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Inka Trail Trek to Machu Picchu 6 days

Inka Trail Trek is the most scenic and cultural treks in the world; its dramatic valleys and superb mountain views that rival any other trek in the world – but without the crowds. The Inka Trail Trek to Machu Picchu is a great option for customers interested to see authentic views, explore the ancient Inca ruins and visit the awesome mountain scenery. This Inka Trail Trek is a moderate to challenging; not technical with several high passes and often freezing cold nights so is very important to be prepared.

This beautiful six-day Inka Trail Trek; starts in the zone of Soraypampa and finishes at the lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu. It takes you through the Salkantay trek and the classic Inca Trail over three high passes (one of them over 5,200m). For Inka Trail Trek is essential to be properly acclimatized; for this hike spending at least two or three days in Cusco (or equivalent altitude) before star the trek.

This unspoiled region is situated to the west of the city of Cusco; in the Vilcabamba mountain range with beautiful mountain scenes. The barren hills, treeless plains, and undulating rocky outcrops are just tasters of this outstanding tourist destination. Awe-inspiring views of snow mountans like: Umantay (6,100m), Salkantay (6,271m), Chullunku (5,950m), Qesqha (5, 780m) and more.

Inka Trail Trek to Machu Picchu


Something magical about the Peruvian Andes; a veritable blend of wildlife, nature and breathtaking views; showcasing the best that Salcantay, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu National Parks have to offer; Inka Trail Trek lets you experience the most magnificent scenery in the Peruvian Andes. Explore untouched vistas and stunning flora and fauna including deer, pumas, condors, black bears, large quantity of birds and hummingbirds. This is a truly amazing Peruvian adventure. This Inka Trail trek traverses the mountains range of the Vilcabamba, located between the two deep Canyons of the region: the Urubamba and Apurimac through which are running a big rivers with the same names (Urubamba and Apurimac).

The Inka Trail Trek remained isolated from the rest of the world for a long period and here you can witness the ancient culture of the inhabitants. People in these region live in their own way, totally different from outsiders. Their culture and traditions are still maintained with very few concessions to the twenty-first century. The people, for example, still build their houses from stones, rocks, and sun baked mud bricks. Natives are very sensitive about their traditions and lifestyle and steadfastly refuse to let anyone change their culture or way of life.


Six-day “Inka Trail Trek” starts once we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and travel by bus to “Soraypama” zone where we’ll meet the “arrieros” (horsemen), we’ll begin trek gradually up to Salkantay pampa a wonderful campsite placed in the base of the Salkantay Mountain; from here, we’ll continue zigzag up to the highest pass named Incachiriasca pass (5,200masl) where you’ll be rewarded with splendid views: up numerous snow mountains and down several valleys; from here the trail descends through a rocky mountains with presences of Llamas and alpacas until Wayllabamba community where the trail joins to the traditional Inca trail; here, we’ll leave the horses and instead we’ll use the porters to carry the camping gear.

The trail continues over two high passes the highest of which reach to 4,200 masl (Dead woman’s pass) along this part of the trail we’ll visit numerous Inca ruins. The last day, we’ll start very early in order to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu and explore it before the crowds arrives from Cusco at midday. You also will have free time to explore Machu Picchu alone and in the afternoon, we’ll return to Cusco by train.


  • Unique bus travel to Soraypampa
  • Pretty Mountain of the “Vilcanota” mountain range
  • five days in trekking and one day explore Machu Picchu
  • Visit the Inca ruins along the trail
  • Five nights camping in the national park of Machu Picchu
  • Free time within Machu Picchu
  • Endless photo opportunities
  • Abundant bird and wildlife viewing opportunities


Highlights: Hiking alongside the magnificent Salkantay Mountain, trek the Inca Trail and explore the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu.
Duration: 6 days/ 5 nights
Altitude: 2, 800 masl (beginning point) to 5,200 masl (highest pass) and 2,400 m (ending point).
Difficulty: The trek is rated moderate; any reasonably fit person should be able to cover the route.
Temperatures: From minus – 5ºC to 28ºC
Inca Trail Permits: Yes, required. 500 permits are issued daily. In the peak season, the trail is booked months in advance.
Acclimatization: Minimum 2 days at altitude recommended.
Please note.– The Inca Trail is closed February.


