Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Explore this trail to the Inca Citadel.

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N

Why hike the Salkantay Trail with Us?

Our Salkantay Trek itinerary was created with a slight difference from the traditional trek, with the purpose to have a unique, unforgettable, and authentic experience, without missing the most important attractions, visiting the Humantay lagoon, organic coffee farm, the thermal baths of Cocalmayo (Santa Teresa), the Inca Trail Llactapata and Machupicchu. With us, you will have a complete experience, without missing anything. Enter in contact to know our differences.

Day-by-Day Summary

DAY 1: Cusco – Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa (Humantay Lake).
DAY 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Wayracpunku – Chaullay
DAY 3: Chaullay - La Playa – Santa Teresa
DAY 4 Santa Teresa – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes
DAY 5: The Expected Day – The Inca Citadel (Machu Picchu)

Salkantay Highlights

  • Follow your guide through Machu Picchu, learning the mysteries of the Inca
  • Follow your guide through the salkantay trail, livin the magnificent valleys, peaks, lakes, and more
  • Discover how beautiful are the andes mountains

Places Visited

Humantay Lake,Humantay and Salkantay Peak, Valles, Hot springs, Aguas Calientes Village, Machu picchu and more..

Departures:Our company has daily departures to Salkantay, since 2 to 10 participants maximum per group, we are a 100% direct trekking tour operator, sustainable and responsible with Nature.
Starting From
USD 400
  • Duration:
    5 Days and 4 Nights
  • Tour Style:
    Walking, Cultural, Historical, Traditional, Narutal.
  • Hotel
    1 Night (Shared Room)
  • Camping
    3 Nigths
  • Difficulty
    Challenging (depends on ypour level of fitness).
  • Transportation
    Bus, Train, Van, local car

Salkantay Trek full Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa - Suyrucocha Camp

We wake up at about 4:30 am to go from Cusco to Mollepata Village and then to Soraypampa (3200 mts) the trailhead, this trip is in our private car for about 3 hours. We will arrive to Mollepata around 7:30 am; we stop for 30 minutes to have breakfast in local restaurant if the group wants (not included) or to buy some last minute supplies. Then we are continuing our trip uphill for 1 hour more until arrive to Soraypampoa the Salkantay trek trailhead, where we meet our Arrieros “horsemen“ and trekking staff (Cook and Assistants). We commence an optional trekKing with a gradual climb for about 1 and a half hour until Huamtay Lake below the snow peak, it is an amazing lake in the mountains and then we descend back to Soraypampa to continue with a gentle climb until Salkantaypampa for the lunch and free time. We continue after lunch with climb for approximately 2 and a half to 3 hours through to Suyrucocha. This first Camp is located at 4,480 masl, we can see the small lake and salkantay views.

Day 02: Suyrucocha - Salkantay Pass & Lake - Collpapampa Camp

After an early breakfast, we start trekking a moderate climb from approximately one and half hours to reach the Salkantay Pass at 4,630 masl. From this point we can appreciate views of Cusco's second highest peak, Salkantay (6,264 masl) and the snowcapped mountains Humantay and Huayanay, after that we will going by the summit to see the salkantay lake and to be as close the Salkantay.  From here, we continue two and half hrs downhill to lunch in Wayracmachay or Rayanpata point, and then we continue until Colpapampa campsite 2840 masl for another 3 hours.

Day 03: Colpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa hot Springs

After a delicious breakfast served by our trekking staff, you will begin the hike which will be 5 hours until you arrive to the lunch spot called La Playa at 2400 meters. Along the way you will explore beautiful waterfalls, rivers, amazing flora and fauna, with a microclimate called tropical forest where local people grown coffee, passion fruit, papayas, oranges and avocados. After lunch, a local bus will take us to have a lovely visit at an organic coffee farm, tasting the coffee prepared by the local people. Coffee is the main farming industry of local people here and they farm many big hectares of coffee to export to USA, Asia and Europe. Then we will continue by local car to Santa Teresa village campsite and Colcalmayo thermals baths, where you will have some time to enjoy a hot natural thermals which is volcanic water with different minerals which are used as medicinal (thermal baths is optional for 5 Peruvian soles). In the Afternoon, again, we will serve a lovely happy hour with tea and coffee and your chef will prepare a delicious meal for dinner.

Day 04: Santa Teresa - Llactapata - Hidoelectrica - Aguas Calientes town

We start the day early with breakfast at around 6:00am and then to go by local car to Llucmabamba site where start the hike for a 3 hour to the restored ruins of Llactapata (2,860m) from where you can see Machu Picchu and the last views of Salkantay Mountain, here our tour guide explains who was the function, the importance, etc. After that, we start descending for about 3 hour to Hydroelectric Plant (Hidroelectrica) a place for lunch; later continue along train rail to the Aguas Calientes village where we have a touristic hotel and dinner in a local restaurant for this last night.

Note:If the group do not want to walk more, today we will catch the traditional salkantay trek directly to Hydroelectric without Llactapata. It will depend of the group.

