The amazing Salkantay trek to Machupicchu is one of the famous treks in Cusco and the best alternative route to get to Machu Picchu. It is takes you through different types of landscapes from the typical Andean landscape up to the snowcapped mountains and down to the tropical forests and finally gets you into the jungle. If you are thinking to do 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 Umantay 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.
Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
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 driving taking 4 hours to Anta – Mollepata through the bus is clearly to 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 star our trek to Soraypampa (3900 m.a.s.l) the first section of the path are paved rock trail there are the old water channel still supply to new habitants, the begin is 9 km in 3 hours to Soraypampa the lunch place as well base camp, after lunch and nap to continued hiking up to the Humantay lake (4200masl) 5 km in 3 hours round trip, bottom 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
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 through the between the rocky valley bottom the magnificent Salkantay Mountay (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 considerate the second highest mountain of the Cusco region and one of the Incas God called “Apu”. Get the top is the most ancient time on the trek, 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 amazone hight jungle as well called “cloud forest” 9 km in 3 hours on the wide trail in the thick forest are decorate the hills with colorful sceneries and the wild life and native plant, mostly of the year weather is warmed and temperate to finally arrived to 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
Maximum Altitude: 2900 masl
Minimum Altitude: 1600 masl
Distance Travelled: Approx 16km
Around 6:00 am the 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 valleys is clearly to see the cedar tree very useful for the local people on the economic, La playa is small Town with the basic facilities (toilet, electricity, shopping and souvenir) as well the lunch point, following the plan We will driving the collective bus to Santa Teresa Town around 1 hour 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
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, in over 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 are the second plant of hydroelectric underground witch are supply to coast cities in Peru and mines companies, the weather day is warm and temperate on the begin, the last 10 km is more dense vegetation bottom Machupicchu city, we going to walk along the train track close to the bank of Urubamba river from there is appreciate the holy mountains as Waynapicchu and Machupicchu Mountains, to finally arrived to 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
Tour: Visit to Machu Picchu
The ancient day on the Trek, early wake up on the hotel is better for visit Machupicchu, We suggestion start early 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 look empty the city with less tourist the first 2 hours guiding 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 taking 3 hours approx. 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 form 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.
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.
- Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office, for an orientation meeting at 7:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
- Transport: Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Challacancha (starting point of the trek).
- English speaking professional and official tourist guide: (The standard group size is 10 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 12 guests and 2 guides).
- Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Kailas, Pro aconcagua and Rei 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested.
- Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs.
- Inside the tents: Sleeping pad or matrasses, pillow and extra blanket
- Entrance fee: Ticket to Machupicchu
- Accommodation: 3 nights in tent and 1 night in hostel Aguas Calientes
- Cargo Mules: From day 1 to 2 to carry the all camping equipment and your personal baggage (7 kilos).
- Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 4
- Pack animals To carry your personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person, on the weight is include the sleeping bag – days 1 to 4
- Cook: In charge to prepared all the meals along the journey, over 6 people cook assistant
- Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 dinners and Snacks
- Meals description: Pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude
Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite we will wake you up with a cup of coca tea our support staff will bring the coca tea to your tent in order to wake you up.
- Tea time: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
- Daily snacks – Days 1, 2 and 3: Our Snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, Caramels we will give this snack at the beginning of each day trek in a cloth bag to avoid environmental contamination.
- One textile snack bag per person: to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
- Water: filter and boiled water for hiking days and each meals hot and cold water
- Water grooming: Each morning warm water with towel
- One sleeping pad per person
- Hostal: 1 night accomodation in Aguas Calientes
- Safety staff: Our crew bring the First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Train tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (expedition service)
- Transport: Transfer from Ollantaytambo Train Station to hotel in Cusco(Day 5)
- Transport: Collective Bus from la playa to Santa Teresa or Hydroelectric
- 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit
What’s Not Included
- Clothes, raingear, and footwear
- Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
- Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
- Day 1: Breakfast
- Lunch and dinner on the last day after the guided tour at Machu Picchu
- Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
- Sleeping bags:(you can hire from our company), our sleeping bags are -18ºC-comfort (0ºF), mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips
- Tips: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish
What Gear To Bring
We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter waterbottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important.
- 5 Day Salkantay Including Horsemen for your gear (7kg)
- $ 650 per person
Private Service Prices
- 2 people : US$735 per person
- 3 people : US$695 per person
- 4 people : US$630 per person
- 5 people : US$570 per person
- 6 people : US$535 per person
- 7 people : US$515 per person
- 8+ people : US$495