Skip to content
6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu
NEXT
PREV
6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu
NEXT
PREV
6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

6-Day from $ USD 999.00

6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

"Embark on unforgettable trekking adventure through Salkantay and Inca Trail Classic"

Start at:
Cusco
Ends at:
Cusco
Duration:
6-Day
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 10 ppl
Physical Level
Moderate
Style
Hiking / Culture

Best 6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. It is an amazing, wonderful and unique trek in the world. It combines 2 best trekking routes to Machu Picchu; the classic Salkantay trek and the famous Inca Trail.

Best 6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

With our Best 6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Trek, which has a distance of 60 km and 6 days of duration. Conquer the less explored route that crosses the Vilcabamba mountain range until you reach the rainforest. From the beginning to the end of the trek; enjoy the exuberant biodiversity, scenic beauty, incredible ancient Inca constructions, exquisite history and millenary culture. In addition, travel in a short time through infinite microclimates and the 4 seasons of the year.

Venture out with our professionals’ team exceptionally prepared to exceed all your expectations. Walk with our multilingual and extensively trained guide on this route. Also, with our local muleteers and porters who will transport all the camping equipment and let yourself be surprised by the exquisite food prepared by our local Chef and there will be no dish you will not like.

Together with our professionals’ team and the incomparable route will make your trip incredible, unique and unforgettable.

If you plan to hike through the Salkantay mountain and Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, do not hesitate to choose us. “Machupicchu Andes Tours – Matours” will take care of the whole process and make your dreams come true.

Hassle-Free Booking
When you book with us, you will benefit from a reduced refundable deposit payment option, flexible cancellation options and personalized customer service. General terms and conditions apply.
Unique & unforgettable memories
Our uniquely curated trips offer you the perfect balance of exploration and relaxation. Join us and see the world with other like-minded travellers who will feel like friends from day 1.
Your reliable Journey Buddy
Since 2016, thousands of people have trusted Machupicchu Andes Tours to help them discover the wonders of Peru.

Highlights

  • Travel the ancient Inca Trail through Humantay, Salkantay and the Classic Inca Trail.
  • Step back in time walking through ancient Inca ruins.
  • Travel with a professional and expert local team to organize treks in the Andes of Cusco, Peru.
  • Spend the nights among enormous mountains full of scenic beauty and biodiversity.
  • Enjoy exquisite Andean food prepared by our local cook.
  • Hike with a private English-speaking local guide.
  • Visit the wonder of the world in a different way.
  • From the Sun Gate, have the first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu.

6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu – Summary

DAY 1

Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Humantay Lagoon – Ichupata.

Begin your adventure by traveling 3 hours from your hotel in Cusco to Soraypampa, explore the beautiful Humantay Lagoon and spend the night among the impressive snow-capped peaks.

DAY 2

Ichupata – Incachiriasca – Sisaypampa – Paucarcancha.

Today you will wake up amidst the breathtaking scenic beauty of the Vilcabamba mountain range glaciers. You will also pass the highest point of the trek and spend the night near the Inca Trail checkpoint.

DAY 3

Paucarcancha – Wayllabamba – Llulluchapampa.

Today will be a relaxed day because you will walk for only 3 to 4 hours. Pass the checkpoint of the famous Inca Trail at Wayllabamba and hike up to the Llulluchapampa or Ayapata campsite.

DAY 4

Llulluchapampa – paso Warmiwañusqa – Pacaymayo – Chaquiqocha.

Today you will wake up and walk among beautiful mountains full of inter-Andean biodiversity. You will also pass the second and third highest points of the trek and discover beautiful ancient Inca ruins.

DAY 5

Chaquiqocha – Phuyupatamarka – Wiñayhuayna.

Today you will get up and walk through the high jungle biodiversity and if you are lucky you may see the Andean bear or spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus). You will also continue to discover beautiful ancient Inca ruins and steep stone stairways.

DAY 6

Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco.

Today is the most exciting day, because you will arrive at your main destination and visit one of the wonders of the world and cultural and natural heritage of humanity. You will also have the first breathtaking view from the Sun Gate.

