Salkantay Inca Trail 6 Days to Machu Picch

Overview

This Salkantay Inca trail 6 days trek takes you on a less traveled hiking path from the Peruvian Andes to the jungle´s eyebrow, passing by the foot of the impressive mountain of Salkantay (6,271 m/ 20,574 feet) and lesser-known Inca ruins to reach to the 4-day Classic or Traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The Salkantay tour and Inca Trail 6 days combine the best of both worlds – Stunning high mountain trekking near the magnificent Salkantay peak and also give you the opportunity to visit the ancient Inca ruins of the Classic or Traditional Inca trail to reach to the citadel of Machu Picchu through Sun Gate.

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Tour Price 6 Days Tour 5 Nights

Salkantay Trek 6 Days Salkantay Inca Trail 6 Days to Machu Picch
Price From
$ 850 per Person
Group SizeUp to 12
Activity LevelChallenging
Trip StylesHiking
Lodging TypeCamps, Hotel

Trip Itinerary

DAY 1: Dia 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Salkantay pampa

We’ll leave Cusco at 5:45 am. After passing the town Mollepata (3000m/9843f), we’ll head for soraypampa  (3400m/11155f), where we’ll meet the rest of our trekking team, and begin hiking into a magnificent valley surrounded by impressive snow-capped mountains, such as the Humantay (5217m/17116f) and the Salkantay (6264m/20551f). Our campsite will be at Salkantay pampa (3900m/12795f).

  • Walking Distance: 8 km / 4,4 miles
  • Overnight Accommodations: Camping facilities
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner
  • Campsite elevation: 4200m / 14,104ft.

Difficulty: moderate

DAY 2: 2 Day: Salkantay pampa – Salkantay pass – Sisay pampa

After breakfast, we’ll continue our journey around midmorning and head for the highest mountain pass in the park of Machu Picchu: the Salkantay pass (5200m/17060f).

From there, we’ll have an exceptional view of the snow-capped Salkantay (6264m/20551). Afterward, we’ll descend to the next campsite, Sisay pampa (3700m/12139f).

  • Hiking Distance: 14km / 8,6 miles
  • Overnight Accommodations: Camping facilities
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner
  • Campsite elevation: 3700m / 12,136ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging

DAY 3: 3rd Day: Sisay pampa – Canal of the Inca – Wayllabamba

At dawn. our trek leads us to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We’ll pass little creeks and visit several small archeological sites. Our trek today ends at Wayllabamba (3000m/9843f), both our camping site and the starting point for the Classic Inca Trail the next morning.

  • Hiking  Distance: 15km / 9,3 miles
  • Overnight Accommodations: Camping facilities
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner
  • Campsite elevation: 3800m / 12,460ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging

DAY 4: 4th Day: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayu

To maximize your enjoyment of the beautiful panorama and mystical atmosphere, our day starts early in the morning. Our trek takes us to the valleys of Yuncachimpa (3300m/10827f) and Lulluchapampa (3850/12631f) and finally to Warmiwañusca pass (4200m/13780f), which offers an impressive view of the snow-capped Verónica mountain.

After a short break at the summit, we’ll continue hiking down to our campsite Pacaymayu (3500m/11483f).

  • Hiking  Distance: 16km / 10 miles
  • Overnight Accommodations: Camping facilities
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner
  • Campsite elevation: 3600m / 11,808ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging

DAY 5: 5th Day: Pacaymayu – Runkurakay – Chaquicocha – Wiñayhuayna

We begin hiking after a delicious breakfast, and the anticipation of enjoying the most beautiful day of the trek. First, we’ll arrive at the archeological site of Runkurakay (3050m/10000f). Perched on a rocky outcrop, this site was supposed to be a “tambo,” a place for storing food and for messengers to rest.

We ascend to a pass at an altitude of 3950m/12960f, before descending to the ruins of Sayacmarca (3600m/11810f), a small city composed of a maze of narrow streets, houses, terraces, and fountains.

The path continues as we go by an Inca tunnel and then walk through a forest, before reaching the last pass, at an altitude of 3700m/12140f.

Below, we’ll see the ruin of Phuyupatamarca, “City Above the Clouds”, which includes an Inca relay station, impressive circular walls and an ingenious system of aqueducts that still supplies the baths with water.
We’ll enjoy a superb view of snow-capped peaks and the Urubamba Valley. Your descent to the other side is under a thick canopy of bamboo.

You’ll also see the extraordinary ruins of Wiñay Wayna (2650m/8694f) on a rocky spur in the heart of the forest and overlooking the Urubamba Valley. Dominated by a vast array of Inca terraces, the urban complex is separated in two by a grand staircase leading to a ceremonial area.
This is our campsite for the night.

  • Hiking Distance: 10km / 6,2 miles
  • Overnight Accommodations: Camping facilities
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner
  • Campsite elevation: 2650m / 8694ft
  • Difficulty: Easy

DAY 6: 6th Day: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

After our breakfast around 5:00 am, we’ll head – equipped with our flashlights – to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) to watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu.

Around 8:00 am, we’ll visit the citadel of Machu Picchu (2400m//7874f) and enjoy its spiritual charm during a guided tour of about two hours. Afterwards, you’ll have time to explore the archeological site on your own.

We’ll leave Aguas Calientes in the afternoon.

