Salkantay Trek 4 Days

Price from: $ 615.00 USD (See: Price List)

Salkantay Trek 4 Days

Price from: $ 615.00 USD (See: Price List)

Overview of Salkantay Trek 4 Days Day 01: Cusco – Soraypampa – Huayracmachay Day 02: Huayracmachay – La Playa – Lucmabamba Day 03: Lucmabamba – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco Highligths Salkantay Trek 4 Days Salkantay Trek 4 Days tourist destination looking for lovers of outdoor hiking […]

Enjoy the outstanding Salkantay Trek 4 Days through the Peruvian Andes.

Salkantay Trek 4 Days tourist destination looking for lovers of outdoor hiking through the Andes and the jungle of Machu Picchu. Explore unique landscapes on your next vacation in Peru; our standard 4-day Salkantay trekking package includes camping services with incredible views plus a hotel night in Aguas Calientes, “the town located in the foothills of the Machu Picchu archaeological park.”

The Salkantay Trek 4 Days runs along the left side along the slopes of the Salkantay glacier, 6,271 meters or 20,569 feet, between the Chaullay and Aobamba valleys. On the right side of the Aobamba valley is the famous Inca Trail. Therefore, our Salkantay Peru trek is around the buffer zone of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Our group of trekkers enters the park of Machu Picchu through the hydroelectric sector towards Aguas Calientes.

Overview

Overview of Salkantay Trek 4 Days

  • Day 01: Cusco – Soraypampa – Huayracmachay
  • Day 02: Huayracmachay – La Playa – Lucmabamba
  • Day 03: Lucmabamba – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Highligths Salkantay Trek 4 Days

Salkantay Trek 4 Days tourist destination looking for lovers of outdoor hiking through the Andes and the jungle of Machu Picchu. Explore unique landscapes on your next vacation in Peru; our standard 4-day Salkantay trek package includes camping services with incredible views plus a hotel night in Aguas Calientes, “the town located in the foothills of the Machu Picchu archaeological park.”

The Salkantay Trek 4 Days runs along the left side along the slopes of the Salkantay glacier, 6,271 meters or 20,569 feet, between the Chaullay and Aobamba valleys. On the right side of the Aobamba valley is the famous Inca Trail. Therefore, our 4 Days Salkantay Peru trek is around the buffer zone of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Our group of trekkers enters the park of Machu Picchu through the hydroelectric sector towards Aguas Calientes.

Itinerary

ITINERARY SALKANTAY TREK 4 DAYS

IMPORTANT: For our Salkantay Trek 4 Days tourist circuit, we provide an information session one day before starting the trek at 5:00 pm. The briefing takes place at the hotel’s reception from hikers. Our adventure tourism guide can answer all the questions of the group of visitors about the tourist circuit from Salkantay to Machu Picchu. Our tour guide knows the northern area of Cusco very well to lead organized groups of hikers on expeditions.

Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa to Huayracmachay

The pick-up service is at 05:00 to start our journey to the northeast of Cusco through the plains of Anta, descending towards the Limatambo valley, and then going up to Mollepata. From Mollepata, we follow a dirt road until we reach Soraypampa, the “start of the walk.”.

From SORAYPAMPA, at 3,800 meters or 12,467 feet, we already have impressive views of the Salkantay and Humantay glaciers and the vast Andes Mountain range with its mountain ranges. Photos and videos are fabulous from all 380-degree angles. In Soraypampa, we meet our team of muleteers with pack horses to cross the Andes into the jungle of Chaullay.

The first three hours are up the mountain to conquer the top of the Salkantay pass. Once at the top, we observe the snowy Salkantay and take personal and group photos. Hikers can walk for about 20 minutes to watch the turquoise lagoon of Salkantay in conjunction with the panoramic view of the Chaullay valley. We have 02 more hours of trekking down the mountain until we reach our base camp of Huayracmachay, 3,800 m or 12,464 feet.

