Day 1: SorayPampa – Pampa Japonesa (4500m/14850ft)
We will pick you up at 5:00 a.m. from your hotel in Cusco and travel by private van to SorayPampa. We will then hike uphill for 4 hours to Pampa Japonesa, where we will set up camp for the night.
Day 2: Pampa Japonesa – Inkachiriaska Pass (4700m/15510ft) – Pampacawana (4000m/13123ft)
After breakfast, we will hike until we reach the Inkachiriaska pass, the highest point of the trek. On this night we will camp at the Pampacawana campsite. Due to the high altitude, this will be the coldest night of the trek.
Day 3: Pampacawa – Inca Canal – Wayllabamba (3000m/9843ft)
On this day, we will continue our hike and visit some small archeological sites near the village of Wayllabamba. This is the starting point of the Classic Inca Trail and we will set up camp here for the night.
Day 4: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca (4200m/13780ft)– Pacaymayu (3500m/11483ft)
The trek today takes us to the valleys of Yuncachimpa, located at (3300m/10827ft), and Lulluchapampa, at (3850m/12631ft), before finally leading us to the Warmiwañusca pass. Then, after a short rest, we will continue walking down to our camping place: Pacaymayu.
Day 5: Pacaymayu – Wiñayhuayna
This is the most beautiful day of the trek. The first ruin we will explore on this day is Runkurakay, located at (3050m/10065ft). We then continue the ascend to a pass, at an altitude of (3950m/13035ft). On the way, we will pass through the Sayacmarca ruins at (3600m/11880ft). While walking over the last pass of the trek, you will see the ruin of Phuyupatamarca, meaning: “City above the clouds”. This is an impressive site that has a system of aqueducts that still function today. The last campsite is in Wiñayhuayna, where we will spend our last night in tents.
Day 6: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
On our final day, we will wake up before dawn and walk for an hour to reach Inti Punku “The Sun Gate” which is at an elevation of (2730m/8792ft). From Inti Punku, you will be amazed by your first dramatic view of the sun rising over Machu Picchu. We will then have a walking tour of the city, followed by four hours of free time for you to explore this amazing site.
In your free time, you can choose to climb for 45 minutes to the peak of Huayna Picchu, at an elevation of (2750m/8940ft). Let us know when booking the tour if you wish to do this. After enjoying Machu Picchu, you will take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will meet for lunch. You will then be given your train tickets for the return trip to Cusco.
Day 1 SorayPampa – Pampa Japonesa
We will pick you up at 5:00 a.m. from your hotel in Cusco and travel by private van to SorayPampa. After getting ready, we will hike 4 hours uphill to Pampa Japonesa, located at (4500m/14850ft), where we will camp for the night.
Day 2: Pampa Japonesa – Pampacawana
After breakfast, we will start hiking through a valley until we reach the Inkachiriaska pass. At an elevation of (4700m/15510ft), this is the highest point of the trek. Tonight we will camp at the Pampacawana campsite, (4000m/13123ft), which, due to the high altitude, will be the coldest night of the trek.
Day 3: Pampacawa – Inca Canal – Wayllabamba
After breakfast, we will continue our hike, passing across some streams and visiting small archeological sites near the village of Wayllabamba, located at (3000m/9843ft). This is the starting point of the Classic Inca Trail which we will start the folowing morning. We will set up camp here for the night.
Day 4: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayu
To enjoy the beautiful panorama and mystical atmosphere, our day will start early in the morning. The trek takes us to the valleys of Yuncachimpa, located at (3300m/10827ft), and Lulluchapampa, at (3850m/12631ft), before finally leading us to the Warmiwañusca pass, at an elevation of (4200m/13780ft). From here, you will take in an impressive view of the snow-capped mountain Wayanay. After a short rest at the summit, we will continue walking down to our camping place: Pacaymayu, located at (3500m/11483ft).
