Day 1: Arrive to Cusco
Day 2: Day hike to Sacred Valley
Day 3: Trek to Salkantay Pampa
Day 4: Trek over Salkantay Pass to Colcapampa
Day 5: Trek to homestay in Lucmabamba
Day 6: Complete trek and travel to Aguas Calientes
Day 7: Explore Machu Picchu and return to Cusco
Day 8: International departures
Private expeditions are available for this itinerary. Pricing for private expeditions based on group size.
|Arrival Date||End Date||Status|
|April 14, 2018||April 21, 2018||Open|
|April 28, 2018||May 5, 2018||Open|
|May 5, 2018||May 12, 2018||Open|
|May 19, 2018||May 26, 2018||Open|
|*May 25, 2018||June 1, 2018||Open|
|June 9, 2018||June 16, 2018||Open|
|June 23, 2018||June 30, 2018||Open|
|June 30, 2018||July 7, 2018||Open|
|July 7, 2018||July 14, 2018||Open|
|July 21, 2018||July 28, 2018||Open|
|August 4, 2018||August 11, 2018||Open|
|August 18, 2018||August 25, 2018||Open|
|September 1, 2018||September 8, 2018||Open|
|*September 14, 2018||September 21, 2018||Open|
|September 29, 2018||October 6, 2018||Open|
|October 6, 2018||October 13, 2018||Open|
|April 13, 2019||April 20, 2019||Open|
|April 27, 2019||May 4, 2019||Open|
|May 4, 2019||May 11, 2019||Open|
|May 18, 2019||May 25, 2019||Open|
|May 25, 2019||June 1, 2019||Open|
|June 8, 2019||June 15, 2019||Open|
|June 22, 2019||June 29, 2019||Open|
|June 29, 2019||July 6, 2019||Open|
|July 6, 2019||July 13, 2019||Open|
|July 20, 2019||July 27, 2019||Open|
|August 3, 2019||August 10, 2019||Open|
|August 17, 2019||August 24, 2019||Open|
|August 31, 2019||September 7, 2019||Open|
|September 14, 2019||September 21, 2019||Open|
|September 28, 2019||October 5, 2019||Open|
|October 5, 2019||October 12, 2019||Open|
* Indicates a Friday arrival. All other dates have a Saturday arrival.
- medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
- airport transfers
- 3 nights accommodation in Cusco
- 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
- 3 nights camping
- breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
- trekking permits and entry fees
- farewell dinner
- guide & porter services
- all ground transportation to/from trail
- personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
- trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)
- international airfare and meals during travel
- snacks during trek
- beverages outside of designated meals
Day 1: Cusco (11,155ft/3400m). Upon your arrival to the airport in Cusco, a OneSeed staff member will be there to greet you and take you to our partner lodge, located in the charming historic district of San Blas. The lodge is centrally located and only a few minutes’ walk from the Plaza de Armas, the beautiful and bustling town center. Meet your expedition group at 5:00pm.
Inclusions: Airport transfer, orientation talk and accommodations (based on double-occupancy)
Day 2: Cusco (11,155ft/3400m). In order to acclimate to the altitude, head to the Sacred Valley. Get a chance to visit the village of Pisac, where you will stop by a traditional market and see the Citadel of Pisac on a guided tour. Check out the Ollantaytambo ruins, which consists of enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished to fit together seamlessly. Arrive to Cusco around 6:30-7:00pm.
Inclusions: Breakfast, lunch, and accommodations (based on double-occupancy).
Day 3: from Cusco to Salkantay Pampa (13,451ft/4100m). In the morning, take the 3-hour trip to Mollepata, a small village located at the edge of the cloud forest. From here, you will be able to enjoy our first views of Salkantay, which reaches 20,691 ft! Take a break to enjoy the landscape before continuing on to Challa’cancha, our trek departure point. In Challa’cancha, meet the assistant guides and began the 2-hour hike to Soraypampa, where you will eat lunch. From there, continue hiking another 3½ hours to Salkantay Pampa, where you will camp for the night.
Total distance: 7.5 miles. Approximately 5-7 hours of trekking
Inclusions: Full board (Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner), accommodations in camping site (based on double-occupancy)
Day 4: Salkantay Pampa to Colcapampa (9,240ft/2816m): Today is the hardest trekking day! Eat an early breakfast before beginning the hike to the Salkantay Pass (15,246 ft). Take a break at the pass to enjoy the breathtaking views before continuing downhill to the lunch spot, Huayrac Machay. After lunch, continue the descent to Colcapampa, your second campsite location.
