Party Bike Travel

Trek Mollepata - Santa Teresa –Machu Picchu 5D/4N Alternative Trek.


 

Code: Tk-5Mol/09

Grading: Moderate to challenge trekking - Need good shape

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

Season: April to November

Departures: Upon request.

 

ITINERARY

 

Day 01: Cusco – Mollepata – Marcocasa - Soraypampa

 

At 06:00 a.m. starts the tour with private transport from the city of Cusco. We will pass the localities of Izcuchaca and Limatambo and after 02 hours drive we will arrive to Mollepata (2950m/9676ft) where we stop for a short rest and have a coffee. Afterwards we continue our drive (1 hour) towards the small settlement of Marcocasa at 3300m/10824ft. From here we start our first day trek (5 hours) towards our camp at Soraypampa (3850m/12628ft) an Andean valley located at the foothills of the beautiful Mount Humantay (5910m/19385ft). On the way on you will enjoy fine views of the surrounding valleys of Curahuasi and Apurimac. Camp. (BL,D).

 

Day 02: Soraypampa – Huayracmachay

 

This morning our mules will be prepared and ready to transport our heavy equipment along the entire route. From Soraypampa we start our 4 hours trek towards Soyrococha at 4400m/14432 where we will have our first lunch while enjoying great views of the impressive west face of Mount Salcantay (6264m/20546ft). After lunch a 3 hours hike will take us down to our camp at Huayracmachay. On the way on we first reach the Salcantay pass at 4750m/15580ft and then we trek down to our camp at Huayracmachay settlement. During our hike we will have the permanent view of the amazing Mount Salcantay. With luck we can also observe the flight of the amazing Condor bird known as the “King of the Andes”. During our descend from Salcantay pass we will also have the opportunity to observe the remains of an ancient Inca Trail, a road of approximately 6 meters wide. Camp at 3800m / 12464ft. (B,L,D).

 

Day 03: Huayracmachay Camp – Winaypoko Camp

 

After a hearty breakfast, at 08:00 a.m. we will be ready to continue our 7 hours trek heading northeast down to the Colpapampa“s Valley (3200m/10496ft). Leaving the Huaracmachay plain very soon we will start an impressive descend into the deep canyon of the Salcantay river. The highland landscape suddenly turns into an amazing cloud forest with the typical grass, bushes and trees covered with beautiful bromelias. After 3 hours we will reach the small settlement of Challway and from here another 40 minutes-1 hour hike will take us to Colpapampa village where we will enjoy a hot lunch. From Colpapampa the Salcantay River turns into the Santa Teresa River. After a rest we will continue our descend to the shores of the Totora River where we can enjoy a soak in the nearby hot water springs. Then following along the north side of the Santa Teresa River we will continue (3 hours) until we reach our next camp at Winaypoko settlement (2800m/5904ft). Just 30 minutes before Winaypoko we will have the opportunity to observe the beautiful Coripacchi waterfalls.

In the evening at our camp we will enjoy a good meal with some wine around a camp fire. (B,BL,D).

 

Day 04: Winaypoko - La Playa (Cochapampa) Village - Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

 

In our last trekking day at we will hike for 3 hours down to the place known as La Playa. This trek takes us along the north side of Santa Teresa River. On the way down we will observe plantations of banana, coffee, granadillas (a typical fruit from the area), avocado trees, etc. The sound of flock of parrots will accompany us during the hike and on the river perhaps we can observe the fast fly of king fishers. After our arrival at La Playa, we cross the river to finally reach Cochapampa village from where a truck will transport us to the town of Santa Teresa. The truck ride is really very impressive. Finally we reach the low plains of Santa Teresa Village (1500m/4920ft) where some porters will help us to carry our bags to the place known as La Oroya, from where using a cable basket we will cross the turbulent Urubamba River . Once passed "La Oroya", we will board another local truck transport service (30 minutes) which will take us towards the place known La Hidroelectrica (operation area of the hydroelectric power plant). Here we will board the local train to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will arrive after a 1 hour train ride. Then our guide will take you to your hotel for a well deserved rest. (B, L).

 

Day 05: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

 

In our last day an early morning awake up will be followed by breakfast in the hotel and then a public bus transport will take you up to the main entrance of the Machu Picchu City (2400m/7872ft). A guided tour will show you this beautiful Inca City, one of the most famous in the world. You will visit the Intihuatana, the temple of the 3 windows, temple of the moon, the terraces, the ceremonial fountains, the sun gate and other sectors of the impressive citadel. In the afternoon we take the public bus down to Aguas Calientes and by train you will return to Ollantaytambo (or Cusco) from where our transport will take you back to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel. End of our program. (B).

 

Private Service. Upon Request

 

Entrance fee to Machupicchu: : $ 57.00

Entrance fee to Mollepata: : $ 50.00

Single supplement: USD $ 50.00 per person.

 

Included:

  • Orientation meeting in Cusco (previous to departure date).

  • Bilingual guide

  • Transfer put in and put off.

  • All balance meals during the trekking (4 days/3 nights), including snacks.

  • All common camping gear: Two men mountain tent, mattress, kitchen dishes, kitchen tent, dinner tent, toilet tent , table, chairs.

  • Cook.

  • Horse and mules for the whole equipment.

  • First aid kit with Oxygen.

  • Professional bilingual guide, 01 assistant per each 09 clients.

  • Short wave radios.

  • Bus up and down to Machu Picchu (5th day).

  • Sanitation care (disinfect dishes, filtered water, etc).

  • Environment care (all the garbage is going back to Cusco, portable toilet treatment).

  • Transport from La Playa to Hidroelectrica.

  • Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes 4th day

  • Backpacker train from Machu Picchu to Cusco.

Not Included:

  • Entrance fee to Machupicchu $ 57.00

  • Entrance fee to Mollepata $ 50.00

  • Sleeping bag.

  • Meals in Aguas Calientes.

  • Hotels in Cusco and Aguas Calientes.

  • Extra services not mentioned in the program.

  • Dinner 4th day

  • Lunch 5th day.

  • Tips and extra spends.