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. 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.
Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Humantay Lake – Soraypampa
We will pick you up from your hotel between 4:30 a.m to 5:00 am. We will drive for about 2 hours to Mollepata where we will stop to have breakfast. We will drive one more hour to Challacancha where we will leave the transport and begin our Salkantay trek! While you prepare your hiking gear, the cook and the horseman will unpack the camping equipment and cooking supplies. The first 3 hours hiking will be a little bit uphill. When we will arrive at Soraypampa, we will stop for lunch with panoramic views of two beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay 4120m/13500ft and Salkantay 6271m/20575ft). This is just the start! After lunch we will hike up to Humantay Lake, and then back down to Soraypampa (3800 m/11750ft), where we will spend our first night at an Ecodome Campsite. This is the highest and coldest campsite of the trip; we will be very close to Cusco with a view of a snow-capped mountain, the second highest on the Salkantay trek.
1ST DAY: Total distance: 15 km (approx.)
Estimated walking time: 7- 8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,800 m (approx.)
Campsite altitude: 3,800 m (approx.)