5-Day Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu - Cusco

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 5 Days
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  • Departure Time :
    6:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Optional briefing orientation is held the night before departure. We will pick you up from your Cusco hotel the morning of the trek.
    Velazco Astete Airport.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Enjoy a 5-day trek to Machu picchu. Called one of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, the Salkantay trek is a great alternative to the traditional Inca Trail. You will enjoy a unique experience and visit Machu picchu to top-off your adventure. A professional guide and transport are included.


  • All necessary equipment included
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multi-Day Trip

Know More about this tour

The Salkantay Trek is open to everybody meaning that there are no permit limitations. You will trek for 5 days accompanied by horses and mules to carry the gear and cooking equipment. The trek will take you along the highlands of the Andes into the cloud forest connecting the village of Mollepata with Machu Picchu. The starting point is located less than sixty miles northwest of Cusco in the Vilcabamba mountain range. Rising to 20,574 feet, Mount Salkantay is an outstanding glacier-capped summit worshipped for thousands of years by local Peruvians. Get off-the-beaten path on a trek perfect for travelers looking for a little more privacy and authenticity.
See itinerary below for details.


Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Salkantaypampa (L, D)
You will be picked up at your hotel in Cusco and taken to the bus station to head to Soraypampa, where the trek begins. Meet the horsemen and start trekking for 2 hours towards Salkantaypampa, which is the highest campsite (13,300 feet). Here, you can admire stunning views of the Vilcabamba mountain ranges and Mount Salkantay (20,815 feet). You will camp here for the night.
Day 2: Salkantaypampa – Challhuay (B, L, D)
Physically, this is the hardest day of the trek. You will hike for about 4 hours and the trail ascends steeply toward Salkantay pass (15,252 feet). After a 2-hour downhill trek, you will stop for a 1-hour lunch, then continue hiking for 3 more hours downhill to reach the campsite at Challhuay (9,512 feet). On this day you also have the option of renting a horse to help you climb to the pass.

Day 3: Challhuay – Santa Teresa (B, L, D)
You will trek to reach the town of Colcapampa, and then follow the trail that winds sharply down into the cloud forest. It follows the Lluskcamayo river and winds through the beautiful waterfalls with tropical flora and fauna. In the afternoon, you will enjoy relaxing thermal baths at the hot springs of Colpani. You will camp at Santa Teresa town (5,576 feet).

Day 4: Santa Teresa – Machu Picchu Town (B, L, D)
This is the last day on the trail. You will start by leaving from Santa Teresa through a relaxing path for 4 hours to reach the hydroelectric stations where you will have lunch. From here, you will continue the hike along the train tracks with the beautiful vegetation and colorful birds. After about 3 hours, you will reach Aguas Calientes town and spend the night at a hostel.

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco (B, L)
You will take a 30-minute bus ride to the mountain citadel of Machu Picchu (8,040 feet). Once there, your guide will give you an early morning guided tour. Then, you have the chance to climb to the famous Wuayna Picchu peak or the Sacred Machu Picchu peak for a perfect view of the entire Inca city. You also have time to see Machu Picchu on your own before heading back to the town of Aguas Calientes for lunch. Then, take the train back to Ollantaytambo and a bus back to Cusco.


Private transportation to the beginning of the trek

1 night in Aguas Calientes hostel

3 nights camping, with all camping equipment

3 meals per day during the trek

Chef during the hike, helpers, horsemen, cargo horses as well as riding horses for the passengers

All tours stated in the itinerary are with English-speaking guides

Train ride from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo on the Vistadome trains from Peru Rail or Similar

Round-trip bus transfer

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Entry/Admission - Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu


Sleeping bags for the trek


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Please provide a copy of every participants passport after confirmation to secure train tickets.

Note: There are optional activities including zip line in the rainforest and hot springs on the 4th day. You can contact the local tour operator to arrange these activities