One of the most incredible ways to visit Machu Picchu is through the Salkantay trek hike. This 5-day and 4-night hiking route crosses the imposing Salkantay mountain and then reaches the Wonder of the World.
The Salkantay Mountain or also called Apu Salkantay is located north of the city of Cusco, it is the highest mountain range on the eastern flank of the Vilcabamba mountain range. The Quechua name of this mountain, means Wild Mountain because it is a snowy mountain difficult to climb to the top.
The snowy Salkantay reaches 6,271 meters above sea level (m.s.n.m.). The Salkantay trek altitude has its highest point in the Abra Salcantay, at 4,650 m.s.n.m. From there you can see the Salkantay.
The first day of the Peru Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu hike will start with the hotel pick up at 4:30 am to go by bus to the town of Mollepata, where we will enjoy our breakfast and then continue our trip on the same bus to reach Challacancha (3600 masl) which is the starting point of the Salcantay route, our trek lasts 3 hours in which we can appreciate the flora and fauna of the Peruvian Andes, ends at our first camp named Soraypampa, where we will also enjoy a nutritious lunch, after enjoying a well-deserved siesta we will go towards the lagoon of Humantay, lagoon that is surrounded by the imposing apus of Humantay and Salkantay.
Starting Elevation: Mollepata. 9,515 feet (2900 meters)
Campsite Elevation: Soraypampa - 3850 meters / 12631ft
We have our breakfast Approx. at 5:30 am. and we began our trek to the top of the entire 4650 m.s. located in the middle of the road between 2 mountains, on the right and Tucarhuay on the left the famous Umantay. We will enjoy the view of 2 snowy peaks, after a break we will continue our Salkantay trek Cusco through a cloud forest towards huayracpunku where we will have a lunch, then we will go to our second camp located in Chaullay or Colcapampa 3000 m.s.n.m.
Highest Elevation: Salkantay pass - 4600 meters / 15090 ft
Campsite Elevation: Challway - (3000m / 9842f)
This day begins with the nutritious and comforting breakfast, then we will start with the walk through crops of coca leaves, banana, granadilla, etc. typical products of the area. It is a descent section of approximately 5 hours to the Beach (2,200 m / 7,218 ft), in this place we will enjoy our lunch. After a short break, we will take a bus to Santa Teresa, the trip lasts approximately 50 minutes, where we will spend the night.
Starting Elevation: Challway - (3000m / 9842f)
Campsite Elevation: Santa Teresa - 1811 meters / 7055 ft
At dawn you can appreciate the nature that surrounds it and enjoy a nutritious breakfast, then take the walk to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo for about 6 hours, when you arrive at Hidroeléctrica, we will enjoy our lunch in a tourist restaurant. Our Salkantay Peru trek continues through beautiful landscapes with waterfalls from the glaciers, also has a variety of flora and fauna. Arriving in Aguas Calientes we will settle into a hotel. Then, we will enjoy dinner at one of the tourist restaurants. Finally, coordinate with the guide the details of the next day.
Starting Elevation: Santa Teresa - 1811 meters / 7055 ft
Hotel Elevation: Aguas Calientes - 2050 meters / 7986 ft
In the last of the Salkantay 5 day trek, we get up early in the morning around 4 am to have breakfast at 4:30 am then take a hike to Machu Picchu, which will take an hour and a half to reach Machu Picchu to appreciate the magnificent city of Machu Picchu as well as sunrise. We will have a guided tour of approximately 2 hours and then enough time to explore on our own or visit Huayna Picchu.
Machupicchu Inca City: 7,972 '(2,430 m)
Huaynapicchu sacred Mountain: 8,924 '(2,720 m)