SALKANTAY TREK 5D/4N, WAKING UP WITH MACHU PICCHU

The Salkantay Trek. Salkantay trek in private cabins experience salkantay trek. Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, Salkantay Awesome. 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.

 

ITINERARY

+ Day 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA.

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel from 5:00 to 5:00 a.m. in a private vehicle, which will take you to the community of Mollepata, this is a journey of approximately 2 and a half hours. In Mollepata, you have an optional breakfast at our home, and pick up some water and snacks for the day. We also have a store to buy any last minute items that you may need for the trek.

After breakfast, we go in our private vehicle to Challacancha, which is approximately a 1 hour journey. From here, we will start to hike to our first lodge in Soraypampa, which is approximately a 2 hour walk. Here, you will be greeted with a coca tea and you will be shown to your rooms, when you will have time to get settled into the first night’s accommodation. Our lodges are fully equipped with private bathrooms, a hot shower, and we have a choice of rooms with double beds, twin rooms or rooms with 3 beds for bigger groups.

Once you are settled-in, you will be able to try some delicious and nutritious local cuisine. Vegetarians or anyone with food allergies are also welcome, we cater for all dietary needs. After a hearty lunch, you will have a short, acclimatisation trek to the spectacular Tukarhuay Lagoon with a stunning backdrop of the Tukarhuay glacier, or more commonly known as the Humantay glacier. You will also have spectacular views of the Salkantay glacier, one of the most sacred mountains in Inca mythology (Apu Salkantay) at a massive (6,200 metres / 20.341 feet). This excursion will take approximately 3 hours in total and will help you to acclimatise for the rest of the trek. When you get back to the lodge there will be an appetizer waiting for you and then a delicious dinner.

Total walking distance: 12km / 7.45 miles. Starting elevation: 3,380 metres / 12,729 feet. Highest elevation: 4,300 metres /14,107 feet. Altitude of the lodge: 3,850 metres /12,477 feet. Approximate night-time (outside) temperature at the lodge: 0 - 5°C.

+ DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA - SALKANTAY PASS – CHALWAY – LUCMABAMBA.

for the most difficult section (soraypampa- summit salkantay) 2 emergency horses are included. Today is the big day! We will wake up and have a coca tea at 5am. At 5:30am our host Marino, will serve a delicious breakfast. The ascent to the Salkantay pass at (4,660 metres - 1,5288,71 feet), is 7km (4.34 miles) in approximately 3 hours. When we reach the pass we will have a coca tea and take some time to appreciate the spectacular views of the mountains and glaciers of Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo. The Salkantay peak is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region and revered as an important God of the Incas, these are called “Apus” or Sacred mountains. After you arrive at the highest pass, you will then descend for approximately 2 hours until you arrive at Huayracmachay, where we will have lunch.

In the afternoon, you will enter the high part of the Amazon jungle, which is also known as a cloud forest. It is approximately a 10 km (6.2 miles) downhill walk, taking approximately 3 hours. The path is a wide track through thick woodland areas. This part of the trek is really beautiful and has stunningly decorated hillsides, with natural scenic views and a great amount of wildlife, native plants and flowers. The woodlands throughout most of the year are relatively warm, sometimes with quite hot temperatures. After finishing this stage of the hike, we will arrive at our lodge in CHALWAY (2,900 metres - 9,514 feet). On arrival, there will be a private vehicle to take us on the 1 hour journey to Lucmabamba. This is where we experience the tropical jungle area. You will arrive at the Lucmabamba lodge where the local family will welcome you and allow you to settle in to your rooms. They have private bathrooms and hot or cold showers. You have the option to participate in a cultural experience with the native people of the area, including farmers who organically cultivate their coffee plantations and is considered one of the best organic coffees in the world. The organic coffee plantations still use traditional methods to toast and grind the coffee beans. We will then continue through banana plantations where they also cultivate “granadilla” a member of the passion fruit family, yucca and avocados. We will finish the day with a delicious dinner after the day’s activities.

