top

Salkantay Extreme Trek to Machu Picchu 6D/5N

linea
salkantay
linea

Back in 2011 I first explored this route and since have brought many groups over this door in the mountains. Due to the difficulty of the route and its remoteness, few people see this side of the sacred Apu Salkantay. This route joins the Salkantay Base Camp Trek at the ruins of Rayancancha. To reduce the costs of logistics, I now only offer this to people who are able to carry their own food and equipment and who are experienced at multi-day backcountry excursions. Although it is a bit of tough work, the rewards are great. Ice climbing, rappelling, high alpine and jungle scenery, waterfalls, unexcavated Inca ruins; it is a complete adventure like no other in Cusco.

linea

The itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco – Soray Pampa (3,888m) – Laguna Salkantaycocha (4,653m)
From Cusco we take a private car passing Mollepata to Soray Pampa at 3800m. From there we walk for 5 hours to Abra Salkantay at 4600m and camp next to Laguna Salkantaycocha.
Day 2: Laguna Salkantaycocha (4,653m) – Upallay Pass (4,983m) – Queuña Grove Camp (4,119m)
We awake at 5am and begin our climb of 250m so we can cross Paso Upallay at 5,000m by approximately 9am. After rappelling 250m we will walk out the moraine for the rest of the day and arrive at our camp by a grove of Queuña Trees (Polylepis spp) at 4,119m by about 4pm.
Day 3: Queuña Grove Camp (4,119m) – Ruins of Rayancancha (3,500m)
We descend Quebrada Rayancancha for 2 hours until the junction with the Rio Ahobamba. For the rest of the day we can relax and enjoy the unexcavated Inca Ruins. At night we will camp nearby at 3,500m.
Day 4: Ruins of Rayancancha (3,504m) – Ahobamba River Camp (2,752m)
We awake at 7am and descend the Quebrada Ahobamba on an old Inca Trail in the side of the mountain. We will camp in High Amazon Jungle at 2,752m.
Day 5: Ahobamba River Camp (2,752m) – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes
We will continue down the Ahobamba Valley for 4 more hours until it connects with the Urubamba River at the Hydroelectric station down river from Machu Picchu. We will take the train that leaves from Hydroelectric at 4:30pm and takes 45 minutes to arrive at 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 climbing/camping equipment
  • 1 High Mountain Guide per 2 clients
  • Porter/Cook (will carry food and cookware)
  • 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

This route is operated only on a custom basis for people who are used to backcountry hiking independently with a large pack. Pricing will be calculated by the exact style and mode of services we will use. Ask for details if interested.

botttom
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
salkantay
Sky Hight Expeditions