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Salkantay trek express 5 days, is one of the most popular alternative treks after the classic Inca trail to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, in this route you will see one of the most important apus of Cusco.
DAY 1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SORAYPAMPA
We Start To Pick Up You On The Hotel Around 05:00 Am, The Bus Driving Taking 4 Hours To Anta – Mollepata Through The Bus Is Clearly To See The White Snowcapped Mountain Like Salkantay And Huamantay The Holy Gods Of The Incas, The Spectacular Scenic On The Upper Part And Lower Valleys With Colorful Landscape. Two Hours Driving At Head The First Stop In Mollepata Town There Are Toilet Facilities, Souvenirs And Optional Short Breakfast, To Soon Continue At Challacancha The Trail Head. There We Will Meet With Our Support Staff. There We Will Organize All The Equipment, Horses And Mules. Around 9:30 A.M. We Will Star Our Trek To Soraypampa (3900 M.A.S.L) The First Section Of The Path Are Paved Rock Trail There Are The Old Water Channel Still Supply To New Habitants, The Begin Is 9 Km In 3 Hours To Soraypampa The Lunch Place As Well Base Camp, After Lunch And Nap To Continued Hiking Up To The Humantay Lake (4200masl) 5 Km In 3 Hours Round Trip, Bottom The Glacier The Most Spectacular Views To The Back Ground Valley And Sunset, Soraypampa Is Located On The Middle Of The Glaciers Valleys At Night Clear Appreciate The Constellation On The Sky.
DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA - SALKANTAY PASS - HUAYRAMACHAY – CHAULLAY
Early Wake Up With The First Daylight At 05:30 Am To Packing The Staff, Breakfast And Soon To Start Hiking Up To The Highest Point Of The Trail Salkantay Pass (4650 Masl – 15,255 Ft) The Distance Is 7 Km In 3 Hours, On The Ascent Through The Between The Rocky Valley Bottom The Magnificent Salkantay Mountay (6200 Masl – 20,341 Ft). We Reach The Top Of The Trek. We Will Appreciate Spectacular Views Of The Mountains And The Imposing Snowy Peaks Of The Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay And Pumasillo, Salkantay Is Considerate The Second Highest Mountain Of The Cusco Region And One Of The Incas God Called “Apu”. Get The Top Is The Most Ancient Time On The Trek, 2 Hours Downhill On The Serpent Trail And Gravel Rocky Path To Get Huayracmachay Lunch Spot, On The Afternoon Entrance To The Upper Part Of The Amazone Jungle As Well Called “Cloud Forest” 9 Km In 3 Hours On The Wide Trail In The Thick Forest Are Decorate The Hills With Colorful Sceneries And The Wild Life And Native Plant, Mostly Of The Year Weather Is Warmed And Temperate To Finally Arrived To Chaullay Village (2900 Masl – 9,514 Ft) The Base Camp Into The Jungle.
DAY 3: CHAULLAY - COLLPAPAMPA - LA PLAYA - SANTA TERESA
Around 6:00 Am The Wake Up With Coca Tea; Breakfast And Hiking Straight To La Playa Crossing On The Thick Jungle And Following On The Bank Of The Santa Teresa River On The Gradual Trail There Are Stopping In Several Family Hamlet To Enjoy The Local Fruit And Vegetables (Passion Fruit, Banana, Coffee, Avocado, Mango, Orange And Papaya) If We Are Lucky, We Will Be Able To See The Famous Bird Called “The Cock Of The Rocks”, The Trail Distance Is 16 Km The Hiking Time Is 5 Hours On The Down Valleys Is Clearly To See The Cedar Tree Very Useful For The Local People On The Economic, La Playa Is Small Town With The Basic Facilities (Toilet, Electricity, Shopping And Souvenir) As Well The Lunch Point, Following The Plan We Will Driving The Collective Bus To Santa Teresa Town Around 1 Hour Camp Site, To Get Early At This Base Camp On The Afternoon Optional Driving 15 Minutes To The Hot Spring Highly Recommended After The Hard Journey On The Mountain, Then Back At The Campsite For Happy Hours And Dinner.
DAY 4: SANTA TERESA - HIDROELECTRYC - AGUAS CALIENTES
At 7:00 Am Time To Stand Up To Start A New Day, In Over All The Distance Hiking Is 18 Km, In 6 Hours Straight To Aguas Calientes Crossing By Hydroelectric Station. We Follow Along The Riverside Of Vilcanota River, There Are The Second Plant Of Hydroelectric Underground Witch Are Supply To Coast Cities In Peru And Mines Companies, The Weather Day Is Warm And Temperate On The Begin, The Last 10 Km Is More Dense Vegetation Bottom Machupicchu City, We Going To Walk Along The Train Track Close To The Bank Of Urubamba River From There Is Appreciate The Holy Mountains As Waynapicchu And Machupicchu Mountains, To Finally Arrived To Aguas Calientes Town Of Machupicchu For Overnight In The Hotel And Dinner At The Tourist Restaurant. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight: In Aguas Calientes At The Hotel Which Included In The Package.
DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - OLLANTAYTAMBO - CUSCO
The Ancient Day On The Trek, Early Wake Up On The Hotel Is Better For Visit Machupicchu, We Suggestion Start Early Visit Machupicchu The Check Point Is Open From (6:00 Am Until 17:00 Pm) Optional Going Up By Bus Or Foot, On The Morning Look Empty The City With Less Tourist The First 2 Hours Guiding Tour In The City, (Temples, Palaces, Priest House, Sundial, Industrial Sector And Farming Fields) After That Is Start Your Free Time To Climbing Up To Huaynapicchu Or Machupicchu Mountain (Book In Advance To Get Your Ticket) Both Mountains Hiking Time Taking 3 Hours Approx. Or Trekking To The Sun Gate The Main Entrance Of The Inka Trail, Therefore You’ll Stay And Enjoy The City For More Than 7 Hours On The Afternoon We Organized The Train (18:30 Pm) Back Form Aguas Calientes To Ollantaytambo And Then Bus Driving To Cusco To Arrive At 20:00 Pm Approx. The Bus Drops You Off At Your Hotel In Cusco.
Please Note: We Always Do Everything In Our Power To Follow The Set Itinerary, However It Can Change Occasionally Based On Temporary Park Restrictions, Campsite Availability, Weather, Road Closures, Guest Ability/Injury, And Natural Events Like Fires And Flooding.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
- Profesional bilingual tour guide
- First day andean ceremony, offering to the mother earth
- Maximum number of paxs 10 paxs
- Colection from your hotel (we pick you up from where you are staying)
- Private transport to Mollepata Markocasa ( trailhead)
- Tourist train back to ollantaytambo ( expedition service can be at ,18:35pm or 21:30 pm leaving from Aguas calientes).
- Private transport back from Ollamtaytambo to Cusco
- Entrance fee Machu Picchu
- Food: *4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 4 dinners
- Cook service (vegetarian food on request
- 3-people tents capacity jus for two paxs only to have more space to store your luggage ( 4season tent)
- Camping equipment (tent, cooking and eating tent. Chairs and tables)
- Thermarest(air mat) sleeping mat
- Horseman , mules or porters (they just carry cooking stuff and camping equipment)
- 7 kilos of your personal belongins to be carry by the horses
- 1 night accommodation in a hostal Aguas Calientes(private room,cable tv, wi fi)
- First Aid kit
NOT INCLUDED:Entrance fees to Waynapicchu.( $10 usd extra)
Breakfast on first day and lunch on the last day in agues calientes
Entrances to the hot spring waters or transportation to get there (15 soles round trip ) Aguas calientes(10 soles)
Bus ticket from Aguas calientes to Machu Picchu (optional) $ 20 usd round trip ( one way $10 usd and you can buy it at the Aguas Calientes bus station).
Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack.$ 120 usd 3 days.(you can share with other person.
Note: if you need something to hire from us, we will for you, without any deposit (because most of the rent camping shops use to ask like 50 or 60 dollars for anything you want to take.
What you need to take
- Original passport and Student card (ISIC) green card
- Insurance card is essential
- Hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors )
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Sleeping bag
- Warm jack
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Rain pants
- Sun hat, Bathing suit (for hot springs in santa teresa and Aguas Calientes)
- Sun protection cream ( factor 35 recommended ) sun is strong
- Insect Repellent 40 % deet ( for mosquitos )
- Water bottle
- Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended)
- Toilet paper
- Personal medication
- Camera and films
- Torch with spare batteries (flashlight)
- Extra contribution suggested money for tipping porters, cook and guide. and for any emergency (300 soles)
- Walking poles ( black diamont or leki brand) Optional items to take
- Short pants
- Walking poles (with rubber tips) they can also be hired from us.$15 usd the all trip.
- Sleeping bags $20 usd the all trip.
- Plaster and bandage.
SHARED GROUP SERVICE
02 Persons / $.490.00 PER PERSON.
03 Persons / $.480.00 PER PERSON.
04 Persons / $.460.00 PER PERSON.
05 Persons / $.440.00 PER PERSON.
06 Persons / $.420.00 PER PERSON.
08 to More Persons / $.400.00 PER PERSON.
About the Salkantay Trek 4 Days
The Salkantay Trail connects Cusco to the Citadel of Machu Picchu and runs approximately 89 km/55 miles through high Andean peaks, cloud forest, and steamy jungle. The hike starts at the village of Mollepata, a few miles from Cusco.
