Salkantay & Humantay Lake
DESCRIPTIONImagine staying in our incredible Salkantay Sky Lodge in front of breathtaking mountains, where checking in means opening the doors to a sky full of stars and constellations forming an exceptional night.
Salkantay Trekking offers high altitude ecotourism in the mountains, in complicity with nature, witness this new experience in the Andes. LIVE an authentic experience joining a group of explorers like you who seeks to achieve their dreams in the Andes of Peru.
DAY 1: Cusco | Challacancha - Soraypampa – Salkantay Sky Lodge - Humantay LakeWalking time to Salkantay Sky Lodge: 3 hrs (Included lunch and rest).
Walking time to the turquoise lagoon: 3 hrs (round trip).
Level of trek: Moderate to difficult.
Overnight: Salkantay Sky Lodge 3900 m. 12834 ft.
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Very early in the morning your mountain guide and our driver will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. The first stop will be in Mollepata to have breakfast, then we will continue our route until Challacancha for a short rest, from this point we will begin our walk towards Soraypampa. In this first.
opportunity, we will initiate a physical challenge that will help you to acclimatise to the altitude. We will arrive at our destination, Salkantay Sky Lodge, located at the front of the majestic and snowy Salkantay and Humantay, where the reception staff will be waiting for you with an exquisite lunch and after there´ll be some free time for us. We will prepare to start a light walk towards the turquoise lagoon of Humantay, 4200 masl. We will spend an unforgettable night accompanied by thousands of stars and constellations.
DAY 2: Soraypampa | Salkantay Sky Lodge - Salkantay Pass - Cusco.Walking time: 8 hours (Included lunch).
Level of trekking: Challenging, we will cross the highest mountain pass 4,638 m (15,213 feet).
Today is the grand day, because we will reach the highest point of the trek where you will cross marvelous landscapes bordered by a great complex of mountains, and we will gradually ascend a way known as "THE TRAIL OF THE 7 SNAKES", until reaching the impressive Abra Salkantay at 4.638 masl 15.213 ft. The time really freezes when you think that you will tell of a unique and unforgettable experience. After enjoying a view of the snowy mountains and feeling the force of nature we will pass through a great stoney scenery and we will descend until arriving at our lunch point in a place called Soyrococha. After lunch we will descend towards Soraypampa and in the distance, we will have a remote view of the great snow-covered forest of stones. It is rewarding the effort because we will take the memory of a great experience. We will continue our final steps to Salkantay Sky Lodge where the transportation to Cusco will be waiting and we will arrive at approximately 6pm.
What is Included?
- Pick up from your hotel in Cusco.
- Mountain guide (english and spanish).
- Touristic transport from Cusco to Challacancha (beginning of trek)
- Transportation back to Cusco.
- 02 breakfasts.
- 02 snacks.
- 02 lunches at the Salkantay Sky Lodge.
- 01 dinner.
- 01 night in the Salkantay Sky Lodge.
- Entrance to the Humantay Lake.
- Entrance to the Salkantay pass.
- First aid kit equipment.
- Horse from Soraypampa to the lake and Salkantay pass.
We Recommend to Bring:
- Hiking boots.
- 01 pair of waterproof gloves.
- 01 hat with neck and face protector.
- 01 poncho.
- Sunglasses with UV protection.
- Sun block: Factor 70 or more.
- 01 extra waterproof jacket.
- 01 extra waterproof trousers.
- Personal medication.
- Bottle of water or camelbak.
- Camera and extra battery.
Thank you for choosing Salkantay Trekking! We will do everything within our means to take care of you and ensure an enjoyable trip of a lifetime in Peru!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE SALKANTAY TREK
Please read carefully the following information – it will help you with any questions you may have about our services and the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu!
IS IT FOR ME?The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a great alternative for the Inca Trail trek and better suited for more adventurous trekkers who are able to handle higher altitude and longer distances. Ascending to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4650 MASL - 15088 FASL is not too strenuous since it is at the beginning of the trek, neither is it very steep, but it does require stamina and a little time in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude before beginning the trek.
THE BRIEFINGThis meeting will take place the night before the trek’s departure at 7 PM (in 2017) or at 6 PM (starting in 2018) at our office which is located at Triunfo Street 392, Office 212 (second floor). We are 1 block from the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) of Cusco.
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of email@example.com
DUFFEL BAG FOR SALKANTAY TREKThe evening before you start your Salkantay trek Machu Picchu, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7 kg/15.4 lbs. Our horseman will carry your duffle bag for you together with the food and camping gear. It is important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day as the horsemen and horses will always be ahead of the group. During the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, raincoat, camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually, a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?Of course! During the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both free of charge.
