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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 hike 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 email@example.com to learn more or book your spot today!
This trip is officially operated by Peru Summit Adventures, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco.
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 are very confident the quality of our Salkantay Trek 5 days 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.
Traveling with us you are making a big difference in favor of the environment, our trips are rated as eco-friendly trips to ensure that fragile ecosystems are protected and maintained for future human generations, also maintain ecosystem and environment integrity through considering a sustainable and ethical business model. Making genuine and sustainable itineraries often translates to real costs, with a host of responsible travel practices that underpin our prices.
We have created a custom comprehensive listing of Salkantay, Machu Picchu and Peru travel books for this trip.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The price is subject to a 3-star 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. Price is quoted per person on personalized private and semiprivate service. Whether you want 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.
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.
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
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.
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With the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the travel industry, our Trip Leaders safely deliver your trip-of-a-lifetime to maximize your Peru journeys and adventures every step of the way. Our Tour/Trek Leaders have worked extensively in the Peru isolated mountains, archaeological sites, hiking the Inca Trail (at least 150 times), Amazon jungle, and being at Machu Picchu for over 400 times at least, this guarantees your trip a unique and memorable experience.
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Probably you will see that most of the tour operators mention it on their websites that are local tour companies, however, if you research a little deeper you will find out that’s not true, they might be although half of the operation is done from here and another half abroad, they even have NorthAmerican phone number or European phone numbers, which is a clue to find out, we are not against the foreigner companies or half foreign companies, what we are against is that they lie.
In Cusco exist just few truly local tour operators. If you did not know, foreign companies come to Peru to get rich without paying a General Sales Tax or Tax Contribution to our country. If you did not know that, according to the United Nations, for every US $100 spent on a tour in a developing country or foreign travel companies, only $5 stays in the local economy. Normally, almost all of the money flows back to large companies operating outside the destination countries. As we are a local family enterprise, we guarantee that your travel expenditures will support the local economy, and improve the lives of Peruvians through contributing to general sales tax.
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As a locally owned and based Peruvian tour company, we integrate these practices into our in-country operations we are aiming for a style of travel that makes the world a better place for everyone, and for everyone that lives in it. Since our very first days as a tour operator, responsible business has been at the heart of what we do. Peru Summit Adventures is committed not just to treading lightly, but to making a real difference by helping and investing in local communities, education initiatives, environmental conservation projects. These values are not more than just words, they are ingrained in the culture and philosophy of our crew, daily operations of Peru Summit Adventures trips, and at our office too.View More Reasons, Why Peru Summit
If the Inca Trail permits are sold out the best alternative hike is the Salkantay Trek, a trek that circles a part of the skirt part of Salkantay mountain (20,533 f.a.s.t), Salkantay means “Untamed”, make your way to the sacred city of Machu Picchu through the picturesque pathways that go from the highlands to the jungle, you will reach until 15,147 feet (the highest point on the trail) then to immerse into the cloud forest to admire their unique beauty on landscapes dominated by snow-capped peaks, crossed by mighty rivers. On this footage, we show you just a tiny part of this wonderful place. Book your spot today and JOIN US!
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