Salkantay Trek + Humantay Lake and Inca Trail 4 days
The Salkantay Trek is a remote trail that is a good alternative to the Inca Trail, it has much more spectacular views and with different ecological floors we will make our hike between lakes and impressive snow-capped mountains like Salkantay and the turquoise Humantay Lake, we will pass through rivers and subtropical areas with abundant vegetation and varied fauna. This trail is an excellent option for those who do not wish to be on the more congested routes and in a faster way, or for those who are looking for an alternative when there are no longer spaces available on the traditional Inca Trail.
This impressive Salkantay Trek (about 50 km long) is the “soft option” from the site of Challacancha, although it is considered soft you have to consider that you reach an altitude of 4,750 m) and then you reach some wooded valleys, up to an altitude of 1,500m.
On the second day from Soray we will ascend for half an hour, we will walk in an area known as “Siete Culebras” (Seven Snakes) because of its zigzagging path. We will reach the flattest peak in Salkantay, and descend gently to the small lake Soirococha.
The step that we will see a little further on, which is the view of Salkantay that looks at our sight is comforting. The real pass is at an altitude of 4.750m is reached after 3-4 hours of walking, the road is marked by some stone buildings, known as “Apachetas” by the local people that are increasing as each traveler is adding to thank the Inca Gods (known as APUS) to thank for a safe journey
From here we will make a descent to the valley and then arrive to the area of Huayrajmachay (Eye of the Wind); from here we will appreciate the shape of the snow-capped mountain of Humantay; from here we will make a walk in the middle of bamboo forests and beautiful flora; from here we will take a bus to arrive to the town of Santa Teresa where we will enjoy the thermal waters of Cocalmayo (A real prize for our feet and body) and then visit the Inca city of Machupicchu.
Level: Moderate to difficult; good physical condition necessary.
Location: Cordillera Vilcabamba Nevado Salkantay and Machu Picchu
Total Distance: 50 Km / 40,4 miles
Description This walk allows you to appreciate different ecological floors from the punas to the jungle brow, as well as a great biodiversity of flora and fauna (birds).
Season: April to November
Highlights of 5 Days Salkantay Trek
The Salkantay Trek & Humantay Lake trip consists of 4 exciting days and 5 incredible nights. From Cusco we will arrive at the camp in Soraypampa. That night, you will enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
We will enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by our first class chefs. After a night’s rest, you’ll wake up early for a hearty breakfast before your first hike. The first day of the hike begins with a visit to Laguna Humantay. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of this famous place. Some believe that touching the icy waters ensures that you will stay young forever! From this point we will reach the Salkantay Pass, the highest point of your trek. From here you will descend to your camp.
Itinerary Salkantay Trek 4 Days
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Day 01: Cusco – Soraypampa
Departure from Cusco, 3.400 m to Mollepata above the Apurimac River .A 5 hour scenic drive takes us to our camp at Soraypampa 4000 m. This is a unique camp located between two high peaks the Salkantay and the Humantay , with spectacular views of the glaciers. (B+L+D)
Day 02: SORAYPAMPA – HUAYRAJMACHAY
Today we trek over a high pass at 4,700 meters , with the Salkantay Glacier on our right side and the glaciered peak of Humantay, 5,990 meters on the other. Then down to camp in the valley below. We trek into a hidden part of the high Andes, our path is the only access into this remote area. During four days, we will be passing though some of the most spectacular scenery in Peru, trekking over icy passes, across high planes and down into the jungle. We will be provided with double occupancy sleeping tents, kitchen and dining tents, latrine tent and the services of arrieros (wranglers). Breathtaking view of the massive Salkantay peak 6,150 m the highest peak in the Vilcabamba Range. (B+L+D).
Day 03: HUAYRAJMACHAY – HUIÑAYPOCO
As we follow the Santa Teresa River, the weather will become warmer and our surroundings more tropical. You will trek into the “Ceja de Selva”(the eyebrow of the jungle), with colorful orchids, hummingbirds and flocks of parrots. The contrast between this lush area and the peaks we have trekking amongst is very impressive. This afternoon we can swim in pools along the river. (B+L+D)
Day 04: HUIÑAYPOCO – AGUAS CALIENTES
Early Morning breakfast we go through different coffee and banana plantations. We will walk up another pass then down to at a most scenic place to have lunch at Patallacta ,with the a most spectacular view of the back wall of MachuPicchu ,them down to the hydroelectric plant for a short train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes , to relax in the local hot springs.Overnight at a hotel of your choice , (B+L+D)
Day 05: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
All day visit to the Sacred City, escorted by an experienced guides. Early afternoon train back to Cusco.
