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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – 6 Days / 5 Nights

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu –  6 Days / 5 Nights

The Salkantay Trek is a remote and ancient hike in the same region to get to Machu Picchu, The name of this impressive mountain is Salkantay, which has a altitude of 6371 meters (20 902.23 feet), It is a less traveled route but it has amazing views. This route provides a magnificent wilderness alternative for those who wish to escape the more congested trekking routes like de Inca Trail 4 Days.

Salkantay Mountain

Salkantay Mountain

On this  Salkantay Trek 6 Days, we pass through an amazing progression of ecological zones, Our trek will depart from sparsely vegetated roads flanking two spectacular glacial peaks at an altitude of 20,000 feet, down through subtropical forest into the Inca Trail. We arrive later to the Machu Picchu. “Lost City of the Incas”.

The snowcapped mountain of Salkantay is located less than fifty miles northwest from Cusco, in the south-central zone of Peru by the Cordillera de Vilcabamba. Salkantay is an exceptional summit crowned with glaciers venerated for thousands of years by local natives. The name Salkantay is a Quechua word meaning “wild mountain”.

We are a Travel Operator that is really committed to the Ecological safe trips and that we try to recycle everything possible. For instance, all the organic leftovers from the trips are collected and taken back to Cusco where it gets mixed with the manure of our egg-producing chickens and rabbit manure, so we make compost.

After some time we mixed it with California worms and produce Humus. Later on, this is used as a natural fertilizer in our greenhouses to produce vegetables, irrigated with clean water, so they are organically grown. Such as our lettuces, cucumbers, onions, potatoes, cilantro, basil, spinach, beets, green beans, red peppers, carrots, etc.

All the inorganic and human waste are collected in different containers and taken back to Cusco, to be disposed of at the local dump.

NOTICE: If you take this trip with us, we will give you an ONE DAY RAFTING TRIP FOR FREE, also a T-Shirt.

Salkantay Trek facts

  • Salkantay Trekking distance – 74km/46 miles
  • Required number of days – 5 days
  • Starting point – Mollepata
  • Finishing point – Aguas Calientes
  • Average altitiude – 3000m
  • Highest point – Apacheta or Salkantay Pass, 4580m
  • Permits – no special permits are needed, the trek can be done independently or with a guide.

Highlights of Salkantay Trek 6 Days

The Salkantay Trek is an adventure full of beauty at every moment. When you travel with MAYUC, you will be away from the crowds.
Our itinerary is unique. We have camps built by our team, in Llactapata camp you will have incredible views of Machu Picchu. And our professional guides and chefs who will attend all your needs and create incredible dishes for everyone to enjoy and the best team of porters and riders. Because we are dedicated to the well-being of the porters and we give the best salaries to our co-workers, our team responds with dedication and hard work.

Itinerary Salkantay Trek  6 Days

Early morning beautiful scenic drive from Cusco to Mollepata and up to Soraypampa where we camp at the head of the trail. Our Mule wrangles and mules will be waiting. You will enjoy tea time and later dinner in our dining tent, with tables and stools and a good cook that will prepare excellent meals. (L+D).

We start our Inca trail + Salkantay Trek escorted by a bilingual guide and camp crew. Mules carry our luggage and a few saddle horses are available in case they are needed. Today, we slowly hike up to the Inca Chirisca Pass at 5,000 meters. We hike along the right face of the massive Salcantay with magnificent views of snow- covered peaks. Then we descend to our camp at Sisaypampa.(B+L+D).

After a healthy breakfast, we start hiking, bypassing the hamlet of Huayabamba and entering the main Inca Trail. We then go through an Andean cloud forest to camp above the tree line at Llulluchapampa. (B+L+D)

Early morning rise to start our hike to the Warmiwanusca Pass. Entering a clear Inca Trail, this is one of the best days on the Camino Inca with a visit to the ruins of Sayacmarca, Conchamarca and later camping near Phuyupatamarca, (City Above the Clouds ) Magnificent views of the Veronica and Salcantay Ranges. (B+L+D)

Early morning wake-up call to see the sunrise over the ruins. This is the best camp on all the Inca Trail. After breakfast, trek down to the ruins of Winay Wayna and then through the ¨Gates of the Sun¨ (Inti Punku) and into Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas¨. Overnight at a hotel of your choice at the town of Aguas Calientes.(B+L)

All day visit to this ancient Machu Picchu Inca sanctuary

Late afternoon train back to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel. (B)


Include in the 2-Days Inca Trail

  • Transportation to the head of the Salkantay Trek.
  • For the first portion of the trek, we will have mules and horses, then later we will have porters.
  • All the meals during the trek
  • Professional bilingual guide, cook, assistant cook
  • Double-occupancy tents
  • Dining tent, kitchen tent, latrine tent.
  • Clients do not carry anything but a day pack.
  • Single tent supplement US $ 15.00.
  • Sleeping bag rental US $ 5.00 a day.
  • Advise if vegetarian diet is required.

No Included

  • International or Local Airfare.
  • Sleeping bags -Personal equipment.
  • Hotels.
  • Overnight at Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca trail ( us $ 93 for adults or us $ 47 for students with ISIC card)

We Recommend to bring to the Salkantay Trek

  • Original passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • A warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • Tshirts
  • Comfortable pants
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 50 or higher)
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and Camcorder
  • Flashlight with additional batteries


  • Clients do not carry anything but a day pack.
  • Sleeping bag rental US $ 5.00 per day.
  • We provide you with an insulated mattress, if you want to Up-Grade, for a thermal-rest mattress, the cost is US $ 5.00 per day.
  • Advise if vegetarian diet is required.
  • Single tent supplement US $ 15.00

COST: Premium Service *****

Prices for this tour

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Price List For the Salkantay Trek 6 Days to Machu Picchu

From 2 participants
USD 1,297.00

From 3 to 5 participants
USD 1097.00

From 6 to 8 participants
USD 997.00

From 9 to 16 participants
USD 827.00

NOTE: Before sending your deposit for the Salkantay Trek, please make sure to contact us at to see if there are permits available for the date of your choice.

According to government regulations, only 500 people can enter the Inca Trail each day, this includes porters, cooks, guides, and tourists there are 180 authorized tour operators, as ourselves and permits are sold out on a first pay basis.

To confirm your reservation just send us USD 500.00 per person and your trip application (below) Our booking department will contact you in less than 12 hours, with your invoice and voucher.

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