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The Salkantay Trek





The Salkantay Trek
Starting at $329

TOUR ITINERARY
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2016 PRICING
Length
Group Service
Private Service
$329
$539
$349
$559
Prices are per person in USD, all taxes and fees included.
Optional hike to Huayna Picchu add $15 per person
Early Train to Cusco add $15 per person. Train departs 6:45PM
$25 off for students with International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
Ask for our special group rates when booking together with 3 or more people.
BOOKING
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Our main office responds within 24 hours. Further information will be requested for final booking. The Salkantay Trek can be added to any of our pre-existing tours or tour packages. Please let us know should you need domestic airfare, transfers or hotel bookings during your trip, we're more then glad to help.
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TOUR DETAILS
Length
5 Days or 4 Days
Difficulty
Moderate to High
Locations Visited
Limatambo
Mollepata
Humantay Lagoon
Soraypampa
Chaullay
Sahuayaco
Cocalmayo
Santa Teresa
Aguas Calientes
Machu Picchu
Ollantaytambo
Includes
Hotel/Hostel Pick up
Transport
Professional Guides
Transport
Bi-lingual Guides and Cook
Meals (4 Breakfast, 4 Lunch, 4 Dinners)
Machu Picchu Admission
First Aid / Oxygen
Tents & Equipment
1 Night Hostel in Aguas Calientes
Return Train & Bus to Cusco
Not Included
Sleeping Bag (Rent one for $35 each)
Trekking Poles (Rent pair for $20 each)
Zip Lines Excursion ($40 per person)
Huayna Picchu Admission ($15 pp) )
Hot Springs Admission ($3 to $5 pp)
Shuttle to Machu Picchu ($10 each way)
Meals: Day 1 - Breakfast, Day 5 - L & D
Optional
Vegetarian, vegan & gluten free meals are available upon request & at no extra cost.

Hotel upgrade is available at Aguas Calientes, contact us for prices.
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TESTIMONIALS
Mote Testimonial
"Wonderful Experience.."
by Ian Mote on November 19th, 2013

This was a wonderful experience, going from the tranquility of Lake Titicaca, then trekking up in the hills on the Salkantay Trek, before finishing at the wonder of Machu Picchu. The organisation was smooth & untroubled, and the hotels booked were good, in particular the one in Cusco which was beautiful. Our plans had to change along the trip & this change was accommodated without any problem.
IMPORTANT NOTE
This trek runs year round however due to weather it may be unavailable in February, please consult with us for availability. Group Horses will carry up to 5 kilos of weight per person for the first 3 days only. If you do not want to carry your own bags please consider hiring a private horse on the trek. Different horses are used for riding and carrying equipment, they are only used for the first 3 days of the trek, on day 2 horses to ride are available to rent on location.
RESERVATION INFO
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To proceed to booking please complete and submit the details of your trip on the form found to the left. Not only will we confirm availability with you but we also answer any questions you may have. You can customize your trip based on your needs so please feel free to ask us about hotel upgrades, domestic flights and extra activities.
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As a customer you have our one of a kind customer support at your disposal should you have any further questions about our services you can contact us at any time and always expect a quick response.
  5 Day Salkantay Trek
Day 1
The 5 Day Salkantay Trek begins with a 4:30 a.m. pick up you from your hotel or hostel in Cusco. The day before our guides visit you at your lodging for a short briefing about the trek and confirm your location. We begin the trek by traveling to Mollepata. This is a beautiful and scenic journey through Limatambo, stopping for panoramic views of the Apurimac valley. Arriving at Mollepata we will meet our porters and horses, here  you can also have a breakfast.

This is the official starting point of the trek where we will start our hike to Soraypampa 3,725 m. (12,221 ft.) After a 4 hour hike we will have lunch and make camp. After lunch we will have an 1 and 30 minute hike until arriving at the lagoon of Humantay. Here there will be impressive views of the area, afterwards we return to the camp for dinner and rest.
Day 2
Today we will hike to the highest point of the trek at 4,650 m. (15,091 ft.), getting a beautiful view of the snowcapped Salkantay mountain, and the peaks of Humantay and Tucarhuay. Once we arrive you will have time to appreciate the area and the views, the glacier of Salkantay is 6,271 meters above sea level. (20, 574 ft.) depending on the weather you could be able to see small avalanches on the mountain from a safe distance.

Afterwards, we will hike through some of the most spectacular scenery in Perú, walking across snowy high passes as we start descending into the cloud forest. We will hike past Salkantaypampa and Soyrococha. Here vegetation and wild life will become more abundant and the weather milder. We reach our camp in the afternoon at Chaullay 2,900 m. (9,514 ft.). Here we will overnight and have dinner.
Day 3
After breakfast we depart Colpani around 6:30 a.m. We'll start the trek hiking through the upper jungle, crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of the little brooks. The days hike is through valleys and you will have wonderful views of waterfalls, flora and fauna endemic of the region and tropical fruits.

