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SALKANTAY TREK 5D/4N

  • Tour Type: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture.
  • Good For: Those in moderate shape, or better.
  • Difficulty: Challenging.
  • Considerations: Ask in advance for availability for Huana Picchu mountain and Machu Picchu mountain (20 USD per person)
  • Starting Altitude: 3200m / 10,500 feet
  • Highest Altitude – 4650m / 15,200 feet.
  • Walking Distance – 72 km. / 45 miles.
  • Longest Day – Day 2, approximately 22 km/11 miles.
  • Coldest Night – Day 1 around 0º celsius. / 32º degrees F.
  • Acclimatization is Recommended.

SALKANTAY MACHUPICCHU 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA

We start the day picking you up from your hotel at 4:30 am. Then we will travel in a tour bus, passing through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo and arriving at Mollepata (2900 meters/ 9500 feet) around 7:30 am. Here we will have our first breakfast and we can leave our 7 kilos for our riders. After, we will take a 1 hour shuttle ride to Challacancha (3380 meters/ 11,090 feet). From this point, we will begin our 3 hour hike, arriving at Soraypampa (3900 meters /12,800 feet) around 1:30 pm. There we will eat our first lunch and set up our first campsite. After lunch, we will go to the beautiful Lake Humantay.

LAKE HUMANTAY: After a 1 and ½ hour ascent, we will arrive at the impressive Lake Humantay (4220 meters/13,850 feet) where we can enjoy the turquoise color of the lake and the snowy Humantay Mountain peak. Then we will make our 40 minute descent to our campsite in Soraypampa for tea time, which is at approximately 6:00 pm and after we will eat a delicious dinner prepared for us by our chef. Finally, we will spend the night in our tents.

  • (12 km/ 7.4 miles) – 5 hours

DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA – SALKANTAY PASS – CHAULLAY

At 5:00 am we will eat a nutritious breakfast so that later we can continue our hike. We will leave from Soraypampa at 5:30 am and hike for 3 hours to the highest point at Abra Salkantay, where we can enjoy views of the snow capped mountains of Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay, and Pumasillo (4650 meters/ 15,250 feet). As we pass thorugh Salktanaypampa and Soyrococha, we stop to see a small lake, then we will begin the descent towards Huarachmachhay (3 hours) (3800 meters/ 12,470 feet). Here we will eat lunch and then we will continue the hike, taking note of the drastic change in landscape. After, we will continue our descent towards Chaullay (3 hours) (2900 meters/ 9500 feet) where our second campsite will be.

  • (22 km/ 13.7 miles) -10 hours

DAY 3: CHAULLAY – PLAYA SAHUAYACO – SANTA TERESA

We will have breakfast at 6.00 a.m. and shortly after begin hiking for 5 ½ hours through the jungle over many ascents and descents. In this area we will pass by many coffee and orchid plantations as well as many other plants used for medicinal purposes. We will arrive at our lunch spot in Playa Sahuayaco where we will have a buffet lunch and take a bus (which is included) to our campsite in Santa Teresa. Here you have the option to visit the thermal baths located in Cocalmayo (Santa Teresa), which is not included in the package. We will return to our campsite at 6.00 pm for tea and later dinner.

  • (14 km/ 8.7 miles)- 5 hours  

DAY 4: SANTA TERESA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES:

In Santa Teresa we will begin the day with breakfast at 6:30 am and be ready to continue our hike for 3 hours towards Hidroeléctrica where we will have lunch in a restaurant. After lunch we will continue our hike for 3 more hours towards Aguas Calientes where we will stay in a hostel and have dinner at 6.30 pm.

  • (22 km/ 13.7 miles) – 6 hours

DAY 5: 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?

TRANSPORTATION

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- Santa Teresa Transport
  • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Tourist Transport from Ollantaytambo station to Cusco (Plaza Regocijo)

ENTRANCE TICKET

Entrance ticket to Machupicchu

TRAIN TICKETS

The return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo(Train expeditions at 6:20 pm)

CAMPING EQUIPMENT

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
  • 7 extra kilos for the backpacks on horse (personal items)
  • Sleeping mats with a thickness of 5 centimeters

CAMPSITE COMFORT

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 and Santa Teresa: the camping sites are spacious so that travelers can enjoy the open views to the fullest during their limited stay in each place.

