THE SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is the best alternative trek to Inca Trail

Highlights  

This less crowded route (Salkantay Trek) takes us through the Peruvian Andes, crossing valleys, snow-covered mountains and part of the high jungle before reaching reach Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail through the Nevado Salcantay is one of the most adventure treks in Perú, where our client challenges his own limits to enjoy this unparalleled landscape.

Join our expeditions and enjoy the less traveled Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu.

Trip Overview

Destination

Machu Picchu

Tour Type

Hiking, adventure, history and culture.

Difficulty

Challenging

Total Distance
Length

5 Days and 4 nights

Weather
Altitude

Salkantay Trek 5 Days Itinerary

We will leave Cusco at 5:00 am, in the private mobility of Lorenzo Expeditions to Mollepata (3 850 masl.)( 12,631.23 ft.).

We will arrive at our destination around 07:30 a.m., where we will stop for forty minutes for a complimentary breakfast. Here we will me our chef and muleteer, who will assist us during our expedition (salkantay trek tour).

We will then travel one hour by bus to Soraypampa where we will start our first day of hiking. Our hour and a half hour hike up will take us to the very famous Humantay Lagoon, where we will enjoy one of the most beautiful views that this trek has to offer.

After visiting this lagoon, a one hour descent finds us our lunch point. After a short rest we will continue the trek for three hours until we reach our first camp site in Suyruccocha at an altitude of (4 300 masl.)(14,107.61 ft.).

Around 05:30 pm we will have our “HAPPY HOUR”, where you will drink famous coca tea to counteract the altitude sickness. Here our guide will explain a bit more about the beautiful area that surrounds us.

We will then take a moment to appreciate the Andean night sky and the snowy peaks of Salkantay and Humantay an experience that only exists at this campsite. After dinner, our guide will give us the details for the next day of the tour.

The following day we will reach the highest point of our trek and for many it is highest hiking altitude of their lives!

(B, L and D/ Camp).

After breakfast we will prepare for our ascent. We will do different stretching exercises to avoid any physical injuries because this day will be our longest and hardest yet. Our reward will be reaching the highest point of our tour.

Our ascent will be an hour and a half from our camp to the Salkantay pass (4,600 masl.) (15,091.68 ft.). During the ascent, we will be able to appreciate the different snowcapped mountains that surround us. At the same time, we will experience the change of ecological zones from the Quechua area to the Puna zone.

If the weather favors us, we can appreciate the majestic Apu Salkantay (6 500 masl.) (21,325.46 ft.), which is one of the most important mountains within the Inca religion. At this point, our guide will explain the importance of this Inca Trail (salkantay trek) and also the role that these majestic mountains had for our ancestors.

We will continue our hike descending to the small town of Huayraq, where we can rest and enjoy our snacks included in the tour. From this point the climate, vegetation and views will change drastically because for the second time we will move from one ecological zone to another.

We will now enter an area full of orchids, medicinal plants and bamboo plantations. Here we will stop for lunch and after a break, we will continue with the descent to our second camp in the town of Collpapampa.

At the campsite, we will have the “HAPPY HOUR” and then dinner.

(B, L and D / Camp).

Today will be unforgettable and unlike anything you have seen before! During the hike we will see a great variety of flora and fauna as we pass through different agricultural fields of local people, giving us a chance to appreciate the local vegetation.

The terrain this day is smoother, with moderate ups and downs, and most importantly, a lower altitude than the previous days.

Along the way we will have the opportunity to appreciate different rivers whose headwaters are in the nearby snowy mountains, as well as some waterfalls.

The change of climate will be a unique experience, because we will move from the icy cold of the previous days to a warm and humid climate characteristic of the jungle or high jungle brow.

We will arrive at our campsite at lunchtime. In the afternoon we will visit the house of a local family, heirs to the local traditions in agriculture techniques. In this visit we will learn about the economy and how it is dependent upon agriculture crops mainly that of coffee.

They will teach us how to produce Peruvian organic coffee (Cusco coffee), which in recent years has won several international awards. We will also have the option of visiting the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, by way of local transport.

You can coordinate with your guide at this time if you wish to visit the hot springs. Transportation and entrance fees are not included in the tour.

At night we will have dinner and coordinate with our guide for the next day.

(B, L and D / Camp).

After breakfast we will begin the hike along a historically important part of the Inca trail, not only did it connect Machu Picchu with the jungle, but it was also used as an escape route by many of the inhabitants of Machu Picchu during the conquest.

The two-hour ascent will be gradual to the top of the mountain, where the archaeological site of Llactapata (2,740 masl.) (8,989.5 ft.) is located.

The most majestic quality of this site is that it offers us our first glimpse of Machu Picchu and Mt. Huayna Picchu in the distance. From this point you can also see part of the traditional Inca trail, the main connection between the sacred valley and Machu Picchu.

