Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Short Inca Trail

Short Inca Trail  to Machu Picchu starts at Km 104 (104 kilometer along the railway from Cusco to Machu Picchu) located at 2,100 masl at the place named Chachabamba. It’s 13 km of distance that can be covered in 6 -7 hour trek. This trek is perfect for people who don’t want to spend much time in the mountains but still want to feel the charm of the energetic mountains and the cloud forest.

The Short Inca Trail is considered one of the most scenic short distance treks in Peru. Running along the border with the Amazon Jungle, the trek offers amazing views of some of the most pristine and unspoiled landscapes in Peru.

SHORT TREK ITINERARY

Day 1: Aguas Calientes

Board the morning train to Chachabamba or km 104 and hike 13 km through staining mountain scenery.

Day 2:  Machu Picchu

Full-day will be dedicated to explore Machu Picchu; your guide will explain you all about Machu Picchu; in the afternoon, you will return to Cusco.

Salkantay Trekking Routes

Salkantay Trekking Routes are the finest destination for trekkers with varied taste. Actually the entire length and breadth of the Salkantay region is a paradise for the trekkers. Salkantay Trekking Routes are wealth of scenery, its diverse flora and fauna and its complex mix of culture makes a perfect formula for traveling through the countryside. We have few roads so actually trekking through different part of Salkantay region is really the best and ultimate way to experience the country’s unbeatable combination of both natural beauty and cultural scenery, The towering peak of Salkantay provides one of the highlight of the trek, Perhaps the most enjoyable part of a trek is the clean mountain air and magnificent view of the mighty Salkantay peak.

There are easy walks lasting a few days and there are strenuous expeditions that take several days. One can trek along the beaten trails or the virgin tracks. You can trek up to the foot of the great Vilcabamba Moutain range, such as Challenge Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 3 Days, Salkantay Trekking To Machu Picchu 4 Days, Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days, Salcantay Trek & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 7 Days, Salkantay Luxury Trek 9 Days, etc. There is something for everyone. The Salkantay Trekking Routes will take you through the country that has captured the imagination of the mountaineers and explorers for over a hundred years.

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The Salkantay Trekking Routes are adventure activities in which people from all over the world take multi-day hiking trips through rural, often rugged territory. Many customers who are trekkers engage in longer trips through entire Cusco and Peru regions, using trekking as a way of getting from place to place. Salkantay Trek Routes are incorporated with the visit the most important icon of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

All Salkantay Trekking Routes consists of a series of ascents and descents walking 6 to 8 hours 14 to 16 kms per day on average with a guide, cook and pack animals. The objective of Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu not just the particular destination, but the journey itself. You travel at a modest pace, observing nature, rural communities, and spectacular mountain panoramas.

Why Chose Us for Salkantay Trekking Routes?

We are a specialist adventure tour operator with affordable and exciting adventures to Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.

  • We provide a complete catered and guided service of the highest quality.
  • SUNRISE PERU TREK is running for nearly two decades organizing tours, Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu & trips to Machu Picchu and only employs quality & responsible staff who you can trust. Our office is based in Cusco.
  • We only use fresh food – vegetables, fruit, chicken and meat and great care is taken with hygiene in order to minimize the risk of illnesses.
  • Our trek service and client care in Cusco is managed directly by SUNRISE PERU TREL.
  • Our guides are certified and issued licenses by the Cuzco Trekking Guides Association.  Cooks, porters and horsemen are accredited by their own respective associations. We do not employ unlicensed or unaccredited guides and staff.
  • We are a sensitive travel tour operator, and take care for our environment when we are working with groups. We only use gas for cooking, no fires, remove all our rubbish and waste, use a toilet tent and bury toilet waste.
  • We also cater for vegetarian food and special diets.
  • Our Camping Tents are top quality tents in good condition. Tents are on a twin share basis. The tents are 3 person tents, with plenty of room for two people to share.
  • Our guides are trained in mountain first aid and carry a full first aid kit as well as an oxygen bottle.

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Salkantay Trek Tips

Salkantay Treks

Dou don’t know how to organize Salkantay Treks to Machu Picchu?.- Find here very important recommendation for a memorable trek. Salkantay Treks are the best trekking destinations in the world – and it’s fully open for business after the 1970s. So what do you need to know before you go?

Tips for Salkantay Treks to Machu Picchu

  • Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu was recently named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.
  • The best time for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is from March through October. Sure, it’s the busy season (especially June to August), but it’s also the dry season. And for Sure, you not are going to want to visit this site during rainy season! A day of this hike will be harder and a night will be colder.
  • Make your reservations for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu several months in advance 2, 3 to up to a year, if you’re going during peak season.
  • For Salkantay trek you must take your passport and a photocopy of it, it is very important that you have to keep it in a plastic bag in case of rain. If you are student is valid only the ISIC – International Card (the green card).
  • There are some biting mosquitos at Machu Picchu, Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes, wear long light clothing and use plenty of strong insect repellent.
  • Be prepared with sun protection, including a hat, sunglasses and sun block. Some people even take in small umbrellas, a. Feel free to look like a little daft, but don’t get burnt! Time is a little funny here in Cusco, one day can be hot and not another day.
  • For Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu take some Peruvian currency for buying bottled water and snacks along the way, as well as for tipping the guide, cook and porters.
  • Waterproof, well worn-in walking boots – Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential, and a sleeping bag is necessary too.
  • There is only 1 snack bar at Machu Picchu, be prepared with snacks and drinks to see you through the day and night.