If for any reason you don’t have the time to visit the coffee plantations (due to time constraints or tiredness) you will have the opportunity to visit before breakfast the following morning.

Distance walked: 22km /13.67 miles. Starting elevation: 3850 metres /12631 feet. Highest altitude reached: 4660 metres / 15,288 feet. Altitude of the lodge in Lucmabamba: 2400 metres / 7874 feet.

  • Meals : Breakfast, lunch, dinner and an afternoon snack
  • Available rooms at the lodge: private rooms with private bathrooms.
  • Fresh towels.
  • Walking time: 8 -9 hours.
  • Private transfer: (Chalway – Lucmabamba).
  • Transfer of personal items: the whole walk
  • Difficulty level: Challenging – difficult.
  • Adventure: Satisfactory

+ DAY 3: LUCMABAMBA- LLACTAPATA INCA TRAIL.

The local family will wake you early in the morning with a hot cup of coffee, or coca tea at 7am. You will be able to prepare yourself for the day’s activities and then you will head out. You will pass through the banana, granadilla (passion fruit family), avocado and yucca plantations as well as the coffee plantations where the traditional methods are still used by local farmers to toast and grind the coffee beans. The organic coffee from this region is considered, one of the best in the world. You will be able to prepare yourself for the hike and enjoy a hearty breakfast from all of the products you have collected from the area, an unforgettable experience!

You will start to hike quite early in the day and you will have the opportunity to enjoy hiking on part of an original Inca trail. After a 3 hour ascent with incredible views of the Santa Teresa valley, you will arrive at the Inca site of LLACTAPATA, situated just in front of Machu Picchu. Not only can you catch your first glimpse of the Machu Picchu archaeological site, but also the amazing view of Huayna Picchu and the Machu Picchu Mountain. We will then spend the night at the LLactapata Lodge.

Distance walked: 8.km / 4.97 miles. Starting elevation: 2450 metres / 8038 feet. Altitude at The Llactapata Lodge: 2600 metres /8530 feet

  • Walking time: 5-6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transfer of your personal items with porters: The entire route
  • Accommodation in the Llactapata lodge: Private rooms with private bathroom
  • Fresh towels, soap and shampoo provided
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Adventure level: Absolutely!

+ DAY 4: LLACTAPATA LODGE – HYDROELECTRIC – AGUAS CALIENTES

A special day!

You will have the opportunity to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu from your room and you will be able to have breakfast in the panoramic dining room. You will then start hiking for 3 to 4 hours, downhill on an original Inca Trail and away from the “beaten track”, which most trekker’s use, until you arrive at a small family home, where the family will be waiting for you with fresh water (bottled) to rehydrate and show you this impressive site. You will then continue to the hydroelectric train station, which is your lunch spot for the day.

The most impressive view in this area is the 300 metre natural waterfall, which generates electric energy for the region of Cusco. We will then continue to the famous “Intihuatana” (Sundial). This is an ancient rock, which was used by the Incas to estimate the time of day by the angle of the sunlight. According to historical accounts, this ancient Inca Stone would only work in conjunction with the Intihuatana inside the site of Machu Picchu. It was only with these sundials that the Incas could tell when it was the Winter solstice and know that it was the start of a new cultivational cycle. After we have seen this small Inca site, we will continue to the train tracks. Next to the tracks is a pathway, which will take us roughly 3 hours to walk to the town of Aguas Calientes, the town just below the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. This section of the trek is very interesting as it was the same way that the American Professor Hiram Bingham, used to arrive at Machu Picchu when he “re discovered” the citadel, after it had been abandoned for many centuries.