After a well-deserved rest, we will continue with the hike (now all downhill) until the banks of the Aobamba river whose headwaters are from the snowcaps of Salkantay.

From there we will walk through this valley until we reach the hydroelectric power station and the government control point to enter the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Here we will enjoy a lunch prepared by our adventure chef.

The last three hours of the trek will be along the banks of the Vilcanota River until reaching the town of Aguas Calientes.

We will spend our last night in the company hotel. At night we will have a dinner with our group and the coordinators, looking forward to the most important day of our trip our visit to Machu Picchu! (B, L and D / Hotel).

NOTE: For those that wish to take the train from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Caliente instead of hiking, there will be an additional fee of $30 USD per person. This is a good option for those that are feeling fatigued from the journey or are suffering from some type of discomfort.

Today we will meet our guide at the entrance to the archeological site of Machu Picchu, to begin our two-hour guided tour.

Our guide will take us through the most important constructions and temples of the citadel, both in the agricultural area and the urban area.

At the end of our guided tour, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own.

You have the options of going back to the aforementioned areas you visited with your guide or you can take of the different hikes that leave from the citadel.

Two less strenuous options are the Sun Gate (Puerta del Sol “INTIPUNKU”) or the Inca bridge. You also have the option of doing one of the more physically challenging hikes, Mt. Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu mountain.

Entrance to one of the mountains is included in the package (both subject to availability). Please, consult at the moment of making the reservation.

At the end of your visit you must return to the town of Aguas Calientes via bus or walking, where the train station is located.

This train will travel for two hours leaving Aguas Calientes to the station of Ollantaytambo.

In Ollantaytambo our Lorenzo Expeditions private bus will be waiting to take us to our hotel in Cusco a two hour ride.

End of service of Salkantay Trek.

(NO MEALS).

Salkantay Trek Inclusions

What is included?

  • Sprinter or L5 bus mobility from Cusco to Soraypampa.
  • Tours with private guide (Max 08 PAXS).
  • 03 nights camping in double tents: EUREKA K2-XT.
  • 01 night basic hotel in double or triple accommodation (Aguas Caliente
  • Technical briefcase (duffle bag) where the passenger can send 08kg on packhorse
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Return train Aguas Calientes- ollantaytambo
  • Mobility on Sprinter bus or L5 from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Hiking Sticks.
  • Towels.
  • Specified Meals:
  • 04 Breakfasts = B
  • 04 Lunches = L
  • 04 Dinners = D
  • (Vegetarian Food upon request)
  • Camping equipment:Tents: EUREKA K2-XT 04 stations (designed for 4 people but used as double):
  • Foam Matrasses with cold insulator.
  • Inflatable therm-a-rest Matrasses.
  • Sleeping bag -20 degreese.
  • Walking sticks black diamond.
  • Dining tent, tables and chairs.
  • Bathroom tent and chemical bath.
  • Support equipment​
  • First aid kit.
  • Oxygen.
  • Communication radios.
  • * Train schedules will be confirmed at the time of payment.

Not included

  • Horse saddle.
  • Bus in Machu Picchu.
  • Meals on the last day.
  • Huayna Picchu or Mountain Machu Picchu hike.
  • Drinks.
  • Tips.

UPCOMING OPEN GROUP TREKS

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Salkantay Trek Packing List

  • We recommend carrying only the necessary luggage for the four days of the tour. Large backpacks with equipment that are not needed for the expedition should be left in the city of Cusco (at your hotel or in our main office).
  • Small backpack from 30 to 60 liters.
  • Light T-shirts, shorts and / or leggings.
  • Warm clothing .
  • Waterproof clothing.
  • Bathing suit and sandals.
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Hat or cap.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sun glasses.
  • Mosquito repellent (25% Deet).
  • Original passport.
  • Personal medicines.
  • Personal hygiene items: Wet wipes, toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • Flashlight.
  • The most friendly and positive attitude possible.

Travel Information

A day before the tour, Lorenzo Expeditions holds a meeting where we will give you all the details of our trip. We will also meet our guides and all the participants of the expedition. Our meeting will take place at the Estancia Imperial restaurant, located on Calle Suecia 320, where we will also offer welcome snacks.

Rest is essential for an expedition of this type for which Lorenzo Expeditions fully committed to your safety and comfort to choose the best and most complete camping equipment, all of the highest range.

