The Cordillera Vilcanota is an impressive range of mountains which include the massive SALKANTAY snow capped mountain (6,264m) and three others over 6000m. SALKANTAY is an outstanding snow peak, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cuzco in south central Peru.
It is the highest mountain of the Cordillera Vilcabamba.
Because of its proximity to the city, it is easily accessible and is climbed frequently.
Attractive trek; made for trekkers it has a changeable landscape; it is under sunrise code decentralization of trekking tours, since other tourist circuits have gotten famous in the last few years it’s getting crowded, this trek is totally different to the others, it’s not dirty, not popular, so therefore it’s not full of tourists on this trek you will see distinct ecosystems spread across its different zones of altitude and climate. This trail runs from high valley up to the mountains and descends into a high jungle.
The ecosystem is changes rapidly.
|Package Name :||Salkantay Trek 4 Days 3 Nights to Machu Picchu|
|Trek Duration :||4 Days / 3 Nights|
|Accommodation:||1 nights Hotel and 2 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.|
We pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 a.m. to drive for about 3 hours to Mollepata where we start our Salkantay trek.
As soon as we are at mollepata while you have breakfast the cook and the horseman will pack all the camping equipment and cooking stuff and we start hiking the first 3 hours will be a little bit uphill to get Cruzpata where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay; 4120m/13500ft and Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) - just the start! We will begin our Salkantay trek towards Soraypampa, our first Salkantay Trek camping spot (3800 m/11750ft; the highest and coldest campsite of the trip) we will be very close to the second highest Salkantay snow capped - mountain of Cusco.
After having our Salkantay Trek breakfast we start walking about 5:30 am, because this day will be the longest day the first 4 hours is uphill to get the highest point of the Salkantay Trek (4650m/15200ft) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left.
From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible.
There is a possibility of snow here.
After a rest, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku, where we will have lunch.
We hike again after lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach our second Salkantay Trek camping spot of chaullay or Colcapampa (3000m/9800ft).
After breakfast, at 6.30am, we start walking through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of little brooks to reach La Playa walking about 6 hours.
Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits, plants and as soon as we are at la playa place horses will go back to Mollepata on taking the same Salkantay Trek and after having lunch we Take a local car to get Hydroelectric station to start walking 2 more hours by taking the railrodad to Aguas Calientes.
Salkantay trek important day, We wake up early morning about 4 am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and leave to walk up to Machupicchu which takes one and half hours up to machu picchu but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 to Machupicchu (25-minutes long) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising.
Machu Picchu guided tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huaynapicchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top.and after enjoying machu picchu you have to go down to aguas calientes to take the train back to ollantaytambo and then bus back cusco.
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