Tour Overview

We're delighted to announce a trekking date in 2018 for the Salkantay trail - voted by National Geographic as one of the top 25 treks in the world!

Maximum group size: 12 ladies

Price: £949 pp / US$1234 pp

Available Dates:

  • Saturday 14 July – Friday 20 August 2018

Route: Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu

Trip Length: 7 Days (4 Days Trekking2 x Pre and 1 x Post Hotel Nights)

Trekking Partner: Kandoo Adventures

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What's Included

  • Meet and greet on arrival by your Kandoo Adventures representative at Cuzco Airport and transport to your hotel in Cuzco
  • Hotel accommodation for two nights before your trek and final night after your trek in Cuzco (all on a B&B basis)
  • Hotel accommodation for one night in Aguas Calientes before your day tour of Machu Picchu
  • All accommodation is based on 2 people sharing a tent, and in the hotel, a twin or double room. We can arrange single occupancy for a supplement
  • Return transfers from Cuzco to Kilometre 82
  • All permits for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Services of Kandoo’s qualified trekking guides, assistant guides, porters and cooks
  • High quality sleeping tents and foam sleeping mats. Please note that sleeping bags and thermarest mats are not included but are available to hire
  • Mess tent with table and chairs
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the trek. Filtered drinking water every day
  • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from your hotel back to Cuzco airport
  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips for crew
  • Entry visa for Peru (Not required for most passport holders. Please check your country’s visa status with Peru)
  • Personal travel insurance (must include trekking up to 4,500m)
  • Personal hiking/trekking gear
  • Personal medicine
  • Meals, snacks and drinks not specified
  • Single tent and hotel occupancy costs an additional £150 / US$250 per person and must be requested at time of booking

Route

Navado de Salkantay lies northwest of Cusco and is the cordillera's tallest peak, standing at 6271 meters! The snow-capped peak is exceptionally beautiful and looms above the heads of hikers for most of the trek. The name ‘Salkantay’ actually means ‘Savage Mountain’ and the trek is popular for people who want a more quiet and off the beaten path route to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

The Salanatay trek was recently voted as one of the top 25 treks in the world. Its popularity mainly stems from the incredible diversity that the trek offers. You pass through varying ecosystems from sub-tropical jungle to high alpine zones. The trail cuts through the stunning Mollepata Valley before passing Salkantay at 15,000 feet. Trekker then traverse the enormous mountain to reach the village of Aguas Calientes. The trek is only slightly more difficult than the standard Inca Trail and pack horse are used to carry all of your gear.

Detailed Itinerary

Your tour guide will pick you up from the airport and transport you to your hotel in Cusco. For the rest of the day you are free to explore the beautiful city and all of its wondrous sites.

Cusco is actually one of the highest points you will reach on your journey, therefore, it's important to spend a day in the city getting acclimatized to the altitude. It also gives you a chance to explore the city in more depth.

The bus ride to Sayllapata takes you through several picturesque town and through the beautiful Limiatambo Valley. At Sayllapata your trek begins proper with a a hike to Soyrococha where you spend the night.

  • Trekking Elevation: 3400 metres to 2800 metres to 4200 metres

 

Day 4 is the trek up to the highest point on the trail - Salkantay Pass (4600m). Here you get incredible vistas of the surrounding mountains, including Salkantay! From the pass you descend down to the campsite at Collpapampa.

  • Trekking elevation: From 4200 metres to 4600 to 2950 metres

Day 5 is fairly easy as you continue to descend down into the jungle at Ceja de Selva. From there you trek to your camping location at  Lucmabamba.

  • Trekking elevation: From 2960 metres to 2150 metres

You begin by trekking the short distance to the archaeological site of Llactapata where you are free to explore for a while. From the ruins you can see Machu Picchu in the distance. After lunch you follow the railway line to the town of Aguas calientes where you stay the night in a hotel.

  • Trekking elevation: From 2150 metres to 1900 metres

Today you get to explore one of the worlds wonders - Machu Picchu! Our expert guide will take you around the ruins and give you an insight into the culture and history of the site. You will also have the option of climbing the nearby mountain of Huayna Picchu. Remember though, tickets for Huayna Picchu must be purchased in advance.

After visiting the ruins you will take a bus back to Aguas Calientes, from where you will take a train to Ollantaytambo. We will pick you up from the station and return you to Cusco where you stay the night in a hotel.

  • Trekking elevation: From 1900 metres to 2430 metres to 3300 metres

 

In the morning we will transport you back to the airport from where you will take your return journey.

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