ACCOMODATIONS

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
  • WI-FI
  • 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.

SUPPORT STAFF

  • 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
  • 7 kilos for extra personal items each passenger (within the luggage of each passenger the weight of the sleeping bag will also be included)

FOOD

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)

  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 4 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)
  • Radios

NOT INCLUDED

  • First breaksfast
  • Lunch on the last day
  • Entrance Fee to Huaynapicchu Mountain  and/or Machu Picchu Mountain 20 USD
  • Sleeping bag
  • Walking stick
  • Tips

RECOMMENDATIONS :

  • Passport (Note: required for entrance to Machu Picchu)
  • Backpack
  • Warm clothes
  • Rain jacket
  • Flashlight
  • Hat
  • Various shirts
  • Insect Repellent
  • Rain poncho
  • Water purificaiton tablets
  • Personal medication
  • Water bottle
  • Original student ID card (isic) if you have one
  • Extra money
  • Walking Sticks

NOTA

IN CASE THE PASSANGER FEELS SICK AND WISHES TO RETURN TO CUSCO FROM THE FIRST CAMPSITE AT SORAYPAMPA, THE COMPANY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY REFUND AND/OR EXTRA EXPENSES FOR YOUR RETURN TO CUSCO, GIVING THEM THE OPTION TO REACH THE GROUP AT AGUAS CALIENTES (passanger is responsible for these expenses).

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.

We recommend that you spend at least 2 to 3 days in the city of Cusco to help acclimate yourself and to avoid possible problems associated with altitude sickness during your trip. If you have already been to another destination with a high altitude before arriving to Cusco, we still recommend that you spend a full day in Cusco to rest, recuperate from your trip, and to enjoy the beautiful views of the city before departing for your trek.
In general Salkantay in known for its unpredictable weather, so no matter what time of year please come prepared for both warm and cold temperatures, and rainy and dry conditions. It helps to know what season you’re traveling in though and Salkantay experiences two main seasons, the rainy season (November-March) and the dry season (April-October).

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.

We recommend two long-sleeve trekking shirts, two short-sleeve shirts, leggings or trekking pants, shorts, four pairs of underwear, sweatpants for the night, three pairs of hiking socks, a rain poncho, an insulated jacket for the Salkantay Pass, gloves, beanie, a hat with a brim, hiking boots, a bathing suit (if you plan to visit the hot springs), and slip on sandals to rest your feet at the campsites.
On the Salkantay Trek you will be permitted one personal daypack (a 30 to 50 L backpack is sufficient) and before your trek we will give you and one extra duffle bag from our office which can be used to carry your extra clothes and personal items.
Your weight limit for the duffle bag is 7 kg/15.4 pounds. Our horsemen will carry your duffle for you along with the food and the camping equipment. It’s important to keep in mind that you will not have access to your articles of clothing in this bag until the end of each day, since the horsemen and the horses will always be ahead of the group. Therefore, store the items you need immediate access to in your backpack and store the items you won’t need until the evening in your duffle bag.
The Salkantay 4D/3N Trek includes 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners. The only meals not included are breakfast on the first day and lunch/dinner on the last day after the tour of Machu Picchu.

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.

We serve a variety of traditional Peruvian dishes including various natural teas with rice, chicken, beef, fish, pasta, salad, potatoes, eggs, pancakes, bread, and for lunch and dinner each meal begins with a soup.
Yes, vegetarian/vegan options are available. Let us know before your trek so we can accommodate and inform your chef.
Yes, you can rent sleeping bags from our office for 15 USD. They are down feather sleeping bags that work in temperatures as low as -10°C.
Yes, you can rent a pair of walking sticks from our office for 15 USD.
Yes, you can leave extra luggage in our office free of charge.
We currently have covered camping sites for our tents in each campsite. We carry the tents and set them up for you at each campsite too. They have a 4-person capacity but we only use them for 2 people per tent. We also include sleeping pads in all the tents with a thickness of 5 centimeters.

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!

If you have booked directly through KB Tours, we partner with Eco Mapi (3 minutes from the main plaza) in Aguas Calientes and you will be staying there. Eco Mapi has hot showers, wifi, and comfortable beds.
The minimum group size is 4 people and the maximum group size is 15 people. In the case of 15 people the group will have two guides.
Chew coca leaves, drink coca tea or manzanilla tea (for stomach aches) at your campsites, and ask your guide for assistance. They are trained professionals equipped with the necessary aids to alleviate any discomfort associated with the altitude. They carry Sorochin pills, coca leaves, agua florida, and extra oxygen bottles.
Prior hiking experience is recommended but not required. Our guides are trained to assist hikers of all fitness levels and all trekking experience levels so you will never be left behind. Most important of all is to acclimate yourself to the altitude before your trek.
Yes, on the second day during the assent from the Soraypampa campsite to the Salkantay Pass there is an option to rent a horse for 100 soles for the three-hour assent. Ask your guide for assistance, the horse can be rented at the Soraypampa property.
For additional expenses along the route, we recommend bringing 300 soles (though you most likely won’t spend it all) and in small bills too to be used at the campsites and along the trek.
Bathrooms are free at the campsites but cost 1 sol along the route. Keep small change on hand too for water bottles, snacks, and toilet paper along the route.

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.
Both treks follow the same route up until day 3. After lunch on the 3rd day in Playa Sahuayaco, The 5-Day Salkantay trekkers take a 45 min bus to Santa Teresa where they will spend the night, with the option to go to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs in the evening and the Zip line the next day (day 4).

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.

The Salkantay Private trek includes a personal guide, chef, and horsemen for private groups of 2 to 8 people (snacks, water, and sleeping bags also included). The bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is included in this tour too.
Yes, the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is included in all of our Salkantay tour packages.
In total you are permitted 3 hours in the park. The guided tour of Machu Picchu is approximately 1 hour and after the tour you have 2 hours of free time to further explore the ruins on your own. KEEP IN MIND that regulations have changed and the tour in Machu Picchu is all a one-way path. That is, you cannot backtrack and revisit sites once you have passed them. In addition, once you exit the park you cannot re-enter. Therefore, take your time completing the route in Machu Picchu.
Yes there the option to take the bus that runs between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes. It is 12 USD one-way and 24 USD for there and back. Tickets can be purchased in Aguas Calientes, ask your guide for further assistance when you arrive.
First, send us an email asking about availability. Then, if available, select which mountain you would like to climb when you make your reservation online. Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are an additional 20 USD each.
Huayna Picchu Mountain is home to the Temple of the Moon and is the famous mountain peak seen behind the ruins in all the classic photos of Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu is an approximately 45 minute climb with more ruins at the top and an incredible view of the Machu Picchu ruins down below. In total the visit to Huayna Picchu is approximately 2 hours. Huayna Picchu Mountain is an additional 20 USD.
Machu Picchu refers to the ruins, which you will already have an entrance ticket to and will visit on a guided tour. Machu Picchu Mountain is an additional hike within Machu Picchu that offers a much higher view of the ruins and overlooks the entire valley. Machu Picchu Mountain is an additional 20 USD.
If at any point you need to return to Cusco during your trek, KB Tours is not responsible for any refund and/or extra expenses for your return to Cusco. There are plenty of transportation options available at each campsite should a return be necessary. Ask your guide for further assistance.
Once you have made your reservation and initial deposit, you can cancel your trip at any time however we cannot refund your 50% deposit. One month before your trek, if you have already made your full payment and you decide to cancel, we can only refund 50% of your payment as your tickets to Machu Picchu and transportation tickets back to Cusco have already been purchased by this time and cannot be returned.
Go to our website kbtourstravel.com, select the trek you would like to do, and click BOOK NOW. When you make your reservation, you are also required to make a 50% deposit via PayPal. Your reservation will not be complete until this deposit has been made.
Congratulations, adventure awaits you! Before your trek, please stop by our office in Cusco at 351 Procuradores Street Interior 120 to complete the second half of your payment in cash (can be paid in dollars or soles) and to receive a briefing on your trek with your guide.
We are open Mondays – Saturdays from 9 am to 8 pm

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