Salkantay Trek

DURATION

05 Days

--- USD

PER PERSON
Based two people all private service

TRIP STYLE

Hiking, Exploration and Adventure

HIGHLIGHTS

Mollepata,Soraypampa, Chaullay, Salkantay, Santa Teresa Hot Springs, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

The famous Salkantay Trek (or Salcantay Trek), named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, is a trek open to everybody, with no limitation on spaces or permits (at least for now). Connecting the city of Mollepata, Cusco with Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests.

Located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south central Peru by the Cordillera Vilcabamba and rising to 6271 meters above sea level (20574 ft) Mt. Salkantay is an outstanding glacier-capped summit worshipped for thousands of years by local indians. The name Salkantay is a quechua word meaning “Savage Mountain”.

This trek is better suited for more adventure some trekkers who are able to handle a little more altitude and distance. This trek takes you up and along Salkantay, which is the second largest mountain in the Cusco region (6280 msn). On the first night, you will sleep not too far away from the snowcapped peak. The second day will be the hardest day of the tour. While you work a bit harder to get there, the views at the top are even more stellar. After you reach the 4,600 meter pass, it is almost pure downhill, descending into a more tropical area on the far side of the mountain. You will take the forty five minute train ride to Aguas Calientes from the famous Hydro Electric Dam and then spend the rest of the 4th evening relaxing in the town. In the morning you take the bus up to Machu Picchu for your tour.

*Participants need to be in good physical health and condition to be able to enjoy the excursion. The trekking will be difficult if you have not exercised regularly before your trip. To fully enjoy this adventure, we advise passengers to get into an exercise program for their own safety and enjoyment. If a passenger suffers from any medical condition, we advise him/her to consult a physician about joining an Expedition like this and plan to spend at least 2 full days in Cusco (3 days is better) prior to start the trek.

Classic Salkantay Questions

Salkantay, Salcantay. Sallqa Antay the named origin in native language from the Incas. Now a days is well know us a Salkantay trek or Salkantay Trail

Salkantay 4 day can be shorted to 4 days by skipping the last day Salkantay trekking near the amazon cloud forest. But most classic Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is 5 days 4 nights.

Salkantay Trek for beginners can be difficult but not impossible. Few days before departure need to be training for Salkantay Trekking with acclimatizing before departure at list 03 day early by doing Day Trip from Cusco.

Salkanatay altitude trek 4,600 m.15, 000 Ft. The second day consider the most difficult at this high, reason why is recommended to work with best Salkantay Trek operators.

Salkantay trek difficulty from 1 to 10 is number 7. Few days before departure recommended training for Salkantay trek with hike activities and acclimatizing.

Salkantay pronounce in Quechua native language from the Incas Sallqa Antay means wild Mountain or wild star pronounce Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu.

Salkantay trek difficulty from 1 to 10 is number 7. Few days before departure recommended training for Salkantay trek with hike activities and acclimatizing. 

Salkantay Mountain altitude is 6280 m.s.n. 20574 Ft. 

Salkanatay altitude trek 4,600 m.15, 000 Ft. The second day consider the most difficult at this high, reason why is recommended to work with best Salkantay Trek operators.

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Located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south central Peru by the Cordillera Vilcabamba and rising to 6271 meters above sea level (20574 ft) the highest Mountain in the Andes range.

Salkantay Mountain altitude is 6280 m.s.n. 20574 Ft. third highest in Peru nearest cloud forest.

Salkantay trek or Salkantay Trail worlds 25 famous trekking in the world rated by national geographic Salka means wild Antay means star or Wild Mountain.

The famous Salkantay Trek (or Salcantay Trek), named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, is a trek open to everybody, with no limitation on spaces or permits (at least for now). Connecting the city of Mollepata, Cusco with Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trekking is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests.

Salkantay trek or Salkantay Trail worlds 25 famous trekking in the world rated by national geographic Salka means wild Antay means star or Wild Mountain.

Salkanatay  Trekking can be done any time of the year during April to November dry season and from December to march wet season are great, just need to pack according to your availability.

Salkanatay altitude trek 4,600 m.15, 000 Ft. The second day consider the most difficult at this high, reason why is recommended to work with best Salkantay Trek operators, located in the northwest of the Andes Mountain Range.

The Salkantay trekking start at Soraypapa based mountain over 3,850 m.s.n 9,515 Ft. driving from Cusco 4 hours where most on the Salkantay tour Operators used for base camp.

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The Salkantay trekking start at Soraypapa based mountain over 3,850 m.s.n 9,515 Ft. driving from Cusco 4 hours where most on the Salkantay tour Operators used for base camp.

Booking Salkantay Trek online with 50% down payment of full payment even better to use Paypal or bank transfer online.

Salkanatay altitude trek 4,600 m.15, 000 Ft. The second day consider the most difficult at this high, reason why is recommended to work with best Salkantay Trek operators, located in the northwest of the Andes Mountain Range.

