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Cusco I Mollepata I Soraypampa I Humantay Lake I Salkantay Pas I Wayracmachay I Chaullay I Loreta I Aguas Calientes I Machu Picchu

Short Salkantay Trek Premium 4 Days 3 Night to Machupicchu By Glamping in Mountain Sky View Dome to Dome

A great Alternative Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu by Hiking and glamping in EcoDome

National Geographic Adventure Magazine rated the Salkantay trek as one for the 25 Best Treks in the World.

Mount Salkantay (or Nevado Salkantay / Salcantay) is one of the most iconic mountains in the Cusco region and the highest mountain on the Vilcabamba Mountain range.

Trip Length:
4 Days 3 Nights
Total Distance:
60.5 km / 37.5 miles.
Physical Level:
3/5
Altitude:
3300 msnm - 4650 msnm
Tour Type:
Trekking Nature & Culture
Group Size:
02 Min - 08 Max

Hikkers on the Salkantay trail spend a day approaching the mountain from the south and then another day in close proximity to the mountain as they scale the Salkantay Pass, which at 4,600m provides amazing views into the valley below. Salkantay trek of 4 days and 3 nights is a great adventure that will allow you to appreciate Andean and lush green mountains (Cloud forest), streams, rivers and hot springs that will help you relax your body after the physically taxing walk. You can also feel the temperature change along the hiking mountain paths of the tour of Salkantay. You can also enjoy some snow in one of the highest points of the road, 4,630 mts/15, 228 feet above sea level. Finally, the last day (the fifth day) you will enjoy the Grand tour of Machu Picchu City.

4 Day Short Salkantay Trekking Peru Overview:

  • TOUR NAME: Salkantay Trek 4 Days to Machu Picchu + SKY LODGE DOMES
  • 100% LOCAL COMPANY: fully licensed Salkantay Trek Tour Operator, Highly Recommended! Check out our reviews on Trip Advisor & Youtube what our Passengers say about us
  • GROUP SIZE: 02 People Minimum (04 – 06 Average) and 08 People Maximum
  • STARTING POINT: Pick-up from Cusco & Sacred Valley Hotel/Airbnb. From 4:30 am to 5:00 am
  • ENDING POINT: Drop-off in Cusco at Hotel/Airbnb 10:30 pm
  • DEPARTURE: Daily. If you are a group of 02 we depart (No matter if you have paid as large group service). We NEVER pass our people onto another operator as most agencies do here in cusco
  • HIKING DISTANCE: 60.5 km / 37.5 ml
  • PHYSICAL LEVEL: Level 3. Salkantay Trek requires some physical preparation and we Also recommend to Aclimatize 2 days befor we begin the Salkantay Trek
  • MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 4,630 m / 15,228 ft
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private Van/Bus to Challacancha Trailhead (for our Passengers and staff) and Tourist VISTADOME Train (First Class Train) Back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and Bus back to Cusco
  • PRIVATE SERVICE: This Service Includes: First Class Vistadome Train Back, Private bus back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco, Walking Poles, Bus Up & Down to Machu Picchu as well as a 3 stars Hotel
  • ACCOMMODATIONS: (SKY LODGE DOMES  with Private Bathroom and Shower): Because you DESERVE the best Service. 01 night in Green Eco Sky Lodge Dome Eco-friendly (Private Campsite of Domes at Soraypampa), 01 Night in a Small Dome at Chaullay, 01 night in a 3 STARS hotel (Aguas Calientes)
  • PORTERING/HORSEBACK SERVICE: 7 Kilos/14 Pounds Extra Portering service is included. We will provide you a duffel bag for your personal Stuff and (This will be Carried by the porter or Horses), Water Bottle, Rain Poncho & Salkantay Trek T-shirt at the briefing time
  • MEALS: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 2 tea times + wake-up teas
  • SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHUPICCHU: Machupicchu entrance fee Included. (Circuits to Visit Machu Picchu)
  • VISTADOME TRAIN: A Nice Journey from Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo and Private Van back to Cusco

