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Salkantay Trek + Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu – 5 Days
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Salkantay Trek + Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu – 5 Days
Tour Type
Hiking & Camping Tours
Salkantay Trek + Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu – 5 Days
Maximun Altitude
4,630m (15,190 ft.)
Salkantay Trek + Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu – 5 Days
Physical Level
Salkantay Trek + Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu – 5 Days
Recommended Season
March to December

Salkantay Trek + Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu – 5 Days

Price from: $ 467.00 USD (See: Pricing)

Ready to book your next adventure? Embark on a 5-day Short Inca Trail Trek via the Salkantay Trek and experience an unforgettable journey through Peru’s mountains, snow-capped peaks, and ruins!

Tour Plan: Cusco | Soraypampa | Horseback | Salkantay Pass | Cocalmayo Hot Spring | Santa Teresa | Lucmabamba Inca Trail | Machupicchu Pueblo | Km 104 | Short Inca Trail Hike | Sun Gate | Machu Picchu Ruins | Cusco | Llactoc | Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain

Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail

Salkantay Trek Short Inca Trail 5 Days: Great expeditions in Peru, South America, through the Salkantay mountain range towards the incredible short Inca trail to Machu Picchu, conquer the Salkantay and Intipunko passes for a unique adventure through remote hiking trails.

Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail – Discover the ancient trails of Peru and explore the legendary Salkantay Short Inca Trail Trek in this five-day adventure. Experience the beauty of what was once home to the Inca Empire!

If you’re looking for an adventure of a lifetime, the Salkantay Trek and Short Inca Trail combo in Peru is a must-do. This guide will give you all the information to plan your trip, including what to expect on the trek, how to prepare, and what to pack. Get ready for breathtaking views, challenging hikes, and unforgettable memories.

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Salkantay Trek Short Inca Trail 5 Days Overview

Experience the best of both worlds with our Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail package. This 5-day adventure takes you through the stunning Andes Mountains, past glaciers, lakes, and snow-capped peaks, before leading you to the iconic Machu Picchu via the lesser-known but equally beautiful than the Short Inca Trail.

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Salkantay Trek Short Inca Trail 5 Days 

  • DAY 1: Cusco – Salkantay Adventure – Cocalmayo Hot Springs
    • Horseback riding tour from Soraypampa to the Salkantay Pass
    • Hike from Salkantay Pass to Challway
    • Enjoy the thermal baths of Cocalmayo near Santa Teresa.
  • DAY 2: Santa Teresa – Lucmabamba Trek – Aguas Calientes
    • Trek the Inca Trail of Lucmabamba with a view of Machu Picchu Ruins
  • DAY 3: Machupicchu Pueblo – KM 104 – Inca Sun Gate
    • Trek the Short Inca Trail from Machupicchu Pueblo
  • DAY 4: Machu Picchu Ruins Tour – Return to Cusco
  • DAY 5: Nice walk to the Rainbow Mountain of Peru
Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail Highlights
  • Conquer the challenging Andes Trek in just five days! See Peru’s majestic beauty while trekking along the Salkantay Trek with the Short Inca Trail – a journey of breathtaking views and great cultural sites.
  • Experience the legendary Salkantay route, considered one of the best treks in South America! Take an unforgettable journey on this Salkantay Trek Short Inca Trail 5 Days with our experienced Kondor Path guides.


Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail Itinerary 

Embarking on the Salkantay Trek plus Short Inca Trail is a transformative experience that will stay etched in your heart forever. This extraordinary expedition allows you to witness the unparalleled beauty of the Andes and provides an intimate connection with the ancient Inca civilization.

You’ll feel a profound sense of awe and wonder as you traverse the rugged terrains, breathe in the crisp mountain air, and soak in the breathtaking panoramas. The magic of the Andes will inspire you, and the allure of Machu Picchu will captivate your soul.

But this hiking adventure is more than just physical challenges and scenic landscapes. It’s about immersing yourself in the Andean communities’ rich culture and understanding the Inca people’s legacy. It’s about recognizing the importance of responsible travel and preserving the natural wonders that this planet has gifted us.

So, if you seek adventure, exploration, and an opportunity to reconnect with nature and history, the Salkantay Trek connecting to the Short Inca Trail awaits you with open arms.



