Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 5 days group service

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu PicchuHumantay Lake
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Humantay Lake
Machu Picchu

General information

  • Easy bookingBook safely and easily, directly with local operators.
  • Duration of the tourThe Salkantay tour has a duration of 5 days and 4 nights.
  • Max alttitudeThe maximum altitude we will reach on this trek is the Salkantay Pass at 4,600 masl.
  • DifficultyThis tour has a medium difficulty and the duration is 4 days of trekking and day 5 in Machu Picchu.
  • Best timeThe best time of the year to visit is from April to October, and if you like the rains, the ideal months are from November to March.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Humantay Lake - Suyrucocha

We will leave Cusco at 5:00 a.m., in private transportation to Mollepata (3 850 masl.).

We will arrive at our destination around 07:30 a.m., where we will stop for forty minutes for a complimentary breakfast. Here we will be accompanied by our chef and muleteer, who will help us during our expedition (Salkantay trekking excursion).

We will then travel by bus for one hour to Soraypampa where we will begin our first day of trekking. Our one and a half hour hike will take us to the very famous Humantay Lagoon, where we will enjoy one of the most beautiful views that this trek offers.

After visiting this lagoon, an hour of descent will take us to our lunch spot. After a brief rest we will continue hiking for three hours until we reach our first campsite at Suyruccocha at an altitude of (4,300 masl.) (14,107.61 ft.).

We will then take a moment to appreciate the Andean night sky and the snow-capped peaks of Salkantay and Humantay, an experience that only exists at this camp. After dinner, our guide will give us the details for the next day of the tour.

The next day we will reach the highest point of our trek and for many it is the highest altitude hike of their lives!

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Lodging: Camping

Day 2: Suyrucocha - Salkantay Pass - Collpapampa

After breakfast we will prepare for our ascent. We will do different stretching exercises to avoid any physical injury because this day will be the longest and most difficult so far. Our reward will be to reach the highest point of our trip.

Our ascent will take us an hour and a half from our camp to the Salkantay pass (4,600 meters above sea level). During the ascent, we will be able to appreciate the different snow-capped mountains that surround us. At the same time, we will experience the change of ecological zones from the Quechua zone to the Puna zone.

If the weather is favorable, we will be able to appreciate the majestic Apu Salkantay (6,500 m.a.s.l.), which is one of the most important mountains in the Inca religion. At this point, our guide will explain the importance of this Inca Trail (Salkantay trek) and also the role that these majestic mountains had for our ancestors.

We will continue our hike to the small village of Huayraq, where we can rest and enjoy our snacks included in the tour. From this point on, the climate, vegetation and views will change drastically because for the second time we will move from one ecological zone to another.

We will now enter an area full of orchids, medicinal plants and bamboo plantations. Here we will stop for lunch and after a rest, we will continue our descent to our second campsite in the village of Collpapampa.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Lodging: Camping.

Day 3: Collpapampa - Sahuayaco - Lucmabamba

Today will be unforgettable and unlike anything youve seen before! During the hike we will see a great variety of flora and fauna as we pass through the different agricultural fields of the local people, giving us the opportunity to appreciate the local vegetation.

The terrain this day is gentler, with moderate ups and downs, and most importantly, a lower altitude than the previous days.

Along the way we will have the opportunity to appreciate different rivers whose headwaters are in the nearby snow-capped mountains, as well as some waterfalls.

The change of climate will be a unique experience, since we will pass from the glacial cold of the previous days to a warm and humid climate characteristic of the jungle or high forest.

We will arrive at our camp at lunch time. In the afternoon we will visit the house of a local family, heir to the local traditions of agricultural techniques. In this visit we will learn about the economy and how it depends on agricultural crops, mainly coffee.

We will be taught how to produce organic Peruvian coffee (Cusco coffee), which in recent years has won several international awards. We will also have the option to visit the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, by local transportation.

You can coordinate with your guide at this time if you wish to visit the hot springs. Transportation and entrance fees are not included in the tour.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Lodging: Camping

Day 4: Lucmabamba - Llactapapa - Aguas Calientes

After breakfast we will start walking along a historically important part of the Inca Trail, which not only connected Machu Picchu with the jungle, but was also used as an escape route by many of Machu Picchus inhabitants during the conquest.

The two-hour ascent will be gradual to the top of the mountain, where the archaeological site of Llactapata (2,740 meters above sea level) is located.

The most majestic quality of this site is that it offers us our first view of Machu Picchu and Mount Huayna Picchu in the distance. From this point we can also see part of the traditional Inca Trail, the main connection between the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

After a well-deserved rest, we will continue the hike (now all downhill) to the banks of the Aobamba River, whose waters come from the snow-capped Salkantay.

