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Classic Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu

5 Days
5 Days / 4 Nights

Overview

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This 5 day trek is absolutely amazing. We will guide you through the stunning landscape for just under 50 kilometers (just over 30 miles) to Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

Day 1 Cusco to Soraypampa :

  • We pick up from your hotel at 4:30 in the morning.
  • We drive from Cusco to Mollepapa and enjoy a nice breakfast (~ 2.5hrs).
  • Next we drive to Challacancha village which is the start of our hike.
  • We hike to Soraypampa (~ 4hrs).
  • Lunch at Soraypampa base camp.
  • We start our return hike to Humantay Lake (~ 2 hrs return).
  • Back at Soraypampa we have dinner and get ready for a good night sleep.

9 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 Soraypampa to Chaullay :

  • Breakfast is early as this day is long and tough.
  • We hike to Salkantay pass which is the highest point Salkantay and the Humantay mountains (~ 4hrs).
  • We have a break for lunch at Huayrac Machay
  • We will slowly descend into Chaullay where our camp is all set up for you.
  • We have a well-deserved delicious dinner and a good sleep to be prepared for the next day.

10 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tent
Day 3 Chaullay to Lucmabamba :

  • Early breakfast to start an unforgettable day.
  • We hike to Collpa and then through the Santa Teresa valley (~ 1hr).
  • We continue hiking to Playa Sahuayaco where we will stop for lunch.
  • After lunch we continue for a short hike to Lucmabamba where we have dinner and stay the night.

7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes :

  • Early breakfast to start another amazing day.
  • We start hiking towards Llactapata and get a view of Machu Picchu which is only 5km away.
  • At Aobamba Valley we have lunch before we get the train from the Hidroeléctrica Route to Aguas Calientes (~ 30min).
  • We will take you to your hotel in Aguas Calientes after which you can explore town and find a nice place for dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 (Part 1) Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu :

  • Wake up early and enjoy a great healthy breakfast.
  • We take the bus from Aguas Calientes to our final destination Machu Picchu (approx. 30 min).
  • Explore Machu Picchu with us as your  own tour guide (approx. 3 hrs).
  • Option to climb Huayna Picchu mountain (fee not included, only 200 people can enter daily) Note: this is an extremely steep climb.

5 hours
Breakfast
Day 5 (Part 2) Machu Picchu to Cusco :

  • After exploring Machu Pichu, we take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes.
  • From there we take the train back to Ollantaytambo (approx. 2 hrs).
  • From Ollantaytambo we take a bus back to Cusco and drop you back to your accommodation in Cusco (approx. 3 hrs).

5 hours

Includes

  • Pre-briefing session the night before the trek (location TBA)
  • Pick up from and drop oof to your hotel in Cusco
  • Professional and experienced Tour Guide(s) (English and Spanish speaking)
  • Train and Bus ticket(s)
  • Igloo tents (large and comfortable)
  • Sleeping mattresses
  • Expert and experienced Chef
  • Meals (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • Horses to carry all the equipment (tents, food etc.)
  • Extra waterproof duffel bag for your belongings
  • First-aid kit and oxygen tank
  • Inca trail tickets
  • Ticket for the Machu Picchu Citadel
  • Guided tour at Machu Picchu
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (incl. dinner and breakfast)

Excludes

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Machu Picchu Mountain (can be booked at checkout)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain (can be booked at checkout)
  • Extra porter to carry all your belongings (can be booked at checkout)
  • Sleeping bag(s) (can be booked at checkout)
  • Hiking poles (can be booked at checkout)
  • Lunch/Dinner on the last day
  • Tips for our crew members (Guide, Chef, Porters)
Do I need insect repellent?

Yes, you should bring your own insect repellent in particular for mosquitos.

Should I prepare for altitude sickness?

Yes, before arriving in Cusco you should get altitude medication (unless told otherwise by your GP). Ideally, you should arrive n Cusco at least 24-48 hours before starting any treks at altitude.

Should I bring any anti-diarrhea tablets?

Yes, if you are taking any altitude sickness medication, you should bring anti-diarrhea tables (unless told otherwise by your GP).

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Personal Information

Checklist

Essentials

  • Passport
  • Small day pack (waterproof preferred)
  • Water storage (e.g. a 2-3L camelback)
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Sleeping bag (can also be rented at checkout)
  • Headlamp
  • Rain protection (e.g. poncho, rain jacket, extra plastic bags especially in wet season

Clothing and footwear

  • 2-3 short sleeve and/or 1-2 long sleeve t-shirts
  • 2-3 pairs of hiking pants
  • 4 sets of trekking woolen socks
  • 1 fleece pullover
  • 1 warm, down jacke
  • 1 hat
  •  waterproof gloves
  • Leggings or thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses

Toiletries

  • Sweat Resistant Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Biodegradable Wet Wipes
  • Lip Balm
  • Toilet paper
  • Insect Spray/paste
  • Travel Towel
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Dry Shampoo
  • First Aid Kit, including:
    • Blister Pads
    • Medicine for Altitudes Sickness
    • Anti-Diarrhea
    • Aspirin / Ibuprofen
    • Paracetamol
    • Rehydration sachets

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Classic Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu
From US$695
/ Adult
From US$695
/ Adolescent
From US$540
/ Child (20% Off)
  • 4600
  • Cusco
  • Apr - Oct (Dry Months)
  • Hiking
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • English, Spanish
  • Moderate
  • 1
  • 70

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