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Salkantay Trek 5D/4N
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Salkantay Trek 5D/4N

Salkantay Mountain, Machu Picchu — DISTANCE COVER: 70Km/43.35Miles

The Salkantay is a snow-capped mountain whose name translated from Quechua would mean Wild Mountain. This summit is known as Apu (Lord) for its majesty and elevation.


Duration5 Days & 4 Nights

DifficultyVery challenging
Those who want to visit Machu Picchu
$290 USD.



Day 1: Cusco - Soraypampa:

You will be picked up from the your accommodation between 4:30-5:00am and driven to Mollepata (approx. 2H30m) where there will be a stop for breakfast (not included) and then (approx. 1H drive) to the trailhead where you will begin a full day of hiking (with varying terrain). During the morning, you will get beautiful views of the valley and by lunch you will reach Cruzpata (3100 m). With a little luck, you will already be able to see the snowy peak of Mount Salkantay. After lunch you will continue for another 3-4 hours while the scenery changes into rougher hills with rushing streams cascading between them. By the time you will reach the campsite you will be at an altitude of a little under 4000 meters above sea level and have already hiked 13km. This day also includes the challenging and optional hike to visit the Humantay Lagoon. Needless to say, mostly everyone will be sound asleep in the tents shortly after a good meal prepared by the cook and served by your guide.

Distance: 13km/8m
Climate: mild in the day and cold in the night
Hiking time: 6 hours approximately
Camping altitude: 3850m/12834ft

(Lunch and Dinner included).

Day 2: Soraypampa - Chaullay:

The day will begin with a wake up call and room service delivered by your guide including a coca tea served at the door of your tent to start this long day of trekking. After breakfast, if the skies are clear you will see the Massive Mount Salkantay and begin the trek for the day. Step by step you will climb higher until reaching Soyroccocha where you will take a short rest and try to catch our breath. You will continue towards Salkantay Mountain and later in the morning of this day you will reach the highest point of the trek at an impressive 4608 meters. Here, the guide will explain a little bit about the history of Salkantay Mountain and the Andean people. This little history break is an excellent excuse for you to catch your breath, recover from the climb and eat some well-deserved snacks. After taking a break at the highest point of the trek it's time to leave the altitude as you will begin the descent, walking for about 2 hrs until you see the kitchen tent. Here you will crash down and fill ourselves up with a tasty lunch and some tea or coffee. The day is not over yet as you will continue hiking down to lower altitudes and into greener and greener scenery until you will reach the second campsite, Chaullay. This campsite is very lovely with surrounding green hill scenery.

Distance: 22km/14m
Climate: cold in the morning gradually turning warmer closer to camp
Hiking time: 9 hours approximately
Camping altitude: 2900m/9514ft

(Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included).

Day 3: Chaullay - Santa Teresa:

Today you will wake up with lovely mountain scenery and a morning tea. You will start the trek approx. 7:00 a.m. You will walk for an easier 4 hours, where you will be introduced to a high jungle niche called "Ceja de Selva". You will see different types of plants, fruits, flowers, birds etc. Here banana trees, coffee plants, and others can also be observed before reaching the campsite in the community named "La Playa" (2400 masl). From here you will take a small car approximately 45 minutes to Santa Teresa village where the hot spring (optional hot spring bath) is located and where you will spend a night. 

Distance: 16km/10m
Climate: mild to warm in the day and mild in the night
Hiking time: 5 hours approximately
Camping altitude: 1550m/5085ft

(Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included).

Day 4: Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes (Zip line):

After your delicious breakfast and extra optional activity (zip line), you will have transportation for approx. 45 minutes to Hydroelectrica, from where you will begin our trek for close to 3.5 hours. This path goes along the riverbank and alongside railroad tracks to Aguas Calientes. You will also have the opportunity to view the backside of the Machu Picchu ruins as we progress into Aguas Calientes where you will stay in a hostel for the last night. 

Distance: 19km/12m
Climate: mild to warm in the day and mild in the night
Hiking time: 6 hours approximately
Aguas Calientes: 2050m/6990ft

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, hostel accommodation included).

Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu:

Today you will be hiking up to the Archaeological site of Machu Picchu, and you will explore the city and enjoy this ancient place in the tranquil morning hours. Once you arrive, you will begin with a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel. Your guide will then depart and leave you on your own for the rest of the time. After an introduction by the tour guide you can climb up Huaynapicchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain (if included), where one will experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys, and the mountains that surround it, or you may want to visit the Temple of the Moon, or the fabulous Inca Bridge.

In the afternoon, you will hike down to the town of Aguas Calientes where you have the option to visit and relax in the hot springs if time permits. From here you will take the train back to the city of Ollantaytambo, where your arrival time depends on your train time. From Ollantaytambo you will be transported back to Cusco and dropped off at or near Plaza San Franscisco (Remember your guide is no longer going to be with the group so arrival to your train at the time indicated on the ticket is your responsibility).

Distance: 4km/2m
Climate: mild to warm in the day and mild in the night
Hiking time: 1.5 hours approximately
Machu Picchu: 2430m/7972ft

(Breakfast included).  


  • Transfer from your hotel to Chacllacancha (Trail head).
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each tent (4-person-capacity tent), foam mattress, chairs and tables.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups over 13 people).
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • Horsemen ; horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment) days 1 to 3.
  • Accommodation for our guides, cook and porters / horsemen.
  • Meals (4B, 4L, 4D + wake-up tea).
  • Admission ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Train ticket returning to Ollantaytambo.
  • Transport from the train station to Cusco.

Optional inclusions: 

  • Admission ticket to Waynapicchu ($25).
  • Admission ticket to the Machu Picchu Mountain ($25).
  • Zip lining ($30).
  • Down filled Sleeping bag ($20).
  • Bus to Machu Picchu ($15 USD each way).
  • Lunch on the last day: after the guided tour at Machupicchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machu Picchu or in Aguas Calientes.
  • Optional train from Hidroelectrica to Machupicchu town ($45 USD).
  • Tips: please be aware that our agency staff are paid, so please feel free to tip (or not) according to your wish.

You should bring: 

  • Original passport.
  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag (it can be hired at our agency for US$ 20).
  • Personal medications/supplies.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
  • Sun block cream, mosquitoes repellent.
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Small towel.
  • Swimming suit.
  • Cash in soles (recommend at least S/.350 soles).
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the trail).
  • Positive mind!

Mapa de Salkantay Trek 5D/4N
Mapa de Salkantay Trek 5D/4N


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