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The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The Combo Expedition Salkantay & Machu Picchu Trek, 6 days/ 5 nights



The mountains of the Cordillera Vilcabamba rise to form a ragged chain between the regions' two great rivers, the Urubamba and the Apurimac. Along the Cordillera's northern side, massive snow peaks collide with tropical rain forests to create a brilliant contrast between lush vegetation and lofty desolation. 

Located northwest of Cusco, Nevado Salkantay, the cordillera's tallest peak, is at the eastern end of the chain and rises to 6271 meters in height. The name Salkantay means Savage Mountain, which may refer to the clouds that rise up from the jungle lowlands and engulf the peak. 
Mollepata, an attractive village built on a mountainside overlooking the deep citrus producing valley of the Apurimac, is the starting point for the trek.
 
 

Salkantay Premium Private Service 6 days (ST602)


 
Salkantay  to Machu Picchu
Salkantay to Machu Picchu

OUR GREAT RATES 2010
 

Prices are per person from March 2010 to January 2011: 2 persons US$950, 3 persons US$800, 4 persons US$725, 5 persons US$680, 6 persons US$635,
7 persons US$600, 8-10 persons US$545, 11-12 persons US$510,
13-16 persons US$500.

Group Size: Please note that this is a private group trek. This means that if there are just two of you interested in doing this trek, the trek will be organized just for you i.e. US$985 per person. Obviously with more people in your group the cost per person becomes more economical. We do not add other people to you trek and unfortunately it is not possible to join another group. 

Departures: To suit group requirements, as this is a private service you can depart on any day that suits you best as long as there are still trek permits available for the date you want.

We offer a US$40 discount to students with a valid International Student Identity Card ISIC and children under the age of 16 years old. (University ID or Youth Travel cards NOT valid)

Children under 08 years old receive a US$70 discount.

SAE members: $15 discount per person, it will be discount at the time of your  final balance payment.(ask to our office crew once you are in Cusco)

March - December 2011

Prices are per person from March 2011 - December 2011: 2 persons US$950, 3 persons US$800, 4 persons US$725, 5 persons US$680, 6 persons US$635, 7 persons US$600, 8-10 persons US$545, 11-12 persons US$510,
13-16 persons US$500.

Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu Departures Dates 2010 - 2011: Every Day.
Very Important Note:
The number of remaining spaces does not fall steadily, rather it falls exponentially. That it to say that the number of spaces remains between 300 and 500 for quite along time but as it starts to fall below 250 more companies decide to buy permits for their groups and the rate that the spaces drop starts to increase. Often the last 100 spaces can sell out in a day or so. For example just because there may be 160 spaces available on the day that you want to start the trek, by the time you find a suitable trekking company and send them your trek deposit, it doesn't mean that there will still be 160 spaces left! So it is highly recommended to book your Inca Trail as far in advance as possible.

Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek 6 days Private Service Departure Dates 2010 

December 2010

January 2011

Great Alternative treks instead the classic Inca Trail if you do not find spaces on Dec. 2010 and Jan. 2011, at the trek permit government database.

We would like to offer two wonderful options instead the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, those are great Alternative Inca Trails ending at Machu Picchu via Aguas Calientes town and specially giving you the amazing experience to arrive and enjoy Machu Picchu since very early on the last day of the trip before the crowds!!!!!

Remember with those options you can depart on any day on October and the first two weeks of November too!!!!!
 

Example Salkantay Trek is been considered as one of the best 15 hikes of the world by the National Geographic!!

which is best known as the "Back Door to Machu Picchu"

SALKANTAY TREK, 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS: www.andeanlifeperu.com/salkantay_to_machu_picchu_5d.htm

LARES TREK, 4 DAYS / 3NIGHTS: www.andeanlifeperu.com/lares_valley_to_machu_picchu_4_day_trek.htm

-And an Optional Altenative Trek to the Well Known "Machu Picchu's Sister City":

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK, 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS: www.andeanlifeperu.com/choquequirao_4_day_private_trek.htm

December 2010

14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31.

 

-Red Numbers Mean: Dangerous dates as spaces are getting fully booked, so you better book ASAP!!!!!

 

-Black Numbers Means: Spaces remain over 250, fine to book calmly !!!


Note: Initially they were 500 spaces per day at the trek permit government database.!!!!!
 

-December  14, they are only  017 spaces available at the government trek permit database.

-December  15, they are only  150 spaces available at the government trek permit database.

-December  16, they are only  231 spaces available at the government trek permit database.

