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Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, WW
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Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, WW 
Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, WW
 
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Lucyan
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Salkantay, Machu Picchu & Huaynapicchu 5 Day/4 Night - provided by SAS travel:

Overview: The appeal of this particular hike is the stunning combination of Inca ruins, magnificent mountains, exotic vegetation and extraordinary ecological variety. The trail goes over high passes with unforgettable views, through cloud forests, and finally into subtropical vegetation. Over 250 species of orchid have been counted here, as well as numerous rare birds, animals and reptiles.

This trek takes you around Mount Salkantay, the second largest mountain in the Cusco region (6271m/20,568ft), On the first night, you'll camp within clear sight of the snow capped peak of Salkantay mountain. The second day will be the longest day of the tour, and while you work a bit harder to get there, the views at the top are even more rewarding. The walk to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4,600m/15,088ft) (the Inca Trail's 'Dead Woman’s Pass' is only 4,200m/13,776ft)) is not strenuous neither very steep, afterward it is mainly descent into a more tropical area passing Andenes and Chaullay on the far side of the mountain. We`ll take the forty five minute train ride from the famous Hydro Electric Dam and then spend the rest of the 4th evening relaxing in the town and hot springs of Aguas Calientes. Early in the morning you take the bus (or walk if desired) up to Machu Picchu for your guided tour, a well deserved reward but many say the trek is a prize in itself!

PLEASE NOTE: Our trek start at Sayllapata, -we do not walk on cars route from Mollepata, our fist campsite is at Salkantaypampa, (each night we have quite campsites, we carry oxygen for emergency and a horse for a ride for those affected by soroche... not many), only few hours near to the highest pass, so second day walk won't be so strenuous, beautiful views, second night at Collpapampa, comfortable dinning tent for our meals, 3rd night at Playa campsite, on Day 4th we walk toward the impressive Llaqtapata Inca ruins Complex, famous lookout point to see Machupicchu range of mountains, we finishes our trek at Hidroelectrica then we board a picturesque train to Aguas Calientes town, Dinner and accommodation in private rooms. (optional time to visit the hot springs) next morning early we are at Machupicchu for a sunrise, but most importantly before the crowds and hordes... then your expert tour guide will offer you a guided visit and interpretation insitu at Machupicchu, by 11 am walk to Huaynapicchu mountain, (for latest booking we have a walk to Machupicchu mountain and gate of the sun walk), lunch at the afternoon and late by 4:40 pm train return to Cusco. We recommend to have trekking poles and strong boots.

Program Itinerary:

Day 1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SAYLLAPATA - SORAYPAMPA - SALKANTAYPAMPA camp.
06.00 am. Departure by our private transport to Mollepata town at 2,850 mts. A beautiful 3 hour scenic journey through Izcuchaca and Limatambo, with a stop for breakfast and panoramic views of the “Mountain of Salkantay” in the Cordillera of Vilcanota. We can see spectacular views of the chains of snow capped Vilcabamba, the colorful village of Mollepata and the lush Apurimac River Valley. At this point due to the dirty and rocky road conditions we transfer into another truck or minibus. After passing Cruzpata 3200 mts, then Challacancha, we arrive to our trail head in Sayllapata at 3,600 masl where we meet our Arrieros “horsemen“ and trekking staff (Cook and Assistants). We commence trekking with a gradual climb of 250 meters for about 2 and a half hours through a pristine Andean valley landscape before arriving to Soraypampa. There after visiting a spectacular glacial lake we have lunch. We continue after lunch with a gentle climb for approximately 2 and a half to 3 hours through more unspoiled Andean valley to Salkantaypampa. This first Camp is located at 3,950 masl.