  • Tents: Eureka K2-XT brand 4 stations designed for 04 people where only 02 passengers will sleep for greater comfort, all are thermal and waterproof.
  • Mattresses: Lorenzo Expeditions unlike other operators includes 02 types of mats, one of foam that serves to isolate the passenger from the ground and the other is an inflatable mattress brand Therm-a-rest (neo air trekker).
  • Sleeping bag: Specially designed to withstand the climates of this route.
  • Canes: These will be very helpful to complete the hike, the sticks that Lorenzo Expeditions provides are brand BLACK DIAMOND model TRAIL PRO SHOCK TREKKING POLES.
  • A Duffle bag (walk briefcase): You will be given a duffle bag the day of our group meeting (day before the tour) in which you can pack up to 08 kg of your luggage with our team of Porters, this duffle bag is taken from camp to camp
  • Dining tent: designed in waterproof fabric for the tranquility of our customers during all our meals.
  • Carp bathroom with portable toilet: both for the exclusive use of our group, maximum 08 people per bathroom tent.
  • Kitchen Tent: Used only by our professional chefs to prepare the most delicious foods.
  • Tables and chairs.
  • Complete kitchen utensils.

Communication radios: Motorola brand model DEP-450 all with digital format for better communication between the guide and our support group, while the radios are connected to the SERNARP channels (GUARDAPARQUE that they are found along the Inca trail) In case some type of help is required in case of emergency.

Rest is essential during a trip for which we have chosen comfortable, clean and safe Lodge of the route, it have private bathroom, hot water and towels.

This staff is carefully recruited and selected to be trained and adapted to the service culture of Lorenzo Expeditions.

Our guides are the most competitive in the area and they all work with us permanently (more than 8 years). They are certified and certified professionals by the government and are constantly trained by national and international entities for a better development in the different areas of action and situations. The maximum number of passengers per guide is 10.

In recent years, Peruvian cuisine has positioned itself among the best in the world. Thinking about it, our executive chef has designed a balanced menu. We have vegetarian menus, celiacs and menus with food restrictions.

  • Private transportation to the start of the Inca Trail: KM82
  • Bus descending from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Tourist train * from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Pick up from the Ollantaytambo station and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
  • * The train schedule will be confirmed at the time of buying the tour

Our 2019 certifications:

  • First Aid International Red Cross.
  • First aid in remote locations American Safety & Health Institute.

In the event of contingencies and contingencies, Lorenzo Expeditions has aresponse plan and personnel trained in rescue work.

TIPS FOR SALKANTAY TREK

  • Medicine: If you have any medical prescription, bring your medicines with you. Also, it is recommended to take pills to prevent high altitude sickness such as: Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Sorojchi pill, Acetazolamide, among others. Finally, take anti-blister gel to prevent blisters on the soles of the feet caused by constant walking.
  • Digital camera with external memory of 2 and 4 gigabytes (optional).
  • SPF 60 sunscreen (UVB-UVA) waterproof.
  • Canteen or bottle: This helps us contribute to the NO POLLUTION of the environment. These bottles will be supplied with water every day
  • Extra money to buy some drinks during the hike (optional). If you decide to stay overnight in Aguas Calientes, you should consider taking cash to the area, since the money in ATMs runs out quickly. Preferably bring Peruvian soles with you.
  • The rhythm of the group and the climatic factors can affect the beginning of the guided tour in the Machu Picchu citadel (scheduled between 8:00 am and 9:30 am); therefore, this may cause you to leave your guided tour to make your ascent to the Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain “see details.”
  • For all our expeditions Lorenzo Expeditions provides shared tents (designed for 04 people but used only by 02 passengers). For those passengers who want more comfort and privacy we have the option of offering personal tents. The extra cost for this service is US $ 60.00. This service must be requested at the time of making your reservation.
  • ADDITIONAL SERVICES FOR SALKANTAY TREKKING

    • ZIP LINE. The cost is $ 35 USD per person.
    • EXTRA NIGHT IN AGUAS CALIENTES. If you want to stay an extra night in the town of Aguas Calientes, you must communicate it at the time of making your reservation, otherwise you would have to assume the penalties for changing train tickets. In addition, to stay an extra night, you will automatically lose the transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. To arrange a private transport, please contact our sales area.
    • SIMPLE ACCOMMODATION. All expeditions operated by our company include accommodation in tents or double and triple rooms. We will do our best to match you with another member of the same sex in our group. If you want individual accommodation, the cost is an additional US $ 50. You must request this service at the time of making the reservation.
    • HORSEBACK. This option is for passengers who do not feel physically capable of completing the established routes per day. For US $ 130, we offer you an extra horse that you can ride if you feel exhausted. You can also use these animals to carry more luggage than established by the company (8 kg). Remember that this service is only for the first three days.
    • UP-GRADES. The following services can only be personalized during the reservation process, otherwise any penalty or additional cost will be entirely assumed by you:
      • Upgraded hotel in Aguas Calientes
      • Upgraded train service
      • Change in date or train schedule

    About Salkantay Trek

    The Salkantay Trek is one of the most famous trekking tours in Cusco and is a great alternative to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. In this trek, you will be able to see some of the most beautiful places in Cusco – Peru, you will also be able to see snow-covered Andes mountains, and then pass through Salkantay pass, the altitude of Salkantay is 20,574 feet (6,271 m). You will have the opportunity to see beautiful landscapes with a variety of endemic flora and fauna, and camp overnight in the middle of the sacred mountain.

