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Salkantay Majestic 4 Days

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

                4 Days & 3 Nights | Starting from US$650 per person

Campsite & Hotel

ACCOMMODATION

Up to 10 People

GROUP SIZE

4,630m / 15,190ft

MAX. ALTITUDE

Moderate to Challenging

DIFFICULTY

SORAYPAMPA - SALKANTAY PASS - CHAULLAY - LORETA - LA PLAYA - AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU

Salkantay Majestic 4 Days

A Truly Andean Experience.

This shorter alternative to the Salkantay Classic is sure to ‘peak’ your interest as you walk between the towering peaks of Humantay and Salkantay mountain as you make your way to Machu Picchu. This is truly the experience of a lifetime! Did you know that the Salkantay Trek is listed as one of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine? Join us, and discover what it means to walk the sacred paths of the Inca.

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The Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous treks in Cusco, and it is undoubtedly the best alternative route to experience the original Inca paths. This trek takes you through many different types of landscapes. You will have the best opportunity to see the typical Andean landscape up to the snow-capped mountains, down to the tropical forests, and finally, even venture into the dense rainforest. If you are thinking of doing a hiking trip to Machu Picchu and you want to be off the beaten path, close to the Andean communities and appreciate the beautiful and diverse nature of Peru, the Salkantay Trek is highly recommended.

HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR SALKANTAY MAJESTIC 4 DAYS

  • The Salkantay Trek is listed as one of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.

  • The Salkantay Trek is one of the very best trekking adventures you will find in Peru and South America.

  • The Salkantay Trek is the 2nd most popular trek to Machu Picchu after the Inca Trail, and a lot less crowded.

  • Trekkers can see snow-capped mountains, colorful valleys, waterfalls, streams, wildlife, unique plants, and cloud forest.

  • Private camping with fewer people allows you to control your trip and have the best views of these incredible mountains.

  • Hiking alongside the magnificent Salkantay glacier and arriving at the majestic Machu Picchu ruins is one of the best experiences known to mankind.

Cusco | Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa (Humantay Lagoon)
  • We will pick you up from your hotel at 5.00 am. to start the trip, you will be picked up by your Guide and Cook, then by transport around 2 hours in our private van, during the trip we can see the spectacular snowy peaks and valleys with colorful landscapes until our first stop in the town of Mollepata, where we will have our first breakfast. After breakfast we board our transport to continue the trip for about 30 minutes to Challacancha located at 3500 meters above sea level (beginning of our trek).

  • In Challacancha we will meet our muleteer who is waiting for us with the horses and mules, then we will prepare and pack all the equipment on the horses for our trip.

  • Around 9:30 in the morning we will start the trek to Soraypampa. We will hike this section of the route on stone ballast, also next to the road runs clean and cold water in an ancient water channel that supplies water to the inhabitants of the area.

  • This first morning we will hike about 10 km. for about 3 hours to Soraypampa (3900 m.), area where we will have our first lunch and place of our base camp for the day. At this point we will have enough time to enjoy and take pictures of the impressive views of the canyon that extends in the area.

  • In the afternoon, after a well deserved rest we will leave the camp for a short hike up to see the beautiful Humantay Lagoon which is located at 4200 m.a.s.l., the hike is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, where you will enjoy the beauty and charm of the place and the best opportunity to take fantastic pictures.

  • After all this we will walk back to Soraypampa base camp, to see a beautiful sunset in the middle of the glaciers, then we will taste our delicious dinner. Here there is the possibility to take advantage of the clear night to appreciate the constellations in the sky.

Hiking time: approximately 4 hours.
Distance to go: 14 km / 8.69 miles.
Weather: Cool with presence of wind.
Altitude: From 3500 m. going up to 3900 m.
Accommodation: Overnight in dormitory tents at the camp in the Soraypampa area.

Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Huayracmachay - Chaullay - Loreta la Playa

  • This day our cook will wake us up with a coca tea at 05:00 a.m., and after our delicious breakfast, we will begin our hike in order to reach the highest point of the route which is 7 km. this we will do in approximately 3 hours of walking. This second day will be the hardest day of the whole trek.

  • We start our hike uphill with a gradual slope for 1 hour along the Salkantay Valley until we reach the area known as Pampa Salkantay located at 4200 meters where we will take a short break accompanied by beautiful views. After this break we will continue for 2 more hours of climbing through the rocky valley to the highest point of the trek called the Salkantay Pass located at 4,630 m -. 15,190 feet.

