Salkantay Trek
(5 Days)

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    Duration

    5 Days/4 Nights

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    Difficulty

    Difficult

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    Starting Point

    Cusco

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    Ages

    10+

From: $650.00

Five days and 4 nights to Machu Picchu – One of our best and most rigorous treks!


Just you and the trail.  Winding your way up and down the Andes through snow and rainforest.  It’s not easy, but don’t worry! You got this!

Connecting the city of Cusco to Machu Picchu, the Salkantay (Savage) trek is an ancient and remote footpath where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests.

This trek is designed for people who enjoy the outdoors and physical challenge of hiking over high passes with unparalleled visual rewards. One of our best and most rigorous treks!

*This is a full-service trek.  A duffel bag will be provided prior to hiking for your personal items and our staff will transport the bag and all other equipment (tents, food, cooking supplies) from campsite to campsite.  All you will need to carry is your day pack.*

What's Included

  • Transportation from end to end
  • Private, English speaking guide
  • All meals as listed (can accommodate dietary restrictions with proper notice)
  • Duffel bags for items to be carried by porters (up to 15lbs/7kilos per person).
  • Clean water at every meal stop
  • Accommodation at a 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • All entrance fees and permits
  • Tents – 2 people/tent (single occupancy available for additional charge.)
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Basic First aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Walking sticks (available for rent)
  • Lunch and Dinner – Day 5
  • Alcoholic Beverages of any kind
  • Gratuity
  • Breakfast – Day one
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb (can be reserved in advance available for additional fee of $30 per person)
  • Sleeping Bag (can be rented for $30)
  • Travel Insurance

Departure/Return Locations

Your hotel in Cusco

Departure Time

5am

Day 1: CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA – SALKANTAY PAMPA

Good morning! Are you ready to do this?

  • Today starts the adventure of a lifetime!  You’ll have 4 hours in the car to mentally prep for a serious day of hiking.
  • We’ll provide a hearty breakfast before your first out and back climb to Lake Humantay – a pure, turquoise glacial lake that will be the first of many things to take your breath away this week.
  • From the lake, we’ll have another 3 hours to gain some serious elevation before we get to our campsite at the base of the Salkantay (Savage) Mountain.
  • Tonight will be pretty cold, but if you can handle it for a few minutes, pop your head out of your tent and check out one of the most incredible starry skies you’ll ever see.

Day 2: SALKANTAY PAMPA – COLPAPAMPA

Good morning! Coca tea?

  • We’ll fuel up with a hearty breakfast before starting our challenging hike to the Salkantay pass (15oooft/4600m).  It’s only 2.5 hours, but it’s high elevation with some rocky terrain so you may want to bring your walking sticks.
  • After celebrating our achievement at the pass, we’ll give our lungs some relief and head to lower elevation for 2.5 more hours to the lunch spot.
  • You’ll start to feel some heat as we get into the cloudy forest and subtropical conditions as we hike lower into the Andes.  We have 3 hours after lunch until we can kick our feet up at campsite #2.

Day 3: COLPAPAMPA – LUCMABAMABA

Hope you got some good sleep, chicos!

  • We keep the downhill pace rolling after breakfast while we make our way to the Santa Teresa River.
  • This is a shorter and easier day with only 6 hours on the trail until we get to the campsite at Lucmabamba.
  • In the afternoon, you can visit a local coffee plantation for a tour and tasting or you can head out to the healing pools at the natural hot springs in the area (hot springs are subject to additional cost).
  • Today we’ll say “HASTA PRONTO AMIGOS” to our horsemen and wish them well.  If you feel they’ve done a great job helping you on this journey, you are welcome to offer some tips at this time.

Day 4: LUCMABAMBA-AGUAS CALIENTES

Don’t relax yet!  We still have one more day, amigos.

  • Our last day will test your strength with a tough 3 hour climb to the Llactapata Pass.  The view from the top will be worth it though with a visit to our first Inca site and a chance to see Machu Picchu from the back – a sight rarely seen by any tourists.
  • After resting a little bit and enjoying some snacks, we’ll start heading downhill on the switch-back trail all the way to the Urubamba River Valley for 2.5 hours.
  • If you want to dip your toes in the river, you’ll have a little time before we finish the trail at the Hydroelectric Train station for lunch.
  • We’ll say goodbye to our amazing chef and porters after lunch and decide if we want to take the train or walk for 3 hours to the finish line in Aguas Calientes.
  • No matter how you decide to get there, Aguas Calientes will be waiting to greet you with a hot shower and comfy hotel bed for the night.

Day 5: MACHU PICCHU- CUSCO

Today is the day, People! Machu Picchu is here!

  • It’s the day you’ve been waiting for – your visit to Machu Picchu!
  • You’ll have a guided tour of the whole city while feeling the magic and energy that make this place one of the most incredible places on Earth.
  • After the tour, we’ll head back to Aguas Calientes, or if you’ve purchased a permit to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Must be purchased separately in advance), you will go there at the designated time.
  • You will get lunch or a snack in Aguas Calientes on your own before we catch the train back to Cusco.  At your hotel, we will say “hasta luego” to you, our new friends.
For a more detailed itinerary, click here.

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