Salkantay Trek 4 Days

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Salkantay Trek 4 Days


Overview Salkantay Trek 4 Days Day 01: Cusco – Soraypampa – Huayracmachay Day 02: Huayracmachay – La Playa – Lucmabamba Day 03: Lucmabamba – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco Highligths Salkantay Trek 4 days Salkantay Trek 4 Days tourist destination looking for lovers of outdoor hiking through […]

Salkantay Trek 4 Days

Salkantay Trek 4 Days tourist destination looking for lovers of outdoor hiking through the Andes and the jungle of Machu Picchu. Explore unique landscapes on your next vacation in Peru; our standard 4-day Salkantay trekking package includes camping services with incredible views plus a hotel night in Aguas Calientes, “the town located in the foothills of the Machu Picchu archaeological park.”

The Salkantay Trek 4 Days runs along the left side along the slopes of the Salkantay glacier, 6,271 meters or 20,569 feet, as between the Chaullay and Aobamba valleys. On the right side of the Aobamba valley is the famous Inca Trail. Therefore, our Salkantay Peru trek is around the buffer zone of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, in which our group of trekkers enters the park of Machu Picchu through the hydroelectric sector towards Aguas Calientes.

Overview

Overview Salkantay Trek 4 Days

  • Day 01: Cusco – Soraypampa – Huayracmachay
  • Day 02: Huayracmachay – La Playa – Lucmabamba
  • Day 03: Lucmabamba – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Highligths Salkantay Trek 4 days

Salkantay Trek 4 Days tourist destination looking for lovers of outdoor hiking through the Andes and the jungle of Machu Picchu. Explore unique landscapes on your next vacation in Peru; our standard 4-day Salkantay trek package includes camping services with incredible views plus a hotel night in Aguas Calientes, “the town located in the foothills of the Machu Picchu archaeological park.”

The Salkantay Trek 4 Days runs along the left side along the slopes of the Salkantay glacier, 6,271 meters or 20,569 feet, as between the Chaullay and Aobamba valleys. On the right side of the Aobamba valley is the famous Inca Trail. Therefore, our Salkantay Peru trek is around the buffer zone of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, in which our group of trekkers enters the park of Machu Picchu through the hydroelectric sector towards Aguas Calientes.

Itinerary

ITINERARY SALKANTAY TREK 4 DAYS

IMPORTANT: For our Salkantay Trek 4 Days tourist circuit, we provide an information session one day before starting the trek at 5:00 pm. The briefing takes place at the hotel’s reception from hikers. Our adventure tourism guide can answer all the questions of the group of visitors about the tourist circuit from Salkantay to Machu Picchu. Our tour guide knows the northern area of Cusco very well to lead organized groups of hikers on expeditions.

Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa to Huayracmachay

The pick-up service is at 05:00 to start our journey to the northeast of Cusco through the plains of Anta, descending towards the Limatambo valley and then going up to Mollepata. From Mollepata, we follow a dirt road until we reach Soraypampa “start of the walk.”.

From SORAYPAMPA, at 3,800 meters or 12,467 feet, we already have impressive views of the Salkantay and Humantay glaciers and the vast Andes Mountain range with its mountain ranges. Photos and videos are fabulous from all 380-degree angles. In Soraypampa, we meet our team of muleteers with pack horses to cross the Andes into the jungle of Chaullay.

The first three hours are up the mountain to conquer the top of the Salkantay pass. Once at the top, we observe the snowy Salkantay and then take personal and group photos. Hikers can walk for about 20 minutes to watch the turquoise lagoon of Salkantay in conjunction with the panoramic view of the Chaullay valley. We have 02 more hours of trekking down the mountain until we reach our base camp of Huayracmachay, 3,800 m or 12,464 feet.

  • The section from Soraypampa to the Salkantay Pass (4,600 meters or 15,100 feet) takes approximately 3 hours of walking.
  • The section from the Salkantay Pass to the Huayracmachay camp takes around 02 and a half hours of walking.

Short description of the Salkantay Pass

  • Maximum altitude: 4,600m/ 13,451ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,800m/12,467ft
  • Hiking distance: 16 km / 9.9 miles
  • Approximate walking time: Between 05 to 06 hours
  • Hiking difficulty level: Challenging
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Our Salkantay Trek 4 Days adventure is one of the best in the Cusco region to walk in the open air through the Andes towards the valley of Machu Picchu.

Good walking shoes with ankle support are required to do Salkantay Trek 4 Days as the terrain is rocky, muddy, and slippery. We also recommend bringing a pair of hiking poles to keep your balance on the hikes, as it also helps to propel or take the pressure off your legs going down the mountains.

Day 2: Huayracmachay to La Playa – Lucmabamba

We wake up with a splendid panoramic view of the graceful Salkantay chain, and on the other side, we have another exuberant scenery of the cloud forest. We start our hiking activities at 06:00 to descend through the cloud forest for an average of 03 and a half hours until we reach the “Collpapampa” lunch area. Our lunch is early, around 10:00, because we have 05 hours and a half more to walk until we reach our second base camp in Lucmabamba.

We walk inside the green tangle of the jungle throughout the day, typical of the Andes of inter-Andean valleys. We will find wild berries such as strawberries, ferns, mosses, begonias, orchids, tributary streams of the main rivers, small waterfalls, and incredible panoramic views. From Collpapampa to Loreta, La Playa, and Lucmabamba, we find many plantations of granadilla passion fruit, bananas, red and yellow organic coffee, and countless other plantations planted by locals. IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: We will find around 05 varieties of mosquitoes for which we recommend bringing repellent.

