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Trip Overview

We are a 100% Peruvian agency specialized in small groups with experienced guides for all our tours and treks to Machu Picchu, and we have the best prices of the market because we do not subcontract, we are a direct tour operato. Guarantee a magical and headache-free trip with our team.

Tour plan

Day 1:  Cusco – Humantay Lake – Soraypampa – Suyrucocha
Day 2: Suyrucocha – Salkantay Pass – LLucmabamba
Day 3: Llucmabamba – Coffee Farms Visits – Llactapata
Day 4: Llactapata – Hydroelectric Plant – Aguas Calientes
Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

  • 3 nights at campinf, 1 night of hotel
  • Tour guide for all excursions
  • All entrance fees
  • All necessary transportation for the tours.

The 5 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a popular alternative to the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The Classic Salkantay Trek to Machu picchu takes you around the mighty Salkantay Mountain, one of the most important sacred Andean Peaks.

Contrasting with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trekking route doesn’t have any Inca sites. It is more a place of nature and pristine views of the Peruvian Andes.

Salkantay Trail covers 72 Kilometers (46 miles) through rugged territories. The Salkantay Trek  to Machu Picchu begins high up in the Andes near the Humantay Lagoon, one of the most visited natural tourist places. The way takes you down through different plantations and farms to the Amazon cloud forests before entering Machu Picchu, the Lost City of The Incas.

Salkantay Pass marks the highest point of the five-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, at 4630 meters above sea level (15190ft.). It is highly recommended to spend at least 4-5 days in Cusco before to start this trekking, to avoid altitude sickness.

Best time to hike The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Technically, you can hike Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu all around the year. Although it is highly recommended to avoid hiking during the rainy season (December to February). The best time to experience Salkantay Trekking is during the dry season, from April to November.

We are one of the leading Salkantay Trek to Machu picchu tour operators based in Cusco. We have a dedicated team of professionals guiding the trek, they have years of experience hiking the route. Our crew is also trained in First Aid and are mountaineering experts.

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Full Itinerary of Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 1Cusco - Humantay Lake - Soraypampa - Suyrucocha

Our team will pick you up early in the morning from your hotel in Cusco. Then, we’ll go on a two hours trip in our private transport to Mollepata village. Here we will have a brief stop so you can buy some last-minute supplies, if needed.

We will then drive you to Soraypampa (3930m-12,849 ft). This is the trailhead to hike the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. After enjoying a healthy Andean breakfast, our guide will give you a briefing about safety along the trekking.  After this, we are ready to start hiking our Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.

We start hiking for about an hour and a half to the Humantay glacial lake (4230m / 13,878 ft) Our tour guide will be giving you a detailed explanation about this hidden gem up in the Andes. You will discover its prominence in the Andean mythology. Once you have appreciated the views of this Andean jewel, we hike back to our campsite in Soraypampa, to have a   delicious Andean lunch.

Now, you will have some time to relax and unwind before to start hiking up the hill for about two hours to our base camp, Salkantay Pampa at (4200m / 13,780 ft).

As you arrive to the campsite, our team will serve a hot cup of coca leave tea. Normally, here we have a clear sky so  it’s going to be easy to see the formation of Andean Galaxy, our travel expert will be sharing some stories about this before you retire to rest in your respective tents.

  • Campsite Altitude: 3900 m/12795 ft
  • Highest altitude: 4200 m / 13779 ft
  • Distance: 14 km / 8.4 miles
  • Hiking time: Around 8 hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping under million stars : )
  • Considered: Moderate

Day 2Suyrucocha - Salkantay Pass - LLucmabamba

As you wake up, before breakfast, our crew will serve you a hot cup of coca tea or Peruvian coffee, then we’ll have a typical Andean breakfast before starting the most challenging part of the five days Salkantay Trekking experience.

We will hike up the hill for about two hours to the highest point of the trekking, Salkantay Pass at 4600 meters (15091ft).  Here you’ll have a panoramic view of the Peruvian Andes and you will get a closer view of the Salkantay Lagoon which nestles on the foothill of the mighty Salkantay Peak (6240m / 20,472ft). In 2020, this caused a major avalanche and destroyed a part of the trail and the villages in the region.

After contemplating the views from here, we will hike down the hill to Huayracpunku, to have lunch. You will then have some time to wink a nap.

This region is home for different wildlife like Chinchillas, Mountain Cara Cara Falcons and more.

Now, it is time to start a gradual three hours descending to Chaullay, to take a local van to our second campsite Llucmabamba located at (2000 m/6561 ft) amidst the cloud forest. Our crew will be assisting you with a proper accommodation in your tent in our exclusive campsite.

