SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHUPICCHU
Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa Huayracpunko
The night before your trek, you will get a trekking briefing with your tour guide. Today, we will pick you up from your hotel (Must to be located in Cusco) at 4 a.m. You will take a three hour drive to the trail head, called Soraypampa (3,800 m), where you will meet your horses and horseman (Arrieros).
As son as you arrive, your guide and chef will prepare your first breakfast, before you begin your trek. He will also introduce all the staff that will be working for you along the trail. Around 8:30 a.m. you will begin the expedition towards Machu Picchu. The fist three and a half hours will be both gradual and uphill, until you reach your lunch spot. The views you will see of the Salkantay Valley and the Salkantay Mountain are amazing.
Lunch will be at the foot of this impressive mountain. After we enjoy our delicious lunch, we will keep climbing for another hour up to until we reach the highest point of your trek (Salkantay Pass 4,650 m). It is impressive to view two different valleys and the Salkantay mountain. You may also observe some avalanches from the Salkantay Glacier.
We will still have two more hours, downhill, to reach to our first campsite, called (Wayracammachay 3,800 meters). The downhill part can be slippery, which may require the use of trekking poles. As you are walking down. you will get to enjoy the sunset and the silence of the valleys.
The only thing you will be able to hear is the sound of the river. Upon your arrival, our guides and porters will welcome you to your camp. Your tents will be all set up. The only thing you will have to do is relax and enjoy the tea and dinner.
Walking Distance: 15 km
Trail Head Elevation: 3,800 m
Maximun Altitude Gained: 850 m
Campsite Elevation: 3.800 m
Trail Conditions: Rocky, dusty and slippery (required: trekking shoes)
Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 2: Wayrampunko – Challway – La Playa
There will be an early wake up with a hot glass of tea. You will have enough time to pack and enjoy a delicious breakfast as you watch the sunrise.
After you get ready, you will begin the longest day of your trip towards La Playa. Today, is downhill almost the whole day, with some short uphill parts. The first section will all be downhill. The micro-climate changes from the alpines, to the cloud forest, to the mountain forest, where you will have an opportunity to enjoy the amazing flora and fauna of the mountains.
After four hours we will reach our lunch spot. After lunch, it will another four and a half hours on a gradual downhill, until we reach La Playa. This area experiences micro-climate changes from the cloud forest, to the tropical forest, where farmers farm coffee, passion fruit, oranges avocados and more.
There will be great views of the green, lush valley and the amazing waterfalls. There may be some black bears around. Upon your arrival, you will have some tea and dinner.
Walking Distance: 18 km
Camp Elevation: 2,400 m
Previous Camp Elevation: 3,800 m
Maximun Altitude Decsended: 1400 m
Trail Condition: Rocky, salty and slippery
Weather: Warm to really hot (mosquitoes)
Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3: La Playa – Llactapata – hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes
After another early breakfast at camp, you will begin the last 45 minutes of gradual, downhill hiking until we reach a portion of the Inca trail, built in 1,300 a.c. This road was built to connect Vilcabamba with Machu Picchu.
It’s always special to trek on this historic road. It will be about thee more hours of uphill hiking along the stone, paved, rocky trail until you arrive at the Llactapata Inca site, right in front of Machu Picchu. You will get to enjoy more plantations of coffee and yucca, along the way.
Once you arrive at Llactapata, your tour guide will describe the geography of the mountains and continue the history of the Incas. Once you begin hiking again, it will be two and a half hours downhill, until you arrive at the famous hydro-electric station for your last lunch with your chef and porters.
They will take the train back that evening to Cusco. After lunch, you will have a small ceremony to say goodbye. At 4 p.m., you will get your duffel bag back from your porters and take the train for 45 minutes to Aguas Calientes with your tour guide.
He will help you to your hotel for a well-deserved time to relax. If you wish to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, he can show you the way. They are 10 soles to visit. You will need a towel. That evening, you will enjoy the last supper with your tour guide at a local restaurant.
You will also receive your last briefing for the following day. Be sure to get some snacks and water for your Machu Picchu day.
Walking Distance: 14 km
Aguas Calientes Village Elevation: 2,000 m
Altitude from Camp to Llactapata Gained: 350 m
Train Conditions: Some sections are slippery
Day 4: Machu Picchu (the lost city of the Incas)
Wake up time is at 4.30 a.m., followed by breakfast at 5 a.m. at the hotel. We will take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu (first come first serve).
It will be about 25 minutes to Machu Picchu, where the gate opens at 6 a.m. Please be sure you bring your original Passport to show the rangers (you can get a Machu Picchu stamp on your Passport).
Your guide will lead you to the best spots for pictures and to enjoy the sunrise (according to weather). Following, you will have a guided tour for about two and a half hours, where you will get to explore Machu Picchu with your tour guide. You will also have free time to explore the site on your own.
If you have booked, Huayna Picchu you will climb it at this time. The Huayna Picchu climb is an hour and a half total, but if you do not book for this mountain, you still have an option to climb to the Sun Gate (an hour and a half) or to the Inca bridge (45 minutes).
In the afternoon, you should take a bus to the town to enjoy your lunch. You will take an afternoon train to Ollantaytambo, where our driver will be waiting for you to transfer you back to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel.
- Huayna Picchu costs $35 per person
- If you want to stay an extra night, just lets us know and we can help book a hotel in Aguas Calientes, as well as your train ticket for the next day
- Rangers don’t allow people to carry bags bigger than 25 liters
- No trekking poles are allowed in Machu Picchu
- Snacks and water are allowed, but they need to be in bags
What is Included:
- Collection from your hotel at 05:45 am
- Private vehicle to Mollepata-Cruzpata (starting of the trek)
- 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a roll pad mattress
- English speaking professional guide experienced in mountains
- 6 kilos of your personal items ie extra clothes, sleeping bag to be carried by mules so you just need to carry your daypack with everything you will need during the day. Full board meals 5 Breakfast, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
- Horses/donkeys to carry tents, food, cooking equipment
- Hot water for washing purposes
- Boiled water to fill in your bottles
- Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes
- Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollanta and private transport to Cusco
- Admission Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
- Guided tour in Machu Picchu, time to explore on your own, Climbing to Huaynapicchu
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes Double or Triple Accommodation
- Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
- Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent:
- Free storage in Cusco for your belongings at Hotel
What is not Included:
- Sleeping bag (minus 8 ºC) US$ 25
- Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
- Dinner on the 5 th day
- Drinks, bottle water
- The bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes US$8
(45 minutes down-hill walk to Aguas Calientes) to Hotel Viajeros.
VISTADOME Train to Cusco instead of Expedition Train, Please add US$40 per person
Tips for your crew guides cooks, horse herders US$20-25 approx (Every GREENLANDS ROBLES`s staff receive a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip, tips are
optional also are a great gesture of esteem to them)
We recommend that you bring
- sleeping bag (Minus 8ºC – can be rented at GREENLANDS ROBLES office for US$20 )
- Sturdy Hiking boots
- Warm clothes and trekking pants. not jeans
- layers for variable temperatures specially at night
- Flash light with extra batteries
- Camera, extra film & batteries
- Sunprotection : sunscreen : sun hat : sunglasses
- Thermals : wool socks : Gloves / scarf and woolen hat for cold nights
- Insect repellent
- Rain poncho : a good rain jacket
- extra plastic bags especially in wet season and plastic garbage bags to line your back pack
- Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
- Bathing clothes for the hot springs
- Water bottle : water purifying tablets optional
- Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
- Original passport and ISIC student card if applicable
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks
- Trekking poles