Salkantay Trek Classic 5 Days

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The Salkantay trek is a high altitude 74km/46 miles hike in the Cusco region, Peru.

The route starts at Mollepata, a small town 100km from Cusco. It takes you through some incredible nature areas of the Andes with breathtaking scenery and amazing wildlife. Trekking includes a visit to two Inca sitesLlactapata and Machu Picchu both history and nature lovers will enjoy the Salkantay trek.  It is considered to be a cheaper alternative to the famous Inca trail though it goes through the completely different areas and unlike the Inca trail, Salkantay trek finishes in Aguas Calientes (from where you walk to MP) not at Machu Picchu

  • Type of Trip: Trekking / Hiking, Cultural, Adventurer.
  • Good for: 4,650 meters.
  • Difficulty: Moderate, Hard.
  • Considerations: Check availability of the entrance to Machupicchu mountain and Huaynapicchu mountain.
  • Start altitude: 3200m / 9515ft.
  • Highest Altitude: 4650m / 15,200ft.
  • Walking distance: 60 km.
  • Longest day : Day 2, approximately 22 km / 11 miles.
  • Coldest night: Day 1 around 0 degrees.
  • Acclimatization is recommended.
Daily tours: “Everyday”



DAY 1: Cusco – Challacancha – Humantay – Soraypamapa
Our adventure starts at 4:00 when a professional guide passes by the hotel for the transfer to Mollepata, where there is a brief stop to buy some last-minute supplies such as snacks, sunscreen, water, among others need items.
The tour is resumed for 30 more minutes to Challacancha (3,675 m / 12,057 ft) to start the walk to Soraypampa where you enjoy a delicious lunch.
After having lunch, the excursion is resumed for 1.5 hours until reaching the Humantay Lagoon, which offers a special landscape between the Humantay and Salkantay Snowy Mountains. At the end of the day you arrive at Soraypampa (3,850 m / 12,631 ft) to spend the night in this camp.


Day 2 : Soraypampa – Abra Salkantay – Wayraqmachay – Chawllay
On the second day, after tasting breakfast, start the ascent to the highest point (4,650 m / 15,367 feet) in the Salkantay pass, from where you appreciate the second highest mountain in Cusco (6,217 m / 20,717 feet). In this imposing place there will be time to enjoy the majestic landscape of the glaciers.
We will descend for approximately 1 hour, until we reach Wayraqmachay for lunch and continue to Chawllay, our second camp.


DAY 3: Chayllay – Lucmabamba – Santa Teresa
This day begins with a delicious breakfast and a downhill walk with an initial destination to Lucmabamba, where you visit one of the local families, to learn about their culture and taste crops such as passion fruit, oranges, bananas, and other crops in the area.
At this point, lunch also corresponds and you have the opportunity to buy local products such as coffee, chocolates, among other items from the Andean region. You can also enjoy the thermal baths of Santa Teresa or Cocalmayo, an optimal place to rest among rock formations and bushes, after this walk.


DAY 4: Santa Teresa – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes
After breakfast, we start the walk to Llactapata, a place full of coffee plantations and artisan mills of local families that detail the way of cultivation, harvesting and processing in an artisanal way.
Once reached the Llactapata pass, the excursion descends towards the Hydroelectric station, where it is necessary to have lunch, and then continue the adventure by train to Aguas Calientes. Tonight you rest in a comfortable hotel in the tourist town and have dinner in a local restaurant.


DAY 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco
Once you have had breakfast, start the tourist bus transfer to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, the experience will be gratifying before a guided tour that allows you to know the most important places of the Inca Citadel, including the main temples, stairways, squares, roads, among other amazing spaces of this architectural complex, such as the Intiwatana.
After the guided tour, you have free time to explore this extraordinary World Heritage Site on your own. Our guide will indicate where and at what time they will meet again for the return.
After connecting with the majesty of the Inca Historical Sanctuary, you will have free time to have lunch in Aguas Calientes and explore the town, and then take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where private transportation will wait for you to Cusco with arrival around 9:00 p.m. .
Giving yourself the time to travel is knowing how to enjoy life’s opportunities. We have many adventures ready, waiting for you to live them!


The following required transportation services are included in the tour:
• TOURIST TRANSPORT Cusco – Mollepata trip approximately 02h and 30 minutes.
• Transportation Mollepata – Challacancha, approximately 45 minutes trip.
• Transportation Playa Sahuayaco – Hydroelectric
• TOURIST TRANSPORT Ollantaytambo station – Cusco (Plaza Regocijo)
Entrance ticket to the Inca city of Machu Picchu
The schedules we work with are the TRAIN EXPEDITION OF 18:20
We have camps established in each CAMPING PLACE, within which:
• In Soraypampa: We have rustic cabins, with mattresses 13cm thick.
• In Chaullay: We have spacious rooms with personal beds so that passengers can enjoy during their small stay in each place.


The accommodation that we include in the package is a BASIC HOSTEL in the town of Aguas Calientes.
• All rooms have a private bathroom and private shower
• Hot shower.
• Takeaway Breakfast Snack (Includes Frugos, cheese, biscuit and 01 fruit sandwinch)
• If you wish to book your own hotel or work with a specific hotel, let us know in order to coordinate the details.
• Maximum load of 5KG per passenger on horseback

• Official Tourism Guide – Certificates in DIRCETUR with a minimum experience of 3 years. Groups larger than 14 people are accompanied by a SECOND GUIDE (Maximum groups of 18 people).
• Cook specializing in high mountain cuisine – HAS A UNIQUE STEEL HOUSE.
• Horsemen and horses to carry all camping equipment, kitchen.
• 5 kilos of personal belongings per passenger – inside the passenger luggage will also include the weight of their sleeping bags.

All meals required during the tour are included.
All the food we offer is BUFFET SERVICE (Except for the fourth lunch and fourth dinner that are in tourist restaurants)
• 03 Breakfasts
• 03 lunches
• 02 snacks (Soraypampa, Chaullay and Santa Teresa – Includes Chocolate – mate – coffee – milk – tea –Poc Corn – Cookies)
• 03 dinners
• We wake you up every morning with
• Oxygen (Oxishot)
• First aid kit (Only generic, it is necessary that the passenger has their personal pills)
• Communication radios.

Lunch for the last day.
Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain 20 USD
Service and extra expenses.
Sleeping bag 15 USD
Trekking poles 15 USD
Passport (Note: Requires for the entrance of Machu Picchu).
Warm clothes for the night
Waterproof clothes. Flash. Hat. Several shirts
Insect repellent.
Plastic rain poncho.
Water purification tablets.
First aid kit.
Water bottle.
Student card (if applicable).
Additional soles or dollars.

What to Bring?

Original passport or ID
Trekking shoes or walking shoes
Thick jacket or coat
Hat or cap
Refillable water bottle (can buy water at some point of the trek)
A good raincoat
Long sleeves t-shirt
Pants and short pants
Insect repellent
Sunscreen with SPF 40 UV
Toilet paper
Personal snacks
Sunglasses, plastic bags
Personal medication
Personal towels and sandals
Light backpack
Photographic camera, extra batteries
Extra money (Peruvian currency preferred)
Sleeping bags (ask our staff about the sleeping bags for rent)

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