5-Day Salkantay Trek with Machu Picchu Finale

5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu: The Ultimate Trekking Finale

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

5 Days

Difficulty

8/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Embark on an epic 5-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, a journey through Peru’s stunning natural landscapes and rich cultural tapestry. Traverse diverse terrains, from majestic mountains to verdant forests, encountering serene lakes and the awe-inspiring Salkantay Mountain. This trek is an immersion in Andean beauty, offering a tranquil yet thrilling adventure.

Experience the Salkantay Trek’s unique charm, with nights spent camping in exclusive spots like Salkantaypampa, away from crowded paths. Your adventure is enriched by professional guides, warm hospitality, and nourishing meals, culminating in a sunrise over Machu Picchu—a spellbinding highlight that crowns this unforgettable Andean escapade.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:30 AM - 5:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Humantay Lake, Salkantay Pass, Cloud Forests, Coffee Plantations, Llactapata Inca Site, Views of Machu Picchu from Llactapata, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu
Price
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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Your odyssey begins with an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Cusco. As dawn breaks, we will journey through the rolling Anta plains to Mollepata. Here, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast and fuel up for the trek ahead. With the snowcapped peaks of Salkantay and Veronica serving as a backdrop, your sense of adventure will surely ignite.

After our brief stop at Mollepata, we continue to Soraypampa, the jumping-off point of our trek. Here, in the embrace of the mountains, we meet our dedicated support team and the horses that will accompany us on this journey. With spirits high, we set forth to the crystalline waters of Humantay Lake. The path will challenge and reward in equal measure, culminating in a lakeside spectacle that leaves many speechless.

Post exploration, we descend to Soraypampa for a nourishing lunch. Our path then leads us to Salkantaypampa. As the day wanes, this secluded spot amid the glacier valleys becomes our home for the night. Tea will warm your soul, and a sumptuous dinner will replenish your energy. As night descends, the skies come alive, offering a celestial performance that remains etched in memory.

Accommodation: Camping at Salkantaypampa
Meals: Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 12 km

Awaken to the serenity of the Andes with a gentle coca tea service at your tent. The crisp morning air is perfect for a hearty breakfast, fueling us for today's challenge – the climb to the formidable Salkantay Pass. As the sun's first rays kiss the peaks, we embark on our ascent, a rigorous 3-hour hike that tests the spirit and rewards with unparalleled vistas.

Surrounded by the rugged beauty of the rocky valley, we scale the path, keeping company with the towering Salkantay, an apu revered by the Incas. Witness the wildlife, perhaps a glimpse of a shy chinchilla, as you etch your own path on these ancient trails. The summit at 4620 meters is more than a physical peak; it's a spiritual zenith, a moment of profound accomplishment.

With the Salkantay Pass conquered, we descend towards Huayracmachay for a well-deserved lunch. The journey’s second act unfolds as we tread through the ever-changing landscape, a transition from rocky highlands to the lush tapestry of the cloud forest. This natural mosaic is alive with orchids, hummingbirds, and the rustle of bamboo groves, leading us to our campsite at Collpapampa.

Accommodation: Camping at Collpapampa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 9 hours, 22 km

With the morning light filtering through the foliage, your day begins with a steaming cup of coca tea. Breakfast amidst the clouds precedes our departure. Today, our trail winds along the Salkantay River, through the verdant embrace of the jungle. It’s a day to indulge the senses – the scent of wild orchids, the sound of the river, and the taste of local fruit fresh from the tree.

The trek to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley is interspersed with hamlets where the smile of a local is as warming as the tropical sun. The "Cock of the Rocks", Peru's national bird, may grace us with an appearance. Arriving at Lucmabamba, we are guests in a different world, one of coffee plantations nestled in the arms of the mountains.

The afternoon brings a unique experience as we immerse ourselves in the coffee process, from bean to cup. As you learn to harvest, peel, roast, and grind the beans, the essence of coffee intertwines with the culture of the land. The culmination is your own handcrafted espresso, savored as the day eases into night.

Accommodation: Camping near Lucmabamba
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 6 hours, 16 km

With the dawn, we lace up our boots for an early trek to evade the equatorial sun. Today, we trace the original Inca trail to Llactapata, a path walked by the ancients, unspoiled and ripe with history. It’s a day of connections – to the past, to nature, and to the mystery of Machu Picchu. Our hike is punctuated with the flutter of butterflies, the aroma of citronella, and spontaneous waterfalls, a prelude to the wonders ahead.

The ridge offers a vista that’s a feast for the senses, with Machu Picchu unveiled in the distance, urging us forward. Llactapata's ruins, still cradled by the jungle's embrace, offer a silent narrative of a civilization past. From here, we descend to the Aobamba River, trekking to the Hydroelectric station where we bid farewell to our cook and continue by train to Aguas Calientes.

