Salkantay Trek 5 Days / 4 Nights

5 Days / 4 Nights

5 Days / 4 Nights

Cusco

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Trek

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Overview

This is the most popular of the alternative treks to Machu Picchu. The trek is located in the Vilcabamba mountain range and passes through stunning landscapes varying from the cloud forest to the high mountains. Along the way are fantastic views of second highest mountain in the Cusco area, Salkantay (“Savage Mountain”) standing at 6,271m/19.685ft. This tour is for the adventurous. It passes through little visited areas and combines culture and tradition with the incredible flora and fauna offered by Peru. You will be in the real Andes and the perfect conditions to get a sense of the life in the area.

 DAY 1 CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA

 Pickup from your hotel

Transfer to Mollepata

Breakfast at Mollepata (this food is not included),

Transfer to Markokasa, trail head

Visit to the Humantay lagoon.

Camping in Soraypampa

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Walking Distance: 16km / 9.9 miles

Time: 6h approximately

Starting Elevation:  2.677 m.a.s.l. (Mollepata)

Highest Elevation: 3,900 m.a.s.l. (Soraypampa)

Campsite Elevation: 3,900 m.a.s.l. (Soraypampa)

Weather: Cold and windy

Considered: Moderate

Highlights: turquoise Humantay Lake – Magnificent views of Mounts Humantay and Salkantay

DAY 2   SORAYPAMPA – SALKANTAY PASS – CHAULLAY

 Early breackfast

3 hrs. Hiking to the pass with incredible views

Camping in Chaullay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walking Distance: 22km / 13 miles

Time: 8h approximately

Starting Elevation: 3,900 m.a.s.l. (Soraypampa)

Highest Elevation: 4,630 m.a.s.l. (Abra Salkantay)

Campsite Elevation: 2,800 m.a.s.l. (Chaullay)

Weather:  Windy and warm

Considered: difficult

Highlights: Highest pass of the trek – Fantastic panoramic view

DAY 3   CHAULLAY – PLAYA SAHUAYACO – COFFEE FARM – SANTA TERESA

 Early breakfast

Hiking in Cloud Forest

Amazing sunsets and sunrise

Visit the famous organic coffee farm

Relaxing time at Cocalmayo hot springs (optional 10 soles)

Camping in Santa Teresa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walking Distance: 16km / 9.9 miles

Time: 6h approximately

Starting Elevation: 2,800 m.a.s.l. (Chaullay)

Campsite Elevation: 1,800 m.a.s.l. (Santa Teresa)

Weather: Warm and hot

Considered: Moderate

Highlights: Biodiversity – Fruit plantations – Coffee farm – Hot springs

 DAY 4   SANTA TERESA – HYDROELECTRIC – AGUAS CALIENTES

 Early breackfast

Enjoy the sunrise

Hiking in Cloud Forest to Aguas Calientes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walking Distance: 16 / 9.9 miles

Time: 6h approximately

Starting Elevation: 1,800 m.a.s.l. (Santa Teresa)

Hotel Elevation: 2,040 m.a.s.l. (Aguas Calientes)

Weather: hot and humid

Considered: Moderate

Highlights: Cloud forest – Views of the mountains surrounding Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu – breathtaking series of waterfalls

DAY 5 THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY – MACHU PICCHU!

 Early wake up, breakfast

Bus up to Machu Picchu

Enjoy the sunrise (weather permitting)

2 hour Private Guided Tour in Machu Picchu

Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

Transfer Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Train times are at 2.55 pm, 4.45 pm, and 6.45 pm depending on train availability

End of the tour

Meals: Breakfast

Considered: Easy

Maximum altitude: 2,490 m.a.s.l.

Minimum altitude: 2,040 m.a.s.l.