-December  17, they are only  160 spaces available at the government trek permit database.
-December  18, they are only  335 spaces available at the government trek permit database.

-December  19, they are only  130 spaces available at the government trek permit database.

-December  20, they are only  019 spaces available at the government trek permit database.

-December  21, they are only  000    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-December  22, they are only  121    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-December  23, they are only  035    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-December  24, they are only  204    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-December  25, they are only  051 spaces available at the government trek permit database.

-Dec.     26-30, they are only  000 spaces available at the government trek permit database.

-December  31, they are only  104    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

 

January 2011

01, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.

 

-Red Numbers Mean: Dangerous dates as spaces are getting fully booked, so you better book ASAP!!!!!

 

-Black Numbers Means: Spaces remain over 250, fine to book calmly !!! 
 

Note: Initially they were 500 spaces per day at the trek permit government database.!!!!!
 

-January  01, they are only  359 spaces available at the government trek permit database.

-January  04, they are only  120    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-January  05, they are only  200    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-January  06, they are only  220    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-January  07, they are only  054 spaces available at the government trek permit database

-January  08, they are only  360 spaces available at the government trek permit database
-January  09, they are only  067 spaces available at the government trek permit database.
-January  10, they are only  088 spaces available at the government trek permit database.

-January  11, they are only  276    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''.

-January  12, they are only  210    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-January  13, they are only  302    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-January  14, they are only  264    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-January  15, they are only  430    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-January  16, they are only  251    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-January  17, they are only  258    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''
-January  18, they are only  346    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-January  19, they are only  267    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-January  20, they are only  358    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-January  21, they are only  381    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-January  22, they are only  407    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-January  23, they are only  307    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-January  24, they are only  257    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-January  25, they are only  207 spaces available at the government trek permit database.

-January  26, they are only  426 spaces available at the government trek permit database.

-January  27, they are only  429 spaces available at the government trek permit database.

-January  28, they are only  370 spaces available at the government trek permit database.

-January  29, they are only  406    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-January  30, they are only  461    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

-January  31, they are only  411    ''             ''       ''    ''          ''           ''       ''           ''

 


What is included

What is not included

What you need to bring/carry:


Options:

Salkantay - Cusco - Peru
Salkantay to Machu Picchu
(1) Personal porters (days 3-6) can be hired to help carry your personal items such as clothes, sleeping bag etc. They can be hired for $110 for all 3 days and will carry up to a maximum of 18kg (usually 1 porter between 2 persons is more than sufficient). You can hire the services of a half a porter to carry up to 9kg for US$50. However, even with a personal porter, you will still need to bring a day pack for essential items.

About 30% of the group usually have personal porters to help them. If you hire a porter we will provide you with a sack to put your items in to give to the porter. This extra porter will help you carry: duffle bag or sack (we will provide you with this), sleeping bag, mattress (we will provide you with this), clothing, sweater, jacket, woolly hat, scarf, gloves (something warm for at night), flashlight and batteries, toiletries. Your personal porter, however, will not walk at your side so you will still need to bring a day pack for essential items. You will meet up with your porter at lunch time and at the campsite late in the afternoon. Equipment to be carried by yourselves: small day pack, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, warm sweater, broad-brim or peaked cap, sun protection cream, insect repellent, toilet paper, selection of small snacks for the day etc, camera, lightweight plastic poncho just in case of rain (can be bought in Cusco for US$3)

Important note: You must decide if you want to hire the services of a personal porter in advance when making your trek reservation since we need to purchase the porter's trekking permit. You cannot decide to hire an additional porter once you arrive in Cusco. 


(2) An extra night in Aguas Calientes can easily be arranged for you if required. Hotels costs and costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. It is best to make your hotel reservation directly. The web page www.andeantravelweb.com/peru/hotels/machupicchu has some good recommendations and contact details.
(3) Vegetarian Meals. We can provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets with no extra cost. Just let us know at least 2 days prior to trek departure.
(4) Sleeping bag hire. If you haven't got a sleeping bag or you don't want the hassle of bringing one all the the to Peru with you then we have sleeping bags in our office for rent. The price is US$25 per person for the 6 day trek.

