Salkantay Trek 5Days/4Nights offers beautiful scenery and micro climates along the way, snow-capped mountains of Humantay Mt 19.192ft / 5.850m, Salkantay Mt 20.505ft / 6.250m; diversity in wild vegetation, farmlands, and local communities, hot springs, Inca sites, until reach to Machu Picchu city at the last day.
Considered one of the most popular treks in South America, Salkantay trek 5D / 4N is the second only to the famous Inca Trail, named after the highest peak in Vilcabamba range mountains, the trail joins the Peruvian Andes and two main valleys in the region; Apurimac Valley southwest to the Urubamba Valley to the northeast. The journey will transport you into the history of Andean people, where Andean merchants took this path for commercial purposes.
We leave Cusco city early at 4:30 am, the trekking guide will pick you up at the hotel, and you will drive in a private transportation to Challacancha, the trailhead of our trek it takes about 3.5 hours driving.
After breakfast, we leave and begin with a small uphill which leads up us to the water duct, appreciates the Humantay mountain, subsequently, we continue the straight trail by the channel until Soraypampa the first lunch place, on our way further away we will see Salkantay mountain. At Soraypampa, we will have the chance to visit the Humantay lagoon, two hours away from our lunch place is our camp site at Salkantaypampa 13.451ft./4.100m. We will find our trekking team and tents set up.
Salkantay pampa is further ahead from the rest of the groups in an open area by the mountain.
• Walking distance: 9, 3 Miles. / 14 km
• Trailhead Elevation: 12.467 ft. / 3.600 m
• Maximum Altitude Gained: 850 meters
• Campsite Climate: Cold 5C – 41F at night
• Campsite Elevation: 13,451 ft. / 4,150 m
• Weather: Cold
After a delicious breakfast, we will leave the campsite toward Salkantay pass at 15.180ft./4.627m, we will be one of the first groups enjoying the views of the mountains, at this point the temperature drops very quickly that will not let us stay longer, after a while we will head two hours downhill toward Wayraqmachay the lunch place, our trekking guide will give you some instructions about the following part, after that we will continue downhill for 3 hours to Challway, spot where we will join our team, then we will continue to our campsite at Qolpa Pampa.
Today’s journey we will experience different micro climates, from the high lands, descending to the Cloud forest the high jungle area 12.467ft./3.800m, characterized by its typical vegetation such as moss, ferns, bamboo forest, wild orchids, bromeliads.
Our campsite is located at (9.350ft. /2.849m.) warmer than the first campsite, so you won’t need to wear many layers.
• Walking distance: 9, 3 Miles. / 14 km, mostly downhill
• Trailhead Elevation: 14,271 ft. / 4,350 m
• Maximum Altitude Gained: 1.5 km
• Campsite Climate: mild weather 15C – 50F at night
• Campsite Elevation: 9.350ft. /2.849m
• Weather: Humid
Today’s trek, we will be entering the sub-tropical area in which we will appreciate diverse flora and tropical fruits growing in the wild vegetation, likewise field farms such as, passion fruits plantations, avocado trees, banana plantation, and coffee farms.
After a good breakfast, we leave the campsite to take the undulated trail by the side of Qollpa Pampa River, it will take about 4 hours until Sahuayaco village (La Playa), place where we will have the lunch. After lunch, we continue for 50 minutes following the car road to our Campsite at Lucmabamba.
Note: At the campsite, there is an option to explore and visit one of the local house and learn how to make your best cup of coffee and interact with locals. Likewise, there is the chance to go and relax in the Cocalmayos hot springs.
• Walking distance: 8,6 miles /13.8 km, uneven trail
• Trailhead Elevation: 9.350ft. /2.849m
• Campsite Climate: Warm 20C – 68F at night
• Campsite Elevation: 6.561ft. /2.000m
• Weather: Warm
After our breakfast, we continue our adventure, now uphill for about 3 hours to Llactallacta, the Inca site facing to Machu Picchu citadel, after a brief information and having taken some photos, we will continue 2.5 hours downhill toward Hydroelectric for lunch, from now on, we will continue without our cook and porters, it will be the time to say them goodbye, afterward, we will take the trail by the railway along the Urubamba Valley toward Aguas Calientes town. On the way, we will see part of Machupicchu citadel, some terraces and a lot of wild vegetation.
Tonight, we will stay in 3 stars hotel room provided by Kuntur Peru.
After all our trek, you will have a hot shower, clean bedroom, comfortable mattress, there is a massage service at your hotel for an extra cost if you desire. For the last supper, your guide will pick you up at the hotel.
• Walking distance: 9,9 miles/16 km, up, down and flat trail
• Trailhead Elevation: 6.561ft. /2.000m
• Town Climate: 17C – 62F at night
• Town Elevation: 6.692ft. /2.040m
• Weather: Mild
Early in the morning after breakfast, you will take the bus up to visit Machu Picchu citadel. Make sure you are carrying your passport the one you have booked with, once in the citadel, your guide will give you a background information about the Inca city, then he will show you the most important sectors in the citadel, after 2 hours guided tour you will have plenty of time for further exploring.
Note: If you purchased the admission tickets to climb Wayna Picchu Mt or Machu Picchu Mt, your guide will give you some instructions about where and what time you should be there, it could take 1.5 to 2 hours back and forth.
The guide will meet you at Aguas Calientes town for lunch. Afterward, we take our return train to Ollantaytambo, where our private transportation will be waiting for us, we drive 2 hours back to Cusco
• Meals: Snacks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are not included today.
• Estimated walking time: 2 guided tour in Machu Picchu.
• Walking distance: Exploring in Machu Picchu.
• Machu Picchu Elevation: 7.874ft. /2.400m.
• Accommodation: Back to your hotel in Cusco.
• Difficulty: Easy
The trekking tour includes
- • Pick up from your hotel
- • All transportation is private
- • Professional English-speaking guide
- • Assistant guide for groups 8+
- • Duffle bag for 8 kg /17lbs for extra clothes, horses will carry.
- • Four season tents for two people
- • Extra horse in case of emergencies
- • Horses to carry all equipment
- • Foam mattress, pillows
- • Everyday meals, snacks, and afternoon tea
- • Drinking water, we fill up the bottles every day
- • Three stars hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes.
- • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu back and forth.
- • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu citadel.
- • Guided for two hours in Machu Picchu.
- • Train tickets from Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo.
The trekking tour doesnt include
- • Lunch and dinner the last day.
- • Sleeping bag (can be hired from US$ 25.00).
- • Trekking poles (can be hired from US$ 20.00).
- • Inflatable mattress (can be hired from US$ 20.00).
- • Entrance fees to Huayna Picchu (An additional cost $25 per person)
- • Travel Insurance. We strongly recommend you to take out travel insurance for time of your trip.
- • Tips (tips are recommended after all treks, usually given at the last campsite of the trek)
What to bring for the trek?
- Passport, the one you booked for the tour
- International student card (ISIC) if applicable for discount.
- Confortable trekking boots.
- Waterproof jacket, warm jacket.
- Extra trekking pants and T-shirts.
- Sun hat, cap, and gloves.
- Personal medication.
- Metal water container or camel bags if possible.
- Extra water bottle on day one, we provide water every day.
- Hand sanitizer, insect repellent, and Toiletries.
- Sun cream (SPF 35+ recommended).
- Camera with an extra memory card.
- Headlamp or lantern with spare batteries.