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Salkantay Trek 5 Days

Salkantay Trek 5 Days—Dramatic landscapes, breathtaking vistas, Incan ruins and trails crowning the mountains, and three nights camping under a starry night sky make this 5-day Salkantay trek one of the most treasured for hikers the world over to reach Machu Picchu. Live and enjoy our adventures differently than the conventional Salkantay Trek tour operators, our style is staying at proper tents in wilderness areas away from crowds to savor the nature and a genuine adventure to Machu Picchu. 

Witness the great Salkantay Mountain (20,595 feet) which means Untamed, embracing its majestic sceneries as you make your way to the sacred city of Machu Picchu through the picturesque routes that go from the highlands to the Amazon jungle; besides, on this trip, you will trek in the shadows of this impressive mountain, and you will be right beside the rugged Salkantay snow-capped peak, getting until 15,193 feet, then to immerse into the cloud forest to admire their unique beauty on landscapes dominated by snow-capped peaks, crossed by mighty rivers. For centuries, Andean people have worshiped the mountains as gods, which they call Apus, and Salkantay Mountain in particular one of the highest peaks in Peru, and the second highest peak in Cusco region has been venerated by locals since immemorial time. Therefore, mountains have played a central role in the astrology and spirituality of Andean cultures past and present, and you’ll live this fascinating experience on Salkantay trek 5 days. Salkantay trek 5 days is tailored to make the most out of every moment, which means you’ll be totally satisfied. And if you are not, it is probably just because you haven’t eaten enough guinea pig.

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime – give us a call at +51 984 464 391 or shoot us an email at info@perusummit.com to learn more or book your spot today!

This trip is officially operated by Peru Summit, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco.

Highlights: 

  • Trek in a high Andean realm. Stay in a mountain 4 season roomy tents (Black Diamond tents).
  • Make a genuine camping experience in proper natural areas far away from crowds.
  • Your own private guide, muleteers, horses, delicious camp cuisine prepared by your personal cook.
  • Spend the last day at Incomparable Machu Picchu, “Lost City of the Incas” with a private guide.
  • View ice-clad Salkantay, Huamantay, and the diverse ecosystems of the Cordillera Vilcabamba.
  • Small groups, Big Adventures (min 2 – max 8 / average 4).
  • Travel & Trek with someone who hiked the Inca Trail for over 300 times, Salkantay Trek for over 200 times, Choquequirao Trek for over 150 times, Ausangate Trek for over 100 times, Lares Trek for over 50 times, being at Machu Picchu for over 600 times.
  • Direct & official local tour operator based in Cusco, managed by locals.
  • Learn about the highest coffee in the world, and visit the local fruit orchards.
  • Hike a short section of Inca Trail, and admire the beauty of Machu Picchu from a further Inca ruins.

Group Size: For Salkantay Trek 5 days, we need a minimum of 02 people to depart. Family groups, couple travelers, friends, or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our team.  Prices are per person  which are based on two people who might share a room / tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services; however, you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.

The Smallest Groups en Route—Averaging Just 4 Travelers!

Could you imagine trying to hike silently along an isolated trail, carefully not disturbing shy wildlife, with 10 or 20 other travelers? Or walking on a remote area to explore the pristine wilderness with dozens of other tourists at your side? We know meaningful nature encounters must be undertaken in small groups. That’s why our trips come with an average of just four travelers, by far the smallest groups in the tourism industry across the country. This not only guarantees you more personal close-up wildlife experience, but a less-impact presence on the earth’s brittle natural places we love.

Besides, Machu Picchu offers one of the world’s most spellbinding travel experiences. But it’s also a world-renowned destination, and touring the site in a big group with multitudes of tourists shoving for photos, and competing to hear the guide, your once in a lifetime visit to this World Heritage Site may lose its magic. Our Machu Picchu Trips are scheduled with an average of just four travelers, allowing for a deeper exploration of the lost city of the Incas, with our Local Experts / Tour Leaders.

We Deliver on Our Promises

We are very confident the quality of our journeys will get your expectations and that you will savor the best possible of cultural travel experience, nature travel experience, and adventure travel experience if you are dissatisfied, we’ll happily give you credit for an extra trip or for a future journey. It’s, to our knowledge, the best guarantee in the travel business.

Service Level: Upgraded

Physical Grading: 1 2 3 4 5 6

STRENUOUS: Full-day hikes (6-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many hikes. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 14,500 feet are in this category. 