Day 5: Pacaymayu – Wiñayhuayna
We will begin the most beautiful day of the trek after a delicious breakfast. The first ruin we will explore on this day is Runkurakay, at an elevation of (3050m/10065ft). Perched on a rocky outcrop, this site was built to be a Tambo, a small country Inn. We will continue our ascent to a pass, at an altitude of (3950m/13035ft). On our way to the campsite, we will pass through the Sayacmarca ruins, at (3600m/11880ft). This is an ancient city composed of winding, narrow streets. Later, we will pass through an Incan tunnel and walk through a forest before reaching the last pass. Below, you will see the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, meaning: “City above the clouds”. This is an impressive site composed of circular walls and an ingenious system of aqueducts that still function today. As we decend, we will pass through a thick canopy of bamboo. The last campsite is in Wiñayhuayna, where we will spend our last night in tents.
Day 6: Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
On our final day, we will wake up before dawn and prepare for one of the most awe-inspiring experiences of our lives, arriving at Machu Picchu. We will leave the last campsite at about 5:30 a.m. and after an hour of walking we will arrive at Inti Punku “The Sun Gate”, at an elevation of (2730m/8792ft). From Inti Punku, you will be amazed by your first dramatic view of the sun rising over Machu Picchu. After soaking in the view, we will walk down the final part of the trail and approach the ancient city, where we will be able to celebrate our accomplishment and take unforgettable pictures together. We will descend to the main entrance, where we can leave our backpacks, use the restroom, and enjoy a quick coffee. After our break, we will re-enter Machu Picchu for a walking tour of the mysterious city, followed by four hours of free time for your own exploration of the site.
In your free time, you may choose to take a 45 minute climb to the peak of Huayna Picchu, at an elevation of (2750m/8940ft). To climb this mountain, you must first buy tickets which are available online on this website (http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/). The tickets for Huayna Picchu are limited to 400 people per day (200 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 200 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) so we recommend that you purchase your tickets as early as possible.
After enjoying our final hours at Machu Picchu, you will take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will meet for lunch. You will then be given your train tickets for the return trip to Cusco.
Price: US $980 per person
Group Size: 2-8 people
Prices are the same for private or group treks!
We also offer a US $50 per person discount for group bookings of 3 people or more.
We offer a discount of US $20 to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and to children under the age of 16 years old. Scanned copies of your ISIC card or child’s passport must be provided at the time of payment for the trek in order to qualify for the discount.
Please notice: Our Inca Trail service starts and ends in your hotel in Cusco
Storage during your Inca Trail Trek: Most of our trekkers leave their belongings that they do not want to bring on the trek in the hostel or hotel they were previously staying in. These hostels/hotels usually have a secure, locked room where you can store your belongings. If you do not trust your hostel or hotel, we would be more than happy to store your belongings for you.
Train for the end of your Inca Trail Trek:
The most common departure times that we book for our tourists is 2:30 p.m. or the 2:55 p.m. train. On the final day of the Inca Trail Trek, we will wake up very early, at 3:30 a.m., in order to hike to Machu Picchu in time for the sunrise. We understand that you will be very tired after a long trek, and this departure time will allow to eat an early lunch, while still having plenty of time to explore the ancient Incan city and to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. After a refreshing lunch in Aguas Calientes, you will enjoy the train journey back to Cusco.
The 2:30 p.m. train will arrive in Ollantaytambo train station at 4:05 p.m., and the 2:55 train will arrive a bit later at 4:30 p.m. You will be picked up by your driver outside of the train station. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it so that there is no confusion. If you do not see the driver initially, just wait for them outside of the train station. Once the driver has picked you up, you will travel for 1 1/2 hours in a van before you arrive back at your hotel/hostel. Arrival time in Cusco is approximately 6:30 p.m., or 7:00 p.m.
You may also choose to update your train ticket to the Vistadome train, for an extra cost of (US $60).
Important: We guarantee these departure times, as per the itinerary, only if you book your tours in advance. Otherwise, we may be forced to offer you a train that departs at a later time. Note: We will still pick you up at Ollantaytambo train station and bring you back to your hotel in Cusco regardless of your departure time.
What is included in the price?
Professional tour guide who is fluent in English
Private bus to Soraypampa
Two-person tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
Meals cooked by an experienced chef: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks!
Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
All our food is prepared from organic vegetables and fresh ingredients
Water (We will provide you with boiled and filtered cold water during the trek after lunch on the first day). You will need to bring a container to carry your water in. Also, you need to ensure that you pack a sufficient amount of water for the first half-day of the trek
Vegetarian/special diet options available with no extra cost
Horse (to carry Tents and cooking equipments) for the first two days of the trek
Dining and kitchen tents
First aid kit including an emergency oxygen bottle
Inca Trail entrance fees, Porters to carry the tents, food, and cooking equipment
Porter’s and Wranglers health insurance paid for by INTI SUN TREK
Dining and kitchen tents
Bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to the village of Aguas Calientes
Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
Breakfast on the first morning
Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day
Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
Sleeping bags. These can be rented in our office for the entire trek (US $20) every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use
Tips for the guide, cooks and wranglers
What you need to bring:
- Original passport
- For students: ISIC card
- Insurance card/certificate
- Hiking boots
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- 2-4 t-shirts
- 2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
- Long underwear for sleeping/thermal underwear
- Hand sanitizer
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat or cap
- Insect repellent
- Water and/or water purification tablets
- Personal medication
- Camera and batteries
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Cash ( We recommend that you bring an extra 500 Peruvian nuevos soles for extra expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and drinks)
Optional items to bring:
- Walking stick
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Bathing suit for hot springs in Aguas Calientes
How fit do you need to be for this tour?
You need to be quite fit as it is a 6 day trek and can be quite strenous.
Is there pick up and drop off from hotel?
Yes there is.
When should I book this tour?
You should book this tour at least 4/5months in advance. This trek combines the Salkantay Trek with the Inca Trail, therefore it is under the same restrictions as the Inca Trail Trek. The Inca Trail is strictly limited to a certian number of trekkers per year. You can check to availability of the Trek on our website.
When does the trek combine with the Inca Trail?
The trek combines with the Inca Trail on the third day in Wayllabamba village.
At what point do we meet the porters?
We meet the porters in Wayllabamba on the third day.
How many hours do we walk per day?
All times are estimated and will depend on the speed of the group. On the first day, we will walk for approximately 6 hours. On the second day, 9 hours. On the third day, 4 hours. On the fourth day, 8 hours. On the fifth day, 6 hours. On the sixth day, only 2 hours.
How many kilometres will we walk?
We will walk approximately 75 kilometres total.
What time does the tour start and finish?
On the first day, the tour begins at 5 a.m. On the last day, your return to Cusco will depend on the time of your train.
What is the highest point on the trek?
The highest point is at an elevation of (4600m/15,180ft).
What happens if I suffer from altitude sickness?
We are well prepared for this with a fully equipped first aid kit including an oxygen tank.
Will it be cold on the trek?
Yes, due to the altitude, the second night will be the coldest. Bring warm clothes.
How many days in advance should I arrive in Cusco?
As a result of the altitudes that we will reach on this trek, we highly recommend that hikers be in Cusco for at least 5 days before commencing on the trek.
Do I need to bring my own sleeping bag?
You can bring your own or we have an option to rent a sleeping bag for US $20 dollars.
Refunds and Cancellations
Refunds: If inti trek fails to confirm the reservation, your payment will be refunded in full.
Cancellation: Because of the strict regulations of the Inca Trail and Machupicchu, once you have made your reservation, you cannot cancel the space that you have reserved. You also may not alter the name or date of the reservation.
If you are unable to come on the date you have reserved, we cannot reimburse or transfer your deposit to someone else. Permits and tickets are also non-refundable, and non-transferable once Inti Trek purchases them and the reservation is done.
In the event you cancel your trip
If you cancel between 30 and 10 days before your trek, you must pay 50% of the total cost.
If you cancel between 10 and 3 days before your trek, you must pay 80% of the total cost.
If you cancel one day before your trek, you must pay 100% of the total cost.
In the exceptional case that you decide to head back once you have started the trail, we cannot reimburse any of your final payments. Unfortunately you will be responsible for all the extra expenses that occur during your transportation to the nearest town or Cusco for example food and transportation. If you want, you may join the group in Machupicchu for the walking tour and use all of the services onward. If so, we can help you buy a new train ticket to Aguas Calientes and bus ticket to Machu Pîcchu
I paid a deposit. Why do I still have to pay for part of the total cost?
At Inti Trek, we use our own money to pay for all the items that we need for the trek and tours that your deposit does not cover.
We also still need to pay for all the reservations we made for you. In addition, we must pay the salaries of the people we book to work for you on the trek. Typically they cancel other business opportunities to reserve the time to work for you.