Day 1 – Cusco to Soraypampa
Trekking distance: 21,2km
Altitude: 3360m to 4050m
Walking time: 6 to 7hrs
You will be picked up from the hotel at approx 4:30am and transferred to Mollepata where we stop for breakfast (not included) and then it’s time for a full day of hiking (21,5 km) mostly uphill. During the morning we get spoiled with beautiful views of the valley and by lunch, with a little luck, we will already see the snow peaks. After lunch we continue for another 3 to 4 hrs while the scenery is changing into rougher hills with rushing streams cascading between them. By the time we reach the campsite we are at an altitude of a little over 4000 meters and have already hiked 21,3 km. Needless to say, most of you will be snoring in your tents shortly after a good meal prepared by the cook and served by your guide.
Day 2 – Soraypampa to Chaullay
Trekking distance: 20,8km
Altitude: 4050m to 4608m to 2860m
Walking time: 7 to 8hrs
This is the day! Wake up call and “room service” delivered by your guide - a coca tea served at the door of your tent - to start this long day of trekking. After breakfast with the help of the weather gods you’ll see the massive Mount Salkantay smiling down at you (or laughing depending the way you look at it). Step by step we’ll climb higher until reaching Soyroccocha where we take a short rest and try to catch our breath. We keep on smiling and climbing higher and higher with the views getting more and more spectacular as the Salkantay mountain approaches. Later in the morning of the second day you will reach the highest point of the trek at an impressive 4608 meters. Here, the guide will explain a little bit about the history of Salkantay Mountain and the Andean people. This little history break is an excellent excuse for you to catch your breath, recover from the climb and eat some well deserved snacks. After taking a break at the highest point of the trek it’s time to leave the altitude and we will begin the descent, walking for about 2 hrs until we see the kitchen tent. Here we’ll crash down and fill ourselves up with a tasty lunch and some tea or coffee. The day is not over yet and we continue hiking down to lower altitudes and into greener and greener scenery until we reach the second campsite, Chaullay. This campsite is very lovely, and with a surrounding of green hills the beer tastes even better.
Day 3 - Chaullay to Aguas Calientes
Trekking distance: 16,3km
Altitude: 2860m to 1680m
Walking time: 5 to 6hrs
Driving time: approx. 2 hours
Waking up in the pre-jungle is something special; usually in the early morning the clouds hang low over the valley and the trees, creating a mysterious scene. Soon after breakfast you will find yourself crossing rivers, balancing over bridges and enjoying the warmer climate. Upon reaching “La Playa” there will be a transport waiting to bring you to the Hidroelectrica station (cost to be split among group). At the Hidroelectrica station you will have lunch in a restaurant before continuing along the train tracks for the last 2.5 hours of the trek to Aguas Calientes. Dinner is included at a local restaurant before heading back to relax (in a real bed!) in your hostel with hot showers and private bathrooms.
Day 4: Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu – Cusco
In the morning you will start your 1 hour ascent to Machu Picchu to arrive in time for sunrise, or at the time you desire (bus is optional, $9 each way, first bus departs at 5:30am). There will be a two hour guided tour of Machu Picchu following which you will have the rest of the afternoon to explore Machu Picchu. If you have purchased a pass for Huayna Picchu in advance you will have the opportunity to climb the mountain (climbing time will be determined in advance depending on availability). You need to return to Aguas Calientes at least 30 minutes prior to your train departure (return trains schedule subject to daily change). There will be a transport waiting for you in Ollantaytambo to bring you back to Cusco.
**Students: You must bring your original ISIC card to Machu Picchu – if you fail to do so you will need to pay the additional entry fees.
**Briefings are NOT OPTIONAL and we will not be held responsible for missed information if you fail to attend.
**If you are feeling sick you can hire horses from locals – prices range from about 30-50 soles per day and can change depending on season (Activities Peru Travel may not have accurate information for seasonal prices).
information meeting in Activities Peru Travel the evening before your trek
private transport (bus or minivan) from Cusco to Mollepata
3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
hot drinks in the evenings
mules to carry up to 5 kg of personal equipment
entrance ticket for Machu Picchu
2 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu in English
expedition train from Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (train time to be confirmed in briefing)
English and Spanish speaking professional guide during the whole trek
double occupancy tents
cook and dining tent
hostel in Aguas Calientes
first breakfast, last lunch and dinner
water (boiled water provided with meals)
tips for staff
bus tickets Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes, US$9 each way
entry fee (optional) for Huayna Picchu (US$9) or Machu Picchu Mountain (US$5) must be reserved at time of booking
Transport from La Playa to Hidroelectrica; US$30 per group (approximately) to be paid during tour
sturdy hiking boots or strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
a backpack (30 to 40 liters) with changes of clothes for the whole period of the trek
rain gear, jacket + trousers or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
wool socks (they stay warm even when they are wet)
sandals or jogging shoes for comfort while at camp
warm clothes, including jacket, fleece
thermal clothing recommended for sleeping
sleeping bag (rent one from Activities Peru Travel for US$12-$18)
hiking sticks (rent a pair for US$15 in Activities Peru Travel)
flashlight/headlamp and extra batteries (batteries consume faster under cold conditions and high
camera, film and extra batteries (can be recharged in Aguas Calientes)
hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
personal medical kit
insect repellent – min. recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli
swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
cash for snacks, water, bus tickets AC-MP-AC, souvenirs, last meals in Aguas Calientes, hot springs,
original passport (don’t forget to get your MP stamp in your passport!)
original International Student Identity card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
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