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4 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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4 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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04 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

  • Cusco
  • Salkantaypampa
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu

This journey will show you Mother Nature at its best with all its wonders and sights. The area is not especially inhabited, but we will pass one local community to learn about the lifestyle

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Duration 04D / 03N

15,190 ft.

MAX. ALTITUDE 15,190 ft.

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ACCOMMODATION Carpas & Hotel

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LEVEL Challenging

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE  SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

 

  • The Salkantay trek is highly recommended for those who wish to embark on a journey through the natural world in its most pure essence.
  • Explore the route of the Salcantay Trek, a peaceful environment that offers you an opportunity to feel its medicine and all its gifts, it has to offer us.
  • Prepare to do the Salkantay trekking to Machu Picchu, considered together the Classic Inca Trail one of the best and less frequented routes selected by most travelers seeking to arrive at Machu Picchu by foot.
  • The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days Tour is the abbreviated version of the classic Salkantay Trek 5 days, and was designed for those travelers who have less time but are ready to explore the Peruvian Andes and aim to reach the last point of this expedition: Machu Picchu Archaeological Site.

Highlights

04 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Group Service

The 4-day Salkantay trek has without a doubt the best scenery that the Andes has to offer – everything from the native forest of the high Andes to snow-capped peaks, glacial lakes, and cloud forest.

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Overview 4 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu:

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

  • Walking Distance – 12km / 7.45 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 3900 m. / 12795 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – 4600 m, / 14336 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – 4600 m, / 14336 feet.
  • Difficulty: Challenging
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DAY 2: SUYROCCOCHA – SALKANTAY PASS – HUAYRACMACHAY – COLLPAPAMPA (B)(L)(D)

  • Walking Distance – 20km / 12.50 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 3900 m. / 12795 feet.
  • Highest Salkantay Elevation – 4630 m. / 15190 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – 2920 m. / 9514 feet.
  • Difficulty: Formidable
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DAY 3: COLLPAPAMPA – SAYAHUACO– HYDROELECTRIC STATION – AGUAS CALIENTES (B)(L)(D)

  • Walking Distance – 20km / 12.50 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 2920 m. / 9514 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – 4630 m. / 15190 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – 2050 m. / 6571 feet.
  • Difficulty: Formidable
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DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B)

  • Activity Overview: Private Tour in Machu Picchu with optional hike “Huayna Picchu” or “Machu Picchu Mountain”
  • Activity Level: Easy

Itinerary

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

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Firstly, we will depart very early from Cusco, at 04:00 am, and make the roughly 3-hour journey to the town of Mollepata, the gateway to the Salkantay valley. Then, Along the way, you will experience many different micro-climates and altitudes. Each with its unique agricultural essence, such as the town of Limatambo, known for its avocados. Here we will have a quick breakfast before continuing back up in elevation to the community of Soraypampa where we begin our trek.

Consequently, continuing roughly 03 hours up to Salkantaypampa (4,100 meters/ 13,451 feet), we will have lunch below the massive glacier of Salkantay. After that, we will continue slowly up to our final camp at Suyroccocha (4,600 meters/ 14,336 feet). Here we will settle in for the night right at the foot of Salcantay pass at an astounding  6,271 meters/ 20,574 feet), and weather permitting, a spectacular night show of constellations and the possible shooting star.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,554 m / 8,379 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,600 m / 150,91 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 4,600 m / 150,91 ft
  • Walking Distance: 12km / 7.45 mi
  • Walking time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather: Cold and windy
  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Camping in Soyroccocha
DAY 2: SUYROCCOCHA - SALKANTAY PASS – HUAYRACMACHAY – COLLPAPAMPA (B)(L)(D)

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After an early breakfast and a beautiful Andean sunrise, we will begin our ascent, roughly 01 hour, to the high Salcantay pass at 4,630 meters/ 15,190 feet). The views at this elevation are spectacular, surrounded by glaciers and the view of the valley below. Then, As we descend the Salkantay route, the ecosystems will change from alpine and the vegetation will slowly increase. If we are lucky, it is possible to see local birds and mammals as we trek. Our lunch spot will be in the community of Huayraqmachay, still in the high elevations near the glacier.

