Splendid Salkantay Expedition 5D / 4N
Cusco region has several picturesque and wonderful mountains, valleys and places where we have trails going through, making them more attractive and adventurous. This expedition offers you much more spectacular views in different altitudinal floors: small and colorful lagoons, impressive glaciers Salkantay and Humantay, small rivers that are born at the same Salkantay peak, subtropical zones of abundant flora and fauna, and more.
Day 1.- Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa
Departing early in the morning from the magic city of Cusco, we drive through gorgeous valleys and mountains until we reach Mollepata, a colonial farming village. Continuing the expedition, we start the adventure in Challacancha, a viewpoint where we can appreciate the valleys and mountains from. This first day is going to be an easy hike through Soraypampa Valley enjoying the view of Humantay and Salkantay Mountains. After lunch, we make a short hike to one of the most pristine body of water there, the Humantay Lake. Overnight at Sky Camp Soraypampa (3920 masl – 12860 ft.) camping site.
Day 2.- Soraypampa – Chaullay
Early in the morning, after our energizing breakfast, we will start trekking up to the highest point of the trail: The Salkantay Pass (4650 masl – 15255 ft.). The distance is a 7 km (4.34 miles) of difficult ascent in 3 hours between the rocky valley base and the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6271 masl– 20574 ft.). When we reach the top of the pass, we will appreciate the spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and the imposing snowy peaks of Salkantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo mountains. Continuing from this climax of today’s expedition, there is a 5 km (3.1 mile) downhill walk to the lunch place. The walk downwards is on a serpent-shaped, rocky, gravel path which leads to the Huayracmachay. To rest on the way down, there is a perfect valley outlook that is absolutely stunning!
In the afternoon after our meal, we will enter the upper part of the Amazon jungle, which is also called “the cloud forest”. This is a 10 km (6.2 mile) hike completed in 3 hours on a wide trail in the thick and magical tropical forest. During this part of the trek, you will notice a dramatic change in landscape and the earth’s energy as we move from Andes to Amazon! This hike is truly beautiful; the hills are decorated with colorful scenery, wildlife, and native plants. The forests are warm and tropical most of the year with temperate climates. At the end of this outstanding hike, we arrive at Chaullay Village (2900 masl – 9514 ft.) for a much-deserved reward of rest from our long day of trekking! This is our base camp in the jungle as we continue to make our way to Machu Picchu.
Day 3.- Chaullay – Playa Sahuayaco – Lucmabamba
We leave our camp early today to enjoy a serene and empty trail and appreciate landscape, scenery, and wildlife, including the roaring river below us in the valley. While trekking through the luscious jungle, you will find countless wild fruits such as banana, avocado, passion fruit, and granadilla. There are also waterfalls and streams where you can refresh your feet and cool off. After having our tour-testing in the Coffee plantation, we keep hiking through the flat path until we get the next campsite, the Jungle domes.
In the afternoon, you will have many options for been explored by yourself. The hot-springs, zip-line or just chilling out near by the campsite could make your day more complete.
Day 4. Lucmabamba – Llaqtapata – Aguas Calientes
We will begin the hike early, and you will have the opportunity to enjoy a small part of the famous and highly-acclaimed Inca trail! After a climb of 2 hours with amazing views of the Santa Teresa valley we will arrive at the Llaqtapata Inca site right in front of Machu Picchu. This will be the first archaeological site we will see of the mysterious Lost City of the Incas! It is a very special place to enjoy together and spend time learning a bit more about this land’s roots and history. We will be able to see not only the ruins of Machu Picchu from this spot, but also Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. After the Llaqtapata site, we will continue our trek with a 2-hour downhill hike. On this part of the trail, you are always able to view Machu Picchu until we arrive at Aobamba restaurant and have lunch.
After lunch, we hike 1 more hours to get Hidroelectrica (village and train station) where, you can decide to keep hiking or to take a train (34.00 dollars extra) until Aguas Calientes if you feel tired.
Day 5. Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu
Your excitement for our rendezvous at Machu Picchu will rise as we are driving early in the morning through the forest to reach the site before most other tourists – even the Inca Trail trekkers!! You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. Your group will learn about this mystical place in a two-hour guided tour of the ruins. Afterwards, you can opt to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain (if you have pre-booked tickets) or walk to the Sun Gate (without extra tickets). Lunch in Aguas Calientes and in the afternoon, we take the train back to Cusco.
- Transport from/to Cusco
- Bus ticket from/to Aguas Calientes
- Professional outdoor Bilingual Guide
- Entrance ticket to Salkantay Mountain and Machupicchu site
- All the food (except the first breakfast and last dinner)
- Duffel bag
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking poles
- Travel Insurance
- Entrance ticket to Waynapicchu or Machupicchu mountains (optional hikes – ask for availability)
- Tips (optional
- Acclimatization is necessary in Cusco, two days before starting the tour. For a good acclimatization it is necessary to rest as much as possible, eat little, drink plenty of liquid; especially the mate de coca that has medicinal properties. Adequate acclimatization prevents affecting the “soroche” or altitude sickness, which could cause numerous health problems.
- Take a -5° Celsius sleeping bag for the expedition
- Do not drink alcoholic drinks before the expedition