Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N

Travel one of the most magnificent treks on Earth , featured in National Geographic Adventure Magazine as one of the Top 25 Hikes in the World.

Located northwest of Cusco, Salkantay Mountain, the cordillera's tallest peak rises to 6271 meters above sea level. The name Salkantay means 'Savage Mountain' and it is a strikingly beautiful single peak providing a great focal point for this route. The Salkantay to Machu Picchu trek normally takes 4 days walking and has become popular with trekkers wanting to combine a quieter, less trodden route with a visit to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

One of the reasons the Salkantay trail is so popular is the incredible diversity of the views and ecosystems.  Voted among the top 25 best treks in the world the walk is dominated by the 20,500-feet-high Mount Salkantay and cuts through the beautiful Mollepata Valley and passes Salkantay at an altitude above 15,000 feet before traversing around the mountains to arrive at Aguas Calientes, horses are used  to carry food and equipment.


Service Prices

2-3 Trekkers US$695 per person
4-6 Trekkers US$655 per person
7+Trekkers US$580 per person


Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)

Under 18's Discount: US$20

Optional Extras:

Sleeping Bag US$20

Walking Pole US$15

Inflatable air matts US$20

Hotel single room +US$35

Huayna Picchu permit US$25


Day 1: Cusco - Soraypampa – Humantay Lake – Salkantay pampa.

Your trekking guide, chef and porters will pick you up from your hotel (Must to be located in Cusco) at 4:30 a.m., and you will drive two and a half hours to the trail head, Soraypampa (3,800 meters). You will meet your horse man and horses, and have some time to prepare for the day and enjoy your breakfast. You will experience the amazing views of the Andes and the amazing views of the high glacier peaks. They are considered to be the highest peaks around Cusco and the father of the other mountains by many Andean people (Apus means God). You will begin a two hour climb to the most beautiful blue lake, located at the bottom of Humantay glacier mountain. It’s believed that the Incas used to hold celebration ceremonies for the God of water and the Apus, that surround this peaceful place. You will then begin you return to the main trail and continue towards your lunch spot. After lunch, we will have a two hour, steep climb to our first campsite, at salkantay pampa (4,200 m). At the campsite, you will be welcomed by your porters to enjoy hot drinks and dinner. Tonight is the perfect night to spot the constellations and the views of Salkantay peak. This site is the closest camp to Salkantay, so it may be possible to hear some avalanches. However, do not let this scare you, they are not in close proximity to us. This is the highest campsite, so it should be a cold night, close to zero degrees Celsius.

Elevation: 3,800 - 4,200 meters
Distance: 12km / 7 miles
Considered: Moderate to difficult
Weather: Cold

Day 2: Saltantay Pass - Wayracmachay – Chaullay – Ccollpapampa.

Leave your alarm clocks at home. Instead, your wake up call will be a hot cup of coca tea in bed.

You will enjoy your breakfast, prepared by your trekking chef, and then you will start preparing for your journey. If the weather allows, the views from this area are breathtaking. You will be looking at two big mountains, called Humantay (5,900 meters above sea level) and Salkantay (6,215 meters above sea level). You will explore the Andes with alpine views, the entire time. For two hours, you will partake,by switchback, uphill hiking along the Salknatay valley, Afterwars the last gradual uphill portion of the day, towards Salkantay Pass at 4,650 meters high, the highest point of the trek. This will take about an hour, so you will be able to see and hear some avalanches falling from the hill of the Salkantay glacier peak. Following, two hours will be downhill to our lunch spot, called Wayracmachay, located at 3,800 meters high. Again, you will experience some impressive views. You will enjoy the back side of the mountain, which always has snow on the roof, and the cloud forest at the bottom of the valley. After lunch you will hike, which will be four hours downhill, until you arrive at your campsite, called Ccollpapampa, at 2,700 meters high. Shortly after you begin to walk from lunch, you will notice that the micro-climate changes from cold and glacier views, to a warmer forest with green, lush jungle and beautiful flora and fauna. There will be many different species of orchids to see, as well as ferns and begonia flowers. Humming birds will be above you, a difference from the day before. Upon your arrival to the campsite, you will be welcomed by your trekking staff and have time to enjoy your afternoon with hot drinks and dinner.

Elevation: 4,100 - 4,650 - 2700 meters
Distance: 16km / 10 miles
Considered: Difficult 
Weather: Cold, rainy, windy, warm. 

Day 3: Ccollpapampa - Playa - cocalmayo

After a delicious breakfast, you will get started on your shortest. You will explore the tropical forest, Along the way you will explore beautiful waterfalls, rivers, and again, flora and fauna. This will be another micro-climate, called a tropical forest, where local people farm coffee, passion fruit, papayas, oranges and avocados. where you will be able to taste the coffee, prepared by the local people. Coffee is the main farming industry for the local people. They farm big hectares of coffee to export to the United States, Asia and Europe. Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia, but it wasn't until the Spanish invaded Cusco, that it was brought to this region. Lunch is always fresh and served family style (large dishes for you to enjoy as much as you like). After a short siesta you will jump in the small van to drive 30 minunts to our campsite called  Cocalmayu-hot springs (2400 m). The views while going by bus are of course amazing and you will be able to see the beautiful Santa Teresa valley. Upon your arrival at the campsite, your porters will welcome you and give you the opportunity to enjoy the magical views of the mountains. You will have time for happy hour with hot, cold drinks and jump any time to natural hot springs before and affter dinner.