Include in the 2-Days Inca Trail
Transportation to the head of the trail
During the trek, we will have mules for the cargo and horses for emergencies.
All the meals during the trek
Professional bilingual guide, Cook, assistant cook
To confirm your reservation just send us USD 250.00 per person and your trip application Our accounting department will contact you in less than 24 hours, with your invoice and voucher.
Information about Salkantay Trek and The Mountain
The Salkantay hike is one of the beautiful routes that crosses the immense mountains of the Andes, and in order to do this hike you will need all the necessary information to make your trip unforgettable.
On this page you will find useful information about different aspects of the Salkantay hike such as the location, altitude, degree of difficulty of the hike and the main tourist attractions that we will be able to visit along the hike.
This information is updated constantly and with responsibility because for us your safety and health are the primary and main basis for our services, we hope that all this information is useful to you:
Location of Nevado Salkantay:
The Nevado del Salkantay, (6272 m.a.s.l.) or also called Apu Salkantay is located to the north of the city of Cusco, it is the highest mountain range of the eastern flank of the mountain range of Vilcabamba. The Quechua name of this snow-covered mountain, means “Wild Mountain” because it is a snow-covered mountain of difficult ascent to the top.
How to get to Salkantay:
To get to the beginning of our walk we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to Mollepata the trip has a duration of approximately 3 hours to 3 hours 30min, or if you want to make this trip independently you can take the local buses that depart from arcoparta.
Weather in the Salkantay walk:
In the Andean region of Cusco there are two well-defined seasons: Winter, which runs from April to November and is predominantly dry, with high temperatures during the day and very low temperatures during the night and summer, between November and March, when it rains the most; these rains are torrential but do not usually last long and are interspersed by long periods of sunshine. You can do the Camino in the rainy months as the road is in very good condition, camping equipment is modern and all meals are taken inside a tent.
Altitudes of the Salkantay Walk:
Cusco rises to 3,400 meters above sea level, which can be a problem for some people, so we recommend that you be in Cusco at least 48 hours before starting the road, during which you should drink plenty of liquids, avoid alcohol and rest. The maximum altitude within the trek in Salkantay is 4 600 m.a.s.l. which is the beautiful Salkantay pass and the minimum altitude is 2 200 m.a.s.l. at the last Sahuayaco campsite.
Conditions for the Salkantay walk:
You will have no problem completing this route as long as you are in good health, moderately fit and used to walking. If, on the other hand, you don’t walk regularly, you can always do a little training before your trip.
Recommended age for Salkantay Hike
Any age is ideal for this excursion as long as you are reasonably fit and have no problems walking. Children under the age of 10 who take part in the Salkantay Walk will be under the responsibility of their parents.
Level of difficulty of the walk to Salkantay:
Taking into account the following points of difficulty where:
Easy: Accessible for all types of people in good
Moderate: Accessible for people who do a little sport eventually, and who are accustomed to walking on all types of terrain, without much weight to take 4 to 6 hours of
Challenging: Accessible to physically active people with some walking experience lasting from 6 to 7
Demanding: Accessible to people who require endurance and effort, it is necessary good health and average experience in walking, in certain circumstances to merit bringing their own
Extenuante: Accessible to people physically and psychologically prepared for a hike of great effort, is a level of adventure, often involves bringing your own
Taking into account these levels of difficulty the hike to Salkantay is between easy and moderate.
Availability of the walk to Salkantay:
At the moment the walk to Salkantay does not have any type of regulation as far as availability and quotas, so it can be visited in any time of the year, the only detail are the months of rain (December to March) where the rains make of the walk a challenge, but with a lot of desire and an adventurous spirit we will arrive at our final point of visit that is Machu Picchu.
The international magazine “National Geographic” used for its cover the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and placed it among the 28 best new hikes for 2008. The walk to Salkantay that arrives to Machu Picchu used 10 page of this well-known magazine where it is narrated the novel journey of five days, that has the advantage of not being very frequent of many tourists, and that offers in addition luxurious lodgings and a way with landscapes that go from the tropical forest, in addition to pass by zones of puna and very white glaciers up to high snowy summits where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the snowy Salkantay, the natural flora of the zone and the wild fauna has special shades.
