Inca Trail by Salkantay 7D/6N
The Inca Trail Mountain of the Cordillera Vilcabamba rise to form a regged chain the Region have two gread rivers, Urubamba and Apurimac along northern cordilleramassive snous peaks collide with lush tropical rain forest. Located norwest of Cusco Nevado deSalkantay, Salkantay Mean Savage Mountain with may refer to the swirling clouds that rise up from the jungle lowlands and emgulf the peak. The Salkantay to Machupicchu trek normallyis 7 days and has became popular with trekkers Waiting.
Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Marcocasa
Today is a fairly easy day to help us ease in to the trek. Our tour begins by visiting the important Inca site of Tarawasi which lies about 2 hours drive from Cusco. After our tour of the site we’ll carry on to Mollepata where we’ll begin our trek. Following a different path to most groups we will see a variety of native plants, flowers and birds along the way and have fantastic views of the valley spread out before us.
Our campsite for the night is at Marcocasa (3500m / 11482ft) from where we will have fantastic views of the snow-capped peak tranquility.
Day 2: Marcocasa – Salkantaypampa
Leaving Marcocasa we’ll carry on along the trail heading for Soraypampa where we will join the main Salkantay trekking route. Once again today is fairly easy going without too much distance to cover. The views today are fantastic and we will see several high peaks looming above us. By the time we get to Soraypampa the 3 main peaks of the region, Humantay (5917m / 19412 ft.), Tucurway (5910m / 19389 ft.) and Salkantay (6217m / 20573ft.) will all be in view.
From Soraypampa it’s about another hour’s walk to Salkantaypampa (4100m / 13451 ft.) where we will camp for the night. Due to the high altitude it can get cold at night here so you are recommended to put on your hat and gloves before going to sleep.
Day 3: Salkantaypampa – Pampacawana
Today we once again leave the main trekking route as we head for the Inca Trail. Continuing up the valley towards Salkantay we take a side path that leads us up and over the Incachiriaska Pass (Frozen Inca Pass, 5028m / 16495 ft.) which is the highest point on the trek. From the pass we carry on down to the small community of Pampacawana (4000m / 13123 ft.) where we will camp for the night.
The views today are once again amazing. Climbing up over the shoulder of Salkantay you feel completely dwarfed by the sheer size of the mountain and can get a sense of why the Inca’s worshipped it as a god. The whole area is dotted with small mountain lakes of varying hues and colours and we will also hopefully see a variety of wildlife such as Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and White Tailed Deer and possibly some of the rarer Andean animals like Condors, Guanacos and Vicunas.
Day 4: Pampacawana – Llulluchapampa
Setting off from Pampacawana we’ll make our way down the valley to join the Inca Trail at Wayllabamba, along the way we’ll pass by our first Inca site of the trek ‘Paucarcancha’. At Wayllabamba we’ll switch from using mules to carry our gear to porters – this is to prevent damage to the Inca Trail.
Our campsite for tonight is at Llulluchapampa (3800m / 12460ft.) which is the closest campsite to Dead Woman’s Pass. As we climb up to Llulluchapampa we’ll pass through various biozones including the low sierra, cloud forest and the high puna. There are many opportunities to see a variety of plant and birdlife and if we are lucky we may spot White Tailed Deer again.
Day 5: Llulluchapampa – Chaquicocha
Today is fairly hard going as we have to make our way over 2 passes, luckily we’ve camped fairly close to the first so it’s not as hard as for most Inca Trailers who are camped in the valley far below.
The views today are fantastic, we see the high mountain ranges as we cross the 2 passes and will have the chance to visit 2 Inca sites (Runcuraccay and Sayacmarca). We will also see a variety of plant and life in the as we are now arriving to the area known as the cloud forest. Our campsite tonight is at Chaquicocha (3600m / 11800ft) which is one of the quieter campsites and affords beautiful views of the sunsetting over the mountains in the distance.
Day 6: Chaquicocha – Winay Wayna
Having made it over the 2 passes yesterday we’re now treated to a relaxing day through some of the most beautiful scenery the Inca Trail has to offer. With a relatively short distance to cover along what is known as Inca Flat (gentle ascents and descents) we get to enjoy the lush and verdant cloud forest around us and the spectacular views of the Andes in the distance.
With visits to 2 Inca sites (Phuyupatamarca and Winay Wayna) this is by far one of the most impressive days of the trek. Our campsite for tonight is at Winay Wayna (2680m / 8792ft) which we will arrive to be early afternoon and get to have an extended guided tour of once we have settled in.
Day 7: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu
Today is the highlight of the trek. Waking up early you head straight to the checkpoint to enter Machu Picchu and once the site opens can carry on to the Sun Gate where you’ll get your first fantastic views of Machu Picchu.
On arrival to Machu Picchu you’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourslef and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.
- Pre-departure briefing, presented by your tour guides
- Private bus to Mollepata -Cruzpata (trek starting point)
- Permit to the Inca Trail Trek National Park
- Entrance fee for Machupicchu Archaeological Sanctuary
- Excellent highly recommended top leaders guides
- Oxygen assistance and first aid kit en route
- 2 person per tent (new spacious tents)
- Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress, (Pillows by request)
- Dining tent with camping tables, stools and gas lamps, Kitchen tent.
- Nutritious, delicious buffet meals with fresh, high quality ingredients, high in energy value and prepared carefully to avoid illness by our excellent cooks(Vegetarian food and specialized diets
- by request) Combination of International and Peruvian Cuisine.
- Boiled purified water after breakfast to refill your bottles.
- Fairly treated staff carries the equipment, tents, food, cooking gear and dining tents.
- Health Insurance for our porters, cooks, assistants, field crew.
- Accommodation, food, transport, permits and entrance fees for our porters and cooks.
- A gentle start to the day with a wake up coca tea kindly brought to your tent.
- Plenty of time to explore Machu Picchu and a guided tour,
- Visit and guided tours in the Inca archaeological sites en route
- Tourist train return on Day 7th to “0llantaytambo” then a bus to Cusco.
- 7 Kg personal porter per person. We provides a duffle bag for the porter )
- Sleeping bag (-Minus 8ºC) US$45 for 5 nights
- Single tent US$ 90 for 5 nights trek.
- Single room in Aguas Calientes additional $20 or you can share for no additional cost.
- Trekking poles US$30 each for the entire trek.
- Thermarest US$45 for 5 nights
- Hot shower on 5th campnight (10 soles).
- Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles).
- Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits.
- Extra drinks in camps, Machupicchu or Aguas Calientes.
- Tips for the trekking crew, guides, cooks,and porters. It`s a tradition.