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Tipping

It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, and local guide(s) at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels.

Spending Money

Every traveler is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travelers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Currency Exchange Tip:

Please be advised that slightly torn notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than 100USD (or equivalent). The currency exchange rates can fluctuate often.

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Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Visas

All countries require a valid passport (with minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It’s your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation.

Tips for Personal Porters and Food Porters

Tipping porters is optional, but we find that the majority of our clients generally feel obliged to give a tip at the end of the trek. Usually a personal porter is tipped around 100 soles and a tip is given to the group as a whole contributed by all the trekkers in the group. The group tip is discussed by the trekking group at the end of the trek as it depends on the performance.

Personal Favorite Snacks

If you have favorite snacks you’d like to have during the trek, such as snack or fruit bars please bring them along. You may do some shopping at the supermarket in Port Moresby prior to your trek, if you arrive 1-2 days ahead of the schedule. Please note that as part of your trek package, you will also be provided with some snacks as well as meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The following items should be brought to the trek:

Waterproof shoes, sleeping bag for low temperatures, gloves, cotton hat, thermal socks, day hat, heavy jacket, light jacket and impermeable, long sleeve shirts, hiking pants, t-shirts, underwear, sun glasses, tennis shoes or sandals to be used at the campsites, small first aid kit, toilet paper, sun screen, insect repellant, flashlight, and water container.

You might consider the following items:

Snacks, energy bars, walking sticks (Rustic walking sticks can be purchased before starting the trek), sealable bags, wet wipes, water purification pills, altitude sickness pills and camera.

Please make sure to bring your personal medication to the trek as well as stomachache pills, diarrhea pills, and headache pills.

RECOMENDED THINGS TO TAKE

You need to bring for Salkantay Trek the following things

  • YOUR ORIGINAL PASSPORT.- The passport that you book the tour because in the control point you’ll checked if you are the person who did the reservation.
  • 2 BAGS, 1 DAY PACK, AND 1 LARGE BACKPACK TO HOLD EVERYTHING ELSE.- Your guides will carry up to 6 kilos for you each day, so if you have 2 packs, you can distribute the weight pretty easily and only keep on you what you need.
  • 1 SLEEPING BAG.- which you need…hands down, it gets really cold at night, so is recommend a bag that can handle -10 degrees Celsius.
    HIKING BOOTS.- When you walk as much as you do on the trek, and go through waterfalls, and up and down mountains, extra support and coverage can really be a lifesaver.
  • 3 PAIRS OF UNDERWEAR, 4 PAIRS OF SOCKS.- It is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not trekking. Also, we recommend bringing both really heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well. The weather is all over the place, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or overheating.
  • 2 PAIRS OF LONG UNDERWEAR.- 1 super thick, 1 capeline midweight–which is  perfect.
  • 2 PAIRS OF PANTS, 1 HIKING, 1 COTTON–WHICH IS JUST ENOUGH. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray the clothes before the trip.
  • 2 T-SHIRTS, 2 LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS.- Actually you will stay in a hostel  in Machu Picchu village and  for sure you will get a long shower, and you will need 01 more t-shirt for your Machu Picchu day.
  • 1 HOODIE, 1 FLEECE JACKET, 1 FLEECE SHIRT FOR LAYERING, 1 T-SHIRT.- this items will be good for a cold person. Other people on the trek definitely will get away with less layers, the layers help.
  • 1 RAIN JACKET, 1 WARM/WINTER JACKET.- The first night the temperature can be as -10 degrees Celsius and the second day you go up close a snow covered mountain, so the big coat is a must. The rain jacket can be helpful, cause there are raining days (even if we are dry season!) .
  • SNACKS, GUM AND LOZENGES–WHICH ARE NEEDED.- The trek is long and we don`t take many breaks. So if you keep a bar or some nuts in your day pack, they will really help you keep going.
  • CASH.- Few places in Peru accept credit cards, and in the mountains, you’re not going to find an ATM. about 500 soles, and  we would recommend bringing at least that much in case something goes wrong or you need help.
  • TRAVEL-SIZED TISSUES AND WET WIPES.- The air is cold and damp, so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seemed to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.
  • 1 BATHING SUIT–WHICH CAME IN HANDY.- The third and fourth nights are near hot springs, so if you plan to go, bring one. A lot of people bring towels, but you don’t need them. You can rent towels at the hostel or hot springs for 1 or 2 soles, which frees up a lot of backpack space.
  • 1 PAIR OF FLIP FLOPS–WHICH ARE NICE.- you can wear them to the hot springs, and in the shower at the hostel.
  • TOOTHBRUSH, TOOTHPASTE, ETC.–WHICH YOU NEED, BUT PACK LIGHT.- You’re going to be filthy and gross, so you don’t need shampoo and soap and all of that. Pack the day to day minimum.
  • BUG SPRAY WITH 30% DEET IN IT–WHICH YOU NEED.- but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Salkantay is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger, and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on.
  • A HEAD LAMP–WHICH IS USEFUL.- If you don’t have one, at least bring a small flashlight.
  • A CAMERA… no explanation needed!
  • IRON TABLETS AND PILLS FOR ALTITUDE SICKNESS.- Several people on the trek have varying degrees of altitude sickness, and both of these remedies (in addition to the  coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
  • A WATCH WITH AN ALARM.-You don’t need it, but there are a lot of early morning wake up calls, and on the last day to get to Machu Picchu, you need to wake up on your own. Also, the guide talks time a lot (meet at 6, dinner at 7, etc.) so a watch would be nice to have.
  • SUN SCREEN.- there are days where the sun gets really hot.
  • IMODIUM AD OR SOMETHING FOR YOUR STOMACH.- Some people get an upset stomach at one on the trek, with 8-10 hours of hiking each day, you need to get over whatever the day throws at you quickly, so bring some meds.