  • The section from Soraypampa to the Salkantay Pass (4,600 meters or 15,100 feet) takes approximately 3 hours of walking.
  • The section from the Salkantay Pass to the Huayracmachay camp takes around 02 and a half hours of walking.

Short description of the Salkantay Pass

  • Maximum altitude: 4,600m/ 13,451ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,800m/12,467ft
  • Hiking distance: 16 km / 9.9 miles
  • Approximate walking time: Between 05 to 06 hours
  • Hiking difficulty level: Challenging
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Our Salkantay Trek 4 Days adventure is one of the best in the Cusco region to walk in the open air through the Andes towards the valley of Machu Picchu.

Good walking shoes with ankle support are required to do Salkantay Trek 4 Days as the terrain is rocky, muddy, and slippery. We also recommend bringing a pair of hiking poles to keep your balance on the hikes, as it also helps to propel or take the pressure off your legs going down the mountains.

Day 2: Huayracmachay to La Playa – Lucmabamba

We wake up with a splendid panoramic view of the graceful Salkantay chain, and on the other side, we have another exuberant scenery of the cloud forest. We start our hiking activities at 06:00 to descend through the cloud forest for an average of 03 and a half hours until we reach the “Collpapampa” lunch area. Our lunch is early, around 10:00, because we have 05 hours and a half more to walk until we reach our second base camp in Lucmabamba.

We walk inside the green tangle of the jungle throughout the day, typical of the Andes of inter-Andean valleys. We will find wild berries such as strawberries, ferns, mosses, begonias, orchids, tributary streams of the main rivers, small waterfalls, and incredible panoramic views. From Collpapampa to Loreta, La Playa, and Lucmabamba, we find many plantations of granadilla passion fruit, bananas, red and yellow organic coffee, and countless other plantations planted by locals. IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: We will find around 05 varieties of mosquitoes for which we recommend bringing repellent.

Summary of La-Playa – Lucmabamba

  • Lowest elevation: 2,050 meters or 6,725 feet
  • Highest elevation: 3,800 meters or 12,467 feet
  • Distance to walk within the jungle border: 18 km / 11.18 miles
  • Time to cover: Between 08 to 09 hours, approximately
  • Difficulty: Moderate and challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3: Lucmabamba – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes

We serve our last wake-up tea based on fresh coca leaves to have our breakfast at 05:30. We start the trek on the Lucmabamba Inca Trail for approximately 03 hours and a half through the tropical jungle until we reach the Lucmabamba Pass to explore the Inca ruins of Llactapata, 2,700 meters or 8856 feet.

From Llactapata, we have the first panoramic views of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, the Aobamba Valley, part of the Classic Inca Trail, and the beautiful Andes Mountain range its splendor. It is worth traveling this tourist circuit from Lucmabamba to Llactapata to have these impressive views of the surroundings of the lost citadel of Machu Picchu.

We continue our walk descending the mountainside for an average of 02 hours and a half until we reach Hydroelectric. From Hydroelectric, we continue the last section until we reach Aguas Calientes for about 02 hours and 40 more minutes of walking following the train lines. In the PUENTE RUINAS sector, we continue walking along the dirt road because if we continue along the train track from Puente RUINAS, there are two train tunnels, and it is not safe to cross them; we follow the riverbank.

NOTE: If hikers do not need to continue the trek from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes, they can take the train service; the train ticket costs $51. per person.

Last section of the hike to AGUAS CALIENTES

  • Lowest elevation: 2,040 meters or 6,692 feet
  • Highest elevation: 3,100 meters or 10,170 feet
  • Travel distance: 22 km or 13.67 miles
  • Walking time between the last stretch from Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes: Between 08 to 09 hours
  • Walking difficulty: Moderate and challenging from Llactapata to the Hydroelectric River due to the descent of the mountain
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Latest news: Now, the visiting hours of Machu Picchu have changed; 200 people enter Machu Picchu every hour; to lighten the flow of visitors to the Inca citadel. We bought the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu when reserving the Salkantay Trek 4 days package for the SCHEDULE OF 07:00 “according to availability.” Please write to us before booking the tour package if visitors require another schedule.

