Explore Peru’s most stunning landscapes with us on an exciting five-day trek through the magnificent Andes Mountains of Salkantay and Machu Picchu.
Embarking on the 5 Day Salkantay Trek is a journey of a lifetime. Your exhilarating journey culminates at the magnificent Machu Picchu after passing through some of Peru’s most breathtaking scenery.
A Salkantay Trek 5 Days through the Andes Mountains and Machu Picchu will show you Peru like never before. As you embark on this thrilling journey, take on rugged trails, explore historic Inca ruins, and take in the majestic beauty of nature. Join us for an unforgettable experience! BOOK EARLY TO ENSURE THE 5 DAY SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU IS AVAILABLE. These are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and once they’re gone, they’re gone.
The 5 Day Salkantay Trek is a fantastic alternative to the traditional Inca Trail, often requiring advanced booking due to its popularity. This trek allows you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Andes, passing through diverse ecosystems, from high-altitude mountain ranges to lush cloud forests.
Our 5-Day Salkantay Hike to Machu Picchu will take you on the adventure of a lifetime. This trek takes you through the breathtaking Andes Mountains, past glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, and remote villages, where you can learn about the local way of life. On the final day, you’ll arrive at Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most iconic and awe-inspiring archaeological sites.
Spend your days exploring Machu Picchu and its breathtaking scenery while hiking the challenging Salkantay Trail; you won’t miss out on this 5-day adventure.
Enjoy one of the best experiences combining several tourist circuits through Salkantay for five days.
AT A GLANCE
The trek encompasses approximately 55 kilometers of diverse terrains, including cloud forests, rugged mountain trails, and breathtaking valleys. Trekkers are rewarded with awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks and pristine lakes along the way.
At 4:30 a.m., we leave Cusco by car and travel northwest through Izcuchaca, Limatambo, and Mollepata. In Mollepata, there is a 30-minute stop for breakfast at one of the local restaurants, “optional, breakfast not included.” We continue along the dirt road until we reach the Soraypampa area.
In Soraypampa, we find saddle horses. We begin the horseback riding towards the Salkantay pass, “2 hours and a half on horseback.”
Before reaching the Salkantay pass, we already have impressive glacier views. At the Salkantay pass, the sign shows the height “classic photo for the whole group.” After that, we descend for 05 hours until we reach the town of Challway, “2 hours from the Andes and another 3 hours in the Salkantay Valley clouds forest.”
After the challenging hike on the Salkantay trail, we ride in a local car to Santa Teresa, where we spend the night close to the Cocalmayo thermal baths.
Having walking shoes and trekking poles is essential because the hiking trail is lined with exceptional stones of all sizes. Our bodies and minds benefit from outdoor adventure activities like hiking. Additional note: It’s pretty cold on the Salkantay Pass; bring thermal clothing.
13.7km (8.5 miles)
Salkantay Pass: 4,630m (15,190 ft)
Challway: 2,829m (9,281 ft)
Salkantay Pass: 4,630m (15,190 ft)
We take public transportation to Lucmabamba, “40 minutes by car,” where we begin our lovely hike along the Inca Trail of Lucmabamba.
Entering through the primary forest or jungle eyebrow, we observe tropical fruit plantations such as the passion fruit “granadilla,” organic red coffee, banana trees, wild berries such as the strawberry of the Andes, etc.
During the walk, we will always have the presence of the Aobamba River, the union of the Salkantay, Challhuay, and Totora snow-capped mountains; the color mix of the white river with the lush green vegetation makes the walk pleasant.
Until we arrive at the Lucmabamba Pass, Hidroelectrica, and Machu Picchu Pueblo or Aguas Calientes, there are several streams along the route.
22 km (6.3 miles)
Lucmabamba Town: 2,017m (6,617 ft)
Hidroelectrica 1,811m (5,941 ft)
Lucmabamba Pass: 2,814m (9,232 ft)
Hike the Short Inca Trail to the scenic view of Machu Picchu from the SUN GATE “Inti Punku.”
At 05:30, we start the moderate walk following the train tracks up the Urubamba River for 1 hour and 40 minutes until we reach km 104 of the railway. We cross to the other side of the river by the suspension bridge to control our entrance passes to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and thus officially start the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
From km 104, we have 3 hours of walking along the Inca Trail until we reach the ruins of Wiñaywayna. The path is mostly level from Wiñaywayna to Inti Punku; from Inti Punku to the balcony of the Inca, the panoramic views of Machu Picchu astound all hikers.
16km (9.9 miles)
Machu Picchu Pueblo: 2,065m (6,774 ft)
Machu Picchu Ruins: 2,400m (7,874 ft)
Inti Pinku: 2,720m (8,920 ft)
Be met at the train arrivals area at the OLLANTAYTAMBO train station. Please search for a KONDOR PATH TOURS sign with your name on it. Salkantay 5 Day Trek is the name of the group.
