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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Group Service

  • Duration

    05 Day /

  • Price per person

    $609USD

15,190 ft.

MAX. ALTITUDE 15,190 ft.

2-8

GROUP SIZE 2-8

Tent and Hotel

ACCOMMODATION Tent and Hotel

3

LEVEL Moderate ACTIVITY LEVEL

  • Soraypampa
  • Humantay
  • Salkantay
  • Machu Picchu

This journey also offers opportunities for ethnic and cultural exchanges as we pass through communities and meet locals who are willing to share with open minds their rich cultural heritage

Tour Map

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Easy

These activities are a walk in the park! You will be able to enjoy the scenery, history, and time with loved ones without exhausting yourself. You do not need any special training, gear, or acclimatization for an “Easy” trek or tour. Terrain will be generally flat and comfortable, highly traveled.

Mild

A step up from “Easy,” these tours require a little more physical effort but are still 100% manageable to anyone with or without adventure experience. Again, you do not need special training, gear, or acclimatization for a “Mild” trek or tour. Terrain is generally flat but with possible gentle up- and downhills.

Moderate

Before embarking on a “Moderate” trek or tour, you should be at least partly acclimatized to the high altitude of the Andes as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. These tours are still very manageable without special training as long as you have spent a day or two at high altitude. Terrain often includes moderate up- and downhill walking with possible rough patches or infrequently-traveled sections.

Challenging

“Challenging” treks or tours require that you are acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 2-3 days or more at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. You will need to be in good physical shape, and it’s recommended that you train at least some beforehand, possibly with running, biking, or strenuous workout videos. Terrain is often rough, sometimes with steep up- and downhills and often not highly traveled. Generally, these last several hours.

Formidable

These “Formidable” treks are our most difficult treks and require serious effort but are also the most rewarding. It is necessary to be in pristine physical condition. Again, you must be acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 4-5 days or more if possible at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. It is important to train physically before these treks so that your body is prepared for the strenuous nature of the trip. Generally, these last at least an entire day in infrequently-traveled areas with rough paths.

Highlights

05 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Group Service

The Tour Salkantay Trek 5 Day – Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains mingle with lush tropical rain forests.

Certainly, In this journey you will trek from 3,900m/12,800ft to 2,100m/6,900ft, traversing across magnificent mountain passes near enormous majestic snow-capped peaks, immersing in nature in its purest form. Above all, exploring more than 15 different ecosystems all within 5 days. This journey also offers opportunities for ethnic and cultural exchanges, that locals still honor and practice to this day.

  • Group Size: Small Groups not more than 10 people.

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

OVERVIEW SALKANTAY TREK 5 DAY TO MACHU PICCHU

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

  • Walking Distance – 12km / 7.45 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 3350 m. / 10990 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – 4200 m, / 13779 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – 3900 m. / 12795 feet.
  • Difficulty: Challenging
2

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

  • Walking Distance – 22 km / 13.7 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 3900 m. / 12795 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – 2920 m. / 9514 feet.
  • Highest Salcantay Elevation – 4630 m. / 15190 feet.
  • Difficulty: Formidable
3

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

  • Walking Distance – 18km / 11.19 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 2920 m. / 9514 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – 2000 m. / 6561 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – 2920 m. / 9514 feet.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
4

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

  • Walking Distance – 17 km / 10.6 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 2000 meters ASL / 6561 feet ASL
  • Campsite Elevation – 2050 meters ASL / 6571 feet ASL (Aguas Calientes hotel)
  • Highest Elevation – 2702 m. / 8858 feet.
  • Difficulty: Mild
5

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

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

Itinerary

ITINERARY SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS

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

Firstly, we will leave Cusco around 4:30 am by bus to the town of Mollepata (2,900 meters) where we will arrive at about 8:00 am. Here we will stop for last-minute supplies, a quick stretch, and a restroom break. Subsequently, we continue upwards by bus to our trek starting point at Challacancha.

At Challacancha we will meet with our support staff, load our equipment onto horses and mules, and by 9:00 am, we begin our walk towards Soraypampa (3,900 m). During this part of the trek, we already can have (weather permitting) panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay and Humantay mountains. After that, By midday its time for a classic Peruvian lunch. After lunch, our trail continues upwards toward Humantay Lake, turquoise waters right at the foot of the glacier. Upon descending back to our camp, our tents will be ready for you, as well as dinner.

  • Lodging: Campsite in Soraypampa

 

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

Today, nature will change drastically from barren alpine to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek salcantay. Firstly, We will start the hike around 7:00 am. We will hike to a place called Salkantay Pampa, continuing left upwards towards the face of Salkantay. Subsequently, By midday we will reach the highest point of the trek (4,600 m).midday we will reach the highest point of the trek (4,600 m).

The views from here are literally breathtaking – not only Salkantay glacier (6,264 m) but also the surrounding peaks and valleys below. So, Around 1:00 pm, we will have lunch in the area called Wayraqmachay. After a trek of about 3 hours, we will arrive at our camp in Challway (2,920 m). Certainly, Later in the evening we will rest from the trek and share dinner together at our camp in Challway (2,920 m).

