Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

Price from: $ 535.00 USD

Salkantay Trek 5 Days on foot to reach Machu Picchu with a backpack is for adventurers. This magnificent route is in the region of Cusco, Peru, within the Andes Mountains of Vilcabamba.

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Salkantay Trek 05 days are alternative hiking to the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. A three-hour drive west of Cusco is Mollepata-Soraypampa, the starting point for the Salkantay Trek Peru, the main alternative hiking to Machu Picchu. The Trek Salkantay 5 days / 4 nights leads to the high Andes, jungles of the Santa Teresa Valley. Soraypampa (3,923 m/12,870 feet.) is the starting point of this adventure, passing Salkantay Pampa, the 4500-meter Salkantay trek elevation Chaullay Colpapampa, and the meeting between Rio Totora and Quebrada Chalan, forming Rio Santa Teresa. After arriving in La Playa, you can choose to go to the hydroelectric power station via the Patallacta ruins or to the village of Santa Teresa. Salkantay’s 05-day trip is an incredible trekking experience through the Andes. Join us and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime!


Salkantay Trek 5 Days Overview

Is this Salkantay mountain trip right for me? AT A GLANCE

Day-1: Cusco – Humantay Lagoon – Soray Pampa
Day-2: Soraypampa – Salkantay-Pass – Challhuay
Day-3: Challway – Lucmabamba
Day-4: Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes
Day-5: Machu Picchu Guided Tour – Return Cusco


  • Salkantay trail is the best alternative trekking in Peru, selected by several hikers.


Salkantay Hike 5 days & 4 Nights Complete Itinerary

Day 1

The adventure around the lagoon is amazing. The panoramic views are stunning of the snow-capped mountains of Salkantay, Humantay, and the same turquoise lagoon. The rest of the afternoon, enjoy the Andean sunset.

  • At 5:30 am, pick up from your hotel [CUSCO].
  • Private transfer to the trailhead.
  • Accommodation: Salkantay Pampa
  • Salkantay trek distance: 9 km/5.5 miles
  • Estimated duration: 4 1/2 – 5 hours
  • Salkantay trek elevation: 4,154 meters / 13,625 feet.
  • Salkantay trek difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
  • Meals: Box Lunch, Dinner.

Day 2

To the northwest is the highest pass of the entire expedition. As we approach the top, we find the path of the seven snakes. In the vicinity of Suyroccocha, there are giant rocks. We have several landscapes that will take your breath away every step of the way. Culture, beautiful landscapes, and lots of fun await you on this carefully crafted itinerary.

From the top, descend through the Andes and the high jungle. “The views are stunning.”

  • Start of hiking: 5:30
  • Salkantay trek distance: 22km /13.67 miles.
  • Estimated duration: 7-8 hours hike
  • Salkantay pass elevation: 4,638 m / 15,213 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging.
  • Accommodation: Challhuay – Collpapampa  2,870m/ 9,414 ft.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3

Challway – La Playa (Sawayaco) The most beautiful day hiking; the descent will allow you to contemplate a forest of orchids and epiphytic plants, typical of the jungle.

  1. Hiking Distance: 16km /9.9 miles.
  2. Duration: 5 hrs.
  3. Difficulty: Moderate.
  4. Accommodation: Lucmabamba  2,870m/ 9,414 ft.
  5. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Optional: Travel to Santa Teresa.

  • At 4:00 pm, we head to the thermal baths to enjoy 3 hours of relaxation, “additional cost.”

Day 4

Walk along the Inca trail that goes from Lucmabamba to Llactapata. Observe from a distance the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu from the heights of the Andes.

  • Trekking around the sub-tropical and rainforest
  • Trekking Distance: 16 km/9.92 miles
  • Estimated duration: five-hour hike
  • Hiking from Lucmabamba to Llactapata – Hydro.
  • Train: Hidroelectrica to A. C.
  • Salkantay adventure difficulty: Moderate
  • Aguas-Calientes overnight: Hotel***
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch “Hidroelectrica”

Day 5

We board the bus service to the Historic Sanctuary (by bus 25 minutes).

  • Machu-Picchu: Guided tour through the stone citadel exploring the sacred temples.
    • Two hours guided tour.
  • PM train return to Cusco.
  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Salkantay trek vs. Inca trail: Choose this one.


Our Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu in 5 days includes

  • English-speaking official tourist guide.
  • Touristic Transport.
  • Camping and Hotel 3 star.
  • Excellent Meals (04 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 04 Dinners).
  • Peru Rail train from Hydro to AC.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Oxygen bottle.
  • Machupicchu bus tickets “round trip.”
  • Machu Picchu entrance ticket “At 7:00 am”
  • Machupicchu guided tour (2 hrs).
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Expedition).
  • All local taxes.

Salkantay Trek Peru Does Not Include

  • Cusco Hotel or Airbnb.
  • Water.
  • Energy snacks will be handy as chocolate bars, dried fruits.
  • Breakfast on day-1, Dinner on day-5, Lunch on day-5
  • Waynapicchu Mountain
  • Tips.

Salkantay Trek packing list:


  • Appropriate packs (to carry your belongings).
  • Original passport.
  • Lighter trekking shoes (with good ankle support).
  • 02 pairs of trekking pants “not jeans”-
  • 01 warm / winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/ gloves/scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
  • Two pairs of underwear, three pairs of socks.
  • Two t-shirts, two long sleeve shirts
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Flip flops to change into at night – your toes will thank you!
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Something to read in the evenings
  • Extra money.

Travel Facts

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Salkantay Trek 5 Days Cost


  • Solo travel $1,435.
  • Two clients $885.
  • Three people $725.
  • Four tourists $625.
  • Five visitors $590.
  • Six travelers $555.
  • Seven explorers + $535.

Regulation of Machupicchu

  • Huayna Picchu, it is necessary to buy a new ticket for Machupicchu plus Huayna Picchu.
    • The 1st. group of explorers enters at 7:00.
    • The 2nd. group of visitors enters at 10:00.
  • Travelers can re-enter Machupicchu for the second time with a new ticket to Machupicchu.
  • The new regulation; Tour guides can only enter Machupicchu 3 times a day.
  • The archaeological site is open from 6:00 a.m. to 17:20

Salkantay trekking company advice

  • Use hiking poles to help on the route.
  • Do you want the first glimpse of Machu Picchu?
    • The Patallacta viewpoint is the best visual contact
  • There are two itineraries to visit Machupicchu 2021-2022
    • AM visit between 6:00 a.m. at 12:00 a.m.
    • PM visit between 12:00 noon to 5:20 p.m.

* Price based on 02 people sharing one room.
** Student discounts $ 30 off per person.

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