Description

A true Andean odyssey, this 4-day trek through the dramatic Cordillera Vilcabamba is a wonderful alternative for those who want to take a less-traveled and exceptionally beautiful route to Machu Picchu. Mount Salkantay is the 2nd largest mountain in the entire Cusco area (2nd only to the mighty Mount Ausangate) and is said to be the “guardian” that stands between the mountains and the jungle. Crossing over a pass between the peaks of the immense mountains, Salkantay (6270m) and Humantay (6070m), you will get to see some spectacular views of the glacial monsters and the sprawling valleys that they stand over. The great thing about this particular trek, that none of the other treks can offer (including the Inca Trail) is that you get to see so many different microclimates in such a short amount of time. You will start on day 1, in the high plateau area of the Andes. Then, on day 2, you will start the day in the plateaus, then go up to an altitude of 4,650 meters (aforementioned pass) and then down into the lush outer rim of the jungle on the other side of the mountains. You can actually see the microclimates changing before your eyes.
On day 3, when you are getting deeper and deeper into the “Ceja de Selva,” or the “Eyebrow of the Jungle,” you will encounter numerous wild tropical fruit and coffee plantations as well as an abundance of wild flowers and exotic birds. Down in the valley, we take an ancient, original Inca trail up through a fertile cloud forest replete with Quehuna trees, orchids, moss, wateralls and rivers, making for a gorgeous tropical atmosphere. On day four, we follow an Inca trail pathway to a low-jungle pass. At the top, we enjoy a gorgeous view of the backside of the Machu Picchu ruins.
From here, we walk down to the hydroelectric plant and take the train to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night in a comfortable hostel. On the last day of the tour, we take a tour of the magnificant ruins of Machu Picchu before catching an afternoon train back to Cusco.

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salkantay

It is a challenging alternative to the Inca Trail, and the government hasn’t placed restrictions on how many people are allowed to complete it per day so you don’t need to book 4 months in advance. The name Salkantay is a quechua word meaning "Savage Mountain". From snow-capped mountains to the Amazon rainforest, this is a great way to travel to Machu Picchu.
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Useful Information

-Starting Altitude – 4650m / 15,200ft
-Highest Altitude – 4217m / 13,780ft.
-Walking Distance – 60.5 km / 37.5 miles
-Longest Day – Day 2, approximately 18 km/11 miles
-Coldest Night – Day 1 around 0º celsius
-Overall Difficulty – Difficult

Day 01 : CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SAYAPATA – HUMANTAY LAKE – SALKANTAY PAMA
We will leave Cusco approximately at 5:00a.m. A bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level) where we will arrive approximately at 7:30 in the morning, we will stop for last minute supplies, leg-stretching or to use the restrooms at a local restaurant. We will continue our journey to Soraypampa, our trek starting point. We will meet with our support staff, who will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 10:00 a.m., we will begin our hike toward Umantay Lake. During the hike we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. Around 1:00p.m., we will have a Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we will hike for 2 hours to our first camp at Salkantaypampa.


Day 02 : SALKANTAYPAMPA – SALAKNATAY PASS – COLPAPAMPA.
Today, nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. We will start the hike around 7:00 in the morning. We will hike to a place called Soyrococha, then go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay located next to the Apu Salkantay. At midday, we will be on the highest point (4650 meters above sea level). We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is known as the second highest point of the Cusco region. Around 1:00 p.m., we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive to our camp in Colpapampa (2920 meters above sea level). Around 7:00p.m., we will recuperate from the trek and eat dinner.


Day 03 : COLPAPAMPA – PLAYA SAHUAYACO – SANTA TERESA HOT SPRINGS
Around 7:00a.m., we will start our trek. We will walk for about 6 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period; we will observe small communities, the “Forest Cloudy Brow” where waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks”. Here we will have lunch. At 2:00 p.m. a local bus will take us to Santa Teresa Hot Springs, where you will enjoy and relax at the hot pools. You will have dinner and camping there.


Days 4: SANTA TERESA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES
At 7:00 am time to stand up to start a new day, in over all the distance hiking is 18 km, in 6 hours straight to Aguas calientes crossing by Hydroelectric station. We follow along the riverside of Vilcanota River, there are the second plant of hydroelectric underground witch are supply to coast cities in Peru and mines companies, the weather day is warm and temperate on the begin, the last 10 km is more dense vegetation bottom Machupicchu city, we going to walk along the train track close to the bank of Urubamba river from there is appreciate the holy mountains as Huaynapicchu and Machupicchu Mountains, to finally arrived to Aguas calientes town of Machupicchu for overnight in the hotel and dinner at the tourist restaurant *********** On this day you may enjoy the biggest Zip Line tour before heading to Aguas Calientes – not included in the price.


