Salkantay Inca Trail (6 days tour)
Salkantay Inca trail to machu picchu, it is more than the classic Salkantay trek and inca trail, it is combination of both!. Many countries have mountain ranges with beautiful scenery and Peru itself is richly on landscapes and microclimates and culture, in the salkantay inca trail to machu picchu, you will be involved in the beauty of the nature, that rarely you find at other paths.
The program needs to be confirmed with the same advantage than for the traditional 4 days inca trail, at least 7 moths for the high season, and 2 months for the low season, if is also offered only in private service.
Along the trail you will pass by really high elevations, the inkachiriasca pass is the highest one and it located at 5100 meters above sea level, a previous acclimation to high altitude is needed and at least 3 days arrival to Cusco before the trek.
The trail is done only few times a year and you will not see other hiker for the 1st 3 days, then you will reach the traditional part of the 4 days hike, where you can join the hikers on their 2nd day, but we will still run it in private service only for our group.
Do this fantastic Salkantay to Machu Picchu by the Inca trail.
Day 01: Cusco – soraypampa – Ichupata. Pick up from your hotel at 08¿5:00 hrs, then drive transport to Mollepata (approx. 3 hours). After some time for breakfast, continue driving to soraypampa, here we will meet our muleteers and after packing the gear we will start our hike, the hike goes by a trail that goes by a valley and approaches to a flat ground named salkantaytampa and stop for lunch, after lunch we continue our walk and start with the uphill section, and after 3 hours from lunch we can camp at a scenic place named ichupata 4300,eter above sea lever (straw grass spot).
Day 02: Ichu Pata – inca chiriaska – sisay pampa. The cooler morning temperatures will be excellent to ascend and summit the highest and toughest point of the entire trail. the highest point is located over 5.100 masl near the majestic snow peaks of salkantay, later summit the trail lead smoothly downhill until our campsite called sisay pampa at 3700 masl, the hiking time will be about 7 hours and it will be in a cold camp ground.
Day 03: Saisay Pampa – canal inca – Ayapata. a nice trek, mostly downhill (canal inca means incas irrigation channels), also original inca path is still possible to see right there, lunch is a great opportunity to get energy and enjoy landscape which is something you have to see, then after lunch the trail leads to huayllabamba the 1st camp ground in the 4 days inca trail to machu picchu, from here we will walk upihl for 1.5 hours and reach an spot named ayapata or 3 piedras where you spend the night.
Day 04: Ayapata – Pacaymayu. early wake up and uphill climb the steep sided llulluchapampa area, we pass it by rushing stream and through enchanted native forest, crossing the rim of this small plateau we abruptly find ourselves in the highland again. The inca trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). Where we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snow peaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif. We continue to the floor of the forested Pacaymayu valley.
Day 05: Pacaymayu – Wiñayhuayna. From Pacaymayu, the trail climbs steeply up the opposite side of the valley wall, towards the second pass. About halfway upthere is a small round roofless stone building, This Inca archaeological remains is known as Runcuracay. The building is thought to have been a astronomic site. After the trail continues climbing towards the second pass “the Abra de Runcuracay”, which is at around 3900m; then continues downhill to salyacmarka inca site, then the trail leads to next pass and, just beyond it, a third Inca site, Phuyupatamarca (“Cloud-level Town”). This site appears to have had some ritual function; the rectangular structures along one side are baths, which were apparently fed from a spring higher up. Below Phuyupatamarca, the trail spirals and descends steeply towards Wiñayhuayna, (“Forever Young”), another inca site, to the campsite and a visitors lodge nearby.
Day 06: Wiñayhuayna – Machu picchu. Early in the morning we leave to reach Intipunku (Sun gate) in time for sunrise. From where we get the first glance of Machu Picchu between the mountains on its saddle high over the Urubamba River the tour in Machu Picchu starts after checking our entry. We will be able to appreciate the fine architecture of the Inkas. After the guided tour you wil be able to clinb the top of Wayna Picchu, from where one has a good overview of the whole area and the full site of Machu Picchu. Another possibility is to visit the beautiful temple of the moon. In the afternoon we meet in Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco. Transfer to hotel and end of salkantay inca trail – salkantay inca trail machu picchu trek.
Service available in private service: from (March – January).
- Transfer from Cusco to trail head.
- Inca Trail & Machu Picchu entrance fees.
- English speaking professional guide (two guides for groups over 9 persons).
- Igloo tents – 2 persons in each 3-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher
comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, 2008-new, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
- Double thickness foam mattress.
- Cook and cooking equipment.
- Meals (03B,03L,03D) – food includes pancakes, omelet’s, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude.
- Teatime every day (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn).
- Porters (to carry the tents, food, and cooking equipment).
- Dining tent with camp tables and chairs, Kitchen tent.
- Accommodation for our porters and cooks.
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town.
- Train ticket (Backpackers service) from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or Ollantaytambo.
- Transfer from the train station to your hotel.
- Breakfast on day 1. Some hotels offer an early morning breakfast service. If not, we stop at Mollepata on the way to the start on the trek where you’ll have the opportunity to have breakfast.
- Lunch on the last day.
- Sleeping bags (can be hired in Cusco).
- Tips for the guide, cook and porters.
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