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Salkantay Trek 5 Days 4 Nights Backpacker

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5 Days 4 Nights

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

12 people

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English, Espanol


The Mountain of Salkantay, according to some authors, the name of this mountain is a contraction that comes from Salqa = wild and Antay = produce avalanches. The name of Apu is usually put before it, which in Quechua language comes to mean sir, is thus defined to the great mountains that mean something sacred above the valleys. “Apu Salkantay.”
Since in ancient times glaciers were associated with fertility as water storage and 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 Vilcanota Range.



We start the day picking you up from your hotel from 04.30 AM, then we will go on a tourist bus passing through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo arriving at Mollepata (2900 masl) where we will be at approximately 7:30 AM where we will have our first breakfast , then we will continue on a trip for 1 more hour to Challacancha (3380 masl), from that point we begin our walk along a section to begin acclimatization to the altitude. In an approximate time of 3 hours we will arrive at Soraypampa (3900 masl) where we will be arriving at 1:30 pm approximately rest with a view of the mountains with its glaciers, here we will enjoy our first lunch then we will go to the beautiful Humantay lake in an ascent for 1:30 minutes where we will arrive at a height of (4220 masl) where we can appreciate the turquoise color of the lake and the snowy Apu Humantay and then starting to descend for 40 minutes to our Soraypampa camp for tea time that It is approximately 18:00 pm and then we will have our delicious dinner prepared by our chef, finally we will pass to our tents or sleeping tents and enjoy the stunning views offered by this beautiful place at night with the sky completely covered with stars.

Time: 6 hours (approximately walking)
Climate: Temperate - cold ..
Meals: Lunch - Dinner.
Accommodation: Camping
Minimum altitude: 2,803 masl. Mollepata
Maximum altitude: 4,200 masl Laguna Humantay.
Travel time by bus: 4 hours, Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa.
Difficulty: Regular.


Today will be a busy day, so we get up at 5:00 am, early and we will get ready to enjoy a nutritious and energetic breakfast. Usually between the months of May to August we have temperatures below zero degrees at this level of height. Then we will start with our walk, we start from the Soraypampa point to the highest point of Abra Salkantay (3 hours) where we can appreciate the sunrise in the imposing snow-capped 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 take our lunch then we will follow the stretch descent walk where you will notice a dramatic change in the landscape the transition between the mountain and the high jungle or cloud forests where you will appreciate different types of bromeliads, orchids, begoneas, this hike is really impressive after we continue down to Chaullay (3 hours) (2900 masl) where our second camp will be.

Distance: 22 km (Soraypampa - Chaullay)
Time: 10 hours (approximately walking)
Climate: Temperate-cold.
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner.
Accommodation: Camping
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 approximately 05 hours following the Salkantay river all through our jungle eyebrow with level ascents and descents, in this way we will appreciate Coffee plantations, bananas, avocados and many plants used for natural medicine, arriving at Playa Sahuayaco where we will have the lunch and board a bus which is included from the camp lunch point (Playa - Santa Teresa)) . Arriving 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, for our tea and dinner.

Distance: 14 km.
Climate: Tempered-Warm.
Walking time: approximately 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner.
Accommodation: Camping
Minimum altitude: 1,500 masl. Santa Teresa
Maximum altitude: 2,900 masl. 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 that is the Hidroelectrica.
Perform the Canopi or Zip line in one of the companies that offer them for which the transport after finishing the activity is included (the zip line is not included).

In hidroelectrica we will join the whole group again to have lunch in our restaurant, rest and then continue our walk along the railway line of the train in the middle of the mountains and the Vilcanota river that crosses in the direction of the Amazon jungle in an average of 2½ Hours to the city of Aguas Calientes and arrive in the hostel and wait for dinner at 18.30 pm.

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


This is the most prominent day, to visit Machupicchu we have several entry shifts can be at 6-7-8- or 9 in the morning, depending on the date of the advance payment of the tour we can book the entrance as early as possible, For this we have two alternatives to go to Machupicchu, by bus (not included) or walk for about 2 hours, then at the control door we will meet with the whole group to access the Machu Picchu. Upon entering Machu Picchu our guide will take you through all the most important archaeological sites such as; the temple of the sun, the guard house, the temple of the three windows, the house of the Inca, the sundial among many places.
Other options may be to climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu or the mountain Machu Picchu (if you have tickets booked in advance, “not included”) or walk to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), but you should keep in mind that you are going return to Cusco by minivan and for this you have to return to Hidroelectrica walking, to board your minivan towards Cusco. An ideal time to start walking back is approximately 11:00 am or 11:30 from Machupicchu to arrive at Hidroeléctrica at 2:30 pm and have enough time to eat something and board the minivan at 3 in the afternoon at most .

Distance: 16 km
Climate: Temperate - cold.
Walking time: 6 hours.
Meals: Breakfast.
Maximum height: 2850 m.a.s.l. Macchu Picchu.
Minimum height: 1,890 m.a.s.l. Hidroeléctrica.
Difficulty: Medium.


  • Informative talk one day before the start of the walk.
  • Transportation: From Cusco to the start of the walk (Challacancha).
  • Entrance tickets to Machupicchu ..
  • Professional bilingual guide.
  • Tents
  • Accommodation: 03 nights in tent (camping) and 01 night in hostel.
  • Horses: to carry camping equipment and all your personal luggage.
  • Each passenger has the option of loading our horses (7 kilograms per person).
  • Cook: Responsible for preparing all meals throughout the trip.
  • If you have any special diet, do not worry that our chef is prepared to please the most demanding palates.
  • First aid box.
  • Return transport from Machupicchu to Cusco in Minivan.
  • Breakfast the first day.
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day.
  • Walking sticks
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Emergency horses
  • Extra expenses: Mineral water, beer, coke, etc.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu.
  • Entrance tickets to Salkantay.

Tour's Location

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What can I find in Salkantay?

  • The Salkantay Trek is a hike 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 local people. The trekking passes through two of the highest peaks in Cusco, the Humantay mountain and the Salkantay, where the cold wind of the mountains collides with the humid heat of the rainforest that originates the rains and maintains the life of the surrounding forests.?

  • The walk along this route offers an incredible diversity of animal species that are not found anywhere 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 hot springs of Cocalmayo, transparent in the middle of the mountain and the river.

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