Activities: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures.

Important Note: While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, e.g, strikes, natural desasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.

Accommodations: 4 season Black Diamond tents designed for 4 people which are used only for 2 people, come with sleeping pads “Therma-Rest”, and Pillows.

  • 3-star Hotel in Aguas Calientes Town / Machu Picchu Town.

Price: From US$ 715 / 5 Days / per person

  • A personal porter included to carry your 8kg / 16 pounds personal items.

The price is subject to a hotel in Machupicchu town; however, you want to have four-star or five-star hotel we would provide you that class hotel, so you would add the difference to the total balance. Besides the price is based on two-person. Whether you would like to take a private service, our service would increase in US$350 with two-person, US$300 with three-person, US$250 with four-person or more, these prices are applied to each person. We need a minimum of two people to run the tour. We guarantee that your tour will be limited to a maximum of 8 people. To ensure a private tour with us, our price increases US$350 with two-person, US$300 with three-person, US$250 with four-person or more, these prices are applied to each person.

The Best Fare For The Best Trip

We don’t believe any other tour companies make comparable trips when you take into account our unique itineraries and signature itineraries, impressive locations, small groups and quality Trek Leaders / Tour Leaders. But, should you come across a similar itinerary or matching itinerary of our quality at a cheaper price, even within 45 days after booking with us, we will happily refund the difference. It’s how we deliver our promise.

You Book, You Go…Don’t Worry… We Won’t Cancel!

While other tour companies generally cancel their trips due to low participation of travelers or pass their travelers to other big groups tour operators, we guarantee that we will never cancel a trip because of low signing-up or participation for the departure date neither get our travelers to other tour operators! This makes to our travelers the assurance and peace of mind to know their travel plans are insured and guaranteed.

Request a Quote: We can customize this private trek just for you. Any detail can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and other destinations. Call us at +51 984 464 391 or request a quote, Here

Limited Spaces: NO, the Salkantay trek 5 days is not regulated yet by the peruvian goverment; however, the entrance fee for the Salkantay mountain is charged in Mollepata town(the entrance fee is included), which is the main gate to get in the trail; thus you could book in one month in advance that way to organize the tour, whether you would like to climd up the keen Wayna Picchu mountain, please let us know at the moment you are booking the tour( tickets for Wayna Picchu is limited, 400 tickets a day).

Acclimatization: Please allow a minimum of 2 days in Cusco before your hike begins to Salkantay Trek 5 days.

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Itinerary

Day 1, Cusco – Tarawasi – Humantay Lake – Soyroqocha 

We will pick you up from the hotel very early in the morning, to drive for about  2 hours to Mollepata town (a main town before the beginning of the trek) on the way we’ll stop at Tarahuasi which is  an Incan archaeological site with beautiful walls, tall trapezoidal niches, and a rectangular platform where the Incan people carried out their main religious ceremonies. Upon our arrival in Mollepata, we’ll stop for about 30 minutes to have breakfast at one of the local restaurants. After breakfast we’ll keep driving for 1 hour until the place called Soraypampa 3,880 m/ 12,726 feet from which we will start hiking up for about 2 hours  to see the Humantay Lake located at 4,500 m/ 14,760 feet. It’s a beautiful lake located right at the skirt of the snow-capped mountain of Tukarway. After enjoying amazing views we’ll come back on the same way to Soraypampa where we’ll have our first nutritious lunch. We will then hike up to our first camp site following a highland valley on the trail that goes gradually uphill  for 3 hours to reach the camp site called Soyruqocha located at an altitude of 4,450m/ 14,596 feet, and located really close to Salkantay Mountain, the arrival to the camp site comes together with the happiness because you will have overcome the tough section, later on, we will have our tea time which consists of having biscuits, popcorn, hot chocolate, milk, coffee, variety of tea, and right shortly after we will have our dinner, after that you will have a refreshing briefing for the second day, we will go to our tents for a nice dream. All meals included, except breakfast.

Outdoor accommodation: Tents (roomy 4 season tents, 4 people tents are used for 2 people)

Hiking time: 6 hours aprox…

Hiking distance: 11 km/ 6.83 miles.

Altitude gain: 650 m / 2,132 ft

Lowest elevation: 3,800 m / 12,464 ft

Highest elevation: 4,450 m / 14,596 ft

Highlights: Incan ruins of Tarawasi, Humantay lake, afternoon hike to the first camp site, and the camp site right next to the Salkantay mountain.

