Salkantay Trek To Machupicchu 4 Days 3 Nights

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  • This adventure can be offered in English, Spanish


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National Geographic Adventure Magazine rated the Salkantay trek as one for the 25 Best Treks in the World.

Mount Salkantay (or Nevado Salkantay / Salcantay) is one of the most iconic mountains in the Cusco region and the highest mountain on the Vilcabamba Mountain range.

Salkantay Day 1: Mollepata – Challacancha – Humantay Lake – Soraypampa

We pick you up from your hotel Between 4:30 a.m to 5:00am to drive for about 2 hours to Mollepata  where we stop to have breakfast. Then we keep driving 1 hour to Challacancha where start our Salkantay trek. As soon as we are at Challacancha while you get ready to walk. The cook and the horseman will pack all the camping equipment and cooking stuff and we start hiking the first 3 hours will be a little bit uphill to get Soraypampa where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay; 4120m/13500ft and Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) – just the start! After Lunch We will begin our Hike up to Humantay Lake, and hen back to Soraypampa our first Salkantay Trek camping spot (3800 m/11750ft; the highest and coldest campsite of the trip) we will be very close to the second highest Salkantay snow capped – mountain of Cusco.

1ST DAY: Total distance: 15 km (aprox.)

Estimated walking time: 7- 8 hours

Maximum altitude point: 3,800 m (aprox.)

Campsite altitude: 3,800 m (aprox.)

Salkantay Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Chaullay – Loreta La playa coffee camp

After having our Salkantay Trek early breakfast we start walking about 6:00 am, because this day will be the longest day the first 4 hours is uphill to get the highest point of the Salkantay Trek (4650m/15200ft) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible. There is a possibility of snow here. After a rest, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach  Chaullay Where we take our Local transportation for 1 hour to Get our La Playa Loreta Coffe Campsite. The Reason we stay at this campsite is because the next day we will climb up to a mountain where you will find one of the most beautiful inca trail site which is known as Llactapata. You will also see Machu Picchu City from this point.

2ND DAY: Total distance: 19 km (aprox.)

Estimated walking time: 8 – 9 hours

Maximum altitude point: 4,650 m (aprox.)

Campsite altitude: 2,750 m (aprox.)

Salkantay Day 3: Loreta La playa – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

We will have breakfast at 6:00am and leave our camping spot of La Playa Loreta. We walk up on a original Inca Trail to Llactapata site where you will get a chance to see Machupicchu far away (one of the most beautiful place to see Machupicchu) then We continue walking, passing a variety of crop plantations, coca, banana etc. until we reach the hydroelectric station for Lunch. And after the lunch we keep walking about two and half hours till reaching Aguas Calientes town where we will spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, you can take advantage of the thermal springs in the town (entrance 10 soles) a real treat after finishing the Salkantay Trek.

Please note: (For those who dont want to hike via this trail. There is a chance to take a bus to Santa Teresa and do an adventure sport of zip lining and Canopy and then transfered to hydroelectric station for Lunch and meet the group.) This has an extra Price of US$40 per person.

3RD DAY: Total distance: 15 km (aprox.)

Estimated walking time: 7 – 8 hours

Maximum altitude point: 1,600 m (aprox.)

Hotel (aguas calientes) altitude: 1,900 m (aprox.)

Salkantay Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco!!!

Salkantay trek important day! We wake up early morning about 4am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and Start to walk up to Machupicchu which takes 1 and half hours up to machupicchu. But there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30am to Machupicchu. (it takes 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 Huaynapicchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top.and after enjoying machupicchu you have to go down to aguas calientes to take the train back to ollantaytambo and then bus back cusco.

4TH DAY: Total distance: 6 km (aprox.)

Estimated walking time: 1- 2 hour

Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (aprox.)

Additional Information

·        What you need to bring on Salkantay Trek:

·        Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.

·        List of things you must bring:

·        Original Passport (and some copies) If you have changed your passport Bring a couple of copies of the one that you have used to purchase the inca trail permit.

