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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days 3 Nights

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Duration

 

4 Days

Max. Altitude

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4600

Distance

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70 km

Difficulty

High

High

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Our Special Salkantay Trek 4 days and 3 nights is the best short Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu that still gives you an experience of the variety of landscapes – snowcapped mountains, tropical areas, rainforest, grassland, and includes our popular coffee tour along the trek.

This tour was made for people who want time to experience the mountains without crowds of people around them. That is what is special our Salkantay Trek.

  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY
  • INCLUDES / PRICES
  • PRACTICAL INFORMATION
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DAY 1: LESS OXYGEN - FIRST EXPERIENCE OF HIGH ALTITUDE

Cusco - Soraypampa - Humantay lake

  • Breakfast and last tips from our guide to you.
  • 2 hours of fisrt hike  to lunch.
  • After lunch 1 hour to Humantay lake.
  • Happy hour, dinner and briefing for next day.

DAY 2: WE GO OVER SALKANTAY PASS (4655METRES) - ENJOY DIFFERENT CLIMATES

Soraypampa - Salkantay pass - Chaullay.

  • Breakfast and time to suncreme before starting out.
  • There 23 km between Chaullay and the next campsite.
  • Pass by local farmers lands.
  • Hot afternoon, good for shorts and t-shirts.
  • Happy hour, dinner and briefing for next day.

DAY 3: WAKE UP MORNING WITH A FRESH COFFEE 

Chaullay - La Plata Sahuayaco - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

  • We have breakfast.
  • Start,  5 hourshike  approx.
  • Enjoy panoramic views and the hight jungle or rainforest.
  • You will have a lunch in LA PLAYA.
  • Take train to Aguas Calientes or walk 3 hours(OPTIONAL).
  • Settle into hotel.
  • Dinner and briefing for next day.

DAY 4: OUR GOAL, WORLD WONDER MACHU PICCHU

Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu Sanctuary - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco 

  • Early morning go up to Machu Picchu.
  • Take bus or walk from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Enjoy the tour guiding in Machu Picchu.
  • Optional climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • Return to Aguas Calientes by foot or by bus.
  • Take the train from Aguas Caliente to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private Van from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa (SLEEP IN DOMES):

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco shortly after 4 a.m. to go by private van to Mollepata. This is a spectacular scenic drive through the Anta plains with beautiful and panoramic views across a vast plateau of the majestic Salkantay and other mountains covered with snow. Then marvel at the spectacular winding descent into the Valley of Apurimac River. After 2½ hours we stop in Mollepata to have breakfast and shop for last minute supplies. There will be time for leg-stretching or to use the bathrooms, before continuing to Challacancha. There we will meet with our support staff. They will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 8:30 a.m. we will start our trek toward Soraypampa (3900 meters above sea level) if we keep a regular pace we will take 3 hours approximately to reach Soraypampa for lunch at our first campsite. After lunch in the afternoon we have an option to go up to see Humantay Lake a glacial lake below the peak of Salkantay at (4200meters above sea level). This side tour takes 3 hours to hike back and forth from the camp. Alternatively, if we are moving at a slow pace; we will have lunch in Soraypampa. Either way our camp will be at Soraypampa. Sleeping tents will be ready and we will have a warm delicious dinner in the evening.

DURING THE TREK:

  • Meals: lunch, dinner
  • Accommodations: Soraypampa Camping DOMES.
  • Maximum Altitude: 3850 meters.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2850 meters.
  • Temperature during day: 13ºC - 25ºC
  • Temperature during night: 03ºC – 12ºC
  • Hiking Distance: 15 km approx.

Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Chaullay:

This day we leave Cusco early (about 4am) and drive for approximately 3 ½ hrs to Soraypampa where we will start the hardest day of the whole Salkantay trek 4 days 3 nights. We will be walking 7.5km to the highest point of the trek, enjoying magnificent panoramas of snow-capped mountains on the way. Once we reach the top we will have spectacular views of the sacred mountain, Salkantay. At 6245 metres it is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region. After 2 hours downhill we will have our delicious lunch around 1:00 p.m. in Huayracmachay. Then we continue approximately 3 hours downhill to our camp in Chaullay or Collpapampa (2900 metres) where your tent will be ready and waiting for you with a bowl of hot water for washing up. Then there is time to rest, nap or write. Around 7 p.m. we will have happy hour, dinner. Then we’re off to bed and a well-earned sleep.

DURING THE TREK:

  • Meals: lunch, dinner
  • Accommodations: Chaullay Camping.
  • Maximum Altitude: 4650 metres.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2920 metres.
  • Temperature during day: 15ºC - 25ºC
  • Temperature during night: 10ºC – 15ºC
  • Hiking Distance: 22 km approx.

