Salkantay Trek 5 days to Machu Picchu

USD $419

You can join us for the Classic Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days. The best alternative route to the inca citadel will take you to the stunning humantay lake, the imposing salkantay mountain, and the edge of the peruvian jungle.

You’ll spend the night in cozy Andean Huts and experience  Andean

specialties in the Andes highlands. Our knowledgeable guides will accompany you during the tour  and educate you on the region’s history and nature of the region .

Inca Jungle Trek at a Glance

Day
01

Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa - Humantay Lake.

Day 1 in morning trek to Soraypampa and enjoy a delicious Lunch in the afternoon , hike up Humantay Lake at the night stay at Andean Huts.

Day
02

Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayracmachay – Chaullay

On day two, we will hike to the highest point of our journey, Salkantay Pass, and witness the Salkantay mountain through the forest. You spend the night at the Andean Huts.

Day
03

Chaullay – La Playa – Lucmabamba.

Explore an organic coffee estate as you walk through the Inca Jungle. Also Sap we offer ZIP LINE or Cocalmayo Hot spring We provide campsite accommodations for the night.

Day
04

Santa Teresa – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

In morning You’ll hike to the inca archaeogical site of llactapata ,and accommodation in Aguas calientes.

Day
05

Machu Picchu – Cusco

The day 5 in the early morning you will start explore Machu Picchu , then you’ll board to the train to Ollantaytambo ,and our Private transportation will take you back to Cusco.

WHAT'S IT LIKE

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the stunning location humantay lake and the glorious Salkantay Mountain.
  • Be a witness incredible waterfall , Glacier , Snow Cap Mountains Wildlife and Andes lush.
  • Enjoy the best trekking adventure experience in south America .
  • Majestic Lagoons: Passes by vibrantly colored lagoons such as the Humantay Lagoon, whose turquoise waters are a sight to behold.
  • Less Travelled: Being less known than the classic Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek tends to be less crowded, providing a quieter and more personal experience.
  • Adventure and Challenge: With a maximum altitude of 4,630 meters above sea level, the passage through the Abra Salkantay is a real challenge that offers a sense of significant accomplishment.
  • Cultural Encounters: The tour provides the opportunity to interact with local communities and learn about their traditional way of life.
  • Inca Ruins: Includes visits to lesser known ruins such as Llactapata, from where you can get a unique view of Machu Picchu.
  • Lodging Options: Unlike the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek offers a variety of lodging options, including open-air campsites and more comfortable accommodations such as Mountain Sky Huts.
  • Complete Experience: The 5-day trek allows for gradual acclimatization and the ability to fully enjoy the journey without rushing, with time for reflection and absorption of the views.
  • Access to Machu Picchu: The last day culminates with arrival at Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, with a guided tour to better understand this fascinating archaeological site.

FULL ITINERARY

Day
01

Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa Humantay Lake

We will Pick up you at the very early around 4.00 in morning . you’ll traveled in our private transportation ,you can sleep bit more on the way to Mollepata Town (2857m) After 2 h , we going to stop at Mollepata Town .

Opction 1 . There you can enjoy your  box of breakfast  provide by your accomadation in cusco.

Opction 2 . At the Mollepata Town you can purchase  your breakfast nearby restaurant and enjoy .

Then we will continue 1h to Challacancha 3750m, where we’ll start our trek ,In first you will meet the Chefs and Horsemens , (Horsemens  you can loade your Back pack on horses  max 7 Kg ) then you will start with 3h moderate walk to Sorayapampa 3869m , where we will spend our night on first day ,

Once you in Sorayapampa our chefs will prepare the buffet lunch , after the deliciously buffet lunch we will start trek 3 h  to the famous Blue – Green water Humantay Lake 4221m , when you reach Humantay Lake you can explore soround few hours  then we will back to Sorayapampa andean Huts  there our chefs wait for you with buffet dinner , also there SAP we offer cofee or tea before the dinner, after delicious dinner you can rest in your cabins , and recarge your energy for next day.

