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Salkantay Trekking 5 days Tour

Salkantay trekking 5 days

Activity level: Moderate


►  DAY 01: Cusco – Mollepata – Sayllapata – SoraypampaDetails

Very early in the morning we will departure by bus to Mollepata town at 2.850 meters. This trip will be with beautiful landscapes through Izcuchaca and Limatambo. We can see spectacular views of the chains of snowcapped Vilcabamba. The colorful village of Mollepata is our starting point where we meet our Arrieros ¨horseman¨ and trekking staff (cook and assistants). We begin to trek with a gradual climb through a pristine Andean valley landscape passing by Sayllapata the place where the staff will be waiting for us with a delicous lunch. In the afternoon after visiting a spectacular glacial lake we continue with a gentle climb for approximately 3 hours through more unspoiled Andean valley until get to Soraypampa. This first camp is located at 3.950 meters.

Distance: 12km
Maximum altitude: 3.950 meters
Minimum altitude: 2.850 meters
Meals included: lunch and dinner
Overnight: camp

►  DAY 02: Cusco – Soraypampa – Collpapampa Details

After an ealy breakfast we start trekking to reach the Apacheta Pass at 4.590 meters. From this point we can appreciate spectacular views of Cusco´s second highegst peak, the stunning snow capped mountain Salkantay (6.264 meters) and also the snow capped mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes and moraines. In the Apacheta Pass you can leave a peace of rock carried from the bottom as a present from you to the Apacheta. In Inca times the walkers used to leave at the top of their shoes, clothes, jewels or simply a piece of rock as an offering. There is an option to take a nice walk from the Pass for 40 minutes approximately to see an amazing Lake of Soraycocha located just off the trail.

We continue downhill to lunch in Huayracmachay, and then, depending on the group ability, weather and walking conditions, the guide will decide whether to camp 2-3 hours downhill walk in Rayan-niyoc at 3.100 meters or travel further 2km to camp at Collpapampa at 2.920 meters for experienced trekkers. Very nice camping near a natural hot spring pool.

Distance: 16 km to Rayan-niyoc and 20km to Collpapampa
Maximum altitude: 4.590 meters
Minimum altitude: 2.920 meters
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight: camp

►  DAY 03:Collpapampa – lluscamayo – La PlayaDetails

We start the trek from Collpapampa, where we will be introduced a high jungle zone called Ceja de Selva. Here we will see different kinds of plants, fruits, flowers, birds etcetera plus coca and banana crops can be observed. You will have time to have fresh water coming from a waterfall, taking amazing pictures, and with luck we can observe the famous Peruvian National Bird ¨Gallito de Rocas¨. We stop at lluscamayo for lunch and free time to rest before the 3 hour walk to our last campsite in La Playa. A small village is located here with electricity.

Distance: 16 km from Rayan-niyoc and 11km from Collpapampa
Maximum altitude: 2.920 meters
Minimum altitude: 2.350 meters
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight: camp

►  DAY 04: Lucmabamba – llaqtapata – Hydro ElectricaDetails

We begin our trek in the village Lucmabamba where we will see the remains of an Inca Trail. We follow this rising trail, from which we will see coffee, banana and passion fruit plantations and a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. After climbing for 4 hours to reach llaqtapata we can enjoy some free time to rest and observe the mountain of Machu Picchu and some of this archeological site from afar. Then 2 hours downhill to do Hydro Electric Plant at 1.870 meters. The Arrieros, horses and donkey herders will prepare their return back to Soraypampa and we head to Aguas Calientes town. At 16h30 we will take a 45 minute train journey to Aguas Calientes town where a special dinner is waiting for us.

Distance: 12km
Maximum altitude: 2.350 meters
Minimum altitude: 2.000 meters
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight: standard hotel 3* in Aguas Calientes

►  DAY 05: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – CuscoDetails

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Very early in the morning we will take a bus for 35 minutes to the Machu Picchu and then we will have a guided tour and plenty of free time to explore this mysterious city by yourself. Generally around 13h00 people catch the bus back to Aguas Calientes. We take our return train with bus connection arriving to Cusco at night.






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-One of the most complete and adventurous Inca Trek.
-The breathtaking beauty of Soraycocha Lake.
-Cusco second highest mountain, Salkantay.
-Real vestiges of the original ancient Inca Trail at Lucmabamba.


  All tours and excursions specified with licensed bilingual guide & transportation.
  Transfers to/from Airport and others where detailed.
  Accommodation on selected hotel (category) with Breakfast.
  Entrance fees to visited sites.
  24/ assistance when on tour.


  International and domestic flights in Peru.
  Lunch and Dinner where not specified.
  Additional entrance fee, tours & sightseeing besides mentioned.
  Personal expenses, extras, tips and drinks.
  Other services not specified in the program.
  Travel, medical and cancelation insurance.

General Information

Important Notes

  • If the reservation was made with an old passport you have to bring the old AND new passport for the Salkantay trekking
  • Departure and arrival times are approximated
  • Campsites are subject to change according to the designation of the governmental institution of regulating the use of the trail, as well as to our guides criteria and the group progress
  • The maximum allowed group size is 16 people with 22 porters. Our average group size is about 10 people but there are times when we even have 2, 3 or 4 people
  • Tips for chef and porters are NOT included and it´s up to you whether to tip or not to tip (the recommended amount is 60 soles given by each tourist for the whole porter´s group – chef and guide are tipped independently)

Packing list

  • Passport
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping back (Minus 8°C, Can be rented at local office for $20)
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and trekking pants (No jeans)
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera, extra film and batteries
  • Sun protection: sun screen, sun hat, sunglasses
  • Thermals: wool socks, gloves, scarf and woolen hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain poncho or jacket
  • Extra plastic bags, especially in the wet season and plastic garbage bags to line your back pack
  • Toiletries, toilet paper and small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Water bottle: water purifying tablets optional
  • Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Extra money
  • Trekking poles

All departures and prices are subject to availability. Please Contact Us to confirm preferred departure

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