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Mt Salkantay & the High Trail

Trip Length

Trip Code

14 days PSHT
Min Altitude Max Altitude
4950m

Minimum Passengers

4 people

Maximum Passengers

15 people

Countries Visited

Peru

Start City

End City

Cusco, Cusco, Peru Cusco
Mt Salkantay & the High Trail

Why we love it:

Mt Salkantay & the High Trail


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco

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Day 2: Cuzco ruins walk

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

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Day 3: Free Day

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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Day 4: Start trek

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 5: Trek towards Salcantay

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 6: Inca Chiriasqa Pass

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 7: Pampa Cahuna Valley

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 8: Join Inca Trail

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 9: Inca Trail

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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Day 10: To Machu Picchu

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

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Day 11: Machu Picchu dawn tour

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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Day 12-13: Sacred Valley - Cusco

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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Day 14: Cusco

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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Your Trip

What to know

This trip is run by our sister company Exodus.

A good level of fitness and pre trip training is essential. You will trek on hilly terrain or mountainous terrain at altitudes of up to 5000 metres, for up to 7 hours per day.

What's Included

Transport

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included


What to know

Fitness

Altitude Warning

This trip ventures over 4500 metres, so there is a potential risk of being affected by altitude sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable travellers to acclimatise to these altitudes, but it is still possible for you to be affected. Your ability to acclimatise has little to do with fitness or health, and most people travel without problems, as long as they take the time to acclimatise properly. We take this very seriously; have over 30 years experience and one of the best safety records in adventure travel.

Our leaders are experienced trekking guides, and will brief you fully, prior to the start of your trek. The general consensus is to drink plenty of water as soon as you reach altitude, avoid alcoholic drinks for the few days prior to your trek, walk slowly rather than hurrying and enjoy the scenery, wear sunglasses during the day, avoid sleep during the day, and wear adequate warm clothing.

Symptoms may include shortness of breath, headaches, general lethargy and a reduced appetite. Although rare, prior medical conditions such as heart or blood pressure problems, could affect your performance at altitude, and make you susceptible to altitude sickness. We recommend that you seek medical advice prior to booking. In addition, if you plan to take any medications during your trek (Diamox is often recommended by doctors), you need to let us know before you depart and it is a good idea to discuss this with your leader before you begin the trek. Be aware that many trekkers have no need for such medication.

We strongly recommend all participants prepare physically for this trip, commencing many months prior to departure. Running, swimming and cycling are good examples of aerobic exercise, and gym work will also assist in your training program. A high level of fitness will assist you with acclimatisation, as your body will be working more efficiently. To prepare for the trek, full day hikes with a weighted pack are also great idea. Whilst our porters will be carrying your kitbag, you will need to carry your day pack (camera, water, waterproof/windproof jacket & pants, sun cream etc). Although you may start the day in full sunshine, you can experience rainfall a few hours later, so it is essential to prepare for all kinds of weather.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Peru
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Peru. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Peru

Cut Stones and Crossroads - R Wright Exploring Cusco - P Frost The Incas and Their Ancestors - M Moseley


Important Information

Itinerary changes:Occasionally it may be necessary to amend this itinerary for reasons beyond our control such as weather, trail conditions or changes to transport schedules. These can occur with little notice.

Very Important - Correct Passport Details: In order to obtain your permit to trek the Inca Trail it is vital that you provide Peregrine with accurate details of the passport you will be travelling on in Peru. If you are travelling on a different passport from what is shown on your permit, you will be refused entry at the entrance to the trail.

Book Early: The Peruvian Government has introduced strict quotas on the number of permits issued for hiking the ‘Classic’ Inca Trail route. These can often be sold out months in advance. To apply for your group’s permits, we will need your deposit and your passport details, so we ask that you book your holiday early.

Public Holiday Inconveniences: Please be prepared for the inconvenience of sights such as museums and churches being closed to tourists on public holidays (ie. Christmas Day and New Years Day). Throughout Latin America, quite a few museums are closed on Mondays.

Meals during trek: Please note that we are unable to cater for those with a gluten intolerance (Coeliac) during the trek. Food labelling standards vary quite dramatically from country to country so it is not always safe to rely on ingredient labels in another country. Secondly, due to the remote nature of the trek and available cooking facilities, cross-contamination cannot always be fully avoided.

Typical meals during the trek: Breakfast (toast, fruit salad, ground corn tortillas, vegetable omelette, fried plantains), Snack (biscuits, tea, pop corn, chocolate bars, hot chocolate), Lunch (Vegetable soups, steamed trout, roast beef, quinoa grained, mashed or scalloped potatoes), Dinner (Chicken, rice, goulash, rosemary potatoes, chicken wrapped in tomato sauce)

Hotel Breakfasts: Breakfasts in Latin America are simple affairs. They consist of tea or coffee, fruit juice, bread rolls, butter and jam. Eggs and fruit are sometimes available on request, for a small charge.

Local contact numbers:
Peak Adventure Travel
Emergency phone:
+51 99605 5559
+51 97009 4823

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

20 May 2014


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