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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu + Zipline 5D/4N

 

This amazing trek runs beneath the magnificent Salkantay mountain (6,271 m/ 20,569 ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Andes. The Salkantay Trek was recently named on the National Geographic Ultimate Adventure bucket list – defined as “The 20 most extreme, hair-raising, legendary adventures on the planet.” It is a trek open to everybody, and the most popular alternative to  Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu

This trek offers 4 days of trekking through various landscapes including highlands, cloud forest, rain forest and dry mountain. Throughout the trek you have amazing views of Apu Salkantay, Pumasillo Mountain and Humantay Mountain, three of the most stunning peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba Mountain range. On the first night you will feel like you can touch the stars. As if the gorgeous stars weren´t enough, you will be surrounded by the Salkantay Lake, the glaciers of the Salkantay and Humantay Mountains and the indescribable moraines (natural formations of small hills produced from the pressure of ice falling from the glaciers above).

Of course we can´t leave out the zipline. This will be one of the most thrilling experiences of your life. You will have your zipline adventure on day 4 of the trek.

Our standard package includes the premium services of lodging in a very nice hotel on the fourth night of the trek, a very unique coffee plantation tour on the afternoon of day 3, your ticket to soak in the wonderful Santa Teresa hot springs and dinner at the best restaurant in Aguas Calientes. Your ticket to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain after your Machu Picchu tour is also included.

  • Overview:

    • Day 1: Cusco – Soyrococha
    • Day 2: Soyrococha – Colpapampa
    • Day 3 : Colpapampa – Lucmabamba – Santa Teresa
    • Day 4: La Playa – Aguas Calientes
    • Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

    Overall distance hiked: 48 km / 30 miles

    Maximum altitude reached: 4,650 m / 15,252 ft

  • Pre-Trek Briefing

    You will have a thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your trek. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.

    DAY 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Soyrococha

    We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and have a beautiful scenic drive of 3 hours duration to Mollepata. At Mollepata we will have breakfast at one of the local houses.

    After breakfast we will get back on the road for 1 hour and 45 minutes until we reach Soraypampa, the beginning of the trek. During this portion of the drive we will see our first views of the magnificent Salkantay and Humantay Mountains, as well as observe lush vegetation and fields of local families growing potatoes, quinoa, lima beans, etc.

    At Soraypampa (3,800 m/12,467 ft) we will meet our support staff, who will pack everything for the trek and load the equipment onto horses. We begin our hike with a visit to the remarkable, high altitude lake, Humantay. It is directly below the Humantay glacier, and remarkably blue…actually we should probably call it turquoise. This is a remarkable 2 ½ hour excursion.

    After that expedition, we return to the trailhead and begin the hike to Salkantaypampa. We begin with a gentle 2 hour climb to Salkantaypampa, our lunch spot for the day. During this portion of the trek we will follow a little stream whose source is the Salkantay glacier. We will also see the moraines and the glaciers of Apu Salkantay and Humantay mountains.

    After lunch we ascend for two hours to Soyrococha (4,400 m /14,332 ft), our camp for the evening. Humantay Mountain is prominent during this entire segment from Salkantaypampa to Soyrococha.t.

    • Breakfast  /Lunch / Dinner
    • Distance Covered: 8 km (5 miles)
    • Time: 6 – 8 hours
    • Lowest elevation: 3,800 m/ 2,467 ft
    • Highest elevation: 4,400m /14,332 ft
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Sights: Mount Salkantay, Mount Humantay, Moraines

    DAY 2: Soyrococha – Abra Salkantay – Colpapampa

    You will wake up to a steaming hot cup of coca tea to begin this challenging day. After breakfast we are going to hike for 1 hour uphill to the highest point of the trek, the Salkantay pass (4,650 m / 15,252 ft). At the top we are going to make an offering to Apu Salkantay and talk about the significance of the mountain in Inca culture and why this spot is venerated. From here we will hike 30 minutes to a fantastic lake that is right beneath the Salkantay pass. This the perfect place to take pictures of Pumasillo mountain, the gorgeous lake, and Humantay mountain in the distance.

    Our next task is a 2 hour downhill hike to Huayracmachay (3,800 m/12,464 ft), where we will have lunch. After lunch we will hike downhill for an additional 4 hours until we reach our camp for the night, Colpapampa (3,100 m/ 10,170 ft). During this section we are going to pass from the highlands to the cloud forest and finally into the rain forest.

    • Meals:  Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner + snacks
    • Distance covered: 16 km/ 9.9 miles
    • Time: 8 to 9 hours
    • Lowest elevation: 3,100 m/ 10,170 ft
    • Highest elevation: 4,650 m / 15,252 ft
    • Area: Highlands -> Cloud Forest -> Rain Forest
    • Difficulty: Challenging
    • Sights: Mount Salkantay, Mount Humantay

    DAY 3: Colpapampa – Lucmabamba – Santa Teresa

    After working hard on day 2, we are rewarded with a more gentle hike today. We will have a fantastic breakfast and then hike 5 to 6 hours on gentle up and down segments. We will be hiking through the rain forest, following the path of the Santa Teresa river. We will have the opportunity to see multiple coffee plantations, banana plantations, and fields of passion fruit. Along this path you will also see the most beautiful waterfall along the trek.

