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3 Day Salkantay Humantay Lake & Train to Machu Picchu

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What to Expect
Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Humantay Lake – Soraypampa

We pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 a.m. to drive for about 3 hours to Mollepata where we start our Salkantay trek . As soon as we are at mollepata while you have breakfast the cook and the horseman will pack all the camping equipment and cooking stuff and we start hiking the first 3 hours will be a little bit uphill to get Cruzpata where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay; 4120m/13500ft and Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) – just the start! We will begin our Salkantay trek towards Soraypampa, our first Salkantay Trek camping spot (3800 m/11750ft; the highest and coldest campsite of the trip) we will be very close to the second highest Salkantay snow capped -mountain of Cusco.

1ST DAY:Total distance: 15 km (aprox.)

Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours

Maximum altitude point: 3,800 m (aprox.)

Campsite altitude: 3,800 m (aprox.)

Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Sakantay Lake – Soraypampa – Ollantaytambo- Aguas Calientes.

After having our Salkantay Trek breakfast we start walking about 6:30 am ,because this day will take us 4 hours is uphill to get the highest point of the Salkantay Trek (4650m/15200ft) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible. There is a possibility of snow here. After a rest and get a group picture, we will be back on the same path to Soraypampa where have lunch and relax then after we will take the bus back to Cusco and the to Ollantaytambo to take the train to aguas calientes and do overnight in Aguas Calientes.

2ND DAY:Total distance: 11 km (aprox.)

Estimated walking time: 5 – 6 hours

Maximum altitude point: 4,650 m (aprox.)

Day 3: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

We wake up early morning about 4 am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and leave to walk up to Machupicchu which takes one and half hours up to machupicchu but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 to Machupicchu (25-minutes long) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huaynapicchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top.and after enjoying machupicchu you have to go down to aguas calientes to take the train back to ollantaytambo and then bus back cusco

Meals: Breakfast

Total distance: 4 km (aprox.)

Estimated walking time: 1- 2 hours

Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (aprox.)
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Important Information
Departure Point
Please, we will come and pick you up from the hotel
Departure Time
5:00 AM
3 days
Return Details
we will drop you off at Plaza San francisco
  • Briefing a night before we do the trek/trip
  • Pick up from Hotel
  • Tourist Bus from Cusco to Challacancha(Trailhead)
  • Tourist Bus from Soraypampa to Ollantaytambo Station to take the Train to Aguas Calientes 3 and half drive.
  • Accommodation (Base don Twin bed room, 03 beds room, 04 beds room: 1 night in Sky Domes: 1st night in Soraypampa, With Private Bathroom , Private Shower, mattresses, pilows, blankets,
  • 01 night in Hotel in aguas calientes
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and 2 afternoon hot teas. Vegetarian option with no extra cost.
  • Professional Tour Guide(English & Spanish) (Assistant Guide over 08 People)
  • Professional Cook & Cooking equipment
  • Horseman, Horses or Porters to carry food, Camping, Cooking equipment and personal belonging (7 kg)
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings)
  • A T-shirt of (I survived the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Boiled Water every Morning (Bring wáter for the 1st morning)
  • Tourist Expedition (round trip) train from Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo (Train Back between 2:30pm to 7:00pm. Based on availability)
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Breakfast day 1 and lunch last day;
  • Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Town ($12- one way)
  • International and domestic flights
  • Travel insurance;
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory)
  • Other extras not mentioned.
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (US$30) (Based on Availability)
  • Vistadome Train (One Way Back) – US$70 Includes Private Bus transportation any time
  • Upgrade to 3 stars Hotel US$40
  • Single Accommodation* – US$50
  • Extra porter and horses to carry your personal belonging (US$130)
  • Extra Horse to ride & an Horseman for 2 days US$180 (weight limit 80 kilos)
  • Hiking poles(Black Diamond) – US$20
  • Sleeping bag – US$30
  • Student Discounts (only with active/valid Student card): US$20
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$20
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$40
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • what we recommend to bring on this trip
  • There is no special equipment need, only regular equipment but of good quality, as for any other trek in the nature.
  • Tops
  • 1 poly/fleece (wind stopper) jacket
  • 1 poly/fleece light weight sweater
  • 1 lightweight long sleeved shirt (optional)
  • 2-3 T-shirts
  • 1 rain poncho (preferable) or rain jacket
  • Bottoms
  • 1 pair wind/rain pants (Gore-tex or similar)
  • 1 pair lightweight cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis)
  • 1 lightweight fleece pants
  • Foot & hand wear
  • 4 pairs wool or synthetic socks
  • 1 pair of (used) trekking boots
  • 1 pair of wool or fleece gloves
  • Headgear
  • 1 wool or fleece hat
  • 1 sunhat
  • 1 pair sun glasses that provide good UV protection
  • Miscellaneous
  • 1 sleeping bag (rated to -11 C / 12 F)
  • 1 good (day) backpack
  • 2 walking poles
  • 1 headlamp (preferable) or torch
  • 1 pocket knife
  • 1 water bottle
  • Water sterilizing tablets (Micropur)
  • Note: bottled water for sale at several parts of the trek; consult your guide at the briefing
  • Sun block
  • 1 lip balm (spf 16)
  • Insect repellent
  • Towel and soap
  • Toiletry kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medicines
  • Optional:
  • Camera and extra memory cards
  • Spare battery for your camera
  • Binoculars
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes and cocalmayo)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Porter for your personal equipment
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
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  • Quechuas Expeditions
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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