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7 Day Salkantay Trekto Machu Picchu


Our aim is Machu Picchu and you want to reach it along the famous Inca Trail path but you also want to explore the area while meeting your goals well we propose you an unforgettable experience with 7 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

This trekking expedition will take you at the base of the sacred Salkantay snow peak (6,271 meters; 20,700 feet), considered by the local natives to be the "Guardian Spirit of the Jungle" and will provide you with the opportunity to experience remote native communities before joining the famous Inca Trail path to Machu Picchu.
This is one of the most picturesque trip offered in the Cusco area, so bring your camera to snap the landscape changes as you hike along. The trip is supported with horses for part of the journey. We provide you with top quality camping equipment and a very balanced and energetic diet. This is a trip that you will never forget!!!

Day1: Cusco / Soraypampa
We will pick you at 6: 00 AM in your hotel, drive to Mollepata in a private bus and stop in Limatambo town. Here we visit Tarawasi which are very important religious Inca remains. After a 4.5 hours drive we reach Mollepata (2800 m.), then from this point we start the ascent on foot towards Tillka. Afterwards, we take a wide gradually rising path whilst the trail goes through the native forests and andina pampas in difference levels. Then we end in Marcocasa. Moving on, we come to Soraypampa and we can observe the progressive change of the flora and fauna. Here we will set up our first campsite.

Day 2:Soraypamapa/ Sisaypampa
After an early breakfast, we start the walk in the direction of Salkantaypampa, which has a great view of the ice-caped Humantay mountain (5902 m.) Not long after, we will also see a spectacular view of ApuSalkantay at dawn. The mountain range is crossed to the right of Salkantay; walking up to the pass we have Humantay on the left, Rayusca on the right and in front the imposing Salkantay. The day ends in Sisaypampa.

Day 3:Sisaypampa / Pampacahua / Paucarcancha
The trail continues to the end of the valley, turns north and enters the wider valley of Pampacahua. Along the Incan canal running through the middle of the valley are small farming settlements. At the end of the Pampa the trail begins to get steeper as it passes the tree line and continues to the campsite near Paucarcancha, and the confluence of the Pampacahua and Keska valleys (3,150m/10,260 ft). (Time: 5-6 hours; Distance: 10 km) (BLD)

Day 4: Paucarcancha / Huayllabamba / Llulluchapampa 
The day begins at low altitude with a visit to the village of Huayllabamba. From here it is a progressively steep ascent to Huayruro stream (3,400m/11,084 ft) and Yunkachimpa . At Yunkachimpathe trek is joined by a new crew of porters. From here the trail crosses over to Llullucha gorge and traverses a unique forest of Unca trees, a native species, which nowadays is hard to find except in isolated areas. As the trail enters the Machu Picchu Sanctuary there are fewer people living in the area, and once out of the forest at Llulluchapampa, there is a view of Mt. Huayanay that overlooks the campsite (3,750m/12,225 ft). (Time: 5-6; Distance: hours, 8 km) (BLD)

Day5: Llulluchampampa / Runkuraqay/ Sayacmarca / Chaquicocha
A steady ascent on the Inca Trail up toward Warmiwañusca pass (4,200m/13,692 ft) affords a magnificent view of both the ascent and the trail ahead. A reconstructed trail descends to the Pacaymayo River and ascends again to the ruins of Runkuraqay and a second pass (4,050m/ 13,200 ft). From here the trail drops down to Sayacmarca( 3,850m/12,551 ft) on the original Inca Trail, passing a dry lake and the first signs of the cloud forest. The trail in this beautiful location overlooking the Aobamba Valley becomes more leisurely as it winds through imposing scenerie and continues along a ridge through amazing landscapes, including views of Mt. Salcantay and Mt. Pumasillo. The rolling flagstoned trail arrives at Chaquicocha, " village on the edge of the clouds", where the campsite is nearby. (Time: 7-8 hours; Distance 14km) (BLD)

