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US$ 3,240Per person in low season (Mar-01 to Mar-31 & Nov-01 to Dec-17). Based on shared accomodation, group service, all inclusive (subject to fixed departure dates), minimum 2 people. Closed Jan & Feb.
Duration:7 Days
Destination:Cusco - Salkantay Mountain - Machu Picchu (MOUNTAIN LODGES)

SALKANTAY TREK OVERVIEW

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a truly unique experience, along an ancient trail called the “Salkantay Route”, combined with overnights at lodges, on the Cordillera Vilcabamba, a beautiful Andean mountain range which harbors Machu Picchu citadel.

The Salkantay Trek is not a conventional route, yet more scenic and exclusive than the famous “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu”.

SALKANTAY TREK DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate to Challenging. We strongly recommend acclimatizing to the altitude by staying in Cusco, Peru for at least two – three days prior to the trek.

 

SALKANTAY TREK ITINERARY

DIFFICULTY: CHALLENGING

DAY 1

Cusco to Soraypampa:
Pickup from your hotel in Cusco. You’ll travel by car all the way to the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo. Built in cellular style, under the ruling of Pachacutec, its main purpose was to be an Inn or retreat. It includes a rock altar, agricultural terraces with its own irrigation channels. Following you will stop in Mollepata town for a short break before hiking your way up a winding path to Marcoccasa site. Here you will begin your hike to Soraypampa, through an attractive path called the “Royal Path”, on your final turn you will have reached the first lodge.

After a warm welcome from the Soraypampa staff, you will settle in your room and recharge energy before meeting your guide in the lounge for refreshments and a briefing for the next day’s activities. You will be enjoying a good night sleep while right behind you the sacred mountain peak Salkantay (6,270m/ 20,600tf) will be watching over your dreams.

Estimated Trekking Time: Approximately 4 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate to challenging

Optional Activity Available: Horseback riding (at additional cost)

Overnight at Salkantay Lodge at 3,869 m/12,690 ft.

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DAY 2

Soraypampa – Hike to Lake Humantay:
After breakfast, you will be given the possibility to climb up the slopes that border the plateau behind the Salkantay Lodge, to find the Humantay turquoise water lake a fantastic vision beneath the Humantay glacier and also to prepare for the next day rather tough walk.

This peaceful place offers you a chance to relax, enjoy a snack, meditate in the tranquility of this magical spot, participate in a traditional offering to Mother Earth or dare to  kayak ride in the Lake Humantay, getting an up-close experience of the surreal glacier.

Back down in the lodge, the staff will have a warm lunch waiting for you. During the rest of the day you may use it to relax. You can delight in an outdoor jacuzzi, a relaxing massage or a well-deserved nap.

Note: Even though the morning hike to Lake Humantay is optional, we strongly recommend you to do it to strengthen for the following day hike.

Optional Activity Available: Horseback riding (at additional cost)

Estimated Trekking Time: Approximately 4 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate to challenging

Overnight at Salkantay Lodge at 3,869 m/12,690 ft.

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DAY 3

Soraypampa – Crossing the Salkantay Pass:
Early start, hike up to the Rio Blanco valley, around the Humantay Peak. You’ll hike through expansive plateaus with boulders of varying sizes here and there, vestiges of a valley that was once transformed by a fast-flowing river.

The most challenging part of the walk is the final zig zag trail up to the Salkantay Pass, the highest point on the trek (4,636 m/15,213 ft). Following a descent through fields of giant impressive boulders, often covered by fog. Watch your step!

Make a stop along the way and have a warm lunch, then continue down through rustic hills and marsh-like plateaus as you approach the Wayra Lodge at Wayraccmachay. This is most remote of lodges, set on a promontory that offers a spectacular view of the trail you just have journeyed that day.

IMPORTANT: Day three is the longest and most strenuous day of the trek.

Estimated Trekking Time: 6 – 8 hours (including lunch)
Hiking Level: Challenging, crossing a 4,638m (15,213ft mountain pass)

Overnight at Wayra Lodge at 3,906 m/12,812 ft.

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DAY 4

Wayraccmachay – Descending into the Cloud Forest:
Have a luscious breakfast at the Wayra Lodge, ready to continue your way down the banks of the Salkantay River into a forest-like scenery and warm climate, the jungle welcomes you with exotic butterflies, striking orchids and local people as the trail takes you past their simple homes.

Your way to Colpa Lodge will be by an exciting zip-line, raised over the confluence of three rivers. On arrival you’ll be greeted by the staff with a Pachamanca lunch, a traditional Peruvian meal cooked underneath the earth by hot stones that create a natural underground oven. After lunch, spend the afternoon sunbathing or relaxing in the outdoor jacuzzi while you admire the panoramic views of the lush green mountains that surround you.

Estimated Trekking Time: 3-4 hours
Hiking Level: Easy to moderate

Optional Activity Available: Afternoon bike ride from Manchayhuaycco to Collpapampa. Descending through the valley slopes along the Cloud Forest vegetation.