  • Hiking Distance: 5km / 3,1 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Campsite elevation: 2650m / 8694ft
  • Approximate walking time: 2 hour

Tour Inclusions

What’s Included For Salkantay trek Inca trail 6 days to machu Picchu?

  • Trekking briefing the night before at your hotel with your trekking guide where your guide will overview the trek and provide the duffle bags which will be carried by our porters.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transfer back
  • Transfer in private transport to km82 ( trailhead )
  • sleeping tents (we only put 2 in each tent) very spacious, large and comfortable with plenty of room to fit your  trekking  gear and your day packs
  • Foam mats to put under your sleeping bag (carried by horses)
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs (very comfortable)
  • English-speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups over 10 people)
  • Meals per day, tea social/happy hour every afternoon, snacks every morning
  • Portable private toilet tent
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Chef, cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Porters (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment)
  • Drinking water every morning, lunch, happy hour, and dinner time and water for washing your feet and hands
  • Expedition Tourist class train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, then a private Van to transfer back to your hotel in Cusco
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Bus tickets from Machu Picchu
  • 2 hour Private Guided tour of Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore on your own
  • Climb to the Sun Gate.
  • 7 kg /15 lb luggage allowance to be carried by our porters  (you will trek only with your day pack which is way more comfortable than carrying a big bag!)
  • We are a locally owned Peruvian company with the best adventure guides, professional chef, and amazing porters.
  • We will create a the trip of a lifetime experience for you.
  • Taxes included

What’s not  Included For salkntay trek inca trail trek to machu picchu  ?

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Sleeping bag (this can be rented from the company for $20  for the entire trek)
  • Walking sticks (this can be rented from the company $15 for the entire trek)
  • Optional inflatable sleeping pad (7cm/3″) (you can rent from the company $20)
  • Tips for the crew
Starting at
$ 850 USD
Per person (Group service)

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Ilan Schapira
2023-04-11
Salkantay trek - uma experiência mágica! Waiky Puma foi um excelente guia e amigo durante a trilha, nos ensinando tudo sobre a linda historia, cultura e geografia dos maravilhosos lugares que passamos durante a mística trilha de Salkantay. Além disso, a logística da trilha foi impecável, desde as hospedagens até o cozinheiro, tornando a experiência ainda melhor! Nota 10. Recomendo a Go Treks de olhos fechados para qualquer um que queira realizar essa e outras trilhas que este local sensacional tem a oferecer.
Marcelo S
2023-04-09
Perfeição Tudo perfeito! Desde a recepção no aeroporto de Cuzco até o retorno. Com especial atenção ao cuidado com os clientes. Refeições e acampamentos na trilha me surpreendeu. Recomento o Elisban/Puma
Victor G
2023-03-28
Salkantay trek Wayki Puma es un excelente guía, muy recomendable hace que tu estancia sea excelente recorrimos varios puntos de cusco Salkantay es lo mejor
Victor G
2022-09-21
Salkantay Trek y Laguna Humantay Fue un Excelente Viaje y mi Guía sin palabras, realmente lo recomiendo bastante ya que no te ve como un pasajero mas si no como un amigo, Wayki Puma, en salkantay trek y laguna Humantay fue excelente siempre estuvo al pendiente de mi. Recomiendo mucho el trabajo de Elisban el Puma! La comida y lugares para dormir muy buenos.
Thiago Souza
2022-09-10
Machu Picchu Ivan Puma fue incrible al presentar Machu Picchu. Mientras todos iban apurados, ello nos llevó con calma a sacar las mejores fotos y luego nos dio tiempo para disfrutar de la mejor vista del lugar. Despues sentamos y nos explicó varios detalles de la historia y de la ciudadela. Solo después de toda la información, las fotos y el maravilloso momento de contemplación, realizamos el recorrido por cada rincón de Machu Picchu.
Lauren B
2022-09-09
Best part of Peru! Go Treks Peru twas the highlight of my trip to Peru. The food and lodging was so incredible that I somehow gained 5 lbs while walking 50 miles. Our guide, Puma, managed to keep the positive energy up in our group with jokes and stories for 5 straight days. Our group was relatively young so we kept a pretty quick pace throughout the trek but Puma was very patient and hung out with whomever was the slowest that day while being supportive. The experience was life changing and I would recommend this to everyone
Carlos Alejandr... R
2022-09-05
Humantay y Sakantay Muy bueno, el guia muy profesinal y amable. Te ayuda con lo que necesitas. Super recomendado. Ivan Puma, Es un guía que tiene mucho conocimiento y experiencia, muy amable y atento. Lo recomiendo a ciegas.
Andrea Rosas
2022-08-23
Maravilloso viaje Cusco es muy hermoso !!! Pero nuestro guía ( Puma) hizo que ese viaje fuera muy mágico e inolvidable. Es un guía que tiene mucho conocimiento y experiencia, muy amable y atento. Lo recomiendo
ImHeffrey
2022-08-23
Humantay Lake and Salkantay Pass 2 days trek. One of the prettiest hikes I’ve ever done! I went alone, but ended up in a group of four along with our guide, Puma! He made the trek a once in a lifetime experience! He was very knowledgeable in history, flora, and fauna, and had a great sense of humor making learning about everything so much fun. I was only able to do one trek, but I’ll be back and booking with GoTreks Peru, again! Hopefully I get Puma again!!!!
Ro Á
2022-08-17
Machupicchu Viajar a Perú fue una experiencia maravillosa ❤️ El guía muy atento, recorrer días caminando para llegar a machupicchu
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