Salkantay Trek 3 Days to Machu Picchu

Price from: $ 535.00 USD (See: Price List)

Salkantay Trek 3 Days to Machu Picchu

Price from: $ 535.00 USD (See: Price List)

Take on the challenge of the 3-day Salkantay Trek and explore Peru’s spectacular scenery. Our comprehensive itinerary includes everything you need to know for a successful trek.

Spectacular 3 Day Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek 3 Days – an adventure through the Andes of Peru via the Salkantay mountains to enter the cloud forest of Lucmabamba, Hidroelectrica, and live the experience of visiting the enigmatic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu

The Salkantay 3 Day Trek adventure tourist circuit is an active exploration itinerary. It has incredible panoramic views of the Andes. Experience some of South America’s most breathtaking views. Join us for unforgettable memories in the Andes!

Live unexpected EXPERIENCES in the Andes that will never be repeated! Explore unique TOURS & HIKES with deep spiritual meaning. Connect with nature and awaken your senses to a new world, “Including meditation and ritual to Mother Nature with Coca leaves.”


Salkantay Trek 3 Days OVERVIEW

Enjoy nature and wander through stunning snow-capped peaks with a three-day trekking adventure across the awe-inspiring Salkantay Trek in Peru!

Is the 3 Day Salkantay Trek right for me?

Explore the hidden gems of Peru on a 3-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – stunning mountain views, wildflowers, and the opportunity for adventure await!


Day 1: Travel: Cusco – Soraypampa: Horseback Riding to the Salkantay Pass and Hike to Challway
Day 2: Local trip to Lucmabamba: Hike the Inca Trail “PM train trip to Machu Picchu Pueblo.”
Day 3: In the morning, a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu, then return to Cusco.

The Salkantay Trek has become one of Peru’s most popular trails – check out this itinerary for the best 3-day trip, full of stunning nature views.

Salkantay Trek 3 Days 2 Nights HIGHLIGHTS

  • Take a journey through ancient ruins, and breathtaking mountain passes on the 3-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu ruins. Get ready to see some of Peru’s most spectacular landscape views!
  • Want to explore the stunning Peruvian landscape? Discover Peru’s hidden gems on a three-day trek through the picturesque Salkantay mountain range.
  • Witness the stunning beauty of the Andes while you experience one of Peru’s most famous treks: the 3-Day Salkantay Trek. Unforgettable views await here!

Why you will love this Salkantay 3 Days

  • Explore the Salkantay 3 Day Trek in all its astonishment
  • We are direct operators in the adventure of Salkantay Trek 3 Days; you will always be hiking with Kondor Path Tour.
  • Add life to your days, not days to your life. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
  • Seek adventure, then open your mind. Salkantay: Dramatic, Glaciated Peaks & Cloud Forests & Alpine Valleys


Salkantay Trek 3 Days ITINERARY 


Meeting our local guide, who knows the entire tourist circuit of the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 3 days, is essential. Our adventure guide gives all the recommendations to enjoy the whole experience around the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu buffer zone. THE BRIEFING IS AT 06:00 pm one day before starting the tour at the reception of the visitors’ hotel. All questions are welcome, and we will answer all of them.

Day 01: Cusco – Salkantay Pass – Challway

Trip from Cusco to Soraypampa “beginning of the adventure” – Horseback riding from Soraypampa to the Salkantay Pass plus Hike to Challway

It is essential to mention that the backpack to carry your things must have an adequate weight for each hiker. THE LESS WEIGHT, the greater the enjoyment of the adventure because each hiker carries their adventurous backpack.

WE LEAVE CUSCO in our vehicle at 05:00, neither too early nor too late, heading northwest to reach the town of Mollepata and continue the trip to SORAYPAMPA. The adventure activities start at 08:40, the experience of riding a horse through the Andes to Salkantay Pass.

THE HORSEBACK TOUR is to save time and reach our goal, CHALLWAY. We ride the horses between SORAYPAMPA, passing Salkantay Pampa to SUYROCCOCHA and the Salkantay Pass, “02 and a half hours of horseback riding approximately”.

  • CONQUER THE SALKANTAY PASS by horse. At the top of Salkantay, we take group photos, independent photos, etc.
  • Then: WE BEGIN THE 05 HOURS OF DESCENT TO CHALLHUAY FROM THE SALKANTAY PASS. The entire descent is rocky; there are so many innumerable stones. Therefore, we recommend excellent ankle-support walking shoes and poles to stabilize the walker and put less pressure on the legs. In this way, we better enjoy our adventure by entering the cloud forest.

If the sky is clear, we can see some shooting stars combined with the snowy peaks of the Salkantay mountain range, or we can also see the southern cross with the milky way. Even so, a night full of stars is incredible for our experience in the foothills of Salkantay.

