The Salkantay adventure goes beyond deluxe lodges and a great trek… it is a unique opportunity to experience ancient history in the Land of the Incas, as well as the most interesting and exotic variety of flora and fauna, all in the company of new friends and like-minded souls. You cross a pass at 4510m and then it´s a relaxing walking down. You pass some remote villages, have fabulous views at for example Veronica, Salkantay, other snow peaks, green valleys and the river Urubamba, maybe you can see condors and surely you´ll meet very friendly people.
Day 01: Cusco / Mollepata / Soraypampa
Early in the morning we pick you up from your hotel and transfer you in a private bus to Mollepata. It is a pictures and traditional towns like Iscuchaca , Ancahuasi and Limatambo, as well highlands plateaus and landscapes with great views of snowcapped mountains that belong to the cordillera Vilcabamba. The bus trip will last 3.00 hours and then the hike is for 6 hours. The trail climbs up from Mollepata sharply to Marqhok’asa pass through the pastures, farming lands, afterwards descending until the campsite through the high brush down to Soraypampa (3 750 m.a.s.l./12 303ft)
Day 02: Soraypampa to Colpapampa
Early in the morning you leave Soraypampa and keep going up the beautiful valley walking just below the majestic snowcapped mountain named Salkantay (6 271 m.a.s.l./20 574ft) after 1 hour and half the trek becomes steep zigzagging for a while after that we get the pass named Salkantay pass (4 600 m.a.s.l./15 091ft) from where you will be rewarded with superb views . The trail descends through an old moraine passing great pastures down to the camp of Huayroqmachay (4 000 m.a.s.l./13 123ft) This campsite is subject to change according to the guide’s criteria and the evolution of the group.
Day 03: Colpapampa to Lucmabamba
Wake up with lovely mountain scenery and a good morning tea. Continue to the north down to the lush jungle through different ecosystems watching birdlife like hummingbirds, trashes, finches, tanagers, sparrows, guans, parrots, etc It will be a long descending day towards the cloud forest where people live taking advantages of nature, also you will pass great waterfalls. At the end of the day we will see passion fruit fields. The hike will last approximately 9 hours; the campsite is at the community named “La Playa “(2 400 m.a.s.l./7 874ft).
Day 04: Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes
Leaving la playa the trek continues through plantations of coffee, banana, and tropical fruits. Afterwards the trail climbs up to Patallacta from where you descend until Hidroelectrica (1 800 m.a.s.l./5 905ft) and continue to Aguas Calientes where we will set up camp just below Machu Picchu Inca sanctuary , this afternoon you can go to have a bath in the natural hot springs a great place to relax after this challenging trek.
Day 05: Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Cusco
Early in the morning we take a bus up to Machu Picchu with our expert guide to explore full day in this Inca enigmatic treasure. In the afternoon we take the train back to Cusco and you will be transfered to your hotel.