At 05:50, the tour guide Salkantay Trek 4 Days, arrives at the hotel of the hikers to meet and go to the bus station to board the tourist service and arrive at Machu Picchu “the trip lasts approximately 30 minutes of travel”. We arrive at Machu Picchu and begin our guided tour of Machu Picchu for an average of 02 hours, exploring the most amazing Inca sites that makeup Machu Picchu and its panoramic views.

DURING THE AFTERNOON, we board the MACHU PICCHU train service TO POROY. The train trip takes approximately 03 hours and 40 minutes to travel. Once you arrive at the Poroy train station, we have a private transfer service to the city of Cusco, “25 minutes of travel”.

Thank you for deciding to vacation in Salkantay Trek 4 Days; You have made one of the best decisions to trek through the Andes and the jungle of Peru on an outdoor camping expedition.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions

INCLUSION for Salkantay Trek 4 Days 

  • Unique activities along the trails of SALKANTAY PERU for a 4-day expedition
  • English and Spanish-speaking bilingual tour guide
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel 01 or 02 days before your trip at 05:30 pm
  • Private transportation service from Cusco to Soraypampa
  • Muleteers and packhorses to load the mountain equipment KONDOR PATH TOURS
  • Packhorse to carry 08 kilograms or 17.6 pounds per hiker of personal items
    • Canvas bag to pack your hiker items to put on the packhorse
  • Camping equipment such as tents for hikers “02 people per tent”, dining tents, kitchen tents with folding tables and chairs
    • Inflatable mattress
  • Experienced chef for adventure expeditions.
    • Food: Breakfasts (04), Lunches (03), Dinners (02)
    • Boiled water daily to fill the canteens “bring reusable canteens to keep the tourist circuit of Salkantay Peru green.”
  • First aid kit plus 01 oxygen bottle, just in case.
  • 02 NIGHTS camp
  • 01 NIGHT in a three-star hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Payment of extra tickets, such as the entrance to the Salkantay in Mollepata and camps
  • Entrance tickets to MACHU PICCHU AT 07:00
  • BUSES to Machu Picchu “up and down”
  • Guided tour service for 02 hours in Machu Picchu
  • Train tickets in PERU RAIL: MACHU PICCHU TO POROY “EXPEDITION Service.”
  • Private transportation for the transfer from POROY to CUSCO
  • All local taxes

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NOT INCLUDED for Salkantay Trek 4 Days 

  • Sleeping bag (we recommend bringing your light sleeping bags for low temperatures, especially for the first night of the Salkantay Trek 5 Days expedition); otherwise, you can rent or buy one in downtown Cusco.
  • Breakfast on day 01 and lunch on day 04.
  • Tips for the crew (muleteers, cook, and guide)

Travel Facts

Travel facts Salkantay Trek 4 Days

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 a lot.

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 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.

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 most significant danger you face is the 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.

PRICE LIST

Prices Salkantay Trek 4 days

PRICES PER PERSON [USD] 2022 – 2023. We organize this adventure circuit through the Andes from Salkantay to Machu Picchu in 04 days and 03 nights.

GROUP TOUR:

$615 per person

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

PRIVATE TOUR:

02 participants $705.
03 participants $685.
04 participants $655.
05 participants $640.
06-07 participants $625.
08 or more participants + $615

Private tours are available and priced based on group size.

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HOTEL “AGUAS CALIENTES”

Our alternative 4 Days Salkantay Trek 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.

PER PERSON

-$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
+$40.

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

TRAIN SERVICES

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

EXTRA TICKETS

+$75 Huayna Picchu
+$75 Montaña
+$60 RE-ENTRY TO MACHU PICCHU

Discounts 🙂

This applies to the following services
Machu Picchu Fee

College students$25 off

RECOMMENDATION

  • Due to the new regulation, the entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu, keep in mind 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.

* Kondor Path Tours operates the Salkantay Hiking Trail 4 days and 03 nights 😊


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