Salkantay Trek Classic to Machu Picchu

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Salkantay Trek Classic to Machu Picchu Description:

The Salkantay Trek Classic is one of the most popular alternative treks to the Inca Trail!

The 5 Day Salkantay trek is the Classic trail where you’ll trek through the Salkantay Pass which is the highest point of the trek, for spectacular views of the famous Salkantay Mountain. The Incas considered the Salktantay Mountain to be an Apu, or mountain god.

Besides the great views, you’ll also hike through different climates because of the changes in the altitudes. The highpoint is the end, of course, being Machu Picchu!

Package Name : Salkantay Trek Classic to Machu Picchu
Trek Duration : 5 Days / 4 Nights
Accommodation: 1 nights Hotel and 4 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 – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake – Soyroccocha

At 5am we pick you up at your hotel and we drive in our private van to Soraypampa for 3.5 hours. Along the way you can enjoy some spectacular views of villages such as: Iscuchaca and Limatambo, stunning valleys and snow-capped mountains such as Salkantay. At the trail head (Soraypampa) we have our breakfast enjoying the amazing views of Humantay (5900mt) and Salkantay (6217mt) Mountain glaciers. Then we do a short hike up to see the turquoise Umantay Lake which will take 2,5 hours round-trip, afterwards we continue with a gentle climb for 1,5 hours to Salkantaypampa where we have our delicious lunch in front of the beautiful glacier. After lunch we continue for one more hour uphill by switchback to our first campsite at Soroccocha located at the foot of Salkantay Mountain. Then enjoy your tea time with coffe and hot chocolate. The views on this day will be truly breathtaking.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 10 km/6 miles
  • Time: 6h approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Chaullay

Day 2 will start early in the morning with a hot cup of coca tea before we have breakfast together. Today will likely be your hardest part of the trek since we’ll be climbing the highest part of the trail, the Salkantay Pass at about 4650 meters. The ascent will take about 3 hours and when you get to the top, you’ll have spectacular views of the mountains and their snowy peaks! Here you’ll have a little time to catch your breath, take in the views and take some prize worth photos. Afterwards, we’ll go downhill (you may want climbing poles for this part of the trail) along a rocky path to our lunch site. After lunch and a short rest we’ll hike on to Chaullay which will take another 3 hours. This area will be warmer and more humid than the night before, being at about 2900 meters. Make sure to put your belongings in your tent tonight after dinner because of the humidity!

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

Day 3: Chaullay – Collpapampa – La Playa – Santa Teresa

On Day 3, we’ll have another early morning start with coca tea and breakfast before starting our hike. We’ll continue a downhill hike going through warmer climates and enjoying the tropical area. We’ll hike for about 5 hours to La Playa where we’ll rest, use their restrooms, and have lunch. After lunch, we’ll take a local bus/van to the small town of Santa Teresa which is about 1 hour away. This will be our campsite for the night. You also have the option of a 15 minute drive to the hot springs, which is definitely recommended after your journey so far! We’ll have dinner and time to relax in the evening before resting for our next part of our trip.

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

Day 4: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

Day 4 will be the last day of the hiking part of our trip, beginning with our trek from Santa Teresa. We’ll wake up early and hike for about 6 hours to the Hidroelectrica train station and on to Aguas Calientes which is the small town at the bottom of the mountain from Machu Picchu. Today will be warm so don’t forget to wear sun protection! We’ll hike along the Vilconata River for a while before walking along the railroad tracks between Hidroelectrica and Aguas Calientes. Although the hike is smooth, you’ll be surrounded by lush green vegetation along the way. Tonight you’ll be able to enjoy a warm shower, dinner at a restaurant and a real bed in a hotel so you’re rested for your trip to Machu Picchu the next day!

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 2000 meters
  • Minimum Altitude: 1600 meters
  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 18km

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

On your last day with us, we’ll finally get to enjoy the famous city of Machu Picchu! We’ll hike or take the bus up to the entrance of Machu Picchu together. You’ll have a guided tour which will take about 2 hours where we’ll see some of the important areas like temples, a priest house, sundial, and more. You can also choose to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains. If you would like to, you will need to book this months in advance and keep in mind that this will take some time out of your time at Machu Picchu.  From Machu Picchu, you’ll go back down to Aguas Calientes where you’ll catch your train to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, we’ll be waiting to pick you up and bring you back to Cusco which will be the end of your trip.

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.

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



  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office, for an orientation meeting at 7:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
  • Transport: Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Challacancha (starting point of the trek).
  • English speaking professional and official tourist guide: (The standard group size is 10 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 12 guests and 2 guides).
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Kailas, Pro aconcagua and Rei 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested.
  • Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs.
  • Inside the tents: Sleeping pad or matrasses, pillow and extra blanket
  • Entrance fee: Ticket to Machupicchu
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in tent and 1 night in hostel Aguas Calientes
  • Cargo Mules: From day 1 to 2 to carry the all camping equipment and your personal baggage (7 kilos).
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 4
  • Pack animals To carry your personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person, on the weight is include the sleeping bag – days 1 to 4
  • Cook: In charge to prepared all the meals along the journey, over 6 people cook assistant
  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 dinners and Snacks
  • Meals description: Pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude
  • Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite we will wake you up with a cup of coca tea our support staff will bring the coca tea to your tent in order to wake you up.
  • Tea time: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
  • Daily snacks – Days 1, 2 and 3: Our Snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, Caramels we will give this snack at the beginning of each day trek in a cloth bag to avoid environmental contamination.
  • One textile snack bag per person: to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
  • Water: filter and boiled water for hiking days and each meals hot and cold water
  • Water grooming: Each morning warm water with towel
  • One sleeping pad per person
  • 1 Blanket or Liner
  • One pillow per person
  • Hostal: 1 night accomodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Safety staff: Our crew bring the First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (expedition service)
  • Transport: Transfer from Ollantaytambo Train Station to hotel in Cusco(Day 5)
  • Transport: Collective Bus from la playa to Santa Teresa or Hydroelectric
  • 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit

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.

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