Salkantay Trek- Inca Trail – Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu 05 Days


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ALTITUDE: 2050 - 4200 m
SIZE: Up to 8 people
HIGH SEASON: May September


This trek perfectly combines cultural and natural beauty; we will enjoy the challenge of the ecosystem and the magnificent view of the snow-capped Salkantay (6264m/20551f), considered as the most representative mountain of the mountain range of Vilcabamba. The trek takes us back to the time of the Incas and makes us aware of the spirits of mountains such as the Tucarhuay or the Humantay which peak higher than 5000 meters (16404 feet).




Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata (Marcoccasa) – Soraypampa

We will leave Cusco at 5:00 am and head forwards Marcoccasa (3400m/11154f), passing the village Mollepata (3000m/9843f). In Marcoccasa we will meet the horsemen and the rest of the group and start our trek. From Marcoccasa we start hiking into a magnificent valley surrounded by impressive snow-capped mountains, such as the Humantay (5217m/17116f) and the Salkantay snow-covered (6264m/20551f). Our campsite will be at Soraypampa (3900m/12795f).

  • Meals:  Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered:  14 km / 8. ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 6 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,900 m/12,467 ft
  • Highest elevation: 4,300 m / 14,104 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Transporting time: 3hrs 30
  • Climate: moderate and cold during the night
  • Hiking time: 6 hours

Day 2:  Soraypampa  – Humantay Lake –  Ichupata

After breakfast, at Soraypampa (3,800 m/12,467 ft), we are going to Humantay Lake where we can enjoy the beauty of the turquoise lake and the nature.  After lunch we go uphill from Humantay Lake to Ichupata (4,300 m / 14,104 ft) in the upper valley, this is a 5 to 6 hour hike. Along the way we will pass Salkantaypampa. Once we have reached Ichupata, this is our campsite for the night.  After we have settled in, we have time to enjoy our self, enjoy the view and have a healthy dinner.

  • Meals: breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered:  12 km / 7 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,900 m/12,467 ft
  • Highest elevation: 4,300 m / 14,104 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Day 3: Ichupata – Incachiriasca – Pampacahuana

After a savory breakfast, we will begin the 3 to 4 hour steep climb to towards the Incachiriasca pass (4850m/15908ft), the highest of the entire route. We will have amazing views of Apu Salkantay and glacial moraines during this portion. We will pause at the top of the pass to take pictures and enjoy the magnificent view.

We will then descend towards our lunch spot at Sisaypampa, a flat area from which one can observe the neighboring Salkantay Valleys. This is a pl ace where we might see Andean condors.

After lunch we continue towards the Pampacahuana community (3,700 m / 12,136 ft), located next to the original Inca canal. This is our campsite for the night.

  • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Distance Covered: 14 km / 8 ½ miles
  • Approximate Walking Time: 8 hours
  • Lowest elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136
  • Highest elevation: 4,850 m / 15,908 ft
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Day 4: Pampacahuana – Paucarcancha – Huayllabamba – KM 82 – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Today we change pace as we join the Classic Inca Trail. We begin by hiking downill for 2 hours from Pampacahuana to Paucarcancha (3133 m / 10,276 ft)). We will visit the Inca site of the same name.

After the tour we will hike downhill for 5 hours until we reach Km 82, which is the start of the classic Inca trail. Along the way we will be able  to see the Inca site of Llactapata. This is the first site on the Classic Inca Trail.   Our chef will make us a delicious lunch at Kilometer 82.

After lunch we will be picked up by our private van at Km 82 and transported to Ollantaytambo (2,792 m/9,158 ft) where we will catch the  train to Aguas Calientes.

When you reach Aguas Calientes you will check in to your hotel room. The natural hot springs in town are a great place to relax if there is time before dinner. Dinner will be at the finest restaurant.

