Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 days




Salkantay and Inka trail trek to Machupicchu takes 6 days combine the highest snow-peaks trek with the classical Inka trail and visit the Machupicchu ruins, this alternative trek combine hiking and camping in the cordillera Vilcabamba. Salkantay is a Quechua name (Incan language) and means "savage mountain", this region of the Andes keep magnificent scenery and rarely flora and remote village of farmers living over 4000m. Salkantay and Inka trail trek to Machupicchu is designed for fit trekkers and demand good acclimatize before to begin the amazing trek.

Itinerary:


Day 01: Cuzco - Mollepata - Marqocasa - Sorraypampa.
You will be picked up from your hotel at 7 am in a private bus and will be driven to Mollepata at 2,850m/ 9,350ft. Along the way, we will pass through the picturesque towns of Pampa de Anta Izcuchaca, Zurite, and Ancahuasi. Our journey will take us into the Limatambo Valley, where we will see the ruins of Tarawasi, and then toward Mollepata, where we will begin our adventurous trek. At Mollepata, we will complete the arrangements for our trek and then hike to our first camp at Soraypampa 3,900m/ 12,795ft where you will see the amazing Salkantay Mountain 6,264m/ 20,551ft.

Day 02: Sorraypampa - Pampacahuana.
We will start trekking at 7am for a steep climb up towards Incachiriasca Pass at 4,850m/ 15,912ft the highest point of the whole trail. From here there are impressive views of the Salkantay snow covered peak. We will then descend to Yanaq’aq’a, and after Lunch we will further descend towards the Pampacahuana Community. Next to the town exists an original Inca Canal, where we will set up camp for the night.

Day 03: Pampaahuna - Wayllabamba.

This morning we will be leaving at 8am to start our downhill trek for 4 to 5 hours along the shores of the Pampacahuana River until we arrive at Wayllabamba, a farming community located at 3,100m/ 10,137ft, and where we will camp tonight. On the way down we visit Paucarcancha, an Incan archeological site.

Day 04: Wayllabamba - Pacaymayo.
Today will be a hard day, we will slowly move up hill about 3 hours to Lluchapampa, this is a camping area and possible lunch area. From there we will trek a further 2 hours to a second mountain pass of Abra Warmihuariusca, the dead women’s pass at4,215m/13,776ft. From here you will see Llamas and Alpacas grazing on ichu, while you are moving down the valley to Pacaymayu 3,500m/ 11,483ft where we will camp for the night.

Day 05: Pacaymayo - Winayhuaina.
This is a great day trekking on the traditional Inca trail route, where we will visit the Runkurakay Inca site. From there, we will ascend to the Runkurakay Pass at 3,950m/ 12,959ft with amazing views of the Urbamba and Vilcabamba Mountain Ranges, we will also visit the Inca sites of Sayacmarka, Phuyupatmarka and Winaywayna at 2,700m/ 8,829ft and we will camp here. We will have dinner. Tip the porters say thank you and get to bed early.

Day 06: Winayhuaina - Machupicchu - Cuzco.
After breakfast an early breakfast at 4am we will walk to Inti punku, the Sun Gate, where we hope to get our first view of Machu Picchu 2,400m/ 7,874ft. This can be a very special experience and an amazing spot to sit and take in the majesty of Machu Picchu. We will stroll down hill to the lost city and visit the most important places in Machu Picchu before taking the train back to Cusco in the afternoon for a shower and celebrations!

Note. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice. For more information and price writes to our: info@cordillerablancatrek.com / cordillerablancatrek@gmail.com



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