Salkantay + Inca Trail Expedition 7 days

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Overview of Salkantay Inca Trail Expedition 7 days 6 nights

Combine the 2 most epic treks in Peru; the wilderness hike of Salkantay and the Iconic Classic Inca Trail. For this hike, travelers need to be in good physical conditions and have experience camping.

Trip details:

Duration: 7 days
Depart: Challacancha
Difficulty: Challenging
Season: All year round, except in February
Destination: Machu Picchu
Total Distance: 86 km / 53 miles

Highlights of Salkantay + Inca Trail

Explore Humantay Lake in the afternoon
Camp near Salkantay Mountain
Join The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Help Local children’s education with TreKero

Price per person: 990 USD.

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Map of Salkantay + Inca Trail 7 days

Full Itinerary of Salkantay Inca Trail Expedition

Day 1: Cusco – Challacancha – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake

After being picked up from your hotel in Cusco, drive for 3 hours to the trailhead at Challacancha (3644 m /11955 ft). After enjoying a delicious breakfast prepared by your trekking chef, hike for 4 hours to Soraypampa following the ancient aqueduct. In the afternoon, visit the spectacular turquoise water Humantay Lake (4200 m– 13779 ft). The campsite is located at Soraypampa with comfortable camping equipment and fresh meals prepared by your expert chefs.

Total distance: 12km / 7.45 miles
Approximate time: 7 hours
Maximum altitude: 4200 m– 13779 ft
Campsite altitude: 3860 m– 12664 ft
Considered: Moderate
Meals: B, L, D

Humantay Lake
Humantay Lake

Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantaypampa – Pampa Japonesa

After an early breakfast, start with a gentle uphill towards the Salkantay mountain (the 2nd highest peak of the Cusco region and the 7th of Peru). Enjoy the amazing view of the Vilcabamba Mountain range that separates the Andes from the Cloud Forest. The total hike takes about 6 hours to Pampa Japonesa (4280 m /14041 ft). Camp next to the great Salkantay and beautiful glacier lakes.

Total distance: 13 km / 8 miles
Approximate time: 7 hours
Campsite altitude: 4280 m /14041 ft
Considered: Moderate to Challenging
Meals: B, L, D

Salkantay Inca Trail
Salkantay best views

Day 3: Pampa Japonesa – Sisaypampa – Canal Inca

Wake in your tent with a cup of coffee served by your trekking team and get ready to conquer the highest point of this expedition, the Incachiriasca pass (5100 m / 16732 ft). Once you reach the top, enjoy the amazing views while enjoying a hot cup of coca tea to help you with the altitude. From the pass, you will start descending through the Pampacahuana Valley, following the meandering streams to the third campsite next to a small village.

Total distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles
Approximate time: 8 hours
Campsite altitude: 3670 m /12040 ft
Considered: Challenging
Meals: B, L, D

Salkantay Inca Trail
Salkantay + Inca Trail Porters

Day 4: Canal Inca – Wayllabamba – Ayapata.

Enjoy an energetic breakfast and start with a 3-hour downhill trek to the Incan ruins of Paucar Cancha (3143 m / 10410 ft), a beautiful archeological complex but rarely visited. Next, continue for 3o minutes to Wayllabamba to visit another Inca Site of the same and check into the Classic Inca Trail’s second checkpoint and join the other hiker to the 4th Campsite at Ayapata.

Total distance: 15 km / 89.3 miles
Approximate time: 7 hours
Campsite altitude: 3300m / 10826ft
Considered: Moderate
Meals: B, L, D

Inca trail stairs
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Day 5: Ayapata – Dead Woman’s Pass – Chaquicocha

Wake up in the middle of the Inca Trail hikers, enjoy breakfast with the whole Inca Trail Team, and begin the 4-hour ascent to the Classic Inca trail’s highest mountain, Warmiwañuska or Dead Woman’s Pass (4200 m / 13779 ft)). Upon arrival to the top, enjoy the amazing vistas of the Vilcanota Mountain range, then decent for 2 more hours to Pacaymayo Valley (3600m / 11811 ft), where lunch is served. Well-fed and re-energized, start the 2nd mountain climb, Runccuracay Pass (4000 m / 13123). Finally, it will another 2 hours downhill to the 5th campsite at Chaquicocha (3550 m / 11646 ft). Throughout the day, you will visit several Inca sites: Runccuracay, Sayacmarca, Conchamarca.

Total distance: 16 km / 9.9 miles
Approximate time: 9 hours
Campsite altitude: 3550 m / 11646 ft
Considered: Challenging
Meals: B, L, D

Views of inca trail
Best views of Inca Trail

Day 6: Chaquicocha – Phuyu – Intipata – Wiñaywayna

After Salkantay Pass and Dead Woman’s Pass, the fifth day is well deserved. Today you will only hike half-day and mostly downhill. After breakfast, start the most beautiful day of the Salkantay Inca Trail expedition. Explore Phuyupatamarca ( 3660 m / 12007 ft), Intipata ( 2800 m / 9186 ft), and Wiñaywayna (2640 m / 8661 ft). After lunch, enjoy a free afternoon to take a shower or wander around the campsite chasing llamas.

Total distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles
Approximate time: 5 hours
Campsite altitude: 2670 m / 8759 ft
Considered: Moderate
Meals: B, L, D

view of machu picchu
View of Machu Picchu from Sungate

Day 7: Discover Machu Picchu – return to Cusco

After the long expedition across the Andes, you will arrive in one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. First, hike for 1 hour to the Sungate (Intipunku) to have the incredible Inca Citadel’s first view. Then, continue downhill for 1 more hour to Machu Picchu. You will have a guided tour exploring the most beautiful places, then enjoy your free time, or you can hike to Huayna Picchu Mountain. After You finish with Machu Picchu, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to take the Vistadome train back to Cusco. The expected arrival time is around 7:30 pm.

Total distance: 6 km / 3.7 miles
Hiking time: 2 hours
Considered: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast

Machu Picchu sunrise
Machu Picchu Sunrise

Included on the Salkantay Inca Trail Expedition

  • All transportation Included
  • Duffle bag for 8 kilos of your stuff
  • Mules and muleteers for Salkantay área
  • Personal porter for Inca Trail
  • Admission tickets to Salkantay, Inca Trail, and Machu Picchu
  • All meals included except last day Lunch
  • Tea time, wake up tea, snacks, every day
  • 6 nights campings
  • 4-man Eureka tent for each 2 trekkers
  • Sleeping foam mattress, pillows, hot water bags, extra blankets
  • Drinkable water every day
  • Portable toilets, hot showers, warm water to wash
  • Souvenir t-shirt
  • Professional English speaking Tour guide
  • Second tour guide for groups 9+
  • All taxes and booking fees included

Not Included on the Salkantay Inca Trail Expedition

  • Sleeping bags, inflatable mattress
  • Last Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Huayna Picchu admission tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips to staff

Important Information

  • Minimum 2 people to guarantee departure
  • Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and other options available
  • Travelers need a good physical fitness level

Booking and Cancellation Policy

  • Book the Salkantay Inca Trail only with 140.USD per person
  • The remaining payment can be made up to 24 hours before departure with any credit card and no booking fees.
  • Initial payment is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Cancellation with 24 hours or less, 90% of the total price is due
  • The trip can be canceled due to force majeure/ goverment restrictions