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Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu
4Days / 3Nights


$680 USD

per person

Salkantay trek 4D/3N.
• The start of this wonderful hike is nestled between two of the largest mountains surrounding Machu Picchu, the snow-capped Salkantay (20,574ft/6271m) and Humantay (15,938ft/4853m).
• You will begin the hike in Soraypampa, located 75mi/122.3km from the city of Cusco, the landscape here is completely dominated by the great Salkantay and surrounded by a large chain of snow-capped mountains and glaciers.
• The environment is made unique by the nearby snow, streams, dwarf forests, and giant rocks that fill it.
• Salkantay means indomitable. It was named this by the ancient Incas because of the difficulty it presents to reach the top of the mountain due to sudden changes in the climate and constant avalanches caused by its geography.
• There are records of climbers reaching the Salkantay summit since 1950. Climbers attempt the peak of Salkantay between the months of March to September since the rains are less frequent in these months of the year.
• As you go deeper into the trek to Machu Picchu (day two and three), the temperature gradually rises and the landscapes undergo changes in their shape and color.
• The jungle "Salkantay" and the cloud forest are painted in different shades of green and the vegetation is more abundant.
• Ferns, orchids, different varieties of butterflies, birds, native trees, coca plantations, coffee, and Inca archaeological remains such as the Inca trail of Lucmabamba and the archaeological center of Llactapata fill this route and make it special.
• This hike also offers an impressive lesser-known view of the back side of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu, while allowing you to explore on foot the valley that surrounds the Inca city of Machu Picchu.
• On the third day, you will reach Aguas Calientes. This picturesque town offers its visitors restaurants, craft shops, lodges and hot springs, the Salkantay trek will end with a guided tour of Machu Picchu, wandering through its ancient streets, houses, squares, temples, storage houses, altars and an impressive view of Huaynapicchu towering over the ancient city.
☞ Starting Altitude: 12,690ft/3869m.
☞ Maximum elevation: 15,213ft/4636m.
☞ Distance: 30.4mi/48.2km.
☞ Longest Day: Day 2 - 13.6mi/22km.
☞ General Difficulty: Difficult.
DIA 1:
Cusco – Soraypampa – Huayracmachay
We will begin this trip with collection at your hotel (4:00AM) in our private transport which will bring you through different towns like Izcuchaca and Limatambo before arriving at Mollepata, where we’ll break for breakfast.
Later we’ll continue our trip by car for two hours to Soraypampa (12,690ft/3869m), where we’ll begin the hike, here we’ll meet our horseman and his horses that will be in charge of transporting our equipment (seats, tables, tents, food, and your personal items).
We’ll prepare our bags and begin our hike through a valley surrounded by gigantic mountains, in front of the snow-capped mountain of Salkantay (20,574ft/6,271m) We will ascend through the valley for four hours to arrive at the highest point of our trek called El Paso de Salkantay (15,213ft/4,636m) from here; you can get an up-close view of the snow-capped peak of Salkantay and the glaciers and chain of mountains that surround it.
Later, we’ll descend for three hours through a rock forest inhabited by chinchillas before we reach our camp at Huayracmachay (12,812ft/3,906m), it’s a very tranquil and beautiful place.  Here we’ll pass the night, with a delicious dinner prepared by our cook.
☞ Distance: 7.4mi/12km.
☞ Meals:  Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Maximum Altitude: 15,213ft/4636m.
DIA 2:
Huayracmachay – Collpapampa – Wiñaypoco – La Playa.
We’ll wake up today surrounded by mountains covered in snow, in a camp crossed by rivers and streams.  This water comes from the mountains, so it’s very fresh and extremely cold.
After breakfast, we’ll begin our descent through a ravine, surrounded by abundant vegetation, with lots of flowers and orchids.  After two hours of hiking down the ravine, we’ll arrive at an archeological group called Andenes.
One hour further down we will arrive at the town of Chaullay (9514ft/2900m).  Here we will have a rest before we continue with our trek another 40 minutes to the town of Collpapampa, which is surrounded by rivers on two sides.
From this town we will descend deeper into the valley to continue our trek for two more hours on a road surrounded by abundant vegetation to arrive at Wiñaypoco.  Here we’ll take another rest and enjoy the fruit that grows in this valley.
Later, we’ll continue our hike through the valley, surrounded by plantations of coffee, granadilla, oranges, and bananas.  Two hours further down the valley, we’ll arrive at the town of La Playa (6594ft/2010m).
This is a very friendly and warm town.  Here we’ll find hot showers, cold drinks, and we’ll pass the night comfortably after a delicious dinner prepared by our cook.
☞ Distance: 13.6mi/22km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Maximum Altitude: 12,812ft/3906m.
La Playa – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes.
After breakfast, we will begin our hike on a road crossed by rivers and surrounded by coffee and bananas.  We’ll see parrots that make the path very noisy.  After 40 minutes of hiking down the valley we will find an Incan road which we will climb for three hours until we arrive at El Paso de Quelloqasa (9380ft/2860m).
This part of the road has some spectacular views of the Santa Teresa Valley.  The road to the pass is very beautiful; surrounded by fruit trees – avocados, bananas, limes, oranges – as well as coffee and orchids.
Once at the pass, we’ll have a rest before descending toward the archeological complex of Llactapata (8690ft/2650m). Here we’ll visit the archeological park of Llactapata with the help of our guide. Later, we’ll descend for two hours toward the Valley of Aobamba surrounded by coffee and giant waterfalls.
In the valley, we’ll find Hidroelectrica, where we’ll board the train for a 30-minute ride to Aguas Calientes (6693ft/2040m).  In Aguas Calientes, we will spend the night in a hotel and have dinner in a restaurant.  You will have the night free to explore the town and will have the option of visiting the hot springs.
☞ Distance: 9.3mi/15km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Maximum Altitude: 9383ft/2860m.
DIA 4:
Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco.
Today after breakfast (5:00AM) we’ll take one of the first buses leaving (5:30AM) for Machu Picchu – previously arranged by your guide.  Once at Machu Picchu, you’ll have a two-hour guided tour of the city of the Incas.
Later you’ll have a few free hours to explore the city on your own.  In the afternoon, you’ll take the bus back to Aguas Calientes where you can eat lunch before boarding the train to Ollantaytambo where a car will be waiting to take you back to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast.
☞ Maximum Altitude: 11,200ft/3400m (Cusco).
What Is Included?
☞ Pick up from your hotel.
☞ Transportation Cusco – Soraypampa (the start of the trek).
☞ Guide (English, Spanish, Quechua) along the hike and at Machu Picchu.
☞ Tents (2-3 people per 4-person tent, for your comfort).
☞ Sleeping mats.
☞ Meals detailed in itinerary (vegetarian menu available on request).
☞ A cook and cooking equipment (dining tent, table, chairs).
☞ First aid kit and oxygen.
☞ 11 pounds /5 kg of your personal items (sleeping bag/extra clothes) to go on the horses.
☞ Horses or mules to transport equipment and horseman.
☞ Hostel in Aguas Calientes.
☞ Bus tickets: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (first day at Machu Picchu only).
☞ Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
☞ Train ticket: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
☞ Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

