The salkantay trek


  • 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS



This trek is better suited for more adventure trekkers who are able to handle a little more altitude and distance. This trek takes you up and along Salkantay, which is the second largest mountain in the Cusco region (6280 msn). On the first night, you will sleep not too far away from the snow capped peak. The second day will be the hardest day of the tour. While you work a bit harder to get there, the views at the top are even more stellar. After you reach the 4,600 meter pass, it is almost pure downhill, descending into a more tropical area on the far side of the mountain. You will take the forty five minute train ride to Aguas Calientes from the famous Hydro electric Dam and then spend the rest of the 4th evening relaxing in the town. In the morning you take the bus up to Machu Picchu for your tour.


06.00 am. Departure by our private transport to Mollepata 2900 mts. A beautiful scenic journey through Limatambo, with stops for panoramic views of the “Apu Salkantay. One can see awesome chains of magnificent snow capped mountains and the lush Apurimac River Valley. After we arrive to our trailhead, called Mollepata 3000 asl. We meet our Arrieros “ horsemen “ and trekking staff, (Cook, and Assistants). We trek for about 3hrs before lunch through traditional Andean communities like Cruzpata, Challacancha where we stop for lunch. We continue walking for pproxi 3 hrs through unspoiled Andean villages to Soraypampa 3850 mts, our first campsite. ( Walking distance approximately 14 km.)

After an early breakfast we start trekking from pproxi 06:00am for 3 hours to start our ascent of the Apacheta pass 4590 mts. From this point we can appreciate the spectacular views of the Mountain Salkantay ,a stunning snow capped mountain (6264 mts) the second highest peak in Cusco’s region, and also the mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes and moraines. 2 hrs pproxim to lunch in Huayracpunku, and then a further 2-3 hrs downhill walk to Camp in Rayan-niyoc at 2890 mts or Camp at Chaullay 2920 mts for experienced trekkers .Any changes to be decided by the guide depending on the groups abilities , weather and walking conditions. ( Walking distance approximately 21 Km. to Chaullay)

We start the trek 07:00 am. 3 hours easy hiking to Luscamayuc, where we will be introduced to a high Jungle niche called Ceja de Selva, we will see different kind of plants, fruits, flowers, birds ect. Here coca and banana crops can be observed, time to shower in a waterfall, take amazing pictures, with luck we can observe the famous Peruvian National Bird “ Gallito de las Rocas “ stop at Wiñaypoq’o for Lunch + free time to rest . 3 hour walk to our last campsite in La Playa 2350 mts .A small village is located here with electricity and a shop! (Walking distance approximately 18 km.)

Approx 06:30 am. we begin our trek to the village Lucmabamba, here we see the remains of an Inka trail, we follow this rising trail, from which we will see plantations of coffee, banana, passion fruit and a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. We follow the Inka trail climbing up for 4 hrs to Llactapata 2700 mts. From here, we can see Machupicchu (Inca city) and enjoy some free time to rest, 2 hrs. Downhill to the hydroelectric plant 1870 mts. Where we have the last lunch with aur staff team. At 3. pm. We will take 45 minute train journey to Aguas Calientes town 2000 mt. Special Dinner and great bed in your hotel, optional hot spring baths. ( Walking distance approximately 16 km.) * Walking poles recommended for the 2 final hours downhill.

Early bus for 25 minutes to the Machupicchu city, guided tour for 3 hours and plenty of free time for further exploring, photos and optional climb of the mountain Huayna Picchu, Temple of the Moon, or the Gate of the Sun. Generally around 1pm people back to Aguas Calientes for the lunch. You’l take your return train to Cusco.

You need to take:

  • Daypack, Flash light, Insect repellent, Camera and extra film & batteries.
  • -5ºC sleeping bag
  • Hiking boots (runners shoes are not recommended)
  • Walking poles
  • Warm clothes; layers for variable temperatures specially al night.
  • Sun protection; sunscream, sun hat, sunglasses.
  • Thermals, wools socks and woolen hat for cold nights.
  • Rain poncho, good rain jacket
  • Toilet paper, small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Gloves, scarf, trekking pants or similar
  • Water bottle; water purifying tablets
  • Personal medical kit
  • Original passport and original isic student card if applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drink, etc.

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