  • Total distance walked: 12 km / 7.45 miles
  • Walking time: 6 - 7 hours
  • Starting Elevation: 2600 metros / 8530 feet
  • Elevation in Aguas Calientes: 1900 metros / 6233 feet
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Adventure level: Absolutely!
  • 3 star Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Dificulty Level: Easy

+ DAY 5: Machu Picchu - Cusco

The day we have all been waiting for! The entrance to Machu Picchu is open from 6am until 5pm. Visiting for Machu Picchu is split into 2 groups, you have to choose either the morning group or the afternoon group. The first shuttle busses go to the ruins at 5:20am. We include the bus ticket going up, but if you want a bus back down to Aguas calientes, you have to buy it yourself. You may also walk up to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu in about 1.5 hours. The guided tour usually lasts 2 hours for this mystical site. There is also the option to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain or the Machu Picchu mountain (be aware that you need to reserve permits with anticipation to climb these mountains, and it costs $10usd more). Both mountains take around 3 hours to climb up and down. You can also hike to the “Inti Punco” or Sungate which is where the Inca trail trekkers see their first view of Machu Picchu.

After visiting Machu Picchu we go down to Aguas Calientes and catch our train to Ollantaytambo. From there a shuttle will take us to Cusco, the entire trip is about 4 hours.

INCLUDED & NOT INCLUDED

+ Included in the package:

  • Entrance fee to Salkantay Trail
  • Pre- trek briefing: You will meet with the guide for your trek and the rest of the group in our office for an orientation meeting. You will also be given duffle bags, which will be carried by horses on the trek. We will meet at 7:00 pm the night before the trek.
  • Transport from your hotel in Cusco to challacancha on day 1 and from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco at the end of the trek on day 5.
  • A bi lingual guide (Spanish and English), From day 1 to day 5.
  • Private rooms: We have double rooms, twin rooms, triple rooms and quadruple rooms
  • The last night of this trek is spent in a hotel in Aguas Calientes with a double or triple room, private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, breakfast, and luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu.
  • 1 Duffle bag: to carry your personal items ( up to 7 kilos / 15 pounds)
  • Wake up with tea!: Each morning at the lodge we will awake you with a hot cup of coca tea which our staff will bring to your room. .
  • Transport of your personal items, by pack horse / mules or porters for all of the trek.
  • Guided tour of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary including entrance fee.
  • Wake up with tea!: Each morning at the lodge we will awake you with a hot cup of coca tea which our staff will bring to your room. .
  • Afternoon Tea Happy Hour: Each afternoon, 1 hour before our dinner, your hosts and families will serve popcorn, cookies, coffee, hot chocolate and some different types of tea, hot water etc. This is because after a hard days hiking, you will arrive quite hungry and tired.
  • Daily snacks - Days 1, 2 y 3. Our snacks consist of local fruits, cookies, chocolate, sweets, etc. We will give you these snacks in the at the start of each trekking day and should last most of the day (Vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost)
  • All meals except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 4.
  • Hygenic Products: All of our lodges have fresh towels for hands and face and body.
  • Hot water in all of our lodges
  • First Aid kit: Our crew always carry an extensive first Aid kit including an oxygen tank in case of any emergencies.
  • Hygenic Products: All of our lodges have fresh towels for hands and face and body.
  • Train tickets : From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (tren expeditions)
  • Rain ponchos.
  • We also provide a natural walking stick for the hike at no extra cost- one stick per person.

+ NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:

  • Day 1: Breakfast
  • Last Day: Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks and energy drinks are NOT included. Clothing or personal items or travel insurance is Not included.
  • Return shuttle bus Bus from Aguas calientes - Machupicchu - return

+ 2 OPTIONS to return to Cusco from Aguas Calientes:

Option: If you feel tired after the trek to and from Llactapata, you have the option to take a train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes. (Cost: USD $26.00) Additional costs or delays out of control of the management (landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.)

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Group Tour:

$ 595 per person

* A group tour means that it is open for other trekkers to join you. This means that your group will have varying hiking and fitness abilities. All our guides are experts on how to keep the trek moving and happy no matter how fast you hike.

Private Tour:

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

2 Trekkers  $ 840 per person

3 Trekkers  $ 820 per person

4 Trekkers  $ 800 per person

5 Trekkers  $ 740 per person

6 Trekkers  $ 690 per person

7 Trekkers  $ 640 per person

8 Trekkers  $ 590 per person

* All our tours are priced in US Dollar.

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