is also the day to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (permits permitting).

As the midday sun starts to shine down on Machu Picchu, we head back to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy a leisurely lunch in town (not included in the package) and maybe do some last-minute souvenir shopping. In the afternoon, we catch the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station, depending on availability. From there, a private van takes you back to your accommodation in Cusco, concluding this unforgettable adventure.

Accommodation: None (Tour ends)
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Leisurely walking, approx. 2-3 hours

Tour Highlights

5-Day Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail Combo Highlights

  • Humantay Lake: Experience a surreal hike to the Humantay Lake with its breathtaking turquoise waters, framed by the towering Humantay Mountain.
  • Stargazing at Ichupata: Camp under the Andean sky at Ichupata and engage in an enchanting stargazing session guided by your trek leader.
  • Incachiriaska Pass: Take the exhilarating challenge of reaching the Incachiriaska Pass, also known as the “Frozen Inca Pass,” and be rewarded with panoramic views of glaciers and Salkantay Mountain.
  • Birdwatching: Capture the sight of local birds like eagles, hawks, and possibly even condors as they soar against the backdrop of majestic mountains.
  • Inca Ruins: Explore lesser-known yet fascinating Inca sites like Paucarcancha and more famous ones along the Classic Inca Trail.
  • Ollantaytambo Experience: Unwind in the charming town of Ollantaytambo, with its Inca fortress and quaint cobblestone streets, while staying in a cozy hotel.
  • Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna: Immerse yourself in the history and architecture of these intriguing Incan sites as you trek the Short Inca Trail.
  • Machu Picchu Tour: Enjoy an in-depth guided tour of the iconic Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Optional Mountain Climbs: Choose to scale either Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for even more breathtaking views.
  • Local Cuisine: Savor authentic Peruvian meals and teas throughout your journey.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to trailhead.
  • Return transportation from trail’s end to Ollantaytambo.
  • 4-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Professional chef and assistant chef.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water for water bottle refills.
  • Horse support for carrying camping equipment and luggage up to kilometer 82.
  • Horse transport for 7 kg of your personal gear.
  • Muleteers to manage horses.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Entrance fee to Huamantay, Salkantay, and Machu Picchu.
  • 2 nights in comfortable hotels (twin bedroom with private facilities).
  • Bus tickets to and from Machu Picchu.
  • Train tickets to Km 104 and return from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 1 breakfast.
  • Day 5 lunch and dinner.
  • Porter services for personal belongings on the Short Inca Trail.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 80 extra per person).
  • Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are at your discretion.

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Emergency Horse & Handler: An extra horse and a trained handler provide added safety on the trail.
  • 3-Star Aguas Calientes Hotel: Rest and recharge in a carefully selected 3-star hotel.
  • North Face Four-Season Tents: State-of-the-art, weather-resistant tents for ultimate outdoor comfort.
  • Mountain Climbing Permits: Choose between Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Vistadome First-Class Train: Enjoy scenic travel from Aguas Calientes with panoramic windows offering spectacular views.
  • Private Van to Cusco: Enjoy a direct, comfortable transfer to Cusco post-trek.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleep well with one premium sleeping bag per person.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Personal Duffel Bag: Use a durable duffel bag to conveniently carry your personal gear, including the sleeping bag and self-inflating pads.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Porter for Short Inca Trail: A porter will be available specifically for the Short Inca Trail segment, enhancing your trekking experience.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

1050

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

1100

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

1190

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

1450

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

2090

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

2490

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

*Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances – Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Huaynas Expeditions will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Huaynas Expeditions does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport & student ID (if applicable).
  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots & extra socks.
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, beanie, and thermals for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Torch/flashlight & spare batteries.
  • Camera, film & batteries.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen & water for the first morning.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel/sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks/poles.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

We’ll provide a returnable duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing, held 1-2 nights before your tour. Familiarize yourself with the bag, pack efficiently, and get essential trek details, safety guidelines, and updates. It’s a great chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Our Packing Tips:

  • Adhere to the 7 kg weight limit: Keep the weight of your personal items in the duffle bag within the 7 kg limit to maintain a manageable load for the horses.
  • Place non-essential items in the duffle bag: Store items you won’t need during the day, like extra clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags, in the duffle bag to lighten your day pack.
  • Label your duffle bag: Add a luggage tag or other identification to your duffle bag to prevent mix-ups with other trekkers’ bags.
  • Keep valuables in your day pack: Store passports, cameras, cash, and other valuable items in your day pack for added security and easy access.

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