Full Itinerary of the 6-Day Salkantay Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

DAY 1

Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Humantay Lagoon – Ichupata.

At 4:00 a.m., begin your 6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail hike traveling 2 hours by private minibus from your hotel in Cusco to the Mollepata Town and visit a local homestay to enjoy your energetic breakfast (6:00 a.m.). Then continue your journey to Soraypampa (3,900 m/12,795ft), the start of the trek. Start the hike to the Humantay Lagoon (4200m/13779ft) and marvel at its scenic beauty and take excellent photographs.

After everything, start descending towards Soraypampa, where our local chef will be waiting for you with a delicious lunch.

After lunch (at 1:00 p.m.), you will continue your 3-hour uphill hike to the Ichupata campsite, located in a privileged place with an impressive panoramic view of the Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks, and spend your first night camping among the slopes of the Apu Salkantay (Apu = Andean God / Salkantay = Wild).

Before dinner (6:30 p.m.), while marveling at the beauty of nature, enjoy a satisfying hot coffee and coca leaves infusions to avoid altitude sickness.

Food

L & D

Physical Level

2, Moderate

Distance Hiked

9Km/5.6miles

Tour Length

6-hour

Starting Altitude

3350 m/10991ft, Cusco

Min Altitude

3900m/12795ft

Max Altitude

4350m/14272ft, Ichupata

DAY 2

Ichupata – Incachiriasqa – Sisaypampa – Paucarcancha.

Before breakfast, admire the majestic views of the Andes Mountains. Then begin to ascend very slowly to the Incachiriaska pass (frozen Inca pass), the highest point of the trek. From here, marvel at the scenic beauty; snow-capped mountains, phenomenal inter-Andean valleys, colorful glacial lakes and, if you are lucky, you may see the Andean condor (vultur Gryphus).

After your rewarding rest, start the descent through a zigzagging and sandy road until you reach Sisaypampa. Here our cook will be waiting for you with a succulent lunch. Then continue descending through a charming valley to Paucarcancha (2,750 meters), where you will spend your second camping night and also where you will say goodbye to the muleteers and horses.

Food

B, L & D

Physical Level

2, Moderate

Distance Hiked

15Km/9.3miles

Tour Length

7 to 8-hour

Starting Altitude

4350m/14272ft, Ichupata

Min Altitude

2750m/9,022FT, Paucarcancha

Max Altitude

4800m/15,748ft, Incachiriasqa

DAY 3

Paucarcancha – Wayllabamba – Llulluchapampa/Ayapata.

In the morning, while waiting for the Inca Trail porters, take your time to recover your energy.

Take your breakfast at 7:00 a.m. with total patience. After your delicious lunch, meet the group of porters who will accompany you on the rest of the Salkantay Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. Then, pass the Classic Inca Trail checkpoint and begin the short and gentle hike to the Llulluchapampa/Ayapata camp. In this part of the trail, be amazed with beautiful details of nature; rainforest full of small waterfalls and magnificent mountains. At 5:30 pm. Pour yourself a hot coffee and enjoy a succulent dinner.

Food

B, L & D

Physical Level

1, Easy

Distance Hiked

6Km/3.7miles

Tour Length

4-hour

Starting Altitude

2750m/9,022FT, Paucarcancha

Max Altitude

3,300m/10,828ft, Llulluchapampa/Ayapata

DAY 4

Llulluchapampa/Ayapata – Warmiwañusqa Pass – Pacaymayo – Chaquiqocha.

Today your hike will be the longest, but it will be something unforgettable and unique because you will walk through ancient Inca ruins and rainforest. Therefore, we recommend caution when walking, be careful with biodiversity and archaeological remains.

After your delicious breakfast, begin your 2-hour uphill hike to the Inka Trail highest point, Warmiwañusqa (dead woman). Here you will have enough time to rest and enjoy the incredible scenic beauty. Then, descend down an astonishing trail full of stone steps to Pacaymayo(3,600m/11,811ft), where you will enjoy a delicious lunch .

