Salkantay trek to Machupicchu 6 Days/5 Nights

Starting from $ 690.00

Per person in group Service
Dificulty:
Challenging -
Maximum Altitude:
4,620 meters / 15,157 feet
Minimum Altitude:
2,400 meters / 7,872 feet
Distances:
58 km / 36 miles
Group Size:
6-12 -16 max (Small) -
Season:
Year around
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Overview

SALKANTAY MOUNTAIN is the second largest mountain in the Cusco region (6,271 meters/20,568 feet). On the first night, you will camp within clear sight of the snowcapped peak of SALKANTAY mountain. The second day will be the longest day but the views will be worth the challenge, the hike will be strenuous and steep to reach the famous APACHETA PASS at (4,600 meters/15,088 feet). After the second day it is mainly a descent into a more tropical area and eventually reaching the town of AGUAS CALIENTES. After 1 night in a hotel we will head to MACHUPICCHU for your guided tour, a well-deserved reward but many say the trek is a reward in itself. Our trip takes us to a great look out point of MACHUPICCHU, an option to visit the Hot springs at Santa Teresa and also we have an opportunity for an amazing adrenaline rush of zip lining and rappelling on the 4th day. You also have an option to hike up HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN after your visit of MACHUPICCHU to complete a great adventure. This hike could be considered challenging depending on your fitness level. However we are very accommodating and will make sure everyone has an enjoyable safe time. Families, children and groups are recommended and welcome.
Type of hike: trekking with 4 nights camping and the last night in a hotel

Highlights: exploring villages from the country side, high passes and visiting Machupicchu
Season: year around
Maximum Altitude: 4,620 meters / 15,157 feet
Minimum Altitude: 2,400 meters / 7,872 feet
Distances: 58 km / 36 miles
ENJOY THIS HIKE WITH PROFESSIONAL MALES OR FEMALE TOUR GUIDES, LOCAL PORTERS AND CHEFS

HIGHLIGHTS

Family Owned Company! Discover Pachamama is owned and operated by Jose and Marizol Soto who were both Born in Peru and currently live in Cusco, Peru. They have a strong passion and love for their country and culture and they want to share it. They are also passionate about the empowerment of women throughout Peru. They are both experienced guides who have over 20 years’ experience hiking the Inca Trail. Here at Discover Pachamama our focus is our guests and you will be treated like part of our family. They both understand that operating a tour company is not simple about taking travelers on a route from point A to point B. It is the journey that allows you to learn and experience firsthand the local traditions and culture all while soaking in the incredible views along the way and possibly a journey of self-discovery. Jose and Marizol aim to fulfill their dreams of sharing the natural beauty and history of Peru with travelers from all around the world. We realize this could be a once in lifetime experience for some of you and we want to make sure you have the best experience. Jose and Marizol are surrounded by a team of experienced, knowledgeable, bilingual guides and trained chefs and amazing porters who our their family.

Camping Equipment

Discover Pachamama uses only top quality equipment including tents, sleeping bags and liners, pillows, duffel bags, and dining tents handmade locally in Cusco, Peru.

Food

While you are with Discover Pachamama you will eat like a king and queen. Our professional chefs have continued training to provide exceptional food along your journey. Our food is prepared with fresh ingredients and products that are purchased at our local markets. Our service includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals include soups, main courses, desserts, fresh fruits and vegetables, and hot drinks, we also provide fresh drinking water daily. We are also prepared for any dietary restrictions including vegan, vegetarian, diabetics or any other restrictions you might have. Just let us know and we will take care of any concerns you might have.

First Aid, Oxygen Tank, Satellite Phone

Here at Discover Pachamama our guides are all trained in first aid and rescue scenarios which are updated every 2 years. We carry an extensive first aid kit, oxygen tanks, a pulse oximeter and we also carry a satellite phone in the small chance of an emergency.

Portable Tolets

Discover Pachamama provides a portable environmentally friendly toilet at each of our camp sites for the private use of our guests. We also provide hand wash station, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer.

Door To Door Service

Discover Pachamama offers door to door service to all of our guests. We will pick you up at your accommodation at the start of your journey and drop you back off at the conclusion of our trip.

Luggage Storage

Discover Pachamama offers free luggage storage of any extra bag or belongings you might need to leave behind during your journey.

