Salkantay Trek 4 Days


"routes to Machu Picchu"

Max Height

4, 650 m

Trip Days

4 Days

Type

Trekking

Difficulty

Challenging

Starting From
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This trek takes you around the dazzling Mount Salkantay, which is the second biggest mountain in Cusco district (6,277m/20,577ft). On your first day, you will appreciate the breathtaking perspectives of the snowcapped pinnacles, for example, Salkantay Mountain and Humantay mountain run. Be that as it may, the view at the best is staggering and extraordinary. The stroll to the renowned Apacheta pass which is at 4650m/15,088ft isn't strenuous nor extremely steep. A short time later, it is essentially a drop into more tropical range passing Andenes and Chaullay. On your third day, you will climb to LLACTAPATA (2,700m/9,157ft). From where you may appreciate the astonishing perspectives of Machu picchu, Huaynapicchu mountains and the Inca stronghold of Machupicchu (Inca city). Closure and no more critical spiritualist focal point of the world: Machu picchu.
  • Day 1:

    Cusco – Soraypampa Huayracpunko

    The night before your trek, you will get a trekking briefing with your tour guide. Today, we will pick you up from your hotel (Must to be located in Cusco) at 4 a.m. You will take a three hour drive to the trail head, called Soraypampa (3,800 m), where you will meet your horses and horseman (Arrieros). As son as you arrive, your guide and chef will prepare your first breakfast, before you begin your trek. He will also introduce all the staff that will be working for you along the trail. Around 8:30 a.m. you will begin the expedition towards Machu Picchu. The fist three and a half hours will be both gradual and uphill, until you reach your lunch spot. The views you will see of the Salkantay Valley and the Salkantay Mountain are amazing. Lunch will be at the foot of this impressive mountain. After we enjoy our delicious lunch, we will keep climbing for another hour up to until we reach the highest point of your trek (Salkantay Pass 4,650 m). It is impressive to view two different valleys and the Salkantay mountain. You may also observe some avalanches from the Salkantay Glacier. We will still have two more hours, downhill, to reach to our first campsite, called (Wayracammachay 3,800 meters). The downhill part can be slippery, which may require the use of trekking poles. As you are walking down. you will get to enjoy the sunset and the silence of the valleys. The only thing you will be able to hear is the sound of the river. Upon your arrival, our guides and porters will welcome you to your camp. Your tents will be all set up. The only thing you will have to do is relax and enjoy the tea and dinner.
  • Day 2

    Wayrampunko – Challway – La Playa

    There will be an early wake up with a hot glass of tea. You will have enough time to pack and enjoy a delicious breakfast as you watch the sunrise. After you get ready, you will begin the longest day of your trip towards La Playa. Today, is downhill almost the whole day, with some short uphill parts. The first section will all be downhill. The micro-climate changes from the alpines, to the cloud forest, to the mountain forest, where you will have an opportunity to enjoy the amazing flora and fauna of the mountains. After four hours we will reach our lunch spot. After lunch, it will another four and a half hours on a gradual downhill, until we reach La Playa. This area experiences micro-climate changes from the cloud forest, to the tropical forest, where farmers farm coffee, passion fruit, oranges avocados and more. There will be great views of the green, lush valley and the amazing waterfalls. There may be some black bears around. Upon your arrival, you will have some tea and dinner.
  • Day 3

    La Playa – Llactapata – hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes

    After another early breakfast at camp, you will begin the last 45 minutes of gradual, downhill hiking until we reach a portion of the Inca trail, built in 1,300 a.c. This road was built to connect Vilcabamba with Machu Picchu. It’s always special to trek on this historic road. It will be about thee more hours of uphill hiking along the stone, paved, rocky trail until you arrive at the Llactapata Inca site, right in front of Machu Picchu. You will get to enjoy more plantations of coffee and yucca, along the way. Once you arrive at Llactapata, your tour guide will describe the geography of the mountains and continue the history of the Incas. Once you begin hiking again, it will be two and a half hours downhill, until you arrive at the famous hydro-electric station for your last lunch with your chef and porters. They will take the train back that evening to Cusco. After lunch, you will have a small ceremony to say goodbye. At 4 p.m., you will get your duffel bag back from your porters and take the train for 45 minutes to Aguas Calientes with your tour guide. He will help you to your hotel for a well-deserved time to relax. If you wish to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, he can show you the way. They are 10 soles to visit. You will need a towel. That evening, you will enjoy the last supper with your tour guide at a local restaurant. You will also receive your last briefing for the following day. Be sure to get some snacks and water for your Machu Picchu day.
  • Day 4

    Machu Picchu (the lost city of the Incas)

    Wake up time is at 4.30 a.m., followed by breakfast at 5 a.m. at the hotel. We will take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu (first come first serve). It will be about 25 minutes to Machu Picchu, where the gate opens at 6 a.m. Please be sure you bring your original Passport to show the rangers (you can get a Machu Picchu stamp on your Passport). Your guide will lead you to the best spots for pictures and to enjoy the sunrise (according to weather). Following, you will have a guided tour for about two and a half hours, where you will get to explore Machu Picchu with your tour guide. You will also have free time to explore the site on your own. If you have booked, Huayan Picchu you will climb it at this time. The Huayna Picchu climb is an hour and a half total, but if you do not book for this mountain, you still have an option to climb to the Sun Gate (an hour and a half) or to the Inca bridge (45 minutes). In the afternoon, you should take a bus to the town to enjoy your lunch. You will take an afternoon train to Ollantaytambo, where our driver will be waiting for you to transfer you back to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel.