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Salkantay Treks

Are you looking for the best Salkantay Treks Service?.- The best service and guarantee tour always will be provided by authorized Tour Operator like “SUNRISE PERU TREK” . All of the Salkantay Treks to Machu Picchu itinerary described on our website can be tailored as per your specific interest and requirements. In addition to our scheduled treks, we offer a competitive and expert tailor made service for individuals and groups. We never force you to stick our listed treks and tour. Being very flexible we would be happy to go through your suggested idea to design the perfect adventure for you. Our tailor made Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu service is extremely popular and it is great way to ensure that you get exactly what you want from your travel planes and have lots of practical suggestions and experience as well as lots of exciting ideas to share with you.

Let us take care of the research and arrangements for your accommodation, guides, transport, permits, equipment, food and all ground handling services for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu using our local knowledge and expertise.

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Our Salkantay Trek Service

  • SUNRISE PERU TREK is trekking specialist company committed to organize tours, expeditions and trekking tours to Machu Picchu like Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, Our Company is based in the City of Cusco just 110 km away from Machu Picchu.
  • We are proud to provide a complete catered and guided service of the highest quality for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.
  • We run our own treks so; we can assure the fair treatment of our staff and the good quality of the equipment and the food for Salkantay trek.
  • SUNRISE PERU TREK guides are certified and issued licenses by Cusco Trekking Guides Association.  Cooks, porters and horsemen are accredited by their own respective associations. We do not employ unlicensed or unaccredited guides and staff.
  • SUNRISE PERU TREK are certificated by the Peruvian government and high professional tour operator Travel Agency; we take care for our environment when we are working with groups. We only use gas for cooking, no fires, remove all our rubbish and waste, use a toilet tent and bury toilet waste.
  • At Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu we only use fresh food – vegetables, fruit, chicken and meat and great care is taken with hygiene in order to minimize the risk of illnesses for our customers.
  • For Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu customers, we also cater for vegetarian food and special diets.
  • Our tents are brand-new four season tents; the tents are four people capacity tent are for two persons, with plenty of room for more conformability at the time of resting.
  • Each year prior to the commencement of the trekking season, we have training days and instruction for our key guides, cooks and assistants to ensure quality of client service.
  • SUNRISE PERU TREK reinvest profits each year into upgrading our tents and equipment to ensure maximum client comfort and safety.
  • There will be a rescue horse with all the trek groups, whatever the size of the group, and if a client is tired or unwell they can ride the horse.

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The most popular Salkantay Treks are listed below:

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FREQUENT QUESTIONS FOR SALKANTAY TREKS

Here are some of the frequently asked questions from our customers.

Our Salkanay Treks Frequent Questions will help you to pack your personal item as well will answer questions and doubts you might have for Salkantay Treks to Machu Picchu; obviously that NOT all of your questions you find here; so that fill free to contact us to our e-mail address or you can Skype us; we’ll be so glad to assist you.

Table of Frequent Questions

SALKANTAY TRAIL?

The Salkantay Trail connects   the city of Cusco with the Machu Picchu Inca Citadel and travels approximately 89 km / 55 miles through high Andean peaks, cloud forest, and misty jungle. The walk begins in the town of Mollepata, a few kilometers from Cusco.

The Mountain of Salkantay; is located in the Vilcabamba Mountain range, northwest of Cusco. Salkantay is one of the highest and most spectacular mountains in the Andes (6,271 m / 20,574 ft).

