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Salkantay Trek Challenge 3 Days

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Salkantay Trek Challenge 3 Days

  • 3 Days 2 Nights
  • All food on the trail
  • Accommodation: Camps
  • max. Altitude:
    4650m / 15.255ft
  • Difficulty:
  • Professional guide
    (English and / or Spanish)


The salkantay trek challenge to machupicchu is a good and last alternative to get to the sacred citadel of machupicchu. If suddenly you do not have enough time to do a five-day hike, we have an alternative to do it in fewer days, which is the salkantay trek challenge. Like the traditional salkantay trek, you can also enjoy the natural wonder of the mountains and the cloud forest in a single day and continue along a path that will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes before visiting the famous citadel of Machupichu. also this option salkantay trek challenge is a walk where you can test your psychological and physical state since this same day you can reach the highest point of the entire trek which is the salkantay (4600 masl / 15,091 fasl).

  • Explore the sacred path of Salkantay towards the enigmatic citadel of Machupicchu.
  • Enjoy each day because it is unique, different landscape, different ecological floors.
  • The Salkantay trek is considered one of the five best treks in the world.
  • Put your physical and psychological capacity to the test when walking these trails.

Day 1Cusco Hotel | Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayracpampa – Challhuay

We will start the day picking you up very early in the morning which will be 2:30 am and then we will take our transport to Soraypampa.

We will travel for three and a half hours until we reach mollepata and then we pass through challacancha and finally we will arrive at soraypampa (3850 MASL -12631 FASL) at 5:30 am, in which our cook will prepare a delicious breakfast to continue with our activity for the day.

After this comforting breakfast we will have a few minutes to organize our personal things, and from this point we will start with the walk which will be in distance of about (22km / 13,670 miles) and about ten hours of travel approximately, this day will also be a hard day because we will be climbing to the highest point of the entire trek the Salkantay pass (4600 masl / 15,091 fasl).

We will start with an ascent of three hours of walking uphill until we reach the Salkantay pass, at the highest point we will stop for a brief explanation and to take pictures of the place, then we will begin with the descent of about three hours of walking downhill to Arrive at our lunch place which will be in huayracpampa (3800 fasl / 12,467 mals) here we will stop to have a delicious lunch prepared by our expert cook.

After lunch we continue our descent for three more hours downhill and finally after this long day we arrive at our camp at Challhuay (2800 masl / 9.186 fals).

Throughout this first day we will see the natural beauty of the Andes, very hairy landscapes that will envelop us with their beauty.

we will contemplate the majestic salkantay a sacred mountain for the Andean man, in addition to that we will see how the landscape changes as we go down to our camp we will go into the high jungle, in a single day we will see different ecological floors which are located at different altitude, we will enjoy of the natural fauna and flora of the place.

Day 2Challhuay | Playa Sahuayacu - Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

This day will probably be the hardest and longest day, since we will do a journey of approximately thirty kilometers and about ten hours of walking but the good thing is that it will be at low altitude, we will start our walk in Challhuay (2900 masl / 9.1514 fasl) and we end up in the town of Aguas Calientes (2100 masl /6,889 fasl).

This morning we will walk for approximately five to six hours through a very beautiful valley in which we will see a landscape typical of the high jungle and during this tour we will also have the opportunity to enjoy some fruits from the area and also the delicious organic coffee that occurs in this valley.

Finally, after having traveled the first eighteen kilometers in the morning we will have arrived at the place of lunch, which will be the town of Sahuayacu, there we will have our lunch for about an hour and then have time to taste the coffee, a 100% organic coffee of very good quality that is only produced in this valley.

After the coffee tasting we will take a transport from the Sahuayacu lunch place in the direction of hydroelectric with a duration of one hour by car, when we arrive at hydroelectric we will continue walking for three more hours until we reach the town of Aguas Calientes, we will do this Travel along the train track which will be about twelve kilometers more, where you will finally be dropped off at your hotel before meeting for dinner.

