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Pilgrimage to Apu Salkantay – Machu Picchu 4D/3N

Pilgrimage to Apu Salkantay – Machu Picchu 4D/3N

Trip Overview

Tour Type:
Salkantay Trek, Healing Workshop, Hiking, camping, adventure, history, and culture.
Good For:
Those who enjoy Spiritual Retreat.
Moderate, but challenging.
We will have everything taken care of for you for two weeks, but you won’t feel rushed or over scheduled.


Walking along the sacred paths of ours ancestors, through the small Andean forests which are on the verge of extinction, until the Umantay Lake where the Condors bathe. We pass the sacred path of Apu Salkantay, guardian of Machupicchu. Getting to the edges of the Andean cloud forest and into the heart of Machupicchu. Our pilgrimage trip to the sacred city of Machupicchu is five days long and during this time we will understand why we should walk along the old paths of my ancestors before reaching our destination.

Tour Plan


Day 01: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa

After an early-morning pick you up from your hotel, we’ll leave Cusco and travel through the province of Anta, Cusco’s dairy region. Here we will stop to participate in an Andean Blessing ceremony. Following steep-sided river canyons, we descend into the rich and fertile valley of Limatambo before climbing again to the town of Mollepata, where we will stop for breakfast and then continue our bus trip for another hour until we reach the first campsite, Soraypamapa. Once there we have a break and lunch. Then we will get ready to start our trek to Umantay Lake where we will do a ceremony in honor to the APU SALKANTAY (mountain spirits). We will make an offering to Pachamama (despacho) in which all of us participate and then go back to camp where dinner will be ready.
Walking Distance – 8km / 4.97 miles.
Starting Elevation – 3350 meters ASL / 10990 feet ASL.
Highest Elevation – 4600 meters ASL / 15091 feet ASL.
Campsite Elevation – 3920 meters ASL / 12861 feet ASL.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner (snacks and afternoon tea time).
Accommodation: Sky Lodges.
Adventure: Moderate-High! (Especially the trek to Humantay Lake).

Day 02: Soyraypampa – Abra Salkantay – Challway

After an early breakfast, we will start the trek to Salkantay Pass (4600m). As you take in the panorama you will see not only Salkantay but also the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, Pumasillo, and the Huayracmachay valley. Where we will offer a coca leaf K´intu (an arranged set of leafs) to the Apus. From the pass we start our descent into the valley. As we travel, the vegetation changes from the sparse grasses of the puna and mountain passes to lush cloud forest home to butterflies, hummingbirds, and a wide-variety of flora. After lunch we continue our trek to Challway through Andean cloud forest where the energies of orquids and native plants will guide our steps down the river.
Walking Distance – 22 km / 13.7 miles.
Starting Elevation – 3800 meters ASL / 12467 feet ASL.
Campsite Elevation – 2750 meters ASL / 9022 feet ASL.
Maximum Altitude: 4650 meters ASL / 15255 feet ASL.
Difficulty: Challenging.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (snacks and afternoon tea time).
Accommodation: Camping.
Adventure: Absolutely, 100%! The raw and breath-taking beauty of this day’s hike along with its challenging nature will quench any wanderlust you’ve been trying to cure!.

Day 03: Challway – Cocalmayo – Machupicchu

Today is a more relaxing day. We start with a small descent and then walk along a newly built road towards the valley. We will get a look at rural life in the valley, and, if in season, we can harvest some “granadilla” from the passion fruit family, or maybe some of the region’s incredible avocados. We’ll pass through this beautiful valley, After a 2 hour walk, we will arrive at the town of Sahuayaco, also known as “La Playa” for lunch. Once we have had time to rest, we will board a bus that takes us to the baths of Cocalmayo where we can bathe. After bathe, we will take local transportation to the Hidroelectrica train station to Aguas Calientes Machupicchu. There are no cars in Aguas Calientes, so it is an especially peaceful place to be. At 7:00 PM, we will have dinner at a restaurant. Walking Distance – 10km / 6.25 miles
Starting Elevation – 2750 meters ASL / 9022 feet ASL.
Campsite Elevation – 2400 meters ASL / 7874 feet ASL.
Difficulty: Easy.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel.