    The Salkantay Trek is a trekking in South America and an alternative to the traditional Inca Trail to get to Machu Picchu. It presents a unique combination of culture and mysticism, proudly preserved by the Peruvian people, and is an amazing adventure of extraordinary natural beauty. The Salkantay trek is made in the highest peaks of the Humantay mountain, where the cold ice of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Andes. The hike is surrounded by the historic Machu Picchu (National Park and is considered one of the 25 best hikes in the world). Salkantay trek is a very diverse trek, rich in geography, culture and Andean history. The Vilcanota Mountain Range contains two of the twenty highest mountains in America.

    The hike along this route offers an amazing diversity of attractions and adventure opportunities not found anywhere else in the world. Imagine a walk with a breathtaking view of the world’s most beautiful mountains or a dip in the thermal waters of Cocalmayo in the forest, all at a distance of only 50 kilometers.

    Best Time To Do The Salkantay Trek

    There are two main seasons in the Peruvian subtropical Andes: a dry season that runs from late April to early October, and a wet season that starts in mid to late October and ends in April.

    Making the comparison with the Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek has no control or limit of access, and the climate is almost the same as the Inca Trail.

    Salkantay trekking can be done technically all year round, although it is highly recommended to avoid the months of December, January and February, when rainy days are the norm.

    The best trekking months range from the wet months of March/April to the dry months of October/November.

    Temperatures throughout the year follow a very consistent pattern. The days are hot, at twenty degrees Celsius (70/80 Fahrenheit), and cold at night and in the early mornings (single-digit Celsius digits and sometimes below zero degrees).

    Temperature fluctuation is further exasperated by the microclimates that dominate as one ascends and descends in altitude.

    The key to staying comfortable during the trip is layering (see our equipment packing list below for details on ideal clothing requirements).

    Acclimatization to the Salakantay Trek

    The Salkantay hike is a high altitude hike that comes with obvious risks of altitude sickness.

    The highest altitude you will reach on this trek is just over 4,600m (4,900m if you do the Combo Salkantay / Inca Trail).

    At this altitude, the oxygen available per breath is almost 45% less than that available at sea level, resulting in a series of physiological impacts.

    It is almost impossible to predict how altitude will affect you, as there is very little correlation between altitude sickness symptoms and age, fitness level, sex, etc.

    However, we know that going too high and too fast is a determining factor of altitude sickness. With enough time, the body can adapt to higher and higher altitudes, which is called acclimatisation.

    The problem with trekking to Machu Picchu is that most, if not all trekkers start their journey from Cusco (3,400m), which is already at great altitude.

    Lorenzo Expeditions recommends that you spend a few days (2 minimum) acclimatizing in Cusco, or ideally in the Sacred Valley, which is almost 1,000 meters below Cusco before starting your trek.

    Tips while hiking Salkantay

    1. The best time to travel is from March to October. But, it is the high season (especially from June to August), but it is also the dry season.
    2. Be prepared for the route, with sun protection, including a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Some people even accept small umbrellas. The weather is a bit strange here in Cusco, one day it can be hot and another not.
    3. If you want to climb Huyana Picchu we recommend you to book it well in advance, about 3 months or more.
    4. Have cash, especially Peruvian soles, so you can buy water or snacks along the way. These places are far from the city, which many have no phone signal and even less internet.
    5. You can bring mosquito repellent for the part of the route that starts in the high jungle, even for Machu Picchu.
    6. And don’t forget your passport, and a waterproof bag to keep your important documents there so they don’t get wet or damaged.

    Faqs

    The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a alternative trek to Inca Trail, it is consider one of the best treks in south America. Now you can do it with Lorenzo Expeditions.

    In order to climb one of the two mountains, you must buy an entrance ticket in advance. Huaynapicchu is an extra cost of $20 USD per person and it is recommended that you reserve the tickets at least 3-4 months in advance. Machupicchu Mountain is an extra cost of $20 USD per person and it is recommended that you reserve the tickets at least 1-2 months in advance. If you wish to reserve entrance tickets to one of the two mountains, please contact our booking team

    You can make a deposit on our website in order to confirm your reservation. It is very important to confirm available spaces before making the deposit. The leftover balance should be paid in cash (dollars or soles) in our office in Cusco. We do not accept credit cards.
    Please note: On certain occasions, it is not necessary to make a security deposit. In the moment that you make your reservation, our agency will communicate to you whether or not it is necessary.

    Highlights  

    This less crowded route (Salkantay Trek) takes us through the Peruvian Andes, crossing valleys, snow-covered mountains and part of the high jungle before reaching reach Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail through the Nevado Salcantay is one of the most adventure treks in Perú, where our client challenges his own limits to enjoy this unparalleled landscape.

    Join our expeditions and enjoy the less traveled Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu.