  • Cusco Hotel: Pick-up time and departure to the trip: 04:30
  • Travel time from Cusco to Soraypampa: 3 hours
  • Arrival time in Soraypampa: 08:00; “adventure start”
ACTIVITIES: Salkantay Trek Tour in Peru
  • The first light walk from the Soraypampa parking lot to the Soraypampa ranch is 30 minutes.
    • Soraypampa elevation: 3,930 meters/12,893 feet.
  • At 08:30, horse service for Horseback riding from Soraypampa to the Salkantay Pass
    • Riding time: 2.5 hours
    • Arrival time on Horseback to the Salkantay Pass: approximately 11:30.
    • Salkantay Pass Elevation: 4,638 meters/ 15,213 feet.
  • HIKE from Salkantay Pass to Challway
    • Trekking time to Challway from Salkantay Pass: Around 5 hours, 13.7 km/8.5 miles
    • Arrival at Challway: approximately 17:00.
    • Hike Type: Stony: Walking shoes are recommended.
    • Hiking Difficulty: Challenging
    • Challway Elevation: 2,870 meters/ 9,414 feet.
  • At 17:30 Hrs. Local shuttle from Challway to Santa Teresa and Cocalmayo Hot Springs: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Enjoy the thermal baths of Cocalmayo for 1 hour
  • Overnight in Santa Teresa: 2-star local hotel
    • Elevation of Santa Teresa: 1,575 meters/5,167 feet.
  • Food:
    • Box lunch
    • Dinner.

The spectacular Journey through the Peruvian Andes of the Salkantay mountain range begins at 04:30 as we depart Cusco, heading northwest toward Soraypampa. We already have our first glimpses of the snow-capped Salkantay in Soraypampa after only a 30-minute walk from our starting point.

HORSEBACK: To have a magnificent experience through the Peruvian Andes and to conserve energy for the remote walk that awaits us on the second leg of the adventure, we ride a horse from SORAYPAMPA to the Salkantay Pass. We will ride for about 2.5 hours.

HIKING: Take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Salkantay Pass and its stunning mountain range. Following individual and group photos, we begin the hike from the Salkantay mountain pass to the nearby Challhuay community; then, we travel by local transport to Santa Teresa to spend our first night in the cloud forest and near the Cocalmayo hot springs.

  • A pair of walking sticks are advised because the mountain’s descent takes five hours.

1BL, 1D.

Physical Level

5, Challenging

Walking Distance

13.7km (8.5 miles)

Hiking Time

5 Hrs.

Starting Altitude

Soraypampa: 3,923m (12,870 ft)

Minimun Altitude

Challway: 2,829m (9,281 ft)

Highest Altitude

Salkantay Pass: 4,630m (15,190 ft)



Tour Activities
  • 05:30 Local transportation service from Santa Teresa to Lucmabamba
    • 40-minute ride
  • 06:20, time for local organic breakfast in Lucmabamba community
  • 07:00, the start of the walk along the Inca Trail of Lucmabamba to Machupicchu Pueblo.
    • 03 hours of hiking from the community of Lucmabamba to the Lucmabamba pass “uphill.
    • 02 hours of hiking from Lucmabamba pass to Hidroeléctrica: Downhill path
    • 02 hours and 40 minutes of walking from Hidroeléctrica to Aguas Calientes: Semi-flat trail following the train tracks with incredible views of Machu Picchu
  • 11:00, lunch with a panoramic view of Machu Picchu from the Inca ruins of Llactapata.
  • Hiking distance: 22 km / 6.3 miles.
  • Trekking duration: 8 hours
  • Hiking Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

After a good night’s sleep, we have breakfast with a good view of the cloud forest so that later we board a local bus to take us to the beginning of the Inca Trail of Lucmabamba.


We ascend the Inca trail of Lucmabamba gradually through red coffee plantations. We will have the chance to watch the organic coffee production process.

We have about 3 hours of arduous hiking before arriving at the Lucamabamba Pass, one of the best mountain passes for having a dense forest. From the Lucmabamba mountain, take the breathtaking panoramic views of Machu Picchu.

After taking several photos of Machu Picchu from a distance and exploring the Llactapata ruins, we hike descending towards the Aobamba Valley to head towards the Hidroelectrica train station to board the local train service to arrive at Machu Picchu Pueblo.