Day 05: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Rise early to take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light. This is the best time to view the ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Join our local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site and Inca history without the pressure of other tour groups that arrive at midday with a lot of time for further exploring, photos and climb to Huanaypicchu or up to the Sun Gate. Then we head back to Aguas Calientes. Later in the afternoon we return by train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and will then be transferred by van to Cuzco, arriving in the evening.

What is Included?
  • Transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the start of the hike and back to your hotel at the end
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes back to Cusco at the end of the journey
  • Round trip bus tickets to Machu Picchu and back to Aguas Calientes
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • North Face Mountain 25 tents for maximum comfort
  • Therm-a-Rest mattress and pillow provided for free
  • Duffle bag that you can fill with up to 8 kg (18 lbs) of your personal gear that the horses will carry
  • Other camping equipment, such as a kitchen tent manned by a professional cooking staff, a dining tent with table and chairs, and a bathroom tent
  • Experienced tour guide fluent in English, Spanish and Quechua. Our guides are equipped and trained to practice First-Aid, administer oxygen if needed, and conduct radio communication.
  • Complete meals and snacks during the trip starting with breakfast on the first day and ending with breakfast on the fifth day at your hotel (the last lunch in Aguas Calientes is not included). Our experienced chefs make amazing meals in the middle of the mountains and are also used to preparing dishes for people with different food restrictions or lifestyles, so please let us know your preferences and we will make sure to meet your dietary needs.
  • Professional chef who grew up in the countryside and a horseman with horses/mules to carry all of our gear
  • One extra horse in the case of an emergency

What is Not Included?
  • Sleeping bag rent: US$ 5 per day. Our sleeping bags are –20ºC-comfort (0ºF) and mummy form and include a sleeping liner.
  • Lunch on the last day after the guided tour at Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance to the Hot Springs in Cocalmayo and Aguas Calientes.
  • Optional night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged easily.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING
  • A lightweight, waterproof day pack with change of clothes for the whole period of the trek (must not exceed 7 kilos)
  • Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°c (rentable for $20 for duration of the trek)
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and trekking pants (trousers)
  • Layers of clothes, include thermals, for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Head torch with spare batteries
  • Camera with extra film and batteries
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses
  • Woolen socks, gloves, scarf, woolen hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent
  • Extra plastic bags, especially in the wet season
  • Waterproof clothing or a rain poncho
  • Water bottles and water purifying tablets – Optional
  • Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips
  • Walking sticks (rentable)
  • Favorite snacks
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Toilet paper
  • Sandals or flip-flop
  • Swimming costume
  • Original passport and ISIC card if is applicable.
Group Service Prices

Price per person : This will depend on the amount of people coming to the trek and to the kind of accommodation

Discounts:
  • Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 18’s Discount: US$20

Optional Extras:
  • Sleeping Bag US$25
  • Walking Pole US$12
  • Single Tent Supplement US$35
  • Extra 7kg of personal items US$70
  • Huayna Picchu permit US$20

OUR BOOKING POLICIES
Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable Deposits for TREKS and Short Tours
There is a $200 per person deposit needed to your trek/tour with Haku Travel. The deposit can be made through PayPal, which will incur a 5.5% PayPal merchant fee paid by the traveler or by a wire directly to our bank (Bank of America or Citibank) for free if you are a fellow account holder. All deposits are fully non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event that you need to cancel your trip, cancellation fees will be assessed as outlined below under Cancellation Policy. It is not possible to transfer your deposit to another person’s trek if cancelling, they will need to send in their own deposit.
Itineraries
If you are booking a full itinerary, including hotels, with Haku Travel, we will require 50% of the total value as a deposit. If you must CANCEL, refunds other than the non-refundable $200 deposit required for all tours, will be returned if your start date is more than 60 days away. Once you are within 60 days of your tour beginning, money will no longer be refundable.
Final Payment Terms
For all treks and small tours, final payment is due at least three days before your tour begins with Hatu Travel. This is normally paid directly in our office, but can be paid in advance by PayPal with a 5.5% fee or wire to Citibank. In the office we accept both US and Peruvian currency, any denomination but NO torn bills.
Cancellation Policy for Treks and Small Tours
Notification of cancellation must be made in writing to info@hakutravel.com. If you are within 8 weeks of your tour start date, further payment is needed as follows:
  • If you cancel 8 weeks or more days before departure: Cancellation fees equal the amount of your deposit.
  • 8 weeks to 4 weeks before departure: 60% of the total tour price is due.
  • 4 weeks to 5 days before departure: 80% of the total tour price is due.
  • 5 days to 36 hours: 90% of the total tour price is due.
  • 36 hours or less before departure: 100% of the total price is due.
We charge these fees because there are many expenses that Hahu Travel pays to set up these tours. There are no exceptions unfortunately, but if you need a letter for your insurance company to help recover some of the cost, we would be happy to supply one.
Inca Trail Permits
Inca Trail permits are 100% non-refundable, non-transferable. Permits are issued in the name and with the passport number of the trekker and cannot be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances.

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