Day
02

Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayracmachay – Chaullay

Begin with day 2; this is the most challenging day in your trek. Your guide will wake you with a hot mug of Coca tea or coffee to help you recover your energy. Our chefs will prepare a buffet of nutritious breakfasts. After a hot and delicious breakfast, we’ll start the 7-kilometer trek to “Salkantay” Lake through “Salkantay Pass” (the highest point in the trek) at 4638 m. You can take great photos of the massive snow-capped mountains “HUMANTAY” , and “Salkantay” towering above us and at the lakes and rivers below. We will stay around 30 minutes for rest. There, you can enjoy panoramic views of the mountains. Also, you can join with our guides to Considered Apus (INCA God), then we continue down the trek to “Wayracmachay” for lunch. Our chefs are waiting there for a buffet lunch. After a delicious meal , we continue the trek to the “Chaullay” Andean Huts. At the Andean Huts SAP, we’ll arrange a tea table where you can enjoy various hot drinks while hanging out with your trek buddy. In 1h, you can enjoy a buffet dinner arranged by our chefs before resting in our next exclusive.

Day
03

Chaullay – La Playa – Lucmabamba

On day three, we’ll start our day about 6.30 a.m. We serve early tea or coca tea to recuperate your energy, and then our cooks will provide sustenance nourishment Breakfast . Following breakfast, we begin our hike through the Inca forest and small towns. You may appreciate the animals and vegetation, including orchids, different plants, bananas, and avocados. in our 4 and 6-kilometer trip to Lucmabamba.

We provide a buffet lunch at Lucmabamba. After the Andes lunch, you have a free afternoon. You can relax with a cup of tea or coffee. Before dinner, we provide a hot spring bath. For this, you must have a request from your guide. After the hot springs, we return to the camping site, where you may have an Andean buffet diner & ready for next day.

Day
04

Lucmabamba - Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

On the fourth day, we get up early and have coca tea or coffee. While you enjoy your morning tea, our chefs will prepare a buffet breakfast. After a fantastic breakfast, we set out on the Inca Trail to Llactapata Mountain (2736 m). During the hike, SAP provides a coffee plantation visit. If you enjoy coffee, you may visit the organic coffee fields, as well as the avocado and orange farms, which are major exporters to the United States and the European Union.

When you reach the Llactapata mountain, you may take a photo with Machu Picchu in the background, and you can explore the inca ruins while trekking to Hidroelectrica (1771m). Hidroelectrica serves lunch.

After lunch, you have two options: walk along the rail lines to Aguas Calientes (3h)or take a 30-minute train ride to Aguas Calientes (36$pp). Once we arrive in Aguas Calientes, after we board to hotel in Aguas Calientes SAP offer early dinner at local restaurant in  Aguas Calientes town 2min away from your hotel .enjoy your dinner and back to hotel for getting ready for the next unforgettable day.

Day
05

Machu Picchu – Cusco

Arriving at Machu Picchu’s Main Gate from Aguas Calientes:

There are two methods for getting from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu’s main gate. You may either go on a gorgeous 1.5-hour trek or take a simple bus excursion for roughly $12. (one way ) The option is yours, and you may even make your decision on the same day you plan to visit Machu Picchu. Regardless of the option you select, your day will begin at 4 a.m. with a great breakfast at your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

If you want to walk from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, your adventure will begin about 4:30 a.m. Begin by walking from your accommodation in “Aguas Calientes” to “Puente Ruinas,” which takes around 30 minutes. Puente Ruinas is the first checkpoint, where you must submit your Machu Picchu tickets and original passports to obtain admission. After passing the “Puente Ruinas” checkpoint, you will begin an upward journey to Machu

Picchu, with roughly 1,700 steps. This ascent usually takes between one hour and one hour and twenty minutes. When you arrive at Machu Picchu’s main gate, you’ll meet your group and guide to enter the site and begin your incredible tour through this historic Inca fortress.

MACHU PICCHU GUIDED TOUR:

Our itinerary includes a Machu Picchu ticket, with the major circuit options being circuit 01 or circuit 02.

