4:30 am Pick up from hotel, by our tourist bus, we´ll travel through the Andes, reaching the village of Mollepata, where you can gear up on last minute supplies or anything you may have forgotten back in town (water, rain poncho, bug spray, etc). Once the horsemen have taken the large packs and all last-minute supplies have been purchased, it’s time to start the Salkantay Trek.
The Salkantay trek on this first day is for the majority of the time simply walking on the road that runs all the way back to Soraypampa. While the views are stunning and the trail occasionally takes a steep shortcut through the cow pastures, the scent of eucalyptus invades you as you head up out of Mollepata and out into the wide open valleys that dominate this section of the Andes, and it feels incredible to breathe the thin, mountain air and slowly slip further back into the middle of nowhere.
Soraypampa is an utterly surreal location, nestled at the base of towering 3,600 mts or 8,528 fts andean peaks such as Salkantay Mountain at 6264 mts or 20,551.18 fts. Soraypampa is our protector of Apu Salkantay: windswept, barren, freezing, and utterly enchanting.