Reservation details: All trek reservations must be made at least 4 weeks in advance (however 6-10 weeks in advance is recommended especially during the months of May, June, July, August and September)

Payment details: We will require a non-refundable trek deposit of US$250 per person payable within 7 days of Andean Life confirming your trek booking. The deposit is to be paid by Our VISA Payment On-Line, Western Union money transfer and Mail Order System, these are our fastest & most secure form of payments in Peru. Further details of how to send the deposit are included with our trek booking confirmation email. The remaining balance is to be paid in our office at least two days prior to your trek departure date. Payment can be made in cash US$, local currency (Peruvian Soles), or American Express Travel Cheques (3%) or by VISA (7.5% surcharge - VISA's cost not ours).
For a trek deposit Payment On-line by Amex and Master Credit Cards, please let Us know by email and we will send ASAP further details about how to proceed with it, thanks.

Other information: 


(1) Luggage storage. When you go on the trek it is best to leave any luggage that you are not going to need behind in Cusco. Nearly all the hotels in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables in their safe. Very rarely do hotels charge for this service especially if you are returning to the same hotel after the trek. If there are any problems with your hotel we can arrange to store your luggage at our office.
(2) Time of arrival in Cusco. Unless you plan to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes, you will return to your hotel in Cusco for approximately 9pm on the 7th day of the trek.
This tickets are subject to availability and at times of high demand we may have to change your departure to an alternative service / departure time without prior notice departing on the someday as stated in your service voucher.  This alternative service may run only as far as Ollantaytambo, in which case we will  provide transport for you back to your hotel in Cusco. If the service is more expensive Andean life will pay additional cost. This applies to return by train only and Andean life will not be responsible for additional costs associated wit returning to Cusco in any other form. If it is your decision to change to a different service or different date you must inform us at the time of purchasing the trek and pay any additional cost yourselves.

(3) IMPORTANT:
As you may realize we are very happy to announce (publish) our 2009 trek prices and departures, but we are very clear too that some of the third party cost such, entrance fee to Machu Picchu, train tickett return, etc, may increase later, even a month before your trek departure as is been happening the last 05 years.

I
f any of the third party costs listed below (what is included) change to increase the cost of the trek we will immediately update the trek price listed on our website and will inform by email to every client, Clients will be liable for paying any increased cost of the Inca Trail trek upon arrival in Cusco.

Andean Life Trek Cancellation Policy

1. The trek deposit must be paid prior to the date shown on the trek confirmation email. Clients must email Andean Life to confirm that they have paid the deposit. Failure to pay the deposit and/or inform us of the deposit payment details before this date will result in automatic trek cancellation.
2. The trek balance must be paid in the Andean Life office prior to 8pm, at least 2 days prior to trek departure. Failure to pay the trek balance prior to this time will result in trek cancellation.
3. Trek cancellations made between payment of trek deposit and 8pm, 2 days prior to trek departure date: Return of all payments made, less the trek deposit of US$200 per person, less any costs associated with receiving and returning the payment.
4. Trek cancellations made after 8pm, 2 days prior to trek departure: No cash refund. However we will give to your Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance ticket, your bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes and your return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (approximate value US$150). Please note that the client will be responsible for changing the dates of any of these tickets (if necessary) and any costs associated with such changes.

In all instances of trek cancellation by the client Andean Life will provide written confirmation of the cancellation and details of any payments lost so as to be used in the event of any insurance claim made by the client.

Important note about possible changes to trek prices in 2010:

The price of our standard 4 day Inca Trail group service as listed on our website is based on the following costs:
(a) Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fee is 238 Peruvian Soles (approx US$73) per tourist and 39 Peruvian Soles per porter (approx US$12)
(b) The price of the train service from Aguas Calientes to Cusco in Backpackers class is US$46 per person (2010)
(c) The price of the bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes is US$6 per person
(d) The current rate of Peruvian sales tax (IGV) is 19%
The above costs are based on all information currently available. Although the government has not confirmed the price of the Inca Trail andMachu Picchu entrance fee (trek permit) in 2008.
An increase to any of the above third party costs are completely outside of the control of Andean Life and will be passed directly on to our clients. As soon as we are aware of any such increase we will immediately update our website and the price of our trek increased accordingly. Clients be be asked to pay any differences to the cost of the trek when paying the trek balance upon arrival in Cusco. The actual cost of the trek permits / train tickets and bus tickets is clearly marked on the respective tickets so it will be very clear to our clients that an increase to any of the above costs has occurred. We appreciate you understanding in this matter. 

Trek Itinerary:

Salkantay Trek Itinerary  6 Days / 5 nights program 2010.

