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Salkantay Trek & Classic Inca Trail (6D/5N)

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    Salkantay and Inca Traill trek to
    Machu Picchu takes 6 days combine
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    the classical Inca Trail and visit
    the Machu Picchu, this alternative
    trek combine hiking and camping in
    the cordillera
    Vilcabamba….Salkantay is a
    Quechua name (Incan language) and
    means "savage mountain", this
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Salkantay hike with CLASSIC Inca Trail to Machu Picchu & Huaynapicchu 6D/5N

The Salkantay trek runs through the Andes in the Vilcabamba mountain range, passing through scenic views from the cloud forest to high mountains. 6D/5N

Salkantay and Inca Traill trek to Machu Picchu takes 6 days combine the highest snow-peaks trek with the classical Inca Trail and visit the Machu Picchu, this alternative trek combine hiking and camping in the cordillera Vilcabamba….Salkantay is a Quechua name (Incan language) and means "savage mountain", this region of the Andes keep magnificent scenery and rarely flora and remote village of farmers living over 4000m. Salkantay and Inka trail trek to Machu Picchu is designed for fit trekkers and demand good acclimatize before to begin the amazing trek.

South Adventure Peru Tours:

Strongly recommend book this amazing trek as far in advance as possible, prior you arrive to Peru. The permits are required 5 or 4 months to make sure your permit to hike in the classical Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. South Adventure Peru Tours recommend spending two nights in Cusco before to begin the Salkantay and Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu; two spending at 3400m (Cusco) will be great to aclimatize to the altitude.

Important info:

Since July 20th 2011 the entrances has been limited , due to the high demand and limit of entrances to the santuary of Machu Picchu and Huayna picchu we suggest you book in advance before it runs out of spaces.


Concern about overuse leading to erosion has led the Peruvian government to place a limit on the number of people who may hike this trail per season, and to sharply limit the companies that can provide guides. As a result, advance booking is mandatory. A maximum of 500 people per day, including guides and porters, are permitted to begin the Trail every day. As a result, the high season books out very quickly. NOTE: The INCA TRAIL is closed every February for cleaning.

  • Length :60 kilometers / 37.28 Miles 45 Km / 26 Miles
  • Length per day :Day01 : 16 Km Day02: 18 Km Day03:14 Km Day04: 12Km Day05: Machu P
  • Considered :One of the best alternative hike to Machu Picchu.
  • Minimun elevation :2000 / 6560 Ft.
  • Maximun elevation : 4450 Meters / 14599 Ft
  • Difficulty :Moderate to challenging
  • Modality : Trekking - Archaelogical and Cultural
  • Location : Mountain range Vilcabamba- Cusco
  • Day temperatura :15ºc to 25ºC
  • Night temparture : 4ºC to 7ºC
  • 2/3 Days acclimatization required ( In Cusco or in the Sacred Valley )
We take small groups, Why?

The principal reason to take small groups in the inca trail to machu picchu, is to provide personalized service, in a small group is easy to keep walking together and enjoy the nature of the inca trail, there is a possibility to make friend and share experiences, interacting more closely with each other. Whereas, in larger groups from (10 – 16) people it trend to split into factions. Moreover, in larger groups tends to be a sizeable difference “often over onehour in a section of the trail” between the fastest andslowest member, what makes more difficult for the guides, cooks and porters to make their effective labors. In small groups, people are more likely to arrive at roughly the same time to hear the guide’s explanations. Also our porters are given the same food as the tourists. In larger groups agencies often provide inferior food for the porters. Smallgroups require less space in campsites and this enables the guide to select better locations. In small groups the guide, cook and porters have a more intimate relationship with the tourists and are better able to meet individual needs and attend to environmental issues such as waste disposal, contamination, etc. as the group will be together more of the time. Because of these reason in our standard service we take small groups, only in a group of friends and delegations we manage larger group. So choose small group.

What are the benefits of doing a private tour?

One of the main reasons why the private option is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for or if our departures have enough space…Your only concern is whether or not there are permits available…You can choose almost any date that you want if permits are available… In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel….The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask at South Adventure Peru Tours how you can arrange your own private tour.

