4 Day Salkantay Trek

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This trek is the shorter version of Salkantay to Machupicchu and is an optimal trek for those with less time in Cusco. Salkantay (The Savage) is the second largest mountain in the Cusco region.On this trek, you can enjoy an adventure of a lifetime.

Salkantay to Machupicchu 4Days /3Nights

The day you arrive in Cusco, we will meet with you at your hostel/hotel to introduce ourselves and finalize trek payments (balance).  The night before the trek, you will have your pre-departure briefing. At this meeting we will discuss the final preparations for the trip and answer any remaining questions.

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – humantay lake – Soraypampa

Today’s trek starts at challacancha, we will hike up gently on the valley side and through an Inca canal that covers a distance of approximately 8 km. until soraypampa and after lunch we will hike up to the litle lake humantay (round trip 2 hours and 1/2). The views throughout the day are fantastic, around us there are green mountains, along the way there is a variety of native plants and flowers with birds that flutter in and out and towards the end of the day we’ll see the snow-capped peaks of Humantay and Salkantay (the Savage mountain) looming high above us.

Our campsite for tonight is at Soraypampa (4000m / 12750ft.)

Day 2: Soraypampa – Apacheta Pass – Salkantay Lake – Challhuay

Today is the longest and hardest day of the trek but also the most beautiful. The scenery throughout the day goes from one extreme to another; starting from the high Puna covered in Ichu grass we make our way up and over Salkantay pass, We are breathless with the most spectacular views of snowcapped mountains such as Salkantay (6,277m/20,717ft), Humantay, agitated white rivers, and small humble lakes. A short 35-minute hike takes us to the turquoise Salkantay Lake. Along the way we’ll see a variety of wildlife from the small finches that scrape by at the higher altitudes to hummingbirds and toucans in the cloud forest, there is also a chance to see Andean Fox, White Tailed Deer and Viscacha (rabbit-like Chinchillas).

Our campsite for tonight is at Challhuay (2900m / 9514ft)

Day 3: Challhuay – La Playa – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas calientes

Our destination today is the village of La Playa about 12km down the valley from Challhuay. Our route takes us along the Lluskamayo River through an area that is teeming with life and that has various coffee and fruit plantations. The scenery in this area is not as stunning as the previous day but the warmth and lush vegetation are a welcome respite from the high mountains we’ve left behind. And then we will take our car to hidroeléctrica and we restart to hike on the train track to aguas calientes town.

Tonight we will stay at aguas calientes town (2000m / 6374ft.)

Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Waking up early we’ll take the first bus to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco. When you finish at MachuPicchu, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes where he/she will give you your train ticket back to Cusco.

What is included:

Transfer from the airport to your hotel (please specify arrival time and flight number)
Pre-departure briefing
Pick up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
Private transport from Cusco to challacancha (starting point of the trek)
transport from playa to hidroelectrica.
Bus tickets Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
Transfer from ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco
Professional English/spanish speaking tour guide
Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
Chef and cooking equipment
Campsite fees
One pillow per person
First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room
Mules and horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen, 7 kgs of your personal items.
Emergency horse every 6 persons
Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards (boiled water every morning and night)
2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
Dining tent with tables and chairs
4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
Sleeping mattress

Not Included

Sleeping Bag,Walking Poles and Air Mattress (Can be rented from us)
Personal tent for solo travelers (Can be rented from us)
Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain
Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 4
Tips

Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

What to take

Original Passport
ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
Walking boots
Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
Warm jacket
Hat and gloves
T-shirts
Comfortable Trousers
Sun hat
Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
Insect repellant
Toiletries and hand sanitiser
Personal medication
Camera and film
Torch with spare batteries

PRICES

Group Service

per person US$590.00 (adults)

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules.

Private Service

2 people US$ 790 per person
3 people US$ 710 per person
4 people US$ 680 per person
5 people US$ 640 per person
6 people US$ 610 per person
7 people US$ 580 per person
8+ people US$ 560 per person

Important: Prices includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules.

DISCOUNTS
18 to 25 years old: US$30 Information required on student GREEN ISIC card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
Under 18 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Under 11 years old: US$40 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Group of 5 or more: US$30 – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

Optional Extras:

Sleeping Bag US$25
Walking Pole US$15
Inflatable Mattress US$20
Single Tent Supplement US$30

Optional Extras (Need to book in advance):

Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: US$30.00 (Need to book in advance)
Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: US$35.00 (Need to book in advance)
Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: US$57.00 (Need to book in advance)
Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance)

INFORMATION

This trek is the shorter version of Salkantay to Machupicchu and is an optimal trek for those with less time in Cusco. Salkantay (The Savage) is the second largest mountain in the Cusco region.On this trek, you can enjoy an adventure of a lifetime.

