SALKANTAY TREK 5 DAYS
The beautiful Salkantay trek awaits us at its best, this new season is the ideal destination that you deserve to share with your family, friends or your ideal partner and we help you achieve it. PERU TOP EXPERIENCE has the best travel plan for you.
We plan the complete trip so that you only worry about enjoying the adventure, contemplating the beautiful landscapes and imposing snow-capped mountains, living with the support team and enjoying the gastronomy will make this an unforgettable experience.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
- Get to know the enigmatic Salkantay Valley.
- Get the best shots of landscapes and snowfalls.
- Enjoy the delicious Peruvian gastronomy.
- Relax in the peaceful hot springs of Cocalmayo.
- Explore the beautiful Inca citadel Machu Picchu.
- Enjoy the beautiful panorama that we will have on our train tour.
- Find out more about the living history of this citadel above the clouds.
DAY 01: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA
Our experience begins with the pick up from your hotel in Cusco at 04:30 am to go in our tourist transport to the town of Mollepata, where we will enjoy our full breakfast and then continue our trip in the same transport until we reach Callacancha ( 3600 masl / 11,811 masl) which is the starting point of the walk that we will have towards the town of Soraypampa (3900 masl / 12,795 feet), our walk lasts approximately 3 hours in which we will be able to appreciate the flora and fauna of the Peruvian Andes, upon arrival we will take a break and enjoy our lunch. After a rest we will visit the beautiful Humantay lagoon (4200 masl / 11 840 feet) and finally we will return to this point to enjoy dinner and rest comfortably.
- Walking duration: 07 hrs / 11 km
- Accommodation: Camp
- Difficulty: Average
- Max Altitude: 4200 masl / 11 840 feet
- Campground elevation: 3900 masl / 12 795 feet
DAY 02: SORAYPAMPA – ABRA SALKANTAY- CHAULLAY
In the morning our team offers us a mate when we wake up and after a varied breakfast our experience begins, the first part is the steepest since we will ascend the path passing through the Salkantaypampa sector (4150 masl / 13 615 feet), then We reach the highest point of the trek, the Abra Salkantay (4,600 masl / 15,091 feet). We will enjoy the view of 2 snow-capped mountains, after a rest we will continue our walk through a cloud forest towards the next point where we will have lunch and finally we will continue along the road to reach our campsites today which will be the Chaullay sector (2900 masl / 9514 feet ) where we will enjoy our dinner.
- Walking duration: 09 hrs / 15 km
- Accommodation: Camp
- Difficulty: Average
- Maximum altitude: 4600 masl / 15,091 feet
- Camp altitude: 2900 masl / 9514 feet
DAY 03: CHAULLAY – LA PLAYA – SANTA TERESA
This day is quite special since we will gain the best of the trip, after breakfast we continue our trip, first we will arrive to the Beach sector and then to Lucmabamba (2450 masl / 8038 feet) where we will enjoy our lunch, in the afternoon we will have a Tourist transport that will take us to the town of Santa Teresa (1550 masl / 5085 feet) where our camp will be organized today. Here we have the option of reaching the thermal baths of Cocalmayo (1511 masl / 4957 feet) which are about 5 minutes away and where we can rest and relax from the trip we had. Finally we return to our camp to have dinner and rest.
- Walking duration: 05 hrs / 10 km
- Accommodation: Camp
- Difficulty: Average
- Maximum altitude: 2450 masl / 8038 feet
- Camp altitude: 1550 masl / 5085 feet
DAY 04: SANTA TERESA – HYDROELECTRIC PLANT – AGUAS CALIENTES
After a good breakfast in the morning we get ready again to continue the trip, we will proceed to follow a path that will take us to the sector of the Hydroelectric plant (1890 masl / 6200 feet) here we will enjoy our lunch and then we will continue the walk to Next to the railway going deeper into the sanctuary, the tour lasts approximately 3 hours until we reach the town of Aguas Calientes (2040 masl / 6692 feet) where we will go to the hotel that we have designated to rest comfortably.
- Walking duration: 08 hrs / 14 km
- Accommodation: Hotel Room (Request the type of room)
- Difficulty: Average
- Maximum altitude: 2040 masl / 6692 feet
- Camp altitude: 2040 masl / 6692 feet
DAY 05: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
In the morning we will go to the bus station to be able to board it, continue our trip and finally we have arrived at our destination, after passing a small control the fun part of the trip begins, touring the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Upon entering, the ascent to the upper part begins to reach the key point of the trip from the beginning and this is the watchman’s house from where we can take the most important classic photo of the trip. After free time to enjoy the panorama, we continue our tour to visit other main places such as the main square, the sundial, the royal quarters, the Intihuatana, the temple of the 3 windows and the condor, among other important places. This visit as such lasts 2 hours on a regular basis, however we extend it in a better way so that you can enjoy the time and have a total of approximately 3 hours.
