5-Day Salkantay & Short Inca Trail: Ultimate Trek Combo

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

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

5 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

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 - 4:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 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
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00
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Tour Itinerary

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

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

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Tour 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.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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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.

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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Discounts

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.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 5-Day Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail Combo. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 5-Day Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail Combo, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

We’ll supply the duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing with your guide, held 1-2 nights prior to the tour’s start. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the bag and pack efficiently.

The briefing covers essential trek details, such as itinerary, safety guidelines, and last-minute updates. It’s an excellent chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

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.

By following these packing guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your trekking adventure. We look forward to guiding you on this exciting journey!

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store my luggage at the Huaynas Expeditions office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Huaynas Expeditions offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

How difficult is the trek?

The trek is of moderate difficulty. While no prior trekking experience is required, a good level of fitness will help in navigating the terrains and altitude.

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Michael Johnson

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This trek was a life-changing experience! The views were out of this world, and our guide’s knowledge and passion made it even more special. Highly recommend!

August 31, 2023
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