SALKANTAY MACHUPICCHU 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA
At around 4:30 am you will be picked up from your hotel and leave Cusco at around 5:00 am (after all clients have been picked up). From Cusco you will pass through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo, arriving to your destination of Mollepata around 8.00 am. In Mollepata we will have breakfast and prepare our bags/duffels of 5 kilos, which will be given to the horsemen.
From Mollepata we will take a bus to Challacancha (45 minutes) and in Challacancha we will start our hike. We will walk for 3 hours to Soraypampa, passing the view point of Hornada Pata where the valley splits into two (Valley of Mollepata and Challacancha). Soraypampa is also our lunch stop and campsite for the night.
After lunch in Soraypampa you have the option to hike up to Lake Humantay located at 4220 m/13,850 ft which will take about 1 hour. The return descent will take around 45 minutes.
Tea will be served at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:30 pm and finally we will head to our tents for a good night sleep.
- 11 km / 7 mi. 5 hours
DAY 2: SORAYMAPA – SALKANTAY PASS – CHAULLAY
We will wake up at 5:00 am and eat breakfast from 5:30 am to 6.20 am then continue our hike for 4 hours until the Salkantay Pass located at 4650 m/ 15,250 ft. At the Salkantay Pass we will visit two important historical points (Salkantay-Pampa and Soyroq’ocha). Here we will make a small offering of coca leaves to Pachamama and Apu Salkantay. We will also talk about the history and religion of the Incas.
We will then descend for 2 and a half hours towards our lunch spot in Huayrac-Pampa where we will have 1 and a half hours to eat and rest before descending from 3900 m/ 12,800 ft to 2900 m/ 9500 ft. This will take around 3 and a half hours. This part of the trail is surrounded by jungle and we will arrive at the campsite of Chaullay where we will have tea and dinner.
- 22 km / 13.5 mi. 10 hours
DAY 3: CHAULLAY – PLAYA SAHUAYACO – SANTA TERESA
We will have breakfast at 6:00 am and shortly after begin hiking for approximately 5 and a half hours through jungle. In this part of the trek we will see and appreciate many coffee, orchid and cloud forest plantations as well as many natural plants used for medicines. We will arrive at our lunch point, Playa Sahuayaca, where we will have lunch and shortly after take transportation towards Hidro-Electrica where we will walk for 3 hours towards Aguas Calientes. In Augas Calientes we will spend the night in a hostel and have our final dinner together in a restaurant.
- 16 km / 10 mi. 5 hours
- After lunch: 11 km / 7 mi 3 hours
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
The grand finale! We will wake up very early this morning for our visit to Machu Picchu, where we will have a guided tour of the citadel to see and learn about temples, terraces, and all of the incredible stone structures that make Machu Picchu a Wonder of the World. After the guided tour you will have free time for more photos and to continue exploring on your own. For those who have previously selected to climb *Huayna Picchu Mountain or *Machu Picchu Mountain, you will do so at your designated time (1st group: 6am to 8am, 2nd group: 9am to 11am)
After your tour in the park you will return to Aguas Calientes where you will wait for your return train to Ollantaytambo at 6:20pm. From Ollantaytambo we will take our final return bus back to Cusco.
*Note: ask in advance for availability. 20 USD per person
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
The following transportation services are included within the tour:
- Tourist Transport Cusco: Cusco to Mollepata, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes
- Mollepata- Challacancha Transport, approximately 45 minutes
- Playa Sahuayaco- Hidroeléctrica Transport
- Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Tourist Transport from Ollantaytambo station to Cusco (Plaza Regocijo)
Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
The return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo(Train expeditions at 6:20 pm)
We include all of the camping equipment necessary to ensure the confort of our customers:
- 1 tent for every 2 people: the tents that we offer to our customers are spacious, with intial capacity for 4 people, but we only use them for 2 people
- 5 extra kilos for the backpacks on horse (personal items)
- Sleeping mats with a thickness of 5 centimeters
We have camps set up in every designated CAMPING SITE, which include:
- Soraypampa: the tents are set up under a shelter to prevent our customers from being cold
- Chaullay: the camping sites are spacious so that travelers can enjoy the open views to the fullest during their limited stay in each place.
