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6-Day Salkantay Trek & Full Inca Trail Experience

Go beyond the usual with a 6-day trek that combines the Salkantay and Full Inca trails to Machu Picchu.


Cusco, Peru


6 Days




March – January

Tour type



6-Day Salkantay Trek & Full Inca Trail Experience Overview

Experience the journey of a lifetime with our “6-Day Salkantay Trek & Full Inca Trail Experience.” This unforgettable adventure kicks off in the historic city of Cusco and takes you on a scenic expedition to the azure Humantay Lake, situated amidst the imposing backdrop of the Salkantay Mountain. As you ascend through a diverse array of landscapes, you’ll transition into the revered Inca Trail, a path steeped in history, legend, and breathtaking vistas, leading you to the ultimate pinnacle of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Under the guidance of seasoned professionals, each day on the trail becomes a unique experience, fusing physical trekking challenges with spiritual and cultural enrichment. Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Incas as you navigate the mountain passes of the Inca Trail, witness the awe-inspiring architectural marvel that is Machu Picchu, and stand humbled by the raw beauty of the Salkantay Mountain. Your journey through these iconic landmarks promises not only extraordinary sights but also a deeper understanding of the rich cultural heritage and natural splendor of Peru.

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 Salkantay Mountain, Humantay Lake, Paucarcancha archaeological site, Wayllabamba, Llulluchapampa, Dead Woman’s Pass, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu

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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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6-Day Salkantay Trek & Full Inca Trail Experience

Tour Itinerary

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

Day 1: Cusco to Humantay Lake and Ichu Pata

We warmly usher our esteemed adventurers from the comfort of their Cusco accommodations into a world of Andean splendor. A scenic drive brings us to Mollepata, where you can savor a morning meal and sample local cuisine. Fully satiated, we’ll proceed to Soraypampa, our trailhead, to meet the unsung heroes of the trek—the horsemen who’ll handle our camping logistics.

Today’s marquee attraction is the mesmerizing Humantay Lake. Imagine crystal-clear, emerald waters framed by towering glaciers, a breathtaking canvas painted by Mother Nature herself. This surreal setting offers an abundance of photographic opportunities, as well as a chance for quiet contemplation.

Concluding our lake visit, we amble back to Soraypampa for a palate-pleasing lunch. The panoramic backdrop of Salkantay Mountain only enhances the culinary experience. Revitalized, we ascend to our first encampment at Ichu Pata, where a warm cup of tea and a multi-course dinner await as the sun dips below the Andean peaks.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6 hours, 13 km

Fuel your body with a robust breakfast, because today we aim high—literally. The Inca Chiriaska Pass awaits us at a sky-kissing elevation of 5,020m. Achieving this summit is both a physical feat and a spiritual experience, rewarded with expansive vistas of the Vilcanota mountain range, a majestic sea of peaks and glaciers.

Our descent takes us through serene valleys to Sisaypampa, a prime locale for sighting the regal Andean Condor. A well-earned lunch prepares us for the final trekking leg to Pampa Cahuana, where you can relish a hot tea and a scrumptious dinner under a blanket of shimmering stars.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 7 hours, 10 km

Begin your day with a chef-prepared breakfast before meandering down to Wayllabamba. En route, we pause at Paucarcancha, an archaeological relic that whispers tales of Incan history and culture. The hike continues to Llulluchapampa, where porters join us, shouldering our burdens as we venture deeper into the classic Inca Trail.

Relax and recharge at the Llulluchapampa campsite, a haven in the wilderness. The day culminates in a soothing tea session and a hearty dinner crafted with love by our expert culinary team.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 8 km

Today’s agenda unfolds with a climb to Warmiwañusca Pass, colloquially known as Dead Woman’s Pass. A challenging but rewarding journey, the summit grants you unfiltered access to a panorama of towering mountain ranges. We’ll descend to Pacaymayo, a valley lush with flora and fauna, where a sumptuous lunch awaits.