Inca Trail and Salkantay Weather: 
Dry season (April - November) Day temperature 20ºC/25ºC / Night temperature -1ºC/7ºC
Wet season (December - March) Day temperature 17ºC/22ºC / Night temperature 4ºC/10ºC

Stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes town:

Stay an extra night at Aguas Calientes? Yes, if you want to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes after the trek this can easily be arranged. We will purchase your train ticket to return to Cusco the following day. You need to let us know at the time of making the trek reservation so we can reserve your train tickets in advance. Obviously if you stay an extra night then you will have to pay for your accommodation which is US$75 per person at HOTEL LA CABAÑA .

Salkantay and Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu takes 6 days combine the highest snow-peaks trek with the classical Inca Trail and visit the Machu Picchu, this alternative trek combine hiking and camping in the cordillera Vilcabamba….Salkantay is a Quechua name (Incan language) and means "savage mountain", this region of the Andes keep magnificent scenery and rarely flora and remote village of farmers living over 4000m. Salkantay and Inka trail trek to Machu Picchu is designed for fit trekkers and demand good acclimatize before to begin the amazing trek.

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Salkantaypampa (B-L&D)

At 5am we'll pick you up at your hotel and take our private transportation to the town of Mollepata (3000m), On the way, we'll pass through the picturesque towns of Pampa de Anta, Izcuchaca, Zurite, and Ancahuasi. Our trip will take us into the Limatambo Valley, where we will see the archaeological sites of Tarawasi. Mollepata meet the second part of our camp staff (cook, horsemen and horses), also here we will begin our hike. We'll pass through the small village of Cruz Pata (3400m) where we'll have the most spectacular sights of Mollepata Valley. Our campsite we wil set up in Salkantaypampa (3800m), the night will be in the most majestic and spectacular mountainous range of Salkantay snow-capped (6264m) and Humantay (5217m) and under starry sky (Breakfast - Lunch - Tee time – Dinner )

Day 2: Salkantaypampa – Salkantay Pass (5200M) – Sisaypampa Campsite (B-L&D)

After country breakfast prepared by our professional cook will start to climb to the highest pass of this amazing trek. After 3 hours of uphill we will reach the pass of Salkantay (5200m), during this ascend we have an emergency horse to ride. At the top will one of the best viewing of the surrounded snow-peaks as Soray Hill (5420m), Tucarhuay (5455m), Humantay (5215m) and other smaller peaks through the mountainous range. 3 hours of downhill on nice and serpentine trail to Sisaypampa (3750m). On the way down you will feel the change of the climate and flora of the high Andes and valleys into the canyons…Set up our camping in the middle of the nature and surrounded by peaceful atmosphere (Breakfast - Lunch - Tee time - Dinner).

Day 3: Sisaypampa – Inca Chanel – Wayllabamba Campsite ( B-L&D)

At 7am breakfast with best view of the mountains and downhill towards the Incan canals and some ancient path in order to enter Huayllabamba (3000m). The trek will quiet easy and warmest of the day before. During our trek, we'll be able to fully appreciate and take in the imposing Andean topography. After 6 hours of trek we will connect to classic Inka Trail hike till our 3rd camping in Huayllabamba (Breakfast - Lunch - Tee time - Dinner)

Day 4: Inca Trail - Wayllabamba – Abra Dead Woman Pass (4,200M ) – Pacaymayo Campsite ( B-L&D)

After breakfast, following the left bank of the Lluyuchayoc river for about 1 hour we climb up to three stones and cross a small bridge over the Wayruro river. There is a toilet facility. The stream is named after the Wayruro, an ornamental tree.Hiking up 4½ hours; you will see spectacular views of Lluyucha Pampa (3680m). Continuing up you will get to the first and highest pass of the Inca trail, called Abra Huarmy Wañusca meaning "Dead Woman's Pass" (4200m). At the top hikers can celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the trail with a warm and delicious lunch. We then do a steady decent following the trail on the left side of the Paqaymayo valley. Our dinner and second campsite is at 3600 meters over sea level (Breakfast - Lunch - Tee time - Dinner).