Elevation: 2700 - 2200 meters
Distance: 12km / 7 miles
Considered: moderate 
Weather: warm, himid

Day 4: Cocalmayo – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes – Hotel

Our porters will gently wake you up with a hot glass of coca tea, coffee. Once you are ready for the day, you will have breakfast with amazing views of the valley, Also you can be able to do Zip Line on that valley (not included). After breakfast you will hike rolling hill until you arrive to Hidroelectrica where you will enjoy your lunch. You will have a fabulous meal and rehydrate and then continue for 3 hours until you arrive to Aguas Calientes along the railway which in 1915 was explored by Professor Hiram Bingham when he was looking for the lost city of the incas. Along the way you may see some flora and fauna that are very authentic from the area such as the bird gallito de las rocas (cock of the rock). Gallito de las rocas is considered to be the national peruvian bird. Hopefully tyou will see some woodpeckers, oropéndolas, avocado plantations and also pass by the farm that is owned by the family who guided Hiram Bingham in 1915 to Machu Picchu. You will have some beautiful views of Machu Picchu from different angles as you approach as well. Finally you will arrive to Aguas Calientes where your guide will take you to your hotel and give you some time to settle in and enjoy a well deserved hot shower. After dinner, we recommend going to bed early to make the most of the next day.

 Walkign distance: 16 km                                                                                                                                                              Aguas Calientes elevation: 2000 metters 
 Weather: warm, Hot, humid 

Day 5: Machu Picchu one of the 7 wonders of world

We will wake up early in the morning in order to catch the sunrise at Machu Picchu. You will have a two hour guided tour by your private English speaking guide. After that, you will have time to explore Machu Picchu by yourself. Those who have tickets to huayna picchu will have time to climb the mountain, which takes approximately an hour and a half, round-trip. When you are done exploring, you can either take a bus, or walk, down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Following, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy, and then a bus to Cusco, where you will be brought back to your hotel.

  • Trekking briefing the night before at your hotel with your trekking guide where your guide will overview the trek and provide the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Transfer in private transport to Soraypampa( trailhead )
  • sleeping tents (we only put 2 in each tent) very spacious, large and comfortable with plenty of room to fit your  trekking  gear and your day packs
  • Foam mats to put under your sleeping bag (carried by horses)
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs (very confortable)
  • English-speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups over 10 people)
  • 3 meals per day, tea social/happy hour every afternoon, snacks every morning
  • Portable private toilet tent
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Chef, cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Porters, horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment)
  • Emergency horse in case anybody gets tired or wants to ride it just for a photo
  • Drinking water every morning, lunch, happy hour, and dinner time and water for washing your feet and hands
  • Expedition Tourist class train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, then a private Van to transfer back to your hotel in Cusco
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Bus to/from Machu Picchu (roundtrip)
  • 2 hour Private Guided tour of Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore on your own
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes double or triple rooms, private bathrooms, hot showers, wifi, and storage while you visit Machu Picchu.
  • Climb to the Sun Gate, inka bridge.
  • 8 kg /17 lb luggage allowance to be carried by our horses  (you will trek only with your day pack which is way more confortable than carrying a big bag!)
  • We are a locally owned Peruvian company with the best adventure guides, professional chefz, and amazing porters and horsemen.
  • We will create a the trip of a lifetime experience for you.
  • Taxes included
  • Lunch on the last day
  • Sleeping bag (this can be rented from the company for $25  for the entire trek)
  • Walking sticks (this can be rented from the company $20 for the entire trek)
  • Optional inflatable sleeping pad (7cm/3″) (you can rent from the company $20)
  • Optional Huayna Picchu Climb ($25 per person)
  • Original Passports and student cards (if applicable and booked as a student)
  • Good backpack or daypack
  • Good sleeping bag (can be rented from the company for $20)
  • Hiking boots
  • Walking sticks (can be rented from the company)
  • Warm clothes (the temperature changes – you might experience 4 seasons all in one day)
  • T-shirts (4), sun hat, 2 pairs of pants/trousers, gloves, 4 pairs of socks, rain jacket, warm jacket, extra layers
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Insect repellent (non malarial mosquitos)
  • Rain poncho (you can buy this in Cusco or on the trek)
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, wipes, hand sanitizer
  • Bathing suit
  • Sandals are recommended to get changed into the evenings
  • Scarf
  • Water bottle (it’s not necessary to bring water tablets)
  • Personal medical kit
  • Student card if you are student, you must scan it when you are booking
  • Flashlight
  • Some plastic bags in the rainy season
  • Waterproof gloves (important!)
  • Toiletries: toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, wipes, hand sanitazer
  • Towel
  • Good trekking shoes as the trail  is mudy and slippery in some sections

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