Then, we’ll be serving a hot cup of coffee or tea followed by a traditional Andean meal for dinner.

  • Campsite Altitude: 2000 m/6561 ft.
  • Highest altitude: 4630 m /15190 ft.
  • Distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles.
  • Hiking time: Around 7 hours.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping under million stars.
  • Considered: Challenging.

Day 3Llucmabamba - Coffee Farms Visits - Llactapata

Our crew will be waking you up to a cup of tea or coffee followed by a traditional breakfast. The third day of the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu will take you through the cloud forest, here you will mostly be experiencing a warmer temperature.

After Breakfast, we will visit a local coffee farm. The coffee farmer would demonstrate the entire process from planting coffee seeds to roasting and brewing them.

Then, we will step on the original Inca Trail or Qhapaq ñan for a three hours hike to the beautiful campsite of Llactapata, amidst the cloud forest. Llactapata is a small and ancient town at 2720 meters (8924 ft.) above sea level. Here we will have lunch, dinner and you’ll have the afternoon free.

From this place, you will also get a stunning view of Machu Picchu at a distance. After enjoying a traditional dinner, we will overnight here, in Llactapata

  • Campsite Altitude: 2,750 m / 9022ft
  • Highest altitude: 4200 m / 13779 ft
  • Distance: 9km / 5.5 miles
  • Hiking time: Around 4 hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping under million stars
  • Considered: Moderate

Day 4Llactapata - Hydroelectric Plant - Aguas Calientes

Our crew will be waking you up to a freshly brewed cup of coca tea or coffee. After relishing a typical Andean breakfast with a stunning view of Machu Picchu citadel, we start our Salkantay trek to Machu picchu with a downhill hike to the Hydroelectric power Plant.

This is a 2-hours easy hike with views of waterfalls, mountains, and wildlife as parrots.

Once in Hydroelectric station, our team is in charge to serve you a delicious lunch. Then, we will bid goodbye to our support crew.

The last stage of our Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu will take a three hours hike going along the railway tracks to Aguas Calientes town. This is the jump off point to Machu Picchu.

On this part of the trek, you will be retracing the footsteps of the well-known American professor Hiram Bingham who rediscovered Machu Picchu.

When arriving to Aguas Calientes town, we will accommodate you in an ensuite hotel room. Later, in the evening we meet you for dinner at a local restaurant. Our tour guide will give you a briefing about the following day’s itinerary.

Aguas Calientes town gets its name after the Hot Springs. You can spend the evening relaxing in the thermal waters here.

  • Campsite Altitude: 2,000 m / 6561ft
  • Highest altitude: 4200 m / 13779 ft
  • Distance: 14km / 8.6 miles
  • Hiking time: Around 6 hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Basic 3-star hotel
  • Considered: Moderate

Day 5Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Early in the morning, we will be taking a 25 minutes bus ride up the hill to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Our tour guide will be assisting you in clearing the security control and enter to the citadel.  By this time, you will witness the shining rays of the morning sun beaming on the walls of Machu Picchu citadel.

We will give you a two hours guided tour around the citadel. You will visit the main square, remains of the Inca royal quarters and ceremonial center among other sites

After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have booked to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will direct you to the respective trail head.

Alternatively, you can hike to the Sun gate to get a panoramic view of Machu Picchu citadel. This is also the entrance to the citadel for those who hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

After the tour, we take the bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here you will be boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our crew will meet you at the train station to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.
End of our Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu.

  • Highest altitude: 2430 m / 7972 ft
  • Meals included: Breakfast in the Hotel
  • Considered: Easy


  • Pre departure briefing.Pre departure briefing, you will have a meet with your guide and group in our office a day before at 6pm.
  • Tour Leader or GuideYou’ll have an experienced trip leader on Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with you for the entire journey.
  • Accommodations We include 3 nights camping in tents, also is included a Basic three star hotel in Marital, double or triple rooms for last night.
    If you want upgrade the hotel quality, or prefer a single room, there is an additional fee.
  • Entrance FeesIt is included the entrance to the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu to the places to visit in the itinerary, as well as to the archaeological park of Machu Picchu.
  • All Private TransportationTransportation from Cusco to Soraypampa on day 1, From Chaullay to Llucmabamba on day 2, Consettur Bus round trip on day 5 and from Ollantaytambo to Cusco on day 5.
  • Train Servicie We include an Expeditions Train, so you can appreciate the beautiful scenery during the ride.
  • Meals of our ChefOn Salkantay trek to Machu picchu are included since the lunch of the day 1, until the breakfast of the last day. Also, we include a snack per day, boiled and cooled water for your bottles. Those are prepared by our mountain chef.
  • Medical KitAll our team were trained in first aid, all our guides carry a kit to face emergencies as well an oxygen tank.
  • 7 kg of your bagDuring Salkantay trek to Machu picchu we will transport 7 kg of your belongings for that will provide you a duffle bag, a rain poncho, plus a backpack cover.
  • Campin EquipmentWe use the best possible equipment for mountain activities for your comfort and safety. Tents of 4 people capacity but we use only for 2 people, as well as spacious dining tents, a foam mattres and pillow.
  • Tour support team.We include staff that will make your trip unforgettable, such as the guide, cook, cook's assistant, porters and muleteers.

