Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mt (Memorial day)

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Karina Safari
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May 23 - Jun 1, 2019
Group size: 8 - 12
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mt (Memorial day)
Peru

Karina Safari
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24 reviews

May 23 - Jun 1, 2019
Group size: 8 - 12

About this trip

JOIN A TRIP OF A LIFETIME: 


Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu was 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


- A 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 hiking fellows 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 personal reserved camping locations, with the best views and facilities. 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.


REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPANTS: 

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 planned. 

Kids 12+ are allowed for this hike assisted by their parents.


Total hiking days: 3 days Salkantay trek + 1 day Rainbow Mt hike (day-hike from Cusco)

Walking Distance (Salkantay trek): 47km (31miles)

Elevation on arrival to Cusco: 3399m (11000")

Elevation at the Salkantay trailhead: 3400m (11000')

Salkantay Pass: 4650m (15255')

Rainbow Mt: 5020 m (16470")

Lodging on a trek: 1 night in huts, 1 night in  tents (double-sharing)

Assistance: Mountain guide, assistants/porters

Meals: All included on trek (meals cooked by chef)

Camping gear:  tents, mats, kitchen, dishes are provided and carried by porters as well as your personal luggage up to 7kg/14lbs

You carry: only your light personal day-pack with essentials for the day hike (water, extra layer, sunscreen, snack, photo-camera..)

Gear you can rent: sleeping bags, mattress, trekking poles


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 (pls see below).

How we stand out from the others:

SIGNATURE CAMPING , DELUXE COMFORT AND EXTRA-BENEFITS INCLUDED:

- 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)

- First night on a trek travelers stay at our privately owned campground in dbl sharing huts with sky roof. A a significant highlight on a trek which other groups don't have.

- 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).

What’s included

  • 2 domestic flights
    LIMA-CUZCO-LIMA
  • Salkantay trek
    all arrangements, permit, guide/porters/chef, all meals, private van, camping gear (tents, kitchen &appliances, oxygen tank), personal gear (mat, pillow, rain poncho, backpack cover, duffel bag)
  • Rainbow Mt. day-hike
    all trek arrangements, professional assistance (guide, assistant, chef), 2 meals, private van to/from hike
  • Professional assistance
    Local english-speaking guide/team leader
  • Train tickets
    Expedition category (comfortable seats), 2 rides
  • Transport
    Private van in Cusco (airport transfers and tours) and Sacred Valley tour
  • Guided historical tours
    Cusco, Sacred Valley of Incas, Machu Picchu
  • Lodging
    7 nights in standard hotels 3* dbl sharing, 1 night in huts, 1 night in tents on the trek
  • Meals
    Breakfasts at hotels, Full board on Salkantay trek (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners), 2 meals on Rainbow Mt trek (1 breakfasts, 1 lunch)
  • Admissions
    Machu Picchu entrance and 2 shuttle bus rides to/from archeological site
  • International flights
    $600+ round trip
  • Meals not included
    Lunches and dinners in town ~$250-300
  • Admissions
    Travel-pass for Cusco and Sacred Valley sights: ~$40 paid in cash locally
  • Travel insurance
    $50-60 for the whole trip per traveler
  • Optional tours
    Activities & tours on request, not mentioned in itinerary
  • Any private transfers
    in case your arrival/departure flights are different from the team
  • Extra nights at hotels
    In case of your early arrival/ late departure separately from a group
  • Optional gear rentals
    trekking poles, mattress, sleeping bag ($15-20 each item for the whole trek). Horses at Rainbow Mt ($30-35). Rentals to be paid locally in cash
  • Optional tips
    Tips for hiking crew (guide, assistant, porters, cook). Suggested budget $50-60 per traveller for whole trip
  • Single accomodation
    $320 for single room suppplement

Available Packages

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Deposit: $800
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Available options

Single accomodation supplement7 left
$320
Lima city tour8 left
$90

Itinerary

Day 1 (May 24th)
Arrival in Peru. Lima > Cusco

Arrival to Lima from United States.

Take an ongoing domestic flight to Cusco in the early morning. On arrival to Cusco meet at airport with our local english-speaking representative and drive to hotel in the Old Town. 


Full day acclimatizing in Cusco. No activities planned, relaxing day to explore Cusco on your own. 


Altitude of Cusco:  11200" /3400m

Your Organizer


KS
Karina Safari
24 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond

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Friendly guide who has expertise in geology, a good mix of popular and less traveled points. The trip was well planned and time was used efficiently without creating a sense of rush. An eclectic group of co-travelers added to the experience. Hot springs were amazing and so was the stake & beer place in the desert. thank you for the great experience!
By Ilya L for Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley on 16 Mar, 2021
Exploring Death Valley was truly one of a kind experience for me. Our guide Katya is very knowledgeable and passionate about this area, her itinerary was very well thought out and planned to share with us highlights and off beaten path gems of Death Valley and adjacent Amargosa Valley! One awe-inspiring view after another! Great mix of hiking, nature seeing and cultural/ historical sightseeing. Fun and educational. Great handling of logistics. This trip definitely exceeded my expectations.
By Margarita M for Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley on 04 Mar, 2021
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I am so glad we did this trip. Katya is an awesome guide with great knowledge of DV. She took us to places we probably won’t get to on our own. She kept everything very well organized and easy to follow. We really enjoyed our time and made a lot of great memories. This is my second trip and definitely not the last.
By Mila I for Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley on 02 Mar, 2021
Amazing trip! Loved whole experience. Things I loved: - organization - arrival/departure/car - Guides very knowledgeable, interesting info - great selection of hikes and attraction - great restaurants - great accommodation - loved participants dynamics Things that I would improve: - gathering place for the evening which give opportunity for activity guided by participants - missing spiritual part - was hoping for group meditations at vortexes - hikes too short, better less hikes but longer - sunrise hikes
By Ella G for Sedona: Spiritual & Hiking Escape on 05 Feb, 2021
One of the best trips I had. Great company, very picturesque hikes and comfortable accommodations. Everything was organized perfectly with a good balance between hikes, sightseeing and free time. Karina took care of all the logistics, which made the trip very relaxing. We covered a lot of places in 12 days - more than it would be possible on my own. Highly recommended!
By Vladimir L for Patagonia: Epic hiking adventure on 04 Apr, 2020
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By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019