An impressive alternative route to Machu Picchu
At the moment in the route of Salkantay you can enjoy incredible landscapes, like green valleys, slopes with native vegetation, rivers, rocky, lagoons high Andean, traditional animals some wild and others of property of the people who live in the place. the route that this well conserved is reason by which the affluence of tourists increases by The route, being the second most quoted by the tourists.
If you do not want to go to Machu Picchu by train, this route offers much more than a walk, but a direct contact with the beautiful landscapes of Salkatay, this a different way (and more suggestive) to reach Machu Picchu on foot, the Inca Trail and the Salkantay route, The Salkantay Walk is the second most attractive and preferred route for adventure tourists, because it is less congested than the Inca Trail, besides this walk requires to be in good physical condition, this walk awaits you with exciting and exciting moments, such as the breathtaking views of the Salkantay snow capped mountain, the humantay lagoon, flora and fauna native to those places of Sierra and Eyebrow of jungle.
What months is it advisable to do the Salkantay Walk?
Recommended months to make the walk to Salkantay, (the route alternates to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu) is recommended to be visited between the months of April to November (08 months), due to the strong rainy season that occur in the following months.
What is the weather like on Salkantay Snow?
The characteristic climate of the Salkantay hike is quite sunny during the day, but it is cold at night. The temperature at night falls below 0°C, but by passing the Salkantay you will be able to enjoy warmer climates characteristic of the jungle. For which you must have the necessary equipment and clothing for difficult scenarios, and also wear light clothing to enter the jungle brow. So if you decide to travel between these months, we recommend you bring warm clothes so you can prevent getting sick and you can make your walk quietly.
Rafting is a sport activity that consists of descending rivers on a boat. This sport has become popular in recent years in Cusco, becoming a recreational activity for the whole family. Do you know what to wear for rafting? In this article of an As we tell you.
1.- The essential ones for rafting are a helmet, to protect you from possible falls during the rapids, and a life jacket. These two basic elements are provided by the company with which you hire the activity as a general rule. Never start the activity if you are not equipped with a helmet and a lifejacket according to your weight and height.
2.- Clothing will vary depending on the season in which you perform the activity. In summer it will be enough to wear a comfortable cotton t-shirt and shorts or swimsuit. In winter, the low temperatures of the river will make you need a neoprene and waterproof gloves.
3.- When it comes to rafting footwear, it is important to wear shoes with rubber soles that allow adhesion to wet surfaces. Never wear sandals or flip-flops, as you could injure yourself with rocks in case of a possible fall into the water.
What is the best time of year to practice rafting in Cusco?
Rafting in Urubamba – Cusco is an incredible recreational and sports activity most important of this locality situated in the province of Cusco, south of Cusco, in Peru. It is practically an icon representative of this tourist place within the local tourism panorama. Are you ready to know more about this adventure sport near Cusco?
And the attraction of experiencing adventure in the rough waters of the Urubamba River, makes it possible that year after year thousands of local and foreign visitors come to the place to challenge nature.
In this new article we will inform you everything you need to know to explore this place at the best time of year, so that the experience is the best for you and your companions.
What month to do Rafting in Urubamba – Cusco?
In order to achieve the best performance of the disciplines of rafting or canoeing, the climate is a factor that plays an important role.
Certified tour guides who know this town in the province of Cusco, are well aware that throughout the year it is possible to enjoy this unforgettable natural experience.
It is necessary to take into account these data, because in themselves favor the proper implementation of this type of adventure tourism. Also during the months between April and November the fluvial conditions allow to enjoy a reduced and calm flow, perfectly suitable for the accomplishment of the canoeing of type II and III.
That is to say, it is particularly characterized for presenting a modality of calm execution and permanently associated with the movement on white and shallow waters.
Between December and March the level of the river rises to III and III+. This does not take away the much security that our company offers to him in all its route; the river continues being very amusing and quite sure, We are a company with more than 40 years in the market that will offer him the most unforgettable experience.
White Water Rafting in Perú is one of the most practiced adventure sports in Peru, as there are many great locations (Like Urubamba River Rafting), full of beautiful landscapes, to do this sport in our territory. But there are some tips you should follow to optimize and avoid discomfort in your experience:
1. The Guide is important, always heed his instructions and do not let yourself be blinded by adrenaline, be rational when listening to his recommendations and instructions to ensure your safety. Ask the necessary questions.
2. Check if there are rescue ropes, air pumps, first aid kit, among other items necessary to ensure your safety.
Never take off your helmet, unexpected accidents are more frequent than you think. Also think about the vest.