After lunch, continue your adventure through a spectacular stretch. Climb the second highest point, Runkurakay Pass (4,000m/13,123ft). On this part of the hike, discover Runkurakay and Sayaqmarca enigmatic Inca ruins, where the original constructions are preserved and have incredible views. Also see the Yanacocha small lagoon, where the Incas worshipped water. Finally, settle into your tent for the night at Chakiqocha camp (dry lagoon).

At 18:30h, enjoy your relaxing dinner and spend the night in a fantastic place.

Food

B, L & D

Physical Level

3, Demanding

Distance Hiked

16Km/9.9miles

Tour Length

7 to 9-hour

Starting Altitude

3,300m/10,828ft, Llulluchapampa/Ayapata

Min Altitude

3610m/11,843ft, Chakiqocha

Max Altitude

4200m/13,779ft

DAY 5

Chakiqocha – Phuyupatamarka – Wiñaywayna.

Today. The hike only lasts 5 hours, but always with different panoramic views, varied climate, abundance of biodiversity and charming Inca archaeological sites that had several functions.

After enjoying an energetic breakfast, walk for two-hour to the Phuyupatamarka Inca ruins (above the clouds village). This is a masterpiece where Inca astronomers studied the movement of the stars. Then continue down to Intipata(Sun terrace), another beautiful Inca archaeological legacy that is built on the mountain slopes and is composed of amazing agricultural terraces. Finally, arrive at the last camp of your adventure, Wiñaywayna.

After tasting your last lunch, explore in detail the Wiñaywayna (forever young) archaeological site. At 6:30 pm, enjoy a farewell dinner with the entire expedition team. Because the next day at 5 am, as you continue walking together with your tour guide to Machupicchu, our porters and cook will return to Cusco city.

Food

B, L & D

Physical Level

1, Easy

Distance Hiked

10Km/32.8miles

Tour Length

5-Hour

Starting Altitude

3610m/11,843ft, Chakiqocha

Min Altitude

2600m/8530ft, Wiñaywayna

DAY 6

Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco.

Start the hike at 4:30 am, following a beautiful trail surrounded by a rainforest to the Inti Punku (sun gate), from where you will have a breathtaking panoramic view of the Inca city of Machu Picchu, wonder of the world.

Afterwards, walk down to the main gate of Machu Picchu to check in and then explore the Inca city of Machu Picchu for 2 hours together with your local guide. After the tour, if you have access tickets to Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu mountain, climb on your own (this is optional, if you want to climb, you have to book the space in advance).

After all, take the bus down to the Aguas Calientes town, have lunch on your own. Later, board your return train from Aguas Calientes station (Expedition Train 14:55, 15:20 or 14:20 hours) to Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station. Where our staff will be waiting to take you in a private minivan to the city of Cusco – Hotel.

Food

B

Physical Level

2, Moderate

Distance Hiked

5Km/3miles

Tour Length

2 to 3-hour

Starting Altitude

2600m/8530ft, Wiñaywayna

Min Altitude

2450m/8,038ft, Machu Picchu

Max Altitude

2720m/8922ft, Inti Punku

Notes

6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Hike Booking note.

Doing the 6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu requires a lot of flexibility, patience, open-mindedness, good humor, and the understanding that changes can be made without prior notice due to force majeure circumstances that “Machupicchu Andes Tours – Matours” cannot control. These are incidents such as wars, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activities, labor conflicts, illness, adverse natural disasters, fires, or similar events. Also, cancellations or rescheduling by airlines and railway companies.

In this case, “Machupicchu Andes Tours – Matours” reserves the right to offer the best alternative, modify the original itinerary, postpone or even resort to our last option, the cancellation of the tour. This decision is to safeguard our clients and if any extra expense is generated, it will be covered in its totality by the client.

The 6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail trek tickets, once purchased, do not have the option to change names, dates, and refunds. Please note that if you cancel your trip, you will automatically lose 100% of the cost of your ticket. if you wish to resume or change the date of your 6-Day Adventure, you will have to purchase a new ticket.

Packing List.

