Salkantay and classic Inca trail to Machupicchu, 7 days

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7 DAYS - 6 NIGHTS
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This walk is a spectacular choice for those travelers who want a peaceful hike in a route that’s currently barely untouched that will eventually merge with the Famous “Inka Trail” to the Mystical Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu. This trek leads you through the Apurimac River basin, alongside the Urubamba River, where you’ll appreciate the Snow-capped peak of the “Salkantay” mountain and site-see ancient Incan temples crowning the mountains.  The “Salkantay” Mountain is the second highest mountain of Cusco (Alt. 6,277 m). This spectacular hike, ascends through the high mountains and descends alongside ridges, bluffs and sheer vertical cliffs to finally pass through a dense beautiful snowy forest.

You will have the pleasure and privilege to walk the path of the Incas and see the most important and most sacred place of South America, “Machu Picchu” – one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

CAUTION: Please allow a minimum of two (02) days to acclimate before considering to begin your adventure package to Machu Picchu.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Your hotel in Cusco
DEPARTURE TIME 5 a.m.

 

Whats included
• Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
• Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
• Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soqma
• Four-person tent for every 2 people.
• Kitchen tent
• Dining tent with tables and chairs
• Toilet tent
• Chef
• Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
• Horse to transport 8 kg of your personal gear
• Duffle bag for your personal gear
• Emergency horse in case we need it
• Four breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
• Hot water for washing.
• Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
• Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
• Expedition train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
• Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
• One night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
• Entrance to Machu Picchu
• Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

Doesnt not inclued
• Tips: Guide, Cook, Horseman.
• Water on Day 1
• Energy snacks will be very useful such as chocolate bars, dried fruits
• $ 25 Waynapicchu Mountain (walk to top without a guide, the trail is well marked).
• $ 40 Sleeping bag rental
• $ 40 Trekking poles
• Single ten 40 $

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Day 1: CUSCO – HUAYLLABAMBA

MARQUQASA – SALKANTAYPAMPA

Our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu begins picking you up at your hotel at 5:00 am. We will have a nutritious breakfast at “Marqocasa”, this place is where we also meet our trek leader, porters, and riders to begin our hike.

Our first part of our trek will take approx. 3 hours until we reach “Challacancha”.  It’s also where we will stop for lunch. From this location you’ll appreciate the wonderful views of the magnificent snow-capped Mountain, “Rayuska”, whose elevation is around 5,350 m/17,552 ft. above sea level. We’ll spend the night at the “Salkantaypampa” camp.  However, before arriving to camp you’ll also cherick the view of 2 additional snow-capped mountains (“Salkantay” and “Humantay”).  Once at our camp site will have hot fusion tea and dinner.

DETAILS:

  • Meals:                              Lunch & Dinner
  • Pick-up:                            5:00 am
  • Lunch Location:             Challacancha
  • Accommodations:       Salkantay Pampa Camp
  • Hiking Distance:            12 km / 7.4 miles
  • Est. Hike Time:              3 ½ hrs.
  • Highest Elevation:        4,150 m “Suyroccocha”
  • Campsite elevation:    4,150 m. (Bottom of Salkantay Glacier Peak)
  • Weather:                         Cold
  • Level of Difficulty:        Moderate to Easy
  • Word of Caution:         Trail Conditions; rocky, dirt/mud, slick, trekking shoes REQUIRED.

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Day 2: SALKANTAYPAMPA – PASO INCA CHIRIASCA – ICHUPATA

We begin with breakfast followed by a 4 ½ hour walk towards “Salkantaypampa”. Once we reach this point you’ll take in breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains like; “Humantay” (Elev. 5,917 m/19,412 ft.), “Tucarway” (5,910 m/19,389 ft.), “Rayuska: (5,350 m/ 17,552 ft.) and “Salkantay” (6,271 m/20,573 ft). Lunch will served at the Pampa Japanese.

After you’ve had time to digest lunch, we’ll head east bound for about an hour until we reach the “Paso Inca Chiriasca” and then to our campsite at Ichupata.

DETAILS:

  • Meals:                              Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Highest Pass:                 “Inka Chiriaska”
  • Accommodations:       Inka Canal Camp
  • Hiking Distance:            11 km / 9.92 miles
  • Est. Hiking Time:           7 hrs.
  • Highest Elevation:        5,200mt / 17.060ft – “Inka Chiriaska Pass”
  • Campsite Elev.:             3,750 m / 12,303 ft.
  • Weather:                         Cold
  • Level of Difficulty:        Moderate to Arduous

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Day 3: ICHUPATA – LLUSCAMAYU – PAUCAR CANCHA

Our 3rd day of the Inca Trail begins with hot coca tea and breakfast, then continue with our hike towards “Ichupata”. You’ll marvel and appreciate, at different angles, the beautiful views of the Salkantay Mountain (a.k.a.) the “Wild” Mountain (Alt. 6,271 m/20,573 ft.).  From above you’ll also relish the colorful lagoons of the area. As we descend, we’ll reach a small village callded “Lluscamayu” (Lunch).  Afterwards,we continue our downslope hike to the archeological site of “Paucarcancha”, where we will camp.

