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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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Salkantay Trek

The Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, it is one of the best alternative trekking options, designed for those who wish to see and experience different ecosystems atmosphere including an important wide-range varieties of plants, flowers. Witness yourself a living ancient culture in remote small villages, hardly ever seen or visited by foreigners..

DAY 1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SORAYPAMPA (HUMANTAY LAKE)

We start the day with picking you up at your hotel or hostel at 05:00 am. We'll drive for around 4 hours, crossing Anta, Mollepata and end up at Challancha. Through the windows of the bus you can clearly see the white snowcapped mountains of Salkantay and Huamantay: the holy Gods of the Incas. But also the spectacular scenery of the higher situated areas and the lower valleys with colorful landscapes. After two hours driving there will be a quick stop in Mollepata town. At Mollepata there are toilet facilities, souvenirs shops and an optional short breakfast. When this short break is over we will soon continue to Challacancha, which is the start of our trail. There we will meet with our support staff. The staff will organize all the equipment, horses and mules. Around 9:30 am. we will start our trek to Soraypampa (3850 masl - 12631 ft). The first section of the path is a hike over a few deep valleys. At some parts of the trail the old water channel can still be seen. The channel still supplies water to the farmers in the lower valleys. The beginning of the trek is 7km (4.35miles) hiking in 3 hours to Soraypampa, where we will have our lunch at the basecamp. After the lunch and a quick nap we continue hiking up to the Humantay Lake (4200 masl - 13779 ft). This is a 5km (3.1miles) round trip which we will walk in a total of 3 hours. At the Humantay Lake the bottom of the glacier can be seen, and also the most spectacular views of the background with the valley at sunset. Soraypampa is located in the middle of the glacier valleys and at night the sky is so immensely clear that we can really appreciate the stars, constellations and even shooting stars.

Walking distance: 12 km (7.45 miles)
Starting Elevation: 3350 meters (12477 feet)
Highest Elevation: 4600 meters (15090 feet)
Campsite Elevation: 3850 meters (12477 feet)
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Lunch, Dinner (Snack and afternoon tea)
Accommodation:Camping
Adventure: Absolutely

DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA - SALKANTAY PASS - WAYRACPUNKU - CHAULLAY.

After an early wake up with the first daylight at 05:30 am. and a quick breakfast we soon start hiking up to the highest point of the trail: the Salkantay Pass (4650 masl - 15,255 ft). The distance is a 7km (4.34miles) tough ascent in 3 hours, between the rocky valley bottom and the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6200 masl - 20,341 ft). When we finally reach the top we can and definitely will appreciate the spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo. The Salkantay Mountain is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region and one of the Inca Gods called "Apu". After reaching the top of the pass there is a 5km (3.1miles) and 2 hours downhill hike towards the camp for our lunch. The walk downwards is on a serpent shape trail and a rocky gravel path to get to the Huayracmachay lunch spot. In the afternoon we will enter the upper part of the amazon jungle, which is also called "the cloud forest". This is a 10 km (6.2miles) hike in 3 hours on a wide trail in the thick forests. This hike is truly beautiful, there are decorated the hills with colorful sceneries and a lot of wildlife and native plants. The forests are most times of the year warm or have a temperate temperature. When finishing this magnificent hike we finally arrive at Chaullay Village (2900 masl - 9,514 ft), our base camp in the jungle.

Walking distance: 22 km (13.7 miles)
Starting Elevation: 3800 meters (12467 feet)
Highest Elevation: 4650 meters (15255 feet)
Campsite Elevation: 2750 meters (9022 feet)
Difficulty: Challenging - Moderate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Snack and afternoon tea)
Accommodation:Camping
Adventure: Absolutely, completely satisfactory

DAY 3: CHAULLAY - COLLPAPAMPA - LA PLAYA - LUCMABAMBA.

At 6:00 am. we will start our trek to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley. We will be hiking for approximately 6 hours. During the hike we'll see waterfalls, wild orchids, but also coffee, banana and avocado plantations. Here you can taste the famous passion fruit and granadilla fruit. We will see a village called Colpapampa, also called the "forest cloudy brow" where waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to see the famous bird called "the Cock of the Rocks" this bird is the national bird of Peru. After lunch at La playa, we will hike for approximately 1 hour to our base camp called Lucmabamba (2400 masl - 7874 ft). We will explore the tropical forest for a little while and have a lovely visit at an organic coffee farm. Here you can taste the coffee prepared by the local people. Coffee is the main farming industry of the local people here in the jungle and they farm many hectares of coffee to export to the USA, Asia and Europe. Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia, but it wasn't until the Spanish invaded Cusco that it was brought to this region. We will also explore an orange and an avocado plantation.

