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Salkantay Trek Machu Picchu 5 Days 4 Nights

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5 days 4 nights

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8 people

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The Salkantay mountain, according to some authors, the name of this mountain is a combination that comes from Salqa = wild and Antay = produces avalanches. The name of Apu is usually put before, which in the Quechua language means lord, thus defining the great mountains that mean something sacred over the valleys. “Apu Salkantay”.
Since ancient times, glaciers have been associated with fertility as a storage of water and a source of life


  • Start of the tour: 05:00 am pick up at your respective hotel.
  • Start of the walk: Challacancha at 3610 m.a.s.l.
  • Maximum Height: Salkantay Pass 4630 m.a.s.l.
  • Type of Tour: Trekking, Cultural and Adventure.
  • Difficulty level: 4 on a scale of 1 to 5.
  • Best time: dry season between the months of April to November.
  • Tour duration: 5 days / 4 nights
  • Acclimatization: We recommend being in Cusco 2 days before the tour.
  • Climate: Salkantay has a warm climate in the lower part and cold in the highest points.
  • Location: Area located in the Cordillera de Vilcanota.



We start the day by picking you up from your hotel starting at 04:30 a.m., then we will go on a tourist bus that passes through the cities of Izcuchaca and Limatambo and we will arrive at Mollepata (2900 masl) where we will be approximately at 7:30 a.m. we have our first breakfast, then we will continue on a 1 hour more trip to Challacancha (3380 masl), from that point we start our walk along a section to start the acclimatization to the altitude. In an approximate time of 3 hours we will arrive at Soraypampa (3900 masl) where we will arrive at approximately 1:30 pm we will rest with a view of the mountains with their glaciers, here we will enjoy our first lunch and then we will go to the beautiful Humantay Lake in an ascent for 1:30 minutes where we will reach a height of (4220 masl) where we can appreciate the turquoise color of the lake and the snowy Apu Humantay and then begin to descend for 40 minutes to our Soraypampa camp for tea time which is approximately at 18:00 p.m. and then we will have our delicious dinner prepared by our chef, finally we will go to our tents or tents to sleep and enjoy the impressive views that this beautiful place offers at night with the sky completely covered with stars.

Travel time by bus: 4 hours, Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa.
Time: 6 hours (approximately walking)
Climate: Temperate - cold.
Meals: Lunch – Dinner.
Minimum altitude: 2,103 meters above sea level Limatambo.
Maximum altitude: 4,200 masl Laguna Humantay.
Difficulty: Regular.


Today is going to be a busy day, so we'll get up early at 5:00 a.m. and get ready to enjoy a nutritious and energetic breakfast. Generally, between the months of May to August, we have temperatures below zero degrees at this level of altitude. Then we will start with our trek, we will start from the point of Soraypampa to the highest point of Abra Salkantay (3 hours) where we will be able to appreciate the sunrise in the imposing snowy mountains of Salkantay, Humantay mountains (4650 masl) passing through Salkantaypampa and Soyrococha where we will appreciate a small sky blue lake, then we will begin the descent to Huayracmachay (3 hours) (3800 masl) where we will have lunch and then we will continue the descent walk where you will notice a dramatic change in the landscape, the transition between the mountain and the high jungle or the cloud forests where you will appreciate different types of bromeliads, orchids, begonias, this walk is really impressive after continuing to Chaullay (3 hours) (2900 masl) where our second camp will be.

Distance: 22 km (Soraypampa - Chaullay)
Time: 10 hours (approximately walking)
Cold weather.
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
Accommodation: Campsite
Minimum altitude: 2,900 masl Chaullay.
Maximum altitude: 4,630 masl Abra Salkantay.
Difficulty: Demanding.


Today our alarm clock will be the birds with their songs at 5:30 to have breakfast at 06.00 am, then we will walk for about 05 hours following the Salkantay river through our jungle brow with level ascents and descents, in this way we will appreciate the plantations of coffee, bananas, avocados and many plants used for natural medicine, arriving at Playa Sahuayaco where we will have lunch and board a bus that is included from the lunch point of the camp (Playa - Santa Teresa). Upon arrival at our camp, we will have the option to visit the hot springs located in Cocalmayo (Santa Teresa) that are not included in our package and we return to our camp at 06:00 pm, to have tea and dinner.

