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Salkantay and Inca Trail Trek - 7D/6N

Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa - Lake - Salkantaypampa

At 5:00 am you will be picked up from your hotel or hostel by our private transportation for the scenic 3.5 hour drive to Soraypampa. Along the way you can enjoy spectacular views such as: Iscuchaca, Limatambo and the stunning valleys and snowy mountains of Salkantay. At the top of the track in Soraypampa, we will have an energizing breakfast while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Humantay (5900mt) and Salkantay (6217mt) mountain glaciers. After breakfast, we will do a short 2.5 hour hike up to the turquoise lake Umantay, then continue with a gentle climb for 1.5 hours up Salkantaypampa before stopping for lunchspaghettiin front of a beautiful glacier. We will then hike for another hour to our camp site at the foot of Mount Salkantay. Here you can relax with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and a delicious and well-earned dinner. The views on this day will be marvelous.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunchspaghetti, tea time and dinner.
  • Camping facilities: Accommodations
  • Distance: 13 km.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2: Salkantaypampa - Pampajaponesa

Today we continue walking off the beaten track for about 3 hours uphill. We stop to take lunchspaghettialong the way and continue our trek for 3 more hours to reach our campsite which is located approximately 1km away from the snow-capped mountain Salkantay. On the way we will enjoy the magnificent views of all the surrounding snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and valleys. We will relax with high tea and a hot toddy at the camp as well as dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunchspaghetti, Tea time & Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 14km.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 3: Pampajaponesa - Sisaypampa

Our day begins with a slow uphill climb for approximately 4 hours to reach the Incachiriaska Pass (4,880m) a name which translates to 'the place where the Inca cools down'. Around this area, in the rocky crags, lives the Andean Condor, the world's largest flying bird. From here the trail begins downhill and we reach our campsite for the night at Sisaypampa.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunchspaghetti, High tea & Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 10km.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4: Sisaypampa - Wayllabamba- Llulluchapampa

After breakfast we will hike to the end of the valley, which then leads into a wider valley named Pampacahua. There we find an Inca canal that is still in full use by the local farming settlements. At the end of the Pampacahua we find our first Incan archaeological site named Paucarcancha. After exploring the site, we will arrive at Wayllabamba for lunchspaghetti. Following lunchspaghettiwe will walk for 3 more hours through the Llullucha Valley to reach our campsite at Llulluchapampa where we will enjoy high tea in front of awe-inspiring views.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunchspaghetti, High tea & Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 11km.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5: Lluluchapampa - Pacaymayu - Phuyupatamarca

We will take an early breakfast before starting our 2 hour climb following the original Incan stone path up to the Warmiwañusqa pass (4,217m/ 14,04ft). Here we will have an amazing view of our ascent and the trail ahead. We will then descend down a reconstructed Incan trail to the Pacaymayu river, where we will have lunchspaghetti. Following lunchspaghetti, we will head uphill for 2 more hours towards the Runcurakay pass (3,977m/ 13,127ft). From here, we will descend for 3 hours to Phuyupatamarca (3,650m/ 12,047ft), were we will spend the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunchspaghetti, High tea & Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 16km
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Challenge

Day 6: Phuyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna - Aguas Calientes

Today is the most beautiful day of our Inca trail trek. We will have our breakfast early in the morning, enjoying the sun rise, the Urubamba Canyon, the Machu Picchu Mountain and the stunning Inca sites, as we eat. After breakfast, we descend for 2 hours through the cloud forest to Wiñaywayna for lunchspaghetti. Then we walk for 1 hour to the Sun Gate; from here you can enjoy your first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu and all the surrounding mountains. Afterwards, we will descend to the citadel and take our shuttle to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunchspaghetti, High tea & Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Distance: 12km.
  • Difficulty:Moderate

Day 7: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will have a very early breakfast before taking the bus for the journey up to the Machu Picchu ruins. Once inside the citadel, we are provided a 3 hour guided tour with plenty of free time for further exploring, taking photos and the option to climb Huayna Picchu or go up to the Sun Gate. Then we will head back to Aguas Calientes and at 16:22 we take our return train to Ollantaytambo with a bus connection to Cusco. You will be dropped off at your hotel in the evening, full of lasting memories and completely ready for the best sleep of your life.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Difficulty: Easy
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