Walking distance: 18 km (11.2 miles)
Starting Elevation: 2750 meters (9022 feet)
Campsite Elevation: 2400 meters (7874 feet)
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:Camping
Adventure: Absolutely

DAY 4: LUCMABAMBA - LLACTAPATA - HIDROELECTRICA - AGUAS CALIENTES.

The chef of the trek will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea served in your bed. You will get ready for today's activity while enjoying your last prepared breakfast by the trek chef. We will begin the hike early and you will get the opportunity to enjoy a small part of the famous Inka trail! After a climb of 2 hours with amazing views of the Santa Teresa valley we will arrive at the Llactapata Inca site right in front of Machu Picchu. This will be the first archaeological site we will see of the Lost City of the Incas and a very special place to enjoy and spend time. We will be able to see not only the Machu Picchu ruins from this spot, but also the Huaynapicchu and the Machu Picchu Mountain. We will explore this Inca site with the guide and he will continue the history lessons about the Incas of this beautiful country and of course you will have plenty of time to take as many photos as you want.

After the Llactapata ruins, we will continue our trek with a 2 hours downhill hike. At this hike you're always able to have views of Machu Picchu until we arrive at the Hidroelectrica train station which is our lunch place. The most impressive part of this area is the natural waterfall of 300 meters high which generates the electricity for the region of Cusco. We will then arrive at the famous Intiwatana. Intiwatana is an ancient rock used as a sundial in the ancient Inca times. According to history, this old Inca stone used to work with the famous sundial stone in Machu Picchu. These could measure and read the winter solstice which was the beginning of the new farming season for the Incas. After we pass this small Inca site we will reach the train rails. Next to the rails there is a nice path to walk on; this path will take us approximately 3 hours. After the 3 hours we will arrive at Aguas Calientes, which is located at the foot of Machu Picchu. This section is very interesting because it is the trail that was used by the American Professor Hiram Bingham who rediscovered Machu Picchu after centuries of it being lost.

Walking distance: 18 km (11.2 miles)
Starting Elevation: 2450 meters (8038 feet)
Campsite Elevation: 2000 meters (6561 feet)
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:Hotel
Adventure: Absolutely

DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO.

We will wake up early at the hotel. This is better for visiting Machupicchu, before the mass of people arrive. The Machu Picchu entrance check point is open from 6:00 am. until 17:00 pm. We will hike up to Machupicchu (a bus ride is optional for $12.00) and enter the city really early with a lot fewer tourists than during the midday. Here we will have a 2 hours guided tour through this incredible ancient city. We will visit temples, palaces, priest houses, a sundial, the industrial sector and the farming fields. After this guided tour you are free to climb up to Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain (book in advance to get your tickets!). Both mountains take approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Or for the less adventurous you can trek to the sun gate, which is the main entrance of the Inka Trail. You'll stay and enjoy the city for more than 7 hours in the afternoon. We will organize the train ride at 18:20 pm. back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then a bus ride to Cusco to arrive at approx. 22:00 pm. The bus will drop you off at your hotel/hostel in Cusco.

Difficulty: Easy
Meals: breakfast
Adventure: Absolutely



Inclusions

  Pick-up from your hotel.
  Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco.
  All meals during your trek. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  Clean and spacious 4P-capacity Tents - only 2 people per tent.
  Comfortable Personal foamy pad (double foam), given to you at the beginning of the trek.
  24 hours emergency oxygen assistance and first aid kit equipment.
  Safe storage of your belongings at our office in Cusco while you are on the trek.
  4 nights camping and 1 night accommodation in selected hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  Entrance fee to Salkantay and Machu Picchu.


Exclusions

  Travel personal insurance. you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
  Personal Porters.
  Sleeping bags and walking sticks.
  Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 5.
  Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain.
  Meals and personal expenses.

Departures and return details:

All our departures are from/to your hotel within Cusco. If you wish to start or end your tour from different place, you can pre-arrange this in advance.

Departure time:

Departures are at 05:00am. Note: This tour is not flexible and spaces are very limited. we recommend you to book the Salkantay Trek at the earliest possible.

Duration:

120 hours approximate

Requirement

There is none a minimum of people required to book for this tour but it is important you book the correct dates

Confirmation and Payment:

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, a full payment will be required via PayPal. Once we got your Payment you will received your confirmation travel voucher.

Value for money

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