For Salkantay trekkers, circuit number 5 is the route for the guided visit to Machu Picchu. Write to us, and we’ll be happy to respond in less than 24 hours if customers need to purchase a new entrance ticket or if they need to complete an additional circuit at Machu Picchu.
We start the activities with the pick-up service at your hotel and then go to the bus station that will transfer us to the Inca citadel, “30 minutes of travel”.
At Machupicchu control, we present our electronic tickets. Then, we start the guided tour by visiting the watchman’s house for fantastic panoramic views of the Inca citadel. After touring the world’s seventh wonder, we take a shared bus to Aguas Calientes and then take the train to Cusco. After traveling by train for three hours and ten minutes, we arrive in Ollantaytambo, where a private vehicle awaits us to Cusco.
A light walk
2-hour guided tour
Machu Picchu Pueblo: 2,065m (6,774 ft)
Machu Picchu Ruins: 2,400m (7,874 ft)
Cusco: 3,350m (10,990 ft)
A final, 100-minute round trip hike occurs in Peru’s breathtaking Rainbow Mountains south of Cusco.
At 5:00, we start the trip south of Cusco, following the road to Puno. In Cusipata, we take a dirt road to ascend to Llaqtoc, the “beginning of the walk.”
The hike to Rainbow Mountain’s summit takes about 70 minutes; from the pass, hike downhill on the way back for 30 minutes. Enjoy the incredible panoramic views of Vinicunca in all its splendor from above.
7km (4.3 miles)
Llactoq: 4,900m (16,076 ft)
Llactoq: 4,900m (16,076 ft)
Rainbow Pass: 5,100m (16,732 ft)
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Take a 5-day trek along the Salkantay Trail to explore Peru’s breathtaking Machu Picchu, stunning views, fascinating Inca ruins, testing yourself on the trail’s rugged terrain, and discovering a distinctive South American culture.
No, there is no age limit, but if you are older, you should have a medical check-up before traveling and try to acclimate at altitude (see altitude sickness). Don’t worry; we are here to help you do it when there is a will. We have assisted people as young as seven and as old as 74 on numerous occasions.
Yes, you can change the departure but not the date of entry to the Citadel of Machu Picchu tickets are purchased well in advance; if you change the tour departure, your tour could become one of four or three days, depending on the program book. To avoid issues, please plan your trip to Peru and stay in Cusco for three or four days before departure. Please be aware that you will encounter people on this trip who are not your gender or nationality; as an agency, we cannot guarantee the gender and ethnicity of our visitors.
Our fantastic kitchen offers a wide selection of dishes in various flavors.
The type of breakfast depends on how complex the journey will be. Oatmeal, eggs, pancakes, bread, and jam are typical examples of the wide range of products available. Hot chocolate, coffee, English tea, and herbal teas (chamomile, lemongrass, tea, or conventional coca tea) are all options.
At lunch and dinner, always start with a bowl of soup before moving on to the main course (chicken, meat, fish, etc.). , with pasta or rice). Dessert and an herbal beverage round out the meal.
Refreshments (Happy Hour): After the hike, every day, there will be hot drinks, popcorn, cookies, bread and jam, chocolate, milo, etc.)
Before beginning the day’s hike, you will receive a piece of fruit, a chocolate bar, a packet of cookies, and some candy.
Options for vegetarian or unusual diets are available upon request.
Yes, we offer vegetarian food. Please specify your dietary needs when making your reservation.
We offer water that has been boiled for at least five minutes; water purification tablets are not required. Therefore, you only need a bottle of water for the first part, for Lunch, the first day, and then, from there, refill your bottles to Machu Picchu.
As a result of the modern man’s extreme height, only two people can fit in each of the four-person tents we use for our tours, giving each one more room and comfort. Unless a private tent is requested (additional payment for a single tent is $25), travelers traveling alone must share a tent with another person.
Whether or not to tip depends on how well each travel companion performed their job.
All hostels and hotels in Cusco have a storage room to keep the tourists’ belongings; to make this trip, you must leave it in place.
We have a shallow rate of people returning once the 5 Day Salkantay Trek has started. Our guides are well-trained, equipped with a first aid kit, and equipped with emergency oxygen because we want to successfully see you through the journey. You are in good hands.
In Cusco, we only have two seasons rainy for six months and dry for 06 months; the dry season starts in April and October; the days are usually sunny and warm, but keep in mind that the weather is very variable in the high and mountain towns, from November to March rainy days and many unstable months, where the rains can be heavy.
Note: Temperatures are for the Cusco Valley 3400m. And temperatures change depending on altitude (higher altitude = cold or vice versa).
The train included in all tours is the (Expedition Service); the schedules are the available spaces in the wagons once the agencies make the full payment. Salkantay Expeditions offers two trains with departure times of 14:55 and 15:20. Set up a taxi or bus ride to return to Cusco from Ollantaytambo.
