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Salkantay trek 4 Days
Salkantay trek 4 Days
Salkantay Trekking 4 Days
SHORT SALKANTAY TREK 4 DAYS (6)
Salkantay trek 4 Days
4-Day Salkantay Trek
Salkantay Trekking 4 Days
Salkantay trek 4 Days
4-Day Salkantay Trek

Exciting SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 Days / 3 Nights

Description

Salkantay Trek 4 Days overview

Salkantay trek 4 Days is a short version of the entire trail that takes you to Machu Picchu if you do not have enough time to do the five days version the 4 days trek is perfect for you because you will enjoy the best part of the Salkantay trek.

The first three days of the itinerary is the same than the 5-Day Salkantay Trekking. All the group on the third day will arrive in Santa Teresa camp around 13:00 pm to have lunch, people you have four days trek after lunch will continue by car to hydroelectric for 45 more minutes, then you hike 3 hours along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes town.

Once you arrive at the town, we take you to the accommodation, and at the dinner, you will join another group who started the trek a day before then you, for supper and the tour on the next day in Machu Picchu.

Sometimes we have enough people to make groups of 4 days people only. In this case, you will travel only with people and guides who are doing just the four days program.

This option is excellent for those adventurers who want to do the trek of Salkantay and Machu Picchu in 4 days.

You will enjoy the mountains, lagoons, glaciers jungle are and much more the only difference that there is between the program of 5 days is that you do not have time to do the thermal baths of Santa Teresa and there is no time to do Llactapata trek which takes you to the Inca site of Llactapata to see Machu Picchu a day before

Highlights

4-Day Salkantay Trek Highlights
  • Enjoy the panoramic views of the Limatambo Valley and Mollepata grassy hills on the Salkantay Trekking 4 Days.
  • Hike up to the Humantay Lake on the first day of the Salkantay Trekking 4 Days.
  • Reach to the highest point of the Salkantay trail to enjoy the beautiful views of the Salkantay mountain.
  • Make a small ritual for the Andean gods and learn about Inca religión
  • Sleep under the authentic Andean Inca huts our exclusive campsites
  • Visit the icon of South America Machu Picchu on the fourth day of your Salkantay trek 4 Days
from $ 180.00
4 DAYS
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Trip Style:
Hiking
Dificulty Level:
Demanding
Group Size:
14
Total Hiking Distance:
65 KM
Meals:
4 B, 3 D, 3 L
Departures:
Daily Departures
Trip Starts in:
Cusco at your hotel
Places to Visit:
Cusco, Mollepata, Humantay lake, Quiswarniyoc, Salkantay mount, Santa Teresa, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu

TRIP ITINERARY

After picking up everyone from their respective places or hotel, we left Cusco around 5:45 am to the town of Mollepata by car for 2 hours. Once in Mollepata, we stop to have a delicious breakfast also You pay 10 soles of the entrance fee to the local municipality.

Then we continue by car 1 hour more to Soraypampa where we will meet with the horse guys and horse who will take all the luggage, food and the 7 kilos of each hiker belongings.

We start the uphill hike to Humantay lake for 2 hours, When you arrive at the lagoon you will have enough time to explore, photograph the place and the guide will explain all the meaning of the Humantay lagoon.

After a couple of hours in the lake, we start going down for 2 hours to Quiswarniyoc camp which is an exclusive campsite, once you arrive in the camp you will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the cooks after lunch basically you have free time to explore the area to see the llamas or if you like you can go to rest.

If you are tired, you can rest in the MOUNTAIN SKY HUST which are the cabins with glass door, inside there are pillows, sleeping pad and it has the illumination for the night.

QUISWARNIYOC PRIVATE CAMP: It is an exclusive camp located at 4000 m, it is a unique camp that has places for short hiking, overlooking the mountains and has waterfalls. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains.

The second day of the trek is the most difficult because it takes you up to 4630 m and 20 km of trekking.

The cooks will wake you up around 5:00 am with a cup of hot coca tea then you have time to repack and get ready for the nutritious breakfast which serves around 5:45 am.

After is time to start hiking up to the highest point of the Salkantay trail which 4630 m that takes from 3 to 4 hours all uphill hike at a regular and slow pace.

Once you are at the highest point, you have time to enjoy the mountains, to take pictures and the guide will teach you about the mountain gods also you will be part of the small Andean ritual for the Apus the mountain gods.

Then you start hiking down for 2 hours to the lunch place to rest and enjoy a delicious lunch.

