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Salkantay Trek 4 days and 3 nights

Salkantay Trek 4 days and 3 nights

Salkantay Trek 4 days and 3 nights

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Day 1 CUSCO | MOLLEPATA-CHALLACANCHA-SORAYPAMPA (LAGUNA HUMANTAY)

Highlight: Hike from Challacancha to Soraypampa along with very few tourists. Take your first glimpses of the enigmatic sacred mountain of Salkantay. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the amazing Humantay Lagoon. Look at the stars from your bed in our exclusive Sky Camp.

We will start the day by picking you up from your hotel at 04:00 a.m. We will drive for approximately 3 hours, passing through Anta and Mollepata, until we reach Challacancha. After the first 2 hours of travel, we will quickly stop in Mollepata to use the toilets, buy handicrafts and have an optional light breakfast. From there, through the windows of the bus, you will contemplate the snowy whites of the Salkantay and the Humantay, two colossal deities of the Andean culture. We will continue to Challacancha, which will be the starting point of our walk. There we will meet with our support staff, who will enlist the equipment and pack mules. Around 09:30 a.m. We will start our walk towards Soraypampa (3,869 m.a.s.l. / 12,690 feet), the first camp of the trip.

The first section of the road will lead us through deep valleys next to the mountain. We can see an old aqueduct that still supplies water to farmers in the lower areas. After 3 hours of walking (7 km / 4.3 miles) we will arrive at the Soraypampa camp, where we will have lunch.

After lunch and a short rest we will head for 3 hours (5 km / 3.1 miles) towards the dazzling Humantay Lagoon (4,221 m.a.s.l. / 13,845 feet). This true natural wonder is one of the most beautiful places in South America due to the turquoise color of its waters that also reflect the glaciers of the sacred mountain of Humantay. You will feel that you are inside a dream or a fairy tale!

Back at our camp we will watch the sunset at the bottom of the valley: an impressive scene that will fill you with peace.

Since our camp is located in the middle of a glacial valley, it is possible to observe the immensity of the night sky without the interruptions that we find in the city. You will be able to clearly enjoy the stars and even observe the comets that cross the darkness of the sky from the comfort of a bed.

Take a moment to focus your spirit and consider what is truly essential to your life in the silence and tranquility of our Sky Camp.

  •  Distance: 12 km / 7.45 miles
  •  Walking time: 6 hours approximately
  •  Starting height: 3,360 m.s.n.m. / 11,021 feet
  •  Maximum height: 4,221 m.s.n.m. / 13,845 ft
  •  Type of accommodation: Camp Sky Camp (Transparent igloos)
  •  Accommodation height: 3,869 m.s.n.m. / 12,690 ft
  •  Difficulty: Moderate
  •  Meals: Lunch and dinner. Also, snacks and tea time in the afternoon.

Day 2 SORAYPAMPA | OPEN SALKANTAY-HUAYRACMACHAY-CHAULLAY

Highlight: Hike the arduous Salkantay trail. Challenge your abilities as we ascend some steep slopes and observe the depth of the valley. In the afternoon, discover the enigmatic cloud forest and rainforest around Chaullay. This will be the most challenging hike, but also the one that will bring you the most satisfaction!

This day starts early. We will wake up at 5:00 a.m. and we will enjoy a light and energetic breakfast to begin the walk to the highest point of this route: the Salkantay pass (4,638 m.a.s.l. / 15,213 feet). We will travel in 4 hours a required distance of 7 km (4.34 miles) between the rocky base of the valley and the imposing Salkantay mountain (6,271 m.a.s.l. / 20,574 feet). When we reach the highest point we will be able to appreciate the beautiful surrounding valleys and the immense snow-capped peaks of the Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo mountains. Continuing with this exciting adventure, we will travel 5 km (3.1 miles) down a winding and rocky road that will take us to the Huayracmachay dining room where lunch will be served. There we can rest while enjoying an impressive view of the valley.

We will continue the walk in the afternoon and we will go to the Amazon jungle to see the “cloud forest”. In this sector you will notice an abrupt change in the landscape and in the energy of the earth as we leave the Andes and enter the Amazon in the middle of the fog. This 10 km (6.2 mile) stretch takes 6 hours to complete. In addition to the beauty and color of the landscapes, you can enjoy wildlife. It is important to mention that these forests have a temperate climate most of the year. At the end of this demanding day we will arrive at the Chaullay camp (2,870 m.a.s.l. / 9,414 feet) to enjoy a well-deserved rest.

  •  Distance: 22 km / 13.7 miles
  •  Walking time: approximately 10 hours
  •  Starting altitude: 3,869 m.s.n.m. / 12,690 ft
  •  Maximum height: 4,638 m.s.n.m. / 15,213 feet
  •  Type of accommodation: Andean Huts Camp (Cabins)
  •  Accommodation height: 2,870 m.s.n.m. / 9,414 ft
  •  Difficulty: Challenging
  •  Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, snacks and tea time in the afternoon.