Day 5: Paqaymayo - Puyupatamarca – Wiñay wayna Campsite (B-L&D)

After breakfast we climb up for one hour to the ruins of Runkuracay. These small circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Paqaymayo valley. Another hour hiking we will be at the top of the second pass, called Abra de Runkuracay at 4000m. The descent down the steps from the pass is steep. This section of the trail is particularly beautiful as the path crosses high stone embankments and skirts deep precipices. After about one hour walking we will arrive at the pass called Sayaqmarca = "Inaccessible Town". This describes the position of the ruins perfectly, protected on three sides by sheer cliffs. No one knows the exact purpose of these ruins. After lunch, we level out into cloud forest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns and flowers, passing through an impressive Inca tunnel..We then climb up to the 3rd pass called Puyupatamarca = "Town in the Clouds" (3700m). Here excellent views are offered of several snow-capped peaks, Salkantay Mountain (6180m) and Veronica Mountain (5750m). Access to the ruins is down a steep flight of stairs passing six Inca Baths, probably used for the water ritual…Leaving the site via an impressive Inca staircase leading from the west side of the ruins, you will descend a thousand steps. Take care with your knees. After three hours walking through cloud forests you will arrive to Wyñay Wayna. This is our last campsite before Machu Picchu. There is a restaurant, a patio bar to buy drinks and well deserved hot showers…That afternoon we go to the ruins of Wyñay Wayna "Forever Young". The ruins located on a nice slope comprise magnificent agricultural terraces. There are many buildings of quality stonework, suggesting that the site was probably a religious center associated with the worship of water (Breakfast - Lunch - Tee time - Dinner).

Day 6: Wiñay wayna - Sungate – Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco ( B )

Early morning wake up at 4:30 a.m. for breakfast and to begin the trek to be the first at the archaeological site of Machu Picchu for the sunrise. We will descend rapidly from cloud forest into high jungle habitat. Orchids and hummingbirds are commonly seen along this spectacular section of the trail high above the river. We will arrive at Intipunko "Gate of the Sun" to observe the sunrise over Machu Picchu from an elevated vantage point. We continue down to the royal road and at last the "Lost City of the Incas". A guided tour of the marvelous citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the Circular Tower and the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the guided tour, you can enjoy an afternoon of self-exploration and discovery. ... According with the time and your feeling you can coordinating with the tour guide climb to Huaynapicchu (Young Mountain) this climbing take around 1 hour to get the summit from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca City (If you want to climb to this mountain, you should book in advance and pay extra $15)  Return in the afternoon by train Expedition leaves at 4:43pm / Arrives to Cusco around 8:20pm and transfer to the hotel in Cusco.

South Adventure Peru Tours:

Strongly recommend book this amazing trek as far in advance as possible, prior you arrive to Peru. The permits are required 5 or 4 months to make sure your permit to hike in the classical Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. South Adventure Peru Tours recommend spending two nights in Cusco before to begin the Salkantay and Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu; two spending at 3400m (Cusco) will be great to aclimatize to the altitude.Next morning we will visit Machu Picchu ruins before heading back to Cusco.

 This trek is a good alternative to the Inca Trail when permits are sold out!


  • Fantastic trip along highway until the starting point of the hike
  • High altitude and camping in the scenic Andes
  • Awesome views along the hike
  • Famous Inca Trail
  • Machu Picchu & HuaynaPicchu.
  • Hot springs in the town
  • Comfortable Hotel in Aguas Calientes

  • Prices Valid for Trips through December 31, 2017

    # People in Group:

    1 to 2 Paxs

    2 to 4

    4 to 6

    4 to 8

      8 to 10
    Price per Person:     $2,350    $1,350    $1,250    $1,150    $950
    Upgrade to Vistadome (Luxury train)       $55 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ------------ ----------------
    Student DISCOUNT with ISIC Card       $20 off ______ ______ ______ ______ _______ __________

    Our Price Included:

    • Pre-information night before of your Inca Trail by your guide.
    • English-Speaking guide (two guides for groups over 8 people)
    • Private transport Cusco to the trailhead
    • Entrance to Salkantay and Inca Trail even for Machu Picchu
    • Horsemen to carry and drive horses during Day1 till Day3
    • Porters to carry food and camping equipment during Day4 untill day6 to carry tents, cooking equipment and food.
    • First breakfast and last lunch at santuary lodge
    • Private transport Poroy station – Hotel in Cusco
    • Entrance to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
    • Experienced cook and Cooking equipment
    • Teatime everyday (coffee, tea, popcorn, biscuit)
    • 5 nights of camping along the trail to Machu Picchu
    • 4 capacity tent - 2 persons per tent with plenty
    • Sleeping mattress ( Thermarest )
    • All BUFFET meals on the trail ( VEGETARIAN OPTIONAL )
    • Water supply (boiled) after every dinner or breakfast time
    • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy by (Expedition )
    • Bus tickets Aguas C- Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
    • Porter insurance and accommodation / food for all our porters
    • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs.
    • Kitchen tent & Porters insurance
    • First Aid Kit & Oxygen bottlet
    • Personalized service
    • Government sales ( 19% know as IGV)

