Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 days - Orange Nation Peru

Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 days

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The Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is perfect for those travellers who wish to get off the beaten track and experience a wilderness trek and also hike part of the original Inca Trail. It is a wonderful trek taking you right from the watershed of the Apurimac River to the Urubamba River and around the stunning Mount Salkantay, which is the second largest mountain in Cusco region at 6,277m/20,577ft. This spectacular trail twists and turns, ascends through high mountain ranges and descends down steep valleys, passing through many micro-climates and pockets of misty cloud forest. You will visit wildest Andean landscapes with a number of diverse ecological zones filled with an enormous variety of plants and bird life. Last, but not least, you walk in the footsteps of the Inca on the Inca Trail! The ancient and remote foot path takes you through archeological sites, through the Sun Gate and on to the majestic Machu Picchu itself!

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Service Level: Standard-comfortable mid-tier to luxury accommodation. Exclusive modern vehicles with private driver.
Physical Rating: Some steep inclines at high altitudes, that can be regarded as strenuous. With sufficient pre-trek training, its easily achievable.
Travel Style: Hiking, trekking, camping and 2 nights mid-tier hotel accommodation (option to upgrade).
Group Size: Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 5.



This incredible adventure begins at 5am, when your guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive in our private van to Soraypampa, which takes 3.5 hours.

Along the way, you will enjoy spectacular views of local villages such as: Iscuchaca and Limatambo, with stunning valleys and snow-capped mountains accompanying you along the way.

At the trailhead (Soraypampa), we enjoy our first breakfast surrounded by the amazing views of the glacial mountains Humantay (5,900m/19,356ft) and Salkantay (6,217m/20,396ft). Here you will give your duffel bag to the horsemen, keeping only your small daypack for the trek ahead.

We begin our hike along a path called the “Camino Real,” which slowly gains altitude until we reach a tiny traditional village. From here, the path becomes much steeper. We hike for another hour and a half, ascending 1,200ft/366mt in just 2 miles.

As we summit our first challenge of the trek, you are rewarded with the incredible view of the famous turquoise lake below, which is surrounded by steep peaks and an impressive glacier offering a beautiful backdrop.

After you have had your fill of the lake we gently ascend to Salkantaypampa, where we will camp. Hot drinks and appetizers will be ready and waiting for you when you get to camp and your tents will already be set up, so you can settle in before dinner. The views today are truly breathtaking!

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 13kms/8.1 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Your guide will wake you with a hot mug of coca tea to enjoy in your tent before you get up for breakfast. Today, we walk for roughly three hours uphill, veering off the usual Salkantay route to carve our own path away from the crowds, stopping for a delicious and hearty lunch along the way.

After lunch, we continue our trek for 3 more hours, enjoying magnificent views of all the surrounding snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and amazing valleys that made the Salktantay Trek so iconic.

We reach our campsite, which is approximately 1km away from the snow-capped mountain Salkantay, in the late afternoon. Appetizers and drinks will be waiting for you at camp. Enjoy the amazing views of the peak of Salkantay towering over you as you have a little rest before enjoying a delicious dinner.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 14kms/8.7 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Another day begins with another hot drink delivered right to your sleeping bag. The hot tea will help you brave the cold morning and another hearty breakfast will give you fuel for the trek ahead.

Our day begins with a slow uphill climb of approximately 4 hours to reach the Incachiriaska Pass at 4,880m/16,010ft. Incachiriaska is a Quechua word which translates to “the place where the Inca cools down.”

Around this area in the rocky crags lives the Andean Condor, the world’s largest land flying bird. From here, the trail levels off downhill and we reach our campsite for the night at Sisaypampa.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 10kms/6.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

After another delicious breakfast, we begin our hike to the end of the valley, where it opens out to a wider valley called Pampacahua. There, we find an Incan Canal still in full use by the local farming communities.

At the end of the valley, we find pass our first Inca archaeological site named Paucarcancha. Afterwards, we arrive at Wayllabamba where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we walk for 4 more hours before arriving at KM 82.