HOW TO BOOK THE SALKANTAY TREK MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYFIRST To make a booking, please email us to check availability and receive customized booking forms. You can also download a generic form from: Passenger Details form.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase any Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu permits or entrance tickets without the following information:
- Personal information (Full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Passport number
- Date of birth (dd / mm / yyyy)
SECOND, we require a deposit of US$200.00 per person in order to purchase a permit for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL.
Terms and Conditions
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?
- According to Peruvian Law you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need ISIC cards). For example, if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
- For all students from 12 to 17 years, the discount is USD $20.
- For children from the age of 2 to 12 the discount is USD $40.
- All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.
- Send us a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW DO I GET THE STUDENT ISIC CARD DISCOUNT?
- The ISIC Student Discount is USD $25.
- You must have a valid current internationally accepted ISIC card in your name.
- You can apply for the ISIC Card at https://www.isic.org/
- You must provide a copy of your ISIC card at the time of your booking.
- Send us a copy at email@example.com
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
*** If you cancel your Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, the deposit is not refundable at all!
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS
If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter Machu Picchu or to board the train. They are very strict about this here!
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE SALKANTAY TREK?
HOW MANY DAYS DO I NEED TO ACCLIMATE in cusco BEFORE THE TREK?
We do recommend that you arrive to Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you become acclimatized and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek. All treks from Cusco gain altitude quickly on the first day(s) with some treks gaining more than 2000 meters/6561 feet in altitude in a single day. Because of this, it is vital that you are partly adapted to the altitude before commencing the trek.
It is advisable to have two full days in Cusco to recover from your travel from your home country and to do at least one day hike to higher altitudes help with acclimatization. We can organize day hikes & other tours around Cusco for you if you would like.
If you have already been in another area of Peru at high altitude before arriving in Cusco, we still recommend you have a complete day in Cusco to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before departing for the trek.
To avoid altitude sickness on the trek, we recommend that you spend time in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley. If you have never been in high altitude, we recommend that you spend a day in the Sacred Valley because it is at lower altitude than Cusco city.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN EACH TREK GROUP?
Salkantay Trekking specializes in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.
Our small groups of 12 people or below allow for better communication and attention from the trekking guide.
WHAT HAPPENS IF SALKANTAY TREKKING DOES NOT MEET THE MINIMUM GROUP SIZE?
IS THE TREK DIFFICULT? DO I NEED TO BE FIT?
ARE THERE TOILETS ON THE SALKANTAY TREK?
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE SALKANTAY TREK?
Generally, those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo. If they recover quickly, they then continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to original plan.
ARE WE GOING TO BE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE SALKANTAY TREK?
WHAT TIME IS THE TRAIN DEPARTURE?
VISTADOME TRAIN UPGRADE; HOW MUCH IS IT?
ARE WE SUSTAINABLE?
We believe responsible tourism is a better way to see the world.
WHAT TYPE OF HOTEL DOES SALKANTAY TREKKING USE FOR THEIR TREK?
NOTE: We guarantee these hotels if you book your trek at least 2 months in advance. Otherwise, we may be forced to offer substitutes. If you want to book luxury hotel, you get the Salkantay Trekking company discount for the hotel.
- Can I upgrade the hotel in Aguas Calientes?
There are two ways to upgrade your accommodation in Aguas Calientes:
- 1) Tell us what type hotel are interested in booking and we can work it out for you.
- 2) Book your own accommodation.
OUR HIKING TEAM
Our Tour GuidesYour tour will be led by a trained and highly experienced professional with a very solid guiding background, years of hiking and wilderness experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into unforgettable adventures.
They never stop learning so that they can be the best possible guides. They all speak English and of course they also speak Spanish and even Quechua, the Incan Language. They are all able to communicate with natives from around the area and will have lots of history to share with you. Check out the Meet Our Team page for staff bios.
Our CooksAfter a challenging trek we know how important a good hot meal can be to prepare your body and warm you up. That’s why on every trek with Salkantay Trekking we employ chefs with years of experience cooking on the trails so that they provide filling and nutritious meals using fresh ingredients and a variety of flavors.
Every chef prepares different meals depending on what food is available. ...More info.
Meals: What to ExpectAll of our hiking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.
For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.
We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee. ...More info.
Our Horseman and HorsesOur Horseman and his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites.
Our horsemen are hired from the areas where the trekking route goes and therefore have extensive knowledge of the area.
Besides trekking and camping gear every horse carries a total of 40 kg of guest's belongings.
You will have a personal allowance of 7kg/165lb for your gear....More info.