A Unique and specially designed 5 day Salkantay Trek Machu Picchu, with unsurpassable views of the snow-capped mountains of Huamantay and Salkantay, the holy gods of the Incas. Trek OFF the beaten path, following our unique trekking route where you visit two incredible crystal clear glacial lakes, Humantay and Salkantay. Hike through the Andes Mountain range with its spectacular scenery and views of the colorful valley landscapes below and camp at our private campsite which is more remote, less crowded and off the beaten track.
Our day will start at 6am, we will pick you up at your hotel and drive in our private van for 3.5 hours towards Soraypampa. Along the way, you can enjoy some spectacular views of the villages of: Izcuchaca, Limatambo, stunning valleys and the spectacular Salkantay snow-capped mountain. At the trail head, (Soraypampa) we power up with our breakfast while admiring the exhilarating views of Humantay (5,900m/19,356ft) and Salkantay (6,217m/20,396ft) mountain glaciers. We will trek for about 2.5 hours hike to the turquoise colored Humantay Lake. We continue with a gentle ascension for 1.5 hours towards Salkantay Pampa, where our trekking chefs will have our delicious lunch waiting for us with a beautiful view of a glacier. We will take an alternate route hiking uphill for about an hour trekking through switchbacks, we arrive at our first campsite at Soroccocha, located at the foot of the great Salkantay Mountain. Then, you’ll replenish your body with a coffee or hot chocolate. The views on this day will be truly breathtaking.
After a scrumptous breakfast, get ready, get set to go on a moderate climb on your day 2, within an hour you will reach the highest point of the trek (4,650m/15,367ft). From here, we transpire with nature at it’s purest form, feeling at one with the massive snow-capped mountains, Salkantay (6,217m/20,717ft), Humantay, Huayanay and the diversion of white lively rivers and small humble lakes. As a side line, we take half an hour to enjoy the panoramic and truly exquisite turquoise, Salkantay Lake. Continuing down towards Rayanniyoc for lunch and towards our finish line for the day, we trek for 2 more hours to the small village of Colpapampa to spend the night.
Today, we have passed our mid way point. Within 3 hours of walking, we are enjoying the beginning of the lush tropical rainforest, full of bountiful fruit bearing trees, coffee and cacao trees, and the undulating fruit plantations with their flowering orchids and as always plenty of birds to see. We arrive at the wonderful Lucmabamaba for lunch with time to rest.
After lunch, we will have an incredible experience of nature at its purest form, touring a coffee plantation adjacent to the campsite. We will begin by observing the fields, learning about the different types of coffee beans and even picking our own. Engulfed within the fields of tomatoes and avocados, are multiple ecosystems from beginning to end. We will pick our fresh produce, which our trekking chef will use for our dinner.
By 3pm, we will take the local transportation for about 30 minutes towards the natural hot springs at Cocalmayo. Where, we will bath in the natural hot springs, mother earth has provided for us. Upon our return, our trekking chef with be creating his specialty with our fresh produce from the day.
After a delicious breakfast by our chef, we will continue along the ancient and remote Inca Trail for 3 hours heading uphill towards the Puncuyoc Pass (2,700m/8,858ft). Along the way, you will need to prepare yourself for fantastic views and the authenticity of these unique valleys and fruit plantations. We arrive to Llactapata Incan Ruins, located right in front of Machu Picchu, where we will enjoy the strategic location of the Grand Citadel of Machu Picchu from far away and its surrounding mountains Huyana Picchu, Machu Picchu and the Aobamba Canyon.
Still feeling overwhelmed, we descend for 2 hours to the Hydroelectric plant, the primary power source for Cusco, where we will have lunch. Then, its the last leg of the journey walking to Aguas Calientes through the National Park of Machu Picchu. Feel your adrenaline start to swirl in your veins as you come closer to the iconic Machu Picchu and the ancient wall that surrounds the Incan Citadel.
Wake up early to a new day of adventure and mindfulness sharing the day with our majestic Machu Picchu. Following in the ancient and remote footsteps of the ‘Lost City of the Incas, listen carefully to the etheric cultural exchange of history without the crowds who arrive at midday. You will be gifted with free time to explore, take photos, climb Huayna picchu , Machu Picchu Mountain or the Sun Gate. Afterwards, we go back to Aguas Calientes and in the afternoon at 4:43pm, we return by Vistadome Train to Ollantaytambo train station. Then,drive back to your hotel in Cusco, arrival at about 8:30pm.
“This unique Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu can be done on any date that is best for you as long as we have a minimum of 2 hikers”
**** This price includes the extra porter, who will carry your belongings up to 10 kgs, we will provide you with a duffel bag, to put your things.
***We provide large Eureka 4 man tents for each 2 trekkers.
Glamping Peru Treks is a family owned travel agency and direct local tour operator based in Cusco with personal experience over many years of trekking. Glamping Peru Treks is a 1oo% Cusquenian Company without any shareholders.
Our dream as a locally based company is to create small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE.
We take pride in having a reputation as being a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. Our staff is considered an extended family. We ensure they are supported financially by offering them a good salary. The owner of Glamping Peru Treks is proud of having a team without we wouldn’t be able to provide the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.
In an effort to provide a more personalized service to our passengers, we, at Glamping Peru Treks have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.
Our itinerary is slightly different than the other trekking companies. Our campsites are far away from others and we visit the 2 amazing glacial lakes, far away from all the other crowds. We hike up to Llactapata Incan ruins, which is overlooking Machu Picchu and you can enjoy the guided tour into Machu Picchu in a small group group.