From there, you will take our private van towards Ollantaytambo and get dropped off at your hotel, meeting later for dinner in Ollantaytambo.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea & Dinner
  • 2* Accommodation: Veronica View or Tunupa Lodge
  • Distance: 9 kms/6 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Today begins early; your guide will leave the hotel with you at 5:30am. When you arrive at the train station, you will be given lunch to carry in your daypack.

Your train departs Ollantaytambo at 6:10am and you will have just over an hour to relax onboard and enjoy the scenery or have breakfast (not included). Your hotel can provide you with a picnic breakfast to take with you or you can pack your own breakfast.

You get off the train at the famous KM104, where your trek begins at 2,000m/6,560 ft. above sea level. After crossing the Urubamba River on a picturesque foot bridge, you will show your passport at the checkpoint and visit your first Inca site, just a few steps away from the checkpoint.

The first hour and a half of the hike is a gentle upward climb. Along the way, we stop at several viewpoints where we enjoy expansive views of the Urubamba river and valley.

We pass through several microclimates throughout the course of the day, including a cloud forest, so be ready to get a little damp and prepare for light rain. The next hour and a half are a slightly steeper uphill with a beautiful waterfall as your reward for the hard work.

When you cross the bridge below the waterfall, be sure to take some photos and keep your eyes peeled for the spectacular Wiñay Wayna (2,600m/8,500ft) above sea level. These amazing Inca ruins have a fascinating history and some parts are still hidden by the dense jungle.

At this point in the hike we are very close to Machu Picchu and you are hiking through lush sub-tropical jungle. Your guide will tell you all about the ruins, plus the incredible and unique flora and fauna on our way to our lunch spot.

You have lunch at a covered shelter at the Wiñay Wayna campground, which is the last campground for those hiking the Classic Inca Trail. The campsites has camping restrooms and sinks with running water to wash your hands.

Take your time as you enjoy your hearty, gourmet lunch and be sure to admire the tropical flowers around the campground. Remember to notify us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions when you book!

After lunch, you have a mostly flat walk to the Sun Gate, from which you have your first view of Machu Picchu! Though the hour-long walk is a gentle rolling up and down, it does end with a set of steep stairs carved directly into the bedrock by the Inca.

Once you reach the stairs you will know that you’re almost at the Sun Gate! As you turn the corner from the Sun Gate, you will enjoy your first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu. So, take some time to savor the moment and take photos.

The last hour of the hike down from the Sun Gate to the citadel has many opportunities to take more photos of Machu Picchu from a unique vantage point. There are also a couple more important Inca sites between the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu.

Make sure to go slowly, enjoy your time walking in the footsteps of the Inca on the Inca Trail and ask your guide questions about these historical places on the last bit of your hike to Machu Picchu.

Once you reach Machu Picchu, you will have time to take more photos from the viewing platforms above the site (Guard House), where you can take the famous postcard pictures of Machu Picchu.

You will arrive in the afternoon, as the archeological area starts to empty of tourists, which gives you the opportunity to take beautiful photos in the afternoon light with fewer people in your shot.

Take your time to enjoy this magical experience before taking the bus down to Aguas Calientes to check into your hotel. Your will enjoy a delicious dinner, then have time to walk around this picturesque little town, visit the hot springs or just go to your hotel to rest after such an exciting day.

  • Meals: Box Lunch, Dinner in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes
  • 3* Accommodations: Hotel Ferre Machu Picchu
  • Difficulty: Moderate

You will leave your duffel bag at the Ollantaytambo train station to be sent by train directly to Aguas Calientes.

This is the day you’ve been waiting for! After an early breakfast at your hotel, you’ll take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu so that you can be there to witness the sunrise.

Sunrise at Machu Picchu is a truly extraordinary sight and not something you’ll want to miss! After the sun is up, you will enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu, which takes about two hours.

You will see many of the most important parts of Machu Picchu Citadel and your guide will share plenty of information about what you see.

After your tour, those who have an advanced booking for the extra hikes up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will have time to enjoy these hikes on their own.

When you have had your fill of the exceptional views of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Depending on your train departure time, you may also have time for some shopping, sightseeing or a visit to the museum or hot springs.

The Expedition Train will take you back to Ollantaytambo at 2:55pm or 3:20pm, following the spectacular Urubamba River. Back at Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit of the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle. You can expect to arrive at your hotel by 7:00pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast


  • On the 2 day Inca Trail, we will be doing the circuit #3 and there is no way to do another circuit unless you buy an additional entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 2:55pm or 3:20pm, 4:22pm, or 4:43pm. The cost is $57 USD.
  • We can organize an earlier train, please request at booking.
  • The Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike depends on availability and incurs an additional cost. Let us know if you wish to climb it at the time of booking.


The Salkantay & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is available on any date that its best for you as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers and Inca Trail Permits for the 2 day Inca Trail.

*** This price includes the extra pack horse which will carry your belongings up to 7 kilos except on the 2 day Inca Trail portion of the trek it is not possible (including the sleeping bag : 2kgs), we will provide you a duffel bag to put your belongings in.

***We provide large Eureka 4 person tents for each 2 trekkers.


  • 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: $30 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $40 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.


  • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (They are steam cleaned after every trek)
  • Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent –$30 USD – (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Additional Night in Aguas Calientes – From $60 USD (depending on availability)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade -$57 USD per person (For the return to Cusco)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain – $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek

***Huayna Picchu is an optional trek within Machu Picchu Citadel which does not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.


  • EXTRA PACK HORSE: you will receive a small duffel bag at your trek briefing held the evening before you start the trek to pack your clothes and sleeping bag for 3-4 days. Your team of pack horses will carry these bags together with the food and equipment for the trail
  • BOILED WATER – for drinking included along the Inca Trail
  • SMALL GROUPS – average group 4 to 6 with a maximum of 8 hikers
  • DUFFEL BAG – for your personal belongings



  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel for free
  • Pick up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
  • Private transport from Cusco to Soraypampa (starting point of the trek)
  • Entrance fee to the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu
  • English speaking, experienced professional guide
  • Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Comfortable tents (sleeping 2 people in a 4 person tent)
  • All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent
  • All the gear for our porters and cook
  • 3 Bus tickets Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Expedition Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to KM 104 and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
  • 3* Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room and bathroom
  • Horseman and mules, to carry all camping and personal equipment (7 kilos of your personal items such as extra clothes, you need to include the sleeping bag in the 7kgs, carried by our mules)
  • Provision of a horse in case of emergency such as illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
  • Camping pillow and foam mattress
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Boiled water for drinking and to freshen-up in the mornings
  • Taxes


  • Sleeping bag 15°C –$20 USD (They are steam cleaned after every trek)
  • Air Mattress –$20 USD
  • Walking Poles -$15 USD
  • Lunch on the last day
  • Hotels before and after the trek
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • flight tickets
  • Entry to Huayna Picchu –$75 USD
  • Additional horse for extra personal luggage in addition of the one for personal item allowance
  • Upgrade to Vistadome train – $57 (return only)
  • Optional upgrade (train and hotel)
  • Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide


  • Original  Passport: (Must be the same you used for booking your trek)
  • Valid, University Card (ISIC card): (Only if you booked as a student)
  • Good Daypack: One with extra room for a box lunch (the smaller, the better)
  • Water: 2-3L (Camelbak bladders are encouraged)
  • Boots: Comfortable broken in hiking boots or shoes (Boots with ankle support recommended).
  • Sleeping Bag: 4 season bag (can be rented from ORANGE NATION)
  • Headlamp or flashlight: Headlamp frees up hands (Back-up flashlight & batteries are recommended)
  • Toilet paper: Make sure to bring your own.


As a Direct Local Tour operator we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and  INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 15 lbs. including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.

  • Warm clothes
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quick dry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer your own
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
  • Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them
  • Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us for $20USD


  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit


We highly recommend a small backpack 30 – 40 Liters for hiking. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.

  • Drinking Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold boiled water at every meal. Please bring your canteens or bottles
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Rain gear
  • Snacks like chocolate bars, ice cream, cereal bars, protein bars
  • Coca leaves
  • Rain plastic poncho
  • Gloves
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 days
From USD $897

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