5 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Group Service

Highlights

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests.

In this journey you will trek from 3,900m/12,800ft to 2,100m/6,900ft, traversing across magnificent mountain passes, enjoying enormous and mystical snow-capped peaks, seeing nature in its purest form and exploring more than 15 different ecosystems that we have in this area from beginning to end. Moreover, the chances for ethnic and cultural exchange are ever-present with local natives who still remain closely attached to their heritage and are very willing to share it with open minds.

Our group size: Small Groups not more than 10 people.

DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA (L)(D)

DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA – CHALLWAY (B)(L)(D)

DAY 3: CHALLWAY – LA PLAYA – LUCMABAMBA (B)(L)(D)

DAY 4: LUCMABAMBA – LLAPTAPATA -HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES (17KM , HOURS 9)

DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B)

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA (L)(D)

We will leave from Cusco approximately between 4:30a.m. and 5:00a.m. A bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level) where we will arrive approximately at 8:00 in the morning, we will stop for last minute supplies, leg-stretching or to use the restrooms. We will continue to our trek starting point, Challacancha.

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 Soraypampa (3900 meters above sea level). During the trip we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. About 1:00p.m., we will have a Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we will continue hiking toward Humantay Lake for 3 hours aproximately, this is a beautiful lake in the mountains. We will come back to our camp where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.

Lodging: Campsite

DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA – CHALLWAY (B)(L)(D)

Today, nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. We will start the hike around 7:00 in the morning. We will hike to a place called Pampas Salkantay, then go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay located next to the Apu Salkantay. At midday, we will be on the highest point ( 4600 meters above sea level).

We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is known as the second highest point of the Cusco region. Around 1:00 p.m., we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive to our camp in Challway (2920 meters above sea level). Around 7:00p.m., we will recuperate from the trek and eat dinner.

Lodging: Campsite

DAY 3: CHALLWAY – LA PLAYA – LUCMABAMBA (B)(L)(D)

Around 7:00a.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. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks’.the national bird of peru Once at Playa Sahuayaco lunch. After lunch we are going to hike couples hours more to get at lucmabamba which is our last camp site also the beginning of the inca trail of Llacta pata.

Lodging: Campsite

DAY 4: LUCMABAMBA – LLAPTAPATA -HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES (17KM , HOURS 9)

Around 8.00am. we will gradually hike up for about 2 hours to finally get to Llapta Pata a beautiful archeological site which has connections to the Inca sites Machupicchu and Sayacmarka. We will have plenty of time to explore this nice Inca site and will then start our descent to Hydro-Electrica (power plant) which will take us about 1 ½ hours. A pleasant 3 hours walk will bring us to Aguas Calientes where we will stay in a hostal for the night. After having stored our baggage we will go out and have dinner together in one of the many restaurants.

Lodging: Hatun Samay Hotel *** or similar

DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B)

This last day starts very early. We will wake you up at around 5.00 am have breakfast and then take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. There are two good reasons to be at the entrance of Machu Picchu very early:

1.- It is well worth the effort to get up early as the Inca city is quietest in the early morning and you will have plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the sun rise over Machu Picchu.

2.- Our guide will give you a tour around Machu Picchu telling you about the history of Machu Picchu and the most important temples and altars. Of course he will also take you to the classical view point (sacred Rock Hut), this vantage point offers a terrifc view of the whole inkan city. After that you will have free time to explore the site on your own again or if you still have plenty of energy you should climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. This is the steep mountain dominating the background of Machu Picchu.

From the top of Waynapichu you have an absolutely stunning and breathtaking view of the complete Machupicchu area. It takes 1 hour to climb Waynapichu and 1 to 1 ½ hours (depending if you want to make a detour to the great cavern) to return down. Once you feel that you have seen every corner of Machupicchu you will take a bus down to the village of Aguas Calientes to have lunch.

Usually we take the bus at around 1:00 pm. The bus ride takes around 25 minutes and your guides will give you the ticket. Make sure that, before you leave Machu Picchu by bus, the guides give you time and location of the restaurant where the group meets in Aguas Calientes. You will get your train and bus tickets back to Cusco in the restaurant in Aguas Calientes.

What´s Included

INCLUDED:

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Chef.
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 7kg of your personal items.
  • Pick-up and transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us
  • know.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes, Day 4.
  • Inflatable sleeping mattress.
  • Oxygen bottle.
  • First aid kit.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
  • Train ticket Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo
  • Transportation Ollantaytambo-Cusco.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us).
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 5.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$80
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

THINGS TO BRING:

  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries or Head lamps.

Prices

GROUP SERVICE.

****Daily Departure with at least 2 people****

NUMBER OF PAXSPRICE PER PERSONACTION
2 or More PeopleUS$ 575
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OUR GROUP SIZE:

We offer small Groups, not more than 10 people.

Discounts:

  • Student Discount: US$25 (Requires valid green “ISIC” Card to qualify).
  • Under 18′s Discount: US$25
  • Group Discounts ($20 each) If there are at least 4 people in your group (need to book at the same time and for the same trek in the group service), you will automatically get either: A $20 per person group discount.

Extra Services?

SERVICEPRICE
Hire of sleeping bag 5 season$30.00
Walking stick highly recommended!$15.00
Single supplement$70.00
Additional night at 3 star hotel$85.00

FAQS?

Is the trek difficult? Do I need to be in good physical condition?
Are vegetarian, vegan, and/or other special diet needs available?
I have a food allergy. May I still participate?
When must I arrive in cusco or arrive to your office?
Are hiking sticks or poles necessary?
Where can I store my baggage that I dont need for the trail?
What is the weather like during the trek?
Where do I have to be the morning of the start of my trek and where will I finish at the end?
I wish to have a train company or train option different to that which Inkayni Peru Tours offers, is this possible?








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