Day 2: Chaullay - La Playa - Lucmabamba :

Around 6.30am, we start with our breakfast before beginning our trek through the high jungle. We cross the Lluskamayo valley and a variety of little brooks to reach La Playa (Sahuayaco) trekking about 6 hours. You will pass through wonderful landscapes and see waterfalls, rivers, beautiful plants and orchids. At La playa (Sahuayaco) we’ll have our lunch and the horses will go back to Mollepata. After lunch and another 30 minutes uphill you will reach our campsite at Lucmabamba. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy our coffee tour or, as an optional extra, take a local van to Santa Teresa to soak in the natural hot spring optional extra. At the end of the day we have our happy hour, dinner and then a briefing for the next day.

DURING THE TREK:

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodations: Lucmabamba Camping.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2920 metres.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2156 metres.
  • Temperature during day: 17ºC - 25ºC
  • Temperature during night: 13ºC – 15ºC
  • Hiking Distance: 16 km approx.

 

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu Sanctuary - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco:

Early morning, after the breakfast at the Hotel, you will go up by walking or you can take the bus to Machu Picchu where you meet with our Tour Guide for a private introductory tour of the Citadel. For the next 2 hours you will learn of the history, the structure and the stories of this important World Wonder. Then you will have free time to take pictures, relax and explore Machu Picchu by yourself. If you have reserved a climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, our Tour Guide show you where you start.

After exploring Machu Picchu, you will walk or take a bus down to Aguas Calientes. There you will collect your luggage at the Hotel and board the train to Ollantaytambo. When you arrive at Ollantaytambo, you will transfer to a van for a ride back to Cusco by van where you will be dropped off at your hotel or hostel.

DURING THE TREK:

  • Meals: breakfast
  • Maximum Altitude: 3410 metres.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2130 metres.
  • Temperature during day: 17ºC - 25ºC
  • Temperature during night: 13ºC – 15ºC
  • Hiking Distance: 3 km approx.

STANDAR SERVICE

Included:

  • Pre-departure briefing in Cusco.
  • Profesional bilingual Tour Guide.
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning  (we pick you up from where you are staying).
  • Private transportation to Soraypampa (starting point of the trek).
  • 1 Night sleep in our private DOMES.
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. 
  • Thermarest(air mat) sleeping mat.
  • Camping equipment (tent, cooking and eating tent. chairs and tables).
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 3
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 5kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 3
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes(private room,hot shower, tv, wi fi)
  • Entrance fee Machu Picchu
  • Tourist train back to ollantaytambo (expedition service at  14:30 pm,18:45pm leaving from Aguas calientes).
  • Private transport back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • All meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 3 dinners.
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and night, and also at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Vegetarian/special diet options available

Not included:

  • Entrance  fees to Huaynapicchu .( if you take this entrance it will be charge 25 american dollars to the original price).
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu Montaña .( if you take this entrance it will be charge 25 american dollars to the original price).
  • Train tickets from Aobamba(Hidroelectric) to Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu on day 4.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Breakfast on first day and lunch on the last day in aguas calientes
  • Entrances to the hot spring waters  or transportation to get there.
  • Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack.

SHARED GROUP SERVICE 

02 Persons / $.290.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS PER PERSON.

NOTE: Shared service price is only available with agreement passenger to share this service with other travellers (Group site  10 - 15 people).

DEPARTURE DAYS ARE ACCORDING TO PASSENGER REQUEST.

PRIVATE SERVICE

GROUP SIZE UP ON YOUR  REQUEST for people who want a personalize and exclusive service.

All include + description down here .

Private groups include addditional services like horses to ride and carry personal belongs, nice train (vistadome), Hotel *** in  Aguas calientes “la cabaña”, bus up and down to rich Machu Picchu, walking poles , extra food  and wather  along the trek.

PRICE PER  ADULT PERSON $.650.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS.  MINIMUN 2 PAX

PRICE PER STUDENT PERSON $.620.00 AMERICAN DOLLARS. MINIMUN 2 PAX

DEPARTURE DAYS ARE ACCORDING TO PASSENGER REQUEST.

What you should bring:

  • Original passport
  • ISIC card(www.isic.org) if it is applicable (needs to be sent at the time of your  booking)
  • Insurance card optional
  • Hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors)
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jack
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Rain pants
  • Sun hat, Bathing suit (for hot springs in santa teresa and Aguas Calientes)
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended) sun is strong
  • Insect Repellent  40 % deet (for mosquitos)
  • Water bottle
  • Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended)
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries (flashlight)
  • Extra contribution suggested money for tipping porters, cook and guide. and for any emergency (300 soles)

You can rent in our office:

  •      Walking sticks ($ 20.00 per person) for the entire hike.
  •      Sleeping bag ($ 25.00 per person) for the entire hike.

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