The Salkantay Trek Classic is one of the most popular alternative treks to the Inca Trail!
The 5 Day Salkantay trek is the Classic trail where you’ll trek through the Salkantay Pass which is the highest point of the trek, for spectacular views of the famous Salkantay Mountain. The Incas considered the Salktantay Mountain to be an Apu, or mountain god.
Besides the great views, you’ll also hike through different climates because of the changes in the altitudes. The highpoint is the end, of course, being Machu Picchu!
|Package Name :||Salkantay Trek Classic to Machu Picchu|
|Trek Duration :||5 Days / 4 Nights|
|Accommodation:||1 nights Hotel and 4 nights in tent|
|Type of Trek :||Archaeological, Cultural, ecological and Adventure|
|Activities :||Trekking & Walking, Cultural Tours & Sightseeing|
|Altitude :||2,000 m / 6,560 ft(Aguas Calientes) – 4, 600 m(Salkantay Pass)|
|Group Size :||To suit group requirements|
|Difficulty degree of this hike :||Challenging due to the altitude: we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco or over 3000m/9840ft|
|Departures Day :||– Our company organize daily departures for this unforgettable trekking with the best camp staff.|
At 5am we pick you up at your hotel and we drive in our private van to Soraypampa for 3.5 hours. Along the way you can enjoy some spectacular views of villages such as: Iscuchaca and Limatambo, stunning valleys and snow-capped mountains such as Salkantay. At the trail head (Soraypampa) we have our breakfast enjoying the amazing views of Humantay (5900mt) and Salkantay (6217mt) Mountain glaciers. Then we do a short hike up to see the turquoise Umantay Lake which will take 2,5 hours round-trip, afterwards we continue with a gentle climb for 1,5 hours to Salkantaypampa where we have our delicious lunch in front of the beautiful glacier. After lunch we continue for one more hour uphill by switchback to our first campsite at Soroccocha located at the foot of Salkantay Mountain. Then enjoy your tea time with coffe and hot chocolate. The views on this day will be truly breathtaking.
Day 2 will start early in the morning with a hot cup of coca tea before we have breakfast together. Today will likely be your hardest part of the trek since we’ll be climbing the highest part of the trail, the Salkantay Pass at about 4650 meters. The ascent will take about 3 hours and when you get to the top, you’ll have spectacular views of the mountains and their snowy peaks! Here you’ll have a little time to catch your breath, take in the views and take some prize worth photos. Afterwards, we’ll go downhill (you may want climbing poles for this part of the trail) along a rocky path to our lunch site. After lunch and a short rest we’ll hike on to Chaullay which will take another 3 hours. This area will be warmer and more humid than the night before, being at about 2900 meters. Make sure to put your belongings in your tent tonight after dinner because of the humidity!
On Day 3, we’ll have another early morning start with coca tea and breakfast before starting our hike. We’ll continue a downhill hike going through warmer climates and enjoying the tropical area. We’ll hike for about 5 hours to La Playa where we’ll rest, use their restrooms, and have lunch. After lunch, we’ll take a local bus/van to the small town of Santa Teresa which is about 1 hour away. This will be our campsite for the night. You also have the option of a 15 minute drive to the hot springs, which is definitely recommended after your journey so far! We’ll have dinner and time to relax in the evening before resting for our next part of our trip.
Day 4 will be the last day of the hiking part of our trip, beginning with our trek from Santa Teresa. We’ll wake up early and hike for about 6 hours to the Hidroelectrica train station and on to Aguas Calientes which is the small town at the bottom of the mountain from Machu Picchu. Today will be warm so don’t forget to wear sun protection! We’ll hike along the Vilconata River for a while before walking along the railroad tracks between Hidroelectrica and Aguas Calientes. Although the hike is smooth, you’ll be surrounded by lush green vegetation along the way. Tonight you’ll be able to enjoy a warm shower, dinner at a restaurant and a real bed in a hotel so you’re rested for your trip to Machu Picchu the next day!
On your last day with us, we’ll finally get to enjoy the famous city of Machu Picchu! We’ll hike or take the bus up to the entrance of Machu Picchu together. You’ll have a guided tour which will take about 2 hours where we’ll see some of the important areas like temples, a priest house, sundial, and more. You can also choose to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains. If you would like to, you will need to book this months in advance and keep in mind that this will take some time out of your time at Machu Picchu. From Machu Picchu, you’ll go back down to Aguas Calientes where you’ll catch your train to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, we’ll be waiting to pick you up and bring you back to Cusco which will be the end of your trip.
Note that even though there is an itinerary planned, there may be issues out of our control like road closures, campsite availability, weather, natural events etc. which we’ll do anything in our power to work around but may change the itinerary.
We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter waterbottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important.
Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required, and we recommend Neoprene socks and water shoes for this trip.
NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you’re interested in.