SALKANTAY TREK GROUP SERVICE 5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS
Salkantay Trek is the second most popular trek in PERU, if you are interested in the Andes and jungle, this is the perfect place to hike through the high mountains, cloud forest and rain forest. You will get the best views of Machu Picchu from the mountain that you will hike on fourth day.
Salkantay is a challenge trek but very enjoyable, and our itinerary is completely different from the others because you don’t meet much people on the trail. Nature is just unique.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
- TOTAL DISTANCE: 60km / 36 miles.
- Day1: 12 km/7.2 miles, 7 hours approx.
- Day2: 16 km /10 miles, 10 hours approx.
- Day3: 14 km/ 8.4 miles, 6 hours approx.
- Day4: 15 km/10 miles, 9 hours approx.
- Type of trek: Nature, Cultural and history adventure and much more.
- Elevation: 1850 m / 5920 ft.
- Elevation: 4650 m / 14880 ft.
- Weather: From May to October dry season, from November to April wet season.
- Hot Spring: 3rd Day, Optional at Santa Teresa Town.
- Huayna Picchu Mountain: Optional, you can climb if you book the ticket.
- Machu Picchu Mountain: optional, you can climb if you book the ticket.
- Train Service: Departure of your train ticket. We will confirm with you at the office.
- Hotel: You will spend the last night at a hotel ***.
- Departure Dates: Every Day.
- Note: If you have any questions please let us know.
- Professional Tour Guide
- Assistant Guide (for more than 9 people)
- Pick up from your hotel.
- Transportation to the starting point of the trek and return to Cusco
- Round trip bus ticket from MachuPicchu to Aguas Calientes town
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Private minivan from Ollantaytambo to cusco.
- Entrance fee to MachuPicchu
- Guiding tour in MachuPicchu
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- Kitchen tent
- Chef, porters and horsemen
- Drinking water (boiled and filtered)
- 4-man tent (only 2 people enter)
- Hot water bottles for the night
- Hot water for washing.
- 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 4 dinners
- Sleeping mattress (foam)
- Rain poncho.
- Duffle bag for your personal gear (holds 8kg)
- Toilet tent.
- Rain covers for your backpacks.
- biodegradable soap.
- First Aid kit and oxygen bottle
- Horses for our camping and cooking equipment
- Horse for emergencies in case you need it.
- Hotel at Aguas Calientes 3***.
- The last lunch.
- Tips to guide, chef, and porters.
SORAYPAMPA – HUMANTAY LAKE - SALKANTAYPAMPA – SOROYCOCHA
We will pick you up from your hotel around 5am. You will enjoy a beautiful scenic while we are driving. Our drive will be for 3 and half hours to Soraypampa (3,850 m/12,467 ft), which is the beginning of our trek and also this is the place to meet our horsemen and horses. Before arriving to Soraypampa you will have amazing views of Humantay Mountain and also the beautiful valley.
Soraypampa is also our breakfast place. Right after breakfast we will start with the official hike lasting about 3 hours round trip up and down, in which you will visit the famous lake Humantay. The lake is amazing and comes from the Humantay glacier (5700m/ 18240ft). It is a good thing to visit the lake and appreciate the placier, the lake is not that busy because most of the groups take the normal path, so we are the only ones who do these extra expeditions, and your experience will be unique.
After the expedition of the lake, we return to the trailhead and start the hike to Salkantaypampa (4100m) which will be uphill for 2 hours to reach our lunch place Salkantaypampa. We will enjoy the views of Salkantay Mountain from this lunch spot.
After lunch we will ascend for two and half hours to Soyrococha (4,400 m /14,332 ft), our first camp site. From Salkantaypampa to Soyrococha; Humantay Mountain is prominent during this entire segment of our hike. And you will be camping very close to Salkantay Mountain.
SOROYCOCHA– SALKANTAY PASS – WAYRAQMACHAY – Q’OLPAPAMPA
It is our challenging day! This will be our longest day because we will hike 16 kilometers (around 10 hours), and it will be mostly downhill. We will wake up early in order to have more time on the trail. Wake up time will be with your amazing Coca Tea to your tent. We will start to trek around 6:30am (soroycocha 4450msnm). We will ascend for around one hour to reach the highest point of the trek to Salkantay pass (4600m or 15100ft). At this point you will appreciate more of the Salkantay Mountain, because we will have the best views ever and also you will be able to see the other site of the valley. At Salkantay Pass our porters will offer you Coca Tea to celebrate at the highest point of the trek and also your guide will explain all about the mountains.