Day 2, Soyroqocha – Collpapampa 

The second day in the morning you will be waken up with a hot coca tea, and will have a stunning view of Sunrise at Salkantay Mountain; next, we will have breakfast while enjoying the awesome views around us, right after breakfast we will begin to walk uphill for 1 one hour and 30 minutes to reach the highest point on this trek, which is the Salkantay pass 4,632 m/ 15,193 feet. Once we arrive at this point we will have the Salkantay mountain right next to us and will have a meditation and spiritual time. After that, we will walk downhill for five-hour until reaching our second camp site, on this section we will have our lunch at about mid-day at place known as Wayraqmachay, after lunch, walking about 30 minutes we will be getting the lush high jungle, from where we will be entering in a different ecological niche, alongside the path we will see a couple of orchids, native flowers, and birds. We will eventually arrive to the second camp site called Collpapampa that is located at an altitude of 2,750m / 9,020 feet, where we will have our tea time, dinner, and rest. All meals included.

Outdoor accommodation: Tents (roomy 4 season tents, 4 people tents are used for 2 people)

Hiking time: 8-9 hours aprox…

Hiking distance: 18 km/ 11.18 miles

Altitude gain: 180 m / 590 ft

Altitude loss: 1,980 m / 6,494 ft

Lowest elevation: 2,750 m / 9,020 ft

Highest elevation: 4,632 m / 15,193 ft

Highlights: Wake up with amazing morning view of Salkantay mountain, conquer the highest point, snowcapped mountains scenery, and hike through cloud forest.

Day 3, Collpapampa – Lucmabamba 

Wake up tea in the morning, which is so nice to start the day, when we finish having our breakfast we will continue hiking along the bank of the river and generally through the jungle, the path will be easier than the other days because it is mostly flat, and we will have the chance to enjoy one of the local native fruits, that is “granadilla” a family of passion fruit. After six-hour walking through the high jungle we arrive to lunch and camp spot called Lucmabamba, that is located at an elevation of 2,050m/ 6,724 feet, in the afternoon we will have a little exploration to the coffee and fruit crops which are located right next to the camp site, during this visit to the crops you will be able to know about the production of organic 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 process of peeling and roasting, in the evening you will grab some coffee beans to roast them then to grind them and finally you will enjoy them. having a just made coffee espresso. Later on, we will enjoy our dinner, and we will go to bed. All meals included.

Outdoor accommodation: Tents (roomy 4 season tents, 4 people tents are used for 2 people)

Hiking time: 5-6 hours aprox…

Hiking distance: 15 km/ 9.32 miles.

Altitude loss: 700 m / 2,296 ft

Lowest elevation: 2,050 m / 6,724 ft

Highest elevation: 2,750 m / 9,020 ft

Highlights: Hike through the cloud forest, coffee crops and local fruits orchards visit, learn of the highest coffee in the world since the hands of a local farmer.

Day 4, Lucmabamba – Llactapata Inca Ruins – Hidroelectrica – Machu Picchu Town  

We will have our wake up coca tea in the morning as usual, after that to have the breakfast and we will be ready to walk uphill for three hours on the small section of the inca trail; that is coming up from the jungle side of Cusco, and connecting to Machu Picchu, this ancient path was used in the past time as trading route between the jungle and the highlands of the incan empire. Once we finish walking these three hours section we will arrive to the small incan site “Llaqtapata”, which will be a great reward for us, because from this incan site we will have the first glance of Machu Picchu in about 5-km/ 3.11-mile away. After enjoying the gorgeous sceneries around, we will begin to descend for three hours until getting Hidroelectrica where we will have our last lunch made by our chef, we will then take the train to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes) for about 1 hour, once we arrive we will go to the hotel to make the check in. At night at about 7:00 pm we will have the dinner at one of the restaurants (this dinner is not included) right after the dinner you will have a detailed briefing and recomendations for the next day, eventually we will go back to our hotel to rest. All meals inlcuded, except the last supper.

Hotel to stay: Hotel Gringo Bill’s / Hotel Cabaña

Hiking time: 6-7 hours aprox…

Hiking distance: 11 km/ 6.83 miles.

