This walk is a spectacular choice for those travelers who want a peaceful hike in a route that’s currently barely untouched that will eventually merge with the Famous “Inka Trail” to the Mystical Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu. This trek leads you through the Apurimac River basin, alongside the Urubamba River, where you’ll appreciate the Snow-capped peak of the “Salkantay” mountain and site-see ancient Incan temples crowning the mountains. The “Salkantay” Mountain is the second highest mountain of Cusco (Alt. 6,277 m). This spectacular hike, ascends through the high mountains and descends alongside ridges, bluffs and sheer vertical cliffs to finally pass through a dense beautiful snowy forest.
You will have the pleasure and privilege to walk the path of the Incas and see the most important and most sacred place of South America, “Machu Picchu” – one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
CAUTION: Please allow a minimum of two (02) days to acclimate before considering to begin your adventure package to Machu Picchu.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Your Hotel in Cusco|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Early in the morning.|
• Trek briefing with your Guide.
• Professional local Guide (on hike)
• Second tour guide for groups of 9+
• Private Transport and professional driver (to the starting point of hike “at Challacancha”)
• All entrance tickets and permits for Salcantay hike and Machu Picchu Park Salkantay Trek Price to Machu Picchu.
• Horses or mules and Indigenous horsemen to carry ((camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetables).
• 1 train Ticket Service from Machu Picchu pueblo to Ollantaytambo Village (Expedition Tourist Train)
• 2 bus Tickets from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu Park (round trip).
• Machupicchu guided tour (3 hrs) and extra time for you.
• Personal items to carry 8 kg/17 lb. (so you just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day).
• 3 nights camping
• Spacious tents / Sleeping mat.
• 1 night in a Hostel in Aguas Calientes. based on sharing a room; either double, matrimonial or triple depending on availability. Hotel brand rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers and Wi-Fi after the Salkantay Trek Price to Machu Picchu.
• We provide a duffle for personal items.
• One Cook
• Excellent Meals (3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners)
• Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all before rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request).
• Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coco, biscuits, popcorn)
• Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking).
• Wake up coca tea in your tent.
• Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
• Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
• Cusco Journeys & Adventure uses walkie-talkies on all treks.
• Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
• All local taxes
What Is Not Included
First breakfast & lunch on the last day
Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets (US$25)
Hot springs (S/ 15.00 soles)
Sleeping bags (rent US$25)
What do you need to bring:
A good day pack: such as Eagle Creek Afar Backpack (Appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.)
Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required
Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
3 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans), 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray before the trip.
Layers for variable temperatures especially at night
1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit. A rain jacket can be helpful, because there are rainy days even in the dry season!
1 warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
4 pairs of underwear, 6 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) It is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both really heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well as the weather is variable, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or too hot.
4 shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
1 good sleeping bag liner which is super lightweight and easy to pack. This definitely does its job!
Travel-size tissues and wet wipes–The air is cold and damp, so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seems to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.
Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on, so bringing some anti-itch ointment could be helpful.
Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camel-back
Water (Only for first day of the hike, as we will provide you with water throughout the rest of the hike).
Camera and film
A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
Bandages or moleskin
Flip flops to change into at night. Your toes will thank you!
Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste/floss, shampoo/conditioner, brush/comb, Vaseline (great for potential blisters on the feet), feminine hygiene products, deodorant, nail clippers/file/tweezers, spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, contact lenses and supplies, hand sanitizer etc. Pack what you need, but pack light.
Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach) because some people get an upset stomach on the trek. Also, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful to help with aches and pains after 8-10 hours of hiking each day.
Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
Something to read in the evenings
Extra money for drinks,
Tips in soles for cooks, horsemen, guides.