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Salkantay Trek Luxury

This scenic trek was named after the sacred snow-topped mountain Salkantay(savage mountains) (6271mt/20,574ft), considered by the natives a god mountain called Apu (guardian spirit of the jungle). It is still believed that in the mountains the holy spirits  reside.The scenic and montainous Salkantay Trek is considered one of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. It is filled with stunning scenery, varied nature, traditional culture,etc. It is located near snowy peaks of the Salkantay range. Being at pass Salkantay(4,600mt/ 15,091ft) offers a vantage point of the snowy Mt Salkantay and rugged mountainous terrain. As you ascend to higher altitude, the views of the imposing Salkantay Mountain become larger. Enjoy striking mountain scenery as you climb from 2,800mt to 4,600mt(alpine ecoystem), then descend to 2,000mt (tropical cloud forest with high degree biodiversity) and finally the long-awaited arrival to the Inca Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

The scenic Salkantay trek awaits for you!!!!!

Trek Overview:

 

Day 01: Cusco (3,360mt/11021ft) - Soraypampa (3,869mt/12,690ft)

Day 02: Soyrapampa - Chaullay (2,870mt/9414ft)

Day 03: Chaullay - Playa Sauyaco(2067mt/ 6781ft) - Santa Teresa (1550mt/5085ft)

Day 04: Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes (2,000mt/6561ft)

Day 05: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu(2,400mt/ 7874ft- Cusco

Our Luxury Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is all inclusive at an Incredible Price, It means that you will get more for your money with Salkantay Trek Machu


Highlights of Salkantay Trek Luxury:

  • Luis Crispin Quispe, villager and farmer from Pacchanta, it is the first Peruvian who has reached the summit of Salkantay with Nathan Heald and Thomas Ryan, on  17 June, 2013, and  calculated the height of the mountain soaring to 6271 meters above sea level .
  • Below Snow-topped mountain Salkantay the surrounding area features ravines, forested hills, farmlands which make of this  route attractive  naturally with spectacular views
  • Enjoy the views of snow-topped mountains Salkantay(6,271mt/20574ft), Pumasillo(6070mt/19914ft),Tucarhuay (5,928mt/19,448ft), Humantay(5,450mt/17880ft).  .
  • The inhabitants has considered  Salkantay a god mountain, and guardian spirit of the jungle which protects all villages located around the area
  • The vilcabamba range  with snow-topped Mt Salkantay are located within the Historic and natural sanctuary of Machupicchu

Salkantay the most beautiful alternative hike to the Inca sanctuary of  Machupicchu.

 

There are two different Salkantay trek routes, the traditional Salkantay route starts out in Challacancha and ascends to pass Salkantay, then the trail descends all the way to La Playa town passing through different ecosystems and then goes to Hydroelectric settlement  and finally arrives to Machupicchu town. The second Salkantay trek route leads to Soraypampa, gently ascends to Salkantay pampa, and slopes steeply up to Ichupata and Inca Chiriaska and then the trail slopes  steeply down to Inca canal of pampacahuana, and then the trail joins huayllabamba located on the traditional Inca trail and then the trail continues up to Machupichu.  

 

 

 
 

DAY 1: CUSCO - CHALLACANCHA-SORAYPAMPA

Early pickup from your hotel and then transfer to trailhead(Challacancha, 3,675mt/12,057ft), passing the  agricultural plains of Anta, fertile valley of Limatambo, and you will stop at the cultivated town of Mollepata (2,803mt/9196ft) for breakfast. Rejoining the bus ride, you will head to Challacancha, the starting point of the hike. After meeting the rest of the crew, you will start off to Soraypampa. The trail  gently ascends to a vantage point and descends long way to Soraypampa, as you go through the  trail, you will enjoy amazing views of the snow-topped Mt Humantay and Salkantay. Upon arriving at Soraypampa(3,850mt/12,631ft), you will rest and enjoy lunch admiring the natural beauty of alpine ecosystem. Afterwards, you will climb to glacial lake Humantay(4,200mt/13,780ft). This afternoon hike offers great views of the local scenery  and sunset. Back at the campsite, you will chill at the campsite and then have dinner under starry sky. 

 

 

DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA - CHAULLAY

You will wake up to the call of hote tea served in your tent. After a nutritious and hearty breakfast, you will head to pass Salkantay(4,650mt/15255ft). During  the ascend do not miss the views of the imposing Mt Salkantay, second highest snowy peak in Cusco region. Upon arriving at the pass, have a break as you get a second wind and admire the alpine scenery. Learn about chewing coca leaves and giving them as offering to Mt Salkantay. Then the trail descends all the way to Huayracmachay, as you go down, you will see chinchillas, alpine birds like, andean goose, andean gull, andean flicker, and  if  lucky andean condor, etc. Upon arriving at Huayracmachay (3,850mt/12,631ft)m, you will enjoy lunch and rest. Afterwards, the trail descends to Challway(2,900mt/9514ft). The scenery along  the trail is very diverse with rising temperatures. Campsite at Challway

 

 

 

Day 3: CHAULLAY - PLAYA SAHUAYACO - SANTA TERESA

Today the walk is leisurely with natural beauty that includes forested hills, colorful flowers, agricultural hamlets, river crossings, waterfalls,etc. Passion fruit growing above your head, bamboo forest, begonias, orchids, avocado trees, banana trees, etc. As you near La Playa, you will see avocado trees, and coffee plantations so you will have the chance to sample coffee. After lunch, you will bus to the town of Santa Teresa, the bus journey offers amazing views of coffee plantations, pineapple trees, waterfalls, etc. In the afternoon, you can wander about the town or go to the hotsprings(optional)

DAY 4: SANTA TERESA � AGUAS CALIENTES.

