Salkantay Trek Machu Picchu 5 Days / 4 Night

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Salkantay Trek Machu Picchu 5 Days 4 Night

This impressive trek passes under the magnificent Salkantay mountain (6,269 masl / 20,569 feet), one of the highest and most impressive of the Peruvian Andes. Your first two days will be dominated by the impressive “Apus” of Salkantay and Humantay, as you tour the high puna landscape. Salkantay is the second most popular trek in the region of Cusco and some of the campsites are remote than in other trails. Next to the magical apu salkantay and then reach the archaeological center of Machu Picchu.  Experience an impressive part of the immense high mountain range of Vilcabamba – Salkantay. Ideal for adventure lovers, couples and friends who love nature and for intrepid people walk on natural bridges, snowy peaks, waterfalls and cloud forest, the Salkantay trek named among the 25 best treks in the world, by “National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine ” Sleep under one of the clearest skies night you’ve ever seen.

DURATION: 5 Days - 4 Nights
TIME: Departure 05:00 (1st day) - return 20:00 (5th day)
TRIP STYLE: Cultural Walks

Lunch: Lunch, dinner.
Total distance: 12 – 13 km (7 miles approx.)
Walking time: 6 – 7 hours
Max point. Altitude: 4,200 masl (13,799 ft)

Start of your respective hotel and departure from Cusco at 04:30 – 05:00 a.m. On the bus ride through small villages and communities like Limatambo izcuchaca and after three hours we will arrive at the small town of Mollepata where breakfast (not included) and you can buy some last minute items. From here our private transport to Challacancha for about 1 hour, then start with the walk. To get the best views in the upper part of the valley to appreciate the best views in the upper part of the valley of limatambo and the natives native peoples and other snow-capped mountains in the Andes. After a brief introduction of our staff, the walk is through vegetation and a narrow path between the dark hills, much of the path is flat and flat at the edge of the water channel to soraypampa. The trail is considered an original Inca trail that connects the Peruvian coast and the oldest cities of the Inca period, following the narrow path and colorful landscapes over the valley of Lima. In the afternoon we will take a break for an ascent to the humantay lagoon and take a pleasant and pleasant time, it is recommended for the views and the sunset, before nightfall we will descend to the camp for dinner and overnight in the faces in Soraypampa (3,900 masl ).


Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Total distance: 22 km (13.50 miles)
Walking time: 8 – 9 hours
Max. Altitude point: 4,600 masl (15,090 feet)

In the light of day is the awake to take a nutritious breakfast and then start the trek to the top of the route (7 km). After climbing for 2.5 to 3 hours on a winding road we will arrive at a moraine glacier where we can appreciate vizcachas (chinchilla andina) and a very small lake. After 3 hours we will finally reach the pass that is the highest point of the trip (4,600 meters / 13,451 feet). Here you will find yourself in the middle of two great mountains – Salkantay (6,271 masl) and Humantay (5,850 masl). Salkantay is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region and in the pass the mountain itself is very close. From here you can also see the Pumasillo mountain (5,850 meters above sea level) in front of you, a mountain that can be seen from a different angle when you are in Machu Picchu. Descend to Huayracmachay (or Huayrapampa) or Andenes, approximately 2.5 to 3 hours from the pass, where we will have lunch.
From here, the Apus Peru groups deviate from the standard Salkantay trek, as we try to get our customers off the busiest roads. We will climb for about an hour to Unuyoc, this is not a wide road and in the rainy season it is wet and slippery. From the highest point, with the views of the Santa Teresa Valley, we will descend to the camp in Unuyoc. You will probably be the only people in the camp. This is a very nice place to camp, with wonderful landscapes. Accommodation: Camp at Unuyoc 2850 m (8 hour hike at an altitude of 4,600 meters / 13,451 feet).


Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Total distance: 12 km (7.50 miles)

Walking time: 5 -7 hours
Max point. Altitude: 2,900 masl (9,692 ft)
After breakfast we will descend for an hour more to the high jungle (known as “the eyebrow of the jungle”), enjoying the landscapes that offer us a lot of natural beauty. We will cross the river and while we walk to the left side of the river “Alto Salkantay” towards the “eyebrow of the jungle” we can see orchids, bromeliads, typical vegetation of the area and also different types of birds, insects and butterflies. In comparison with the previous day of the trek, this is an easy walk since we descend slowly for 3 hours to La Playa (2,050 masl). While we are losing altitude, we will see trees of citrus fruits, avocados, bananas and coffee plants. 5 hours walk at an altitude of 1,900 meters / 6,232 feet).


Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel
Maximum altitude: 2,000 meters above sea level
Distance traveled: 18 km approx.
You will wake up early to enjoy breakfast, on this day it is optional to zipline / zipline for two hours before the hike is next to the river following the dirt road to hydroelectric, a pleasant time of snacks and lunchbox, the last 3 hours of walking they are surrounded by the lower valley of the Machu Picchu complex where there is a great amount of biodiversity of plants, orchids and wildlife such as capiso bears and puma jungle.
Next to the train line to the town of Aguas Calientes, the road is next to the river willkamayu and we will appreciate beautiful landscapes. We will arrive at the accommodation in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes.