Extras

  • Small groups 6-16 people max.
  • Confirmed departures and personalized service.
  • Inca Trail Survivor T-shirt.
  • Special healthy snack consisting of dried fruits, nuts and fresh fruits native to Peru.

Weather Considerations / Good Time For The Adventure

We have two seasons in Cusco to consider. We have the Dry Season April/October and the Rainy Season November/March.
The Dry Season is characterized by blue skies and slightly breezy with day time temperatures 55 to 65 Fahrenheit and night time temperatures 35 to 40 Fahrenheit.
The Rainy season is characterized by possible cloudy skies and possible rain showers with day time temperatures 55 to 60 Fahrenheit and night time temperatures 40 to 45 Fahrenheit.

Itinerary

We will pick you up early at around 4:00am from your hotel. Please make sure to have your original passport and ISIC card (if applicable) with you. In a private van we will drive for about 3 1/2 hours through the Andes with gorgeous views of the SALKANTAY mountain. During the drive we will have the opportunity to stop and stretch our legs and use the bathroom. Once we arrive at CHALLACANCHA (3,800 meters/12,467 feet) our chef will prepare a delicious breakfast for us and we will meet our team who will carry our belongings. We will then be ready to begin our trek. We will follow the HUMANTAY snowy peak to SORAPAMPA, it will start with 45 minutes of going up a steep terrain and then becoming gradual for about 30 minutes until we start heading down for 30 minutes to our camp site SORAYPAMAPA (3,800 meters/12,467 feet). At camp everything will be ready for you, yours tents will be set up and waiting for you so you can change your clothes, wash up, and have a brief siesta, relax and acclimate to this high elevation. This is also where we will enjoy
our lunch surrounded by beautiful snowy mountain peaks. After lunch we can take another brief siesta and we will then hike up to the beautiful LAKE HUMANTAY (4,200 meters/13,780 feet). The trek up to the lake will be a 2 hour steep climb. We will be one of the last groups at the blue Lake enjoying the view by ourselves. We will spend about 1 hour at the lake, your guide will perform a ceremony to Pachamama and then we will head back down to camp SORAYPAMAPA. We will enjoy happy hour consisting of tea, popcorn and snacks, the chefs will be busy preparing dinner which will be served at about 7:00pm. In between happy hour and dinner we will discuss the itinerary for the next day. After dinner we will head to our tents for some much-needed rest.
Meals include: breakfast – lunch – tea time & happy hour – dinner.

Accommodations include: camping in eureka tents, sleeping bags and liners, sleeping pads, pillows, heating bags for sleeping, portable toilets
Maximum Altitude: 4,200 meters / 13,780 feet
Minimum Altitude: 3,800 meters / 12,467 feet
Distances: 10 km / 6.21 miles
Difficulty: Challenging, steep uphill, steep and gradual downhill
Time of hiking: between 5 to 6 hours

Today we will wake you up at 5:30am with a hot mug of coca tea. We will have breakfast exactly 1 hour after your wake up leaving you time to pack your belongings for the day. At 6:30am we will start our trek, the first 30 minutes will be flat and the following 1 1/2 hours of the trek will be a gradual climb to SALKANTAY PAMPA. It will then be a steep 2 hour climb to the high pass “The Savage Pass” (4,620 meters/15,157 feet). This 2 hours can be the most challenging part of the entire hike. It will be steep, rocky and possible muddy, however you will be facing the gorgeous glaciers the whole time which is a great motivation. Upon reaching the high pass the views will be amazing! After taking in the views, we will head down for about 15 minutes to eat lunch at one of the most beautiful spots near to the SALKANTAY MOUNTAIN. Our team will be waiting for us with hot drinks and hot water in buckets to wash our hands. Our chef will have meals prepared for proper digestion at this elevation. Once we have finished lunch, we will continue our hike. At this point we will be heading down and it will be gradual for about 3 hours until we will arrive at our camp site at around 4:00pm to 5:00pm WAYRAMACHAY (3,600 meters/11,811 feet). At camp everything will be ready for you, your tents will be set up and waiting for you so you can change your clothes, wash up and take a brief siesta or enjoy happy hour consisting of tea, popcorn and snacks. The chefs will be busy preparing our dinner which will be served at about 7:00pm. In between happy hour and dinner we will discuss the itinerary for the next day. After dinner we will head to our tents for some much needed rest.
Meals include: breakfast – lunch – tea time & happy hour – dinner.