Highlights: Sunrise over Machu Picchu – Private guided visit of Machu Picchu – Ascent of Huayna Picchu or Mountain (optional)

Itinerary

DAY 01: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA

 At 4am we pick you up at your hotel and we drive in our private van to Mollepata for approx. 3 hours. Along the way you can enjoy some spectacular views of villages such as: Iscuchaca and Limatambo, stunning valleys and snow-capped mountains surrounding Salkantay.   We will arrive to Mollepata approximately at 7:00 am, where we will stop for the breakfast (not included), buy some snacks or go to the hygienic services. After breakfast we will continue in our vehicle for 1/2 hour more until the trail head called Markokasa. There we will meet with our support staff, who will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9:00 a.m., we will begin our hike which lasts approximately 5 hours toward Soraypampa (3850 meters above sea level). During the hike we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. It will be around 1.30 pm when you will get to your first campsite located in Soraypampa, Where we will enjoy our first lunch. After a short break, we will do a short hike up to go to visit the turquoise Humantay lagoon, a marvelous lagoon in the mountains. It is about 3 hours hike round-trip. Upon return to Soraypampa the tents will be ready for you. Your trekking staff provide warm water to get washed up and changed into something cozy and warm. Then we will have happy hour with hot chocolate and coffee and finally your amazing Peruvian dinner will be served. If the weather allows you will get to enjoy the blue sky and your guide will show you the Inca constellation. You will want to get to bed early tonight because tomorrow will be the longest day.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Walking Distance: 16km / 9.9 miles

Time: 6h approximately

Starting Elevation:  2.677 m.a.s.l. (Mollepata)

Highest Elevation: 3,900 m.a.s.l. (Soraypampa)

Campsite Elevation: 3,900 m.a.s.l. (Soraypampa)

Weather: Cold and windy

Considered: Moderate

Highlights: turquoise Humantay Lake – Magnificent views of Mounts Humantay and Salkantay

 DAY 02: SORAYPAMPA – SALKANTAY PASS – CHAULLAY

This day your trekking team will wake you up bright and early with a hot drink, served to you at your tent, to help you start the day. Hopefully when you open your tent, you will get the chance to watch the sunrise over glacier peaks. Your guide will provide enough time to pack your stuff properly for the day and then you will enjoy a nice breakfast prepared by your trekking chef. Make sure you get your snacks, fill up your bottles with plenty of water until lunch time (dehydration is key to avoid altitude sickness).  Around 7:00 AM you will begin the hike which will be 3 hours up to the highest point of the trek. Along the way we will appreciate the spectacular views of the Salkantay snow Mountain (the second highest peak in Cusco), white rivers, waterfalls, small lakes and moraines.  It will be around 10:00 AM when you get to the Salkantay pass (6,264 m), the highest point of the trek. Here you will have enough time for enjoy these amazing views, and after to leave a small gift to the mountains and take a group photo in front of the snowed mount of Salkantay, we will begin to descend two hours until lunch spot in Huayracmachay. After a quick break, we will continue our walk downhill for 3 hours more. You will notice that the microclimate changes immediately from cold and glacier views to the warmer forest with green lush jungle with beautiful flora and fauna. Along the way we will see different kind of plants, fruits, flowers, birds etc.  It will be around 05:00 PM when you get to our second campsite located at Chaullay, here your trekking staff will have all your tents set up waiting for you with your duffels ready. Later we will enjoy the dinner and then we go to sleep.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walking Distance: 22km / 13 miles

Time: 8h approximately

Starting Elevation: 3,900 m.a.s.l. (Soraypampa)

Highest Elevation: 4,630 m.a.s.l. (Abra Salkantay)

Campsite Elevation: 2,800 m.a.s.l. (Chaullay)

