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Salcantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days / 4 Days

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Salcantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days / 4 Days

Salcantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days / 4 Days

23 reviews

Overview

This amazing trek runs beneath the sacred Salcantay Mountain (6271m/20569ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes.

 

Highlights

  • This Trek is the most beautiful , because you get the opportunity to see how the landscape changes from the Andean cloud forest to the jungle área.
  • This Amazing Trek is an interesting alternative for those not having found spaces on the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. Salcantay Trek deservingly named one of the 25 Best Treks in the World by National Geographic Travel Magazine.

 

 

Trip Details

  • Starting Altitude: 3600 m / 11,808 feet
  • Hightes altitude:4,700m /15,420 feet
  • Type Tour: Hiking, Adventure
  • Walking Distance: 75 km / 46.60 miles
  • Difficulty Level: Challenging
  • Weather:  cold, Wendy, rainy, wet, hot. Sometimes temperatura go bellow -10°C

Itinerary

Day 1 – Cusco – Soraypampa.

After picking up everyone from their respective places or hotel, we’ll leave Cusco around 5:45 am and start our 2-hour drive to the town of Mollepata. Once in Mollepata, we’ll stop to have a delicious breakfast and pay the entrance fee of 20 soles to the local municipality (this is not included in the tour price).

Once finished, we’ll continue by car for another hour to Soraypampa where we will meet with the muleteers and horses who will carry our equipment, food, and 7 kilos of each hiker’s personal belongings during the trek. From there, we’ll start the uphill hike to Humantay lake, reaching it after about 2 hours.

When you arrive at the lagoon, you will have a couple of hours to explore, take photos, and listen to our guide to explain the significance of Humantay Lagoon.

After, we’ll hike downhill for 2 hours and have lunch at our exclusive camp, Soraypampa . After lunch, you’ll have free time to explore the beautiful area and for an optional hike to the Mirador of Salkantay for panoramic views of the entire area. If you are tired, you can just rest.

  • Meals Included: Lunch, and Dinner
  • Total distance: 8 km (4, 99 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: (4700m/15420ft)

Day 2 – Soraypampa – Collpapampa.

The second day of the trek is the most difficult, as it consists of 20 kilometers of trekking and takes you to the highest point of the whole trek, 4630 meters above sea level.
our cooks will wake you up around 5:00 am with a cup of hot coca tea as you take your time to repack and get ready for the nutritious breakfast that will be served around 5:45 am. After breakfast, it is time to start hiking up to the highest point of the trek 4630 m. This will take 3 to 4 hours of uphill hiking at a regular to slow pace.

after get the highest point of the trek Huayracmachay Pass (4630m/14846ft). From this point, we start descending towards into the so-called cloud forest. Then descending to the cloud forest along the route, it can see the remains of an ancient Inca path, a long easy descent along the Salcantay River; lunch at Huayracmachay (3850m/12628ft) arriving late afternoon to our second camp at Collpapampa (2890m/9479ft), a beautiful spot with some natural hot springs to relax in. Camping.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Total distance: 12 km (7, 45 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: (4630m/14846ft)

Day 3 - Collpapampa – Lucmabamba

On the third day, we will wake up in the beautiful (but warm) jungle. We’ll wake you up around 6:00 am with a cup of coca tea as the cooks are preparing the delicious breakfast.
Around 7:00 am, we’ll begin our 5-hour hike along the Santa Teresa Valley which is formed by the Salkantay River, after 5 hours of hiking we arrive at La Playa Sahuayaco.
Along the trail, you’ll see plantations for coffee, bananas, avocados, Coca, passion fruit, and more. where we have lunch then we will take local transportation to the third campsite, Lucmabamba
(2100m/6888ft). Camping.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Total distance: 10 km (6, 21 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: (2890m/9479ft)

Day 4 - Lucmabamba - Llactapata - Aguas Calientes.

Breakfast, walk up to Llactapata (2650m/8692ft) on the way we can see plantations of banana, coffee, and avocado. We enter spectacled-bear territory and we will probably be accompanied by flocks of parrots. Start climbing for 2-3 hrs up to Q’elloqasa Pass (2860m/9381ft) from where we have an exceptional view of Machu Picchu, Salcantay and Llaqtapata archeological site, which have recently been restored; descent towards the Aobamba River crossing lush bamboo forests and more orchards brings us to the Hydroelectric (lunch) from where we board a train that take us to Aguas Calientes (40 minutes train ride).