The Salkantay Peak – Savage Mountain – is located within the Vilcabamba mountain range, to the northwest of Cusco. Salkantay is one of the highest and most spectacular mountains in the Andes (6,271m/20,574ft). National Geographic’s Adventure Travel Magazine named the Salkantay trek among the 25 Best Treks in the World.
How far do we walk each day?
The amount you walk each day varies. An average day is 5-8 hours, but on the summit, night combined with the following day you can walk between 8 and 11 hours. Have a look at the itinerary for a day-to-day account.
How difficult are the Salkantay Trek 4 Days?
For an average traveler or tourist, Salkantay is considered a challenging but certainly not impossible hike. Due to the physical demands, anyone who wishes to trek Salkantay should at least be moderately fit. Plus, all trekkers should spend at least 2 days in Cuzco before the trek, to get acclimatized. Being extremely fit does not grant any immunity from altitude sickness.
The entire hike is approximately 72 kilometers (approximately 45 miles), and this hiking takes place for 4 days and 3 nights. The remaining 1 day of the trek is spent at Machu Picchu. In general, Salkantay is considered to be slightly harder than the Inca Trail. Other trails, such as Choquequirao, are considered to be slightly harder than Salkantay.
What’s the most challenging section of the 4-Day Salkantay Trek?
The Salkantay Pass, at 14,760123 feet above sea level, is the most difficult section on the trail. Expect wind and cold temperatures. Some hikers might experience symptoms of altitude sickness. Symptoms will disappear as soon as you start your descent. Oxygen will be provided if needed. The Salkantay Pass, at approximately 4,650 meters above sea level is the most difficult section in the trail. These challenges are a result of several factors: the challenge of uphill climbing, cold winds, low temperatures in general, and the fact that you are trekking at a low-oxygen altitude.
How old do I have to Be?
Very young children may not enjoy this. They should be able to walk (without being carried) for 90 minutes without whining (the whining part applies to children of all ages.
Can I hike the Salkantay trek for 5 Days at any time?
Weather conditions during the rainy season make the Salkantay trek a risky decision. Therefore we cannot guarantee the availability of the Salkantay treks from mid-march to the end of February. If the weather is good, we will give the OK for a trek to start. If we think the safety of our porters and clients is being threatened, we will cancel the trek.
When is the best time to hike the Salkantay trek for 5 Days?
The dry season is the best time for this trek. In Cuzco, the dry season lasts from April to November, and the wet season is from December to March. June to September are the most popular months to do the trek, due to summer vacations in Europe and the US. It is generally thought that May and October offer the best weather conditions.
Can I make the trek by myself?
Yes, it is possible for a single traveler or a small group to hike the trek by themself, without guides or porters. However, the trail is not clearly marked at all points, which makes getting lost a high possibility. This is one of the biggest advantages of hiring a tour agency like Mystic Salkantay. Our guides know the route very well.
Can I do the trek with my kids?
Children under 14 years old are not allowed to do the trek, and children who are over 14 years old should be in good physical shape and used to hiking long distances.
Can I use my mobile/cell phone on the mountain?
You will get sporadic phone coverage during the trek and there will not be anywhere whilst trekking to charge your phone.
Will there be an international cell phone on the Salkantay Trek 5 Days?
One of the trek leaders will be carrying a satellite phone. However, this is for emergency use only.
What is the weather on the Salkantay Trekking 4 Days?
Weather is very varied on this trek, due to the fact that it winds its way through wildly different terrain at different altitudes. The only place where the weather is a serious concern is the Salkantay Pass and the nearby areas. Temperatures here, and at the nearby Soraypampa campsite, can fall below freezing. The other camps are much warmer, due to their proximity to the cloud forest.
How difficult is the Salkantay trek 4 Days?
On our tours the Salkantay trek is easy. It is not a difficult trek in the Cusco area, although it is a route of ascents and descents, it implies some physical effort, for that our guides will be there to assist you.
Is the Salkantay trek closed?
Due to weather conditions, the Salkantay Trek is closed from January 31 to March 31, outside this date range, the hike is open and has the best conditions to enjoy it.
Can you do the Salkantay trek without a guide?
If it is possible if you have previous knowledge of the route and you can carry all your equipment; it can take you more time according to your physical condition; the most advisable is to do it with our experienced guides, besides we have exclusive camps, and you will only carry what you need.
Which is better Inca Trail or Salkantay trail?
The ancient Inca Trail 4 Days, originally part of the Inca Road system interconnecting the Inca Empire. This classic trek hike through diverse scenery. The Salkantay Trek, on the other hand, is more strenuous and famous for its mountain scenery.