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New: Salkantay trek via Inca trail to Machu picchu 4 days

CODE : ZTK5C

Salkantay Trek via Inca Trail 4D/3N to Machu Picchu 

In 2020 only in Private 

NEW in 2021 in shared tour from 4 Pers

This is a 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 Salkantay Mountain (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 sites . 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 the day 3 train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, dinner at the restaurant in Aguas Calientes, horses to carry 7 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

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 our office in Cusco and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.

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
  • Quad tent for every 2 passengers.
  • Inflatable Mattress
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Toilet tent
  • Professional chef and assistant chef
  • Porters and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc) and 6kg (15 lbs) per hiker for your own belongings
  • Duffel bag
  • Emergency horse in case we need it
  • Four breakfasts, three 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 or Poroy
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo or Poroy 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

Not Included :

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

What do we need when you make a reservation?

  • Full name as it is written in your passport.
  • Scanned copy of your passport.
  • Departing date for the trail.
  • We ask for a 40% deposit, sending to us  via visa or Pay Pall online through this website:+5,5 %  or Wetravel 4,5 % (cost credit cards charge us) The balance you will pay at our office in Cusco before the start of the trek. We accept cash USD or credit card (+5,5%)

What you should bring :

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Synthetic or feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, personal towel)
  • Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended
  • Headlamp
  • 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 repellent (minimum 30% DEET)
4 Days / 5 Nights
18+ Age
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Ruins. Puno, Perú | Altitude: 2050 – 4200 m.
  • Dress Code

    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.
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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 part of the way  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. 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 into horses. The first thing we will do is hike up to the magnificent Humantay 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 Salkantay Pampa, which is our lunch spot. Ichupata is our camp site for the night. When we arrive, we will settle in, have a 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
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Day 2 :

Ichupata – Incachiriasca – Pampacahuana After our breakfast, we will begin the 3 to 4 hour steep climb 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 part of the way. 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
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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 downhill 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 picked up by our private van at Km 82 and go 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
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Day 4 :

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a bus along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Once there you will 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 or Poroy when 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

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