    Trip Overview

    Destination

    Machu Picchu

    Tour Type

    Hiking, adventure, history and culture.

    Difficulty

    Challenging

    Total Distance
    Length

    5 Days and 4 nights

    Weather
    Altitude

    Salkantay Trek 5 Days Itinerary

    We will leave Cusco at 5:00 am, in the private mobility of Lorenzo Expeditions to Mollepata (3 850 masl.)( 12,631.23 ft.).

    We will arrive at our destination around 07:30 a.m., where we will stop for forty minutes for a complimentary breakfast. Here we will me our chef and muleteer, who will assist us during our expedition (salkantay trek tour).

    We will then travel one hour by bus to Soraypampa where we will start our first day of hiking. Our hour and a half hour hike up will take us to the very famous Humantay Lagoon, where we will enjoy one of the most beautiful views that this trek has to offer.

    After visiting this lagoon, a one hour descent finds us our lunch point. After a short rest we will continue the trek for three hours until we reach our first camp site in Suyruccocha at an altitude of (4 300 masl.)(14,107.61 ft.).

    Around 05:30 pm we will have our “HAPPY HOUR”, where you will drink famous coca tea to counteract the altitude sickness. Here our guide will explain a bit more about the beautiful area that surrounds us.

    We will then take a moment to appreciate the Andean night sky and the snowy peaks of Salkantay and Humantay an experience that only exists at this campsite. After dinner, our guide will give us the details for the next day of the tour.

    The following day we will reach the highest point of our trek and for many it is highest hiking altitude of their lives!

    (B, L and D/ Camp).

    After breakfast we will prepare for our ascent. We will do different stretching exercises to avoid any physical injuries because this day will be our longest and hardest yet. Our reward will be reaching the highest point of our tour.

    Our ascent will be an hour and a half from our camp to the Salkantay pass (4,600 masl.) (15,091.68 ft.). During the ascent, we will be able to appreciate the different snowcapped mountains that surround us. At the same time, we will experience the change of ecological zones from the Quechua area to the Puna zone.

    If the weather favors us, we can appreciate the majestic Apu Salkantay (6 500 masl.) (21,325.46 ft.), which is one of the most important mountains within the Inca religion. At this point, our guide will explain the importance of this Inca Trail (salkantay trek) and also the role that these majestic mountains had for our ancestors.

    We will continue our hike descending to the small town of Huayraq, where we can rest and enjoy our snacks included in the tour. From this point the climate, vegetation and views will change drastically because for the second time we will move from one ecological zone to another.

    We will now enter an area full of orchids, medicinal plants and bamboo plantations. Here we will stop for lunch and after a break, we will continue with the descent to our second camp in the town of Collpapampa.

    At the campsite, we will have the “HAPPY HOUR” and then dinner.

    (B, L and D / Camp).

    Today will be unforgettable and unlike anything you have seen before! During the hike we will see a great variety of flora and fauna as we pass through different agricultural fields of local people, giving us a chance to appreciate the local vegetation.

    The terrain this day is smoother, with moderate ups and downs, and most importantly, a lower altitude than the previous days.

    Along the way we will have the opportunity to appreciate different rivers whose headwaters are in the nearby snowy mountains, as well as some waterfalls.

    The change of climate will be a unique experience, because we will move from the icy cold of the previous days to a warm and humid climate characteristic of the jungle or high jungle brow.

    We will arrive at our campsite at lunchtime. In the afternoon we will visit the house of a local family, heirs to the local traditions in agriculture techniques. In this visit we will learn about the economy and how it is dependent upon agriculture crops mainly that of coffee.

    They will teach us how to produce Peruvian organic coffee (Cusco coffee), which in recent years has won several international awards. We will also have the option of visiting the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, by way of local transport.

    You can coordinate with your guide at this time if you wish to visit the hot springs. Transportation and entrance fees are not included in the tour.

    At night we will have dinner and coordinate with our guide for the next day.

    (B, L and D / Camp).

    After breakfast we will begin the hike along a historically important part of the Inca trail, not only did it connect Machu Picchu with the jungle, but it was also used as an escape route by many of the inhabitants of Machu Picchu during the conquest.

    The two-hour ascent will be gradual to the top of the mountain, where the archaeological site of Llactapata (2,740 masl.) (8,989.5 ft.) is located.

    The most majestic quality of this site is that it offers us our first glimpse of Machu Picchu and Mt. Huayna Picchu in the distance. From this point you can also see part of the traditional Inca trail, the main connection between the sacred valley and Machu Picchu.

    After a well-deserved rest, we will continue with the hike (now all downhill) until the banks of the Aobamba river whose headwaters are from the snowcaps of Salkantay.

    From there we will walk through this valley until we reach the hydroelectric power station and the government control point to enter the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Here we will enjoy a lunch prepared by our adventure chef.

