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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Group Service

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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Group Service

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05 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Group Service

  • 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

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Duration 05D / 04N

15,190 ft.

MAX. ALTITUDE 15,190 ft.

Tent & Hotel

ACCOMMODATION Tent & Hotel

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LEVEL Moderate

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SALKANTAY TO MACHU PICCHU

  • 5-Day hike – 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.
  • Immerse yourself with nature in its purest form with the Salkantay hike and passes near enormous majestic snow-capped peaks. Above all, exploring more than 15 different ecosystems all within 5 days.
  • The Salkantay route to Machu Picchu also offers opportunities for ethnic and cultural exchanges, that locals still honor and practice to this day.
  • The best time to do Salkantay Trek is between the months of April to September, normally does not rain and you can enjoy with good weather during all the route until arrive at Machu Picchu Citadel.

Highlights

05 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Group Service

Considered to be one of the best treks in the world, The Salkantay Trek offers a variety of Peru ecosystems; from deserts and jungles to mountain passes, and azure lagoons!

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Overview 5 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 – 3350 m. / 10990 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – 4200 m, / 13779 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – 3900 m. / 12795 feet.
  • Difficulty: Challenging
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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
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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
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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
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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

DAY 1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SORAYPAMPA - HUMANTAY LAKE

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You’ll start this Classic Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Firstly, we will leave Cusco around 4:30 am by our private van 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 our private van 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 approx, we begin our walk towards Soraypampa (3,900 m). During this part of the Salkantay hike, we already can have (weather permitting) panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay and Humantay mountains. After that, By midday, it’s 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.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,900 m / 9,514 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,200 m / 13,779 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 3,900 m / 12,795 ft
  • Walking Distance: 12km / 7.46 mi
  • Walking time: 6 hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather: Cold and windy
  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Camping in Soraypampa
DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA - CHALLWAY

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Today our Salkantay hike, nature will change drastically from barren alpine to snowy peaks and tropical areas, we will immerse in the Rainforest. After a nutritious breakfast prepared by our local Salkantay trekking chef, we will start the most difficult part of the trek Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu. 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), When you arrive at the campsite the Salkantay trekking staff will have your tents all set up and your duffel bags ready. Certainly, Later in the evening we will rest from the trek and share dinner together at our camp in Challway (2,920 m).

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,920 m / 9,514 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,630 m / 15,190 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 2,920 m / 9,514 ft
  • Walking Distance: 22km / 13.67 mi
  • Walking time: 9 hours
  • Difficulty: Formidable
  • Weather: Cold and windy
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Camping in Chaullay
DAY 3: CHALLWAY - LA PLAYA - LUCMABAMBA

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After a delicious homemade breakfast, you’ll start the shortest but most exciting day of your Salkantay adventure. Today you’ll experience the most beautiful sights along your Salkantay trekking route to Machu Picchu. We will start our Salkantay hike 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 for 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.

Here you will visit a local organic coffee farm where you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the orange and avocado plantations as well as taste some of the freshly-brewed coffee. During your visit to the coffee farm, you’ll get a brief informational introduction to the region’s coffee history as well as its importance to the area.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,000 m / 6,561 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,920 m / 9,514 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 2,000 m / 6,561 ft
  • Walking Distance: 18km / 11.19 mi
  • Walking time: 6 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather: Warm and hot
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Camping in Lucmabamba
DAY 4: LUCMABAMBA - LLACTAPATA - AGUAS CALIENTES

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This morning the portion of the Salkantay hike 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.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 1,890 m / 6,200 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,702 m / 8,858 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 2,050 m / 6,571 ft
  • Walking Distance: 17km / 10,56 mi
  • Walking time: 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Mild
  • Weather: Warm and hot
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel *** or similar
DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

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Our last day of the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 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 our private van to Cusco. (End our Salkantay hike to Machu Picchu )

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,050 m / 6,571 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,350 m / 10,990 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:
  • Walking Distance: 2km / 1.25 mi
  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation:

What's Included?

SALKANTAY TREK 5 DAY INCLUDED:

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BRIEFING

  • 1 or 2 days prior to the trek you will have a briefing, where you will meet your guide to receive key details about the 5-day Salkantay trek.
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PROFESSIONAL AND TRAINED STAFF

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Professional Cook.
  • Muleteers (Will carry cooking and camping equipment, and your personal luggage)
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EQUIPMENT

  • EUREKA and DOITE camping equipment (4-man tent for every 2 trekkers).
  • The dining tent is well equipped.
  • Duffle bag (duffle bag for your belongings).
  • Double-thickness foam sleeping mattress.
  • 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)
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ACCOMMODATION

  • 3 nights in comfortable and spacious tents
  • 1 night in a hotel of 3 stars in Aguas Calientes
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FOOD AND WATER

  • 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.
  • Boiled water for the trekking (day 1 is on your own) – bring a camelback or a bottle to refill with water.
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TRANSPORT

  • Door-to-door service. Pick-up from your hotel located around the historic center of Cusco.
  • Return train Aguas Calientes — Ollantaytambo (Expedition (Peru Rail) or Voyager (Inca Rail))
  • Consettur Bus (Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes – round trip)
  • Return transport to Cusco
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OTHER

  • A mule will carry your personal items up to 7 kilos (including the sleeping bag + mattress: 2kgs and a half)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us). US$ 25.00
  • Trekking poles (Can be hired from us). US$ 15.00
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 5.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$ 85.00
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance (We highly recommend insurance for your entire trip).

Packing List

PACKING LIST FOR THE 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

Horses will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From 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

GROUP SERVICE

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2 or More People US$ 609.00

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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Departure Dates

SELECT DEPARTURE MONTH
MAY
2024
JUNE
2024
JULY
2024
AUGUST
2024
SEPTEMBER
2024
OCTOBER
2024
NOVEMBER
2024
DECEMBER
2024

FAQS?

Is the Salkantay trek 5 days difficult? Do I need to be in good physical condition?

All our treks (Inka Trail, Salkantay hike, 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 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 for the Salkantay hike, Salkantay trek 5 days, 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 5 days?

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 days.

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 for 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 02 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 their 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 at 7:30 pm at the latest!)

Are hiking sticks or poles necessary for the Salkantay trek 5 days?

For this Salkantay Hike 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 days?

Any baggage that is not necessary for your Salkantay Hike 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 Salkantay hike?

Most importantly, The best time for making the Salkantay hike 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.

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

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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