Weather:  Windy and warm

Considered: difficult

Highlights: Highest pass of the trek – Fantastic panoramic view

DAY 03: CHAULLAY – PLAYA SAHUAYACO – SANTA TERESA

After a nice delicious breakfast served by your trekking staff, we will start our expedition through the rainforest at 7 AM which will be 4 hours downhill until you arrive to the lunch spot called Sahuayaco at 2500 meters. Along the way we will see different kind of plants, birds, coffee trees, cacao trees and fruit plantations etc. Also we will have the opportunity to appreciate a variety of coca, considered the sacred leaf of the ancestors of the Inca Empire which is actually cultivated in tropical areas, if you are a fan of the orchids, there are many different species to view and amazing ferns and begonia flowers. We will pass by semi tropical Communities, where you will stop for visit at an organic coffee farm, tasting the coffee prepared by the local people. You will also explore some orange, avocado and papayas farms. It will be around 01 PM when will reach the small jungle village “La Playa Sahuayaco” (2010 meters), where we will have lunch. After a quick break, we will take a small car by approximately 45 minutes to Santa Teresa town, where we will spend our last night of campsite. Our campsite will be located too close the hot spring of Colcalmayu, here you will have plenty of time to enjoy the naturally heated water of the baths. (Optional hot springs price 10 soles). In the evening we will enjoy the dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walking Distance: 16km / 9.9 miles

Time: 6h approximately

Starting Elevation: 2,800 m.a.s.l. (Chaullay)

Campsite Elevation: 1,800 m.a.s.l. (Santa Teresa)

Weather: Warm and hot

Considered: Moderate

Highlights: Biodiversity – Fruit plantations – Coffee farm – Hot springs

DAY 04: SANTA TERESA – AGUAS CALIENTES

 Early wake up with a hot glass of coca tea served in your bed by your trekking chef. You will get ready for today’s activity and enjoy your last prepared breakfast by your trekking chef. We will begin the hiking at 8:30 AM, which will be 3 hours through the Aobamba valley until reaching to the hydroelectric, where we will have the lunch, and after a break we will continue walking along the railway for approx. 3 hours more. On the path we will have the opportunity to see a series of waterfalls and to admire the majesty of the mountains surrounding Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. We will reach to Aguas Calientes town around 4pm. Here you will spend the third and last night in a Hotel with hot water and comfortable beds. The rest of the afternoon you will have free time for visit the hot springs or explore this small town by your own. In the evening we will meet together in a local restaurant, where a delicious dinner will be waiting for us. Here the guide will give you a briefing with all the details for your visit to Machu Picchu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walking Distance: 16 / 9.9 miles

Time: 6h approximately

Starting Elevation: 1,800 m.a.s.l. (Santa Teresa)

Hotel Elevation: 2,040 m.a.s.l. (Aguas Calientes)

Weather: hot and humid

Considered: Moderate

Highlights: Cloud forest – Views of the mountains surrounding Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu – breathtaking series of waterfalls

DAY 05: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU

Today is the most important day in your expedition. Our last day of the tour begins very early in the morning in order to be able to watch the sun rise over the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Breakfast at 5.00 am at hotel, then we will take one of the first buses which takes 25 minutes up a switchback road to get to Machu Picchu. If you don’t care to take the bus and prefer to hike along the Inca trail just let your guide know so that he can show you the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu which will take about 1 hour 30 minutes.

Once in Machu Picchu Park, you will have a 2 hour guided tour. Where you will visit the different main places of this Inca city such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sundial (Intihuatana “Place where the sun is tied”), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. At the end of the tour you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own. If you have booked a permit to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain from where you can get panoramic views of the entire Inca city of Machu Picchu. That will be your next adventure. Also you can opt to visit The Sun Gate is a 1 hour climb (and is free and available to all) which is also great to get those postcard pictures of the ruins from way above. More later you can take your lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, Another option is return to Aguas Calientes for take your lunch at one of the local restaurants. (Lunch is on your own).

The usual train departure time is in the afternoon to return to Ollantaytambo (present oneself at the station 30 minutes before departure time of your train chosen), where we will be waiting to take you to Cusco and then to your hotel in our private transport.

Meals: Breakfast

Considered: Easy

Maximum altitude: 2,490 m.a.s.l.

Minimum altitude: 2,040 m.a.s.l.

Highlights: Sunrise over Machu Picchu – Private guided visit of Machu Picchu – Ascent of Huayna Picchu or Mountain (optional)

NOTES:

Climbing to the Sun Gate is always available at no cost.  This is also an easy way to climb to a high spot with lovely views of Machu Picchu below.

If you prefer to climb Huayna Picchu with its dramatic views, this needs to be booked in advance and is $25 per person.  It takes 45 minutes to the top and is quite challenging.

The other option is to climb Machu Picchu Mountain which is 90 minutes straight up, very challenging and $15 per person.  This is probably the most beautiful and dramatic of all views, but all three options are lovely and will result in amazing photos

If you want to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes please let us know in advance. We can adjust your train tickets and arrange a hotel if you would like for us to help

Rangers DO NOT allow people to carry large backpacks, day packs only are allowed

No trekking poles are allowed to be used in Machu Picchu

Snacks and water are allowed but they must be INSIDE your backpack (not in outer pockets)

Includes

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

  • A pre-trek briefing is held at our Office or at your Hotel in Cusco with your trekking guide – the night before of your departure (exact time to be confirmed).
  • Pick up from your Hotel / Accommodation.
  • Private transport from Cusco to Mollepata.
  • Transfer to Markokasa – trailhead
  • Experienced Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Assistant guide (for groups over 8 people)
  • Comfortable tents (sleeping 2 people in a 4 person tent), with plenty of room to fit your trekking gear and your day packs.
  • Foam mats to put under your sleeping bag (carried by horses). If you require greater comfort during the trek, we can rent you an inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest) $25 for the entire trek.
  • Experienced chef, cooking equipment and kitchen tent.
  • Food: 04 breakfasts, 04 lunches, 04 dinners. (Tea happy hour time every afternoon). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies.
  • Box lunch (2 apples, 2 bananas, chocolate, biscuit, juice “Frugos” granola bar)
  • Hot coca tea every morning in your tent for a gentle and fortifying wake up!
  • All camping equipment such as dining tent, tables, chairs, kitchen tent and portable private toilet tent.
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes, and boiled purified water to fill in your water bottle every morning.
  • Horsemen and horses to carry camping equipment, food, kitchen utensils, and 5 kilos of passenger baggage (includes sleeping and mattresses) only for 3 days. Then you must carry for own the 5 kilos carried by the mules.
  • We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 5 kg per person). If you wish to take more, you can hire an extra mule at a cost of $50 for the entire trek.
  • Emergency Horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower
  • 01 night accommodation in Hotel in Aguas Calientes on based in double or triple rooms, private bathrooms, hot showers, Wi-Fi, LCD and storage while you visit Machu Picchu.
  • Bus ticket (Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Tourist class train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, and then a private van to transfer back to your hotels in Cusco
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Option vegetarian food or special requests is available – no additional cost.

NOT INCLUDED

  • First breakfast
  • Lunch on the last day
  • Sleeping bag (this can be rented from us $20 for the entire trek)
  • Walking sticks (this can be rented from us $15 for the entire trek)
  • Optional Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes town
  • Optional Huayna Picchu Climb ($25 per person)
  • Optional Machupicchu Mountain Climb ($15 per person)
  • Ticket to the Hot springs (10 Soles).
  • Optional upgrades (train and hotel) – Add $50 for the Vistadome train
  • Extra Horse to ride 90.00 USD
  • Extra Horse to carry bags or personal items 50.00 USD
  • Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide (Every DESTINY PERU staff receive a fair and decent payment immediately after they end the trip. Tips are optional but of great appreciation for them – according to your wish)

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO TAKE

  • Original Passports and student cards (if applicable and booked as a student)
  • A backpack with a change of clothing for the whole period of the trek
  • Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°c (can be rented from us $20 for the entire trek)
  • Walking sticks (can be rented from us $15 for the entire trek)
  • Hiking boots or waterproof trekking boots
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, Scarf and thermal clothing especially for sleeping.
  • T-shirts (4), 2 pairs of pants/trousers, 2 shorts, gloves, woolen hat for cold nights, 4 pairs of socks, rain jacket, warm jacket, and extra layers.
  • Rain Coat or rain poncho.
  • Sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses and mosquitos repellent.
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Toilet paper, Toiletries, wipes, hand sanitizer
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Water bottles and water purifying tablets (Optional in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route).
  • Swimming suit, Small towel, Sandals (if you intend to go to the hot springs in Santa Teresa or Aguas Calientes)
  • Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Extra money in soles and/or US$

Price

Group Service

USD 550.00

* Servicio compartido mayor a 10 personas.

