Mt. Salcantay and Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu Trip Grade 3+
For the year 2014 we have decided not to advertise departure dates, but instead to work with groups of 4 passengers or more. If you would like to develop your own group, with your own departure dates please contact us and we will be happy to organize your trip and provide all of the first class services you desire.
• 7-9 Trekkers: $3495/person
• 4-6 Trekkers: $3895/person
• $150.00 for a private room or tent
• 16-Day trip beginning and ending in the USA
• 7 Nights lodging, 7 Nights full service camping
• All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners
“I highly recommend Peaks & Places! My trip on the Mt. Salcantay & Inca Trail Trek was the most enjoyable of my life. Brad and Marco delivered beyond my expectations in all aspects of the trip. Their attention to detail, organization and leadership gave the rest of the group license to relax and enjoy Peru to the fullest. I am clearing my calendar for a trip next spring.”
--David Abell, Mt. Salcantay & Inca Trail Trek (See more testimonials)
This 16-day adventure gives you an all around Peruvian experience. We combine the rich cultural experiences of Indian markets and Inca ruins with a spectacular 7-day highland trek past Mt. Salcantay (20,575ft.), and on to the famous "Inca Trail" to Machu Picchu. Mount Salcantay (also spelled Salkantay) is the 12th highest peak in Peru.
To help us get acclimatized for the trek we spend several days exploring the Inca ruins that are found on the grassy hills overlooking the city of Cuzco, and in the Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley of the Incas).
To reach the starting point of the trek we drive through the wonderfully scenic Rio Blanco river valley to the Andean village of Mollepata. From here the trail winds upward along small farms, creeks, to a remarkable campsite at the base of 20,575 foot Mt. Salcantay and 18,000 foot Mt. Huamantay. We cross 16,000 foot Incachiriaska Pass directly beneath Mt. Salcantay. Two more days takes us down a beautiful valley to the village of Wayllabamba. From Wayllabamba there is another 2 1/2 days of walking on the "Inca Trail". The trail becomes most evident, with wide preserved road stonework, tunnels, and Inca ruins all the way to the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, "The Lost City of the Incas". Walking on this ancient footpath, we experience the magic of the Andes and discover the spiritual center of the Inca civilization.
Your Trip Leader
Brad Johnson, founder and managing director of Peaks & Places, has been a trip leader and mountain guide for over 20 years. In all, he has over 35 years of experience climbing around the world. He first climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro at the age of 14 and in the years to follow he has climbed and guided in Alaska, Europe, Peru, Nepal, New Zealand, China and Africa. He has been on 17 major expeditions, two of which were to Mt. Makalu in Nepal (the world's 5th highest peak at 27,826ft.) in 1989 and 1992; and once to K2 (the world's 2nd highest peak at 28,250ft.) in China in 1994. More recently, Brad summitted Cho Oyu (the world's 6th highest peak at 26,910ft.) with the Shared Summits expedition in September 1999. Not only is he a climbing expert, Brad is exceptionally knowledgeable about the mountains and their indigenous cultures. In addition to his climbing resume, he is also a professional photographer and adventure guide. His photos have appeared in such magazines as Rock and Ice, Climbing, Powder, Outside, Men's Health and Backpacker. By the end of this year, Brad will have his first guide book published, entitled "Classic Climbs of the Cordillera Blanca, Peru."