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Salkantay Trek Challenge to Machu Picchu 3D/2N

Salkantay Trek Challenge Description:

You can hike the Salkantay trail and visit Machu Picchu with only a few days!

The 3 Day Salkantay trek is a shorter version of the regular trek, but definitely a challenge none the less! You’ll enjoy the scenery, different climates, and rural beauty of the Salkantay trail while hiking. You’ll end up in Machu Picchu on your third day, which is a great prize for your effort!

Package Name : Salkantay Trek Challenge to Machu Picchu
Trek Duration : 3 Days / 2 Nights
Accommodation: 1 nights Hotel and 2 nights in tent
Type of Trek : Archaeological, Cultural, ecological and Adventure
Activities : Trekking & Walking, Cultural Tours & Sightseeing
Altitude : 2,000 m / 6,560 ft(Aguas Calientes) - 4, 600 m(Salkantay Pass)
Group Size : To suit group requirements
Difficulty degree of this hike : Challenging due to the altitude: we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco or over 3000m/9840ft
Departures Day : - Our company organize daily departures for this unforgettable trekking with the best camp staff.

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Chaullay.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 4650 meters
  • Minimum Altitude: 2850 meters
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 22km

Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Chaullay.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 4650 meters
  • Minimum Altitude: 2900 meters
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 22km

Day 3: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Tour: 2 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu

Salkantay Trek Short Itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Chaullay

We’ll start our trek extra early by picking everyone up from their hotel at 3:00am and drive to Mollepata. In Mollepata we’ll have time to stretch our legs, take a restroom break and have breakfast. From here, we’ll drive on to Soraypampa which is the beginning of our Salkantay trek. This part of the trek will likely be the hardest part since you’ll be hiking up the Salkantay Pass which is at 4650 meters! I will take about 3 hours and after this tough part, you’ll be rewarded with the spectacular views of the surrounding snow capped mountains, including the Salkantay Mountain, and the valleys below. After a short rest, we’ll carefully hike downhill for about two hours along a slippery trail. After two hours we’ll have lunch and a little time to relax before returning to our hike. After lunch, we’ll hike an additional 3 hours to Chaullay which will be our campsite for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 4650 meters
  • Minimum Altitude: 2850 meters
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 22km

Day 2: Chaullay – La Playa – Santa Teresa- Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

Our second day of our Salkantay trek will start early again, but this time around 6:00am! We’ll hike from Chaullay to La Playa. Along the way, we’ll enjoy the warm climate and the green scenery. In La Playa we’ll have lunch and rest shortly before grabbing the local transportation to the Hidroelectrica train station. From Hidroelectrica, we’ll walk along the railroad tracks for about 3 hours before ending up in Aguas Calientes, the small town at the base of Machu Picchu. Here we’ll stay the night in a hotel before heading out to visit Machu Picchu the next day.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 2900 meters
  • Minimum Altitude: 1600 meters
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 16km

Day 3: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Machu Picchu opens at 6:00am so we’ll head up the mountain to the entrance to one of the first in line for the Machu Picchu to open. We’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of this magical city and afterwards you’ll have time to explore Machu Picchu on your own or even hike Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain. If you would like to hike either Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain, you’ll need to reserve your ticket well in advance since there are limited spaces. In the afternoon, you’ll go back down to Aguas Calientes to catch your train to Ollantaytambo. We’ll be waiting to pick you up from Ollantaytambo and bring you back to your hotel in Cusco. This will be the end of your tour.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Tour: 2 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu

Note that even though there is an itinerary planned, there may be issues out of our control like road closures, campsite availability, weather, natural events etc. which we’ll do anything in our power to work around but may change the itinerary.


Not Included:

What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter waterbottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important.

What Clothes To Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required, and we recommend Neoprene socks and water shoes for this trip.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you’re interested in.


  • Student Discount (with valid ISIC card) - $20
  • Sleeping Bag (4 season) - $25 (Maximum size 1.95m / 6´4")
  • Pair of Walking poles - $20
  • Air Matress - $20


On the fifth day we will take the 2:55, 4.42 or 6:45PM train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantayatambo and then we will transfer you back to Cusco and your hotel.


Please, if you are thinking of climbing Huaynapicchu mountain you must book this at the same time as your Salkantay trek. Only 400 people can hike Huaynapicchu per day. You will climb it on your own after the tour in Machu Picchu around 10 .00 am. The price is $25 per


On this trek we provide horses to carry your food and the camping equipment, but there will be one cook and his assistant, two horses men and one porter who is cleaning the trail from what other hikers throw away as they go. You will have a personal allowance of 7kg for your gear. This will not be available during the day as the horsemen will be ahead of the group.


Most of our guides began as porters before they went to Cusco University and Institute where they learned about the Inca history. They are always training in order to be the best guide. They each speak English beautifully and of course all of them speak Spanish and Quechua, the Inca Language. They are all able to communicate with natives from around the area and of course he will have lots of history to share with you.


Definitely one of the highlights of the tour is the food. It is always fresh and most of it is organic. There is always a lot to eat and lots of options including vegetables, meat, chicken, fish and other types of protein and carbohydrates. Everyone sits down to eat together and we go out of our way to accomodate all dietary requirements including vegetarian options and any food allergies. We do not provide any alcoholic drinks on the trek but if you would like you can bring your own.


We provide 4 man tents for only 2 people and foam mattresses for everyone. Our dining equipment includes a spacious dining tent, tables and chairs, plates and utensils. We do NOT supply sleeping bags, air mattresses or walking sticks, but all can be rented from Puma Path. We bring an extra blanket for all our hikers for those especially cold nights. Just ask and your guide will provide you with this. Please note that if you are over 1.95 meters / 6´4" tall then you won´t be able to rent a sleeping bag in Cusco. In this case it is recommended to bring your own.


We try to treat our hikers, our porters and all the local people from the villages with the upmost respect. We travel in small groups to give personalized tours to each traveller, we pay good salaries to our porters and follow the porters law. We provide all our porters with their hiking gear such as shoes, pants, jackets, t-shirts, hats, sleeping bags and most importantly, with health insurance.


The Inca Trail is certainly not easy but you do not need to be an athlete or a trekking expert to complete it. Fitness is naturally important but the Inca Trail is the kind of trek that anyone with a positive attitude and determination can do. Obviously the more fit you are the more you will enjoy the trail and the more chance you will have to take in the scenery and appreciate the Inca ruins dotted along the way. If you do not exercise regularly, it is advisable to do some extra walking or some kind of aerobic activity in the months leading up to your trip. Many people worry whether they will be able to cope physically but complete failure is rare and would usually only result from severe altitude sickness or a person lacking even a basic level of fitness. People of all ages (from teenagers to pensioners) complete the trek and age itself is no barrier if you are positive minded and live an active lifestyle. Before departing for your tour, we recommend visiting your doctor who will be able to provide you with more information.


During the Inca Trail trek your main luggage will be stored in Cuzco and you will receive a small duffle bag at your Inca Trail briefing (briefings are normally set for the evening before you start the trek) to pack clothes for 3-4 days. Your team of porters will carry these bags together with the food and equipment for the trail. Please note that you will not have access to these items until the end of each day as the porters will always be ahead of the group, you should therefore bring a day pack in which you can carry personal belongings such as your camera, water and sun screen etc. By Peruvian law the duffle bag carried by the porters must not weigh more than 7kg (14pounds). You can either store your luggage at your hotel or you can leave it with us.


Salkantay is available to depart any day of the week as long as we have two people. You< still need to book in advance.
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Salkantay Trekking FAQS

1.How difficult demanding Salkantay trekking?
Trekking in the Salkantay region is quite challenging, there’s a lot of up and down trekking and the altitudes can be quite high, average trekking days here are longer than most other trekking areas in Peru. And it is recommended that you have a good level of fitness to fully enjoy your trek in this region.
2.How much does a trek cost to the Salkantay Region?
Trekking costs depend on a large number of factors, so it is not possible to give any general figures. However we believe our prices are unbeatable in Peru. And once we know the number of people, the date, the trek itinerary and the requirements, we will be happy to send out a cost estimate or quote without any obligation.
3.What is the minimum number of people for a trek?
Usually a trekking group consists of 10 or more trekkers, but we are very happy to guide 3, 2 or even just 1 trekker through our beautiful mountains with a reasonable price.
4.Will I get altitude sickness?
On all our treks we allow time for acclimatization and this greatly reduces the risk of altitude sickness. While trekking to this region you will take acclimatization rest days. And should you have any difficulty or if you have signs of altitude sickness, we will quickly descend to spend the night at a village or campsite at a lower altitude. We do advise you to drink plenty of water. But rest assured that our guides are also qualified to deal with such situations should they arise.
5.Can I drink the local water while trekking to Salkantay Region?
We do not recommend drinking from streams or village taps in the mountains. We do recommend bringing along your own water bottle and treating the water with tablets. There are safe drinking water stations along most trekking routes. If bottled water is not available, we boil any water used for drinking or cooking.
6.Am I likely to get sick?
On camping treks our cook does all the food preparation and he is very well trained in food hygiene. We have never had any cases of sickness due to the food or drink on camping treks. We do rely on local food and drinks. There have been cases of trekkers with stomach sickness and diarrhea which is common in travellers. But our guides can supervise food and drink preparation and this greatly improves the level of hygiene. We always carry a comprehensive first aid kit, which includes drugs for most common disease.
7.How many hours do I need to walk per day while doing Salkantay Trek?
In Salkantay, most of the trekking routes need 7 to 8 hour walking in a one day. For trekking you need to walk until you reach the camping site designated in your itinerary so this can vary per person. But we aim for around that figure.
8.What sort of food can I expect during Salkantay trek?
Our chef cooks a delicious range of mostly vegetarian food. Mostly noodles, potatoes, eggs, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – (eat some every day). In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot drinks, as well as soft drinks.
9.Whichever option you choose, you can be assured that the food is fresh, nutritious and tasty?
Please, If you have any special dietary requirements please advise us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.
10.Are the trip destinations safe?
Security and safety are a high priority of our company, however there are risks associated with adventure travel that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.
Salkantay Trek Challenge to Machupicchu
3 Days
Cusco, Salkantay, Machupicchu

$ 380 USD

Trip Code: SALT007

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Fantastic 5 days, 4 night trek to Maccu Pichu Guide, Miguel was the amazing. Knowledge, care, attitude. All 150% Chefs on the trek were sensational. Honestly are like a king and queen all day.
Gabriela Davis from United Kingdom
We've had a great trek with a small group. There were only 4 of us. On the way we saw groups with over 15 persons...not what I would have wanted. They don't put people from different agencies together.
Rick Salter from Austria
This was a great trip and a great experience. Very well organized. The guide was very knowledgeable and our cook was outstanding - the dishes he prepared were well beyond our expectations.
Robert Dowson from US
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