  • Meals:  Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lodging: Hotel
  • Highest Elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136 ft
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,792 m/9,158 ft
  • Distance to walk: 16 km/ 10 miles
  • Estimated walking time: 6 ½ to 8 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

About 4 am we wake up and around 4:30 am we have breakfast. After breakfast we leave to walk up to Machu Picchu, which takes one and half-hour. You  can also choose to go by bus, the bus leaves at 5:30 and the duration of the bus trip is 25 minutes. You will see the sun rising while your preparing to see the Machu Picchu. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huaynapicchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top and after enjoying Machu Picchu you have to go down to Aguas CAlientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and than the bus back to Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft



  • Transport from the hotel to Marcocasa
  • Tourist train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes  02 ways
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and Collective tourist transfer from the train station in Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Entrance to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Hotel with private room and bathroom in Aguas Calientes
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • High quality camping equipment (professional tents Doite Himalaya 4, extra light/4.5kgs or Eureka tent for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent).
  • Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/Option vegetarian)
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, for all camping and personal equipment (up to 6 kg)
  • Emergency horse (minimum 2 persons)
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
  • Boiled cold water along the trek

Not included:

  • Breakfast on the first day and last lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Sleeping bag (if you don`t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting one)


What do I need to bring?

  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  • Woollen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
  • Rain poncho and a hat.
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes – once gotten wet – won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.


  1. Permission to hike Wayna Picchu: Permission requires booking months in advance with an additional charge $70.00USD to guarantee your entrance.
  2.  Extra porter: We can arrange for a porter to carry your backpack/luggage if your luggage weighs 15kg/33lb or less (the weight limit is mandated by Peruvian law 26702). The cost is $140.00USD, and includes transport, entrance fee to the Inca Trail, food and camping equipment for the porter.
  3. Tips: Porters, cooks and guides always appreciate tips for their services. The porters are also grateful for small donations of clothes and school supplies for their children.
  4. Camping sites: The camping sites described in our itinerary (Yuncachimpa, Chaquicocha and Wiñaywayna) may be changed due to availability and restrictions on the number of trekkers. In high season (May-September) some campsites, such as Wiñaywayna, are almost always full. If the campsites are full, the Ministry of Culture (the government entity which supervises and controls the Inca Trail) will assign other campsites (Wayllabamba, Pacaymayu and Phuyupatamarca) as needed.
  5. Return ticket: We’ll leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 2:55pm or 6:45pm. The schedule depends on ticket availability and on how far in advance you book your trip. In the afternoon, you can have lunch in one of many good restaurants in Aguas Calientes or relax in the natural springs. Depending on which train you take, you’ll arrive at your hotel in Cusco at about 6:00pm or 10:00pm.
  6. Health considerations: It is a common misconception that because many people do the Inca Trail, it’s easy. It is not. The Trail is 45km/26 m long and involves great physical exertion to complete. Combined with the high altitude and potential extreme weather, the trek can be difficult. Therefore, we strongly recommend you are well acclimatized to high altitudes, in good physical condition and healthy. You must declare any medical issues in advance and bring your own medications. We want you to enjoy your trip and be safe!
  7. Weather: The Andean weather can be unpredictable, despite the sharp divide between dry and wet seasons. The dry season runs from May to October or November; the rainy season goes from December through April. Nevertheless, Inca Trail lies in forested areas and high-altitude where the weather is unpredictable and can change within hours.

Conditions & Terms:

  • We require an immediate deposit of $150.00USD for all bookings.
  • For all tours and treks, the balance must be paid in full up to 48 hours prior to the start of the program. If you want to pay the balance in the office of XTreme Tourbulencia, we only accept cash payment. Failure to pay the trek balance will result in tour cancellation.
  • If a participant decides to cancel during the briefing 2 days prior to departure, he or she has to pay the full amount of the trek. XTreme Tourbulencia, however, will cover the expenses (hotel and train ticket) made by that participant to visit Machu Picchu. This offer must be confirmed at the briefing itself.
  • The Client may cancel the booking at any time provided that the cancellation is communicated to info@x-tremetourbulencia.comin writing. Cancellation charges will be applied as shown below calculated from the day written notification is received by All reservations cancelled less than 15 days prior to the departure date of the tour are subject to a cancellation fee
  • The Inca Trail is non-transferable, non-reimbursable and the participant cannot change the date of departure.
  • If the traveler makes the decision to abandon the excursion during the program, no reimbursement will be made and no claim will be accepted. XTreme Tourbulencia does not cover the expenses made by the traveler for the hotel and the transport back to Cusco or to Aguas Calientes, as well as a hotel in Aguas Calientes. Also, the traveler will be accompanied by a representative of XTreme Tourbulencia back to the train station.
  • Certain services might be interrupted or even cancelled due to weather conditions, natural disasters or other disturbances. These are out of the control of hotels, service suppliers, XTreme Tourbulencia or its partners and therefore, no refund will be given.
  • To receive the student discount of $20.00USD, we require a copy of a university student card with valid expiration date and picture.It is very important to bring your original student card to validate the discount. In the event that we don’t receive the scanned copy of the student card along with your reservation form, we will process your reservation at the full, adult price.
  • If XTreme Tourbulencia doesn’t confirm the reservation, the deposit will be refunded.
  • In the case of force majeur, when a trek cannot start or be completed, XTreme Tourbulencia will find an alternative route to go to Machu Picchu. If this alternative is of lower value than the originally booked excursion, XTreme Tourbulencia will refund the difference.
  • It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accidents, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. XTreme Tourbulencia cannot be considered responsible for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her own actions.
Period before departure written notification is received. Cancellation fee as a percentage of the holiday price
15-10 days. 50%
9-7 days. 80%
6 days or less. 100%


