Salkantay

Trek Salkantay to machupicchu 5D / 4N

This is one of the most famous alternative treks to Machu Picchu. The trek is located in the Vilcabamba mountain range. The trek passes through stunning landscapes varying from the cloud forest to the high mountains. Along the way are fantastic views of second highest mountain in the Cusco area, Salkantay (Wild mountain) standing at 6.215 meters. This tour is for the adventurous. It passes through little visited areas and combines culture and tradition with the incredible flora and fauna offered by Peru. You will be in the real Andes and the perfect conditions to get a sense of the life in the area.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Transfer in private transport to Mollepata
  • 2 person tents (large and comfortable)
  • Foam mattresses (Carried by horses)
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups over 10 people)
  • 3 meals per day, tea happy hour time every afternoon, snacks every morning
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Porters, horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment)
  • Emergency horse in case anybody gets tired or wants to ride it just for the photo
  • Boiled water every morning, lunch, happy hour, and dinner time. Hot water in your plastic bottle to sleep and water for washing
  • Train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes
  • Back Packer Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollanta and transfer back to Cusco
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Bus up to Machu Picchu (roundtrip)
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore on your own
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes double or triple accommodation
  • Climb to the sun gate for free
  • Duffel bags for your belongings

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Upgrade Vistadome trains
  • fisrt breakfast and the last lunch
  • Tips for your guides, chef, porters, horsesmen
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from company)
  • Walking sticks (can be rented from company)

USEFUL INFORMATION:

Weight of DOWN SLEEPING BAG 1.8 kg or less
Mattress included – weight 800gms. Very comfortable
Take extra money since there are no cash machines along the way
Bring extra batteris for your camera

Duration: 5 Days
When to go: Best from April to October
Altitude : 2,900 meters to 4,600 meters
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Location: Vilcabamba Mountain range – Cusco
Day Temperature: 15 ºC to 25 ºC / Night temperature : 4ºC to – 7º C
Distance : 62 km.

SUGGESTIONS OF WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE FOR THE TREK:

  • Good backpack or daypack
  • Good sleeping bag (can be rented from company)
  • Hiking boots
  • Walking sticks (can be rented from company)
  • Warm clothes (the temperature changes – you might experience 4 seasons all in one day)
  • T-shirts 4, sun hat, 2 pairs of pants/trousers, gloves, 4 pairs of socks, rain jacket, warm jacket, extra layers
  • Camera and recharger
  • Sunscreen an sunglasses
  • Insect repellent (non malarial mosquitos)
  • Rain poncho (you can buy this in Cusco or on the trek)
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, towel
  • Bathing suit (if you want to go to the hot springs)
  • Sandals are recommended to get changed in the evenings
  • Scarf
  • Water bottle (it’s not necessary to bring water tablets)
  • Personal medical kit
  • Original passport
  • Student card if you are student, you must scan it when you are booking
  • Flash light
  • Some plastic bags in the rainy season
  • Some snacks like energy bars
  • In depth description of each day


Day 1. City tours Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa.

                        05.00 am – We pick you up from your hotel and leave Cusco by private car. After passing Anta (a milk town), we will arrive to a viewpoint called Mirador around 7.30am. We will have our first breakfast here and enjoy the views. We will then continue on until Mollepata (2900 meters) where we’ll begin the trek. Here we will meet our Arrieros (horsemen) and give them our duffle bags. We start the hike at about 9:00am and take a different route than the other groups. We’ll hike for about 3 hours with spectacular views the along the way. At noon we will arrive to a place called Chuñu Saruna (3,550 meters) for our first lunch.

Along the way we will have seen beautiful landscapes including mountains and farmlands with maize, potatoes and vegetables. We will also have seen many types of flora and fauna including orchids and some birds. After lunch we will have a short siesta and then start walking again. It’s another 4 hours to our campsite following the water channel the whole way. After the first hour of trekking, we’ll see the amazing mountain of UMANTAY( 5.900 meters ). We may also see some condors, falcons and other species of birds. By 5.00 pm we will reach our first camp at 5.900 meters. Your tents will be set up with your mattresses ready and hot water will be brought to your tents. After a rest, you’ll come over to the dining tent to enjoy our first happy hour and then we will have dinner and sleep like a baby alpaca.