To do the 6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Trek, we will provide you with a duffel bag maximum of 5 kilos/11 pounds where you can carry everything detailed below and you should also carry a small personal backpack so you can carry your document, water, snacks, cameras and others. Because the duffel bag will be transported by the horses and porters.

  • Passport or other documents
  • Sleeping bag
  • Thick sweater or jacket
  • Pajamas
  • Hiking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • 2 polo shirts
  • Thermal long and short pants
  • Personal items and medicines (pills for altitude sickness and water purification).
  • Water bottle
  • Lipstick, foot powder and band-aids
  • Sunglasses
  • Plastic bag
  • Camera with spare battery
  • Flashlight with spare battery
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • Sandals to rest your feet at the campsite
  • Hat or cap
  • Walking sticks
  • Extra money (PEN).

Recomendations

To do the 6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu, you must take into account the following:

  • Before booking the 6-day Salkantay and Inca Trail trek, please inquire about availability for the dates you wish to do the trek. Generally, reservations should be made 5 to 6-month in advance, depending on the season.
  • Be in Cusco at least 2-day before the trek for better acclimatization.
  • Leave your heavy suitcases at the hotel in Cusco.
  • Before and upon arrival in Cusco, take pills for altitude sickness (soroche). In your hotel in Cusco also drink the coca leaves infusion, it will help you to acclimatize better and not to feel much the annoying headache, dizziness and vomiting.
  • Take short walks in Cusco to acclimatize better or you can also hire short tours around Cusco. These are the alternatives: City Tour Cusco (5 hour), Tour Chinchero – Maras Salineras – Moray (6 hour), Tour Valle Sur Cusco (6 hour) and Tour Sacred Valley of the Incas (full day). If you wish to hire any of these tours, you must book separately.

About the price of the 6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.

Prices are expressed in US dollars (US$) and per person. This trek is only available in private service.

Price List

6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu in private tour.

6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Hike in Private Tour.

The price varies according to the number of people booking together. The more people book together, the lower the price per person.

Pax number Price per person
2 Persons $ USD 1150.00 Inquiry Now
3 Persons $ USD 1115.00 Inquiry Now
4 Persons $ USD 1075.00 Inquiry Now
5 Persons $ USD 1035.00 Inquiry Now
6 or + Persons $ USD 999.00 Inquiry Now

Optional Services

Enhance your trip by adding these optional services

These services are not included in the price of the 6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Trek; you can add them if you want.

  • $ 65 USD. Ascent to Huayna Picchu Peak. It is an incredible mountain located north of the ancient Inca city. If you want to explore more places, you can climb this mountain from the citadel of Machu Picchu, it will take about 45 minutes, but you must purchase another ticket 3 or 4 month before, availability is limited.
  • $ 65 USD. Ascent to Machu Picchu Peak. It is another incredible mountain located south of the ancient granite Inca city. If you want to explore more places, you can climb this mountain from the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, it will take about 1.40 hours, but you must purchase another ticket 2 or 3 month before, availability is limited.
  • $ 40 USD. Travel on the Vistadome Panoramic Train. It is a superior class train that has cars with large windows on the wall and on the roof that allow you to enjoy the panoramic view. It also offers typical dances and fashion shows on board.
  • $ 30 USD. Sleeping bag for 5 nights.
  • $ 20 USD. A pair of walking sticks for 6 days.
  • $ 35 USD. Individual tent for 5 nights.
  • $ 130 USD. An additional porter to help with the luggage (15 kg). If you want to carry more luggage, two tourists can hire a porter.
We offer 30 USD off.
  • For students under 17 years old. To get the discount, we need you to send us a photo or scan of your passport.

Packing list

To do the 6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Trek, we will provide you with a duffel bag maximum of 5 kilos/11 pounds where you can carry everything detailed below and you should also carry a small personal backpack so you can carry your document, water, snacks, cameras and others. Because the duffel bag will be transported by the horses and porters.

  • Passport or other documents
  • Sleeping bag
  • Thick sweater or jacket
  • Pajamas
  • Hiking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • 2 polo shirts
  • Thermal long and short pants
  • Personal items and medicines (pills for altitude sickness and water purification).
  • Water bottle
  • Lipstick, foot powder and band-aids
  • Sunglasses
  • Plastic bag
  • Camera with spare battery
  • Flashlight with spare battery
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • Sandals to rest your feet at the campsite
  • Hat or cap
  • Walking sticks
  • Extra money (PEN).