1B, 1L.

Physical Level

3, Demanding

Walking Distance

22 km (6.3 miles)

Hiking Time

8 Hrs.

Starting Altitude

Lucmabamba Town: 2,017m (6,617 ft)

Minimun Altitude

Hidroelectrica 1,811m (5,941 ft)

Highest Altitude

Lucmabamba Pass: 2,814m (9,232 ft)




  • 05:30 starting time of the trek from Machupicchu Pueblo.
  • Hiking distance: 16 km/9.9 miles
    • 1st hiking section: 2 hours of walking from Machupicchu Pueblo to KM 104 (Main Gate of the Short Inca Trail)
    • 2nd. Hiking section: 5 hours of walking from Km 104 to Inti Punku ruins or Puerta del Sol – Enjoy the classic view of Machu Picchu
  • Total hiking time: 7 hours.
  • Hiking Difficulty: Challenging – Moderate.
  • Highest hiking place: Inti Punku – The Sun Gate: 2700meter /8540 feet
  • Meals: Box lunch
  • 01 bus service ticket from Machu Picchu ruins to Machupicchu Pueblo.

Today, we enter the Inca road network and the short Inca Trail; at 05:30 in the morning, we start the hike from Machu Picchu Pueblo, following the train line for 1 hour and a half until we reach the 104 km of the railway and go to the control of the Short Inca Trail to get Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary.

On our second HIKE trail, we hike for 3 hours, climbing the mountain until we reach the ruins of Wiñaywayna. The views and beautiful scenery inspire all the explorers to have a memorable holiday in South America.

The remaining two hours of hiking from the Wiaywayna ruins are on a semi-flat trail. The view of Machu Picchu from the other end of the Inca citadel is breathtaking once travelers reach the Inti Punku Pass. After taking iconic pictures of Machu Picchu from the classic viewpoint, we must board the bus to Machu Picchu Pueblo.



Physical Level

4, Intense

Walking Distance

16km (9.9 miles)

Hiking Time

7 Hrs.

Starting Altitude

Machu Picchu Pueblo: 2,065m (6,774 ft)

Minimun Altitude

Machu Picchu Ruins: 2,400m (7,874 ft)

Highest Altitude

Inti Pinku: 2,720m (8,920 ft)



  • Machu Picchu bus service “up and down
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu in the morning: Explore the enigmatic Inca stone citadel.
    • Two-hour guided tour.
  • In the afternoon, return to Cusco via the Ollantaytambo train station.
Train service information: Inbound Journey
  • Train company: INCA RAIL
  • Service: MACHU PICCHU  to OLLANTAYTAMBO (1 hour and 50 minutes of train ride).
  • Class: The Voyager 44
  • Train Departure: 14:30
  • At Station: 14:00 – Otherwise, you may not be allowed to board.
  • Ollantaytambo arrival: 16:04
  • Cusco arrival by transport: 17:50

When you get to the OLLANTAYTAMBO train station, Be met at the train arrivals area. Look for a KONDOR PATH TOURS sign with your name on it.” Group name: Salkantay Trek Short Inca Trail 5 Days

Enjoy the guided tour of Machu Picchu for about 2 hours, with time to take photos and videos and ask questions. Our guided tour is through the Inca citadels through circuit number 5. If clients need to enter a second time, they must buy a new ticket and “book it in advance.”

CUSCO HOTEL: By customers.


Physical Level

1, Easy

Walking Distance

A light walk

Hiking Time

2-hour guided tour

Starting Altitude

Machu Picchu Pueblo: 2,065m (6,774 ft)

Minimun Altitude

Machu Picchu Ruins: 2,400m (7,874 ft)

Highest Altitude

Cusco: 3,350m (10,990 ft)



After the adventure of the Salkantay trek and the Short Inca Trail, enjoy the walk to the RAINBOW MOUNTAINS OF VINICUNCA south of Cusco.

We leave Cusco at 5:30 a.m. and travel three hours south to the Ausangate Andes, where we will embark on a vibrant hiking excursion through the Winikunca Valley. NOTE: If the group of visitors needs to leave at 6 to 8 a.m., we will organize it with great pleasure.

The hike to the summit of Rainbow Mountain takes about 70 minutes one way. Enjoy the scenic views for about 30 minutes while standing atop the vibrant mountain and taking all the pictures. The descent on the way back only requires 35 minutes of easy walking.

