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Salkantay Trekking to Machu Picchu 5day and 4night

Salkantay trekking

SALKANTAY TREK DESCRIPTION

Guaranteed Satisfaction by Terra QuechuaThis amazing trek runs beneath the sacred Salkantay mountain (6.271m/20569ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes, passing through Quechua communities and lesser-known Inca ruins, to finally reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day. The impressive Sacred Inca city of Machupicchu is visited on the last day of the program. This itinerary is an interesting alternative for those not having found spaces on the Inca Trail trek to Machupicchu.

Departure dates: Departures are available along the year although due to weather conditions, the recommended period for this trek is April to November. All private service departure dates are adapted to your request.

DEPARTURE DATES 2014 - 2015

PRICE PER PERSON US$420 (GROUP SIZE: 02 People MINIMUM & 10 People MAXIMUM) To confirm we need you to send us a deposit of US$150 per person as well as filled out booking form)

DECEMBER 2014:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,25,27,
JANUARY 2015:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29
FEBRUARY 2015:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27
MARCH 2015:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31
APRIL 2015:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29
MAY 2015:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31
JUNE 2015: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,30
JULY 2015:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31
AUGUST 2015:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31
SEPTEMBER 2015:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,30
OCTOBER 2015:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31
NOVEMBER 2015:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,30
DECEMBER 2015:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31
JANUARY 2016: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31

SECTIONAL VIEW OF THE SALKANTAY TREK UNTIL HIGHEST PASS

Salkantay Map by terra quechua

Itinerary Overview:

Day 1: Mollepata - Soraypampa - Camping

Day 2: Soraypampa –Chaullay or Collpapampa (Mighty Salkantay)!! - Camping

Day 3: Chaullay –La Playa or Santa Teresa ( Cloud Forest) - Camping

Day 4: La Playa to  Llactapata or Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes - Hotel ***

Day 5: Machu Picchu - Cusco!!!!!!


DESCRIPTIONS

DURATION: 5 Day and  4 Night
CIRCUIT TYPE: Hiking, Camping, Nature.
ACOMODATIONS 3 Night Camping, 1Hotel ***
SITES TO VISIT: Mountains, Snow, Valleys, Ruins
TOTAL WALK: 74 km
GROUP: Min.02 - max.10
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About Wayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Mountain

Wayna Picchu Mountain.
This is the more popular of the two optional mountain walks, but also can be very busy. 200 people start climbing from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., and 200 people start between 11 am to 12 and a total of 400 people climb every morning. The trail is quite steep and takes about 1.5 hours to climb up and down - the people who have problems with vertigo can not enjoy this trip. There are some interesting archaeological ruins at the top of Huayna Picchu.

Waynapicchu Mountain by  Terra Quechua

Machu Picchu Mountain.
This hike is less popular than Huayna Picchu, but no less beautiful. Machu Picchu Mountain is located on the other side of the ruins of Huayna Picchu. There are 400 daily passes available. You can start your ascent between 7 and 11. The trail is less pronounced than Huayna Picchu, but it is a longer walk (takes about 3 hours total)

Machupicchu Mountain

Note: If you want to visit Huayna Picchu Mountain you must pay an additional   USD.20

 

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Day 1: Mollepata - Soraypampa
We pick you up from your hotel and then we go the bus station and travel by bus for about 3 hours to Mollepata. A 3 hour walk will take us to Cruzpata where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay; 4120m/13500ft and Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) – just the start! We will begin our trek towards Soraypamapa, our first campsite (3800 m/11750ft; the highest and coldest campsite of the trip) taking in the beautiful landscape along the way Meals L, D

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Day 2: Soraypampa –Chaullay or Collpapampa (Mighty Salkantay)!!
We will have breakfast at around 5.30am and begin our walk to the highest pass on this trek (4650m/15200ft) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible. There is a possibility of snow here. After a rest, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud  forest towards Huayracpunku, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach our second campsite, chaullay or Colcapampa (3000m/9800ft). Meals B, L, D

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Day 3:Chaullay –La Playa or Santa Teresa ( Cloud Forest)
After breakfast, at 6.30am, we start trekking for the day through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of little brooks to reach La Playa walking about 6 hours . Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits ,plants and as soon as we are at la playa place where we are going to camp, on the other hand the  horses will go back to Mollepata. from here there are an optional thing to do so we  can take a local bus to drive one hour to get santa teresa where we can enjoy the natural hots pring ( bus fares and entrance fees to the the natural hots pring is not included in this tour. Meals B, L, D

