Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private Service

  • Duration

    05 / 04

  • Price per person

    $780USD

MAX. ALTITUDE 15,190 ft.

GROUP SIZE 12

tent & hotel

ACCOMMODATION tent & hotel

3

LEVEL Moderate ACTIVITY LEVEL

  • Humantay Lake
  • Soraypampa
  • Salkantay Pass
  • Machu Picchu

In this journey you will trek from 3,900m/12,800ft to 2,100m/6,900ft, through the trail of Salkantay trek, you will visit a wonder of the modern world, Machu Picchu. And not only that, we appreciate the exuberant jungle flora and fauna of Cusco

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05 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Private Service

The 05 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Salkantay Hike will take you from 3,900m/12,800ft to 2,100m/6,900ft. Above all, traversing across magnificent mountain passes, enjoying enormous and mystical snow-capped peaks, seeing nature in its purest form. Also, you will be able to explore more than 15 different ecosystems that we have in this area from beginning to end. Moreover, the chances for ethnic and cultural exchange are ever-present with local natives who still remain closely attached to their heritage and are very willing to share it with open minds.

1

DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA (L)(D)

Lodging: Campsite at Soraypampa

2

DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA – CHALLWAY (B)(L)(D)

Lodging: Campsite at Soraypampa

3

DAY 3: CHALLWAY – LA PLAYA – LUCMABAMBA (B)(L)(D)

Lodging: Campsite at Soraypampa

4

DAY 4: LUCMABAMBA – LLAPTAPATA -HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES (17KM , HOURS 9)

Lodging in Aguas Calientes: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu*** or similar

5

DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B)

Itinerary

1

DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA

  • We will leave from Cusco approximately between 4:30a.m. and 5:00a.m.
  • So, a bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level) where we will arrive approximately at 8:00 in the morning
  • After that, we will stop for last-minute supplies, leg-stretching or use the restrooms. We will continue to our trek starting point, Challacancha.
  • We will meet with our support staff, and they will load the equipment on horses and mules.
  • Around 9:00 a.m., we will begin our walk toward Soraypampa (3900 meters above sea level). During the trip, we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River.
  • Consequently, around 1:00 pm, we will have a Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we will continue hiking toward Humantay Lake for 3 hours approximately, this is a beautiful lake in the mountains.
  • We will come back to our camp where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.

Lodging: Campsite at Soraypampa

2

DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA – CHALLWAY

  • Today, nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas.
  • After a nutritious breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. We will start the hike around 7:00 in the morning.
  • Then, we will hike to a place called Pampa Salkantay, then go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Humantay located next to the Apu Salkantay.
  • At midday, we will be on the highest point ( 4600 meters above sea level).
  • So, we will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is known as the second-highest point of the Cusco region.
  • Consequently, around 1:00 pm, we will have our lunch, in the area called Wayracmachay.
  • After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive to our camp in Challway (2920 meters above sea level).
  • Finally, Around 7:00 pm, we will recuperate from the trek and eat dinner.

Lodging: Campsite at Challway

3

DAY 3: CHALLWAY – LA PLAYA – LUCMABAMBA

  • Firstly, around 7:00 am, we will start our trek and we will enjoy the beautiful sunrise.
  • We will walk for about 5 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco. Then, we’ll arrive at a town called Collpabamba also called the “Forest Cloudy Brow” where waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed.
  • If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks’.the national bird of peru Once at Playa Sahuayaco lunch.
  • After that, we are going to hike couple of hours more to get to lucmabamba which is our last campsite also the beginning of the Inca trail of Llactapata.

Lodging: Campsite at Lucmabamba

4

DAY 4: LUCMABAMBA – LLAPTAPATA -HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES (17KM, HOURS 9)

  • Around 8:00 am. we will gradually hike up for about 2 hours to finally get to LlactaPata.
  • Certainly, it’s a beautiful archeological site that has connections to the Inca sites Machupicchu and Sayacmarka.
  • We will have plenty of time to explore this nice Inca site and will then start our descent to Hydro-Electrica (power plant) which will take us about 1 ½ hours.
  • As a result, a pleasant 3 hours walk will bring us to Aguas Calientes where we will stay in a hotel for the night.
  • Finally, after having stored our baggage we will go out and have dinner together in one of the many restaurants.

Lodging in Aguas Calientes: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu*** or similar

5

DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

  • This last day starts very early. We will wake you up at around 5:00 am have breakfast. Then, take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu.
  • We get up early as the Inca city is quietest in the early morning and you will have plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the sunrise over Machu Picchu.
  • So, our guide will give you a tour around Machu Picchu citadel telling you about the history of Machu Picchu and the most important temples and altars.
  • After that, if you still have plenty of energy you should climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. This is the steep mountain dominating the background of Machu Picchu.
  • It takes 1 hour to climb Huayna picchu and 1 to 1 ½ hour (depending on if you want to make a detour to the great cavern) to return down.
  • Then, once you feel that you have seen every corner of Machupicchu you will take a bus down to the village of Aguas Calientes to have lunch.
  • Usually, we take the bus at around 1:00 pm. The bus ride takes around 25 minutes and your guides will give you the ticket.
  • Make sure that, before you leave Machu Picchu by bus, the guides give you time and location of the restaurant where the group meets in Aguas Calientes.
  • Finally, you will get your train and bus tickets back to Cusco in the restaurant in Aguas Calientes.

