Challenge Salkantay Trek is rated as moderate to difficult adventure; it is suitable for those who wish to experience high Andes within a short span of time. Commencing from the Saraypampa Valley; it passes through high mountain pass to Machu Picchu with amazing views of snow-capped mountains and spectacular views of valleys beneath
Our Challenge Salkantay Trek; is one of the shorter treks to Machu Picchu designed for well-trained trekkers; and for those interested in authentic views of the Andes and the iconic Machu Picchu. This trek is situated in the National park of Machu Picchu in the southern Peru. The Challenge Salkantay Trek is a good trek offering cultural insights such as the Inca ruins along the trail and the Popular Machu Picchu declared recently as the new wonder of the world, The trek also offers a natural insights lake the splendid views of the Vilcabamba mountain range from which the Salkantay mountain (6,271m) is the highest. The trek also offers the great views of the two deepest cayons of the region: the Urubamba and the Apurimac.
Three-day Challenge Salkantay Trek starts in the city of Cusco situated at one hour flight from Lima The capital of Peru. On the first day we commence at 4:30am when we pick you up from your hotel and travel in or private car to the zone of Soraypampa at 3,800m; from where we start walk up to the Salkantay pass at 4,600m. Then we’ll descent to the pristine forest; where we’ll have the choice to see wildlife in their natural habitat and local farms. The Challenge Salkantay Trek ends in the Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu at 2,400m, which we’ll explore site by site.
During the Challenge Salkantay Trek we include one camping night in the zone of Chaullay (Our exclusive camp) and one night in a hotel of 3-stars category in the town of Aguas Calientes. The trekking is full portered trekking; we provide horses and horseman for the camping equipment; one baffle bag per person for your personal belongings where you can put up to 6 kilos; which will transported by the horse. Our staff is highly professional and well-trained in high altitude trekking.
On the Challenge Salkantay Trek you’ll hike loading you small back pack with water, snacks, sunblock, insects repellent, camera, and one jacket and enjoy the Trekking to Machu Picchu in Peru.
Highlights for Challenge Salkantay Trek
- Stand face-to-face with Salkantay Mountain and Machu Picchu; experience the Challenge Salkantay Trek itself.
- Salkantay Pass at 4,600 meters, a vantage point providing fantastic views of majestic peaks such as Umantay, Salkantay and more.
- Great trekking trail and excellent mountain landscapes
The Salkantay Trek is listed among the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.
- The Salkantay Trek is definitely one of the best alternatives trekking to Machu Picchu.
Next to the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is the second most popular trek to Machu Picchu, and a lot less crowded.
- The hike alongside the magnificent Apu Salkantay and the arrival at the ruins of Machu Picchu is one of the best experiences known to mankind.
- See natural bridges, snowcapped mountains, cascades, and wildlife and Pristine forests.
Camping with less people to make your own trip and have the best look on these incredible mountains in Peru.
Day 1: Drive 4-hour and Trek to Chaullay camp
Pick up time from your hotel at 4:00am and drive 4-hour to the zone of Soraypampa at 3,800m the starting point of the trek. Today is the hardest day because we’ll pass over 4,600 masl (the Salkantay Pass).
Meals included: Lunch and Dinner
Day 2: Trek Aguas Calientes Town
We’ll trek to Qollpapampa village and drive a car to the zone of Hidroelectrica from where we’ll walk through the Urubamba River/valley to the town of Aguas Calientes and have accommodation in the hotel
Accommodation: Hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Explore Machu Picchu
Today we’ll explore the magnificent Machu Picchu; the tour guide will lead you through the most important sites of the Inca sanctuary, after the tour you’ll have free time for further exploration. In the afternoon we’ll return to Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast in the hotel