We will stop in Playa (Sahuayaco) 2,250 m. (7,381 ft.) for lunch, and then we will take a our transport for 40 minutes to Santa Teresa 1,900 m. (6,233 ft.) where we'll overnight. Here you have the opportunity to relax in Cocalmayo thermal baths.
Day 4
After breakfast we'll  begin our hike through the Santa Teresa Valley  to the Hydroelectric station, here will have our Lunch and continue along the rail lines to Aguas Calientes the hike lasts approximately 6 hours arriving at Aguas Calientes 1 900 m. (6 233 ft.).

You also have the option of bypassing the hike by taking a train to Aguas Calientes for an extra optional on site fee ($18). You will overnight in Aguas Calientes, there you will have a group dinner and go over the following days tour at Machu Picchu.
Day 5
Very early (5:00 a.m.) we'll have our breakfast, afterwards we'll begin our hike up to the Machu Picchu Citadel. There is also the option to take the bus up to the entrance if you would rather not hike ($10, optional) When you arrive at Machu Picchu you will be able to enjoy a sunrise over the ruins (weather permitting). You then will begin a 3 hour tour of Machu Picchu. After that, you'll have free time. Optionally: you could climb Huayna Picchu ($15, optional) or visit the sprawling site of Machu Picchu.

In the afternoon you can either hike down to Aguas Calientes or take the shuttle ($10, optional) where you will catch your 9:30PM train to Ollantaytambo, transferring to tourist bus to Cusco. There is an earlier train available to Ollantaytambo at 6:45PM for an additional $15 - optional. There the tourist buses will be waiting to take you to Cusco. This concludes your 5 Day Salkantay Trek with Karikuy Tours.
 
  4 Day Salkantay Trek
Day 1
The 4 Day Salkantay trek allows you to hike the route to Machu Picchu in less time. If you are wondering why the trek cost more then the 5 day trek this is because there is a transport that has to be hired from Sahuayaco to the Hydroelectric station. This portion is hiked on the regular 5 day trek.

The 5 Day Salkantay Trek begins with a 4:30 a.m. pick up you from your hotel or hostel in Cusco. The day before our guides visit you at your lodging for a short briefing about the trek and confirm your location. We begin the trek by traveling to Mollepata. This is a beautiful and scenic journey through Limatambo, stopping for panoramic views of the Apurimac valley. Arriving at Mollepata we will meet our porters and horses, here  you can also have a breakfast.

This is the official starting point of the trek where we will start our hike to Soraypampa 3,725 m. (12,221 ft.) After a 4 hour hike we will have lunch and make camp. After lunch we will have an 1 and 30 minute hike until arriving at the lagoon of Humantay. Here there will be impressive views of the area, afterwards we return to the camp for dinner and rest.
Day 2
Today we will hike to the highest point of the trek at 4,650 m. (15,091 ft.), getting a beautiful view of the snowcapped Salkantay mountain, and the peaks of Humantay and Tucarhuay. Once we arrive you will have time to appreciate the area and the views, the glacier of Salkantay is 6,271 meters above sea level. (20, 574 ft.) depending on the weather you could be able to see small avalanches on the mountain from a safe distance.

Afterwards, we will hike through some of the most spectacular scenery in Perú, walking across snowy high passes as we start descending into the cloud forest. We will hike past Salkantaypampa and Soyrococha. Here vegetation and wild life will become more abundant and the weather milder. We reach our camp in the afternoon at Chaullay 2,900 m. (9,514 ft.). Here we will overnight and have dinner.
Day 3
After breakfast we depart Colpani around 6:30 a.m. We'll start the trek hiking through the upper jungle, crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of the little brooks. The days hike is through valleys and you will have wonderful views of waterfalls, flora and fauna endemic of the region and tropical fruits.

We will stop in Playa (Sahuayaco) 2,250 m. (7,381 ft.) for lunch, and then we will take a our transport to the hydroelectric station. At the station we will begin a 3 hour hike by the rail lines until we arrive in Aguas Calientes. You also have the option of taking a train from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes if you are too tired to hike, this service is an additional $30, you can book it in advance or on location (depending on availability). At Aguas Calientes you will have the evening free to explore the small town and its hot springs.
Day 4
Very early (5:00 a.m.) we'll have our breakfast, afterwards we'll begin our hike up to the Machu Picchu Citadel. There is also the option to take the shuttle up to the entrance if you would rather not hike ($10, optional) When you arrive at Machu Picchu you will be able to enjoy a sunrise over the ruins (weather permitting). You then will begin a 2 hour tour of Machu Picchu. After that, you'll have free time. Optionally: you could climb Huayna Picchu ($15, optional) or visit the sprawling site of Machu Picchu.

In the afternoon you can either hike down to Aguas Calientes or take the shuttle ($10, optional) where you will catch your 9:30PM train to Ollantaytambo, transferring to tourist bus to Cusco. There is an earlier train available to Ollantaytambo at 6:45PM for an additional $15 - optional. There the tourist buses will be waiting to take you to Cusco. This concludes the four day Salkantay Trek with Karikuy Tours.
 
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