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The Apu Salkantay (6,271m / 20551ft) is a sacred mountain in the Vilcabamba range, located to the south of the Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu.


This mountain, together with the Southern Cross, served as a point of reference for astrological observation developed by the Incas (from Machu Picchu), especially during the June and December solstices. Its location supports the concept of “sacred geography”, under which the Incas developed Andean civilization.

The best time of year to visit the Apu Salkantay is during the winter, from April to October. Temperatures range from -5º C / 41 ºF to 23º C / 73 ºF; with a scarce chance of rain. The maximum altitude we will reach is 4643m / 15233ft at the Salkantay pass, with the minimum altitude being 2000m / 6562ft in the town of Aguas Calientes.

The ecological levels we will experience will vary from Quechua, Suni, Puna and Janca (inter-Andean valleys and rainforest) with their characteristic flora and fauna. You will experience all of this amid spectacular geology, and with the detailed explanations of your guide, Flavio. He will also share his specialist photography knowledge with you during this trek, helping you to capture beautiful photos of the stunning locations you will visit. The native flora and fauna will provide excellent opportunities to hone your skills and experiment with macro photography, while the campsites will give you unrivalled access to amazing sunrises, sunsets and night photography. On clear nights, you will be able to develop your lightpainting skills, while the days will provide us with endless opportunities for landscape and mountain photography. We want to send you home not only having had an amazing experience exploring the Andes and Inca sites, but having learnt something new.

Day1.-Cusco- Mollepata -Markoqasa- Soraypampa

Our team will pick you up from your hotel to head towards mollepata where we will stop for
breakfast we will continue to markoqasa where we will start the walk.
The climb has beautiful scenery as we go up the area where we can see many birds, perhaps
even the Andean condor.
We will continue with the ascent to the viewpoint of the Turcarpay mountain where we will
await a delicious lunch.
After lunch we will continue towards Soraypampa where every moment the view will change
its beauty.
once we arrive at soraypampa we will have the most incredible views because they will be in
front of us Salkantay, tucarway the most beautiful mountains in this area and tonight we will
accompany these 2 great mountains.

Day 2.- Soraypampa- humantay- lake- pampa- japonesa 

Depending on the clients, this morning we will get up very early, we will just have some coffee
and we will go up to the humantay lagoon to take the photograph of the sunrise.
Then we'll go back to camp for breakfast.
after re-energizing we will start the climb towards salkantaypampa.
Once we arrive, the majestic Salkantay will be in front of us. After a break, we will continue the
climb to the Japanese pampa.
tonight we will have more options to take landscape photography and at night we will be at
the hotel with millions of stars and we will be able to photograph the milky way.
we will be there to assist you to compose the best photographs of the milky way, panoramic
everything you want to photograph the milky way or the river of the incas.
We will rest in the Japanese pampa.

Day 3.- Pampa japonesa- suyroqocha

According to the type of photograph of the Milky Way that you want to take, we will get up
early because we will go up to the highest pass of our trip at 4900 meters above sea level. The
idea is to be there for the sunrise because it has an incredible view.
from the snowy salkantay or the wild mountain of the incas, afterwards we will return to the
camp for a good breakfast.
Then we will start descending towards salkantaypampa from there we will start the climb
towards suyroqocha our next camp.
As soon as we arrive they will serve us the delicious lunch.

Afterwards we will have some time to rest because later we will go up to the Salkantay Pass for
the sunset which is wonderful because we will be closer to the Apu Salkantay.
After sunset we return to the camp for a hot dinner and get ready for another starry night.
Tonight we will see the animals that the Andean astronomers spotted on the via latea. It will
be another magical night.

Day 4.- Suyroqocha -Soraypampa Cusco


This morning those who want we will wash again tempra for another opportunity to
photograph the sunrise and then have breakfast and we will go back up to the salkantay pass once we arrive we will do our ceremony of respect to the apu salkantay or the wild mountain. from there we will start with the descent it is recommended to look everywhere because we could see condors, maybe the chinchilla a rodent from the Andes.

from soraypampa we will drive back to the City of Cusco.


  • Private transport.
  • Professional tour guide with
  • binoculars and telescope.
  • 04 breakfast, 04 lunches, 03 dinner.
  • All the fees


  • Tips.


  • Sunscreen.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Camera with extra battery.
  • Hat or cap.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Extra money.
  • Mineral water.


  • Modality: Adventure, Landscape and Cultural
  • Departure days: Daily departures
  • Season: From March to November
  • Travel duration: 2 days and 1 night
  • Accommodation: Camping 
  • Group Size: Minimum 1 person
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,100 masl
  • Difficulty: Moderate.

Private Service Prices:2021

  • 1 person : US$1150.00 per person
  • 2 people : US$950.00 per person
  • 3 people: US$850.00 per person
  • 4 people : US$750.00 per person
  • 5 people : US$650.00 per person
  • 6+ people : US$550.00 per person
  • Optional Machupicchu extention


  • Student Discount: US$50 (Requires Valid STUDENT CARD to qualify)
  • Under 15 years Discount: US$50 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

Optional Extras

  • Hiking Poles US$10
  • Sleeping Bag US$15
  • Single Tent Supplement US$20

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