Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days And 4 Nights

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This trek runs beneath the magnificent Salkantay mountain (20,569ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Andes. The Salkantay Trek was recently named on the National Geographic Ultimate Adventure bucket list – defined as “The 20 most extreme, hair-raising, legendary adventures on the planet.” It is a trek open to everybody, and the most popular alternative to the Inca Trail trek.

This offers 4 days of trekking through various landscapes including highlands, cloud...
This trek runs beneath the magnificent Salkantay mountain (20,569ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Andes. The Salkantay Trek was recently named on the National Geographic Ultimate Adventure bucket list – defined as “The 20 most extreme, hair-raising, legendary adventures on the planet.” It is a trek open to everybody, and the most popular alternative to the Inca Trail trek.

This offers 4 days of trekking through various landscapes including highlands, cloud forest, rain forest and dry mountain. Throughout the trek you have amazing views of Apu Salkantay, Pumasillo Mountain and Humantay Mountain, three of the most stunning peaks of the Vilcabamba Mountain range. 

Our trek includes the services of lodging in a very nice hotel on the fourth night of the trek, a very unique coffee plantation tour in the afternoon of day 3, and dinner at great restaurant in Aguas Calientes. 
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Itinerary Details

DAY 1: We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and have a beautiful scenic drive of 3 hours duration to Mollepata. At Mollepata we will have breakfast at one of the local houses. After breakfast we will get back on the road for 1 hour and 45 minutes until we reach Soraypampa, the start of the trek. During this portion of the drive we will see our first views of Salkantay and Humantay Mountains.

At Soraypampa (12,467 ft) we will meet our support staff, who will pack everything for the trek and load the equipment onto horses. We begin our hike with a visit to Humantay lake. This is a 2 hour excursion.

After that expedition, we return to the trailhead and begin the hike to Salkantaypampa. We begin with a gentle 2 hour climb to Salkantaypampa, our lunch spot for the day. After lunch...
DAY 1: We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and have a beautiful scenic drive of 3 hours duration to Mollepata. At Mollepata we will have breakfast at one of the local houses. After breakfast we will get back on the road for 1 hour and 45 minutes until we reach Soraypampa, the start of the trek. During this portion of the drive we will see our first views of Salkantay and Humantay Mountains.

At Soraypampa (12,467 ft) we will meet our support staff, who will pack everything for the trek and load the equipment onto horses. We begin our hike with a visit to Humantay lake. This is a 2 hour excursion.

After that expedition, we return to the trailhead and begin the hike to Salkantaypampa. We begin with a gentle 2 hour climb to Salkantaypampa, our lunch spot for the day. After lunch we ascend for 2 hours to Soyrococha (14,332 ft), our camp for the night. 

DAY 2: We start the day with breakfast. After that we are going to hike for 1 hour uphill to the highest point of the trek, the Salkantay pass (15,252 ft). At the top we are going to make an offering to Salkantay and talk about the Inca culture and why this spot is venerated. Our next task is a 2 hour downhill hike to Huayrac (12,464 ft), where we will have lunch. After lunch we will hike downhill for 4 hours until we reach our camp for the night, Colpapampa (10,170 ft). 

DAY 3: We are rewarded with a more gentle hike today. We will have breakfast and then hike 6 hours on gentle up and down segments. We will be hiking through the rain forest, following the path of the Santa Teresa river. Along this path you will see the most beautiful waterfall along the trek. We will reach Lucmabamba, our campsite for the evening, around noon. After lunch, we will do an incredible coffee tour at the plantation adjacent to the campsite. 

DAY 4: We will wake up early and have breakfast. Today´s hike starts with a moderate 3 ½ hour climb through the rain forest until we reach the Llactapata ruin (8,856 ft), where we will have a thorough tour. This is the location where you will have your first view of Machu Picchu in the far distance. Leaving Llactapata, we begin a 2 ½ hour descent to Hydro, where we will have lunch. At 3 pm we will board the train to Aguas Calientes. On arrival at Aguas Calientes you will check into your hotel. Dinner will be at a restaurant.

DAY 5: You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a bus to Machu Picchu. Once there you will be given a 2 hour walking tour of the site. If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu (subject to availability) you will begin the hike at 10 AM.  If you are not climbing the mountain you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes.

Once in Aguas Calientes you will board the train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco. 

Important Details

Included
  • Lodging in Aguas Calientes on night 4 of the trek (double occupancy)
  • Bottled water
  • Kitchen tent
  • Toilet tent with portable toilet
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Expert chef and assistant chef
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Four-person tent for each two persons
  • Hot water for washing.
  • Coffee plantation tour in the afternoon of day 3
  • Emergency horse in case we need it
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Duffle bag to pack your personal belongings
  • Horse to carry 8 kg of your personal belongings
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Thermarest Inflatable Mattress and pillow
  • Breakfast
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Bilingual English speaking tour guide
  • Lunch
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soraypampa on day 1
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes on night 4
Not Included
  • Tips for the crew (muleteers, chef and guide)
  • Day 5 lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Hiking poles
  • Sleeping bag
Departure Point
CUSCO, PERU
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • What to bring:
  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended
  • Head lamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
  • Binoculars
  • Book to read (you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book)
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
  • Insect repellent
  • Be aware that due the newest regulations of Machu Picchu as of January 1st, 2019, your entry time to visit Machu Picchu on day 5 of the trek will start at 8 AM. Therefore, there is no way to be at Machu Picchu for sunrise, but this entry time will maximize your time to visit Machu Picchu and hike up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain (subject to availability)
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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