Traditional Trail: You start the day at around 8:00 am with breakfast and then a 3 hour hike to the Hydroelectric plant (Hidroelectrica), where we have lunch to later continue for  4 hours more along the train rail to Aguas Calientes village (Machu picchu town) where we have a touristic hotel for the last night and the dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 05: Visit to Machupicchu and Back to Cusco

An early start to go in the first bus to Machu Picchu and see the sunrise over this enigmatic city, We travel for around 45 minute by car to Machu Picchu to have a full guided tour for about 2 hours by the most important sectors of the park. After that, you are free to explore more for your own, or maybe climb to Huayna Picchu Mountain (if you have a permit) or go the Inca Bridge, or visit the sun gate.Afterwards you can come back walking down to Aguas Calientes or take the bus (not included in the cost) to have lunch at Aguas Calientes (not included in the cost).In the afternoon at around 16:00 or 18:30 pm, we board the train to return to Ollantaytambo village and transfer to Cusco city and end of the Salkantay trek.


  • Pre- Departure Briefing
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Transport from your hotel to Soraypampa (walking star point)
  • 4 person sleeping tents (we only put 2 in each tent) very spacious
  • Foam mats to put under your sleeping bag (carried by horses)
  • Camping equipment
  • Entrance to Machupicchu
  • Accommodation ( 3 nights in tent and 1 night in hostel Aguas Calientes)
  • Cargo Mules (For first and second day to carry the all-camping equipment and your personal baggage (7 kilos).
  • Specialist chef
  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 dinners and Snacks
  • Daily snacks (1, 2 and 3 days)
  • water for grooming
  • Train tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (expedition service)
  • Transport from Ollantaytambo Train Station to hotel in Cusco (Day 5)
  • Transport from la Playa to Llucmabamba and From Llucmabmba to Hydroelectric.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (one way)
  • Basic touristic Hotel in Aguas Calientes double or triple rooms, private bathrooms, hot showers, wifi, and storage while you visit Machu Picchu.
  • 24-h guest service

Our Differences:

We include in our price these additional things, which normally are not included by companies.

  • the Entrance ticket for the Salkantay Trail + Humantay Lake
  • bus ticket (Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu)
  • the entrance ticket for the Santa Teresa hot Springs (Cocalmayo).
  • the Transport from Santa Teresa to Cocalmayo hot spring
  • the transport from the Santa Teresa to Llucmabamba.
  • the train who depart at 18:30 without, to arrive early to Cusco.

Not Included:

  • RENTALS: Every trekker needs a sleeping bag when you choose a trek with camping. Inflatable air matts are optional, but do help in getting a good night sleep. Walking sticks are definitely encouraged and must have a rubber tip when bringing your own. If you do not have or want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
  • HUAYNAPICCHU: Huaynapicchu is the mountain located inside the Machu Picchu Park and has beautiful views from the top. It takes 45 minutes to get to the top and then 45 minutes back down and is quite steep for those scared of heights. This is done after your tour of Machu Picchu and is $20 per person to hike. This is extremely popular and needs to be arranged at least a month or two prior to your trek. Please understand that we can not control weather and cloudy days will prevent perfect pictures.

Optional Services

• Extra night in Aguas Calientes $ 50.
• Huaynapicchu entrance ticket $ 18 (depends on availability).
• Sleeping Bag rent for the all trek $ 20.
• A pair of sticks $ 15 for the all trail.
• Adicional horse for carry your personal bags $ 50 per 3 days.
• Vistadone train service $ 60.
• Bus From Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes $ 15 USD


• Original ID documents (Passport)
• A good backpack or day backpack to carry your personal things
• Sleeping bag recommended -5 as minimum, walking sticks are recommended.
• Waterproof trekking boots.
• Warm clothes ( you can experience the four seasons in one day).
• 4 T-shirts, sun hat, two pairs of pants for the trek, gloves, 4 pairs of socks, raincoat, 1 warm jacket, extra layers.
• Camera with extra battery.
• Sunblock, sunglasses, insect repellent.
• Essential toiletries, toothbrush, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.
• Swimsuit for swim in thermal baths.
• Water bottle (no need to bring water pills).
• Personal first aid kit.
• Head lamp.
• Some plastic bags in the rainy season.

The Prices are per traveler:

Shared Service Departures Price
Estudent with ISIC CARD Every Day $ 470 USD $ 400
Adult Every Day $ 500 USD $ 430

Private Tour:

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

Without hotel: -30 USD per person if you book for your own.

Private Service Departures Price per person
02 Trekkers Every Day USD $ 620
03 Trekkers Every Day USD $ 600
04 Trekkers Every Day USD $ 580
05 Trekkers Every Day USD $ 560
06 -07 Trekkers Every Day USD $ 530
08 to + Trekkers Every Day USD $ 500


STUDENT DISCOUNT: $20 off per person

Student Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to




This is a 2 star hotel and is based on shared rooms - either double, matrimonial or triple. If you prefer a single room you have to add $30 US per person. All the rooms include private bathrooms with hot showers and wifi. We can also upgrade your hotel if you prefer something a little fancier or we can do the tour without hotel, if you prefer to book the hotel for Aguas Calientes for your own. Please remember that the service you receive in Aguas Calientes will not be quite as good as Cusco.


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