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MACHU PICCHU – SALKANTAY TRAIL

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Machu Picchu – Salkantay Trail

THE WILD TRAIL TO MACCHU PICCHU THAT STRADDLES THE REMOTE GLACIERS OF THE ANDES

The Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu is the wild, scenic route to the ancient citadel deep in the Peruvian Andes. Far away from the crowds, this trail takes us right up to the glaciers, across remote lakes, deep jungles and finally to the ancient city of the Incas. It is an area so rich in natural beauty that no combination of poetically threaded words will even come close to describing just how epic it is. Every day on this experience is a highlight and it’s great for first timers as well as experienced mountain walkers. And yes millennials, there’ll be plenty of avocado on the menu!

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The remote trail to the world’s most famous citadel.

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This trek is a bigger challenge compared to the Inca Trail and takes us to the wilder outback of the Andes.

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It's the road less traveled. That’s why it’s so special!

Itinerary

An ideal experience for anyone with urge to experience adventure at the next level. Our trip combines big remote walks in wild environments, camping next to the glaciers under the Andean stars, cultural immersion, and incredible Peruvian food. The first-timer and seasoned expeditioner will love this one.

DAY 1: ARRIVING TO CUSCO

We’ll be received at Cusco Airport and transferred to our hotel in the historical center of town. For those of us arriving early, we’ll have the opportunity to wander around the beautiful town and explore its many restaurants, cafes, shops and bars. Our first event is a traditional dinner where we’ll all get to know each other and receive our first briefing for the week. We’ll also be conducting gear checks throughout the day to make sure you have everything you need for the week ahead.

DAY 2: THE SACRED VALLEY

The Sacred Valley of the Incas, also called the Urubamba Valley lies to the north of Cusco and has been inhabited since 800 BC. We’ll head out from the hotel after an early breakfast in the direction of the valley floor. The road is winding and quite beautiful with views on both the high Andes and low deep valleys. Our first full day together is packed with vibrant Peruvian culture. We’ll visit the small town of Pisac, meet the Chincheros and roam around in the historic town of Ollantaytambo. We’ll also have the chance to stop by local markets and get a feel of the daily life in this part of Peru. The high altitude environment means that our bodies are also acclimatizing and getting ready for the Inca Trail the next day!

DAY 3: SALKANTAY TRAIL DAY 1 - SORAYPAMPA CAMP

On day one of the Salkantay trail, we’ll be departing the hotel at 5am and travel by bus to Mollepata, the starting point of our trek. From there we’ll begin our hike to Cruzpata, where we’ll be having lunch against the backdrop of the beautiful snow-capped mountains of Humantay (4120 meters) and Salkantay (6271 meters). After lunch we’ll resume the trail in the direction of Soraypampa, our campsite for the night. The views on day one are spectacular and a small appetizer of what’s in store for us further down the trail.

DAY 4: SALKANTAY TRAIL DAY 2 - THE GREAT MOUNTAIN PASS

This is the day where we get up close to the mighty Salkantay. Breakfast will be served around sunrise after which we’ll begin our hike to the highest pass on this trek. The pass is located at 4650 meters and halfway between Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From the pass, the views of the two snow-capped mountains are incredible. There is a possibility of snow here given the high altitude. We’ll take a short rest at the pass to take pictures but we won’t linger due to wind exposure, which is typical at any pass between two glaciated peaks. From the pass, our route is downhill towards Huayracpunku, also known as Huayracmachay, where we’ll have lunch. From our lunch spot we’ll continue trekking to our campsite where we’ll have dinner and rest up.

DAY 5: SALKANTAY TRAIL DAY 3 - CLOUD FORESTS & HOT SPRINGS

Our third day is an absolute treat! Breakfast will be served early in the morning before we head out through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River through a series of small brooks and creeks. We’ll pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants. Our campsite, La Playa, will bring us back to warmer climates at 2,500 meters. After resting, we’ll have the option of jumping into the hot springs. Bring your bathing suit!

