SALKANTAY TREK 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS
The Salkantay Mountain (20,551 ft) it´s the second highest Mountain in the Cusco area; this unforgettable experience will take you through the lowlands of this impressive snow-capped mountain as well as the Humantay lake; then due north to the world-famous Machu Picchu Citadel. You´ll experience different climates and temperatures, going through Andean cloud forest and highland puna to the warm low jungle.
- Day 1: Cusco Hotel – Mollepata – Cruzpata – Sayllapata – Soraypamapa.
- Day 2: Soraypmapa – Soyroccocha – Salkantay Pass – HuayracPunku – Chaullay
- Day 3: Chaullay – Collpapampa – La Playa(sahuayaco) – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes.
- Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco Hotel.
Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Sayllpata – Soraypampa
We will leave from Cusco approximately at 5:00a.m. A local bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level) where we will arrive approximately at 8:15 in the morning to have breakfast. During the trip, we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. We will meet with our support staff, and they will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9:00 a.m., we will begin our walk toward Sayllapata (3200 meters above sea level). About 1:00 p.m., we will have a Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we will continue hiking toward the Soraypampa villages (3850 meters above sea level). Around 5:30 in the afternoon we will arrive at our camp where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.
Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayracpunku – Chaullay.
After an early breakfast we start trekking from Soraypampa approx 7:30 a.m we continue our hiking the Peruvian highland. From this point we can appreciate the spectacular views of the Mountain Salkantay, a stunning snow-capped mountain (6,264 m) the second highest peak in Cusco’s region, and also the mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes, and moraines. At our lunch spot after a five-hour walk, Pass downhill to lunch in Huayracpunku, and then a further 2-3 hours downhill walk to Camp at Collpapampa 2,920 m.
Day 3: Chaullay -La Playa –Hydroelectrica-Aguas Calientes.
Around 5:00 a.m., we will start our trek and we will enjoy the beautiful sunrise. We will walk for about 5 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period; we will observe a town called Collpabamba, also called the “Forest Cloudy Brow” where waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. salkantay pass river crossing we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks’. Once at Playa Sahuayaco, we will take a local bus to drive us to the hydroelectric train station. At around 1:30 p.m., we will have our lunch at the hydroelectric. At 3:20 p.m., here we have 2 options if you want you can go walking until Aguas Calientes or if you want you can take a train from the hydroelectric to the town of Aguas Calientes (2000 meters above sea level). Here, you have the option of going to the hot springs.
We will have dinner at 7:00 p.m. and accommodation at the hotel.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu-Cusco.
Today, you will be able to choose between waking up at 4:30 a.m. and walking up to Machu Picchu or taking a bus to Machu Picchu at 5:25 a.m. In Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for about two hours and after that, you will be free to explore the Citadel and take pictures, or if you desire, ascent toward the Huaynapicchu Mountain. At 18:45p.m. You will be taking a train to Ollantaytambo and from there; a bus will drive you to your hotel in Cusco.
Includes: Salkantay trek short 4 days
- Pre-departure briefing
- Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Challacancha (starting point of the trek)
- Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks.
- English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
- Chef and cooking equipment.
- Accommodation in Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu
- Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 3
- 1 Bag or daffor bag where you can out maximum of 6kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 2(we are going to carry in our horses)
- Meals (03B, 03L, 03D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
- One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
- Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
- Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Machupicchu entrance fee
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco(Expedition Service).
- Transfer train station-hotel in Cusco
- 1 blanket per Person
- 1 Pillow
- Sleeping bag rent: US$ 5 per day. Our sleeping bags are –20ºC-comfort (0ºF) and mummy form and include a sleeping liner.
- Lunch on the last day after the guided tour at Machu Picchu.
- Entrance to the Hot Springs in Cocalmayo and Aguas Calientes.
- Optional night in Aguas Calientes can be fixed.
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu.
- train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes
- Appropiate clothing along the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu.
- Hiking pants and T-shirts are commonly used during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the fourth day (if sunny) and in Machupicchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, and can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machupicchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.
What we recommend that you bring:
- 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. Gloves,Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
- Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
- 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
- Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning. 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 Machu Picchu town)
- Cash in soles and/or US$
- Original Passport, YOU NEED TO BRING THE SAME PASSPORT THAT YOU USED FOR BOOKING THIS TREK. (plus the new one in case it has expired)
- Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
- Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)