Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu - 4 Days

Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 4 days 3 nights

Have you missed out on booking the Inca Trail? Do not miss out on another great adventure! Come and see Salkantay The Savage, The second largest mountain in the Cusco region. Here you can enjoy Machu Picchu from a completely different perspective! That why the National Geographic rated this trek as one of 25 best hikes in the world, The Salkantay Trek is the number one alternative to the Inca Trail. With high snow-capped mountains, lowland jungle and a visit to the Inca site of Llactapata the trek offers a perfect mix of trekking, culture and nature.With fewer people on the route the Salkantay Trek allows you to enjoy the natural beauty of the Andes without any of the distractions and disturbances you find on the Inca Trail.


Day 1
Day 1: Cusco - Soraypampa - Apacheta Pass - Salkantay Lake - Huayracmachay

We will pick you up early at 5:30 a.m. from your hotel in Cusco. We will then travel by private van to the village of Mollepata in the rich countryside of the Apurimac valley. We will continue our journey towards Soraypamapa, the start of our trek, at (4000m/12,750ft). After a light breakfast that will be provided by our company, we will start hiking up a moderate slope for two and a half hours until we reach Soyrococha where we will stop for lunch spaghetti. After lunch spaghetti, we will continue walking up for one more hour until we get to the Salkantay Pass, at (4600m/9,800ft). From this point, we can soak in the spectacular views of Salkantay. At the pass you can leave a rock carried from the bottom as a present for the mountain spirit. We will continue our downhill trek for two hours to our first campsite, Huayracmachay, located at (3800m/ 12,540ft), and have dinner

  • Meals:Lunch spaghetti – Tea time – Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camping facilities
  • Distance:14 km
  • Difficulty:challenge

Day 2
Day 2: Huayracmachay - Chaullay - la Playa

After an early delicious breakfast, we descent for 3 hours down toward the rural community of Chayllay for lunch spaghetti, a long the way you will enjoy the lush green valleys, waterfalls. After lunch spaghetti we walk for 5 more hours through the beginnings of the peruvian cloud forest; enjoying a myriad of flora and fauna including orchids, birds, coffee, cacao and fruit plantations. Finally we arrive at Lucmabamba where we spend the second night (2,050m/6,767ft)

Depending on the time, we will do an incredible coffee tour at the plantation adjacent to the campsite. We will begin by browsing the fields, learning about the different types of beans, and picking our own beans. There are also several fields of tomatoes and avocados. We will pick up vegetables that the chef will use for dinner that night. After picking our beans, we will roast them and grind them. Finally, we will brew and drink our own coffee! It is a truly unique experience.

  • Meals:Breakfast – Lunch spaghetti – Tea time- Dinner
  • Accommodation:Camping facilities
  • Distance:18 km/11 miles
  • Difficulty:moderate

Day 3
Day 3: La Playa - LLACTAPATA - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes

Today is the most beautiful and relaxing day on our trek. After a delicious breakfast we walk for 3 hours up hill through the original Inca trail towards the ruins of LLACTAPATA located at 2,700m/8,907ft. From where you may enjoy the different angles views of the citadel of Machu Picchu and the surroundings mountains like Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and Salkantay Mt… Then we head down for 10 minutes where we will have LUNCH spaghetti right in-front of Machu Picchu, this is unique experience offered for those who like to do something . After time to enjoy the unique experience, we descent for 2 hours to Hidroelectrica, from the way you will see an amazing waterfall.. Then we take the train to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night in a private hotel.

  • MealsBreakfast – Lunch spaghetti – Dinner
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Distance12 km/ 7 miles
  • DifficultyModerate

Day 4
Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Waking up early we’ll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.

  • Meal:Breakfast
  • Difficulty:Easy

What does and does not include?


  • Pick up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9
  • Machu Picchu entrance fees
  • Climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain according to the availability
  • Private bus to the start of the trail
  • Two-person tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
  • Sleeping mattress(pad)
  • Meals cooked by an experienced chef: breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks!
  • Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
  • All our food is prepared from organic vegetables and fresh ingredients
  • Vegetarian/special diet options available
  • Water (We will provide you with boiled and filtered cold water during the trek after lunch on the first day).
  • You will need to bring a container to carry your water in. Also, you need to ensure that you pack a sufficient amount of water for the first half-day of the trek
  • 8 kg /17 lb luggage allowance to be carried by our mule (you will trek only with your day pack which is way more confortable than carrying a big bag!)
  • Horse (to carry tents and cooking equipment)
  • Dining and kitchen tents
  • First aid kit including an emergency oxygen ,bottle.
  • Emergency horse you may, ride on if the altitude effects your ability to complete the trek
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes double or triple rooms, private bathrooms, hot showers, wifi, and storage while you visit Machu Picchu.
  • Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes
  • Round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes on Day 3
  • Breatfast in Aguas Caliente in your hotel on Day 4
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Does not include

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Train tickets from Hidrolectrica to Aguas Caliente
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day
  • Optional upgrade (train and hotel)
  • Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
  • Sleeping bags. These can be rented in our office head expeditions peru for the entire trek (US $20). Every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use
  • Tips for the guide, cooks, and horse man
  • Extra activities such as zip line and barbecues.

What you need to take

  • Original passport
  • For students: ISIC card
  • Insurance card/certificate
  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • 2-4 t-shirts
  • 2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
  • Long underwear for sleeping/thermal underwear
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water and/or water purification tablets
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera, extra film & batteries
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Extra money for tips/snacks/beer. (We recommend for any emergency)

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Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu
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