SHORT SALKANTAY TREK

4 Days / 3 Nights

Code: AVP043

 

OVERVIEW

ITINERARY

INCLUDED

PRICES / HOTELS

 

Price

From USD 500

Price includes all credit card transaction fees and taxes

Inca Trail Student Discount (USD 30.00)

Starting point

Cusco

Ending Point

Cusco

Duration

4 Days

Activities

Archaeological, Cultural, Camping, Ecological, Hiking

Altitude

1950 – 4600 m/6398 – 15092 f

Departures

Daily Departures 2 people minimum

Meals Provided

(B) Brakfast  /  (L) Lunch  /  (D) Dinner

High Season

March - January

Difficulty

Moderate

SALKANTAY FACTS

 

Cusco covers a total area of 70,015.30 Km2. In this beautiful land, it is possible to find colorful Andean valleys, snowy peaks, small and big lakes, rivers, waterfalls, coffee plantations, the beautiful Andean jungle, hundreds of Inca and pre-Inca sites, and several Andean communities. These Andean communities are connected by thousands of paths. Some of these paths have been used before the Spaniards arrived to Peru. One of these paths is the one connecting the Andean valley of Mollepata with the Santa Teresa town located in the Andean Jungle. This path in tourism is well-known as the Salkantay Trek. After the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is the most beautiful and popular one. Indeed, the magazine National Geographic Adventure rated the Salkantay Trek as one of the best 25 treks all over the world.

 

There are two different ways to hike the Salkantay Trek. The first one is by staying at beautiful lodges along the way and the second one is by staying at tents and the last night at a lodge or hotel. The most popular one is the second one. Whatever you choose, the Salkantay Trek will challenge you and astonish you.

Our company offers two Salkantay Treks: The Short Salkantay Trek (4 Days / 3 Nights) and the Long Salkantay Trek (5 Days / 4 Nights). In our opinion, the second one is the most beautiful one because the hot springs of Cocalmayo, located in Santa Teresa, and the ruins of Llactapata can be visited. From Llactapata, Machu Picchu can be observed from far. Both hikes include one night at a hotel in Machu Picchu town, also known as Aguas Calientes, and a guided visit to Machu Picchu.

 

The Long Salkantay Trek can be considered as a moderate to difficult trek because the distances to be walked in total are in average 89 kilometers or 55.5 miles. Also, the highest point reaches about 4,600.00 m.a.s.l. or 15,000.00 f.a.s.l. Our company is prepared to provide the necessary equipment, nutritional meals, bilingual guides, and staff to make of your experience, the best one.

SALKANTAY FAQ's

Salkantay Treks

 

The Salkantay Trail connects Cusco to the Citadel of Machu Picchu and runs approximately 89 km/55 miles through high Andean peaks, cloud forest, and steamy jungle. The hike starts at the village of Mollepata, a few miles from Cusco. The Salkantay Peak - Savage Mountain - is located within the Vilcabamba mountain range, to the northwest of Cusco. Salkantay is one of the highest and most spectacular mountains in the Andes (6,271m/20,574ft). National Geographic’s Adventure Travel Magazine named the Salkantay trek among the 25 Best Treks in the World.

  • 1- How difficult is the hike?

    The entire hike is approximately 72 km/45 miles for the 4d/3n and 89 km/55 miles for the 5d/4n trek. The distances traveled each day are long. In order to hike the Salkantay you need to be used to hiking or exercise. Also, acclimatization is needed for this hike.

     

  • 2- What's the most difficult section?

    The Salkantay Pass, at 14,760123 feet above sea level, is the most difficult section in the trail. Expect wind and cold temperatures. Some hikers might experience symptoms of altitude sickness. Symptoms will disappear as soon as you start your descent. Oxygen will be provided if needed.

  • 3- Can I hike the Salkantay at any time?

    Yes and no. There are not legal constrains against hiking the Salkantay Trek at any time during the year. The only requirement to start the trek is to purchase your entrance fee, which we will take off. However, during the rainy season (from the end of November to the end of March) it is not safe to hike the trek due to the abundant rain.

     

  • 4- Can I make the trek by myself?

    Yes, you are able to hike the trek by yourself, but the route is not clearly set at some points and there is a high possibility of getting lost. It is recommended that you hire a company and a tour guide who is familiar with the area.

  • 5- Can I bring children?

    Children under 12 years old should not be at this trek. Also, children should be used to hiking long distances.

  • 6- When is the best time to hike the Salkantay?

    The dry season is the best time to do the trek. The dry season runs from April to November, while the wet season runs from December to March. Even during rainy season it doesn’t usually rain all day long. However, temperatures can fall below freezing at night near Salkantay Pass.

    June to September are the most popular months for treks. May and October offer the nicest weather.

     

  • 7- What is the weather like?

    Weather is not a major concern except on the Salkantay Pass area. At Soraypampa camp, temperatures can fall below freezing at night. The annual maximum temperature varies from 20° to 27° Celsius (68º to 81º Fahrenheit) and minimum temperatures range between -5° to 11° Celsius (20º to 52º Fahrenheit). The other camps are much warmer.

  • 8- What should I bring to the trek?

