Trek Mountain Lodge 6D / 5N

Regular departures & recommended months:

Day 01: Cusco – Salkantay lodge & adventure resort at Soraypampa (3,600 m/11,800 ft.)

After breakfast, you will be picked up at 8 am at your hotel in Cusco and transferred to Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort (SLAR) (about 3.5 hours’ drive). On route, you can visit the impressive Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo (approx. 1.5 hrs. from Cusco). After leaving Limatambo, you will pass through the mountain village of Mollepata where you will have lunch before ascending a winding mountain track to the spectacularly situated valley of Soraypampa. The SLAR takes its name from the majestic peak at the head of the valley – the “Salkantay”, the 2nd most sacred peak in Inca mythology and the highest in the region (20,500 ft.: 6,240 m). After a warm welcome. The first afternoon is spent at leisure to adjust to the altitude. An evening briefing by the fire is followed by aperitifs and dinner. (L-D)

Day 02: Soraypampa

This day is spent resting or with activities, depending on your level of acclimatization. You may do local hikes, fishing, etc. In the evening the guide will give a briefing on gear and the itinerary for the next four days. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Lodge. A packed lunch is available for those choosing to venture out for the day. (B-L-D)

Day 03: Soraypampa to Wayra lodge at Huayraccmachay (3,650m/12,000 ft.)

Today you will begin your four-day trek to Machu Picchu. After an early start, you will hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling the Humantay Peak across from the Salkantay. The highest point on the trek is a pass at 4,600 m (15,000 ft.). At the pass you will be able to appreciate the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range, the south face of Salkantay and if you are lucky; condors. From the pass you will descend toward the Wayra Lodge (“Wayra”: wind; the place where the wind lives). Lunch on route. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge (hiking time: 4-6 hours; total excursion time for day 5-7 hours). (B-L-D)

Day 04: Huayraccmachay to Collpa lodge at Collpapampa (3,150m/10,300 ft.)

As the first day of trekking was long you will enjoy a long breakfast at Huayraccmachay. The morning is free for exploration. Then, you will begin your trek by hiking downhill above the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery. Snacks on route. The Collpa Lodge is located in an open promontory at the confluence of three rivers. Arrival and late lunch at the lodge, and in time for an optional excursion to a nearby hot spring (day’s hiking time, excluding hot spring, 3-4 hours). Dinner and overnight at the lodge. (B-L-D)

Day 05: Collpapampa to Lucma lodge at Lucmabamba (2,000m/6,600 ft.)

After an early breakfast, you will head down the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas with coffee plantations and orchards. Picnic lunch along the river. From the river it is a short climb to the Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard. Exploration of the village and meeting with members of the local community. (hiking time: 4-6 hours/total excursion time for day 5-7 hours). (B-L-D)

Day 06: Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes (2,000 m/6,600 ft.)

Early start and breakfast. This is the last day of your trek. You head uphill for two hours towards the Llactapata pass (2,600 m/8,500 ft.), where lunch will be served. You will be able to appreciate a quite special view of Machu Picchu from the southwest, a view few tourists ever glimpse; an added value are the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. Lunch is provided at the observatory, in view of Machu Picchu. Then, you will begin your final descent to the Vilcanota River through lush bamboo forests, orchards & coffee plantations (2-3 hours descent). Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are a short, scenic train ride away. (Total hiking time: 4-6 hours). Arrival to Aguas Calientes. (B-L)

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