Salkantay Mountain is known as the most impressive peak in the Peruvian Andes. Deep Salkantay Trek Expedition is the best alternative for the Inca Trail. If you do not want to be on a busy path, but want to have an excellent hike with brilliant natural surroundings, then a super option is the Salkantay Trek Expedition. En route you will see the "Apu" Salkantay (Apu means spirit), the tallest peak near Machu Picchu, this frost-topped mammoth is still at the core of the beliefs of the Incas' heirs, the Quechua people of the high Andes. After an excellent hike we will arrive at the legendary Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
This Deep Salkantay Trek Expedition takes you on a newly discovered route. On the new path you have the opportunity to see and learn more. On the first day we visit an Inca temple and we get to trek through the charming countryside of Ichupata, where the first campsite is located. On the second day we climb over the Rio Blanco, we have the chance to see condors around here, one of the most delightful aspects of this new Salkantay Trek tour and then cross the Inca Chiriaska Pass, the highest peak of the Vilcabamba mountain range. The third day takes us to Cruz Qasa pass, which provides wonderful vistas of Mount Ocobamba, from where we will hike to Chuqueñana Pass and then continue on a gorgeous trek across the meadow to Aqoqasa. On the fourth day (the last day of trekking before reaching Machu Picchu) we will pass the ruins of Inca Raqay and the village of Ancasqocha, finally reaching the Urubamba Valley, the most abundant area of these part's, where we will camp.
Day 01: Cusco- Mollepata - Soyraypampa
Day 02: Soraypampa - Chachani Qasa
Day 03: Chacani Qasa/ Aqoqasa
Day 04: Aqoqasa/Chillca
Day 05: Machu Picchu
Crew: A Inca Trail Machu Representative in Cusco and a professional bilingual Tour Guide, a Cook and Porters for the Hiking the Deep Salkantay Trek Expedition
Accomodation: 3x campsite, 1x hotel
Meals: 3x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner, 3x afternoon tea (Please allow USD 20-50 for meals not included).
Transportation: Transportation by private van, 1x train (Expedition Class).
Camping equipment: You can view our Salkantay Trek camping equipment click here
Early morning, we will pick you up from your hotel in our private bus. We head west through the Anta Valleyand stop at the Inca temple of Tarawasi. Then we continue our drive to the village of Mollepata, where we will enjoy a quick sojourn of this charming town.Then we carry on our excursion to Soraypampa (10,660 ft/3250 m), where our crew awaits us with mules or horses to begin our hike. We will trek through delightful terrains to Ichupata, where our first campsite is located.
Meals: Lunch, dinner
Maximum Altitude: Soyrapampa12,693 ft (3869 m)
After an appetizing breakfast, we start our hike, getting over the Rio Blanco. One of the most appealing parts of this hike is that you can see condors. We carry on ascending to the Inca Chiriaska pass (15,826 ft/4825 m) under the south front of Salkantay (20,600 ft/6247 m), the tallest summit of the Vilcabamba mountain range. The route continues down, then up to Chachani Qasa, where we will camp.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Maximium altitude: 15,830 ft (4100 m) (Inca Chiriaska pass)
A quick trek takes us to Cruz Qasa pass at 15,465 ft (4715 m) with ecellent vistas of the Mount Ocobamba (16,813 ft/5126 m). We then descend to 13,615 ft (4150 m) and after ascend to the Chuqeñan pass (14,114 ft/4302 m). We then carry on our exquisite trek across the meadow over 13,451 ft (4100 m) for approximately 7.5 km to Aqoqasa (13,887/4234 m), where we camp.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Maximum Altitude:Chachani Qasa 4600 M
Chuqueñan Pass 4302 M
Today we traverse across the final pass (15,908/4446 m). We then go down and pass the Inca ruinsof Raqay and the village of Ancasqocha. Then we descend to the narrow Chillca gorge and the most abundant area of the region, the Urubamba Valley, where we camp at 9,184 ft (2800 m)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Maximum altitude:15,354 ft(4680 m) (Aqoqasa pass)
On the final day of our tour we leave camp early to walk to the train station and take the ride to Machu Picchu. We reach Aguas Calientes, from where we take the bus to the ruins of machu Picchu. Our guide will tell us all about the history of this Inca fortress. In the afternoon we return to Cusco.