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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

CLASSIC 5 DAY SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

The 5-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is often called “The Other Inca Trail” because is the alternative trekking route. Salkantay Trek offers a prime wilderness experience away from the crowds. The Salkantay Trail also pass through an astounding variety of flora in nine distinct ecosystems. Thats to say, you experience different altitudes as you approach the iconic monument of the incas.

This Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a fifty-mile trail that takes 5 days with extraordinary views: a turquoise glacier-fed lake, expansive highland plains, snowy peaks, fruit orchards, coffee plantations, and the lush flora of the cloud forests. Additionally, the Salkantay Trail houses different mountain villages, which offers a good chance for local immersion.

The lodge to lodge Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu offers the most confortable and scenic way to reach Machu Picchu in 5 days. With lodge stays at Salkantay trail, we conserve its natural surroundings and help the local communities. At the end of every day, trekkers can relax, and eat a delicious Peruvian food. Stretch out and get a good night’s sleep in a warm bed. That extra comfort makes this challenging Salkantay Trek all that more enjoyable.

Our Salkantay Trek 5 days includes the hotel at Machu Picchu, the base town for the famous historical ladmark. On the final day of Salkantay Trek, take a private tour of Machu Picchu. During which you visit all sectors of the historical site with your personal guide. Additionally, you have plenty of time to take photos and ask questions to learn more of the Inca history.

HIGHLIGHTS OF 5-DAY SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU  

  • Enjoy the 5 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with local experts.
  • Visit the turquoise glacier lake of Humantay.
  • Experience different Andean ecosystems and stunning landscapes.
  • Be amazed by the imposing mountains at Salkantay Pass 4,700 meters (15,420 feet)
  • Hike to Llactapata Inca site via the original Inca Trail.
  • Take a private tour of Machu Picchu with an expert tour guide.
  • Sleep in comfortable family-owned lodges along the Salkantay trail.

5-DAY SALKANTAY TREK ITINERARY: 

  • Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa.
  • Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Chaullay.
  • Day 3: Chaullay – Lucmabamba – Hot Springs (optional).
  • Day 4: Lucma Lodge – Llactapata Climb – Aguas Calientes hotel.
  • Day 5: Machu Picchu Guided Tour – Cusco.

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SALKANTAY TREK 5 DAYS ITINERARY


Day 1.- Cusco – Challacancha – Soraypampa Lodge

The 5-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu start when your guide and private van pick you up at 5:00 am from your hotel in Cusco. The roomy van lets you stretch out in comfort for the two-hour drive to Mollepata. Have a hearty breakfast in a beautiful farmhouse in the town of Mollepata, then continue for one hour in the van to Soraypampa lodge at 3,860m (12,000ft).

Take a 2-hour hike to Humantay Lake (4,150m) and after this visit return the same way for one hour to your lodge. Eat your lunch followed by a long nap and chill out the rest of the afternoon. Enjoy a delicious supper and get a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed on your first night of the trek.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 2.- Soraypampa –  Salkantay Pass –  Challway Lodge

After breakfast, begin the trek to the stunning Salkantay Pass. Walk through the Salkantay pampa, circle around Mount Huamantay, and continue to the most challenging section and the highest altitude of the entire trek. A switchback trail comes that ascends to over 4,600m (15,000ft). You are rewarded with the astonishing views of the massive glacier of Salkantay. Participate in the ancient custom of stacking a rock to commemorate your presence in this magical place.

Then, trekkers descend enjoying the valley dotted with massive boulders and rock formations. Half way down, enjoy your picnic lunch and a well-deserved rest in a special spot with commanding views of the mountains and valleys. After lunch, experience the high jungle on the way to Challway, your second lodge is at 2,800m (9,184ft). Clean up, rest in a comfy bed, and celebrate the day’s accomplishment with an Andean dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 3.- Challway – Playa Sawayako – Eco Quechua Lodge

After a relaxed breakfast at the lodge, continue the descent walking along the Salkantay River. Feel the change of ecosystem from the dryer highlands to the higher cloud forest. Warm breezes rise up from the moist jungle below. In the afternoon, arrive at the third lodge in Santa Teresa Valley, the Quechua Lodge, at 2,150m (7,052ft). After a delectable lunch, spend the rest of the afternoon in the natural hot springs. Enjoy another gourmet dinner and spend the night in comfort.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 4.- Llactapata Pass –  Hidroelectric Train Station – Aguas Calientes

After your last breakfast, your last challenge is the ascent to Llactapata Pass at over 2,700m (8,900ft). Explore the Inca site of Llactapata. Admire a unique view that most visitors don’t see: the spectacular rear view of Machu Picchu at a distance. Satisfy your appetite from the ascent with the last delicious picnic lunch, while feasting your eyes on the view of Machu Picchu.