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:camping
Maximum Altitude:3950 masl
Minimum Altitude:2850 masl
Distance Traveled: 12km approx

Day 2: SALKANTAYPAMPA - COLLPAPAMPA
After an early breakfast we start trekking a moderate climb from approx 07:00am for 3 hours to reach the Apacheta Pass at 4,590 masl. From this point we can appreciate spectacular views of Cusco's second highest peak, the stunning snow capped Mount Salkantay (6,264 mts) and also the snow capped mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes and moraines. In the Apacheta Pass you can leave a piece of rock carried from the bottom as a present from you to the Apacheta. (In Inca times the walkers used to leave at the top their shoes, clothes, jewels or simply a piece of rock as an offering.) There is an option to take a nice walk from the Pass for 40 minutes to see an amazing lake of Soraycocha located just off the trail.
We continue 2 hrs downhill to lunch in Huayracmachay, and then, depending on the group ability, weather and walking conditions, the guide will decide whether to camp 2-3 hrs downhill walk in Rayan-niyoc at 3100 mts or travel a further 2km to camp at Collpapampa 2920 mts for experienced trekkers.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:camping
Maximum Altitude:4590 masl
Minimum Altitude:2920 masl
Distance Traveled: 16km to Rayan-niyoc or 20km to Chaullay

Day 3: COLLPAPAMPA - LLUSCAMAYO - LA PLAYA
After Breakfast, we say goodbye and thanks to our arrieros, horse/donkey herders. They will get to La Playa way before us, leaving the equipment for the other staff and make their return back to Soraypampa. We start the trek 07:00am with 3 hours easy hiking from Collpapampa, where we will be introduced to a high Jungle zone called Ceja de Selva. Here we will see different kinds of plants, fruits, flowers, birds ectetera plus coca and banana crops can be observed. You will have time to shower in a waterfall, take amazing pictures, and with luck we can observe the famous Peruvian National Bird "Gallito de las Rocas". We stop at Lluscamayo 2,400m for lunch and free time to rest before the 3 hour walk to our last campsite in La Playa 2,350 masl. A small village is located here with electricity and a shop. Early arrive to camp and there is an option to take a car to Santa Teresa to enjoy the hot springs and return for Dinner at Camp at Playa.

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:camping
Maximum Altitude:2920 masl
Minimum Altitude:2350 masl
Distance Traveled approx 15km

Day 4: LA PLAYA - LUCMABAMBA - LLAQTAPATA - HIDROELECTRICA / AGUAS CALIENTES
Approx 07:30 am we begin our trek to the village Lucmabamba where we see the remains of an Inka trail. We follow this rising trail, from which we will see coffee, banana and passion fruit plantations and a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. After climbing for 4 hrs to reach Llaqtapata 2,700 masl we can enjoy some free time to rest and observe the mountain of Machupicchu (Inca city) and some of this archaeological site from afar. Then 2 hours continuous downhill to the Hydroelectric Plant at 1,870m where we have the last lunch with our staff. The cook and staff will leave us after lunch and we only continue on to Aguas Calientes town with our guides. So here is our chance to say goodbye and express our appreciation.
At 16:30pm we will take a 45 minute train journey to Aguas Calientes town 2,000 masl where a Special Dinner and finally a comfy bed in the "Hostal Viajeros" await us.

Walking poles recommended for the 2 final hours downhill. Optional evening bathe in the hotsprings 10 minutes walk from the town.

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:Viajeros Hostel
Maximum Altitude:2350 masl
Minimum Altitude:2000 masl
Distance Traveled: 12km approx

Day 5: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHUPICCHU - CUSCO
Early walk (approximately 1.5 hours uphill from Aquas Calientes) or bus for 25 minutes to the Citadel of Machupicchu, guided tour for 3 hours and plenty of free time for further exploring, photos and optional climb of the mountain Huayna Picchu, Temple of the Moon, or the Gate of the Sun. Generally around 1pm people walk down the steps back to Aguas Calientes for the Buffet lunch and at approx 16:00 hrs we take our return train to Ollantaytambo with bus connection arriving to Cusco city around 9:00 pm. (End of our service at Plaza Regocijo at centre of Cusco).

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

What is Included:

Collection from your hotel from 05:30 am.
Private vehicle to Mollepata-Cruzpata (starting of our trek.)
2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a roll pad mattress.
English speaking experienced professional mountain guide.
(2 Guides for a group of 9-17 participants)
6 kilos portage service for your personal items ie extra clothes, mattress, sleeping bag to be carried by mules, (so you just need to carry your daypack with everything you will need during the day).
Full board meals 5 Breakfast, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners.(Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request)
Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs. Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent. First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
Horses/donkeys to carry tents, food, cooking equipment. Hot water for washing purposes.
Boiled water to fill in your bottles
Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes.
Hostel in Aguas Calientes Double or Triple Accommodation.
Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollanta and private transport to Cusco. Admission Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex. Guided tour in Machu Picchu, time to explore on your own,
Ticket to Huaynapicchu mountain (walk to top without a guide,trail is well marked )
Free storage in Cusco for your belongings at Hotel Marqueses.

