Salkantay Trek today is considered one of the main treks to get to Machu Picchu, comparing the classic Inca trail 4 days 3 nights with Salkantay trek, salkantay trek is located in one of the bucket list, people who likes to hike are choosing nowdays salkantay trek as a second option instead Inca Trail, and making a survey with hikers they decided to clasify salkantay trek as a nice adventure journey, come to hike in salkantay trek and take the best memories in salkantay trek to Machu Picchu.
some information about salkantay, Salkantay mountain is the second hightest Snow cups in Cusco región (6271m/20,568ft), the first expedition to ascent to the summit of the mountain was in 1952 by the Swiss team composed by Bronimann and Marx.
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco from 5: 00 am to 5:30 am to go by bus to Mollepata (2,850mts) (9,350ft). Begin a spectacular scenic drive through the Anta plains with beautiful and panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay and other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. After two and a half hours drive we stop in Mollepata to have breakfast for last minute supplies, leg-stretching or to use the bathrooms, before continuing to Challacancha our begining trekking point (3,600 mts).(11,800 ft) There we will meet with our support staff. They will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 10:00 a.m. we will start our trek toward Soraypampa (3,900mts) (12,800ft),if we keep a regular pace we will take 4 hours approximately to reach to Soraypampa the first camp site where will have lunch after lunch in the afternoon we have an option to go up to Humantay lake (4,200mts) (13,800ft),which takes 3 hours hike up and down. Anyway our camp is going be at Soraypampa. Sleeping tents will be ready and we will have a warm delicious dinner in the evening.
We will wake you up with the coca tea. Around 5:00, then we will have a nutritious breakfast around 6:00 am we will start the hardest day of the whole Salkantay trek; we will be walking up to the highest point of the trek. After 6 kilometers uphill through the magnificent scenery of Rocky Mountains and enjoying the view of Salkantay mount. We reach the top of the trek. We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peak of the Salkantay (6,271mts) (20,568ft), which is known as the second highest mountain of the Cusco region. Once we will arrive to the pass whivh is about (4,650mts) (15,270ft), We will have the option to take many pictures, then after 2 hours downhill around aprox. At 1:00 p.m. we will have our delicious Peruvian lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. Then we continue our hike to Chaullay approximately 3 hours of downhill we will arrived our camp in Chaullay 2,900mts (9,500ft) Where we will have the sleeping tents ready. Around 7: 00 pm we will have dinner to recover energy from the trek.
After your wakr up breakfast will be ready, and around 6:00 am; we will start our trek to La Playa 2,100mts (6,900ft), through the Santa Teresa valley. We will hike 6 hours approximately during the hike you will see: water falls, orchids, coffee plantations, banana trees, avocado plantations and you will taste the famous passion fruit or granadilla, aérea really well know the “cloud forest” nice to see varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to see the famous bird called “the Cock of the Rocks”. After lunch at La playa, we will catch a local transportation to Hidroelectric train station. Here we have two options if you are exhausted you may take a train to Aguas Calientes (45 minutes). Or you maybe walk from hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes town 2,000mts (6,570ft)about (3 hours) along the train track. Once in Aguas Calientes town; we are going to have the accommodation which is included in the tour then by 7:00 we will have dinner at the restaurant, this is cover by the company.
Today early in the morning after breakfast at the hotel you will be able to choose between. Walk up or take bus up from Aguas Calientes about 2,000mts (6,500ft), to Machupicchu ica citadel about 2,400mts (7,800ft), any way we will be the first ones into Machupicchu to enjoy the sunrise, then you will have two a half hours guided tour. Then you will have the free time to explore Machupicchu by yourselves or if you decide ascent toward the Huaynapicchu Mountain 2,700 mts (8,856ft), or climb to Machupicchu mountain 3,100mts (10,168ft). Just if you had the chance to book those mountains, After Machupicchu you are going back to Aguas Calientes town to take the train to Ollantaytambo town, and from there by bus back to Cusco. The bus drops you off at regocijo plaza closet o the main square.