SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 4 DAYS
Inca Trail Expeditions Peru: The salkantay route offers the best ecosystems of the Andes. The trek begins in Cusco, from where you will take a private transport to the town of Mollepata, and from there to Cruzapata, where the trek to the Soraypampa camp will begin, the first two days the route goes through the mountains, and very cold. The third day to the fifth one walks through the valley floor, with a more pleasant climate. The highlight of this tour is the Humantay lagoon, the Salkantay pass, the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, and the best the Inca ruins of Machu picchu.
DAY 1: CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA – UMANTAY LAKE
Today, we will pick you up from your hotel at 4 a.m. You will take a three hour drive to the trail head, called Cruz
Pata (3,200 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 Salkantay. 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 hike 3 hours more, arriving in the afternoon to the camping site of Soraypampa. Then you can go to explore a glacier lake of Umantay, wich is to one hour of the Base camp. When we came back, 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.
Walking Distance: 15 km
Maximun Elevation: 3,800 m
Trail Conditions: Rocky, dusty and slippery (required: trekking shoes)
DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA – SALKANTAY PASS – CHAULLAY
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 Chaullay. We will start our hike at 6:30 am, after 2 hours we have to 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 lunch spot, 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. We will have our dinner and then we just sleep after long day.
Walking Distance: 18 km
Maximun Altitude : 4,600 m
Trail Condition: Rocky, dusty and slippery
Weather : Cold
DAY 3: CHAULLAY – HYDROELECTRIC – AGUAS CALIENTES
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. This day we will say good bye our muleeters. Then we will take our van until Hidroelectric, after we will hike 3 hours more to the town of Aguas Calientes. This day we will sleep in a nice Hostel with private bathroom and hot wáter. We will have our dinner at 7:00 pm, at this time the tour guide will give you the entrance tickets of machu picchu and the train tickets. As well you can set up your visit to machu picchu.
Walking Distance: 14 km
Aguas Calientes Village Elevation: 2,000 m
Weather: Warm to really hot (mosquitoes)
Train Conditions: Some sections are slippery
DAY 4: TOUR IN MACHU PICCHU- BACK TO CUSCO
Wake up time is at 4.30 a.m.. 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 have to 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 Plaza San Francisco.
INCLUDED IN THE SALKANTAY TREK 4 DAYS:
Briefing: The day before your trek, you will come to our office for your briefing. You will receive your duffel bag that will stay with your Horsemen, while you hike. This bag should not exceed 5 kg/12 lbs and does need to include your sleeping bag and 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 your safe and happy.
Horsemen:They are 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 if you prefer a single room, there will be an additional cost.
Transportation: Almost all the transportation is included in this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 5 a.m., and brought to the start of the trek. Your guide will hand out your train tickets to make your way from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.Once you arrive to the train station, we will bring you back to Cusco.
Equipment: Our company has the best equipment. We use four man, Doite, Salewa, Quechua, tents that are shared by only two people. You will have a spacious dining tent to enjoy your meals in.
Food: Our chefs cook delicious meals.We can provide all kind of 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 with snack each morning, for you to enjoy along the hike. Your last meal with your chef will be the lunch on day 3th. Lunch the last day is not included.
Water: Alog all the way you can buy bottles of water, you just need to carry your camel back or canteen
First Aid: Our guide has received training in first aid every February. 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.
NOT INCLUDED to Salkantay Trek
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 $ 30 per person. Arrangements need to be made at least 6 months 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.
- Warm coat
- Original passport
- 4 T-shirts
- Trekking pants
- Trekking shoes
- Medium backpack
- Walking stick
- Personal medicine cabinet
- Extra money in soles
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