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Salkantay Trek Peru


    Trip description


    An endless Adventure to Machu Picchu

    Get ready for an amazing experience on the Salkantay trek in Peru’s Vilcabamba mountain range. Brace yourself for the awe-inspiring sights that surround you, with towering mountains like Humantay and Salkatay creating vibrant lagoons and deep valleys that lead to beautiful subtropical jungles.

    Throughout your journey, you’ll conquer challenging climbs and take well-deserved breaks in charming villages. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with the locals and witness their agricultural activities, such as coffee harvesting. And, of course, you’ll get to savor a cup of their delicious organic coffee. Additionally, there will be plenty of adventure activities to enjoy, including zip-lining.

    Finally, the Salkantay trek culminates with a visit to the magnificent architectural wonder of ancient Peru, Machu Picchu. This iconic site is filled with myth and history told by an expert tour guide, and you’ll have the chance to explore it and uncover its secrets. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

    Overview of Salkantay Trek

    • Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights
    • Tour type: Camping, adventure, spiritual and culture.
    • Accommodation: 3 Nights Camping /1 Night Hotel
    • Meals: 4 (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    • Walking distance: 66 km / 43 miles
    • Height gained: 800 meters / 2,736 feet
    • Temperature: Minimum -5 °C (23 °F) / max. 24 °C (76 °F).
    • Physical difficulty: challenging 4/5


    trip itinerary


    We know how important this vacation is for you. So, we do not want you to have any doubt or any lack during your trip towards one of the wonders of the world, therefore the guide will meet at your hotel 1 to 2 days before to give you detailed and personalized information to answer your inquiries.

    We leave Cusco very early, picking you up from your hotel at 4:30 a.m. We will make the trip in our private transport until the town of Mollepata for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Here, we will have a local breakfast in one of the local homes. You will also have extra time to buy the last-minute things that we could have forgotten.

    Then we will continue our trip in the vehicle for 1 hour to Soraypampa (3,850 meters – 12,631 feet) from where the trek will start. On the way we will take the detour to go to the Humantay lagoon (4,200 meters / 13,779 feet) that we love with its beauty colorful that is under the snow of Humantay located 3 km round trip. Continuing our gentle walk for 1 hour and 30 minutes we will have lunch. We will enjoy the culinary art of our chef. Then we will go to our first camp Soyrococha (4,492 mt. / 14,737 pies), located at the foot of the majestic Salkantay snowcapped mountain (6,217 mt /6,396 ft.)

    • Meals: breakfast, water, snack, lunch, coffee break and dinner
    • Accommodation: camping facilities
    • Distance: 14km / 8.5 miles
    • Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours
    • Temperature: minimum -5 ° C (23 ° F) / max. 18 ° C (64.4 ° F)
    • Physical difficulty: High 5/5


    After having a dazzling night full of constellations, in the morning we will have a hot breakfast to start our 45 minute walk and reach the highest point Salkantay pass (4,650 meters/15,367 feet), here we breathe the fresh air of the glacier and we will fill with pride for having successfully achieved the promotion. While we enjoy the dazzling view. Our guide will explain the customs and traditions of the stacked stones (apachetas) and their connection with the deity Apu Salkantay (6,217metros / 20,396 feet) that rises majesty in front of us.

    Then we will descend the steep trail, having a delicious restorative lunch in the small community Rayacnioc (3,350 meters / 10,990 feet). Then we will continue with the adventure down valley for 2 hours and 30 minutes to finish the trek in the Qollpapamapa camp (2,850 meters /9,350 feet).

    • Meals: breakfast, water, snack, lunch, coffee break and dinner
    • Accommodation: camping facilities
    • Distance: 16kms / 10 miles
    • Walking time: 8 to 9 hours
    • Temperature: minimum 0 ° C (32 ° F) / max. 25 ° C (77 ° F)
    • Physical difficulty: moderate 4/5


    This day we will have a great opportunity to see the humid forest and along the way we will see peasant families that take advantage of the wild territory to be able to grow their food; as coffee, avocado, banana, passion fruit, etc. We will walk for approximately 6 hours through the valley following the flow of the Santa Teresa River to the Lucmabamba camp (2,050 meters – 6,725 feet), after having a delicious lunch we will have the opportunity to explore, get to know and taste a little of the work done by local people in the area, especially the gourmet coffee of the Andes.

    • Meals: breakfast, water, snack, lunch, coffee break and dinner
    • Accommodation: camping facilities
    • Distance: 16kms / 10 miles
    • Walking time: 7 hours
    • Temperature: minimum 5 ° C (41 ° F) / max. 26 ° C (35.6 ° F)
    • Physical difficulty: easy 1/5


    After having a good breakfast, we will continue with the last walking day in our adventure, we will climb a well-preserved original Inca trail protected by the government.