Not Included

  • Single Room or single Tentif you require a single room or tent has an extra cost.
  • Gratuities for the team.Tipping is a common tradition on any kind of tour, the travelers tips to hand out to the muleteers, chefs and guides. Although we pay a good salary to all our team, always an extra is welcome for them.
  • Meals not mentioned.First Breakfast, last lunch and dinner are not included.
  • Trekking poles.Walking sticks with rubber tips are highly recommended to make easy your hike.
  • Sleeping BagIs necessary to bring a -15°C sleeping bag, for your confort.
  • Travel insurance: It is not mandatory, but it is recommended to protect yourself financially from any lost excursions.
  • Here are some additional items that you can include in this tour.

    • Vistadome Train for Return: US $ 70 -First class train with panoramic views, windows on roof, typical dance show and on-board service and best accommodation.
    • Huayna Picchu Mountain: US$75 – It is the famous mountain behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It takes 50 minutes to go up and another 40 to come back. You can climb it after you finish the guided tour of Machu Picchu. The entrance to this mountain has an additional cost and needs to be booked in advance.
    • Private tours and excursions. They are ideal for those who wants a more personalized service, where the schedules are arranged according to the client’s requirements.
    • Extensions. If you wish we can extend your trip a few more days, before or after the tour, either in Cusco or to other destinations in Peru, just consult us.


Prices in shared service

Category and room type ↓Hotels Included ↓
Without Hotel
$ 450,00 per person
In this price, you will have to book the hotels by your self.

Economic ***
Package price per person in room

$ ..,,00
$ 480,00
$ ..,,00
-Retama Inn, Hatun Samay or Similar

Tourist ***
Package price per person in room

$ ..,,00
$ 550,00
$ ..,00
Águas Calientes:
-Tara Hotel, Waman Inn or Similar

Superior ****
Package price per person in room

$ ..,,00
$ 600,00
$ ..,00
Águas Calientes:
-Casa Andina, Ferre Mapi, Tierra Viva or Similar

Premium ****
Package price per person in room

$ ..,00
$ ..,,00
$ ..,00
Águas Calientes:
– Jaya, Hatun Inti or Similar

Luxury *****
Package price per person in room


Águas Calientes:
-Sumaq Hotel, Inka Terra.
  • A group trip means that it is open for other travelers to join in.
  • 100% guaranteed departures. This tour can be done at any time of the year.
  • Prices are per person based on the selected hotel room and in American Dollars.
  • For tours in private service contact us, it has another cost.


  • 40 dollars discount for travelers under 17 years old.
  • 40 dollars discount for CAN member countries: Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia.
  • Groups, with more than 6 members also have a discount. Please inform us at the time of booking so that we can apply the discount.
How to Book and Pay ?
  • To book, it is necessary to make the initial payment of the requested amount US $ … per person with any credit or debit card, by the way that we will indicate.
  • After the deposit, you will have to send us a passport photos, only with this we will be able to confirm your deposit and booking.
  • If you cancel the tour, all deposits are non-refundable for any reason.
  • The remaining balance must be paid in Cusco before starting your tour with cash.
  • Note: If you are paying the balance with credit or debit card there is an extra charge of 6%.



How long is the Salkantay Trek?

The Salkantay Trek is around 74 km long (46 miles). It usually takes 4 to 5 days to complete it, but the total duration depends on the itinerary.

Is the Salkantay Trek dangerous?

The Salkantay Trek is dangerous during the rainy season, which starts in November and ends in March. During this time the trail becomes slippery and muddy. Hence, during these months it’s not possible to hike the Salkantay Trek.

How difficult is the Salkantay Trek?

The Salkantay Trek is not easy to hike. It requires a good physical shape due to its high altitude, steep terrain, cold weather and length.

Is Salkantay Trek worth it?

The Salkantay Trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail. It allows hikers to explore the Humantay Lake, the Salkantay Mountain and the cloud forests of the highland jungles of Cusco.

How high is Salkantay Trek?

The highest point of the Salkantay Trek is the Salkantay Pass, which is located at 4630 m.a.s.l.

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