    Our Price does not include:

    • Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
    • Towel can be hired for $2 USD at the hot spring
    • Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks
    • Tips for the guides, cooks, porters. It`s a tradition
    • Energy snack will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits.
    • Personal expenses
    • Additional tours in Aguas calientes village
    • Hotel accommodation in Cusco at your return
    • Extra horse for your personal items (18 Kilos $ 450 for whole trip )
    • Sleeping bags : to hire $ (-40ºC)
    • Extra night at Aguas calientes
    • Vistadome ( Luxury train $ 55 per person )
    • Entrance to Huaynapicchu $15 per person
    • Emergency horse to be ride in case you feel sick or tired
    • Meals on Day6 such as Lunch & Dinner


    • Original passport to be showed in the park control of the trail and to the check point of Machu Picchu
    • Original and valid International Student Card (ISIC), only if you booked the trek as student.
    • Hiking boots (waterproof), sneakers is welcome to but for the rainy is not enough comfortable.
    • Long pants or slacks & Warm sleeping bag Minus 20ºC
    • A Daypack (for your personal porters we provide a duffle bag)
    • Long-sleeved shirts to prevent you from the sunburn.
    • T-shirts and Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or cold conditions.
    • Warm clothes , layers for variable temperature especially at night
    • Sweaters and a jacket (something warm for the night).
    • Gloves or Mittens, scarf, Wool socks, Woolen hat for cold nights.
    • Rain wear or poncho for the rainy season December - April, but during the dry season can be raining too
    • Camera with extra batteries and flash light  , head torch and extra batteries
    • Bottle of water, more bottle of water can be purchase at Winay Wayna, or in Aguas Calientes town
    • Snack (dried fruits, chocolates, etc).
    • Insect repellent to protect you from mosquitoes along the Inca Trail
    • Hat and sun block to protect you from the sun.
    • Personal toilette items and personal medical kit.
    • 2 Liter water bottle, disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machu Picchu site.
    • Water purifying tablets optional, since we provide boiled water.
    • Bathing clothes for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
    • Extra money for drinks and tips , souvenirs  in Soles
    • First Aid kit (alcohol, aspirin, tablets for stomach troubles, medicines to avoid altitude sickness)
    • Day pack is good to bring to carry your camera, water, rain jacket.
    • Swimsuit (On the last day there is possibilities to swim on the hot spring of Aguas Calientes – only if time permit).
    • Optional:Trekking Poles with rubber covers (No Damage the Inca Trail) without rubber covers you CAN'T use them.
    • Optional:Binoculars if you like to appreciate birds along the Inca route.
    • Optional:GPS to map the campsites, the ruins and the Inca Trail to MACHU PICCHU


    How do I book a trek?

    How do I book a trek? If you do wish to book an Inca Trail trip, we will need to confirm availability of the Inca Trail at the time of your enquiry. This will normally take no longer than 2 hours but please allow for 4 hours. If your enquiry is made after 5PM EST, we will only be able to confirm availability the next day. When availability has been confirmed, we can confirm the space for no longer than 24 hours after which time a new availability check will have to be made. If you wish to proceed and book your Inca trail trip, we strongly advise you do so within 4 hours of receiving availability confirmation but not after 24 hours. To book your trip, we shall require all your personal details such as : Name and last name / Passport number / Nationality and Age (otherwise no booking can be made) along with the completed booking form and the non refundable deposit payment. If these are not received within 24 hours of the availability check, the spaces will be automatically released and a new availability check will have to be made. We advise you book your Inca trail trek at least three months in advance. For treks between May and August, we recommend booking at least 6 months in advance. For certain treks such as the Salkantay, Lares, and other hikes, also is required booking in advance because we must buy the entrance to Machu Picchu—before—sold--out.

