Our five day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is perfect for adventurers who are looking to experience Peru’s ever-changing landscapes. Day by day you will travel through changing ecosystems and scenery: from sweeping, magical landscapes and snowy mountains to a tropical jungle paradise. Along the way, you will see a wide variety of wildlife, medicinal plants, and flower varieties. Witness, with your own eyes, a living, and ancient, culture in remote villages hardly ever visited by foreigners!
We will be hiking through the Cordillera Vilcabamba. This is an impressive mountain range that runs for over 260 km. The snow-capped mountain, Salkantay (or Salcantay), rises to 6271 MASL (20574 FASL) in height. Salkantay’s prominent peak is located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south-central Peru. It is viewed as a sacred mountain by many locals and has been climbed by professional mountaineers since 1952.
Due to her high altitude and steep slopes, you will need a reasonable level of fitness to complete the Salkantay Trek. But age shouldn’t be a barrier! The most important thing is to be well-acclimatized to the altitude. The highest point you will reach on the trek is (4, 650 MASL – 15092 FASL). We recommend at least two days of acclimatization before your journey. This is an ideal time for visiting the city of Cusco, its nearby Inca ruins, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
DAY 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa
Around 4:30 a.m. we will be picked up at our accommodation in Cuzco to head for Mollepata, which is 2900 meters high. There we will have breakfast and at the end we will go to Marcocasa, population from which we will begin our walk until we reach Soraypampa, where we will have our lunch.
After lunch we will continue to the beautiful Humantay Lagoon, there we will enjoy incredible views of the lagoon with the snow in the background, creating a landscape that is considered one of the most beautiful of the Andes. We will return to the Soraypampa camp where we will have dinner and rest until the next morning.
DIA 2: Soraypampa – Soyrococha – Salkantay – Huayracmachay – Chaullay
Today we will get up early and after breakfast we will begin the ascent to the Salkantay pass, which is located at 4650 meters above sea level, the highest point of the entire route, from where we can observe the beautiful valleys and the imposing snowy peaks. Then we will begin our descent to the town of Huayracmachay where we will have time to eat and regain strength to continue to our camp in Chaullay, where we will have dinner and spend the night.
DIA 3: Chaullay – Playa Sahuayaco – Lucmabamba – Santa Teresa – Cocalmayo
After breakfast early we will begin the descent hike, changing from a high Andean landscape to what is known as jungle eyebrow, to a more temperate climate. During the tour we will see very beautiful landscapes, in addition to more tropical flora such as orchids, begonias and different bird species.
We will arrive to Sahuayaco where we will stop to eat, rest for a while and then a private bus will take us to Santa Teresa, where we will spend the night. Those who wish may go to the thermal baths of Cocalmayo.
DIA 4: Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes
After breakfast we will start the 3-hour walk that will take us to the Hydroelectric. There we will eat and after a short rest we will continue on foot for another 3 hours following the train line until we reach Aguas Calientes, where we will have dinner. We will go to bed early because the next day one of the most special moments of our tour, the imposing fortress of Machu Picchu, awaits us.
DIA 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Today we will get up very early (5 am) to start the fifth and final day of the trek to Salkantay with a walk of approximately 1 hour and a half to Machu Picchu. We will enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the citadel, after which we will have free time to explore it on our own and be able to calmly see the historic citadel.
At the end of the visit we will return to Aguas Calientes (if you want you can return by bus to avoid the walk, buying the ticket there for 12 usd per way), we will have time to eat and back by walk to hidroelectrica (Our driver and van are waiting for us here for continue to Cusco, Departure 3pm / arriving 10pm to Cusco ) or buying the train ticket to Ollantaytambo 90 USD ( 1:45 hrs to Ollantaytambo and continue to Cusco by van 1:45 hrs).
- Transport from Cusco to Challacancha (start point).
- Oxygen bottles and first aid kit.
- 03 nights accommodation in Camps (Soraypampa, Chaullay, Santa tereza).
- Cargo Mules: On days 1 and 2, cargo mules carry the all camping equipment and your allowance of personal baggage (5 kgs ). On days 3 and 4, your luggage will be carried by car or train to your destination
- Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners (Vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost).
- Entrance ticket to the citadel of Machupicchu.
- Meeting with the guide one day before starting the tour.
- Breakfast at the hostel, or a boxed breakfast.
- Camping equipment (Tents & Matras).
- Horseman for the route and support with camping equipment.
- One night accommodation in a hostel with private bathroom and hot shower.
- 1 Duffle Bag: You can put your personal luggage, up to 5 kgs including your sleeping bag, in this bag to be carried by our horses.
- Professional Guide for the excursion (English | Spanish).
- Chef: Our Cook with extensive experience in food (we also have available a Vegetarian option).
- Transport from Hridroelectrica to Cusco (Departure time at 3:00pm).
- Bus Up or Down to Machu Picchu.
- Last lunch after the visit to Machu Picchu.
- Entrance to the Hot Springs (Santa Tereza) S / .10.00.
- Entrance to the Humantay Lagoon (S.10.00).
- Sleeping bag.
- Train Ticket from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes or Aguas Calientes to Hidroeléctrica.
- Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- First breakfast in Mollepata.
Salkantay is passed over 4650 meters above sea level highest point of the tour and the lowest point of the tour 2000 meters above sea level, requires garments for two types of weather, the first day and second day high mountain garments and the third day, fourth day and the last day, clothes for tropical weather and the weather varies according to the time of year, especially during the rainy season. As it is a variable climate, we recommend taking:
- Sleeping bag (-15º)
- Warm clothes (rainy season raincoat)
- Comfortable footwear (if possible waterproof mountain shoes)
- Personal kit
- Thermal clothing
- Waterproof backpack cover.
- Mosquito repellent.
- Flashlight or torch with extra batteries.
- Camera or camcorder
- Hat & Scarf.
- Raincoat / waterproof poncho
- T-shirt and shorts for walks
- Personal snack and water in bottle
- Original Passport
- Extra money (soles or dollars)
- Medium backpack between 20 to 25 liters
- Personal cleaning (Toothpaste, Soap, Shampoo, Etc)
- Sun Glasses.
- Sandals or flip flops
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Locations Visited: Mollepata, Challacancha, Soraypampa, Humantay Lake, Salkantay Pass, Chaullay, La Playa, Santa Teresa, Hidroelectrica, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu
Trip Style: Trekking, Cultural, Adventure, Nature
Length: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Frequency: Pickup is at 5:00 am from your hotel lobby and drop off will be around 10:00 pm aproximately.
Group: 2 person minimun, to more…