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5-Day Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek

5-Day Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek

5 days

5-Day Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek
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From Cusco, we drive north across Antapampa into the Apurimac watershed. Mollepata is the starting point of our five day trek across the Cordillera Vilcabamba, past Mt. Humantay and Salkantay into the headwaters of the Santa Teresa valley. Hiking down this cloudforest area, we ascend to the Pass of Paltallacta in whose vicinity we camp. We have great views of Machu Picchu from a different perspective. We'll hike into the Aobamba Valley and arrive near the hydroelectric works, downriver from the citadel. Our group boards the train at the hydroelectric station, rides to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), where we will spend the night. Next morning we visit Machu Picchu ruins and have a guided tour. There will be a chance to climb Huayna Picchu (not included in trek price), before heading back to Cusco in the late afternoon.

This trek is a good alternative to the Inca Trail when permits are sold out!

Note: Set departures are on Sundays


Day 1: Drive from Cusco to trailhead at Soraypampa by way of Mollepata, hike to Salkantaypampa, camp overnight (LD)

There will be a briefing with the guide for your trek, a day or two before you start.

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco, and as you drive over Tika-Tika Pass, you will have the first view of Mt. Salkantay and Humantay. We then cross the plateau of Antapampa, reach Limatambo Pass with amazing views of the mountains and lush agricultural valley below. We'll take s few moments to visit the ruins of Tarawasi with its long asymmetric Inca stone wall, and then continue to the trailhead. We start our hike to the pampa below Mt. Salkantay, and overnight at a campsite there (4145m/13599ft/trekking 4 hrs/distance 5-6k)

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping on Trek

Day 2: Hike to Collpapamapa; camp overnight (BLD)

After breakfast, we depart from the campsite toward a terminal moraine, where the trail begins to ascend to Apacheta Pass (4636m/15210ft). From the pass, the trail winds downhill to Wayrahmachay pampa(3919m/12858ft), and descends to the Saint Teresa River and the campsite, where we camp overnight (2950m/9678ft/trekking 8hrs/distance 12k)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping on Trek

Day 3: Hike to Lucamabamba, camp overnight (BLD)

Today we descend from the campsite to Raynapata Pass with astounding view of Mt. Quiswaq and Tortora Valley. We continue to descend to Wiaypoqo, Unuyoc and to the road where a vehicle transfer you to the campsite at Lucmabamba. Camp overnight (2048m/6719ft/trekking 4 hrs/distance 7k)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping on Trek

Day 4: Hike to Hidroelectra Station; train to Aguas Calientes; overnight at hotel (BL)

This morning, after breakfast, we ascend to Q'elloqasa Pass (2875m/9430ft), traversing through a dense cloud forest. From there are magnificent views of Machu Picchu's southern face. We continue to the junction of the Aobamba and Urubamba Valleys, and at the hydroelectric station take a short train ride to Aguas Calientes. Dinner is on your own, and overnight at a hotel (trekking 7 hrs/distance 10 k/train 1 hr)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hatun Samay Hotel or similar in Aguas Calientes

Day 5: Shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu; option to climb Huayna Picchu at 10 a.m.; train return to Cusco; transfer to hotel (BL)

With your guide, you will take the early morning shuttle up to Machu Picchu for a guided tour. There is an optional hike up Huayna Picchu at 10 a.m., which requires an additional ticket (not in the trek price). We shuttle back to Aguas Calientes for lunch, and in the afternoon, we catch the late afternoon Expedition train to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel. (Hotel in Cusco is not included in the trek price.)

Meals included: Breakfast


5-Day Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek

Prices are Per Person and Valid for Trips through December 31, 2024

# People in Group: 2 3 4 5+
Group Set Departure: $1120 $1120 $1120 $1120
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NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Pre-trek briefing with guide
  • Transportation by vehicle to trailhead
  • Bilingual guide on the trek, who will handle the first aid kit
  • Two-man tents including sleeping pads
  • Pack animals and muleteer
  • Cook and kitchen crew
  • Commissary gear
  • All meals during the trek
  • Portable toilet
  • Train to Aguas Calientes on day four (from Hydroelectric Station)
  • 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Expedition train return to Cusco
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Tips for your guide, driver, cook, crew, muleteer
  • Hotel in Cusco
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Ticket to climb Huayna Picchu (add US$30 per person; must be ordered 90 days in advance)
  • Upgrade to Vistadome train return is US$30 per person
  • Personal gear (sleeping bag, pack, clothes, etc)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic beverages, laundry, insurance, internet)
  • Single supplement is US$135 per person (single tent and room in hotel)
  • International and domestic flights
  • Additional pre and post-trek tours

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