PERU'S salkantay trek to machu picchu
APRIL 17 TO 26
This alternative Inca Trek takes you through the Andes on a journey with spectacular scenery where you reach Salkantay (Nevado Salkantay), the highest peak of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, part of the Peruvian Andes. It is located in the Cusco Region, about 60 km (40 mi) west-northwest of the city of Cusco.
Salkantay is a large, steep peak, "the most spectacular peak of the region with great vertical relief, particularly above the low valleys to the north, which are tributaries of the Amazon River." The name Salkantay is from sallqa, a Quechua word meaning wild, uncivilized, savage, or invincible, and was recorded as early as 1583. The name is thus often translated as "Savage Mountain." Directly to the north of Salkantay lies Machu Picchu, which is at the end of a ridge that extends down from this mountain. Viewed from Machu Picchu's main sundial, the Southern Cross is above Salkantay's summit when at its highest point in the sky during the rainy season. The Incas associated this alignment with concepts of rain and fertility and considered Salkantay to be one of the principal deities controlling weather and fertility in the region west of Cusco.
After your trek, you will visit Machu Picchu at sunrise and also do a special visit to a Quechua community where you learn about the local life directly from the men and women of this region. During your visit to the mountain village of Huilloc Alto, you will meet porters who have worked on the Inca Trail and their wives who are weavers. This a great way to support the local community directly.
Arrive in Cusco.
Stay overnight in a hotel in Cusco
Cusco City Tour
Sacred Valley Tour
Day 1 of Salkanty Trek. Cusco (3,350m) - Mollepata (2,900m) - Markocasa - Soraypampa (3,850m)
Day 2 of Salkantay Trek. Walk from Soraypampa – Chaullay (3,050m).
Day 3 of Sakantay Trek. Walk from Chaullay – La Playa (2,200m).
Day 4 of Salkantay Trek. Llactapata - Puente Ruinas - Aguas Caliente
Day 5 of Salkanty Trek: Aguas Caliente-Machu Picchu-Ollantaytambo
Spend a day in Huilloc Alto where you meet the locals and the women weavers.
Drive to Cusco in the evening.
For daily hike details, see TREK SUMMARY.
This trek is STRENUOUS given the high altitude, the possible low temperatures, and the early start times for each day. You must be physically fit, in good health, and preferably with recent backpacking/hiking experience.
NOTE: Consulting with your doctor prior to joining the trip is recommended. It is highly suggested that you familiarize yourself with the hazards and risks of high altitude trekking. A completed & signed Liability Waiver form and travel insurance to cover 100% trip cost, emergency medical and evacuation are REQUIRED to join this trip. After completing your trip booking and deposit, you will be required to purchase the required travel insurance by the trip balance due date. Failure to obtain adequate travel insurance will result in cancellation of your booking and loss of trip deposit.
PRICE PER PERSON FOR A GROUP OF
1 PERSON: $2440
2 PERSONS: $2195
3 PERSONS: $2050
4 PERSONS OR MORE: $1950
We limit our group to 6 to ensure comfort and personal attention.
Single supplement: $80 for tent single supplement
$350 for 6 nights hotel single supplement
Balance is due by 30 days before departure.
Please read the TERMS & CONDITIONS and LIABILITY WAIVER before booking. Click on Book Now below to book.
Airport pick up and drop-off to and from hotel
Shared accommodations in Cusco (4 nights)
Shared accommodation in Ollantaytambo (1 night)
Shared accommodation in Aguas Caliente (1night)
Service of a professional bilingual tour guide.
City Tour of Cusco
Sacred Valley Tour
Professional, bilingual Tour Guide
Collection from hotel
Return transportation (bus to start of trail and tourist train back to Ollantaytambo)**
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
Dining tent with tables and chairs
Horseman and mules (they carry cooking and camping equipment and up to 8 kilos of tourist’s belongings)
First Aid kit
Vegetarian/special diet options available on request
**Train included in all tours is the backpacker train. Times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. We will organize the transport back to Cusco (by taxi or by bus).
International airfare to and from Cusco, medical & emergency evacuation insurance; meals in Cusco and during Sacred Valley tour; tips; last lunch on the trek, and personal expenses.
Wayna Picchu entry fee: $90
Single Tent supplement: $80
Single Hotel supplement for 6 nights: $350
Sleeping bag: $70
Walking Sticks: $50
Inflatable Mattress: $60
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO PACK? SEE GEAR LIST HERE.
International flights are excluded. Clients must book their own flights and send a copy of their flight itinerary by e-mail to no later than the trip balance due date.
TRAVEL INSURANCE REQUIRED:
After making a deposit, you are required to obtain appropriate travel insurance through Global Rescue or other insurance of your choice that should cover at a minimum 100% of the trip cost (land & air), emergency medical and evacuation for high altitude trekking of up to 5000 meters. Proof of travel insurance must be provided via electronic mail to no later than the trip balance due date. Failure to obtain travel insurance by the trip balance due date will result in cancellation and no refund of your trip deposit and/or applicable cancellation fees as noted in the Terms & Conditions.
Note: If you opt to buy your insurance from a company other than Global Rescue, please ensure that the insurance you purchase covers high altitude trekking as there are only a select number of companies that provide such type of coverage.
Please check ahead of time as to the visa requirements for the country of your choosing. You are responsible for securing your own visa, if required.
Upon booking, you will receive trip notes that include the recommended gear list and specific trek information.