THE SALKANTAY TREK

Salkantay 4 Days Trek to Machu Picchu

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Trip Summary

Duration 4 days / 3 nights
Trip style Active Hiking - Salkantay Trail Tour
Start Point Cusco
End Point Cusco (Trip extensions available)
Highlights 1 night Machu Picchu, complete Salkantay Trek package
Train Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo
Transfer Cusco Airport transfer-in. Transfer to Salkantay trek starting point.
Accommodation One night by Machu Picchu Tourist class included. (Upgrade options available)
Price from USD 485 (Credit card transaction fees and taxes included)

Machu Picchu and Salkantay Trekking Adventure

This express version of the Salkantay adventure is suitable for anyone with limited vacation time. The hardest part is on day two due to our ascending at 4600 m / 15090 ft to the Salkantay Pass. You will arrive to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes) on day three and have a guided tour on day four.

This breathtaking adventure in the heart of the Vilcabamba Mountain range will take you through amazing landscapes dominated by snow-capped peaks, crossed by mighty rivers, and populated by ancient traditional villages, until you reach the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu itself.

The 4-day/3-night Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is challenging yet rewarding and ranks high among Peru and the world’s most spectacular trekking routes.

SALKANTAY 4 days map
SALKANTAY 4 days map

Itinerary

Salkantay Pass Tour 4 days / 3 nights

  • Day 01: CUSCO - HUMANTAY LAKE - SALKANTAYPAMPA

    We depart Cusco at around 5:00 a.m. After a three hours bus ride we arrive to the andean town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level) where you have the chance to get last minute supplies (e.g. toilet paper, snacks), some leg-stretching and use the restrooms before continuing to our trek starting point at Soraypampa (3850 meters above sea level). At this point we will meet our support staff and load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9:00 a.m., we will begin our hike toward Humantay Lake. On the way we will have a beautiful view of the majestic Salkantay, other snow-covered peaks and Apurimac Valley. We will have a traditional Peruvian lunch at Soraypampa. A relatively moderate hike will take us to our base camp SalkantayPampa at 4200 meters. Later, we will have a walk to the Salkantay lookup point to watch an incredible sunset. Then back to base for snacks and dinner. Buenas Noches Amigos.

    Meals included: Lunch | Dinner Distance covered: 13 Km. Trekking time: 5 hours Height gain: + 200m Marmot Tents
  • Day 02: SALKANTAYPAMPA - CHALLWAY

    Today, nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, the most difficult part of the trek awaits. We begin today's hike at around 6:30 in the morning. We will hike for about three hours, gradually ascending, until reaching the highest point (4630 meters above sea level). We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is known as the second highest point of the Cusco region. On our way down we will visit the amazing 'intense blue' Salkantay Lake. Around 1:00 p.m., we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive to our camp in Challway (2920 meters above sea level). Around 7:00 p.m., we will recuperate from the trek and eat dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Distance covered: 20 Km. Trekking time: 8 hours Height gain: + 630m Descent: - 1710m Marmot Tents
  • Day 03: CHALLWAY - LA PLAYA - AGUAS CALIENTES

    Around 7:30a.m., we will start our trek and we will enjoy the beautiful sunrise. We will walk for about 5 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period; we will observe a town called Collpabamba, also called the "Forest Cloudy Brow" where waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the "Rooster of the Rocks". Once at Playa Sahuayaco, we will take a local bus to drive us to Santa Teresa where we will have our lunch at around 1:30p.m. After lunch, we will drive you to the Hydroelectric where we will start a three hours walk to reach Machu Picchu Town - Aguas Calientes (2040 meters above sea level). We will have dinner at around 7:00p.m.

    Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Distance covered: 25 Km. Trekking time: 8 hours Descent: - 880m Hotel
  • Day 04: MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

    Today, you will start early in order to be one of the first ones at the gate. In Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for about two hours. You will be free to explore the Citadel and take more pictures after the guided tour, if you desire, walk up to the Sun Gate or ascent toward Huayna Picchu Mountain (you will need a reservation to access Huayna Picchu). At your convenience walk back down to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town) and catch the train to Ollantaytambo later on (Normally at 6:20 pm. unless you request a different one). From there, a bus will drive you to Cusco.

    Meals included: Breakfast 2 hours Machu Picchu Tour

Inclusions

  • Transportation
  • Transportation to Soraypampa (trek starting point)
  • Transportation to Hydroelectric train station
  • Bus ticket Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Expedition train ticket Aguas Calientes / Ollantaytambo (VistaDome Train upgrade may be necessary in busy seasons based on availability)
  • Transfer Ollantaytambo train station to downtown Cusco
  • Complimentary transfer Airport/Hotel upon arrival in Cusco (please specify arrival time and flight number)
  • Horses and mules to carry the tents and cooking equipment
  • Accommodation
  • Machu Picchu Overnight included
  • Accommodation in double or triple rooms
  • Salkantay Trek group service package - 2 nights camping
  • Personal pad (double foam)
  • Four Season Marmot Tents
  • Meals
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Vegetarian or vegan food available upon request with no extra charge.
  • Expert Staff
  • English/Spanish-speaking professional guide
  • Mountain Cheff (cook) and cooking equipment
  • Informative presentation about the Salkantay Trail in our Cusco office
  • Personal Travel Advisor assigned for you to customize the rest of your Peru Trip
  • Activities, Weight & Tickets
  • Guided visit to Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu entrance ticket
  • Salkantay Trail ticket
  • Duffel Service during the trek: 7 Kilograms or 16 pounds
  • First Aid equipment
  • Important:
  • Horses and mules will carry the heavy gear (tents, cooking equipment, food, etc). If you are considering bringing some photography equipment or other heavy accessories, or just simply don't want to carry anything, please request additional Duffel Service to carry up to 10kg per load, this way you will freely enjoy the hike. (This is highly recommended if you have never hiked over 10000 feet). Cooks handle all the kitchen chores.
  • Not Included:
  • Single tent: USD 25.00
  • Additional Duffel Service (up to 10 kg.): USD 50.00
  • Personal trekking gear, sleeping bag, tips and gratuities. You can rent a sleeping bag for USD $25.00. All sleeping bags are laundered between each trek. Please request this rental in advance.
NOTE: We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons we may be forced to offer substitutes of same category. We will endeavour to confirm final hotel bookings as soon as possible.
SALKANTAY Mountain Trek
SALKANTAY Mountain Trek

Package Price

Salkantay Trek 4 Days

USD 485.00

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