SALKANTAY TREK

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Duration:

4 Days

Tour Type:

Hiking

Ratings:

5 star rating

Group Size:

2 Min, 12 Max

Salkantay Trek is currently one of the top 25 treks in the world rated by National Geographics. It is an alternative route that will take you through amazing original Inca paths. You will be able to see snow capped mountains and venture into dense jungles of Peru. Visit changing landscapes that will leave you breathless with every step of the way!

Culture, beautiful landscapes, and a loads of fun await you on this carefully crafted itinerary. From the mountain vibes the Andes, to the jungle, to one of the Seven Wonders of the world, this adventure has got it all. Are you ready for the trip of a lifetime? Book below!

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Included Activities

  • Pre Departure Briefing
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu Archeological Site
  • Camping equipment:Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by the horses).
  • 1 Duffle Bag:You can put your personal luggage, up to 7 kgs (15.4 lbs), including your sleeping bag, in this bag to be carried by our horses.
  • Cargo Mules: On days 1 and 2, cargo mules carry the all camping equipment and your allowance of personal baggage (7 kgs/15.4 lbs). On day 3, your luggage will be carried by car or train to your destination .

Meals

  • Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners (Vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost)
  • Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite, you will woken up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.
  • Snacks on the trail daily: Our snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, caramels, etc. We will give this snack to you at the beginning of each day in your cloth bag.

Included Activities

  • Personal accommodation in private campsites: Like our ancestors, we are very considerate of the Pachamama (Mother Earth). Therefore, our campsites and lodges are adapted to the environment to avoid generating negative impacts.
  • Night 1: Relax on your soft bed in our state-of-the-art Sky Lodges under the watchful eye of Apu Salkantay on one side and Apu Humantay on the other. Spend as many hours as you would like star-gazing through your elegant glass ceiling!
  • Night 2: Enjoy our camping huts, made of ichu (Peruvian feather grass) and wood to guarantee a pleasant rest with protection during cold nights in the mountains. 2 people will stay in each 4-person tent inside of each individual hut. We provide you with a thick camping mattress free of charge.
  • Night 3: Hotel

Transport

  • Public Bus, Private Van, Train

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Salkantay 4-D

Duration:
4 Days
Tour Type:
Trekking
Group size:
2 Min, 12 Max

$ 514.80

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ITINERARY    DAY

Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - SorayPampa (Humantay Lake)

Walking Distance – 12 km (7.45 miles)

Starting Elevation – 3350 meters ASL (10990 feet ASL)

Highest Elevation – 4600 meters ASL (15091 feet ASL)

Campsite Elevation – 3920 meters ASL (12861 feet ASL)

Accommodation: Salkantay Glass Domes

Difficulty: Moderate

Pick up from hotel between 4:45am and 5:15am. We first drive 2 hours to the town of Mollepata, where we have a quick stop to use the facilities and/or purchase a light breakfast (snacks). A long the route you will see the snowcapped mountains of Apus Salkantay and Humantay as well as the lush and colorful valleys below. Amazing views of Andes! After the short break, we drive 2 hours towards the start of the trailhead in Challancha. Here we will meet with support staff and prepare the equipment and load up the mules for the next few days.

Before 10am, we start the trek towards the first campsite Soraypamp. The trek distance is a total of 12 KM (7.5 miles). We first hike up 3 hours to Soraypampa where we will have lunch at the base of Apu Salkantay. After lunch and some time to explore, we make our way towards the beautiful and awe inspiring Humantay Lake (4200 masl – 13779 ft). This is a 3 hour hike roundtrip. Upon arrival, you have the option to take photos, enjoy the beautiful views, and learn about the history and communities that revere the mountain. After some time, we make our way back to the campsite where you will be able to enjoy one of the most unique camping experiences in the glass domes and enjoy the magic that is in the Andean sky!

Day 2: Soraypampa - Salktany Pass - Wayracpunku - Chaullay

Walking Distance – 22 km (13.7 miles)

Starting Elevation – 3800 meters ASL (12467 feet ASL)

Campsite Elevation – 2750 meters ASL (9022 feet ASL)

Maximum Altitude: 4650 meters ASL (15255 feet ASL)

Accommodation: Wooden Camping

Difficulty: Challenging

Early wake up call for breakfast today, 5:30am. After some tea and nutriet intake, we trek 7km (4.4miles) of difficult ascent between a rock valley and the magestic Apu Salkantay to the highest point of the trail, The Salkantay Pass at 4650 masl (15255 ft). 3 hours of trekking later, we arrive to the summit to enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the valley and snowy peaks of Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay, and Pumasillo mountains. Continuing on, we begin our serpent-shared, rocky, downhill descent of 5km (3.1 miles) towards the lunch site of Huayracmachay. Everyone enjoys the energizing lunch and hydrates before trekking another 3 hours, 10km (6.2miles), towards the upper Amazon jungle known as, the cloud forest. Get your cameras ready! This is where Andes meets amazon and will notice a distinct change in scenery, climate, floara, and fauna. Congradulations, we’ve arrive to our second camping site, Chaullay Village at 2900 masl (9514 ft)! Enjoy some much deserved rest after our long day of trekking.

