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6 days Salkantay Trek and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Cusco, Peru

Embark on an amazing Hiking Tour to Machu Picchu with us. the summit of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range, the highest peak in the range.it's conveniently reachable and a popular destination for climbers.

EXPERIENCE

Day01 : Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa :
At 4:30 am, our tourist bus will pick you up for a journey through the Andes to Mollepata. Grab last-minute supplies there. Horsemen take large packs, and the trail starts. The first-day hike mostly follows a road to Soraypampa, with stunning views and occasional shortcuts through cow pastures. As you ascend from Mollepata, the scent of eucalyptus fills the air, and the thin mountain atmosphere surrounds you in the vast Andean valleys. Soraypampa,

Day02 : Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayrac Machay – Challway :
The second day is the toughest, involving a long and cold trek over the 4,650 meters (15,256 feet) Salkantay Pass. Despite the challenges, waking up amidst the grasslands of Soraypampa with the sunrise over the Andean peaks is invigorating. The climb to the pass takes 3-4 hours with steep switchbacks.
After crossing the pass, a long downhill descent of over 1,700 meters (5,577 feet) leads to the Challway campsite. The trail passes tent encampments and villages, The descent follows the Salkantay river, reaching Challway village an hour before sunset.

Day03 : Collpapampa – La Playa – Lucmabamba :
Streams in sub-alpine plains become raging waterfalls, with river crossings on simple log bridges. The scenery, though reminiscent of potential wildlife encounters, lacks pythons and sees rare pumas. La Playa, our lunch spot, introduces mosquitoes and gnats, making insect repellent crucial. After a 4-hour trek, we reach Santa Teresa, our campsite.

Day 4 : Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric – Machu Picchu :
After breakfast, walk four hours to the Urubamba River for lunch by the hydro-electric station, which is farther than Machu Picchu town and mainly used by locals. The 12-kilometer (7.5 miles) walk to Aguas Calientes along the train tracks is unexpectedly enjoyable, shaded by jungle foliage. As you approach Aguas Calientes, you’ll encounter day trippers and feel the anticipation of a hot shower and a real bed after 4 days of trekking.

Day05 : Aguas Calientes – Chachabamba (km. 104) – Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu :
We’ll hike approximately 3 hours from Aguas Calientes to Chachabamba (5:00 am – 8:00 am). Upon arrival, we’ll cross a bridge for passport verification. Then, we’ll walk to the ruins of Chachabamba along the old Inca Road, followed by a climb through the cloud forest and open grasslands. After 3 hours in the sun, we descend to a shaded forest for a waterfall break. Continuing to Wiñaywayna ruins, we’ll have lunch before trekking through a vibrant cloud forest.

Day 6 : Tour to Machu Picchu :
After an early breakfast, we catch the first bus around 6:15 am, reaching Machu Picchu by 7:00 am for a stunning sunrise over the mountains. With fewer crowds, we can appreciate the tranquility of this sacred site.
We’ll explore the city for about 2 hours with the guide narrating its mysteries and archaeological history. You’ll then have 4 hours to climb Huayna Picchu or continue exploring.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Witness evolving landscapes,transitioning from lofty mountains to verdant jungle
Enjoy stunning views of Salkantay Mountain,one of the highest peaks in the Andes
Discover the secret trails to Mandor and savor the experience of Machu Picchu

 

 

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