What Is Not Included:

✗ First breakfast and last lunch ✗ Snacks (Chocolate, crackers/cookies, dried fruits) ✗ Sleeping bag ✗ Bottled drinks (water, sodas, beers, etc.) ✗ Train ticket from Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes (town) ✗ Foods Aguas Calientes (town) ✗ Entrance to Huaynapicchu ✗ Entrance to the hot springs at Aguas Calientes ✗Tips for guide, cook, horseman Inca Trail Trekking Company recommends a tip of approximately $40-$50 (U.S.)per staff member (split between your tour group). The staff receives a fair salary for their work. The tip is a voluntary gesture of thanks for their days of hard work and is greatly appreciated by the workers.

Packing list Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N.

IMPORTANT:The list given here is a suggested packing list, based on the experience of our guides and staff, and passengers that enjoyed the 4 Day hike to Salkantay and Machu Picchu. Feel free to pack what you think you need to be comfortable along the hike.
✔︎ Passport.
✔︎ Student ID (if applicable).
✔︎ Sleeping Bag.
✔︎ Hiking Boots.
✔︎ Socks (4-5 pairs).
✔︎ Sandals.
✔︎ Swimsuit.
✔︎ Thermal Underwear.
✔︎ Hiking Pants (2-3).
✔︎ Shirts (4-5).
✔︎ Vest.
✔︎ Fleece/Polartec.
✔︎ Rain Jacket.
✔︎ Headlamp/Flashlight (extra batteries).
✔︎ Sun Hat.
✔︎ Wool Hat/Gloves.
✔︎ Sun Glasses.
✔︎ Water Bottle/Reservoir.
✔︎ Hiking Poles (1 pair).
✔︎ Watch (water resistant, with light).
✔︎ Camera/GoPro.
✔︎ Plastic Rain Poncho.
✔︎ Sun Block (50+ SPF).
✔︎ Chapstick.
✔︎ Insect Repellent.
✔︎ Toiletries.
✔︎ Toilet Paper (2 Rolls).
✔︎ Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer.
✔︎ Pocket knife, lighter, whistle, sewing kit.
✔︎ First Aid Kit.
✔︎ Personal Medication.
✔︎ Snacks.
✔︎ Money (local currency).