    Is it true that they will close the Inca Trail?

    The Inca Trail will be closed during the month of February each year. The last group will depart on 31 January and the next group will start on 01 March. The closure is to allow conservation projects to take place, give an opportunity for camping facilities to be improved and to allow the vegetation to grow back. February is also the height of the wet season. The ruins of Machu Picchu will remain open as normal as will the train services between Cuzco and Machu Picchu. During February we can offer an alternative 4 day trek that starts from km82 and follows the Urubamba River until km104 where it climbs up to Wiñay Wayna and then on to Machu Picchu. This trek is picturesque but does not include visits to the Inca ruins at Runkurakay, Sayacmarka or Phuyupatamarca .

    Can I trek the Inca Trail alone?

    No. Trekkers have to trek using the services of a licensed tour operator.

    Should I make a reservation for the trek in advance or wait until arriving in Cuzco?

    Because of the numbers of persons permitted on the trek has been dramatically reduced it is advisable to make a reservation at least 3 months in advance for most months and at least 6 months in advance if wishing to trek between the months of May and August.

    When is the best time to go?

    The dry season from April to October is probably the most comfortable period as far as the weather is concerned. Even during these months you can still get a little rain. Ideally the month of May is perfect since there is little rain but the vegetation is still rich and lush. June, July and August are the 3 busy months and the numbers of trekkers has been limited so book well in advance. Although the weather is sunny during these months the temperature at night can drop considerably, falling to below freezing so be prepared. The months of November and December can still be very enjoyable with fewer trekkers. Expect at least one day of rain during this period. January and March can be very wet at times. However most of the rain falls late in the afternoon and at night so ensuring you have a good waterproof tent is all important. These months also correspond to Summer in Peru so the sun can be very strong and the nights generally mild. The Inca Trail for the entire duration of February.

    Weather on the Inca Trail Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Maximum Temperature °C 19 19 19 20 20 20 19 20 20 21 21 21
    Minimum Temperature °C 7 7 6 5 3 0 0 2 4 6 6 6
    Rainy Days 18 13 11 8 3 2 2 2 7 8 12 16
    How safe is it on the Inca Trail?

    Theft is very uncommon on the trail provided that you take basic precautions. Do not take any valuables with you that you don't need for the trek. Leave jewelers, large sums of money in your hotel safe (However you need to take your passport on the trek with some money for tips). Take plenty of plastic bags to wrap socks, boots, underwear and wet clothes in. Do not leave them outside of your tent at night (no matter how much they may smell!) or they may not be there in the morning. Carry your valuables in a money belt or neck pouch and keep items such as cameras and passports with you at all times especially at meal times.

    What kind of drinking water is available?

    You will come across a small stream or mountain spring every 90 minutes or so along the trail where you can fill up your water bottle. Take a bottle of at least 1.5 liter capacities per person. Although the water is clear always use sterilizing tablets and follow the instructions. The sterilizing tablets 'MicroPur' can be bought in most pharmacies in Cuzco. With these tablets you have to wait at least 60 minutes before drinking. Also, we will boil water for you in the morning and at meal times. Bottled mineral water can also be taken from Cuzco or bought from local people at several places along the Inca Trail.

    What are the toilets like along the trail?

    Toilets have improved considerably in the last couple of years and all of the larger campsites have flush toilets and running water. We also provide our own chemical toilets for private use for your group only. On our Superior, Premium and Luxury treks we also provide portable showers.

    How fit do I need to be to do the Inca Trail?

    In brief, in good shape. It is a common misconception that because many people do the Inca Trail then it must be easy ... it isn't. The trail is 45km (26 miles) long and involves great physical exertion to complete. On the second day you climb nearly 1200m (about 4000 ft) in the morning. Combined with high altitude (lack of oxygen) and extreme weather (you can easily burn in the high altitude sun during the day and temperatures can drop to below freezing at night) the trek can be hard work. However all this suffering can make the final arrival at Machu Picchu all the more enjoyable In general if you take regular exercise and spend a few days acclimatizing to the altitude (which our programmers allow for) then you should be fine. If you are a regular walker and comfortable being on your feet for 7 hours per day, then you should complete the trek with nothing more than a few blisters and a great sense of achievement.

    How much should I tip?

