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SALKANTAY

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS or 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS ON FOOT TO MACHU PICCHU

SHORT DESCRIPTION: THE FIRST 2 DAYS YOU WILL COVER 42 KMS TREKKING AND REACH THE HIGHEST PEAK AT 4600 M OF ALTITUDE. THE NEXT 2 DAYS WILL BE SPENT WANDERING THROUGH PRE-JUNGLE TOWARDS THE RUINS OF MACHU PICCHU THAT YOU WILL VISIT ON THE 5TH DAY. IF CAMPING IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS IN RUGGED MOUNTAINS AND PRE-JUNGLE TERRAIN IS YOUR THING THEN THE SALKANTAY TREK WILL BE YOUR IDEAL WAY TO GET TO MACHU PICCHU!

Itinerary; Day 1 – Cusco to Soraypampa
You will be picked up from the hostel at approx 4:30am and transferred to Mollepata where we stop for breakfast (not included) and then it’s time for a full day of hiking (21,5 km) mostly uphill. During the morning we get spoiled with beautiful views of the valley and by lunch, with a little luck, we will already see the snow peaks. After lunch we continue for another 3 to 4 hrs while the scenery is changing into rougher hills with rushing streams cascading between them. By the time we reach the campsite we are at an altitude of a little over 4000 meters and have already hiked 21,3 km. Needless to say, most of you will be snoring in your tents shortly after a good meal prepared by the cook and served by your guide.

Day 1 Distance: 21,2km Altitude start: 3360m Altitude at end of day 1: 4050m Walking time: 6 to 7 hrs

Day 2 – Soraypampa to Chaullay
This is the day! Wake up call and “room service” delivered by your guide - a coca tea served at the door of your tent - to start this long day of trekking. After breakfast with the help of the weather gods you’ll see the massive Mount Salkantay smiling down at you (or laughing depending the way you look at it). Step by step we’ll climb higher until reaching Soyroccocha where we take a short rest and try to catch our breath. We keep on smiling and climbing higher and higher with the views getting more and more spectacular as the Salkantay mountain approaches.

Altitude: 4325m Altitude: 4325m

Later in the morning of the second day you will reach the highest point of the trek at an impressive 4608 meters. Here, the guide will explain a little bit about the history of Salkantay Mountain and the Andean people. This little history break is an excellent excuse for you to catch your breath, recover from the climb and eat some well deserved snacks.

Altitude: 4608m

After taking a break at the highest point of the trek it’s time to leave the altitude and we will begin the descent, walking for about 2 hrs until we see the kitchen tent. Here we’ll crash down and fill ourselves up with a tasty lunch and some tea or coffee. The day is not over yet and we continue hiking down to lower altitudes and into greener and greener scenery until we reach the second campsite, Chaullay. This campsite is very lovely, and with a surrounding of green hills the beer tastes even better.

Day 2 Distance: 20,8 km Altitude at start: 4050m Highest point of day 2: 4608m Altitude at end of day 2: 2860m Walking time: approx. 7 to 8hrs

‘The second day was the f...ing hardest day of the whole trek’
Paul, Aussie, Salkantay Survivor.

Day 3 Chaullay – Santa Teresa
Waking up in the pre-jungle is something special; usually in the early morning the clouds hang low over the valley and the trees, creating a mysterious scene. Soon after breakfast you will find yourself crossing rivers, balancing over bridges and enjoying the warmer climate. When we reach the “supermercado” we know we are close to the river where transport will be waiting for us to bring us to the village of Santa Teresa. We’ll pitch the tents here and enjoy another night of camping in the warm climate. Day 3 Distance: 13,8km Altitude at start day 3: 2860m Altitude at end day 3: 1972m Walking time: 4 to 6 hrs

Day 4 Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes
You will wake up and have breakfast at around 7am. After breakfast you will walk to Colpani taking in the views until you reach the restaurant where you will have lunch at the Hidroelectrica station. From here it is only about two and a half hours further waking along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes, the base town for Machu Picchu. Dinner is included at a local restaurant before heading back to relax (in a real bed!) in your hostel with hot showers and private bathrooms.

Day 4 Distance: 14,2km Altitude start: 1972m Altitude finish: 1680m Walking time: approx. 4 to 6 hrs

DAY 5 – WAYNA PICCHU/MACHU PICCHU

Since you will be spending the night in Aguas Calientes the night before visiting Machu Picchu you will have the opportunity to climb up Wayna Picchu the mountain behind Machu Picchu. This is a fun extra activity for all those who want those magical photo shots of Machu Picchu.

MACHU PICCHU
Your guide will leave no stones unturned during your guided tour, but feel free to challenge their knowledge of Inca history. Afterwards you’ll have free time to dally with the llamas and show off your photographic skills. A frequent bus service takes visitors back to Aguas Calientes - Last bus leaves at 5.30pm. Don’t miss your train! You will be back in Cusco around 11.30pm

Included . 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners . Hot drinks in the evening . Mules to carry up to 5 kg of personal equipment . Entrance ticket to MP and guided tour of ruins (approx 2hours) . Return train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo and from there return bus to Cusco (times dependent on Peru Rail or Inca Rail availability) . Bus / minivan private transport Cusco – Mollepata . English and Spanish speaking professional guide . Tents . Mattress . Cook / dining tent / kitchen . Hostel in Aguas Calientes. Not included . First breakfast . Last lunch / dinner (5 th day) . Sleeping bag, we can rent you one $15 for the whole trip . Tips for staff . Bus tickets Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes, $7 each way . Water, you can buy it at each campsite

SALKANTAY INFO (numbers based on a Garmin Etrex gps)
DAY 1 - distance: 21,2km altitude: 3360m to 4050m walking time: 6 to 7hrs DAY 2 - distance: 20,8km alt: 4050m to 4608m to 2860m walk: 7 to 8 hrs DAY 3 - distance: 13,8km altitude: 2860m to 1972m walking time: 4 to 6hrs DAY 4 - distance: 14,3km altitude: 1972m to 1680m walking time: 4 to 6hrs Total distance 70,1km, hiking days = 4 DAY 5 - visit Machu Picchu Nights camping = 3 Nights in hostels = 1 Some Tips: Take a newspaper with you, if you have wet shoes you can put the newspaper in your shoes overnight and they will be dry in the morning. Give your feet some freedom in the evening to cool down, this will help to avoid getting blisters. Drink plenty of water in high altitudes. Take some aspirin with you, it will help with headaches from the altitude. Enjoy it!

.Huayna Picchu entrance fee (optional $9 or s/24)

What to bring . Sturdy hiking boots= strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots RECOMMENDED! . A backpack (around 30 max 40l) with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek. . Rain gear, jacket+trousers or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco) . Wool socks (they stay warm even when they are wet) . Sandals or jogging shoes for comfort while at camp . Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping. . Sleeping bag, OPTIONAL ($15 for the whole trip) . Flashlight/headlamp and extra batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions) . Camera, films and extra battery . Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold . Sun block . Sunglasses . Water bottle .Personal medical kit . Insect repellent – min. recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported . Toilet paper . Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli (all for sale at the MEGA supermarket) . Swinsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes) . Cash in Soles and/ or US$ for snacks, water, bus tickets AC-MP-AC, souveniers etc… . Original passport (don’t forget to get your MP stamp in your passport!) . Original International Student Identity card (in case you have applied for a student discount)

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