Salkantay and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

6 Days
6 Days / 5 Nights


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This 6 day trek is challenging, breath-taking and a trek you will never forget.


Day 1 Cusco to Salkantay Pampa :

  • We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4:30 AM.
  • We drive to Mollepata where we have our breakfast (~3hrs).
  • Next we travel to Soraypampa to start our trek (~1.5hrs).
  • We start hiking to Humantay Lake (~3.5 hrs).
  • A little past the lake we have our lunch and a rest (~1hr).
  • Next we hike to Salkantay Pampa where our first camp is set up (~1.5hrs).
  • Here we relax, have dinner and a good sleep before continuing our trek.

10 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 Salkantay Pampa to Pampa Ccahuana :

  • After breakfast in Salkantay Pampa we hike to the Inca Chiriasca Pass (elevation of 5,000 mtrs) (~3hrs).
  • We descend into Yanaccasa Pampa (~3hrs) where we stop for lunch.
  • Next we continue hiking to Pampa Ccahuana (~2hrs).
  • Here we will enjoy a beautiful dinner before getting a good night’s sleep.

8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Pampa Ccahuana to Ayapata :

  • After breakfast, we start our day by hiking to Paucarcancha (~3hrs) which is the start of the Inca Trail.
  • We hike the Inca Trail to Wayllabamba (~1hr).
  • We have a nice lunch before continuing our hike to our campsite at Ayapata (~2hrs).
  • We have dinner and a good night’s sleep before continuing on the Inca Trail.

10 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Ayapata to Chaquicocha :

  • After a great healthy breakfast we continue our hike towards ‘Dead Woman Pass’ (~3.5hrs).
  • We descend into Pacaymayu (~2hrs) and have lunch here.
  • We continue our hike to the Runkurakay Pass (~2hrs).
  • We descend into our second campsite at Chaquicocha (Inca settlement)  (~2hrs).
  • Here we enjoy another beautiful dinner before getting a good night’s sleep.

10 hours
Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Chaquicocha to Wiñay Wayna :

  • Wake up early and enjoy a great healthy breakfast.
  • We continue our hike to the viewpoint Phuyupatamarca (~2hrs).
  • This is the first view of Machu Picchu mountain.
  • We continue our hike to the third at last campsite at Wiñay Wayna (~2hrs).
  • Here we enjoy our last dinner of the trek before getting a good night’s sleep.

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Wiñay Wayna to Cusco :

  • We wake up early and enjoy a great healthy breakfast at your hotel.
  • We take the bus from to our final destination Machu Picchu (~30min).
  • We explore Machu Picchu with us as your own tour guide (~2hrs).
  • You have the option to climb Huayna Picchu mountain (must be pre-booked, very
    steep climb).
  • Around midday we take the bus back to Aguas Calientes where you can
    have lunch (~1.5hrs)
  • Next we take the train back to Ollantaytambo (~2hrs).
  • From Ollantaytambo we take a bus back to Cusco and drop you back to your accommodation in Cusco (~1.5hrs).

8 hours

Inclusions / Exclusions


  • Pre-briefing session the night before the trek (location TBA)
  • Pick up from and drop oof to your hotel in Cusco
  • Professional and experienced Tour Guide(s) (English and Spanish speaking)
  • Train and Bus ticket(s)
  • Igloo tents (large and comfortable)
  • Sleeping mattresses
  • Expert and experienced Chef
  • Meals (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • Porter to carry all the equipment (tents, food etc.)
  • Extra duffel back for your belongings (max 6 kg/13lbs)
  • First-aid kit and oxygen tank
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu Citadel, Salkantay, Humantay Lake, Inca trail
  • Guided tour at Machu Picchu


  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Machu Picchu Mountain (can be booked at checkout)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain (can be booked at checkout)
  • Extra porter to carry all your belongings (can be booked at checkout)
  • Sleeping bag(s) (can be booked at checkout)
  • Hiking poles (can be booked at checkout)
  • Lunch on the last day
  • Tips for our crew members (Guide, Chef, Porters)
Do I need insect repellent?