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Day 4: La Playa to  Llactapata or Santa Teresa –Hidroelectrica -Aguas Calientes
We will have breakfast at 8am and leave our campsite at la Playa we will walk for about 20 minutes to get to Lucmabamba so wi wil do the original trail of Lacctapata after we arrive to Hydrolectric where we are going to have lunch then we continue walking, passing a variety of crop plantations, coca, banana  we will be walking about two and half hours along the train road till reaching Aguas Calientes town where we will spend the night in a hostal.
In Aguas Calientes, you can take advantage of the thermal springs in the town (entrance 10 soles) a real treat after finishing the trek Meals B, L

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 Day 5: Machu Picchu - Cusco!!!!!!

We wake up early morning about 4 am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and leave to walk up to machupichu which takes one and half hours up to machupicchu but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 to Machu Picchu (25-minutes long ) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top. You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) to be given your train tickets back to Cusco or ollantaytambo . The first train usually leaves at 15.55 and we will arrive back in Cusco at about 20.20.or the second train which leaves 4:20 and goes to ollantaytambo where someone will be waiting for you with your guides name who will take you to take a bus to cusco.
If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes town can be arranged. (Please let us know whether you would like to stay an extra night when booking your tour.)

 

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SALKANTAY TREK  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

QUESTION 1: HOW DO I RESERVE A SPACE FOR THE SALKANTAY TREK?
You can rely on our dedicated staff to answer any questions you may have and to take care of every detail of your trip from start to finish.
Please email us to: terraquechua@hotmail.com to get started.

QUESTION 2: WILL THE ALTITUDE AFFECT ME?
When travelling throughout the Andes in Peru some people will suffer some effects of altitude sickness. If you plan to hike the Salkantay Trek we recommend arriving 2 or 3 days before the start to acclimatize and rest.

QUESTION 3: WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO DO IN THE EVENT OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
Wherever possible "go down". But, if you are staying in Cusco, you may still feel the effects. The best advice is to sleep, take plenty of fluids and you could also try coca tea. The porters chew coca leaves wrapped around a black resin called llipta. When you are actually walking and active (especially on day two of the trail), this may help since it dilates vessels to increase the blood flow to the parts of the body that need it.

QUESTION 4: DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT?
Yes. We require a non-refundable booking deposit of US$150 per person

QUESTION 5: IS THE SALKANTAY TREK DIFFICULT?
You know the answer to this one: it depends! You reach 4600m on the second day after climbing for the best part of the day. Especially if you are within your first five days at altitude, this may give you headaches and shortness of breath. Don't forget that even people who live in Cusco (at 3300m) still get short of breath.

QUESTION 6: WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING ON THE TREK?
Backpack, sleeping bag, mattress (we will provide you with this), rain jacket, strong footwear (walking boots are recommended as they provide support to the ankle which reduces the risk of injury especially when trekking in the wet season (December - March). However it is important that your boots are comfortable and well worn-in and not brand new. Many people prefer to trek in tennis shoes but extra care should be taken. We do not recommend trekking in sandals. One complete change of clothing, sweater, jacket (something warm), water bottle and sterilizing tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco), flashlight and batteries, broad-brim or peaked cap, sunblock, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper, selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc, camera and plenty of film. You also have to bring your original passport with you on the trek.

QUESTION 7: SHOULD I REQUEST AN EXTRA HORSE?
It is better to request a horse before you go on the trail rather than realize halfway through that you’re not enjoying carrying your pack at this altitude and want some help.

QUESTION 8: WHAT DO WE DO FOR WATER ALONG THE SALKANTAY TREK?
At meal times we will give you teas, coffees etc to drink. You'll come across a mountain spring, fountain or small stream approximately every 1½ hours along the trail where you can fill up your water bottle. Take a bottle of at least 1½ liter capacity per person. Although the water looks it is always safer to use sterilizing tablets or a water filter. The sterilizing tablets can be bought in most pharmacies in Cusco. With these tablets you have to wait between 30 and 40 minutes before drinking. Bottled mineral water can also be taken from Cusco or bought at Mollepata or Santa Teresa.

QUESTION 9: WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO DO IN THE EVENT OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
Wherever possible "go down". But, if you are staying in Cusco, you may still feel the effects. The best advice is to sleep, take plenty of fluids and you could also try coca tea. The porters and horse handlers chew coca leaves wrapped around a black resin called llipta. When you are actually walking and active (especially on day two of the trail), this may help since it dilates vessels to increase the blood flow to the parts of the body that need it.

