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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

Salkantay Trek in Cusco, Peru

Karin Sanchez

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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

  • Salkantay Trek in Cusco, Peru


The Tradicional Salkantay Trek, 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



Day 01: Cusco / Mollepata (Cruz Pata) / Soraypampa

The day will start with transport from Cuzco to the village of Mollepata – Cruzpata (3400m / 11155f), a place with a magnificent landscape of valleys, mountains, and the most important snow-covered mountain tops according to the ancient Incas, like Humantay (5217m / 17116f) and Salkantay (6264m / 20551f). Our camp will be at the foot of the Tucarhuay mountain, also known as Soraypampa (3700m / 12139f).

  • Transportation time: 4 hours
  • Hiking time: 7 hours
  • Climate: Cold
  • Included: Lunch and dinner


Day 02: Soraypampa – Salkantay pass – Challway

In the morning we tackle the most difficult part of the trail, ascending to the highest point of the trek, the Salkantay pass (4600m / 15092f). From here we will start our descent through tropical forests, “yunga”, observing the constantly changing ecosystems that we pass through, until we arrive at Challway (3000m / 9842f), our camp for the night.

  • Hiking time: 9 hours
  • Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 03: Challway – Wiñaypoco – Lucmabamba

A spectacular day descending through cloud forest, appreciating a wide variety of vegetation. We can see orchids, bromeliads, and much more. We will also meet some local families during the trek, in Wiñaypoco (2650m / 8694f) and Lucmabamba (2100m / 6890f), where our camp will be.

  • Hiking time: 6 hours
  • Climate: Warm during the day with mosquitoes, cold in the night.
  • Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 04: Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Machu Picchu village

Early morning start, ascending through the Inca Trail network to the archaeological complex of Llactapata (2650m / 8694f). Here we are still in the midst of cloud forest and will have an exceptional view towards Machu Picchu mountain, Waynapicchu mountain and the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. From here we descend to the Hydroelectric station (1950m / 6398f) from where we will take the train to Machu Picchu village (2050m / 6726f), where we will spend the night in a lodge.

  • Hiking time: 6 hours
  • Climate: Warm with a lot of mosquitoes.
  • Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Day 05: Machu Picchu village – Machu Picchu Sanctuary – Cusco

The lost city of the Incas is at its best in the early morning. After an early breakfast, we will take the bus to Machu Picchu (2400m / 7874f), where a professional guide will take us on a tour of the site, explaining the history, politics, ancient agricultural techniques, astronomy and religion that our ancestors left us in this wonderful city of the Incas. After the tour you’ll have enough free time to further explore the site on your own and take some of the short walks, before returning to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco (Cuzco). The climate in Machu Picchu (Machu Pichu) is warm with mosquitoes.

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.
  • International ISIC Card if you booked with this, it will also need to be shown at the entrance of Machupicchu.
  • 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 & sun block.
  • 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 plastic bag).



  • Transportation to Mollepata (Cruzpata)
  • 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 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 included:

  • 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