Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 4D / 3N

The Tour Salkantay Trek 4 Days to Machu Picchu Salkantay trekking is one of the less frequented routes compared to the nearby famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Certainly, it is the second option for... [...]

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The Tour Salkantay Trek 4 Days to Machu Picchu Salkantay trekking is one of the less frequented routes compared to the nearby famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Certainly, it is the second option for most travelers seeking to arrive to Machu Picchu by foot. Therefore, salkantay hike 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.

Above all, Salkantay is highly recommended for those who wish to embark on a journey through the natural world in its most pure essence. Through a peaceful environment that offers you an opportunity to feel its medicine and all its gifts it has to offer us. Likewise, we offer you a visit to Humantay Mountain, another glacier next to Salkantay glacier. This is truly an adventure that will treat you to the best of the best in the Andes of Peru.

OVERVIEW SALKANTAY TREK 4 DAYS – SALKANTAY PASS

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

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

DAY 3: CHALLWAY – SAYAHUACO– HYDROELECTRIC STATION – AGUAS CALIENTES (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

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 – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA – HUMANTAY LAKE

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, 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.

  • Lodging: Campsite in Soraypampa

DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA – CHALLWAY

Today our Salkantay hike, nature will change drastically from barren alpine to snowy peaks and tropical areas. 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).

  • Lodging: Campsite in Challway

DAY 3: CHAULLAY – SAYAHUACO– HYDROELECTRIC STATION – AGUAS CALIENTES (B)(L)(D)

Our walk continues today through the dense vegetation of 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.

  • Max Elevation: 2,920 meters / 9,514 feet
  • Min Elevation: 1,890 meters / 6,200 feet
  • Distance: 20 km/ 12,42 miles

DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B)

Most importantly, 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

Include

SALKANTAY 4 DAYS INCLUDED:

  • 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 06:00 PM 01 or 02 days before the trip begins.
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Chef.
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 5kg of your personal items.
  • Pick-up and transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Water (excluding the first 04 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
  • 03 Breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 03 Afternoon Snacks, and 03 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know (food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime every day (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
  • 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.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes Day 04.
  • Double thickness foam 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). US$25.00
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 04.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$45.00
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

EXTRA SERVICES

SERVICE

PRICE

Sleeping bag adequate for the temperature of minus 10°C $25.00
Walking stick highly recommended! $15.00
Single supplement $60.00

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