Day 1. Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Ichupata. 12 km. Aprox.
Bus from Cusco to Mollepata (approx. 4 1/2 hours). On the way to Mollepata we'll briefly stop off at the ruins of Tarawasi - an Inca temple with one of the finest examples of Inca polygonal masonry in a long retaining wall. On the upper level are 28 tall niches possibly used for displaying the mummies of the Inca nobility. This area was the site of a battle between the Spanish and the Incas. Hernando de Soto and his soldiers were resting here on their way to Cusco when they were attacked by nearly 4000 Inca warriors; 4 Spaniards were killed and many injured.
Arriving at Mollepata in the early morning then we will drive to Challacancha (45 minutes).

Today we'll hike from the pastures to just above the village of Challacancha. In the morning you'll have magnificent views of Nevado Humantay (5917m). After about 3 hours trekking we'll arrive at the small settlement of Soray where the valley broadens and flattens and Nevado Salkantay comes into view. To hike from Soray to the camp of Ichupata in the upper valley requires about two ½  hours.

Day 2. Ichupata – Pampacahuana. 14 km. Aprox.

Alter a cold night, you`ll be on a trail that ascends, very gradually to Inca Chiriaska
(where the Inca cools down), which is the highest point of the trip (4,950mt-16,200ft).  3 hours of gentle hike aprox.
The hummingbird inhabits the lower valleys around Nevado Salkantay, but here in the rocky crags is the home of the Andean Condor, the world's largest bird.

At the pass there are some absolutely mind-blowing views of the cordillera Vilcabamba and Urubamba, w
e will have impressive views of the Salkantay snow peak, we will dessend towards the Pampacahuana community, next to to which exist an original Inca Canal. We will camp and have dinner at this place. 4 hours descending aprox. 

Day 3. Pampacahuana – Ayapata. 12 km. Aprox.
In the morning you will see that the valley begins to narrow and the river becomes a canal. The Incas frequently cut canals through valleys to increase the agricultural land - this is an excellent example. From Pampachuana it's a 3 hours hike down the narrow, steep valley to the Inca fortress of Inkaracay (also known as Paucarcancha). This is a site well worth exploring.
It's about another 1/2 hours walk down to the small village of Wayllabamba. where you join the Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Depending on the progress made by the group on the previous days, we may camp the night at Wayllabamba or continue a few hours further along the Inca Trail and camp at Ayapata camp site. Our mules and horsemen will return to Mollepata and be replaced by porters.


Day 4. Ayapata – Chaquicocha. 14 km. Aprox.

Up at 0600, breakfast at 0630, wide awake and full of enthusiasm (!) to commence trekking at 0700.
The trail from Wayllabamba to the 1st pass of Warmiwañusca (4200 m highest point on the Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  ) climbs nearly 1200 m. and takes about 4 hours. Lunch is provided 10 minutes after the pass.
It`s another 1½ hours (easy down walking) to Paqaymayu, then we`ll climb to the second mountain pass named Runkuraqay (3900 m), we will desscend into the Chaquiqocha valley
(3,400 masl ),
where we’ll cook dinner.

Day 5. Chaquicocha – Wiñay Wayna. 09 km. Aprox.
Easy day, we will get after two hours of hike one of the most amazing spots such Phuyupatamarca, a stunning Inca site located at the top of a mountain.
Then we walk down hill to Wiñaywayna, 2 hours aprox.
At Wiñaywayna we’ll set up camp and have dinner. There’s also a place to take a hot shower (US$1.5 extra) and a small restaurant for those who may wish to participate in the consumption of alcoholic beverages!!!

Day 6. Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco. (6 km)
Up at 0430, breakfast for 0500 and back on the trek to Machu Picchu early to arrive at Inti Punku (the sun gate) just prior to sunrise at approx. 0645 with beautiful views of Machu Picchu (depending on luck with the weather).
We'll arrive at Machu Picchu ruins (2400m) at 0730 and have a guided tour of the Ruins for about 2 1/2 hours followed by some free time. This is an ideal opportunity to climb the mountain of Wayna Picchu offering great views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding valleys.
In the early afternoon we'll return to Aguas Calientes by tourist bus for a meal in one of the many restaurants. You can also enjoy a relaxing soak in the town's hot thermal springs.
Return by train back to Cusco. End of trek.
(Note that this is a typical itinerary and may be subject to change depending on speed of the group, group size and availability of camping space allocated by the UGM. Alternative campsites may be used.)
 



KeyWord Reference:

Salkantay, Salcantay , Machu Picchu, Inca Chiriaska, Soray, Soraypampa, Mollepata, pampacahuana, inca trail
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