Salkantay Trek 5 Days 4 Nights
SALKANTAY TREK 5 DAYS OVERVIEW
TOUR TYPE SALKANTAY TREK 5 DAYS: hiking, camping, adventure, culture and history.
STARTING ALTITUD: 2900M/ 9515ft.
HIGHEST ALTITUD: 4650m/15200ft.
WALKING DISTANCE: 60.5 km / 37.5 miles.
COLDEST NIGHT: Day 1 around 0º Celsius.
OVERALL DIFFICULTY: Difficult (depends on your level of fitness)
See also Alternative Trek for Inca Jungle Trek 4 Days
DAY 1: CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA
to Begin the Salkantay Trek, We will pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 a.m. for the drive to the trailhead, passing through the villages of Izcuchaca and Limatambo before arriving at Mollepata, where we will eat breakfast. We will then continue in our vehicle to Challacancha, where we will begin our hike as far as the campsite at Soraypampa (3900 meters above sea level). When we stop for lunch, you will be given a briefing before starting the walk to Lake Humantay, where we will also do some exercises to help with acclimation. The hike will take around six hours in total, with the highest point of our route today being Lake Humantay, at 4220 meters above sea level, where there are spectacular views.
DAY 2: SORAYMAPA – SALKANTAY PASS -CHAULLAY
At around 6:00 a.m. we will eat a delicious breakfast before beginning our walk up to the highest point of the entire trek (Salkantay Trek), at Salkantay Pass (4650 meters), passing through beautiful scenery on our way to Huayracmachay, where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we will descend along a valley, entering an area of high forest. During this section of the route, it is possible to see many varieties of orchids, as well as a large waterfall, in a landscape dominated by Mount Salkantay. We will make our second camp at Chaullay, where you will be served a delicious dinner following your seven-hour hike.
DAY 3: CHAULLAY – PLAYA SAHUAYACO – SANTA TERESA
Today will be a much easier day, as we begin to descend through high forest and enter lower altitudes than those experienced on the first and second day. We will walk for around six hours. Along the way. We will pass through plantations of avocado, as well as the coca leaves that were sacred to the Incas. Insect repellent is recommended for this section of the route. We will stop for a nutritious lunch and a rest before continuing our journey by boarding local transport to Santa Teresa, where we will spend the night. Upon arrival in this small town, you can leave your gear at the campsite and take local transport to the medicinal thermal baths. We will return to the camp for our evening meal.
DAY 4: SANTA TERESA – AGUAS CALIENTES
Today you will have three options: the first is to walk from Santa Teresa to the hydroelectric station; the second option is to take local transport to the hydroelectric station, the costs of which must be covered individually; the third option is to take a zip-line excursion. This excellent third option means you will be able to enjoy a final adventure before visiting Machu Picchu. Different cables are available, ranging from 300 to 500 meters. At the end of this excursion, we will provide transport to the hydroelectric station, where we will have lunch before beginning the walk to the small town of Aguas Calientes. Along the way, it is possible to see several varieties of orchids. Upon arrival, our guide will give you a briefing in a room at the hotel, providing information on the visit to Machu Picchu.
DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
In the early morning, at around 4:30 a.m., we will begin the walk to the majestic Inca city of Machu Picchu, where we will meet with the guide and the rest of the group. Please note: There are two options for the ascent to Machu Picchu; on foot to see the sunrise, very early; or taking the bus. At the ruins, we will receive a guided tour of the site lasting approximately two hours, after which you will have free time to visit the rest of the citadel, including for example the Inca Bridge and the Sun Gate. After leaving the citadel at the time agreed with the guide, we will descend on foot or by bus to the small town of Aguas Calientes, where we will board the return train to the village of Ollantaytambo, where a bus will take us back to the city of Cusco.
WE OFFER YOU TWO OPTIONS TO GO BACK TO CUSCO AFTER VISITING MACHU PICCHU.
You can visit Machu Picchu for a longer time and have enough time if you are planning to do HUAYNAPICCHU or MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN, which require a minimum of 3 hours approximately. After visiting the area of Machu Picchu for 7 to 8 hours, you have to return to the town of Aguas Calientes to take a train at 18:20 to Ollantambo for 1.5 hours then by car to Cusco for 2 hours more to arrive in Cusco around 10:30 pm
You arrive at Machu Picchu around 6:00 am for the guided tour for 2 hours then you have free time to explore the site on your own. If you take this option, and you are thinking to do HUAYNAPICCHU, or MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN is possible but will be too very tight and rush because you need to leave Machu Picchu at 11:30 to walk back to Hydroelectric for 3 hours in order to be in Hidrolectrica at 3:00pm to take a car for 6 hours back Cusco. If you are considering doing this option and doing one of the mountains, we recommend you stay one more night in Aguas Calientes and return the 6th day to Cusco by car.
Included in Salkantay Trek
- Briefing at your hotel, the night before the tour
- Pick up from your hotel
- Transport from Cusco to Challacancha
- Professional guide
- 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 evening meals
- Horse for carrying a maximum of 8 kilograms of baggage per person
- Horses (equipment, food)
- Camping equipment (tents and sleeping mats)
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- 01 night’s stay at a hotel in Aguas Calientes( 3 star)
- Return train ticket in expeditions class Aguas Calientes –Ollantaytambo
- Transport Ollantaytambo – Cusco
Not Included in Salkantay Trek
- Breakfast on the first day
- Lunch on the final day
- Bottled water or snacks during the tour
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu
- Entrance to machupicchu mountain.
- Bus tickets to and from Machu Picchu
- Sleeping bag
- Train from hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes
- Entrance to Salkantay (S/.10.00 Peruvian soles)
- Entrance to hot-spring (s/. 10.00 peruvian soles)
We recommended to bring
WHAT TO BRING TO SALKANTAY TREK?:
- Warm clothing for the nighttime
- walking boot
- Rain gear
- Insect repellent
- Sun cream.
- Plastic rain poncho
- Water purification tablets
- First aid kit
- Bottle of water
- Student card if you have one
- Extra cash in Peruvian currency and dollars
- Walking poles
STUDENT DISCOUNT: 20 USA dollars
If you are a student, you need to send us a copy/picture of both side of your student card to verify, to get 20 dollars discount.
The student card must be an original student ID given from the university in PVC material and it must have the next requirements: University information, personal student Information, student Picture, and Expiration date valid only for one year, it year must coincide with the year that student visit Machu Picchu, the discount until 25 years old
ADITIONALS/EXTRAS NOT INCLUDED IN SALKANTAY TREK
- Machupicchu Mountain climbing: USD 20.00
- Huaynapicchu Mountain climbing: USD 20.00
- Vistadom train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo ( panoramic train): USD 30.00
- Extra night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of hotel desired.
- sleeping bag: USD 20.00
- walking pole: USD 8.00
PRICES FOR SALKANTAY TREK
We have two prices For the Salkantay trek 5D-4N. The cost depends. How you WANT to return to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu.
BY CAR: USD 230.00 PER PERSON.
BY TRAIN: USD 320.00 PER PERSON