Salkantay trek considerate by many the second main trek activities in South America. This sections of an Inka trail as many of them in the Andes is connecting two important valleys in whole region. The Apurimac Valley towards the Urubamba Valley, further down from Machupicchu city at Santa Teresa town, by then get access the jungle area to a well know privileges region already occupied by Andean people long time ago.
This alternative experience will let you know how Andean merchants used this path herding their llamas carrying supply from the high lands to trade with tropical products in Cusco’s jungle, some offering where taken to the Apus, the sacred mountain Salkantay to drop at the highest point of their journey “Salkanyay pass” (4,600 m/15.091ft.). A journey which now a days is linked to the new seven wonders in the world Machupicchu ¨The lost city of the Inkas¨
Early At 4:30 am Kuntur’s private transportation will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Soraypampa, starting point of our trek. The bus ride will last about 3.00 hours to Mollepata village, place where we will stop for breakfast. After wards we continue 1.5 hours extra driving to Soraypampa. We will have the first views to the mountain before we start the journey,
plateaus and Mountains which belong to the Vilcabamba mountain range., afterwards we will head the path uphill to Marqhok’asa pass, from where we will have astonishing views to the valley and further away the snow-capped mountains of Humantay Mt. and Salkantay Mt. After our pictures we will head down for 1.5 hours to Challacancha to get our lunch, after a small siesta we will continue uphill to the water channel by then walk for about 2.5 hours to reach Soraypanpa our first camp site. Spending the night around the snow-capped mountains
Early in the morning you leave Soraypampa and keep going up the beautiful valley walking just below the majestic snowcapped mountain named Salkantay (6250m.) after 1:1/2 hours the trek becomes steep zigzagging for a while after that we get the pass named Salkantay pass, 4600m. from where you will be rewarded with superb views . The trail descends through an old moraine passing great pastures down to the camp of Huayroqmachay located at 4000masl. This campsite is subject to change according to the guide’s criteria and the evolution of the group.
Wake up with lovely mountain scenery and a good morning tea. Continue to the north down to the lush jungle through different ecosystems watching birdlife like hummingbirds, trashes, finches, tanagers, sparrows, guans, parrots, etc. It will be a long descending day towards the cloud forest where people live taking advantages of nature, also you will pass great waterfalls. At the end of the day we will see passion fruit fields. The hike will last approximately 9 hours; the campsite is at the community named “La Playa “(2400m.).
Early in the morning after breakfast at the hotel, we will catch the bus up to Machu Picchu with our trekking guide. Ensure you are porting your valid passport you’ve booked with. Once in the citadel your guide will give you a deep information about Machu Picchu and then he will take you to explore the most important sectors in the citadel, the guiding tour will last about 2.5 hours, afterwards you will get plenty of free time for further exploring, taking photos and the option to climb Wayna Picchu Mt, if you have the admission ticket, another option is the Inka bridge for those who don’t have tickets for Wayna Picchu Mt. After all you need to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes town to get your lunch and the train ride to Ollantaytambo station from where we will drive you back to Cusco dropping you off at your hotel.
THIS TOUR INCLUDE
- Pick up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
- Private transport from Cusco to Soraypampa (starting point of the trek)
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
- English speaking professional guide
- Comfortable tents (sleeping 2 people in a 4 person tent)
- All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent
- Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes
- Private transport from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
- Celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes (touristic restaurant)
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room and bathroom
- Mules and horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen - 7 kilos of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our mules
- Provision of a horse in case of emergency such as illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
- Inflatable mattress
- Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes
- Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°C ($20 for duration of the trek)
- Breakfast on the first day, Lunch & Dinner on the last day
- Entry to Huana Picchu ($25)
- 1 way bus ticket from Machu Picchu back to Aguas Calientes, it can be hiked.
- Extra activities such as zip line and barbecues.
- Additional horse for extra personal luggage in addition of the one for personal item allowance.
- Optional upgrade (train and hotel)
- Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide (Viajes LA´s staff receive fair and decent payments immediately after they end their trip. However tips are of great appreciation for them)
- A lightweight, waterproof day pack with change of clothes for the whole trek (must not exceed 7 kilos)
- Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°c (rentable for $20 for duration of the trek)
- Sturdy hiking boots
- Warm clothes and trekking pants (trousers)
- Layers of clothes, include thermals, for variable temperatures especially at night
- Head torch with spare batteries
- Camera with extra film and batteries
- Sun protection: sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses
- Woolen socks, gloves, scarf, woolen hat for cold nights
- Insect repellent
- Extra plastic bags, especially in the wet season
- Waterproof clothing or a rain poncho
- Water bottles and water purifying tablets – Optional
- Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips
- Walking sticks
- Favorite snacks
- Inflatable mattress
- Toilet paper
- Sandals or flip-flop
- Original passport and ISIC card if is applicable.