SUMMARY of Salkantay Pass to Challway
  • At 05:00 am, pick up from your hotel [CUSCO].
  • Travel time from Cusco to Soraypampa: 3 hours
  • Soraypampa elevation: 3,930 meters/12,893
    • Horseback riding distance from Soraypampa to the Salkantay Pass: 2.5 hrs. 
    • Trek distance FROM Salkantay Pass to Challway: 13.7 km/8.5 miles: 5 hrs. 
  • Salkantay Pass elevation: 4,638 m / 15,213 feet
  • Salkantay trek difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
  • Accommodation: Challway Local Lodge 2,870 meters/ 9,414 feet.
  • Meals: Box Lunch, Dinner.

Day 02: Challway – Machu Picchu Pueblo

A local trip between Challway to Lucmabamba, from Lucmabamba, trek the Inca Trail to Hidroelectrica. In the afternoon, travel to Machu Pichu Pueblo by train!

At 6 in the morning, after breakfast, we board a local transport to get to Lucamabamba “40 minutes by car”. In Lucmabamba, we start the Lucamabamba Inca Trail through coffee plantations, beautiful scenic views, and local farmhouses.

Once we conquer the Lucmabamba Pass, we find the first panoramic views of the beautiful Inca citadel of Machu Picchu at a distance or from the natural viewpoint of the Llactapata ruins. Enjoy the guided tour of the Llactapata ruins and continue walking down the mountain until we reach the Hidroeléctrica train station.

We board the train service to Machu Picchu Pueblo for a 30-minute train ride in the afternoon. We have a three-star hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo to spend the night.

Brief description of Challway to Machu Picchu
  • Breakfast time: 06:00
  • Starting time of the vehicular trip from Challway to Lucamabamba: At 06:30 “40-minute drive.”
  • Start time of the walk: 07:30 – Lucmabmaba 2,035 meters / 6,676 feet
  • Trek distance: 10.2 km /6.3 miles.
  • Hiking duration: 5 hours
  • Lucmabamba Pass elevation: 2,814 meters / 9,232 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging.
  • Train: From Hidroelectrica to Machu Picchu Pueblo at 16:35 
  • Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel at Machu Picchu Pueblo 2,064 meters/ 6,774 feet.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Optional to travel to SANTA TERESA “1 hour of car travel” to enjoy the thermal bath of Cocalmayo “Additional Cost” or, failing that, travelers can go to the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo. The hot springs are open until 8 pm. Note: We arrived at Machu Picchu Pueblo by train at 05:20 pm.

Day 03: Machu Picchu Guided Tour 

Excellent 2 hours of guided tour in Machu Picchu; in the afternoon, return to Cusco by train and vehicle

In the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, there are five new circuits to visit Machu Picchu: Which tour circuits number 1 and 2 are the best to have the beautiful classic views of Machu Picchu from the viewpoint of Machu Picchu “as in the postcards,” It is recommended to our travelers to reserve the Salkantay circuit with enough time in advance to ensure the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, etc.

We have two hours to explore the highlights of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. After the guided tour of Machu Picchu, we return to Machu Picchu Pueblo so that you board your train service in the afternoon to return to Cusco.

  • Bus service to Machu Picchu (up and down)
  • Two-hour guided tour inside the archaeological park of Machu Picchu
  • In the afternoon, board your train service to the OLLANTAYTAMBO train station.
Train service information: [Inbound journey]
  • Train company: INCA RAIL
  • Service: From MACHU PICCHU Pueblo – OLLANTAYTAMBO (1 hour and 50 minutes of train ride).
  • Class: The Voyager 44
  • Train Departure from Machu Picchu Pueblo: 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. Just look for a KONDOR PATH TOURS sign with your name.” Group name: Hiker of Salkantay Trek 3 Days

THANK YOU VERY MUCH for choosing Salkantay Trek 3 Days; We are pleased that you have the pleasure of doing multifaceted horseback adventures in conjunction with treks to reach Machu Picchu via Salkantay.


INCLUSION for 3 Day Salkantay Trek

Spectacular walks around the Salkantay to Machu Picchu
Trek briefing 01 or 02 days (at 06:00 pm) before starting the Trek in the reception area of ​​your hotel (CUSCO)
Active itinerary with unique landscape and cultural experiences
Local guide (s) with command of the English language
Private transport service for excursions and transfers
Local Lodges & HOTEL 3 Star

  • Challway: 01 night – Local Hostel at Challway
  • MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO: 01 night – Hotel Santuario Machu Picchu (***), OR similar to the Hotel Waman, Retama; based on the twin-share or matrimonial room) Check-In: noon / Check-Out: 09:00 Hrs.
    • Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

1st. Day: SALKANTAY Trail

  • Transfer service from Cusco to Soraypampa “beginning of the adventure.”
  • Entrance ticket to the Salkantay circuit to Machu Picchu
  • Riding horse between Soraypampa towards Salkantay Pass (2.5 Hrs.)
  • A portable oxygen balloon plus a First aid kit plus
  • Meals:
    • Box Lunch
    • Dinner

2nd. Day: SALKANTAY Trail

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (Local & Restaurant)
  • Local transportation from Challway to Lucmabamba
  • At 16:35: Train from Hydro to Aguas Calientes by PERURAIL: Service: HYDROELECTRIC to MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO
  • Machu Picchu Pueblo overnight

