SALKANTAY TREK 5D/4N, WAKING UP WITH MACHU PICCHU
Salkantay Refuges 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.
You will be picked up from your hotel at 6am 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 will be greeted by my family, where we will have breakfast (Marino, my husband and /or my children- Flor or Edwin), who will give you all the necessary information about the trek, the map of the route you will take, plus 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, you will be driven 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 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 triple rooms with 3 beds for bigger groups. After 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 Lake with the stunning backdrop of the Tukarhuay glacier, also 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). 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 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.
- Accommodation: private rooms at the lodge
- Meals : Lunch, dinner and afternoon tea and snacks)
- Walking time : 4-5 hours
- WIFI Signal
- Fresh towels face towels, and soap provided.
- 2litres of bottled water.
- Transfer of your personal items for the duration of the trek.
- Dificulty level: Moderate
- Adventure level: satisfactory
DAY 2: CROSSING THE SALKANTAY PASS- HUAYRA MACHAY OR HUAYRAC PAMPA
(Walking 5 –7 Hours) 13,5km /8.38miles.
Today is the big day!
You will wake up and have a coca tea at 5am. At 5:30am our host Marino, will serve a delicious breakfast. A horseman (arriero) will carry your personal item’s with mules to our lunch stop at (Huayracmachay). This is an ascent of 7km (4.34 miles) in approximately 3 hours, between the rocky valley and the magnificent Salkantay Mountain at (4,660 metres - 1,5288,71 feet). When we reach the pass, you will be able to appreciate the spectacular views of the mountains and glaciers of Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay y Pumasillo, where we will be greeted with some coca tea.
The Salkantay peak is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region (6,200 metres - 20.341 feet) and is revered as an important God of the Inca civilisation. Their Gods were 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.
Distance walked: 13.5km / 8.38miles. Starting elevation: 3,880 metres / 12,729 feet. Maximum altitude: 4,660 metres / 15,288 feet. Altitude at Huayracpampa: 3,950metres /12,959 feet.
- Accommodation : “Glamping” tents
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Walking time : 5-7 hours
- Fresh towels
- Hot shower
- Transfer of personal ítems : all day
- Difficlty level: challenging
DAY 3: LLACTAPATA REFUGE OVERLOOKING MACHUPICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES
The Best day of the trek!
You will have your breakfast at 7am so that you can start hiking at 8am. 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 huge variety of wildlife, native plants and flowers. The woodlands throughout most of the year are relatively warm, and temperatures can be quite high at certain times of the year. After finishing this stage of the hike, we will arrive at 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. We will have a cultural experience with one of the native families of Lucmabamba. The farmers organically cultivate their coffee plantations and their coffee, is considered one of the best organic coffees in the world. These organic coffee plantations still use traditional methods to toast and grind the coffee beans. You will then continue through banana plantations where they also cultivate “granadilla” a member of the passion fruit family, yucca, oranges and avocados.
After a well-deserved lunch, you will continue to walk for 3 hours to enjoy a small section of a famous Inca trail with incredible views of the Santa Teresa valley. You will arrive at the Llactapata Inca site - just in front of Machu Picchu. This is a very special place and from this point until the Llactapata lodge, you will have some time to enjoy the spectacular views and the sunset in front of Machu Picchu. Not only can we see the Machu Picchu ruins, we can also see the amazing Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains. This will be your first view of Machu Picchu on the trek.
Distance walked: 18km /11,187 miles. Starting elevation: 3,950 metres / 12,959 feet. Elevation of Llactapata lodge: 2,100 metres / 6,889 feet.
- Total walking time: 5-6 hours.
- Private transport (Chalway – Lucmabamba) 1 hour.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and afternoon tea.
- Accommodation in the lodge: Private rooms and private bathrooms.
- Fresh towels and soap.
- Transfer of personal items: available along the road.
- Difficulty level: easy - moderate
- Adventure level: Satisfactory.
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 2 hours, on a slight descent, 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.
After lunch at the Hydroelectric train station, this is where we say GOODBYE and where the services of “Refugios Salkantay” end.
(Optional) You may then continue for another 2 and a half hours walk, until you reach the town of Aguas Calientes. This is a very popular route along the train tracks to get to Machu Picchu and it is virtually impossible to get lost.
- Distance Walked: 18 km / 11.2 miles.
- Startingelevation: 2,450 metres / 8,038 feet.
- Elevation in Aguas Calientes: 1900 metres /6233 feet.
- Walking time: 5-6 hours.
- Starting elevation: 2,600 metres – 8,530.184 feet.