Short Version of Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Salkantay Trekking Itinerary Oveview

  • Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake – Soraypampa
  • Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayracmachay – Chaullay (Transportation to La Playa Loreta)
  • Day 3: La Playa Loreta – Lucmabamba – Llactapata incan site – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

4 Day Salkantay Trekking Highlights:

  • Sleep in comfort under the stars in our Eco-friendly Mountain Sky View Dome in the private campsite at Soraypampa and Loreta Campsite. Best Campsites Along the Salkantay Trek.
  • Day 1: Private Soraypampa Campsite at our Green Mountain Sky View Dome
  • Day 2: Private Loreta La Playa Campsite at our Green Mountain Sky View Dome
  •  Day 3: Aguas Calientes Hotel
  • Visit Humantay Lake and Salkantay Lake
  • Hike the Original Inca Trail to LLactapata Incan site to see Machupicchu.
  • Enjoy the scenic views of Salkantay Snow Mountain
  • Make a small ritual for the Andean gods and learn about Incan religion
  • Enjoy our friendly customer service and experienced top guides
  • Eat delicious, freshly prepared Peruvian cuisine (Buffet Peruvian Style Food)
  • Hike through the different types of landscapes and Sceneries, such as cloud forests, highlands, grassy hills, and Andean valleys
  • Reach 4,600 meters (15,000 feet) in elevation along the Salkantay Pass
  • Explore Machu Picchu and the surrounding area with expert and knowledgeable tour top guides
  • Hike one of National Geographic’s 25 “World’s Best Treks”Please, Note: We need at least 02 of you and Leave any day you suit. All Departures 100% Guaranteed If You’re Booked, You are Going !!! To Confirm and Secure the Inca Trail Permits. Send us the filled out booking form as well as a deposit of 30% and you are ready to go…
    Please Note: For travellers who don’t have many days to hike, or for those who doesn’t feel fit enought to hike the Salkantay of 4 days. We have a great alternative salkantay trek and Humantay lake of 3 days conecting to machupicchu by train from ollantaytambo to aguas calientes. or salkantay and humantay lake 2 days sleeping in our domes.

Itinerario

DAY 1

Mollepata – Challacancha – Humantay Lake – Soraypampa

We pick you up from your hotel Between 4:30 a.m to 5:00am to drive for about 2 hours to Mollepata  where we stop to have breakfast. Then we keep driving 1 hour to Challacancha where start our Salkantay trek. As soon as we are at Challacancha while you get ready to walk. 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 Soraypampa where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay; 4120m/13500ft and Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) – just the start! After Lunch We will begin our Hike up to Humantay Lake, and hen back to 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.)

Physical Level

1, Easiest

DAY 2

Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Chaullay – Loreta La playa coffee camp

After having our Salkantay Trek early breakfast we start walking about 6:00 am, because this day will be the longest day the first 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, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach  Chaullay Where we take our Local transportation for 1 hour to Get our La Playa Loreta Coffe Campsite. The Reason we stay at this campsite is because the next day we will climb up to a mountain where you will find one of the most beautiful inca trail site which is known as Llactapata. You will also see Machu Picchu City from this point.
2ND DAY: Total distance: 19 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 8 – 9 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,650 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude: 2,750 m (aprox.)

Physical Level

1, Easiest

DAY 3

Loreta La playa – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

We will have breakfast at 6:00am and leave our camping spot of La Playa Loreta. We walk up on a original Inca Trail to Llactapata site where you will get a chance to see Machupicchu far away (one of the most beautiful place to see Machupicchu) then We continue walking, passing a variety of crop plantations, coca, banana etc. until we reach the hydroelectric station for Lunch. And after the lunch we keep walking about two and half hours till reaching Aguas Calientes town where we will spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, you can take advantage of the thermal springs in the town (entrance 10 soles) a real treat after finishing the Salkantay Trek.
Please note: (For those who dont want to hike via this trail. There is a chance to take a bus to Santa Teresa and do an adventure sport of zip lining and Canopy and then transfered to hydroelectric station for Lunch and meet the group.) This has an extra Price of US$40 per person.
3RD DAY: Total distance: 15 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 7 – 8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 1,600 m (aprox.)
Hotel (aguas calientes) altitude: 1,900 m (aprox.)

