Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days 4 Nights

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days 4 Nights

  • Inka Altitude 5 Days / 4 Nights
  • Inka Altitude From US$ 350,00 per person
  • Inka Altitude Difficulty: Medium
  • Inka Altitude Max. Altitude: 4,650 m
  • Inka Altitude 73 km

The beautiful Salkantay Trek was named in 2014 by National Geographic Travel magazine among the 25 best treks in the world. It is the best Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu. It will take you over about 75 km hike through different altitudes, weather, and changing flora and climate zones. 

This Salkantay Trek with five days is the perfect trek for people who want the whole experience. There are different campsites and complimentary tours like our unique coffee tour in Lucmabamba and Hot springs in Santa Tereza more than a trek.


Salkantay Mountain

Salkantay Mountain

The hike to Salkantay pass is worth it; enjoy the gigantic mountains around.

Amazing Views

Amazing Views

Enjoy snowcapped mountains, glaciers, tropical areas are all part of this beautiful trek.

The wonder of The World

The wonder of The World

Relish the majestic Machu Picchu with a guided tour and experience of a lifetime during your visit.


Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days 4 Nights
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days 4 Nights
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days 4 Nights
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days 4 Nights
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days 4 Nights
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days 4 Nights
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days 4 Nights

Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa - Sleep in Domes.

  • Pick up from your hotel to Mollepata.
  • Some time to organize and get ready for first day’s trek.
  • Trek for 6km until first campsite.
  • After lunch 4 km hike to reach Humantay our campsite.
  • Happy hour, dinner and briefing for next day.
  • Sleep in our private Domes campsite.

Soraypampa - Chaullay or Collpapampa

  • Breakfast and last tips from our guide to you.
  • Climb to Salkantay Pass (4678 mts) 7.5 km (hardest part of the day).
  • Then hike 2 hours downhill to the lunch spot.
  • After lunch 3 hours to campsite Chaullay.
  • Happy hour, dinner and briefing for next day.

Chaullay - La Playa (sahuayaco) (Cloud Forest) - Lucmabamba

  • Breakfast and time to use mosquito repellent before setting out.
  • There 16 km between Chaullay and next campsite.
  • We will have the lunch in La Playa.
  • Pass by local farmers’ lands.
  • Hot day, good for shorts and t-shirts.
  • At campsite enjoy our trademark Coffee tour.
  • Or, as an optional extra you can visit natural thermal baths for a rejuvenating soak.
  • Happy hour, dinner and briefing for next day.

Lucmabamba - Llactapata - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

  • Start the day with a delicious breakfast.
  • Climb to Llactapata (3 hours approx.)
  • At the top enjoy the panoramic vista across the valley from Llactapata and savor your first look at Machu Picchu.
  • Go down 3 hours approximately.
  • You will have lunch in Hidroelectrica.
  • Take train or walk (3 hours approx.) to Aguas Calientes.
  • Settle into your hotel and rest, write or explore the town.
  • Dinner and briefing for next day.

Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu Sanctuary - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

  • Early morning go up to Machu Picchu.
  • Introductory tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Optional climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • Return to Aguas Calientes by foot or by bus.
  • Take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private Van from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
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Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa:

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco shortly after 4 a.m. to go by private van to Mollepata. This is a spectacular scenic drive through the Anta plains with beautiful and panoramic views across a vast plateau of the majestic Salkantay and other mountains covered with snow. Then marvel at the spectacular winding descent into the Valley of Apurimac River. After 2½ hours we stop in Mollepata to have breakfast and shop for last minute supplies. There will be time for leg-stretching or to use the bathrooms, before continuing to Challacancha. There we will meet with our support staff. They will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 8:30 a.m. we will start our trek toward Soraypampa (3900 meters above sea level) if we keep a regular pace we will take 3 hours approximately to reach Soraypampa for lunch at our first campsite. After lunch in the afternoon we have an option to go up to see Humantay Lake a glacial lake below the peak of Salkantay at (4200meters above sea level). This side tour takes 3 hours to hike back and forth from the camp. Alternatively, if we are moving at a slow pace; we will have lunch in Soraypampa. Either way our camp will be at Soraypampa. Sleeping tents will be ready and we will have a warm delicious dinner in the evening.


  • Meals: lunch, dinner
  • Accommodations: Soraypampa Camping DOMES.
  • Maximum Altitude: 3850 meters.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2850 meters.
  • Temperature during day: 13ºC – 25ºC
  • Temperature during night: 03ºC – 12ºC
  • Hiking Distance: 15 km approx.

Day 2: Soraypampa – Chaullay or Collpapampa:

In the morning we will wake you up with the coca tea at 5:30 a.m. and we will have a nutritious breakfast around 6 a.m. Today we will start the hardest day of the whole Salkantay trek. We will be walking up to the highest point of the trek. After 7 kilometers uphill through the magnificent landscape of rocky mountains, valleys and flood plain and changing views of Mount Salkantay above us. At the top of the trek we will have spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of Salkantay (6245) meters above sea level, the second highest mountain of the Cusco region. Then we go 2 hours downhill around 1:00 p.m. to where we will have our delicious Peruvian lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. Afterward we continue our hike approximately 3 hours downhill to our camp in Chaullay (2900 meters above sea level) or Colcapampa (3000 meters above sea level). The sleeping tents and warm wash water will be ready and waiting for you. Then after a well-earned hot meal we will retire to our tents for a well-deserved sleep.


