The Salkantay Trek that leads to the ruins of Machu Picchu is the best option for those who wish to be in contact with great Andean nature and visit remote villages less known and seldom visited by tourist. By taking this excursion visitors will really get off the beating track, avoiding less crowded environments and will enjoy along the way wonderful landscapes and fine Inca buildings. Without a doubt the trek of Salkantay is the best alternative to reach the great Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, after the famous Inka Trail. Walk back in time and feel the magic of Machu Picchu exploring its temples and don’t leave Machu Picchu without climbing the popular Wayna Picchu Mountain, a gigantic rock that appears in every classic photo of 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 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.
Day 3: Chaullay – La Playa – Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Maximum Altitude: 2900 masl
Minimum Altitude: 1600 masl
Distance Travelled: Approx 16km
Around 6:00 am; we will start our trek to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley. We will hike 6 hours approximately during the hike will see: water fall, orchids, coffee, banana, avocado plantations and we will taste the famous passion fruit or granadilla and also we will see a village call Colpapampa also call the “forest cloudy brow” where waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to see the famous bird called “the Cock of the Rocks”. After lunch at La playa, we will catch a local transportation to Hidroelectrica train station. Here we have two options if you are exhausted you may take a train to Aguas Calientes. Or you may walk from hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes town about 3 hours along the train track. Once in Aguas Calientes town; we are going to the accommodation which is included in the tour then by 7:00 we will have dinner at the local restaurant. This is cover by the company. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight: in Aguas Calientes at the hotel which included in the package.
Day 4: 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.
- 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.
- Entrance fee: Ticket to Machupicchu
- Accommodation: 2 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 3
- Pack animals To carry your personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 3
- Cook: In charge to prepared all the meals along the journey, over 6 people cook assistant
- Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 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 4)
- Transport: Collective Bus from la playa to Santa Teresa or Hydroelectric
What’s Not Included
- Clothes, raingear, and footwear
- Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
- Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
- Lunch and dinner on the last day after the guided tour at Machu Picchu
- Walking Sticks
- Sleeping bags (you can hire from our company).
- Tips for the cook, porters and Guide
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.
4 Day Salkantay Including Horsemen for your gear (7kg)
- $650 per person: 2 – 3 people
- $600 per person: 4 – 5 people
- $550 per person: 6 – 7 people
- $530 per person: 8 or more people
- Student Discount (with valid ISIC card) – $20
- Sleeping Bag (4 season) – $25 (Maximum size 1.95m / 6´4″)
- Pair of Walking poles – $20
- Air Matress – $20
- Single Tent Supplement US$75
- Personal Porter (half) to carry 7kg of personal items US$75
- Full Porter to carry 14kg of personal items US$150