Day 3: Chaullay - La Playa - Santa Teresa - Hydroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

Walking Distance – 26km (16.1 Miles)

Starting Elevation – 2750 meters ASL (9022 feet ASL)

Campsite Elevation – 1600 meters ASL (5249 feet ASL)

Accommodation:Camping

Difficulty Easy

After breakfast, we begin our 6hour hike from the small town of La Playa through the beautiful valley of Santa Teresa. Along the way, we will see a mix of fauna and flora including coffee plantations, bananas, avocados, rivers, waterfalls and elegant wild orchids. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Peruvian national bird called, The Cock of the Rocks! A small black and red bird that has a very distinct call..

Once we have finished lunch, we will give one of two options to our travelers:
1) If you find yourselve very tired, you have the option to take the train to Aguas Calientes. Ticket cost is an additional $31.

2) If you are still fueled with adrenaline, you can walk along the train tracks from Hydroelectrica to Aguas Calientes for about 3 hours. This is the same trail that American professor, Hiram Bingham, discoverer of Machu Picchu, used to locate one of the modern seven wonders of the world! After checking into the hotel, where you will have acess to hot shower, wifi, and comfortable beds as well as breakfast in the morning and luggage store, we will arrange a time to meet for dinner. Usually 7/8pm works for all!

Day 4: Machu Picchu - Cusco

Elevation: Machu Picchu is at 2443 masl (7,972 ft)

Activity Overview: Touring Machu Picchu with optional hike

Activity Level: Touring: easy, hike: strenuous

Activity Length: 2-5 hours exploring and optional 2-3 hour strenuous hike

After 3 days, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! The Machu Picchu entrance gates open at 6:00am so wake up is anywhere between 4:15am and 4:45am depending on which option you which to take:
Option 1) Hike up for about an hour to the Machu Picchu entrance gate
Option 2) Take 20 minute bus ride up to the gate for an additional $12 one way.

At the top, we will gather and wait for the gates to open and begin our two hour private guided tour of the incredible ancient city of the Incas. You will visit and learn about the temples, terraces, palaces, farming fields, the sundial, the industrial sector and enjoy the insane panoramic views all around. Get ready for a blast into the past with a brief history lesson on how this majestic city above the clouds was discovered and the magic behind the engineering skills of the Incas.

After the 2 hour tour, you have the option to climb up to Huayna Picchu (Only 250 passes a day so be sure to book a head of time!), Machu Picchu Mountain, or the Sun Gate. Each location takes an average of about 3hrs, however some are steeper than others. Once you’ve enjoyed your time solo exploring, you make your way down to Aguas Calientes, either by hiking or taking a bus ($12 one way), where you can enjoy a nice lunch and explore the town. At 6:20PM our train departs to Ollantaytambo where a private bus will be waiting to transfer the group back to Cusco, arriving by 10pm.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - SorayPampa (Humantay Lake)

Walking Distance – 12 km (7.45 miles)

Starting Elevation – 3350 meters ASL (10990 feet ASL)

Highest Elevation – 4600 meters ASL (15091 feet ASL)

Campsite Elevation – 3920 meters ASL (12861 feet ASL)

Accommodation: Salkantay Glass Domes

Difficulty: Moderate

Pick up from hotel between 4:45am and 5:15am. We first drive 2 hours to the town of Mollepata, where we have a quick stop to use the facilities and/or purchase a light breakfast (snacks). A long the route you will see the snowcapped mountains of Apus Salkantay and Humantay as well as the lush and colorful valleys below. Amazing views of Andes! After the short break, we drive 2 hours towards the start of the trailhead in Challancha. Here we will meet with support staff and prepare the equipment and load up the mules for the next few days.

