Salkantay (5 Days - 4 Nights)

Highlight

Be part of an amazing trekking where every details of the service is very important, passing by non-touristic places of the famous great Salkantay Mountain. Have the opportunity to spend your trekking days with specialist guides and Inca trail chef as well as the amazing local horse men, who will make your experience unique. Arrive to the wonder of Machu Picchu through one of the most challenge routes of Cusco.

Overview

The Salkantay Trek is truly spectacular with stunning views of Cusco second highest mountain; the Apu (Andean deity) Salkantay.
The word Salkantay means “wild” in the Quechua language and as you approach to the jagged peaks, the big deeps carved out by its glacier and the glacier itself you can see why.
We will camp by the Salkantay’s base to be near this sacred protector and will also be able to enjoy the company of hummingbirds and butterflies as we get into the high jungle area located at lower altitude. This is a trek of extremes that lets us connect with nature of the beauty of the Peruvian Andes and introduces us to the mysteries of the Inca culture and finally after enjoy of everything, we will arrive to the majestic Machu Picchu.
Before start the trek you have the option at no cost to experience one of our Andean healing activities, you can receive an Andean blessing or an offering to Mother Earth, ceremonies performed by an Andean Shaman for protection during the trek.



Location Dept. Date Difficult Length of Trip
CUSCO | PERU From March 2015 to January 2016 7 5 Days


Itinerary

Day 1 Cusco > Huacacasi > Lares Hot Springs > Huaca Wasi

After we pick you up from your hotel we leave Cusco early in the morning and travel through the province of Anta, Cusco’s dairy region. Here we will stop to participate in an Andean Blessing ceremony. Following steep-sided river canyons, we descend into the rich and fertile valley of Limatambo before climbing again to the town of Mollepata, where we will stop for breakfast. We continue on to Soraypampa (3700m) where we meet our wranglers and pack animals and begin our trek. After an hour’s walk our first stop will be Laguna Umantay where we will have lunch. This pretty lagoon provides mirror-like images of the surrounding mountains and is the perfect place for self-reflection. From here we continue across Salkantaypampa, just below glacial moraines, before starting a fairly steep section of switchbacks known as the the 7 vueltas or 7 turns, which will take us up to 4300m. From here the path is almost flat to Soyroccocha, where we will camp just below Mount Salkantay. This campsite offers spectacular views of the glacier and, if the weather is clear, an unparalleled view of the southern sky, but is high and usually very cold. Soroyccocha – 4400m / 14 435ft above sea level.


Day 2 Huaca Wasi > Abra Ipsay > Patacancha

After an early breakfast we will start the trek to the Salkantay Pass at 4600. As you take in the panorama you will be able to see not only Salkantay but also the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, Pumasillo, and the Huayracmachay valley. There is also the option to do some alpine scrambling and to visit a second glacial lagoon near the base of the Salkantay glacier. From the pass we start our descent into the valley. As we travel, the vegetation changes from the sparse grasses of the puna and mountain passes to lush cloud-forest home to butterflies, hummingbirds, and a wide-variety of flora. After lunch we will veer away from the standard trekking route and head down to the river before climbing the ridge on the other side. From here we can look down on the Santa Teresa valley before an easy walk to our campsite at Collpapampa (2900 meters). Our camping equipment and food will be transported by pack horses.


Day 3 Patacancha – Willoq – Pumamarca – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Today is a relaxing day. We start with a small descent and then walk along a newly built road towards the valley. We will get a look at rural life in the valley, and, if in season, we can harvest some granadilla, a member of the passion fruit family, or maybe some of the region’s incredible avocados. On this beautiful valley we will lunch. After lunch, we cross the river and head through the upper edges of the rainforest. After about a 2 hour walk we will arrive at the town of Sahuayaco, also known as La Playa for lunch. Once we have had the time to rest, we will continue a little further to the community of Lucmabamba, renowned for its coffee production where we will spend the night, escaping the crowds of La Playa. *Note that if you would like to spend the night in Santa Teresa to visit the hot springs this is also possible however the campsites of Santa Teresa can be very full and noisy. Lucmabamba – 2000m / 6561ft above sea level.


