Salkantay Trek 5D/4N

The white peak of the sacred mountain of Salkantay (6,271mtr – 20,574ft).

Wreathed in the white clouds that rise from the jungle, dominates Machupicchu and its approach. Treks around its base offer an extraordinary variety of ecological regions, from tropical valleys to glacial steppes.

Desert

DAY 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Salkantay Pampa.


After an early morning pick-up from your hotel, well go by private bus to the village of Mollepata.
From the tropical valley of Mollepata with its citrus groves, we'll go on to Choquekiclla for our first views of the southern faces of the Salkantay (6,271mtr - 20,574ft) and Humantay (6, 217271mtr - 20,574ft) massifs, both sacred to the people of the Andes.
Our first campsite for tonight is at Salkantay Pampa.
(10 km - 6.2 mi / 8 hour trek).
Meals:lunch and dinner.

DAY 2: Salkantay Pampa - Totora.

Desert

After an early breakfast, we are ready to start a 3-hour trek and begin our ascent to Apacheta pass (4,590mtr – 15,059ft). We'll have a magnificent view of the snow-capped Salkantay and Humantay, as well as other interesting geological formations. After a brief rest, we'll continue our trek downward to Huayracpampa, and on to our campsite at Totora, where we can enjoy the nearby hotsprings.
(20 km - 12.42 mi / 9 hour trek)
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DAY 3: Totora – La Playa.


Another early start and we are off on an easy hike into the cloud forest or Ceja de Selva. Once downhill, during the relaxed hike along the river we will be able to observe a wide variety of tropical flora and fauna and even take time for a
sprinkle under a waterfall. Finally, we arrive to our last campsite at La Playa (2,350 meters).
(14 km - 8.7 mi / 7 hour trek)
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Desert

DAY 4: La Playa – Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes.


In approximately one and a half hours we arrive at the pass of Lucmabamba traversing dense cloud forest, where we have our first possibility of sighting Machupicchu lying in front of us. After a relaxing break, we now descend to the Urubamba valley, passing a footbridge and arriving at the hydroelectric plant with its small railway station early in the afternoon. In the afternoon we take the short train ride to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hostel.
(8 km - 5 mi / 7 hour trek)
Meals: breakfast and lunch.

DAY 5: Machupicchu - Cusco.

Desert

We take the first bus in the morning to Machupicchu, arriving before the first crowds of tourist arriving from Cusco by train. A guided tour to the Sanctuary of Machupicchu and, if time allows, we can walk to the Inti Punku, the Sun gate. In the afternoon (around 3:00 pm) descend by bus to Aguas Calientes and train to Cusco (4:00 pm). Arrival in Cusco in the evening and transfer to your selected hotel.
Note: campsites may change at your guide's discretion.
Meals: breakfast.

INCLUDED:


Pickup from your hotel.
Professional bilingual (Spanish/English) guide.
Private transport by bus: Cusco - Mollepata (trailhead).
Entrance fee for the Salkantay trek.
Pack horses to carry equipment and your personal gear.
Wranglers responsible for the horses.
A Cook to prepare all meals.
Cooking equipment, mess tent, dining tent, chairs, tables, accommodation for the porters and cook.
Mountain Hardwear tents (a 3-person tent for every 2 individuals).
Foam mattress (self-inflating mattress can be rented - included in private service).
Meals (5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 3 Dinners) food is suited for trekking and is rich in carbohydrates.
Boiled water provided at meal times to refill your waterbottle.
Train from the Hydro Electric plant to Aguas Calientes.
Hostel in Aguas Calientes.
Roundtrip bus from Aguas Calientes to the Machupicchu Sanctuary.
Entrance fee to the Machupicchu Sanctuary.
Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
Transfer from the Cusco train station to your hotel.
First aid kit, emergency oxygen, radio communications.

NOT INCLUDED:


Sleeping Bag (can be rented in our office in Cusco).
Water purification tablets.
Tips for the wranglers, cook and guide.
Dinner on day 4 and 5 and lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes.