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"Classic" Salkantay Trek + "Short" Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 6 days


Salkantay trek + Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 6 days
Salkantay trek + Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 6 days

The Vilcanota Mountain Range is an impressive range of mountains in Peru which include the snowcapped Salkantay (6,264 meters) and three others over 6000 meters that you will appreciate in this trek.

This snow is really exceptional, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south central Peru. It is the highest mountain of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range. Because of its proximity to the city, it is easily accessible and is climbed frequently. Join us on this incredible Hiking Tour to Machu Picchu. Book early.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 : Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa.


Mollepata
Mollepata

4:30 am Pick up from hotel, by our tourist bus, We'll travel through the Andes, reaching the village of Mollepata.

Where you can gear up on last minute supplies or anything you may have forgotten back in town (water, rain poncho, bug spray, etc). Once the horsemen have taken the large packs and all last-minute supplies have been purchased, it's time to start the trail.

The Hiking trail on this first day is for the majority of the time simply walking on the road that runs all the way back to Soraypampa. While the views are stunning and the trail occasionally takes a steep shortcut through the cow pastures, the scent of eucalyptus invades you as you head up out of Mollepata and out into the wide open valleys that dominate this section of the Andes, and it feels incredible to breathe the thin, mountain air and slowly slip further back into the middle of nowhere.

Little more than a collection of 4 or 5 ranching families who rent out campsites to passing trekkers, Soraypampa is an utterly surreal location. Nestled at the base of towering 3,600 mts or 8,528 fts. Andean peaks such as Mt. Salkantay Mountain at 6264 mts or 20551.18 fts, Soraypampa is our protector of Apu Salkantay: windswept, barren, freezing, and utterly enchanting. Most tour companies have covered campsites here to protect campers from the harsh elements, and it's quite easy to fall asleep after a long day of hike and the sound of the nearby river lapping you into a slumber.


Day 2 : Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Huayrac Machay - Challway

Abra Salkantay
Abra Salkantay (Salcantay Pass)

The second day is far and away the hardest day of the trek. It’s long, it’s cold, and you have to make your way over the 4,650 mts – 15,256 fts Salkantay Pass. Nonetheless, waking up at sunrise amidst the sprawling grasslands of Soraypampa, the sun illuminating the 6264 mts or 20551.18 fts Andean peaks springing up from behind you makes for an energizing and mesmerizing start to the day.

The climb to the pass takes anywhere from 3-4 hours, and it is a fairly steep grind of narrow switchbacks and steady uphills until the rock structures of the pass finally come into view. Unless hiking in June or July the trail should most likely be devoid of any snow or ice, although hail, sleet, ice, and rain are possible at any time of the year.

Though the air is thin and the trail is steep, anyone who is fairly physically fit and acclimated to the altitude can make it over the pass. We had, and probably we´ll have 60-something year old people in our group and they made it over the pass just fine. Our group carry extra oxygen, Also you can ride a horse and let them catch a ride over the pass.

Once having crossed the pass it is the start of a long path downhill where you will eventually drop over 1,700 mts or 5577 vertical ft until you arrive to our campsite in Challway. Along the way to Challway there are various tent encampments and small villages scattered amongst the plains, and it is incredible to think that there are a handful of local people who live permanently so far removed from modern society and amongst such harsh natural conditions. Interestingly enough, nearly every small village (example: population 4 or 5) that you pass, there is at least 1 or 2 small. The trail weaves its way down the flank of the mountain and parallels to the Salkantay river that grows exponentially as you make your way down the valley, finally making it an hour or so before sunset to the village of Challway. The camping here is ready.


Day 3 : Collpapampa - La Playa - Lucmabamba.

La Playa
La Playa

The trail from the village of Challway to lunch at La Playa is when you make the noticeable change from the mountains down into the jungle. Trickling streams amongst the sub-alpine plains give way to raging waterfalls and streams .There are a number of river crossings across bridges constructed from simple tree logs and branches, and it’s the kind of scenery that you expect a massive python or puma to lurch out at you at any given moment, although allegedly no pythons exist here and pumas are exceptionally rare. the vista of the river valley and the occasional stream crossings are enough to occupy your mind for the 4 hour trek down to lunch.

The area known as La Playa is our lunch place, here that the mosquitos and gnats start coming out in force, So the insect repellent will be our best best way to keep them away.

We continue to Santa Teresa our campsite.

We take a local bus for an hour long bus ride wich will bring us to the town of Santa Teresa, which is the first actually town that you’ll encounter along the trek, and is also famous for the Santa Teresa hot spring that bubble up right outside of town.

Optional: Santa Teresa Hot Springs.

After a rest, we will go to the hot springs and enjoy the well-deserved soothing water!.


Day 4 : Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Machu Picchu Pueblo.

Santa Teresa to Machu Picchu Pueblo hike
Walk from Santa Teresa to Machu Picchu Pueblo.

After breakfast you will walk for four hours until you reach the Urubamba River and have lunch by the hydro-electric station there.

Hydro is actually farther than Machu Picchu town on the train. It is mainly used by locals.

The walk to Aguas Calientes is along the train tracks, 12 kilometers (7.5 miles).

Walking along the train line is much more enjoyable than we anticipated as a wide path undulates beside the tracks. Almost the entire distance is shaded by jungle foliage, trees and flowers, the incline is very gradual. This is the perfect cool down after 4 days of trekking.

We can tell that we are getting close to our destination of Aguas Calientes: we notice more and more "clean looking" trekkers in fancy clothes looking very fresh... they are day trippers!. We are only a short walk away from a hot shower. The first in 4 days!.

There are no words to describe the joy of seeing the town of Aguas Calientes, the tired legs are quickly forgotten as we are near our hotel. Not only would we get to take a hot shower, but also sleep in a real bed... Hurra!.

We all meet for dinner at a restaurant and get a plan for our next day.

Overnight in hostal in a soft bed. !you gonna love it! Won´t want to get up of bed? Come on ,You must do it. Tomorrow is Machu Picchu! dream with it!


Day 5 : Aguas Calientes - Chachabamba (km. 104) - Wiñayhuayna - Machu Picchu Village

Wiñay Wayna (Forever young)
Wiñay Wayna (Forever young)

We will hike for aprox 3 hours from Aguas Calientes to Chachabamba (5:00 am – 8:00 am). Upon arrival, we will cross a bridge to the checkpoint to present our passports and have our information verified.

Then we will start an easy walk to the other side of the Vilcanota River, where the trail veers off to the right towards the ruins of Chachabamba located on the old Inca Road that ran along the southern bank of the Urubamba River. After our visit we'll continue the trail south and begin climbing the mountain before entering the cloud forest. Then the trail leaves the forest and goes West while continuing the uphill hike in open grasslands.

After hiking in the sun for about 3 hours, the trail descends into a shaded forest where we will enjoy a refreshing waterfall. Following our break, we continue to the lower part of the incredible ruins of Wiñaywayna. It is recommended that you start the trek with at least 2 liters of water. After lunch in Wiñaywayna, we continue through a beautiful cloud forest full of colorful bromelias, orchids and ferns.

You will walk the last part of the trail along superb , stone steps and tambos (resting places). Then climb 60 steps before arriving to the famous Inti Punku (Sun Gate). From this magnificent point, you will see the extraordinary magical Machu Picchu before you. Feel the energy and warmth of this surreal sanctuary while taking some unforgettable pictures. Then we'll take a 25 minute bus ride to Aguas Calientes to spend the night and reminisce over our exciting hike. Meals: Lunch,Dinner.


Day 6 : Tour to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu hike
Macchu Picchu is an incredible city of stone of architecture, culture and history of the Empire of Incas.

Very early in the morning, after breakfast we take the the first bus at about 6:15 am arriving in Machu Picchu at around 7:00am to see the lovely sun rise over the mountains. Here we will re-live the history and the mysterious world of the Incas. At this time there isn't much of a crowd, so we can take advantage of the tranquility of this sacred site.

We will explore this enigmatic city for approximately 2 hours, while listening to the guide recount the mysteries and archaeological history of this sanctuary. Then you will have 4 hours of leisure to possibly climb Huayna Picchu or continue your exploration of this massive site. Please consult with your guide for the time to be at the train station for your departure so you will have ample time to have lunch or soak in the thermal waters in Aguas Calientes.

Meals: Breakfast

Optional: If you would like to spend an extra day in Machu picchu, please let us know so we can change the date on your return train ticket to Cusco. Inka Trail Expeditions Perú can provide a guide and hotel for the extra day at an additional cost. Please be aware that you will have to pay for a second day entrance ticket to the Machupicchu Inca City.

End of our Services

INCLUDES

  • Transfers In / Out
  • Transportation Cusco - Mollepata. (Start walking)
  • Professional bilingual tour guide English /Spanish.
  • Assistant tour guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 afternoon snacks, 5 dinners. ”Vegetarian (vegan) food on request at no extra cost!
  • Cook. (Professional)
  • Drinking water along the Salkantay Trail and Inca Trail, only on meal times.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 1st Aid Kit
  • 01 Oxygen Ball
  • Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Horse men
  • Quadruple & waterproof Camping tent “02 people only”
  • 01 Sleeping Mattress per person “therma rest”
  • 02 Bus ticket Machu Picchu Inca City to Aguas Calientes
  • 02 nights in touristic hostel in Aguas Calientes “Machupicchu Village”.
  • Return train tickets (Machupicchu - Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco) transfer to Hotel.

NOT INCLUDES

  • 1st Breakfast, Last Lunch
  • Extra Porters or Horses for carry persona staff (Optional US$ 80.00 per 4 days)
  • Other not mentioned

RESERVATIONS

For availability of spaces for this service, please contact us info@salkantaytrek.org and we`ll send you detailed information, prices, terms and conditions.

Please keep in mind that significant price reductions are available for groups. All our tours are fully guaranteed, departure every day. Contact us for more information for the tour that you are choosing, or to begin customizing your own itinerary. Recommendations:

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TRIP DETAILS

Duration

6 Days & 5 Nights

Departures Dates

Every day of the year (please check availability in our groups).

Altitude

1950 - 4600m. / 6398 - 15092 f.

Type of Tour

Archaeological, Trekking, Landscape, Camping, Inca Trail Alternative Trek

Visited Places

Cusco, Mollepata, Trail (Cruz Pata, Soraypampa, Salcantay, Huayrac Pampa, Chaullay, La Playa, Lucmabamba, Santa Teresa, Hydroelectric Center, Aguas Calientes, Chachabamba, Wiñay Wayna, Machu Picchu.

Availability

- Daily departures are available along the year, the recommended period for this trek is April to October.
- All private service departure dates are adapted to your request any day you choose.

Group Size

Small groups 10 – 16 people maximun. Average 12 people.

The world opens up a little more for a small group, We have the freedom to move around.

Preparation prior the Hiking Trips

due to the altitude of the highest point in Salcantay Mountain we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco at 3350m/9840ft.

Meals

Vegetarian option at no extra cost. Check our regular menú

Dificulty LEVEL: BY DAY

DAY 1: moderate
DAY 2: challenge
DAY 3: moderate
DAY 4: moderate
DAY 5: moderate
DAY 6: easy

If you want to make a reservation, please fill out our Passenger Details Form.

Each reservation requires a USD $ 200.00 deposit as a down payment per person + 10% transfer tax. The final balance can be paid at our Local office in cash during your briefing a day or two before your trip.

Once the deposit will be confirmed we will send you your contract voucher.


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