National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine named the Salkantay Treks are the 25 best hikes in the world.

HOW TO BOOK SALKANTAY TREKS?

Please, it is very important to fill the blanks in the attached reservation form, we’ll send you an email with true and updated information so that we can make your reservations with the correct and appropriate information

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO MAKE SALKANTAY TREK RESERVATION?

For Salkantay Treks  of 3-Days, 4-Days or 5-Days, we recommended booking at less 1 or 2 months in advance. The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on Machu Picchu (permits are issued to about 2500 per day). We therefore recommend that you try to make your reservation for Salkantay Treks to Machu Picchu  as far in or as soon as you know the dates of your international flights.

Nov, Dec, Jan: the trek permits for some departure dates were sold out 3 months in advance. we therefore recommend making a reservation at least 5 months in advance, although I am sure there will still be trek permits available for some dates 3 or 4 months in advance. Departures around Christmas and New Year tend to sell out fast.

March, April, May and June: Many trek departure dates during these months have sold out as soon as the trek permits go on sale at the beginning of January so we would recommend making a booking before the beginning of December to allow us time to process your booking.

WHY SHOULD I GO TO THE BRIEFING?

The briefing is very important because that is when you will meet your guide. At this meeting, your guide will provide you with important details about the hike. If you participate in Challenge Salkantay Trek, you will receive a duffle bag for your personal belongings. You will not receive a travel bag for the 2D Inca Trail. During the briefing, you will also pay the balance of your walk. You will receive a map of our offices with your reservation information.

CAN I LEAVE LUGGAGE IN THE TREKKING OFFICES OF SALKANTAY?

Yes. You can leave your luggage at our offices.

You can take it to your briefing, or you can bring it when you are picked up in the morning for a hike. The driver will take you back to our offices. You can also drop it off at your hotel once you return from the Salkantay trek.

HOW FAR DO WE WALK EACH DAY AT SALKANTAY TREKS?

The distance of walking  each day varies. An average day is 6-7 hours per day. Have a look at the itinerary for a day-to-day account for Salkantay Treks of 3-Days, 4-Days or 5-Days,.

HOW DIFFICULT IS THE SALKANTAY TREKS?

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For an average travelers or hikers, Salkantay Treks to Machu Picchu is considered a challenging but certainly not impossible hike. Due to the physical demands, anyone who wishes to do Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu should at least be moderately fit. Plus, all trekkers should spend at least 2 days in Cuzco before the trek, to get acclimatized. Being extremely fit does not grant any immunity from altitude sickness.

SHOULD I BRING ADDITIONAL MONEY FOR SALKANTAY TRES?

Yes. It’s very important!!! We recommend that you bring 300-400 Peruvian soles. You may not need this money, but in an emergency you should make sure you have enough money. If you have difficulties on the route, you can use the money to buy alternative means of transport such as: car, horse and train. If you’re on the 5-day hike, there are some additional activities along the way, including the hot springs.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE IN MY GROUP?

Groups are generally 8-10 people. It also depends on the time of year. The maximum is 12 people and the minimum is 2 people.

WHAT SIZE OF BAG SHOULD I BRING?

We will provide you with a Duffle bag for all Salkantay treks; there you can carry up to 7 kilograms including sleeping bag. These duffle bags will be transported by horses throughout the trek from camp to camp. All you need to do is carry a backpack / small backpack with the items you may need throughout the day, such as sunscreen, bug spray, jackets, or snacks.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PRIVATE TOUR AND THE GROUP TOUR? WHY IS IT WORTH PAYING MORE FOR THE PRIVATE TOUR?

If you choose to take a private tour, the tour will suit you. The size of the group depends on you and only you. You can decide exactly who will be with you on the walk. It is perfect for couples, families or groups of friends. You will have your own personal leader and guide, which means the hike is more personalized and able to meet your personal needs.

SHOULD I RENT AN ADDITIONAL HORSE?

If you are concerned about the walk, you have the option of hiring an additional horse. The cost is US $ 60.00. You can only ride the first two days of the promotion. In the last days, you will sometimes have the opportunity to unsubscribe and take a car or train for certain stages of the trek. In addition, you should keep in mind that the first day you will take a different route than those who choose to walk. You do not have to organize this in advance.

CAN I JOIN A SINGLE TRAVELER?

Yes! We have lone travelers who join our walks all the time. I would share accommodation with a person of the same sex. If you want a single hotel room, you can arrange it for an additional US$ 20.00.

IF I DECIDE TO CANCEL, WILL I BE REIMBURSED?

No. Unfortunately, our company has a non-refund policy. All deposits of $ 200.00 are not refundable or transferable. We understand that unexpected events happen beyond your control, but we cannot make exceptions. For more information, see our terms and conditions.

CAN I HIKE SALKANTAY TREKS WITHOUT A GUIDE?

Yes, an individual traveler or a small group may walk alone, without guides. However, the path is not clearly marked at all points, making the loss a great possibility. This is one of the biggest advantages of hiring a travel agency like “SUNRISE PERU TREK”. Our guides know the route very well.

DO YOU PROVIDE WATER DURING THE WALK?

Yes, we will give you clean water with every meal and in the morning when you wake up.

Also, there are small streams and mountain springs along the way. The water here is clean, but to be safe, you need to add a water purification pill. Most pharmacies in Cuzco sell them.

HOW ARE THE GUIDES FOR SALKANTAY TREKS?

Having a good guide is an essential part of a good walking experience. For this reason, “SUNRISE PERU TREK” hires and works with some of the best guides in the business. Our guides have knowledge in the fields of history, archeology, ecology and are from the Cuzco region.

To continue working with our guides, we pay them a higher salary than most agencies and make sure they are treated well. They can use good quality sleeping bags, mats and food for free. The same goes for our porters and our riders.

WHAT’S THE MOST CHALLENGING SECTION OF THE SALKANTAY TREKS?

At the Salkantay Treks to Machu Picchu the hardest part, is the Salkantay Pass, at approximately 4,650 meters above sea level is the most difficult section in the trail. These challenges are a result of several factors: the challenge of uphill climbing, bitter cold winds, low temperatures in general, and the fact that you are trekking at a low-oxygen altitude.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO HIKE SALKANTAY TREKS?

The dry season is the best time for Salkantay Treks to Machu Picchu. In Cuzco, the dry season lasts from April to November, and the wet season is from December to March. From June to September are the most popular months to hike Salkantay Treks, due to summer vacations in Europe and the US. It is generally thought that May and October offer the best weather conditions.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?

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Weather is very varied on Salkantay Treks, due to the fact that it winds its way through wildly different terrain at different altitudes.

The only place where weather is a serious concern is the Salkantay Pass, and the nearby areas. Temperatures here, and at the nearby Soraypampa campsite, can fall below freezing. The other camps are much warmer, due to their proximity to the cloud forest or the Amazon Jungle.

WHY DO I NEED TO MAKE A DEPOSIT FOR SALKANTAY TREKS?

We recommend making your reservation in advance and we will guarantee your Spaces for this hike.

Each reservation needs 20% of deposit as first payment. The final balance (80%) will be paid in Cuzco (On the Briefing Day).

About Payment you must choose where you would like to make the deposit:

  • By Pay Pal or Credit Card
  • Western Union
  • Peruvian Banking Account

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I MAKE THE SECURITY DEPOSIT?

First, we will send you an email to confirm your payment. Then we will contact you to offer you different hotel or hostel options in Cuzco, as well as inform you of other tours you might be interested in.

Two weeks before your tour date, we will contact you by email to request the final payment. We will also ask you where you will be staying in Cuzco, to be able to pick you up on the day of your hike.

After we receive the final payment, we will send you an email confirming your tour date and informing you of important contact information for our tour agency, as well as some final tips to prepare for the trek.

IS ALTITUDE SICKNESS A PROBLEM? WHAT SHOULD I DO TO AVOID ALTITUDE SICKNESS?

To avoid altitude sickness, give yourself time in Cuzco to acclimatize to the change in altitude. Two days minimum is recommended. Try to avoid alcohol before and during your trek, and make sure you eat lightly and drink plenty of water. Make sure to stay hydrated during the trek, don’t force yourself to walk faster than your body wants to, and take frequent breaks. Drinking coca leaf tea helps a lot, and you may wish to speak with your doctor about Diamox pills.

WHAT IS THE FOOD AND DRINK LIKE AT SALKANTAY TREKS?

There will be a hot breakfast (porridge, eggs, toast, tea and coffee) to start the day, a packed lunch on the mountain or at your camp and a filling hot meal in the evening (soup, followed by rice, potato or pasta and sauce, but fresh fruit is difficult to find.) There will be ample drinking water, as we will be filling up from local water sources. This will need to be treated with iodine drops or tablets to purify the water. The staff will collect water each morning and evening for drinking and cooking. Please let Charity Challenge knows prior to departure if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

For Salkantay Treks to Machu Picchu you will need backpack, sleeping bag (cam be rented in our office; it weighs approx. 2kg), double-thickness foam mattress (we will provide you with this but you have to carry it, it weighs approx. 1/2kg), rain jacket, strong footwear, one complete change of clothing, sweater, jacket (something warm), water bottle (metal or Nalgene type); flashlight and batteries, broad-brim or peaked cap, sunblock, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper, selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc. camera and spare batteries (nowhere to charge your camera during the trek).

For your own personal hygiene we also recommend that you bring a small bottle of antiseptic/anti-bacterial hand gel to clean your hands each time after using the camp toilets and before eating any snacks / meals. You also have to bring your original passport with you on the trek, with the same passport number you originally made your reservation with; otherwise you will be unable to go on the trek. Photocopies are no longer acceptable. We will buy your trek permit using the names & passport numbers that you send us with your trek booking application.

