1 NIGHT STAY IN OUR ECO-LODGE
Humantay Lake trek & ZIP LINE + THE MOST EXTREME SWING IN SOUTH AMERICA!
Bonfire under the stars (unique itinerary)
Refugios Salkantay is a team of families living along the Salkantay route. There is no travel agency or middleman operating the company. We are people from the area who will interact with you directly in order to bring you the highest quality service. We will show you how our culture, traditions, and ancestral history work in harmony with the flora and fauna of the area. Salkantay trek.
+ DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA
On the first day you will be picked up from your hotel in the city of Cusco at 4:30am – 5am and taken to the town of Mollepata in a private minivan, which takes approximately 2 .5 hours.
Here we will be taken to our family restaurant, "La Casona de Mechita" where we will have breakfast and be briefed about the hike and the included adventure activities.
Here, we have on sale any last minute items that you may have forgotten for your trek (torches, Sunblock, Insect repellent, sandals, chocolate bars, sun hats and beanies, rain ponchos, woolen gloves etc). We will continue the journey from Mollepata in our private van, for approx 40 minutes where we will reach the trail head . From here we will walk approximately 20 minutes until we arrive at our Zipline where our professional instructors will be waiting for us, to give the pre-activity talk about the security, safety aspects etc. and where we will receive the necessary equipment, which has been previously inspected for quality control and security. After this, we will pass along the 800 metre zipline to our next destination, which is the “Extreme swing”. Before lunch, we will have approximately half an hour to enjoy the hammocks and the incredible view of the Salkantay and Humantay glaciers and take advantage of being able to charge our cell phones, camera’s, free internet etc.
After lunch, we will hike to a glacial lake at the foot of the Humantay glacier. This is approximately a 3 hour trek (return) and is the perfect opportunity to acclimatize for the hike the next day. The Humantay lake is surrounded by imposing glaciers which form part of the Andean Mountain range, amongst which, are the spectacular Salkantay and Humantay glaciers and where the stunning Humantay glacial lake is formed. When you visit this pristine lake, your viewpoint on nature and the environment will be transformed. This is also where you can appreciate the flora and fauna of the area. Your body will appreciate the clean oxygen, which your body will thank you for and where you can take some spectacular photo’s.
On our return to the Lodge, you will be able to enjoy a bonfire with the spectacular glaciers as a backdrop and the stunning, starry skies which will help give you an appetite for the delicious dinner which awaits you.
- Distance: Short – 12km/7.45 miles
- Time: approx. 5 hours
- Location: Refuge Salkantay (3,869m/12,690ft)
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Private rooms, comfortable beds, body and face towels
- Lunch, Dinner
- 2 liters of bottled water per person.
+ DAY 2: SORAY PAMPA – SALKANTAY PASS -SORAYPAMPA-CUSCO
Today is a great day! We will reach the highest point of the Salkantay trek at a massive 4638 m / 15,213 ft. You will be able to see the amazing peaks of the mountain which form part of the Vilcabamba mountain range from all directions and the imposing southern face of the "Salkantay" sacred mountain.
We will wake up at 5:30am with a hot coca leaf tea and then at 6:30am a delicous breakfast will await you. Breakfast is served by my family, mainy my father Marino who will set you on your way with a small snack, choclates and a large bottle of water. The first part of the walk is relatively easy going, as the ascent is gradual out of the valley. On this part of the trek you will see some fantastic views of the Salkantay peak at a massive 6271 m / 20574ft elevation.
Then follows the most difficult part of the trek called the "7 serpents" due to the zig zag pathway. This will take you approximately 45 minutes, after which you will arrive at the highest point of the trek. (4640m / 15255 ft.). Once you have arrived at this point, it will take another 3 to 4 hours walking 7 .5 km . It wil then be a return journey of approximately 2 hours walking. Once you arrive at the lodge you can enjoy a well earned, hearty lunch after which your private transport will be waiting to take you back to Cusco.
- Walking time: 6 hours
- Level Hiking: Moderate Challenging, crossing a mountain pass 4,640m / 15,200 feet
- Meals: breakfast, lunch
- 2 liters of bottled water
- Travel cost:
INCLUDED & NOT INCLUDED
COST PER PERSON : $ 150
+ Included in the package:
- Pick-up from your lodging in Cusco
- Transportation (Cusco – Mollepata, Mollepata – Soraypampa--Soraypampa- cusco)
- Towels and hot showers in all Refuges
- Private rooms in Soraypampa.
- All meals along the route
- Water days 1 & 2 ( 2 liter bottle in the morning)