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There is no better adventure than the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu. This trek is filled with loads of adrenaline rush, local experience, natural and cultural beauty.

The best moments of this trip, is been disconnected from the everyday life and just enjoying what nature offers. The 5 day Salkantay trek is like no other!

Day 1:Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa Camp site Day 2: Soraypampa – Colpapampa camp site Day 3: Ccolpapampa – La Playa camp site Day 4: La Playa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes town Day 5: Machu Picchu & back to Cusco
Day 1:Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa Camp site

The trip starts with a pick up at 5 am and we will then drive to Molletapa (2hrs approx) where we will have breakfast. From there, we make the one hour trip to Challacancha, this is where the adventure begins! We climb up for 30 mins and then hike a flat path with unique views for 3 hours.</p >

Once we arrive at Soraypampa, there will be lunch available and we will camp for the night. The afternoon will be left to acclimatize, rest and relax. If you feel a bit adventurous, there is the option to walk to the famous Humantay Lagoon.

  Day 2: Soraypampa – Colpapampa camp site

Today may be the longest day but with exceptional views! We will climb for approx. 3 hours and be very close to the Salkantay mountain. When we reach towards the top, we will have time to take photos and take in all the glorious views. Then me make our way down and stop at our lunch spot.

After lunch we will continue to descent (approx. 4 hours) down the hills and make our way to our Colpapampa campsite

Day 3: Ccolpapampa – La Playa camp site

Today will be an early morning hike (5 hours approx.) along a quiet pathway sorrounding yourself with the flora and fauna of the valleys. Once we arrive at our campsite, we will have lunch and the rest of the afternoon to sightsee or perhaps organize to go to the hot springs of Cocalmayo.

Day 4: La Playa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes town

An early start to the day with 4 hours of hiking uphill to Llactapata. We descend another 2 hours downhill until we reach the hydroelectric power station for lunch.

There we will bid farewell to our team of Machu Picchu Tours, and venture on with our Tour Leader by train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes to overnight in a 3 star hotel.

Day 5: Machu Picchu & back to Cusco

Today we hop on a bus and make the journey (30 minutes drive approx.) to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Our guide will welcome you with a 2 hour guided tour and take you to the most important temples and enclosures Machu Picchu has to offer. After the tour, you will have free time to explore the citadel on your own.

In the afternoon, we will be departing Aguas Calientes to board the train at 2:30pm (depending on availability) and arrive to Cusco at roughly 7:00 p.m. 

  • Level of difficulty: Moderate difficult/Challenging
  • Highest Altitude - 4650m / 15,200ft
  • Walking Distance - 
  • Coldest Night - Day 1 around 0º celsius
  • Accomodation - 3 Star Hotel (on Day 4)
  • Weather - dry from May to October, wet from November to April
  • To climb Huayna Picchu mountain you need to book in advance.
  • Acclimatization is Recommended
  • Pick up from your Hotel
  • Professional Tour Leader
  • Chef
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 6kg of your personal items.
  • Transportation by bus to Challacancha
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek)
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • 2 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • 3 star hotel for final night
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Return bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
Does Not Include
  • Wayna Picchu Entrance
  • Sleeping bag: $20 
  • Inflatable Air Mattress $15
  • Walking sticks $8
  • Single supplement fee
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day 
  • Entrace to Huayna Picchu.
  • Tips for your crew
  • Travel insurance
Things we highly recommend packing for the trek:
  • Original Passport
  • Student card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Daypack, warm clothes (scarf, sweaters, rainjacket, gloves)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream 
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • First aid + digestive meds, ibuprofen 
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Sandals, bathing suit
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