So, after that, we will descend and you will feel the abrupt change in climate as we enter the humid cloud forest, with dense vegetation and more wildlife. As a result, after about 04 hours, we will arrive at Collpapampa (2,920 meters/ 9,514 feet). Here the weather is more tropical and full of wildlife as well as abundant flora. Our campsite will be here near the river and the forest.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2, 920 / 9,514 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,630 m / 151,9 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 2, 920 / 9,514 ft
  • Walking Distance: 22km / 7.45 mi
  • Walking time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Formidable
  • Weather: Warm and cold
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation:  Campsite in Collpapampa
DAY 3: COLLPAPAMPA – SAYAHUACO– HYDROELECTRIC STATION - AGUAS CALIENTES (B)(L)(D)

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Our walk continues today through the dense vegetation of the high Andean jungle and through the fields of fruit that can now grow at this elevation. For instance, Bananas, Coffee, Avocados, and Cacao are the most common in this area. Similarly, the scenery becomes that of waterfalls, orchids, and plenty of birds. Subsequently, we will stop for lunch in the community of Sayahuaco (2,064 meters / 6,771 feet), followed by a short journey by car to the Hydroelectric Station. From here we continue by foot to Aguas Calientes (2,050 meters/ 6,571 feet) over roughly 03 hours.

NOTE: It is optional to take a short train ride here instead of walking for an additional cost of $31). Arriving in Aguas Calientes we will find our hotel and settle in before we reunite for dinner at a local restaurant.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 1,890 / 6,200 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,920 m / 9,514 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:
  • Walking Distance: 20km / 1,242 mi
  • Walking time: 6 hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather: Warm and very humid
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Golden Sunrise Hotel Machu Picchu o similar
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO (B)

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Most importantly, on this day we visit one of the wonders of the world, the majestic city of Machu Picchu. We will wake early to have breakfast and board the bus up to Machu Picchu, and, if we are lucky, receive the first rays of the sun as dawn breaks and lights up this magical mountain. Consequently, the guided tour through the Sanctuary will last roughly 2 hours. Later, we will begin our return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and rest before our late afternoon train to Ollantaytambo. Following our journey by train, our land transport will await our transfer to Cusco and back to your Hotel.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,050 / 6,571 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,335 m / 8, 797ft
  • Campsite Elevation:
  • Walking Distance: 2km / 1,242 mi
  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Weather: Warm and very humid
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation:

OPTIONAL FOR THE SALKANTAY TREK:

Certainly, an extra night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu (Machu Pichu elevation 2400 m). This way you may visit the local hot springs which can be a treat after your 4 days of Salkantay Trek.

What's Included?

SALKANTAY TO MACHU PICCHU 4D/3N INCLUDES:

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BRIEFING

  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. The meeting will be at 05:00 PM 01 or 02 days before the trip begins.
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PROFESSIONAL AND TRAINED STAFF

  • Experienced bilingual tour guide
  • Assistant tour guide (groups more than 9 people)
  • Professional cooks
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 7kg of your personal items.
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EQUIPMENT

  • EUREKA and DOITE camping equipment
  • Dining tent, well-equipped
  • Duffle bag (duffle bag for your belongings)
  • Inflatable mattresses or mats/brand: “Therm-A-Rest” or “Rei” (you need to carry)
  • Inflatable pillow (you need to carry)
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EMERGENCY KIT

  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen bottles
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PERMITS AND ENTRANCE

  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu (Circuit 2)
  • Entrance ticket to Salkantay
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ACCOMMODATION

  • 2 nights in comfortable and spacious tents
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes – Day 03.
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FOOD AND WATER