Since the number of trek permits is limited to 500 per day (about 200 tourists and 300 trekking staff) it is important to book well in advance. The trek permits are issued on a first-come-first-served basis up until all the permits have been sold out. In the low season (December & January) there are some days when there are still permits available 4 or 5 days in advance, but in the high season (May to September) it is recommended that you book at least 5 months in advance to guarantee a place. We would actually recommend making a reservation 6 or 7 months ahead. You can check out how many permits are left on our webpage Inca Trail Trek permit availability. If the Inca Trail is already fully booked on the departure date that you require you can always consider one of the Alternative Treks.


Day 1:  Ichupata

  • Pick-upfrom your hotel in Cusco at 05:30 a.m.
  • 3:30 hour-travel by bus to Soraypampa head of the trail.
  • Trek for 5 -6 hours gradually up.
  • Camp at the bottom of the Salkantay Mountain.
  • We’ll include Lunch and Dinner.

Day 2:  Pampaccahuana

  • Early breakfast.
  • Trek gradually up toward the highest pass.
  • After resting on the pass descent to Pampaccahuana camp.
  • Today 7-8 hour trek.
  • We include Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3. Ayapata

  • Early breakfast.
  • Trek gradually down to Huallabamba; here, we’ll join to the traditional Inca Trail.
  • After rest and lunch at Huayllabamba, we’ll continue gradually up to Ayapata camp.
  • Today 7 – 8 hour trek.
  • We include Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4:  Dead woman’s Pass

  • Trek for 8 -9 hours over the two passes the highest of which reach to 4,200 masl.
  • Explore Runkuraqhay and Sayacmarka Inca ruins.
  • The trek begins in the Andes and finishes in the cloud forest.
  • We include Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 5:  Wiñaywayna

  • Early breakfast.
  • 6 -7 hour trek thought the cloud forest.
  • Explore Phuyupatamarka, Intipata and Wiñayhuayna Inca ruins.
  • We include Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 6:  Machu Picchu

  • Early breakfast.
  • 1:30 hour-trek gradually up to the Sun gate or Inti Punku and then 30 minutes walk down to Machu Picchu.
  • 2 -3 hour tour within Machu Picchu.
  • Free time for further exploration.
  • Bus down to “Aguas Calientes”.
  • In the afternoon, we’ll return to Cusco by Train.
  • Transfer to your hotel.

The program


Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Ichupata:

Inka Trail Trek

Soraypampa valley – Inka Trail Trek in Peru

The “Inka Trail Trek” starts once we pick you up from your hotel at 06:00 a.m and transfer you to Mollepata town, here we’ll stop for 30 minutes to have breakfast and purchase some items for the trek; from Mollepata, we’ll continue one hour more by car until Soraypampa (3,800 masl – the starting point of the trek) here we will meet our “arrieros” horsemen and trekking staff. Then, we’ll start the Inca Trail Expedition to Machu Picchu carrying small bag because the heavy ones will be taken by the horses.

At Soraypampa, we can see spectacular views of the chains of snowcapped mountains of Vilcabamba and the lush Salkantay valley, then a gentle climb will take us to Salkantaypampa where our lunch will be served then we continue zigzag through the site of the majestic Salkantay Mountain; this night will be very cold night at the camp. (L-D).

Day 2: Ichupata – Inca Chiriasqha Pass – Pampaccahuana

A wonderful morning because the imposing views of the Salkantay Mountain (6,271m) close to the camp; the trek will start at 07:00 a.m with a gentle climbing to Pampa-Japonesa (Japanese Climbers Base-camp) and then, we’ll continue up toward the Inca Chiriasqha pass (5,200m) the highest of the trek. This pass is a wonderful spot for sightseeing because it is surrounded by majestic snow-peaks such as: Humantay (5,217 masl), Tucarhuay (5,450 masl) and Chullunku (5,428 masl); all of this mountains still plays very important role in the mentality of the inhabitants of the zone; they believe that in each mountain is living one spiritual person named APU.

After the pass, we will be hiking down for 1 hour and 30min through awesome mountain scenery where we’ll stop for lunch, afterward we will descend until Pampaccahuana (B-L-D).

