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Salkantay Trek Description:

Located northwest of Cusco, Nevado de Salkantay, the cordillera's tallest peak, is at the eastern end of the chain and rises to 6271 meters above sea level. The name Salkantay means 'Savage Mountain' which may refer to the swirling clouds that rise up from the jungle lowlands and engulf the peak.

This amazing trek is surrounded the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6.271m/20569ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes. Your first two days are dominated by the impressive "Apus" of Salkantay and Huamantay, as you pass through the high puna landscape.

Package Name : Salkantay Trek 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 – the pass – Huayracmachay.

  • Pickup from your hotel
  • Breakfast at the foot of salkantay
  • Private transfer to Soray Pampa the trail head
  • Hiking to the pass with great views
  • Camping in huayracmachay
  • Walking Distance – 15km / 9 miles
  • Starting Elevation . 3800 meters / 12477 ft
  • Highest Elevation – 4600 meters /15090 ft
  • Campsite Elevation – 3800 meters / 12477 ft
  • Considered : Moderate The area : Andes

DAY 2 – huayracmachay – arrayanniyoc - challhuay - La playa.

  • Hiking in cloud forest
  • Walking Distance – 18km / 11 miles
  • Starting Elevation . 3800 meters / 12477 ft
  • Campsite Elevation – 2400 meters / 9350 ft
  • Considered : Moderate The area : Cloud Forest

DAY 3 – La Playa – lucmabamba-llaqtapata - hidroelectrica - aguas calientes

  • llactapata,right by the inca ruins and fantastic views of machupicchu is amazing.
  • Trekking on the Inca trail.
  • Walking Distance – 12km / 7.5 miles
  • Starting Elevation . 1800 meters / 5600ft
  • Campsite Elevation – 2700 meters / 8858 ft
  • Considered : Difficult morning
  • The area : Cloud Forest

DAY 4 – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

  • Early wake up, breakfast
  • Bus up to Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy the sunrise if the weather allow us
  • Guided Tour in Machu Picchu
  • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer Ollantaytambo – Cusco
  • Train times are at 2.55 pm , 4.45 pm , 6.45 pm depending on train availability

Salkantay Trek Llactapata Itinerary:

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: Soyroccocha – Salkantay Pass  – Colpapampa

After a delicious breakfast, we start our trekking with a moderate climb for 1 hour to reach the highest point of the trek (4,650m/15,367ft). From there, we can enjoy the spectacular views of snowcapped mountains such as Salkantay (6,217m/20,717ft), Humantay, Huayanay, white rivers, and small lakes….. Then we do an extra hike for half an hour to enjoy the turquoise Salkantay Lake. After that  we walk down to Rayanniyoc for having lunch and finally we trek for 2 more hours to Colpapampa where we spend the night in the small community.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accomodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 16 km /10 miles
  • Time: 8h approximately
  • Difficulty: Challenge

Day 3: Colpapampa – La Playa – LLACTAPATA

On this day we walk for 3 hours through the beginning of the rainforest, enjoying a myriad of flora and fauna including orchids, birds, coffee trees, cacao trees and fruit plantations. We arrive at La Playa (2,060m/6,797ft) for lunch with free time to rest before climbing uphill for 3 hours by the original Inca Trail and through  the andean cloud forest to the Puncuyoc pass and then onto LLACTAPATA Inca ruins which are located at 2,700m/8,907ft  (an Inca site located straight in front of the citadel of Machu Picchu). It is our third evening´s campsite.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Tea Time – Dinner
  • Accomodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 20km / 12.5 miles
  • Time: 9h approximately
  • Difficulty : Difficult

Day 4: LLAQTAPATA – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes.

If we are lucky, we will enjoy a sunrise with spectacular views of Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains, After the breakfast we start walking downhill for 2 hours to the hydroelectric plant where we have lunch. After that we walk to Aguas Calientes through the National Park of Machu Picchu, enjoying the surroundings of the iconic Machu Picchu and the wall which surrounds the Inca Citadel.

  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
  • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Distance: 15km / 9 miles
  • Time: 9h approximately
  • Difficulty : Moderate

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Wake up early to take advantage of the Machu Picchu´s view in the early morning light. This is the best time to admire the ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Listen carefully to the detailed explanation of the site and its history without the crowd of the other groups that arrive at midday. Then you will have a lot of time for exploring more, taking photos and climbing to Huaynapicchu or visiting the Sun Gate. After that we go back to Aguas Calientes and later in the afternoon we return by train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and to Cuzco by van arriving in the evening.

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Difficulty: Easy


Not Included:


  • 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 Llactapata to Machu Picchu
5 Days
Cusco, Salkantay,Llactapata, Machupicchu

$ 450 USD

Trip Code: SALT004

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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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