QUESTION 10: HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I TAKE?
Please review what is included in your trek in order to estimate what you should take. Along the way you can buy snacks and souvenirs, mostly of a non-expensive nature.

QUESTION 11: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO PERU?

  • To Lima on a non-stop flight (recommended):
  • From Miami 5 1/2 hours
  • From New York 8 hours
  • From Los Angeles 8 1/2 hours

QUESTION 12: WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO?
This is a difficult question to answer as Peru has a huge variety of weather conditions. We would say travelers can visit Peru any time of the year !
Dry season runs from May to November and this is typically the time that is most recommended. However, this is also the cooler time of year. Nighttime temperatures can drop to below freezing at the height of the dry season. June, July and August are the most popular months to visit so you will tend to encounter much larger crowds during these months.
In the wet season (December to April), you can expect showers three to four afternoons a week. For travelers that don't mind a little drizzle and muddy trails, this time of year offers smaller crowds and greener hillsides, with wildflowers and orchids often in bloom. The shoulder seasons, April to June or September to November can often provide the best of both worlds. They typically have fewer crowds and warmer temperatures than the height of the dry season, but still tend to have relatively little rain. For more information, check out our Peru Weather page.

QUESTION 13: WHAT ENTRY DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?
U.S. citizens need a valid passport and an entry form-tourist card which is provided by your air carrier either at the ticket counter when checking in for your flight to Peru or once on-board. (NOTE: Other nationalities should check with the nearest Peruvian Consulate to determine correct entry requirements.

QUESTION 14: IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL IN PERU?
Definitely. We tend to hear the very worst news from Latin America. Helpful people and extraordinary culture. Most crime is opportunistic and not violent buy of course, it is possible to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Care and common sense will nearly always prevail.
The Sendero Luminoso is no longer active.

QUESTION 15: HOW DO I GET FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL ON THE ESCORTED TOURS?
All of our escorted tours include arrival transfer services, a Terra Quechua representative will be waiting for you at the point of your arrival.

QUESTION 16: WHAT TYPE OF TRANSPORTATION IS USED?
Our escorted tours utilize a variety of transportation including private vans/ cars, comfortable tourist buses, flights, canoes, etc. We use a mix of private/ public transportation to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transportation in each area. Occasionally, we may include non-typical transportation modes (rickshaw, bicycle taxi, "chicken bus", etc.) for short distances to give travelers a sense of local flavor.

QUESTION 17: WHAT HAPPENS IF I ARRIVE AT MACHU PICCHU AND THEN DECIDE TO STAY AN EXTRA NIGHT, CAN I CHANGE MY TRAIN TICKET?
It is still possible to make changes to your return train ticket if you decide to stay an extra night at Aguas Calientes. You will have to take your train ticket personally to the train station in Aguas Calientes and ask them to change the return date of your ticket. You will probably be asked to pay an extra administrative fee and changing the ticket will be subject to availability of spaces the following day. If you change your ticket for a cheaper service then you will not be refunded the difference!.

QUESTION 18: WHAT TRAINING DO YOU PROVIDE FOR YOUR STAFF ON ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES?
Our guide teams have been trained in first aid and rescue and are regularly updated through seminars and courses in their respective fields. All of our trekking staff receives regular briefings on how to best comply with the Salcantay Trek and Machu Picchu Sanctuary Regulations as well as on environmental awareness. Our Credo in Nature
We are great believers in leaving the areas that we visit in as untouched a condition as is possible. We encourage everyone who travels with us to respect the land, the people, and their fellow travelers. This type of focus leads to amazing experiences and insights that bring a sense of satisfaction, which is difficult to create any other way, so be thinking responsibility, consideration, and FUN!.

SALKANTAY TRAVEL TIPS:

If you have decided to hike the Salkantay Trek, please make sure you read this section. The Salkantay is a beautiful trek covering Andean valleys, snowy peaks, the Andean jungle, and Machu Picchu. This amazing trek is considered a moderate to difficult hike for which you need to be prepared.
First, the Salkantay Trek covers a total distance of about 55.5 miles (89 kilometers) – the Short version is about 10.5 miles (or 17 kilometers) shorter  - and reaches a maximum elevation of about 14,760 f.a.s.l. (4,600 m.a.s.l.). The trek starts at about 9,180 f.a.s.l. (2,850 m.a.s.l.) which means that in one day and a half, you will gain an elevation of about  5,580 f.a.s.l. (1,750 m.a.s.l.) These are two good reasons to be in good physical shape and used to the altitude of a high altitude city such as Cusco before starting the trek. It is recommended that you stay in Cusco or another high altitude city a couple of full days prior to starting the trek. In addition, you might choose to  take high altitude sickness pills or chew coca leaves during the trek. If you get the symptoms of altitude sickness (strong headache, nausea, stomachache, and sometimes nose bleeding), try to drink a lot of liquid, and either have a very light meal or eat nothing at all.  You should  be feeling better the next day.
Second, since you will be hiking through several ecological steps, you will be encountering different climates and will need to be ready for it. For instance, the first day will be sunny in the beginning and very cold at night (below freezing) with almost no chance of rain. The second day will be below freezing in the morning, windy at midday with a low possibility of rain, and cool at night. The third day will be warm during the day and cool at night with a possibility of rain. The fourth day will be cool at morning with a possibility of rain and warm at midday. All these weather changes require you to bring the necessary gear to make this trek an enjoyable experience. Some of the basic gear you should bring are an impermeable or rain poncho, waterproof hiking boots, sun screen, hiking hat, sun glasses, light jacket, warm jacket, long and short sleeves shirts, gloves, hat, wool socks, thermal underwear and a good sleeping bag (good for 15 Fahrenheit degrees or less).
Third, campsites are dark at night so make sure you have a good flashlight. The sky at night is spectacular and if you want to spend a while outside looking at the stars, please make sure you have a good supply of batteries.
Finally, remember to bring insect repellent, a bathing suit, a small backpack to be carried during the day, an adventurous attitude and lots of energy.
Finally:
Remember to bring insect repellent, a bathing suit, a small backpack to be carried during the day, an adventurous attitude and lots of energy.
In order to fully enjoy this once in a time experience, we recommend that you  follow these instructions. Travel Insurance is highly recommended for this trip and a copy of it may be requested.
Please keep in mind that our horses will carry up to 17.6 pounds or 8 kilograms of your personal belongings. If you bring more weight, we recommend that you to hire a personal horse.

CHECKING LIST FOR THE SALKANTAY TREK: Well broken hiking shoes, a good jacket, a sleeping bag for low temperatures (as low as 28ºF), an impermeable, and sun   screen should be your priority when hiking in the Peruvian Andes. In the Andes and high jungle weather is sometimes unpredictable.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE TREK: Waterproof shoes, sleeping bag for low temperatures, gloves, cotton hat, thermal socks, day hat, heavy jacket, light jacket and impermeable, long sleeve shirts, hiking pants, t-shirts, underwear, sun glasses, tennis shoes or sandals to be used at the campsites, small first aid kit, toilet paper, sun screen, insect repellant, flashlight, and water container.

YOU MIGHT CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS: Snacks, energy bars, walking sticks (Rustic walking sticks can be purchased before starting the trek), sealable bags, wet wipes, water purification pills, altitude sickness pills and camera. Please make sure to bring your personal medication to the trek as well as stomachache pills, diarrhea pills, and headache pills.

SALKANTAY TREK WEATHER:

The Salkantay Trek, also known as the New Inca Trail, is North of Cusco. It reaches a maximum altitude of 4,600 meters (15,180 feet) above sea level at the highest point.

Weather: It's very rainy from December to March, that's why the trail is closed on those months. The rest of the year, it's very sunny and hot during the day, but cold in the night. Temperature drops below 0°C (32°F) at night, especially from June to September.

Surroundings: On the first days, you will see three snow-capped mountains: the Tucarhuay, the Salkantay (6,264 meters / 20,671 feet), and the Huamantay; the views are stunning. On the last days, you will go through the cloud-forest, there the weather is more tropical and the vegetation is lush. You will see waterfalls and fruits plantations along the path. It is amazing how fast the sceneries change along the trail, from snow-capped mountains to banana plantations in only couple of days.

The Inca Trail has become harder to book due to the new regulations, and also it has lost its charm due to the crowds of tourists who do it every day. That's the main reason why we are offering a new trail to Machu Picchu that has the beauty of the first one but preserves the sense of adventure and untouched that the Inca Trail has lost.

You can hike the Salkantay trek in 5 days starting at Mollepata town, or in 4 days starting at Soraypampa campsite. The only difference is that on the 5 days trek you will hike an extra day from Mollepata town to Soraypampa campsite, the other 4 days are the same as on the 4 days trek. Below is the description of the 4 days option.

