5 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The Salkantay Trek 5 Days is the most spectacular alternative trek to Machu Picchu and unlike the Classic Inca Trail, there are no permit limitations.
National Geographic Adventure Magazine rated the Salkantay Trek 5 Days as one for the 25 Best Treks in the World. Salkantay Trek 5 days 4 nights, through incredible landscapes where lowland jungle gives way to highland alpine settings and glaciated mountains, the most impressive of which is the snow peak Salkantay.
If you have missed to sign up on time for the Inca trail, the Salkantay Trek 5 days 4 nights, is your best option to get to Machu Picchu. There are also excellent hot springs at the end of your trek.

5 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
USD 560 USD 700
Price per person
5 days


Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1

    Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa

  • DAY 2

    Mighty SALKANTAY!

  • DAY 3

    Cloud Forest

  • DAY 4

    Llactapata - Puente Ruinas - Aguas Calientes town

  • DAY 5

    Machu Picchu

  • Itinerary

    DAY 1 : Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa

    Welcome to your Salkantay Trek 5 Days, adventure we will pick you from a designated place in Cusco city at 05:00 am and travel by bus to Mollepata. From this last location will began our 3 hour hike to Cruzpata and have a lunch having the panoramic views of the snow capped mountains of Humantay (4120m/13500ft) and Salkantay (6271m/20575ft). Finished our break, we will be heading towards our first campsite Soraypampa, taking in the beautiful landscape along the way.

    Soraypampa is the highest and coldest campsite of the trip, sitting at 4000m / 12750ft.

    DAY 2 : Mighty SALKANTAY!

    After having an early breakfast at around 5:30 am we will began our Salkantay Trek 5 Days in direction to the third pass which half way between two big mountains, Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left at 4, 650m/15, 200 ft above the sea level.

    Meanwhile we are hiking and passing this location we will get the views of the two snow capped mountains which are a great spectacle to see. There is a possibility of snow here.

    We will rest for while and continue our hike through a cloud forest in direction to Huayracpunku and have lunch and take another break.

    Our Salkantay Trek 5 days 4 nights adventure, will take us towards the lower jungle for around 3 hours of walk until we reach our second campsite at Colcapampa (3000m/9800ft). We may encounter other campsites at Challway or Andenes to welcome than but it all depending on the pace of the group.

    DAY 3 : Cloud Forest

    Another early day to look forward on our Salkantay Trek 5 Days from which our cook will take care of us with a energetic local breakfast. Leaving our campsite at 06:30 am, we will trek through the upper jungle, crossing the Lluskamayo River through a series of small brooks and creeks. Around us are the valleys delighting us with their waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants.
    Later on, and after hiking some time, we will set up our camp in the warm climate of La Playa (2500m/8202ft) and have a break there. We will have the chance to go to the hot springs and smooth our bodies after all the journey we had during the day

    DAY 4 : Llactapata - Puente Ruinas - Aguas Calientes town

    Have you finish your breakfast? yes, ok! then we are ready to head for Llactapata site. You will need all your power during this three-hour steady climb. Llactapata is an incredible Inca fort from which we will see Machu Picchu.

    Once you get to LLactapata, we will spend some time taking pictures, enjoying LLactapata construction and views. Unfortunately, we can not stay here too long as we need to carry on our Salkantay Trek 5 Days journey this time downhill for another two hours. During our hike we will pass a variety of plantations that produce coca, bananas, and more until we reach the Hydroelectric dam for lunch.

    From hydroelectric we will walk a couple of hours more until Aguas Calientes, where we will check in at our hotel and spend the night. For those who have enjoyed the hot springs, we will have the option to go to the hot bath springs of this town.

    DAY 5 : Machu Picchu

    To get to Machu Picchu in time, we have to leave our accommodation very early and take the first bus not later than 05:30 am, the ride to the top takes about 20 minutes. The aim is to get to the ancient city, when is getting hit by the sun rise as it feels incredibly beautiful to witness this. Thus, you will have to get ready in time and have your breakfast before we leaving at the agreed hour.

    Once we are in the citadele Inca, our guide will provide us with a two hour tour and visit the most important parts of this ancient and mysterious city. You will have also time to explore by yourself Machu Picchu taking care of the edges of the constructions.

    Your tour guide will then give a walking tour, which is approximately two hours. After this, you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890 ft). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top. This is an extra walk; please talk to your guide for arrangements to climb this mountain.
    The famous mountain which overlooks Machu Picchu ruins is called Huayna Picchu at an altitude of 2, 720m or 8,890 ft. If you got permit in time, you can climb this mountain following the rock steps done by the Incas and it will take you about 45 minutes to get to the top. From the top of Huayna Picchu you will enjoy a spectacular and panoramic view of the whole valley. This is an unique experience.

    Finished our tour in Machu Picchu, we all will be meeting at Aguas Calientes to have a lunch and receive our train tickets to go back to Cusco. The train leave between 17:55 and 20:20 hours. The Train will go to Ollantaytambo and from here will change for a private transport to get to Cusco city.

    If desired, we can arrange for you to have an extra night in the town of Aguas Calientes. Please, let us know whether you would like to stay an extra night when booking your tour.
    So far you have explore the Salkantay Trek 5 days 4 nights, which it is an magnificent option in order to get to Machu Picchu. We can also recommend you to review our fantastic adventure on a 7 day Ausangate Trek, just for the brave travellers


    Price Includes

    • Professional bilingual tour guide
    • Assistant guide
    • Pick up from hotel
    • Return transportation (bus to start of trail and tourist train back to Ollantaytambo)
    • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
    • 1 Bus ticket up to the Machu Picchu world heritage site
    • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 3 dinners (breakfast on day one, and dinner and lunch in Aguas Calientes are not included).
    • Dining tent with tables and chairs
    • Cook
    • 3 man tents (per 2 people).
    • Sleeping mattresses
    • Horsemen and mules (they carry cooking and camping equipment and up to 7 kilos of tourists' belongings)
    • 1 night's accommodation in Aguas Calientes
    • Extra oxygen
    • First-Aid kit
    • Spare blanket per tent

    Price Not Includes

    • Single room and tent
    • International and domestic flights
    • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
    • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
    • Insurance of any kind
    • Laundry
    • Phone calls
    • Radio calls or messages

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