Physical Level

1, Easiest

DAY 4

Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco!!!

Salkantay trek important day! We wake up early morning about 4am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and Start to walk up to Machupicchu which takes 1 and half hours up to machupicchu. But there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30am to Machupicchu. (it takes 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.
4TH DAY: Total distance: 6 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 1- 2 hour
Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (aprox.)

Physical Level

1, Easiest

Salkantay Trek Includes:

  • Pivate Tourist Transportation Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha. (Salkantay Trailhead)
  • Pick up from your hotel by your guide.
  • Professional bilingual Tour guide in English/Spanish.
  • Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Food service in the campsites (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 snacks) – nutritionally balanced menu: Buffet style. Plenty of food you will never be hungry with us! as well as Guinea Pig for free because we want you to taste all from Peru. All these meals are prepared by our cook and his assistant.
  • Professional Cook/Chef,: all our fresh vegetables are washed in iodine water prior to serving. Vegetarian (vegan) food on request at no extra cost! All dietary requirements from vegans, lacto-allergies and general dislikes can be catered for so long as a prior warning is given when booking the trip
  • Daily tea service (Wake up Coca tea and afternoon tea time(Happy hour) including hot drinks such us mate de coca and locally grown coffe)
  • Dining equipment including portable chairs and tables
  • First Aid Kit
  • 01 Oxygen tank
  • Porters/Horseman, Horses (to carry All Food, Camping Equipment and 7 kilos of passengers belongings) We Never overload our Horses (well Animal Welfare)
  • 1st Night Private Campsite: 01 Night in Green Mountain Sky View Dome at Soraypampa Campsite
  • 2nd Night Private Campsite: 01 Night in Green Mountain Sky View Dome at La Playa Loreta Coffe Camp
    PLEASE NOTE: The DOME 6 Meters diameter has Comfortable Beds, Blankets, Pillows Private Shower, Bathroom (Accommodation is upon request) (Twin Bedroombiodegradable, 3 beds room, 04 beds room) and our domes use Solar Energy and Solar Water heater is base don weather. And we only use biodeagradable things and we Support Sustainable, Responsible & Ethical Tourism.
  • 3rd Night Private Hotel: 01 Night in Aguas Calientes (Twin Bedroom, 3 beds room, 04 beds room)
  • First Class Vistadome Train Back From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Train Time from 1:37pm to 7:00pm) Subjet to Availability
  • Bus back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco and drop off at the hotel.
  • Duffel bag for personal belongings (We will provide you with this duffel bag at the briefing time)
  • Pre-trek Orientation – briefing A day before we do the Trek. (Hotel or Office) Let us know once you are at the office or by email.
  • Water for Driking: we will supply you with filtered and boiled water and your bottles will be filled at each mealtime. Please, bring enough water for the 1st day only.
  • Free “I Survived” T-shirt and certificate (only for PEOPLE who successfully complete the trek!!!)