(Best-Selling Circuit 01 or 02)

Just in case. If the first choice is not available, we will include circuits 03 or 04. Ticket availability is dependent on the time of booking, therefore if you prefer circuit 1 or 2, we recommend reserving well in advance.

For additional information on the various circuits and ticket details, please visit our website or contact us by whatsapp . Upon arriving at Machu Picchu, our knowledgeable tour guide will conduct you on a 2.5-hour guided tour of the Inca city, following the route stated in your ticket. The guide will provide information about the history and significance of Machu Picchu while giving time for photography and admiring the beautiful vistas. During the whole Machu Picchu trip, you will see the most renowned spots on the site.

Following the guided tour, you will have some free time to explore and relax on your own. If you have planned to trek Huayna Picchu (which must be reserved ahead of time because it is a popular option that sells out quickly and costs $60 per person), your guide will lead you to the starting location. The trek will take no more than 2 hours, including the round trip duration.

What’s Included?

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entrance Tickets Machu Picchu (CIRCUIT 1 or 2 )
  • High Quality Service & safety

Pre – departure Briefing

  • Attend our full briefing at 6:00 p.m. the day before your departure at the Sap Adventures office to ensure you’re trekking-ready. Can’t make it in-person? Not an issue. Simply contact us via WhatsApp at +51 960 827 076 to schedule a virtual briefing. To ensure a smooth setup, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance to schedule a bespoke session with your tour guide.

Experienced Guides

  • Our trips are guided by certified bilingual (English and Spanish) tourism guides. All guides working with SAP  are Peruvian government-licensed and have graduated from recognized Peruvian colleges or tourist schools. This guarantees that you receive informed and expert advice throughout your trip.

Medical Kit

  • Our WhatsApp and local phone services are accessible 24 hours a day.

  • In any emergency, our guides can reach us via satellite phone.

24/7 Customer Service

  • Our WhatsApp and local phone services are accessible 24 hours a day.
  • In any emergency, our guides can reach us via satellite phone.

Accommodation

  • Day 1 SORAYPAMPA – ANDEAN HUTS

    ANDEAN HUTS – This made by wood for reduce cold temprage and roof with panoromic viwe .

  • Day 2 Chaullay

    ANDEAN HUTS – This made by wood for reduce cold temprage and roof with panoromic viwe .

    • WI-FI –  10-15 soles
    • Hotwater shower – 10-15soles
  • Day 3 Lucmabamba – Camping Site
    • Camping
    • WI-FI –  10-15 soles
    • Hotwater shower – 10-15soles
  • Day 4 Hotel – Aguas Calientes 
    • Wifi
    • Hotwater shower

Meals

  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • Day 1
    • Breakfast: Before you leave Cusco, your Cusco accommodation will provide an early breakfast or box of breakfast.
    • Option 2: SAP, we’ll stop at the service facility near “mollepata town .” There, you may purchase and enjoy your BreakFast
    • Lunch – buffet Lunch at Soraypampa Andean Hut.
    • Dinner – buffet Dinner at Soraypampa Andean Hut.
  • Day 2
    • Breakfast – buffet Breakfast at Soraypampa Andean Hut.
    • Lunch – buffet Lunch  at Wayracmachay area .
    • Dinner – buffet Dinner at Chaullay  Andean Hut.
  • Day 3
    • Breakfast – buffet Breakfast at Chaullay  Andean Hut.
    • Lunch – buffet Lunch  at Playa Sahuyacco 
    • Dinner – buffet Dinner at Lucmabamba  camping site.
  • Day 4
    • Breakfast – buffet Breakfast at Lucmabamba  camping site.
    • Lunch – at Hidroelectrica town area.
    • Dinner – at Aguas Caliente Resturent.
  • Day 5
    • Breakfast – buffet Breakfast at Aguas Caliente Hotel.

What’s not Included?

