Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa
We pick you up from the hotel around 5:00AM and travel by private bus to Mollepata (2,800m/9,186ft). Mollepata is a small community located along the main road from Cusco to Abancay. Mollepata is the start of the trek and where we meet our arrieros(horsemen) and trekking crew. We will hike approximately 3 hours appreciating the diversity of the flora and fauna along the way, and then we stop to enjoy our delicious lunch at the quiet site of Sayllapata.
In the afternoon, we have a relaxing 3 hour hike before we arrive at our first camp site of Soraypampa (3,800m/12,467ft) where we will have dinner and discuss our first impressions of the hike.
Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Challhuay
We wake up very early and after a good breakfast, we depart from Soraypampa. This is the hardest day because we have to climb to the Salkantay Pass (4,600m/15,000ft), the highest point of our trek. From here we can get a spectacular view of Salkantay, a stunning snow-capped mountain (6,271m/20,574ft). The first part of the day we will hike for approximately three and half hours
Upon descent, we will approach a rocky area and then pass several streams unil we reach Wayracmachay where we will stop for lunch. We will continue to hike downhill until we reach Challhuay. At this campsite you will experience a semitropical climate because of the cloud forest.
Third Day: Challhuay – La Playa- Hydroelectric Plant - Aguas Calientes
After breakfast at 5:30am, we will start a 6 hour hike through the tropical jungle. We will cross the Lluskamayo River and a variety of small streams so waterproof shoes are a good idea. We will pass through gorgeous valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls. Your guide will show you naturally growing tropical fruits and native plants and flowers. We will stop for lunch at la Playa campsite (2500m/8350ft) and then take a van for one hour to the Hydroelectric train station.From there will continuer our last 2 hours of hike to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night. In Aguas Calientes, we will enjoy a celebratory dinner and and you will have the luxury of comfortable beds and hot showers. You will also have the option of visiting the thermal springs in the evening (anadditional 10 soles).
Fourth Day - MachuPicchu
We will have two options to arrive to MachuPicch: 1) we can hike for one and a half hours from Aguas Calientes to MachuPicchu, or 2) we can take a bus to MachuPicchu. By waking up early, you will witness the magnificent sunrise at this ancient Inca city. At MachuPicchu, you will have a guided tour for approximately 2 hours. After the tour, you will have free time to explore this mysterious city by yourself.
When you finish at MachuPicchu, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch where he/she will give you your train ticket back to Cusco.
What is included in the price?
-Professional guide fluent in English
-Private bus to the start of the trail
-Two-people tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
-Meals cooked by an experienced chef: breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks!
-Vegetarian/special diet options available
Weight Allowance: 5 Kilograms/10pounds per trekker
-Horse (to carry tents and cooking equipment)
-Dining and kitchen tents
-First aid kit (including oxygen bottle)
-Bus from La Playa campsite to Hydroelectric
-One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
-Round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to MachuPicchu
-MachuPicchu entrance fees
-Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
-Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
-Breakfast on the first morning. Some hotels offer an early morning breakfast service. If not, we stop at the town of Mollepata where you will have the chance to buy breakfast.
-Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day
-Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
-Sleeping bags. These can be rented in our office for the entire trek (US$ 20)
-Tips for the guide, cooks, and wranglers
What you need to bring:
For students: ISIC card
Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
Hat and gloves
2 pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
Long underwear for sleeping
Sun hat or cap
Water and/or water purification tablets
Toiletries/ Toilet Paper
Camera and batteries
Torch or headlamp
Cash (approximately 200 Peruvian nuevo soles)
Optional items to take:
Plasters and bandages
Bathing suit for hot springs in Aguas Calientes (not included in the price )
We offer discount of US$20 to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC),