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Mountain Lodges of Peru 6 Night Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trail, Peru

A collection of welcoming lodges along the Salkantay Trail, the Mountain Lodges of Peru allow you the unique opportunity to trek to Machu Picchu in comfort whilst experiencing spectacular scenery in an authentically unspoiled area of the country.

At a Glance

  • Spectacular 6 night high elevation trek through the Peruvian Andes on the Salkantay Trail

  • Enjoy stunning mountain scenery

  • The trek is rated as moderate to challenging and covers approximately 32 miles on uneven, rocky terrain with steep uphill and downhill sections

  • Spend each night at an exclusive lodge rather than roughing it camping - comfortable rooms, hot showers and even heated outdoor Jacuzzis

  • The treks are in small groups to ensure a personalized trekking experience

Adventure, Culture, Off the beaten track

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For those who want an easier acclimatisation, there is also the option of riding in on the first day.

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Description

Mountain Lodges of Peru's Salkantay Trek is a 6-night lodge-to-lodge itinerary that culminates at the sacred city of Machu Picchu. You will cross high Andean pastures and rocky passes, walk along Inca staircases and through cloud forest in the shadow of snow-capped peaks, and have the opportunity to see a wide range of wildlife, from hummingbirds to condors. You will also pass through remote Andean communities, providing a unique opportunity for interactions. The route lies far from civilization, which means that the people you meet are interested in welcoming you into their way of life and making sure you have a wonderful experience. One of the route’s highlights is the recently restored Inca citadel of Llactapata, which affords rarely glimpsed views of Machu Picchu.

Groups are small, with a maximum of 12 participants, with a highly experienced team of guides and mule trains to carry your luggage, so that you can enjoy each moment fully. At the end of each day’s walking, relax in comfort at your lodge. Very comfortable ensuite rooms await, as well as excellent cooking using fresh local ingredients, a well-stocked bar and hot tubs for soothing aching muscles.

Trekking is at quite a high altitude, and we would strongly recommended acclimatisation in Cuzco beforehand. Trekking is moderate to strenuous with typical trekking that lasts around 4-8 hours a day, participants should be prepared for the crossing of a 15,000-foot pass.

In summary, this is a privileged opportunity to delve more deeply into a Peru that has retained its identity, and that allows you to reach the ultimate goal of Machu Picchu without the tourist hordes. You will end your trek perhaps wondering whether you should tell people how unspoiled this region is, or cherish a jealously guarded secret.

Accommodation

The Mountain Lodges of Peru Salkantay Trek is comprised of four individual lodges on the Salkantay Trail (Soray, Wayra, Colpa & Lucma). Each lodge has six cozy bedrooms, with comfortable beds and hot showers.

Childcare

The Mountain Lodges of Peru Salkantay Trek is challenging and takes you to very high altitudes in places, so is not suitable for children.

Facilities

The four lodges that make up the Mountain Lodges of Peru's Salkantay Trek each have a restaurant serving delicious Peruvian cuisine, a bar, wood burning fires and outdoor hot tub.

The Mountain Lodge of Peru treks are lead by an expert team of guides. The guides are in the most part Peruvian, with a passion for their country, in-depth local knowledge and a wealth of guiding experience.

Activities

Mountain Lodges of Peru's Salkantay Trek offers a 6 night trekking itinerary to the site of Machu Picchu including visits to remote villages and lesser known Inca ruins en route. There is up to 8-hours of hiking on some days but there is also time allowed for relaxing and acclimatising. The trekking is challenging and goes to high altitude so participants must have a good level of fitness.

Location & Directions

Salkantay Trail, Peru

The Mountain Lodges are spread out along the Salkantay Trail, allowing you the unique opportunity to experience spectacular scenery in an authentically unspoiled area of the country, Sacred Valley, Peru.

When to go

May to November is the best time to go trekking in the Sacred Valley. The rainy season is typically from December to March. The lodge to lodge trek closes in January and February as these months receive the heaviest rainfall.

Weather in the region is extremely variable and you should pack for a variety of conditions. In addition, the trek passes through nine bio-zones ranging from high altitude alpine conditions to high jungle. During a sunny day you can expect temperatures of about 65–80°F (18–27°C), however on the pass the weather is very unpredictable and temperatures can drop to 30°F (0°C) during the day (but you won’t spend a lot of time up there).

The zone of Machu Picchu has a humid and warmer climate since it is located at a lower altitude on the east side of Andes. The average temperatures at Machu Picchu are between 73°F and 77°F (23°C to 25°C), with the minimum temperature around 64°F (18°C). The region of Cuzco has only two seasons: a wet season and a dry season. The wet season starts in November and ends in March. During this time, it rains almost every day for three or four hours, but also there are several sunny days. The dry season begins around March and lasts until October. June and July are the coldest months. Paradoxically at noon the temperatures can reach 77°F (23 °C), the annual highest temperature.

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