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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Tour

Karen Torres

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

  • Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Tour
  • Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Tour
  • Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Tour
  • Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Tour
  • Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Tour
  • Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Tour
  • Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Tour
  • Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Tour
  • Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Tour
  • Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Tour


Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Tour Overview

The Tradicional Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Tour, considered one of 50 unmissable treks worldwide, is a popular alternative to the Inca Trail. This trek perfectly combines local culture and natural beauty. Salkantay (6264m / 20551ft) is the magnificent snowcapped mountain that was considered the God of the mountains, worshipped by the surrounding villages for thousands of years. This route will take us back to the time of the Incas, accompanied by the spirits of the other nearby mountains, Tucarhuay and Humantay, whose peak is higher than 5000 meters (16404 feet).
Join us is this adventure crossing the Andes from Cusco to Machu Picchu.

Altitude:1950 – 4600 meters / 6398 – 15092 feet.
High Season:April – November
Duration:05 Days / 04 Nights
Difficulty Level: Moderate


Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco — Humantay Lake — Soyrococha

We will leave Cusco between 5:00 and 6 a.m., in a bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 masl), we´ll stop for last-minute supplies, to use the restrooms at a local restaurant. We will continue our expedition to Challacancha (3900 masl), our hike starting point. We will meet with our muleteers and horses, who will load the equipment on horses, we will begin our hike toward Humantay Lake, a marvellous lake in the mountains. After 3 hours walking, we will have a panoramic view of the majestic Salkantay mountain, other mountains covered with snow. Between 1:00 and 2 p.m., we will have a delicious lunch in Salkantaypampa. After lunch, we will continue hiking to Soyrococha, our first campsite, where our tents will be ready as well as your dinner.
Transportation time: 4 hours
Hiking time: 7 hours
Climate: Cold
Included: Lunch and dinner

Day 02: Soyrococha — Challway

Today, nature will change from dry surroundings to snowy mountains and tropical areas. After our breakfast, we will begin the most difficult part of the hike around 8:00 am. We will ascend until to reach the highest point (4600 masl) after 2 hours. We will enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains and the Cordillera of Vilcanota and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6266 masl) which is known as the second-highest point of the region. On our way down, we will visit the amazing Salkantay Lake. Around 1:00 p.m., we will have our lunch, in Huayracmachay., after 3 hours trek, we will arrive at our camp in Challway (2900 masl). Around 7:00 p.m., we will have our dinner.
Hiking time: 8 hours
Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 03: Challway — Sahuayaco — Santa Teresa

At 7:00 a.m., we will begin our trek. We will walk for about 5 hours toward Sahuayaco, on the route, we will observe Collpabamba, also called the “Forest Cloudy Brow” where we can view waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds. If we are lucky, we will be observing the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks”. Arrive at Sahuayaco around midday, here we have lunch, By the afternoon we continue our tour, by local transport until reaching our camping site, very close to Santa Teresa town. (Who wish can go to the hot springs to take a relaxing bath). Around 7:00 p.m., we will have dinner and camping.
Hiking time: 5 hours
Climate: Warm during the day with mosquitoes.
Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 04: Santa Teresa — Hydroelectric —Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town)

After an early breakfast, we start our walk to hydroelectric for approximately 3 hours, down a path, which will take you to the Hydroelectric, here you will have time to rest and enjoy the scenery and lunch at a local restaurant. We continue our journey to the community of Mandor; where we will arrive after 1:30 hours approximately. Here we will have a fantastic visit to the orchid garden to appreciate some of the 317 varieties of orchids in the area; the last part of the route to reach Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) we will do it in an hour and a half more. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel (included in this package). Then we enjoyed dinner at a local restaurant around 7:30 p.m.
Hiking time: 6 hours.
Climate: Warm with a lot of mosquitoes.
Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 05: Machu Picchu — Aguas Calientes — Cusco

Today, we will start early in the morning at around 4:30 a.m., to take the bus to Machu Picchu. In Machu Picchu, we will have a guided tour for around  2 or 3 hours and after that, we will have free time to explore the citadel and take pictures. Bus to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town). At according time (depending on availability), we will be taking a train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and from there, a bus will drive you to Cusco.
Included: Breakfast


You should bring: 


  • Your original passport must be shown at the entrance of Machu Picchu and if you wish you can have it stamped at the end of the trek.
  • Water bottle and sterilizing tablets.
  • A backpack with a change of clothes for 5 days.
  • Rain jacket (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Flashlight and batteries. / Camera, films and batteries. / Strong footwear.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece and sweaters.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to visit the hot springs)
  • Cash in soles and US for your own expenses.
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain or cold.
  • Insect repellent, toilet paper, small towel & sunblock.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Sleeping mat (we will provide you with this one)
  • Selection of small snacks such as chocolates, dried fruit, biscuits, etc.
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag).