Painted Info
  1. Pick up and land trip: At 5:30 hrs.
  2. Travel distance: 3 hours “start of the trek”
  3. Tour start elevation: Llaqtoc 4,900 meters / 16,076 feet.
  4. Total walking time: 100 minutes
  5. Walking distance: 7 km/ 4.3 miles
  6. Pass Elevation: 5,100 meters / 16,732 feet.
  7. Difficulty: Challenging – Moderate
  8. Return time to Cusco City: 15:00 hrs. and 16:30 hrs.

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Box Lunch

Physical Level

5, Challenging

Walking Distance

7km (4.3 miles)

Hiking Time


Starting Altitude

Llactoq: 4,900m (16,076 ft)

Minimun Altitude

Llactoq: 4,900m (16,076 ft)

Highest Altitude

Rainbow Pass: 5,100m (16,732 ft)


Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail INCLUSION

  • A spectacular journey through the Salkantay mountain range and the Andes towards the Short Inca Trail in Peru
  • Briefing: At 18:00 Hrs, one day before starting the trek, at the reception where the explorers stay.
  • Active itinerary with incredible scenic features and experiences
  • Local guide from Cusco fluent in English with extensive experience in adventure
    • Private transfer service from Cusco to Soraypampa “beginning of the expedition.”
    • Entrance ticket:
      • Salkantay circuit.
      • Thermal baths of Cocalmayo for 01 hour
    • Saddle horse service to ride between Soraypampa to the Salkantay Pass “2.5 Hrs”. One horse per visitor.
    • Aluminum portable oxygen and first aid kit
    • After the experience of the Salkantay trail! Local transportation service from the community of Challway to Santa Teresa and Cocalmayo.
    • Food:
      • Box lunch
      • Dinner
    • Santa Teresa overnight: 2-star hotel.
    • Local transportation from Santa Teresa to the community of Lucmabamba
    • Feeding:
      • Breakfast with organic coffee produced in the area.
      • Lunch in Llactapata with a panoramic view of Machu Picchu.
    • Entrance ticket to the Short Inca Trail with official entry annex to the Inca trail network.
    • Food: Organic Box Lunch “Green Planet”
    • Bus service down to Machupicchu Pueblo
    • Bus service to go up and down from Machu Picchu.
    • At 08:00, entrance tickets to MACHU PICCHU via CIRCUIT 5 “the tickets of the Short Inca Trail are used to enter Machu Picchu.” The entrance ticket is valid exclusively for the date, route, and time printed on it. The entrance ticket is personal and non-transferable.
    • 02 hours of guided tour in Machu Picchu
      • NOTE: THERE IS NO FREE TIME INSIDE MACHU PICCHU. New regulations of Machu Picchu. If the explorers need to re-enter or spend more hours inside Machu Picchu, they must buy a new ticket.
    • TRAIN back to Cusco
      • Railway company: Inca Rail
      • Travel route: MACHU PICCHU to OLLANTAYTAMBO
      • Class: Voyager 44.
      • Departure time at 14:30
    • Private transfer service from the Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco, we leave the clients in their respective hotels.
    • Entrance ticket to the Rainbow Mountains of Vinicunca.
    • Lunch: Box lunch “no box lunch is repeated”
    • A portable oxygen cylinder and a first aid kit, “just in case due to the presence of the high altitude of the
    • Andes.”
  • All local Peruvian taxes.

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Salkantay Trek Short Inca Trail 5 Days NO INCLUSION

  • Hotels, Hostels, Airbnb, or Lodges for stays in CUSCO AND AGUAS CALIENTES
  • At 16:35: Train from Hydro to Aguas Calientes by PERURAIL: Service: HYDROELECTRIC to MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO
  • Meals should have been described in the itinerary.
  • Water for each day of the walk, minimum 02 liters per day, or depending on the amount of water drunk on long walks, “there are rustic stores in different parts of the walk and several natural streams.”
  • Energy snacks such as chocolate bars and dried fruits will be handy.
  • Tips: Tour Guides and Driver.

