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Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu

Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu


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Group Size

min 2 / max 10


Max Altitude

2430 m / 7932 ft


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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – OVERVIEW

There is something adventurous about going on a long trek to visit an ancient civilization. If this is something that you would love to experience and have the time to do it, then the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is the journey of a lifetime you’ve been waiting for.

Adventure and wonder await as the 5 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu will fill you a rush of adrenaline as you experience the local people’s cultural beauty amongst the natural landscape.

If you also want to disconnect from your everyday busy life and visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, then the 5 day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is a truly unique experience. This is one of the best trails to Machu Picchu.

While many opt for the esteemed Inca Trail, the Salkantay Mountain Trek isn’t just the best trip around but has also been ranked as a top 25 trek by National geographic travel Magazine.

Your 5 day trek is a mysterious journey into the known and unknown that will heal your mind, body, and soul. You’ll a rejuvenated sense of joy as you and many others make this trek to ease their minds and rejuvenate their bodies.

While on this trek, our Tour Leader will guide you to explore the many opportunities along the way and help you create memories that will last a lifetime. This 5 day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is truly the best option for you.

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa Campsite

  • Highest Altitude: Soraypampa 3.850 m / 12.63 ft
  • Walking/ Hiking Distance: Cchallacancha to Soraypampa 8 km / 4.98 miles
  • Walking/ Hiking time: 3-4 hours approx.
  • weather: windy and cold
  • Highlights:

Day 2: Soraypampa – Colpapampa Campsite

  • Highest Altitude: Salkantay Pass 4.650m / 15.25 ft
  • Walking/ Hiking Distance: Soraypampa to Colpapampa 21 km / 13.04 miles
  • Walking/ Hiking time: 11 hours approx.
  • weather: Cold, windy and warm
  • Highlights:

Day 3: Ccolpapampa – La Playa Campsite

  • Highest Altitude: Ccolpapampa 3.000 m / 9.842 ft
  • Walking/ Hiking Distance: Ccolpapampa to La playa 15 km / 9.32 miles
  • Walking/ Hiking time: 6-7 hours approx.
  • weather: warm
  • Highlights:

Day 4: La Playa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes town

  • Highest Altitude: Llactapata Inca site 2.650 m / 8.694 ft
  • Walking/ Hiking Distance: La playa to Hidroelectrica 14 km / 8.69 miles
  • Walking/ Hiking time: 5-6 hours approx.
  • weather: Warm
  • Highlights:

Day 5: Machu Picchu & back to Cusco

  • Highest Altitude: Machu Picchu Site 2.430 m/ 7.972 ft
  • Walking/ Hiking Distance: No Trekking, but lots of walking around the Machu Picchu Site
  • Walking/ Hiking time: 2 hours approx.
  • Highlights: Machu Picchu Tour

Useful info

  • Level of difficulty: Moderate difficult/Challenging
  • Accommodation: Camping & 3 star Hotel (4th Night) in Aguas Calientes town (Machu Picchu Pueblo)
  • Consideration: Entrance fee required
  • Tour availability: Daily departures min 2 people
  • Weather: dry from May to October, wet from November to April
  • 1 or 2 days Acclimatization is Recommended
  • To climb Huayna Picchu mountain you need to book in advance
  • Service offered: Group service, Private Service and Luxury Service
  • Tour Operator: Machu Picchu Tours & Treks



Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa Campsite

The trip starts with a pick up at 5 am. We will then drive to Molletapa (2hrs approx) where we will have breakfast. From there, we make the one hour trip to Challacancha, this is where the adventure begins! We climb up for 30 mins and then hike a flat path with unique views for 3 hours.

Once we arrive at Soraypampa (12631 ft/3850m), there will be lunch available and we will camp for the night. The afternoon will be left to acclimatize, rest and relax. If you feel a bit adventurous, Machu Picchu Tours do recommend the option to walk the famous Humantay Lagoon.

Please note, Bring warm clothing as the temperature could reach to 0 degrees o even snow (which is not that common)

Day 2: Soraypampa – Colpapampa Campsite

Today may be the longest day but with exceptional views! We will climb for approx. 3 hours and be very close to the snow of Salkantay and reach the top of the Salkantay Pass (15255 ft/4650m).

When we reach towards the top, we will have time to take photos and take in all the glorious views. Then me make our way down and stop at our lunch spot which is about an hour and a half. 

After lunch we will continue to descent (approx. 4 hours) down the hills and make our way to our campsite in Ccollpapampa (9,842 ft/3,000 m)

Day 3: Ccolpapampa – La Playa Campsite

Today will be an early morning hike (5 hours approx.) along a quiet pathway surrounding yourself with the flora and fauna of the valleys. Once we arrive at our campsite at La Playa (6716 ft/2000m), we will have lunch and the rest of the afternoon to sightsee or perhaps organize to go to the hot springs of Cocalmayo.

Day 4: La Playa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes town

An early start to the day with 4 hours of hiking uphill to Llactapata (8694 ft/2650m). We descend another 2 hours downhill until we reach the hydroelectric power station for lunch.

There we will bid farewell to our team of Machu Picchu Tours, and venture on with our Tour Leader by train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes where we will stay the night at a hotel and the following day we will visit the mystical site of Machu Picchu.

