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Salkantay Trek Short 4D/3N

Overview

4 DAYS

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Altitude:
2,800 masl to 2,400 masl
Activity Levels

Moderate

Group Size 2 People & Above
Activity Archaeological and Cultural
Group Tour

USD 400.00 Per Person

Private Tour

USD 400.00 Per Person

Is a trek that takes you through diverse landscapes and altitudes as we trek around the skirts of Mount Salkantay(6271m/20,568ft) and camp within clear sight of the snow capped peak. Ascending to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4,600m/15,088ft) and then descent into a more tropical area passing Andenes and Chaullay on the far side of the mountain. Train ride from Hydro Electric Dam and then spend the rest of the 4th evening relaxing in the town and hotsprings of Aguas Calientes. Early 5th morning you take the bus (or walk if desired) up to Machu Picchu your well deserved prize. Late afternoon train and bus back to Cusco in the evening.
This path is well-known as the Salkantay Trek. After the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is the most beautiful and popular one. Indeed, the magazine National Geographic Adventure rated the Salkantay Trek as one of the best 25 treks all over the world.


Highlights

  • Adventure Rating, Given the new restrictions on the Inca trail, Salkantay is the second most popular hike in the region and some of the campsites are less remote than on other trails.
  • Hiking alongside the magnificent Apu Salkantay and then arriving at the ruins of Machu Picchu.
  • Experience a breathtaking part of the vast high cordillera of Vilcabamba - Salkantay.
  • Ideal for, adventure seekers, couples, friends, nature lovers, and intrepid people.
  • See natural bridges, snowcapped mountains , cascades and cloud forest
  • Salkantay trek named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.
  • Sleep under one of the clearest night skies you've ever seen

Itinerary

We will leave from Cusco approximately between 4:30a.m. and 5:00a.m. A local bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level) where we will arrive approximately at 8:15 in the morning to have breakfast. During the trip we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. We will meet with our support staff, and they will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9:00 a.m., we will begin our walk toward Sayllapata (3200 meters above sea level). About 1:00p.m., we will have a Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we will continue hiking toward the Soraypampa villages (3850 meters above sea level). Around 5:30 in the afternoon we will arrive to our camp where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.
Overnight.

Today, nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. We will start the hike around 7:00 in the morning. We will hike to a place called Pampas Salkantay, then go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay located next to the Apu Salkantay. At midday, we will be on the highest point ( 4600 meters above sea level). We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is known as the second highest point of the Cusco region. Around 1:00 p.m., we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive to our camp in Challway (2920 meters above sea level). Around 7:00p.m., we will recuperate from the trek and eat dinner.

Around 5:00a.m., we will start our trek and we will enjoy the beautiful sunrise. We will walk for about 5 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period; we will observe a town called Collpabamba, also called the “Forest Cloudy Brow” where waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. salcantay pass river crossingIf we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks'. Once at Playa Sahuayaco, we will take a local bus to drive us to the hydroelectric train station. At around 1:30p.m., we will have our lunch at the hydroelectric. At 3:20p.m., here we have 2 options if you want you can go walking until Aguas Calientes or if you want you can take a train from the hydroelectric to the town of Aguas Calientes (2000 meters above sea level). Here, you have the option of going to the thermal hot springs. We will have dinner at 7:00p.m. and accommodation at the hotel.

Today, you will be able to choose between waking up at 4:30a.m. and walking up to Machu Picchu or taking a bus to Machu Picchu at 7:00a.m. In Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for about two hours and after that you will be free to explore the Citadel and take pictures, or if you decide, ascent toward the Huaynapicchu Mountain(Previously booked). At 7:00am. or 10:00am. (depending on availability), after Machu Picchu you need to come back to Aguas Calientes where you will be taking a train to Ollantaytambo and from there; a bus will drive you to your hotel in Cusco.

Included

Whats Included?

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Mollepata (starting point of the trek)
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks.
  • English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 3
  • 1 Bag or daffor bag where you can out maximum of 6kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 4(we are going to carry in our horses)
  • 1 emergency horse every 8 persons – days 1 to 3
  • Meals (03B, 03L, 03D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
  • One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Bus ticket Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes(One Way) (day 4)
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco(Expedition Service).
  • Transfer train station-hotel in Cusco
  • 1 blanket per Person

Whats Not Included?

  • Day 1: Breakfast
  • Day 4: Llunch and dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Train Ticket from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes
  • Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish

We recommend that you bring:

  • Sleeping bag rent: US$ 5.00 per day: sleeping bags are –8ºC-comfort (0ºF) They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
  • Extra Horse : USD $60.00: Personal horse and horsemen for riding or carrying extra personal belongings while on the trek.
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu: Please let us know if you wish us to make the hotel booking and, in this case, your requested hotel category and accommodation, and the number of nights you wish us to book. Our Reservation Department will provide you with a list of our selected hotels, services and prices for you to choose from. Our hotel choice is based on previous client reports and regularly updated.
  • Massage sessions: USD $40.00 per 1-hour session: Our massage therapists have the highest recognition in Cusco and offer the following treatments: relaxing massage, stress-relieving massage, spinal column massage, energizing massage, Inca massage, altitude problems, aroma therapy, therapy with honey, therapy with glass, therapy with stones, foot reflexology, shiatzu, reiki and puddle of flowering. We recommend massage sessions before and after your trekking program. Services are at the hotel and are only available in Cusco.
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Walk: We recommend you to include this walk up the mountain Huaynapicchu after your trek, it takes 45min go until the top, you can start after your guided tour in Machu Picchu, extra fee of US15 per person.
    BOOK EARLY ... to avoid disappointment Remember there are a limited number of spaces available for MachuPicchu and Huaynapicchu mountain for each day so call us now with your questions or book online to reserve your spot!

Price:

PRIVATE SERVICE:

  • Price: $400.00 per person

Making a tour booking:

Prior to making a reservation with CUSCO EXPEDITIONS it is important to read through our Booking Policies. This will help answer any queries that you may have about our services. In order to make a booking with our lares trek service just click on the Reservations link below.

Payment Details:

We require a non-refundable tour deposit of US$15 per person. The deposit can be sent by a WESTERN UNION, CREDIT CARD or to our PAY PAL, money transfer. Once you arrive in Cusco you must pay the remaining balance in cash prior to beginning your tour. We accept both US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency).

Important:

The night before your tour there will be a pre-tour talk (briefing) in our office or in your hotel at either 6 or 7pm (exact time will be confirmed on arrival to Cusco). If you are interested in this tour or do you have any questions about it. Please Contact us ...