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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (4 Days)

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4 Days 3 Nights
Availability : Daily Departures
Cusco
Min Age : 18+
Tour Details

Located northwest of Cuzco, Nevado de Salkantay, the cordillera’s tallest peak rises to 6,271 metres above sea level. The name Salkantay means ‘Savage Mountain’ and it is a strikingly beautiful single peak providing a great focal point for this route. The trek normally takes 5 days and is popular with trekkers wanting to combine a quieter, less trodden route with a visit to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. However, we have designed this personalised trek of 3 days for those who are having a short time but want to get the most of their visit.

One of the reasons the Salkantay trail is so popular is the incredible diversity of the views and ecosystems.  Voted among the top 25 best treks in the world the walk is dominated by the 20,500-feet-high Mount Salkantay and cuts through the beautiful Mollepata Valley and passes Salkantay at an altitude above 15,000 feet before traversing around the mountains to arrive at Aguas Calientes. The trek is only a little more difficult than the Inca Trail, and horses are used  to carry food and equipment.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

06:30 AM

Price Includes

  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Entrance fees to The Salkantay Trek
  • Briefing time about the Salkantay Trek One day before
  • Liners for your sleeping bags
  • Second day Andean ceremony, offering to the mother earth
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Transport to Soraypampa ( trailhead)
  • Tourist train back to Ollantaytambo ( expedition service can be at 14:30, 18:45 or 21:30 leaving from Aguas Calientes)
  • Private transport back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Entrance fee Machu Picchu
  • Food: *3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 3 dinners
  • Camping equipments
  • Therma-rest (air mat) sleeping mat
  • Horseman, mules or porters (they just carry cooking stuff and camping equipment) and 7 kilos from your personal things
  • 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carry by the horses
  • 1 night accommodation at Aguas Calientes
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps and Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
  • First Aid kit
  • *Vegetarian/special diet options available

Price Excludes

  • Entrance fees to Huyanpicchu.( if you take this entrance it will be charge 30 dollars to the original price)
  • Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Tips for the guide and crew (Optional)

Things To Carry

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the program
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into the Inca Trail. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilising tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to take a bath in the hot springs)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original passport
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
Trip Summary
  • DAY 1: 4.30AM CUSCO HOTEL PICK UP
  • DAY 1: SORAYPAMPA – APACHETA PASS – SALKANTAY LAKE – HUAYRACMACHAY
  • DAY 2: HUAYRACMACHAY – CHAULLAY – LA PLAYA
  • DAY 3: LA PLAYA – LLACTAPATA – HYDROELECTRIC - AGUAS CALIENTES
  • DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Mollepata - Sorayapampa - Huayraqpampa - Arrayanniyoq

We pick you up from your hotel and travel by bus to Mollepata and then Soraypampa. A 3 hour walk will take us to Soyroqocha where we will have the lunch with the beautiful capped mountain Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) We will begin our climb to the Highest point on this trek which is on 4 650 m.a.s.l15200 ft.taking in the beautiful landscape along the way and once we get to the top the pass we go down to the campsite of Arrayanniyoq

Day 2Arrayanniyoq - Chaullay - Collpampa - La Playa

After the breakfast we go down (downhill) through a dramatic cloud, where we will have lunch. After the lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo or lunch stop variety of little brooks to reach La Playa late in the Afternoon we can go to the Natural Hotspring of Santa Tersa ( this service is optional and you need to pay for the round trip bus from La Playa to The Hot spring),. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants.and also we camp here in very warm area (optional visit the Natural Hot spring)

Day 3La Playa to Llaqtapata or Santa Teresa - Hidro Eletrica - Aguas Calientes

We will have breakfast at 8am and leave our campsite at la Playa we will walk for about 20 minutes to get to Lucmabamba so wi will do the original trail of Lacctapata after we arrive to Hydrolectric where we are going to have lunch then we continue walking, passing a variety of crop plantations, coca, banana we will be walking about two and half hours along the train road till reaching Aguas Calientes town where we will spend the night in a hostel.
In Aguas Calientes, you can take advantage of the thermal springs in the town (entrance 15 soles) a real treat after finishing the trek.

Day 4Machu Picchu - Cusco

We wake up early morning about 4 am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and leave to walk up to Machu Picchu which takes one and half hours up to Machu Picchu but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 to Machu Picchu (25-minutes long ) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top. Then you will take the train around 2:00pm, 4:00pm or 6:20pm according to the train Availability so you will arrive to Ollamtaytamabo after 2 hours travelling so A private transport will wait for you and will take you back to Cusco to your Hotel.

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