Salkantay Trek via Llactapata to Machu Picchu 5 Days / 4 Nights
Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights
Starting point: Cusco
Ending point: cusco
Level: Moderate to Challenging
Adventure Rating: Given the new restrictions on the Inca trail, Salkantay is the second most popular hike in the region and some of the campsites are less remote than on other trails. Workers can claim, if they met any injury.
Modality: Trekking, Archaeological and Cultural
Altitude: 2,800 masl to 4,650 masl
Inca Trail alternative: Yes, the Salkantay trek is an excellent option.
Departure Dates: Daily departures
All private service departure dates are adapted to your request
Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Maximum Altitude: 3850 masl
Minimum Altitude: 2850 masl
Distance Travelled: 14km approx
We start to pick up you on the hotel around 04:30 am, the bus driving taking 4 hours to Anta – Mollepata through the bus is clearly to see the white snowcapped mountain like Salkantay and Huamantay the holy Gods of the Incas, the spectacular scenic on the upper part and lower valleys with colorful landscape. Two hours driving at head the first stop in Mollepata town there are toilet facilities, souvenirs and optional short breakfast, to soon continue at Challacancha the trail head. There we will meet with our support staff. There we will organize all the equipment, horses and mules. Around 9:30 a.m. we will star our trek to Soraypampa (3900 m.a.s.l) the first section of the path are paved rock trail there are the old water channel still supply to new habitants, the begin is 9 km in 3 hours to Soraypampa the lunch place as well base camp, after lunch and nap to continued hiking up to the Humantay lake (4200masl) 5 km in 3 hours round trip, bottom the glacier the most spectacular views to the back ground valley and sunset, Soraypampa is located on the middle of the glaciers valleys at night clear appreciate the constellation on the sky. People can get loans from for making their trip.
Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayramachay – Chaullay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Maximum Altitude: 4650 masl
Minimum Altitude: 2900 masl
Distance Travelled: 22km to Chaullay
Early wake up with the first daylight at 05:40 am to packing the staff, breakfast and soon to start hiking up to the highest point of the trail Salkantay Pass (4650 masl – 15,255 ft) the distance is 7 km in 3 hours, on the ascent through the between the rocky valley bottom the magnificent Salkantay Mountay (6200 masl – 20,341 ft). We reach the top of the trek. We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay, humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo, Salkantay is considerate the second highest mountain of the Cusco region and one of the Incas God called “Apu”. Get the top is the most ancient time on the trek, 2 hours downhill on the serpent trail and gravel rocky path to get Huayracmachay lunch spot, on the afternoon entrance to the upper part of the amazone jungle as well called “cloud forest” 9 km in 3 hours on the wide trail in the thick forest are decorate the hills with colorful sceneries and the wild life and native plant, mostly of the year weather is warmed and temperate to finally arrived to Chaullay Village (2900 masl – 9,514 ft) the base camp into the jungle.
Days 3: Chaullay – Collpapampa – La Playa – Lucmabamba Village
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Maximum Altitude: 2900 masl
Minimum Altitude: 1600 masl
Distance Travelled: Approx 16km
The first daylight is property to wake up and take breakfast to soon start the hiking straight playa Village through the Santa Teresa valley. The hiking distance are of 16 km in 6 hours approximately during the hike will see: water fall, orchids, coffee, banana, avocado plantations and we will taste the famous passion fruit or granadilla and also there are chance to sharing the experience with the people of the zone, this area is called cloud forest therefore exist a lot variety of orquids and wild life as well waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to see the famous bird called “the Cock of the Rocks”. We will lunch in La Playa Village, after a nap time optional continued hiking to Lucmabamba Camp site or hire a transport to enjoy hot spring (organized with guide).
Day 4: La Playa – Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroelectryc – Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Maximum Altitude: 2800 masl
Minimum Altitude: 2000 masl
Distance Travelled: 15km aprox – Plus 10 km optional..
The coca tea wakes up to start a new day at 7 am to climbing up to the Inca Town called Llactapata, the ascent is into the cloud forest mostly the weather on the day is warm and tempered, during the hiking is clearly to see the depth valley of Santa Teresa and Vilcabamba range and cooffe plantations and bananas part of the trail still preserved the paved rock and symmetric of the Incas path, and lovely view to Urubamaba river and surrounded mountains in Machupicchu, get the top on the day are the ancient time on the day there are clear view to the backside of the Salkantay Mountay and further view to machupicchu and mountains ranges, then we keep going on the down trail in switch back to Hidroelectrica where will have our lunch. After lunch if you are in good shape to continued hiking 10 km in 3 hours to Aguas calientes or take the tourist train (US $ 26), finally arrived to Aguas calientes town there are overnight in the hotel and dinner at the tourist restaurant.
Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
Tour: Visit to Machu Picchu
The ancient day on the Trek, early wake up on the hotel is better for visit Machupicchu, We suggestion start early visit Machupicchu the check point is open from (6:00 am until 17:00 pm) optional going up by bus or foot, on the morning look empty the city with less tourist the first 2 hours guiding tour in the City, (temples, palaces, priest house, sundial, industrial sector and farming fields) after that is start your free time to climbing up to Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu mountain (book in advance to get your ticket) both mountains hiking time taking 3 hours approx. or trekking to the sun gate the main entrance of the Inka Trail, therefore you’ll stay and enjoy the city for more than 7 hours on the afternoon We organized the train (18:30 pm) back form Aguas calientes to Ollantaytambo and then bus driving to Cusco to arrive at 20:00 pm approx. the bus drops you off at your hotel in Cusco.
Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.
Included / No Included
Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Challacancha (starting point of the trek)
Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Kailas, doite and Rei 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested.
One sleeping pad per person
1 Blanket or Liner
One pillow per person
Dining tent with tables and chairs
English speaking professional and official tourist guide (The standard group size is 8 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 11 guests and 2 guides)
1 night accomodation in Aguas Calientes
Chef and cooking equipment
Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 4
Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 4
Accommodation for all our staff
Meals (04B, 04L, 04D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards
Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Machupicchu entrance fee
Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco(Expedition Service 18:35pm)
Transfer train station-hotel in Cusco
24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit
What’s Not Included
Clothes, raingear, and footwear
Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
Lunch and dinner on the last day after the guided tour at Machu Picchu
Sleeping bags(you can hire from our company)
Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)