Summary of La-Playa – Lucmabamba

  • Lowest elevation: 2,050 meters or 6,725 feet
  • Highest elevation: 3,800 meters or 12,467 feet
  • Distance to walk within the jungle border: 18 km / 11.18 miles
  • Time to cover: Between 08 to 09 hours, approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate and challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3: Lucmabamba – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes

We serve our last wake-up tea based on fresh coca leaves to have our breakfast at 05:30. We start the trek on the Lucmabamba Inca Trail for approximately 03 hours and a half through the tropical jungle until we reach the Lucmabamba Pass to explore the Inca ruins of Llactapata, 2700 meters or 8856 feet.

From Llactapata, we have the first panoramic views of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, the Aobamba Valley, part of the Classic Inca Trail, and the beautiful Andes Mountain range its splendor. It is worth traveling this tourist circuit from Lucmabamba to Llactapata to have these impressive views of the surroundings of the lost citadel of Machu Picchu.

We continue our walk descending the side of the mountain for an average of 02 hours and a half until we reach Hydroelectric. From Hydroelectric, we continue the last section until we reach Aguas Calientes for about 02 hours and 40 more minutes of walking following the train lines. In the PUENTE RUINAS sector, we continue walking along the dirt road because if we continue along the train track from Puente RUINAS, there are two train tunnels, and it is not safe to cross them so we follow the riverbank.

NOTE: If hikers do not need to continue the trek from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes, they can take the train service; the train ticket costs $51. per person.

Last section of the hike to AGUAS CALIENTES

  • Lowest elevation: 2,040 meters or 6,692 feet
  • Highest elevation: 3,100 meters or 10,170 feet
  • Travel distance: 22 km or 13.67 miles
  • Walking time between the last stretch from Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes: Between 08 to 09 hours
  • Walking difficulty: Moderate and challenging from Llactapata to the Hydroelectric River due to the descent of the mountain
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Latest news: Now, the visiting hours of Machu Picchu have changed; 200 people enter Machu Picchu every hour; to lighten the flow of visitors to the Inca citadel. We bought the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu when reserving the Salkantay Trek 4 days package for the SCHEDULE OF 07:00 “according to availability.” Please write to us before booking the tour package if visitors require another schedule.

At 05:50, the tour guide Salkantay Trek 4 Days arrives at the hotel of the hikers to meet and go together to the bus station to board the tourist service and arrive at Machu Picchu “the trip lasts approximately 30 minutes of travel”. We arrive at Machu Picchu and begin our guided tour of Machu Picchu for an average of 02 hours, exploring the most amazing Inca sites that make up Machu Picchu and its panoramic views.

DURING THE AFTERNOON, we board the MAPI train service TO POROY. The train trip takes approximately 03 hours and 40 minutes to travel. Once you arrive at the Poroy train station, we have the private transfer service to the city of Cusco “25 minutes of travel”.

Thank you for deciding to vacation in Salkantay Trek 4 Days; You have made one of the best decisions to trek through the Andes and the jungle of Peru on an outdoor camping expedition.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions

Includes: 

  • Unique activities along the trails of SALKANTAY PERU for a 4-day expedition
  • English and Spanish speaking bilingual tour guide
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel 01 or 02 days before your trip at 05:30 p.m.
  • Private transportation service from Cusco to Soraypampa
  • Muleteers and packhorse to load the mountain equipment KONDOR PATH TOURS
  • Packhorse to carry 08 kilograms or 17.6 pounds per hiker of personal items
    • Canvas bag to pack your hiker items to put on the packhorse
  • Camping equipment such as tent for hikers “02 people per tent”, dining tent, kitchen tent with folding tables and chairs
    • Inflatable mattress
  • Experienced chef for adventure expeditions.
    • Food: Breakfasts (04), Lunches (03), Dinners (02)
    • Boiled water every morning to fill the canteens “bring reusable canteens to keep the tourist circuit of Salkantay Peru green.”
  • First aid kit plus 01 oxygen bottle just in case.
  • 02 NIGHTS camp
  • 01 NIGHT in a three-star hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Payment of extra tickets such as the entrance to the Salkantay in Mollepata and camps
  • Entrance tickets to MACHU PICCHU AT 07:00
  • BUSES to Machu Picchu “up and down”
  • Guided tour service for 02 hours in Machu Picchu
  • Train tickets in PERU RAIL: MAPI – OLLANTA “EXPEDITION Service.”
  • Private transportation for the transfer from POROY to CUSCO
  • All local taxes

NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping bag (we recommend bringing your light sleeping bags for low temperatures, especially for the first night of the Salkantay Trek 5 Days expedition); otherwise, you can rent or buy one in downtown Cusco.
  • Breakfast on day 01 and lunch on day 04.
  • Tips for the crew (muleteers, cook, and guide)

Travel Facts

Travel facts Salkantay Trek 4 Days

PRICE LIST

Prices Salkantay Trek 4 days

PRICES PER PERSON [USD] 2022. We organize this adventure circuit through the Andes from Salkantay to Machu Picchu in 04 days and 03 nights only as a private service at unbeatable prices.

  • 02 participants $. “Prices reduce if there are more people in your group.”
  • 03 participants $.
  • 04 participants $.
  • 05 participants $.
  • 06 participants $.
  • 07 participants $.
  • 08 participants + $.

* Price based on 02 people sharing one tent.
* Kondor Path Tours operates the Salkantay Hiking Trail 4 days 3 nights 😊


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