Salkantay to Machupicchu Trek 5 Days with dramatic landscapes, breathtaking views, Incan ruins and trails crowning the mountains, and 3 nights camping under a brilliant night sky make this five days trekking to Salkantay one of the most treasured for hikers from over the world to reach Machu Picchu.
Come and experience our adventures in another way than the traditional Salkantay Trek that most tour operators do, our style is staying at suited tents in wilderness areas away from the crowds to enjoy and be in contact with nature and have an authentic adventure to Machu Picchu.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (4:00am – 4:30am).
We will pick you up from your resort in Cusco early in the morning, to drive for about two hours to Mollepata town (a main town before the starting of the trek) on the way we’ll stop at Tarahuasi which is an Incan archaeological site with lovely walls, tall trapezoidal niches, and a rectangular platform where the Incan people carried out their principal spiritual ceremonies.
Upon our arrival to Mollepata, we’ll stop for about 30 minutes to have a breakfast at one of the local restaurants. After breakfast we’ll keep driving for one more hour until we reach Soraypampa 3,880 m/ 12,726 ft from which we will start hiking up for about two hours to see the Humantay Lake located at 4,500 m/ 14,760 ft. It’s a stunning lake placed right at the skirt of the snow-capped mountain of Humantay. After enjoying gorgeous views we’ll come back by the same trail to Soraypampa where our Chef will be waiting for us with a delicious Buffet lunch.
We will then hike up to our first camp site following a highland valley on the path that goes gradually uphill for three hours to reach the camp site known as Soyruqocha placed at an altitude of 4,450m/ 14,596 ft, and located honestly close to Salkantay Mountain, the arrival to the camp site comes together with the happiness because you will have overcome the challenging section.
Later on, we will have our Happy Hour which consists of having biscuits, popcorn, hot chocolate, milk, coffee, variety of tea, and right shortly after we will have our dinner prepared by our Chef, after that you will have a refreshing briefing for the 2nd day, we will go to our tents for a fantastic dream. All foods included, except breakfast.
The 2nd day in the morning you will be waken up with a hot coca tea, and will have a wonderful view of Sunrise at Salkantay Mountain; next, we will have breakfast while enjoying the fantastic views around us, right after breakfast we will start to walk uphill for 1 one hour to reach the highest point along this trek, which is the Salkantay pass over 4,632 m/ 15,193 ft.
Once we arrive to the pass we will have the Salkantay mountain right next to us and will have a meditation and spiritual time with your tour guide. After that, we will walk downhill for 2 hours until reaching Wayraqmachay, on this part we will have our lunch at about mid-day , after lunch, we still need have 3 more hours to campsite, we will be getting the lush high jungle, from where we will be getting into a different ecological niche, along the route we will find couple of orchids, native flowers, and birds.
We will finally arrive to the 2nd camp site known as Collpapampa that is placed over 2,750m / 9,020 ft, where we will have our tea time, dinner, and rest. All foods included.
Wake up with a hot tea in the morning, which is so great to begin our day, when we finish having our breakfast we will proceed hiking along the bank of the river through the jungle, the route will be less complicated than the other days because it is mostly flat, and we will have that chance to experience one of the local native fruits, “granadilla” a family of the passion fruit.
After six-hour on foot through the high jungle we will reach to lunch and camp spot known as Lucmabamba, that is placed at an elevation of 2,050m/ 6,724 ft, in the afternoon we will have a little exploration of coffee and fruit crops which are placed right next to the camp site.
during this visit to the crops our guide will a local person will explain you about the production of natural coffee in a high altitude and the development of each sort of coffee, by yourself will be able to harvest the coffee beans then to make the technique of peeling and roasting, in the evening you will grab some coffee beans to roast them then to grind them and subsequently you will enjoy them.
having a just made coffee espresso. after this, we will have dinner, and go to bed. All foods included.
We will wake you up with hot coca tea in the morning as always, after breakfast and we walk uphill for three hours on the small part of the inca trail; that is coming up from the jungle side of Cusco, and connecting to Machu Picchu, this old route was used in the past time as trading route between the jungle and the highlands of the inca empire.
Once we finish walking this part we will arrive to the small incan site kown as “Llaqtapata”, which will be a great reward for us, because from this incan site we will have the first view of Machu Picchu in about 5 km/ 3.11 mile away.
After enjoying the magnificent sceneries around, we will start to descend for 3 hours until getting Hidroelectrica here we will have our ultimate lunch prepared by our chef, we will then walk to Aguas Calientes for around 3 hours alond the Vilcanota river, once we arrive we will go to our Hotel to make our check in.
At night at around 7:00 pm we will have dinner in a restaurant, right after the dinner you will have a detailed briefing and recomendations for the next day, finally we will go back to our resort to rest. All foods inlcuded.
Today you will visit Machu Picchu. You will visit the famous sacred city of the Incas, the precious stone city of Inca development. You will decide, with your tour guide, the best time to start your day. Many people want to ascend at 4 a.m. walk to the transport station to take one of the main transports to Machu Picchu.
It can be nice to get to the base in the vestiges when they open, at 6 a.m., to obtain the supernatural mists in the remains when the sun rises. After an hour hike to Machu Picchu, your tour guide will take you to the best prospects before hikers arrive. At that point, we will begin the guided tour of two hours, investigating most of the renowned places of this great bastion: the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, the Intiwatana, the Main Square and the Temple of the 3 Windows. The Artisan Sector, the Temple of the Condor and many others.
After the visit, you will have a schedule to explore the remains on your own. In case you have booked an extra hike to ascend the mountain Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu, you will go to that hike. On the off chance that you have decided not to book an extra hike, you can go to the sun gate and witness its impressive prospects.
Around 2:30 or 3 p.m., you must take the transport to Aguas Calientes to appreciate the lunch in one of the numerous restaurants that are there. Make sure you get to the train station 30 minutes early. Our train plan is typically at 4:20 p.m. to Ollantaytambo, where you will receive our private transportation for an additional two-hour trip to Cusco.
We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.
Our Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – 5 Days private service, includes additional items such as:
We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.
We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.
We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Can i be picked up from the Sacred Valley?
Yes, let us know in advance to organize your pick up time (It has an extra cost for it).
Beautifully and with good weather it is awesome! There are a lot of lakes around which reflects the sky and so it’s very colourful.
Amazing place to hiking and challenge yourself. The best experience of my life!
Um lugar para visitar e guardar para sempre no coração e na mente. Quando for visitar o Peru, conheça Lima, depois vá para Cusco, visite Machu Picchu e demais locais históricos, mas tire um tempo para conhecer este lugar místico e maravilhoso. Saia cedo de Cusco para passar mais tempo na montanha. Da para visitar e voltar no mesmo dia!!!!!
The tour itself is much less crowded that other tours and is at a very reasonable price!
An absolutely stunning mountain and a place I will never ever forget