Salkantay and Inca Trail 6 Days, a combo trek designed for those looking for a real adventure along the Andes of Peru; this trek offers you magical views of the mother earth and learn a lot about the Inca culture; this is a new route to enjoy both tours in one excursion, you will pass the beautiful Salkantay glacier lake and many more sites, such as Humantay Lake, Salkantay Lake, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñayhuayna, and Machu Picchu!.
If you are looking for a challenging hike where you get to experience a different flora and fauna every day, our 6-day Salkantay and Inca Trail trek are perfect for you!.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (4:00 am – 4:30 am).
Salkantay and Inca Trail 6 Days highlights:
A non-refundable deposit (varies depending on tour) is payable from the Client to Huaynas Expeditions when reserving any Product. If the reservation is made 7 days or fewer before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. Depending on the original booking method, the client should send the non-refundable deposit to Huaynas Expeditions or the authorized Agent through whom they made their reservation.
A pre-tour briefing is given to you, ideally two days before the start of the trek. This is comprehensive information on the tour schedule, required gear, altitude, weather, etc. Questions and concerns will be clarified so that you fully comprehend the tour schedule.
It is strongly suggested to be progressively acclimatized; thus, you should arrive in Cusco 2 days previous to trek departure. Altitude sickness causes you a headache, stomache, hands tingling, etc. There is certain medicine you may take to avoid altitude sickness, for instance acetazalomide; moreover, it is helpful to have coca tea; and hot liquids to not become dehydrated. You must descend as the ultimate emergency if you develop serious altitude sickness.
If your hotel is located in the Historical Center of Cusco, Huaynas Expeditions will pick you up there. Although your guide will schedule the pickup time during the briefing, please be aware that the pickup time could change by up to 20 minutes due to traffic.
Cusco is an ancient city, and there are lots of winding cobblestone streets there. It may be challenging to move luggage to some hotels and Airbnbs because they are situated on car-free streets or long, including inclines. Booking lodging with adequate access is something we strongly advise.
You’ll be given a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. Our horses will transport them, and the horsemen will hand them to you as you arrive at each camp. They are 60 x 24 x 22 centimetres (23.6 x 9.45 x 8.66 in).
Each duffel bag can only contain a maximum of 7 kilogrammes (15.4 lb), which includes the weight of your clothing, sleeping bag, and other personal belongings.
Strikes and demonstrations are frequent in Peru, which may stop some of our tours. Roads can be stopped, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will attempt to keep your vacation as initially planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these conditions, trips may potentially be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, our operations department will manage everything with you. Your safety is our priority, and our decisions will be taken to protect it.
Because group trips are made up of various persons, physical states and ages may differ. You acknowledge that some persons may be faster or slower than you if you choose to participate in a group trip. As a result, everyone on the road may proceed at their own speed.
It is conceivable that a group may want to change the itinerary; however, after discussing with all participants, the guide will determine if such changes are allowed.
We highly advise you to buy comprehensive travel insurance before departing. A comprehensive travel insurance coverage that covers everything from high-altitude treks to unforeseen trip adjustments is a must-have travel gear. Please remember that your standard medical insurance plan will not cover some possibilities in your own country. We suggest searching for a plan that covers the following coverage:
While we try to be understanding when situations arise, the fact is that Trip Changes and Trip Cancellation incur penalties.
To book the below things in your name, we require a photo of your passport’s bio page (Peruvian Government Requirement). Please keep in mind that each traveler must be aware of the re-entry laws for their place of residence/citizenship. Some nations require a passport valid for 6 months beyond the travel date. Please confirm that your passport is current and meets your country’s and residency standards. We can purchase your flights with an expired passport, but we will require a copy of the current passport as soon as you receive it in order to update your tickets.
Most countries are permitted to obtain a visa at the point of arrival. Only a few nations require visas to be obtained in advance. Please remember that each tourist is responsible for determining whether or not a visa is required before admission. Please remember that tourist visas are usually valid for 90 days or less and require proof of return travel.
Please be aware of where you leave your belongings, and remember to take everything with you once you leave our transportation, tents, or restaurants. You are solely responsible for your items throughout the trip.
Our objective is to provide great treks, tours, and adventure experiences while adhering to environmental, sustainable, ethical, and socially conscious travel practices. We make every effort throughout our excursions to avoid negative affects and enhance benefits to the local people and natural ecosystems we visit. We pay fair, livable rates to ensure that we employ and retain the best guides and support workers. We follow worldwide sustainable tourism criteria and have continuous community projects and charity activities that benefit four or more local Andean villages.
We take pleasure in offering five-star service before, during, and after your vacation. Huaynas Expeditions is committed to providing exceptional customer service and adventure experiences.
When walking over tough mountain terrain at high altitudes in unpredictable weather, it is critical to have the best equipment possible. We supply Mountain Hardwear 4-season tents (3 seasons for Inca Trail because of warmer weather), extra thick mattress mats, dry bags for your overnight gear, and other amenities to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek.
