Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu
The amazing Salkantay trek to Machupicchu is one of the most famous treks in Cusco and the best alternative route to get to Machu Picchu. It takes you through different types of landscapes from the typical Andean as far as the snowcapped mountains and a way down to the tropical forests and finally to the jungle.
DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – CHALLACANCHA – SORAYPAMPA
We start to pick you up from the hotel at 05:00 am, the bus driving lasts 4 hours to Anta – Mollepata, on the way is possible to see the white snowcapped mountain like Salkantay and Humantay the Gods of the Incas, there is spectacular scenic on the upper part and lower valleys with colorful landscape. Two hours driving to the first stop in Mollepata town there are toilet facilities, souvenirs and optional short breakfast, to soon continue at Challacancha the trail head. There we will meet with our support staff. There we will organize all the equipment, horses and mules. Around 9:30 a.m. we will star our trek to Soraypampa (3900 m.a.s.l) the first section of the path are paved rock trail there are the old water channel still supply to new habitants, the begin is 9 km in 3 hours to Soraypampa the lunch place as well base camp, after lunch and nap to continued hiking up to the Humantay lake (4200masl) 5 km in 3 hours round trip, bottom the glacier the most spectacular views to the back ground valley and sunset, Soraypampa is located on the middle of the glaciers valleys at night clear appreciate the constellation on the sky.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Maximum Altitude: 3850 Masl
Minimum Altitude: 2850 Masl
Hiking Distance: 12 Km Approx.
DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA – SALKANTAY PASS – HUAYRAMACHAY – CHAULLAY
Early wake up with the first daylight at 05:00 am to packing the staff, breakfast and soon to start hiking up to the highest point of the trail Salkantay Pass (4650 masl – 15,255 ft) the distance is 7 km in 3 hours, on the ascent through the between the rocky valley bottom the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6200 masl – 20,341 ft). We reach the top of the trek. We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo, Salkantay is considerate the second highest mountain of the Cusco region and one of the Incas God called “Apu”. Get the top is the most ancient time on the trek, 2 hours downhill on the serpent trail and gravel rocky path to get Huayracmachay lunch spot, on the afternoon entrance to the upper part of the amazone jungle as well called “cloud forest” 9 km in 3 hours on the wide trail in the thick forest are decorate the hills with colorful sceneries and the wild life and native plant, mostly of the year weather is warmed and temperate to finally arrived to Chaullay Village (2900 masl – 9,514 ft) the base camp into the jungle.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Maximum Altitude: 4650 Masl
Minimum Altitude: 2900 Masl
Hiking Distance: 22km To Chaullay
DAY 3: CHAULLAY – LA PLAYA – SANTA TERESA – COLCAMAYO HOT SPRINGS
Around 6:00 am the wake up with coca tea; breakfast and hiking straight to la Playa crossing on the thick jungle and following on the bank of the Santa Teresa river on the gradual trail there are stopping in several family hamlet to enjoy the local fruit and vegetables (passion fruit, banana, coffee, avocado, mango, orange and papaya) If we are lucky, we will be able to see the famous bird called “the Cock of the Rocks”, the trail distance is 16 km the hiking time is 5 hours on the down valleys is clearly to see the cedar tree very useful for the local people on the economic, La playa is small Town with the basic facilities (toilet, electricity, shopping and souvenir) as well the lunch point, following the plan We will driving the collective bus to Santa Teresa Town around 1 hour camp site, to get early at this base camp on the afternoon optional driving 15 minutes to the hot spring highly recommended after the hard journey on the mountain, Then back at the campsite for happy hours and dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in the Tents
Maximum Altitude: 2900 Masl
Minimum Altitude: 1600 Masl
Hiking Distance: 16 Km from Chaullay to La Playa Sahuayaco.
DAY 4: SANTA TERESA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES
Today is a flexible day; we have different options to do:
RELAX OPTION 01 : You will take motorized transport from SANTA TERESA to HYDROELECTRIC for 45 minutes where we will have lunch and visit an Inca ruin. After this, we will walk for 3 hours more along the train tracks to arrive to AGUAS CALIENTES town. TRANSPORTATION PRICE: S/. 10 SOLES additional.
ADVENTURER´S OPTION 02 : We start hiking from SANTA TERESA to HYDROELECTRIC 2.5 hours approximately along the car road on the way we have the chance to see the new hydroelectric power plant and also we are going to enjoy the magnificent view of the URUBAMBA river once in hydroelectric we have our lunch and then hiking to AGUAS CALIETES town 3 more hours along the train track.