After you continue hiking down for three more hours to the second camp which is Chaullay, where we provide you with the camping equipment tea time and dinner also if you like for ten soles you can rent hot shower from the locals also you can buy some drinks. The camp is called Chaullay is located al 2900m right at the beginning of the Peruvian Amazon area.

On the third day, you will already be in the jungle area. We wake you up around 6:00 am with a cup of coca tea, then we provide you with a delicious breakfast.

Around 7:00 am you start the hike to la playa Sahuayaco for 5 hours approximately along the Santa Teresa Valley which is formed by the Salkantay River.

Along the valley, you have the chance to see plantation such a coffee, bananas, avocados, Coca, passion fruit, and much more.

Five hours of hiking, you will arrive at La Playa Sahuayaco, from where you will take local transportation for one hour to Santa Teresa, where you stop to have lunch then you continue by car 45 more minutes to Hydroelectric then walking 3 more hours along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes town on the flat trail.

Then we take you to the hotel for showering and relaxing, in the evening around 7:00 pm we organized a dinner in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes after we go to sleep.

Finally, we go to see the impressive Machu Picchu.

You’ll wake around 4:00 am to get ready for the hike to Machu Picchu main entrance. Each person will be given a packed breakfast and we will start the 30-minute walk to Puente Ruinas checkpoint where you will have to show your passport, Machu Picchu ticket, and student ID if applicable.

After passing the first checkpoint, we will climb stairs for about one hour to reach Machu Picchu’s main gate by 6:00 am.

Once everybody meets at the gate, we enter Machu Picchu and begin our 2.5-hour guided tour in the famous Inca site, where you will learn everything about The Lost City of The Incas.

After the guided tour, you’ll have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own.

The time that you will spend in Machu Picchu will depend on how you are going back to Cusco (train or car) and whether you want to climb the Montaña Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu Mountain, which must be booked in advance the entrance tickets.

  • If you booked the extra ticket for HUAYNAPICCHUyou will need 2.5 hour for hiking up and down
  • If you booked the extra ticket for MACHU PICCHU MONATAÑA you will need 3.5 hour for hiking up and down

After visiting Machu Picchu and its surrounding area is time to return to Cusco.

WE OFFER YOU TWO OPTIONS FOR RETURNING TO CUSCO AFTER VISITING MACHU PICCHU
RETURN BY TRAIN:

The train is a beautiful way to return to Cusco and allows you more time (about 7-8 hours) to visit Machu Picchu. If you are planning to hike Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, we strongly advise you to take the train, as these hikes require a minimum of 3 hours to complete. You will need to return to Aguas Calientes in time for your train at 6:20 pm. You may want to give yourself extra time, as some people like to explore the town.

You’ll ride the train for about 1.5 hours to Ollantaytambo from Aguas Calientes town, where you will then switch to a car and finish the final 2 hours of the trip, arriving in Cusco around 10:00 pm.

RETURN BY CAR:

Returning to Cusco by car is a more affordable option for those on a tight budget. However, please be aware that with this option, you’ll have less time to explore Machu Picchu, and if you are planning to hike Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will be very tight on time.

The return to Cusco by car is a longer trip (a 6-hour drive in total), as there are no roads leading to Aguas Calientes and the driver must take a longer route back. If you are taking a car back, you will need to leave Machu Picchu by 12:00 am and take the 3-hour walk back to Hidroelectrica, where you will meet the car at 3:00 pm.

If you are considering this option and planning to hike Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, we recommend you stay one more night in Aguas Calientes and return to Cusco by car on the 6th day so that you can fully enjoy the experience.

Inclusions

Included

  • Salkantay trek briefing at 7:00 pm a day before of the departure at Machu Picchu Reservations office
  • A duffle bag to pack 7 kilos of your belonging that will be carried by horses during the trek
  • English/Spanish speaking professional tour guides
  • Professional chef and cooking equipment
  • Horses for carrying up to 7 Kilos of personal luggage and other required equipment
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
  • Private transportation to head of Salkantay trail
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • 2 nights of camping
  • 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Mountain Sky Huts with Thick Mattresses, glass door, Night Lighting and Panoramic for the first and second night
  • Personal pad (double foam – 2.5 inches thick)
  • Pillows at the first and second camp
  • Transportation from La Playa to Hidroelectrica
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Guided visit to Machu Picchu
  • Return journey from Aguas Calientes to Cusco BY TRAIN or BY CAR depending on your chooice
  • Vegetarian/Vegan options available on request with no additional charges
  • First-Aid equipment and oxygen bottle for emergencies

Not Included

  • Entrance to Humantay lake charged by the local government of Mollepata = 20 soles
  • Sleeping Bags – If you do not have one you can rent from us for $15 USD for the whole trek
  • The entrance fee and transportation to the hot springs of Santa Teresa (20 to 25 soles)
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra expenses
  • Tips

PRICING

Prices: 4-Day Salkantay Trek

Group service – VERSION 2021 (March 2021 – January 2022)

We have two prices For the Salkantay trek 4 Days. The cost depends. How you WANT to return to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu.