  • Altitude: 1950 - 4600m. / 6398 - 15092 f.
  • High Season: April - November
  • Duration: 5 days or 4Days
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate / Challenge
  • Route: Closed in February

SALKANTAY TREK MAP

Salkantay trek Map
 

SALKANTAY TREK PREPARATIONS:

WHAT WE RECOMMENDED THAT YOU CARRY?

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original passport
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites).

SALKANTAY TREK RECOMMENDATIONS

If you have decided to hike the Salkantay Trek, please make sure you read this section. The Salkantay is a beautiful trek covering Andean valleys, snowy peaks, the Andean jungle, and Machu Picchu. This amazing trek is considered a moderate to difficult hike for which you need to be prepared.
First, the Salkantay Trek covers a total distance of about 55.5 miles (89 kilometers) – the Short version is about 10.5 miles (or 17 kilometers) shorter  - and reaches a maximum elevation of about 14,760 f.a.s.l. (4,600 m.a.s.l.). The trek starts at about 9,180 f.a.s.l. (2,850 m.a.s.l.) which means that in one day and a half, you will gain an elevation of about  5,580 f.a.s.l. (1,750 m.a.s.l.) These are two good reasons to be in good physical shape and used to the altitude of a high altitude city such as Cusco before starting the trek. It is recommended that you stay in Cusco or another high altitude city a couple of full days prior to starting the trek. In addition, you might choose to  take high altitude sickness pills or chew coca leaves during the trek. If you get the symptoms of altitude sickness (strong headache, nausea, stomachache, and sometimes nose bleeding), try to drink a lot of liquid, and either have a very light meal or eat nothing at all.  You should  be feeling better the next day.
Second, since you will be hiking through several ecological steps, you will be encountering different climates and will need to be ready for it. For instance, the first day will be sunny in the beginning and very cold at night (below freezing) with almost no chance of rain. The second day will be below freezing in the morning, windy at midday with a low possibility of rain, and cool at night. The third day will be warm during the day and cool at night with a possibility of rain. The fourth day will be cool at morning with a possibility of rain and warm at midday. All these weather changes require you to bring the necessary gear to make this trek an enjoyable experience. Some of the basic gear you should bring are an impermeable or rain poncho, waterproof hiking boots, sun screen, hiking hat, sun glasses, light jacket, warm jacket, long and short sleeves shirts, gloves, hat, wool socks, thermal underwear and a good sleeping bag (good for 15 Fahrenheit degrees or less).
Third, campsites are dark at night so make sure you have a good flashlight. The sky at night is spectacular and if you want to spend a while outside looking at the stars, please make sure you have a good supply of batteries.
Finally, remember to bring insect repellent, a bathing suit, a small backpack to be carried during the day, an adventurous attitude and lots of energy.
Finally:
Remember to bring insect repellent, a bathing suit, a small backpack to be carried during the day, an adventurous attitude and lots of energy.
In order to fully enjoy this once in a time experience, we recommend that you  follow these instructions. Travel Insurance is highly recommended for this trip and a copy of it may be requested.
Please keep in mind that our horses will carry up to 17.6 pounds or 8 kilograms of your personal belongings. If you bring more weight, we recommend that you to hire a personal horse.

CHECKING LIST FOR THE SALKANTAY TREK: Well broken hiking shoes, a good jacket, a sleeping bag for low temperatures (as low as 28ºF), an impermeable, and sun   screen should be your priority when hiking in the Peruvian Andes. In the Andes and high jungle weather is sometimes unpredictable.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE TREK: Waterproof shoes, sleeping bag for low temperatures, gloves, cotton hat, thermal socks, day hat, heavy jacket, light jacket and impermeable, long sleeve shirts, hiking pants, t-shirts, underwear, sun glasses, tennis shoes or sandals to be used at the campsites, small first aid kit, toilet paper, sun screen, insect repellant, flashlight, and water container.

YOU MIGHT CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS: Snacks, energy bars, walking sticks (Rustic walking sticks can be purchased before starting the trek), sealable bags, wet wipes, water purification pills, altitude sickness pills and camera.

Please make sure to bring your personal medication to the trek as well as stomachache pills, diarrhea pills, and headache pills.
Salkantay Trek Packing Lists

LUGGAGE STORAGE AND LOAD LIMITS: During the trek your main luggage will be stored at your hotel in Cuzco and you will receive a small duffle bag at your briefing (which will be held the evening before you start the trek) to pack clothes for 3-4 days. Your team of porters or horsman will carry these bags together with the food and equipment for the trail.
Please note that you will not have access to these items until the end of each day as the horseman will always be ahead of the group. You should therefore bring a day pack in which you can carry personal belongings such as your camera, water and sun screen etc. By Peruvian law the duffle bag must not weigh more than 7 kilograms (15lbs) which is to include your sleeping bag. All bags will be weighed before being accepted. If you require more than 7 kilograms, it will then be your responsibility to carry the extra amount together with your day pack.