  • Lodging: Campsite in Challway

 

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

Early in the morning, we will start our trek through the high jungles. After about 5 hours we will arrive at Playa Sahuayaco near the town of Collpabamba, traversing an altitude known as the “eyebrow of the Amazon,” where waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, and diverse flora and fauna manifest in absolute abundance. Meanwhile, If we are lucky, the famous Andean bird known as the “Cock of the Rocks‘ may appear to bless us with its beauty. After that, Once at Playa Sahuayaco we will rest and have lunch. In the afternoon, continuing downstream a few more hours, we arrive at the town of Lucmabamba, which is our last campsite and also the beginning of the Inca Trail to Llactapata.

  • Lodging: Campsite in Lucmabamba

DAY 4: LUCMABAMBA – LLACTAPATA  – AGUAS CALIENTES

This morning we will gradually hike upwards for about 2 hours to the archeological site of Llactapata, an impressive center with connections to Machu Picchu and Sayacmarka. After that, we will have plenty of time to explore this beautiful Inca site before descending to the Hydro-Electrica (hydro station) which takes roughly 1.5 hours. From here, a gentle 3-hour walk will bring us to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will check in to a hotel for the night. After that, we will meet up again for dinner together at one of the many restaurants in town.

  • Lodging: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel *** or similar

Salkantay Trek map to Machu Picchu

 

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

Our last day of salkantay route starts very early – we will wake up at around 5:00 am for breakfast and catch one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. Most importantly, to avoid the main crowds and also see the citadel during the first rays of morning light. Subsequently, Our guide will start the day with a tour of the most important locations, altars, and constructions around Machu Picchu. During this walk, he will also share with you what we know about the history of this place and the people who lived here. If you still feel like you have energy after the previous days,  now is the time to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.

Then, Once you feel complete with your visit to Machu Picchu, a bus will take you back to Aguas Calientes for lunch. After lunch, we will board the train to Ollantaytambo and from there continue by bus to Cusco. of Machu Picchu, a bus will take you back to Aguas Calientes for lunch. After that, we will board the train to Ollantaytambo and from there continue by bus to Cusco.

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu map

 

What´s Included

SALKANTAY TREK 5 DAY INCLUDED:

  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office for orientation. Here we provide you with duffle bags that will be on horseback during the trek horse-back during the trek
  • Free Sacred Valley or Rainbow Mountain tour, You can do it before or after the tour, you can choose your preferred departure date.
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Professional Cook
  • Horses to carry all equipment and 7 kg of your personal items
  • Pick-up and transportation from your hotel
  • 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 (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free, etc) or allergy please advise us upon booking and reconfirm the day of our briefing
  • Wake up tea: Every morning our staff will bring tea to your tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Golden Sunrise Machupicchu ****)
  • Double thickness foam sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)round trip)
  • Train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Transportation Ollantaytambo-Cusco.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us). US$25.00
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 5.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$35.00
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance (We highly recommend insurance for your entire trip)

WHAT TO BRING FOR SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU:

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

Prices

GROUP SERVICE

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

NUMBER OF PAXSPAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
2 or More People US$ 609.00
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OUR GROUP SIZE: Small Groups not more than 10 people.

Discounts for Salkantay Trek 5 Day:

  • Group of 5 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 upon booking
  • Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years): 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 when booking. Similarly, For those booking children who are 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 here: STUDENT CARD

 

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FAQS?

Is the salkantay trek 5 day difficult? Do I need to be in good physical condition?

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 5 day?

This means arriving to Cusco at least 02 days prior to your trek departure to adjust to altitude. During the last two months leading up to your salkantay trek 5 day salcantay 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 of salkantay hike, salkantay trek 5 day, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies.

That is to say, Vegetarian foods will be absent of 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 5 day?

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

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 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 5 day.

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 CANNOT ACCEPT CLIENTS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

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

We require that all clients arrive to 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?

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

Are hiking sticks or poles necessary the salkantay trek 5 day?

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.

In addition, Inkayni Peru Tours will rent hiking sticks for $15

Where can I store my baggage that I don't need for the salkantay trek 5 day?

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 trek and upon finishing, we will also leave you at your hotel.

I wish to have a train company or train option different to 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. That is to say, You must speak with one of our sales agents to inquire about availability and the additional costs of those extra costs salkantay trek to machu picchu.

Video

Max & Lee (Youtubers) Salkantay trek with our team.

 

 

Extra Services?

SERVICE PRICE
Hire of sleeping bag 5 season $25.00
Walking stick highly recommended! $15.00
Single supplement $70.00
Additional night at 3 star hotel3 star hotel $85.00

 

Packing List

ESSENTIALS:

  • Passport
  • Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)

FOR YOUR DUFFEL:

Horses will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and foam sleeping mattress(if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3.5 kg.

  • 2-3 wicking t-shirts
  • 2-3 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of undergarments.
  • 4 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 Fleece
  • Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • sun hat, wool hat
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might enjoy something a little larger.
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean – might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap.
  • Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least

TOILETRIES:

  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Handsanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toiletpaper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

INSIDE YOUR DAYPACKS:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always say the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, bags larger than 25L will not be allowed in. If it is larger, you will need to store it outside citadel gates. But don´t worry, they have a secure storage facility.

  • Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won’t have time to filter water until your first lunch.
  • Sunhat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Handsanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Earplugs
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