Have you missed out on doing the Inca Trail? Do not miss out on another great adventure! Come and see Salkantay (The Savage) the second largest mountain in the Cusco region. Here you can enjoy MachuPicchu from a completely different perspective!
Salkantay trek is well known as a trek from the snow to the jungle that’s why the National Geographic rated this trek as one of 25 best hike in the world.
All our departures are available from March to January. We do not trek in February. We highly recommend you book your tour far in advance because during the high season (May to September) MachuPicchu entrace tickets and train tickets sell out several weeks in advance.
Our four-day Salkantay trek is the most popular trek to MachuPicchu that Inti Sun Trek offers. This service is perfect for small groups of friends, couples, and individuals
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Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days 4 nights
Day 1 CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA
We start the day picking you up from your hotel at 4:30 am. Then we will travel in a tour bus, passing through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo and arriving at Mollepata (2900 meters/ 9500 feet) around 7:30 am. Here we will have our first breakfast and we can leave our 6 kilos for our riders. After, we will take a 1 hour shuttle ride to Challacancha (3380 meters/ 11,090 feet). From this point, we will begin our 3 hour hike, arriving at Soraypampa (3900 meters /12,800 feet) around 1:30 pm. There we will eat our first lunch and set up our first campsite. After lunch, we will go to the beautiful Lake Humantay.
LAKE HUMANTAY: After a 1 and ½ hour ascent, we will arrive at the impressive Lake Humantay (4220 meters/13,850 feet) where we can enjoy the turquoise color of the lake and the snowy Humantay Mountain peak. Then we will make our 40 minute descent to our campsite in Soraypampa for tea time, which is at approximately 6:00 pm and after we will eat a delicious dinner prepared for us by our chef. Finally, we will spend the night in our glass cabanas.
Day 2 SORAYMAPA – SALKANTAY PASS – COLPAPAMPA
At 5:00 am we will eat a nutritious breakfast so that later we can continue our hike. We will leave from Soraypampa at 5:30 am and hike for 3 hours to the highest point at Abra Salkantay, where we can enjoy views of the snow capped mountains of Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay, and Pumasillo (4650 meters/ 15,250 feet). As we pass thorugh Salkantaypampa and Soyrococha, we stop to see a small lake, then we will begin the descent towards Huarachmachhay (3 hours) (3800 meters/ 12,470 feet). Here we will eat lunch and then we will continue the hike, taking note of the drastic change in landscape. After, we will continue our descent towards Colpapampa(3 hours) (2900 meters/ 9500 feet) where our second campsite will be(domos).
Day 3 COLPAPAMPA – PLAYA SAHUAYACO
We will have breakfast at 6.00 a.m. and shortly after begin hiking for 5 ½ hours through the jungle over many ascents and descents. In this area we will pass by many coffee and orchid plantations as well as many other plants used for medicinal purposes. We will arrive at our lunch spot in Playa Sahuayaco here you have the option to visit the thermal baths located in Cocalmayo (Santa Teresa), which is not included in the package. We will return to our campsite at 6.00 pm for tea and dinner.
Day 4 PLAYA SAHUAYACO – LLACTAPATA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES
In Playa Sahuayaco we will begin the day with breakfast at 6:30 am and be ready to we will continue our trekking for Llactapata for 2 hours, then we will descend to the Hidroelectrica for 2 hours where we will have lunch in a restaurant. After lunch we will continue our hike for 3 more hours towards Aguas Calientes where we will stay in a hotel and have dinner at 6.30 pm.
Day 5 AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
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 14:55 hours from Ollantaytambo we will take our final return bus back to Cusco.