  • Salkantay trek 4 Days return by Car:

    Student: 180 USA Dollars
    Adult: 200 USA Dollars

  • Salkantay trek 4 Days return by Train:

    Student: 260 USA Dollars
    Adult: 280 USA Dollars

ADDITIONAL OPTION THAT YOU CAN ADD TO YOUR 4-DAY SALKANTAY TREK

  • HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN: USD 20 dollars (check avaliability) https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio
  • MACHU PICCHU MONTAÑA: USD 20 dollars (check avaliability) https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio
  • SLEEPING BAG FOR THE WHOL ETREKUSD 10 dollars
  • TREKKING POLES USD 10 dollars, one pair for the whole trek
  • UPGRADE to Vistadome – Panoramic trainUSD 25 dollars (If you dediced to rerunt by train you can upgrade to VISTADOME TRAIN)
STUDENT PRICE Salkantay Trekking 4 Days:

If you like to apply for the student price you need to comply with the next requirements Peruvian regulation for students. If you are a student, you need to send us a copy or picture of both side of your STUDENT CARD also a picture or foto of your PASSPORT in order to verify, to get discount The student card must be an original student ID gives from the university in PVC material and it must have the next requirements printed on it: University information, personal student information, student picture, and expiration date valid only for one year, it year must coincide with the year that student visit Machu Picchu, the discount until 25 years old. ISIC cards are not valid for the discount

BOOKING NOTES

WHAT TO PACK

Packing List 4-Day Salkantay Trek

  • A backpack to carry water, some snacks, a camera, sunscreen, valuable things, Jacket, rain gear, etc. We recommend to bring a backpack 25 – 30 liters, but if you like to can bring a daypack or any size of backpack as long as you feel comfortable with it.
  • Sleeping bag at least minus 5 cº. If you doN’T have one, you can rent from us for USD 10 dollars for the whole trek.
  • Trekking Poles – We recommend for people with problems of knees, ankle, or you are used to using hiking poles. If you do NOT have one, you can rent a pair of trekking poles for  USD 10 dollars from us.
  • Original Passports
  • Wool hat or beanie
  • Sun hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • 3 – 4 t-shirt, if you have long sleeve better
  • layers (sweater, fleece)
  • 2 – 3 pair of long pants if you have leggings, you can do on leggings
  • Hiking shoes
  • 2 – 3 pairs of wool socks
  • Rain gear (Pants, jacket, if you do not have you can buy rain poncho) it is crucial, especially for the wet season.
  • A small headlamp
  • A small towel
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Toothbrush and other personal toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Sun cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Sandals / Flip flops
  • Waterbottle
  • Swimwear
  • If you have thermal clothing you can take them which not that important, you will use them at least for the first night which is at 4000m
  • Some snacks such as chocolate, cereal bars, candies, nuts, energy bars, etc
  • Extra Cash in Soles

IMPORTANT: Remember that we will provide you with a duffle bag on the briefing day which you can useto pack 7 kilos of your personal belongings that you will take to the trek which are going be carried by horse during the entire trek.

It means that you will do the trek carrying your small backpack with things you need for the day hike and you will hace acces to the duffle bag at each camping place.

Frequently Asked Questions Exciting SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 Days / 3 Nights

About the Salkantay Trek 4 Days

The Salkantay Trail connects Cusco to the Citadel of Machu Picchu and runs approximately 89 km/55 miles through high Andean peaks, cloud forest, and steamy jungle. The hike starts at the village of Mollepata, a few miles from Cusco.

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

National Geographic’s Adventure Travel Magazine named the Salkantay trek among the 25 Best Treks in the World.

How far do we walk each day?

The amount you walk each day varies. An average day is 5-8 hours, but on summit night combined with the following day you can walk between 8 and 11 hours. Have a look at the itinerary for a day-to-day account.

How difficult is the Salkantay Trek 4 Days?

For an average traveller or tourist, Salkantay is considered a challenging but certainly not impossible hike. Due to the physical demands, anyone who wishes to trek Salkantay 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.