What is not Included:

Sleeping bag (minus 8 ºC) US$ 25.00
Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
Dinner on the 5 th day, Drinks, bottle water
The bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes US$ 9
(45 minutes down-hill walk to Aguas Calientes) to Hostel Viajeros.
Tips for your guide,cook and staff are optional.not mandatory.
(Every SAS staff receive a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip, tips are optional but are a great gesture of esteem to them.)

We recommend that you bring:

Backpack
sleeping bag (Minus 8ºC - can be rented at SAS office for US$20 )
Sturdy Hiking boots
Warm clothes and trekking pants. not jeans
layers for variable temperatures specially at night
Flash light with extra batteries
Camera, extra film & batteries
Sun protection : sunscreen : sun hat : sunglasses
Thermals : wool socks : Gloves / scarf and woolen hat for cold nights
Insect repellent
Rain poncho : a good rain jacket
extra plastic bags especially in wet season and plastic garbage bags to line your back pack
Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
Bathing clothes for the hot springs
Water bottle : water purifying tablets optional
Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
Original passport and ISIC student card if applicable
Extra money for souvenirs, drinks
Trekking poles
Additional options
Single tent supplement US$ 50
Single room in Aguas Calientes $ 20
Down sleeping bag minus 8º Celcius $ 25
45 Lts Backpack $ 20
A pair of trekking poles $ 20

You have 6 kilos of personal items included in the tour price carried by a mule/porter ...If you would like to request more portage for personal items each extra 3 kilos requested is $20 additional charge but you can just request this in the office at your checking.
UP-GRADING YOUR RETURN from Aguas Calientes to Cusco with VISTADOME TRAIN.-
To Up-grade train return ( with Vistadome Deluxe ) US$ 46.00 p/person.
15:25 pm depart Aguas Calientes – 18:40 to Poroy Train Station
If you want an upgrade train they need to contact us directly on info@sastravelperu.com for this to be done and confirmed to you.

What should I pack?

Backpack
sleeping bag (Minus 8ºC - can be rented at SAS office for US$20 )
Sturdy Hiking boots
Warm clothes and trekking pants. not jeans
layers for variable temperatures specially at night
Flash light with extra batteries
Camera, extra film & batteries
Sun protection : sunscreen : sun hat : sunglasses
Thermals : wool socks : Gloves / scarf and woolen hat for cold nights
Insect repellent
Rain poncho : a good rain jacket
extra plastic bags especially in wet season and plastic garbage bags to line your back pack
Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
Bathing clothes for the hot springs
Water bottle : water purifying tablets optional
Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
Original passport and ISIC student card if applicable
Extra money for souvenirs, drinks
Trekking poles

How long will I be walking every day?

How long is the trail? 50 Km
This is an approximate breakdown according to our regular campsites:
Day 1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SAYLLAPATA - SORAYPAMPA - SALKANTAYPAMPA camp.
Distance Travelled: 12km approx
Day 2: SALKANTAYPAMPA - COLLPAPAMPA
Distance Travelled: 16km to Rayan-niyoc or 20km to Chaullay
Day 3: COLLPAPAMPA - LLUSCAMAYO - LA PLAYA
Distance Travelled: approx 14km
Day 4: LA PLAYA - LUCMABAMBA - LLAQTAPATA - HIDROELECTRICA / AGUAS CALIENTES
Distance Travelled: 12km approx
If you still want more, climbing Huayna Picchu provides yet another hour and a half round trip. Check re permits with your tour guides.

Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Salkantay Trek?
It's impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full 2 days spent in Cusco (3399m), taking it very easy and drinking plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days in case of any travel disruptions as well then this is what we recomend as there is also so much to do here!. The highest point you will reach while hiking the Salkantay Trek reaches 4590m on the 2nd day.