    The last three hours of the trek will be along the banks of the Vilcanota River until reaching the town of Aguas Calientes.

    We will spend our last night in the company hotel. At night we will have a dinner with our group and the coordinators, looking forward to the most important day of our trip our visit to Machu Picchu! (B, L and D / Hotel).

    NOTE: For those that wish to take the train from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Caliente instead of hiking, there will be an additional fee of $30 USD per person. This is a good option for those that are feeling fatigued from the journey or are suffering from some type of discomfort.

    Today we will meet our guide at the entrance to the archeological site of Machu Picchu, to begin our two-hour guided tour.

    Our guide will take us through the most important constructions and temples of the citadel, both in the agricultural area and the urban area.

    At the end of our guided tour, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own.

    You have the options of going back to the aforementioned areas you visited with your guide or you can take of the different hikes that leave from the citadel.

    Two less strenuous options are the Sun Gate (Puerta del Sol “INTIPUNKU”) or the Inca bridge. You also have the option of doing one of the more physically challenging hikes, Mt. Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu mountain.

    Entrance to one of the mountains is included in the package (both subject to availability). Please, consult at the moment of making the reservation.

    At the end of your visit you must return to the town of Aguas Calientes via bus or walking, where the train station is located.

    This train will travel for two hours leaving Aguas Calientes to the station of Ollantaytambo.

    In Ollantaytambo our Lorenzo Expeditions private bus will be waiting to take us to our hotel in Cusco a two hour ride.

    End of service of Salkantay Trek.

    (NO MEALS).

    Salkantay Trek Inclusions

    What is included?

    • Sprinter or L5 bus mobility from Cusco to Soraypampa.
    • Tours with private guide (Max 08 PAXS).
    • 03 nights camping in double tents: EUREKA K2-XT.
    • 01 night basic hotel in double or triple accommodation (Aguas Caliente
    • Technical briefcase (duffle bag) where the passenger can send 08kg on packhorse
    • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
    • Return train Aguas Calientes- ollantaytambo
    • Mobility on Sprinter bus or L5 from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
    • Hiking Sticks.
    • Towels.
    • Specified Meals:
    • 04 Breakfasts = B
    • 04 Lunches = L
    • 04 Dinners = D
    • (Vegetarian Food upon request)
    • Camping equipment:Tents: EUREKA K2-XT 04 stations (designed for 4 people but used as double):
    • Foam Matrasses with cold insulator.
    • Inflatable therm-a-rest Matrasses.
    • Sleeping bag -20 degreese.
    • Walking sticks black diamond.
    • Dining tent, tables and chairs.
    • Bathroom tent and chemical bath.
    • Support equipment​
    • First aid kit.
    • Oxygen.
    • Communication radios.
    • * Train schedules will be confirmed at the time of payment.

    Not included

    • Horse saddle.
    • Bus in Machu Picchu.
    • Meals on the last day.
    • Huayna Picchu or Mountain Machu Picchu hike.
    • Drinks.
    • Tips.

    UPCOMING OPEN GROUP TREKS

    • Information not available.
    Ready for the adventure?

    Join a guaranteed tour or request your own date!

    By Lorenzo Expeditions

    Salkantay Trek Packing List

    • We recommend carrying only the necessary luggage for the four days of the tour. Large backpacks with equipment that are not needed for the expedition should be left in the city of Cusco (at your hotel or in our main office).
    • Small backpack from 30 to 60 liters.
    • Light T-shirts, shorts and / or leggings.
    • Warm clothing .
    • Waterproof clothing.
    • Bathing suit and sandals.
    • Hiking shoes.
    • Hat or cap.
    • Sunscreen.
    • Sun glasses.
    • Mosquito repellent (25% Deet).
    • Original passport.
    • Personal medicines.
    • Personal hygiene items: Wet wipes, toothpaste and toothbrush.
    • Flashlight.
    • The most friendly and positive attitude possible.

    Travel Information

    A day before the tour, Lorenzo Expeditions holds a meeting where we will give you all the details of our trip. We will also meet our guides and all the participants of the expedition. Our meeting will take place at the Estancia Imperial restaurant, located on Calle Suecia 320, where we will also offer welcome snacks.

    Rest is essential for an expedition of this type for which Lorenzo Expeditions fully committed to your safety and comfort to choose the best and most complete camping equipment, all of the highest range.

