This six day trek takes you on a much less traveled path around the sacred Salkantay mountain (6.271m/20569ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes, passing through Quechua speaking communities and lesser-known Inca ruins, to finally join the 4-day Classic or Traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This trek combines the best of both worlds – stunning high mountain trekking and also the ruins of the Classic or Traditional Inca Trail.
Highlights: Hiking alongside the magnificent Apu Salkantay, the varied and amazing ruins along the Inca Trail, arriving at Machu Picchu via the Sungate.
Location: The Salkantay & Inca Trail trek begins 3 hours drive west of Cusco, from Soraypampa, above the village of Mollepata. It joins the Classic Inca Trail at Wayllabamba.
Level: Overall moderate-difficult. First two days are difficult with high 4850m pass, rest of trek is moderate (Classic Inca Trail)
Inca Trail alternative: this trek includes the Inca Trail but is a very special alternative.
Inca Trail Permits: Yes, required for the THIRD day of the trek. 500 permits are issued daily. In the peak season the trail is booked months in advance.
Departure Dates: any day with two people. We offer affordably priced tours for 2 people so that you can depart when it suits you best.
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Inca Land Adventures is one of the top trekking agencies in Cusco. Offering treks that no other agency provides, along routes that few ever visit, we guarantee that we can give you the trip of a lifetime. Our treks have been tailored to provide you with the best experience possible, no matter what your fitness level; from short one day hikes to epic 12 day treks that take you to the remotest corners of the Andes, we have something for everyone.
We offer all the classic Inca Trail treks as well as a whole host of alternative treks that will leave you spoiled for choice. Some of our treks are more culturally-focused, such as the Huchuy Qosqo trek, while others are pure physical challenge, like the epic Climbing Salkantay trek. We also pride ourselves on our private service; we will alter our treks to suit your needs and desires! For those that are aiming to improve their photography skills whilst trekking, our sister company Photo Tours Peru offers a wide range of photography-focused treks and tours too. See: http://www.phototoursperu.com
Inca Trail permits:
We recommend you book at least 4 months in advance for low season (Oct - April) and at least 6 months in advance for high season (May - Sept) to ensure that you get your Inca Trail permit. They sell out fast as this is such a popular trail. This applies to any of the treks that include all / part of the Inca Trail e.g. Salkantay Inca Trail, Short Inca Trail.
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