  • From here we will be able to appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and imposing snow-capped peaks such as the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6,271 m.a.s.l. – 20,574 ft.) and the Humantay Mountain (5,400 m.a.s.l. – 17,716 ft.) and other snow-capped peaks. Salkantay Mountain is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region. From the Salkantay pass, you will enjoy the back side of the mountain, which always has snow on its summit and a cloud forest at the bottom of the valley.

  • Hopefully the weather will allow you to see the sunset over this magical place and have the opportunity to see condors flying over the peaks. From the heights we will continue our excursion about 9 km downhill on a rocky gravel road zig zagging until we reach Huayracmachay where we will have lunch. In the afternoon continuing with the descent will reach the High Jungle also called the Cloud Forest where you can see some native plants, the weather conditions in this area during the year is warm and temperate, thus reaching the town of Chaullay (2900 m.a.s.l. – 9,514 feet) around 4 pm. place where our vehicle will be waiting for us to move to our private camp Geodesic Domes located in the area of Loreta La Playa, arriving at approximately 5:00 pm.

  • Afterwards we will have our tea time where we will enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, cookies and pop corn, and finally our cook will serve an incredible dinner.

Hiking time: Approximately 8 to 9 hours.
Distance to hike: 19 km / 12.42 miles.
Weather: Cool with winds.
Altitude: From 3900 m. going up to 4600 m. and from 4600 m. going down to 2900 m.
Accommodation: Geodesic Domes in our Lodge at Loreta La Playa.

Loreta la Playa - Lucmabamba - Llactapata - Hidrolectrica - Aguas Calientes
  • This day around 7:00 am. we will wake up with a coca tea; and then we will have breakfast at 8:00 am. Then we will take a walk through the area and visit the local plantations of bananas, avocados, oranges, passion fruit, papaya, medicinal plants and others. These plantations are the livelihood of the local population; and especially the coffee plantations production is exported to the United States and many countries in Europe and Asia, so coffee is the main agricultural industry in the area.

  • Here we will have the opportunity to visit a local organic coffee farm, where you will be able to taste the freshly brewed coffee with that exquisite aroma of freshly roasted and ground coffee… you will really enjoy this experience. Afterwards and around 11:00 a.m. we will return to our lodge where you can relax, rest in a hammock and enjoy our swimming pool.

  • Then, at noon we will have our delicious lunch served in the dining room of our lodge. After enjoying the facilities of our lodge we will board our vehicle around 1:00 pm. to take us for 1 hour and 30 min. to the Hydroelectric Power Plant, place where we will arrive at 2:30 pm. to start our hike, here the route follows the train tracks and near the banks of the Urubamba River. On the way we will visit the archaeological site known as Intihuatana which has an ancient sundial from the Inca period, which was carved into a large natural rock. From there, we can appreciate the Sacred Mountains such as Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu.

  • The hike continues and goes through the Cloud Forest and has a very lush landscape and presents a great variety of plants and a large number of orchids.

  • After 3 hours of walking and around 5:30 pm. we will arrive at Aguas Calientes Village (2000 m.a.s.l.), place where we will spend the night in a comfortable hotel, dinner will be served in a tourist restaurant that is included. During dinner our guide will give you very important information about the next day (the most important day of the route – visit to the Wonder), so you will be fully prepared for your visit to Machu Picchu.

  • Afterwards, it is advisable to go to sleep at a reasonable time in order to leave in the early hours of the morning to arrive early and visit Machu Picchu.

Distance to walk: 11 km.
Estimated walking time: 3 hours
Altitude: 2000 m (approx.)
Lodging: Hotel in Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

  • This is the most important day of your excursion. We will start our last and amazing day very early in order to get to Machu Picchu, before the people who are doing the Inca Trail and even before the hikers who travel on the tourist trains, getting to have the chance to enjoy the Sunrise at Machu Picchu.

  • After breakfast we will leave our hotel at 5:30 am. and walk to the bus station (2000 m.a.s.l.), from here we ascend by tourist bus for 30 minutes by a zig zag road to reach the Inca Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (2400 m.a.s.l.). Then we will see this incredible place and start our guided tour that will last approximately 2 hours with our Professional Guide, where he will explain about the history, visiting magical and interesting places that have made Machu Picchu one of the Wonders of the World.

  • After the tour you have enough free time to take pictures, walk or explore the site by yourselves and there is the possibility to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain according to availability. Already in the afternoon, after enjoying Machu Picchu, we will take the tourist bus down for about 25 minutes to Aguas Calientes, here you will have time for lunch in one of the good restaurants.

