Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Known as Salkantay, an extension of the eastern Vilcabamba mountain range, an extension of the Eastern mountain range in Peru. Discover the amazing views of the impousing Salkantay trek.

5 Days
from USD 500.00

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Also known as Apu Salkantay, snow capped peak of Peru located in the department of Cusco; It constitutes one of the main elevations of the Vilcabamba mountain range, an extension of the Eastern mountain range, a mountain branch of the Peruvian Andes. It reaches an altitude of 6,271 meters. It presents two summits covered by snow, known as China Salkantay and Salkantay female, separated by a port that opens to the Santa Ana Valley in the province of Urubamba. Both the mountain pass and the fluvial course that is born there are called Salkantay. This river pours its waters into the Urubamba on its left bank.

One of the most incredible ways to visit Machu Picchu is through the Salkantay trek. This 5-day and 4-night hiking route crosses the imposing Salkantay mountain and then reaches the Wonder of the World. Would you like to know Machu Picchu with this adventure surrounded by amazing landscapes? Discover the most amazing natural views and connect with nature, Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu the best alternative trek to the lost city of the Incas. .

 

Quick Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha -Soraypampa

Day 02: Soraypampa - Salkantay Mountain - Collpapampa

Day 03: Collpapampa - La Playa

Day 04: La Playa - Llactapata Mountain - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

Day 05: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

 

Highlights of the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Discovery and exploration of the beautiful landspaces of the trek
  • 5 day trek of Salkantay with experienced local tour guide, Cook, Horseman and horses
  • Explorer the Humantay Lake
  • View the Enigmatic Salkantay Mountain
  • Discover the Humantay Glaciars,
  • Guided tour of the Incan site of Llactapata
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu 

Salkantay Trek Distance

  • Walking Distance: 40 miles / 64 Km
  • Starting Altitude: 2850m / 9650 ft.
  • Highest Altitude: 4552m / 14934ft.
  • Finishing Altitude: 2300m / 7545f.t (Machu Picchu Altitude)

Interesting Info: 

  • Departure Point: Cusco - We pick you up from your hotel.
  • Departure Time: 05:30 a.m
  • Briefing Point: Hotel or Airbnb
  • Briefing Time: Between 17:00 - 18:00
  • Return Point: Our driver will drop-off in your hotel or Airbnb department
  • Return Time: From Aguas Calientes to Cusco - 14:30 (IncaRail) or 18:30 (Perurail) it depends of the availability
  • Best Alternative hike: We can recommend to do the 5 day hike to Salkantay to Inca Trail.
  • Our departure is 100% guaranteed.

Why to book salkantay trek in advance?:

This trek has departures 100% guaranteed, security measures and above all Tierras Vivas wants you to have the best experience and memories of your trip. Please note that train tickets and entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain are subjet to availability. For that reason, Tierras Vivas recommend book in advance, in the High trekkers season, it is very difficult find spaces available the train ticket and entrance to the lost city!

 

Why to Choosing Salkantay?

;If you’re looking for adventure and a challenge but also want privacy and authenticity, this is the trek for you! You need to know that making this trek is extremely difficult, but in reality anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can do it. The overall trail distance is around 40 miles from the start to the finish point, which allows you to have the opportunity to see more of this fantastic region than you would see on the Inca Trail.

 

Day 01: Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha -Soraypampa

We will start the adventure at 5 a.m going from Cusco to Mollepata village (2900 meters above sea level) it last approximately 4 hours. You will arrive around 7.30 am, we stop for 45 minutes and have a delicious breakfast in a restaurant if the group wants (not included in cost) and can buy some last minute supplies. (not included)Then we continue our ride uphill, for 1 more hour until we reach Challacancha (the trail head). There we meet our support staff, who will pack the equipment on the horses and mules. Please remember we need to have 2 backpacks. One which will carry all our personal items( max. 5kg) that will go on the horses and a daypack with just necesities that you will carry. From there we hike for about four hours to Soraypampa, which is burrowed between the snowy mountains (3850 meters above sea level), on a trail which is a mixture of uphill, downhill and flat path, during which we will have sweeping views of the impressive Salkantay, other snowy mountains and the valley of the Apurimac River. We reach our campsite, where we have lunch. After lunch we will climb the Humantay Mountain for 2 hours to visit the amazing natural Humantay Lake, a superb lake in the mountains and we then descend back to camp at Soraypampa. There you will find the dining tent set up for afternoon tea, so you can drink tea, coca tea, coffee, chocolate etc. You can rest and later are served dinner.

