7 Day Salkantay Trek: Including Inca Trail
7 Day Salkantay Trek: Including Inca Trail
7 Day Salkantay Trek: Including Inca Trail
7 Day Salkantay Trek: Including Inca Trail
7 Day Salkantay Trek: Including Inca Trail7 Day Salkantay Trek: Including Inca Trail7 Day Salkantay Trek: Including Inca Trail7 Day Salkantay Trek: Including Inca Trail

7 Day Salkantay Trek: Including Inca Trail

Cusco - Cusco

Looking for an epic adventure? Look no further than our Peru 7-day Salkantay Trek tour including the Inca Trail.  This is the perfect combination of two iconic routes in Peru, both of which were named among the top twenty-five treks in the world by National Geographic.

Along the way you’ll experience stunning views from Humantay Mountain and Salkantay Mountain, learn about fascinating Incan culture from your expert local guides and visit archaeological sites, all while pushing yourself to your limits. At the end of it all you’ll feel an immense sense of accomplishment and pride as you take in the beautiful panorama that is Peru’s dense jungle.

So why not join us on this awe-inspiring trek? Whether you go alone, with family or with friends, we can guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Are you up to the challenge?


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Tour Details

  • Duration7 Days
  • Type TripTrekking
  • Group SizeMax 12 people
  • LanguagesEng, Esp,
  • SeasonYear around
  • DifficultyHard


Why us

  • Reliable tour operator, certified guides, and drivers. Guaranteed Quality!
  • Personalized assistance before, during, and after the trip
  • Explore the hidden spots to take that epic photos.


    Travel Route

    Day 1: Cusco/Mollepata/Marcoccasa/Soraypampa – Sky Camp
    Day 2: Humantay Lake/Soraypampa/ Salkantaypampa/Ichupata
    Day 3: Ichupata/ Incachiriaska Pass/ Inca Canal
    Day 4: Inca Canal/ Paucarcancha/Wayllabamba/Ayapata
    Day 5: Ayapata/Death Woman’s Pass/Runkuraqay Pass/Yanacocha/Sayacmarca/ Chaquicocha
    Day 6: Chaquicocha/ Phuyupatamarca/ Inpata/ Wiñay Wayna
    Day 7: Wiñay Wayna/  Sun Gate (In Punku)/ Machu Picchu/ Aguas Calientes/ Ollantaytambo/ Cusco

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    Technical Details

    Starts at: Cusco
    Ends in: Cusco
    Name: 7 Days Salkantay Trek: Including Inca Trail
    Total Hiking: 75 km/46.7 miles
    Altitude: highest point 5100m (16.732 ft)


    Tour Destinations

    Soraypampa – Sky Camp
    Humantay Lake
    Incachiriaska Pass
    Inca Canal
    Death Woman’s Pass
    Runkuraqay Pass
    Wiñay Wayna
    Sun Gate (In Punku)
    Machu Picchu
    Aguas Calientes


    Day 1 Cusco/Mollepata/Marcoccasa/Soraypampa - Sky Camp

    Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!  We’ll start the day bright and early, picking you up from your accommodation in Cusco at 4:30am by private transport before arriving at the starting point of your journey – Marcoccasa. Along the way, you’ll get to know the rest of your team who will accompany you every step of the way.

    Your hike starts with scenic green valleys surrounded by imposing Andean mountains and then, after 3 hours of excavation, you’ll reach lunchtime. As if by magic, the ginormous sacred Humantay Glacier will suddenly appear, sure to leave you astounded. Make sure to pack some extra layers too; once you reach this point the temperature will start to drop quickly!

    Finally, we’ll make it camp for the night in Soraypampa where our team welcomes you with hot drinks and a delightful dinner accompanied by stunning glaciers before heading off to sleep in Sky Camp Igloos.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Day 2 Humantay Lake/Soraypampa/ Salkantaypampa/Ichupata

    We’ll give you a wake-up call early this morning with a hot cup of coca-leaf tea. After a delicious breakfast, our guide will give you a talk on the importance of mountains in Andean culture. Then, it’s time to start your 1.5 hour hike to the gorgeous Humantay Lake. This natural gem is enveloped by a snowy glacier of the same name and is still used for ritual ceremonies honoring Mother Nature – or as the Andean communities call her, Pachamama.

