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Salkantay Trek


Salkantay Trek
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Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Hike to Machu Picchu
Salkantay trekking to Machu Picchu
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Salkantay Hike to Machu Picchu
Salkantay trekking to Machu Picchu
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Salkantay Trek Classic 5 days is a best alternative trek to Machu Picchu, in the tour you can appreciate the Humantay lagoon, Salkantay mountain, the cloud forest and appreciate fruit, wild plants, animals of the area, hot springs (cocalmayo - Santa Teresa), Desporte to deventura (zipline) to reach the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Classic Salkantay trek 5 days is considered by most to be the best alternative route, This walk allows you to enjoy the options that there is in the salkantay route, you will go up to humantay lake, you will pass for the highets point of the salkantay route to be to see salkantay mountain up close, you hike through the santa teresa valley that is full of vegetation is the begining of the peruvian amazon, you have the chance to see, plantations of coffe, coca, avocados, bananas and much more, this valley is full of fresh wáter with many waterfalls and also if your choisce this hike, you will have enouth time do the relaxing hot springs of colcalmayo in santa teresa. and also you can do Llactapata hike on 4th day of the our advedventure, if you are an adventures person you got the chance to do the biggest and longest zipline of southamerica. choose this one and get a perfect adventures vacation to Machu Picchu.

Useful Information

Starting Altitude – 3350 meters / 10990 feet .
Highest Altitude – 4600 meters / 15091 ft
Walking Distance – 12km / 7.45 miles
- Campsite Elevation - 3920 meters / 12861 ft
- Meals - 4 breakfast, 4 lunch, 4 dinner, 3 tea times, 3 wake up tea
Overall Difficulty – Moderate - Challenging
STARTING POINT: - Cusco at your hotel


The snow-capped Salkantay is one of the highest mountains in Cusco, along with the Ausangate mountain in the Vilcanota mountain range which is located further south.
The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is listed as one of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.
The Salkantay Trek is definitely one of the very best trekking adventures that you will find in Cusco and in Peru. After the Inca Trail classic or Inca Trail short, the Salkantay route is the 2nd most popular to Machu Picchu (and a lot less crowded).
Machu Picchu is one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, Heritage of Humanity, Historical Sanctuary of Peru and probably the most important archaeological site in Latin America.
Machu Picchu is majestic architecture comprises 140 structures throughout the citadel.
Machu Picchu is was built by the Inca Pachacutec around the year 1460
After being forgotten, it was only in 1911 that the American Hiram Bingham reached Machu Picchu on an expedition and spread the site worldwide.

Brief Itinerary

- DAY 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Humantay Lake – Soraypampa
- DAY 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass- Huayracmachay - Chaullay
- DAY 3: Chaullay - La Playa - Santa Teresa (2nd option camp in Lucmabamba)
- DAY 4: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes (Llactapata - Aguas Calientes)

DIA 1 : Cusco – Mollepata – Humantay Lake – Soraypampa

We will leave Cusco approximately at 5:00 a.m. A bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level) where we will arrive approximately at 7:30 in the morning, where you will have the chance to enjoy a delicious andean breakfast. After an hour aprox in Mollepata. we continue in the same car to the Trail head in Challacancha. There we will meet with our support staff. There we will organize all the equipment, horses and mules. Around 9:30 a.m. we will start our trek to Soraypampa (3850 m.a.s.l) the first section of the path are paved rock trail there are the old water channel still supply to new habitants, the begin is 8 km in 3 hours to Soraypampa the lunch place as well base camp, after lunch and nap to continued hiking up to the Humantay lake (4200 masl) 3 km in 2 hours round trip, bottom the glacier the most spectacular views to the back ground valley and sunset, Soraypampa is located on the middle of the glaciers valleys at night clear appreciate the constellation on the sky.

DAY 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass- Huayracmachay - Chaullay

The second day of the salkantay trek is considerat the hardest day. This is because the hiking distance is 22km/ 14 ft and also on this day you will get up to the highest point of the salkantay trail 4630 m / 15225 ft. in this day in order to make it on time to the second campsite. we're going wake up with coca tea at 5:00 to enjoy a dilisious breakfast after we get ready for the trek. Around 6:30 in the morning we start hiking to the highest point of the whole salkantay trail. After 4 hours hike you reach to the top to celebrate and enjoy a beautifull views of the salkantay mountain once at the top you have the chance to make a offering for the APUS (andean gods). From 4630 m / 15225 ml. We start hiking downhill to get 2900 m / 9510 ml in todo 15 km downhill hiking. we are going to do in two sections. The first section will be from the top to the lunch point which takes 2 hours approximately and then after lunch 3 hours more to the second camp call chawllay. on the way you are going apreciate diferent type of landscapes such glaciar mountains, lagoons, roccky mountains, grassy hill, by the time that you will be close to the camp you are going be in the jungle area. Once at the camp time to relaxing if you like you can enjoy cold beers while the cooks make the te time and the delicious dinner

DAY 3: Chaullay - La Playa - Santa Teresa (2nd option camp in Lucmabamba)

You will hike through the jungle are of Santa Teresa. The valley is formed by the salkantay river that discures from the white mountain. In this valley you have the opportunity to see waterfalls, rivers, plantations like coca, coffee, avocado, passion fruit, bananas and much more is a tropical valley and the climate is quite warm. After of our breakfast we will start the trek to the town of sahuayco, after 5 hours of crossing through the dense vegetation we arrived at the lunch point and then we drove to Santa Teresa camp to visit the thermal hot springs of Santa Teresa. After a three days hiking is quite relaxing to spend some time at the pools couple of hours in the thermal baths then we return to the camp to take tea and the last camp dinner and spend the last nights in the tent.
Option: camp in Lucmabamba - Llactapata
After lunch at Sahuyaco (Playa), we will hike for approximately one hour to our base camp called Lucmabamba. We will explore the tropical forest for a little while and have a lovely visit at an organic coffee farm. Here you can taste the coffee prepared by the local people. We will also explore an orange and an avocado plantation.

