Salkantay Trek + Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu – 6 Days

Price from: $ 850.00 USD (See: Price List)

Salkantay Trek + Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu – 6 Days

Price from: $ 850.00 USD (See: Price List)

If we go on the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, why not complete the adventure with the sacred Inca trail? This program is six days of hiking, zip lines, thermal baths, the Inka trail through km 104, and the lost citadel of the Incas.

Salkantay Trek plus Short Inca Trail with Machu Picchu 6 days

Hike to Salkantay + Premium Inca Trail 06 Days offers you one of the most fantastic expeditions in South America. On the way, you can appreciate the beautiful scenery of the Andes, the jungle, and Machu Picchu. This area’s microclimates are unique each day that your venture, and if you are looking for terrifying photographic views, this adventure is for you.

We believe that we have one of the best hiking combinations to present you with this improved tour package, sought after by visitors who return to the city of Cusco for more adventures. Book this adventure circuit with the best logistics team; We have the permits and authorizations to enter the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu by walking. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO VISIT SALKANTAY, FAMED FOR ITS DISTINCT BEAUTY AND INTRIGUINGLY MYSTERIOUS HISTORY.


Hiking Overview

Day 1: Cusco – Humantay Lake – Salkantay Pampa
Day 2: Salkantay-Pampa – Salkantay Pass – Collpapampa
Day 3: Collpapampa – Lucmabamba
Day 4: Lucmabamba – Llactapata – A.C Pueblo
Day 5: Premium Inca Trail – A.C. Pueblo
Day 6: Machu Picchu – Cusco


  • Hiking alongside the magnificent Salkantay Mt. to Machupicchu
  • Hike through a fascinating Andes highland to the jungle. Amazing Andes mountain scenery


Day 1: Hike to the Humantay lagoon with extension to the Salkantay Pampa camp

We start the trip from the city of Cusco at 05:00 in the morning to have adequate time to conquer the beautiful turquoise lagoon of Humantay. Then we continue the walk towards the base of the Salkantay mountain range, camping in Salkantay Pampa.

It is advisable to carry walking poles to obtain the walking balance of our athletic bodies. It is also essential to know that it is cold in the afternoon, So they must put on their daypacks and the appropriate coat to enjoy our trek through the Andes of Salkantay.

Short Data: 

  • At 05:30 am, pick up from your Hotel [CUSCO].
  • Private transfer to the trailhead “Soraypampa.”
  • Accommodation: Salkantay Pampa 4,154m/13,625ft. “highest point.”
  • Hiking Distance: 09 km/5.5 miles
  • Estimated duration: 05 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner.

Day 2: Conquer the Salkantay pass overlooking the snowy mountain and camping in Collpapampa

The beginning of the hike is pretty cold due to the breezes of the Salkantay. Around 9 am. At 10 am, the weather improves with solar radiation in this part of the mountain; walking rhythmically and slowly to conquer the Salkantay pass is essential. After only three hours of walking, we reached the top of the whole adventure; from the top, we will observe the two inter-Andean valleys with impressive panoramic views of the different colors of the Andes. The best souvenir photos are at the top of the pass; the rest of the walk is all descent for about five hours until we reach our base camp.

Most hikers come from different countries with current modernity; when we got to Salkantay mountain. We have a rustic and natural path in which we will find many stones of various sizes along the descent, for which we recommend walking poles and shoes with high ankles to have a suitable walk.

Description of the areas to pass in our trek today:

  1. Suyroccocha Lagoon
  2. Salkantay Pass.
  3. Huayracmachay.
  4. Cloud forest platforms (Andenes.)
  5. Challhuay
  6. Collpapampa

A summary of Chapter Two: 

  • Start of hiking: 05:30 am.
  • Hiking Distance: 22 Km /13.67 miles.
  • Estimated duration: 07-08 hours hike
  • Highest point: 4,640m / 15,200 feet “Salkantay Pass”
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging.
  • Accommodation: Collpapampa 2,870m/9,414 ft.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3: Explore the low forest or cloud forest from Collpapampa to La Playa with camp in Lucmabamba

The adventure is through the high jungle of the Andes, known as the cloud forest. From the beginning of the trek, we have a natural botanical garden. In the first hour of walking, we find natural thermal baths and forest fruits such as strawberries from the Andes; the walker can collect them to test them. The Totorayoc river will always accompany us; We will cross several streams and appreciate a beautiful waterfall before reaching Wiñay Poco.

From Wiñay Poco, we have avocado, passion fruit, and many organic coffee plantations classified as one of the best within the Cusco region, Peru. Hiking is one of the most pleasant for presenting stretches of varied scenic landscapes until we reach La Playa and our Lucmabamba camp.

Trek summary: 

  • Hiking Distance: 16km/9.9 miles.
  • Trail Duration: 05 hrs.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Accommodation: Lucmabamba  2,870m/ 9,414 ft. Lucma is a place of adventure, nature, fun, and excitement.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4: Walk the Inca Trail from Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes with the first view of Machu Picchu.

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

Walk summary: 

  • Trekking around the sub-tropical and rainforest
  • Trail distance: 16 km/9.92 miles
  • Estimated duration: 05-hour hike
  • Hiking from Lucmabamba to Llactapata – Hydro.
  • Train: Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Aguas Calientes overnight: Hotel***
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch “Hidroelectrica – local restaurant.”

Day 5: A Short moderate hike of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu from the other side of the mountain

We start the walk from Aguas Calientes, following the train track until we reach kilometer 104. We walk along with the short version of the Inca trail until we get to the ruins of Intipunku. In Intipunku, we have the other panoramic view of Machu Picchu, one of the most spectacular Inca citadels of Machu Picchu, with a view of Huayna Picchu, the impressive Urubamba River that surrounds the entire Inca citadel.

