5-Day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu
5 Days Short Hike
5-Day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchuc
5 Days Short Hike
Get Salkantay Trek 5 Days with Machu Picchu tour with “Hikes in Peru”
The 5-day Salkantay trek is one of the most picturesque and adventurous ways to reach Machu Picchu, being the 5-day trek the one that offers the best options. It features glacial mountains, picturesque lakes such as Humantay and Salkantay Lake, and traverses the Amazon jungle, making it one of the most beautiful and interesting treks in all of Peru.
By booking this excursion with us, you will enjoy the best services at affordable prices. We will pass through bright blue lakes, reach heights of up to 4,630 meters and pass by waterfalls, rivers and hot springs.
We will also walk along the original Inca Trail to the ruins of Llactapata, where you will have a fantastic view of Machu Picchu from a different angle, motivating you to finish the final stretch before reaching the famous lost city of the Incas.
The 5-day Salkantay trek is ranked by National Geographic as one of the 25 “World’s Best Hikes”. Choose an experienced and highly qualified company for your Machu Picchu Salkantay Trek and make it an incredible and unforgettable experience.
Our hike begins when our private transportation picks you up from your hotel or accommodation, we will drive for 2 hours leaving at 5:45 am heading to the town of Mollepata. In the town of Mollepata, we will have our delicious breakfast and pay the entrance fee of 20 soles to the municipality (this is not included in the price of the tour).
When we finish breakfast, we will continue our journey in our private transportation until we reach the town of Soraypampa, where we will meet the muleteers and horses that will carry our equipment, food and 7 kilos of personal belongings of each hiker during the hike.
From here we will begin the hike uphill until we reach Humantay Lake, arriving there after about 2 hours.
When we arrive at the lagoon we will have 2 hours to explore and take lots of pictures, we will also be able to listen to the explanation of our guide who will tell us incredible stories that are not published on the internet.
After visiting Humantay Lake we will hike downhill for 2 hours, after that we will enjoy lunch to reach our campsite in Soraypampa. After lunch, when we arrive we will have enough time to explore the area to hike to the viewpoint of Salkantay where we can appreciate a panoramic view.
Soraypampa is an exclusive and private camp located at 4,000 meters. It is a unique area that offers additional short hikes, fantastic viewpoints in the mountains and waterfalls.
Highlights of DAY 1: CUSCO - SORAYPAMPA - HUMANTAY LAKE - PRIVATE CAMP QUISWARNIYOC:
This day will be the most difficult, but no less satisfying as we will hike for about 20km to the highest point at 4630 masl.
Our cooks will wake us up at 5:00 am with a cup of mate de coca, in the meantime we will pack and enjoy a nutritious breakfast that will be served at 5:45 am.
After enjoying breakfast we will begin our hike until we reach the highest point at 4639 masl. During 3 to 4 hours at a regular pace.
When we get to the top of the mountain we will enjoy the completely fresh air of the heights, breathtaking views, we will take lots of pictures, our guides will be happy to take lots of pictures of you. In addition, we will learn about the Andean gods and participate in a small ritual of payment to the earth.
After our unique hiking experience on the Salkantay 5 day trek, we will descend for two hours to enjoy lunch prepared by our high mountain chef, and then continue our hike for another 3 hours to the second camp called Colpa Pampa, which is located at 2900 masl and where we will begin to see vestiges of the Peruvian jungle,
In this camp we will provide your camping equipment, a hot tea, and delicious dinner; in the area there is also a hot water shower offered by the local people that has a cost of 10 soles (this money is a great help for them), also in this place you can buy some beers, snacks or whatever you prefer.
Remember that buying what the villagers sell represents an improvement in the quality of life of the villagers, “Hikes in Peru” is committed to the development of indigenous peoples, that is why we encourage the economic development of them.
Highlights of DAY 2: QUISWARNIYOC - SALKANTAY PASS - PRIVATE CAMP OF CHAULLAY:
We start this day exploring the jungle at 6:30 a.m., our high mountain chef will wake you up with a cup of coca tea and breakfast:30 in the morning, our high mountain chef will wake you up with a cup of coca tea, and the respective breakfast, and then raise our tents and get ready for this hike that will last 6 hours to reach the Lucma Bamba camp where our passengers can make the coffee tour, experiencing, cultivation, In the afternoon we will visit the thermal baths of Cocalmayo with its characteristic crystalline but hot waters, a well deserved rest after the long hike. At night we will spend the night in our camp.
At the camp, we will share a delicious lunch before heading to the hot springs of Cocalmayo (optional).
Cocalmayo is about 15 minutes drive from the camp. We will spend a couple of hours relaxing in the clean, natural waters of the hot springs before returning to camp for tea time, a hot dinner and a group campfire. All of these activities are optional, so if you prefer to relax at the camp, you are welcome to do so.
