The Salkantay Trek Epic 5 Days

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Trip Summary

Duration5 days / 4 nights
Trip style Active Hiking - Salkantay Trek
Start PointChallacancha
End PointMachu Picchu
HighlightsCocalmayo Hot Springs, 1 night Machu Picchu, complete Salkantay Trek package
Transfer Includes transfer to Salkantay trek starting point and transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
TrainMachu Picchu to Ollantaytambo
Accommodation One night by Machu Picchu Tourist class included. (Upgrade options available)
Price from USD 629

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The Cordillera Vilcanota is an impressive range of mountains which include the massive Salkantay snowcapped mountain (6,264 meters) and three others over 6000 meters that you will appreciate while trekking along the Salkantay Trail.

Salkantay is an outstanding snow peak, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cuzco in south central Peru. It is the highest mountain of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. Because of its proximity to the city, it is easily accessible and is climbed frequently. Join us on this incredible Salkantay Trekking Tour to Machu Picchu.

This Peru Trek allows travelers to combine the challenge of a mountain trek with a deep immersion on Inca culture. Discover the best of Peru's Andean landscapes during this rewarding five-day Trek to Machu Picchu that winds through wonderful valleys, charming mountain villages, lush orchards, and dense rainforests. The entire journey is breathtaking, perfectly organized to end at Machu Picchu, one of the Seven New Wonders of the World and Peru's most treasured historic site.



Salkantay Trekking Adventure 5 days / 4 nights


    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, we will stop for last minute supplies, leg-stretching or to use the restrooms at a local restaurant. We will continue our journey to Soraypampa (3850 meters above sea level), our trek starting point. We will meet with our support staff, who will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9:00 a.m., we will begin our hike toward Humantay Lake, a marvelous lake in the mountains, (3 hours hike). We will have a panoramic view of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. Around 1:00p.m., we will have a Peruvian lunch in Soraypampa. After lunch, we will walk to the Salkantay lookup point to watch the sunset. Snacks and dinner will be served at the campsite in SalkantayPampa. Buenas Noches :)

    Meals included: Lunch | Dinner Distance covered: 13 Km. Trekking time: 5 hours Height gain: +200m Marmot Tents

    Today, nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. We will start the hike around 6:30 in the morning. We will hike, gradually ascending, until reaching the highest point (4600 meters above sea level) at around 9:30 in the morning. We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is known as the second highest point of the Cusco region. On our way down we will visit the amazing 'intense blue' Salkantay Lake. Around 1:00 p.m., we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive to our camp in Challway (2920 meters above sea level). Around 7:00p.m., we will recuperate from the trek and eat dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Distance covered: 20 Km. Trekking time: 7 - 8 hours Height gain: +630m Descent: -1710m Marmot Tents

    Around 7:30a.m., we will start our trek. We will walk for about 5 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period; we will observe a town called Collpabamba, also called the "Forest Cloudy Brow" where waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the "Rooster of the Rocks". At 12:00 p.m. a local bus will take us to Santa Teresa Hot Springs, where we will have lunch. You will enjoy and relax at the hot pools in the afternoon. Around 7:00p.m., we will have dinner and camping in Santa Teresa.

    Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Distance covered: 16 Km. Trekking time: 5 hours Descent: - 1370m Marmot Tents

    After an early breakfast, we will take a local transportation to Lucmabamba. Once at the Llactapata entrance, you will start an ascent hike towards the ruins of Llactapata. On the way you will observe coffee plantations, beautiful landscapes as well as diverse flora and fauna. After three hours, you will arrive at Llactapata where you will have an amazing view of Machu Picchu. Here you will have time to rest and enjoy the scenery. A descending trail will take you to the Hydroelectric where you will eat lunch at a local restaurant. The last part of the trek, an approximately 3 hours walk, takes us to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town). Upon arrival, you will be accommodated at the hostel or hotel of your choice (included on this package). You will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant at about 7:00p.m.

    Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Distance covered: 22 Km. Trekking time: 8 hours Height gain: +490m Hotel / Hostel

    Today, you will start early at around 4:30a.m. to take the bus to Machu Picchu. In Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for about two hours. You will be free to explore the Citadel and take more pictures after the guided tour, if you desire, walk up to the Sun Gate or ascent toward Huayna Picchu Mountain (you will need a reservation to access Huayna Picchu). At your convenience walk back down to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town) and catch the train to Ollantaytambo later on (Normally at 6:20 pm. unless you request a different one). From there, a bus will drive you to Cusco.

    Meals included: Breakfast 2 hours Machu Picchu Tour


  • Transportation
  • Transportation to Challacancha (trek starting point)
  • Bus ticket Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Expedition train ticket Aguas Calientes / Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco
  • Horses and mules to carry the camping and cooking equipment
  • Accommodation
  • Machu Picchu Overnight included
  • Accommodation in double or triple rooms
  • Salkantay Trek group service package - 3 nights camping
  • Personal pad (double foam)
  • Four Season Marmot Tents
  • Meals
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Vegetarian or vegan food available upon request with no extra charge.
  • Expert Staff
  • English/Spanish-speaking professional guide
  • Mountain Cheff (cook) and cooking equipment
  • Informative presentation about the Salkantay Trail in Cusco
  • Personal Travel Advisor to assist with the rest of your Peru Trip
  • Activities, Weight & Tickets
  • Guided visit to Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu entrance ticket
  • Salkantay Trail ticket
  • Santa Teresa Hot Springs entrance ticket
  • Duffel Service included during the trek: 7 Kilograms / 16 pounds
  • First Aid equipment
  • Important
  • Horses and mules will carry the heavy gear (tents, cooking equipment, food, etc). If you are considering bringing some photography equipment or other heavy accessories, or just simply don't want to carry anything, please request additional Duffel Service to carry up to 10kg per load, this way you will freely enjoy the hike. (This is highly recommended if you have never hiked over 10000 feet). Cooks handle all the kitchen chores.
  • Not Included:
  • Single supplement: USD 25.00
  • Additional Duffel Service (up to 10 kg.): USD 50.00
  • Personal trekking gear, sleeping bag, tips and gratuities. You can rent a sleeping bag for USD $25.00. All sleeping bags are laundered between each trek. Please request this rental in advance.
NOTE: We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons we may be forced to offer substitutes of same category. We will endeavour to confirm final hotel bookings as soon as possible.
Salkantay Tour 5 days Trek to Machu Picchu Mountain Adventure
Salkantay Tour 5 days Trek to Machu Picchu Mountain Adventure

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Salkantay Trek 5 Days

USD 629.00

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