  • Briefing: The night before your trek, you will come to our office for your briefing. You will receive your duffel bag that will stay with your porters, while you hike. This bag should not exceed 7 kg/14 lbs and does need to include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
  • Professional Guides: All of our guides studied English and tourism at University. They all grew up in this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional, and will ensure you are safe and happy.
  • Porters: We include a personal porter, who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag containing your personal items. There is no additional fee for this. We will give you your duffel bag at your briefing the night before, to be filled with the things you will need for the next night and day. You will not have access to your duffel bag until your arrive at your evening campsite.
  • Hotel: The alternative treks all end in, or before Aguas Calientes. The last night is spent at a hotel in the village, rather than camping. This 2 star hotel is included in the trek cost, and is based on a shared room. If you would like to upgrade your hotel, or prefer a single room, there will be an additional cost.
  • Transportation: All your transportation is included in this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 4 a.m., and brought to the start of the trek, to the trail head. Your guide will hand out your bus ticket to make your way down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Clientes, and you will be booked on the expedition train leaving that afternoon. If you prefer, you can upgrade your train leaving Aguas Clientes to the Vistadome train for $75 per person. Once you arrive to the train station, we will bring you back to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Equipment: Cusco Explora has the best equipment. We use four man, Eureka, Timberline tents that are shared by only two people. You will have a spacious dining tent to enjoy your meals in.
  • Food: The Cusco Explora chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about. We honor all food restrictions. Be sure to remind your tour guide of any food restrictions at the beginning of your trek. Food is typically served family-style. You will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the trek, along with a happy hour of tea and snacks. You will also be provided a snack each morning, for you to enjoy along the hike. Your last meal with your chef will be after breakfast on day four. Lunch the last day is not included.
  • Water: Beginning from your first lunch until your last breakfast, Cusco Explora will supply all the water needed. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distributing. You must supply your own water bottles or camel back. We recommend carrying about 3L worth. We will refill our waters at each meal.
  • First Aid: Every Cusco Explora guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February, which every single Cusco Explora tour guide must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment.
  • Extras: We believe it's the attention to small details that separates us from other tour companies. Every trekker receives a small pillow to sleep with, a foam mat for insulation, a day pack cover to protect their things while hiking and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best vacation.
  • Satellite Phones: Our top priority will always be the safety of our clients and our team. While we are prepared and all our guides are trained for most of the issues clients have on the mountain, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital or friend helps everyone feel assured that they are safe. Radios, which all our guides have, are limited in how far they can reach, so Cusco Explora has added Satellite Phones to every trek. Every guide will have a fully charged phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to connect us anywhere in the world. And they can be used by our clients for non-emergencies as well. While they are not cheap to use, they are available just in case you need to check in on the puppy you left at home with grandma.
  • Rentals: Every trekker needs a sleeping bag, when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional, but encouraged. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
    Sleeping Bag: $20
    Inflatable Air Mattress: $15
    Walking Sticks (Pair): $15
  • Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45 minute hike to the top. Going back down is quite steep, if you are scared of heights. This is done after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is $35 per person. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance, due to popularity. Since you are hiking the Inca Trail, you will experience a similar view from the Sun Gate. Please understand that weather is out of our control.
  • Day packs: Day packs are not provided by Cusco Explora. You must bring your own. Be sure you don't being anything too large, as you don’t want it to be too heavy while you're trekking. Plus, Machu Picchu will not allow you to bring in a bag larger than 25L, so if you have a large backpack it will need to be stored before your tour. Only essentials are needed while trekking: water, snack, camera, sunhat, warm layer, rain layers, insect spray, sunscreen, and a first-aid kit.
  • Headlamps: It is strongly encouraged to bring a headlamp for your night camping. There will be no lights at the camping sites and it is hard to get to your dining tent or you bathroom tent without one. Flashlights are acceptable, if you don’t have a headlamp, but make some tasks more difficult.
  • Flights: Flying to Cusco can be tricky. Delays occur often and it is not uncommon for flights to be cancelled. Please be sure to arrive in the city at least two days before your trek start date. LAN Peru is the most reliable of the airlines. Avianca and Peruvian Airlines are acceptable companies, as well. You will not return from your trek until around 8 p.m. on the last day, so be sure your flight is not until the next day, when leaving Cusco.
  • Gratuities: Tipping is always appreciated and should be based completely on your satisfaction. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels.
  • Travel Insurance: This is not required, but always recommended. For those of you who live at sea-level, landing in Cusco will take an adjustment period. Most people need one or two days to adjust. In case you have a hard time adjusting to the altitude, it is suggested to have protection for missed tours.
Trip Dates Availability Discount Price
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  • Kim L. Burney

    "We did the Inca Jungle Machu Picchu trek and it was fantastic! The guides were lovely, fun and helpful and we got a very good price for the tour. There was no hidden costs, everything that was included was very clear and there was things like zip lining that were included in our tour which wasn't included on other peoples. Food and accommodation was good for the price as well. Would highly recommend this company!"

  • Shing Ch'in

    "I did the 5d/4n Salkantay Trek and the 3d/2n Manu Tour with Cusco Explora. They were very professional throughout the booking process and explained the itinerary of each day fully. They write down everything promised to you on the receipt. They were very honest about everything and I experienced no surprises through my travelling. The guides they set me up with were extremely competent and knowledgable."