  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodations: Chaullay Camping.
  • Maximum Altitude: 4650 meters.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2920 meters.
  • Temperature during day: 15ºC – 25ºC
  • Temperature during night: 10ºC – 15ºC
  • Hiking Distance: 22 km approx.

Day 3: Chaullay – La Playa (sahuayaco) (Cloud Forest) – Lucmabamba:

Around 6.30am, we start trekking through the high jungle crossing the Lluskamayo valley with its rich variety of flora and fauna  to reach La Playa (Sahuayaco) after about 6 hours. We will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants. You will taste the famous passion fruit or granadilla. We will have lunch when we arrive at La Playa. After lunch our horses will go back to Mollepata while we go on to Lucmabamba Campsite where we will spend the night. Here you can choose to go on our coffee tour or opt for a bus drive to Santa Teresa to enjoy the natural hotspring it is famous for. (Bus fares and entrance fees to the natural hot spring is not included in this tour), (coffee tour Is included).


  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodations: Lucmabamba Camping.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2920 meters.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2156 meters.
  • Temperature during day: 17ºC – 25ºC
  • Temperature during night: 13ºC – 15ºC
  • Hiking Distance: 16 km approx.

Day 4: Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes:

We will have our delicious breakfast at 6 a.m. Then we will walk for about 3 hours up to Llactapata and along the original Inka Trail to Llactapata. From this beautiful archeological site we will be able to see part of Machu Picchu and into the amazing Urubamba valley. Afterwards we have another 3 hours down hill until we arrive to the hydrolectric where we are going to have lunch. Then we will walk for 3 more hours or take a 45 minute train ride to Aguas Calientes to your hotel. After you have settled in we will get together for dinner and a briefing on how to get the most out of your visit to Machu Picchu tomorrow.


  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodations: Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2750 meters.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2150 meters.
  • Temperature during day: 15ºC – 27ºC
  • Temperature during night: 13ºC – 17ºC
  • Hiking Distance: 13 km approx.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Sanctuary – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Cusco :

After an early breakfast at the hotel you will walk 1 hour 30 minutes or take bus up to Machu Picchu, so we can be the first ones into Machu Picchu to enjoy the sunrise. You will have a private 2 hour guided tour followed by free time in which you will be able to go on to explore Machu Picchu by yourself.  If you have booked the Huayna Picchu in advance climb or the walk up Machu Picchu mountain this is the time for you to set off.
Afterward Machu Picchu you will go back down to Aguas Calientes town to catch the train to Ollantaytambo. There our private van will meet you and take you back to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel or hostel.


  • Meals: breakfast
  • Maximum Altitude: 3410 meters.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2130 meters.
  • Temperature during day: 17ºC – 25ºC
  • Temperature during night: 13ºC – 15ºC
  • Hiking Distance: 3 km approx.

  • Pre-departure briefing in Cusco
  • Profesional bilingual Tour Guide.(2 guides for groups of over 10 people)
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning (we pick you up from where you are staying)
  • Private transport to Challacancha (starting point of the trek)
  • 1 Night in Soraypampa Domes
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people capacity tent, to allow  for higher comfort and a safe of backpacks.
  • Thermarest(air mat) sleeping mat
  • Camping equipment (tent, cooking and eating tent. chairs and tables)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 4
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 5kg per person (sleeping bag) – days 1 to 4
  • 1 night accommodation in a hostal Aguas Calientes(private room, hot shower, tv, wi fi)
  • Entrance fee to Salkantay
  • Entrance fee Machu Picchu
  • Tourist train back to ollantaytambo ( expedition service at  14:30 pm,18:45pm leaving from Aguas calientes)
  • Private Van from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • All meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, happy hour before dinner ) and 4 dinners
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and night, and also at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Vegetarian/special diet options available

Not included

  • Entrance fees to Huaynapicchu or Montaña (if you take this entrance, it will be charged 65 USD to the original price)
  • Train tickets from Aobamba(Hidroelectric) to Aguas Calientes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Lunch on the last day in aguas calientes
  • Entrances to the hot spring waters  or transportation to get there
  • Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu on day 5

Shared service price: $.350.00.

Important: Shared service price is only available with agreement passengers to share this service with other travelers (Group site 12 – 19 People approx.)

Private service price: $.650.00. (based on two people)

Included all mentioned before

Group size upon your request, for people who need a personalize and exclusive service

Departure day is according to passenger request

Price for bigger groups are according to group size

Do you need to book a Private tour? Book here.

What you should bring

  •     Original passport
  •     ISIC card( if it is applicable (needs to be sent at the time of your  booking)
  •     Insurance card optional
  •     Hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors )
  •     Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  •     Warm jack
  •     Hat and gloves
  •     T-shirts
  •     Comfortable trousers
  •     Rain pants
  •     Sun hat, Bathing suit (for hot springs in santa teresa and Aguas Calientes)
  •     Sun protection cream ( factor 35 recommended ) sun is strong
  •     Insect Repellent  40 % deet ( for mosquitos )
  •     Water bottle
  •     Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended)
  •     Toilet paper
  •     Personal medication
  •     Camera and extra batteries
  •     Torch with spare batteries (flashlight)
  •     Extra contribution suggested money for tipping porters, cook and guide. and for any emergency

Important to know

  • Once we have confirmed your reservation, it’s not possible to change the date of trek departure, and it’s forbidden to change the name or passport number on the permit.
  • Tour is not refundable or transferable or reschedulable.

Not appropriate for

  • People with any mobility problem
  • People with respiratory problems
  • People with mobility issues
  • People with a heart problem
  • People with respiration problems

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