Classic salkantay trek -5 days to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek: The name comes from the most spectacular, and highest mountains in Cusco region, located in the south eastern Andes of Peru, at the north west of Cusco region provides many hiking opportunities to people who are willing to reach Machu Picchu by foot. With
For locals the complete name for this magnificent mountain is: Apu Salkantay means (Apu = Spiritual being; Salka = Wild, savage; TAY = Holiness; APU SALKANTAY = Holly Savage Mountain) 6.272 meters, is one of the most important mountain of Peru.
According the history of climbers, the mountain summit was reached on the 1st time on 1952 by French-American expeditions. At this mountain there are several inca trails, that we hike, through 2 trails of this mountain you can arrive to machu picchu.
The trek offers incredible Mountain View and changing terrains and ecosystems that gives a magical sensation to the hike; along the trail you will see and pass by:
- This is a trekking tour to Machu Picchu, where you can still see part of the old inca trail.
- You will see incredible glacier mountains, such as the Salkantay, Humantay etc.
- Have the opportunity to walk by the highland, then get in the cloud forest and arrive to the high jungle.
- Have the opportunity to prepare fresh coffee, and go to the hot springs.
- Arrive the possibility to visit Machu Picchu in the early morning, and explore the entire city.
- Private Transport to the trek starting point.
- Fee for humantay lake.
- complete meals during trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), free vegetarian option.
- Trekking expert cook, and cook assistant.
- Tents (cooking tents, sleeping tents, dinningtents), mattresses, toilet tents.
- Horses to carry equipment, 01 emergency horse.
- 1rst AID Kit, included emergency Oxygen bottle.
- 01 hotel accommodation in aguas calientes town.
- Round trip shuttle bus, aguas calientes machu picchu.
- Machu Picchu fee.
- English speaking professional tour guide.
- Vista dome or similar train to Ollantaytambo.
- Private transport from Ollantaytambo to cusco.
- Sleeping bag (available to hire in our office).
- Walking sticks.
- Last day lunch.
- Tipping for the crew (Customary).
The 1st campsite and is at a high elevation 4000 masl, and the summit on the second day reaches 4640 masl, reason by which we advise to get adjusted to high elevation before doing this trek, there are plenty of options from sightseeing to day hikes before you can do the Salkantay trek.
During the 4 days of walk, you will pass by several microclimates and Eco regions, which also means to have to be prepared for cold weather, and warm and humid temperatures, the trail is dusty or muddy depending the reason, reason by which good pair of hiking boots are recommended, always accompanied by walking sticks.
The following items are recommended to bring,
- Trekking shoes.
- Sleeping nag.
- Warm cloths.
- Suns cream.
- Photo camera.
- Trekking boots.
- Walking sticks.
- Sleeping bag.
- Insects repellent.
- Sun hat.
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Who will answer my calls and questions when I call you, both before and after I sign up?
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What is the difference between a tour and a trek?
On a tour we fly, drive, sail, or perhaps take a train to our overnight destination, which will be a hotel as comfortable and luxurious as common sense and the locale allow. We walk in museums and around villages and towns, but on the whole our tours are physically non-demanding, and many of them compare in comfort level to classic European tours.
Our treks are essentially backpacking trips without the backpack (we carry only light daypacks) and the hassle (of cooking, setting up, etc.). First-time trekkers are almost invariably astounded by the high level of creature comforts on trek. Porters or pack animals carry all bags, food, tents, etc., and staff prepares all meals, washes all dishes, puts up and takes down camp, and generally takes care of everything but the walking (which never, unless we highlight it in the itinerary, involves anything more more technical than a hike in the Sierra Nevada, for example).
How difficult are your tours?
When we categorize a tour as Rigorous it’s usually because we attain high altitude (i.e., more than 10,000 feet) at some point, or conditions, i.e., hot water, etc., may not always be optimal. Moderate tours may involve some less-than-five-star conditions and longer drives than Easy tours, which are just that, easy and luxurious.
How difficult are treks?
An Easy trek will generally stay at low (under 10,000 feet) altitudes. Hiking days will be short (less than six hours), and there will not be a lot of elevation gain (a 1,000-foot day is easy, 4,000 feet is a good workout). A moderate trek will likely involve a little more altitude, but will still involve less steepness and altitude gain than a Rigorous trek, which will usually combine altitudes in excess of 15,000 feet with some good steep, long days on the trail.
