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Covering roughly 60kms, connecting the city of Mollepata with Machu Picchu, the 5-day Salkantay (Savage Mountain) Trek is an ancient and remote footpath where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests, a perfect alternative to the Inca Trail, away form the crowds and richer with natural heritage.

If you’d like todo the optional climbing of Huayna Picchu Mountain at Machu Picchu; and/or if you would like to spend and extra-night at the hotel in Aguas Calientes, to enjoy the thermal baths and a relaxing night, we will be more than happy to arrange any of these for you, at an extra cost.

What to bring…

Make sure you double check with your guide about all departure times; specially, the train ride back to Ollantaytambo.


Day 1

Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Humantay Lagoon – Soraypampa

transfer to Mollepata
2hr to Soraypampa campsite
lunch and relax
hike to Humantay Lagoon (2hrs) and back to Soraypampa
dinner and camping at Soraypampa – star watching

Day 2

Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayraqmachay – Chaullay

3hr hike to the summit of the Salkantay Pass (4620masl)
2hr descent into The Valley of Rocks and onto Huayra Machay (3,850masl)
lunch at Huayra Machay
descent through wildlife rich cloud forest to Chaullay Village
Chaullay’s camping site – facilities, dinner, and camping

Day 3

Chaullay – Sahuayaco – Lucmabamba

half day tropical valley tour through Colpapampa and Sahuayaco to Lucmabamba
lunch at Lucmabamba
coffee tour.
return to camp
dinner and camping

Day 4

Lucmabamba – Llaqtapata (Inca Site) – Aguas Calientes

5hr hike through Inka trail and Patallacta archaeological site to Hydroelectric
‘menu of the day’ lunch at a local restaurant at Hydroelectric
3hrs moderate hike by the flat rail
arrival and chk-in at hotel in Aguas Calientes – free time

Day 5

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu 3hr tour
free time – lunch, optional mountain climbs (optional – let us know in advance if you so desire).
bus ride to Aguas Calientes
early dinner at Indio Feliz Restaurant
train ride to Ollantaytambo (be at station 45min early)
transfer Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Feel free to ask, if there’re any doubts:

  • Classic Cusco City Tour
  • Transfers, within tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to main parks
  • Certified bilingual tour guide
  • Lodging/camping within tour itinerary, only
  • Meals within tour itinerary, only
  • Oxygen bottle and First-aid kit (emergencies only)
  • Sports equipment (if applies)
  • Chef and porters (if applies)

These can be arranged at an extra-cost:

  • Entrance fees to Waynapicchu and/or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Extra-lodging (before/after tour)
  • Sleeping bags and trekking poles
  • Optional experiences
  • Horse rentals, when not at the core of tour/experience
  • Snacks, alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, and water bottles
  • Bathroom tent 
  • Travel insurance
  • Souvenirs

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