Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

 Salkantay Trek 5 Days Peru

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is the most scenic route treating you to spectacular views of crystal clear lakes, amazing snow peaks and lush green vegetation. This scenic Salkantay Trek Peru has been used for many years by ancient people and now local Quechua people from the area still hike this Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu and into the Amazon rainforest. Salkantay or Sallqantay is the highest peak of the Vilcabamba Mt. range in the Peruvian Andes and is the twelfth highest peak in Peru overall. This “savage mountain” (the name as translated from the Quechua language) is located in the Cusco region about 60 km northwest of the city of Cusco.

The Salkantay Trek will leave you feeling inspired and more connected with the peaceful nature of the Peruvian Andes. This peak has been considered to have special significance for the native people of the Cusco region and those who believe in the ancient Andean religion. This is what makes this adventure a uniquely spiritual experience.

Salkantay Trek – Highlights

  • Amazing views of Salkantay peak
  • Amazing mountain ranges of Vilcabamba
  • Beautiful cloud forest and lush vegetation
  • Amazing lake of Humantay
  • Traditional coffee roasting and cultural immersion
  • Beautiful streams and waterfalls
  • Flora and fauna
  • Delicious food and culinary
  • Hiking the unique route of Mollepata
  • Amazing wonder of Salkantay


Salkantay Trekking – Summary

  • Trip style: adventures, active & cultural immersion
  • Length: Salkantay trek 5 days/ 4nights
  • Frequency: All year around
  • Group: 2 persons min, max 10 persons
  • Phhysical Grading: moderate, challenging
  • Total distance hiked: 58 km /36 miles
  • Beginning altitude: 3,800 m /12,467 ft
  • Maximun altitude: 4;650 m /13,451 ft

Salkantay Trekking – Itinerary 

  • Day 1: Cusco –Mollepata- Soraypamapa (Meals: /L/D)
  • Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay pass – Chaullay (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 3: Chaullay – Lucmabamba (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 4: Lucmabamba – Aguas Calientes (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 5: Machupicchu Wonder of the World – Cusco (Meals: B)


Salkantay Trek – Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Soraypampa – Mollepata – Hike to lake Humantay – Salkantay Pampa

Salkantay We will pick you up from your hotel at approximately 5:30am and then we will travel by private bus to Mollepata where there will be a quick stop for breakfast. Then we continue driving for another two hours until we arrive at Soraypampa. From there we will begin our Salkantay Trek adventure to the scenic Lake Humantay, a lake fed from mountain glaciers that has views of Mount Salkantay a sacred mountain in Incan mythology.After visiting the umantay lake we go back to lunch spot and we will enjoy our first lunch on our hike.After delicious food we hiking up to our comping site for 3 hrs,

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 10 km / 7.45miles
  • STARTING ELEVATION: 3350 m / 12477 ft
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION: 3850 m / 12690 ft
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate to challenging
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (including a snack and afternoon tea)

Day 2: Crossing the Salkantay Pass – Huayraq – Chaullay

Salkantay trek After waking up early for a warming coca tea there will be time to enjoy a lovely breakfast before embarking on our second day of the Salkantay Trek. This day will be the longest day of trekking, first climbing upwards as we ascend to reach the trek’s highest point (4,638m / 15,213 ft). Surrounded in every direction by snow capped mountain peaks of the Vilcabamba range, we will take in the views of the glacial south face of Mount Salkantay towering above us. After passing the highest peak we will change direction and head downwards through lush green vegetation, descending into the jungle of the Cloud forest.

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 22 km / 13.7miles
  • STARTING ELEVATION: 3800 m / 12467 ft
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION: 4650 m / 15255ft
  • DIFFICULTY: Challenging / Moderate
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (including a snack and afternoon tea)

Day 3: Chaullay – Playa Sawayaco – Hot Spring – Colcalmayo

Salkantay PeruAnother early start with a morning coca tea that is shortly followed by breakfast. We will begin hiking by descending along the Salkantay river where you can see striking orchids accompanied by colourful butterflies and start to feel the warm air rising from the jungle below. As we continue trekking we will hike through more populated rural areas as well as passing through banana, passion fruit and avocado orchards. We will enjoy a scenic picnic alongside the river followed by visit a tour of a coffee plantation. After reaching the end of our Salkantay Trek we will enjoy a lunch together before taking a private bus to hot springs at Cocalmayo following which we travel to Playa Sahuayaco.

