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  • Trek to Abra Huayracmachay, located at an altitude of 4,600m
  • Enjoy a sunrise view from Machu Picchu
  • Cross the Salkantay Pass (4600m)
Join us on a Peruvian adventure along the less trodden trail. Go trekking to the Salkantay Pass, which is a less-crowded alternative to the Inca Trail and also the only trekking route that affords views of Machu Picchu. This trek involves crossing the Salkantay Pass (4600m) on the second day.

Make a steep ascent to Abra Huayracmachay (15,100 feet/4,600m), the highest point in the hike, where you will get the chance to enjoy magnificent views of the high glacier of Salkantay. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, including that of Salkantay Mountain itself, before you start descending through cloud forests rich in wildlife. Walk downhill following the trail along the Salkantay River.

Walk through a winding rainforest gorge around the base of Huayna Picchu and enjoy watching sunrise from Machu Picchu. The Salkantay Trek will take you from high passes between snow-capped mountains and glaciers to lowland jungles with hot springs and coffee plantations. So strap on your trekking boots, you've got an adventure coming your way!
customer reviews
5.0 - Excellent Based on 2 reviews
Perfect trip, Excellent guide!
Tariq Esmail From Canada On
5 - Excellent
“This is certainly the trip of a lifetime, made even better by Victor! 10/10 would go again.”
Phenomenal Experience
Anonymous From Canada On
5 - Excellent
“We had an excellent experience on the Salkantay trek. I would highly recommend Aspiring - they go above and beyond. Thank you to Katy, Steve, Victor, Zacarias, and the whole team at Aspiring for an unforgettable trek. Highly recommend - 10/10. The views are among the best I've ever seen. The entire group had an excellent time.”
Camping
We’ll pick you up at 5 am from your Cusco hotel to travel to the start of the trail, stopping along the way for breakfast. At the trailhead, we’ll load the gear onto our packhorses then start hiking uphill for 3-4 hours until we reach Soyrococha. Spend the night in the shadow of the impressive Salkantay Glacier.

Walking distance: 5 miles (8km)
Maximum altitude: 14,700 feet (4,480m)
Meals
  • Lunch & Dinner
Camping
After breakfast, we begin our steep ascent to Abra Huayracmachay (15,100 feet/4,600m), the highest point on the trail from where we can enjoy magnificent views of the high glacier of Salkantay. From here, it’s a long, easy descent to our second camping site. The total trekking time is about 8 hours.

Walking distance: 18km
Maximum altitude: 15,100 feet (4,600m)
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping
Walk downhill along the Salkantay River. Notice the changing environment as we move down from arid highlands into a tropical ecosystem filled with lush vegetation and waterfalls. Eventually, you will start seeing coffee, avocado and banana plantations.

You might come across flocks of parrots en route. Don't be surprised if you see a bear or two. On reaching the end of the trail, our vehicles will take you to the hot springs of Cocalmayo where you will camp tonight.

Walking distance: 15km
Maximum Altitude: 9,480 feet (2,890m)
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel
Take a dip in the hot spring in the morning and say goodbye to the team members. Drive to the starting point of a very pleasant 10km stroll to Aguas Calientes. Follow a trail that takes you through a winding rainforest gorge around the base of Huayna Picchu.

Enjoy your shower and call it a day. You will have to wake up early tomorrow morning to catch a sunrise view from Machu Picchu.

Walking distance: 15km
Maximum Altitude: 8,860 feet (2,700m)
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
An early start will reward you with a great sunrise view from Machu Picchu. A spectacular stone city surrounded by incredibly steep mountains, Machu Picchu needs no introduction and is deservedly one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Your trip leader will take you on a guided tour and get you oriented with this massive site. Then you’ll have plenty of time to explore the site on your own before we catch the train back to Cusco.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
what’s included
  • Dedicated Aspiring Adventures trekking guides
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu, including extra permit to climb Huayna Picchu (if permits are available at the time of booking)
  • Accommodation – three nights in tents, one in hotel (based on twin-share accommodation)
  • All ground transport (private vehicle and train) including pickup and drop off at your hotel in Cusco
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Drinking water while on the trail
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Single supplement
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Mule
what's excluded
  • Tip for your guide(s), cook, and horsemen
  • Sleeping bags and mats
  • Optional: mule to carry your personal gear
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