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Salkantay Trek via Inca Trail 4D/3N

Salkantay trek via Inca Trail

This is a very unique version of the Classic Salkantay Trek. The first two days follow one of the common Salkantay trails, but on the 3rd day we depart the Salkantay trails to enjoy a less trodden path that connects with the Classic Inca Trail. You even get the opportunity to walk a portion of the Classic Inca Trail on the 3rd day.

The Salkantay Trek is named for Mount Salkantay (6,271 m / 20,574 feet). This Sacred Mountain is higher than any mountain in North America. On the Salkantay trek you will see gorgeous blue lakes, stunning glaciers, cloud forest and rain forest. The last portion of this particular trek has the ecosystem more typical of the Inca Trail with lush green vegetation and many archeological ruins. This trek is a great blend of the two very popular hikes, with an incomparable variety of flora and fauna.

The trek includes two nights of camping and one night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes. It also includes a luxury train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes on day 3, dinner on day 3 at the best restaurant in Aguas Calientes, horses to carry 8 kg of your personal gear and your permit to hike Huayna Picchu mountain.

  • Overview:

    • Day 1 – Cusco – Soraypampa – Ichupata
    • Day 2 – Ichupata – Incachiriasca – Pampacahuana
    • Day 3 – Pampacahuana – Paucarcancha – Huayllabamba – KM 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
    • Day 4 – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

    Distance Trekked: 42 km/ 26 miles

    Beginning altitude: 3,800 m/12,467 ft

    Maximum altitude: 4,850m / 15,908 ft

    Overall trek Difficulty: Challenging

  • Pre-trek briefing:

    You will have a thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your trek. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.

    Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Ichupata 

    We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and have a beautiful scenic drive of 3 hours duration to Mollepata. At Mollepata we will have breakfast at one of the local houses. During this portion of the drive we will have our first views of the magnificent Salkantay and Humantay Mountains, as well as observe lush vegetation and the fields of local families growing potatoes, quinoa, lima beans, etc.

    At this point we will arrive at Soraypampa (3,800 m/12,467 ft), the trailhead for the Salkantay trek, and meet our support staff, who will pack everything for the trek and load the equipment onto horses. The first thing we will do is hike up to the magnificent Umantay Lake. After enjoying the beauty and taking pictures, we will hike back down to Soraypampa and “officially” begin the trek.

    The hike today is uphill from Soraypampa to Ichupata (4,300 m / 14,104 ft) in the upper valley. This is a 5 to 6 hour hike. Along the way we will pass Salkantaypampa, which is our lunch spot.

    Ichupata is our camp for the night. When we arrive, we will settle in, have happy hour and a hearty dinner.

    • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    • Distance Covered: 12 km / 7 ½ miles
    • Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
    • Lowest elevation: 3,800 m/12,467 ft
    • Highest elevation: 4,300 m / 14,104 ft
    • Difficulty: Challenging

    Day 2: Ichupata – Incachiriasca Pampacahuana

    After a savory breakfast, we will begin the 3 to 4 hour steep climb to towards the Incachiriasca pass (4850m/15908ft), the highest of the entire route. We will have amazing views of Apu Salkantay and glacial moraines during this portion. We will pause at the top of the pass to take pictures and enjoy the magnificent view.

    We will then descend towards our lunch spot at Sisaypampa, a flat area from which one can observe the neighboring Salkantay Valleys. This is a place where we might see Andean condors.

    After lunch we continue towards the Pampacahuana community (3,700 m / 12,136 ft), located next to an original Inca canal. This is our camp for the night.

    • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    • Distance Covered: 14 km / 8 ½ miles
    • Approximate Walking Time: 8 hours
    • Lowest elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136
    • Highest elevation: 4,850 m / 15,908 ft
    • Difficulty: Challenging

    Day 3: Pampacahuana – Paucarcancha – Huayllabamba – KM 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

    Today we change pace as we join the Classic Inca Trail. We begin by hiking downill for 2 hours from Pampacahuana to Paucarcancha (3133 m / 10,276 ft)). We will visit the Inca site of the same name.

    After the tour we will hike downhill for 5 hours until we reach Km 82, which is the start of the classic Inca trail. Along the way we will be able to see the Inca site of Llactapata. This is the first site on the Classic Inca Trail.   Our chef will make us a delicious lunch at Kilometer 82.

    After lunch we will be picked up by our private van at Km 82 and transported to Ollantaytambo (2,792 m/9,158 ft) where we will catch the luxury train to Aguas Calientes.

    When you reach Aguas Calientes you will check in to your hotel room. The natural hot springs in town are a great place to relax if there is time before dinner. Dinner will be at the finest restaurant.

    • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    • Lodging: Hotel
    • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136 ft
    • Lowest Elevation: 2,792 m/9,158 ft
    • Distance to walk: 16 km/ 10 miles
    • Estimated walking time: 6 ½ to 8 hours
    • Level of Difficulty: Easy

    Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

    You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a very early bus (5:30am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Once there you will be given a 2 hour walking tour of the site.

    You will begin your hike of Huayna Picchu mountain at 10 AM. If you are not climbing the mountain, or after you hike the mountain, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.

    When you arrive in Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
    • Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft

  • Services Included:

    • Bilingual English speaking tour guide
    • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek
    • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soraypampa
    • Four person tent for each 2 persons.
    • Inflatable Mattress and pillow
    • Kitchen tent
    • Dining tent with tables and chairs
    • Toilet tent
    • Professional chef and assistant chef
    • Wranglers, porters and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc) and eight kg (15 lbs) per hiker for your own belongings
    • Duffle bag for your personal gear
    • Emergency horse in case we need it
    • Four breakfasts, four lunches, and three dinners
    • Twice daily hot water for washing.
    • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
    • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
    • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
    • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
    • Emergency oxygen bottle, medical kit and emergency satellite radio
    • Entrance to Machu Picchu
    • Ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain
    • Round Trip Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on Day 4
    • Lodging in Aguas Calientes on night 3 of the trek (double occupancy)
    • Dinner in Aguas Calientes on Night 3

    Services Not Included:

    • Sleeping bag – you can rent one from us
    • Day 4 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
    • Tips for the crew (guides, porters, cooks, wranglers)

    What to bring:

    • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
    • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
    • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
    • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
    • Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended
    • Head lamp
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
    • Binoculars
    • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents (can be rented from us)
    • Insect repellant (minimum 30% DEET)

  • Group Service

    • US $700 per Person

    Private Service

    • US $750 per Person

  • Rentals

    • Hiking poles – US $20.00 (pair)
    • Sleeping bag – US $25.00

    Upgrades:

    • Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (5 star hotel) – US $460 per night (per person, assuming double occupancy)
    • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (4 star hotel) – US $234 per night (per person, assuming double occupancy)
    • Vistadome train (US $35) or Hiram Bingham train (US $375) for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
    • Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu on day 9 – US $45
    • Private hotel room in Aguas Calientes – US $40
    • Private tent – US $30

    Discounts

    • Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): US$20
    • Under 15 years will pay as student: US $20
    • Under 7 years Discount: US $35

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