    Deciding how much to tip the porters, the cook and guide is always a difficult moment at the end of the trek. In general, however, we would recommend taking an extra US$25-30 per person to cover tips. Try to take this amount in low denomination Peruvian Soles bills so that it can easily be divided amongst the porters, cook and guides. Remember the above figures are just a guide line.

    Inca Trail Preparations

    The maximum altitude reached is 4200m above sea level. On the second day of the trek you will climb nearly 1200m. Make no mistake, the Inca Trail is a fairly difficult trek and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. You have to be moderately fit and take regular exercise. Try walking 15km in a day or go to the gym in the months leading up to the trek. The good news is that virtually everyone who starts the trek finishes it!.

    Altitude Effects

    At higher altitudes the air pressure becomes less and the air becomes thinner. This creates a shortage of oxygen for your body. This effect is noticeable at altitudes of over 3000m above sea level. Cuzco is at an altitude of 3400m and the highest point on the Inca trail is at 4200m. At this height a lungful gives you about 50% less oxygen than at sea level. To help compensate for this reduced amount of oxygen you have to breathe twice as fast and your heart has to work much harder to pump the oxygen around your body. Your body also tries to concentrate the number of red blood cells (which carry the oxygen). This is done by getting rid of excess fluid (urinating more frequently) and by producing more red blood cells although the latter process may take a week. On reaching heights above 3000m, heart pounding and shortness of breath are a normal response to the lack of oxygen in the air. However, for some visitors these symptoms can deteriorate into a conditions known as Soroche (or acute mountain sickness) when you can start to experience headaches, loss of appetite, extreme tiredness, sleeplessness and often nausea. Symptoms usually develop within the first day or two at altitude, but may be delayed by up to 2 weeks. To prevent Soroche, try to take things easy as soon as you arrive. Once settled in your hotel room has a lie down for a while and drinks plenty of fluids. Don't plan any strenuous treks until you've acclimatized for a few days. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy food. Drinking mate de coca (an infusion of coca leaves) may help. If symptoms become more severe and prolonged it is best to quickly seek medical attention and make arrangements to descend to a lower altitude. On recovery one can re-ascend slowly or in stages. The drug Diamox is often used by many visitors to speed the acclimatization process and counter the symptoms of Soroche. It can now be purchased in most pharmacies in Cuzco.

    What to Bring (Packing List)

    Backpack (we will provide one if you forgot to bring it), sleeping bag (included on all superior, premium and luxury treks), rain jacket, strong footwear such as hiking boots with ankle support, one complete change of clothing, sweater, jacket (something warm), sterilizing tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cuzco), flashlight and batteries, broad-brim or peaked cap, sunglasses and high factor sun protection, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper (we also provide this), camera and spare batteries (there is nowhere to charge your camera during the trek). We recommend that you buy a walking stick/trekking pole at the start of the trek which can also be taken with you as a memento. You also have to bring your original passport with you on the trek. Photocopies are not acceptable.

    What does the company provide?

    The company provides all camping equipment, communication equipment, chemical toilets, individual tents, dining tents, dining chairs, mattresses, all fresh food, cooking equipment, cooking gas, drinking water and portable showers. Sleeping bags and pillows are provided on all superior, premium and luxury treks along with a personal masseuse and yoga instructor. We also provide a cook, cook's assistant, and all porters to carry all equipment. A qualified English speaking guide who is trained in first aid with a portable oxygen tank will be the leader of the trek. On all Luxury treks, a company assistant will also be present to assure that a very high level of service is given. Please note that the personal tents are not in the same style as African safari tents due to the size and weight limitations that porters are allowed to carry. Everything available to you on this adventure will have been carried by the team of porters.

    Porter's conditions

    The working conditions of our porters are very important to us. We select porters who are not only reliable, hard working and honest but also who can play musical instruments, recite Quechua stories and sing Quechua songs. It is important that our porters are happy working for us and are committed to staying with the company for long term. To ensure this, we provide amongst the highest porter's salaries in the industry, we also provide comfortable working conditions, their own sleeping tent, individual mattresses and very good food, not the left- over's of the group. Our porters have recognized this and are the most company loyal porters in the entire region. We are proud of this and will continue to provide superior conditions for our porters, amongst the most hard working and diligent people we have ever come across.


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