  • Meals:                              Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodations:       Ayapata Camp 3300 meters.
  • Hiking Distance:            16 km / 7.4 miles
  • Est. Hiking Time:           6 hrs.
  • Highest Elevation:        Ayapata
  • Weather:                         Warm / Cold
  • Level of Difficulty:        Moderate to Arduous

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Day 4: PAUCAR CANCHA – WAYLLABAMBA – LLULLUCHAPAMPA

4th day; We’ll start with breakfast around 8:00 a.m., you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Inca site of “Paucar Cancha”.   Will have lunch at the same archaeological site and camp in Llulluchapampa”. (More detail) of trek time etc. . . . . . .

DETAILS:

  • Meals:                              Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Hiking Distance:            8 km / 9.9 miles
  • Weather:                         Different micro-climates
  • Camp location:              Llulluchapampa

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Day 5: LLULLUCHAPAMPA – DEATH WOMEN PASS – CHAQUILCOCHA

After breakfast we continue with a steep ascent towards the passage of “Huarmihuañusca” (often called the “Dead Woman Pass” – 4200 m/13750 ft.). We’ll have an impressive view of the Inca Trail below us.  Now, we begin our descend towards “Pacamayu”, where we’ll break for lunch.  Finishing lunch, we’ll hike up again to visit the archeological site of “Runcuracay” and continue on throught the “Runkurakay Pass” (Alt. 4,000 m /13,080 ft.). The views of the mountains and its natural surroundings, are spectacular. Next, we will begin a steep descend arriving to an Incan site “Sayacmarca”. Here, we’ll have a short break before continuing to our next campsite of “Chaquicocha” (3,660 m/12,007 ft.).

DETAILS:

  • Meals:                              Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Hiking Distance:            11 km / 6.2 miles
  • Lowest Elevation:         3600 m / 1,615 ft.
  • Camp Location:             “Chaquicocha”

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Day 6: CHAQUILCOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAY WAYNA

This sixth day will be distinct because you’ll enjoy several Incan sites and the hike will also be easy-going. Breakfast at 6:00 am, and we’re off hiking to reach our next archeological site of “Phuyupatamarca”.  You’ll have an excellent view of the surrounding mountains and canyons. We will continue to hike downward (3,000 steps!) through the cloud forest jungle to the Incan agricultural site of “Intipata” very close to our third camp “Wiñay Wayna” (Alt 2,650 m / 8,649 ft.).

The hike is only about 4 to 5 hours and we’ll be in camp just in time for lunch.  After lunch, you are free to explore all afternoon.  You’ll be within walking distance to the final Incan site of the “Wiñay Wayna” (translated: “Forever Young”) before reaching Machu Picchu.  Even if you are tired after the days hike, regenerate and visit Wiñay Wayna.

  • Meals:                              Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Hiking Distance:            10 km / 6.2 miles
  • Est. Hiking Time:           4 – 5 Hrs.
  • Lowest Elevation:         2,650 m / 8,648 ft.
  • Incan sites:                     Phuyupatamarka, Intipata, and Wiñaywayna

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Day 7: WIÑAY WAYNA – SUN GATE – MACHUPICCHU

(Breakfast between 3:30 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.) We leave camp at 5:30 a.m. We will fast approach “Inti Punku” (meaning: “Sun Door” – 2,730 m/ 8,792 ft.) before sunrise as the mist rises from the mountain.  It’s here that all your aches and pains will disappear as you soak in the rays of the Sunrise, all the while, embracing the majestic beauty of the Lost City of the Incas (Alt. 2,400 m/ 7,873 ft.).

After a short break, we will walk our last stretch (45 min) of the Inca trail until we reach Machu Picchu.  Of course, here you’ll have the opportunity for photographs with backdrop of Machu Picchu.

The whole morning is exclusively dedicated in exploring Machu Picchu.  Our tour guide will provide a tour (approx. 2 hours), then you’ll be on your own to investigate the Citadel.

We will then have our last lunch before you take the train back to Cusco. In the afternoon, you will board the train back to Ollantaytambo train station, where our driver will be waiting for you to take you back to the hotel in Cusco.

  • Meals:                              Breakfast
  • Est. Hiking Time:           2 – 3 Hrs.

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