DAY 4: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes (Llactapata - Aguas Calientes)

According the itinerary you will hike 3 hours from Santa Teresa to Hidroelectrica but the hike is along the car road, some people do not like road hike. If you do not want to take this option you can choose the nexts ones.
By car to hidroelectrica: You may take a car fron santa teresa to hidroelectrica for 45 minutes
Zipline: you can do zipline with one of the companies that ofert this activity in one of the valeys of santa teresa. after zipline you go by car to hidroelectrica. Any option that you may take usually we start at 6:00 am with breakfast then around 8 am we start the activities.
After lunch at Hidroelectrica we will hike 3 hours more to aguas calientes town on the flat trail. Then we take you to the hotel for showering and relaxing, in the evening around 7:00 pm we organised a dinner in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes after dinner we go to sleep to climb Machu Picchu early on the next day.
Option: Lucmabamba - Llactapata - Aguas Calientes
After our breakfast, we will make our trek uphill to the Inca ruins of Lacctapata, after visiting this wonderful place, we will make the trek downhill to Hidroelectrica where we will have our lunch. From Hidroelectrica we will go to the town of Aguas Calientes.


After an early breakfast at the hotel, we walk uphill to Machu Picchu at 5:00 am. or take the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Optional bus $16 each way), upon arrival at the Citadel we can appreciate the enigmatic beauty and the incomparable example of architectural perfection and hydraulics of one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, we will have a guided tour of about 2 hours, where we can appreciate the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, Intihuatana, The Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Cemetery, you are then given free time to stroll around the citadel . You will have all morning in Machu Picchu to take pictures, maybe to climb the Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, enjoy this mystical place. Then we´ll descend by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then calmly return by train to Ollantaytambo where our tourist transport to the city of Cusco will be expecting us, and will later transfer you to your hotel.
Climb up Huayna Picchu and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there (We recommend that you book in advance) Not Included
Climb Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there (We recommend that you book in advance) Not Included
Visit the new local museum or the hot springs in Aguas Calientes later in the day. Not Included
- Meals: Breakfast
- Tour: Two-hour tour with our guide in Machu Picchu


Trek briefing with your Guide.
Professional local Guide (on hike)
Second tour guide for groups of 9+
Private Transport and professional driver (to the starting point of hike “at Challacancha”)
Private transport from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
All entrance tickets and permits for Salkantay hike and Machu Picchu
Horses or mules and Indigenous horsemen to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetables).
Train Ticket Service from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo Village (Expedition Tourist Train)
Bus Tickets from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu (one way or return).
Machu Picchu guided tour (2 hrs) and extra time for you.
Personal items to carry 8 kg/17 lb. (so you just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day).
3 nights camping
Spacious tents / Sleeping mat.
1 night in a Hostel in Aguas Calientes. based on sharing a room; either double, matrimonial or triple depending on availability. Hotel brand rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers and Wi-Fi.
We provide a duffle for personal items.
One Cook
Excellent Meals (4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners)
Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all before rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request).
Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking).
Wake up coca tea in your tent.
Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
Oxygen Tank & First aid kit


Breakfast on the first day
Final lunch and dinner in “Aguas Calientes”.
Huayna Picchu (US$25.00) or Machu Picchu Mountain (US$20.00) – if you want it
Hot springs (US$7.00)
Sleeping bags
Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
Zipline Optional (Santa Teresa) US$30.00
Additional horses for extra personal luggage above that of the personal item allowance.
Travel Insurance
Optional up – grades (train and hotel)
Tips (the amount you tip (or if you tip) is a personal decision and it is NOT an obligation.

What to bring for the walk

A backpack
A beanie hat or ear warmer
Sun hat
A mid weight sweater
A longsleeve t-shirt
1 – 2 t-shirts
A lightweight suater or vest
A pair of long pants
Hiking shoes
An extra pair of shoe
2 – 3 pairs wool socks
A jacket
A small towel
Rain gear
1 – 2 pair shorts
A small headlamp
A toothbrust and other personal toiletries
Toilet paiper
Sun cream
Insect repelent
Camera and film
Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
Extra money for drinks.
Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220)

List of objects to take to the trek.

Cusco Destination


Remember that!!! This walk leaves every day of the year.

Pre payment per person:

50% of the payment per person
Balance: 50% Before starting the walk.
- Terms and Conditions -
$ 640.00
3 - 4
$ 550.00
5 - 7
$ 500.00
8 - More
$ 420.00

“This trek to Machu Picchu is available every day provided we have a minimum of 2 hikers”

Cusco Destination


We know that time is very important for you and you want to make the most of it. That is why punctuality is one of our most important values.


From the moment you have contact with us, we will try to provide a personalized service according to your travel requirements.


It is our priority to have the very best guides with a wide knowledge of the history and culture of our destinations and of the wild activities we offer.


The food is one of the most important things on the trek, we bring balance and nutritive food along the trail, all our presentations are buffet.


Our transportation is private for all our treks and tours, and our camps are strategically located so you can enjoy your hikes.


we bet on an offer nature tourism and cultural, based on a commitment to social and environmental responsibility.

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