4. It is not recommended for pregnant women or people with heart problems. It is recommended that children under the age of 10 do not attend.
5. Stay stable, as balance will be your perfect ally. You should not leave until you feel that you are “well seated” and stabilized.
Will you be doing some of the Inca Trail Tours with Mayuc?, don’t forget these recommendations
One of the favorite activities of tourists who come to the city of Cusco, is to make the walk to Machu Picchu, by the Inca Trail. This walk puts you in contact with nature, between the eyebrow of jungle, mountain and forest, so it implies that you must take with you, different elements, so the Inca Trail Machu Picchu gives the following scope.
These recommendations apply to other tours that require physical demands, such as the Salkantay Trek, the Lares Trek and any Trek you find on our website. By hiring our tours you will not need to carry these implements on your back as we will carry them for you. And you will only take the essentials to enjoy our tours to the maximum.
How much Baggage to carry?
Long before your trip, make a test luggage, to know if you are within the weight, target of 5 Kilos as a limit, depending on the duration of the Inca Trail. Consult the list, but leave your mountain boots aside as you will either wear them or carry them in your backpack. Pack your backpack with fragile items (flashlights, sunglasses, camera) and any medicine you may need, as well as your passport, vaccination record and other valuables. Be very careful when packing and organizing everything: transparent polyethylene bags with airtight closures are good for keeping things small, they are very practical.
You must leave excess equipment before leaving for the Inca Trail, this may include: toiletries and extra clothing. You are allowed to carry 20 kilos on international flights, but on the Inca Trail the weight of luggage must be a maximum of 5 kilos.
Your backpack should store at least 15 to 20 liters to store enough water and spare clothing. It is recommended to have a raincoat to cover the backpack or use a garbage bag inside. Check that the backpack complies with the following characteristics:
Be comfortable to carry (try it with a heavy load in the store).
Have a chest strap and a waist strap, these will allow you to distribute the weight.
Be easy to put on and take off.
Have side pockets for small objects.
Have loops and straps to store polo shirts.
If you have additional luggage (sleeping, tents, etc). You can hire an extra porter, this implies an additional cost over the cost of the Inca Trail Machu Picchu tour.
What to wear to the Inca Trails?
It is important to consider that the temperature during the hike is very cold at night and during the day, the sun is intense. For this reason, you should take into account the following tips when deciding which clothes to wear during the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:
First, it is important to consider your comfort, wearing loose pants and preferably long. On the other hand, wear several layers of clothing to control body temperature. The base should be some fabric garment such as polyester, then you can wear a warm garment and a feather jacket. Do not forget gloves, head protection, both in cold and heat.
When choosing your clothes for the Inca Trail, keep in mind that you must keep your body dry and at the same time warm. To do this, consider the following:
Three layers of clothes:
First: A garment for the body, made of a material that allows sweat to pass through, not cotton.
Second: Warm clothing, breathable (wool is very good or fleece).
Third: Protective clothing, raincoats; if there is no rain, the windbreaks.
It’s a good idea to wear a light t-shirt, as there are hot and sunny days. But if you have sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to wear a light-colored long-sleeved shirt.
It’s also a good idea to wear a rain jacket and poncho, as it often rains (umbrellas are not recommended as you need to have your hands free).
Wearing a sunscreen is also a good idea. Your backpack should preferably have a sleeping bag strap, and be large enough to carry extra clothes, water, or other things you need to carry, but it is recommended that they not be too heavy.
You should bring a (small) towel as well. During the first 2 nights of the walk, there are only cold showers, but hot showers are available on the third day.
Make sure you have a good sleeping bag. The sleeping bag should be prepared for temperatures as low as -10 Celsius, as the Inca Trail is often very cold at night.
It is a good idea to carry a personal first aid kit. One of the most common problems on the Inca Trail is altitude sickness, so your equipment should include medication for altitude sickness. It is also a good idea to bring medicine for stomach problems. It is also advisable to bring some bandages for some wounds that may occur.
You will also need to bring soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and toilet paper. Insect repellent is recommended.
It is recommended to carry a flashlight that does not require a hand hold, as you may need your hands to help you walk or climb, or to take pictures.
Last but not least, money is needed, which should be in Soles in small denominations. You will be able to buy water on the way, and you will need money for meals that are not included in the Inca Trail package.
Use of Trekking Poles:
In long treks with steep trails and stairs, it is highly recommended, the use of poles, improve balance and reduce stress on the knees. For the Inca Trail it is necessary that these poles have a rubber tip to protect the Trail.