You must bring these same passports with you to Cusco and take them on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. If the name or number in your passport is different from the name and number on the trek permit, the government authorities will not allow you to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund. These are government regulations and apply to ALL licensed Trekking tour operators.

IS THERE A MINIMUM OR MAXIMUM AGE LIMIT?

For Salkantay Treks, there is no government restriction on the age limit; However as a responsible trekking company we recommended all of the trekkers must be I a well physical conditions. For children under the age of 14 years old and adults over 55years old we recommended to book through our special program (private service).

You must know that all children under 18 years old must also be accompanied by an adult. We recommended that the trekkers with the knees or relative problems hire the service of an extra porter (6kg). We also recommend that clients over 60 years old arrive in Cusco at least 3 days prior to starting the trek (rather than the usual 2 days). If you are over 50 years old you should talk to your doctor well in advance about how best to plan for the trek and also to ensure that your travel insurance covers such adventure activities.

WHERE CAN I STORE MY BIG BAGS THAT I DO NOT NEED TO TAKE?

Any bags that you don’t need to take on Salkantay Treks it can be left at your hotel in Cusco. Nearly all hotels have a luggage deposit and rarely charge for this service as long as you are returning to the hotel after the trek. You can also leave valuables in the hotel safe, but remember to bring your passport and some emergency money. Or you also can store at our office.

CAN I HAVE VEGETARIAN MEALS?

Our cooks can provide vegetarian meals no problem. Just let us know your dietary requirements when you book your Salkantay Treks to Machu Picchu.

ARE THERE TOILETS?

Recently flush toilets have been built along the Inca trail including all of the major campsites. This has helped a lot to improve sanitary conditions on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu although conditions are still not always perfect. Each toilet block has cold running water. We recommend that you bring from hand-sanitizer to use after visiting the public toilets. Every evening we will provide you with a bowl of warm water to wash with.

CAN I USE TREKKING POLES OR WALKING STICKS?

It helps when you are climbing steps and on various sections of the trail. We normally recommended trekking poles but the spikes should be protected with rubber tips so not to destroy the paved Incan stones. You can purchase trekking poles in Cusco made of dry bamboo wood.

Salkantay Trek Climate

The extreme topography of Peru governs the climatic conditions of Salkantay Treks. The tropical, temperate, Alpine regions and tundra climate types are found respectively in this region of Peru.

What type of weather is at Salkantay Treks to Machu Picchu in Peru?.- The Climate for Salkantay Treks varies according to its season. Autumn, winter and spring are the three most favorable seasons for hiking Salkantay Treks in its different modalities 3-Days, 4- Days, 5 Days or 7 Days. Autumn starts from later March to later June and brings in clear weather with sunny days and warm nights. Whereas winter and spring starts from late June to December with occasional rain falls. From December to March, is the monsoon season. Trekking is generally difficult and uncomfortable as the climate of Salkantay Treks to Machu Picchu at this time of year brings about hot weather and rain falls almost every day. The trails become muddy and are often leech-infested. Moreover, the mountains are usually obscured by cloud. There are, however, possibilities for summer trekking in Cusco.

During the indicated period of time, we experience a moderate and pleasant climatic condition which is neither so hot nor that cold which aids in making the views of the hills and mountains all the more mesmerizing.

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The Salkantay Trek Climate varies throughout the year from sunny and dry to wet and cold. The conditions that you will experience depend largely on the time of year that you trek the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. Temperatures rise slightly during the wet season, as this is actually summer in the southern hemisphere.

The following temperatures are average since Peru has two seasons:

  • Dry season (April & November) with Day temperature 20ºC/25ºC and Night temperature -1ºC/7ºC
  • Wet season (December & March) with Day temperature 17ºC/22ºC and Night temperature 4º;C/10ºC

The Salkantay Trek Climate

Day temperature of Salkantay trek

  • Days are usually bright and sunny with temperatures around the 20°C (70°F) mark. If rain falls then often the temperature will drop quite significantly, and combined with the wind chill factor it can actually feel quite cold.

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Night temperature of Salkantay trek

  • Night time on the Salkantay Trek is actually quite cold, with temperatures often falling below freezing point. When the sun sets the temperature drops quickly, and you will need to be prepared with warm clothing. We advise that you take thick dry socks, gloves, hats and warm clothing for the evening and for sleeping.

Rainy Season on the Salkantay Trek

The rainy season from Mid October to Mid April is less popular with trekkers, as there is more chance of rain. The dry season which runs throughout the rest of the year have a good climate for trekking with little or no rain at all. However, during the rainy season with the increased amount of rain fall you will find that the mountains are more lush and green, compared to the other months of the year. Also, during the wet months Machu Picchu is less crowed.