Then we will go downhill for 3 hours to reach our lunch spot called Wayraqmachay which is over 3900m or 12600ft. also on the way down you will have more impressive views, some people take longer time to hike downhill because of their knees and ankles so we recommend you to take walking sticks. After lunch, we will still keep descending for around 3 and half hours to reach the camping place called q’olpapampa (2900m or 9500ft). This part of the trek in the afternoon will be in the jungle “cloud forest” and also it’s warm and humid. We will be arriving to our private camp site Q’olpapampa around 5pm.
Q’OLPAPAMPA – LA PLAYA TOWN – LUCMABAMBA
Our happy day! It will be the shortest day of our hiking, because we will only hike 6 hours (14 kilometers) to reach the camping site and also the trail is gently. We will start to trek around 7:30am, and the hike will be mostly gradual up and down to the camping site. We will be mostly hiking through the jungle from the cloud forest to rain forest and along the way; you will see many waterfalls, coffee and fruit plantations and much more. Our Tour Guide will explain more about the things around included the Inca History. Today is warm and humid basically all day.
We will reach our private camp site called lucmabamba (2100m or 7100ft) around 1:30pm. Our camping place is a little bit farther from the others which is only by Runas Expeditions, after lunch we won’t hike any more until the next day. You will have the afternoon free to relax.
As an option, after lunch, you can do an incredible coffee tour at the plantation adjacent to the campsite. We will begin by browsing the fields, learning about the different types of beans, and picking our own beans. You will definitely have the best experience drinking the local coffee and if you want to buy some coffee you can purchase from the people. There are also several fields of tomatoes and avocados which our chef will pick for our dinner.
You will have hiked on part of the Inca Trail on the last part of the hike.
Hot spring in Santa Teresa town today is optional.
LUCMABAMBA – LLAQ’TAPATA INCA SITE – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN
Today will be our super day. We will get up early because, we will climb another mountain and hiking on the Inca trail to reach the first Inca site called llaq’tapata (2700m or 8640ft), which will take 3 hours from the camp to the Inca site. The views are spectacular and also you will appreciate how the Inca trails used to be in the Inca times and learn all about. The hike is intense and at the same time enjoyable.
From llaq’tapata (Inca watchtower) you will be able to see part of the Machupicchu city, Machupicchu Mountain, Huaynapicchu Mountain, and Salkantay Mountain and much more, the experience is unique being in here no everyone does this hike to reach this Inca site, and the professional Tour Guide will explain all about. Afterwards you will continue descending for 2 hours to get lunch around 12:00pm. Lunch place is nearby hydroelectric station (1800m or 5900ft). After lunch, you will say goodbye to you chef and porters, this is the time where you organize tips for them. For us it is very important how happy you are about the service, in this case tipping is optional.
After this little ceremony with your team, we will walk 2 and half hours to Aguas Calientes. The hike will be by the train track with amazing views of Machu Picchu, huayna picchu, Urubamba River, and the amazing rain forest. Arrival time to Aguas Calientes at 3p.m. Once we arrive, your tour guide will take you to your hotel. Later on we will have dinner in a good touristic restaurant, and celebrate completing our hike!
MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
The most important day. You will get up and have breakfast early at the hotel, because the first bus to Machupicchu is at 5:30am. If you want to see the sunrise at Machupicchu site, you have to get up early. We will drive half an hour to reach the Inca city Machupicchu. The Inca ruins Machupicchu opens at 6:00am. Your guiding tour at Machupicchu will take 2 hours approximately.
After your tour, you will have free time to visit by yourself, so you can go to the sun gate, Inca bridge, Machupicchu Mountain, Huaynapicchu Mountain. Once you have done Machupicchu, you take a bus back to Aguas Calientes. You will meet up with your tour guide in Aguas Calientes town to get your train ticket, or you can collect your ticket in machupicchu.
Your transportation back to Cusco will be by train and bus. From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo town, you will take a train, which will take 1 hour and half. After that, from Ollantaytambo to Cusco, you will go by our private van, which will take 2 hours.
All transportation in Cusco will be to your hotel.
This amazing alternative trek provides the best camping spots which are pretty much private. One camping night includes a spacious 4 man tent that will be shared by only two people so you can spread out a bit and also we included pillow with Sleeping mattress (foam).