Salkantay Trail Overview
Tour Type: Hiking, Camping, Adventure, History, Culture and nature.
Good For: Those in moderate or above shape. Long days and lots of hiking.
Group Size: From 2 - to 10 per group.
Departures Dates: Every day of the year (please check availability in our groups).
The challenge Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular alternatives hikes to Machu Picchu, is included among the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Magazine. The Salkantay Trail trekking is a great option for those people who failed to obtain a place at the Classic Inca Trail, moreover salkantay does not have space limitations (for the moment), also offers you the opportunity to see to life the forest landscapes, snow-capped peaks like Salkantay, Humantay, lakes and more that can see only there.
Our Salkantay Trek itinerary was created with a slight difference from the traditional trek, with the purpose to have a unique, unforgettable, and authentic experience, without missing the most important attractions, visiting the Humantay lagoon, organic coffee farm, the thermal baths of Cocalmayo (Santa Teresa), the Inca Trail Llactapata and Machupicchu. With us, you will have a complete experience, without missing anything. Enter in contact to know our differences.
Our company has daily departures, since 2 to 10 participants maximum per group, we are a 100% direct trekking tour operator, sustainable and responsible with Nature.
We wake up at about 5 am to go from Cusco to Mollepata Village and Soraypampa (2900 meters above sea level) in our private car for about 3 hours. We will arrive to Mollepata around 7:30 am; we stop for 30 minutes to have breakfast in local restaurant if the group wants (not included) or to buy some last minute supplies. Then we continue our trip by car uphill, for 1 hour more until arrive to Challacancha the Salkantay trek trailhead. There we meet our support staff, who will transport our packs and camp equipments on the horses and mules. From there we will start to hike the salkantay trail until Soraypampa for lunch, then we are going to visit the Humantay Peak and lake, this hike is for 2 hours approximately, it is an amazing lake in the mountains and then we descend back to Soraypampa Campsite for dinner and sleep.
Today we will wake up early to have an energizing breakfast and start to prepare ourselves for the Salkantay Trek. We start on a moderate pace for 4 hours and half until we get the Salkantay pass at 4,630m, surrounded by the salkantay (6,271m) and Humantay (6,100m) peaks, Salkantay is the second highest peak in the Cusco region. Here we rest to enjoy the impressive scenery; you will also see small towers of stones called Apachetas. From here, we start to descend for 1 hour to Wayracmachay (3,800m) where we have lunch and a rest. Finally continue descending for 4 hour more to our campsite in Chaullay or Collpapampa to have the dinner.
Today is another early start after breakfast, we walk for around 5 hours till reach La Playa site, where we have lunch. During the salkantay trek by the mountainside, we can see various types of orchid’s flowers, species of plants, some cornfields, fruit fields, and an exquisite waterfall.From here after lunch, the salkantay trail continue by local car until Santa Teresa Village campsite, and to Cocalmayo hot springs to swim in the pools. In the evening, we have dinner and rest at camp.
We start the day early with breakfast at around 6:00am and then to go by local car to Llucmabamba site where start the hike for a 3 hour to the restored ruins of Llactapata (2,860m) from where you can see Machu Picchu and the Salkantay Mountain, here our tour guide explains who was the function, the importance, etc. After that, we start descending for about 3 hour to Hydroelectric Plant (Hidroelectrica) a place for lunch; later continue along train rail to the Aguas Calientes village where we have a touristic hotel and dinner in a local restaurant for this last night.
Note:If the group don’t want to walk more, today we will catch the traditional salkantay trek directly to Hydroelectric without Llactapata. It will depend of the group.
Traditional Trail: You start the day at around 8:00 am with breakfast and then a 3 hour hike to the Hydroelectric plant (Hidroelectrica), where we have lunch to later continue for 4 hours more along the train rail to Aguas Calientes village (Machu picchu town) where we have a touristic hotel for the last night and the dinner in a local restaurant.
An early start to go in the first bus to Machu Picchu and see the sunrise over this enigmatic city, We travel for around 45 minute by car to Machu Picchu to have a full guided tour for about 2 hours by the most important sectors of the park. After that, you are free to explore more for your own, or maybe climb to Huayna Picchu Mountain (if you have a permit) or go the Inca Bridge, or visit the sun gate.Afterwards you can come back walking down to Aguas Calientes or take the bus (not included in the cost) to have lunch at Aguas Calientes (not included in the cost).In the afternoon at around 16:00 or 18:30 pm, we board the train to return to Ollantaytambo village and transfer to Cusco city and end of the Salkantay trek.
ENTRANCE TIKETS: In our treks, the entrance to MachuPicchu archaeological site is included. In addition we include the entrance Ticket for the Thermal baths of Santa Teresa, and transport cost.
BRIEFING: Two or one night before your expeditions, we are going to your hotel or you will come to our office for your briefing, it is an information session for the tril to be ready to 100% for the trek day.
PROFESSIONAL GUIDES: All our guides studied English and Tourism at the University, institutes, and have many months giving support to the trekkers before to start to work in this kind of adventures like a guide.