After breakfast, you will walk to hydroelectric town following a dirt road with views of river Urubamba, lush green mountainous area, hydroelectric plant, etc.Brief stop in town for more supplies, and then the walk carries on to  the town of Aguas Calientes. The trail goes alongside the railway with outstanding views of river Urubamba, tall trees with birds like parkeets, fly catchers, etc sitting on the tree with melodious voices cheering up your passing and outstanding views of Machupicchu structures perched on top of the mountain. On arriving in Aguas Calientes town, you will bus up to Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. Dinner at a restaurant and return to the hotel. 

 

DAY 5: MACHUPICCHU - CUSCO

After breakfast, you will enter the historic inca site of Machupicchu and check in the site by showing your original passport and machupicchu pass,then you will start exploring Machupicchu conducted by your tour guide for approximately 2h:30min. After the tour, you can stay by yourself to keep exploring the site or hike Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (both are optional and must be booked in advance!).Afterwards, you will bus down to Aguas calientes for a well-deserved rest and lunch. After completion of the Salkantay Trek 4 Days, you will take the train to Ollantaytambo and change for a bus back to your hotel in Cusco

 

Included in this hike

  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing);
  • Early morning transfer by private bus to Challacancha - the initial point of the trek;
  • Accommodation: Campsites (3 nights) and a Hotel in Machu Picchu (1 night);
  • Entrance fee to Salkantay Mountain, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • All transfers and tours with English speaking guides.
  • Meals: 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner, 4x Lunch on the Santurary Lodge of Machu Picchu and 4x afternoon hot beverages (please advise us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost);
  • Snack every morning;
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide only for you;
  • Professional Cook;
  • 2 Horseman;
  • Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 7 kg of each passenger's stuff; 
  • An emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower;
  • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own);
  • Camping equipment Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
  • Air bed for camping.
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
  • A pair Hiking poles
  • A blanket per person
  • A pillow
  • Day Pack Rain Covers;
  • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
  • A Rain Ponchos;
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings);
  • Wine, Pisco, Beer;
  • Bath and hand Towels per person.
  • A private, hand-crafted and fully personalized Deluxe Tour from start to finish.
  • Oxygen bottle and first-aid kits.
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town;
  • VISTADOME train from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;

Not Included

  • Fist breakfast
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned.

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!

PLEASE BRING WITH YOU:

Travel backpack

  • As it is a 5 day journey, you will need a backpack of 30 liters or more, resistant to rain and with extra pockets to carry extra things

Clothing: Top

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:

  • A coat, also called a jacket, will be very useful to protect you from the cold and rain.
  • Four shirts , which will be used during the five days of the walk. Try to be light and dry fast. Avoid cotton clothes because they are heav

Clothing: Bottom

You must keep your legs and feet protected during the crossing. We recommend the following items in your travel backpack:

  • Hiking pants. A good idea is to use pants with removable boots (with zipper) to be able to use them as shorts.
  • Underwear. Comfortable pieces and that dry fast.
  • Footwear
  • Hiking shoes. Choose a pair that has good grip and is suitable for rough terrain and water resistant. Avoid wearing a new pair of shoes, as they can hurt you more than some used ones.
  • Your shoes for the Salkantay tour must be water resistant

Accessories

  • Hat: Important for days of intense sun.
  • Plastic poncho: Do not let the rain bother you, rather enjoy the landscape!
  • Swimwear: On the route you can optionally enter the thermal baths. A dip after the walk, does not sound bad. do not?
  • Towel: Of regular size and that is of a fabric that dries fast.

Camping equipment

  • Water: You can carry a reusable bottle for water.
  • Gloves: Sometimes the cold can get into your hands, so we recommend taking them.
  • Trekking sticks: They can be useful for some sections of the walk.
  • Lantern: Very useful for outings in the early hours or for camping nights.
  • Binoculars: Do not lose sight of wild animals in the distance!

Personal hygiene items

  • Do not forget to bring items such as: toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and other personal items so you can start each morning refreshed and ready for adventure.

Electronic

  • The memories of your adventure will be recorded forever in the memory of the camera and you can share them with your friends and family. To ensure the functioning of your equipment, do not forget to bring extra batteries and an additional memory card

Documents

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.

  • Important: do not forget the passport and identity document in the Salkantay Trek

Health articles

Small items that will be very useful in your backpack to travel to Salkantay:

  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues

Others

  • Cash: It is advisable to have around 400 soles (equivalent to 123 US dollars) in cash for extra expenses.
  • Personal medications: If you follow a treatment, do not forget to take all your medications with you.
  • Snacks: Small healthy snacks like energy bars, granola, yogurt among others.

 

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