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Traditional Salkantay Trek 5 Days

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Tradicional Salkantay Trek 5 Days

The challenge Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular alternatives hikes to Machu Picchu, is included among the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Magazine. The Salkantay Trail trekking is a great option for those people who failed to obtain a place at the Classic Inca Trail, moreover salkantay does not have space limitations (for the moment), also offers you the opportunity to see to life the forest landscapes, snow-capped peaks like Salkantay, Humantay, lakes and more that can see only there.

Why hike this trail with Do Adventures?

Our Salkantay trek itinerary was created with great care to offer you a different trail of the traditional, avoiding contact with big groups during the walk and campsites. in order to offer you full contact with nature and have unique experiences, visiting the lagoon and Humantay snowy, the thermal baths of Cocalmayo (Santa Teresa) and the Inca Trail Llactapata, and you will be proud to lived completely different things than another groups.

Our agency has daily departures for Salkantay Trek since 2 persons up to 8 participants at most in the group, we are a tour operator 100% Local, sustainable and responsible with Mother Nature.

Salkantay Trek Full Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa - Visit the Humantay Lake - Suyrucocha

We wake up at about 5 am to go from Cusco to Mollepata Village and Soraypampa (2900 meters above sea level) in our private van for about 3 hours. We will arrive to Mollepara around 7:00 am, we stop for 30 minutes to have breakfast in local restaurant if the group wants (not included in the program) or to buy some last minute supplies (not included).

Then we continue our trip by car uphill, for 1 hour more until arrive to Soraypampa (the Salkantay Trek trailhead 3850 meters). There we meet our support staff, who will transport our packs and camp equipments on the horses and mules. From there we will start to hike until Lagoon of Humantay Peak, this hike is for 2 hours approximately, it is an amazing lake in the mountains and then we descend back to Soraypampa for lunch.

After an energizing lunch and start our hike by the Salkantay Trek. We start on a moderate pace for 1 hour until we get to Quishuarcancha camp

  • Trekking Distance: 13km.
  • Starting Elevation: 3350 meters / 12477 feet.
  • Highest Elevation: 4600 meters / 15090 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation: 4100 meters / 11477 feet.
  • Considered: Moderate all day
  • The area: Andes
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner (Snack and Afternoon tea).
  • Accommodation: Camping.

Day 2Quishuarcancha - Salkantay Mountain Pass - Wayracmachay - Collpapampa.

Today we will wake up early to have an energizing breakfast and start to prepare ourselves for the Salkantay Trek. We start on a moderate pace for 1 hour and half until we get the Salkantay pass at 4,630m, surrounded by the salkantay (6,271m) and Humantay (6,100m) peaks, Salkantay is the second highest peak in the Cusco region.

Here we rest to enjoy the impressive scenery; you will also see small towers of stones called Apachetas. From here, we start to descend for 1 hour to Wayracmachay (3,800m) where we have lunch and a rest.

Finally continue descending for 4 hour more to our campsite in Chaullay  to have the dinner.

  • Trekking Distance: 22 km.
  • Starting Elevation: 3800 meters.
  • Campsite Elevation: 2750 meters.
  • Maximum Altitude: 4630 meters.
  • Considered: Challenging or difficult morning and Moderate afternoon.
  • The area: andes and Cloud Forest.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Snack and Afternoon tea).
  • Accommodation: Camping

Day 3Collpapampa - La Playa – Santa Teresa hot spring.

Today is another early start after breakfast, we walk for around 5 hours till reach La Playa site, where we have lunch.

During the Salkantay trek by the mountainside, we can see various types of orchid’s flowers, species of plants, some cornfields, fruit fields, and an exquisite waterfall.

From here, after lunch, we continue by local car until Santa Teresa Village and to our campsite, and to Cocalmayo hot springs to swim in the pools. In the evening, we have dinner and rest at camp.

  • Trekking Distance: 16km
  • Starting Elevation: 2750 meters
  • Campsite Elevation: 1600 meters
  • Considered: moderate morning and Easy afternoon.
  • The area: Cloud Forest.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping.

Day 4Llactapata - Hydroelectric Plant - Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, we will take a local transportation to Lucmabamba (40 minutes ride) to our start hiking point. Since here, our salkantay trek hike is uphill for around 3 hours, with amazing views until arrive to Llactapata inka site, from here we can see the back part of Huaynapichcu and Machu Picchu Mountain.

then we are exploring the Inca site together the guide, who will explain the importance, history, function of that place, and you will have time to take photos or rest. Next we are hiking for 2 hours downhill with incredible views until reach the hydroelectric station, where you will eat lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, you will continue hiking by the train road to Aguas Calientes village, that path will take us approximately 3 hours by the foot valley of Machu Picchu. This path is very inportant, because the American Hiram Bingham used to arrive to Machu Picchu after centuries. On Aguas Calientes we have the hotel to spent the night (included on this package), and we will enjoy the dinner in a local restaurant at about 7:00p.m.