Day 04: The Sacred City Of The Incas Machu Picchu – Cusco

Today’s Highlights: Your excitement for our rendezvous at Machu Picchu will rise as we are hiking early in the morning through the forest to reach the site before most other tourists – even the Inca Trail trekkers!! You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. Your group will learn about this mystical place in a two-hour guided tour of the Arqueological site. Afterwards, you can opt to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain (if you have pre-booked tickets) or walk to the Sun Gate (without extra tickets). Our pilgrimage will end in Machupicchu.
Activity Overview: Touring Machu Picchu with optional hike.
Activity Level: Easy, hike: strenuous.
Activity Length: 2-5 hours exploring and optional 2-3 hour strenuous hike; Machu Picchu is at 7,972’ elevation.


This tour only as a private service

Daily Departure with at least 2 people.
Number of Pax Price per Person
02 People $ 1,200.00
03 People $ 1,100.00
04 People $ 950.00
06 People $ 900.00
08 – + People $ 800.00

Available Discounts (these discounts are not cumulative):

Students: US$ 25.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please beware that Youth Travel Cards are not valid).
Teenagers: US$ 15.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).
Children: US$ 35.00 (up to 10 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).
To Make a Booking.
Please visit our Make a Booking page.


Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to the trailhead.
Healing Workshop – Offering to mother earth and Blessing for protection during your trek.
Machu Picchu entrance fee.
2-man personal sleeping tents. Our tents are 3-season and highly maintained to ensure excellent performance in field.
A mattress per/person.
Dining tent with tables.
Kitchen tent.
Toilet tent.
English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups of over 6 people).
Chef and cooking equipment.
Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
Accommodation for all our staff.
Meals (3B, 3L, 3D + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian menu and special diets can be catered for.
Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested far enough in advance.
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
Bus ticket to/from Machu Picchu down to the village of Aguas Calientes.
Train ticket Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes.
Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo / Poroy.
Tourist transportation from Ollantaytambo / Poroy to Cusco.
Transfer train station-hotel included only if returning on day 5.

Not Included:

A backpack with enough changes of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
Walking Sticks: You can rent a set from our company if you would like.
Day 1: Breakfast.
Last Day: Lunch and Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
Rain gear (jacket and trousers if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco).
Strong footwear. Waterproof trekking boots recommended.
Sandals or jogging shoes for comfort while at camp.
Warm clothes, including jacket and fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
Sleeping bag (available for rent).
Flashlight/headlamp and batteries.
Camera, memory cards, and batteries (batteries are consumed more quickly under cold conditions).
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
Sun block.
Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported.
Shampoo, contact lens solution, prescriptions, etc., that you require.
Additional snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruit, muesli, etc. Remember that we supply you with plenty of food already.
Swimsuit and small towel (When you go to the hot springs in Cocalmayo).
Cash in soles and/or US$ for snacks, water, souvenirs, tips, etc.
Original passport (mandatory for entrance to Machu Picchu).
Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount).

Packing List

You should bring:

A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/took. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
It gets hot in the Sacred Valley, you should also be prepared for hot conditions on this trek.
Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you).
Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries.
Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
Sun block.
After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
Toilet paper, pack in & pack out.
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
Small towel or sarong.
Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs ).
Cash – sufficient for tips and souvenirs, or any drinks or snacks you might want to buy along the way.
Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day).
Binoculars (if you have them).

Optional Extras

We can hire the following to you – please contact your Travel Consultant / or our booking forms for the current rates.
Extra mule to carry YOUR things.
Extra riding mule and muleteer to lead it.
Sleeping Bag suitable for – 10deg.
Deluxe Sleeping Bag suitable for -15deg.
Walking stick lightweight aluminum – Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share a tent).

Add Extra Services (optional)

Huayna Picchu climbing (USD 50 per person).
Machu Picchu climbing (USD 40 per person).
Extra night in Aguas Calientes (from USD 80 single).

Hire Policy

When calculating costs for hire of walking stick, sleeping bag, calculate using the length of the tour. Even though you won’t use the equipment on the final day it will still be ‘on the road’ and ‘occupied.’.
If you hire equipment and break it – you are responsible for price of replacement /or repair. (Please do the right thing!).


Rating 0
  • Adam Quiney (Columbia Británica)

    Beautiful, profound, wise, exhilarating

    Puma Adventures was so much more than we anticipated. Not only was Alfredo, our guide, skillful, knowledgable and friendly, he was deeply versed in Incan culture, transformation and spirituality. We really felt like we were with a kindred spirit on the journey.

    We never felt rushed, always cared for, and like everything we wanted to have handled, for the most part, was handled.

    I haven’t eaten this good in four-star restaurants, never mind while hiking up the side of a glacier.

    I highly recommend Pumadventures.

    25 August, 2019 at 9:23 am

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