You must have closed shoes that allow the mobility of your toes inside the shoe and have good transpiration, with a thick, non-slip sole.
When buying good walking boots, keep in mind that your feet swell, so it should be one size larger than your usual size.
Finally, it is advisable to put on special insoles and to use suitable socks preferably of micro fiber or wool.
To say you need good hiking shoes is obvious. However, you almost always end up with injuries and discomfort to your feet as a result of wearing the wrong pair of shoes.
Here are some tips to prevent you from having problems:
Consider the terrain on which you are going to walk – Non-slip sole.
Keep in mind that you will be climbing earrings – shoes with high cane, for the grip and support of your joints.
The climate is varied – look for waterproof shoes.
This is an element of great help, for hikes on mountain trails, especially in steep places, where one can slip. On the Inca Trail, it is essential that they have a rubber tip to protect the trail. The use of these poles, improve balance reduce stress and tension on the knees, a pair is better for an efficient balance, but some people prefer to have a free hand.
Although the Inca Trail Regulations prohibit metal sticks, if the tips are properly protected with rubber tips, you will be allowed to use them. The alternative of buying wooden sticks in the towns near the starting point of the Inca Trail is not recommended as this leads to the felling of trees in the area and loss of habitats.
Additional Essential Items to Go Personal documents
To be able to enter the route, you have to carry the document with which the reservation was generated. In the case of Peruvians their DNI, and for foreigners their identity card or passport as the case may be.
Camera and binoculars
The Short Inca Trail route offers dazzling landscapes that will remain in your memory thanks to a camera. But you can share your trip with friends and family with some impressive photos. Don’t forget the binoculars too! With a little patience you will be able to see exotic birds and other unique details.
Don’t forget to bring insect repellent and sunscreen for the midday sun. Personal medications must also be included in the list of what to carry in your backpack.
Do you want to keep a special souvenir of your trip? You can bring a travel diary for the Short Inca Trail.
Mosquitoes can be a problem for an unsuspecting traveler, but for a traveler who does pack, a repellent of at least 40% DEET is the best solution. We also recommend that you wear long-sleeved clothing and long legs to avoid bites.
Extra items to carry
And finally do not forget the additional items: a small towel, gloves in case of sensitivity to cold, and optionally a pair of sandals to be able to walk in the low jungle area.
Health Recommendations for the Inca Trail
The best thing is to arrive at least 2 days before the trek so that your body gets used to work properly at altitude. Rest at least 1 hour at your hotel upon arrival, walk slowly and do not hesitate to take a taxi even if the journey is short.
We recommend drinking infusions of coca leaves (mate de coca) upon arrival in Cusco. All public places and hotels offer it and some hotels give it free to their customers.
If you are a smoker, try to reduce your use as much as possible.
Eat light, without excess fat or heavy meals for digestion.
Although water is drinkable in almost all of Peru, its chemical and bacteriological composition changes depending on the place. To avoid problems, we recommend drinking bottled water.
During the Trek, walk slowly on the first day and avoid unnecessary effort.
Drink enough during the walks.
Do not hesitate to stop and rest if you feel a lack of oxygen.
Let your guide know if you have any discomfort; he is trained and will be able to help you or take the necessary measures.
What to pack?
The list below is divided into the essential and the desirable. Experienced walkers may not agree that it belongs to each category, but others may find this classification very helpful. You won’t have access to your main luggage bag, so take everything you need for each day in your backpack: ampoule protector, water purifier and medicines.
Essential for the Inca Trail
Good hiking shoes.
Enough stockings to walk.
Many layers of suitable clothing, including thermal underwear.
Hats and/or ski masks to protect against sun and wind.
Sun protection for eyes and face (sunglasses, high SPF sun block).
Gloves, glove linings and/or hot mittens.
Waterproof jacket and trousers.
Tablets or drops to purify the water.
Wet towels and cleaning bags for cleaning the skin and teeth.
Pocket flashlights, with spare batteries.
Extra money, for the tips of the guides, cooks and porters.
Digital Camera, GoPro Recommended
Optional on the Inca Trail
Trekking sticks with rubber tips.
Light and resistant camera, remember to take spare batteries.
Waterproof layer for the backpack.
Appetizers, snacks and candies for the throat.
Thermal coating for the sleeping bag.
Paper and pencil, card game or books.
Map or a guide book for the Inca Trail. (in our trips you dont need this item)
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