    Mainly comfortable waterproof hiking shoes, long sleeve shirts, t-shirts, a good waterproof jacket, scarf, gloves, raincoat, hat, thermal pants and socks for the cold nights, sunglasses, a good sleeping bag for cold weather (We can rent you one.), mosquito repellent, sunscreen, water purification pills, toilet paper, flashlight, hand sanitizer, a small first aid kit, some coca leaf candies, and off course a camera.

  • 9- Can I hike the Salkantay the next day that I arrive at Cusco?

    We do not recommend it. The main effects of altitude sickness show the first or second day. For that reason, we highly recommend that you hike the Salkantay a couple of days after arriving in Cusco.

  • 10- Do all the tour operators provide the same service?

    No. Make sure you are hiring a professionally run tour operator that will take proper care of you and the environment. If you see prices that are too low, be careful! Some companies have hidden extra charges or fees. Many companies won’t provide all the services they advertise!

     

  • 11- Why do I have to make a deposit?

    To secure your reservation, we need to purchase in advance many of the services that will be offered, such as the entrance fee to Salkantay, Machu Picchu and train/bus tickets. If you only complete the booking form, without making the deposit, we won’t be able to make your reservations. However, we will contact you when we receive your booking form.

    The security deposit is non-refundable once the entrance fee to Salkantay, Machu Picchu and train/bus tickets have been purchased.

     

  • 12- What happens after I make the security deposit?

    First, you will receive an e-mail confirming the payment. Second, you will receive an e-mail or call from an Advice Peru representative. That person will be in charge of your account. In addition, we will offer you different hotel/hostel options in Cusco.

    Two weeks before your departure date, you will receive an e-mail including a link to our secure server for your final payment, and we will ask you for your hotel/hostel information in Cusco so that we are able to arrange your briefing (night before the hike) and transfers to head of the trail head.

    After the final payment is received, we will e-mail you a voucher with important contact information and details of all services that will be provided to you in Peru.

     

  • 13- Does Advice Peru give refunds for cancellations?

    It depends. Please refer to our Terms and conditions.

  • 14- Can I change my starting date for the Salkantay?

    Once we have acquired your entrance to Machu Picchu and train tickets, you cannot change the starting date without incurring an additional cost (50% of your security deposit). The entrance tickets and transportation tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

  • 15- What should I do to avoid altitude sickness?

    To avoid altitude sickness, give yourself time to acclimatize to the change in altitude. (Two days minimum is recommended). Try to avoid alcohol, and make sure you eat lightly and drink plenty of water. Make sure to stay hydrated, walk slowly and take frequent breaks. Drinking coca leaf tea always helps. It is widely available, and your hotel in Cusco will probably offer it as well.

     

  • 16- What should I do if I get altitude sickness?

    Drink plenty of liquids, (coca leaf tea will definitely help), take a nap and try to rest. If you are in the middle of the trail and start feeling dizzy, extremely tired, nauseated, and have a headache, ask for advice from your guide. Guides have plenty of experience in this matter.

     

  • 17- Do you provide water during the trek?

    Yes. We provide treated water every morning and at every meal. At meal times, we will also provide tea or coffee. During the trek, you will be able to refill your bottle in small streams or mountain springs. Water should be safe to drink, but we recommend using water purification pills. The purification tablets can be bought in most pharmacies in Cusco. Water can also be bought in Mollepata or Santa Teresa.

    Please give your trash to you porters at the end of the day. Help us keep the trail and the ecosystem as clean as possible.

     

  • 18- Are there bathrooms during the trek?

    The first night you will be able to use our portable toilets only. The rest of the nights you will find basic toilets. Once at your hotel you will have a good room with a private bathroom and hot water all day long.

  • 19- What is the food like on the Salkantay?

    A cook accompanies every group on the Salkantay. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and hearty snacks are provided for your hike. Meals are a mix of local specialties and international favorites. Vegetarian meals are also available upon request.

  • 20- What are the guides like?

    Advice Peru guides are among the very best and most experienced guides anywhere. They are from the surrounding Cusco - Sacred Valley area and speak fluent English. Most have plenty of years of experience leading hikes and all have training in the history, culture, ecology and spirituality of the area.

1 Day: Cusco - Mollepata (Marcoccasa) – Salkantay Pampa (L), (D)

 

• We will leave Cusco at 5:00 am and head forwards Marcoccasa (3400m/11154f), passing the village Mollepata (3000m/9843f).

• In Marcoccasa we will meet the horsemen and the rest of the group and start our trek.

• From Marcoccasa we start hiking into a magnificent valley surrounded by impressive snow-capped mountains, such as the Humantay (5217m/17116f) and the Salkantay snow-covered (6264m/20551f).

• Our campsite will be at Salkantay pampa (3900m/12795f).

• Camping

 

Note:

  • Transporting time: 3hrs 30
  • Climate: moderate and cold during the night
  • Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours

 

2 Day: Salkantay Pampa – Salkantay Pass – Collpapampa – Lucmabamba (B), (L), (D)

 

• Breakfast

• After breakfast, we will set off towards the Salkantay pass (4600m/15092f) which offers an exceptional view of the snow-capped Salkantay (6264m). Thereafter, we will descend again and will have time to enjoy the increasing vegetation of the ecosystem.