Day 3: Pampaccahuana – Huayllabamba – Ayapata

Inka Trail Trek

The Inka Trail Trek in Peru

After breakfast, we’ll continue descending through a beautiful valley with native flowers and impressive views of a typical Andean Valley where we can see some llamas and alpacas; after 3 hours of trekking, we will arrive to Paucarcancha an Inca Archaeological site restored recently by the archeologist Ann Kendall Project.

from Paucarkancha, we’ll continue one hour down to Wayllabamba community where we’ll join to the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; here also will be served our; this is also the place from where our muleteers will return home with their mules and fresh porters will join us to continue the trek carrying our gear, camping equipment and food, we start our gentle climbing for 2 hours to Ayapata where  we will set up our camp (B-L-D).

Day 4: Ayapata to Dead woman’s Pass – Chakiccocha

Inka Trail Trek

Dead woma’s pass 4,200 m – Inka Trail Trek

After breakfast, we will start ascent through numerous Inca steps towards the Huarmihuañusca pass (often called ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ due to its image from afar) 4,200masl. During the climb, you’ll be rewarded by wonderful landscape like the valley of Uncahuayco where you’ll see high Andean Valley full vegetated with Peruvian polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes and look back to the sweeping snow peaks and valleys of the Huayanay Mouantin.

From the pass, we will have an amazing view of the impressive Inca Trail and spectacular mountains around. Then, we’ll descend to Pakaymayu Valley where we will have lunch. After a rest, we’ll climb again to visit the archaeological site of  “Runkuraqhay” (round shape balcony) and then continue to Runku pass 4,000 masl. From where in a clear days you can see on you bag dead woman pass and in frond the Pumasillu snow mountain range. From Runku pass, we’ll continue to descend through the cloud forest to the Inca site of “Sayacmarka” (inaccessible town) which also was discovered by Mr. Hiram Bingam at 1915. We will have a short rest here before continuing on towards Ch’akiccocha camp (B-L-D).

Inka Trail Trek

Wiñayhuayna inka ruins – Inka Trail Trek

Day 5: Chaquicocha to Wiñaywayna

Today will be an excellent day because we will trek through the cloud forest and on the original Incan trail which is paved with white granite stone, we’ll pass Inca tunnel and we’ll explore Inca archaeological sites. We’ll visit Phuyupatamarka a wonderful Inca archaeological site.

From Phuyupatamarka, we’ll continue the trek observing many flowers and a great variety of birds, especially Hummingbirds. Also, we’ll have a splendid view of the snow-capped mountains of the Pumasillu mountain Range. Lunch will be served at the campsite (Wiñayhuayna), in the afternoon, we’ll visit the Inca archaeological site of Wiñayhuayna (Young Forever) considered to be the most beautiful Inca temple along the Inca Trail (B-L-B).

Day 6: Wiñaywayna – Inti Punku – Machu Picchu – Return to Cusco

Inka Trail Trek

Inka Trail Trek includes Machu Picchu tour

Our reward at the end of our epic six days Inca Trail Expedition to Machu Picchu is the amazing panorama as we arrive to the great Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. We will enjoy a two hour guided tour within Machu Picchu and then you will have free time to explore by yourself.

At midday approximately we will take the bus down to the town of “Aguas Calientes” where you can enjoy your lunch and in the afternoon we will catch the train and return to Ollantaytambo from where you will be transferred to your Hotel. (B)

Price Info


Expedition classUS$ 1,130
Vistadome classUS$ 1,160
Hiram Bimgham class

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  • For complete facts about many aspects of “SUNRISE PERU TREK”, check out our FAQs page!
  • Pre trek briefing
  • Pick-up from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
  • Transport from Cusco to Soraypampa: the trailhead
  • Inca Trail Permit (includes entry to Machu Picchu, but not to Huaynapicchu Mt.)
  • English and Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 6 people).
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
  • Air mattress for a greater comfort during the trek -Thermarest.
  • Chef and cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
  • Toilet tent

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  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
  • Porters & Mules (for equipment and personal items); they carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils.
  • We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7 kg per person). If you wish to take more, you can hire an extra mule or porter.
    1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling sick ONLY for first 2 days
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals

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  • Tents for our staff to sleep in
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Bus down from “Aguas Calientes”  to Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket (Expedition service) from “Aguas Calientes” to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco


  • Breakfast on the first morning; some hotels served if not, we stop at Mollepata village fro breakfast and purchase some items for the trek.
  • Lunch on the last day, you can have in the town of “Aguas Calientes”; consider a buget of US$20 to US$30 for this lunch.
  • Entrance to the thermal springs optional US$3.
  • Entry to Huayna Picchu US$60.
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters

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