Day 5: Machu Picchu & back to Cusco

Today we hop on a bus and make the journey (30 minutes drive approx.) to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Our guide will welcome you with a 2 hour guided tour and take you to the most important temples and enclosures Machu Picchu has to offer. After the tour, you will have free time to explore the citadel on your own. 

In the afternoon, we will be departing Aguas Calientes to board the train at 2:30pm (depending on availability) and arrive to Cusco at roughly 7:00 p.m.



  • Pick up and drop off from your Hotel
  • Professional Tour Leader
  • Professional Chef
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 6kg of your personal items.
  • Private transportation by bus to Challacancha
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek)
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • 2 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • 3 star hotel for final night
  • Inflatable Air Mattress
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Return bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

Not included

  • Hayna Picchu Entrance Fee
  • Sleeping bag: $20 
  • Walking sticks $8
  • Single supplement fee $30
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day 
  • Tips for your crew
  • Travel insurance

Huchuy Qosqo Trek – Packing list

  • Essential: Original Passport ( Same as used at time of booking for permits)
  • Student Card (if you are a student and have booked in advance to qualify for the discount)
  • Backpack / Daypack (With a supportive hip belt)
  • Supportive footwear (Trekking footwear, recommend waterproof)
  • Walking sticks or poles
  • Water storage for at least 2 liters; either a camel bag or water bottle(s)
In your Daypack
  • Original Passport
  • Student Card
  • Water
  • Cash (For water, snacks, tipping )
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • Sun hat or cap & bandana or similar (Sun, rain and cold)
  • sunglasses
  • Protect & hydrate sunscreen lotion (factor 60 or 70+ is recommendable )
  • Insect repellent
  • First aid + digestive meds, ibuprofen
  • Headlamp / flashlight
  • Walking sticks
  • Camera fully charged ( Batteries drain quicker in the cold)
In your duffle bag
  • Sleeping bag (Some nights can drop below freezing)
  • 4 sets of long sleeve shirts (Lightweight & protection from sun)
  • 3 or 4 sets of pants (Zip off pants are ideal in changing weather conditions)
  • Undergarment & socks (Synthetic recommended)
  • Thermal clothing is recommended for evening /sleepwear
  • Sandal or sneaker (Campsite use)
  • Power bank (Electronic outlets are not available until after the trail )
  • Toiletries: toothpaste, Brush, lip balm and personal hand towel



At Machu Picchu Tours & Treks, a representative will organize a simple meeting the night before your tour or trek starts. During this meeting, you meet fellow adventures or tourists and gain valuable information regarding all aspects of your trip. If you do arrive late, your Machu Picchu Tours representative will leave you a message regarding the time and meeting details for the next morning.

Laggage storage

All extra luggage can be left safely in Cusco at your hotel or the Machu Picchu Tours & Treks office depot while you enjoy your tour or trek. We’ll take them from you on the morning of your journey and return them once you’re back in Cusco. Make sure your bags are appropriately identified, so it’s easy to locate them.

Baggage restrictions

Please note any type of bag or bagged when visiting Machu Picchu. A bag can be no bigger than 40cm, or 157 inches high X 35cm or 14 inches wide X 20cm or 8 inches deep as anything bigger won’t be permitted into the citadel. There is storage near the citadel. Even if your bags are already tagged with ID tags, please use any Machu Picchu Tours & Treks luggage tags. This makes it easier for Machu Picchu Tours & Treks staff to find and manage your luggage for you.


How to Book a Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

  1. When booking your Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, you’ll need to fill out our booking form by clicking on the BOOK NOW link on Inca Trail Tours’ homepage. Be ready to supply the following information for each participant in your group. Keep in mind that we can’t purchase the entrance into Machu Picchu or the train without this information.
    1. Personal Information (Full name as it appears on your passport)
    2. Gender
    3. Passport Number
    4. Date of Birth (D.O.B.) example: dd/mm/yyyy
    5. Nationality
    6. Date of Passport Expiration. This date must be valid for at least six months past the time of travel. 
  2. There is a required USD$300.00 per person for us to purchase the train tickets and entrance into Machu Picchu. Click on the VISA, Western Union, or the PAYPAL links on our booking page. Once we receive the deposit and details, we can then book your permits. Once we have those in our hands, we’ll send you the invoice and confirmation that everything is ready to go. All start dates, once they’re confirmed, are guaranteed.

Do I need My Original Passport for my Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

Yes! Please bring your original passport. It must be the same passport number information you sent us when you booked your entrance into Machu Picchu, train ticket(s), and other entrances or reservations. The site rangers will check your passport when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also do the same before you board.

If you do happen to renew your passport, you can send us your old passport information to secure your permit. Once you get the new one, we change it for a nominal USD$10 fee per person. Keep in mind, and we need an old copy of your passport and the new one to make any changes. Before you make any changes, keep your old one.

Note: If you don’t want to pay this fee, bring both passports to Peru. You can enter Peru with your most recent passport but will need to show both to be allowed entrance into Machu Picchu or on the train. If you don’t have both, then you won’t be allowed access. This is a strict policy that must always be adhered to.


$665 USD
Contries: Perú stay: 5D/4N

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