Day 02: Soraypampa - Salkantay Mountain - Collpapampa

We will start the day very early adn with all energy because this day is the day that demands more effort, we have a fine breakfast and prepare ourselves for the longest and most difficult day of the excursion. We start on a moderate pace for 1 hour till we get to Soyrococha. Then we hike uphill for around 3 hours more till we reach the high pass, at 4,800m close to the wonderful frosty peaks of Salkantay (6,271m) and Humantay (6,100m), the second highest peak in the Cusco region. On this day we will enjoy the stunning scenery, you will also see heaps of stones called Apachetas. From here we descend for 1 hour to Wayracmachay (3,800m) where we have lunch and a rest. Then follows a 3 hour hike to our campsite in Collpapampa

Day 03: Collpapampa - La Playa

Another  early start after breakfast, on this part of the hike we walk on a narrow trail on the mountainside, discovering various types of orchids and species of plants, some cornfields and fields of fruits. We also get the chance to pass an exquisite waterfall on the path. After walking for around 5 hours we reach La Playa. From here you have 2 options, if you choose the Santa Teresa option, we take a bus to Santa Teresa town. That will take about 45 minutes. Upon arrival we set up camp and have the opportunity to go to the hot springs nearby - about 45 minutes from town. (optional). In the evening we have dinner and rest at camp.The other option, if you want to see the Llactapata ruins is a two hour hike to Aobamba, where you camp for the night.

Day 04: La Playa - Llactapata - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

If you chose to go via the Llactapata ruins, you start the day with breakfast and then a 4 hour hike to the restored ruins (2,860m) from where you can view both Machu Picchu and Salkantay Mountain! Our tour guide shows us around the ruins. After that, we start descending for about 4 hour to Aobamba River through lush bamboo groves, orchards and coffee plantations providing us some excellent bird-watching opportunities. This way brings us to the Hydroelectric Plant (Hidroelectrica), a place where we have lunch to later and continue along trails leading us to our hotel in Aguas Calientes town!

 

If you chose the Santa Teresa option, we have breakfast and after a short bus trip (1hour) we hike for about 2 hours past the Urubamba River and onward to the Hydro Electric Station, where we have lunch nearby. We then continue to the town of Aguas Calientes crossing the bottom of the valley for about 3 hours along the train tracks until reaching the town. Once ther we go to our hostal. We have dinner and rest for our next day at Machu Picchu.

Day 05: Machu picchu

This day also starts very early with a bus trip to the entrance to Machu Picchu. Another option is to walk the 9 kilometers of ascent to the mountain. The rest of the day is dedicated to enjoying the Wonder of the World. The return to the city of Cusco is with a trip by train and bus.

What is 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 the red of Salkantay and Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner 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 (a group of up to 8 participants receives 1 Guide, a group over 8 persons receives 2 Guides);
  • Professional Cook;
  • 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);
  • Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress); 
  • 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;
  • Rain Ponchos;
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings);
  • A T-shirt of the Salkantay Trek Map;
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town;
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco;
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

Not included:

  • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day;
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ( U$25);
  • A shuttle bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu (U$12 - one way);
  • Travel insurance;
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory)

What to bring for the Salkantay trek?

  • Warm clothes for the first 2 days
  • Light clothes since the third day
  • Hat 
  • Trekking shoes
  • Trekking backpack.
  • Waterproof coat.
  • Trekking pants
  • Poncho for the rain.
  • Water bottle with water.
  • Water purifying tablets.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Personal hygiene items.
  • Snacks
  • Cash.

Climate of Salkantay

It is very sunny during the day, but a cold at night. The temperature falls below 0 °C at night during the months of June to September. In the season from December to March is very rainy reason why it is not very advisable to go on these dates.The best time for the weather, to do this walk is during the months of March to September.