    After lunch and a short rest at our camp in Soraypampa, we’ll continue with a slight ascent to Salkantaypampa. Here you will be faced with the impressive Salkantay Mountain. We’ll keep going for another hour to arrive at our campsite either at Ichupata (4,500m/14,764) or Japanese Pampa (4,200 m/13,779). You’ll definitely feel the cold more at this altitude, so make sure to pack enough warm clothes, including hats and gloves.

    Since we’re so close to Salkantay Mountain, you might sometimes hear the thunder of avalanches in the distance. Don’t worry though, they’re far away from where we are. This is the highest campsite on our journey and nighttime temperatures can reach 0°C (32°F).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Day 3 Ichupata/ Incachiriaska Pass/ Inca Canal

    After a hot coca tea to welcome the morning and a hearty breakfast, we’ll slowly ascend to the Incachiriaska pass (5,100m/16,732). When you reach the top, enjoy a nice cup of coca tea to help you adjust to the altitude while admiring the breathtaking landscape full of deep valleys and crystalline lakes. If you’re lucky, you might even spot an majestic condor flying above. There is also an optional 30-minute walk if you want to get a closer look at the glaciers. After that we’ll start heading down.

    Soon, you’ll arrive at our lunch spot, take your time to relax before moving on. This afternoon we’ll descend through beautiful Andean valleys that are so picturesque it’s worth having your camera ready. We’ll hike until we reach our camp, Canal Inca, situated in a small nearby community called Pampacahuana.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Day 4 Inca Canal/ Paucarcancha/Wayllabamba/Ayapata

    Today, you’ll feel like you have been transported back in time as you walk the traditional paths of Peruvian farmers. Observe their lifestyle and appreciate the atmosphere of these isolated regions. Later on, visit the Inca archaeological site of Paucarcancha to explore its history and advanced architecture from its time. Your guide will also show you the different changes in vegetation as you get closer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas – gradually getting warmer and more lush.

    Then, enter the classic Inca Trail and have lunch. Take a short break before beginning a gradual ascent towards our camp. Keep your camera ready to capture the impressive mountains that welcome you as you enter the cloud forest. This evening, enjoy a tasty dinner before getting some well-deserved rest.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Day 5 Ayapata/Death Woman’s Pass/Runkuraqay Pass/Yanacocha/Sayacmarca/ Chaquicocha

    Today is the most challenging part of the Inca Trail, but you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views. After breakfast, begin a 4-hour ascent and observe how the landscape dramatically changes – leaving behind the thick vegetation and entering colder mountains. Spot lots of Andean hay called “icchu” – the main diet of many animals that live in the region. Reach 4,215 m / 13,829 at Dead Woman’s Pass, the highest part of the Inca Trail. Take some time to relax and enjoy glorious views from all around glistening glaciers who persist despite climate change.

    Afterwards, descend along a cobbled path to the lunch spot, lined with exotic flowers and wild orchids. Please take great care of them as they are at risk of extinction. After lunch, climb for another 45 minutes until reaching the beautiful archaeological site of Runkuraqay. Experts believe it was a vantage point for monitoring the valley below. Take this opportunity to click some photos and imagine soaring high above the mountains like a condor. Continue for 45 more minutes until reaching Runkuraqay Pass at 3,950 m / 12,959.

    Your guide will give you a brief talk at the rest point of Runkuraqay Pass before starting the 30-minute descent to Yanacocha, where rituals were performed in honor of the water spirit. Step by step, mist will cover the road as you enter the cloud forest and approach Sayacmarca archaeological site – marveling at its craftsmanship and mystery.