Accommodations include: camping in eureka tents, sleeping bags and liners, sleeping pads, pillows, heating bags for sleeping, portable toilets
Maximum Altitude: 4,620 meters / 15,157 feet
Minimum Altitude: 3,600 meters / 11,811 feet
Distances: 5 km / 3.1 miles
Difficulty: Challenging, steep uphill, steep and gradual downhill
Time of hiking: between 5 to 6 hours

Today we will have the best morning surrounded by High glaciers. Our wake up time will be at 5:00am with a hot mug of coca tea. We will have breakfast exactly 1 hour after your wake up leaving you time to pack your belongings for the day. At 7:00am we will start our trek, descending for the first 1 1/2 hours to RAYANPATA (3,200 meters/10,498 feet). Along the way you will feel the change of the weather and beginning of the tropical forest, do not forget your insect repellent on this day. We will then take one of the most amazing paths ascending for 2 hours to UNUYOC (3,600 meters/11,811 feet). This part can be muddy and warmer but worth the hike up. On a clear day the views from this point are spectacular, you will see the end of the snowy peaks, the start of green valleys and giant mountains, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora and fauna and birds can also be observed. If we are lucky we will be able to observe the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rock”. After we reach the top and take in the views, we will start our descent down for 2 hours. The first 45 minutes will be a gradual grassy lush path, which will then turn into a steep down for the last 45 minutes until we reach a dirt road and our lunch spot TAMBO (2,400 meters/7,874 feet). Our chef and team will be waiting for us with hot drinks and hot water in buckets to wash our hands. Our chefs will have delicious meals prepared for us. After lunch we can each hop in a cable cart and zip line across the river, an amazing experience. For those not willing to zip line across the river there is a bridge to walk across. Once across, we will hike for 3 more hours. Along the way will see small and large villages, flora, fauna, a lot farms with avocado, coffee, corn and other various vegetables and fruit. We will arrive at our camp site at around 4:00pm to 5:00pm LUCMABAMBA (1,900 meters/6,233 feet). Again, upon arrival everything will be ready for you, you can proceed to your tent and change your clothes, wash up, and take a brief siesta or enjoy happy hour consisting of tea, popcorn and snacks. The chefs will be busy preparing dinner which will be served at about 7:00pm. In between happy hour and dinner we will discuss the itinerary for the next day. After dinner we will head to our tents for some much needed rest.
Meals include: breakfast – lunch – tea time & happy hour – dinner.

Accommodations include: camping in eureka tents, sleeping bags and liners, sleeping pads, pillows, heating bags for sleeping, portable toilets
Maximum Altitude: 3,600 meters / 11,811 feet
Minimum Altitude: 1,900 meters / 6,233 feet
Distances: 23 km / 14.2 miles
Difficulty: Challenging, muddy, dusty, dirt road, steep uphill, steep and gradual downhill
Time of hiking: between 7 to 8 hours

Today we will wake up at 6:30am with a hot mug of coca tea. We will have breakfast exactly 1 hour after your wake up leaving you time to pack your belongings for the day. At 8:30am we will start our trek with 30 minutes of a gradual up to a local family home located along the Inca Trail where we will have a wonderful experience learning how to make fresh coffee by hand. Farming the coffee, roasting, grinding, brewing and then enjoying a fresh mug of coffee and a snack with the family. You will also have an opportunity to support the family and buy coffee directly from them to bring home with you to enjoy. After our experience learning about coffee, we will then have a cooking class with our chef and the family. We will learn how prepare Peruvian style dishes including Lomo Soltado, Ceviche and Pisco Sour. We will also learn about avocados and how they are grown, harvested and we will then make some delicious Peruvian style guacamole. After learning and preparing all of the food we will enjoy the benefits of our labor and have a delicious lunch. Upon finishing our meal we will continue our trek with 2 1/2 hours along part of the original ancient Inca trail. This part could be challenging because you will notice that weather can be warmer and humid, again do not forget your insect repellent. The first 2 hours will be uphill with a few steps but little by little we will be at the summit and enjoying the wonderful views of the valleys and mountains (3,000 meters/9,842 feet). We will then continue but heading down for 30 minutes to PATALLACTA Archeological Site. From here you will see the first view of MACHUPICCHU, MACHUPICCHU MOUNTAIN and HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN. You will have the opportunity to explore and take photos at this site. Once we finish exploring it will be 20 minutes down to our campsite PATLLACTA. At camp everything will be ready for you, you can proceed to your tent and change your clothes, wash up, and take a brief siesta or enjoy happy hour consisting of tea, popcorn and snacks. The chefs will be busy preparing dinner which will be served at about 7:00pm. In between happy hour and dinner we will discuss the itinerary for the next day. After dinner we will head to our tents for some much needed rest.
Meals include: breakfast – lunch – tea time & happy hour – dinner.

