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Salkantay Trek 4 Days to Machu Picchu from Cusco

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Salkantay Trek 4 Days to Machu Picchu

Our Salkantay Trek 4 Days to Machu Picchu is the best option if you are short of time on your trip but want to experience the nature.

Salkantay is the name of a mountain located in the northwest of Cusco. The tallest peak of the mountain range rises to 6,271 metres above sea level. Salkantay means ‘Savage Mountain’ and it is a strikingly beautiful single peak providing a great focal point for this route.

Salkantay trek normally takes 5 days and is popular with trekkers wanting to combine a quieter, less trodden route with a visit to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

One of the reasons the Salkantay Trek is so popular is for its incredible diversity of the views and ecosystems.  Salkantay Trek is voted among the top 25 treks in the world. The trek is dominated by the 20,500-feet-high Mount Salkantay. It then op 25 best treks in the world the walk is dominated by the 20,500-feet-high Mount Salkantay and cuts through the beautiful Mollepata Valley and passes Salkantay at an altitude above 15,000 feet. Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is only a little more difficult than the Inca Trail, and horses are used  to carry food and equipment.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

06:30 AM

Price Includes

  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Entrance fees to The Salkantay Trek
  • Briefing time about the Salkantay Trek One day before
  • Liners for your sleeping bags
  • Second day Andean ceremony, offering to the mother earth
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Transport to Soraypampa ( trailhead)
  • Tourist train back to Ollantaytambo ( expedition service can be at 14:30, 18:45 or 21:30 leaving from Aguas Calientes)
  • Private transport back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Entrance fee Machu Picchu
  • Food: *3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 3 dinners
  • Camping equipments
  • Therma-rest (air mat) sleeping mat
  • Horseman, mules or porters (they just carry cooking stuff and camping equipment) and 7 kilos from your personal things
  • 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carry by the horses
  • 1 night accommodation at Aguas Calientes
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps and Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
  • First Aid kit
  • *Vegetarian/special diet options available

Price Excludes

  • Entrance fees to Huyanpicchu.( if you take this entrance it will be charge 30 dollars to the original price)
  • Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Tips for the guide and crew (Optional)

Things To Carry

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the program
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into the Inca Trail. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilising tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to take a bath in the hot springs)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original passport
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
Salkantay Trek 4 Days to Machu Picchu Trip Summary
  • First Day: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - CHALLACANCHA - SORAYPANPA (LAGUNA HUMANTAY)
  • Second Day: SORAYPAMPA - ABRA SALKANTAY - WAYRAQMACHAY - CHAULLAY
  • Third Day: CHAULLAY - LA PLAYA - HIDROELECTRICA - AGUAS CALIENTES
  • Fourth Day: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Itinerary

Day 1CUSCO-MOLLEPATA-CHALLACANCHA-SORAYPANPA (LAGUNA HUMANTAY)

We will begin the day with the pick up of the `passengers of their respective accommodations from 4:00 a.m. approximately, after two hours of travel, we will arrive at the town of Mollepata where a small stop of 30-45 minutes for breakfast is made.

We will continue to challacancha which will be the starting point of the trek (8km / 3.5 hours) to our sky camp camp (transparent igloos) located in Soraypanpa. After lunch at the sky camp, we will continue with the hike (2km / 2 hours ascent) towards the turquoise lagoon of Humantay. After visiting the lagoon, we will return to the sky camp where dinner awaits us. This will be the best opportunity to observe the night sky from their beds.

Total walking distance: 12km (approx.)
Hours of walking: 6.5. Hours (approx.)
Challacancha height: 3,700m.s.n.m
Soraypanpa height: 3,900m.s.n.m
Humantay lagoon height: 4,200m.s.n.m (approx)
Difficulty level: moderate
Meals included: lunch and dinner, plus snacks and afternoon tea time

Day 2SORAYPAMPA-ABRA SALKANTAY-WAYRAQMACHAY -CHAULLAY

We will wake up at 5:30 a.m. We will enjoy breakfast and start the hike to the highest point of the entire route: the Salkantay pass (4,650msnm) through a rocky and steep path (7km / 3 hours), this section will require the physical resistance of the passengers, as well as Good acclimatization. At that point there will be a short break while you can see incredible views of the Salkantay snowy mountain. Later we will descend towards Wayraqmachay where we will have lunch, and then we will resume the walk for 2.5 hours until we reach chaullay where we will spend the night in the camp walk Huts.

Total walking distance: 17km (approx)
Walking hours: 10.5 hours (approx.)
Soraypampa height: 3,900m.s.n.m (approx)
Salkantay opening height: 4,650m.s.n.m (approx)
Wayraqmachay height: 3,900m.s.n.m (approx)
Chaullay height: 2,900m.s.n.m (approx)
Difficulty level: Challenging
Food included: lunch and dinner, as well as snacks and afternoon tea time.

Day 3CHAULLAY-LA PLAYA-HIDROELECTRICA-AGUAS CALIENTES

At 6:00 am. approximately we will start our tour (17 km / 6 hours approximately) towards the small beach stay. On the way we will enjoy the lush landscape: rivers, waterfalls, passion fruit and granadilla. We will also travel through the town of Collpapampa also known as the top of the cloud forest. After lunch at the beach stay, passengers will be transported in a vehicle to a hydroelectric. there the passengers will continue with a 3-hour walk along the train rails to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a lodging.

Total walking distance: 17km (approx)
Walking hours: 6.5 hours (approx.)
Chaullay height: 2,900m.s.n.m (approx)
Height of the beach: 2,064 m.s.n.m (approx)
Hydroelectric height: 1,890m.s.n.m (approx)
Hot water height: 2,060m.s.n.m (approx)
Difficulty level: Easy
Meals included: lunch and dinner, plus snacks and afternoon tea time

Day 4MACHU PICCHU

After a restful night of sleep in the lodge, we will get up very early to go to the archaeological complex of Machupicchu with the intention of arriving before most tourists. After the tour, passengers can climb the Huayna Picchu or Machu Mountain Picchu for this, you need to book tickets in advance, the time it takes to go up and down any of these mountains is about 3 hours, a less demanded option and for which no extra Tiket is needed is the walk to the sun gate. Take this journey takes 2 or 2.5 hours, round trip. Another interesting option is to walk to the Inca bridge. You can enjoy the citadel of Machupicchu for more than 7 hours before returning to the town of hot waters.
Finally, we will board the train back to Ollantaytambo (2 hours journey) where we will wait for the transport to Cusco that will leave the passengers in their respective hotels.

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