Clothing for Salkantay Trek

  • It will be below freezing on the first night in the mountains. The frigid conditions are also exaggerated by high humidity. You must have winter clothing and a warm sleeping bag. My 0°F down Big Agnes was very comfortable. Bring chemical foot warmers or boil some water for a hot water bottle or regular bottle to keep your feet warm at the bottom of the sleeping bag.
  • It will get very hot during the day, especially at lower altitudes. Synthetic (non-cotton) light clothing is essential.
  • Good hiking boots are a must. You will be carrying a lot of weight uphill for 1 day and downhill for 3 days. You shoes must be able to protect your feet; but athletic tape is always a good backup.
  • Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco/Peru).

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Salkantay Treks to Machu Picchu offers different types of itineraries; they are designed for all type of trekkers since amateurs to experienced trekkers.

The Salkantay Treks are a wonderful trekking routes in the region of Cusco in Peru, that takes you to the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu; they are Located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south central Peru; in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, the trekking route runs through the valley of Salkantay; it’s a wonderful alternative to the traditional Inca Trail for reaching Machu Picchu. The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu crosses the Pass at 4600 masl, descends into the cloud forest and passes the Inca ruins Llactapata, with a stunning view of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu Mountain; Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests.

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu begins near the village of Mollepata at 2800 masl; normally the trekkers use pack animals to help carry food and equipment in order to lessen the weight on trekkers.  During the first day, hikers enjoy magnificent vistas of the lush Apurimac River Valley and the Salkantay Mountain considered by locals as an important “Apu Salkantay”.  The trail passes through Andean communities like Cruzpata, Challacancha, Soraypampa, Qollpa and Sawayaco. After the first day, trekkers will encounter very few locals on their journey to Machu Picchu.  The second day begins with a three hour ascent to the Salkantay Pass at 4600 masl from where hikers can see three mountains, Salkantay, Humantay, and Huayanay.  After five hours downhill hike the trekkers arrive at Rayan-Niyoc or Chaullay where starts the cloud forest them continue toward Machu Picchu an important Inca sanctuary.

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This Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, is a trek open to everybody, with no limitation on spaces or permits (at least for now). Connecting the village of Mollepata with Machu Picchu,

There are three possible routes starting from Mollepata. All three begin with a day of approach, heading north along a dirt road and then they diverge:

The longest route, heads north to the base of the mountain, then turns right, following the east side of the mountain, then heads northeast to eventually join the Classic Inca Trail itself at Wayllabamba. This route takes 4 days to reach the Inca Trail, then another 2 days to reach Machu Picchu.

The most common route used by trekking companies heads north, then west around the west side of the mountain, over Salkantay Pass at 4600 masl. It continues as far as the village of La Playa, where buses usually make the connection to Santa Teresa. From here, trekkers walk to the Hydroelectric project then either train or walk to Aguas Calientes, at the base of Machu Picchu; this route takes 4 or 5 days. Another variation on this route turns right before reaching La Playa, over a ridge and arriving directly at Aguas Calientes two days later. This route takes 6 days in total.

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How To Prepare the Salkantay Trek

There are many tour operators in Cusco that offer Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, generally in 4 or 5 days. There are also different routes that can be hiked, so make sure to compare the options. The cheapest companies will start from Mollepata so that they can save money on transportation. The best tour operators will start from Soraypampa which is the actual start of the hike, since from Mollepata to Soraypampa it is a dirt road for vehicles.

It is also possible to do this trek alone if you have experience. You will have to spend at least one night at 3,900 m above sea level or above and you will need camping equipment good enough for freezing temperatures. It will also be important to have a good map and plenty of water. You will need to carry food for at least two and a half days. It is also a good idea to bring water purification pills or a life water straw if you are hiking on your own. There are many streams, but you will need to purify or boil the water first.

To properly prepare for this hike, it is important to be acclimatized. It is recommended to spend at least 2 days in Cusco before starting the hike. You may want to take altitude sickness pills just to be on the safe side. It is also necessary to be in shape since the trail ascends to the Salkantay Pass at 4,600m.

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When to Go for Salkantay trek

The dry season is the best time for Top Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. In Cusco, the dry season lasts from April to November, and the wet season is from December to March. From June to September are the most popular months to do the trek, due to summer vacations in Europe and the US. It is generally thought that May and October offer the best weather conditions.

What do you need to bring – Salkantay Trekking

  • Original passport and International Student card (ISIC) if applicable (Not needed until Machu Pichu).

  • Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags.
  • Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with drinking -previously boiled- water).
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
  • Binocular, “ to enjoy landscapes”
  • Trekking Poles.

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Salkantay

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Without a doubt, Mount SALKANTAY is one of the most emblematic landscapes of the region of Cusco in Peru, that today everyone knows or has heard about it. This mountain is famous for its continually snowy summit and the picturesque lagoons.