Any hike or tour can be tailored to your travel, fitness, financial, and time constraints. Do you need a journey or tour for a business or work event, a charity organization, or any significant occasion? Get in touch; we can handle everything!
As it should be, our journeys leave nothing but smiles and footprints.
We care about the environment, which is why we reduce, reuse, and recycle. Our equipment is reusable (no paper or plastic plates/cups/utensils), we buy locally and avoid paper/plastic packaging, and we recycle anything we can. This is not the norm in Peru, but we intend to make it so one day soon!
All of our staff are enthusiastic about their jobs. Who wouldn’t want to work in an office surrounded by gorgeous mountains and endless vistas? We are happy to provide our guides and employees with the highest rates in the industry.
We come and pick up our clients from their respective hotels in Cusco, then we drive for 2 hours to Mollepata where you can have breakfast in one of the local restaurants there, and after breakfast, our journey will be to Soraypampa, the beginning of our hike. At Soraypampa, we meet our horseman, who will carry our camping gear by horses; once we are ready, we start with our adventure.
Today we will hike to one of the most beautiful lakes in the Salkantay route; at 1.5 hours walking uphill is the Humantay lake, one of the many hidden treasures in the mountainous region of Peru. The emerald water and the imposing glacier come together in an impeccable harmony in the incredible landscape you will see.
After we had a great time at Humantay Lake, we descent to Soraypampa to have lunch at a very scenic spot still with Salkantay Mt in the background, after eating the delicious meal, we’ll still hike up for about 3 hours to get to the first campsite known as Ichu Pata; at this point, we’ll be impressed by stunning views of eroded mountains and enjoy the sunset with a tea followed by delicious dinner.
Today’s nutritious breakfast makes us ready to conquer the Inca Chiriaska pass; after enjoying our breakfast in the morning, we will hike up for about 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to Inca Chiriaska pass (5,020m / 16,469ft), the highest point of the entire trek. We will enjoy the very dramatic vistas of the Vilcanota range going in different directions and the glacier peaks.
From Inca Chiriaska pass, we will hike downhill to get to the valley part and follow up the valley to reach our lunch spot located at Sisaypampa, a great place to observe the big Andean bird, called Condor of the Andes. After lunch, we will continue trekking downhill to the next camp spot, known as Pampa Cahuana, located at an elevation of 3,700 m / 12,136 ft. Where in the evening we will have tea time, subsequently dinner. All meals included.
We start the day with a great breakfast that is provided by our chef, after breakfast we start hiking downhill to Wayllabamba for 3 hours, on the way we will visit the archeological site of Paucarcancha, upon our arrival to Wayllabamba where we’ll enjoy just prepared fresh meals and hot drinks, this is the place where we replace our horses with porters since it is from here where we enter into the classic Inca trail, we’ll meet our porters who will carry our stuff until we reach Machu Picchu.
After lunch in Wayllabamba, we continue our trek to Llulluchapampa; we hike uphill for 2 hours to get to our campsite; at the camp, after our arrival, we’ll have our tea time and dinner.
Today’s breakfast makes us ready for a great adventure day; after our breakfast, we continue with our hike uphill for 2 hours to Warmiwañusca Pass (Dead Woman’s Pass); at 4,200 m/ 13,779ft at this pass we will have fantastic views of the high mountain ranges, then we hike downhill to Pacaymayo, this section presents abundant vegetation with trees of wild origin, the descent from the pass is steep although not difficult, upon our arrival to Paymayo we will enjoy lunch.
Our campsite for this night is Chaquicocha, so after lunch, we continue with our hike uphill to Chaquicocha, which offers us beautiful views of the sun setting over the mountains in the distance; on the way, we pass ancient archaeological sites half-covered by dense jungle overgrowth. In the evening we’ll enjoy our tea time and dinner.
We start the day having a nutritious breakfast at 6:00 am, with some uphill and flat we reach to the archeological site of Phuyupatamarca, from where we will have stunning views of the Andes in the distance, here we will stop for lunch, after lunch, we will continue walking until we arrive at Wiñayhuayna, the name in Quechua means ‘forever young’ and is named after a variety of pink orchid which grows here.
We will arrive to be early afternoon and get to have an extended guided tour once we have settled in. This evening we will celebrate with a sparkling wine bottle as you had accomplished the Salkantay and Inca trail, and it will be time to thank our staff members for all the effort and good service delivered; it will be our official farewell. Tips will be given this evening.
Very early in the morning, we’ll wake up with a lovely coca tea, and nutritious breakfast will make us ready for our last day hiking; the trail from Wiñayhuayna to Machu Picchu is marked and takes about 1 hour to reach the sun gate. Here we have the opportunity to see the sunrise and the Sun illumination in Machu Picchu.
After passing through the gate, we will walk downhill for about 1 hour and enter into the citadel of Machu Picchu, and finally reach the point in which you will have the opportunity to take the famous postal photo of our wonder, you’ll have 2 hours guided tour of the site where you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of Machu Picchu.