Salkantay Trek Doesnt Include: (Please, No hidden costs or surprises)

  • Meals: Breakfast on Day 1 and Lunch on Day 4
  • Salkantay Entrance Fee (20 soles)

DISCOUNTS (to apply discounts. Please send us an email at info@quechuasexpeditions.com)

  • UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD (Students must be below 25 years) : US$20. Please send us a scanned copy of the student card at the time of booking.
  • Under 17 years old: US$20 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 12 years old: US$20  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Group of 5 or more: US$10 per person. All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

UPGRADES:

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain (Based on Availability): US$90 Based on Availability (Let us at the time of booking)
  • MachuPicchu Mountain (Based on Availability): US$90 Machu Picchu Based on Availability (Let us at the time of booking)

ADITIONAL INFO:

  • BRIEFING for all our treks is a Night before we do the trek at 6:30pm in our office, But if you want us to come to your Hotel let us know in advance.(You will get a chance to meet you guide and as well as to give you your duffel bags)
  • STORAGE Most Hotels have storage where you can leave the rest of your stuff while you hike to Machupicchu, But if they dont have a place you can leave your stuff in our storage with no extra cost. (Let us know at the time of briefing)

We need at least 02 of you and Leave any day you suit. All Departures 100% Guaranteed If You’re Booked, You are Going !!! To Confirm and Secure the Inca Trail Permits. Send us the filled out booking form as well as a deposit of 30% and you are ready to go…

4-Day Short Salkantay Trek Premium Glamping Sky Lodge Dome (Private Service) (Prices for 2023 & 2024)

How to Book?: Send us all Your Personal information, as well as a Deposit of 30%, and the Final Balance, will be paid once you are in Cusco.
Private Service: Group Size is Upon Request

Recommended for Honeymooners, Families with children & Groups of Friends (02 Person Minimum)

If you are a group of 02 we depart (Group size Upon Request). We NEVER pass our people onto another operator as most agencies do here in Cusco.

(PRIVATE SERVICE) Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu By Glamping in Mountain Sky Lodge Domes 4/Days (Dome to Dome)/ Prices are based on Number of people/ We will leave with Minimum of 02 Ppl
This Service Includes: First Class Vistadome Train Back, Private bus back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco, Walking Poles, Bus & Down to Machu Picchu as well as a 3 stars Hotel

01 Person Group / US$2200 per person
02 People Group / US$1350 per person
03 People Group / US$1300 per person
04 People Group / US$1250 per person
05 People Group / US$1200 per person
06 People Group / US$1150 per person
07 – or More People Group / US$1100 per person

What you need to bring on Salkantay Trek:

Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.

List of things you must bring:

  • Original Passport (and some copies) If you have changed your passport Bring a couple of copies of the one that you have used to purchase the inca trail permit.
  • Travel insurance  is essential (and some copies)
  • Airline tickets (and some copies)
  • US$ cash and Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
  • Camera and Memory cards
  • Rechargeable batteries and adapters
  • Reading/writing material
  • Binoculars
  • Cover for backpacks
  • Pocketknife.
  • Fleece top
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Small towel and swim wear
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Sun hat
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pairs of long trousers *zipp off
  • 1 pair hiking pants/track pants
  • Hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes (with ankle protectors)
  • Knee-length socks (to be used with rubber boots, if provided at the jungle lodge)
  • Sport hiking sandals
  • Sun block
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (biodegradable)
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Water bottle
  • Purifying tablets or filter (Micropur recommeded)
  • Insect Repellent (for mosquitos)25 % of deet at least you can also by in cusco.
  • Flashlight (head light recommended)
  • Money belt
  • Sleeping silk liner (for sleeping bags)
  • Wool hat, mitts or gloves (preferably waterproof)
  • Rain poncho, plastic bags for your personal stuff to keep dry
  • Sleeping bag (it can be hired form us) we have goose down or syntetic sleeping bag
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

