Salkantay Trek 5D/4N

BACKGROUND

Salkantay Mountain (6,271m/20,569ft) is one of the highest and most stunning peaks in the Peruvian Andes. It is the 38th-highest peak in the Andes, and the twelfth-highest in Peru. Machu Picchu, a sacred citadel for the Inca civilization, is a World Heritage site and one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

Salkantay Trek, named one of the 15 best treks in the world by both National Geographic and Travel Magazine, takes you through landscapes that range from the snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay, down to the warm cloud forest to Aguas Calientes. On the last day of we visit Machu Picchu, the sacred Inca citadel.

TRIP OVERVIEW

  • Tour Type: Trekking/hiking, cultural, adventurous
  • Total Distance: 70 KM/44 Miles
  • Good For: Those in moderate shape, or better
  • Difficulty: Challenging

PRIVATE TOUR PRICES

  • 1 person: $1310
  • 2 persons: $855
  • 3 persons: $710
  • 4 persons: $705
  • 5+ persons: $665

SHARED TOUR PRICE

$580/person

MAPS

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1: Cusco-Mollepata-Soraypampa

  • Early morning pickup from your hotel by private van.
  • We will travel to Mollepata where we will meet our team and begin our trek.
  • Our morning hiking takes us from Mollepata to Cruzpata
  • Lunch will be in Cruzpata with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay 4,120m/13,500ft and Salkantay 6,271m/20,575ft).
  • The hike continues to Soraypampa (4,000m/12,750ft) where we will enjoy dinner and set up camp for the night.
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Day 2: Soraypampa-Huayracmachay-Collpapampa

  • After an early breakfast in Soraypampa, we begin hiking to the highest pass on this trek (4,650m/15,200ft), located halfway between two huge mountains--Salkantay to the right and Tucarhuay on the left. Note: there is the possibility of encountering snow here.
  • After resting, we continue downhill through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracmachay where we will have lunch.
  • After lunch we go to Colpapampa, the cloud forest at the beginning of the jungle.
  • Tonight’s dinner and campsite is in Colpapampa, a small mountain village high in the Lluskamayo Valley.
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Day 3: Colpapampa-Lucmabamba

  • After breakfast we leave Colpapampa and begin trekking through the upper jungle, crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of small streams.
  • As we go through the Andean valleys we will have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants.
  • We will arrive at Lucmabamba, where we will visit a coffee farm. Other crops grown in this region include yuccas, bananas and passion fruit.
  • Dinner and tonight’s campsite will be in Lucmabamba .
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Day 4: Lucmabamba-Llactapata-Aguas Calientes

  • After breakfast we leave Lucmabamba and go to Llactapata, where we get our first sighting of Machu Picchu from a unique vantage point..
  • We will have lunch at the hydroelectric water falls.
  • Our hike continues to Aguas Calientes, where you have the option of enjoying the relaxing hot springs there, followed by dinner.
  • We will spend the night in a Aguas Calientes 3-star hotel.
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Day 5: Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu-Ollantaytambo-Cusco

  • We will have a very early breakfast before boarding the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • A 2.5 hour walking tour by our guide will discuss Inca civilization and details of this important citadel.
  • After the tour you can explore on your own or climb Huayna Picchu (optional: we can help you,booked it in advance).
  • The bus will go from Aguas Calientes by train to Ollantaytambo.
  • A private van will bring you back to Cusco.
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INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP

For Your Transport:

  • Pick-up and return to your hotel in Cusco by private van
  • Private transport to Km 82 – Piscacucho (trek starting point)
  • Round-trip train to and from Ollantaytambo
  • Round-trip bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu

For Your Safety:

  • Pre-departure briefing (the evening before)
  • Experienced, knowledgeable tour guides
  • First-aid kit
  • Oxygen cannisters (for emergency use)
  • Boiled water (starting the 2nd day)

For Your Sustenance:

  • Daily wake-up coca tea in your tent
  • Delicious meals for the entire tour (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners) + snacks (Please note: special diets accommodated if requested in advance)
  • Professionally trained cooks and assistants
  • Happy hour with maca tea and hot drinks every afternoon

For Your Comfort and Well-Being:

  • Permits for Inca Trail Park and Machu Picchu Sanctuary
  • Personal porter to carry 6 Kg of personal items including sleeping bag
  • Porters to carry camping equipment, tents, table, stools and cooking gear
  • Guided tours of seven Inca archaeological sites en route
  • Dining and kitchen tent, camping tables and stools
  • Two people per tent in spacious 4-person size tents
  • Thick, inflatable sleeping mattress, sleeping bag (-10 degrees) pillows
  • Biodegradable toilet tent system
  • Two-hour guided tour in Machu Picchu with extra time for yourself
  • Extra time to go to the Aguas Calientes hot springs or shop around the village

NOT INCLUDED

  • Trekking poles – rental option US$25 for entire trek
  • Entrance fee for Huayna Picchu
  • Tips for your staff, guides, cooks, porters
  • Single Tent Supplement (US$80)
  • Day 1 breakfast, Day 4 dinner, Day 5 lunch and dinner
  • Water on the first day

WHAT TO BRING

  • Original passport (with more than 6 months from expiration).
  • A daypack to carry your personal belongings (we provide a duffle bag for your personal porter).
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support.
  • Sneakers or sandals for comfort while in camp.
  • Warm clothes, fleece and layers for variable temperatures (especially at night).
  • Thermal underwear to be worn in the sleeping bag in cold conditions.
  • Gloves or mittens, scarf, three pairs wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights.
  • T-shirts and trekking pants.
  • Flashlight and head-lamp with extra batteries.
  • Camera and extra batteries.
  • Small size binoculars.
  • Wide-brimmed hats, with a broad visor Sunscreen SPF30+
  • Sunscreen SPF30+
  • Lip balm and Insect repellent (50% DEET)
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain Gear: rain jacket or poncho
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, moist towelettes
  • Small towel
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Water purifying tablets (optional since we provide boiled water.)
  • Bathing suit if you want to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Any medications you need from home
  • Plastic bags (Ziploc)
  • Trekking poles with plastic tips (metal tips are not allowed on the trail)
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