This stunning trek passes under the magnificent mountain Salkantay (6.71 / 20569ft), one of the highest and most impressive of the Peruvian Andes. His first two days will be dominated by the impressive “Apus” Salkantay and Huamantay, while touring the high puna landscape. The third day descend to the warm cloud forest to reach Aguas Calientes the fourth day. The impressive Inca city of Machu Picchu sacred visiting during the last day of the program. This tour is an interesting option for those who have not found space trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu alternative. The Salkantay Trek (Salcantay Trek or), was recently named among the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel.
Day 01 Cusco (3,300m) – Mollepata (2,900 m) – Soraypampa (3,850 m)
We turn to pick it up at your hotel early in the morning and we will go by bus to the village of Mollepata for a period of approximately 2 ½ hours, here we will meet our mule driver, who accompanied us during the course of the tour.
After 1 hour of walking, we reach the area Cruzpata where we get the first views of the snowy magnificent Humantay and Ausangate, continuing our trek we can appreciate the stunning panoramic views of the mountains covered with snow, so very great diversity of wildlife until we reach our first camp in Soraypampa (3,850 m / 12,631 ft).
02 Soraypampa – Challway (2,920 m)
After a good breakfast we will get ready to undertake the most difficult path walk, crossing all the site called Pampa Salkantay, then drive to the left side of Nevado Umantay (5,917 m), which is near the Nevado Salkantay ( “The Wild Mountain “in the native Quechua language), we are arriving at about noon. After we pass the highest point all the way, the open Umantay located between Salkantay and the 4,650 m. (15,200 ft). On this site observe the Salkantay snowcapped mountains and glaciers also we appreciate the magnificent view of the falling snow avalanches then descend through jungle to reach Challway, our next camp.
03 Challway – La Playa (2,350 m)
This day will be unforgettable because along the way we will see a lot of flora and fauna, we pass ARRANNIYUC community and continued descending into the jungle, where we will see the formation of hot springs in a small valley. Then we follow the course of the Santa Teresa river, observing in this section diverse varieties of orchids and waterfalls of great magnitude. Finally we reached our camp area called the Beach.
04 La Playa – Aguas Calientes (2,160 m)
We leave in the middle of the high jungle appreciating a variety of crops including coffee, bananas, avocado, pineapple and most interesting is to see some crops of coca leaves, sacred herb of the Incas. Then we enjoy the hot springs of Cocalmayo (10 Soles entry is not included in the tour). We continue trekking to Aguas Calientes (2,160 m / 7,087 ft). There have dinner in a restaurant and spend the night in a hostel If we are not tired, we can visit the thermal baths of the town (entry 10 Soles is not included in the tour).
Day 05 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (2,490 m) – Cusco
This day will be only dedicated to visit the wonder of Machu Picchu (2,490 m / 8,169 ft) we will have a guided tour of approximately 2 hour tour and then enough time to explore on our own or visit Huayna Picchu (not included in the tour). Then we went down to Aguas Calientes (2,160 m / 7,087 ft) to take a train to Ollantaytambo, where we wait for our driver to take us back to our hotel in Cusco.
- Interview with prior to the walk, for detailed information about the walk and delivery of the corresponding map guide.
- Additional guidance for groups of 9 people.
- Kitchen assistant for groups over 9 people.
- Porters who carry the camping equipment and food.
- Food along the way: 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner.
- vegetarian option is free; only inform us in advance, please.
- First aid kit, oxygen bottle.
- Camping equipment (tents + Matras).
- Kitchen equipment (kitchen tent, dining tent, utensils).
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu USD $ 10.00.
- 1 Extra horse (up to 16 kilos) to help with personal equipment to charge USD $ 105.00. An extra horse can be shared between two people.
- Additional mats: USD $ 15.00.
- Additional tent: USD $ 25.00.
- Sleeping bag: USD $ 18.00 per person.
- Batons x 01: USD $ 8.00 per person.
- If you want to extend your stay in Aguas Calientes (the town just below Machu Picchu), contact us for prices, please).
What to Bring
- Backpack suitable for 5 days walking & rain cover.
- Personal sleeping bag.
- Shoes suitable for walking.
- Clothing: For the first two days warm clothing is suggested, since walking is close to the 4650 m.s.n.s.m. almost beside the snow. long pants, long-sleeved shirts, sweaters and a jacket hat and gloves.
- Clothing: For the last three days light clothing is suggested, as the walk includes jungle. Hat, shorts, polo or light, insect repellent and sunscreen shirts.
- Swimsuit (if you go to the thermal baths).
- Grooming kit: small towel, toilet paper, etc.
- Waterproof and / or umbrella.
- Camera and / or camcorder.
- extra batteries.
- Original passport Students must take effect ISIC card.
- Water canteen.
- Medicine and / or personal items (couple of bandages, muscle pain cream, pills altitude sickness, fever, upset stomach).
- Book, notebook & pen.
- Walking stick with rubber tips (optional).
- Extra money.