Day 3Aguas Calientes | Machupicchu - Ollantaytambo – Cusco Hotel

Finally, this day will be the most important day because we will visit the famous citadel of machupicchu.
After having walked these three days through mountain valleys, we finally reached our destination, the sacred citadel of Machupicchu.

This day we will visit Machupicchu early, for which we have two options to get to Machupicchu. the first is to walk along a path that goes to the citadel with a duration of one hour of walking all uphill. the second option is to go by bus that lasts about twenty-five minutes. Arrived at the citadel, the guide will give you a tour explaining the history of Machupicchu and showing you the most important places with a duration of three hours of guidance, after the guide you can stay a moment more before returning to Aguas Calientes from where you will take the train that You will return to the Ollantaytambo station with a journey of approximately two hours. Upon arriving at the Ollantaytambo station, our driver will wait for you and finally you will return, you will take a transport to Cusco which will take two hours of travel. Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be dropped off at the hotel and our trip ends there.

Price Includes

  • Pre-departure briefing with the guide
  • Pick up at your hotel on the morning of trek departure
  • Transportation to mollepata - Challacancha, the starting point of the trek
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco
  • Professional guide (English and / or Spanish)
  • Entrance Ticket for salkantay Trek
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Archeological Site
  • Train Ticket
  • Tents
  • Basic foam mattress. If you need more comfort during the trek we can rent you an inflatable mattress ( Thermarest)
  • Cook and kitchen equipment
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food)
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including riders. These carry the camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at our briefing for your personal items (up to 7kg / 15lbs per person)
  • Tent for eating with camping tables and chairs and tent for the Kitchen for the cook to prepare meals
  • Tents for our staff to sleep
  • First aid kit including an emergency oxygen bottle

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bag:US $ 25.00
  • Walking poles (pair): US $ 25.00
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day
  • Ticket to Huayna Picchu mountain (optional)
  • Ticket to machupicchu mountain (optional)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for our team
  • Additional costs

You must bring

  • A light backpack with a change of clothes for the entire period of the trek - be prepared for a wide range of changes in temperature
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or a rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco
  • Resistant footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended. The extra stockings can not be missing
  • Sandals or flip flops are also good to give your feet a chance to breathe at night if you want to wear them
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and hat. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight / Handlamp and extra batteries
  • Camera, film and batteries (batteries consume more quickly in cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect yourself from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper, inside and outside the luggage
  • Snacks: cookies, energy bars, chocolates, fruit, granola, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications you may need, paracetamol, blister protection, etc.
  • Small towel
  • Bathing suit (if you intend to bathe in the hot springs)
  • Cash - enough for snacks, tips and souvenirs
  • Original passport
  • Binoculars (if you have)
Before You Go:

How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?

It is very important to be well acclimatized to the altitude before pushing yourself on a hike. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least two to three days before the trek begins to help you adjust and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness during the trek. You may have already been to another area of Peru at high altitudes before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we recommend that you have a full day in Cusco to rest, recover from your trip, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before leaving for the trek. Here are some suggestions of activities to do in the vicinity of Cusco before starting your adventure trip:

  • City Tour
  • Sacred Valley
  • Rainbow Mountain

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All meetings and briefings are very important, which takes place at our office or at your hotel at 5:00 p.m. one night before the tour starts. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If for any reason you cannot attend our informative meeting, you must contact Ausangate Explore by email or by Whatsapp.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco)

The hike must be paid in full. one day before your departure (usually after the briefing). It would be greatly appreciated if you pay the balance of the trek in cash in US dollars or local currency at our Office. You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay a 5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance in traveler’s checks.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are common in Peru, and this can interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and railway tracks can be taken. However, we will try to make your trip as smooth as possible. originally planned, even if it means going out the night before the scheduled date. under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you and our operations staff. Your safety is our top priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.


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