    Don’t give up yet! 25 more minutes of walking until reaching camp in Chaquicocha. Feel the warm embrace of the Amazonian spirit and observe local flora and fauna’s diversity in this incredible place. Enjoy hearty dinner and great night’s sleep.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Day 6 Chaquicocha/ Phuyupatamarca/ Inpata/ Wiñay Wayna

    After yesterday’s difficult hike, today is a much easier one – starting with a delicious breakfast. Before we begin, ask permission from the beautiful Pumasillo Glacier and fill yourself with its energy. Walk a total of 5 hours today and visit three majestic archaeological sites along the way. First off, reach the Inca complex of Phuyupatamarca or “Town above the clouds”. The Inca nobles used this sacred place to communicate with the stars and study astronomy, very important part of their culture.

    Afterward, you’ll descend for two-and-a-half hours to reach an agricultural experimentation station, Inpata (2,800 m / 9,186 ), with platforms to create microclimates that boost food production in the area. Get a fantastic view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Urubamba River. Finally, arrive at our lunch spot and campsite in Wiñay Wayna (2,650 m / 8,694).

    After lunch, you’ll have the afternoon to relax and take a shower. Visit the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna and be amazed by its advanced architecture featuring aqueducts and temples. Listen to your knowledgeable guide as they reveal secrets of this fascinating place. End your last night with happy hour snacks and drinks, followed by dinner before saying goodbye to the team of porters and cooks who made your journey truly fantastic.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Day 7 Wiñay Wayna/  Sun Gate (In Punku)/ Machu Picchu/ Aguas Calientes/ Ollantaytambo/ Cusco

    The long-awaited day has arrived! Visit one of the most energetic places on earth, Machu Picchu. Get up early for a quick breakfast before starting a 2-hour walk to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

    After an hour of walking, you’ll reach the Sun Gate and get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu in the middle of the mountains. Wonder at how this remarkable site was constructed on nearly inaccessible land and take in the gorgeous spectacle of sunrise illuminating it. The last stretch is 1-hour downhill and seeing this ancient site in all its glory will stay with you forever.

    Once you enter to Machu Picchu, enjoy a 2-hour guided tour and delve deeper into the citadel’s secrets. Be amazed at the incredible architecture and how some fountains and aqueducts continue to function centuries after they were built. If you have prebooked tickets, opt for a challenging hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for an incredible panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Afterwards, catch a bus to the small town of Aguas Calientes and enjoy lunch in one of it’s restaurants. Make sure you’re at least thirty minutes early at the train station when it’s time to leave, usually Expeditions class trains leave earlier than other classes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast box

    What’s included

    • Informative meeting
    • Experienced Tour Guide
    • Private Camping Equipment
    • One Duffle Bag
    • Medical Kit/ First AID Kit
    • Extras Included in our Service
    • Customer Service 24/7
    • Satellite Phone
    • Accommodaon in our Exclusive Sky Camp (Day 1)
    • Best Camping Tents
    • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, and 6 Dinners
    • Water on the trail
    • Wake up tea
    • Tea Time or Happy Hour
    • Snacks on the trail daily
    • One cloth snack bag per person
    • Products for hygiene
    • Private Transportation
    • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Day 7)
    • One-Way Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (Day 7)
    • Cargo Mules
    • Porters
    • Personal Belongings Transportation
    • Entry Ticket for Salkantay Trek
    • Permits and Ticket for Inca Trail
    • Entry Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site
    • Sleeping bag: US$ 35.00
    • Inflatable maress: US$ 35.00
    • Walking poles (pair): US$ 35.00
    • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us).
    • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain.
    • Lunch in Aguas Calientes and Dinner in Cusco (Day 7)
    • Personal Hiking Clothing and Gear
    • Travel Insurance
    • Tips for our staff (Tipping is the norm on any excursion to Machu Picchu)
    • Additional costs or delays beyond our control

    Not suitable for

    • Pregnant women
    • People with heart problems
    • People with poor physical condition