The trail then snakes its way to Chaquicocha, skirting ancient ruins enshrouded in verdant foliage. As the sun lowers its fiery gaze, we’ll huddle around cups of hot tea and feast on a lavish dinner prepared with local ingredients.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 8-9 hours, 13 km

Greet the morning with an invigorating breakfast, fortifying us for the hike to the archaeological marvel of Phuyupatamarca. Following a well-earned lunch, we push on to Wiñayhuayna, named ‘forever young’ in Quechua.

Upon arrival, we’ll indulge in a comprehensive guided tour of the captivating ruins. As the day winds down, we celebrate your achievements with a bottle of sparkling wine, a toast to the Inca spirits, and a dinner marked by heartfelt farewells and staff tips.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6-7 hours, 10 km

On this pivotal day, a morning cup of coca tea and a fortifying breakfast propel us towards the Sun Gate. Here, we’ll marvel as the first light of day slowly unveils the magnificent Machu Picchu. A 2-hour guided exploration reveals the ancient site’s profound historical and cultural narratives.

Concluding our time at Machu Picchu, we descend to Aguas Calientes for a leisurely lunch before boarding an Expedition-class train to Ollantaytambo. From there, a private bus delivers you back to your Cusco hotel, bringing an end to this transcendent journey through the mystic lands of the Incas.

Accommodation: None (Return to Cusco)
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Approx. 2-3 hours, 4 km

Tour Highlights

6-Day Salkantay Trek & Full Inca Trail Experience Highlights

  • Salkantay Mountain: Trek through the captivating landscape with towering peaks as your backdrop.
  • Humantay Lake: Witness the turquoise beauty of this high-altitude lake, nestled amidst snow-capped mountains.
  • Paucarcancha Archaeological Site: Delve into ancient Inca history at this lesser-known but fascinating ruin.
  • Wayllabamba: Transition from the Salkantay route to the Inca Trail at this key location.
  • Llulluchapampa: Navigate a high-mountain meadow with awe-inspiring vistas.
  • Dead Woman’s Pass: Conquer the highest point of the Inca Trail at 4,200 meters.
  • Inca Trail: Experience the full spectrum of the Andean scenery and Incan history along this iconic path.
  • Machu Picchu: Explore the enigmatic “Lost City of the Incas,” one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

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.
  • Pickup and drop-off from/to your hotel in Cusco.
  • All transportation to and from trek starting and ending points.
  • 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.
  • Horses for 7 kg of personal gear during Salkantay section.
  • Muleteers to manage horses.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • Porter Service: To carry camping equipment, food, and other essentials.
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 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.
  • 5 nights of camping accommodations (tents provided).
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Expedition-class train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel.


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; carried by trekkers unless opting for porter service on the Inca Trail).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 1 breakfast.
  • Day 6 lunch and dinner.
  • Personal Porter Service for the Inca Trail Section: Additional charges based on requirements: Full Porter for personal gear (12kg): US$150, Half Porter for personal gear (6kg): US$75, Extra Porter for sleeping gear (4kg): US$50.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 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.
  • 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 Personal Belongings on Inca Trail: A dedicated porter will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items directly to each campsite during the Inca Trail section, allowing you to trek more comfortably.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.


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



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



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



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



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



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



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.


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:

  • Layering: Make sure to pack clothing that can be layered easily to adapt to the variable weather conditions.
  • Space: Use packing cubes or zip-lock bags to organize your gear and to maximize space in your backpack.
  • Footwear: Break in your hiking boots before the trek to avoid discomfort or blisters.
  • Dry Gear: Even if your daypack is water-resistant, consider packing your gear in dry bags or garbage bags for added protection.
  • Essentials: Keep essentials like passport, cash, and personal medication in a secure and easily accessible place.
  • Sleeping Bag: If you have not opted for the porter service during the Inca Trail section, please note that you will be responsible for carrying your own sleeping bag.
  • Lightweight: Aim to pack as light as possible, especially if you haven’t opted for a porter service. Consider your stamina and the trek’s difficulty when packing.
  • Deluxe Package: If you’ve opted for the Deluxe Package, make sure your personal belongings do not exceed the weight limit for the porter service during the Inca Trail segment.

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