Salkantay trek, 4 days - 3 nights.-
Salkantay trek, 4 days – 3 nights price:
Option 1) Group service buying once you were already in Cusco city (group of 16 people): US$ 265 returning by train from Aguas Calientes town to Ollantaytambo town, and bus back to Cusco city.
Option 2) Group service buying once you were already in Cusco city (group of 16 people): US$ 235 returning by bus from Hydroelectric to Cusco city.
Option 3) Group service but booking in advance, highly recommended (group of 16 people): US$ 270
Important: If you are booking in advance, we need a prepayment of US$$ 80 via PayPal in advance (once you have filled out the form bellow, we will send you our PayPal account) to buy your Machu Picchu ticket in advance.
Once you have done the prepayment, we will send you a code regarding your ticket for printing online in no more than 72 hours.
The remaining payment will be done in Cusco city a night before you leave from Cusco city.
Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain costs an extra: US$ 60 a payment in advance via PayPal.
Discount for students only having a ” valid university student card” until 25 years old: US$ 20.
The most popular trek to Machu Picchu.
Salkantay trek 4 days - 3 nights itinerary:
Day 1: Cusco city - Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa - Humantay lake.-
We will pick you up at from your accommodation from 4:30 am through 5:00 driving 2 hours to Mollepata where you will have breakfast not included in the price, so you will need 30 soles (US$ 8) for breakfast, also 20 soles (US$ 6) for the entrance fee of Humantay lake. After breakfast, it takes one, and a half more hours driving to Challacancha the starting point.
You will get ready for hiking leaving all your stuff to the cook to be carried in the bus, so it takes 2 hours hiking just a little up hill to Soraypampa the first campsite at 3900 masl (12786 ft) where you are having lunch by 1:30 pm. After lunch, you will hike one, and a half hours to the Humantay lake at 4200 masl (13770 ft) having over 20 minutes to explore around the lake to walk down back to Soraypampa in about one hour, you know the campsite, where could be -5 celsius at night. Dinner time is usually at 7:00 pm.
Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay pass - Huayracmachay - Collpapampa.-
You have to wake up very early in the morning at 5:00 am, after packing your stuff, you could leave 5 kilos of your belongs to the cook to be carried on horses until day 3 only, so breakfast will be by 5:30 am to start hiking by 6:00 am, it will be 3 hours hiking uphill from 3900 masl (12786 ft) to 4600 masl (15081 ft) the Salkantay pass, just along impressive views of the Salkantay mountain range, it will be 2 more hours hiking down to Huayracmachay the lunch place at 3900 masl (12786 ft), which is also the beginning of the high jungle.
After having lunch, you will hike down for 3 hours to Colpapampa at 2900 masl (9508 ft). Along this last section you will walk by a small river, and the cloud forest so in just one day you will pass along glaciers, and the high jungle to get to the second campsite by 6:00 pm.
Day 3: Collpapampa - Lucmabamba - Hydroelectric - Machu Picchu town.-
This day, you will wake up at 6:00 am, so breakfast at 6:30 am to start hiking at 7:00 am mainly downhill for 5 hours to Lucmabamba at 2100 masl (6885 ft) the lunch place just hiking along the cloud forest, and pristine rivers which flow from the glaciers around the area, also farmers houses are visible, who are dedicated to grow tropical fruits like passion fruit, coffee beans, avocados, oranges, etc.
After having lunch, you will take a taxi for one, and a half hours from Lucmabamba village to Hydroelectric train station where you still have to walk two, and half more hours along the train track to Machu Picchu town, kind of 10 flat kms, just along the Urubamba river actually the basis of Machu Picchu citadel area, so in town a tour guide will wait for you at the Main Square of Aguas Calientes town (Machu Picchu town) by the Inca statue to take you to the hostel.
You will meet the tour guide for Machu Picchu citadel at dinner time by 7:00 pm.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes town - Machu Picchu citadel - Ollantaytambo - Cusco city.-
This day, you have to wake up very early at 4:00 am having breakfast at 4:15 am to start walking to Machu Picchu at 4:30 am, so it takes 30 minutes walking flat to the bottom of Machu Picchu area where you will show your ticket, and passport to continue one more hour walking uphill to Machu Picchu checkpoint where the tour guide will be waiting for you to get into the citadel at 6:00 am, the tour takes 3 hours through the most important Machu Picchu sites, nowadays it is allowed to be in Machu Picchu citadel only 3 hours actually just one way in, and out.
If you want to go to Huayna Picchu mountain, you need 2 hours round trip. It takes 45 minutes uphill, and the same time the way down. If you want to go Machu Picchu mountain, you need 4 hours round trip. It takes one, and a half hours uphill, something similar the way down.
We reccommend to leave from Machu Picchu site at 1:00 pm the latest, because you will take the train at Aguas Calientes town at 2:55 pm back to Ollantaytambo town for one hour, and 45 minutes where a bus will take you back to Cusco city another one hour, and 45 minutes to be at Cusco city by 7:00 pm.
Notice: You could also walk back to Hydroelectric train station from Machu Picchu citadel for 3 hours to take a bus at 2:00 pm or 3:00 pm back to Cusco city, it takes 6 hours driving to be at 9:00 pm, This way you could save US$ 25 of the regular price.
What is included?
– Bus service from Cusco city to Soraypampa .
– Tour guide along the trek, and Machu Picchu citadel.
– Camping tent, 2 people per tent.
– Sleeping mattress.
– You can leave 5 kilos of your belongs to be carried on horses until day 3.
-3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners on the way.
– Hostel at Aguas Calientes town ( Machu Picchu town).
– Machu Picchu ticket.
– Train service from Aguas Calientes town to Ollantaytambo, if you paid US$ 265 or US$ 270.
– Bus service from Hydroelectric train station to Cusco city, if you paid US$235.
– Bus service from Ollantaytambo town to Cusco city.
What do you need to take with you?
– 30 soles (US$ 8) for breakfast at Mollepata.
– 20 soles (US$ 6) for the entrance fee of Humantay lake.
– 60 soles for the taxi from Lucmabamba to Hydroelectric, this transport is not included in the price.
– Original passport for the check point at Machu Picchu citadel.
– Original University student card, if it is required.
– A warm sleeping bag, you could rent from us, US$ 15.
– Warm clothes, temperatures varies from -5 celsius to 28 celsius.
– Personal toiletries.
– Snacks, bottled water (2 liters each day).
– Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat.
– Insect repellent, there are mosquitoes around Machu Picchu area.
– A bus service from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu citadel costs US$ 12 each way.
– Extra money, recommended 300 soles (US$ 75) for expenses on the way.