Who will lead my trip?
Our trip leaders are vetted for three main criteria: First, an ability to prevent and solve problems in the field, the capacity to deal with the various cultures, governments, and business practices in the places we visit. Two, an ability to relate to and enjoy our travelers. And three, a love for and a knowledge of the place.
What is your maximum group size?
Sixteen is our maximum, and our minimum is highly flexible. Many of our custom trips range from one traveler on up.
What kinds of hotels and accommodations do you use?
We stay in top-notch hotels, usually the finest, or, in remote areas, the commonsense best. Sometimes the best is a place like Pakistan’s lovely, Serena Khaplu Palace, or it may be a place like the deceptively modern and grand hotel in Tibet’s Shigatse. We stay in guesthouses in remotest Bhutan where “rustic” is more than travelprose, but where the kindliness of the local people, the calm neatness of things, and the stunning views are consolation enough. In all, though, we strive to stay in the most atmospheric and luxurious properties available.
What land operators do you use?
All travel companies subcontract with companies in the field for transportation, hotels, local guides, and other services. Though almost all our trips also have a “western” leader, we’re very proud of our carefully picked and tested local operators. In Nepal our associates developed the concept of trekking, and uphold the finest professional standards; they are the best. We’ve been taking people to Bhutan longer than any of our competitors, so we’ve built excellent relations and clout with the finest operators there. Many of our staff have lived overseas, and it’s a condition of employment that our Destination Experts regularly return to scout, revise, and get the latest info.
Can you arrange air transportation and post- and pre-trip extensions?
Our in-house air travel department is a full-service agency which can book a full range of domestic and international flights. We are familiar with booking procedures for even the most obscure carriers (e.g., Bhutan’s Druk Air), and we can and very often do arrange the most complex customized travel arrangements and extensions through the world.
Do you include trip insurance?
We automatically include medical expense, 24-hour hotline assistance, and transportation insurance for every trip participant. (Trip cancellation, interruption, and baggage insurance is optional.)
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Why you’ll love this trip
- With permits included in your trip, seek out the rare mountain gorilla on a trek through Uganda’s steamy forests and spend an unforgettable hour in their presence.
- Get the chance to spot and get close to all of the Big Five and more in Masai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Etosha National Park and Chobe National Park, among others.
- Experience the two sides of Jinja – a riverside retreat at the source of the Nile, but also the adventure capital of Uganda.
- Chill out on the northern beaches of Zanzibar enjoying white sand and sparkling blue sea of the Indian Ocean, and cross over to Africa’s Atlantic coastline for seafood spreads and dune bashing experiences.
- Meet with village communities during your African adventure, including the colourful Maasai tribespeople, the hunter-gatherer traditions of the San communities, and local fisherman on Lake Malawi.
Is this trip right for you?
- Tracking gorillas in the dense forest can sometimes be wet, muddy and uncomfortable. The terrain is by no means easy either, so it can be pretty strenuous and often humid. But the sheer thrill in coming across a habituated group of gorillas, dominated by a great male silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty. You need to be prepared and fit enough to walk up to 4 hours – up and down hill. A top tip is to pack some gardening gloves to assist in any uphill climbs.
- Camp in the Serengeti National Park itself without fences between you and the animals. Your leader will brief you on the safety measures the group will need to take for the two nights spent in the park.
- At Usambara Mountains the group will do a an easy hike to the beautiful Irente viewpoint.
- We use mokoros (small dugout canoes) to pass through the shallow waterways of the Okavango Delta to get to our campsite for the night.
- We use our purpose-built overland vehicles for the duration of this trip. This multi-purpose truck allows for great game viewing with large sliding windows. This means the trucks do not have air-conditioning and conditions can get dusty and hot.
- The overland vehicle is large enough to seat up to 22 passengers and carries all the camping equipment needed for the duration of this trip. Therefore the going can be slow over the long distances and often bumpy roads.
- This is a participatory camping trip. You will be expected to set up and take down you own tent as well as assist with food preparation and cleaning. This makes it quicker, easier, more fun and will bring the group closer together.
- There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.