Salkantay Inca Trail to Machu Pichu

Known by the Incas as the “Home of the Gods,” Cusco became the Inca’s capital, it’s name in Quechua means “Navel of the World”, this is where our adventure begins!

The Incan emperor Pachacuti built a mighty royal highway to link his capital Cusco to the secluded spiritual centre of his empire at Machu Picchu. Taking an awe-inspiring route over high mountain passes, he followed the way of the Apus, the snow peaks. These were sacred to the Incas and dominate the scenery, vanishing and re-appearing around curves and over ridges as we follow this most astounding of treks.

Join us as we take an alternative to the classic Inca trail route. The Salkantay trek (sometimes referred to as the Salkantay trail) is the most popular alternative trek to Machu Picchu, and for good reason – it offers an incredibly diverse trekking experience!

The trail winds through incredible landscapes, where lowland jungle gives way to highland alpine settings and glaciated mountains, the most impressive of which is Nevada Salkantay.

National Geographic Adventure Magazine rated the Salkantay trek as one for the 25 Best Treks in the World.

One of the key features of the Salkantay trek is the mountain that gives it’s name to the trail.

Mount Salkantay (or Nevada Salkantay / Salcantay) is one of the most iconic mountains in the Cusco region and the highest mountain on the Willkapampa range.

We will approach the mountain from the south and then in close proximity, as we scale the Salkantay Pass, which at 4,600m provides amazing vistas into the valley below.

We also aim to arrive at Machu Pichu in the early morning hours, to not only reach the site before tourists, but also to watch an incredible sunrise over this sacred site.

We have a trip organised for Sept 2022! Register today to secure a place on this fantastic trip, or contact us if you want to know more information!

Grade: Tough

Duration: 9 Days (Enquire for Dates Today!)

Price: Registration Fee: £399

Trek fee: TBC

Total Trek Price: TBC

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1 – An Introduction to Cusco
  • Day 2- Cusco Acclimatisation Walk (highest elevation 3700 metres)
  • Day 3 – Cusco/Mollepata – Challacancha- Soraypampa (Humantay Lake) 12km/ 4600 metres (highest elevation)
  • Day 4 – Soraypampa/ Salkantay Pass- Huayracmachay- Colpapampa. 22km/ 4650metres (highest elevation)
  • Day 5- Collpapampa- La Playa- Lucmabamba. 18KM/ 2750 metres (highest elevation)
  • Day 6 – Lucmabamba/ Llactapata- Hidroelectrica- Aguas Calientes. 18km/ 2450 metres (highest elevation)
  • Day 7- The most important day- Machu Pichu!
  • Day 8 – Free day exploring Ollantaytambo
  • Day 9 -Arrive back in the UK
How was our leader? A nice fella and far fitter than he looks. When the weather came down his navigation was spot on.

What did you think of the support and advice? The weekend went really well the food was good and the fitness advice helped loads.

What advice would you give to other trekkers? If you are thinking of going on a trek then just do it. Ray and the team will look after you. I went Peru for the Inca Trail and would highly recommend it.

Dave Mark

Joined Big World Treks for a training weekend & Inca Trail

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Salkantay Inca Trek to Machu Pichu