  • 03 Breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 03 Afternoon Snacks, and 03 Dinners.
  • Boiled water for the trekking (day 1 is on your own) – bring a camelback or a bottle to refill with water.
  • If you have a dietary request, such as vegetarian food, please let us know when booking and reconfirm the day of our briefing.
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TRANSPORT

  • Pick up from your hotel/Airbnb located around the Historic Center of Cusco.
  • Transport to Soraypampa
  • Return train Aguas Calientes — Ollantaytambo (Expedition (Peru Rail) or Voyager (Inca Rail))
  • Consettur Bus (Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes)
  • Return transport to Cusco
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OTHER

  • Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite, you will be woken up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us). US$ 25.00
  • A Pair of Walking Sticks (Can be hired from us). US$ 15.00
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 04.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$ 85.00
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

Packing List

PACKING LIST FOR THE SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

Here’s the essential items guide to pack for your Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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ESSENTIALS

  • Original Passport
  • Valid Student Card (if you booked as a student)
  • Water storage: Water bottles or Camelbaks are recommended.
  • Money in cash (Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sun hat
  • Snacks
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CLOTHES

Mules will carry up to 5 kg of personal belongings. This should include the sleeping bag and inflatable mattress (if you bring or rent one). For us, these two items weigh 2.5 kg.

  • 2-3 wicking t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of undergarments & hiking socks
  • Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • Wool hat
  • 1 Fleece
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Quickdry towel.
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EQUIPMENT

  • Sleeping bag (rent from us)
  • Trekking poles (rent from us)
  • Battery Charger (power bank)
  • Plastic bags (to keep clean)
  • Duffle bag (we will provide you)
  • Good daypack (smaller is great)
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RECOMMENDED

  • Face moisturizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc.
  • Camara
  • Earplugs
  • Rain gear
  • Flashlight

Prices

SALKANTAY TREK 4 DAYS GROUP SERVICE

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2 or More People US$ 569.00
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OUR GROUP SIZE: We offer small groups, not more than 10 people.

Discounts for Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Group of 05 or more: US$ 25.00 All of you need is to book the trek altogether at the same time.
  • Under 18 years old: US$ 25.00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years old): US$ 25.00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. Likewise, For those using a university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. Similarly, For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. So, Please send all to info@inkayniperutours.com.  More Information about STUDENT CARD.

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Departure Dates

FAQS?

Is the trek difficult? Do I need to be in good physical condition for Salkantay trekking?

All our treks (Inka Trail, Salkantay, Ausangate, Lares, etc) are moderately difficult, lengthy, and traverse rough mountain terrain. We kindly recommend that if you plan to conquer any of these routes Machu Picchu travel to be in relatively good physical condition, plus acclimatization.

How far in advance should I acclimatize for the Salkantay trek 4 days?

This means arriving in Cusco at least 02 days prior to your trek departure to adjust to the altitude. During the last two months leading up to your Salkantay trek 5-day Salkantay pass, we suggest a regular and moderate exercise routine to improve endurance and stamina. We wish for you to have the best experience possible!

Are vegetarian, vegan, and/or other special diet needs available?

Of course! Without any additional costs! When you make your reservation, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies!

That is to say, Vegetarian foods will be absent from all meats, chicken, or fish. We will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.

What will the meals be like during the Salkantay trek 4 days – Salkantay trekking?

Most of our main meals are buffet-style, leaving you the option to avoid anything undesirable to you.

Certainly, If there are any food items or veggies that you cannot stomach, perhaps onions, tomatoes, mushrooms.. etc, upon your request we will ask our chef of Salkantay trekking to leave them out or separate this item.

We can also attend lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant diets. We cannot accept individuals with serious allergic or life-threatening reactions.

I have a food allergy. May I still participate?

Certainly, Every day we receive many clients with food allergies to nuts, wheat, etc. Please inform us in detail of your condition upon making your reservation for the Salkantay trek 4 days Salkantay trekking.

