4-Day Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu - Cusco

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 4 Days
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  • Departure Time :
    05:30 AM
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    Traveler pickup is offered
    *Please note that there is a mandatory pre-departure briefing at our Cuzco Headquarters one day prior to departure at 6 PM. You will receive detailed information on your .. read more
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Forget the Inca Trail and hike to Machu Picchu along the higher and more beautiful Salkantay Trail! Embark on a challenging 4-day trek along the alternative Salkantay route, crossing over a 4,650 meters high pass where you can marvel at the Salkantay and Humantay peaks standing over 6,000 meters high. Hike along this unspoiled trail, passing through the villages of Soraypampa and Santa Teresa, to discover indigenous mountain communities.See the'Lost City of the Incas'in the early morning lightafter having spent time in the town of Aguas Calientes.

-Hike among 6,000m Andean peaks
-Cross snowy high passes with incredible views
-Reach the comfort of Aguas Calientes town
-See the Machu Picchu site as it opens with a guide


  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Vegetarian meal option available

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Day 1: Cuzco to Mollepata to Challacancha, Trek to Soraypampa Camp (3,920m) (L/D)  

Today we pick you up between 5:00 - 6:00 am and travel by tourist-class Bus to mollepata (2,900m) where you can stretch your legs and buy snacks. Continue by car to Challacancha where we will make final preparations and double check our equipment. Embark on a 3-hour walk that will take us to Soraypampa (3,920m) where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains. Hike up to Laguna de Humantay (approx. 1.5 hours each way) for more incredible views of the Andes mountains and then return to camp for the night. Our first campsite is located at 3,920m and is the highest and coldest campsite of the trip. Take some time to rest up, and enjoy your first night immersed in nature.  Have dinner and go to sleep early.

Day 2: Trek to Challhuay or Colcapampa Camp via High Pass (4,650m) (B/L/D)  

We will have breakfast at around 6:00 am and begin our 4-hour walk to the highest pass on this trek (4,650m) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Humantay on the left. (Optional horse rental available to reach high pass for 100 - 120 soles).  From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible with a possibility of snow here.  After a 2-hour downhill hike, a well-deserved lunch will be served at Huayracpampa, followed by another 3-hour trek to our campsite at Challhuay or Colcapampa as we near the beginning of the high jungle region at 2,900 meters.

Day 3: Trek to La Playa, Transfer to Hydroelectric Station, Trek to Aguas Calientes (B/L/D)

After breakfast at 6:30 am, we start trekking for the day through the upper jungle crossing the Santa Teresa River and a variety of little brooks. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants. We will have lunch at La Playa (2,200m) and continue by car to Santa Teresa town (1,700 meters) with a warmer climate. From here we will take another car to Hydroelectric Station (40 minutes) and then walk 3 hours to Aguas Calientes. There are internet cafes, cafes with board games and cards, plenty of shops and places to relax. 

Day 4: Explore Machu picchu & Return to Cuzco (B)  

Catch one of the first buses (05:30 am) to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride) in order to appreciate the magnificent city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city on your own. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna picchu (to be booked in advance at an extra cost). Return to Aguas Calientes by bus at your own convenience. Take the train back to Ollantaytambo and a bus to Cuzco. You will be dropped off at the Plaza San Francisco. Upon arrival you will need to make your own way to your accommodation.


3x Breakfast

3x Dinner

3x Lunch

Accommodation included: 3 nights

Pre-departure briefing

Cuzco Accommodation Pick-Up

Van Cuzco to Mollepata to Challacancha (starting point of trek)

Car Transfer La Playa to Santa Teresa to Hydroelectric Station

Round Trip Tourist Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu

Tourist Train Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

Bus Ollantaytambo to Cuzco

Professional Bilingual Guide on trek & Machu Picchu tour

Camping Accommodation during trek (including Basic Sleeping Pad & tent for 2 people)

1-night 3* Hotel Accommodation at Aguas Calientes

Meals: 3B/3L/3D/2 snacks with typical menus

Horseman and mules to carry cooking and camping equipment plus a total of 7 kilos for each trekker. (This includes 3 kilos for your sleeping bag & mattress plus 4 kilos of personal items.

Foam Sleeping Mat

First Aid kit

Emergency oxygen bottle

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 4


Airport Pick-Up and Drop-Off(please make your own way)

Day 1 Breakfast, Day 4 Lunch and Dinner, Bottled Water

Sleeping Bag (Rental $15 USD for the trek)

Guide for bus and train transfers (these portions are on your own)

Optional Services

Train transfer from Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes (30 usd)

Huayna Picchu Trek (48 soles) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance

Machu Picchu Mountain Hike (48 soles) must be booked at least 1 week in advance

Accommodation in Cuzco

Trekking Permit

The Peruvian government may require a trekking permit for Salkantay. If this is approved, the rates will be around:

133 Soles Adult

67 Soles Student

Tips (Please remember that tipping is 100% optional and depends entirely on the service you received. It is customary to give tips in Latin America, however it is NOT mandatory. If you do wish to give a tip, these are our recommended guidelines.