Yes, you should bring your own insect repellent in particular for mosquitos.

Should I prepare for altitude sickness?

Yes, before arriving in Cusco you should consult your travel doctor and get advice about considering starting altitude medication prior to your trek. Ideally, you should arrive in Cusco at least 24-48 hours before starting any treks at altitude to ensure adequate acclimitisation.

Should I bring any anti-diarrhea tablets?

You should discuss your travel doctor if you require anti-diarrhea tables or other medications particularly if taking altitude medication.

Should I bring my normal medication?

Yes. While there are pharmacies in Cusco and Aguas Calientes, there is limited supply of prescription medications. Please bring these with you in a airtight bag for the trek.

Do I need to organise my own transport from the airport and accommodation in Cusco?

Yes. You will need to organise this.  Many hotels can organise this for you.

Will I need cash on the trek?

Yes. You will need cash for souvenirs, purchases and tips for crew members or any other locals who serve you along the way. There are ATMs in the major villages along the trek.

Overall Trip Rating:
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  1. Highly Recommend!!!
    By Laura December 13, 2022
    I did the Salkantay Trek back in December 2022 with my best friend and the perfect and fun guide, Rolando. The trip was perfect and our guide could tell us a lot of history behind the trip. He also knew when we had to stop and drink some Water:) We ended out trip by listening to Kim Larsen at a bar. A lovely time. We went to South America for 3 months and this was for sure one of the best experiences. Highly recommend!!!
  2. Rolando is an amazing guide!!
    By Ally R December 6, 2019
    Rolando was an amazing guide on our trek to Salkantay and Machu Picchu!! I got very sick on the trek and he pushed me to keep going and made it fun even when I wasn’t feeling well! We passed lots of other groups and none looked like they were enjoying themselves as much as ours. Rolando was so positive and you can tell he genuinely loves his job. He was also really flexible and allowed us to hike at our own pace. We got ahead by about half a day at one point and ended up being able to camp in the most amazing spots totally alone. I highly recommend booking with Rolando!!
  3. Salkantay/Inka Trail with Rolando
    By James May 16, 2019
    A few friends and I did the Salkantay/Inka trek with Rolando and it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The scenery was by far the best I've ever experienced, the food was the tastiest that we had while in South America, and Rolando was incredibly knowledgable and personable. Rolando was a really fun guide to have and had answers to all of our questions. It was also great to be with a guide who was respectful of all porters, tourists and locals. I'd love to go back and do it again.
  4. Salkantay
    By Ellina S April 10, 2019
    Rolando was an incredible guide for our trip! We went on the salkantay trail and had the most amazing experience. Great food, great hiking, wonderful people, and the best guide! Loved it and cannot wait to do it again!

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Personal Information



  • Passport
  • Small day pack (waterproof preferred)
  • Water storage (e.g. a 2-3L camelback)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can also be rented at checkout)
  • Headlamp
  • Rain protection (e.g. poncho, rain jacket, extra plastic bags especially in wet season

Clothing and footwear

  • 2-3 short sleeve and/or 1-2 long sleeve t-shirts
  • 2-3 pairs of hiking pants
  • 4 sets of trekking woolen socks
  • 1 fleece pullover
  • 1 warm, down jacke
  • 1 hat
  •  waterproof gloves
  • Leggings or thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses


  • Sweat Resistant Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Biodegradable Wet Wipes
  • Lip Balm
  • Toilet paper
  • Insect Spray/paste
  • Travel Towel
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Dry Shampoo
  • First Aid Kit, including:
    • Blister Pads
    • Medicine for Altitudes Sickness
    • Anti-Diarrhea
    • Aspirin / Ibuprofen
    • Paracetamol
    • Rehydration sachets

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Salkantay and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
From US$1,100
/ Adult
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/ Adolescent
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/ Child (20% Off)
  • 4700
  • Cusco
  • Apr - Oct (Dry Months)
  • Hiking
  • Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners
  • English, Spanish
  • Moderate
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