8D7N Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek
Our best trek for montain lovers
This trek is designed for people who enjoy the outdoors and physical challenge of hiking over high passes with unparallel rewards of spectacular views while visiting rare archaeological sites. One of our best treks!
This is a full service trek were you only carry a day pack. All gear, food and a duffle bag with up to 14kg of your personal belongings is carried by pack animals.
Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas with our “Super Sacred Valley Tour” and camp at our private “Camp Km. 82”.
We pick you up from your hotel at 8 a.m. and travel by road to visit the Inca remains at Pisac: enjoy a 1 hour hike on ancient Inca trails and visit the outstanding Pisac citadel. Follow the road down besides the Urubamba River to cross it over at the bridge in Urubamba to continue to the enigmatic archeological site of Moray before you have a picnic lunch in the vicinity. Later continue by road to view the salt pans of “Pichingoto”, before we continue to “Ollantaytambo” to visit this traditional Inca living town. We will take a 1 hour hike in the Inca fortress to later continue the visit by walking the cobblestone streets of this Inca living town, where many of the homes have been continually inhabited since the Inca times. Late in afternoon we will transfer to our private camp at Km. 82 from where will start our trek the following day. A delicious dinner is included.
We meet our crew and begin our hike following the river upstream observing peasants working the land bellow the impressive Veronica snow peak, then continue on the trail towards the Silque Canyon. We will ascend by way of narrow canyon following a stream that will gradually get smaller; here we can observe tall granite walls on the sides of the canyon populated by a large variety of orchids and bromeliads, filling the environment with magnificent colors when in bloom. We continue until we reach our camp near the village of “Ancashcocha” and settle for the night.
After a hearty breakfast we begin ascending towards the high Huallanay pass (4,550 meters). At first we take a steep zigzag trail up to where we meet an original Inca trail that will take us smoothly towards the pass. Bellow we will see the beautiful waterfall that feeds into the Ancashcocha glacier lake. The “Huallata” or Andean Geese and Black Ibis are often spotted in this high area. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the midst of this high mountain beauty; later as we begin descending from the pass we will enjoy beautiful views of high mountains, we will pass by the ruins of Incarajay and further down we reach a small plateau to continue further down to “Paucarcancha” where we camp next to a beautiful set of Inca ruins.
After a hearty breakfast we begin our days trek on a trail that brings us gradually uphill into the Pampaccahuana Valley. We reach a well preserved original Inca water channel in excellent condition and still used for irrigation of potato fields as we enter a spectacular region of high pastures in beautiful alpine country. There is sparse vegetation, as the dry grasslands of the Andean puna zone are all above the tree line. We sometimes see local Quechua people with their herds of alpacas and llamas or working the land in traditional ways using foot plows or tandem bulls to work the land. Tonight we camp at Sisaypampa at 13,776 feet.
This morning we ascend to cross the spectacular 15,900-foot Incachiriasca Pass, a notch next to Salcantay (20,574′) and spectacular views of neighboring Huamantay (19,239’). The pathway at the top of the pass is marked by rock cairns (apachetas) left by local people to honor the mountain Apus (spirits). Up here, we’re close to huge glacial moraines and we enjoy amazing looks at the fabulous icefalls. On occasions we have seen condors soaring in the blue skies overhead or seen the spectacle of avalanches cascading down the glaciers. Our camp is at Salkantaycocha (14,600′), below the Salcantay Pass, which we cross the following morning. From camp we enjoy incredible views of Salcantay as well as Huamantay glaciers.
This morning we go up and over Salcantay Pass (15,700′), and from this alpine paradise of turquoise tarns and glacial moraines, begin our descent into orchid-draped forests and subtropical farm country, quite a contrast in environments. Today’s long hike takes us down through a valley to the small settlement of Colcapampa; where there is hot springs nestled in junction of 3 small rivers forming the Santa Teresa River. Here we camp for the night.
Early rise to catch local transportation* down the Santa Teresa Valley towards the town of Lucma, here we begin our last days hike. We hike steeply uphill on an ancient Inca trail to pass near Inca ruins hidden in the lush forest at Llactapata. From here we will be amply rewarded with a spectacular and panoramic view of legendary Machu Picchu across the valley. We begin descending a steep trail that will take us to the train station just in time to catch the train that will take us on a 20 minute ride to Aguas Calientes. Overnight in small hotel near the hot springs. B, L. Dinner on your own.
* Note: The local transportation is not part of our service (It is not Tourism Transportation). It is hired by each person voluntarily and directly at your own risk for the convinience of transfer in the area.
We rise early to reach Machu Picchu in time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise and in depth tour of this Sacred City with an optional hike to Wayna Picchu mountain (depends on availability). After the tour we will have time to enjoy walking around Machu Picchu on your own before we meet for a delicious buffet lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge. Later we take the bus down the mountain to catch the afternoon train to Cusco. Arrive in Cusco and transfer to your hotel. B, L. Dinner on your own. END OF OUR SERVICES.
- Transfer from Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Km.82
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
- Accommodations in double occupancy in top quality tents, 2 people in each 4 man tent.
- Bus up and down to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes on day 7
- First aid Kit with oxygen bottle.
- All meals marked as B, L, and D at the end of each day in the itinerary.
- Service of local official bilinguals guides (2 guides for groups over 8 people).
- Service of camp staff: Cook, assistants.
- Pack animals that include Llamas to carry our gear
- All group camping, dinning and cooking equipment.
- Dinning tent: With tables and tablecloth, chairs plus all silverware.
- Toilet tent with biodegradable chemical toilet.
- Return train to Ollantaytambo on Voyager Inca Rail train and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
- Hotel Sierra Andina or similar in Aguas Calientes.
- Any meals not specified after each itinerary day.
- Optional tipping or gratuities to staff.
- Additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors.
- Expenses such as medical immunizations (if any).
- Travel insurance.
- Other expenses of a personal nature (liquor, laundry, and so on.)
- Trip member must provide sleeping bags and pads.
ADD ANY OF THESE OPTIONALS TO ENHANCE AND COMPLETE YOUR VISIT
You add hotels and visits of interest in Cusco and surroundings.
- Transfers in and out in Cusco. (from/to airport)
- City Tour and nearby ruins of Cusco. (BTG not included)
- 2 Hotel nights in Cusco. (One night before and the other one after your trek).
You can choose hotels in 3 levels: (Prices based in double occupancy)
You return back from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo and stay overnight at local hotel, next day travel to Cusco visiting Moray (known as the Inca Agricultural Laboratory), short hike to the Salt mines of Maras and visit the Traditional town of Chinchero with Inca Ruins and Colonial Church.
- 1 night at hotel in Ollantaytambo.
- Transfer by private vehicle to Cusco.
- Guided visits to Moray, Maras and Chinchero.
- Box Lunch.