6-Day Salkantay & Full Inca Trail: The Comprehensive Trek

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

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

6 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

March - January

Tour type

Adventure

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 - 4:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 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
Price
FromUSD 1,790
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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
  • Deluxe 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.

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

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Tour 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.

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Payment Terms

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Booking your spot on our trek is as simple as paying a deposit of 40% of the total trip cost. We use this deposit to prepare for your adventure, securing all the necessary permits and equipment.

Please make sure to pay the remaining balance 2 days before your trip starts.

Accepted Payment Methods

We want to make things easy for you! That’s why we offer a variety of payment options: bank transfer, credit card, or PayPal. Just keep in mind, depending on the payment method, there may be some additional fees.

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Late Payments

If we don’t receive your final payment by the due date, we might have to cancel your reservation and use the deposit as a cancellation fee. To avoid this, please take care to submit your payment on time.

Last-Minute Bookings
For bookings made within 15 days of the trip departure date, the full payment is required at the time of booking.

Cancellation Policy

Client Cancellations – All Sales are Final

We get it, sometimes plans change. But due to all the planning and non-refundable expenses associated with this tour, once you’ve booked and paid, we can’t provide a refund if you need to cancel. That’s why we strongly recommend getting comprehensive travel insurance that covers trip cancellations. It’s a great way to protect yourself if something unforeseen comes up.

Force Majeure

Sometimes, things beyond our control, like natural disasters or political instability, can change our plans. In such cases, we’ll work together to either reschedule your trip or offer a credit for future travel, subject to availability and at our discretion.

Travel Insurance

We always recommend going for comprehensive travel insurance to cover trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and other unexpected events. We want you to be well-protected in case of any surprises. Remember, Huaynas Expeditions isn’t responsible for any costs incurred due to trip cancellations or disruptions 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 6-Day Salkantay Trek & Full Inca Trail Experience. 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 6-Day Salkantay Trek & Full Inca Trail Experience, 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:
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season, from May to September, offers clearer skies and a lower chance of rain.

Do I need to tip the trek crew?

While tipping is optional, it’s a kind gesture to show appreciation for the services provided by the guide, chef, and other team members.

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