    We will cross the rain forest formed by its typical forest and its variety of birds to finally reach the pass of Llactapata and downhill at 15 minutes we will visit the magnificent archaeological center of Llactapata (2,722 meters /8,930 feet), which will leave us astonished with its view of the surroundings of the citadel of Machupicchu, its mountains, glaciers and its history interpreted by our guide.

    After enjoying the view, we will continue descending to the Urubamba Valley and have the last lunch prepared by our chef and his team at the Hidroeléctrica train station (1,800 meters/5,905 feet). In this way after lunch and before leaving we will say goodbye to them with gratitude as it is said in our mother tongue SULLPAYQUI and TUPANANCHIS KAMA!

    We will continue our walk following the railway in the opposite direction of the course of the Urubamba River for 3 hours approximately. And finally get to the town of Aguas Calientes (2,040 meters/6,690 feet) where we will stay in our hotel, and at night we will have dinner at one of the restaurants in this town. Fully recommended.

    • Meals: breakfast, water, snack, lunch and dinner
    • Accommodation: camping facilities
    • Distance: 20 km / 12.4 miles
    • Walking time: 8 to 9 hours
    • Temperature: minimum 6 °C (42.8 °F) / max. 29 °C (84.2 °F)
    • Physical difficulty: medium 2/5


    Being the last day and eager to get to our trekking’s destination, we will get up very early for breakfast to take one of the first buses that depart at 5:30 am for a ride of 25 minutes to Machu Picchu. We will have the guided tour, where we will learn about the history of this wonder, our professional guide will explain for about 2 hours.

    Then board the bus back down to Aguas Calientes town, and then board the train. Trains usually leave in the afternoon between 14:55 – 18:20 hours depending on the reservation availability and space in our EXPEDITION service or other requested service (not included). Then we will return to Ollanta Tambo train station.

    donde nuestro transporte les recogerá para dejarles en su hotel de Cusco.  El viaje dura 4 horas aproximadamente desde la estación de tren de Aguas Calientes a la ciudad del Cusco.

    • Meal: breakfast
    • Temperature: minimum 8 ° C (46.4 ° F) / max. 26 ° C (78.8 ° F)





    • Professional bilingual guide
    • Entrance fee of the full trek
    • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu
    • Hotel **
    • Bus service Aguas calientes – Machupicchu (round-trip)
    • Train EXPEDITION ticket (Aguas Calientes station – Ollanta Tambo)
    • Food 4 (lunches, dinners and breakfasts)
    • Boiled cold water along the trek (after each meal). You will only bring the first day until lunch
    • Mattress (sponge)
    • Pillow
    • Camping Tents (accommodation for 2 people)
    • Transportation of your personal belongings along the trek up to 8 kgs (approximately 18 pounds)
    • Bus from train station Ollanta Tambo- Hotel Cusco
    • Oxygen tank

    Not Included

    • Food 1st day breakfast and 5th day lunch
    • Train service class Vista dome, Hiram Bingham
    • Huaynapicchu
    • Machu Picchu Mountain
    • Sleeping bag (can be rented from the company)
    • Inflatable mattress (can be rented from the company)
    • Walking sticks (can be rented from the company)
    • Tips for the guide and support staff

    Packing List


    • Original passport (the same one that you used to make the reservation)
    • Backpack (must be very comfortable to carry all your belongings during the day)
    • Sleeping bag
    • Sleeping Bag Liner
    • Silicone earplugs
    • Hiking Shoes
    • Extra Flip flops or river shoes
    • Rainwear or rain poncho
    • Outerwear for the nights like a jacket, scarf, gloves and a woolly cap
    • Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
    • Comfortable hiking shoes
    • Light clothing
    • Trekking pants
    • Shirts or t-shirts (we recommend long sleeved) preferably quick-dry or regular cotton
    • Head lamp
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Quick-Drying Travel Towel
    • Personal medication
    • Walking sticks
    • Reusable water bottle or CamelBak water bladder
    • Hand sanitizer gel
    • Toilet paper
    • Extra money



    • $ 640.00 USD per person


    • 02 hikers: $ 760.00 USD per person
    • 03 hikers: $ 730.00 USD per person
    • 04 hikers: $ 710.00 USD per person
    • 05 hikers: $ 690.00 USD per person
    • 06 hikers+: $ 640.00 USD per person


    • Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike: $ 75.00 USD per person
    • Machu Picchu Mountain Hike:  $ 70.00 USD per person
    • Upgrade VISTADOME Train service : $35.00 UDS


    • Walking stick (1 pair): $ 15.00 USD
    • Sleeping bag               : $ 25.00 USD
    • Inflatable mattress    : $ 20.00 USD


    • Students aged between 18 to 24 with a valid student ID : $20 USD
    • High school students aged 11 to 17 : $30 USD

    To apply the discount, students aged 18 to 24 must provide a copy of their passport and student ID at the time of booking. For more information, contact us at

    Salkantay Trek Peru

    From: 640 USD Per Person
    Type of Tour
    Camping, adventure, spiritual and culture
    Duration: 5 Days
    Activity Level
    Challenging 4/5

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