    • Tents: Eureka K2-XT brand 4 stations designed for 04 people where only 02 passengers will sleep for greater comfort, all are thermal and waterproof.
    • Mattresses: Lorenzo Expeditions unlike other operators includes 02 types of mats, one of foam that serves to isolate the passenger from the ground and the other is an inflatable mattress brand Therm-a-rest (neo air trekker).
    • Sleeping bag: Specially designed to withstand the climates of this route.
    • Canes: These will be very helpful to complete the hike, the sticks that Lorenzo Expeditions provides are brand BLACK DIAMOND model TRAIL PRO SHOCK TREKKING POLES.
    • A Duffle bag (walk briefcase): You will be given a duffle bag the day of our group meeting (day before the tour) in which you can pack up to 08 kg of your luggage with our team of Porters, this duffle bag is taken from camp to camp
    • Dining tent: designed in waterproof fabric for the tranquility of our customers during all our meals.
    • Carp bathroom with portable toilet: both for the exclusive use of our group, maximum 08 people per bathroom tent.
    • Kitchen Tent: Used only by our professional chefs to prepare the most delicious foods.
    • Tables and chairs.
    • Complete kitchen utensils.

    Communication radios: Motorola brand model DEP-450 all with digital format for better communication between the guide and our support group, while the radios are connected to the SERNARP channels (GUARDAPARQUE that they are found along the Inca trail) In case some type of help is required in case of emergency.

    Rest is essential during a trip for which we have chosen comfortable, clean and safe Lodge of the route, it have private bathroom, hot water and towels.

    This staff is carefully recruited and selected to be trained and adapted to the service culture of Lorenzo Expeditions.

    Our guides are the most competitive in the area and they all work with us permanently (more than 8 years). They are certified and certified professionals by the government and are constantly trained by national and international entities for a better development in the different areas of action and situations. The maximum number of passengers per guide is 10.

    In recent years, Peruvian cuisine has positioned itself among the best in the world. Thinking about it, our executive chef has designed a balanced menu. We have vegetarian menus, celiacs and menus with food restrictions.

    • Private transportation to the start of the Inca Trail: KM82
    • Bus descending from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
    • Tourist train * from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
    • Pick up from the Ollantaytambo station and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
    • * The train schedule will be confirmed at the time of buying the tour

    Our 2019 certifications:

    • First Aid International Red Cross.
    • First aid in remote locations American Safety & Health Institute.

    In the event of contingencies and contingencies, Lorenzo Expeditions has aresponse plan and personnel trained in rescue work.

    TIPS FOR SALKANTAY TREK

  • Medicine: If you have any medical prescription, bring your medicines with you. Also, it is recommended to take pills to prevent high altitude sickness such as: Coramina, Aspirina, Diamox, Sorojchi pill, Acetazolamide, among others. Finally, take anti-blister gel to prevent blisters on the soles of the feet caused by constant walking.
  • Digital camera with external memory of 2 and 4 gigabytes (optional).
  • SPF 60 sunscreen (UVB-UVA) waterproof.
  • Canteen or bottle: This helps us contribute to the NO POLLUTION of the environment. These bottles will be supplied with water every day
  • Extra money to buy some drinks during the hike (optional). If you decide to stay overnight in Aguas Calientes, you should consider taking cash to the area, since the money in ATMs runs out quickly. Preferably bring Peruvian soles with you.
  • The rhythm of the group and the climatic factors can affect the beginning of the guided tour in the Machu Picchu citadel (scheduled between 8:00 am and 9:30 am); therefore, this may cause you to leave your guided tour to make your ascent to the Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain “see details.”
  • For all our expeditions Lorenzo Expeditions provides shared tents (designed for 04 people but used only by 02 passengers). For those passengers who want more comfort and privacy we have the option of offering personal tents. The extra cost for this service is US $ 60.00. This service must be requested at the time of making your reservation.
  • ADDITIONAL SERVICES FOR SALKANTAY TREKKING

    • ZIP LINE. The cost is $ 35 USD per person.
    • EXTRA NIGHT IN AGUAS CALIENTES. If you want to stay an extra night in the town of Aguas Calientes, you must communicate it at the time of making your reservation, otherwise you would have to assume the penalties for changing train tickets. In addition, to stay an extra night, you will automatically lose the transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. To arrange a private transport, please contact our sales area.
    • SIMPLE ACCOMMODATION. All expeditions operated by our company include accommodation in tents or double and triple rooms. We will do our best to match you with another member of the same sex in our group. If you want individual accommodation, the cost is an additional US $ 50. You must request this service at the time of making the reservation.
    • HORSEBACK. This option is for passengers who do not feel physically capable of completing the established routes per day. For US $ 130, we offer you an extra horse that you can ride if you feel exhausted. You can also use these animals to carry more luggage than established by the company (8 kg). Remember that this service is only for the first three days.
    • UP-GRADES. The following services can only be personalized during the reservation process, otherwise any penalty or additional cost will be entirely assumed by you:
      • Upgraded hotel in Aguas Calientes
      • Upgraded train service
      • Change in date or train schedule

    About Salkantay Trek

    The Salkantay Trek is one of the most famous trekking tours in Cusco and is a great alternative to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. In this trek, you will be able to see some of the most beautiful places in Cusco – Peru, you will also be able to see snow-covered Andes mountains, and then pass through Salkantay pass, the altitude of Salkantay is 20,574 feet (6,271 m). You will have the opportunity to see beautiful landscapes with a variety of endemic flora and fauna, and camp overnight in the middle of the sacred mountain.

