Salkantay Trek

5 Days - 4 Night
5 Days - 4 Night

5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

→ Explore the classic Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu with locally owned tour operator

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an alternative to the Inca Trail Tours and considered by most hikers to be the most spectacular hike. This amazing trek is perfect for trekkers who wish to become personally integrated in changing ecosystems from one day to the next. You will walk through sweeping, magical landscapes of a snowy mountain paradise to a tropical Jungle where you will find a wide range of animals, medicinal plants and flower varieties. Witness with your own eyes a living, but ancient culture in remote villages hardly ever seen by foreigners.

The Vilcabamba is an spectacular mountain range extending over 260 km,. The snow-capped peak Salkantay peru rises to 6271 M-A-S-L 20574 F-A-S-L in height. It is an outstanding snowy mount, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south-central Peru. Because of its proximity to the city, it is easily accessible by car and it has been climbed by professional mountaineers since 1945 until nowadays.

In order to complete the Salkantay peru trek, you need to have a reasonable level of fitness, but age shouldn't be a barrier. The most important thing is to be well-acclimatized to the altitude. The highest you will explore the entire time is 4, 650 masl 15092 fasl. Two days of acclimatization before the trip is ideal for visiting the city of Cusco, its nearby Inca ruins, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Useful Information

♥ Trip Type: Hiking, adventure, history, culture and organic food.
♥ Good For: Moderate physical fitness.
♥ Overall Difficulty: Difficult
♥ Starting Altitude: 2900m - 9515ft.
♥ Highest Altitude: 4650 m - 15,200ft
♥ Hiking Distance: 61 km - 38 miles
♥ Accommodation: 3 nights in tents and 1 night hotel (Machu Picchu Pueblo)
♥ Coldest Night: Day 1 around 0º celsius
☻ Recommendation: We recommend you to arrive in Cusco 48 hours before your trek departure in order to acclimate at high elevation.

Day 1: Cusco - Challa Cancha – Humantay Lake - Soraypampa

Start hiking at Challa Cancha following a wide Inca Trail trek, we will gently make our way up the side of the valley covering a distance of about 16 km / 9.9 miles.

The landscapes throughout the day is amazing, along the walk you get to see a wide variety of native plants, birds and towards the end of the day, we will see the Laguna Humantay and snow-capped peaks of Salkantay Cusco (The Savage) looming high above us. The base campsite for tonight is at Soraypampa (4000 m / 12750 ft.), the night can get pretty chilly, it's the coldest night

Day 2: Soraypampa - Huayracmachay - Collpapampa

The longest, highest and amazing day of the tour. Therefore, the most beautiful day, the sceneries throughout the day goes from one extreme to another; starting from the high Puna covered in Andean grass, then we walk up and over Salkantay peak, where everything is rocky, after descending the far side to the warm and lush cloud forest below, along the walk you see a variety of wildlife.

Campsite for tonight is at Collpapampa (2900 m / 9514 ft), it is recommended you to put on mosquitos repellent from this point, the insects in the area have a nasty bite.

Day 3: Collpapampa - La Playa (Sahuayaco)

..→ After breakfast, you will have the shortest day of the expedition to the village La Playa 12 km down the valley from Collpapampa campsite. The trail takes you along the Lluskamayo River through an area that is teeming with green life and has various coffee plants and native fruit plantations.

▬ The campsite of tonight will be at the village of La Playa (2400m / 7874 ft.) that is populated, in this village you can try some of the locally grown coffee. If you are interested, you have the chance to go the hot springs that is close by, let your guide know in advance so that can organise this for you or you just stay at the village of Sahuayaco for free afternoon.

☺Note: The hot springs of Cocalmayo is not included in the package, therefore you would go on your own or relax in your campsite.

Day 4: La Playa - Hidroeléctrica - Machu Picchu Pueblo

Early wake up for breakfast, today is the final stretch of the trek before we reach Aguas Calientes town which is at the base of Machu Picchu Citadel. The main goal of today is a visit to the Inca site of Llactapata. Following an original Inca Trail Peru to Llactapata ruins by early to mid morning and can enjoy the fantastic views of Machu Picchu that we enjoy from here.

→ After the tour of Llactapata, we will head back down the mountainside to the Hydroelectric Station, where we'll have the last lunch and where you say thanks your team showing your gratitude. Then we'll continue hiking to Machu Picchu Pueblo or (Optional to catch the train to the town not included), where we spend the night in a Hotel.

Day 5: Machu Picchu ♥ - Cusco

After breakfast in the hotel and then catch the first bus back up to Machu Picchu citadel to visit the site, in order to explore the amazing city and the sunrise. We'll have a 2 hour guided tour in The last capital of the Incas, where you'll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the archaeological site. After the walking tour, you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.

Does Include

→ Professional English speaking tour guide
→ Assistant tour guide for groups of 9 to 18
→ Professional chef
→ Pre-trek talk the night before your hike
→ Mules to carry all camping equipments and 7kgs of your personal items
→ Pick up from your hotel/hostel
→ Private bus to Mollepata, then to the starting point of the hike
→ Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo town
→ Return transportation by train to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
→ Drinkable water bring your own water for the first morning
→ 4 breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks, 4 dinners (If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian, vegan, etc please let us know at the moment of booking time)
→ Dining tent with chairs and table
→ 4 men tent for only 2 trekkers
→ ♥♥♥ Star hotel in Aguas Calientes on night 4
→ Foam sleeping mattress
→ Oxygen bottle tank
→ First aid-kit
→ Entrance fee to Machu Picchu citadel
→ Extra emergency horse just in case because the health of our clients is first

Does not Include

☻ Sleeping bag (Can be rented from Machu Picchu Tour)
☻ The first breakfast on day 1, lunch and dinner on day 4 (You can have in Aguas Calientes town)
☻ Tips for guide, cook and porters
☻ Travel and health insurance (You are highly recommended to take out travel/health insurance for the duration of your trip)

► Sun cream (recommended 35 better if is higher)
► Insect repellent
► Toiletries, hand sanitizer, wipes and towel
► Personal medications
► Camera and films
► Torch with spare batteries
► Sandals are recommended to get change in the campsites
► Trekking boots
► Waterproof jacket and rain poncho
► Warm jackets
► Hat and gloves
► T-shirts
► Comfortable trousers
► Sun hat

Group Service Price:

♥ ♥ Minimum of participants 02 persons
→ US$630.00 per person
♦ Student Discount: US$30 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
♦ Under 18's Discount: US$30

Private Service Prices

► Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu prices depend on the number of participants in your group → More trekkers less the hikers pay. Number of Trekkers

Price - Based on number of people

1☺ People →USD 1110.00 Solo Traveller

2☺☺People → USD 800.00 Per Person

3☺☺☺People → USD 760.00 Per Person

4☺☺☺☺People → USD 725.00 Per Person

5☺☺☺☺☺People USD 690.00 Per Person

6☺☺☺☺☺☺People → USD 660.00 Per Person

7☻+ People → USD 610.00 Per Person


▬ Student Discount: US$30 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
▬ Under 18's Discount: US$30
Optional Extras:
☻ Sleeping Bag US$30
☻ Walking Pole US$13 each
☻ Inflatable Mattress US$25
☻ Single Tent Supplement US$35
☻ Extra 7kg of personal items US$85
☻ Huayna Picchu permit US$35
☻ Machu Picchu Mountain permit US$35
US$630 Per Person

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