What´s Included

SALKANTAY TREKKING INCLUDED:

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9.
  • Chef.
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 7kg of your personal items.
  • Pick-up and transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes, Day 4.
  • Inflatable sleeping mattress.
  • Oxygen bottle.
  • First aid kit.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
  • Train ticket Hidroelectrica-Machupicchu.
  • A train ticket Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo
  • Transportation Ollantaytambo-Cusco.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us).
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 5.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain.
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

PACKING LIST:

  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • A warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries or Headlamps.

Prices

SALKANTAY TREKKING RUNS AS A PRIVATE SERVICE

****Daily Departure with at least 2 people****

NUMBER OF PAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
*02 people $ 780.00
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*03 people $ 750.00
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*04 people $ 720.00
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*06- 08 people $ 630.00
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Discounts for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Under 18 years old: US$25.00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time
  • Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years old): US$25.00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using an university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to info@wamanadventures.com.  More Information about STUDENT CARD

Extra Services?

SERVICE PRICE
 Hire of sleeping bag – 5 season  $ 25.00
 Walking stick highly recommended!  $ 15.00
 Single supplement  $ 70.00
 Additional night at 3 star hotel  $ 85.00

FAQS?

Is the trek difficult? Do I need to be in good physical condition?

All our treks (Inka Trail, Salkantay, Ausangate, Lares, etc) are moderately difficult, lengthy and traverse rough mountain terrain. We kindly recommend that if you plan to conquer any of these routes machu picchu travel to be in relatively good physical condition, plus acclimatization.

How far in advance should I acclimatize for the Salkantay trekking – salkantay hike?

This means arriving to Cusco at least 02 days prior to salkantay hike departure to adjust to altitude. During the last two months leading up to your salkantay trek 5 day salcantay pass we suggest a regular and moderate exercise routine to improve endurance and stamina. We wish for you to have the best experience possible!

Are vegetarian, vegan, and/or other special diet needs available?

Of course! Without any additional costs! When you make your reservation of salkantay hike, salkantay trekking, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies.

That is to say, Vegetarian foods will be absent of all meats, chicken, or fish. We will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.

What will the meals be like during the salkantay trek to machu picchu?

Most of our main meals are a buffet-style, leaving you the option to avoid anything undesirable to you.

If there are any food items or veggies that you cannot stomach, perhaps onions, tomatoes, mushrooms.. etc, upon your request we will ask our chef to leave them out or separate this item.

We can also attend lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant diets. We cannot accept individuals with serious allergic or life-threatening reactions.

I have a food allergy. May I still participate?

Certainly, Every day we receive many clients with food allergies to nuts, wheat, etc. Please inform us in detail of your condition upon making your reservation.

Therefore, We kindly ask that you declare the severity of your reaction and any medication that you take in case of emergency.

However, If your allergy is severe, we ask that you be accompanied by a friend or individual conscious and fully responsible of your situation and ready with any medication.

WE CANNOT ACCEPT CLIENTS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

When must I arrive in cusco or arrive to your office?

We require that all clients arrive to Cusco at least 48 hours before the start of your salkantay trek tour, although 03 nights before is ideal. Certainly, You must pay your remaining balance two days before your departure for your salkantay hike. This will assure that all individuals are acclimatized and adjusted to the high altitude conditions to begin your trek comfortably. Please note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash in our office and cannot be paid before your arrival.

What are the office hours – salkantay trekking?

Certainly, our office hours are Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm, 4:00pm – 8:00pm. (Please aim to arrive 7:30pm at the latest!)

Are hiking sticks or poles necessary?

For the salkantay trekking more than any other, we do recommend hiking sticks, especially for those with any known knee problems. The poles will assist your balance and reduce the impact on your knees.

In addition, Waman Adventures will rent hiking sticks for $15

Where can I store my baggage that I dont need for the trail?

Any baggage that is not necessary for your trek may be stored in your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge). In the case that your hotel may not provide this service, we will store your baggage safely in our office free of charge.

What is the weather like during the trek?

Most importantly, The best time for making the salkantay trekking with good weather is between the months of April – October when there is minimal rainfall and clear skies. Therefore, The driest months are June – August, which is winter in the Andes.

When is the rainy season in Cusco – salkantay hike?

In the same vein, January to March is summer in Peru, which means rainy season for Cusco and especially the salkantay hike, which is located mostly in the tropical cloud forest.

Where do I have to be the morning of the start of my trek and where will I finish at the end?

Certainly, We will pick you up from your hotel to begin your trek and upon finishing, we will also leave you at your hotel.

I wish to have a train company or train option different to that which Waman Adventures offers, is this possible?

If you wish to change your train company or option (such as Vistadome de Peru Rail, to Ollantaytambo or the whole route to Poroy), or your departure time, additional fees may apply. You must speak with one of our sales agents to inquire about availability and the additional costs for the salkantay trekking.

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