3rd. Day: Machupicchu

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Bus tickets to Machu Picchu “up and down.”
  • Machu Picchu Entrance Ticket at 08:00 – Official regulation of the National Institute of Culture Machu PICCHU, Tickets are valid exclusively for the printed date, circuit, and time—personal and non-transferable tickets.
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu 2hrs
    • NOTE: THERE IS NO FREE TIME, according to the new regulations of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, since 2015. If travelers require more hours, they must buy a new ticket.
  • Inbound Train Journey by Inca Rail: From MACHU PICCHU to Ollantaytambo – Class: The Voyager 44. Departure at 14:30
  • Private transfer from Poroy to Cusco

All local Peruvian taxes

Salkantay Trek 3 Days NO INCLUSION 

  • Food: Breakfast on day 01 and other foods that do not describe in the main itinerary
  • Private rooms in Challway
  • Tips for the entire crew (muleteers, cook, and guide) everything is well received with all love for the services of Salkantay Trek 3 days.

Travel Facts

Travel facts of Salkantay Trek 3 Days

Make your adventure to Peru even more memorable with our detailed 3-day Salkantay Trek guide! Learn essential tips and see the best parts of the trail with KONDOR PATH TOURS.

Look forward to challenging yourself with a 3-day trek through Peru’s most renowned hiking path – the Salkantay Trek. Discover the beauty of the Andes Mountains and take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Is there an age limit for the Salkantay 3 Day Trek?

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.

Salkantay Trek 3 Days New Map

Salkantay Trek 3 Days New Map

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 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.

What is the food like on the Salkantay Trek 3 Days?

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.)

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 3 Day Salkantay Trek?

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 trip; 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 3 Days?

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 remember 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. The train can be modified for a better service with a corresponding price increase if desired.

How to get to Salkantay Trek 3 Days?

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 3 Day 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 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.

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

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

What is the best season to hike the 3 Day Salkantay Trek in 2023?

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

Is the Salkantay 3 Day 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.

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 couple of days acclimatizing to the altitude of Cusco before the tour will help us a lot.

What is the level of difficulty of the Salkantay 3 Day Trek?

To do the Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu, you should know that the level of trekking varies from moderate to challenging. 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 when hiking.

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 3 Day Trek?

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.

How can I book the Inca Trail or Salkantay Hike 3 Days?

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 hike the Salkantay 3 Day 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 well.

Is the Salkantay Trek 3 Days 2 Nights 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 most significant danger you face is altitude, so I recommend you look at this altitude sickness guide.

Can anyone hike the Salkantay Trek 3 Days 2 Nights?

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 to be realistic with your physical condition and, above all, with your acclimatization level.

Do I need to acclimatize to hike the Salkantay Trek 3 Days?

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 3 Days 2 Nights COST

Thrill-seekers and adventurers, get ready! Learn what to expect on the Salkantay Trek 3 Days in Peru, with breathtaking views, high alpine passes, and unique Amazon rainforest ecosystems!

PRICES PER PERSON [USD] 2023. We carry out the Salkantay Hike 3 Days as a private service.


  • Solo travel is USD$ 1,116.
  • 02 hikers USD$ 790. “Prices reduce if more people are in your group.”
  • 03 hikers USD$ 695.
  • 04 hikers USD$ 620.
  • 05 hikers USD$ 618.
  • 06 hikers USD$ 580.
  • 07 hikers USD$ 560.
  • 08 hikers + USD$ 535.

* Kondor Path Tours operates the 3 Day Salkantay Trek

Item Upgrade for the Salkantay Trek 3 Days

Journey through the world’s most beautiful terrains on this three-day Salkantay Trek. Discover the area’s awe-inspiring glaciers, ancient archaeological wonders, and incredible wildlife!



+$45. Vistadome train (Inbound Journey: MACHUPICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO)
+$498.00 Hiram Bingham train (Inbound Journey: Train MACHUPICCHU – POROY)


+$75 Huayna Picchu
+$75 Montaña


Our alternative Salkantay Trek 3 Days ends in Machu Picchu Pueblo. 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. We can upgrade the service if you want to improve the hotel category or other services.


Gringo Bill’s Machupicchu – 3-Star Hotel
+$43 Suite

Inti Punku Machupicchu – 3-Star Hotel
+$25. Standard
+$33. Superior
+$39. Junior Suite
+$63. Senior Suite

Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu – 3-Star Hotel
+$29. Traditional
+$35. Superior
+$45. Suite

Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu – 3-Star Hotel
+$35. Standard SGL/DBL
+$80 Suite

Jaya Suite Machupicchu – 3-Star Hotel

El MaPi ByInkaterra – 4-Star Hotel
+$69. Superior Deluxe SGL or DBL
+$91. Suite SGL o DBL

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel – 5-Star Hotek
+$244. Superior
+$271. Superior Deluxe
+$298. Junior Suite
+$389. Junior Suite Deluxe
+$488. Suite
+$555. Inkaterra Suite

3 Day Salkantay Trek Discounts

This applies to the following services
Machu Picchu Fee

College students$25 off

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  • 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: From 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.

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