The entire hike is approximately 72 kilometers (approximately 45 miles), and this hiking takes place during 4 days and 3 nights. The remaining 1 day of the trek is spent at Machu Picchu. In general, Salkantay is considered to be slightly harder than the Inca Trail. Other trails, such as Choquequirao, are considered to be slightly harder than Salkantay.

What’s the most challenging section of the 4-Day Salkantay Trek?

The Salkantay Pass, at 14,760123 feet above sea level, is the most difficult section in the trail. Expect wind and cold temperatures. Some hikers might experience symptoms of altitude sickness. Symptoms will disappear as soon as you start your descent. Oxygen will be provided if needed. 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.

How Old do I have to Be?

Very young children may not enjoy this. They should be able to walk (without being carried) for 90 minutes without whining (the whining part applies to children of all ages.

Can I hike the Salkantay trek 4 Days at any time?

Weather conditions during the rainy season makes the Salkantay trek into a risky decision. Therefore we cannot guarantee the availability of the Salkantay treks from mid-march to the end of February. If the weather is good, we will give the OK for a trek to start. If we think the safety of our porters and clients is being threatened, we will cancel the trek.

When is the best time to hike the Salkantay trek 4 Days?

The dry season is the best time for this trek. 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 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.

Can I make the trek by myself?

Yes, it is possible for a single traveller or a small group to hike the trek by themself, without guides or porters. However, the trail is not clearly marked at all points, which makes getting lost a high possibility. This is one of the biggest advantages of hiring a tour agency like Mystic Salkantay. Our guides know the route very well.

Can I do the trek with my kids?

Children under 14 years old are not allowed to do the trek, and children who are over 14 years old should be in good physical shape and used to hiking long distances.

Can I use my mobile/cell phone on the mountain?

You will get sporadic phone coverage during the trek and there will not be anywhere whilst trekking to charge your phone.

Will there be an international cell phone on the Salkantay Trek 4 Days?

One of the trek leaders will be carrying a satellite phone. However this is emergency use only.

What is the weather on the Salkantay Trekking 4 Days?

Weather is very varied on this trek, 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.

How difficult is the Salkantay trek 4 Days?

On over our tours the Salkantay trek is easy. It is not a difficult trek in the Cusco area, although it is a route of ascents and descents, it implies some physical effort, for that our guides will be there to assist you.

Is the Salkantay trek closed?

Due to weather conditions, the Salkantay Trek is closed from January 31 to March 31, outside this date range, the hike is open and has the best conditions to enjoy it.

Can you do the Salkantay trek without a guide?

If it is possible, if you have previous knowledge of the route and you can carry all your equipment; it can take you more time according to your physical condition; the most advisable is to do it with our experienced guides, besides we have exclusive camps, and you will only carry what you need.

Which is better Inca Trail or Salkantay trail?

The ancient Inca Trail 4 Days, originally part of the Inca Road system inter connecting the Inca Empire. This classic trek hike through diverse scenery. The Salkantay Trek, on the other hand, is more strenuous and famous for its mountain scenery.

Inca Trail Hike Salkantay Trek
Scenery Mountains, cloud forest and Incan Archeaological Sites Mountains  and abundant wildlife
Distance 26 miles over 4 days 46 miles over 5 days
Difficulty Moderate (3/5) Strenuous (4/5)
Highest Altitude 13,828 feet 15,000 feet
Availability 200  people per day, book in advance. More customizable than Salkantay. No permit restrictions, average of 50 hikers per day.
Facilities Mid-range camping or luxury glamping. Porters available to carry gear. Options from rudimentary camping to luxury lodges.
Best For Travelers in good hiking shape who value comfortable camps and don’t mind a popular trail. For experienced, hikers who want to get off the beaten path and value solitude, mountain scenery, opportunities to view wildlife, and a wider range of overnight options.
Type Persons Price per person Total US $
Adults 1 $ $ 8911.00
TOTAL $
Deposit (%) $ 0.00
PayPal Commission (6%) $ 0.00
Deposit Amount $ 0.00
HUAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN (+20) x 0 $ 0.00
MACHU PICCHU MONTAÑA (+20) x 0 $ 0.00
SLEEPING BAG FOR THE WHOLE TREK (+10) x 0 $ 0.00
TREKKING POLES 01 PAIR (+10) x 0 $ 0.00
STUDENT DISCOUNT (-20) x 0 $ 0.00
UPGRADE TO VISTADOME TRAIN (+25) x 0 $ 0.00
GLASS IGLOOS FOR FIRST NIGHT (+25) x 0 $ 0.00
Balance $ 0.00

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