    The Salkantay Trek is a trekking in South America and an alternative to the traditional Inca Trail to get to Machu Picchu. It presents a unique combination of culture and mysticism, proudly preserved by the Peruvian people, and is an amazing adventure of extraordinary natural beauty. The Salkantay trek is made in the highest peaks of the Humantay mountain, where the cold ice of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Andes. The hike is surrounded by the historic Machu Picchu (National Park and is considered one of the 25 best hikes in the world). Salkantay trek is a very diverse trek, rich in geography, culture and Andean history. The Vilcanota Mountain Range contains two of the twenty highest mountains in America.

    The hike along this route offers an amazing diversity of attractions and adventure opportunities not found anywhere else in the world. Imagine a walk with a breathtaking view of the world’s most beautiful mountains or a dip in the thermal waters of Cocalmayo in the forest, all at a distance of only 50 kilometers.

    Best Time To Do The Salkantay Trek

    There are two main seasons in the Peruvian subtropical Andes: a dry season that runs from late April to early October, and a wet season that starts in mid to late October and ends in April.

    Making the comparison with the Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek has no control or limit of access, and the climate is almost the same as the Inca Trail.

    Salkantay trekking can be done technically all year round, although it is highly recommended to avoid the months of December, January and February, when rainy days are the norm.

    The best trekking months range from the wet months of March/April to the dry months of October/November.

    Temperatures throughout the year follow a very consistent pattern. The days are hot, at twenty degrees Celsius (70/80 Fahrenheit), and cold at night and in the early mornings (single-digit Celsius digits and sometimes below zero degrees).

    Temperature fluctuation is further exasperated by the microclimates that dominate as one ascends and descends in altitude.

    The key to staying comfortable during the trip is layering (see our equipment packing list below for details on ideal clothing requirements).

    Acclimatization to the Salakantay Trek

    The Salkantay hike is a high altitude hike that comes with obvious risks of altitude sickness.

    The highest altitude you will reach on this trek is just over 4,600m (4,900m if you do the Combo Salkantay / Inca Trail).

    At this altitude, the oxygen available per breath is almost 45% less than that available at sea level, resulting in a series of physiological impacts.

    It is almost impossible to predict how altitude will affect you, as there is very little correlation between altitude sickness symptoms and age, fitness level, sex, etc.

    However, we know that going too high and too fast is a determining factor of altitude sickness. With enough time, the body can adapt to higher and higher altitudes, which is called acclimatisation.

    The problem with trekking to Machu Picchu is that most, if not all trekkers start their journey from Cusco (3,400m), which is already at great altitude.

    Lorenzo Expeditions recommends that you spend a few days (2 minimum) acclimatizing in Cusco, or ideally in the Sacred Valley, which is almost 1,000 meters below Cusco before starting your trek.

    Tips while hiking Salkantay

    1. The best time to travel is from March to October. But, it is the high season (especially from June to August), but it is also the dry season.
    2. Be prepared for the route, with sun protection, including a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Some people even accept small umbrellas. The weather is a bit strange here in Cusco, one day it can be hot and another not.
    3. If you want to climb Huyana Picchu we recommend you to book it well in advance, about 3 months or more.
    4. Have cash, especially Peruvian soles, so you can buy water or snacks along the way. These places are far from the city, which many have no phone signal and even less internet.
    5. You can bring mosquito repellent for the part of the route that starts in the high jungle, even for Machu Picchu.
    6. And don’t forget your passport, and a waterproof bag to keep your important documents there so they don’t get wet or damaged.

    Faqs

    The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a alternative trek to Inca Trail, it is consider one of the best treks in south America. Now you can do it with Lorenzo Expeditions.

    In order to climb one of the two mountains, you must buy an entrance ticket in advance. Huaynapicchu is an extra cost of $20 USD per person and it is recommended that you reserve the tickets at least 3-4 months in advance. Machupicchu Mountain is an extra cost of $20 USD per person and it is recommended that you reserve the tickets at least 1-2 months in advance. If you wish to reserve entrance tickets to one of the two mountains, please contact our booking team

    You can make a deposit on our website in order to confirm your reservation. It is very important to confirm available spaces before making the deposit. The leftover balance should be paid in cash (dollars or soles) in our office in Cusco. We do not accept credit cards.
    Please note: On certain occasions, it is not necessary to make a security deposit. In the moment that you make your reservation, our agency will communicate to you whether or not it is necessary.

    Videos

    Salkantay Trek Reviews

    Paul R.
    Paul R.
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    The Salkantay Trek 5 Days was incredible, passing through the mountains to reach Machu Picchu was worth it, thanks to the guide Alex and Lorenzo Expeditions.

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