Accommodations include: camping in eureka tents, sleeping bags and liners, sleeping pads, pillows, heating bags for sleeping, portable toilets
Maximum Altitude: 3,000 meters / 9,842 feet
Minimum Altitude: 1,900 meters / 6,233 feet
Distances: 12 km / 7.4 miles
Difficulty: Moderate, uphill, steep and gradual downhill
Time of hiking: between 4 to 5 hours

Today we will wake you up at 6:00am with a hot mug of coca tea with our tents facing MACHUPICCHU and the sunrise. We will have breakfast exactly 1 hour after your wake up leaving you time to pack your belongings for the day. At around 6:30 am we will see the first bit of sun shining over MACHUPICCHU MOUNTAIN. After this amazing moment will enjoy the last breakfast prepared by our chef. At 8:00am we will start our trek, it will be a 2 1/2 hour hike down to the town of HYDROELECTRICA. Once we reach town we will have 2 options, we can take our time and have one last delicious meal prepared by our chef in a restaurant setting or we can have a lunch prepared to go and we will eat along the way on our hike to AGUAS CALIENTES. In HYDROELECTRICA we will have a ceremony with our team as this will be the last time we see them and when they prepare to head home. We will say good bye, say thank you and offer gratuities to them for all of their hard work along the way. We will then follow the railroad tracks for 3 hours to the town of AGUAS CALIENTES. We will arrive in town around 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Upon arrival you will be shown to your hotel. Please keep in mind your duffel bag will not arrive at your hotel until about 6:00pm, which means if you want to shower or have a fresh change of clothes you should grab anything from your duffel bag at lunch time. Otherwise, you will have to wait until 6:00pm. Which could be nice as this will give you an opportunity wander around and check out the town. Once you receive your duffel bag you will have time to rest and get ready for our last dinner in a restaurant.

Meals include: breakfast – lunch – dinner in a restaurant
Accommodation include: Hotel
Maximum Altitude: 2,602 meters / 8,537 feet
Minimum Altitude: 2,040 meters / 6,692 feet
Distances: 14 km / 8.69 miles
Difficulty: Moderate, muddy and gravel trail, gradual up and gradual down
Time of hiking: between 5 to 6 hours

Today we will visit MACHUPICCHU, a magical and spiritual place and one of the Seven Wonders of The World. You will have to wake up early today to meet your guide in the hotel lobby for breakfast at 5:00am, please bring your luggage so it can be stored in the hotel while you visit MACHUPICCHU. In 2019 the government changed the rules for visitors to MACHUPICCHU, with less people now being allowed in and the permitted stay being shorter. So to make the most of our time and to fully enjoy this once in a lifetime experience, we will start our tour by taking an early bus so we can be one of the first groups into MACHUPICCHU from AGUAS CALIENTES. Upon arrival we will go through the checkpoint showing our passports and then passing into MACHUPICCHU. We will have a 3 hour guided tour through the different sectors of Machupicchu such as the urban sector, religious sector, and agricultural sector. This will be a walking tour, not a hike. Plenty of time to enjoy the sites and take photos and take in the history as your guide gives you all the details of MACHUPICCHU. If you have reserved tickets to hike HUAYNAPICCHO, you will proceed there after the walking tour. After the tour we will head back to AGUAS CALIENTES by bus. You will have time for lunch and to check out the town before we will take a train back to Cusco. Usually the train we take will be leaving at 2:55pm, but this will depend on your schedule. The train will take us to OLLANTAYTAMBO and we will then take a private bus back to your hotel in Cusco dropping you off at around 7:30pm.

Meals include: Breakfast
Maximum Altitude: 2,700 meters / 8,856 feet
Minimum Altitude: 2,400 meters / 7,872 feet
Difficulty: Walking tour

Price

2 paxs $1020 per person
3 paxs $965 per person
4 paxs $910 per person
5 paxs $855 per person
6 paxs $800 per person
7 paxs $720 per person
8 + paxs $690 per person

All our tours are priced in US Dollar.
Private tours are available and priced according to group size
Student Discount: $25 off per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a University Student Card our under 17-years-old, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount.