Walking distance: 17 km
Altitude of the camp site: 5,900 meters high above sea level
Considered : Moderate
The area : Andes

Day 2. Soraypampa – The pass – Arrayannicyon

Wake up is at 5:30am. You’ll have a cup of hot coca tea brought to your tent and some time to pack your stuff before an early breakfast. We start trekking up a moderate slope with excellent views of SALKANTAY mountain. We’ll trek for 3 hours to reach the Apacheta Pass at 4,600 meters. Once we reach the pass we will be at the bottom of the Salkantay glacier and Cusco’s second highest peak, Salkantay, will be towering above us. You’ll also see the stunning snow capped mountains, Humantay and Pumasillo. While here, we may witness some avalanches coming off the mountain. At the Apacheta Pass we will make a small ceremony to the mountain and Pachamama (Mother Earth). For this we leave a piece of rock carried from the bottom as a present to Pachamama (in Inca times the walkers used to leave their jewels, coca leaves, some clothes or simply a piece of rock as an offering). We’ll have a break here and our porters will serve you a hot traditional coca tea while you enjoy the views and take photos. From this point to the lunch stop it’s all downhill. We will walk 2 hrs to reach Huayracmachay just at the bottom of Salkantay mountain. After lunch we will enter the amazing cloud forest where the weather gets warmer. After another 2 hours we will be at the camp Rayan-niyoc. Here it’s possible to see some orchids and other flowers and possibly hummingbirds. We reach our camp at 4.30 pm where the altitude is 3.400 meters.

Walking distance: 17 Km
Altitude of the campsite: 3.300 meters high above sea level
Considered: Difficult
Area: Andes and forest

Day 3. Arrayanniyoc – Luscamayo – La playa

We start day 3 at 07:00 am. The first hour is downhill until we reach Challway. Day 3 will be in the high jungle zone called the jungle’s edge where we will see many different kinds of plants, fruits, flowers, birds and orchids. You will have the chance to swim in amazing water falls take some truly amazing pictures. If you’re lucky, you will get to see birds such as quetzals, tanagers, finches, mosquito eaters and the famous Peruvian National Bird “Gallito de las Rocas.” We arrive to Lluscamayo (2,400m) at 12.30 am for lunch and a siesta. Then we will walk another 2 hours to our last campsite called La Playa (2,350 meters). At a small village along the way we will see the famous passion fruit GRANADILLA and some plantations like coffee, bananas, oranges and the famous coca leaves. At the camp you will be able to celebrate by enjoying a cold beer and, if possible, play soccer with locals or our porters.

Walking distance: 16 Km
Altitude of the campsite: 2,350 meters above sea level
Considered: Easy
Area: All day in the forest (high jungle and cloud forest) and by the end of the day we will be in the tropical valley

Day 4. La playa – Llactapata inca site – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes town

We will have an early breakfast and begin our trek. After 1 hour walking gradually downhill we reach the village of Lucmabamba. From here we start walking on the original Inca trail which was the original route to Vilcabamba and was restored when the area was designated a national park. We follow this rising trail for 3 hours. Along the way we will see coffee, banana, jungle potato, sweet potato, avocado, and passion fruit plantations and we’ll have a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. After climbing for 3 hrs to reach the pass at 2,750 meters we will start walking down hill to the Llaqtapata (2,700 meters), a famous Inca site in which your guide will explain to you about the place while you enjoy the amazing views and some free time to rest and observe the mountain of Machu Picchu from afar. It’s 2 hours downhill to the Hydroelectric Plant at 1,870m where we have our last lunch with all of our porters and chef. We have about 1 hour free time to relax or to visit the astronomical rock which was connected with Machu Picchu’s sun dial rock. At 4.30 pm we’ll take a train for 45 minutes and then check into a nice hotel where you can have a hot shower or, if you choose, unwind in the hot springs. Afterwards we will have dinner in one of the restaurants.

Walking distance: approximately 12 km
Altitude of the Village or hotel: 2000 meter high above sea level
Considered: Moderate
Area: Tropical forest

Day 5. The most important day, Machu Picchu, the lost city of the incas

We have to wake up very early in the morning on the last day in order so see the sunrise in Machu Picchu. We will start wtih breakfast at the hotel and then head to the bus that will take us to Machu Picchu. At 6.00 am the citadel is open so we will make our way to the postcard photo spot and wait for the sunrise to take the classic Machu Picchu pictures. Afterwards, your guide will take you for a 3 hour tour around the site and then you can climb Wayna Picchu in order to take clear photos of Machu Picchu. You’ll then have plenty of free time to explore the sacred city by yourself. Afterwards you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy the last lunch with the group before taking the train back to Cusco.

Walk up to machupicchu: 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Altitude of machupicchu: 2.400 meters high above sea level
Area: Tropical forest (very damp and hot)

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