Packing List for the Salkantay Trek

Please note: During the Salkantay trek even daytime temperatures can become extremely cold with a wind chill factor, especially on day 2 crossing the high passes.

  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • One sleeping bag per person: our sleeping bags are -15ºC-comfort (0ºF), mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips, can also be hired in our office for US$20.
  • One pillow per person
  • Well worn-in waterproof walking boots: Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential. Whatever you wear on your feet the most important thing is comfort. It is vital to ensure your boots are well worn in and lightweight.
  • Waterproof clothing: A plastic poncho is recommended and can be purchased easily for approx US$1.
  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)

DOCUMENTS

  • Original Passports
  • Salkantay Trek Map(Will be provide in the briefing day)
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)

SALKANTAY TREK ALTITUDE

Is a trek that takes you through diverse landscapes and altitudes as we trek around the skirts of Mount Salkantay(6271m/20,568ft) and camp within clear sight of the snow capped peak. Ascending to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4,600m/15,088ft) and then descent into a more tropical area passing Andenes and Chaullay on the far side of the mountain. Train ride from Hydro Electric Dam and then spend the rest of the 4th evening relaxing in the town and hotsprings of Aguas Calientes. Early 5th morning you take the bus (or walk if desired) up to Machu Picchu your well deserved prize. Late afternoon train and bus back to Cusco in the evening.
This path 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.

  • Type of Tour: Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Group Size: The minimum to open the departure is two people and our maximum is eight  so if you guys are two we can do it!.
  • Ideal For: Adventure Seekers, Couples, Families, Nature Lovers and Intrepid People
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging.
  • Route: Closed in February
  • High Season: April - November
  • Altitude: 1950 - 4600m. / 6398 - 15092 f.
  • Departures Day: - Daily departures All private service departure dates are adapted to your request
  • Distance:  50 km
  • Location: Mountain range Vilcabamba - Cusco
  • Day Temperature: 15 ºC to 25 ºC /
  • Night temperature: 4ºC to - 7º C

SALKANTAY TREK DISTANCE

The Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek, can be considered as a moderate to difficult trek. The Long Salkantay Trek covers a distance of 64 kilometers or 40 miles in average. 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 make of your experience, the best one.
Cusco covers a total area of 70,015.30 Km2. In this beautiful land, it is possible to find colorful Andean valleys, snowy peaks, rivers, waterfalls, the beautiful Andean jungle, 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 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.

Salkantay Trekking by Terra Quechua

Salkantay Camping

Group size 02min - 10max.

What is included

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Challacancha (starting point of the trek)
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Kailas and North Face
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen tent
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities
  • English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 10 people)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 4
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (sleeping bag) – days 1 to 4
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons – days 1 to 4
  • Wranglers – days 1 to 4
  •  Accommodation for all our staff
  •  Meals (04B, 04L, 04D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
  • Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • 1D Machupicchu entrance fee
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Expedition, Vistadome or Hiram Bingham service, upon request) (*)
  • Transfer train station-hotel in Cusco
  • 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit

What is not included

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes on day 5
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day: after the guided tour at Machupicchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machupicchu or in Aguas Calientes at your own expense. Arrival in Cusco is estimated after nightfall, dinner being at your own expense too
  • One sleeping bag
  • One pillow
  •  Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes: a relaxing way to end-up the 4-day trek while you're awaiting the return train to Cusco, only 10 minutes from the village center, entrance fee is s/10.00 (Peruvian Soles). Towels can be hired in Aguas Calientes
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain an additional fee of US$ 20.00 per person applies
  • Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish

What we recommend that you bring

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 10% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Cash in soles 300
  • Original passport
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)

Appropriate clothing along this hike

  • Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the fourth day (if sunny) and in Machupicchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machupicchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.

Price information: Price per person 2014 - 2015

GROUP  SERVICE PRICE  2014 - 2015
Number of People for group :
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Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative)

Climate

  • Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January – March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.
  • Along the Salkantay route, temperatures range from 10-20ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to 05-10ºC during the day if not sunny and can drop below freezing at night. In Aguas Calientes/Machupicchu, at lower altitude, temperatures are usually warmer though warm clothes are still recommended at night.

Salkantay Trekking by Terra Quechua