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    Salkantay Trek Expedition

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    Salkantay is known as the most impressive peak in the Peruvian Andes. Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is the best alternative for the Inca Trail. If you do not want to be on a busy path, but want to have an excellent hike with brilliant natural surroundings, then a superb option is the Salkantay trek 5 days/4 nights. En route you will see the “Apu” Salkantay (Apu means spirit), the tallest peak near Machu Picchu, this frost-topped mammoth is still at the core of the beliefs of the Incas’ heirs, the Quechua people of the high Andes. After an excellent hike we will arrive at the legendary Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

    On the old Salkantay trek we went straight to Mollepata and stopped to camp in Soraypampa. On the second day we crossed the high Salkantay Pass and then descended to Colpapampa. The third day was a walk through the upper jungle region, to La Playa. From there we hiked to Aobamba where we camped the night, then hiked a further 4 hours to the Llactapata ruins from where we descended 3 hours to the hidroelectrica.


    This Salkantay trek expedition takes you on a newly discovered route. On the new path you have the opportunity to see and learn more. On the first day we visit an Inca temple and we get to trek through the charming countryside of Ichupata, where the first campsite is located. On the second day we climb over the Rio Blanco, we have the chance to see condors around here, one of the most delightful aspects of this new Salkantay trek tour and then cross the Inca Chiriaska Pass, the highest peak of the Vilcabamba mountain range. The third day takes us to Cruz Qasa pass, which provides wonderful vistas of Mount Ocobamba, from where we will hike to Chuqueñana Pass and then continue on a gorgeous trek across the meadow to Aqoqasa. On the fourth day (the last day of trekking before reaching Machu Picchu) we will pass the ruins of Inca Raqay and the village of Ancasqocha, finally reaching the Urubamba Valley, the most abundant area of these part’s, where we will camp.

    Salkantay (6271m) is a glacial summit situated less than fifty miles northwest of Cusco city in the southern region of Peru by the Cordillera Vilcanota. Salkantay is a striking snow-topped peak, honored for thousands of years by the native Indians. The name Salkantay is a quechua word, meaning “Savage Mountain”. It is the 38th tallest peak in the Andes and the twelfth tallest in Peru. However, as a sphere high point in deeply carved landscape, it is the second most geographically easily seen crest in the country, after Huascaran.

    Quick Itinerary:

    Day 01: Cusco– Mollepata – Soyraypampa
    Day 02: Soraypampa – Chachani Qasa
    Day 03: Chacani Qasa/ Aqoqasa
    Day 04: Aqoqasa/Chillca
    Day 05: Machu Picchu

    Highlights of the Salkantay Trek Expedition to Machu Picchu:

    • Guided Salkantay trail
    • Salkantay Mountain
    • Machu Picchu tour
    • Observe the Sacred Valley of the Incas

    Crew: A Tierras Vivas representative in Cusco and a professional bilingual tour guide, a cook and porters for the hiking the Salkantay trek expedition to Machu Picchu
    Accomodation: 3x campsite, 1x hotel
    Meals: 3x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner, 3x afternoon tea (Please allow USD 20-50 for meals not included).
    Transportation: Transportation by private van, 1x train (Expedition Class).


    Day 01:Cusco- Mollepata – Huamantay Lake – Soyraypampa

    Early morning, we will pick you up from your hotel in our private bus. We head west through the Anta Valley and stop at the Inca temple of Tarawasi. Then we continue our drive to the village of Mollepata, where we will enjoy a quick sojourn of this charming town.Then we continue our drive to Challacancha, it is head trail of the Salkantay Trek Expedition, we carry on our excursion, where our crew awaits us with mules or horses to begin our hike. We will trek through delightful terrains to Soraypampa (10,660 ft/3250 m), where our first campsite is located. In the afternoon, we walk up to Humantay lake, where you can see the beautiful crytal lake and Umantay mountain. Then we will return our campsite.