- Meals: Breakfast and lunch.
- Adventure: Absolutely!
- Dificulty Level: Easy
DAY 5: Machu Picchu
The most outstanding experience today: Arrive early in the morning to Machu Picchu, for which you will have to wake up really early in your hotel. The entrance to Machu Picchu is open from 6am until 5pm. You may want to walk up to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu or you can take the shuttle bus to the entrance (for $ 12.00 usd ) This will give you more time to experience the amazing site before the trains start to arrive from Cusco. In addition, arriving before the trekkers from the Inca trail get to Machu Picchu plus you have the bonus of the amazing sunrise. If you would like the services of a guide, there are many at the entrance to the site. The cost is usually around s/20 per person for a group tour and around s/150 soles for a private tour. A 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). Both mountains take around 3 hours to climb up and down. Also for the more adventurous you can hike to the “Inti Punku “ or Sun Gate which is where the Inca trail trekkers see their first view of Machu Picchu. You may stay and enjoy this magnificent site for 7 hours more, until 5 pm.
Cost: $ 300 U.S.D Per person (Minimum 2 people).
If you are a lone traveller, please ask to see if we have other passengers departing on the same date.
Included in the package:
- Hotel Pick up in Cusco.
- Private transport (Cusco – Mollepata / Mollepata – Soraypampa ).
- Hot shower: Soraypampa, Huayracmachay y Llactapata.
- Fresh towels and soap provided at all lodges.
- Rooms in private cabins : Soraypampa y Lucmabamba.
- Accommodation in tents (Glamping) Huayracmachay .
- Internet Wifi: in lodges(Soraypampa y Huayracmacha)
- Mules /horses to carry personal items, including people on day 1 and 2
- First Aid kit.
- Meals included for all of the trek.
- Sleeping bags are NOT required as we provide plenty of blankets at each lodge.
- We also provide a natural walking stick for the hike at no extra cost- one stick per person.
- 2 litres of water on day 1 and 2
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:
- Machu Picchu entrance ticket. (www.machupicchu.gob.pe )
- Return train: (Machu Picchu - Ollanta) www.perurail.com / www.incarail.com
- Return to Cusco (Ollanta - Cusco). There are “collectivos” for s/15.00 soles per person /Private transport: S/ 100 for 4 people, as you leave the train station).
- First breakfast in Mollepata
- No services in Aguas Calientes.
- No services inside Machu Picchu.
2 OPTIONS to return to Cusco from Aguas Calientes:
- Train: (AGUAS CALIENTES – OLLANTAYTAMBO) There are many different train times for trains back to Cusco . Then from Ollantaytambo – Cusco, Buses all day until 8pm approx, which will leave you in the Plaza San Francisco -2 blocks from the Plaza de Armas.
- Bus. A 3 hour walk along the train tracks (Aguas Calientes - Hydroelectric) then a public bus /minibus - 6 hours Approx. (hydroelectric - Cusco)
What to Bring:
- A change of clothes for each day – please be prepared for every type of weather from cold and hot, and wet and dry.
- Rain gear (waterproof jacket and trousers) or a rain poncho. You can buy a rain poncho almost everywhere but best to do so in Mollepata for around $1.50 usd.
- Good walking boots, preferably with ankle support and waterproof. Spare dry socks are a necessity.
- Sandals to allow your feet to rest.
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, thermal underwear especially for sleeping.
- Torch and batteries (Very Important) Extra spare batteries – *PLEASE DISPOSE OF IN SPECIAL RECYCLING FACILITIES.
- Camera, batteries, chargers (batteries use up quickly in higher /colder elevations) come prepared!
- HATS! for the cold, to protect against sun, rain and cold!
- After sun / hydration creams.
- Insect Repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although there is no recorded malaria in the area, bites can be itchy.
- Snacks: cookies, energy bars, chocolate, dry fruits, trail mix, etc.
- We recommend bringing water sterilisation tablets if you want to drink water, which you can collect along the way.
- Your own basic medical kit /first aid kit, which you may need along the route – with any prescription medication, plasters/band aids, pain killers, anti – diarrhoea tablets etc.
- Swimsuit (if you want to enjoy the thermal springs).
- Cash! – Enough for snacks, tips, souvenirs, - bring in small denominations - no large notes.
- Original Passport and student cards.
- Please bear in mind that knives or anything with a Sharp metal point, will be confiscated in Machu Picchu.
Optional Extras A horse for riding in case of emergencies (Soraypampa – abra Salkantay) $ 20 U.S.D per person if you need to hire a horse.