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Salkantay and Inca Trail Trek - 7D/6N

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

At 5.00 am we pick you up from your hotel and headed with our private transportation to Soraypampa for 3.5 hours. On the way you can enjoy spectacular views of towns like: Iscuchaca and Limatambo, stunning valleys and snowy mountains as Salkantay. At the top of the track (Soraypampa) we have our breakfast enjoying the breathtaking views of Humantay (5900mt) and Salkantay (6217mt) mountain glaciers. Then do a short hike up to see the turquoise Lake Umantay which will take 2.5 hours round trip, then continue with a gentle climb for 1.5 hours at Salkantaypampa where we have our delicious lunch in front of the beautiful glacier. After lunch we continue for another hour uphill switchback to our first camp in Soroccocha at the foot of the mountain Salkantay. Then enjoy your tea time with coffee and hot chocolate. The views on this day will be truly impressive.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, 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 lunch along the way and continue our trek for 3 more hours to reach our campsite which is 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 amazing valleys. We have high tea and hot toddy at the camp.

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

Day 3: Pampajaponesa - Sisaypampa

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

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

Day 4: Sisaypampa - Wayllabamba- Llulluchapampa

After a delicious breakfast we start hiking to the end of the valley, which then enters 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 Pampa we find our first Inca archaeological site named Paucarcancha that we pass on and we arrive at Wayllabamba for lunch. Then we walk for 3 more hours through the Llullucha Valley to reach our campsite at Llulluchapampa where we enjoy our high tea in front of all the great views.

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

Day 5: Lluluchapampa - Pacaymayu - Phuyupatamarca

Early in the morning we take our breakfast and afterwards we start our climb for about 2 hours following an original Inca stone path and trek up to the Warmiwañusqa Pass (4,217m/14,047ft) where we have a magnificent view of our ascent and the trail ahead of us. We descend on a reconstructed Inca Trail down to the Pacaymayu River where we have lunch. After that we walk uphill for 2 more hours towards Runcurakay Pass (3,977m/13,127ft); from here we enjoy the breathtaking views of all the surrounding mountains. Then we descend for 3 more hours to Phuyupatamarca (3,650m/12,047ft), where we spend the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, 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 have our breakfast early in the morning enjoying the sun rise, the Urubamba Canyon, the Machu Picchu Mountain and the stunning Inca sites. After that, we descend for 2 hours through the cloud forest to wiñaywayna for lunch. 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 descend to the citadel and take our shuttle to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night in a hotel.

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

Day 7: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We leave our hotel after a very early breakfast to take the bus for the journey up to 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 back to Aguas Calientes and 16:22 we take our return train to Ollantaytambo with a bus connection to Cusco, arriving at your hotel in the evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Difficulty: Easy
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