Salkantay - Ahobamba - Machupicchu 6D/5N


The Salkantay Base Camp Trek is for the stronger trekkers who want a more adventurous route to Machu Picchu. It passes the east side of Nevado Salkantay instead of the west like the Normal Salkantay Trek. The route crosses two passes, one at Abra Inkachillaska (5,000mts) and the other at Abra Palqay (4,700m). Just across Abra Palqay is the actual Base Camp to climb the great Apu Salkantay. The trail then descends the wild, uninhabited Ahobamba Valley passing Pre Inca ruins on the way north to Machu Picchu. The route offers spectacular views, flora, fauna and places that are still truly wild compared to the normal over-populated route. There are very few people who get to travel by this face of Salkantay; it offers the perfect way to avoid the crowds on the way to Machu Picchu.


The itinerary is as follows:

Day 1: Cusco – Soray Pampa (3,888m)
We take private transport to the town of Mollepata and have breakfast. Afterwards we arrive to Soray Pampa (3888m) below the south face of Nevado Salkantay. There we will stay in cabins for the night.
Day 2: Soray Pampa - Abra Inkachillaska (5,100m) - Sisaypampa (4,200m) – Abra Palqay (4,700m) – Palqaycasa (4,200m)
We will have breakfast at 6:30am and start our trek up to the pass at 5,100m which should take around 4 hours. After descending to Sisaypampa (4,200m) two more hours we will have lunch. Then we will make the final push to cross the Palqay pass approximately 1.5 hours up and 1.5 down the other side.
Day 3: Palqaycasa – Ruins of Rayancancha (3,600m)
After a long day, we get a shorter one, having only to travel a few hours down the valley during the day. This gives us time to soak in the views as the landscape changes from alpine, puna to cloudforest. We will arrive with plenty of time to explore the pre-Inca ruins and a nearby waterfall 200m high.
Day 4: Ruins of Rayancancha – Santa Teresa
Down the valley we go by an Inca trail that is cut into the side of the mountain. There are several switchbacks as it climbs up for the first hour and a half. Then after a river crossing the trail mainly goes down through thick bamboo for 3 to 4 hours more. We will eat lunch by the river and then continue 4 more hours down to Hydroelectric. This is the end of the trail, where we take a taxi to Santa Teresa to stay the night in a hostel.
Day 5: Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric (2,000m) – Aguas Calientes (2,050m)
After breakfast we will go by car to hydroelectric. Then we walk the railroad tracks for 2.5 hours to Aguas Calientes. There we will check in to our hotel and relax.
Day 6: Machu Picchu – Return to Cusco
We awake at the hour of your choosing and go by bus to Machu Picchu. In the afternoon or night we will go by train to Ollantaytambo and then by collective transport to Cusco.

Included in the package:

  • Transportation (Cusco to Soray Pampa, Hydro to AC and Aguas Calientes to Cusco)
  • All camping equipment
  • High Mountain Guide
  • Arriero and horse service (will carry all expedition and personal gear)
  • Food from Lunch Day 1 until Lunch Day 5. (Dinner Day 5 and food Day 6 Not Included)
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance and Guide in Machu Picchu

Not Included in the package:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Dinner day 5 and food day 6 on Machu Picchu

You will need:

  • clothing for cold and rain
  • waterproof hiking boots
  • headlamp
  • sleeping bag
  • backpack
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen

A client should be acclimatized (at least 3 days in Cusco) and in good physical condition. You must have a good backpack and pair of trekking boots (preferably waterproof), along with clothing for rain, cold and hot climates. There are no climbing elements involved but dangerous terrain is crossed and unnecessary risks should not be taken.

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