Day 4 Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes

We start early to avoid the mid-day heat with a walk through coffee plantations and past an artisan coffee mill on our way to Llactapata. Here we follow a wide, well-preserved Inca road which once ran all the way to Quito. Following the trail up the side of the ridge, we may see a multitude of butterflies, citronella, rocky streams, and stunning vistas of the Santa Teresa valley. From the pass it is a short walk to Llactapata and a view of Machu Picchu that few others get to see. We will explore the site, still covered in vines and jungle vegetation, before descending to the Rio Aobamba and on to the train station at Hidroelectrica. From there, we will catch the train to Aguas Calientes and check into our hotel. In the evening, there are plenty of restaurants, markets, and the hot springs to enjoy, or simply relax in your hotel. 5 hours walking, 2150-1900m. Aguas Calientes – 2000m / 6561ft above sea level


Day 5 Aguas Calients – Machu Picchu – Cusco

We will get up early in order to catch one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu in time to watch the sunrise over the mountains. After enjoying the views, we will have a two hour tour of the Inca citadel, visiting the principle sites. After the tour we recommend the following activities.

    Includes

    Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport starting point of the trek
    Healing Activity – Offering to mother earth or Blessing by an Andean Priest for protection during your trek
    Machu Picchu entrance fee
    Personal tents (3-person tents for 2 people)
    Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field
    A Foam mattress per/person
    Dining tent with tables and stools
    Kitchen tent
    Toilet tent
    English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
    Chef and cooking equipment
    Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
    Accommodation for all our staff
    Meals (4B, 4L, 4D + daily tea service except last day)
    Vegetarian menu and special diets can be catered for
    Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested far enough in advance
    First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
    Bus ticket to/from Machu Picchu down to the village of Aguas Calientes
    Train ticket Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes
    Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo / Poroy
    Tourist transportation from Ollantaytambo / Poroy to Cusco
    Transfer train station-hotel included only if returning on day 5

    Not Includes

    Breakfast first day and lunch on the last day
    Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes: a relaxing way to end-up the trek while you’re awaiting the return train to Cusco, only 10 minutes from the village center, entrance fee is Peruvian Soles s/10
    00 per person
    Towels can be hired in Aguas Calientes
    Sleeping bag
    Tips for staff (optional)
    Extra costs

    You should carry

    A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
    Rain gear (jacket and trousers if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
    Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
    Sandals or jogging shoes for comfort while at camp
    Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces
    Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
    Sleeping bag
    Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
    Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
    Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold Sun block
    Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
    Toilet paper and any shampoo, contact lens solution, prescriptions, etc… that you require
    Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc
    Swimsuit and small towel (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
    Cash in soles and/or US$ for snacks, water, souvenirs, tips, etc
    Original passport
    Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
    A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek

    Recomendations

    * An extra horse to carry your personal items: US$ 80 / 4 days. A horse can carry up to 15 kg, which should be enough for 2 people, leaving you with just a small daypack to carry.
    * An extra hotel night in Aguas Calientes can be booked for you at an additional cost depending on the hotel you choose. Please note that if you wish to visit Machu Picchu again the following day, the additional cost of the entrance fee is not included.
    * Vistadome Service train (Superior) instead of the Expedition one (Tourist train), at an additional cost between US$ 12.00 to 15.00 per person. (*) Please note that our guide travels back to Cusco in the Expedition train in all group services, so if you wish to book this extra service, you will not be accompanied by our guide.
    * Hiram Bingham Luxury train instead of the Expedition one (Tourist train), at an additional cost of US$ 398.00 per person. This train departs Aguas Calientes at 5.50pm and includes a gourmet dinner and animation on board, with an estimated arrival time to Poroy train station at 9.16pm. Please note that our guide travels back to Cusco in the Expedition train in all group services, so if you wish to book this extra service, you will not be accompanied by our guide
    * Sleeping bag rent: US$ 25.00 / 5 days. Our sleeping bags are –18ºC-comfort (0ºF) and mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use.
    * Therm-a-rest inflatable sleeping pad rent: US$ 25.00 / 5 days
    * Massage sessions: US$60.00 per 1-hour session (US$50.00 per session if at least 2 sessions are booked). Our massage therapists have the highest recognition in Cusco and offer the following treatments: relaxing massage, stress-relieving massage, spinal column massage, energizing massage, Inca massage, altitude problems, aroma therapy, therapy with honey, therapy with glass, therapy with stones, foot reflexology, shiatzu, reiki and puddle of flowering. We recommend massage sessions before and after your trekking program. Services are at the hotel and are available in Cusco and Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu).




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