Machu Picchu Challenge

Forget the Inca Trail and hike to Machu Picchu along the higher and more beautiful Salkantay Trail!

This is the most spectacular archaeological site in all of South America surrounded by the most breathtaking scenery including snow covered mountains, jungles and waterfalls.

Embark on a challenging 4-day trek along the alternative Salkantay route, crossing over a 4,650 meters high pass where you can marvel at the Salkantay and Humantay peaks standing over 6,000 meters high.

Hike along this unspoiled trail, passing through the villages of Soraypampa and Santa Teresa, to discover indigenous mountain communities.

See the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ in the early morning light after having spent time in the town of Aguas Calientes.

  • Islamic Relief will pay for: In-country transfers, tour guide from Bamba Experience, all accommodations, meals while trekking, transport/support vehicles, entrance fees for all excursions
  • Not Included: Flights, additional drinks and refreshments, costs incurred for any extended stay
  • Date: October 1st – 7th 2018
  • Registration: Covered by Islamic Relief
  • Fundraising Target: $3,000
  • Deadline for Registration: Sept 1st 2018
  • Note: Only 20 spots are available and places are available on a first-come-first-serve basis If you have any questions, please email

Difficulty level: DEMANDING
All treks to Machu Picchu involve going to ‘high altitude‘, and therefore come altitude sickness risks.
Must train for this challenge as it can be very strenuous on the body, especially 11,000 feet above sea level.

Day 1 – Arrive in Cuzco

Free day to settle in and acclimatize.

Day 2 – Overnight in Cuzco

One more night to acclimatize, free day with optional team activities.

Day 3 – Cuzco to Mollepata to Challacancha, Trek to Soraypampa Camp (3,920m)

Travel by tourist-class bus to Mollepata (2,900m) where you can stretch your legs and buy snacks. Continue by car to Challacancha. Embark on a 3-hour walk that will take us to Soraypampa (3,920m) where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains. Hike up to Laguna de Humantay (approx. 1.5 hours each way). Our first campsite is located at 3,920m and is the highest and coldest campsite of the trip. Have dinner and go to sleep early.

Day 4 – Trek to Challhuay or Colcapampa Camp via High Pass (4,650m)

Begin our 4-hour walk to the highest pass on this trek (4,650m) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Humantay on the left. After a 2-hour downhill hike, a well-deserved lunch will be served at Huayracpampa, followed by another 3-hour trek to our campsite at Challhuay or Colcapampa as we near the beginning of the high jungle region at 2,900 meters.

Day 5 – Trek to La Playa, Transfer to Hydroelectric Station, Trek to Aguas Calientes

Start trekking for the day through the upper jungle crossing the Santa Teresa River and a variety of little brooks. We will have lunch at La Playa (2,200m) and continue by car to Santa Teresa town (1,700 meters) with a warmer climate. From here we will take another car to Hydroelectric Station (40 minutes) and then walk 3 hours to Aguas Calientes. There are internet cafes, cafes with board games and cards, plenty of shops and places to relax.

Day 6 – Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cuzco

Catch one of the first buses to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride) in order to appreciate the magnificent city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city on your own. Return to Aguas Calientes by bus at your own convenience. Take the train back to Ollantaytambo and a bus to Cuzco.

Day 7 – Departure Flight

Everyone bids farewell and heads to the airport

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