DAY 6: SALKANTAY TRAIL DAY 4 - SPOTTING THE FABLED CITY & AGUAS CALIENTES

We’ll have breakfast at 6:30am, then head start on a steady uphill hike to Llactapata. Llactapata is an incredible Incan fort from which we can see Machu Picchu! After taking a few photos and catching our breath, we’ll continue on to descend through coca and banana plantations until we reach the regional Hydroelectric dam for lunch. After lunch, we’ll walk for a couple of more hours until we reach the town of Aguas Calientes where we’ll check into our hotel for the night. We’ll have time to explore the beautiful town of Aguas Calientes and possibly take another dip in the local hot springs before dinner.

DAY 7: MACHU PICCHU & BACK TO CUSCO

From the hotel, it’s a short bus ride to the entrance where we’ll be asked to leave our backpacks outside in lockers for security reasons. Once we arrive, we’ll have plenty of opportunity to take pictures and we’ll be taken on a 2 hour tour of the historic site. For those of us who’d like to make the trip extra special, it is possible to trek to the top of Wayna Picchu, the famous mountain in the background of all the Machu Picchu pictures. This is optional. Once done we’ll head back to Aguas Calientes before boarding the train back to Cusco where we will have our farewell dinner.

DAY 8: ADIÓS

It’s the last few hours in magical Peru! After check out, airport transfers will be arranged according to departure time. If you’re planning to extend your stay, get in touch with LHO Base Camp or your Team Leader to help you plan those extra days!

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides, Porters, Chef & Permits
  • Indicated Team Equipment

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • International Flights
  • Entry Visas
  • Tips & Gratuities for Local Team
  • Personal Gear & Rentals
  • Personal Medical Insurance
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Additional Nights Outside the Itinerary
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Top Questions

What's the weather like on the trail?

The weather is usually around 20 degrees celsius. It could get even warmer especially in Machu Picchu. At night, the temperatures can dip to single digits.

The weather is usually around 20 degrees celsius. It could get even warmer especially in Machu Picchu. At night, the temperatures can dip to single digits.

Is it possible to shower on the Salkantay Trail?

There is access to showers at the campsites. In some places there may be a charge of 10 Peruvian Soles to use them. They are in private stalls that have running water and are relatively well kept. The water may not always be warm. We only spend 4 nights away from our hotel showers on this trip anyway.

There is access to showers at the campsites. In some places there may be a charge of 10 Peruvian Soles to use them. They are in private stalls that have running water and are relatively well kept. The water may not always be warm. We only spend 4 nights away from our hotel showers on this trip anyway.

What's the toilet situation?

At the campsite, we have our own private toilet tent in addition to the fixed toilet facilities at the campsite.

At the campsite, we have our own private toilet tent in addition to the fixed toilet facilities at the campsite.

How long do we walk each day and what's the highest altitude we reach?

The average walking time on the Inca Trail is around 7 hours per day. The maximum altitude is 4635 meters.

The average walking time on the Inca Trail is around 7 hours per day. The maximum altitude is 4635 meters.

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  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides, Porters, Chef & Permits
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An adventure holiday for anyone with a pulse. No fitness requirements or prerequisites. Come as you are. Great for those who already train 1-2 times per week or would like to use this upcoming adventure as an opportunity to kickstart a fitness journey. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure.Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Need we explain further? No prior experience is required. Basic skills may be taught during this adventure. The skills necessary to safely complete this adventure will be taught as a part of this experience. This adventure requires prior experience, pre-requisite skills or certifications. See below for details. We aim to strike a balance between unique local experiences and international standards of comfort and hygiene. Hostels are dorm-style accommodation used during certain legs of our trips and expeditions. They can be quite trendy with common areas, restaurants and cafes. Expect rooms to include a bed and a mattress as well as a common dining area with chairs and tables. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag and an optional pillow. When the experience includes camping we provide the tents, sleeping mats, common dining tents, camping chairs and camping tables. The only thing you’ll need to get is a sleeping bag and an optional camping pillow. Please refer to the LHO gear list for more information specific to the trip you’re on. Mountain Lodges are usually well equipped, providing beds with duvets and pillows. They also include a common restaurant area. Some lodges require a sleeping liner.