SALKANTAY MOLLEPATA TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

Although this trip joins in with the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, it is a much tougher trek to higher altitudes. The trek takes you under the impressive shadow of the Salkantay peak and over high mountain passes such as the Inca Chiriaska pass at 4950m.

The route is however, less crowded than the classic Inca Trail. As with the classic Inca Trail, a permit is required for this route.

Peru is best known as the heart of the Inca Empire, albeit that it was home to many diverse indigenous cultures long before the Incas arrived. Located on the central part of western South America Peru is hemmed in by the Pacific Ocean. With a popu7lation of over 27 million people, it covers an area of 1,285,215 km2 (about the combined size of Spain, France and Italy ) making it one of the 20 largest countries on Earth. Also because of their geographical location, Peru's coasts have traditionally served as a vital point in maritime and trade routes on the subcontinent.

Overview

Day-1. Lima

Day-2. Lima - Cuzco (B)

Day-3. Cuzco - Mollepata - Silcaykancha - Soraypampa (BLD)

Day-4. Soraypampa - Colcapama (BLD)

Day-5. Arranyanniyoc - Lluscamayo (BLD)

Day-6. Lluscamayo - Agua Calientes (BL)

Day-7 Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)

Day-8. Cuzco- Puerto Maldonado (BLD)

Day-9. Amazon Jungle (BLD)

Day-10. Amazon - Lima (B)

Day-11. Depart Lima (B)

Fast Facts

It is 4500m or 15,090 ft above sea level which is the highest point on the Salkantay route
The actual trail part itself is 5 days but requires pre and post acclimatisation days, so 11 day tour in total
The Inca Trail covers a distance of 54km when done over the 5 days
The Trail to Macchu Picchu can be hiked throughout the year, although the drier months are May till October. High season on the trail is from June through August and so the paths are very busy, are the camp sites. However, as it is a mountain, one can encounter rain at any time of the year and thus a rain poncho is essential. The trail is closed every year from the month of February.
Yes you do. Permits become available for sale on the 1st March every year. They tend to book up quite quickly and can sell out three months in advance so it is advisable to book with plenty of time in hand. Permits are also passport specific, and cannot be transferred to another person, refunded, or moved to another date once purchased. The cost of the permit is included in the tour price. If you want to look at current permit availability, please go to https://www.nomadicadventures.co.za/South-America/Peru/Inca-Trail-permit-availability.html

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 4,500 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard option and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.

4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." It is not that simple. Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith:. Once you have done your initial quote, you will need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 4800m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 4,800 meters' or 'hiking to 4,800 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it's your responsibility
to ensure you have correct and adequate cover. If you live in South Africa, we have other cover options

Many people like to hike with trekking poles so it is a matter of choice. However, if you bring them they must have a spike cover on them, i.e. protected by rubber tips. We also recommend that you bring some bringing some spare rubber tips with you.

This trek is much tougher than the standard Inca Trail given the high passes and altitude. Our grade: Trek Grade: 2c (SP)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1. Lima

Arrival in Lima, reception and transfer to your hotel.

Day-2. Lima - Cuzco (B)

Flight and arrival in Cuzco, reception and transfer to Hotel. Cusco is the starting point for most journeys to Machu Picchu and sits at 3400 metres above sea level, so many travellers experience altitude sickness here. For this reason it's worth spending a few days in town and taking your time acclimatising. Remainder of the day at leisure

Day-3. Cuzco - Mollepata - Silcaykancha - Soraypampa (BLD)

Scenic bus drive to Mollepata, an attractive village built on a hillside and overlooks the deep citrus producing valley of the Apurimac. Stop off at the ruins of Tarawasi before we start trekking. Stop for lunch at Silcaykancha, and continue to Soraypampa. Camp between the peaks of Salkantay and the Humantay.

Day-4. Soraypampa - Colcapama (BLD)

Trek over a high pass at 4700m. Then down to camp in the valley below. We trek into a hidden part of the high Andes, where our path is the only access into this remote area. We will camp at Colcapampa at 3300m.

Day-5. Arranyanniyoc - Lluscamayo (BLD)

Continue towards Lluscamayo for lunch. We will traverse over snow-caped mountains to Andean landscapes with a great variety of flora and fauna and known for its Orchids. We will find hummingbirds and flocks of parrots. Camp.

Day-6.Lluscamayo - Agua Calientes (BL)

After breakfast, we board a rural transport (truck) towards Santa Teresa, where we will start our walk along the forest edge and appreciate a great variety of coffee cultures, fruit trees, and some cultures of coca leaf. Soon we arrive to La Oroya , and cross the Urubamba River. Overnight in a hostel in Aguas Calientes.

Day-7 Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)

Early transfer to Machu Picchu ruins (25 min.). Full day's guided tour of Machu Picchu. Return to Cuzco with the Backpacker class train. Transfer to your hotel.

Day-8. Cuzco- Puerto Maldonado (BLD)

Flight to Puerto Maldonado. Transfer by road and boat to the Madre de Dios River. Overnight Corto Maltes Amazon Lodge.

Day-9. Amazon Jungle (BLD)

Walk to the salt lick to see the amazing spectacle of dozens of parrots and parakeets arriving to eat on special clay necessary for their metabolism. Breakfast. Visit Monkey Island by boat and Lake Sandoval. Return to the river at night for the chance of seeing nocturnal animals.

Day-10. Amazon - Lima (B)

Transfer to the airport for the return flight back to Lima.

Day-11. Depart Lima (B)

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What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Three four or five star hotels with breakfast
All sightseeing tours, entrance fees, guide, transportation
Guide, their wages, insurance and expenses

Entrance permit

Camping ion the Trail

All meals on the trail

Internal flights



Price Excludes

International flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa if applicable
Tips and gratuities
Single supplements if applicable

Route Profile Map

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