    Meals: Lunch, dinner
    Maximum Altitude: Soyrapampa12,693 ft (3869 m)

    Day 02:Soraypampa – Chachani Qasa

    After an appetizing breakfast, we start our hike, getting over the small river. One of the most appealing parts of this hike is that you can see condors. We carry on ascending to the Inca Chiriaska pass (15,826 ft/4825 m) under the south front of Salkantay (20,600 ft/6247 m), the tallest summit of the Vilcabamba mountain range. The route continues down, then up to Chachani Qasa, where we will camp.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Maximium altitude: 15,830 ft (4100 m) (Inca Chiriaska pass)

    Day 03:Chacani Qasa/ Aqoqasa

    A quick trek takes us to Cruz Qasa pass at 15,465 ft (4715 m) with ecellent vistas of the Mount Ocobamba (16,813 ft/5126 m). We then descend to 13,615 ft (4150 m) and after ascend to the Chuqeñan pass (14,114 ft/4302 m). We then carry on our exquisite trek across the meadow over 13,451 ft (4100 m) for approximately 7.5 km to Aqoqasa (13,887/4234 m), where we camp.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Maximum Altitude:Chachani Qasa 4600 M
    Chuqueñan Pass 4302 M

    Day 04:Aqoqasa/Chillca

    Today we traverse across the final pass (15,908/4446 m). We then go down and pass the Inca ruinsof Raqay and the village of Ancasqocha. Then we descend to the narrow Chillca gorge and the most abundant area of the region, the Urubamba Valley, where we camp at 9,184 ft (2800 m)

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    Maximum altitude:15,354 ft(4680 m) (Aqoqasa pass)

    Day 05:Machu Picchu

    On the final day of our tour we leave camp early to walk to the train station and take the ride to Machu Picchu. We reach Aguas Calientes, from where we take the bus to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Our guide will tell us all about the history of this Inca fortress. In the afternoon we return to Cusco.

    What is included in the Salkantay Trek Expedition?

    • Pre-trek briefing
    • Early morning transfer by private bus to Soraypampa – the initial point of the trek
    • Accommodation: Campsites (3 nights) and a hotel (1 night)
    • Entrance fee to the red of Salkantay and Machu Picchu
    • Meals: 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner and 4x afternoon hot beverages
    • Professional bilingual Tour Guide
    • Professional Cook
    • Horseman
    • Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 5 kg of each passenger’s stuff
    • Camping equipment: personal double tents, term-a-rest mattress;
    • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas
    • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C)
    • Tourist train round trip to Machu Picchu
    • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

    Not Included

    • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ($25)
    • Meals not included above.
    • Items of a personal nature including personal medical supplies.

    Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu / 5D

    Located in the department of Cusco, Salkantay (6.271 masl), it is the highlight of a trekking circuit that combines a majestic natural scenery of great beauty with the attraction of the most famous prehispanic remains of the world: Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. The route starts along the old Inca road carved into the rock leading to the citadel of Machu Picchu and crosses a mountain pass between the snowy Salkantay and Humantay (5,917 masl), to continue along the Aobamba river ravine to reach the archaeological site .

    Salkantay Inca Trail Trek / 6D

    This is a remote and ancient road. The route from Salkantay to the Inca Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is another alternative for tourists. During the walk you will have impressive scenarios of different snowy peaks and ending in the cloud forest of the Amazon rainforest, with subtropical zones, glacial peaks, to arrive at the Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu.The Andes are considered a young mountain chain according to geological studies. They were formed 60 million years ago by the different movements of tectonic plates, so the location of Cusco in the Andes makes it one of the best places for walks. Each chain of mountains and its noble inhabitants, maintain a special landscape. This variety of landscapes and people, combined with the unique history of their ancestors, the Incas, offer walkers and explorers a true adventure. Salkantay Inca Trail Trek

    Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail / 7D

    The Salkantay is the snow-capped God of Cuzco with 6271 masl of altitude. In our walk we cross the beautiful Andean places, we will have the possibility of observing Condors and Alpacas in their natural habitat.In this tour we will find the beautiful and great Nevado Salkantay we will be able to take baths in nartural thermal waters coming from the depths of the earth, to see the condor, different fruit plants and great variety of orchids. The Circuit of Salkantay is one of the attractions of Cusco, surrounded by deep valleys and streams, which makes its interesting route and its final visit to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail

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