The Salkantay trekking start at Soraypapa based mountain over 3,850 m.s.n 9,515 Ft. driving from Cusco 4 hours where most on the Salkantay tour Operators used for base camp.

itinerary

DAY 1 CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA

Early in the morning we pick you up from your hotel and transfer you in a private bus to Mollepata passing by traditional towns like Iscuchaca , Ancahuasi and Limatambo, as well highlands plateaus and landscapes with great views of snowcapped mountains that belong to the cordillera Vilcabamba. The bus ride will take 3 hours to Mollepata and then the hike will be about 6 or 8 hours . The trail climbs a little up from Mollepata pass through the pastures, farming lands, afterwards descending until the campsite through the high brush down to Soraypampa (3950 masl). (L , D).

DAY 2 SORAYPAMPA – CHAULLAY 

Early in the morning you leave from Soraypampa and keep going up the beautiful valley walking just below the majestic snowcapped mountain named Salkantay (6270 masl) after 1:1/2 hours the trek becomes steep zigzagging for a while after that we get the pass named Salkantay pass, 4650masl from where you will be rewarded with superb views . The trail descends through an old moraine passing great pastures down to the camp of Huayroqmachay located at 4000masl. After lunch the way is going down to the second camp site at 2950 masl. (B, L, D).

DAY 3 CHAULLAY – SANTA TERESA HOT SPRINGS

You wake up with lovely mountain scenery and a good morning tea. Continue to the north down to the lush jungle through different ecosystems watching birdlife like hummingbirds, trashes, finches, tanagers, sparrows, guans, parrots, etc It will be a long descending day towards the cloud forest where people live taking advantages of nature, also you will pass great waterfalls. At the end of the day we will see passion fruit fields. The hike will last approximately 5 or 6 hours; the campsite is at the community named “Santa teresa” (1900 masl), overnight and enjoy the hot springs great dinner (B, L, D)

DAY 4 SANTA TERESA – AGUAS CALIENTES

Leaving from the playa the trek continues through plantations of coffee, banana, and tropical fruits. After you’ll descend until Hydroelectric ( 1800 masl) and continue to Aguas Calientes just below Machu Picchu Inca sanctuary, this afternoon you can go to have an optional bath in the natural hot springs a great place to relax after this challenging trek. Overnight at selected accommodation (B, L)

DAY 5 MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Early bus ride for 25 minutes to go to Machu Picchu city, guided tour for 3 hours and plenty of free time for further exploring, photos and optional climb of the mountain Huayna Picchu, Temple of the Moon, or the Gate of the Sun. An according time, we will go down to the Aguas Calientes town to return to Cusco City. Reception at the train station and transfer to your accommodation (B).

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

Included

  • Professional Bilingual Guide.
  • Private bus from Cusco to Mollepata.
  • Horses and arrieros (to carry tent, food, cooking equipment and your personal staff max. 5 kls per person)
  • Cook
  • Camping equipment (tents, mattresses, tables and seats cooking tent and dinning tent).
  • Excellent meals (04 breakfast / 04 lunches / 03 dinners).
  • First aid kit and Oxygen balloon.
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu.
  • Tourist Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Backpacker)
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Not Included

  • Sleeping bag
  • Extra horses to carry extra luggage

SUGGESTIONS

What you’ll need to bring and carry

  • Backpack & daypack
  • – 8 °C sleeping bag
  • Hiking boots ( runners shoes are not recommended )
  • Walking poles
  • Warm clothes: layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
  • Flash light:
  • Camera and extra film & batteries
  • Sun protection: sunscreen: sun hat: sunglasses
  • Thermals: wool socks: and woolen hat for cold nights:
  • Insect repellent:
  • Rain poncho: a good rain jacket:
  • Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs.
  • Gloves / scarf: trekking pants or similar.
  • Water bottle: water purifying tablets:
  • Personal medical kit:
  • Original passport and original isic student card if applicable:
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

RECOMMENDED TIME OF YEAR FOR THIS TREK

MAY TO NOV AND FROM DEC TO APRIL 
(Rainy season) it’s possible to do this trek but it’s hard. This trek is rated a moderate to difficult hike considering the high altitudes and length of walking especially on the 2nd Day. You need to acclimatize in Cusco at least 2 full days (3 days is better) prior to start the trek

 

Regarding horses who carry personal items. You will need to carry with you a daypack with your Camera, water bottle, snacks, cold weather clothing and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in Dry season – May to October)- but as a precaution) and anything you will need before lunch as horses do not walk alongside you. You will meet up with your bag at lunch and then it will be waiting for you in your tent at campsites.

NOTE: You will need to leave your luggage in the Cusco hotel; all the hotels in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables in their safe.

Peru Travel information

When to travel to Peru? Considering that Peru is categorized as one of the 17 megadiverse countries on earth, you have a variety of climates and seasons to consider. That being said, you can visit Peru year-round depending on where you would like to visit. However, if you are looking to explore the Amazonian rainforest or traverse through the Andes Mountains, many travelers choose to avoid the rainy season which runs from November to March with its peak between January and February. Visiting from April through October lands you in the generally dry winter season, which is an excellent time to visit Machu Picchu, experience a world-class trek, traverse the exotic Amazon Rain forest not to mention the other amazing destinations Peru has to offer. Speak with a Qosqo Expeditions Designer today to discover the best time for you to experience a luxury tour of Peru.

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