The name of the trek is given by the name of the sacred mountain towards which it heads. The mountain is called Salkantay or Apu Salkantay (6,271 m.a.s.l) expressing its sacred meaning. Salkantay means "Savage Mountain" in Quechua native language while Apu meant powerful mountain spirit in the Incan mythology. It is still believed that each mountain has its own spirit. Moreover, these mountain spirits are alive! The majority of Apus have been male spirits; however, there are some female spirits too.
The famous Salkantay Trek is considered one of the 25th best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. It’s a trek open for all the people and without space limits at least for now. It is an ancient and remote path located on the snowy mountains and it’s surrounded by an exuberant tropical rain forest. It offers marvelous experience passing places surrounded by snow and ice (Salkantay Pass, 4,600 m) until places lying 1,700 meters lower where bromeliads and orchids blossom. On the way, you can appreciate views of imposing Salkantay Mountain from immediate proximity. The trek is not much difficult. There is not either snow or ice on the path. Only problem can be the high altitude (the beginning of the trek is at 2,800 meters and the highest trekking point is at 4,600 meters) so acclimatization should not be underestimated.
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Day 01: Cusco - Soraypampa
Day 02: Soyrapampa - Chaullay
Day 03: Chaullay - Playa Sauyaco - Santa Teresa
Day 04: Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes
Day 05: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
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We start at 4:30 AM from Cusco, passing through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo, arriving at Mollepata (2900 m.a.s.l) where we will be approximately 7:30 AM where we will have our breakfast, then we will have us to start our excursion to first take a truck that will take us to the point of Markokasa (50 min) (3380 m.a.s.l) from that point to begin our hike in an approximate 5 hours passing through the villages of Markokasa and Inca couloir and thus coming to SORAYPAMPA (3900 m.a.s.l) where we will be arriving at 1:30 pm. We will take our first lunch and first camp there. After lunch we can go to visit the beautiful lagoon of the Humantay (4200 m.a.s.l) 1:30 hours up where we will have breathtaking views of the mountain and at night we will have our dinner to then sleep.
Around 7:00 am we will have to enjoy a nutritious breakfast to continue our trek, started from the point of SORAYPAMPA to the highest point: abra SALKANTAY (5 to 6 hours) (4650 m.a.s.l), passing through Salkantaypampa and Soyrococha where you can see a small lagoon, after that we will begin the descent to the platforms (4 h) (3800 m.a.s.l) where we will take our lunch. Then, we will continue down to Chaullay (3 h) (2900 m.a.s.l) where our second camp will be placed.
Continuing our trip after a comforting breakfast we start our hike appreciating a variety of coca crops, contemplating the sacred leaf of the Inca’s which currently grows in tropical areas. This last stretch will be on the descent to La Playa (5h) (1900 m.a.s.l) where we will take our lunch. From there we will head up towards Santa Teresa in a bus where we will spend the night. There is an optional visit the thermal baths of Cocalmayo.
The dawn will be within a tropical area full of history and nature, there is where our breakfast awaits us ready. To reach this village we take an approximate time of 6 hours, passing by the famous respite of hydroelectric power plant in this Center. There we will take a box lunch (Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes train service), making stops in different places to just appreciate the landscape and its surrounding full of waterfalls with impressive falls which come from glaciers, reaching the mentioned village that is popularly known as "Aguas Calientes", (2000 m.a.s.l). There, in the afternoon you will spend the night in a hotel (Belmond Sanctuary Lodge). We will take our last dinner in a restaurant and our guide will organize everything for the next day.
Early morning around 4:30 we will climb towards the majestic Incan city of Machu Picchu where you will have a 2hr tour, and the rest of the day off in which you can visit Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain (optional) and once again, all the citadel. We return in the evening to the town of Machu Picchu village depending on the schedule of our train back which we will announce once you book your travel with our company.
Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single room" option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.
Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek's price!
The Salkantay Trek offers diverse landscapes with different climates so it is necessary that you go prepared for sunny days, rain, snow and humidity. We recommend you bring:
You must keep your legs and feet protected during the crossing. We recommend the following items in your travel backpack:
It is very important that your backpack has your original passport and your original identity document to be able to identify you at the checkpoints. In case of being a student, the ISIC card will be useful for some discounts in the price of the tour and in some establishments in the city of Cusco.
Small items that will be very useful in your backpack to travel to Salkantay: