5 Day Sensational Salkantay Trek

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    Salkantay Trek Tour Details

    The Salkantay Trek Takes you on a Scenic Hike through the Andes to Machu Picchu. Trek Includes; Tents, Meals, Guides, Trains, Admissions & more!

    Departure & Return Location

    Cusco, Peru

    Departure Time

    4:20 AM

    Price Includes

    • English Speaking Guides
    • Guided Machu Picchu Tour
    • Transfer to trek starting point
    • Machu Picchu General Admission
    • Group Horses (Carry 5 kilos of personal gear)
    • Group Porters (Carry Group Tents & Food), Cook
    • Return Expedition Train (6:20PM, 9:50PM) and Bus Transport to Cusco
    • 1 Night Hostel Accommodation in Aguas Calientes - Last night (EcoMapi Hostal)
    • Equipment - safety gear for zip lines provided when booking optional excursion
    • Meals 4 Day Trek (3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners), 5 Day Trek (4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners)
    • Waterproof Tents

    Salkantay Complementaries

    • Snacks
    • Tea Time
    • First Aid & Oxygen
    • Hostel/Hotel Pickup

    Salkantay Extras (optional)

    • US$25 - Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Hikes - Subject to Availability
    • US$25 - Sleeping Bag Rental
    • US$29 - Trekking Pole Rental
    • Zip Lines - Closed at the Moment
    • US$29 - Horse Porter (carries up to 30 kilos for first 3 days of trek)

    Price Excludes

    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Mollepata Admission (10 soles or $3) / Santa Teresa Hot Springs Admission (27 soles or $8.50)
    • Bottled Water - can be purchased on the trail
    • Train from Hidroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes (optional) can be purchased on location (subject to availability)
    • Bus Tickets to/from Machu Picchu & Aguas Calientes (Last Day). For those that don't hike down to Aguas Calientes.
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    Additional Information
    • Pricing is based on Double occupancy
    • Please ask us about special group discounts if travelling with 3 or more people
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking
    • This tour begins in Cusco, Hostel/Hotel Pickup is included for Accommodation located in Cusco City Center
    • Salkantay Trek does not have set departures, you can choose your own start date
    • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
    • $20 off for students with Valid University/College Identification Card Must bring ID with you.
    • We cater to all diets, if you have a special diet please let us know
    • If you are a senior or traveling with small children please ask us about our private tours
    • We recommend you pack light for the Salkantay Trek, you can leave any extra luggage with your hostel or hotel in Cusco

    Cancellation Policy

    If you cancel between 45 and 30 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 30 days or less of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
     
    Read our full terms & conditions here.
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    Salkantay 5 Day Trek Itinerary

    Day 1

    The 5 Day Salkantay Trek begins with a 4:20 a.m. pick up you from your hotel or hostel in Cusco. The day before our guides visit you at your hostel/hotel for a short briefing about the trek and confirm your location. We begin the trek by traveling to Mollepata. This is a beautiful and scenic journey through Limatambo, stopping for panoramic views of the Apurimac valley. Arriving at Mollepata we will meet our porters and horses, here you can also have breakfast. 

    Mollepata is the official starting point of the trek where we will start our hike to Soraypampa 3,725 m. (12,221 ft.) After a 2 hour hike we will have lunch among the beautiful scenery. After lunch we will continue on our Salkantay Trek until arriving at Soraypampa 4 hours later. Here we make camp, have dinner and get a good nights rest.

    Day 2

    Today we will hike to the highest point of the trek at 4,650 m. (15,091 ft.), getting a beautiful view of the snowcapped Salkantay mountain, and the peaks of Humantay and Tucarhuay. Once we arrive you will have time to appreciate the area and the views, the glacier of Salkantay is 6,271 meters above sea level. (20, 574 ft.) depending on the weather you could be able to see small avalanches on the mountain from a safe distance. 

    Afterwards, we will hike through some of the most spectacular scenery in Perú, walking across snowy high passes as we start descending into the cloud forest. We will hike past Salkantaypampa and Soyrococha. Here vegetation and wild life will become more abundant and the weather milder. We reach our camp in the afternoon at Chaullay 2,900 m. (9,514 ft.). Here we will overnight and have dinner.

    Day 3

    After breakfast we depart Colpani around 6:30 a.m. We’ll continue the Salkantay Trek hiking through the upper jungle, crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of the little brooks. Here the weather is more enjoyable as you are in High Jungle. The days hike is through valleys and you will have wonderful views of waterfalls, flora and fauna endemic of the region and tropical fruits. The hike lasts for 4 hours before stopping for lunch.

    We will stop in Playa (Sahuayaco) 2,250 m. (7,381 ft.) for lunch, and then we will continue our hike to Collpapampa to enjoy bathing at the hot springs. Afterwards we take a transport to Santa Teresa 1,900 m. (6,233 ft.) where we’ll overnight.

    Day 4

    After breakfast we’ll begin our Salkantay Trek through the Santa Teresa Valley to the Hydroelectric station, here we will continue along the rail lines to the Hidroelectric station, the hike lasts approximately 5 hours before we stop for lunch.

    After lunch we will continue our hike for 3 hours before arriving at Aguas Calientes. You also have the option of bypassing the hike by taking a train to Aguas Calientes for $36 (not included). At Aguas Calientes your guide will take you to your hostel. You will overnight in Aguas Calientes, there you will have a group dinner and go over the following days tour at Machu Picchu.

    Day 5

    Very early (5:00 a.m.) we’ll have our breakfast, afterwards we’ll begin our hike up to the Machu Picchu Citadel. There is also the option to take the bus up to the entrance if you would rather not hike ($15, optional) When you arrive at Machu Picchu you will be able to enjoy a sunrise over the ruins (weather permitting). You then will begin a 2 hour tour of Machu Picchu. After that, you’ll have free time. Optionally: you could climb Huayna Picchu ($20, optional) or visit the sprawling site of Machu Picchu.

    In the afternoon you can either hike down to Aguas Calientes or take the bus shuttle ($15, optional) where you will catch your 6:20 PM train to Ollantaytambo. There are also earlier trains available to Ollantaytambo departing at 2:55 PM, 3:20 PM AND 4:22 PM for an additional $30 (optional). There the tourist buses will be waiting to take you to Cusco (included). Other train schedules available upon request. This concludes your 5 Day Salkantay Trek with Karikuy Tours.

    Salkantay 4 Day Trek Itinerary

    Day 1

    The 4 Day Salkantay trek allows you to hike the route to Machu Picchu in less time. If you are wondering why the 4 Day trek costs only slightly less then 5 day trek it’s because there is a transport that has to be hired from Sahuayaco (playa) to the Hydroelectric station. This portion is hiked on the regular 5 day trek.

    The 4 Day Salkantay Trek begins with a 4:20 a.m. pick up you from your hotel or hostel in Cusco. The day before our guides visit you at your hostel/hotel for a short briefing about the trek and confirm your location. We begin the trek by traveling to Mollepata. This is a beautiful and scenic journey through Limatambo, stopping for panoramic views of the Apurimac valley. Arriving at Mollepata we will meet our porters and horses, here you can also have breakfast.

    Mollepata is the official starting point of the Salkantay trek where we will start our hike to Soraypampa 3,725 m. (12,221 ft.) After a 2 hour hike we will have lunch among the beautiful scenery. After lunch we will continue on our hike until arriving at Soraypampa 4 hours later. Here we make camp, have dinner and get a good night’s rest.

    Day 2

    Today we will hike to the highest point of the Salkantay Trek at 4,650 m. (15,091 ft.), getting a beautiful view of the snow capped Salkantay mountain, and the peaks of Humantay and Tucarhuay. Once we arrive you will have time to appreciate the area and the views, the glacier of Salkantay is 6,271 meters above sea level. (20, 574 ft.) depending on the weather you could be able to see small avalanches on the mountain from a safe distance. 

    Afterwards, we will hike through some of the most spectacular scenery in Perú, walking across snowy high passes as we start descending into the cloud forest. We will hike past Salkantaypampa and Soyrococha. Here vegetation and wild life will become more abundant and the weather milder. We reach our camp in the afternoon at Chaullay 2,900 m. (9,514 ft.). Here we will overnight and have dinner.

    Day 3

    After breakfast we depart Colpani around 6:30 a.m. Today part of the Salkantay Trek start by hiking through the upper jungle, crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of the little brooks. Here the weather is more enjoyable as you are in High Jungle. The days hike is through valleys and you will have wonderful views of waterfalls, flora and fauna endemic of the region and tropical fruits. The hike lasts for 4 hours before stopping for lunch.

    We will stop in Playa (Sahuayaco) 2,250 m. (7,381 ft.) for lunch, and then we will continue our Salkantay Trek to Collpapampa to enjoy bathing at the hot springs. Afterwards we take a transport to Santa Teresa 1,900 m. (6,233 ft.) where we’ll overnight.

    Day 4

    Very early (5:00 a.m.) we’ll have our breakfast, afterwards we’ll conclude our Salkantay Trek by hiking up to Machu Picchu. There is also the option to take the bus up to the entrance if you would rather not hike ($15, optional) When you arrive at Machu Picchu you will be able to enjoy a sunrise over the ruins (weather permitting). You then will begin a 2 hour tour of Machu Picchu. After that, you’ll have free time. Optionally: you could climb Huayna Picchu ($20, optional) or visit the sprawling site of Machu Picchu.

    In the afternoon you can either hike down to Aguas Calientes or take the bus shuttle ($15, optional) where you will catch your 6:20 PM train to Ollantaytambo, transferring to tourist bus to Cusco arriving at approximately 1:30 AM. There is an earlier train available to Ollantaytambo departing at 2:55 PM AND 4:22 PM for an additional $15 (optional). There the tourist buses will be waiting to take you to Cusco (included). Other train schedules available upon request. This concludes your 4 Day Salkantay Trek with Karikuy Tours.

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    Phil Dixon

    Group Traveller

    I run a company in Canada that is all service to customers so I know what I like when it comes to other companies providing customer service to me . Whenever I wrote Karikuy Tours by email on any subject or questions I had an answer in 15 minutes . Ana is incredible ! They were easy to pay on line . They showed up to pick us up at the hotel exactly on time . The guide we had on the 5 day Salkantay Trek Videl was the best we have ever had and we are seasoned travelers . He had passion for his country and really wanted us to learn. The lodging and food was excellent. We also did Rainbow Mountain and the Moras and Moray day trips . Same great service . This is a company high on customer service and looking after its customers . They work hard to perform at that level . I have given out their name to others and if I get back to Peru would use them only . They are the best !

    February 25, 2020

    Fred Leduc

    Group Traveller

    Bonjour, je reviens tout juste d’un séjour en montagne avec ma copine. Nous avons participer au trek de Salkantay pour 4 jours et 3 nuits. Ce fût mémorable. Notre guide “Big Willy” nous as très bien encadré dans un groupe d’une dizaine. Il s’est montré serviable, aidant, très clair dans ses paroles, qu’il prenait soins de répéter parfois 😉 Willy répond à toutes nos questions avec soins. Il nous guide de façon professionnel dans des terrains parfois pas faciles mais challengeant. Il nous enseigne les légendes, les mythes, les réalités de ces lieux mystiques, éloignés, élevé en altitude, colorés et teintés et décorés de couleurs et paysages superbes. Big Willy a été présent avec nous jusqu’au bout, au Machu Picchu et malgré la pluie ce jour là, il est demeuré très captivant et intéressant et ce, avec son professionnalisme de guide. Merci à tous, et merci Big Will pour ces beaux moments de partage.

    December 23, 2019

    Kristie Donnelly

    Solo Traveller

    Our salkatay trek was run short when my partner had to be taken back to Cusco with kidney stones. But our day with the tour was incredible, even after, staff were attentive and considerate through and through. It’s these little things that put karikuy above the rest. We managed to get up to Machu Picchu which was also incredible but it would have been nice to have joined the tour

    December 12, 2019

    Jon Cree

    Family Traveller

    When we got to Machu Picchu, having spent a brilliant 4 days with Jesus and Willy, our two Karikuy trek guides we were greeted by a guide from another another trekking company exclaiming we had one of the best guides of them all. This, we believe was truly the case. Right from the Salkantay briefing with Vidal through to our final farewell meeting with Willy in Plaza de Almas we couldn’t fault the care and connection we felt. We both hadn’t acclimatized to the altitude as much as we’d have liked due to a cancelled flight into Cusco. Our fears were allayed as the guides led from behind and explained exactly how we were going to approach this magnificent trek taking into account everyone’s ability and ‘state’ (we were the oldest couple in our group!). The knowledge of the land, ecology, culture and history was obviously deeply held by the guides. Their way of explaining properties of plants, the symbolism of the animals, the geology of this part of the Andes and importantly the ways the Quechuan and Inkas population lived were explained in an accessible and personal way. All abilities in the group were cared for and by the end of the second day, after climbing up and over the salkantay pass, at 4,600 metres, we really started to feel like a family. The food, and various accommodations kept us going (although I wished i had paid for a warm shower on the second evening!). It was reassuring to see how the tour put money back into some of the communities we were trekking through, where we were greeted with smiling welcoming faces. Finally, if you are willing to get up at 4 oclock it is well worth the slow trek up to Machu Picchu in order to get there before the bus crowds appear…we were treated to a dawn of clearing clouds…it did literally take the breath away. We can’t thank the karikuy staff enough, especially our guides, Jesus and Willy, enough for the care and attention, and most importantly, the love for this land that they shared. This trek was truly the best value for money.

    October 20, 2019

    Gabriele Schnack

    Couple Traveller

    Several years ago I read an article about the Salkantay Trek and really wanted to do it. It was a last minute decision, but everything worked out really well. Our guide, Wellington, Cameron our hotel the night before to explain the trip to us. The entire trip was great. The guides were great, the cooks prepared excellent meals, the accommodations along the trek were sufficient. Our group was great, and we had a lot of fun. We will definitely return to Peru.

    September 5, 2019
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