Altitude gain: 800 m / 2,624 ft

Altitude loss: 1,045 m / 3,428 ft

Lowest elevation: 1,850 m / 6,068 ft

Highest elevation: 2,850 m / 9,348 ft

Highlights: Short Inca trail section hike, Incan ruins of Llactapata, first views of Machu Picchu from Llacapata Incan ruins, journey to Aguas Calientes town (Machu Picchu town) on a panoramic train, cozy hotel in Aguas Calientes town (Machu Picchu town).

Day 5, Guided Tour at Machu Picchu – Cusco 

Today is the glorious day!, so we wake up very early to have the breakfast at hotel, about our personal ítems we’ll drop them off at hotel’s storage so when we come back from Machu Picchu we’ll pick them up. After having breakfast at hotel, we’ll go to the bus station to take the bus and drive for 25 minutes to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. We will eventually have conquered the lost city of the Incas, we will seal our feat with an epic picture with Machu Picchu at the background. After the photography session, the tour will start, where our tour guide will be the main character for three-hour on the history, arqueology, ancient architecture. Once you finish the guided tour at Machu Picchu you will have enough free time to explore the sacred city. Whether you have booked a climb to Huayna Picchu mountain, you will climb up the mountain after or before the tour, it depends of the spaces availability for that date, more info see Huayna Picchu option. In the afternoon we have to take the bus from Machu Picchu inca city back to Aguas Calientes town (Machu picchu town) to take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station, where our transportation will be waiting for us to get us back to the hotel in Cusco. Meals not included, except breakfast which is included at hotel.

Note on Itinerary 

Although we do our very best possible to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for several reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather, natural disasters, and terrain conditions. On some occasions, these conditions may demand us to deviate from our original schedule, in which case we will provide the best available alternative options. And we’ll make a great experience of it!

Weather  

Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55º – 75º F with evenings cooling down into the 40º and 50º. Much of this itinerary takes place in the mountains, where weather can change very quickly and evening temperatures regularly drop into the 30º and 40º. As our treks are planned during the “dry season”, days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of rainfall, and morning temperatures usually range from 35º and 45º with some frost on the tents, and frosty plains in some locations. While April and November departures may experience slightly higher amounts of rainfall, all-day rain is unusual. We will be hiking over multiple mountain passes which are over 14,104 ft, so should you be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.

Peru Summit Includes for Salkantay Trek 5 Days 

  • Private transport from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fee to the Salkantay trail.
  • Round trip bus ticket in Machu Picchu town.
  • Train ticket back to Cusco at the end of our journey.
  • Train ticket from Hidroelectrica to Machu Picchu town.
  • Camping Equipment 4 season tent (04 people tent for 02 people)
  • Sleeping pad (Therma rest), comes with Pillows.
  • Other camping equipment, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a kitchen tent, manned by a professional cooking staff.
  • One night hotel in Machupicchu town.
  • Private car from the train station to the hotel in Cusco.
  • Trek Leader.
  • Meals: Breakfast (4), lunch (4), dinner (3), and snacks.
  • A professional chef.
  • Horse and muleteer; horses carry 8 kl / 16 pounds your personal ítems.
  • Duffle bag, to put in your personal gears, which will be carried by pack horses.
  • Oxygen tank.

Peru Summit Does Not Include for Salkantay 5 Days 

  • Sleeping bags, you might get them rented from us, US$5 per day.
  • Hiking poles, you might get them rented from us, a pair of poles Black Diamond or Leki brand US$5 per day.
  • Extra expenditure during the trek, such as: soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot Springs in Aguas Calientes.
  • Gratuities for the guides, porters or muleteers, and other staff.
  • Travel Insurance and things of a personal nature – laundry and telephone calls, personal taxis, souvenirs etc.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.

Suggested Reading List 

We have created a custom comprehensive listing of Salkantay, Machu Picchu and Peru travel books for this trip.

 

Trek Gear List / Trip Checklist 

  • Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.
  • Travel insurance (and some copies).
  • Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
  • Sleeping bag liner.
  • Backpack to carry your things.
  • Phone and Camera charger and adapter.
  • Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Camera.
  • Torch or headlamps.
  • Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
  • Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us).
  • Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
  • Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
  • Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
  • Sunblock and sunglasses.
  • Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
  • Hiking trousers.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Hiking socks.
  • Water bottle or canteen.
  • American dollars and peruvian soles in cash.
  • Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
  • Crédit or debit card.
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
  • Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Diamox (acetazolamide), Aspirin, Band Aids, Anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).

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