ITINERARY

Salkantay to Machupicchu 4Days /3Nights

The day you arrive in Cusco, we will meet with you at your hostel/hotel to introduce ourselves and finalize trek payments (balance).  The night before the trek, you will have your pre-departure briefing. At this meeting we will discuss the final preparations for the trip and answer any remaining questions.

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – humantay lake – Soraypampa

Today’s trek starts at challacancha, we will hike up gently on the valley side and through an Inca canal that covers a distance of approximately 8 km. until soraypampa and after lunch we will hike up to the litle lake humantay (round trip 2 hours and 1/2). The views throughout the day are fantastic, around us there are green mountains, along the way there is a variety of native plants and flowers with birds that flutter in and out and towards the end of the day we’ll see the snow-capped peaks of Humantay and Salkantay (the Savage mountain) looming high above us.

Our campsite for tonight is at Soraypampa (4000m / 12750ft.)

Day 2: Soraypampa – Apacheta Pass – Salkantay Lake – Challhuay

Today is the longest and hardest day of the trek but also the most beautiful. The scenery throughout the day goes from one extreme to another; starting from the high Puna covered in Ichu grass we make our way up and over Salkantay pass, We are breathless with the most spectacular views of snowcapped mountains such as Salkantay (6,277m/20,717ft), Humantay, agitated white rivers, and small humble lakes. A short 35-minute hike takes us to the turquoise Salkantay Lake. Along the way we’ll see a variety of wildlife from the small finches that scrape by at the higher altitudes to hummingbirds and toucans in the cloud forest, there is also a chance to see Andean Fox, White Tailed Deer and Viscacha (rabbit-like Chinchillas).

Our campsite for tonight is at Challhuay (2900m / 9514ft)

Day 3: Challhuay – La Playa – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas calientes

Our destination today is the village of La Playa about 12km down the valley from Challhuay. Our route takes us along the Lluskamayo River through an area that is teeming with life and that has various coffee and fruit plantations. The scenery in this area is not as stunning as the previous day but the warmth and lush vegetation are a welcome respite from the high mountains we’ve left behind. And then we will take our car to hidroeléctrica and we restart to hike on the train track to aguas calientes town.

Tonight we will stay at aguas calientes town (2000m / 6374ft.)

Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Waking up early we’ll take the first bus to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco. When you finish at MachuPicchu, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes where he/she will give you your train ticket back to Cusco.

PRICE / IMPORTANT INFO

What is included:

Transfer from the airport to your hotel (please specify arrival time and flight number)
Pre-departure briefing
Pick up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
Private transport from Cusco to challacancha (starting point of the trek)
transport from playa to hidroelectrica.
Bus tickets Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
Transfer from ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco
Professional English/spanish speaking tour guide
Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
Chef and cooking equipment
Campsite fees
One pillow per person
First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room
Mules and horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen, 7 kgs of your personal items.
Emergency horse every 6 persons
Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards (boiled water every morning and night)
2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
Dining tent with tables and chairs
4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
Sleeping mattress

Not Included

Sleeping Bag,Walking Poles and Air Mattress (Can be rented from us)
Personal tent for solo travelers (Can be rented from us)
Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain
Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 4
Tips

Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

What to take

Original Passport
ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
Walking boots
Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
Warm jacket
Hat and gloves
T-shirts
Comfortable Trousers
Sun hat
Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
Insect repellant
Toiletries and hand sanitiser
Personal medication
Camera and film
Torch with spare batteries

PRICES

Group Service

per person US$590.00 (adults)

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules.

Private Service

2 people US$ 790 per person
3 people US$ 710 per person
4 people US$ 680 per person
5 people US$ 640 per person
6 people US$ 610 per person
7 people US$ 580 per person
8+ people US$ 560 per person

Important: Prices includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules.

DISCOUNTS
18 to 25 years old: US$30 Information required on student GREEN ISIC card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
Under 18 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Under 11 years old: US$40 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Group of 5 or more: US$30 – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

Optional Extras:

Sleeping Bag US$25
Walking Pole US$15
Inflatable Mattress US$20
Single Tent Supplement US$30

Optional Extras (Need to book in advance):

Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: US$30.00 (Need to book in advance)
Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: US$35.00 (Need to book in advance)
Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: US$57.00 (Need to book in advance)
Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance)

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