·        Travel insurance  is essential (and some copies)

·        Airline tickets (and some copies)

·        US$ cash and Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)

·        Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required

·        Camera and Memory cards

·        Rechargeable batteries and adapters

·        Reading/writing material

·        Binoculars

·        Cover for backpacks

·        Pocketknife.

·        Fleece top

·        Windproof/waterproof jacket

·        Small towel and swim wear

·        Shirts/t-shirts

·        Sun hat

·        2 pairs of shorts

·        2 pairs of long trousers *zipp off

·        1 pair hiking pants/track pants

·        Hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes (with ankle protectors)

·        Knee-length socks (to be used with rubber boots, if provided at the jungle lodge)

·        Sport hiking sandals

·        Sun block

·        Sunglasses

·        Toiletries (biodegradable)

·        Watch or alarm clock

·        Water bottle

·        Purifying tablets or filter (Micropur recommeded)

·        Insect Repellent (for mosquitos)25 % of deet at least you can also by in cusco.

·        Flashlight (head light recommended)

·        Money belt

·        Sleeping silk liner (for sleeping bags)

·        Wool hat, mitts or gloves (preferably waterproof)

·        Rain poncho, plastic bags for your personal stuff to keep dry

·        Sleeping bag (it can be hired form us) we have goose down or syntetic sleeping bag

·        Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)

·        Thermal underwear

·        Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)



Salkantay Trek Includes:

Pivate Tourist Transportation Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha. (Salkantay Trailhead)

Pick up from your hotel by your guide.

Professional bilingual Tour guide English/Spanish.

Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu.

Food service in the campsites (3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 snacks) – nutritionally balanced menu: Buffet style. Plenty of food you will never be hungry with us! as well as Guinea Pig for free because we want you to taste all from Peru. All these meals are prepared by our cook and his assistant.

Professional Cook/Cheff: all our fresh vegetables are washed in iodine water prior to serving. Vegetarian (vegan) food on request at no extra cost! All dietary requirements from vegans, lacto-allergies and general dislikes can be catered for so long as prior warning is given when booking the trip

Daily tea service (Wake up Coca tea and afternoon tea time(Happy hour) including hot drinks such us mate de coca and locally grown coffe)

Dining equipment including portable chairs and tables

First Aid Kit

01 Oxygen tank

Porters/Horseman, Horses (to carry All Food, Camping Equipment and 7 kilos of passengers belongings) We Never overload our Horses (well Animal Welfare)

1st Night Private Campsite: 01 Night in Green Eco SKY DOME at Soraypampa Campsite

2nd Night Private Campsite: 01 Night in Green SKY DOME at La Playa Loreta Coffe Camp

PLEASE NOTE: The DOME 6 Meters diameter has Confortable Beds, Blankets, Pilows Private Shower, Bathroom (Acomodation is upon request) (Twin Bed room, 3 beds room, 04 beds room) and our domes use Solar Energy and Solar Water heater is base don weather. And we only use biodeagradable things and we Support Sustainable, Responsible & Ethical Tourism.

3rd Night Private Hotel: 01 Night in Aguas Calientes (Twin Bed room, 3 beds room, 04 beds room)

Tourist Expedition return train to ollantaytambo

Bus back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco and dropp off at the hotel.

Duffel bag for personal belongings (We will provide you this duffel bag at the briefing time)

Pre trek Orientation – briefing A day before we do the Trek. (Hotel or Office) Let us know once you are at the office or by email.

Water for Driking: we will supply with filtered and boiled water and your bottles will be filled at each meal time. Please, bring enough water for the 1st day only.

Free “I survived” T-shirt and certificate (only for PEOPLE who successfully complete the trek!!!)


Salkantay Trek Doesnt Include: (Please, No hidden costs or surprises)

Meals: Breakfast on Day 1 and Lunch on Day 4

Salkantay Entrance Fee (20 soles)

Cancellation Policy

To book, we need you to send us a non-refundable deposit of US$200 as well as all your personal information

Meeting Point: hotel



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Duration: 4 days 3 nights
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