Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days / 4 Nights
Our classic Salkantay Trek is a customized alternate to the usual Inca Trail. Not on the usual gringo trail path, this is an innovating adventure for action travelers who want a little more solitude and credibility. With more impressive views, the Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek gives you the privacy and peaceful reflection such a sacred path deserves.
Day 01: Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha -Soraypampa
We rise about 5 am and go from Cusco on bus for about 4 hours to Mollepata village (2900 meters above sea level). You will arrive around 7.30 am, we stop for 45 minutes and have breakfast in a restaurant if the group wants (not included in cost) and can buy some last minute supplies. (not included)Then we continue our ride uphill, for 1 more hour until we reach Challacancha (the trail head).
There we meet our support staff, who will pack the equipment on the horses and mules. We need to have 2 backpacks. One which will carry all our personal items(up to 5kg) that will go on the horses and a daypack with just necesities that you will carry. From there we hike for about four hours to Soraypampa, which is burrowed between the snowy mountains (3850 meters above sea level), on a trail which is a mixture of uphill, downhill and flat path, during which we will have sweeping views of the impressive Salkantay, other snowy mountains and the valley of the Apurimac River. We reach our campsite, where we have lunch. After lunch we will climb the Humantay Mountain for 2 hours to visit the Humantay Lake, a superb lake in the mountains and we then descend back to camp at Soraypampa. There you will find the dining tent set up for afternoon tea with tea, mate de coca, coffee, chocolate etc. You can rest and later are served dinner.
Day 02: Soraypampa - Salkantay Mountain - Collpapampa
An early start, we have a fine breakfast and prepare ourselves for the longest and most difficult day of the excursion. We start on a moderate pace for 1 hour till we get to Soyrococha. Then we hike uphill for around 3 hours more till we reach the high pass, at 4,800m close to the wonderful frosty peaks of Salkantay (6,271m) and Humantay (6,100m), the second highest peak in the Cusco region.
Here we enjoy the stunning scenery, you will also see heaps of stones called Apachetas. From here we descend for 1 hour to Wayracmachay (3,800m) where we have lunch and a rest. Then follows a 3 hour hike to our campsite in Collpapampa.
Day 03: Collpapampa - La Playa
Another early start after breakfast, on this part of the hike we walk on a narrow trail on the mountainside, discovering various types of orchids and species of plants, some cornfields and fields of fruits. We also get the chance to pass an exquisite waterfall on the path.
After walking for around 5 hours we reach La Playa. From here you have 2 options, if you choose the Santa Teresa option, we take a bus to Santa Teresa town. That will take about 45 minutes.
Upon arrival we set up camp and have the opportunity to go to the hot springs nearby - about 45 minutes from town. (optional). In the evening we have dinner and rest at camp.
The other option, if you want to see the Llactapata ruins is a two hour hike to Aobamba, where you camp for the night.
Day 04: La Playa - Llactapata - Hidroelectrica - Puente Ruinas
If you chose to go via the Llactapata ruins, you start the day with breakfast and then a 4 hour hike to the restored ruins (2,860m) from where you can view both Machu Picchu and Salkantay Mountain! Our tour guide shows us around the ruins. After that, we start descending for about 4 hour to Aobamba River through lush bamboo groves, orchards and coffee plantations providing us some excellent bird-watching opportunities. This way brings us to the Hydroelectric Plant (Hidroelectrica), a place where we have lunch to later and continue along trails leading us to our last campsite in Puente Ruinas located at the foothill of Machu Picchu Mountain!
If you chose the Santa Teresa option, we have breakfast and after a short bus trip (1hour) we hike for about 2 hours past the Urubamba River and onward to the Hydro Electric Station, where we have lunch nearby. We then continue to the town of Aguas Calientes crossing the bottom of the valley for about 3 hours along the train tracks until reaching the town. Once ther we go to our hostal. We have dinner and rest for our next day at Machu Picchu.
Day 05: Puente Ruinas - Machu Picchu - Cusco
An early start to continue hiking to Machu Picchu and see the sunrise over this glorious old city! We walk for about 2 hours to the ruins of Machu Picchu and have a full guided tour that takes about 2 hours.
After you have plenty of time to traverse the fortress on your own, and maybe climb Huayna Picchu (if you have a permit) or the Inca Bridge.
Afterwards you can walk down to Aguas Calientes or take the bus. (not included in the cost). You can have lunch at Aguas Calientes (not included in the cost).
In the afternoon, we return by train to Ollantaytambo (alternatively to Poroy) and transfer to Cusco.
- Pick up at hotel in Cusco
- Bus to Mollepata village
- Professional Bilingual tour leader (two leaders for groups over 08 people)
- Horses to carry company's equipment (meals & camping equipment)
- Cook & meals (04breakfasts / 04lunches / 04dinners)
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Camping equipment (tents, mattresses, tables and chairs, kitchen tent and dinner tent)
- First aid kit and Oxygen balloon
- Entrance fees to Machupicchu
- Bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes (one way)
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
- Breakfast on first day; lunch on last day in Machupicchu.
- Tips for the crew (tour leader, cook and porters)
- Sleeping bag (can be hired in our office U$ 03 per day)
- Entrance to visit the hot spring in Aguas Calientes town ($ 04)
- Horses to carry your personal items 15 kilos (U$ 25 per day)
- Vistadome train service (U$ 50 plus)
- Backpack and sleeping bag
- Hiking shoes or boots
- Rain coat or poncho
- Warm clothes
- Insect repellent
- Sun block, sun glasses and hat
- Water bottle
- Water purifying tables
- Flash light and knife
- Towel and toilet paper
- Snacks (chocolates, candies, cookies, etc)
- Personal Medical Kit
- Extra national currency (soles)
- Original passport