Therefore, We kindly ask that you declare the severity of your reaction and any medication that you take in case of an emergency.

However, If your allergy is severe, we ask that you be accompanied by a friend or individual conscious and fully responsible of your situation and ready with any medication.

WE CAN NOT ACCEPT CLIENTS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

When must I arrive in Cusco or arrive at your office?

We require that all clients arrive in Cusco at least 48 hours before the start of your trek, although 03 nights before is ideal. Certainly, You must pay your remaining balance two days before your departure for your trek Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu. This will assure that all individuals are acclimatized and adjusted to the high altitude conditions to begin your trek comfortably. Please note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash in our office and cannot be paid before your arrival.

What are the office hours – Salkantay trekking?

Certainly, Our office hours are Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm, 4:00pm – 8:00pm. (Please aim to arrive at 7:30 pm at the latest!)

Are hiking sticks or poles necessary for Salkantay trekking?

For this trek more than any other, we do recommend hiking sticks, especially for those with any known knee problems. The poles will assist your balance and reduce the impact on your knees for your Salkantay trek, Salkantay trekking.

In addition, Inkayni Peru Tours will rent hiking sticks for $15.00

Where can I store my baggage that I don't need for the Salkantay trekking?

Any baggage that is not necessary for your trek may be stored in your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge). However,  In the case that your hotel may not provide this service, we will store your baggage safely in our office free of charge.

What is the weather like during the trek?

Most importantly, The best time for making the trek with good weather is between the months of April – October when there is minimal rainfall and clear skies. Therefore, The driest months are June – August, which is winter in the Andes.

When is the rainy season in Cusco?

In the same vein, January to March is summer in Peru, which means rainy season for Cusco and especially the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, which is located mostly in the tropical cloud forest.

Where do I have to be the morning of the start of my trek and where will I finish at the end?

Certainly, We will pick you up from your hotel to begin your Salkantay trekking and upon finishing, we will also leave you at your hotel.

I wish to have a train company or train option different from that which Inkayni Peru Tours offers, is this possible?

If you wish to change your train company or option (such as Vistadome de Peru Rail, to Ollantaytambo, or the whole route to Poroy), or your departure time, additional fees may apply. Therefore, You must speak with one of our sales agents to inquire about availability and the additional costs for the trek to Machu Picchu Salkantay trekking.

Extra Services?

SERVICE

PRICE

Hire of sleeping bag – 5 season $ 25
Walking stick highly recommended! $ 15
Single supplement $ 70
Additional night at 3 star hotel $ 85

Why Inkayni?

Why book with Inkayni?

Inkayni Peru Tours is a local tour operator exceptionally recommended by its clients, guidebooks, forums, and others. Our principal objective is to provide the best service, achieve the maximum satisfaction of our customers, and assume the responsibility as guardians of Nature in all our undertakings.

  • Experienced and Professional Team: Get assistance and support from our team, a group of specialists highly qualified to organize your trek to Machu Picchu.
  • Eco-friendly Local Tour Operator: We respect and protect the environment and the local communities that we visit. We use biodegradable products, recycle waste, support local businesses, and donate to social projects.
  • Door-To-Door Service: Pick-up and drop-off are included at no additional cost from your hotel or Airbnb located mainly in the surrounding area of the Historic Center of Cusco.
  • Delicious Andean Fusion Food: During your expedition to Machu Picchu, taste delicious foods prepared by our highly recommended chefs for this kind of experience to Machu Picchu. If you have any dietary request or allergy let us know.
  • High-Quality Camping Equipment: Included kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs, portable private toilet, and comfortable 4 people Eureka Tent (2 people per tent).
  • Comfortable Sleeping Pads: Included double thickness foam sleeping mattress, and inflatable pillow.
  • Labor Welfare: We take care of all our staff, and fully comply with the salary and insurance of our porters, cooks, horsemen, and additional staff.

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