If you are a group more than 8 people let us know, we can make a special price.

 HOTEL INCLUDED IN AGUAS CALIENTES:

We include 3 stars Hotel at Aguas Calientes (all based on double occupancy). It could be either: Hotel Casa Andina, Hotel la Cabaña, Hotel Flower’s House, Hotel Muyurina or Royal Inti Inn, which will depend of their availability. They all include private rooms, hot showers, private bathrooms, TV cable, towels, soaps, breakfasts, Wi-Fi, and storage. Of course these hotels can be upgraded to another hotel like Inka Terra, Hotel Hatun Inti classic, Sumaq Machupicchu, or Santury logde. We will send an e-mail you the hotel name with your confirmation.

 DISCOUNTS:

Student discount (with valid ISIC card) – $20. Please send us a copy of your passport at the booking time.

Under 18 Discount – $20. Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.

Under 7 Discount – $30. Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

 Huayna Picchu Permit: US $25 per person. Please it needs to be booked in advance and let us know about it at the booking time.

Machu Picchu Mountain Permit:  US $15 per person. Please it needs to be booked in advance and let us know about it at the booking time.

Vistadome train Upgrade: which is an extra $50 per person round-trip.

Single room in Aguas Calientes $ 20

Additional night at 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes $ 80

* If you need a Hotel in Cusco, just let us know when you plan to stay and we’ll do the rest. We can also include the transport “Airport – Hotel – Airport” in Cusco the days of arrival and departure by an additional $ 7.00 per person.

OPTIONAL ITEMS FOR RENTING:

 Sleeping bags: $ 20

Walking sticks:  $ 15

Inflatable mattress: $ 25

Extra Horse to ride: $ 90

Extra Horse to carry bags or personal items: $ 50

Single tent supplement: $ 30

*****IMPORTANT NOTES *****

 STUDENTS: If you booked your tour with your International Student Identity Card (ISIC) you must have this card and it must be valid for you to enter Machu Picchu.  If you purchased a permit with the student discount and you do not bring your ISIC card or it is not valid at the time of your entrance, they will not allow you in this is National Park rules.

HUAYNA PICCHU: Only 400 people are allowed to climb this mountain per day. It needs to be booked in advanced and the price is $25 per person. It is about a 90 minute round-trip climb. It is recommended that you climb Huayna Picchu in the 10-11am time slot as otherwise you miss your guided tour. We recommend booking about 2 months in advance to secure your permit as it is very popular and they do sell out well in advance.

MACHU PICCHU + MONTAIN: You may also opt to climb Machu Picchu Mountain which is more difficult than Huayna Picchu and is 3-3½ hours round trip. The cost is $15 and also requires a permit in advance. Just let us know if you want to book this option.

EXTRA NIGHT:  If you want to stay longer at Machu Picchu then you can book an extra night at Aguas Calientes village. Just let us know that you plan to stay an extra night and we will organize your return train for the next day. You can either organize your accommodation by yourself or we can assist with making bookings. If you were thinking of going back to Machu Picchu the next day, then you will need to purchase a new entrance ticket to get into Machu Picchu as well as the round-trip bus tickets to Aguas Calientes for around $75.

RETURN TRAIN TO CUSCO: The return train is the Expedition train or the Executive or Economy class train which departs either at 2:55, 4:12, 4:42 or 6:20 PM. The train that is booked depends on availability and is confirmed at your briefing. There is an option to upgrade your train to the Vistadome train which is an extra $50 per person round-trip. Please tell us of your preference at the time of booking. None of the trains go straight to Cusco, they only run either to Ollantaytambo or Poroy but in either case we will transfer you back by bus to your hotel (2 hours from Ollantaytambo and 25 minutes from Poroy).

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