Adventure Tours

Salkantay trek – Chillca Path

To the Incas, the regal mountain called Apu Salkantay was the home of the gods (“Apu” means spirit). Being the highest peak near Machu Picchu, this snow-capped giant is still central to beliefs of the Inca’s descendants, the Quechua people of the high Andes, and it is an absolutely stunning place for a trek.

As we hike below sacred Mt. Salkantay, we follow trails skirting the edge of radiant blue-white glaciers, and meet the traditional Quechuas, herders, shamans—who enrich this lofty realm with their fascinating culture.

1

Cusco / Mollepata / Ichupata

We journey west through the Anta Valley. Descending into the dry Apurimac Valley we visit the Inca temple of Tarawasi (30 minutes). Further along the road we climb to the village of Mollepata where we’ll pay a short visit to this beautiful town. On continue the dirt and narrow road to Lecheria where our mule drivers will be waiting to load the horses or mules. We will continue on the narrow dirt road to Lecheria where our mule drivers will be waiting to load the horses or mules. We will than hike through beautiful landscapes to Ichupata where our first campsite will be.

Meals: lunch & dinner

2

Soraypampa / Chachani Qasa

We climb a summit above the Rio Blanco. It is common to see condors along this section of the trail. We continue our steep ascent of the enormous glacier, arriving to Inca Chiriaska pass 4825 m. (15,826ft) below the south face of Salkantay (6247 m / 20,600ft) the highest peak of the Vilcabamba mountain range. Our path continues down and then up to Chachani Qasa, where we camp at 4490 m / 15,088 ft.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

3

Chachani Qasa / Aqoqasa

A short hike takes us to Cruz Qasa pass at 4715 m / 15,465 ft. with exceptional views of the Ocobamba (5126 m / 16,813ft). Then we continue downhill to 4150m., in order to ascend to Chuqeñan pass at 4302m where we rest. Afterwards we continue our beautiful hike across the grassland, located at over 4100 m.a.s.l., for about 7.5 km to Aqoqasa 4234 m / 13,887 ft. where we camp.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

4

Aqoqasa/ Chillca

Crossing the final pass at 446 m. / 1908 ft. above our camp the trail descends passes the ruins of Inca Raqay and the village of Ancasqocha then descends the narrow Chillca gorge and the most fertile area of the region – the Urubamba Valley – where we camp at 2800 m / 9,184 ft.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

5

Machu Picchu

Today we leave the camp early to walk to the train station for the ride to Machu Picchu. This so-called “Lost City of the Incas”, remains intact because it was never discovered by the invading Spanish. Constructed on a high, forested mountain overlooking the Urubamba River, Machu Picchu was lost in time and dense foliage until 1911.

Our guide will carefully explain the history of this unique place and guide us around its terraces, temples, palaces and watercourses. We will return to Cusco by train and car.

Meals: breakfast & lunch

Included:

All necessary land transport (private vehicle)
English speaking guide
Camp cook, pack animals and mule drivers, camp assistant(s). Mules carry up to 8 kg participants’ personal gear.
Camping equipment: Two-person tents, kitchen and/or dining tent, and toilet tent
Inflatable mattress
Food: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner as mentioned in the itinerary
Snacks in the morning, including fruit, chocolate, candy, etc
Hot drinks in the afternoon (tea or coffee)
Duffle bags for packing personal gear
First-aid kit
Entrance fee to the Inca Trail.
Porters to carry equipment provided, food and up to 7 kg of your personal effects (on the Inca Trail)
Bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (5th day)
Round trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu (5th day)
Train ticket Aguas Calientes – Cusco.
Transfer from the train station in Cusco to the hotel

Not Included:

Sleeping bag (available for hire at an additional cost)
Travel insurance
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Tips

What to bring on the trip?

  • Passport
  • A daypack
  • Warm clothes (suitable for the Andean region)
  • Rain jacket
  • Long sleeved shirts (cotton)
  • Shorts for walking (optional)
  • Hiking boots
  • Cap and sunglasses
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block
  • Water for the first day (we will refill your bottle with boiled water)
  • Binoculars for bird watching enthusiasts
  • Flashlight
  • Digital camera

Important detail: To be in good health and shape to be part of this adventure (Try to train by walking each day for at least two weeks before departure).

Travel Details

  • Duration: 5D / 4N
  • Dificulty: Moderate
  • Location: Cusco – Peru
  • Customizable: Yes
  • When to go: Best: March to December
  • Travel Style: Adventure Tours.
  • Destinations: Cusco, Machu Picchu.
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