Classic Salkantay Trek 5 Days 4 Nights
Highlights of Salkantay Trek 5 Days Trip
- Hike through cloud forests, highlands, and alpine valleys
- Traverse the stunning and mystical Mountain Salkantay, a 20,574 Andean giant
- Top out at over 15,000 feet in elevation
- Enjoy our premier camping accommodations
- Feast on authentic, Peruvian dishes
- Learn about the charming mountain culture of the Quechua
- Spend a day exploring Machu Picchu
Description of Salkantay Trek 5 Days Trip
Located northwest of Cusco; Salkantay the cordillera’s tallest peak, is at the eastern end of the chain and rises to 6271 meters above sea level. The name Salkantay means ‘Savage Mountain’ which may refer to the swirling clouds that rise up from the jungle lowlands and engulf the peak. This amazing Salkantay trek is surrounded the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6.271m/20569ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes.
Detailed Itinerary for Salkantay Trek 5 Days Trip
Day 01: Cusco – Soraypampa
We will leave Cusco at 04:30 by bus, and drive to Mollepata. By approximately 2 hours and a half hours drive. After breakfast we will start the ascent on foot towards Cruzpata (3100 masl) along a slight climb where we will appreciate various plants, native birds, the Apurimac river canyon (which is one of the deepest in Peru), and a communitarian irrigation canal. In Cruzpata we will have our lunch, we will depart at around 1:30 p.m. in the direction of Soraypampa along a climbing trail with many level variations and along which we will see little groups of houses, flora, small wild birds and spectacular views of the Humantay snow peak Mountain (5902 masl). After approximately 4 hours of walking, we will arrive at our campsite in Soraypampa (3900 masl). From here we can appreciate the majestic Apu Salkantay (6271 masl).
Day 02: Soraypampa – Chaullay.
After an early breakfast we start trekking from Soraypampa approx. 6:30 a.m. we continue our hiking the Peruvian highland. From this point we can appreciate the spectacular views of the Mountain Salkantay, a stunning snowcapped mountain (6,264 m) the second highest peak in Cusco’s region, and also the mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes and moraines. At our lunch spot after a five-hour walk, Pass downhill to lunch in Huayracmachay, and then a further 2-3 hours downhill walk to Camping site at Chaullay 2,920 m.
Day 03: Chaullay – Santa Teresa.
Wake up to lovely mountain scenery and a good morning tea. We will start at 07:00 a.m. for an easy 3 hours of trekking. where we will be introduced to the high Jungle called “Ceja de Selva”, Where we will see different kinds of plants, fruits, flowers, birds and also banana trees, coffee and others can be observed and to take amazing pictures. At the end of the day we will see passion fruit fields and the campsite is at the community named “La Playa “(2400 masl). From here we will take a small car by approximately 45 minutes to Santa Teresa village where is the hot spring (optional hot spring bath) and also we will spend a night here. Walking distance approximately 15 Km.
Day 04: Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes town.
After breakfast at approximately 8:30 a.m. The Salkantay trek begins to follow a rising trail where there can be seen plantations of coffee, banana, passion fruit and a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. The trail follows the riverside of Vilcanota River finally arriving to the Oroya (canopy brich). From here we have an option to hike to hydroelectric or to catch a small car to take us to Hydroelectric (25 minutes), from this place we can observe the back of Machu Picchu Sanctuary, And have the last lunch with all staff. From here we will continue walking to Aguas Calientes town, arriving around 4:30 p.m. Walking distance approximately 10 Km. Overnight at Aguas Calientes town.
Day 05: Explore the Ancient city of Machu Picchu.
Begin the travel up to the Archaeological site of Machu Picchu and we will explore the city and enjoy the ancient ruins in the early morning hours. The completely guided tour of the Inca citadel that will last approximately two hours. Then in the afternoon. From here (Aguas Calientes town) we take the train back to Ollantaytambo connect with the transfer back to the city of Cusco arriving at 10:45pm.
Inclusions for Salkantay Trek 5 Days Trip
- Welcome at the airport in Cusco and transfer to your hotel
- Briefing about Salkantay trek with your tour guide
- Transportation to the trailhead
- All Camping gear, Tent, Matts, mules
- Andean chef along the trek and cooking equipment
- Meals: 04 Breakfast, 04 Lunches, 04 Dinners + wake up tea Vegetarian food available
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
- 03 night’s camping on Salkantay trek
- 01 Night hotel in Aguas Calientes town
- Trains services Aguas Calientes town – Ollantaytambo 1.5hrs
- Bus services Ollantaytambo – Cusco 2hrs
- First aid kit and oxygen
Exclusions for Salkantay Trek 5 Days Trip
- Sleeping bag -10° walking poles, available for hire we us
- Lunch and dinner on fifth day