 

MONTHS WHICH IT IS RECOMMENDED TO TRAVEL:

  • March: (a little rain)
  • April to October: (an excellent trip)
  • October to November: (a little rain)
  • December to February: (a lot of rain)

What are you going to see on the road?

On the way there are herds of cattle and sheep, orchids, bear with glasses, medicinal plants of the Inca eponca, small variety of birds, fruit trees such as orange, papaya, bananas, etc.
Note: The eye of eyeglasses to see it you have to have a bit of luck.

Tips for Salkantay trek

  • Acclimatize one or two days in the city of Cusco before performing the Salkantay trek.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages or foods with a lot of fat. Altitude sickness or soroche in Salkantay and Machu Picchu is one of the greatest difficulties.
  • Perform a little exercise prior to the Salkantay trek. You do not need to be in excellent physical shape but a little exercise will help.
  • No matter what part of the year, wear warm clothes during the Salkantay trek. The nights are especially cold in the first two days.
  • Plan up to the smallest detail the Salkantay trek on your own.

Salkantay Price

U$ 500 Per person

 

Salkantay Private Tour:

 If you want to do the private service:

2 Trekkers: $755 per person
3 Trekkers: $730 per person
4 Trekkers: $680 per person
5 Trekkers: $655 per person
6 Trekkers: $625 per person
7 Trekkers: $615 per person
8 or more Trekkers: $595 per person

  • All our tours are priced in US Dollar.

Student Discount:

U$ 20 per person

If you are student, you can present the UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD and we can offer the student discount or who is 17-years-old less, We require a copy of your passport. These copies is for your book your entrance fee to Machu Picchu. Please send all to travel@responsiblepeople.org

 

How to book the Salkantay Trek?

To complete your book, we will require your personal details for each travellers.

  • Full Name
  • Passport Number
  • Nationality
  • Date of bith

Please note: It is very important that you will complete all information correctly to obtain your train and Machu Picchu tickets! Except of this, please do not forget to read and accept our service policies before clicking on the Registration & payment option.

 

How to pay & Send Payment?

To complete your booking, we require a deposit of 50% of the total amount! The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon your arrival to Cusco.

 

To pay your deposit, you can choose one of the following methods:

  • Paypal (please send an email to payment@responsiblepeople.org and our sales department will send the Paypal payment form
  • Western Union
  • A bank transfer. Send us a email confirmation and our staff will send our account bank.

 

Our contract

All bookings are made with Responsible People (RUC: 20603955618 / Peruvian Government) (us/we). and Responsible People will contact and book your trip with Tierras Vivas tour operator. By booking a trip with us you are deemed to have agreed to these Booking Conditions (which constitutes the entire agreement between you and us) and your booking will be accepted by us on this basis. The services to be provided are those referred to in your booking confirmation invoice.

 

Acceptance of booking

Book your trip with Responsible People and send us your personal information required by email. Once confirmed our staff will send a email for the next step to payment and it issue a confirmation invoice. A contract will exist between us from the date we issue the confirmation invoice or if you book within 2 days of departure the contract will exist when we accept your payment.

 

Please refer to your booking confirmation invoice for details regarding payments. If this balance is not paid on or before the due date we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled.

 

Deposit requirement & Final Payment

We will require the 50% pre-payment, this is per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed. This pre-payment is for your Hotel, Train and Machu Picchu ticket.

 

Final Payments

The remaining balance you can pay in our office in Cusco at least 2 days or 1 day before your hike. However, it can also be paid in advance through PayPal with a 5.5% fee paid by the traveller or you can deposit our account bank. Please notify us if paying by wire transfer.

 

You can pay in cash in our office in Dollars or Peruvian soles. We do not accept any torn bills. If you are not arriving to Cusco 2 days before your tour begins, please arrange your payment with the Responsible People team before your arrival.