    What to Bring

    • Clothing suitable for weather conditions
    • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
    • Headlamp and spare batteries
    • Warm jacket, waterproof rain gear, hat/beanie, gloves
    • Suncreen lotion, sunglasses
    • Sun hat and lightweight long pants
    • Hiking boots and/or shoes with good grip soles (tennis shoes are not recommended)
    • Backpack that fits your body size properly (30 to 40 liters is usually enough)
    • Water bottle or hydration reservoir with at least 2 liters capacity
    • Snacks like energy bars, nuts, dried fruits etc. (Optional)
    • First Aid Kit with basic items such as painkillers, band aids etc. (Optional)

    Important information

    Looking for more inspiration? Visit our gallery: Experience Peru. Before taking our 7-Day Salkantay Trek tour  you should take into count the following information:

    Is it for me the Salkantay Hike?

    Perfect for those who are seeking a more daring adventure while scaling higher altitudes and enduring longer distances! Your journey includes the challenge of conquering the famous Salkantay Pass (4,630 m / 15,190 ), an ascent that is not too strenuous or daunting in spite of its grand elevation.

    How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Salkantay Trek?

    Its recommended take a two or three day prior to embarking on your journey to acclimatize and adjust your body to the altitude of Cusco, Peru. This will help you avoid any potential issues with altitude sickness during your life-changing trek! Even if you have already been in another area of Peru at a high altitude, we still suggest having one day or two in Cusco for rest, recuperation from travels, and to take in the sights and sounds of this ancient city before setting off on your adventure.

    Informative meeting for getting ready to go to Salkantay´s Trek

    Held in our main office (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm the day before your tour begins, this meeting will last approximately 30-45 minutes and will provide you with helpful insight into the terrain, geography, and altitude you'll encounter. If you're unable to attend, please reach out to us via email, phone or in person.

    About the duffle bag for Salkantay Hike

    Before setting off on your trek, take advantage of the duffle bag issued by us to fill with up to 7 kg / 15.4 lb of clothing for the three days. Our horses will do the heavy lifting and transport it along with the food and camping gear. Be aware that you won't have access until the end of each day. Make sure you have a large enough daypack to carry all essentials such as a warm jacket, raincoat, camera, sunscreen, snacks, and water (ideally 30-50 liters).

    Can I store my luggage during the trek in your office?

    Yes, store your main luggage with us or at your hotel prior to departure. If you have any valuable items, keep them in the hotel safe and get an itemized receipt for them; if you're concerned about security, put the items in a sealed and signed envelope. Get ready for an exciting journey with peace of mind!

    Pick up of guests

    Our pick-up service can come to your hotel in the Historical Center of Cusco on the day of your trek. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time during your brief meeting, but please note that it could take between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. As Cusco is made up of many narrow cobbled streets and steep slopes, we highly recommend selecting accommodations with easy access for cars and luggage transportation.

    About group tours

    Our group tours give you the freedom to explore and go at your own pace, even if that means someone else is faster or slower than you. But keep in mind, your guide will consult with everyone involved to decide if any changes can be made to the route.

    About strikes and demonstrations

    While strikes and demonstrations may occur in Peru, we always strive to keep your trip as originally planned. However, depending on the circumstances, changes in date or tour cancellations may be necessary for the safety of everyone involved. Our operations department will make sure to coordinate the new plans with you, your safety is our highest priority!

    Missing objects

    Keep your valuables safe and sound! Whether you're on the transport, at a restaurant, or out camping, always be aware of where you leave your things and remember to take them with you when you leave. You're solely responsible for your belongings during the tour, please keep an eye out and don't let anything get left behind!

    Frequent Questions

    Customize this tour

    This, and all the tours we offer online can always be customized, whether you are looking for upgrade alternatives, large groups, more flexible hours, have a special occasion (honeymoon, engagement), are a content creator, or are simply looking for something more private. We have all the alternatives to personalize your trip. Email us to info@visitsoam.com, leave us a message at +1 949 299 8915

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    Salkantay Trek, Cusco, Peru
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