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US$ 3,240Per person in low season (Mar-01 to Mar-31 & Nov-01 to Dec-17). Based on shared accomodation, group service, all inclusive (subject to fixed departure dates), minimum 2 people. Closed Jan & Feb.
Duration:7 Days
Destination:Cusco - Salkantay Mountain - Machu Picchu (MOUNTAIN LODGES)

Description

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an expedition… one that takes guests on an ancient trail called the “Salkantay Route”, going from lodge to lodge in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, a spectacular Andean mountain range which cradles the famed Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

The Salkantay Trek experience goes far beyond comfortable lodges and a great trek … it is a unique opportunity to experience ancient history in the land of the Incas, taking a route that is much less traveled but, by many accounts, more scenic and exclusive than the famous “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu”.

SALKANTAY TREK DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate to Challenging. We strongly recommend acclimatizing to the altitude by staying in Cusco, Peru for at least two – three days prior to the trek.

Salkantay Trek Itinerary

DIFFICULTY: CHALLENGING

DAY 1

Cusco to Soraypampa

Begin this once-in-a-lifetime spiritual and physical journey that is the Salkantay Trek.

After being picked up from the lobby of your hotel in Cusco, you will visit to the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo. Next you will stop at the mountain village of Mollepata for a short break before ascending a winding mountain road to a site called Marcoccasa. Here you will begin your hike to Soraypampa along a picturesque path called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path). As you round the final turn of the Camino Real, the first lodge will come into view.

Standing like a sentry behind the lodge is the glacier peak of Mt. Salkantay, among the most sacred in Inca mythology and the highest in the region (6,270 m/20,600 ft). After a warm welcome from the Soraypampa staff, you will settle in your room and recharge energy before meeting your guide in the lounge for refreshments and a briefing of the next day’s activities.

Note: While the morning hike to Lake Humantay is optional, we strongly recommend your participation in preparation for the strenuous hike on day three.

Estimated Trekking Time:Approximately 4 hours
Hiking Level:Moderate to challenging

Optional Activity Available: Horseback riding (at additional cost)

Overnight at Salkantay Lodge at 3,869 m/12,690 ft.
(PL, D)

DAY 2

Soraypampa – Hike to Lake Humantay

Day two presents another opportunity to gauge your altitude-acclimatization with a half-day hike to Lake Humantay.

After breakfast, you begin an ascent up the slopes that border the plateau behind the Salkantay Lodge. After making your way over the final hill, you will be stunned to see the turquoise water of the lake, made even more spectacular by the sight of the Humantay glacier looming behind it.

Here you will have a chance to relax, enjoy a snack, meditate in the tranquility of this magical spot, admire a traditional offering to Mother Earth or immerse into an overwhelming kayak ride in the Lake Humantay, getting an up-close experience of the majestic glacier.

After your descent back to the lodge, the staff will be waiting with a hot lunch.The second half of your day is spent at leisure. You may opt to soak in our outdoor jacuzzi, indulge in a relaxing massage or even take a long nap.

Note: While the morning hike to Lake Humantay is optional, we strongly recommend your participation in preparation for the strenuous hike on day three.

Trekking Time: Approximately 4 hours. Hiking Level: Moderate to challenging. Optional Activity Available: Horseback riding (at additional cost) Overnight: Salkantay Lodge at 3,869 m/12,690 ft.

Estimated Trekking Time:Approximately 4 hours
Hiking Level:Moderate to challenging

Overnight at Salkantay Lodge at 3,869 m/12,690 ft.
(B, L, D)

DAY 3

Soraypampa – Crossing the Salkantay Pass

Day three is the longest and most strenuous day, but arguably the most magical day of the trek.

After an early start, you hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak. As you gradually make your way up these mountain trails, you will encounter expansive plateaus dotted with boulders of varying sizes, the remnants of a valley that was once bisected by a fast-flowing river.

The final and most challenging part of your ascent is conquering the mountain switchbacks that take you to the Salkantay Pass, the highest point on the trek (4,636 m/15,213 ft). What follows is a dramatic descent through fields of giant boulders, often shrouded in fog.

After a very welcomed hot picnic lunch, you will continue down through bucolic rolling hills and marsh-like plateaus as you take your final steps to the Wayra Lodge at Wayraccmachay. The most remote of the lodges, Wayra sits on a promontory that offers a spectacular view of the “other” side of Mt. Humantay, a reminder of how far you have journeyed that day.

Estimated Trekking Time:6 – 8 hours (including lunch)
Hiking Level:Challenging, crossing a 4,638m (15,213ft mountain pass)

Overnight at Wayra Lodge at 3,906 m/12,812 ft.
(B, L, D)

DAY 4

Wayraccmachay – Descending into the Cloud Forest 

After a leisurely breakfast at the Wayra Lodge, you continue the descent along the banks of the Salkantay River through increasingly verdant scenery. The warm air begins to rise from the edge of the jungle, accompanied by colorful butterflies and striking orchids. Today you will see more of the local people as the trail takes you past their simple homes and makeshift fences.

At lunchtime you will arrive at Colpa Lodge by an amazing zip-line, located on a high promontory at the confluence of three rivers. You are greeted by the staff with a Pachamanca lunch, a traditional Peruvian meal cooked in the earth by hot stones that create a natural underground oven. After lunch, spend the afternoon lounging in the sun or relaxing in the outdoor jacuzzi while you take in the panoramic views of the lush green mountains that surround you.

