Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N
- Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
- Code: TR1702
- Distance: 22 miles
Description Salcantay Trek
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).
Trekking to Salkantay 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 Trail, Lares Trek.
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.
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.
Day 3: Colpapampa - Playa Sawayaco - Santa Teresa
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.
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.
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.
- Min 10 - Max 20
- Salkantay pass
- Playa Sawayaco
- Santa teresa
- Aguas Calientes
- Machu Picchu
- Pick up form the Hotel
- Bus from Cusco to Mollepata
- Muleteers and mules
- Tent, mattresses, kitchen and dining equipment
- Double tents
- 4 breakfast / 4 lunch / 4 dinner
- Transport from Playa sahuayaco to Santa teresa
- One night accomodation in Aguas Calientes
- Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Entrance fee of Machu Picchu
- Professional guide (English & Spanish-speaking)
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle
- Return bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Last lunch in Aguas Calientes
- Sleeping bag
What to bring (We recommend):
- Sleeping bag.
- Walk shoes or boots
- Light clothes
- Mosquito repellent
- Water bottle
- Rain jacket, hat, sunblock, sunglasses
- Chocolates, candies or another snacks
- Camera (optional).
- Extra money but in Nuevos Soles (Peruvian national currency)
- Hiking poles
We also offer personalized Salkantay hike in private groups. If you are interested in taking a private tour with us, please clarify in form.
The prices are per person and in USD (United States Dollar).
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Questions and Answers
For the Salkantay trek we have two types of service, the service shared with a group of 4 to 15 passengers and the private service that is made according to the number of people that will make up the group.
High altitude sickness is a common malaise that gives mostly people living at less than 2000m height and to avoid it we recommend to be in Cusco one or two days before the tour to acclimate to the height, we also recommend taking Mate de Coca which is very good to oxygenate the blood.
In case you are a vegetarian, there is no problem, just inform us at the time of booking and indicate that you are 100% vegetarian.
In the case of being allergic or "free gluten", please indicate which products or foods can not be in your diet.
The Salkantay trek is a demanding tour, it is highly recommended to have hiking shoes, water resistant, strong for areas of stone, and much better if they are model boots, as it protects the ankle and optimizes the hike for the enjoyment of your journey to Machu Picchu. We also recommend wearing sandals to relax your feet after the trek.
The difference between the salkantay trek of 4 and 5 days is the third day.
On the 4-day hike, you will take a transport from the well known dome "LaPlaya" to Hidroeléctrica, and from this point you will walk for 2 hours until you reach the town of Aguas Calientes.
In the trek of 5d / 4n the third day you spend the night in the village of Santa Teresa and you have the opportunity to visit and relax in the hot springs of Cocalmayo (highly recommended).
Yes, it is possible, you only have to add $ 30 dollars at the time of the reservation, so we have everything coordinated. The Zip-line is made the fourth day of the tour.
The horses carry the equipment of camping and the food. For our clients it is allowed to send up to 5KL of luggage on horse, without any additional cost. The horses accompany the group until the lunch of the third day, from that moment each one is in charge of carrying his luggage.
If you wish to rent an additional saddle horse (To mount) the cost is 100 soles per day.
This trek is a complex tour which needs a technical and logistic team to organize the tour. For this 2017 the Peruvian government included new regulations as controls that make this walk more controlled and safe for visitors, so it is necessary to be accompanied by a certified professional guide.
Every year this route of the Salkantay has been improving and implemented, so in each camp there is a small shop where you can buy some snacks and water, when making your purchase in these small shops we are contributing to the improvement of the economy of these families.
The Salkantay trek is a trek that walks through the Andes of Peru and you get to camp at 3900 m.s.n.m. (Soraypampa camp), is also climbed to a height of 4600 m.s.n.m. (Salkantay pass) from where it descends until the 2800 m.s.n.m. The last days it is at an altitude of 2000 m.s.n.m for all this it is necessary to wear warm clothes for the first two days and for the following days light clothes. All this can compact it in a backpack of 40L or 30L and a small bag to use it daily.
- Warm coat
- Jacket for rain
- Walking shoes
- Flips flops
- 3 short poles
- 1 polar
- 2 pairs of socks
- Mosquito repellent (in cream)
- Money in soles
No, it is not included the entrance to Huayna Picchu, but if you are interested in climbing we recommend to make the reservation in advance of 3 to 4 months, since the spaces are limited and they are exhausted quickly.
To add this mountain to the Salkantay trek package you have to add $ 20.00 to the cost of the tour.
Every year this trek becomes more famous, as well as the Inca Trail, which is why we recommend making the reservation with 2 or 3 months in advance to have no problem with the income to Machu Picchu and the train tickets that are sold out quickly.
Our sleeping tents have a capacity for 4 people, but we use it only for 2 people per tent for passenger comfort. If you travel alone you will have to share with another person a tent which our guide will take care of.
You can also request a tent just for you, with an additional cost of $ 30.00.
These cases of abandoning the tour for a disease are very rare, but if this happens our guides are prepared for any emergency. They have a kit of first aid and oxygen, and in the extreme case that you have to leave the group, our guides help and advise to return or continue to the nearest health center.