Salkantay trek represents a great and challenging way to get to Machu Picchu. The trek leads by the monomentous Salkantay mountain which is 6,271 meters high. You will also see the tyrquoise Humantay lake in the middle of the mountains and subsequently get from the area of high mountains to the jungle near Machu Picchu.
DAY 1: Start in Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa eith Humantay Lake DAY 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Chaullay DAY 3: Chaullay – – Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes DAY 4: Machu Picchu -Cusco
. Pre-departure briefing one day before to start hiking in your hotel (19:00 pm).
. Entry to Salkantay.
. Professional English speaking tour leader.
. Horses (to carry equipment and groceries of the company) Horses can carry only 5 kilograms of your personal belongings
. 02 nights in tents (02 persons by tent), dining tent, kitchen tent. and 1 night accomodation in Aguas Calientes
. 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners.
. First aid kit
. Oxygen bottle
. Entry to Machupicchu.
. Bus ticket from Aguas calientes- Machu picchu. Aguas calientes and Transfer from Ollantaytambo – Cusco (main square of Cusco city)
. Train ticket from Aguas calientes – Ollantaytambo.
. First breakfast.
. Last lunch.
. Canopy (USD.30.00).
. Entry to thermal baths.
. The horses will carry only 5 kilograms of your personal stuff , the rest will be carry by yourself
. Sleeping bag.
Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa
We will begin the trek by picking you up from your hotel early at around 4:30 to 5:00 a.m. and travelling by private bus to the small community of Mollepata (2,800m/9,186ft), where we will stop briefly for breakfast. After breakfast, we will continue by car to Soraypampa. This secluded valley is the start of the trek, where we will meet our arrieros (horsemen) and trekking crew in the shadow of the Salcantay glacier. From here, we will start a steep, ninety minute ascent to Humantay Lake, one of Peru´s most stunning natural wonders. Tucked between two sharp, snowy ridges, the lake shines a brilliant green and cerulean in the mountain sun. After time for plenty of photos and a dip in the chilly waters, we will descend back to Soraypampa, then begin a gentle one to two hour walk to our campsite at Salcantaypampa.
Day 2: Salcantaypampa – Salkantay Pass – Challhuay
The second day will be the most challenging day of the trek. We will wake up very early for an energizing breakfast, then depart from Salcantaypampa and hike up to the Salkantay Pass, at an elevation of 4,600m/15,000ft. This will be the highest point of our trek. From here we will get a spectacular view of Salkantay, a stunning snow-capped mountain whose peak reaches 6,271 m/20,574 ft. The first part of the day we will hike for approximately three and half hours to reach the pass. On the descent, we will approach a rocky area and then pass several streams until we reach Wayracmachay, where we will stop for lunch. We will continue to hike downhill until we reach our campsite at Challhuay. At this campsite, you will experience a semitropical climate because of the cloud forest.
Day 3: Challhuay – Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric Plant – Aguas Calientes
After breakfast at 5:30 a.m., we will start a six hour hike through the tropical jungle. We will cross the Lluskamayo River and a variety of small streams—waterproof shoes are a must! We will pass through gorgeous valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls. Your guide will show you naturally growing tropical fruits and native plants and flowers. A car will meet you at Punta Carretera to bring you to Santa Teresa for lunch. After lunch, we will take a van for one hour to the Hydroelectric train station. From the station, we will continue our last two hours of hiking to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night. Important Note: Sometimes, to guarantee a departure, we must combine groups of trekkers doing the five-day and four-day Salkantay treks. If this is the case, trekkers will be required to walk the last portion of the trek without their guide. This portion consists of merely two hours of perfectly straight, flat, one-way trail along the train tracks from Hydroelectrica to Aguas Calientes. It is extremely safe, extremely well-marked, and you will see plenty of other friendly hikers along the way! Once you arrive in the plaza in Aguas Calientes, a new guide or staff member will be waiting to greet you and bring you to your hotel or hostel. After you´ve checked in, you will be briefed on the next day´s Machu Picchu tour and receive any further details, instructions, or entrance tickets you may need. We will then enjoy a celebratory dinner and you will have the luxury of comfortable beds and hot showers. You will also have the option of visiting the thermal springs in the evening (10 soles entrance fee).
Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco
There are two ways to access Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes: 1) you can hike for one and a half hours up the famous stairs, or 2) you can take a bus. By waking up early, you will arrive at the ancient city just in time to witness the magnificent sunrise over the world-famous ruins. After arriving in Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for approximately two hours. After the tour, you will have free time for your own exploration of this mysterious city. When you finish exploring Machu Picchu, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch, where he/she will give you your train ticket back to Cusco.