  • Around 6:00 pm. we will board the return train that will take us to the town of Ollantaytambo arriving at 7:50 pm, here our staff will be waiting for you, who will take you by tourist bus back to the city of Cusco arriving at 9: 30 pm. approximately, and finally we will leave you at your hotel.

At Pacha Peru Explorers, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?
  • Meeting and informative preparation talk with your Guide 1 or 2 days before the trek in our Cusco Office (or your hotel).
  • Safe luggage storage for your belongings in our Cusco Office while you do your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel the day of your excursion.
  • Transportation from Cusco to Challacancha (Starting Point of the Hike) in tourist transport.
  • Bilingual Professional Guide (Spanish and English).
  • A second Professional Guide (Only for groups of 11 or more Excursionists).
  • Cook and assistant cook to prepare all the food.
  • Entrance tickets to Salkantay and Machu Picchu.
  • All food during the excursion (04 breakfasts, 04 lunches, 02 lunches and 03 dinners).
  • There is the possibility of prepare vegetarian meals or special diets according to your requirement at no cost.
  • Boiled water to refill your water bottle from lunch on the 1st day.
  • Arrieros and Horses that will carry all the camping equipment such as: tents, tables, s chairs, food, kitchen equipment, items for your personal use and others.
  • We will carry up to 7 kg.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED and RESTRICTIONS?
  • Personal items.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Optional Tips for your Care and Service Team (only if you wish, at the end of the Inca Trail you can give a voluntary tip for the Guide, Cook and Porters).
Essentials
  • Passport.
  • A backpack to carry all your belongings during the trip such as clothes, camera, sunscreen, valuable things, Jacket etc.
  • Wool hat or beanie.
  • Sun hat.
  • Gloves.
  • 3 – 4 t-shirt, if you have long sleeve better layers (sweater, fleece).
  • 2 pair of long pants if you have leggings, you can do on leggings.
  • Hiking shoes.
  • 2 – 3 pairs of wool socks.
  • A jacket Rain gear (Pants, jacket, if you do not have you can buy rain poncho) it is crucial, especially for the wet season.
  • Shorts.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Waterbottle.
  • Toothbrush and other personal toiletries.
  • Sun cream.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sandals / Flip flops.
  • Swimwear.
  • Some snacks such as chocolate, cereal bars, candies, nuts, energy bars, etc.
  • Extra Cash in Soles.

DOCUMENTS TO CARRY WITH YOU

  • Original Passports.
    If you confirm your reservation as a student.
  • Do not forget to take your student ID in physical to the trip. It will be so important to be able to prove that you are a student, at the checkpoint of Machu Picchu.

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Pacha Peru Explorers in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

Briefing or Informative Meeting: All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Pacha Peru Explorers office.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco): The trek has to be paid for in full at most 7.30 pm one day before your departure (generally after the briefing).
It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency at our office in Cusco. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 6% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Can I store my luggage at your office?: During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests: Pacha Peru Explorers can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.
Cusco is an old city, meaning it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Group Tours: Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route.
It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations: Strikes and demonstrations are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost Objects: Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

"Salkantay Majestic 4 Days" can leave any day of the week, from January through December.

2023 Land Cost:

Price: US$ 650.00 per person
Required Pre-payment: US$ 200.00 per person.
Balance (Cusco): US$ 450.00 (Commonly paid in Cusco after the briefing).

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.
Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 6%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day in Cusco) without charges.
Please, after your deposit, send us the transfer number to contact@pachaperu.tours; only after that, we'll be able to confirm your deposit and reservation.

Extras & Upgrades

There are complementary services and upgrades you can include in this trip.

  • Vistadome Train US$ 100.00.
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain US$ 75.00.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain  US$ 75.00.
  • Hotel 4 or 5 Starts ask us to contact@pachaperu.tours

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed, we guarantee the price won’t increase, whatever the circumstances. So please, before booking, ensure you’ve read all our important tour information.

Cancellation Policy

We understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise. If this occurs, we will find the next available date in attempts to reschedule, if this is not possible then any cancellation done at least 24 hours prior will not have any cancellation fee. Any cancellation of 24 hours or less from a scheduled tour will be charged a $650.00 cancellation fee for each space that was scheduled.

Student Discount
US$20.00 off
Student discounts apply to anyone 17 years old or younger. to receive the discount, we require a copy or clear photo of the passport at the time of booking. It must be valid and not expire within the travel dates. Please send it to contact@pachaperu.tours

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