Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days / 4 nights

Home » Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days / 4 nights


One of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. This trek is open to everybody meaning that there are no permit limitations. Here we will have horses and mules to carry the gear and cooking equipment. It’s a beautiful trek that takes us along the highlands of the Andes into the cloud forest connecting the village of Mollepata with Machu Picchu.

This trek is located less than sixty miles northwest of Cusco in the Vilcabamba mountain range, south central Peru. Rising to 20,574 feet, Mount Salkantay is an outstanding glacier-capped summit worshipped for thousands of years by local Peruvians. Our classic Salkantay Trek is a custom-designed alternative to the traditional Inca Trail. Off the beaten path, this is a cutting edge experience for adventure travelers looking for a little more privacy and authenticity.
For detailed information please review the itinerary.

Detailed Travel Itinerary with Amazing Andean Adventures

Price - Photos
Payment Options

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days / 4 nights

Day 1: Cusco – Challacancha – Soraypampa.soraypampa

The adventure begins by picking you up early in the morning from your hotel in Cusco. After a 2 hours bus ride to Mollepata we will stop for a quick breakfast, here we will meet our horsemen that will be in charge of taking our gear the following days. we’ll continue for a 1 hour drive until we arrive at Challacancha, where the trek begins. After 2 hour hike towards we will arrive to our campsite in Soraypampa (12630 ft.), where we will experience a stunning view of the Vilcabamba mountain ranges and the first view of the Salkantay peak. Then, afternoon option to either stay at the camp or go on a spectacular 3 hour (round-trip) hike to Lake Soraycocha to admire the stunning waters and its surrounding scenery.

Day 2: Salkantaypampa – Colcapampa.

Physically, this is the hardest day of the trek, Our hike will take approximately 4 hours, as the trail ascends steeply toward Salkantay pass (15252 ft.).

salkantay-trekwhere we will get the best views of the Salkantay mountain after little rest our hike will continue with a 2 hours downhill, arriving to Wayraqmachay here we will stop for our lunch prepared by our Chef, after which we will have a 3 more hours of downhill to reach the village of Colcapampa (9514 ft.) where our campsite will be set up.

Day 3: Challhuay – Santa Teresa

Today, begin by the passing the town of Colcapampa, and follow the trail that winds sh
arply down into the cloud forest following the Lluskcamayo river and winding through the beautiful waterfalls with tropical flora and fauna, in the afternoon we will go for a relaxing thermal baths at the hot springs of Colpani, we will camp at Santa Teresa town ( 5576 ft.).

Day 4: Santa Teresa – Machu Picchu

Our last day on the trail we will take us from Santa Teresa along a relaxing path for 4 hours to reach the hydroelectric stations where we will have lunch, from here we will continue our hike along the train tracks with the exuberant vegetation and colorful births after 3 hours we will arrive Aguas Calientes town.salkantaytrek-ultimo
Overnight at El Mapi Hotel or similar.

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco

This Day we will take a half hour bus ride that will bring you to the mountain citadel of Machu Picchu (8,040 ft.). Once here, your Guide will give you an early morning guided tour at the Citadel, Lunch at the town of Aguas Calientes before the train ride back to the Sacred Valley and Cusco. End of this Amazing Andean Adventure.



  • Private transportation to the beginning of the trek
  • 1 night in Aguas Calientes hotel
  • 3 nights camping, with all the camping equipment, 3 meals per day during the trek, a chef during the hike, helpers, horseman’s, cargo horses as well as riding horses for emergency.
  • Professional english-speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu.
  • Round bus rides from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Train ride from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo on the Vistadome Trains from Peru Rail or Similar.
  • bus ride from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Breakfast is included at the Hotel in Machu Picchu.


  • Sleeping bags for the trek
  • walking poles
  • Tips for Guides, Transfers, Drivers, personal at the Hotels.
  • Breakfast on first and Lunch on the last day.

Prices may vary according to the season, availability, and client preferences. Please contact us for more information.

Price - Photos

Payment Options