• Later on, we take a vehicle (A Lorry or any local vehicle) from Collpapampa (3000m/9842ft) to Lucmabamba (2000m/6561ft) where we set up our camping site, amidst the tropical forest with warm climate and mosquitoes.

• Camping

Hiking time: 7 hours

Transport time: 1hour 30

Optional: The hot springs nearby Collpapampa community is optional and it can be arranged with an extra cost.

 

3 Day: Lucmabamba – Llactapata Inca Site - Hydroelectric Station – Aguas Calientes town (B), (L), (D)

 

• Breakfast

• Early in the morning after you see the presentation about coffee cultivation and processing, we will hike up on the Inca trail to the archaeological site of Llactapata at 2650m/8694f (Beautiful scenery for discovering flora and evidence of Inca culture).

• From here we will have an outstanding view over Machu Picchu Mountain and Vilcanota Canyon). Afterwards we will continue down to Hydroelectric train station (1950m/6398f), where you are able to take the train to Aguas Calientes town (2050m/6726f).

• Overnight in Hotel of Aguas Calientes town.

 

This afternoon you stay in contact with a local rural family from the forest in which you will have the opportunity to witness the cultivation and processing of coffee.

 

Depending on the variety, it takes approximately 3 to 4 years for newly planted coffee trees to begin to bear fruit.  The fruit, called the coffee cherry, turns a bright, deep red when it is ripe and ready to be harvested. Due to the botanical characteristics of the coffee tree and the fact that coffee is often grown in mountainous areas, widespread use of mechanical harvesters is not possible and the ripe coffee cherries are usually picked by hand, a labor-intensive and difficult process. We will show and explain to you the complete process from the tree to the cup of coffee. You will also have the opportunity to ask the locals your own questions about the process of cultivation.

Climate: warm during the day with mosquitoes

Hiking time: 6 hours

 

4 Day: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco (B)

 

• Breakfast.

• We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30 am and head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) by tourist bus.

• We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00 am. After a guided tour around the archeological site, including information about life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (2750m/9022f) on your own.

• We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 4:35 pm or at 6:35 pm. Until then, you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants. Moreover, you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax a bit.

 

Note:

Hiking time: 02 hours

 

Included

Not Included

Opional Extras

Transport

Private transport from the hotel to the village of Mollepata (Marcoccasa)

A Vehicle (A Lorry o any local vehicle) from Collpapampa to Lucmabamba

Transport from Lucmabamba to Hydroelectric train station

Train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes

Bus tickets, from Machupicchu town to Machu Picchu

Tourist train from Machupicchu town to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco

Hostel in Aguas Calientes

Entrance to Machu Picchu

Professional bilingual tour guide (Spanish and English)

High quality camping equipment (We use professional tents, Doite, Model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kgs and Doite, Model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kgs, both large enough for two people. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent).

Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea time/Option vegetarian)

Cook and assistant

Horsemen and mules

Emergency horse

First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

 

 

Breakfast on Day 1st and Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the 4th Day

Sleeping bag (if you don`t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting a good quality –10°)

Bus tickets, from Machu Picchu to Machu Picchu town

 

 

 

Sleeping Bag suitable for -5deg. (5.00 USD per day)

Deluxe Sleeping Bag suitable for -10deg. (7.00 USD per day)

Walking stick lightweight aluminum (1.00 USDper day)

Inflatable mattress (Thermarest) (5.00 USD per day)

Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.

Extra Porter for your backpack and Stuffs, only 13 Kg (100.00 USD) for the whole trek included the wages food and Inca Trail Entry.

Destination / Acomodation

2 star

3 star

4 star

5 star

Aguas Calientes

Wayra Clasic

Casa Andina

Tierra Viva

Inkaterra

Single Accommodation Price

USD 550.00

USD 690.00

USD 780.00

USD 1240.00

Double Accommodation Price

USD 549.00

USD 630.00

USD 695.00

USD 1110.00

 

Note::

 

  • From the first to the third day (from Marcoccasa to Collpapampa) we are accompanied by horsemen and mules that will carry all camping equipment and the customer’s private luggage (up to 7 kg). On the third day all luggage will be transferred to the hydroelectric station by car.
  • The hot springs nearby Santa Teresa village is optional and it can be arranged with an extra cost from Lucmabamba camping site.
  • Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional US $ 15.00 and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well (This new State law  began since the 18th of July, 2011).
  • We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes. We will endeavor to confirm final hotel bookings as soon as possible.
  • If the option chosen is sold out, we will book another one of the same category, price, and service previous customer’s approval.
  • If you have a party of 4 or more, please ask for our special prices.
  • If you are a student, you will get a discount of USD 30.00 only if you have an ISIC student ID Card. Please e-mail us a copy of your ID as soon as you book. If we do not get the ID immediately after booking, we won’t be able to provide you the discount.
  • All the prices are per person

 

 

 

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Address: Constructores Villa La Capullana A 9

San Jeronimo, Postal Code: 08000, Cusco - Perú

 

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