  • Inca Trail trek permits are limited every year (only 200 spots are offered daily) and there is a high demand for this trek.
  • HOW TO BOOK. – Permits for Inca Trail trek are getting fully booked quickly. We strongly advise that you make a booking and pay a down payment as soon as possible. CHECK AVILABILLITY HERE and Register your details on Step 2, you will then generate a reservation code and pay a down payment on Step 3 with Visa or MC (US $500.00 per person) or pay through PayPal to: DISCOVER PACHAMAMA or info@discoverpachamama.com US $500.00 per person. See more directions on: Booking Information
  • Ticket for Huaynapicchu Mt.- (This hike will be closed from April 1st to 15th after 2016). If you would like to hike the Huaynapicchu mountain after the guided tour at Machupicchu, please let us know asap and add to your booking deposit, passes are also limited. The cost is USD $75 per person ($40 per person for students with ISIC card).

Inclusions

Included

  • Pre-departure briefing at 6:30pm the night before at your hotel.
  • Private van or bus for the entire trip.
  • Permits and entrance fees for Lares, Salkantay and Machupicchu.
  • Professional and experienced guides.
  • Professional mountain chefs and assistants.
  • Full meals for the entire tour , including meals, happy hour (hot drinks) and snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten free, wheat free or special diets upon your request).
  • Boiled, filtered drinking water.
  • Horses to carry camping equipment, client tents, dinning and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, dish ware, dinning utensils and food.
  • 7 kg personal porter service for your belongings.
  • Emergency First-aid kit, Oxygen assistance and satellite phone.
  • 2 person tents which are new and spacious (4 person EUREKA tents shared by only 2 people).
  • Sleeping bags, liners for sleeping bags, sleeping pads, pillows, heating bags
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent everyday.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand sanitizer.
  • Private portable toilet
  • Hot mug of coca tea in your tent every morning.
  • 2 hours guided tour in Machupicchu and extra time for yourself.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu and return back to Aguas Calientes.
  • Tourist Expedition train return to ollantaytambo and bus back to cusco.
  • Door to Door pick up and return hotel service.
  • Taxes and Fees.

Not Included

  • Single tent US $70
  • Trekking poles US $15 a pair
  • Energy snacks and energy drinks if desired
  • Last days lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Cash Tips for your guides, chefs, porters
  • Ticket for Huaynapicchu Mt. USD $75.00, USD $40.00 with ISIC student card.

Huayna Pichhu is the mountain that stands next to MachuPicchu. It is a 45 minute steep hike to the top and a 30 minute steep hike back down. It can be quite steep if you are scared of heights. You would do this hike after your walking tour of MachuPicchu. The cost of this is $75.00 and reservations must be made in advance. We don’t want to discourage you from doing this hike, it is beautiful. However please keep in mind your fitness level, this hike will take place after 3 days of hiking on the Inca Trail and an early morning wake up on this day. Also there will be no refunds given because of weather or you deciding not to do this hike on the final day.

We recommend that you bring

  • Original passport and ISIC student card if applicable
  • Backpack 25 liters
  • Sturdy Hiking boots with good soles (Vibram Soles)
  • Warm clothes and trekking pants, not jeans
  • layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Flashlight or head lamp with extra batteries
  • Camera, extra film & batteries
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses
  • Thermals: wool socks: Gloves, scarf and wool hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent
  • A good rain jacket
  • Extra plastic bags especially in wet season and plastic garbage bags to line your back pack
  • Toilet paper, small towel, toothbrush and paste, personal medication, wet wipes, moisturizer, hand sanitizer
  • Swim clothes for the hot springs
  • Water bottle or water reservoir, water purifying tablets (optional)
  • Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, Tips for your crew
  • Trekking poles
  • For Your Duffel Bag – up to 7 kg – including sleeping bag, pad and pillow
  • 2-3 wicking t-shirts
  • 2-3 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of under garments
  • 4 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 fleece
  • 1 warm, down jacket
  • 1 rain jacket and pants
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • 1 head lamp
  • 1 waterproof gloves
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quick dry towel
  • Portable Battery charger for phone or camera
  • Various sized plastic bags (for organization, to keep things dry)

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