Salkantay is home to network of trails also called the Great Trails to Machu Picchu, an extensive trail system that covers the National park of Machu Picchu. The diversity of trekking cannot be found in any other region of the world. In fact, the lowest point in Salkantay region is 1,450 m above sea-level in the Santa Teresa region while the highest point is the Mt. of Salkantay with 6,271 m above sea-level; the two points are, in a straight line, only 80 kilometers apart.

The majority of visitors to Salkantay come in via Cusco International Airport in the southern Peru. It is in Cusco that trekkers need to acquire their permits and other documentation, either from a trekking agent or from the appropriate offices. These documents will be checked along the trekking route. For those with little time to spend in Cusco there are day tours from Cusco to witness breathtaking views and the treasure of the Inca Culture.

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The Salcantay Trek to Machu Picchu in Peru currently is completely different to that of the 1960s and 1070s. In all the main trekking areas, the National Parks and Conservation Areas lodges have been established where trekkers can find accommodation, food and meet other trekkers and locals along the way. The majorities of the trails are well maintained and in many cases are sign-posted.

For the  Salcantay Trek to Machu Picchu in Peru, which start from the city of Cusco, there are daily domestic flights every hour from Lima the Capital of Peru, The city of Cusco are able to provide different types of Hotels for your accommodation; however we recommended to reserve in advance during the high season, from May to September. Trekkers can find an organized Salcantay Trek to Machu Picchu for any time of year.

It is important for tourists to know that the main income generating activity of the people from the hill regions is tourism, and they typically earn wages working as trekking porter, horseman or guide. Hiring a porter does not mean that you are weak, it means you value the Peruvian culture, you are providing an extended Peruvian family with an income and at the same time you are making a friend and trekking with a local person who is well versed in the local cultures, festivals, and all the other issues that can turn a good trek into an outstanding experience of a life time.

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The Salkantay Mountain

Salkantay is located in the Vilcanota mountain range which is the eastern Peruvian mountain range; It is the highest peak of the Vilcanota mountain range, part of the Peruvian Andes. It is located in the Cusco Region, about 60 kms or 40 ml. west-northwest of the city of Cusco. It is considered the 38th highest peak in the Andes, and the twelfth highest in Peru. However, as a range highpoint in deeply incised terrain, it’s the second most topographically prominent peak in the country after Huascarán mountain located north of Lima.

The snowcapped Mountain of Salkantay, is a large, steep peak with great vertical relief, particularly above the low valleys to the north, which are tributaries of the Amazon River.

The name of Salkantay is in Quechua which means wild, uncivilized, savage, or invincible. The name is thus often translated as “Savage Mountain”.
Salkantay was first climbed in 1952 by a French-American expedition comprising Fred D. Ayres, David Michael, Jr., John C. Oberlin, W. V. Graham Matthews, Austen F. Riggs, George I. Bell, Claude Kogan, M. Bernard Pierre, and Jean Guillemin. All except Oberlin, Riggs, and Guillemin made the summit. Two years later Fritz Kasparek fell through a cornice near the summit on the NE ridge.

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On June 17, 2013 Nathan Heald (USA), Thomas Ryan (USA), and Luis Crispin (Peru) made the summit at 10:30am after 9 hours of climbing from a high camp at 5,500mts. On the NE ridge. This makes Crispin the first Peruvian climber to summit the mountain. The team took a reading of 6,279 mts., S 13° 20.027’, W 72° 32.596’, on a GPS device.[On July 2013 a second team led by Nathan Heald (USA), consisting of James Lissy (USA) and Edwin Espinoza Sotelo (Peru) make the summit by the NE ridge. Due to glacial retreat, the route is now calculated to be graded D on the French adjectival scale. This makes Heald the only person to have summited the mountain twice.

Salkantay is located close to Machu Picchu which makes an excellent option for trekking through the base and ending at Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Getting Salkantay

The mountain of salkantay is most easily accessed through the town of Mollepata, off of the Cusco-Abancay road. The trip is about 3 hour.

Salkantay weather

Day temperature of Salkantay

Days are usually bright and sunny with temperatures around the 20°C (70°F) mark. If rain falls then often the temperature will drop quite significantly, and combined with the wind chill factor it can actually feel quite cold.

Night temperature of Salkantay

Night time on the Trek is actually quite cold, with temperatures often falling below freezing point. When the sun sets the temperature drops quickly, and you will need to be prepared with warm clothing. We advise that you take thick dry socks, gloves, hats and warm clothing for the evening and for sleeping.

Rainy Season on the Salkantay

The rainy season from Mid October to Mid April is less popular with trekkers, as there is more chance of rain. The dry season which runs throughout the rest of the year have a good climate for trekking with little or no rain at all. However, during the rainy season with the increased amount of rain fall you will find that the mountains are more lush and green, compared to the other months of the year. Also, during the wet months Machu Picchu is less crowed.

Salkantay Altitude

The Peak – Savage Mountain – is located within the Vilcabamba mountain range, to the northwest of Cusco. It is one of the highest and most spectacular mountains in the Andes (6,271m/20,574ft).

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