Before 10am, we start the trek towards the first campsite Soraypamp. The trek distance is a total of 12 KM (7.5 miles). We first hike up 3 hours to Soraypampa where we will have lunch at the base of Apu Salkantay. After lunch and some time to explore, we make our way towards the beautiful and awe inspiring Humantay Lake (4200 masl – 13779 ft). This is a 3 hour hike roundtrip. Upon arrival, you have the option to take photos, enjoy the beautiful views, and learn about the history and communities that revere the mountain. After some time, we make our way back to the campsite where you will be able to enjoy one of the most unique camping experiences in the glass domes and enjoy the magic that is in the Andean sky!

Day 2: Soraypampa - Salktany Pass - Wayracpunku - Chaullay

Walking Distance – 22 km (13.7 miles)

Starting Elevation – 3800 meters ASL (12467 feet ASL)

Campsite Elevation – 2750 meters ASL (9022 feet ASL)

Maximum Altitude: 4650 meters ASL (15255 feet ASL)

Accommodation: Wooden Camping

Difficulty: Challenging

Early wake up call for breakfast today, 5:30am. After some tea and nutriet intake, we trek 7km (4.4miles) of difficult ascent between a rock valley and the magestic Apu Salkantay to the highest point of the trail, The Salkantay Pass at 4650 masl (15255 ft). 3 hours of trekking later, we arrive to the summit to enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the valley and snowy peaks of Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay, and Pumasillo mountains. Continuing on, we begin our serpent-shared, rocky, downhill descent of 5km (3.1 miles) towards the lunch site of Huayracmachay. Everyone enjoys the energizing lunch and hydrates before trekking another 3 hours, 10km (6.2miles), towards the upper Amazon jungle known as, the cloud forest. Get your cameras ready! This is where Andes meets amazon and will notice a distinct change in scenery, climate, floara, and fauna. Congradulations, we’ve arrive to our second camping site, Chaullay Village at 2900 masl (9514 ft)! Enjoy some much deserved rest after our long day of trekking.

Day 3: Chaullay - La Playa - Santa Teresa - Hydroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

Walking Distance – 26km (16.1 Miles)

Starting Elevation – 2750 meters ASL (9022 feet ASL)

Campsite Elevation – 1600 meters ASL (5249 feet ASL)

Accommodation:Camping

Difficulty Easy

After breakfast, we begin our 6hour hike from the small town of La Playa through the beautiful valley of Santa Teresa. Along the way, we will see a mix of fauna and flora including coffee plantations, bananas, avocados, rivers, waterfalls and elegant wild orchids. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Peruvian national bird called, The Cock of the Rocks! A small black and red bird that has a very distinct call..

Once we have finished lunch, we will give one of two options to our travelers:
1) If you find yourselve very tired, you have the option to take the train to Aguas Calientes. Ticket cost is an additional $31.

2) If you are still fueled with adrenaline, you can walk along the train tracks from Hydroelectrica to Aguas Calientes for about 3 hours. This is the same trail that American professor, Hiram Bingham, discoverer of Machu Picchu, used to locate one of the modern seven wonders of the world! After checking into the hotel, where you will have acess to hot shower, wifi, and comfortable beds as well as breakfast in the morning and luggage store, we will arrange a time to meet for dinner. Usually 7/8pm works for all!

Day 4: Machu Picchu - Cusco

Elevation: Machu Picchu is at 2443 masl (7,972 ft)

Activity Overview: Touring Machu Picchu with optional hike

Activity Level: Touring: easy, hike: strenuous

Activity Length: 2-5 hours exploring and optional 2-3 hour strenuous hike

After 3 days, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! The Machu Picchu entrance gates open at 6:00am so wake up is anywhere between 4:15am and 4:45am depending on which option you which to take:
Option 1) Hike up for about an hour to the Machu Picchu entrance gate
Option 2) Take 20 minute bus ride up to the gate for an additional $12 one way.

At the top, we will gather and wait for the gates to open and begin our two hour private guided tour of the incredible ancient city of the Incas. You will visit and learn about the temples, terraces, palaces, farming fields, the sundial, the industrial sector and enjoy the insane panoramic views all around. Get ready for a blast into the past with a brief history lesson on how this majestic city above the clouds was discovered and the magic behind the engineering skills of the Incas.

After the 2 hour tour, you have the option to climb up to Huayna Picchu (Only 250 passes a day so be sure to book a head of time!), Machu Picchu Mountain, or the Sun Gate. Each location takes an average of about 3hrs, however some are steeper than others. Once you’ve enjoyed your time solo exploring, you make your way down to Aguas Calientes, either by hiking or taking a bus ($12 one way), where you can enjoy a nice lunch and explore the town. At 6:20PM our train departs to Ollantaytambo where a private bus will be waiting to transfer the group back to Cusco, arriving by 10pm.

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