  • If you don’t have a sleeping bag, you may rent one from us for $10 USD for the entire travel.
  • Ticket for Cocalmayo Hot Spring costs 10 soles.
  • Train ticket from Hydroelectrica to Aguas Calientes
  • Optional bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu costs US$12 each way.
  • Optional $20 admission charge for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • Travel insurance is not included, but is strongly recommended.
  • Tipping is usual on all excursions in Peru. While we provide wages to our whole crew, any additional tip is always appreciated, especially given their hard work.
  • Uncontrollable factors like as landslides, severe weather, and security concerns may cause additional expenses or delays.

What to Pack?

  • Passport & water proof cover for passport
  • Extra money in soles
  • Personal medications
  • Water bottle or camel back
  • Sunscrean
  • Insect Repellents
  • Personal Care Products

CLOTHS

  • Hiking Boots
  • Light Footwear
  • Trekking Socks
  • Trekking Pants
  • Short
  • Long sleeve T-Shirts
  • Warm Jacket
  • Raincoat or Rain Poncho
  • Sun hat
  • Neck Gaiter or Buff

EQUIPMENTS

  • Trekking Poles
  • Backpack (15 – 25 L)
  • Camera and chargers
  • Power Bank
  • Snacks
  • Towel
  • Fashlight
  • Swmming kit

RECOMMENDED

  • Snacks such as chocolate, cereal bars, candies, nuts, energy bars, etc.
  • Earplugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks
  • Towel
  • Fashlight
  • Swmming kit

Price for the Salkantay Trek 5 Days

Price per person:

  • Option 1 – Adults US$ 419 (By Train Transport to cusco )
  • Option 2 – Adults US$ 349 (By Car Transport to cusco )
  • For Students & Childrens – US$ 20 Off 

NOTE-  Student IDs are not eligible for a discount when

  • Traveler is older than 25.
  • Expired ID.
  • Student ID without expiration date.
  • ISIC cards are not eligible .

Hotel

Hotel upgrades, such as shared rooms, single rooms, or 2- to 4-star hotels, are available for an additional cost. We recommend that you request for additional information.

EXTRAS & UPGRADES

  • Huayna Picchu – US$ 60.00.
  • 360 Train ( aguas calientes – Ollantaytambo ) US$ 70.00.
  • Extra night in Aguas Caliente –  US$ 50.00.
  • Walking Poles (Pair) US$ 10.00 (You can Rent by SAP).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Salkantay Trek?

The Salkantay Trek is one of the many treks that you can find in the Cusco Region of Peru. With roughly 75 km / 46 miles of distance and about 3000m / 10.000 ft of elevation, this trek is considered a tough one, when compared to the other trekking options in the area. A typical Salkantay Trek will start in Cusco, where you get fetched from your hotel and from where you will be taken to either Mollepata or Soraypampa.

The Salkantay Pass is your biggest obstacle during the Salkantay Trek. The pass has an altitude of 4600m / 15100ft above sea level. On a typical Salkantay Trek, you are most likely to cross the Salkantay Pass on the second day. It is key to take it easy while crossing the pass. If you are prone to altitude sickness, then this is where it can happen. Fortunately, once you have crossed the Salkantay Pass, you will descend pretty quickly. This will aid your acclimatization and should settle the worst symptoms of altitude sickness.

This is not an unimportant question. If you want to make your Euros, Dollars or Sols go further, you should research your options carefully. Most people prefer to do the Salkantay Trek with a trekking company but you can of course also do it the vagabond way. Below we give you a rough estimate of the costs of your upcoming Salkantay Trek.

If you are thinking of trekking the Salkantay, it is good to know what you are in for in terms of weather. The Cusco area of Peru knows two distinct seasons. There is the dry season and then there is the rainy season. The dry season lasts from April to October with the driest months being June, July, and August. This is also the busiest season. Don’t worry, you are not doing the Classic Inca Trail, so you don’t have to worry too much about permits

The rainy season is from November to March and the worst months to go trekking to Machu Picchu are December, January, and February. It is not impossible, but you should ask yourself if it’s worth it. Oh, you like rain? Then go ahead! At least the Salkantay Trail, unlike the Classic Inca Trail, isn’t closed in February.

Note – you can organized with us on the breafing day or by Whatsapp ,Email a day before .

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