SALKANTAY TREK CHEAP 4 DAYS
$ 350.00 USD
The Cheapest Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous walks in Cusco and is, without a doubt, the best alternative route to experience the original Inca roads. This hike takes you through many different types of landscapes. You will have the best opportunity to see the typical Andean landscape to the snowy mountains, to the tropical forests and finally even venture into the dense jungle. If you are thinking of taking a hiking trip to Machu Picchu and want to be out of the ordinary, close to the Andean communities and appreciate the beautiful and diverse nature of Peru, the Salkantay trek is highly recommended.
- Duration: 4 days and 3 nights
- Frequency: Every day, pre-reservation
- Group: Maximum 20 people
Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa
We will begin the walk by picking you up from your hotel early around 4:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. and traveling by private bus to the small community of Mollepata (2,800 m / 9,186 feet), where we will stop briefly for breakfast. After breakfast, we will continue by car to Soraypampa. This isolated valley is the beginning of the trek, where we will meet our muleteers (riders) and our trekking team in the shadow of the Salcantay glacier. From here, we will begin a steep ninety minute climb to Lake Humantay, one of Peru’s most impressive natural wonders. Hidden between two sharp and snowy ridges, the lake shines bright green and light blue in the mountain sun. After a while to take many photos and take a dip in the cold waters, we will descend back to Soraypampa, then we will begin a gentle walk from one to two hours to our camp in Salcantaypampa.
- Walking distance: approximately 13 km / 8.08 miles (6 hours)
- Camp altitude: 4000 masl / 13,123 feet
- Difficulty: moderate to challenging
- Climate: Sunny and windy, but very cold at night!
Day 2: Salcantaypampa – Salkantay Pass – Challhuay
The second day will be the most challenging day of the walk. We will get up very early for an energizing breakfast, then we will leave Salcantaypampa and walk to Salkantay Pass, at an altitude of 4,600 m / 15,000 feet. This will be the highest point of our walk. From here we will get a spectacular view of Salkantay, an impressive snowy mountain whose peak reaches 6,271 m / 20,574 feet. The first part of the day we will walk for approximately three and a half hours to reach the pass.
On the descent, we will approach a rocky area and then we will pass several streams until we reach Wayracmachay, where we will stop for lunch. We will continue walking downhill until we reach our camp in Challhuay. In this camp, you will experience a semitropical climate due to the cloud forest.
- Walking distance: approximately 22 km / 13.67 miles (9 hours)
- Camp altitude: 2,800 masl / 9,186 feet
- Difficulty: challenging
- Climate: Fresh and windy, especially at the top of Salkantay Pass. Warm and humid beyond the pass.
Day 3: Challhuay – Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric Plant – Aguas Calientes
After breakfast at 5:30 a.m., we will begin a six-hour walk through the rainforest. We will cross the Lluskamayo river and a variety of small streams: waterproof shoes are essential! We will pass through beautiful valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls. Your guide will show you tropical fruits in natural growth and native plants and flowers. A car will meet you at Punta Carretera to take you to Santa Teresa for lunch. After lunch, we will take a van for an hour to the hydroelectric train station. From the station, we will continue our last two hours of walking to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night.
Important note: sometimes, to guarantee an exit, we must combine groups of hikers who make the Salkantay walks of five and four days. If this is the case, hikers should walk the last part of the hike without their guide. This portion consists of only two hours of perfectly straight, flat and unidirectional path along the train tracks from the Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes. It is extremely safe, extremely well marked, and you will see many other friendly hikers along the way! Once you arrive at the plaza in Aguas Calientes, a new guide or staff member will be waiting to receive you and take you to your hotel or hostel.
After registering, you will be informed about the Machu Picchu tour the next day and you will receive more details, instructions or entrance tickets that you may need. Then we will enjoy a celebratory dinner and have the luxury of comfortable beds and hot showers. You will also have the option to visit the hot springs at night (entrance fee of 10 soles).
- Walking distance: approximately 16 km / 9.94 miles (5 hours)
- Altitude of the camp: 2200 masl / 7,217 feet
- Difficulty: moderate to easy
- Climate: warm and humid
Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco
There are two ways to access Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes: 1) you can walk for an hour and a half by the famous stairs, or 2) you can take a bus. When you get up early, you will arrive in the ancient city just in time to witness the magnificent sunrise over the world-famous ruins. After arriving in Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for approximately two hours. After the tour, you will have free time to explore your own mysterious city.
When you finish exploring Machu Picchu, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch, where he / she will give you your train ticket back to Cusco.
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Hostel night in Aguas Calientes
- Allowed weight: 5 kl per person (to be transported by horses)
- Transportation: pick up at your hotel in the morning and private transportation to the starting point of the walk.
- Professional English / Spanish speaking guide
- Personal sleeping pad / mastrass
- Personal tents: two people in each tent with capacity for four people, to allow greater comfort and custody of backpacks
- Cook and kitchen equipment.
- Horses (to carry tents, mats, kitchen equipment and 5 kilograms of hikers personal belongings)
- Two-hour guided tour to Machu Picchu
- Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Transportation from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco
- Meals mentioned in the itinerary.
- Vegetarian food available upon request without additional charge
- First aid kit
- Sleeping bags
- Breakfast on the first morning.
- Water on the road
- Train ticket from Hidroeléctrica to Aguas Calientes
- Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchchu Picchu
- Luggage transfer from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
- Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the last day.
- Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles).
- Tips for the guide, chefs and wranglers.
- Drinks (coke, mineral water or beer) during dinner in Aguas Calientes on day 3
- Advice for the guide, the cook and the wranglers.
- Breakfast on day 4
- Original passport
- Sleeping bags
- Mountain boots
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- A warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- 2-4 t-shirts
- 2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camping)
- Long underwear for sleeping
- Hand sanitizer
- Comfortable pants
- Sun hat or cap
- Insect repellent
- Water and / or water purification tablets
- We strongly recommend bringing your Camel Back and water bottle because the government of Peru will no longer allow disposable plastic bottles on the Inca Trail and in Machu Picchu.
- Personal medication
- Camera and batteries
- Flashlight or lighthouse
- Cash in Peruvian new soles (300 soles approx.)