The town of Aguas Calientes serves as the gateway to Machu Picchu, and here we'll rest in a comfortable hotel, our bodies at ease but our minds still wandering the Inca trails we've traversed.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 5 hours, 15 km

Before the sun graces the sky, we rise with anticipation. A bus journey spirals us up to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. As dawn unfolds, the city is bathed in a mystical light. We enter the citadel, hearts pounding not from the climb but from the realization of a dream.

Our guide reveals the secrets of Machu Picchu, from the sacred temples to the intricate stone construction, each tale more fascinating than the last. After the tour, you’re free to wander through the ruins, maybe even ascend Huayna Picchu for those who've secured their spot.

With a final panoramic gaze, we descend to Aguas Calientes and take the train to Ollantaytambo, and then a bus to Cusco. As we escort you back to your hotel, the journey may end, but the memories are forever etched into your spirit.

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast
Hiking: Approx. 3 hours

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Tour Highlights

  • Cusco to Salkantaypampa: Embark on an exhilarating journey from Cusco to the breathtaking Salkantaypampa. The route offers panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and vibrant valleys, setting the stage for an unforgettable adventure.

  • Humantay Lake: Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Humantay Lake, nestled at a high altitude with its turquoise waters set against a backdrop of majestic glaciers.

  • Salkantay Pass: Conquer the Salkantay Pass, a challenging yet rewarding ascent that presents some of the most dramatic landscapes in the Andean mountain range.

  • Cloud Forests: Traverse through enchanting cloud forests, a biodiversity hotspot where the Andean ecosystem transitions into lush jungle, offering a chance to spot unique flora and fauna.

  • Coffee Plantations: Engage with local coffee growers at the coffee plantations in Lucmabamba, where you can participate in the coffee-making process from bean to cup.

  • Llactapata Inca Site: Discover the Llactapata Inca ruins, which offer a remote and less-traveled perspective of the ancient Incan civilization with a unique view of Machu Picchu.

  • Aguas Calientes: Soak in the ambiance of Aguas Calientes, the gateway town to Machu Picchu, with its thermal baths, vibrant marketplaces, and welcoming atmosphere.

  • Machu Picchu: Stand in awe at the pinnacle of your journey, Machu Picchu, the iconic Incan citadel that has captured the imaginations of travelers and historians alike.

  • Sunrise over Machu Picchu: Witness the magical moment when the first rays of sunrise illuminate the historic sanctuary, a truly mesmerizing experience.

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Payment Terms

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances - Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Huaynas Expeditions will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Huaynas Expeditions does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 5-Day Salkantay Trek with Machu Picchu Finale. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 5-Day Salkantay Trek with Machu Picchu Finale, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

We’ll supply the duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing with your guide, held 1-2 nights prior to the tour’s start. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the bag and pack efficiently.

The briefing covers essential trek details, such as itinerary, safety guidelines, and last-minute updates. It’s an excellent chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Packing Tips:
  • Adhere to the 7 kg weight limit: Keep the weight of your personal items in the duffle bag within the 7 kg limit to maintain a manageable load for the horses.
  • Place non-essential items in the duffle bag: Store items you won’t need during the day, like extra clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags, in the duffle bag to lighten your day pack.
  • Label your duffle bag: Add a luggage tag or other identification to your duffle bag to prevent mix-ups with other trekkers’ bags.
  • Keep valuables in your day pack: Store passports, cameras, cash, and other valuable items in your day pack for added security and easy access.

By following these packing guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your trekking adventure. We look forward to guiding you on this exciting journey!

Frequently Asked Questions

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How difficult is the Salkantay Trek?

The Salkantay Trek is considered challenging due to its altitude and length. It’s recommended for individuals who are reasonably fit and acclimatized to the altitude.

Can I store my luggage at the Huaynas Expeditions office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Huaynas Expeditions offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

How are meals handled on the trek?

Meals are prepared by a professional chef and include breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a variety of healthy options. Snacks are also provided during the trek.

What is the best season to do the Salkantay Trek?

The trekking season is typically from April to October when the weather is drier. June to August are the busiest months, so booking in advance is recommended.

Can I charge my devices during the trek?

Charging facilities are scarce on the trek, so it’s advisable to bring extra batteries or a solar charger.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

Do I need to tip the trek crew?

While tipping is optional, it’s a kind gesture to show appreciation for the services provided by the guide, chef, and other team members.

What is the altitude like on the Salkantay Trek?

The trek reaches high altitudes, with the highest point being the Salkantay Pass at approximately 4,650 meters (15,255 feet). Acclimatization days in Cusco are recommended before starting the trek.

Can children participate in the Salkantay Trek?

The trek may be suitable for older children who are accustomed to hiking and have a high level of fitness. Please consult with us for age recommendations and requirements.

What makes your Salkantay Trek unique?

Our trek stands out due to exclusive campsites like Salkantaypampa, offering a quieter experience away from the crowds, more intimate interaction with nature and locals, and a carefully planned itinerary for better acclimatization and enjoyment. Choose us for a more authentic adventure and stunning, secluded vistas.

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