Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

(5 days / 4 nights)

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days Tour Package

The famous Salkantay Trek, named among the 25 best walks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel.

This trek takes you around Mount Salkantay, the second largest mountain in the Cuzco region (6,271 m.a.s.l / 20,568 f.a.s.l.). On the first night, you'll camp within clear sight of the snow capped peak of Salkantay mountain. The second day will be the longest day of the tour, and while you work a bit harder to get there, the views at the top are even more rewarding. The walk to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4,600 m / 15,088 ft.) (the Inca Trail's 'Dead Woman’s Pass' is only 4,200 m. / 13,776 ft.) is not strenuous neither very steep, afterward it is mainly descent into a more tropical area passing Andenes and Chaullay on the far side of the mountain.

We`ll take the forty five minute train ride from the famous Hydro Electric Dam and then spend the rest of the 4th evening relaxing in the town and hot springs of Machu Picchu Town. Early in the morning you take the bus (or walk if desired) up to Machu Picchu Inca City for your guided tour, a well deserved reward but many say the trek is a prize in itself!


Level: Moderate, though still difficult if you have average fitness - No experience needed
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Location: Vilcabamba Mountain Range and Machu Picchu
Season: Recommended between March to November.
Group Size: Maximum 12

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Bus transfers from Cuzco to Mollepata and Ollantaytambo to Cuzco

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Train Ticket Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo

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1 night accommodation in Machu Picchu

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Salkantay Trek 4 days / 3 nights with meals

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Entrance fee to Machu Picchu

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Professional bilingual mountain guide (Spanish and English)

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Camping equipment (professional two-persons tents: Doite, model Cima 4, extra light / 4kg, Doite, model Kailas 3, extra light / 4.5kg and Doite, model Himalaya, extra light / 4.5kg; sleeping mats, dining tent equipped with a table and chairs, a sanitary tent)

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Cook, cooking equipment, meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners). Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit and spaghetti, chicken, fish, meat and rice, all rich in carbohydrates and very suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leafs tea, which is excellent for the altitude

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Tea and snack time every day (tea, coffee, wantan, pop corn, cracker).

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Porters to carry the main luggage (all the equipment and cooking stock)

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First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

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Porters to carry the mattress and sleeping bag.

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Optional flight tickets or bus tickets

AXA Travel Assistant

Optional AXA Travel Assistant

Itinerary - Salkantay Trek (5 days / 4 nights)

Departure Days: Any day with two people. We offer affordable priced tours for 2 people so that you can depart when it suits you best.



  • We leave the city of Cuzco at approximately 4:00 am, passing through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo until we arrive to Mollepata, where we will be at approximately 6:30 and have a time of 30 minutes to eat breakfast on their own .

  • Then we will have to start our trek, reaching Cruzpata for lunch; and to proceed toward Soraypampa where will be our first camp.


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities.
Meals: L-D
Accommodation: camping
Maximum Altitude: 3,950 m.a.s.l.
Minimum Altitude: 2,850 m.a.s.l.
Distance Travelled: 12 Km approx


  • After breakfast we continue our trek, crossing the valley of Collpabamba where we have lunch.

  • This day will be the most tired, because we will walk approximately 9 hours.

  • Then resume the trek entering jungle in this section appreciate formations rivers then become tributaries of the Urubamba river, a variety of orchids, among other wonders of nature.

  • At sunset we Chaullay arrive at where we spend the night.


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities.
Meals: B-L-D
Accommodation: camping
Maximum Altitude: 4,590 m.a.s.l.
Minimum Altitude: 2,920 m.a.s.l.
Distance Travelled: 16 Km to Rayan-niyoc or 20 Km to Chaullay



  • After a hearty breakfast we start our trek to appreciate a variety of coca, considered the sacred leaf of our ancestors which is now grown in tropical areas, this last section will descent to Playa Sahuayaco and from there headed to Santa Teresa where overnight.


Meals: B-L-D
Accommodation: camping
Maximum Altitude: 2,920 m.a.s.l.
Minimum Altitude: 2,350 m.a.s.l.
Distance Travelled: 16 Km from Rayan-niyoc or 11 Km from Chaullay



  • The sunrise will be in a tropical area full of history and nature, our breakfast awaits us ready to taste and then continue our journey towards Machu Picchu Town.

  • Getting to this town we will take about 7 hours, passing by the famous Hydroelectric center of rest, stopping at different places to just enjoy the scenery and waterfalls filled setting with stunning falls which come from the glacier, arriving in the afternoon at the village mentioned popularly known as Aguas Calientes, there spend the night in a hostel at the foot of the Machu Picchu Inca City.

* Walking poles recommended for the 2 final hours downhill. Optional evening bathe in the hot springs 10 minutes walk from the town.

Meals: B-L-D
Accommodation: Selected hotel
Maximum Altitude: 2,350 m.a.s.l.
Minimum Altitude: 2,000 m.a.s.l.
Distance Travelled: 12 Km approx



  • Early in the morning around 4:30 in the morning climb to the majestic Machu Picchu Inca City.

  • Guided tour of about 2 hours, then have the rest of the day, at which time you can explore the mountain Huayna Picchu, Inti Punku, the temple of the moon or just visit the rest of the Citadel.

  • Afternoon return to Machu Picchu Inca City depending on the time of our train back, which we will release once you book your trip with our company.

  • We take our return train to Ollantaytambo with bus connection arriving to Cuzco city around 9:00 p.m.


Meals: B-L


• Small backpack with rain shelter (30 or 40 litters is well enough).
• Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
• Trekking shoes.
• Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
• Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
• Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-shirts.
• Rain poncho and a hat.
• Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Machu Picchu Town).
• Sunscreen
• Insect repellent
• Disinfecting alcohol and gel and toilet paper.
• Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
• Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
• Original passport, original ISIC student card (In case you are student) and extra money in soles.

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The program does not includes

  • Flight Tickets and airport taxes

  • Bus ticket Machu Picchu Inca City to Machu Picchu Town

  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu (US $ 12)

  • Personnel porter (US $ 130 for 4 days - Maximun 10 Kilos)

  • Tips for guides and staff members.

  • Sleeping bag (if you don’t have a sleeping bag there is the possibility of renting one for $ 28.00, 4 days)

  • Services not mentioned in the program

Rates 2017 - Rates per person in US Dollar

Salkantay Trek

2 - 9 passengers

1 passenger

Standard Class
2* Hotel / Hostal in Machu Picchu
Inca House / Inca Wonder / Hostal El Puma

$ 351

$ 364

Plus Class
3* Hotel / Hostal in Machu Picchu
Pachacuteq / Inka Wayna / Wiracocha

$ 427

$ 448


Reservations for Salkantay Trek is recommended to be performed at 2 months in advance


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