  • Overnight: at Aguas Calientes Hotel
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Total distance: 7 km (4, 35 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 4-5 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: (2860m/9381ft)

Day 5 - Full Day Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel; full day Excursion to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, early transfer at 5:30am to the Bus Stop for the short ride (25 minutes) up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (the most important preserved Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, houses, warehouses, a large central square; and all connected by narrow roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. After the tour you’ll have time to stroll around the Archaeological Site at your leisure.

Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activities by yourself (not included in the price):

  1. Climb to Wayna Picchu; for the most adventurous people, we suggest to go up the Wayna Picchu from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant.

Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon you’ll return to the train station in Aguas Calientes for the trip back to Cusco – train departure to Cusco; upon arrival to Cusco reception and transfer to the Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Included

  • Pre-departure briefing at 7 pm at hotel
  • pickup from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
  • Transportation to Sayllapata, head of the Trek.
  • A duffle bag to pack 7 kilos of your belonging that will be carried by horses during the trek.
  • Transportation from Santa Teresa to Lucmabamba to do the Llactapata trek
  • English Speaking Professional Guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
  • 4 Season tents, 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent
  • Therma-Rest self-inflating mattress
  • Horses to carry the group equipment (food, tents, tables, etc.)
  • Transportation from Santa Teresa to Lucmabamba to do the Llactapata trek
  • Your personal luggage allowance to put on the horses (Max. 7 kgs / 14 lbs per person) – days 1 to 3
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Dining tent with tables, chairs and Kitchen tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food without extra cost)
  • Toilet tent
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Return Expedition train, depends on the demandity
  • One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Transfer from Poroy or Ollanta Train Station to your Cusco hotel, it is depending on habilities schedule of the train back.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu

No Included

  • Domestic flights
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Personal equipment
  • Wayna Picchu Mountain
  • Machupicchu Huayna Picchu
  • Sleeping bag
  • Walking stick
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Entrance to Humantay lake charged by the local government of Mollepata S/. 20 soles
  • The entrance fee and transportation to the hot springs of Santa Teresa (20 to 25 soles)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips

Recommendations:

Pack your backpack well.

Depending on the path you choose, it can be 2 or 4 days of walking, so every gram counts. Carry only what is strictly necessary and make sure that the backpack you carry is suitable for this type of excursion, because as you go, everything becomes heavier. Watch this video so you know what you should take to the Inca Trail

Wear the correct footwear

For the Salkantay Trek , or similar treks, it is recommended to wear hiking shoes that have good grip or hiking boots, it is not convenient to wear new shoes, since these cause blisters on the feet. It is also advisable to bring a pair of sandals to rest your feet at night.

Altitude Sickeness

The city of Cusco is located at an altitude of 3,250 meters above sea level, and the height on the Inca Trail reaches up to 4,630 meters above sea level. It is important to acclimatize to the altitude before doing this excursion in order to avoid possible discomfort along the way. Preferably stay in the city of Cusco 2 or 3 days before the excursion

 

What To Bring

  • Original Passports
  • A backpack to carry water, some snacks, a camera, sunscreen, valuable things, Jacket, rain gear, etc. We recommend bringing a backpack of 25 – 30 liters, but if you like to can bring a daypack or any size of the backpack as long as you feel comfortable with it.
  • Sleeping bag at least minus 5°C. If you don´t have one, you can rent from us for US 18 dollars for the whole trek.
  • Trekking Poles – We recommend for people with problems of knees, ankle, or you are used to using hiking poles. If you do NOT have one, you can rent a pair of trekking poles for US 15 dollars from us.
  • Wool hat or beanie, Scarf, Gloves
  • Sun hat, Sunglasses, Sun cream
  • 3 – 4 t-shirt, if you have long sleeve better
  • layers (sweater, fleece)
  • 2 – 3 pairs of long pants if you have leggings, you can do on leggings
  • Hiking shoes
  • 2 – 3 pairs of wool socks
  • Rain gear (Pants, jacket, if you do not have you can buy a rain poncho) is crucial, especially for the wet season.
  • A small headlamp
  • A small towel
  • Shorts
  • Toothbrush and other personal toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Insect repellent
  • Sandals / Flip flops
  • Waterbottle
  • Swimwear
  • If you have thermal clothing you can take them which is not that important, you will use them at least for the first night which is at 4000m
  • Some snacks such as chocolate, cereal bars, candies, nuts, energy bars, etc
  • Extra Cash in Soles

IMPORTANT: Remember that we will provide you with a duffle bag on the briefing day which you can use to pack 7 kilos of your personal belongings that you will take to the trek which are going to be carried by horse during the entire trek.

 

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