Guide: 40-60 soles per trekker

Assistant Guide: 30-40 soles per trekker

Horsemen: 60-80 soles for each horseman from the whole group

Cook: 150-200 soles for the cook from the whole group

Prices for optional activities are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Please confirm these prices before departing on the trek.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Minimum age is 7 years

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

Accommodation Options: Single travelers will share a tent/room with another traveler and couples will have a tent/room to themselves.

Physical Requirements: This hike is demanding, it is important to be in good physical condition. There are important temperature changes associated with altitude changes (from 4000 meters to 2000 meters).

Important: You must provide the following information upon booking: Full name (exactly as it appears on the passport), date of birth, nationality, passport number, date of passport expiration.

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level

As of June 11, 2022, all travelers over 18 years old must have three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. That means two regular doses plus a booster. Passengers from 12 to 17 years old must prove they are vaccinated with two doses. If they do not have a complete scheme, they must present the negative result of an RT-PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before boarding in their country of origin.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

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  • 13-Jul-2022

    De communicatie van Bamba was een complete ramp. Ze boekten ons in een ander hotel zonder iets te laten weten. Nadien bleven er onverwachte kosten komen die in de trip in zouden zitten. Prijs/kwaliteit gezien was dit absoluut geen aanrader. Het toppunt was dat ze onze toegang tot Machu Picchu op de verkeerde dag boekten.

  • 08-Jun-2022

    We did the Salkantay Trek through Bamba Experience, and what a time we had! First of all we were taken good care of by the employees at Bamba Experience before the trek. Our Guide, Percy, was more than you would expect, he was welcoming, funny, caring and he could answer every question we may have had, not just on our trek towards Machu Picchu but also on the geological site of Machu Picchu he could give us good and detailed answers on our questions. We got to see both the amazing Andees aswell as the fascinating and interesting Machu Picchu. If you are up for a physical challenge and wants to see nature, Peruvian culture and history you should pack your bags and get in touch with Bamba! Amazing experience thanks to Bamba Experience and Percy!

  • 27-Jun-2021

    Our trek was amazing!! Our guide, Jr., was the best ever!! He was kind, knowledgeable, and encouraging all the time! The trek was difficult and challenging but Jr. kept us motivated and informed every step of the way. My daughter (22) and I were sightseeing through Peru celebrating her graduation college...our trip ended with this trek and all the incredible things we did and saw on it...we were so lucky to have had this experience! Thank you Bamba for all you provided before, during, and after the trek!!

  • 28-Dec-2019

    Amazing trip! Junior was the best guide I had so far. His knowledge, humor and kindness really made this trip. The food made by the chef was delicious. The trek was with a small group so the tour guide junior was able to adjust the trek to our wishes.

  • 25-Dec-2019

    Me and my husband was very happy with the trip we did with our amazing guide Percy, the cook Geraldo and the horse care taker Florian. Together they where a wonderful team to have on the hike!

  • 07-Dec-2019

    Definitiv ein Abenteuer! Vidal war unser Guide und hat unsere kleine Gruppe von 6 Personen super angeführt. Er hat sich um alle gesorgt und war sehr hilfsbereit. Der Trek war sehr anspruchsvoll, vor allem wegen der Höhe (Kopfschmerzen) und des Wetters. Es hat fast jeden Tag geregnet und war ziemlich kalt. Den Monat Dezember würde ich also nicht unbedingt empfehlen. Die 2 Nächte im Camp waren nicht sehr erholsam, aber definitiv abenteuerlich und alle sind um das Wohl der Gäste besorgt. Das Hotel für die letzte Nacht in Aguas Calientes war eine angenehme Abwechslung. Das Essen, für welches Victoriano und sein Team gesorgt haben, war super! Ich war von der Vielfalt und Qualität sehr positiv überrascht, da die Umstände es einem Kocht nicht leicht machen. Alles in allem ein unvergessliches, aber auch sehr herausforderndes Erlebnis!

  • 11-Nov-2019

    Chino was our guide and Bennie was our chef. They along with the porter team made this trip special. Attended to all the different needs of the group with ease. Chino taught us so much about Peruvian culture, the land, history of Incas and so much more. I would highly recommend this dynamic duo. Extraordinarily friendly and patient with everyone in the group. Went above and beyond the call of duty to make our trip memorable.

  • 27-Aug-2019

    An excellent few days. The Salkantay trail was stunning and Machu Picchu just as we ha imagined, if a little crowded. The whole experience was made perfect by our guide Francisco who was incredibley knowledgeable about local geography and plants and introduced us to Inca culture and history all in flawless English. He also made the trek itself much more manageable, setting a pace we could all cope with and taking the sometimes challenging climbs nice and steady. Overall I would highly recommend booking the salkantay trek with Bamba.

  • 09-Aug-2019

    We went on this beautiful trek with the guide Nico and cook Jorge. The food was basic (we were in the middle of nowhere in the mountains), but it was native and good - made with pride and respect. The guide was perfect and provided us with good stories and lots of information about the history. He was also very caring and helpful - I was sick and he took extra care of me! All in all it was a really amazing trek. You will get beautiful views and lots of challenges in the high altitudes. This trek is a must!

  • 27-Jul-2019

    We did the Salkantay Trek Tour and traveled with just the best guide i’ve ever had, Nico, who was so kind, funny, Well informed and professional!

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