Day 3 CHAULLAY | THE BEACH-SANTA TERESA-HIDROELÉCTRICA-AGUAS CALIENTES

Highlight: Enjoy a serene and clear route. Appreciate the scenery and wildlife. Walk in the company of the river most of the way. Find wild fruits like bananas, avocados, passion fruit, and passion fruit. Cool off in the waterfalls and streams. Visit the town of Aguas Calientes.

At 6:00 am. We will begin our journey, through the Santa Teresa valley, towards the small ranch of La Playa. You will be able to enjoy this exuberant landscape for a 5-hour journey. You’ll see rivers, waterfalls, wild orchids, and coffee, banana, and avocado plantations. On the way you can taste the passion fruit and granadilla fruits. We will also pass through the town of Collpapampa also known as “the top of the cloud forest” where we will observe birds, fruit trees, waterfalls and hot springs. If we are lucky, we will even be able to observe the beautiful bird symbol of Peru: the tunki or Cock of the Rocks.

After a hearty lunch at La Playa we will explore the tropical forest for a moment and visit an organic coffee farm. If you are a coffee lover, we guarantee you a heavenly experience! You will be able to savor the freshly prepared local coffee. The intoxicating aroma of freshly roasted and ground coffee hangs in the air for you to enjoy. The main agricultural industry of the population of that locality is the production of coffee that is exported to the United States, Asia and Europe. Later we will take the local transport to the Hidroeléctrica train station where you will have two options: If your fatigue is very great you can take the train to Aguas Calientes (US $ 34.00 extra dollars approximately). However, if you still want to walk, you can do it for 3 hours along the train track.

Once in Aguas Calientes you will stay in a lodging with private bathroom, hot water, wi-fi, breakfast and luggage storage. Then you can walk through the town or visit the thermal medicinal waters that are located a few minutes from the central square. The entrance fee for foreign tourists is 25.00 soles and for national tourists, 10.00 soles (the tour does not include this entry). At 7:00 pm. We will wait for you for dinner at a local restaurant.

  •  Distance: 26 km / 16.1. miles
  •  Walking time: 8 hours
  •  Starting altitude: 2,870 m.s.n.m. / 9,414 ft
  •  Maximum height: 2,870 m.s.n.m. / 9,414 ft
  •  Type of accommodation: Accommodation
  •  Accommodation height: 1,900 m.s.n.m. / 6,232 ft
  •  Difficulty: Moderate
  •  Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Also, snacks.

Day 4: THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY: MACHU PICCHU!

Highlight: Feel your heart race as we walk up to Machu Picchu very early in the morning. We will get there before most of the other tourists! Explore this sumptuous wonder of the world while enjoying the sunrise. Discover the mysteries of Machu Picchu with professional guides on a two-hour tour. Later, if you wish and have reserved your tickets in advance, climb the mountains of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu, or walk to Puerta del Sol where you will not need extra tickets.

Today we arrive at the final destination of our trek: Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

After a restful night’s sleep in the lodge, we will get up very early to go to the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu with the intention of arriving before most tourists. That way, you can enjoy a serene visit to this sanctuary in the soft morning light. The control point at the entrance of Machu Picchu is open for visitors from 6:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is important to emphasize that this walk is required and that there is the option of taking a bus, from Aguas Calientes There we will have a guided tour for approximately 3 hours through all this ancient city. The architecture of the Incas is truly amazing! The Incas managed to build a safe, sustainable city with excellent planning on the mountains thanks to a deep relationship with nature. Among other feats, they managed to distribute water to the entire population through canals!

After enjoying this magical citadel, you will return to the town of Aguas Calientes where, approximately between 01:37 p.m.-06: 20 p.m. (subject to availability), we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo. This journey takes 2 hours. In Ollantaytambo we will board a bus that will take us back to Cusco. Arrival in the city takes place at approximately 09:00 p.m.

We are done with this vibrant adventure and now you can rest your body. However, we assure you that your heart will continue to beat with joy for weeks, years, or perhaps forever.

  •  Distance: 6 km / 3.72 miles
  •  Walking time: approximately 2 hours
  •  Starting height: 1,900 m.s.n.m. / 6,232 ft
  •  Maximum altitude: 2,400 m.s.n.m. / 7,872 ft
  •  Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
  •  Meals: Box breakfast

Include

IT INCLUDES

  • Transport.
  • Qualified Guide.
  • Accommodation in private campsites.
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu.
  • Accommodation in Machupicchu.
  • Cargo Mules.
  • Kitchen Service, 03 Breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 03 Dinners Vgetarian Option.
  • Tea Time.
  • Medical kit.
  • Oxygen balloon.
  • Train ticket.
  • Bus ticket up and down to Machu Picchu.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Entrance Ticket to Sendero Salkantay.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Breakfast First day.
  • Lunch and dinner on the 4th day.
  • Entrance ticket to the hot springs.
  • Tour cost per person. USD 530.00 per person.

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