At the end we return to Aguas Calientes by the same path to enjoy a well-deserved lunch (own expense), then around 2:00 p.m. we must return to the train station and board it to reach Ollantaytambo again where the tourist bus awaits us. In order to finally return to the city of Cusco, we will arrive at Av. el Sol that leaves us quite close to the main square so that we can go to dinner calmly or enjoy the city at night.
- Walking duration: 03 hrs / 2 km
- Difficulty: easy
- Maximum altitude: 2745 masl / 9005 feet
- Briefing / Informative talk prior to the trip
- Pick up from the hotel for the start of the experience
- Tourist transport: Cusco – Soraypampa
- Support team: Porters, muleteers and authorized mules.
- Support Group Leader: Experienced Cook
- Camping equipment: Camping tent (suitable for the trip), thick foam mats, dining tent, kitchen equipment, eating utensils
- Clean towel every morning and hot water for hygiene
- Boiled water to fill the canteens
- Tea time during the tour
- Professional licensed tour guide
- Safety equipment: Radio transmitter
- First aid kit and oxygen cylinder
- Full food during our tour: 04 breakfasts, 04 lunches and 04 dinners
- Variety of diet according to your request (Vegetarian, food restriction)
- Entrance ticket to Salkantay
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Consettur bus ticket: Up and down
- Tourist train ticket: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (*Expedition/Voyager)
- Tourist transport: Ollantaytambo – Cusco (Bimodal service)
*The train service is according to the availability we have for the date of your trip, we can also offer you an Upgrade to a better category, for this you only have to consider the additional information.
- Air flight (National or International)
- Special entrance ticket to Huaynapicchu (additional cost USD $80.00 dollars)
- Train ticket: Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes (additional cost USD $35.00 dollars)
- Sleeping bag (You can include it for $25.00 dollars)
- Pair of walking poles (You can include them for $15.00 dollars)
- Saddle horse (Can carry one person – $150.00 dollars)
- Accommodation service in Cusco
- This experience must be planned well in advance so that it can be enjoyed without any inconvenience.
- When confirming the service you must choose the travel date carefully since there is no option to change due to the modality of the entrance ticket, nor is it transferable to a third person or refundable under any circumstances.
- The spaces of the Inca Trail are very limited, so it is extremely important to have an advance reservation of at least 4 to 6 months in advance, the preparation is meticulous and detailed.
- HUAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN: Spaces are just as special and limited ($80.00 dollars)
- PAIR OF CANES: They will help during the walk for the support points ($15.00 dollars)
- SLEEPING BAG: Lighten the weight in our luggage from home ($25.00 dollars)
- ADDITIONAL PORTER: You can carry the personal luggage that we designate ($150.00 dollars – 7kg)
- TRAIN SERVICE (HYDROELECTRIC – AGUAS CALIENTES): This facilitates access to the town ($35.00 dollars)
- VISTADOME SERVICE: If we are looking for a more complete experience, this is the ideal option. The Vistadome service has a panoramic view on the section of the train journey that is a fact that we will enjoy 200%.
- Additional price:
- Only return: $40.00 dollars per participant.
- LUNCH SERVICE: We can add this service as well and schedule it for after the guided tour in Machu Picchu. It has a price of $10.00 dollars per person (Tourist Menu).
Do I need to have previous experience or physical preparation?
Yes, this travel option is different from the Inca Trail due to the demands it has and the environment. It is a fairly cold and icy climate, so all participants must be well prepared physically and mentally, the route is mainly extensive. The best way to prepare for the trip is to establish some routines that can be daily or weekly in terms of walks that help strengthen our resistance in the legs.
How should I prepare my luggage for this experience?
The Salkantay adventure leads us directly to Machu Picchu through the alternate route that exists between both places, little by little we enter and the microclimates change little by little until we reach what we currently know as the jungle eyebrow for this reason the heat is something imminent, light clothing is always the most recommended, to this we must add only 1 or 2 warm clothes for the nights. Finally, personal items such as power banks, sunglasses, mosquito repellent, rain poncho and others are also important for the trip.
Can I do the Salkantay on my own?
Yes it is possible but it is not at all recommended since this adventure requires meticulous planning well in advance, not to mention also the details of income, support equipment, camping equipment and other extremely important points.
Will we have access to showers along the way?
During the tour we will find that in the camps there are places to shower, however, only with cold water. If we want hot water, we must pay an additional fee on the spot, which is like a support for the community itself.
What to Bring
- Tickets issued by the agency (entrance ticket, buses, trains and others).
Identity document (ID or Passport).
- Day pack and personal equipment:
- Hat and sunglasses.
- Mosquito repellent.
- Light clothing during the day
- Warm clothes for the night.
- Water in canteen
- Cash for personal purchases.
- Photographic camera
- Rain poncho (Recommended for rainy season).