Highlights of DAY 3: COLPAPAMPA - SAHUAYACO BEACH - LUCMABAMBA:
Lucma bamba is a camping area located along the Salkantay trail, which you will have the opportunity to visit on the fourth day.
After a hike we will arrive at Llactapata, you will enjoy a beautiful view of Machu Picchu with beautiful views. For this beautiful hike, we will start with an early breakfast at 5:30 am, before taking the local transportation for 45 minutes to Lucma bamba.
Upon arrival we will hike for 3 hours uphill along the traditional Inca trail until we reach the Inca constructions of Llactapata.
Once at the Inca site you will have plenty of time at Llactapata to enjoy the views of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountain, and if the weather conditions are ideal we can enjoy stunning views of the Salkantay Mountain.
After our walk we will make a 2 hour descent to the hydroelectric plant, where we will enjoy a delicious lunch and a refreshing rest. The last part of our hike will be for 3 hours along the train tracks until we reach Machu Picchu Pueblo.
Upon arrival in town, you will be driven to your assigned hotel to shower and rest before our special dinner at 7:00 pm at a local restaurant.
After dinner, we will go to rest to recover energy, to be fully awake for the next day we will visit our main destination, the visit to Machu Picchu.
Highlights of DAY 4: LUCMABAMBA - LLACTAPATA - HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANT - MACHU PICCHU TOWN:
The day will start very early, we will go to the bus station, which is very close to all the hotels, Machu Picchu Pueblo is a fairly small, but cozy and therefore easy to walk.
At 5 am our day begins, we will have breakfast at our hotel and soak only what is necessary, and we will make the ascent by bus until we reach the checkpoint where we show our passport, your Machu Picchu ticket and your student ID, if applicable. We will arrive at approximately 6:00 am.
When we are all gathered we will enter Machu Picchu and begin our two and a half hour guided tour of the famous Inca site, where you will learn all about the Lost City of the Incas.
After receiving a briefing and orientation from our guides, we will have a free walk around Machu Picchu on your own.
The time you will spend in Machu Picchu will depend on how you will return to Cusco (train or private transport) and whether you want to climb Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain, for which tickets must be booked in advance.
After our walk through Machu Picchu, and having recharged our energies in the mountain, we will be ready to return to Cusco.
Our 5 day Salkatany trek offers you to return to Cusco by train, an unparalleled experience that you will enjoy every moment.
The best way to return to Cusco allows you more time (about 7-8 hours) to visit Machu Picchu. If you are planning to hike Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain, the train is the best option over other ways that cost less, but do not have that magic that the train route offers.
You should return to Aguas Calientes in time to catch the train at 18:20. You may want to allow more time, as some people like to explore the town.
From the town of Aguas Calientes, you will travel by train for approximately 1.5 hours to Ollantaytambo, where you will change to a car and finish the last 2 hours of the trip, arriving in Cusco around 22:00.
If you are considering this option and plan to hike Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain, we recommend that you stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes and return to Cusco by car on the sixth day so that you can fully enjoy the experience.
Highlights of DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU TOUR - RETURN TO CUSCO:
Our team is made up of experienced Peruvian trekkers who have lived in the area for many years. You will feel safe knowing that you are in the hands of the most knowledgeable group of people on the trail.
There is one thing we love more than the hiking itself, and that is sharing the experience with all of you. We would like to introduce you to our amazing team in hopes that you will join us very soon for the trip of a lifetime.
We would like to welcome you to our friendly team that you will meet along the hike.
HIKES IN PERU more than a company is a family dedicated to tourism for more than 9 years based in Cusco, we have a team specialized in organizing hikes throughout Peru and the big difference between us is that the guides are totally mystical and explained in a different way to the classic, so we invite you to have a totally different experience, in all walks will be made Inca ceremonies and you can learn more about this very enigmatic culture we hope in this very energetic place Peru Cusco
IMPORTANT: Remember that we will provide you with a duffel bag on the day of the briefing that you can use to pack 7 kilos of your personal belongings that you will take on the hike and that will be carried by the horse throughout the hike. This means that you will hike carrying your small backpack with the things you need for the day hike and you will have access to the duffel bag at each campsite.
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Our prices for the Salkantay 5 Days trek, include the return by train, the best option.
5-Day Salkantay Trek: Return by TRAIN:
OPTIONAL: you can make the ascent to one of the mountains, (you have to book it in advance), and some passengers asked us if you can climb both mountains, if you feel you have a suitable physical condition, you can do it, anyway, it is a good option, do not hesitate to include this concern when you make your reservation.
For this Salkantay Trekking 5 Days If you want to get a student discount, you need to comply with the following requirements of the Peruvian regulation for students. You must send us a copy of your valid student card for verification purposes in order to obtain a discount.
The student card must be an original student ID given by the university in PVC material and must have the following requirements printed on it: University data, student’s personal data, student’s photo, and expiration date valid only for one year, this year must coincide with the year the student visits Machu Picchu, discount up to 25 years old. ISIC cards are not valid for the discount.
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