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 18 km / 11.2miles
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION: 2750 m / 9231ft
  • LOWEST ELEVATION: 2150 m / 7022 ft
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (including a snack and afternoon tea)

Day 4: Playa Sahuayaco – Llaqtapata – Machu Picchu

Salkantay TourOn day 4 our wake up will be at 6:00 am with another coca tea and breakfast. After we start our hike up to Llaqtapata for aproximatly 3 hours, from there we view part of the Machu Picchu Inca site from a distance. We also take time to explore the fascinating Inca site of Llaqtapata. We then have a 3 hours descent to Hydroelectrico where we have our last yummy lunch of the Salkantay Trek. We then catch the train down to the Aguas Calientes Town.

  • WALKING DISTANCE: 11 km / 6.2miles
  • STARTING ELEVATION: 2750 m / 7231ft
  • HIGHEST ELEVATION: 2150 m / 8022 ft
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (including a snack and afternoon tea)

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Machu Picchu Today we reap the rewards of completing the Salkantay Trail Peru and take a short bus ride up from the town to visit the Machu Picchu Inca site. We will enjoy a two hour tour with a local guide after which you will have to time to explore the beauty of this vast archaeological site yourself. Following this we will get a train back to Ollantaytambo from Aguas Calientes Town and then return to Cusco by private bus.

  • STARTING ELEVATION: 2115 m /6542 ft
  • MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast


Salkantay Trek Includes:

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+for the treks
  • Chef and Assitant Chef
  • Professional Horse Carer
  • Mules to carry 7kg of your personal items
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Private bus from your hotel to Soraypampa
  • Train back to Ollantaytambo
  • Private bus from Ollantaymbo to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Kitchen tent and Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • 3 star hotel for final night
  • Sleeping mattress for the route
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes round trip

Salkantay Trek Doesn`t Include

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be rented from us : US$20.00)
  • Hiking poles ( can be rented from us : US$B15.00)
  • Air mattress ( can be rented from us : US$ 20.00)
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 5
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your Salkantay Trek.

What you need to take for the Salkantay Trek:

  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries


Prices for the Salkantay Trail Peru

Group Service

  • 2017 – Price service per person  US$640.00 (adults)

Private Group Price

  • 2017 – Price service per person US$670.00 ( adults)

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).


  • Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 18’s Discount: US$20

Optional upgrade:

  • Sleeping Bag US$20
  • Hiking Pole US$15
  • Inflatable Mattress US$20
  • Single Tent Supplement US$35

Optional upgrade (Need to book in advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mt. climbing:  USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mt. climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes to Cusco: USD50.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance)

How to book (Group or Private Service):

You can either book by emailing us or by using the Booking form provided on this site.

By e-mail:

Send us your main Departure date and back up date: By providing us with a main date and a back up date for your Salkantay Trail Peru (Classic Inca Trail, Short Inca Trail, Lares Trek, Ancascocha Peru Trek, Cachicata Hike, etc.) Andean Path Travel will reply to your e-mail automatically.

Send us your Personal Details for Booking: 

  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Date of Birth

Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid ISIC card. It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail /salkantay trek (you will need to show the real ISIC card upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).


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Payment of deposit amount is:

  • US$ 200 per person for the Salkantay Trek Peru
  • NOTE: If you want to climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mt. let us know in advance please because they allow only 400 people to both mountains. You will need to include an aditional fee for this.

US$ 25.00 for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mt. experience

There are 2 time sessions:

  • First group of 200 hikers is from 7 – 8 am
  • Second group of 200 hikers is from 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible either time.

Payment of the deposit can be made through 1 following options:


  • We accept deposits through PayPal.The Paypal deposit is US $200 dollars per person. Paypal charges a fee of 6%, so the deposit will actually be US $212 dollars per person. The Paypal fee does not count toward the final Salkantay trek price. Through Paypal you will send the deposit to

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