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

Day 5Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Today is the most important day. To get the most of the day, we encourage every trekker to have a very early breakfast to catch one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu (starts at 5:30AM). Do not worry about your bags; the hotel will keep for you until you come back from your visit.

The bus will take 30 minutes to the Machupicchu entrance and once you arrive, your guide will introduce you to Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. You will head directly to a beautiful place to watch the sunrise and take pictures.

Your guide will walk you around the citadel for about 2 hours teaching you more of the history, culture of the Incas and the importance of this site. At the end of the tour, if you arranged the hike to Huaynapicchu, your guide will show you where to line to begin this hike, which will take no more than 2 hours roundtrip.

Finally you should start to back to Aguas Calientes, as your train will typically leave at 16:20 or 18:30 pm. You will head by train to Ollantaytambo, which will take 2 hours, and then a 2 hours car ride back to Cusco.

End of the Salkantay Trek.

  • 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.


In Group Service

A group tour means that this Salkantay trek to Machu picchu is open for other travelers to join. 
100% guaranteed departures, because we operate since two travelers.

This tour can be done from March to January. we dont leave on february because rain a lot.

The Prices are per person in double, Marital or Triple accomodation (for a single room or solo Traveler there is an additional cost).

CategoryIncluded Hotels
 Economic **
Price: US $ 400 Per person in double or matrimonial room.
Aguas Calientes:
-killa Inn
 Economic ***
Price: US $ 450 Per person in double or matrimonial room.
Aguas Calientes:
-Mantu Boutique or Similar
 Tourist ***
Price: US $ 500  Per person in double or matrimonial room.
Aguas Calientes:
-Retanam, Tara Hotel, Waman Inn or Similar
 Superior  ****
Price: US $ 550  Per person in double or matrimonial room.
Aguas Calientes:
-Casa Andina, Ferre Mapi, Tierra Viva or Similar
 Premium ****
Price: US $ …  Per person in double or matrimonial room.
Aguas Calientes:
– El Mapi, Jaya, Hatun Inti or Similar
 Luxury *****
Price: US $ …..  Per person in double or matrimonial room.
Aguas Calientes:
-Sumaq Hotel, Inka Terra.


  • US $40 Off for travelers under 17 years old.
  • A group of more than 6 people can also get a discount.

Please let us know when you are booking to give you the discount.

Required Deposit:  To book this Salkantay trek to Machu picchu, you need to make a pre payment of US$ 150.00 per person.

After the booking and deposit send us an extra message. Only with this we will be able to confirm your pre-payment and booking.

Balance: The remaining balance can be paid upon your arrival to Cusco with cash without tax before the tour, and we ask that this be paid at least 24 hours before your tour departure. If your are going to pay the balance with credit or debit car is a charges 5%, that have to be covered by the clients.

Extras and Upgrades

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: US $ 75 This is the famous mountain behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It takes 50 minutes to climb and another 40 minutes to return, you can climb this mountain once the guided visit to Machu Picchu is finished. Entrance to this mountain has an additional cost, and must be reserved in advance.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain : US $ 75This is the other mountain that surrounds the archaeological site of Machu Picchu, it is less popular than Huayna Picchu and takes 1.5 hours to climb. It also requires an extra entrance fee.
  • Vistadome Train for Return: US $ 70First class train with panoramic views, windows on roof, typical dance show and on-board service and best accommodation.
  • 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.

Here are some intens that you can include in this Salkantay trek to Machu picchu tour, if you don’t have them, here are the rental prices.

  • Sleeping Bag: $20 USD each for the all hike.
  • Air Mattress: $20 USD each for the all hike.
  • Walking Poles: $15 USD a pair for the all hike.
  • Personal Tent: $30 USD (for solo travellers)
  • Single Room: $40 USD per night (for the last night at Aguas Calientes Town)
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain: $75 USD each (Please request when you book the tour)

Extensions on Offer

These extensions can be included before or after the 5 day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu tour, each one needs an additional day, also needs an extra touristic ticket. The price depends of your group size or Service Type.

  • Archaeological City Tour Cusco.
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas tour.
  • Vinicunca or Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain.
  • Humantay Lake.
  • Maras Moray, Salt mines.
  • Waqrapucara Tour.
  • Queswachaka inca Bridge Tour.
  • Chonta Condor Canyon Tour.
  • Also, we can extent to other destinations in Peru like, Puno, Arequipa, Nazca, Paracas, Lima & More,


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