Important data: 

  1. Starting Altitude – 2100 meters/6900 feet.
  2. Highest Altitude – 2730m/8,792ft.
  3. Walking Distance – 16km / 9.9 miles
  4. Accommodation – 03 Star Hotel “A.C. Pueblo.”
  5. Difficulty – Moderate.

Day 6: Explore the seventh wonder of the world “Machu Picchu,” known as the lost Inca citadel of the Incas

We take an early breakfast at your Hotel; we board the bus service to the Historic Sanctuary of Machupicchu. We will visit the Inca citadel of Machupicchu, taking many photographs and videos to take the memories home to share with our families and friends. It’s two hours of orientation; In the afternoon, we will return to Cusco by train and private vehicle service; we will leave you at your Hotel’s door. Thank you for visiting the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu with the best support team.

Tour data: 

  • Bus up to Machu Picchu (by bus 25 minutes).
  • 02 hours Machu Picchu guided tour.
  • PM train return service to Cusco,
  • Difficulty: Easy.
  • Meals: Breakfast



  • Trek briefing with your Guide.
  • English-speaking official tourist guide.
  • Transport + driver.
  • Camping, Hotel [03 star – El Santurario Machu Picchu].
  • Excellent Meals (05 Breakfasts, 03 Box Lunch, 02 Lunches, 05 Dinners).
  • Peru Rail train from Hydro to A.C.
  • Inka Trail entrance fee.
  • Admission document to by SERNANP “National Service of Natural Protected Areas.”
  • First-aid kit.
  • Oxygen bottle.
  • 3 bus tickets from Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes town – Machupicchu.
  • Machu Picchu entrance ticket.
  • Machupicchu guided tour (02 hrs).
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Expedition).
  • All local taxes.

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Not include

  • Water.
  • Breakfast on Day-01, Dinner on day-06, Lunch on day-05
  • Tips.


  • 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 Facts

Frequently Asked Questions Salkantay Trekking

Is there an age limit for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

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.

Once I booked my place on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, can I change my departure date?

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 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.

What is the food like on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

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).

Do you offer vegetarian options on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

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

Is there drinking water on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

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.

How many people are in each tent?

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).

About tipping the workers?

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

Where do I have to store my luggage when I go on tour?

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.

What happens if I get sick and need to come back?

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).

What is the weather like in Salkantay Trekking?

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).

What is the Salkantay Trek train like?

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.

How to get to Salkantay Trek?

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.

Where is the Salkantay Trek located?

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.

What can I bring to the Salkantay Trek?

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 do you have to 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.

Will the Salkantay – Machu Picchu trek be available in 2023?

Yes, the five-day Salkantay trek is available for all adventurers who want to travel to Cusco in 2023.

What is the best season to do the Salkantay trek in 2023?

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

Is the Salkantay trek 2023 tour dangerous?

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

How much is physical fitness necessary to do the Salkantay Trek 2023?

This is a five-day trek, 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.

It will not be necessary to train hard, 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 couple of days acclimatizing to the Altitude of Cusco before the tour will help us greatly.

What is the level of difficulty of the Salkantay Trek?

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.

What time of the year is better for doing the Salkantay Trek?

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.

Why should you make the Salkantay trail?

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, isn’t it?

How can I book the Inca Trail or Salkantay?

You can book the Inca Trail by contacting us through the website or the following email 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

Can I do the Salkantay Trek by myself?

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 very well.

Is the Salkantay Trek dangerous?

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

Can anyone do the Salkantay Trek?

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 not about climbing the Himalayas. Still, it would be best if you were realistic with your physical condition and, above all, with your acclimatization level.

Do I need to acclimatize to do the Salkantay trek?

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.


Salkantay Trek plus Short Inca Trail with Machu Picchu 6 days

PRICES PER PERSON 2022 – 2023. Hiking tours are only open to your party.


$850 per person

Shared Group / A minimum of 03 people is required to open a new departure group. Walk with the KONDOR PATH TOURS!


  • 02 people US$ 1,200. “prices reduce if there are more people in your group.”
  • 03 people US$ 999.
  • 04 people US$ 920.
  • 05 people US$ 900.
  • 06 people US$ 880.
  • 07 people US$ 870
  • 08+ people US$ 850.

Private tours are available and priced based on group size.

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Our alternative hiking ends in Aguas Calientes. The last night we stayed in a hotel instead of camping. The 3-star Hotel does include the trek cost based on a shared room. If you want to improve the hotel category or other services, we have several options to choose from to upgrade the service at your request.


-$30 Book on your own “It is possible to reserve this excursion without a hotel.”

Gringo Bill’s Machupicchu
+$25. DBL/MATRIMONIAL | +$43 Suite

Inti Punku Machupicchu
+$25. Standard | +$33. Superior | +$39. Junior Suite | +$63. Senior Suite

Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu
+$29. Traditional | +$35. Superior | +$45. Suite

Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu
+$35. Standard SGL/DBL | +$80 Suite

Jaya Suite Machupicchu

El MaPi ByInkaterra
+$69. Superior Deluxe SGL or DBL | +$91. Suite SGL o DBL

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
+$244. Superior | +$271. Superior Deluxe |+$298. Junior Suite | +$389. Junior Suite Deluxe | +$488. Suite | +$555. Inkaterra Suite


By PeruRail / PER PERSON

+ $35 Vistadome train (MACHUPICCHU  – POROY) Outbound Journey
+ $50.00 Vistadome train (MACHUPICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO) + Transfer to Cusco from Ollantaytambo
+ $445.00 Hiram Bingham train (Train MACHUPICCHU – POROY) Inbound Journey


+$75 Huayna Picchu
+$75 Montaña

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This applies to the following services
Machu Picchu Fee

College & students$25 off

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