Distance: 14 km.
Climate: Temperate- Warm.
Walking time: approximately 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
Accommodation: Campsite
Minimum altitude: 1,500 m.a.s.l. Santa Teresa
Maximum altitude: 2,900 m.a.s.l. Chaullay.
Difficulty: Regular.


The sunrise will be within a tropical area because Santa Teresa is at (1500 masl) with temperatures of 12 ° degrees during the night and 25 ° degrees during the day, there we will taste our breakfast and then we have 2 options:

Walk for 3 hours to the next point which is the Hydroelectric.
Do the Canopi or the zip line in one of the companies that offer transportation after the end of the activity (the zip line is not included).
In hydroelectric we will join the whole group again to have lunch in our restaurant, rest, and then continue our walk along the train line in the middle of the mountains and the Vilcanota River that crosses towards the Amazon jungle in an average of 2½ hours to the city of Aguas Calientes and arrive at the hostel and wait for dinner at 18:30 pm.

Distance: 14 km.
Climate: Warm - temperate.
Walking time: 5 hours.
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
Lodging: Lodging.
Minimum altitude: 1,500 m.a.s.l. Santa Teresa.
Maximum altitude: 2050 m.a.s.l. hot waters
Difficulty: Medium.


This is the most outstanding day, to visit Machupicchu we have several entrance shifts that can be at 6-7-8- or 9 in the morning, depending on the date of the advance payment of the tour we can reserve the entrance as soon as possible For this, we have two alternatives to go to Machupicchu, by bus (not included) or walk for approximately 2 hours, then at the control gate, we will meet with the whole group to access Machu Picchu. Upon entering Machu Picchu, our guide will take you through all the most important archeological sites such as; the temple of the sun, the guardhouse, the temple of the three windows, the house of the Inca, the sundial among many places.
Other options may be to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain or the Machu Picchu mountain (if you have tickets reserved in advance, "not included") or walk to the Puerta del Sol (Inti Punku), but you must take into account that you are Return to Cusco by minivan and for this, you must return to Hidroelectrica walking, to board your minivan to Cusco. An ideal time to start walking back is around 11:00 AM. or at 11:30 from Machupicchu to arrive at Hidroeléctrica at 2:30 p.m. and have enough time to eat something and board the minivan at 3 pm at the latest.
Distance: 14 km.
Climate: Temperate - cold.
Walking time: 6 hours.
Meals: Breakfast.
Lodging: Lodging.
Maximum height: 2850 m.a.s.l. Macchu Picchu.
Minimum height: 1,890 m.a.s.l. Hydroelectric.
Difficulty: Medium.


  • Informative talk one day before the start of the trek.
  • Transportation: From Cusco to the beginning of the trek (Challacancha).
  • Entrance tickets to Machupicchu..
  • Bilingual professional guide.
  • Tents.
  • Accommodation: 03 nights in a tent (camping) and 01 night in a hostel.
  • Horses: to carry the camping equipment and all your personal luggage.
  • Each passenger has the option to load on our horses (7 kilos per person).
  • Cook: Responsible for preparing all meals throughout the trip.
  • If you have a special diet, don't worry, our chef is prepared to please the most demanding palates.
  • First aid box.
  • Return transportation from Machupicchu to Cusco in Minivan.
  • Breakfast the first day.
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day.
  • Walking poles.
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Emergency horses.
  • Extra expenses: mineral water, beer, coke, etc.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu.
  • Entrance tickets to Salkantay.
  • Zip line in Santa Teresa.
  • Ticket for the hot springs.
  • Entrance to the Sacred Mountain Huayna Picchu or Sacred Mountain of Machu Picchu (US $ 25.00).

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What can I find in Salkantay?
The Salkantay Trek is a trek in Peru and an alternative to the traditional Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu. It presents a unique combination of culture and nature, proudly preserved by the local people. The trek crosses two of the highest peaks in Cusco, the Humantay and Salkantay mountains, where the cold wind from the mountains collides with the humid heat of the jungle that causes the rains and maintains the life of the surrounding forests.

The walk along this route offers an incredible diversity of animal species found nowhere else on earth.

Birds like the cock of the rocks and mammals like the siguayro that inhabit these forests protected by the Peruvian state.

It also has the thermal waters of Cocalmayo, transparent in the middle of the mountain and the river.


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