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Salkantay Trek  short 4 Days

Salkantay Trek short 4 Days

4 Day from $ USD 515.00

Salkantay Trek short 4 Days

4 Day from $ 515 | 4 Day Salkantay Trek

| Min Altitude: 2200msnm (3545 fasl) | Max Altitude: 2200msnm (3545 fasl)
Price From
$ USD 515.00
Duration
4 Day
Group Size
Min 2 Persons
Physical Level
Intense

Introduction

If you are going to trek from Salkantay to Machu Picchu, you will have the help of our horses to carry 6 kilos of your luggage, which includes a sleeping bag and floor insulation, for which we will provide you with specially designed suitcases for the trek. they will be things from space that will be carried by our horses.

Remember that your Sleeping Bag weighs approximately 1.1/2 kg and the bottom insulation (or mattress) weighs 1 kg. This gives a total weight of 3 kg. Leave the remaining 3 kilos to put other personal effects such as (pajamas or thermal underwear, cleaning products, etc.) in the bags that will be given to you in the afternoon for your briefing

However, you must bring your own 20L backpack to store items (such as water, sunscreen, hat, camera, passport, etc.). The horses do not walk beside you and you can only access your belongings in the fields along the Camino.

It is important; Keep in mind that there will be tourists with different walking speeds and different languages in your Salkantay group. Our guides are highly experienced and strive to meet the needs of all our tourists in a safe and friendly manner. However, if you, your friends or family are of a similar fitness level and prefer to hike in a private group, contact us today to book a private service for your Salkantay Machu Picchu adventure!

Trip details

  • Location: Peru
  • Duration: 1 days
  • Type: Ceremony, Hiking & Adventure Tours
  • Destinations: Cusco, Mollepata, Soraypampa, Humantay Lake, Ausangate, Santa Teresa, Machu Picchu.
  • Difficulty: Challenging.
  • Campsite elevation. 2850m / 9650ft.
  • Weather: Cold and warm.
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Itinerary

DAY 1

Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa

The Salkantay Trek 4 Day tour begins with a pickup from your hotel between 5:00 am and 5:15 am. You will travel in the agency’s transport for approximately 2.5 hours and enjoy beautiful mountain views, including the snowy Salkantay and other high Andean cities, as well as fertile agricultural lands. After a stop in Mollepata for breakfast and any last-minute shopping, you will return to Challacancha, where you will meet your team, equipment, and mules.

The trek begins with a 2-hour walk, observing the stunning Nevado de Humantay, with a height of 5,917m. You will reach your first camp in Soraypampa, located at 3,850m, where you will be welcomed with a warm meal. After a well-deserved rest, you will visit the Humantay Lagoon for 1.5 hours to admire its breathtaking landscape and mountain glaciers. You will return to the camp for tea and dinner.

Tour highlights:

  • A 10km car journey
  • 5 to 6 hours of driving, including breaks
  • Camp located at 3,850 meters above sea level
  • Difficulty level: medium
  • Cold and windy afternoons

Note: Don’t forget to bring warm clothing and gear for the trek.

DAY 2

Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Chaullay

We start the day at 5:00 AM with breakfast before getting ready for the toughest hike of the trek. We pack our bags and walk for around 1 hour to Salkantaypampa, which is at 4100 meters of altitude. We take a short break and continue walking for another hour to Soyrococha, where we can rest, drink and snack at 4400 meters of altitude.

We then head to the highest point of the trek, Abra Salkantay, which is 4632 meters high and located between the two snow-capped peaks of Humantay and Salkantay. At this point, we will see the snow-capped Salkantay and enjoy the stunning views of the entire mountain range. We then descend for 2 hours to Wayracpampa for lunch and continue to descend for another 3 and a half hours observing the changing vegetation and climate until we reach our second camp, Chaullay.

Total distance traveled: 14km Travel time: 9 to 10 hours, including rest and lunch Camp altitude: 2,900 meters above sea level Difficulty: Hard to Medium Temperature: Moderate with windy afternoons.

DAY 3

Chaullay - La Playa - Hydroelectric Plant - Machu Picchu Town

We start the day at 5:00 AM with breakfast, then embark on a 6-hour hike to “La Playa.” Along the way, we will see diverse flora and fauna, including natural waterfalls, orchids, and strawberries. After lunch at La Playa (2,200m), we take a one-hour bus ride to Hidroeléctrica and then walk for 3 hours to Machu Picchu Town. After check-in at the accommodation, dinner will be coordinated for the final details of our Machu Picchu visit.