 

Non-Refundable & Non-Transferable Deposit

If you deposited, we needed to book any trips with Tierras Vivas. For all full itineraries which include hotels, the needed deposit is 50%. The deposit can be made through PayPal or Bank Account. All deposits are fully non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event that you need to cancel your trip, cancellation fees will be assessed as outlined below under our cancellation policy. If canceling, you may not transfer your deposit to another person’s trek.

 

CANCELLATION BY RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE

Responsible People reserves the right to cancel a program in case any of the following circumstances occur:

 

  1. Client's failure to pay the final balance two days prior to departure date.
  2. Force majeure: Impossibility to operate the program or trek due to unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside Responsible People's control. Ie. Weather conditions not permitting, strike not allowing operation or putting it at risk, sudden inaccessibility of route, etc.
  3. Increments in Case of Protests, Strikes (FORCE MAJEURE): In the event of a protest / strike, which is not uncommon in Cusco, it may be necessary to leave a day or even 2 days earlier than scheduled so that we are able to comply with other services. In this case, an increment will be charged to cover costs incurred.

 

The following refund policies apply in each case:

  1. In the event of a client's failure to pay the due balance, the client will not have any right for the deposit refund.
  2. In case force majeure occurs, Responsible People will propose viable solutions to operate the program within the available dates, or if impossible, will then propose an alternative program. If the alternative program chosen by the client is of lower value than that originally booked then the client is entitled to a refund of the price difference. All costs derived will be at the expense of the client. In case none of these would be feasible, Responsible People would refund all the money paid except all the incurred expenses so far.

 

CANCELLATION BY THE CLIENT

Please note that the program deposit is non-refundable. The deposit is used to purchase the space within the group and once a space is purchased it cannot be resold afterwards.

 

  1. Cancellation with at least one month prior to departure: Responsible People will refund 75% of the program costs in case the full amount has been paid, or 50% of the program deposit in case only the deposit has been paid. Cost of the refund transfer will be at the client's expense.
  2. Cancellation between one month and two days prior to departure: Responsible People will refund 50% of the program costs in case the full amount has been paid. In case only the 50% deposit has been paid, the client will have no right to refund. Cost of the refund transfer will be at the client's expense.
  3. Cancellation with less than two days prior to departure: will be considered a No Show and no refund will be applicable.
  4. If the trek balance is not paid two days before the trek departure date, Responsible People will assume the client is canceling the trek and the deposit will not be refunded.

 

Cancellations regarding custom itineraries and mountain climbing programs will depend on each specific program and will therefore be agreed upon between Responsible People and the client by e-mail accordingly. Responsible People reserves the right to modify the above-mentioned cancellations and refund policies. All modifications will be immediately informed to the affected client through written communication.

 

Travel Documents

The client must be in possession of a valid passport and all visas required for the whole of the journey and the client accepts responsibility for obtaining the same. Any information or advice given by the company on visas, vaccinations, climate, clothing, baggage, special equipment, etc is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the company.

 

Responsibility

The company shall not be liable for any damage or loss if the failure to carry out the contract is:

1) Attributable to the client

2) Attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of the services contracted for and the event is unforeseeable or unavoidable

3) Due to unforeseen and unusual circumstances beyond the company's control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had to be exercised

4) Due to political disputes, industrial action, climate or other matters of a similar nature and any other force majeure

5) Due to an event, which the company, even with all due care could not foresee or forestall. Any liability is limited to the full price paid for the tour. In all cases the company specifically excludes all liability for indirect or consequential loss or expense including loss of profits.

 

Claims and Complaints

If a client has a complaint against the company the client must first inform the trek guide or company representative while on the tour in order that the guide/representative can attempt to rectify the matter. Any further complaint must be put in writing to the company within 7 days of the end of the tour. I have had sufficient opportunity to read this entire document. I have read and understood it, and I agree to be bound by its terms.

 

Optional activities

Optional activities not included in the trip price do not form part of the trip or this contract. You accept that any assistance given by your group leader or local representative in arranging optional activities does not render us liable for them in any way. The contract for the provision of that activity will be between you and activity provider.

 

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory for all our travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover. We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip; you will not be able to join the trip without it. If you obtain travel insurance through us you acknowledge that you are satisfied with the level of insurance we have arranged.

 

 

Feedback

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