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Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu

Price from: $ 399USD
Physical Level:
Highest Altitude:
4600 meters, 15,092 feet
Recommended Seasson:
April to November
Tour Type:
Hiking Tour
Trip Length:
5 days
Group Size:
8 to 20
Price From:
$ 399 USD

Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu

Salkantay trek to machu picchu

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, this hike offers you an impressive landscape and a great ecological biodiversity, the tour begins with a cold climate at 4200 meters above sea level and ends with a warm climate at 1800 meters above sea level.

We will visit the main tourist attractions of the snowy Salkantay, the Humantay Lake and the local villages.

If you want to be in contact with nature, this hike is the most recommended for you.


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Trip Details

Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu details:

  • Vacation Style: Holiday Type: Camping, Culture, Trekking
  • Activity Level: 3/5 middle
  • Group Size: Small Group 10
  • Altitude: minimum: 2400 masl , Maximun: 4600 masl


Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu the Best hiking

On this hike, you will enjoy spectacular views, as well as snow-capped mountains, glaciers, turquoise lakes, Andean plateaus, waterfalls, and the high jungle. We will also have the opportunity to hike the Classic Inca Trail to a small Inca ruin and a distant view of Machu Picchu, before arriving at the famous city.

This hike is approximately 60 km long and ascends to 4,600 m (15,000 ft). This hike is popular with experienced trekkers looking for a different kind of hike.


Day 1


The day starts at 4:00 and 4:30 am, we will travel for 2 hours to Mollepata, which is located over 2900 meters above sea level, on the way we will enjoy extensive fields and agriculture.

We will enjoy lunch.

From here we will go in our private transportation for 1 hour to Challacancha at 3675 masl, where we prepare our luggage to start the 3-hour hike through Andean landscapes covered with thatch.

At midday, we will arrive at the camp located in Soraypampa at 3850 masl, where we will have a traditional lunch. After a short rest, in the afternoon we will start the ascent to the Humantay lagoon for 1 hour and 30 minutes, to enjoy the beautiful turquoise colors.

Then we will arrive at the camp after a 40-minute walk.

Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu
Day 2


The day begins at 5:00 am with a delicious breakfast, then we will hike for 1 hour to Salkantaypampa (4100 masl), where we will take a break to continue to Soirococha (4400 masl), where we will take another short break to rehydrate. We will make a descent to the Salkantay pass, this is the highest point of the trek.

We will make a descent of 1 hour and a half to “Wayracmachay”, where we will have an Andean lunch and then rest to continue our journey.

In our hike, we will enjoy a change of climate to warmer until we arrive at Challhuay, which will be the place of our second camp, here we will have an exquisite dinner and rest until the next day.

Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu
Day 3


After breakfast, we will start our 5-hour hike to Sahuayaco, better known as “the beach”, because it is located near the Salkantay basin (2200 masl).

We will appreciate the beautiful tropical valleys, with fruit trees such as avocado, passion fruit, and cocoa, in the middle of the valley.  Arriving at Sahuayaco, we will enjoy a nutritious lunch that will comfort us of the lost energies.

We will continue in our private transportation until we reach “Santa Teresa”, where we will set up our camp in the middle of beautiful vegetation, where we will spend the night until the next day.

Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu
Day 4


After breakfast we will hike for 3 hours to the hydroelectric, we will walk in the middle of beautiful vegetation and white waterfalls, upon reaching the hydroelectric we will have lunch to recompose our energies and continue the journey to the town of Machu Picchu.

This hike will be surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna until we reach Machu Picchu village.

In Machu Picchu pueblo we will go to our hotels, we will enjoy our dinner where our guide will give us instructions for the tour to Machu Picchu the next day.

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Day 5


After 5 day salkantay trek to machu picchu, we will start this day, very early, we will have our breakfast at the hotel.

Then we will start the trip to Machu Picchu, we can hike to Machu Picchu (1 hour and a half ) or take the bus to Machu Picchu (40 minutes).

Arriving at Machu Picchu, we will enter with our guide, who will tell us the best of Machu Picchu for 2 hours; We will take beautiful photographs in every place that we can think of; then we will make a descent for approximately one hour to Machu Picchu Pueblo. And then wait for our train to Ollantaytambo where our private transport will be waiting for us until we Arrive Cusco.

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Take customization to the next level on a journey fully tailored to you. Aremika’s destination local specialists will gladly tailor this existing itinerary—or build one completely from scratch—to suit your style, interests, and time frame. Contact us to see what’s possible.




  • Private transport from Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha
  • Professional Guide (English – Spanish)
  • Professional Chef
  • Horses and Porters (only carry camping equipment)
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 3 dinners
  • Snacks
  • Professional English speaking Guide
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Posada de Olger – Denny’s House)
  • Aguas Calientes CONSETTUR Bus Tickets Round Trip.
  • Entrance to ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Matras
  • Tents and camping equipment
  • First aid kit
  • Machu Picchu Town – Ollantaytambo train
  • Transportation Ollantaytambo – Cusco
  • Oxygen balloon

No Included

  • The first breakfast (first day).
  • The last lunch (second day).
  • Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu-Mountain Entrance.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Entrance to Salkantay (S/10.00)
  • Food not mentioned in the program.
  • Expenses not mentioned in the itinerary.


  • Carry a small backpack for the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu
  • Flashlight for the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu.
  • Thermal clothing, raincoat, sunscreen.
  • Mosquito repellent, lipstick.
  • Bottle of water
  • Jacket or Poncho
  • Camera, external battery, camera memory stick

Prices Tour

# Of Persons Price per person Total ($ USD) Book Now
2 $ 800.00 $ 1600.00 Book Now
3 $ 750.00 $ 2250.00 Book Now
4 $ 670.00 $ 2680.00 Book Now
5 $ 620.00 $ 3100.00 Book Now
6 $ 570.00 $ 3420.00 Book Now
7 $ 560.00 $ 3920.00 Book Now
Participants Travel Date Price per person Total Price BOOK NOW
$ 400.00 $ 400.00 BOOK NOW

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu?

Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu distance is 70 kilometers through snow-capped mountains to the tropical valleys of Cusco, on the way you can appreciate incredible snow-capped mountains such as the Salkantay, the Humantay Lake, and refresh yourself in the hot springs of Cocalmayo.

Which is better Salkantay or Inca Trail?

About the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is one of the best trails to visit Machu Picchu, where you will be astonished by all the landscapes and archaeological attractions on the way to Machu Picchu.

With respect to Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, is a journey where you can be astonished by the Andean landscapes, such as the Humantay Lake and the Salkantay snow-mountain, where you will have the option to reach up to 4650 masl, and descend to tropical valleys and visit the hot springs of Colcamayo.

So, both treks to Machu Picchu have their attractions, you just decide which experience you would like.

Is the Salkantay trek difficult?

One of the difficulties of the Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu is the altitude that ranges from 9515 feet (Mollepata), to 15090 feet at the Salkantay pass, and one of the camps located at 12631 feet (Soraypampa).

To do the Salkantay trek it is necessary to have a good physical condition and not to suffer from respiratory diseases.

Which trail is best for Machu Picchu?

Among the best treks to Machu Picchu, are considered the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu and the Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu, of all these will depend on what type of adventure is the one you choose to travel to Machu Picchu.

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