HOTEL:The activity include 3 nights in tents and 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes village. We include a two star hotel with shared rooms (Double, Marital and Triple rooms). If you would like to upgrade your hotel level or prefer a single room, there will be an additional cost.
TRANSPORTATION: All the transportations during the trek are included, we will pick you up from your hotel at around 6 AM and carried to the trailhead (day 1). during the trail are included the transport from La Palta to Santa Teresa and Hotsprings (day 3), From Santa Teresa to Llucmabamba (day 4), one way trip bus ticket form Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (day 5), your expedition train ticket and the transport from ollantaytambo to Cusco (day 5).
TRAIN: The last day of the tour, we will board the 18:25PM train from Aguas Calientes village to Ollantaytambo village. From where we transfer you to Cusco city in our car.
STORAGE DURING THE TREK: In the moment of the pre-departure briefing, we will provide you a small duffle bag to pack your things for the trail, this bag will carried by the horses with no option to get anything until the campsite. You should therefore bring a daypack in which you can carry your personal belongings such as camera, water and sunscreen, etc.The other part of your things that are not necessary for the trail, you can leave at hotel store or you can leave it with us until come back of the tour.
HORSES AND SUPPORT STAFF: We include horses and horsemen who is responsible for carrying your duffel (7 kg of bag) with your personal items. There is no additional fee for this. We will give you your duffel bag at your briefing session and this should be filled with the things you will need on your adventure, but not during the actual hiking time.During the trek you have to bring your own daypack with the essential things, because you will have access to your duffel bag only at your evening campsite.
EQUIPMENT: Do Adventures Peru has the best equipment. We use Kaylas tents with capacity for 4 person, but we put only 2 people. This allows some room to spread out and keep your duffels safely with you.
FOOD & CHEFS: Many of our customers comments about the wonders of our chefs. They make magic happen on the trail in a small tent over a single flame. The food is served family style, there will be plenty of options for everyone, and always food left over. If you are vegetarian, it is not problem for us, just tell us and you will have vegetarian food. Each day will consist of breakfast, lunch, happy hour with tea and snacks and dinner. Your last meal will be breakfast of the last day. Lunch the last day is not included.
WATER: We will supply all the water you need for your trek. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled down before distributing. You must supply your own water bottles or camelback and we recommend carrying about 3L. We will refill just each moorning and encourage you to drink as much as possible as you hike. Hydration is key to feeling great in the mountains, just in each breakfast, for another hand in each camping places have local villagers who sell bottles of mineral water, if you prefer you can buy as a way collaborate to obtain income. the prices are different according how far we are.
FIRST AID: Your safety is our number 1 concern. All our guides are trained to provide support in these causes. They all will have first aid kits and full oxygen bottle in case anything happens. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed and will make sure you get directly to a clinic for treatment. This is not something to worry about - but if something happens, we will be there for you.Note: before to do the trek or any type of adventure tour, we recommend you to visit your doctor and explain about the activity that will do, and please try to bring a small first aid bag each according to your conditions to stay peaceful.
RENTALS: Every trekker needs a sleeping bag when you choose a trek with camping. Inflatable air matts are optional, but do help in getting a good night sleep. Walking sticks are definitely encouraged and must have a rubber tip when bringing your own. If you do not have or want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
HUAYNAPICCHU: Huaynapicchu is the mountain located inside the Machu Picchu Park and has beautiful views from the top. It takes 45 minutes to get to the top and then 45 minutes back down and is quite steep for those scared of heights. This is done after your tour of Machu Picchu and is $20 per person to hike. This is extremely popular and needs to be arranged at least a month or two prior to your trek. Please understand that we can not control weather and cloudy days will prevent perfect pictures.
• Extra night in Aguas Calientes $ 50.
• Huaynapicchu entrance ticket $ 18 (depends on availability).
• Sleeping Bag rent for the all trek $ 20.
• A pair of sticks $ 15 for the all trail.
• Adicional horse for carry your personal bags $ 50 per 3 days.
• Vistadone train service $ 60.
• Bus From Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes $ 15 USD
• Original ID documents (Passport)
• A good backpack or day backpack to carry your personal things
• Sleeping bag recommended -5 as minimum, walking sticks are recommended.
• Waterproof trekking boots.
• Warm clothes ( you can experience the four seasons in one day).
• 4 T-shirts, sun hat, two pairs of pants for the trek, gloves, 4 pairs of socks, raincoat, 1 warm jacket, extra layers.
• Camera with extra battery.
• Sunblock, sunglasses, insect repellent.
• Essential toiletries, toothbrush, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.
• Swimsuit for swim in thermal baths.
• Water bottle (no need to bring water pills).
• Personal first aid kit.
• Head lamp.
• Some plastic bags in the rainy season.
The Salkantay trek can leave any day of the week, from March through January.
Student Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to email@example.com.
This is a 3 star basic hotel and is based on shared rooms - either double, matrimonial or triple. If you prefer a single room you have to add $30 US per person. All the rooms include private bathrooms with hot showers and wifi. We can also upgrade your hotel if you prefer something a little fancier. Please remember that the service you receive in Aguas Calientes will not be quite as good as Cusco.
We include in our price these additional things, which normally are not included by companies.
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