After lunch, descend through the Aobamba Valley on a switchback trail through verdant forest, more fruit orchards, and coffee plantations. Your final steps for the trek conclude with your arrival at the Hidroelectrica Train Station to take a short ride on a basic, local train to Machu Picchu Village. Your hotel offers a private bathroom with hot showers, have dinner and rest early for the visit to Machu Picchu the next morning.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 5.- Machu Picchu Guided Tour – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

After breakfast, your guide accompanies you on the 25-minute bus to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Your private tour is tailored to your interests:  ancient lifestyles, science, mythology, religion, engineering, or other topics. Explore the most important places of the citadel: The Guardhouse, Sun temple, and Royalty group, Main Plaza, Three Windows Temple, and the Sacred Sun Dial. Wear proper hiking shoes for this 2-hour tour because you walk on narrow stone paths and steps. Later, take the bus down to Machu Picchu Village, and then relax on the Vistadome train service to the Ollantaytambo Train Station. From here, a private transport takes you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices & Inclusions

PRICING

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is perfect for friends, couples, and families because you can leave on any date you wish. During this 5-day tour, you can also set your pace to maximize your experience. You don’t have to wait for anyone else the Salkantay Trek starts with only 02 passengers. The total package cost is based on a Hotel double occupancy.

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SALKANTAY TREK INCLUDES:

  • Expert English-speaking tour guide.
  • Lodge and hotel stay during the trip.
  • 3 hotel Nights (2 in Cusco and 1 In Aguas Calientes) – 3-star Hotel.
  • Meals during the trek.
  • Emergency horses.
  • Machu Picchu private guided tour.
  • Vistadome tickets between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • Admission tickets to Machu Picchu.
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Transfer in/out Airport.

SALKANTAY TREK EXCLUDES:

  • First day and last day meals
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Travel Insurance.
  • International and domestic flights.
  • drinks or beverages
  • Any item not specified in the paragraph included.


PACKING LIST FOR SALKANTAY TREK

For this trek, you need to pack a duffel bag that will be carrying the pack animal (horse/mule). Max. 7 Kilos /14 Pounds, and a daypack to carry essentials during the hike.

BRING FOR SALKANTAY TREK:

  • Original Passport (the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack (25 to 30L)
  • Water 1 to 2 liters of water
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Polar or sweater for early mornings and evenings
  • Rain jacket or Rain Poncho.
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Toiletries kit
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
  • Personal Medication (we carry a Basic first Aid kit).

DUFFEL BAG PACKING LIST:

  • Pack your clothes and personal belongings for the next 5 days.
  • Warm clothes.
  • Comfortable shoes (to be used at the lodges)
  • Toiletries kit.
  • swimming clothes.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR EXPERIENCES AROUND PERU

We will design a customized trip to connect you with our country through your interests. You can modify our sample tour packages of our website. You decide where to visit, how long to spend in each place, what type of accommodation suits best for you, and more including:

  • Adding extra activities to your itinerary.
  • Assisting with planning a business Trip.
  • Getting hotel Upgrades.
  • Arranging any special packages to celebrate important
    occasions, whether it’s an anniversary, birthday, retirement, honeymoon, or other milestones.

Contact us to help you in arranging the adventure of your dreams.

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Trip Details:

Length: 5 days/4 nights
Tour Type: Private Service


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Highlights:

  • Trek through extraordinary scenery while resting at luxury mountain lodges.
  • Train journey to Machu Picchu from Hidrolectrica.
  • Exceptional private guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Tour the world wonder at your own pace, no rush.