  • Transportation to Mollepata (Cruz Pata)
  • High-quality camping equipment.
  • Entrance to the National park of Salkantay & Machu Picchu.
  • Foods during the trip (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks. Vegetarian option available)
  • Professional speaking English guide
  • Cook and assistant.
  • Mule driver and mules for all our equipment and everyone’s bags (5 kilos maximum)
  • Emergency horse
  • Bus round trip Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu.
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.
  • Basic hostel in Aguas Calientes

Does not include:

  • Breakfast on the 1st day and lunch on the 5th day in Aguas Calientes.
  • Train from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes.
  • Transport from La Playa to Santa Teresa town (It can be an option if you want to enjoy in the hot mineral spring)
  • Extra horse to carry your personal belongings.
  • Sleeping bag (you can rent it from us for an additional cost)
  • Entrance ticket to Huaynapicchu Mountain (This is a good option but you must book in advance due to the limited number of spaces)
  • Entrance to the Hot Spring (S/ 10.00 Peruvian soles)
  • Walking poles
  • Tips for staff if you wish.
  • Other services not specified on the itinerary 


Rates per Person ins US$ with English Speaking Guide

Private Service19701125877744664648609
Group Service627Rate applies for 2 passengers mínimum.
Single Occupancy Supplement US$US$ 64.00

Terms & Conditions


According to the Resolution #002-2004-UGM-CD, published in official newspaper El Peruano on Nov 12, 2004, modifying chapter III of the Inca Trail Regulation, which refers to Inca Trail space bookings. Bookings will be guaranteed by the government institutions when providing full names; nationalities and passport numbers of passengers; and when having paid the full amount of passengers and staff (cook and team of porters) entrance fees. (NON REFUNDABLE)

  1. The booking has been first confirmed by our Reservation Department by e-mail, this meaning that spaces are available on the Inca Trail for the requested date at the moment of the booking.
  2. The full passenger data have been provided and the required deposit has been paid for. (NON REFUNDABLE, NO CHANGES PERMITTED ON NAMES, DATES, ETC)

**Since the Inca Trail has a maximum allowance of 500 people per day (including passengers and agency staff), we strongly recommend making your bookings, as much in advance as possible to make sure you will find spaces on the desired departure date. We are already receiving bookings for departures scheduled as far as one year prior to the trek departure date, so if you wish to travel with us to the Inca Trail, please make sure to confirm your booking as soon as possible. Otherwise, we have also available alternative routes of equally awesome beauty and interest to offer to you.

**VERY IMPORTANT: The following client information is mandatory for any Inca Trail booking:

  1. Complete names and surnames
  2. Nationality
  3. Copy of Passport
  4. Date of Birth
  5. Gender

The exact information provided by you, will be submitted to the governmental institution in charge of regulating the access to the Inca Trail and will be included in the official permit to enter the Inca Trail on the requested date. Should there be any change in the above-mentioned data (ie. New passport number), we kindly request you to inform us via email as soon as possible. The government reserves the right not to allow the entry to any visitor whose data are not the exact ones as those in the official permit. PERU AGENCY excludes any responsibility for a no entry in case the passenger information has changed without prior notice to us.

COVID Protocols

COVID Protocols

We reinvented ourselves to look after you!

  1. We have reassessed the capacity of all our group services (SIC – shared), we now take up to 8 people in vehicles that have a capacity for 15, minimizing close contact between tourists while also improving the service and offering a more personalized experience.
  2. In Machu Picchu, we are keeping our policy of private guides. Our guides are trained to seek adequate spaces when guiding the group.
  3. Our guides, support staff, and drivers have been trained to maintain an adequate distance from other groups of tourists during visits to attractions.
  4. Guides, support staff, and drivers will use masks at all times during any service provided to tourists.
  5. All our vehicles have alcohol gel on board and tourists are required to use it before getting in and out of the vehicle.
  6. All our vehicles carry an oxygen tank, in case of emergency.
  7. We request that our clients also use a mask during the excursions; help us to look after those who are looking after you.
  8. At the end of each service, vehicles and equipment will be thoroughly washed and disinfected.
  9. We have restructured our services, offering more outdoor experiences, and minimizing wherever possible visits to enclosed spaces.
  10. We have agreed with strict protocols of cleaning and disinfection of equipment, surfaces, and staff with all our providers of accommodation and catering, such as hotels, lodges, and restaurants, among others. Staff will use gloves and masks, anyone handling food will also wear a hat.
  11. We look after you from start to finish; from the moment you contact us, providing you with current, reliable, trustworthy information about attractions to visit, accommodation, food, climate, appropriate health protocols in each destination, etc; during the booking process we offer secure payment options and very competitive rates, we believe that we offer the best value for money; and from the start of your trip, in an airport, station or wherever you begin your experience, until your departure, there is a travel specialist to look after you, your health, and in the event of an emergency can get in touch with your loved ones back home; it’s, therefore, important you provide us with a contact number in your country of origin.
  12. We are applying all of the above measures. If there is anything further you would like us to do, please feel free to ask when you reserve, we would be happy to accommodate any request you have.