JOIN A TRIP OF A LIFETIME:
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is rated in the list of the best hikes in the world by National Geographic traveller. This epic trek includes a portion of the historic Inca Trail, but gives a unique opportunity to hike without crowds and enjoy the Andean wilderness
This trek rewards you with variety of stunning mountain landscapes, glaciers and lakes, cascades, wildlife and tropical cloud-forest. We will follow the Inca steps through the ancient archeological sites 🇵🇪 🥾 🏔
🌟 See the sunrise at the Lost City of Machu Picchu
🌟 Visit the most significant Inca temples and ruins in Cusco and Sacred Valley
🌟 Day-hIke to astonishing natural wonder - RAINBOW MOUNTAIN. Away from the beaten path and hard to reach, Rainbow mountain was ranked by National geographic as one of the 100 unique places on Earth!
🌟 Travel in our small group (up to 12 hikers) assisted by professional Peruvian team-leader and mountain guide, porters and professional chef.
🌟 Our trip will be organized in the PREMIUM category, it means that we will be traveling as a PRIVATE GROUP without mixing up with others. We will have our privately reserved camping locations, with the best views and facilities. You stay in sky-roof huts on the first night and in the tents on the second night of the trek. Our porters will carry our personal luggage and set up the campsites for us. We will have the best delicious food cooked from scratch by professional local chef.
HOW DO WE STAND OUT FROM OTHERS:
SIGNATURE GLAMPING , DELUXE COMFORT AND EXTRA-BENEFITS INCLUDED ON SALKANTAY TREK
👍 We provide personal equipment to each trekker at no additional cost: a duffel bag (for luggage), rain poncho, basic mat, insulated pillow, daypack cover protection, small hand towel & sanitizer.
👍 Clean drinking water at each campsite will be provided for your bottle/hydration pack
👍 Porters carry up to 7kg/14lbs of your personal belongings (duffel bag)
👍 On the first night on a trek travelers stay at our privately owned campground in dbl sharing huts with sky roof, that is a significant highlight on a trek!
👍 Second night travelers stay in tents. Our tents are spacious, clean and of high quality. Eureka Timberline 4 person tents will be provided for 2 persons sharing.
👍 Best dining experience. Delicious meals. Plenty of homemade hot food cooked every time from scratch by our chef. We don't use preserved or dry food. We also cater for vegetarians and gluten-free.
👍 We stay overnight at privately owned campgrounds separately from other hiking groups. Our campsites are clean and stay away from noise. We have private toilets there. No need to wait in line with other hikers (public toilets are normally badly maintained and far away from campsites).
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY:
Salkantay trek is a moderate difficulty with some challenging parts
Previous hiking/camping experience and being in a good physical shape is required from all participants. You must be able to walk ~12-14mi/day at the high altitude up/downhill and keep up with the group. You don't need professional climbing skills. No glacier/snow hiking is planned
Kids 12+ are allowed for this hike assisted by their parents.
Total hiking days:
3 days of Salkantay trek
1 day Rainbow Mt hike (day-hike from Cusco)
Total walking Distance (Salkantay trek): 47km (31miles)
Salkantay trailhead elevation (start): 3400m (11000')
Salkantay Pass (highest point): 4650m (15255')
Rainbow Mt elevation: 5020 m (16470")
7 nights in comfortable hotels, twin rooms with private shower & hot wateer
1 night in the sky-roof huts on the trek
1 night in tents on the trek
Professional assistance: Bilingual team leader & certified mountain guide, porters & chef
Meals on Salkantay trek are included, full board
Camping gear included, except for your personal hiking gear (trekking poles, sleeping bag etc)
What you carry: only your light personal day-pack with essentials for the day hike, your personal luggage and camping gear will be carries by porters
How to REGISTER:
$800 non-refundable deposit for each traveler is required to keep your spot in a group
Trip price is based on double-sharing accommodations in hotels and camping tents
Single accommodation is possible on request, with extra-charge
In if the Trip departure is canceled by Organizer, the amount paid by Participant will be fully refundable;
If the trip is cancelled by Participant due to any personal reason, the following penalties will be applied:
- Cancellation 89 to 45 calendar days before departure - up to 50% of the trip cost, including registration deposit
- Cancellation 44 to 0 calendar days before departure – non refundable
Travel insurance is mandatory for this trip (!)