Day 1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SAYLLAPATA - SORAYPAMPA - SALKANTAYPAMPA
Maximum Altitude: 3950 masl
Minimum Altitude: 2850 masl
Day 2: SALKANTAYPAMPA - COLLPAPAMPA
Maximum Altitude: 4590 masl
Minimum Altitude: 2920 masl
Day 3: COLLPAPAMPA - LLUSCAMAYO - LA PLAYA
Maximum Altitude: 2920 masl
Minimum Altitude: 2350 masl
Day 4: LA PLAYA - LUCMABAMBA - LLAQTAPATA - HIDROELECTRICA / AGUAS CALIENTES
Maximum Altitude: 2350 masl
Minimum Altitude: 2000 masl

ALTITUDE or MOUNTAIN SICKNESS, SOROCHE
Altitude sickness is serious and can ruin your trip. The biggest mistake you can make is to fly directly to Cuzco (3326m/10,910ft) and expect to hike the next day. Give yourself a few days to adjust to the altitude first.
Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, or Soroche, is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 meters (approximately 8,000 feet). Acute mountain sickness can progress to high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE).The causes of altitude sickness are not fully understood. The percentage of oxygen in air remains essentially constant with altitude at 21% up until 70,000 feet (21,330 m), but the air pressure (and therefore the number of oxygen molecules) drops as altitude increases — consequently, the available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases above 10,000 feet (3,050m). Altitude sickness usually does not affect persons traveling in aircraft because the cabin altitude in modern passenger aircraft is kept to 8,000 feet (2,440 m) or lower. A superficially related condition is chronic mountain sickness, also known as Monge's disease, occurring only after prolonged exposure to high altitude. An unrelated condition, often confused with altitude sickness, is dehydration, due to the higher rate of water vapor lost from the lungs at higher altitudes.
Those who ascend rapidly to altitudes greater than 2500m (8100 ft)
may develop altitude sickness. In Peru, this includes Cusco ( 3326m)
Machupicchu (2400m) and Lake Titicaca (3820m). Being physically fit offers no protection. Those who have experienced altitude sickness in the past are prone to future episodes. The risk increases with faster ascents, higher altitudes and greater exertion.
Symptoms may include headaches,nausea,vomiting,dizziness,malaise, insomnia and loss of appetite. Severe cases may be complicated by fluids in the lungs (high-altitude pulmonary edema) or swelling of the brain (high-altitude cerebral edema) If symptoms are more than mild or persist for more than 24 hours (far less at high altitudes), descend immediately by at least 500 meters and see a doctor.
To help prevent altitude sickness, the best measure is to spend two nights or more at each rise of 1000m. Alternatively, take 125mg or 250mg of acetozolamide (Diamox) twice or three times daily starting 24 hours before ascent and continuing for 48 hours after arrival at altitude. Possible side effects include increased urinary volume, numbness,
tingling,nausea,drowsiness, myopia and temporary impotence.
Acetazolamide should not be given to pregnant women or anyone with a history of sulfa allergy. For those who cannot tolerate acetazolamide, the next best option is 4mg of dexamethasone taken four times daily.
Unlike acetazolamide, dexamethasone must be tapered gradually upon arrival at altitude, since there is a risk that altitude sickness will occur as the dosage is reduced.
Dexamethasone is a steroid, so it should not be given to diabetics or anyone for whom taking steroids is not advised. A natural alternative is gingko, which some people find quite helpful.
When traveling to high altitudes, it´s also important to avoid overexertion, eat light meals and abstain from alcohol.
Altitude sickness should be taken seriously, it can be life threatening when severe :scared:

Difficulty:

Distance:50 km
Duration: 5 Days
When to go: Best from April to October
Altitude: 2,800 masl to 4,600 masl
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging.
Modality: Trekking, Archaeological and Cultural
Location: Mountain range Vilcabamba - Cusco
Day Temperature: 15 ºC to 25 ºC /
Night temperature: 4ºC to - 7º C
Note: 2-3 day acclimatization required.

More info: http://www.sastravelperu.com/english/pr ... up-service

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