Challenging trek to Machu Picchu
This morning, with your trek guide and group, you will be transferred from Cusco to Mollepata village. Here we will meet our support team who will load the camping equipment and food supplies on the horses and begin your trek. The views throughout the day are fantastic with verdant green mountains, a wide variety of native plants and flowers with birds. Towards the end of the day we will see the snow-capped peaks of Humantay and Salkantay (the Savage) looming high above us.
Our campsite for tonight is at Soraypampa. Campsite and dinner BLD
Walking Time; 6-7 hours /Maximum Altitude; 4,600 m / 15,092 ft / Campsite Altitude; 3,800 m / 12,470 ft
Today is the longest and hardest day of the trek but also the most beautiful from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. At around 7:00AM we will hike to a place called Pampas Salkantay, then go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay located next to the Apu Salkantay. At midday, we will be on the highest point (4600 meters above sea level) enjoying spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level), the second highest point of the Cusco region. Following lunch at 1:00 PM at Huayracmachay we will trek around 3 more hours to our next camp in Challway (2920 meters above sea level).
Campsite and dinner BLD
Walking Time; 6-7 hours / Maximum Altitude; 4,600 m / 15,092 ft / Campsite Altitude; 3,800 m / 12,470 ft
After an early breakfast, we will have six hours approx. of easy, downhill hiking in the very lush and green high jungle or Ceja de Selva, where you will see coffee, and fruit plantations. Finally take the easy walk to Sahuayaco (2,250 m / 7,381 ft) where we will have lunch and make our final camp. Enjoy a free afternoon or as an Optional extra, from here we will take a small car for approximately 45 minutes to Santa Teresa village where there is the hot spring bath.
Campsite and dinner BLD
Walking Time; 6-7 hours / Maximum Altitude; 2,600 m / 8,530 ft. / Campsite Altitude; 2,100 m / 6,889 ft.
After breakfast, trek to Lucmabamba. Climb for about five hours through the jungle before descending to the interesting complex of Llactapacta (2,700 m / 8,858 ft), largely covered by vegetation. The day of the long awaited first view of Machu Picchu arrives, in the saddle of the mountain opposite. We descend for two hours to the impressive Machu Picchu Hydroelectric System. After you will walk for a further 2 and a half hours along the train tracks or take the 1 hour train to Aguas Calientes at 4:30 pm.
Overnight at Casa Andina Machu Picchu BL
Walking Time; 6-7 hours / Altitude; 2,200 m.a.s.l. / 7,217 ft.
Early morning walk or bus ride to the citadel of Machu Picchu, for a 2-hour guided tour. After that there is free time to explore the area or take the optional climb on your own to the mountain of Huayna Picchu, known as the Temple of the Moon, or you can hike to the Sun Gate, regarded as the entrance to Machu Picchu. Later, a shuttle bus will take you to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will have time to relax and explore Aguas Calientes town. At around 15:45 take Vista Dome Train back to Ollanta Station, on arrival, you will be met and transferred by bus to Cusco. B
Flexible departures (any day)
Accommodations and meals as outlined in the itinerary
Water boiled after the second day
Transfers & Tours with local English speaking trek guide as indicated in the itinerary
Certified Cook for trek meals
Machu Picchu entrance fee
Vista Dome Train Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo
Train Ticket Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes
Two person tent and sleeping mats
Horses to carry all camping equipment plus 1 emergency horse
First aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
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US$ 1,250 per person (Based on 2 Persons on Trek)
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US$ 650 per person (Based on 10 Persons on Trek)
US$ 1,075 per person (Based on 1 Person / Includes Single Supplement)
US$ 875 per person (Based on 2 Persons Sharing Tent/Room)