Estimated Trekking Time:3-4 hours
Hiking Level:Easy to moderate

Optional Activity Available: Afternoon bike from Manchayhuaycco to Collpapampa. You will descend through a beautiful valley in which you will admire the diverse cloud forest vegetation through the slopes of the valley. Duration: 3hrs approximately / Level: Easy. This activity has an additional cost.

Overnight at Colpa Lodge at 2,870 m / 9,414 ft.

(B, L, D)

DAY 5

Collpapampa- Following the Santa Teresa River Valley

Today you will hike in the Santa Teresa River valley where you will hop over small streams fed by waterfalls descending from the glaciers and cross through fruit orchards.

After breaking for a hot picnic lunch by the river, you will walk for one hour before we meet a vehicle for a short drive to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” that leads us to Lucma Lodge.

On the way, you will visit an organic coffee plantation, one of many in that area that produces some of the best organic coffee in the world. You will also begin to notice another shift in the climate. Here in Lucmabamba, the hot air and increased humidity signal that you are even closer to the edge of the Amazon Jungle.

Estimated Trekking Time:5-6 hours (including lunch)
Hiking Level:Moderate to challenging (because of distance, not terrain)

Optional Activities: Zip Line located in Santa Teresa. This is a full day activity which replaces the trek. It has an additional cost. / Biking: Option a) Yanama pass – Hornopampa – Lluskamayo. You will head downhill almost 8,000 ft. through a dirt road admiring breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Duration: 5 hrs. Level: Easy to moderate. Option b) Descent from Hornopampa to Lluskamayo.

Duration: 3.5 hrs. Level: Easy

Overnight at Lucma Lodge at 2,135 m/7,003 ft.
(B, PL, D)

DAY 6

Lucmabamba- Exploring Llactapata Pass

During a 2-3 hour climb up a path mostly comprised of original Inca steps, you will get a sense of what hiking through the rainforest would be like.

A lush treeline creates green canopies overhead and the constant sound of rushing water suggests that the river is still nearby. Your first milestone today will be the top of the peak, the last one before you reach the Aobamaba River valley that connects you to Machu Picchu.

When you arrive at the ruins of Llactapata at the Llactapata Pass (2,736 m/8,974 ft), you will be delighted to see a southeast view of the “back” of the Machu Picchu ruins, a sight few travelers ever get a chance to admire. At this point you will also take a short break to explore Llactapata, and then have lunch a bit farther down the trail in a meadow with panoramic views.

The final descent toward the roaring Aobamba River takes you through lush bamboo forests, as well as more fruit orchards and coffee plantations, until you end the day’s hike at the Hidroelectrica train station. A one-hour scenic train ride delivers you to your final stop, the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu.

Note: Peru Rail is the train company used for the The Salkantay Trek. If a special train service is required, please let us know.

Estimated Trekking Time:4-6 hours.
Hiking Level:Moderate to challenging

Overnight in Aguas Calientes at 1,900 m/6,232 ft.
(B, L, D)

DAY 7

The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu 

At dawn, you begin your journey to Machu Picchu with a short and rollicking uphill bus ride. As you enter the “Sanctuary” (as locals refer to it), the morning sun rises over the iconic Sun Gate and washes the structures and terraces with resplendent light. Prepare to be awed by the imposing and skillful architecture of the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others.

Take a moment to quietly sit and listen to the wind or to meditate and absorb the mystical energy that envelops you. Your imagination will soar as you contemplate the history of Machu Picchu and its mysterious origins. Some may even choose a hike to Huayna Picchu, the iconic towering mountain often seen in photographs, for dramatic views that stretch from the Urubamba River valley to the edge of the Amazon Jungle.

After the visit you will have lunch in Aguas Calientes before your train/transfer back to Cusco. As night falls and you arrive at your hotel amidst the hustle and bustle of Cusco, you will be touched by a feeling of peace and rejuvenation which will linger even as you journey back to your hotel in Cusco.

Note: Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets are subject to availability.

(B, L)

LEGEND
BBreakfast
SSnack
LLunch
DDinner
PLPicnic Lunch

Prices

US$ 3,240

Salkantay Trek to Machu PicchuPrice per person / double occupancy tent
Group Service – high season (Apr 01 – Oct-31 and Dec 15-31)US$ 3,750
Group Service – low season (Mar 01 – Mar-31 and Nov 01 – Dec 14)
Single Supplement – if willing to share room25.00 %
Single Supplement – additional to stay in single room50.00 %

NOTES:

  • Group Services Fixed Departure Dates: check with us to see if there is still availability.
  • Minimum age permitted in the Salkantay Trek: 12.

Included

 

Included in Salkantay Trek PriceNot included in Trek Price
Pre-trek briefing in CuscoInternational and domestic flights
All services from pick up in Cusco on Day 1 to drop off in Cusco on Day 7Visas required to enter Peru
Transportation from hotel in Cusco to Soraypampa on Day 1 and from Ollantaytambo back to hotel on Day 7Airport taxes
6 nights lodging (5 nights in MLP lodges and 1 night in Aguas Calientes in a 4 star hotel)Personal trekking equipment (boots, clothing, sleeping bag, walking poles)
All meals (except breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 7)
At the lodges we provide filtered and sparkling water, tea and coffee, juice and soft drinks free of charge. Alcohol, sports drinks and natural bottled water are not included
Bilingual guide (Spanish/English) from Day 1 to Day 7. Tours are led in English.
Transportation of personal belongings on the trek by packhorse/mules and/or porters
Guided isit to Machu Picchu Sanctuary (including entrance and transportation to site)
Transportation (Train to Aguas Calientes, and Ollantaytambo)
Sales taxes and payment transaction fees

 

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