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Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu

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If you did not manage to reserve permits for the Inca Trail, we highly recommend the Salkantay as an alternative. Apart from the classic Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is without a doubt one of the most beautiful treks in the Andes. National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine listed it as one of the 25 best treks in the world. The trek is currently open to everyone and there are no limitations on spaces and permits.

The Salkantay Trek will take you through unique and varying landscapes with the scenery nothing short of breathtaking! Photographers will experience sheer ecstasy as we walk along ancient and solitary footpaths: from picturesque grassy highlands to flourishing cloud forests, where luxuriant tropical rainforests meet colossal snow-capped mountains. The Salkantay Trek is off-the-beaten path and authentic. You will be spirited away into a world of phenomenal beauty and abundance of nature, with sacred solitude and hours of deliciously quiet contemplation.

Since the ancient Incan times, the spectacular glacier-capped peak of Mount Salkantay has been considered as sacred and the protector of the local people and their crops. The name Salkantay or Salcantay is a Quechua word meaning invincible, wild or savage. Thus, Salkantay is often called "Savage Mountain". Salkantay (Nevado Salkantay), or Sallqantay in Quechua, is the highest peak of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, which forms part of the Andes Mountain Range, rising to 6271 meters above sea level (20,574 ft). Salkantay is located less than 50 miles from the city of Cusco.

We are looking forward to taking you on a great hike.
salkantay-trek-5d-4n-02 We will pick you from your hotel at 6:00am and transport you to Mollepata, a town en route to the starting point of the Salkantay Trek. Here you have some time to relax, stretch your legs, get last-minute supplies and sit down for a nice cup of coffee in one of the local restaurants. We will also meet our support staff here, who will pack everything for the trek and load the equipment onto horses. At about 9:00am we will continue on to Soraypampa, the starting point of the trek.
From Soraypampa (3800m/12,467ft) we trek to Soyroqocha (4200m/13,779ft). The trek takes about four hours along a gentle incline. During the hike you will have breathtaking views of the "invincible" and majestic Salkantay and other snow-capped mountain peaks. Lunch will be at noon and afterwards we will hike three hours to our camp at Soyroqocha, a beautiful small lake in the mountains. Your tents will be ready and waiting as well as a delicious dinner that will round off an amazing first day on the Salkantay Trek.

Distance covered: 5 km (3.1 miles)
Time: 3 to 4 hours
Lowest elevation: 3800m (12,467 feet)
Highest elevation: 4400m (14,435 feet)
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Sights: Mount Salkantay, Apurimac River Valley, Humantay Lake

salkantay-trek-5d-4n-03On day 2 you wake up to a stunning view of the gleaming snow-covered Salkantay Mountain. After a hearty and nutritious breakfast we will start our trek towards the Salkantay Pass (4600m/15,091ft), which takes 40 minutes. The Salkantay Pass is the source of two rivers which flow into the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. After spectacular views of the peaks of Mount Salkantay and Mount Umantay, we will hike down to Huayraqmachay, where we will have lunch and you can take a nap if you like. In the afternoon we hike down to Qollpapampa (3100m/10,170ft) where we will camp for the night. On the way the scenery will change from golden grasslands to cloud forests and finally to the edge of the jungle.

Distance covered: 16km (9.9 miles)
Time: 8 to 9 hours
Lowest elevation: 3100m (10,170 feet)
Highest elevation: 4600m (15,091 feet)
Level of difficulty: Demanding
Sights: Mount Salkantay, Mount Umantay

salkantay-trek-5d-4n-04Day 3 is a much easier day and starts with a hike through the tranquil cloud forest. We will hike for about five hours following the stream of Lluskamayo, with the prospect of seeing orchids, various bird species, and magnificent waterfalls along the way. The hike ends at La Playa town (2050m/6,725ft) where we will stop for lunch. You will have the afternoon to relax, go in the river, take a shower or have a cold beer.

Distance covered: 13km (8 miles)
Time: 5 to 6 hours
Lowest elevation: 2050m (6,725 feet)
Highest elevation: 3100m (1926 feet)
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Sights: Lluskamayo River, Collpabamba town, Hot Springs

salkantay-trek-5d-4n-05Today you will see the lost city of Machu Picchu in the distance. After an early breakfast, we start our hike ascending towards the LLaqtapata Inca ruins, where we will have a glimpse of the most spectacular ancient city of the world, Machu Picchu. Your guide will introduce you to the history and culture of the Incas and the ancient wonder of the world. Thereafter we will descend for about three hours down to the hydroelectric power station that provides electricity to Cusco. At the train station we will take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will have dinner at a local restaurant and stay at a hostel for the night.

Distance covered: 13km (8 miles)
Time: 6 to 7 hours
Lowest elevation: 1800m (5,905 feet)
Highest elevation: 3100m (10,170 feet)
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Sights: Llaqtapata Inca Ruins, Machu Picchu

Day 5 starts early when we pick you up from your hostel and take you to the bus station for a 30 minute drive to Machu Picchu. Make sure to either have breakfast at 5am or pack one, so that you arrive at the citadel in time to witness a magnificent sunrise. We will then have a two hour guided tour of the most important sites in the citadel, after which you will have time to explore on your own. You can enjoy Machu Picchu's spiritual setting by relaxing or discover the heights of Huayna Picchu. After spending the day in Machu Picchu, the bus will take you back to Aguas Calientes to collect your luggage. From there you will take the train to Cusco, and then be transported back to your hostel.
what’s included
  • Transport to and from your hotel in Cusco
  • Meals (4B, 4L, 4D)
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu (does not include Huayna Picchu)
  • Horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Emergency horse in case we need it
  • Cook
  • Boiled drinking water from day 3 onwards
  • Trekking guide, knowledgeable in history, tradition, fauna and flora
  • First Aid Kit, carried by your guide
  • Equipment (sleeping tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table, chairs, air mattresses)
  • Duffle bag if needed
  • Round-trip bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (expedition)
  • One night hostel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (If you prefer a hotel instead we can arrange it at an additional cost)
what’s excluded
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Lunch on the last day at Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for staff
  • Huayna Picchu tickets
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 5 days
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English & Peruvian
meeting/Start point Cusco, Peru
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Condor Expeditions / Product Category: Trekking
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