Duration: 3hrs approximately

Level: Easy.

This activity has an additional cost.

Overnight at Colpa Lodge at 2,870 m / 9,414 ft.

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DAY 5

Collpapampa- Following the Santa Teresa River Valley:
Today you will hike through the Santa Teresa River Valley, admiring the colorful scenery and the waterfalls descending from the glaciers. Take a break for picninc lunch by the river. Continue walking for 1 hour and meet a vehicle for a short drive to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” that leads to Lucma Lodge.

On the way, you will visit an organic coffee plantation, one of the many best in the area. Lucmabamba is closer to the lower jungle, hence you will suddenly feel a pleasant increase in the temperature.

Estimated Trekking Time: 5-6 hours (including lunch)
Hiking Level: Moderate to challenging (because of distance, not terrain)

Optional Activities: Zip Line in Santa Teresa. This is a full day activity which can be done instead of the day walk. It has an additional cost.

Biking:

Option a) Yanama pass – Hornopampa – Lluskamayo.

Bike ride downhill almost 8,000 ft. through a dirt road admiring breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Duration: 5 hrs.

Level: Easy to moderate.

Option b) Descent from Hornopampa to Lluskamayo.

Duration: 3.5 hrs.

Level: Easy

Overnight at Lucma Lodge at 2,135 m/7,003 ft.

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DAY 6

Lucmabamba- Exploring Llactapata Pass

Start off climbing along a path of original Inca steps for the next 2-3 hours through a

An abundant treeline extending over your head. Your first milestone today will be the Llactapata pass, before you reach the Aobamaba River valley that connects you to Machu Picchu citadel.

At the Llactapata Pass (2,736 m/8,974 ft), you’ll get a non-typical view of Machu Picchu, its southeast side, a sight only a few travelers ever get a chance to admire. Explore Llactapata, and have lunch a bit further down the trail in a meadow with panoramic views.

Finally you’ll find your way down to the Aobamba River, into a bamboo forest, as well as fruit orchards and coffee plantations, until you arrive in the Hidroelectrica train station. Get on the train for a one hour ride to Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu.

Note: Peru Rail is the train company used for the Salkantay Trek. If a special train service is required, please let us know.

Estimated Trekking Time: 4-6 hours.
Hiking Level: Moderate to challenging

Overnight in Aguas Calientes at 1,900 m/6,232 ft.

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DAY 7

The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

At dawn you’ll take a bus ride up to the awe inspiring architectural complex of Machu Picchu. As you enter the site, you’ll be able to admire the sun rising in the sky, a truly magnificent moment in the quietness of the morning. Then continue focusing on your tour, the amazing complex, its formidable architecture, the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among others. Also you may choose to hike the Huayna Picchu, an iconic towering mountain with a fascinating story of its own.

After the visit you’ll have lunch in Aguas Calientes, then you’ll get on your train/transfer back to Cusco. As night falls and you arrive in Cusco, you will be met at the station and transferred to your hotel in Cusco.

Note: Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets are subject to availability.

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B Breakfast.

S Snack.

L Lunch.

D Dinner.

BL Boxed Lunch.

PL Picnic Lunch.

SALKANTAY TREK PRICES

Trek Price per Person

Group Service – high season (Apr 01 – Oct-31 and Dec 15-31) US$ 3,750
Group Service – low season (Mar 01 – Mar-31 and Nov 01 – Dec 14) US$ 3,240
Single Supplement – if willing to share room 25.00 %
Single Supplement – additional to stay in single room50.00 %

TOUR NOTES:

  • Group Services Fixed Departure Dates for Salkantay Trek: check with us to see if there is still availability.
  • Minimum age permitted on the Salkantay Trek: 12.

INCLUDED IN SALKANTAY TREK

Included in Tour Price

Pre-trek briefing in Cusco
All services from pick up in Cusco on Day 1 to drop off in Cusco on Day 7
Transportation from hotel in Cusco to Soraypampa on Day 1 and from Ollantaytambo back to hotel on Day 7
6 nights lodging (5 nights in MLP lodges and 1 night in Aguas Calientes in a 4 star hotel)
All meals (except breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 7)
At the lodges we provide filtered and sparkling water, tea and coffee, juice and soft drinks free of charge. Alcohol, sports drinks and natural bottled water are not included
Bilingual guide (Spanish/English) from Day 1 to Day 7. Tours are led in English.
Transportation of personal belongings on the trek by packhorse/mules and/or porters
Guided isit to Machu Picchu Sanctuary (including entrance and transportation to site)
Transportation (Train to Aguas Calientes, and Ollantaytambo)
Sales taxes and payment transaction fees

Not included in Tour Price

International and domestic flights
Visas required to enter Peru
Airport taxes
Personal trekking equipment (boots, clothing, sleeping bag, walking poles)

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