- Aguas Calientes: Hostel
The accommodation that is included in Hostel in the town of Aguas Calientes.
- All of the rooms come with a private bath and shower
- Hot water
- Take- Away breakfast (juice box, cheese sandwich, crackers and one fruit)
NOTE: If you wish to reserve your own hotel or work with a specifc hotel, let us know in advance so that we are able to coordinate the details.
- Official Tourism Guide – our guides are certified by DIRECTUR with a minimum experience of 3 years. Groups bigger than 13 people will be accompanied by a SECOND GUIDE (with a maximum group size of 17 people)
- Cook specialized in high mountain cuisine- comes with special stainless steel kitchen equipment
- Muleteers and horses to carry all of the camping and cooking equipment
- 5 kilos for extra personal items each passenger (within the luggage of each passenger the weight of the sleeping bag will also be included)
All the food required during the tour is included.
All of the food we offer is BUFFET SERVICE (except for the fourth lunch and fourth dinner, which are in tourist restaurants)
- 3 Breakfasts
- 3 Lunches
- 3 Dinners
- Coca Tea to wake you up EVERY MORNING in the campsites
- Oxygen (Oxishot)
- First Aid Kit (Only the generic, it’s necessary that the passanger still comes with their own personal medication)
- First breaksfast
- Lunch on the last day
- Entrance Fee to Huaynapicchu Mountain and/or Machu Picchu Mountain 20 USD
- Sleeping bag
- Walking stick
- Passport (Note: required for entrance to Machu Picchu)
- Warm clothes for the night
- Water-proof clothes
- Several shirts
- Insect repellent
- Poncho or Rain Jacket
- Water purification tablets
- First Aid Kit
- Water bottle
- Student ID card (isic) if applicable
- Extra soles or dollars
- Walking sticks
The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the best alternatives to the Inca Trail and is a great option for the adventurers who want to experience the drastic changes in landscape from mountain to jungle, as well as for those who are able to handle the high altitude and long distances. Ascending the Salkantay Pass of 4650 m (approx. 15,300 ft) is challenging, but with the right preparation we know you’ll find this trek to be incredibly rewarding too. Read through our Frequently Asked Questions before your trek to make sure you feel as prepared as possible before your departure.
During the rainy, warmer season temperatures average around 15°C / 60°F during the day and 5°C / 40°F at night. However, with a high chance of rain and wind at the Salkantay Pass, these temperatures may feel colder to you.
During the dry season the weather is sunny and clear and on average 20° C / 70 °F during the day but much colder at night, around -3 °C / 26 °F.
Also, after the second day, as we descend into the Peruvian Amazon basin, the weather changes to a more humid and warmer climate and these humid temperatures are consistent throughout the year.
The Salkantay 5D/3N Trek includes 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners.
The only meals not included are breakfast on the first day and lunch/dinner on the last day after Machu Picchu.
In Aguas Calientes you will sleep in a hostel.
Note: In January 2019 we will be upgrading to comfortable sleeping cabins in Soraypampa and Chaullay, with two beds per cabin and new dining facilities too. Stay tuned!
Other additional expenses include:
- Hot shower at the Chaullay campsite (10 soles)
- Cocalmayo hot springs in Santa Teresa (25 soles)
- Zipline on day 4 of the Salkantay 5D/4N Trek (20 USD in our office, 30 USD to book at the campsite)
- Optional bus that runs between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu entrance (12 USD one way, 24 USD there and back)
- Food/souvenirs in Aguas Calientes. Note: Aguas Calientes is an expensive town, expect to pay ~30 soles per meal.
- Tips for guide, horsemen, and cooks.
After lunch on the 3rd day in Playa Sahuayaco, the 4-Day Salkantay trekkers take a bus from the lunch spot to Hidroeléctrica. In Hidroeléctrica they will walk three hours to Aguas Calientes where they will spend the night in a hostel.
Also, the Salkantay 4D/3N trek covers a total distance of 60 km/ 37 mi and the Salkantay 5D/4N trek covers 72 km/ 45 mi.