Salkantay Trek 6D/5N (Special)
This amazing Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 6 Days runs beneath the magnificent Salkantay mountain (6.271m/20569ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes. . The Salkantay Trek (or Salcantay Trek),was recently named on the National Geographic Ultimate Adventure bucket list – defined as “The 20 most extreme, hair-raising, legendary adventures on the planet, daunting even for the world’s elite athletes.” It is a trek open to everybody, and the most popular alternative to the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu, and rich in natural scenery. The trek´s namesake, Apu Salkantay (6,271 m/20,574 ft) is taller than the highest mountain in North America, Mt McKinley (6,194 m/20,332)in Alaska and highest peak in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro (5,892 m/19,331 ft).
The six day version of the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu has many advantages. First of all the trek begins at Marcoccasa, which is 9 km before the traditional start of the Salkantay trek at Soraypampa. Those who have hiked the Marcoccasa to Soraypampa portion of the trail say it, “is a destination in its own right and could be an enjoyable overnight trip for those with limited time.” Additionally having 5 days to complete the trail instead of four means you have more opportunities to visit “off the beaten path locations” and will see less crowds! You will have more time to be immersed in the natural beauty that surrounds this mountain due to its unique geographical location!
It is a trek open to everybody, and the most popular alternative to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Cusco – Marcoccasa – Challacancha – Soraypampa
Day 2: Soraypampa – Soroycocha – Huayracmachay
Day 3: Huayrachmachay – Colpapampa
Day 4 – Colpapampa to La Playa/Santa Teresa
Day 5 – Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes
Day 6 – Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Cusco
Overall distance hiked: 75 km/ 46 miles
Maximum altitude reached: 4650 m/ 15088 ft
Overall trek difficulty: challenging
Before the Salkantay trek, your guide will meet you at your hotel for an in-depth briefing. This provides an opportunity to ask questions and do any last-minute shopping before leaving Cusco.
Day 1: Cusco –Marcoccasa –Challacancha – Soraypampa
We will pick you up at your hotel early to drive until Mollepata (2800 m/ 9184ft) where we will stop to get breakfast. Then we drive for about one hour until Marcoccasa where we are going to start our Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. We hike up for about 2 and a half hours until we reach the high point for today. Then we go down for about 1 ½ hours to Challacancha (3600 m/ 11,808 ft) where we will have lunch. After a delicious lunch we walk two hours until our camp at Soraypampa (3,850m / 12,600ft).
Lowest Elevation: 2800 m/ 9184 ft
Campsite Elevation: 3850 m/ 12,600 ft
Distance to walk: 8.86 km/ 5.5 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Day 2: Soraypampa – Soyrococha –Huayracmachay
After breakfast we hike up for about 3 ½ hours until Soyrococha (4200 m/ 13,776 ft) where we are going to have lunch. After that we will continue up for one hour until we reach the highest point of our trek, Abra Salkantay (4650 m/ 15,088ft). After taking pictures and talking about the mountains we will go down for 2 hours to our next camp at Huayracmachay (3,800 m / 12,500ft).
Lowest Elevation: 3800 m/ 12,500 ft
Highest Elevation: 4650 m/ 13,776 ft
Distance to walk: 14.4 km/ 9 miles
Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Day 3: Huayrachmachay – Colpapampa
This day is all downhill for four hours. On the way down there is an Inca site called Andenes (3,500 m/ 11,480ft). We will stop here and have a tour. At this site you will see Inca Terraces. We will continue our hike with an easy downhill walk along the Salkantay River, enjoying the increasingly lush vegetation, passing waterfalls, passion fruit and coffee plantations. The arid highland landscape begins to transform into a cloud forest filled with trees and bromeliads. After 1 ½ to 2 hours we arrive at the settlement of Chaullay, and after another 45 minutes to the town of Colpapampa (2900 m/ 9514 ft).
Lowest Elevation: 2900 m/ 9514 ft
Highest Elevation: 3800 m/ 12,500 ft
Distance to walk: 9.66 km/ 6 miles
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Day 4: Colpapampa – La Playa – Lucmabamba
After working hard on day 2, we are rewarded with a more gentle hike today. We will have a fantastic breakfast and then hike 5 to 6 hours on gentle up and down segments. We will be hiking through the rain forest, following the path of the Santa Teresa river. We will have the opportunity to see multiple coffee plantations, banana plantations, and fields of passion fruit. Along this path you will also see the most beautiful waterfall along the trek.
We will reach Lucmabamba, our campsite for the evening, around noon. Here we will relax and enjoy a delicious lunch!
After lunch, we will do an incredible coffee tour at the plantation adjacent to the campsite. We will begin by browsing the fields, learning about the different types of beans, and picking our own beans. There are also several fields of tomatoes and avocados. We will pick vegetables that the chef will use for dinner that night.
