Avoid the crowds with this incredible high altitude trek with Nuevo Mundo
Route: Cusco- Challacancha – Soroycocha- Qollpapampa- Lucmabamba- Hidro -Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote trail located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests. The mountain range’s highest peak reaches an impressive 6,271m above sea level, where the temperature can drop to 0ºF – 18ºC. The tropical cloud forest is fed by the water that flows from the Andes. Along the way you will see Inca remains such as trails and walls, and the last day of the trail you will visit Llactapata. Here it is possible to see the area of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from a different angle that is not traditional in pictures. The Salkantay Trek is an alternative to the traditional Inca Trail. Off the beaten path, this is a cutting edge experience for adventure travellers looking for a little more privacy and authenticity. With more spectacular vistas, the Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek offers the solitude and quiet contemplation that such a sacred path deserves.
DURATION: 5 Days – 4 Nights Trekking & Additional Day in Machu Picchu
DEPARTURES ON REGULAR (SHARED) BASIS: MONDAYS / WEDNESDAY / SATURDAY
SEASON: Jan 01 – Dec 31 (Excludes Feb)
HIGHLIGHTS: Adventure Tourism / Nature Tourism
Archaeological and Historic Complexes: Spectacular viewpoints over Cusco Pre – Hispanic, Inca Archaeological complexes.
Life Culture: Life Andean culture.
Nature: Beautiful landscapes, Mountain range, Andean biodiversity wildlife and flora, different ecosystems.
Type: Adventure Tourism / Nature Tourism/ Cultural Trekking
Day 1: CUSCO – CHALLACANCHA – SOROYCOCHA
Leave Cusco early (06.00) and drive to the village of Mollepata a nice Indian Village situated in a citrus growing area at a subtropical region of 2803m above sea level. On the route you will visit the archaeological site of Tarawasi, one of the nicest buildings in the region before getting to Mollepata.
After you will continue driving until you arrive to Challacancha. Here you will meet the horse handlers and horses who will be your support on the trek. From Challacancha you will start to climb toward Salkantay pampa, where you have lunch. After a short rest you will continue to climb toward Soroycocha (4,200m above sea level), which is your first starting point for camping. From here you will have a magnificent view of Apu Salkantay (snow-capped mountain 6271m above sea level)which is also known as Guardian Lord of Cusco.
Meals – Lunch and Dinner
Day 2: SOROYCOCHA – QOLLPAPAMPA
After an early breakfast, with a long journey you will depart around 6:30 am, toward Collpapampa, where you will start your descent until you arrive at the Salkantay Mountain pass (4525m above sea level). Here we will enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers and the snow-capped mountain of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range. Here you can see the south face of Salkantay towering above you where you have the possibility of seeing chinchillas and Andean Condors in their natural habitat. After you will arrive at Huayracmachay, where you will have lunch before beginning you descent towards a more tropical climate and into the ‘cloud forest’. Along the route, you will see the remains of an original ancient Inca path and continue to walk along the Salkantay River arriving to the second campsite at Qollpapampa (2870m above sea level), a beautiful spot with some natural hot springs to relax in.
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: QOLLPAPAMPA – LUCMABAMBA
After breakfast you will descend through a narrow path toward the banks of the Cachora or Santa Teresa River.
Today you will enjoy a warmer and humid climate, at this altitude there is a marked change in the flora and fauna, becoming greener and preparing you for the subtropical foliage, on the route we will pass through wild fruits plantations like passion fruit and coffee plantations.
You will pass the waterfalls of Coripacchi, the settlement at Wiñaypoko, where you will enjoy a delicious Lunch.
In the afternoon you will continue close to the banks of the river and you will pass Sahuayaco a small village of less than 20 families. Later you arrive at your campsite at Lucmabamba.
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4: LUCMABAMBA – HYDRO – MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO (AGUAS CALIENTES)
After breakfast, you will start to walk toward La Playa village and will cross the river and start climbing to El Mirador or Abra Q’elloqasa (2860m above sea level). From here you have an exceptional view of the Lost City of the Incas, the legendary Machupicchu, from a different angle. You will enjoy a last lunch in nature at the lookout point of Llaqtapata (2650m above sea level) from where you can view both Machupicchu and the Salkantay Mountain and take a good rest, enjoying the added value of the Llactapata remains, which have recently been restored. A descent towards the Aobamba River crossing lush bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee plantations takes you to the hydroelectric plant of Machupicchu from where you board a train that takes you to Puente Ruins (short, scenic 30-minutes train ride), arriving to Aguas Calientes. Transfer to hotel.
Day 5: MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
Early in the morning you will take the first bus up to MachuPicchu; the guide will offer a full guided tour of this spectacular place. You will have free time to explore after the tour. Return to Aguas Calientes to take the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo, where the bus waits for us to transfer to hotel in the Sacred Valley or Cusco city.
* Bilingual speaking guide (Spanish – English)
* Transportation to Challacancha, where the trek begins. (1st day)
* Transportation from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco hotel (Last day)
* Full meals during the trek.
* Filtered and boiled water.
* Chef and supporting staff.
* Horses and mules.
* Whole Camping gear : Brand The North Face tent Four Season Mountain 25
* Inflatable mattress Therm-a-rest
* Personal duffle bag 7kls / 15.43 lbs.
* Dinning, tent, cook tent, bathroom tent,
* Kitchen dishes
* First aid kit, oxygen.
* Communication equipment: Short wave radios.
TO MACHU PICCHU:
* Local train from Hidro to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes)
* Bilingual guide ( the same person that was the guide on the trek)
* Bus to Machu Picchu round trip
* Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
* Vistadome train, one way
All transfers and excursions are inclusive of local English speaking guide.
Does not include:
* Sleeping bag.
* Alcoholic beverages
* Meals in Machu Picchu
* Others not described in the program
* Accommodation in Aguas Calientes