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Formato de Reserva
Traveler
Traveler
2024-02-28
Salkantay survivors We did the 5 days-salkantay trek to Machupicchu uin the rain season february, everything was awe-some, food, landscapes, tour services, the amazing guide Fernando, this guys Is actually amazing i recommend to him to every-body
Spencer O
Spencer O
2024-02-28
5 Day Salkantay Hike to Machu Picchu It was a great time. Really enjoyed the experience with friends, something to cherish for the rest of my life. If you go I highly recommend you ask for Fernando. He was our guide for the entire trip. Extremely knowledgeable and made the experience that much more memorable. He started the trip as a guide and by the end became a friend, the time you spend on the trek, you really want someone who fits with your group and I can't imagine a better person who could fit better in anyone's group. As well, the trek itself was difficult but very enjoyable, something to push yourself to your limits. Every day was extremely rewarding, not to mention the hot springs was well worth it.
Ted
Ted
2024-02-24
Best Peru Experience Had an amazing trip. Fernando the tour guide was the highlight, and made our experience fantastic. I would recommend the trip simply for the quality of the guide.
Tyrell T
Tyrell T
2024-01-27
Spectacular hike We had the opportunity to do the Inca trail to Machu Picchu with (QUECHUA EXPEDITIONS). Fantastic and absolutely recommended. They offer a very interesting package both for the price and for the service. Our guide Fernando Illapa taught us a lot about Inca history and the Andean way of life. He and our cook were very attentive and cordial throughout the experience. Our food was amazing and the camping equipment in perfect condition.
D r
D r
2024-01-27
an unforgettable experience It was a wonderful experience. From the beginning Wayra gave us all the information, always attentive and answering all our questions. During the trip we had Fernando Illapa as our guide. We must say that he is a great professional, thoroughly knowledgeable about the path and with a great sense of humor and a lot of patience, which made everything easier in the most demanding moments of the Inca trail. The accompanying team is very organized and I must say that the food exceeded our expectations. Dishes that could well be served in a restaurant and extremely abundant. We did the road with my husband and there were very difficult sections of great physical demand, but the impressive landscapes and discovering archaeological sites along the way make it worth it. We were also fortunate to have excellent travel companions. An unforgettable experience with the help of a professional team that paid attention to all the details.
Agnieszka Z
Agnieszka Z
2024-01-25
A must in Peru The whole experience was amazing! The trek can be tough but it’s doable even for not super fit people. The views are breathtaking! Thanks a lot to our super nice guide Jose and amazing chef Armando who made the whole tour even better.
T D
T D
2024-01-18
we would do it again The trip and itinerary that they organized for us was incredible! Very organized, excellent guide named Fernando Illapa, who made us feel at home. Very attentive, smiling and charismatic. Everything was a dream trip. We visited the mountain of seven colors, we did the 4-day Inca trail, we went to the Puerta del Sol, to MachuPicchu, wayna picchu, to the hot springs of Machupicchu town, gampling; Anyway, we did everything and it was an unforgettable trip.
Zach S
Zach S
2024-01-18
Una muy buena experiencia, gracias Hay muchas opciones de trekking para el Camino Inka, ¡pero no busques más que aquí! Cada persona en la organización es amable, profesional y servicial. ¡Nuestro guía, Fernando, fue fantástico! Fue informativo, paciente y nos guió de manera experta a lo largo del hermoso Camino Inka a Machu Picchu sin un solo problema. ¡Tener un guía que hable perfecto inglés y español es extremadamente necesario y tiene la experiencia para hacer que tu experiencia sea inolvidable!
Zach S
Zach S
2024-01-18
What an otherworldly experience. We had an amazing experiencies with a great team in the inka trail, in Cusco there are many trekking options for the Inka Trail, but look no further than here! Every person in the organization is friendly, professional and helpful. Our guide, Fernando, was fantastic! He was patient and expertly guided us along the beautiful Inka Trail to Machu Picchu without a single problem. Having a guide who speaks perfect English and Spanish is extremely necessary and has the experience to make your experience unforgettable!
Rachel Z
Rachel Z
2024-01-13
INCREDIBLE!! This tour company is truly the best. They took amazing care of us ensuring that we had everything we needed and made sure to help provide what we forgot to bring. The guide - Fernando - was so kind and knowledgeable. If you’re looking to hike to Machu Picchu this is the place to book!!! I can’t recommend them enough we had and amazing time.

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