Day 6: Chaquicocha /Phuyupatamarca / Intipata / WiñayWayna / Machu Picchu 
This day begins with a traverse along a ridge with magnificent views of the expansive cloud forest below. This little known trail goes past the newly opened site of Intipata and then ends at WiñayWayna, a great place to stop for lunch and Dinner is on your own tonight, then, we spend overnight at Camping. (Time: 4-5 hours; Distance 8km) (BL)

Day 7: Machu Picchu / Cusco 
4am breakfast then at 4.30am From here another walk along the original Inca Trail arrives at Intipunku, "door of the sun", with a spectacular view of Machu Picchu below. We need to depart early so those who wish to climb Huayna Picchu will need to sign up before the 2 hour guided tour. During your visit to these ancient ruins you will see clouds fly past and Machu Picchu will disappear with in them, so make sure you take pictures whilst the ruins are visible. After the tour you will have free time to explore the mountain of Huayna Picchu overlooking all of Machu Picchu - by far the best view! Huayna Picchu will take approximately 2 hours return trip. It is now your choice to enjoy lunch just outside the ruins or take the bus back to AguasCalientes to explore this small and quaint village. The train back to Cusco departs late afternoon so your estimated time of arrival is approximately 9pm.


  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning of trek departure
  • Private bus transfer from your hotel to the beginning of trek point 
  • Entrance fee Machu Picchu
  • Horses and porters (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment and 6kgs of personal items)
  • One emergency horse
  • Cooks for: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners, 6 Lunches (food includes: pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking. Hot drinks: Hot chocolate, coffee, and tea, including coca leaf tea that is excellent for altitude!)
  • Tea time/ Snacks: coffee/ tea, popcorn and biscuits
  • Bilingual & professional tour guide
  • Tents for 2 people (but has capacity for 3), so there is plenty of space for your backpacks
  • Accommodation for crew
  • Sleeping mats, table(s) & chairs, kitchen tent
  • Short bus from Machu Picchu to AguasCalientes (return)
  • First Aid including spare Oxygen
  • 6 nights in a tent. 
  • Backpacker train to Cusco – Ollantaytambo (Vistadome train available upon request

Not Included:

  • Sleeping bags (we have for rent at $4 per day and they are good for -15)
  • Flashlight
  • Lunch on the last day after the guided tour at Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to the Hot Springs in AguasCalientes
  • Tips for guide, cook and porters

What to bring:

  • Original Passport (same one you made the reservation with)
  • Waterproof hiking shoes or boots recommended
  • Backpack and/or Daypack (You may need one for the horse and one to carry. We do have duffel bags available for hire if need)
  • Sleeping bag for up to -8 degrees Celsius (available for rent at $4 per day)
  • Warm clothing (layers recommended) 
  • Thermals (woolen hat, socks and scarf are recommended)
  • Flashlight Camera and film
  • Batteries 
  • Sun protection (hat, sun screen, sun glasses)
  • Insect repellent -minimum recommended 20% DEET (no malaria has been reported
  • Rain jacket or Poncho
  • Water proof back pack cover
  • Water bottle
  • Water purifying tablets (in case you want to pick up water from the rivers)
  • Personal medical kit 
  • Passport and ISIC card if you are a student (originals required)
  • Money for souvenirs, drinks and tips (easier in smaller change)
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks such as chocolate, muesli, energy bars, dried fruit etc.
  • Travel towel
  • Swim suit
  • Walking poles if you think you will want them

Options and Rentals:
Single tent supplement $10 per day
Extra night in AguasCalientes $35 (or email us for alternate options). We will just need to arrange your train back to Cusco for the following day. Please tell us before final booking process. 
Sleeping bag rental ($4 per day)
Vegetarian meals
Personal horse and horsemen for riding or carrying extra personal belongings while on the trek. Extra cost is $50 for the 4 days

Take advantage of our $20US discount for students if you hold a valid International Student Identity card (ISIC). You must send us a scanned copy of this when making your reservation and present the original to the entrance control office. Failure to do so will result in a loss of permit and denied entrance to the Machu Picchu.

Single Travelers: 
If you are traveling single we will pair you up for sleeping arrangements with someone of the same sex. If you prefer to have your own tent the surcharge is $10 per day.

Trek prices are not stated on this website due to forever changing government and park fee prices. Please email us for more information. 

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