We recommend World Nomads as your insurance provider for active travels, although you can choose any other insurance company according to your own preferences.
It's helpful to think about insurance covering you against 3 different types of event:
- A minor accident, incident or delay that disrupts your holiday and incurs an unexpected cost (e.g. flight delay, broken ankle, lost luggage).
- A major accident or event that requires emergency attention, evacuation and/or repatriation
- Cancellation of your holiday by yourself, most likely in advance, as a result of poor health or the requirement to support a family member.
- Peru requires an official vaccination certificate from everyone older than 12 years entering the country, proving that you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 14 days before your arrival.
- All passengers on national flights in Peru over the age of 18 years must be fully vaccinated (2 doses). All above the age of 40 years must have their booster shot; If you are not boosted and over 40, a negative real-time COVID-19 molecular (RT-PCR) test result that is not older than 48 hours after being issued and before boarding the plane has to be presented. Masks are obligatory.
- All passengers have to wear either double masks or a single KN95/FFP2 mask when entering the country and inside the airport; face shields aren't obligatory anymore.
Note: Above requirements may change, so we highly recommend contacting your airline a few days before your flight to Peru.
WHAT GEAR WILL BE PROVIDED (INCLUDED):
• Camping gear: tents, kitchen tent, dishes/cups/silverware etc.
• Small pillow for sleeping
• Basic foam mat for sleeping (thin)
• Waterproof cover for your daypack
• Small hand-towels
• Rain poncho
• Duffel bag (size 66 x 36cm / 26’ x 14’) for your luggage and gear for hiking days. Please make sure the weight of your personal luggage for a duffel bag doesn’t exceed 21lbs (15 lbs for your own stuff, plus 6lbs for rentals). Your duffel bag will be carried by porters. During the day, you won’t have access to your duffel until you arrive to the campsite in the evening. Duffel will be provided to you in Cusco the day before the start of the trek (at team briefing with local guide).
WHAT GEAR CAN BE RENTED IN CUSCO (AT ADDITIONAL COST):
- Sleeping Bag (comfort -10C): $25 for entire trip /
- Inflatable Air Mattress: $20 for entire trip /A basic foam mat will be provided for sleeping, but
- Trekking poles (pair): $20 for entire trip / Very recommended to have for downhill hikes. Good protection for your knees.
WHAT TO BRING / PACKING LIST:
- Suitcase (yes, you can fly&travel in Peru with your suitcase, but you have to leave it at Cusco hotel's storage room for 5 days while you are hiking Salkantay trek hiking and visit Machu Picchu. For these days you will be given a duffel bag for your luggage.
- Daypack for hiking & day-tours (small or medium size 20-35L).
Your daypack should have enough room for the following items for hiking: Hydration reservoir (2L), Rain poncho – will be provided, Extra layer (fleece jacket, beanie, gloves), snacks you might want to bring from home (such as chocolate, nuts etc), camera, first-aid kit (just essentials), sunscreen...
- Hand sanitizer, Lip balm, sunscreen / Insect repellent, Personal first Aid kit (only essential medications you can’t do without, for quick reach), Toilet paper & Small plastic bag for waste
- Hydration reservoir/camelback/water bottle (2-3L)
- Hiking shoes: comfortable, light-weight but sturdy (good for muddy trails), with ankle support - - Worn well before departure! Please don’t take brand new shoes to avoid blisters.