Note: Trains are sometimes subject to change depending on Peru Rail train operators. If preferred, the train can be upgraded for better service at a premium cost.
You must arrive before Peru the Cusco City, where you will need a guide to show you the way as you complete your Salkantay trek adventure tours.
You’ll find the Salkantay trek one hundred twenty-eight kilometers northwest of Cusco. Trekking around Salkantay is an alternative to taking the Inca Trail because of its proximity to Machu Picchu.
You should bring a series of accessories for the trail. As a backpack that will be your companion during the five days of the tour, carry the following.
The Salkantay trek is approximately 72 kilometers distributed over five days and four nights through beautiful Cusco to reach Machu Picchu.
A five-day Salkantay trek is available for all adventurers visiting Cusco in 2023.
The best season for the Salkantay trek is during the dry season in Cusco, April and October.
No, the route is well-marked, and the experienced team you’ll be traveling with will make sure everything goes smoothly.
This is a five-day trek, where we will be going up and down trails for more than 53 kilometers in the known altitude of Salkantay Trail; for this reason, it is advisable to be prepared for the trek.
Training hard will not be necessary, but it does help to do cardiovascular exercises, such as walking three times a week for at least three months before the tour.
Additionally, getting used to Cusco’s altitude before the five days of the Salkantay Tour will be very beneficial.
You should know that the Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu ranges from moderate to challenging. Therefore, it is advised to be in good physical shape. Additionally, wearing sturdy hiking boots that are ideally already broken into your feet is recommended because it will make walking easier and trouble-free.
The best time to do the Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu with good weather is between April – October, as we have the presence of clear skies and smaller-scale rainfall. June and August, which is Andean winter, are typically the driest months. However, it is suggested to foresee the type of clothing to use during these months, because during the day you can enjoy the sun, while at night you can feel intense cold.
The environment you are in was the primary motivation behind our Salkantay trek. Five days of hiking are spent in a variety of hiking settings. On other trekking tours, the walk to Machu Picchu, the environment often remains the same, becoming monotonous. With the Salkantay trek, this is different.
With each step, the scenery shifts, and the mountains reveal something fresh: the billowing clouds, the breathtaking scenery, the towering mountains, and the friendly locals.
The Salkantay trail offers a unique opportunity for walking that is almost magical. All you need to do is stroll and take it all in. During your hike, you don’t need to consider many things and are not under any stress. Just relinquish yourself to the stroll.
You can book the Salkantay Trek by contacting us through the following website: KONDOR PATH TOURS or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All we need from you is your full name, birthdate, passport, or identity card number exactly as it appears on your document and the precise date of the excursion when filling out the reservation form. If you need help, please e-mail us at email@example.com with your questions.
Unfortunately, the best conditions are unavailable for the Salkantay trek, so it is not advised. All hikers can complete the Salkantay Majestic hike, but it is recommended to have knowledgeable, certified guides with you.
No, We refer to security in terms of being robbed, assaulted, or similar during the route. We heard before doing this route that it could be, but it is false. The most significant danger you face is the altitude, so I recommend you look at this altitude sickness guide.
Yes and no. You can complete the Salkantay trek after acclimatization and in reasonably good physical condition. It is a route that many people take, which can give you a clue that it is not about climbing the Himalayas. Still, it would be best to be realistic with your physical condition and, above all, with your acclimatization level.
Positively, yes. We strongly suggest you spend at least two or three days in Cusco. As much as it pains us all, beer is not water. Drink plenty of water, get plenty of rest, and go for some walks to gauge your progress. You are prepared for the adventure if you sense that your body responds more or less consistently, given that you are above 3500 meters above sea level.
The Salkantay Trek is an adventurous and well-liked alternative path to the renowned Incan citadel. This five-day trek offers breathtaking scenery and a distinctive cultural experience.
Set out on a captivating 5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu! Explore the great Inca sites, marvel at nature’s wonders, and witness breathtaking sunsets as you stroll through some of the most beautiful lands in Peru.
Avoiding Crowds: Compared to the Inca Trail, which can get crowded, the Salkantay Trek offers a more serene experience. You’ll have moments of solitude to connect with nature and the ancient ruins you encounter.
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Season 2023 – 2024
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Explore parts of Peru that only some people see on this five-day trek in the Salkantay Mountains! Hike through stunning terrain, meet friendly locals, and experience a lifetime of unforgettable memories.
Private tours are available and priced based on group size.
Get ready for the thrilling Salkantay trek, a five-day trip through some of Peru’s most breathtaking terrain. A must for adrenaline seekers!
PERU TRAINS By PeruRail / PER PERSON
+$40. Vistadome train (MACHUPICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO)
+$498.00 Hiram Bingham train (Inbound Journey: Train MACHUPICCHU – POROY)
+$75 Huayna Picchu
+$60 RE-ENTRY TO MACHU PICCHU
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Machu Picchu Fee
College students$25 off
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