Total distance: 12 miles. Approximately 8-10 hours of trekking
Inclusions: Full board (Breakfast, Box lunch and Dinner) and accommodations in camping site (based on double-occupancy).
Day 5: from Colcapampa to Lucmabamba (6,562ft/2000m). Continue descending into the high jungle. During the walk, hike along clear streams and rivers and visit impressive waterfalls. Observe the change in your surrounding environment as it becomes increasingly lush. Pass small coffee and fruit farms before stopping in the small town of Lucmabamba, where you will spend the night in a homestay with a local coffee farming family. Learn about the coffee roasting process and explore the family’s coffee farm.
Total distance: 9.5 miles. Approximately 6-8 hours of trekking
Inclusions: Full board (Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner) and accommodations in camping site (based on double-occupancy).
Day 6 : Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes (6,693ft/2040m). In the morning, drive for two hours toward the Hydroelectric station. From there, hike for three hours to Aguas Calientes, stopping half way on the trail for some lunch. Check into your room for a shower and some rest before a celebratory dinner at a local restaurant.
Total distance: 4.5 miles. Approximately 2-3 hours of trekking
Inclusions: Full board (Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner) and accommodations in lodge (based on double-occupancy).
Day 7: Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Cusco (11,155ft/3400m). After an early breakfast, depart for Machu Picchu. The bus takes about 20 minutes, with the option of hiking (1½ hours). The goal is to get to Machu Picchu as early as possible to avoid the crowds and have the best chance to enjoy its beauty, mystery, and magic in peace. You will receive a guided tour for about 2½ hours followed by free time to explore the site on your own. There is time to climb Machu Picchu Mountain (*based on availability) for views of the ruins from above. Meet in Aguas Calientes in the afternoon to board the train back to Cusco, arriving by 9:30pm.
Total distance: 5 miles. Optional 2-3 hours of trekking
Inclusions: Breakfast, Machu Picchu entrance permits and guided tour, train, accommodations.
Day 8: Cusco (11,155ft/3400m). International flights depart.
Inclusions: Breakfast; airport shuttle.
End of Services.
All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.
MORE TO EXPLORE
You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else. A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail. Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left in storage during your expedition.
Packing System: This expedition includes pack animals for bag transport. You are only responsible for carrying a daypack. A duffle bag will be provided for your carried bag.
Carried bag weight limit: 15lbs/7kg
- Sleeping Bag - $42 USD
- Trekking Poles - $21 USD
- Must be confirmed no later than 1 week prior to expedition start date - rent gear here!
Documents and Logistics
- International flights booked and confirmed to Cusco
- Flight information submitted
- Passport valid for 6 months upon arrival (to be carried with you at all times!)
- Medical insurance card
- Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc. (*Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills)
- Change of clothes for Cusco - to be kept in storage during expedition
- Down jacket
- Fleece jacket or vest
- Synthetic hiking pants (zip-away shorts are a great option)
- Rain Jacket
- Waterproof Pant
- Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
- Synthetic T-shirt
- Wool or synthetic hat
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Nylon-wool blend socks (3)
- Sandals (for walking around the camp in the evening)
- Day pack
- Duffle bag to be carried by mules (provided by OneSeed)
- Water bottles (1-2 to carry 2 liters)
- Quick-dry towel
- Personal toiletries and medicine
- Sleeping bag -15º C 5º F
- Casual clothes for city
- Insect repellent
- Toilet paper in ziplock bag
- Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail
- Reading material for the trail
- Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
- Collapsible hiking poles (recommended – may be rented in Cusco)
- Hotel reservations for extended time in Cusco (if applicable)
- Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables
The Peruvian winter (June to September) and the late spring (April to May)/ early autumn (October) are the driest months and the best time to go to Cusco and Machu Picchu. However, you should still be prepared for rain. Rain is common throughout the year in Peru and it helps keep the countryside so lush. The rainy season in Peru begins in December and lasts through March and averages 4-6 inches/month. The dry season typically gets less than an inch of rain/month.
Machu Picchu is almost 8,000 feet above sea level and like any high altitude trek, the sun is very powerful during the day and the evenings cool down a great deal. Layers are essential in this climate because it keeps you prepared for the quickly changing weather.
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CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.
If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.
All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.
Insure Your Trip
OneSeed provides optional cancellation and interruption insurance for all expeditions. Please review the OneSeed Cancellation and Refund Policy before purchasing any expedition. Travelex Cancellation and Interruption Insurance covers unforeseen events that may prevent you from participating in your scheduled expedition.