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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days - 4 Nights

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Cusco Region, Peru

  • Activities

    Adventure, Architectural Tour, Heritage-History Tour, Hiking Trekking, Sightseeing

  • Price
    Custom Price
  • Duration

    5 nights, 4 days

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    To be determined by guest and guide

  • Starting Location

    To be determined by guest and guide

  • Price Includes

    Guiding services

  • Notes

    Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Highlights

  • Hiking alongside the magnificent Apu Salkantay and then arriving at the ruins of Machu Picchu.
  • Experience a breathtaking part of the vast high cordillera of Vilcabamba - Salkantay.
  • Ideal for adventure seekers, couples, friends, nature lovers, and intrepid people.
  • See natural bridges, snowcapped mountains , cascades and cloud forest - Sleep under one of the clearest night skies you've ever seen!
  • Salkantay trek named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.

Guide

Trip Info

 

The Salkantay trek to Machupicchu is one of the most famous treks in Cusco and the best alternative route to get to Machu Picchu. It takes you through different types of landscapes from the typical Andean landscape to the snowcapped mountains and the tropical forests and finally gets you into the jungle. If you are thinking of doing a hiking trip to Machupicchu and you want to be off of the beaten path and be in touch with the nature; Salkantay trek is the best option.

Hiking 75 kilometers = 46 miles and reaching the famous Apacheta (mountain offerings) pass 4621masl = 15160ft which is the highest point of the Salkantay trek: enjoying the amazing view during the hike from Mollepata town to Soraypampa base camp at knee of the Humantay mountain. Then to go up to the highest point to enjoy the view of outstanding snow-capped Salkantay mount. This was one of the most important Apus in the Inca period! Then you are going dawn to Chaullay through the beautiful scenery and then go to Santa Teresa to jump into the natural and medicinal hot spring. And finally we reach to Aguas Calientes town for overnight in the hotel and the last day of your adventure you will get up too early to be the firsts ones up in Machu Picchu and enjoy the sunrise.

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TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Maximum Altitude: 3850 masl
Minimum Altitude: 2850 masl
Distance Travelled: 14km approx

We start to pick up you on the hotel around 05:00 am, the bus drive taking 4 hours to Anta – Mollepata. You can clearly see the white snowcapped mountain like Salkantay and Huamantay the holy Gods of the Incas, the spectacular scenic on the upper part and lower valleys with colorful landscape. Two hours driving at head the first stop in Mollepata town there are toilet facilities, souvenirs and optional short breakfast, to soon continue at Challacancha the trail head. There we will meet with our support staff. There we will organize all the equipment, horses and mules. Around 9:30 a.m. we will start our trek to Soraypampa (3900 m.a.s.l) the first section of the path is a paved rock trail. There are the old water channels still supplying the new inhabitants. The beginning is 9 km in 3 hours to Soraypampa the lunch place as well base camp, after lunch and nap to continue hiking up to the Humantay lake (4200masl) 5 km in 3 hours round trip. At the bottom of the glacier the most spectacular views to the back ground valley and sunset, Soraypampa is located on the middle of the glaciers valleys at night clear appreciate the constellation on the sky.

Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayramachay – Chaullay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Maximum Altitude: 4650 masl
Minimum Altitude: 2900 masl
Distance Travelled: 22km to Chaullay

Early wake up with the first daylight at 05:30 am to packing the staff, breakfast and soon to start hiking up to the highest point of the trail Salkantay Pass (4650 masl – 15,255 ft). The distance is 7 km in 3 hours, on the ascent between the rocky valley bottom and the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6200 masl – 20,341 ft). We reach the top of the trek. We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay, humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo, Salkantay is considered the second highest mountain of the Cusco region and one of the Incas God called “Apu”. 2 hours downhill on the serpent trail and gravel rocky path to get Huayracmachay lunch spot, on the afternoon entrance to the upper part of the amazing jungle as well called “cloud forest”. 9 km in 3 hours on the wide trail in the thick forest, past the hills decorated with colorful scenery and the wild life and native plant. Most of the year weather is warmed and temperate. Finally arrive at Chaullay Village (2900 masl – 9,514 ft) the base camp into the jungle.

Days 3: Chaullay – Collpapampa – La Playa – Santa Teresa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Maximum Altitude: 2900 masl
Minimum Altitude: 1600 masl
Distance Travelled: Approx 16km

Around 6:00 am wake up with coca tea; breakfast and hiking straight to la Playa. Crossing on the thick jungle and following on the bank of the Santa Teresa river on the gradual trail there are stopping in several family hamlet to enjoy the local fruit and vegetables (passion fruit, banana, coffee, avocado, mango, orange and papaya). If we are lucky, we will be able to see the famous bird called “the Cock of the Rocks”. The trail distance is 16 km the hiking time is 5 hours on the down valley it is clear to see the cedar trees, very useful for the local people’s economy. La playa is a small Town with the basic facilities (toilet, electricity, shopping and souvenir) as well the lunch point. We will drive the collective bus to Santa Teresa Town around 1 hour to the camp site, to get early at this base camp on the afternoon. Optional driving 15 minutes to the hot spring highly recommended after the hard journey on the mountain, then back at the campsite for happy hours and dinner.

Day 4: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectryc – Aguas Calientes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel.
Maximum Altitude: 2000 masl
Minimum Altitude: 1600 masl
Distance Travelled: 18km aprox.

At 7:00 am time to stand up to start a new day, all the distance hiking is 18 km, in 6 hours straight to Aguas calientes crossing by Hydroelectric station. We follow along the riverside of Vilcanota River, there is a second plant of hydroelectric underground which supplies electricity to coast cities in Peru and mining companies. The weather day is warm and temperate on the begin, the last 10 km is more dense vegetation. At the bottom is Machupicchu city, we are going to walk along the train track close to the bank of Urubamba river from there we will appreciate the holy mountains as Waynapicchu and Machupicchu Mountains, to finally arrive at Aguas calientes town of Machupicchu for overnight in the hotel and dinner at the tourist restaurant. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight: in Aguas Calientes at the hotel which included in the package.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Meals: Breakfast,
Tour: Visit to Machu Picchu

The last day on the Trek, early wake up on the hotel is better for visiting Machupicchu. We suggest starting early to visit Machupicchu the check point is open from (6:00 am until 17:00 pm) optional going up by bus or foot, on the morning the city looks empty with less tourists. The first 2 hours guided tour in the City, (temples, palaces, priest house, sundial, industrial sector and farming fields) after that is start your free time to climbing up to Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu mountain (book in advance to get your ticket). Both mountains hiking time takes 3 hours approximately, or trekking to the sun gate the main entrance of the Inka Trail, therefore you’ll stay and enjoy the city for more than 7 hours on the afternoon. We organized the train (18:30 pm) back from Aguas calientes to Ollantaytambo and then bus driving to Cusco to arrive at 20:00 pm approx. the bus drops you off at your hotel in Cusco.

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