- Sleeping bag (winter, comfort -10C) & liner – you can rent in Cusco or bring your own
- Hiking poles – you can rent in Cusco or bring your own (NOTE: hiking poles are not allowed into carry-on luggage on the flights)
- Sleeping mattress (optional) – you can rent in Cusco or bring your own
- Headlamp (no lights at the camping sites at night )
- Sunglasses (UVF 300+)
- Windproof hiking pants
- Fleece/softshell jacket
- Warm down-jacket (700+ down fill): this trek includes 2 cold nights of camping
- Light wind- & waterproof jacket (active sport)
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Change of T-shirts (1 long sleeved, 2-3 short-sleeved) synthetic/smart wool breathable. Cotton is not recommended
- Beanie (wool/fleece)
- Sun hat
- Thermal long underwear set for sleeping in a tent
- A change of smart wool mid-weight hiking socks, + 1 pair of thick socks for sleeping
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty
- Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, Wet wipes, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, lip balm
- Sunscreen (UVF 50+)
- Insect repellent (essential for the 3rd day of hiking and Machu Picchu)
- Your personal first-aid kit: please bring your personal medications you can't do without. Suggested medications: aspirin (with vitamin C) against headache, Diamox against high altitude sickness, pain killer (ibuprofen), band aids, fever reducer, allergy treatment, Imodium or similar to treat mild cases of diarrhea, eye drops, nasal drops, cough relief
- Battery charger for your devices (for hiking days, no electricity , phone reception & wifi)
- Money pouch (neck wallet or waist belt)
- Ear plugs
- Spare boot laces
- Tennis shoes as a change for trekking boots
- Hiking gaiters (protection from mud/snow/dust)
- Buff (protects face and neck from wind/dust)
- Thermo-bottle (to keep the drinking water warm at night)
- Bathing suit & flip flops (if you wish to visit hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
• Electricity is available in hotels: 220V/60Hz (110V less common). PLEASE Bring your own plug adapter
• Wi-Fi is normally available at hotels and public places, but can be slow
• Electricity, Phone reception and WIFi: NOT AVAILABLE on Salkantay trek (3 days/2nights). Bring a battery to recharge your devices. Remember, electronic devices get discharged faster when when it’s cold.
• Trekking guide will have a satellite phone to be used for emergencies
• The local currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (1USD = 3-4 Soles)
• You can exchange currency at the airports (the rate is not good), or in Cusco Old town in certified money exchange offices (cambio de moneda). Remember , in South America they like crispy new banknotes, $100 USD banknote are better accepted for exchange
• You can find ATMs at the airports of Lima and Cusco, and in the old town Cusco. There’s
no ATMs in the rural areas.
• Payments by Visa/MasterCard are accepted in Lima and Cusco airports, restaurants, grocery stores and hotels. AmEx is not accepted in Peru.
• Small gift shops and cafeterias are normally cash only. Payments in small USD bills can be accepted ($1/5/10/20) - make sure bills are crispy and new, otherwise they are not accepted. If you pay in USD, the change will be given in the Peruvian currency.
Mountain weather is unpredictable. Typically, the dry season in Cusco region is from late May through early October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June – just be prepared.
Treks through the Andes involve many micro-climates and you will need to be prepared for 4 seasons (seriously!). Layers are always a key as they are easy to adjust to the different temperatures. Evenings and nights are cold, so please be prepared with a warm down-jacket (700+ Down fill).
Starting from the elevation of the city of Cusco (3400m/ 11152’) many people feel symptoms of altitude sickness. That's normal. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over the couple of days in Cusco that we allow in our itinerary for acclimatizing at high altitude, your body will adjust to the lower amount of oxygen in the air. With altitude sickness, you may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or even vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping. If you have those symptoms in Cusco, just ask for oxygen tank at hotel's reception desk or let the Team Leader know and assist you.Most of the time, these symptoms are mild. For safe travels and better acclimatizing we don't plan any physical activities on the first days of our itinerary in Cusco.
SUGGESTIONS FOR SUCCESSFUL ACCLIMATIZING:
1) Drink plenty of fluids such as water , herbal and coca teas Coca tea is always available at no additional cost at hotels reception desk. Coca has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the coca plant contain alkaloids which helps bring oxygen into your blood
2) Avoid drinking alcohol and coffee. It will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated
3) Avoid smoking
4) Try not to use sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep. Try to sleep on side, not on your back.