Salkantay Trek Short Inca Trail 5 Days Bring

  • A good daypack: Eagle Creek Afar Backpack or an appropriate pack (carry your personal belongings)
  • Original passport.
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
  • 03 pairs of Trekking pants, “not jeans,” 01 hiking, and one kind of cotton are enough.
  • 01 rain jacket.
  • 01 warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves/scarf and woolen hat for cold nights)
  • 02 t-shirts, 02 long sleeve shirts
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray with 30% DEET.
  • Water.
  • Camera and film.
  • 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!
  • Medication (Imodium).
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Something to read in the evenings
  • Extra money.

Travel Guide

FACTS of Salkantay Trek Short Inca Trail 5 Days

Take all the breathtaking views of Peru that the Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail Trek offers in just five days. From Machu Picchu to the snow-capped peaks, along with an unforgettable adventure with Kondor Path Tours!

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). We have had children as young as seven years old and people up to 68 years old many times. Don’t worry; we are here to help you do it! When there is a will, if possible.

You can change the departure but not the entry date to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Tickets are purchased well in advance; if you change the hiking departure, your tour could become one of four or three days, depending on the program book. Remember to schedule your trip to Peru in advance to avoid problems and stay in Cusco 3 or 4 days before the trip). Please note that on this trip, you will meet people of different gender and nationality than yours; we are an agency that cannot guarantee the gender and ethnicity of our tourists.

We have an excellent kitchen that offers a fantastic variety of dishes:

Breakfast: Varies depending on the difficulty of the Journey ahead. Usually, a wide selection of products: oatmeal, eggs, pancakes, bread, and jam. You can have hot chocolate, coffee, English tea, and herbal tea (chamomile, lemongrass, tea, or traditional coca).

Lunch and dinner: always have a bowl of soup followed by a main course (chicken, meat, fish, etc., with rice or pasta). This is followed by dessert and a herbal drink for good.

Refreshments (Happy Hour): After the hike, every day, there will be hot drinks, popcorn, cookies, bread and jam, chocolate, milo, etc., etc. etc.).

Snacks: Before starting the hike for the day, you will be given – a piece of fruit, a chocolate bar, a packet of cookies, and some candy.

Vegetarian/unique diet options are available upon request (see below).

Yes, we offer vegetarian food. Please specify your dietary needs when making your reservation.

Yes, we provide water previously boiled for at least 5 minutes (water purification tablets are unnecessary). 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.

The tents for all our tours are for four people, but the modern man is very tall, and only two people fit in each tent, which allows more space and comfort. If you are traveling alone, you must share the tent with another person unless you request a private tent (single tent $25).

Tipping is a personal decision, depending on the job performance of each person accompanying you on this trip.

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 trip has started. Our priority is to help you complete the Journey; our guides are well-trained and have a first aid kit and emergency oxygen. Please don’t think this (that 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. 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. The first train can be taken at 18:20 hours and the last at 22:50 hours: Salkantay Expeditions. Arrange transportation back to Cusco (by cab or bus).

Note: Trains are sometimes subject to change depending on Peru Rail train operators. If desired, the train can be modified for a better service with a corresponding price increase.

You must arrive before the city of Cusco, where it will be necessary to go with a guide to direct the way to make your adventure tours of Salkantay treks.

The Salkantay trek is located in Cusco, about 60 km northwest of Cusco. The proximity of Salkantay to Machu Picchu makes trekking around it an alternative to the Inca Trail.

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.

  • Light and warm clothes
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Hat
  • Plastic poncho.
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs
  • Towel.
  • Water bottle.
  • Gloves for the cold.
  • Walking sticks
  • Flashlight.
  • Binoculars.
  • Personal toiletries
  • Camera.
  • Personal documents
  • Insect repellent and sunblock
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Disposable tissues.
  • Cash.
  • Personal medications.
  • Snacks.
  • How many kilometers must you travel on tour to reach Machu Picchu?

The Salkantay trek is approximately 72 kilometers distributed over five days and four nights through beautiful Cusco to reach Machu Picchu.

The five-day Salkantay trek is available for all adventurers traveling to Cusco in 2023.

The best season for the Salkantay trek is during the dry season in Cusco, April and October.

No, the route is signposted, and the professional team you will travel with will ensure no incidents occur.

The Salkantay Trek Short Inca Trail 5 Days, where we will be going up and down trails for more than 70 kilometers in the known Altitude of Cusco; 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.