Inca Trail Faqs:

  • How many days does it take to complete the Inca Trail? For the Inca Trail you will have two options to choose from. The most famous and on demand is the 4 day / 3 night trek, this is followed by the Inca Trail of 2 days/1 night. The 2 day option is much more viable to a wide variety of people, while the 4 day will test your endurance.
  • Is there any kind of training required to complete the Inca Trail? To accommodate your trip and make it as smooth and comfortable as possible we recommend prior to your trip, to set walking routines of about 30 minutes per day, as well as consistent stretching. Since you will walk an average of 6 hours daily by the Andes, it is important to warm up the body. Mountain ascents and descents until arriving at Machu Picchu via Inca trail for a total route of approximately 48KM in 4 days.
  • Will access to bathrooms and other hygiene services be available? Considering how the government has been improving the campsites, each of them now has basic hygienic services, and in the last camp of Wiñayhuayna you will have the opportunity to take a shower (cold water).
  • Can the Inca trail be done on our own? As much as people would love to, this is not possible. It is mandatory to contract the services of an operator agency for the Machu Picchu Inca Trail, and to ensure there is a space available.
  • In order to ensure reservation, how far in advanced do I need to reserve the Inca Trail? We always recommend that you make your reservation months in advance, minimum 2 or 3 months for low season (from December to March), and 6 to 7 months for the high season (from April to November). During the high season for the Machu Picchu Inca trail tour, the government sells only 500 spaces per day due to high traffic of people and is sold out many months in advance.
  • I am ready to make the reservation, how do I book the Inca Trail? The first step would be to contact us ( requesting the availability for the date you are planning to make the Inca Trail. We will confirm if we have spaces available for the requested date, in the case that there are no spaces available, we will inform you of the alternate treks available the desired dates. We will ask you to send us the following information: full names, passport number, nationality, age. If you are a student, the copy of the ISIC card. All info sent to us must be valid and current.
  • For how long can we stay in Machu picchu? While on the Inca Trail we will arrive to Machu Picchu at approximately 7:30 am. You will have the opportunity to use the bathroom, followed by the guided tour which lasts about 1h 45m. After the guided tour you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu. The archaeological complex closes at 16:30 pm.
  • Are porters included? For the Inca Trail trek, the porter service is included, and they will be responsible for loading the camping equipment, food, cooking, etc. Tourists should carry their essential backpack at all times, water, phone, passports, money, cameras, etc. The porter is very helpful as they carry up to 12kl of luggage, which frees you to enjoy the walk and landscape.
  • For how many hours will we walk, and how many kilometers does the Inca Trail comprise? The total distance of the Inca trail is 43Km total, which is divided between camps. Each one at a distance of approximately 10 to 13km with an approximate time of about 6 to 8 hours daily, a lot also depends on the endurance, experience, pace of the group.
  • Is the Inca Trail available all year? The Inca Trail is open 11 months a year. The month of February the trail is closed for maintenance, in order to keep it in optimal conditions for when in use.
  • How do I gain access to Huayna Picchu Mountain on the Inca Trail tour? The Inca Trail trek includes Inca Trail + Machu Picchu. However, if you wish to climb to Huayna Picchu Mountain you will have to buy the ticket for Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu mountain with us. This mountain is high on demand so we recommend you book 6 months in advance.
  • What is the size of the group in the Inca trail? For the Inca Trail tour we follow the same rule as our other treks we have groups of 10 passengers max.


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