    After working hard on day 2, we are rewarded with a more gentle hike today. We will have a fantastic breakfast and then hike 5 to 6 hours on gentle up and down segments. We will be hiking through the rain forest, following the path of the Santa Teresa river. We will have the opportunity to see multiple coffee plantations, banana plantations, and fields of passion fruit. Along this path you will also see the most beautiful waterfall along the trek.

    We will reach Lucmabamba around noon. Here we will relax and enjoy a delicious lunch!

    After lunch, we will 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. There are also several fields of tomatoes and avocados. We will pick vegetables that the chef will use for dinner that night.

    After picking our beans, we will roast them and grind them. Finally, we will brew and drink our own coffee! It is a truly unique experience.

    After lunch we will drive to Santa Teresa for 1 hour. Our camp for the night is in the village of Santa Teresa. We will have dinner in Santa Teresa. This is our campsite for the night. We will also have the opportunity to visit the nicest hot springs in all of Peru, the Santa Teresa Hot springs.

    • Meals:  Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    • Distance Covered: 14 km (8 miles)
    • Time: 5 to 6 hours
    • Lowest elevation: 2,050m (6,725 feet)
    • Highest elevation: 2,800m (9,184 feet)
    • Area: Rain Forest
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Sights: Santa Teresa River, Colpapampa village, Lucmabamba

    DAY 4: Santa Teresa – Zipline – Hydroelectric -Aguas Calientes

    We are going to experience the highest zipline in South America today. After breakfast we will walk 20 minutes uphill until we arrive at the first cable. The lines in total are 2,500 m divided into 7 segments.

    After this incredible experience we will drive 45 minutes to Hydroelectrica. We will then hike along the railroad tracks for 3 hours to reach Aguas Calientes. You can see Machu Picchu along this hike. We will have lunch at a nice restaurant.

    You will then check in to your hotel. You will have some time to relax or explore Aguas Calientes before dinner. Dinner will be at the finest restaurant.

    • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    • Distance covered: 10km (6.2 miles) walking from the Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes
    • Time: 6 to 7 hours (including zip line)
    • Lowest elevation: 1,600 m (5,905 feet)
    • Highest elevation: 2,040 m (10,170 feet)
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Sights: Zipline, Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes

    DAY 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

    You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a very early bus (5:30am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Once there you will be given a 2 hour walking tour of the site.

    If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu mountain you will begin the hike at 10 AM. The ticket price for Huayna Picchu is included in the price of your trek. If you are not climbing the mountain you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.

    When you arrive in Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.

    •  Meals: Breakfast
    • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
    • Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft

  • Services Included:

    • Bilingual English speaking tour guide
    • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
    • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soraypampa on day 1
    • Four-person tent for each two persons
    • Thermarest Inflatable Mattress and pillow
    • Kitchen tent
    • Dining tent with tables and chairs
    • Toilet tent with portable toilet
    • Expert Chef and assistant chef
    • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
    • Horse to carry 8 kg of your personal belongings
    • Duffle bag to pack your personal belongings
    • Emergency horse in case we need it
    • Five breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
    • Hot water for washing.
    • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
    • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
    • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
    • Private van transport from Poroy Train Station to Cusco
    • Ticket for Huayna Picchu mountain
    • Entrance to Machu Picchu
    • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
    • Lodging in Aguas Calientes on night 4 of the trek (double occupancy)
    • Dinner in Aguas Calientes on night 4 of the trek
    • Zipline fee
    • Entrance fee for Santa Teresa hot springs

    Services Not Includes:

    • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
    • Hiking poles (can be rented from up)
    • Day 5 lunch in Aguas Calientes
    • Tips for the crew (muleteers, chef and guide)

    What to Bring:

    • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
    • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
    • Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
    • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
    • Sunscreen
    • Head lamp
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera with spare batteries
    • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
    • Insect repellent

  • Group Service

    • US $690 per Person

    Private Service

    • US $750 per Person

  • Rentals

    • Hiking poles – US$20.00 (pair)
    • Sleeping bag – US$25.00

    Upgrades

    • Hotel Upgrades
      • Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (5 star hotel) – US $460 per night (per person, assuming double occupancy)
      • Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel (4 star hotel) – US $234 per night (per person, assuming double occupancy)
    • Train Upgrades
      • Vistadome train -US $35
      • Hiram Bingham train -US $375 for trip from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
    • Private lodging
      • Private hotel room in Aguas Calientes – US $45
      • Private tent – US $30
    • Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu on day 5 – US $45

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