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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days

5 days / 4 nights

US$ 339.00

Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu Description

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a spectacular Andean hike, complete with high peaks, snowcapped mountains and tropical valleys. This trek is one of the 25 Best New Treks in the world according to National Geographic Magazine and is a cutting edge experience for adventurous travelers looking for a little more privacy and authenticity, with no limitation on spaces or permits.

The Quechua and pre-Inca people named this mountain Apu Salkantay (Savage mountain), is located in the Vilcabamba mountain range at an altitude of 6,271m (20,574 ft). Besides, Salkantay is Mt. Humantay, a snowcapped mountain at 5,917m (19,412 ft).

Salkantay trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail, offers a perfect mix of trekking, culture and nature. But is not the only alternative trek to get to Machu Picchu. We also offer the: Inca Jungle TrailLares Trek.


  • Spend 5 days on the Salkantay trek to visit one of the most beautiful new wonders of the world.
  • Walk the Salkantay trek and observe diverse ecosystems, from the Andes, highlands and to the high jungle.
  • Enjoy stunning views of the glacially shaped Salkantay and the magnificent high jungle.
  • Hike up the Salkantay trek Highlands, after finishing the trek it’s time to relax at the Cocalmayo hot springs.


Day 01: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa

At 05:00 am we will pick you up from your hotel and take a 2 hour bus ride to Mollepata (2,800m, / 9,116 feet). This is a beautifully scenic drive through the valley of Limatambo. Upon reaching Mollepata we will have breakfast, then head to Markokasa. Here we will meet with the muleteers and mules to begin our Salkantay trek towards Soraypampa (3,825m / 12,371 ft), about a 4 hour walk. We’ll have lunch once we get there, and then continue to Humantay Lake, about 2 hours up and 2 hours back down to Soraypampa. You’ll have your first view of the sacred mountain Salkantay(6,271m / 20,574ft) along the way. We’ll have dinner and spend the night in Soraypampa.

Soraypampa camp site

Day 02: Soraypampa – Wayracpampa – Colpany

Another early start today, with breakfast at 05:00am. We’ll then begin a roughly 2 hour hike to Salkantay Pass (4,650m / 15,091ft). We’ll stop to catch our breath at the top and bask in the glaciated presence of Salkantay (6,271m / 20,574ft) and other snow-capped peaks like Humantay and Tucarhuay, possibly even seeing avalanches careening down them. After spending some time taking in this beautiful landscape, will start to our descent to the high jungle, passing through barren windswept plains and catching glimpses of the Cordillera Vilcabamba mountains along the way. We will finish the second day of the Salkantay Trek at the Colpapampa camp site (2,900m / 9,514ft), where the vegetation and wildlife will be more abundant. Dinner & Overnight.

Salkantay Pass 4615m.

Day 3: Colpapampa – Playa Sawayaco – Santa Teres

After breakfast, we will begin our walk at 6:30am through the high Inca Jungle. We will shortly cross the Lluskamayo River, plus a number of small streams. We will pass through valleys and observe the exotic flora and fauna of the region, plus amazing view of waterfalls. We will stop in Playa – Sawayaco (2,250m / 7,381ft) for lunch. After, we will take a van to Santa Teresa (1,900m / 6,233ft). We’ll set up camp here and later relax into the Cocalmayo hot springs.

chaullay to playa sawayaco

Day 04: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

After breakfast we will begin the trek into the Santa Teresa valley to Hidroeléctrica (the hydroelectric power station), our lunch spot. We will continue with our walk, except now with a view of Machu Picchu and the principal Inca sacred mountains in the area: Huayna Picchu, Putucusi and Salkantay again.

After of 6 hours of walking, we will arrive in the town of Aguas Calientes (1,900m / 6,233 ft), where we will spend the night.

hidroelectrica salkantay trek
Hydroelectric to Machu Picchu

Day 05: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

We will wake up at 4:00am (yes – another early start. Trust us: it’s better this way). Then we will start to walk up to Machu Picchu citadel. When we arrive at the check point, we’ll regroup and start the 2 hour guided tour. Afterwards, you will have free time to climb Huayna Picchu (additional fee and prior reservation required) and visit the different places recommended by our guide, such as the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) and Machu Picchu Mountain. At last, we will return by train to Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco.

Salkantay trek machu picchu
Machu Picchu

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