Trekking the Salkantay trail with Glamping Peru Treks is a life changing experience with a fully portered trek, where your comfort and enjoyment are our first priority. We make sure that you get the best experience for your holiday in Peru, while you interact with the locals, explore fantastic sites and re-discover remote ancient Inca towns. Our porters will carry your gear, prepare your meals, set up your tents by avoiding crowded campsites and take care of you while you sit back and relax.
We provide the following items to our porters for free: Jacket, sun hat, warm hat, t-shirt, pants, hiking boots, comfortable duffel bags, canteen and girdle for protecting their spine, sleeping bags, mattresses and travel insurance. All of our porters are hired from isolated communities and are given the opportunity to work with our company, in regards, to better their economic circumstances as well as getting help for their childrens’ education! We, Glamping Peru Treks, ensure that all of our porters are treated like family!
OUR TOUR GUIDES
We are proud of our guides! Highly professional, speaking fluent English, very knowledgeable and passionate for Incan heritage and history. Our guides are dedicated to steady personal development, learning to ensure that you receive accurate and recognized theories about Incan and Andean culture. Fun loving, great sportsmen and well – educated crew, as well as, holding degrees in one of the following: Archaeology, Tourism, Botany, History or Anthropology.
The food on the trek has been highlighted by all our clients they say “that it was better than in the restaurant’s. Delicious and abundant gourmet style meals, Peruvian and International Cuisine are prepared by our professional and dedicated cooks from a mixture of local and exotic produce. If you have diet restrictions or food allergies, we can cater to your needs!
Glamping Peru Treks have always believed that we should “give back” to the communities, we pass through during treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many social projects and hire locally.
Glamping Peru Treks is so proud to be able to support these beautiful people, not only employing them to join our team but go back to our grassroots as they share with their families. It makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!
Please read carefully the following information as it will help with your questions about our services and the trek to Machu Picchu
You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek. Look out for our representative holding a board Glamping Peru Treks at the arrival terminal.
It will take place the night before the trek at 6pm at our office, which is located on Calle Santa Teresa Nº383 ; 303 (second floor), we are next to SUBWAY restaurant.
Of course! During the Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, both are free.
FIRST, to book your Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek permits and entrance tickets without the following information:
SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person, in order, to purchase a permit for the Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.
It would be greatly appreciated if you can pay in cash at our office (we accept US dollars or Peruvian soles) in Cusco. We have many ATMs withn the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
With alternative treks, we may be able to change dates for a fee depending on what has been already purchased. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date. If you cancel your Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek, the deposit is not refundable!
Yes! You have to bring your original passport as it is very important, in order, to gain entry onto the Inca Trail, Machu picchu and other sites. It must be the original passport that you have used to book with us from the start.
In case, you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 USD per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change.
If you do not wish to pay this fee, you will need to bring both your old and new 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 enter into Machu Picchu and other sites. If you do not have both, you will not be allowed to enter into these amazing sites.
The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend to always dress in layers as it is more easier to adjust to the different climates.
In general, if you excerise regularly and spend a couple of days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will be able to acclimate normally. It usually take between 24 hours to 2 days.
The recommended remedies for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN, IF NEEDED. Our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness. For more detailed information on Altitude Sickness click this link: Altitude Sickness.
The maximum group size is 8 persons. Our groups are between 2-6 persons. Glamping Treks Peru specializes in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provide a personalized service.
The evening before you start your trek, you will be given a SMALL DUFFEL BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7kg/14lbs. Your team of porters will carry your duffel bag for you, together with the food and camping gear. It’s important to be aware, that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. During the trek, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, a rain jacket, your camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. A 30 to 50L backpack is sufficient.
The Salkantay Trek is a fairly difficult and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit and excerise regularly. In preparation: try walking 15kms/9 miles in a day or go to a fitness club throughout the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3,350m/11,047ft) prior to starting the trek.
Our Salkantay to Machu Picchu trek is unique to us and an out of the way location even during peak season, we will only occasionally encounter another group.
It has been highlighted by most of our clients, especially by female trekkers, who want a bit of privacy, clean and sanitary toilet!! Glamping Peru Treks portable bathroom facilities have an individual tent and a “camping toilet with a seat.” Check out the picture, which illustrates how we set up our camping toilet on the trek by using this link: picture of toilet tent. Our toilets are always set up a comfortable distance from our campsite. At night, if you need to use the toilet, it is readily accessible and clean, unlike the dirty facilities supplied by the Peruvian government.
In the scenario, that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, Glamping Peru Treks will assist you to the nearest town for help with transportation. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense. (Travel insurance is required and recommended). There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.
Generally, those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo and if they recover quickly they, then, continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu, according to original plan.
Absolutely!! Hotel pick ups and drop offs are included with all of our packages! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley, we will drop you off there and vice versa.
It will depend on the train time availability (during high season it could be sold out) but the idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco while on the train. Therefore, we usually book the train at 4:43pm. With this train schedule, you will have more than 9 hours to enjoy Machu Picchu
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Glamping Peru Treks destinations. Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you feel it, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator that incorporates universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.
As a Professional Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter. Who will carry up to 7 kgs/14 lbs including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing.
We highly recommend a small backpack 30 to 40L for hiking in the day. A big backpack will not be allowed into Machu Picchu. The remainder of your belongings will be in your duffel bag at camp.