From there we will walk through this valley until we reach the hydroelectric plant and the governmental control point to enter the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Here we will enjoy a lunch prepared by our adventure chef.

The last three hours of the hike will be along the banks of the Vilcanota River until we reach the town of Aguas Calientes.

We will spend our last night at the company hotel. In the evening we will have dinner with our group and coordinators, awaiting the most important day of our trip: the visit to Machu Picchu!

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Lodging: Hotel

NOTE: For those who wish to take the train from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes instead of walking, there will be an additional charge of $30 USD per person. This is a good option for those who feel tired from the trip or suffer from any kind of discomfort.

Day 5: Machu Picchu

Today we will meet our guide at the entrance of the Machu Picchu archaeological site to begin our two-hour guided tour.

Our guide will take us through the most important buildings and temples of the citadel, both in the agricultural and urban areas.

At the end of our guided tour, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own.

You have the option of returning to the aforementioned areas you visited with your guide or you can take one of the different walks that depart from the citadel.

Two less strenuous options are the Sun Gate (INTIPUNKU) or the Inca Bridge. You also have the option of doing one of the more physically challenging hikes, Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain.

The entrance fee to one of the mountains is included in the package (both subject to availability). Please inquire at the time of booking.

At the end of your visit you will need to return to the town of Aguas Calientes by bus or walking, where the train station is located.

This train will travel for two hours from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo station.

In Ollantaytambo our private bus will be waiting for us to take us to our hotel in Cusco two hours away.

End of the Salkantay trekking service.

(NO MEALS).

What are we going to do?

  • Hike to the Humantay Lake.
  • Enjoy wonderful days in the middle of the Andes and see the Salkantay mountain.
  • Walk on one of the best trekking routes in all of South America.
  • You will reach Machu Picchu in an expedition that you will never forget.
  • Know Machu Picchu from another point of view.

What is included?

  • Transportation by Sprinter or L5 bus from Cusco to Soraypampa.
  • 03 nights camping in double tents.
  • 01 night basic hotel in double or triple accommodation (Aguas Caliente).
  • Technical briefcase (duffel bag) where the passenger can send 08 kg on a packhorse.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Train back to Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo.
  • Mobility in the Sprinter bus or L5 from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Trekking poles.
  • Towels.
  • 04 Breakfast.
  • 04 Lunch.
  • 04 Dinners. (Vegetarian meals on request).
  • Camping equipment: Tents: EUREKA K2-XT 04 stations (designed for 4 persons but usable for 4 people).
  • Foam flasks with insulation for cold.
  • Thermal inflatable mats.
  • Sleeping bag -20 degrees.
  • Black diamond poles.
  • Dining tent, tables and chairs.
  • Bathroom tent and chemical toilet.
  • Support equipment.
  • First aid kit.
  • Oxygen.
  • Communication radios.

Not included

  • Hotel before/after the trip.
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day.
  • Sleeping bags and poles (poles must have an intact rubber bottom).
  • Entrance fee to the hot springs.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Items of a personal nature and souvenirs.
  • Trip interruption insurance and medical/evacuation insurance (mandatory).
  • Tips for the guide and support staff.

What to bring to the tour?

  • Sleeping bags and poles (poles must have an intact rubber bottom).
  • I recommend a sleeping bag with a 32F/0C rating for this trip.
  • Mattress pad.
  • Sunscreen: the sun is very strong in Cusco.
  • Sun hat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Lip balm.
  • Hiking shoes/boots with a good grip.
  • Hiking pants (or shorts).
  • Layers - long underwear and/or warm sleeping pants for cold nights.
  • Hand warmers if desired.
  • Warm hat, gloves, scarf and warm thick socks.
  • Peruvian hat and scarf.
  • Backpack and rain cover
  • Rain gear - rain jacket and pants and rain poncho.
  • Cash for porters tips (in dollars or Peruvian soles).
  • Bathing suit, flip flops, towel for the hot springs.
  • Sandals.
  • Torch, flashlight, headlamp (and batteries).
  • Insect repellent - essential for this trip.
  • Extra snacks if desired (beyond the snacks provided by us).
  • First aid kit, including blister protection.
  • Personal medications and toiletries you may want/need.
  • Camera, extra memory cards, batteries and solar panel/power bank.
  • Water bottle or water bladder for refilling.
  • Passport.
  • Passport copies (keep copies separate, give to travel friends for safekeeping.
  • Plug adapter.
  • Tickets, itinerary, emergency contact information.
  • Small quick-drying towels.

Not allowed

  • Littering.
  • Making campfire.
  • Walking or climbing the Inca walls.

Recommended

  • This tour is ideal if you were unable to book the Inca Trail.
  • The least recommended months for this trek are: January and February.

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