Finishing your visit, we will take our bus for 30 min down to Aguas Calientes town, to have lunch and some rest to board later your Expedition class train to Ollantaytambo train station, a private bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco. End of our service.
We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.
Our Salkantay and Inca Trail 6 Days private service includes additional items such as:
Our prices for the Salkantay and Inca Trail 6 Days are reasonable and are in different packages with the prices that are handled in the city of Cusco, and discounts will apply automatically for groups of over 5 people when booking this tour together at the same time.
We are a local tour operator that never shares service with any other company in Cusco, most agencies in Cusco share their service to save operating costs with poor quality. We guarantee to make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Our booking process is simple and you can secure your trip with only a 30% deposit and pay the rest at the destination.
*Remember that age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.
We want your vacation to Peru to be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. This section contains answers to any inquiries regarding going with Huaynas Expeditions. Please read the following information; it will assist you if you have any queries regarding our services.
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You’ll pay your remaining balance once you arrive in Cusco and in cash in US dollars or soles (Peruvian currency) to the change of the day. If you prefer payment through PayPal, you’ll be charged an additional 6% due to bank commissions. It is better to pay us with cash because there is no transaction fee.
Of course! During the tour to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be stored in our office or at your hotel. Both of them are free.
Usually, it is not accepted since the permits, and the train tickets are not allowed to change the date or transfer to another name.
But if you need it, we’ll need to buy new permits and train tickets and the cost you’ll pay for it.
Yes! You must bring your original passport, which must be the same one you sent us at the booking time. Your passport will be checked at Machu Picchu checkpoint and when you board the train.
Updating passport numbers: If you are renewing your passport, go ahead and email us a copy of your old passport to book your Machu Picchu ticket. If you no longer have your old passport, any government issue ID will be accepted, as long as the name is the same. Once you receive your new passport, please email us a copy of your new passport ASAP to change the information about your permits and train tickets.
Yes, you can book your hotel. It will decrease the price of $30 per person. If you decide to book your own hotel, don’t forget to tell us where you plan to stay so our guide will take you there safely.
We receive reservations at least 1 week in advance. However, seats are limited and are always subject to availability. Both the permits for Machu Picchu and the train ticket and permits for the mountains of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are in high demand, sometimes selling out months in advance. For this reason, we recommend that you make your reservation as far in advance recommendable 2 or 3 months in advance.
The Expedition and Vistadome categories offer comfortable leather seats and include a snack and hot or cold drink per person. The first and main difference between both categories is that the Vistadome train has windows on the roof of the cars, which allows a panoramic view of the outside. The second difference is that the Vistadome train offers entertainment services on board, such as typical dances and parades.
If you want to get the student discount, the following requirements must be met:
The university card must meet the following requirements:
If you meet the requirements above, you will get the following discount:
All students have to send a copy of their passport and student card at the time of booking to get the student discount.
Tipping is not required, but it is appreciated if you are satisfied with the services. Even though it might not be familiar in your country, the people who will look after you during the tour place a lot of importance on it. Many Huaynas Expeditions’ destinations encourage top-notch service and are a foundational aspect of the travel and tourism sector. It’s up to you how much to tip based on how well you thought out the tour and how long it lasted. Remember that leaving a tip is optional and should only be done if you receive first-class service.
Yes, Huaynas Expeditions is a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator; for that, we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and appreciate the local places and their people.
Our guides make us so happy! Their English is excellent, and they are extremely professional. They have a great deal of knowledge and love for the history and heritage of the Incas. Constant professional and personal growth is a priority for our tour guides. They conduct research to make sure that the Inca and Andean cultural theories you are given are accurate and widely accepted. Our team members are smart, athletic, and fun-loving. All of them have academic backgrounds in archaeology, tourism, botany, history, or anthropology.
You should have at least 48 hours or more in Cusco. It’s recommended to enjoy these days in the city of Cusco and in the Sacred Valley.
The Salkantay Mountain is located in Cusco, 60 kilometers northwest of the City of Cusco. It has 6,271 meters of altitude, it represents one of the highest peaks of the Vilcabamba mountain range after the Ausangate Mountain that exceeds it by 110 meters.
The Salkantay and Inca Trail Combo is a real adventure in the andes of Peru, you should choose this trek if you are looking for a real adventure and excitement to walk in the footsteps of our Andean ancestors along the sacred route to Machu Picchu.
Our tour guide is professional, he will treat you accordingly with the oxygen tank, we always provide oxygen tanks for this kind of tour.
When making plans for a long-awaited dream journey, choosing the right travel agency or tour operator is the most crucial option you will make. Initially, some businesses might appear more affordable. But if you dig a bit further, you’ll discover why booking with Huaynas Expeditions ensures that your trip will be as remarkable as it can be.
Beautifully and with good weather it is awesome! There are a lot of lakes around which reflects the sky and so it’s very colourful.