4 Days and 3 nights
At around 4:30 am you will be picked up from your hotel and leave Cusco at around 5:00 am (after all clients have been picked up). From Cusco you will pass through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo, arriving to your destination of Mollepata around 8.00 am. In Mollepata we will have breakfast and prepare our bags/duffels of 5 kilos, which will be given to the horsemen.
From Mollepata we will take a bus to Challacancha (45 minutes) and in Challacancha we will start our hike. We will walk for 3 hours to Soraypampa, passing the view point of Hornada Pata where the valley splits into two (Valley of Mollepata and Challacancha). Soraypampa is also our lunch stop and campsite for the night.
After lunch in Soraypampa you have the option to hike up to Lake Humantay located at 4220 m/13,850 ft which will take about 1 hour. The return descent will take around 45 minutes.
Tea will be served at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:30 pm and finally we will head to our tents for a good night sleep.
We will wake up at 5:00 am and eat breakfast from 5:30 am to 6.20 am then continue our hike for 4 hours until the Salkantay Pass located at 4650 m/ 15,250 ft. At the Salkantay Pass we will visit two important historical points (Salkantay-Pampa and Soyroq’ocha). Here we will make a small offering of coca leaves to Pachamama and Apu Salkantay. We will also talk about the history and religion of the Incas.
We will then descend for 2 and a half hours towards our lunch spot in Huayrac-Pampa where we will have 1 and a half hours to eat and rest before descending from 3900 m/ 12,800 ft to 2900 m/ 9500 ft. This will take around 3 and a half hours. This part of the trail is surrounded by jungle and we will arrive at the campsite of Chaullay where we will have tea and dinner.
• 22 km / 13.5 mi. 10 hours.
We will have breakfast at 6:00 am and shortly after begin hiking for approximately 5 and a half hours through jungle. In this part of the trek we will see and appreciate many coffee, orchid and cloud forest plantations as well as many natural plants used for medicines. We will arrive at our lunch point, Playa Sahuayaca, where we will have lunch and shortly after take transportation towards Hidro-Electrica where we will walk for 3 hours towards Aguas Calientes. In Augas Calientes we will spend the night in a hostel and have our final dinner together in a restaurant.
• 16 km / 10 mi. 5 hours
• After lunch: 11 km / 7 mi 3 hours.
The grand finale! We will wake up very early this morning for our visit to Machu Picchu, where we will have a guided tour of the citadel to see and learn about temples, terraces, and all of the incredible stone structures that make Machu Picchu a Wonder of the World. After the guided tour you will have free time for more photos and to continue exploring on your own. For those who have previously selected to climb *Huayna Picchu Mountain or *Machu Picchu Mountain, you will do so at your designated time (1st group: 6am to 8am, 2nd group: 9am to 11am)
After your tour in the park you will return to Aguas Calientes where you will wait for your return train to Ollantaytambo at 6:20pm. From Ollantaytambo we will take our final return bus back to Cusco.
• Trek briefing with your Guide.
• Professional local Guide (on hike)
• Second tour guide for groups of 9+
• Private Transport and professional driver (to the starting point of hike “at Challacancha”)
• All entrance tickets and permits for Salcantay hike and Machu Picchu Park Salkantay Trek Price to Machu Picchu.
• Horses or mules and Indigenous horsemen to carry ((camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetables).
• 1 train Ticket Service from Machu Picchu pueblo to Ollantaytambo Village (Expedition Tourist Train)
• 2 bus Tickets from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu Park (round trip).
• Machupicchu guided tour (3 hrs) and extra time for you.
• Personal items to carry 7 kg/14 lb. (so you just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day).
• 3 nights camping
• Spacious tents / Sleeping mat.
• 1 night in a Hostel in Aguas Calientes. based on sharing a room; either double, matrimonial or triple depending on availability. Hotel brand rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers and Wi-Fi.
• We provide a duffle for personal items.
• One Cook
• Excellent Meals (4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners)
• Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coco, biscuits, popcorn)
• Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking).
• Wake up coca tea in your tent.
• Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
• Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
• Cusco Journeys & Adventure uses walkie-talkies on all treks.
• Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
• All local taxes.
• First breakfast & lunch on the last day
• Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets (US$25)
• Hot springs (S/ 15.00 soles)
• Sleeping bags
• Extra activities such as zip line and barbecues.
• Additional horses for extra personal luggage above that of the personal item allowance.
• Optional up – grades (train and hotel)
• Tips, for the crew (muleteers, chef and guide).
What we recommend that you bring:
• A good day pack: such as Eagle Creek Afar Backpack (Appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.)
• Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
• Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required
• Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
• 3 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans), 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray before the trip.
• Layers for variable temperatures especially at night
• 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit. A rain jacket can be helpful, because there are rainy days even in the dry season!
• 1 warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
• 4 pairs of underwear, 6 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) It is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both really heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well as the weather is variable, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or too hot.
• 4 shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
• 1 good sleeping bag liner which is super lightweight and easy to pack. This definitely does its job!
• Travel-size tissues and wet wipes–The air is cold and damp, so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seems to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.
• Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
• Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
• Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on, so bringing some anti-itch ointment could be helpful.
• Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camel-back
• Water (Only for first day of the hike, as we will provide you with water throughout the rest of the hike).
• Camera and film
• A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
• Bandages or moleskin
• Flip flops to change into at night. Your toes will thank you!
• Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste/floss, shampoo/conditioner, brush/comb, Vaseline (great for potential blisters on the feet), feminine hygiene products, deodorant, nail clippers/file/tweezers, spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, contact lenses and supplies, hand sanitizer etc. Pack what you need, but pack light.
• Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach) because some people get an upset stomach on the trek. Also, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful to help with aches and pains after 8-10 hours of hiking each day.
• Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
• Something to read in the evenings
• Extra money for drinks,
• Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220)
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