After picking our beans, we will roast them and grind them. Finally, we will brew and drink our own coffee! It is a truly unique experience.
14 km (8 miles)
Time: 5 to 6 hours
Lowest elevation: 2,050 m /6,725 ft
Highest elevation: 2,800 m/ 9,184 ft
Area: Rain Forest
Sights: Santa Teresa River, Colpapampa village, Lucmabamba
Day 5: Lucmabamba – Llactapata Inca Ruins – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes
We will wake up early and have breakfast. Today´s hike starts with a moderate 3 ½ hour climb through the rain forest until we reach the Llactapata Inca site (2,700 m/8,856 ft), where we will have a thorough tour. This is the location where you will have your first view of Machu Picchu in the far distance. You will also have a first look at the mountain you will hike tomorrow, Huayna Picchu!
Leaving Llactapata, we begin a 2 ½ hour descent to Hydroelectric, where we will have lunch. At 3 pm we will board the train for a 40 minute trip to Aguas Calientes.
On arrival at Aguas Calientes you will check into your hotel. Dinner will be at Indio Feliz.
Distance Covered: 13 km /8 miles
Time: 6 to 7 hours
Lowest elevation: 1,800 m /5,905 feet
Highest elevation: 3,100 m /10,170 feet
Area: Cloud Forest
Sights: Llactapata Inca Ruins, Machu Picchu
Day 6 – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a very early bus (5:30am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Once there you will be given at 2 to 3 hour walking tour of the site.
If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu mountain you should choose the 11 AM time. The ticket price for Huayna Picchu mountain is included in the price of your trek. If you are not climbing the mountain you will have free time to explore the site before you return back to Aguas Calientes by bus.
Upon return to Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo you will travel by minivan to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.
Lowest Elevation: 2040 m
Highest Elevation: 2440 m
Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Mollepata
Four person tent for each 2 persons.
Dining tent with tables and chairs
Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
Horses to transport 8 kg of your personal gear
Emergency horse in case we need it
Six breakfasts, five lunches, and five dinners
Hot water for washing.
Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Private van transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
Ticket for Huayna Picchu mountain
Entrance to Machu Picchu
Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Hotel in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
Services Not included:
Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
Day 6 lunch in Aguas Calientes
Tips for the crew (porters, muleteers, chef and guide)
What to bring:
Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
Down sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
Camera with spare batteries
Book to read
Prices & Availability
Group Service Price per person 2017:
US$620 per person (Group Size 02 persons Minimum 08 Persons Average – 16 Persons Maximum with 02 Guides)
Private Service Prices 2017
2 people US$800 per person
3 people US$775 per person
4 people US$750 per person
5 people US$725 per person
6 people US$700 per person
7+ people US$675 per person
Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card. Must be below 25 years old): US$20
Under 15 years will pay as student: US $20
Aditional/Extras NOT Included (Need to book in Advance):
Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00
Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00
Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: USD60.00
Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired.
Sleeping Bag US$25
Walking Pole US$15
Inflatable Mattress US$25
Single Tent Supplement US$35
How to book:
You can either book by emailing us or by using the Booking form on this site.
Send us your main Departure date and back up date: By providing us with a main date and a back up date for your trek (classic Inca Trail, Lares, Salkantay, etc) you automatically authorize Aymaras Expeditions to use either of these dates for your reservation. Aymaras Expeditions within the next 48 hours (after you have sent us your booking form and confirm deposit was made) will send you an electronic receipt confirming your trek has been officially booked and also to confirm the exact departure date of your trek.
Send us your Personal Details for Booking: Your passport number and other information must be valid. Please advise if you change your passport number after booking the tour (especially for booking the classic Inca Trail as if we do not make a change in your official details, you may not be permitted to do the trek). Please Note changing passports’ numbers requires an extra fee (we are able to change passports numbers easily on our receipt but its also extremely important that we make the changes with the Inca Trail authorities)
Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid ISIC card. It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail/alternative trek (you will need to show the real ISIC card http://www.isiccard.com upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).
Payment of deposit:
1. For the For any our alternative trek to Machupicchu (Group or Private Service)
We request a non-refundable deposit US$100 per person along with personal details of each member participating in the trek:
Full Passport names
Date of Birth(DOB)
Payment of deposit amount is:
US$100 per person for the Inca Trail only Or
US$125 per person for the Inca Trail + Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climbing. Please confirm if you want to climb Huayna Picchu (the 45 minute climb near Machu Picchu site) or Machu Picchu as they need to be booked well in advance too; there are 2 time sessions:
7 – 8am or
10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible to either time.
Please note, if you get the permits for the 7am start you will probably have to miss the Machu Picchu guided tour.