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Salkantay Trek in 5 days

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Day 1 :4:30 am We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and travel to Mollepata in a tourist bus. We will arrive at Soraypampa which is at 3500 meters (20.671 feet). At our first campsite, the highest and coldest camp site of the trip at 4000m (12750ft), we will be able to take in the beautiful landscape.

Day 2 : We will have a hot breakfast at around 5:30am and begin our walk to the highest pass on this trek (4650m/15200ft) located between two huge mountains: Salkantay on the right and Humantay on the left (Salkantay at 6271m/20575ft and Humantay at 4120m/13500ft). From the pass, the views of both of the snowcapped mountains are incredible. There will also be a possibility of snow here. At this point we will have a small ceremony.

We will continue our walk downhill through a beautiful cloud forest and we will arrive in Huayracpunku, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch in the direction of the jungle until we reach our second campsite, Colcapampa(3000m/9800ft). Another possible campsite would be in Challway.

Day3: After our breakfast at 6:30am, we will pass through several valleys, crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of small brooks, appreciating some wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruit, colorful birds and various native plants. The path is less demanding with a usually warm climate. We have lunch on the way and, while traveling, we will enjoy more of the vibrant valleys. Eventually we will arrive in Santa Teresa which is our following campsite.

Day 4: 

After breakfast we will continue our trip by walking another 3 hours to reach Hidroelectrica. The trail cuts into the old coffee plantation of Mandorpampa and enters the cloud forest, following the sacred river for about one and a half hours until we see the waterfalls from Hidroelectrica. These falls are about twelve meters high and are fed by the crystal clear melt waters of the sacred Mount Yanantin.

We will finally arrive in Machu Picchu village (Aguas Calientes) to have overnight in our comfortable hotel.

Day 5:  We will have breakfast and then take the bus (6am) up to Machu Picchu. A walking tour of approximately 2 hours is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city at your leisure. At 10 am there will be time to climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft). It takes about 45 minutes to reach the top.

We will take the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo on the Expedition and a bus to Cusco. We'll be in Cusco at approximately 22:30pm.
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Important Information
Departure Point
At local house or hotel close to Cusco main square
Departure Time
4:00 - 4:30 am
5 days
Return Details
Close to Cusco Main Square
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Use of bicycle
  • First aid Kit
  • Hostel 3
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • If your hotel ifar of main Square contact us to agree meeting point.
  • It´s important to have a briefing one or two days before the tour.
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We just returned from a 4 day Salkantay Trek. It was one amazing trip from the beginning to the end because of our tour guides Santiago and Rooney. They took care of all the logistics and details for us. We were a group of 7...More

Thank moon11light
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Santiago and Roony (our guides) were incredible! Not only did they guide and educate us on the region, but they really looked after our entire group's safety and well being, taking into consideration everyone's abilities or restrictions. These guys are a class act and we...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 September 2019 via mobile

My boyfriend and I did the 5D/4N Salkantay trek with Luis as our guide. Luis was a great guide, he was quick to resolve any issues (we had a few but they were quickly resolved by Luis and the ITEP took responsibility and resolved it...More

Thank K4484BHjessicam
Reviewed 23 August 2019 via mobile

This trek was amazing and a very unique experience. The views were just beautiful and totally worth seeing, although it was sometimes hard it is an experience that you will never forget or regret doing. Specially the Humantay lake and the Salkantay Pass were just...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 9 August 2019 via mobile

When I started planing my trip to Peru I came across an alternative trek to the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek and decided to go for it. I searched online and I saw that almost every agency gave me the same price, 500 USD (basic...More

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  • ITEP Eco Travel
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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