Food: Breakfast.
Early in the morning (before sunrise) we will take a bus to the ruins of Machu Picchu (bus $ 15.00) so you can appreciate this famous city with the light of dawn and before the crowds arrive. Then you will have a guided tour of 2 hours and ½ to Machu Picchu with your guide. After your tour you can explore the ruins on your own or climb the Huayna Picchu for that classic photograph of Machu Picchu. (You need to specify if you would like to climb the Huayna Picchu at the time of your reservation, it costs an additional $ 10). Also try to make space for a visit to the Temple of the Moon or Huayna Picchu when visiting Huayna Picchu.
If you can not make Huayna Picchu, other options are:
Inti Punku (sunrise) this is the place where the classic Inca road arrives.
Inca Bridge
Mountain Machu Picchu.
We highly recommend walking from Machu Picchu to observe the vegetation and also the audacity of its builders. It is a 1½ hour walk back to the town of Aguas Calientes. We return to Cusco in the afternoon in the backpacker train (leaves at 02:30 p.m. or at 06:00 p.m.) and in Ollantaytambo a driver will wait for you and transfer you directly back to your hotel. You will arrive in Cusco approximately 4 hours after the departure of your Aguas Calientes train.
The times mentioned in this itinerary are approximate. The duration of the hikes depends on the group and the guide can change the places for lunch and camping, depending on the progress of the group. Each guide has its own preferred route and may not correspond exactly with the route described here.
The conditions of the trek vary according to the season, for example in the dry season the road can be dusty, in the rainy season it can be slippery and muddy. During the middle seasons, the conditions depend on the previous climate. This is also a very used trek – the road is showing signs of degradation.
The Salkantay trek is an adventure trek, crossing a pass of 4,600 meters which in the low season (rainy) can be snow-covered. We do not recommend this trek during December, January, February and March due to slippery / muddy road conditions, but this recommendation depends on the current weather conditions. The Salkantay trek (also written Salcantay) is one of the most spectacular and varied treks around Cusco. Given the new restrictions on the Inca Trail, Salkantay is the second most popular trek in the region and may have a lot of tourist influx. (If you are a ‘purist’ and want a remote experience, consider one of our other treks). During the high season, up to 15 groups are expected to leave daily, in the low season, approximately 5 groups per day.
The Salkantay Trek has wonderful mountain views but little or no interaction with the local Peruvian culture. If you would like to experience traditional culture, consider the Lares and Machu Picchu trek.

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Tourist transport
  • Professional guide
  • Entrances to salkantay trail and entrance to machupicchu archaeological sanctuary
  • Porters and horses to carry all the equipment, tents, food, kitchen equipment, restaurants and tents, passenger equipment
  • Permits and tickets for our porters
  • Food: 4 breakfasts, 4 appetizers, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Coca tea is served every morning in your tent
  • Boiled water after breakfast to refill your water bottles
  • Lunch with hot drinks such as tea and coffee cake
  • Oxygen and first aid kit
  • Vegetarian and special diets under the order
  • Tourist return train: village of Machu Picchu / Ollantaytambo
  • 3 nights in a tent and one night in Aguas Calientes hotel.
  • No detailed food (the first breakfast and the last dinner)
  • Bus up and down: town of Machupicchu / Machu Picchu
  • Additional features
  • Original passport and migration card.
  • ISIC Card in force
  • Sleeping bag
  • Wear shoes or light shoes or tennis shoes and hiking boots
  • Walking sticks
  • Warm clothes: layers of variable temperatures especially at night
  • The thermal / gloves / scarves sock is made of wool / wool cap for cold nights.
  • Waterproof (long poncho) in rainy season.
  • Long sleeve shirts.
  • Long pants.
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat for sunny days.
  • Medicine and / or articles for personal use.
  • One lightweight backpack or briefcase per person
  • Toilet paper / small towel
  • Camera or video camera.
  • Keep checks and coins in hands, small denominations in dollars, euros or soles.

You can choose one of these 03 options of rates expressed in USD – USD per person:

Hotel 2
Hotel 3
Hotel 4
Servicio compartido (grupos de 25 personas) Servicio compartido (grupos de 15 personas) Servicio privado (mínimo 02 personas)
USD 420.00 USD 495.00 USD 655.00



Huayna Picchu is the mountain that rises next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45 minute walk to the top. While this walk is done on your own, your guide will direct you to where this walk begins. This is an additional entrance ticket that we can assure you in advance The value of the ticket is 20 USD


Machu Picchu mountain is the other mountain that sits on the ruins of Machu Picchu. It offers even more impressive views than Huayna Picchu, but it takes an hour and a half to get to the top. This is an additional entry ticket that we can insure for you. The value of the ticket is 20 USD


Each excursion needs for the alternative Inca roads a sleeping bag, when camping, inflatable air mattresses and walking sticks (rubber tips) are optional. They are available to rent.

The sleeping bag value is USD 20

The value of the inflatable Matra is 20 USD

The value of the cane is USD 20

Buffet lunch:

Indio Feliz Restaurant in Aguas Calientes(Machupicchu pueblo) Tunupa Restaurant (Urubamba) The power value is 30 USD



  • The reservation of hotels and trains is subject to space availability.
  • The cost of the tour packages is based on two people and double room. For an individual room you have to pay extra:
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Foreign tourists with  valid university card get a discount of 20% of the cost of the excursion.

Special discounts for groups more than “05 people” For more information write to us


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