  • Total distance: 14 km
  • Travel time: 5-6 hours (including breaks and lunch)
  • Altitude: 2,050m
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Temperature: Moderate, with some windiness in the afternoon.
DAY 4

Machu Picchu Town - Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco

On this day, you will have the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu, one of the most famous historical sites in the world. There are two ways to reach the entrance of the citadel: either by hiking up the steep and stair-filled path for 1 hour and 30 minutes or by purchasing a bus ticket for $12 or $24.

Once you arrive at Machu Picchu, located at 2490 meters above sea level, you will participate in a guided tour that lasts for about 2 hours. During this time, you will learn about the history and significance of this ancient Inca city. After the tour, you will have ample time to explore Machu Picchu on your own, including a visit to the Inti Punku or the “Puerta del Sol.”

After your visit to Machu Picchu, you will return to Machu Picchu Town for lunch. The town offers a variety of restaurants to choose from, so you can select one that suits your taste. After lunch, you will head to the train station and take a 1 minute and 30-second journey to the Ollantaytambo station. There, transportation with your name will be waiting for you to take you back to Cusco, which is approximately a 1 hour and 30 minute journey.

What to Bring

  • Our horses carry up to 6kg of your belongings. This should include your Sleeping Bag and mats or floor insulation (if you bring or rent one). Here these two objects weigh 3 kg.
  • 2-3 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of underwear.
  • 4 pairs of hiking socks
  • 1 warm jacket – it is very cold at night
  • 1 raincoat and pants
  • 1 wool hat
  • Flashlight: essential
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, the better)
  • Comfortable shoes for camping.
  • comfortable walking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Quick drying towel. We offer small things, you can enjoy something bigger.
  • Soap bottle: we provide warm water for daily cleaning; You may feel cold when you take the soap.
  • Charger: Don’t plug it in anywhere while walking!
  • Large plastic bags: to keep things neat, messy and clean.

PERSONAL TOILET ITEMS:

  • sunscreen
  • moisturizing face cream
  • Insect repellent
  • hand sanitizer
  • Towels
  • toothbrush and paste
  • toilet paper
  • personal medicine
  • First aid kit: bandages, moleskin, etc.

What to pack:

  • Backpacks can be of any size for hiking, but we always recommend that the smaller the better. Backpacks of more than 25 liters are not allowed in Machu Picchu. If it is larger, you will need to store it outside the citadel gates. For water you need to bring Camel Back or Canteen
  • rain poncho
  • wool hat
  • camera
  • Music on any device
  • hand sanitizer gel
  • Toilet paper and a plastic garbage bag.
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks and tips
  • ear protectors

Pricing List

Private Service
Number of persons Price per person
1 Persons $ USD 515.00 Inquire Now

Travel Guide

The Salkantay Trek is a challenging but rewarding journey through the Andes Mountains to Machu Picchu. This alternative route to the popular Inca Trail offers a unique perspective on the beauty of the Peruvian landscape and the rich history of the Inca civilization. The trek typically takes five days, starting from the small village of Mollepata and ending at Machu Picchu.

The first day of the Salkantay Trek takes you through the rolling hills of the Andes, with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. The highlight of the day is reaching the Salkantay Pass, at an altitude of 4,600 meters, where you will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the Salkantay mountain range.

The following days of the trek will take you through a variety of landscapes, from cloud forests and sub-tropical valleys to high-altitude plateaus and deep gorges. Along the way, you will pass by several Andean villages, where you can interact with the local people and learn about their way of life.

The final day of the trek takes you to Machu Picchu, where you will have the opportunity to explore this famous ancient city and learn about its history and significance. With a professional guide, you will discover the main buildings and plazas, including the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Three Windows, and the Intihuatana, a mysterious stone used for astronomical purposes.

In addition to the incredible scenery and cultural experiences, the Salkantay Trek offers a sense of adventure and physical challenge. It is recommended for experienced trekkers in good physical condition, as it involves several days of hiking over uneven terrain at high altitudes.

Whether you are a seasoned trekker or simply seeking a unique and unforgettable experience, the Salkantay Trek is a must-do journey that offers the perfect blend of nature, history, and adventure.

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