Also, spending a few days acclimatizing to the Altitude of Cusco before the tour will help us greatly.

To do the Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu, you should know that the level of trekking varies from moderate to complex. Therefore, it is recommended to be in good physical condition. In addition, it is recommended to use good trekking shoes, preferably that they are already molded to your feet; this will facilitate the walk and will not have any problems.

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. Mainly the driest months are between June – August, which is winter in the Andes. 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 number 1 reason we did the Salkantay trek was the environment you are in. You hike for five days in very different backgrounds. On other trekking tours, the walk to Machu Picchu, the environment often remains the same, becoming monotonous. This is not the case with the Salkantay trek at all.

With each step, the landscape changes, and the mountains reveal something new: the rolling clouds, the breathtaking terrain, the towering mountains, and the smiling locals.

There is something magical about walking in the area on the Salkantay trail. All you have to do is walk and enjoy. You have no stress, and there are not many things you must think about during your hike. Just enjoy the walk. Great.

You can book the Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail by contacting us through the website or emailing info@kondorpathtours.com. You only need to fill out the reservation form and provide us with your personal information, such as full name, date of birth, Passport or Identity Card number precisely as indicated in your document, and the exact date of the excursion. Otherwise, please send your inquiry to our email info@kondorpathtours.com.

Salkantay trek It is not recommended because the conditions are not the best. The Salkantay Majestic hike is accessible to all hikers, but it is recommended to be accompanied by certified expert guides who know the trail well.

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. Altitude is your greatest danger, so I recommend you look at this altitude sickness guide.

Yes and no. Acclimatized and in relatively good shape, I can do the Salkantay trek. It is a route that many people take, which can give you a clue that it is about something other than climbing the Himalayas. Still, it would be best to be realistic with your physical condition and, above all, with your acclimatization level.

Yes, absolutely, yes. We recommend that you spend at least two or three days in Cusco. Drink plenty of water (as much as it bothers us all; beer is not water), get plenty of rest, and take some walks to measure yourself. If you feel that your body reacts in a more or less usual way (considering that you are at more than 3500 meters above sea level), you are ready for the adventure.

What’s it like

  • Make your next adventure a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with the Salkantay Hike connecting the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! Trek along the majestic Salkantay Mountains, photograph breathtaking views, and explore ancient Inca sites.
  • Take the rugged Salkantay Trail on a 5-day Salkantay plus the Short Inca Trail Trek! Explore great sites like Llactapata, Huayra Punku, and Machu Picchu on an unforgettable journey.
  • Tackle one of Peru’s most famous treks on this 5-day Short Inca Trail Salkantay Trek! On this adventurous excursion, experience the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and the stunning beauty of the snowy Salkantay mountain range.
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Salkantay Trek Short Inca Trail 5 Days COST

Season 2023 – 2024

Number of persons Price per person
2 $ 899.00 USD
3 $ 751.00 USD
4 $ 446.00 USD
5 $ 596.00 USD
6 $ 551.00 USD
7 $ 520.00 USD
8 $ 501.00 USD
9 $ 482.00 USD
10 $ 467.00 USD

Explore South America’s magical landscapes on the Salkantay Short Inca Trail Trek! Our experienced guides will lead you through five days of thrilling beauty in Peru’s highlands. Let’s go!

Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail Upgrade



+$40. Vistadome train (MACHUPICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO)
+$498.00 Hiram Bingham train (Inbound Journey: Train MACHUPICCHU – POROY)


+$75 Huayna Picchu
+$75 Montaña

Salkantay Trek Short Inca Trail 5 Days Discounts 

This applies to the following services
Machu Picchu Fee

College students$25 off

RECOMMENDATION of Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail

  • Due to the new regulation, the entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu, remember that from January 01, 2023, the tickets have a specific entry time: 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, and 14:00.
  • Tickets can only be used once a day from the chosen time.

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 07:00.
    • 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 is that tour guides can only enter Machupicchu 3 times a day.
  • The archaeological site is open from 06:00 am to 17:20

Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail 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 in 2023
    • AM visit between 06:00 am at 12:00 am.
    • PM visits between 12:00 noon and 05:20 pm.



Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail – Ready to explore Peru uniquely? Go off the beaten path with a 5-day trek along the breathtaking Salkantay Trail as part of a Short Inca Trail Trek!