FAQS6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

How many kilometers / miles is the 6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Trek?

The total length of the trek is 60 km/37.3 miles. The trail is zigzagging, with ascents and descents and in some parts composed of stone steps.

How can I book the 6 day Salkantay Inca Trail Hike?

You can book the 6 day Salkantay Inca Trail trek through travel and tourism companies authorized by the Peruvian government to organize Inca Trail tours. “Machupicchu Andes Tours – Matours is a local travel and tourism company in Cusco, authorized to organize 4-day Inca Trail Tours to Machu Picchu.

Can I do the 6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail hike with children?

Yes, it is possible. With children over 10 years old who are used to trekking. If you want to trek with children under 10 years old, the most recommended is the 2-day Inca Trail.

Where does the 6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail Trek end?

The main destination of the 6 day Salkantay Inca Trail trek is Machu Picchu, the wonder of the world.

Where does the 6 day Salkantay and Inca Trail trek end?

The main destination of the 6-day Salkantay and Inca Trail trek is Machu Picchu, the wonder of the world.

What is the 6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail trek difficulty rating?

In general, the difficulty is moderate. The first and second days will be moderate to difficult, the fourth day will be easy to moderate and the remaining days will be moderate to easy.

What is the highest point of the 6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail hike?

The highest point of the 6-day Salkantay and Inca Trail trek is Inkachiriasqa pass (cooled Inca), at 4,800 masl/15.748ft. This place is passed on the second day.

What is the climate of the 6 Day Salkantay Inca Trail trek?

Most of the tour runs through the high jungle. Therefore, the weather is unpredictable and you can often experience all 4 seasons in a short time. Most of the trip will be temperate, but during the trek you will experience between 0°C/32°F and 22°C/72°f. The first night’s camp is above 4350m/14,271ft. Therefore, it will be freezing cold.

Do I need to have hiking experience to do the 6 Day Salkantay and Inca Trail trek?

Yes, good hiking experience. From 1 to 5, you must have a level 2 or 3. Doing this trekking is not a competition, you will go at your own pace and your professional guide will accompany you at all times and will make your trek a unique experience.

Is it necessary to have travel insurance to do the 6 Day Salkantay and Inca Trail Trek?

The Salkantay and Inca Trail Trek is an outdoor activity; therefore, no one is free from any accident. We recommend that you contract your travel insurance with reliable insurance companies in your country, covering hospitalization, medicines, even repatriation to your country, among others.

Can I climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain at the end of the hike?

Yes, you can explore more places after the trek and Machu Picchu tour. But to climb either mountain, you need to book your ticket 2 or 3 months in advance, especially for Huaynapicchu. Spaces are limited.

...
Mario Ordoñes Quispe Salvida

In Cusco, I am your travel specialist, with more than 10 years of experience organizing adventure trips.

Book now

Thank you for your interest in having an travel experience in Peru operated by "Machu Picchu Andes Tours". Please take a moment to complete our short form so that one of our friendly travel consultants can provide you with all the information for the best trip of your life in Peru.

Formato Rerservas

Why Choose Machupicchu Andes Tours

  • WHY TRAVEL WITH US

    THE BEST HIKING EXPERIENCE IN PERU

  • OUR TEAM

    WE GUARANTEE THE BEST OF OUR TOURS

  • SOCIAL PROJECTS

    WE BELIEVE IN ENVIRONMENTAL CARE

  • OUR CAMP TEAM

    YOU WILL ENJOY THE BEST OF THE NIGHTS IN THE ANDES.

Tripadvisor

We are recommended on Triadvisor

Booking by WhatsApp

+51 914 229 882
Contact us by WhatsApp and one of our specialists will make your trip perfect.
[contact-form-7 id="1694" title="Reservation-EN"]

CONTACT US

Formulario de Contacto

Our Travel Destinations