5) While on Salkantay trek: remember the trek to Machu Picchu is not a race. Even those in the best shape will suffer from altitude sickness when they race to the top of the mountain too quickly. Go slowly, it will give your body time to adjust to the mountain
6) Optional medications such as dexamethasone (Diamox) might be helpful for preventing altitude sickness. See your doctor for prescription. If you decide to take these medicines, you should start the medicine a day before your departure or at least on the day of arrival to the altitude, not later. Continue taking it daily while you are at high altitude.
Cusco – 3400m/ 11152’
Salkantay trailhead – 3800m/ 12467’
Salkantay pass – 4650m/ 15091’
Machu Picchu – 2430m/ 7972’
Aguas Calientes – 2040 m/ 6700’
Urubamba (Sacred Valley of Incas) – 3000m/ 9842’
Rainbow Mt. – trailhead starts at 4300m, summit 5020m/ 16469’
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GET SICK:
If you feel sick on the trek, let a team leader & tour guide know right away – our local guides are trained in the first aid and they will do their best to help you feel better. Our guide will also have an oxygen and first aid kit for basic medical issues.
If you feel exhausted and sick at some point, you can continue on a horse (can be rented at additional cost).
In case something unexpected happens and you are no longer able to complete the trek, we will figure out the safest and quickest way off the course and to a nearest medical post. You will never be left alone; you will have a member of the team escorting you every step of the way. When you are feeling up to it, we will make sure that you still have the chance to visit Machu Picchu and rejoin your teammates traveling by train comfortably.
Drinking water. General suggestions:
Use bottled or boiled water for drinking. Don’t drink tap water. This water is good for brushing your teeth. Please don’t order ice in your drinks. Ice is usually made out of the tap water. Tap water is not bad, but bacterial content is different from the water you used to drink at home and this may can cause upset stomach and diarrhea.
Drinking water on Salkantay trek:
You need to have your drinking water for the 1st hiking day enough till lunchtime.
Starting from our first lunch and until our last breakfast on a trek, the drinking water will be supplied. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, then distributed for refilling our reservoirs at each meal. Prepare your own bottles (Nalgene or camelback). Carrying about 2-3L worth is recommended for the day hike.
How meals will be organized on Salkantay trek:
Our professional chefs can cook delicious meals in the camping conditions! Be sure to remind of any food restrictions you have in advance. Food is typically served family-style. Only fresh locally grown produce is used for cooking during the trek. Canned or dehydrated food is never used.
Food will be provided five times a day, beginning with a hot breakfast, a hiking snack to enjoy along the way, a tremendous lunch, an afternoon tea (happy hour), and finally dinner.
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, pancakes, omelette, porridge, cereal, fruit salad, toast, orange juice,
milk, tea, coffee, hot chocolate
Snack: Fruit, cookies, cereal, chocolate, candies (Note: You can bring your favorite snacks from home if you wish, as you won’t find certain U.S brands in Peru like protein energy bars, dried fruit trek mix, meat jerky etc).
Lunch: Corn or mushroom soup, chicken and rice, sausage, fried fish, ceviche, steak, beans, fried rice, French fries, boiled potatoes, vegetables, salad
Happy Hour: cookies, tea, coffee
Dinner: Stuffed chicken, vegetable tortillas, pizza, spaghetti, pork cutlet, sautéed vegetables, salad
Arrival in Lima in the early morning (LATAM #2477 @06:35AM).
Connect on domestic flight to Cusco (LATAM #2015 @10:25AM).
Arrival to Cusco around noon, pickup at the airport and drive to hotel in the Old Town. Check in. Meet with Team Leader.
Free time in Cusco.
Dinner and team introduction.
Overnight in hotel RUMI PUNKU, Cusco.
Altitude of Cusco: 11200" /3400m