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Salkantay Trek Short Inca Trail 5 Days

Salkantay Trek Short Inca Trail 5 Days

Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail

Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail

Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail

Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail

Kristi V
Kristi V
Alittle bit of everything We had a last minute change of plans when it came to our tour. We were supposed to visit the rainbow mountain but with the recent protesting we called to see if we could change last minute and they were very accommodating. Odon and Fernando were amazing! They took us to see multiple attractions and made us feel very at home. And kudos to Renee for the amazing driving. I would highly recommend using this company for a tour. We will definitely use them if we ever come back!
Anthony O
Anthony O
Atv Tour Odin and Fernando were great as well as our driver Rene. Very informative about the city of Cusco. Enjoyed our tour with this company and these individuals who took us around. Great time! Highly recommend!!!
Family vacation Kondor path tours arranged a couple of private tours on our last vacation in Peru. Our first tour was the Rainbow Mountains and the next day we did the sacred Valley Tour.The administrative services were excellent, we met at our hotel the day before our tours and our head guide, Fredy, explained everything perfectly, including what to wear and bring for each tour. On the tour days, our guides (Fredy and Juan Carlos) and driver (Juan Carlos) were great! very knowledgeable, considerate about our party, always helpful and ready to answer questions and meet the expectations (completely different expectations because we had different ages in our party (from 11 to 69 years)) of each party member.The rainbow mountain is awesome and is is really helpful to go with a guide that knows about the area, but also about hiking!!!
Excellent guide who stays with you for the entire day The Vinicunca one-day horse tour was fantastic. The friendly and informative Freddy guided us for the entire bus ride and mountain trek. He knew where to stand to get the best photos and made everything fun and accommodating. The horse ride up made it much easier to enjoy the final hike. Lunch was large and tasty. Door to door service.
Awesome Service and Tours Fernando and Patricia were SUPER responsive - usually responded to emails within 10 minutes!!. The arrangements they made for Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and surrounding areas were awesome.They were waiting for us at the airport and did everything we asked them. Our guide for the four days was Herberth and driver was Juan Carlos. Both were SUPER SUPER great. Juan Carlos was such an amazingly pleasant driver with cute stories. He also was a very safe driver. Herberth was very knowledgable and helpful. Took us all over the places with details about the history and details. We had friends who were not able to climb much and they accommodated us all.On the day we had planned to do rainbow mountain we did not feel great and emailed Fernando at 5am and he responded within 5 minutes with other options for us to do that day. Overall, if you are going to Peru and want to visit the historic sites, you SHOULD go with these people. They are SUPERB!!
Great memories for our family We went for a tour to the rainbow mountain, service was excellent and then we decided to go for another tour on the next day to the sacred valley, it was also excellent. Our guide was Fredy and our driver was Juan Carlos, two excellent people, honest and respectful. I recommend them. Gracias por todo, lo pasamos increíble.
Rainbow Trek and Horseback Riding A group of 7 of us did a One Day Rainbow Trek and Horseback Riding. Freddy was our guide and he was prompt and with us every moment of the journey. They were so accommodating to move the debrief meeting the night before because we had a food tour that evening. Freddy had so much energy, knowledge, and excitement to share with us about his native homeland. In addition, he made sure that we were well taken care of when one of us was actually sick from the altitude. It was such an amazing experience and Freddy made sure we got the best of it. Thank you! Highly recommend Kondor Path Tours.
Ido I
Ido I
MachuPicchu trek We had an amazing experience with the one day trek and the day after visit to the MachuPicchu site with Hober Guia, this guide is very knowledgeable of the history and culture, patient and kind and took care of all of our needs. The tour was arranged perfectly taking care of all small details. Very much recommend!
Maras Moray hike We recently did this hike with Bonnet. She was a highly experienced guide. V good English. Judged our ability well and made for a great day out.
MachuPicchu and Rainbow Moutain We worked with Kondor Path for two tours, of Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain. Everything they did was well organized, well documented, well communicated. The two guides and the driver were great, very friendly and knowledgeable. All were bilingual (English and Spanish). At Rainbow Mountain we rode horses to the base of the really steep part of the mountain (this saved some 7 km of hiking). But that last part was quite difficult! I'm glad I had prepared and gotten conditioned.
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