THE CRAZIEST OPTION 03 : you have the chance to do the highest and longest ZIPLINE in South America. After doing the ZIPLINE in the morning we will take transport to the Hydroelectric Station. After this, we will walk for 3 hours more along the train tracks to arrive to AGUAS CALIENTES town. ZIPLINE PRICE: USD 10 DOLLARS
Any options that you may take you can decided in SANTA TERESA and also any option that you take we wake up at 6:30 am, breakfast around 7:15 am and living to do our activities around 8:00 am
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Wake Up Time: 6:30 Am with Coca leaf Tea.
Breakfast Time: 7:00 Am.
Accommodation: At The Hotel In Aguas Calientes.
Maximum Altitude: 2050 Masl.
Minimum Altitude: 1600 Masl.
Hiking Distance: 19 Km From Hydroelectric To Aguas Calientes.
DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO
the long-awaited day of the trek, early wake up on the hotel is better for visit Machupicchu, We suggestion start early visit Machupicchu the check point is open from (6:00 am until 17:00 pm) optional going up by bus or foot, on the morning look empty the city with less tourist the first 2 hours guiding tour in the City, (temples, palaces, priest house, sundial, industrial sector and farming fields) after that is start your free time to climbing up to Huaynapichu or Machupicchu mountain (book in advance to get your ticket) both mountains hiking time taking3 hours approx. or trekking to the sun gate the main entrance of the Inka Trail, therefore you’ll stay and enjoy the city for more than 7 hours on the afternoon We organized the train (18:20 pm) back form Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then bus driving to Cusco to arrive at 22:00 pm approx. the bus drops you off at your hotel in Cusco.
Wake Up Time: 4:00 Am At The Hotel In Aguas Calientes
Train Ride: 1:45 Hours From Aguas Calietes To Ollantaytambo
Bus Ride: 30 minutes From Ollantaytambo To The Hotel In Cusco.
- Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office, for an orientation meeting at 7:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
- Transport: Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Challacancha (starting point of the trek).
- English speaking professional and official tourist guide
- Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. When double accommodation is requested.
- Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs.
- Inside the tents: Sleeping pad or matrasses, pillow and extra blanket.
- Entrance fee: Ticket to Machupicchu.
- Accommodation: 2 nights in tent and 1 night in hostel Aguas Calientes.
- Cargo Mules: to carry the all camping equipment and your personal baggage (7 kilos).
- Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
- Person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag).
- Cook: In charge to prepared all the meals along the journey, over 6 people cook assistant.
- Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 dinners and Snacks.
- Meals description: Pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude.
- Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite we will wake you up with a cup of coca tea our support staff will bring the coca tea to your tent in order to wake you up.
- Tea time: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
- Daily snacks – Days 1, 2 and 3: Our Snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, Caramels we will give this snack at the beginning of each day trek in a cloth bag to avoid environmental contamination.
- One sleeping pad per person.
- Hotel: 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
- Safety staff: Our crew brings the First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Train tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (expedition service).
- Transport: Transfer from Ollantaytambo Train Station to hotel in Cusco (Day 4).
- Transport: Collective Bus from la playa to Santa Teresa or Hydroelectric.
- 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit
- Personal trekking gear.
- Lunch and dinner on the last day after the guided tour at Machu Picchu.
- Walking Sticks.
- Sleeping bags (you can hire from our company), our sleeping bags are -18ºC-comfort (0ºF), mummy form They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips
What to Bring
- One sleeping bag per person: our sleeping bags are -18ºC-comfort (0ºF), mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips, can also be hired in our office for US$25.
- One pillow per person.
- Well worn-in waterproof walking boots: Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential. Whatever you wear on your feet the most important thing is comfort. It is vital to ensure your boots are well worn in and lightweight.
- Waterproof clothing: A plastic poncho is recommended and can be purchased easily for approximately USD 2.
- A plastic bag to keep clean and dry your staff in your bag pack and duffle bag.
- A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco).
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
- Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp.
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
- Light wear (t-shirt, short pants) to hike on the jungle.
- Flashlight/headlamp and batteries.
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions) near please to charge the battery with electricity is the 3er day afternoon on the camp site.
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
- Sun block.
- Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported.
- Toilet paper.
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection.
- Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers or metal ones are recommended.
- Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far.
- Small towel.
- Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in AGUAS CALIENTES).
- Cash in soles.
- Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)
DOCUMENTS TO CARRY WITH YOU
- Original Passports.
- Salkantay Trek Map (Will be provide in the briefing day).
- Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)