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Salkantay Trek + Humantay Lake and Inca Trail 4 days

Salkantay Trek + Humantay Lake and Inca Trail 4 days

The Salkantay Trek is a remote trail that is a good alternative to the Inca Trail, it has much more spectacular views and with different ecological floors we will make our hike between lakes and impressive snow-capped mountains like Salkantay and the turquoise Humantay Lake, we will pass through rivers and subtropical areas with abundant vegetation and varied fauna. This trail is an excellent option for those who do not wish to be on the more congested routes and in a faster way, or for those who are looking for an alternative when there are no longer spaces available on the traditional Inca Trail.

This impressive Salkantay Trek (about 50 km long) is the “soft option” from the site of Challacancha, although it is considered soft you have to consider that you reach an altitude of 4,750 m) and then you reach some wooded valleys, up to an altitude of 1,500m.

On the second day from Soray we will ascend for half an hour, we will walk in an area known as “Siete Culebras” (Seven Snakes) because of its zigzagging path. We will reach the flattest peak in Salkantay, and descend gently to the small lake Soirococha.

The step that we will see a little further on, which is the view of Salkantay that looks at our sight is comforting. The real pass is at an altitude of 4.750m is reached after 3-4 hours of walking, the road is marked by some stone buildings, known as “Apachetas” by the local people that are increasing as each traveler is adding to thank the Inca Gods (known as APUS) to thank for a safe journey

From here we will make a descent to the valley and then arrive to the area of Huayrajmachay (Eye of the Wind); from here we will appreciate the shape of the snow-capped mountain of Humantay; from here we will make a walk in the middle of bamboo forests and beautiful flora; from here we will take a bus to arrive to the town of Santa Teresa where we will enjoy the thermal waters of Cocalmayo (A real prize for our feet and body) and then visit the Inca city of Machupicchu.

  • Level: Moderate to difficult; good physical condition necessary.
  • Location: Cordillera Vilcabamba Nevado Salkantay and Machu Picchu
  • Total Distance: 50 Km / 40,4 miles
  • Description This walk allows you to appreciate different ecological floors from the punas to the jungle brow, as well as a great biodiversity of flora and fauna (birds).
  • Season: April to November

Highlights of 5 Days Salkantay Trek 

The Salkantay Trek & Humantay Lake trip consists of 4 exciting days and 5 incredible nights. From Cusco we will arrive at the camp in Soraypampa. That night, you will enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

We will enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by our first class chefs. After a night’s rest, you’ll wake up early for a hearty breakfast before your first hike. The first day of the hike begins with a visit to Laguna Humantay. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of this famous place. Some believe that touching the icy waters ensures that you will stay young forever! From this point we will reach the Salkantay Pass, the highest point of your trek. From here you will descend to your camp.

Itinerary Salkantay Trek 4 Days

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Departure from Cusco, 3.400 m to Mollepata above the Apurimac River .A 5 hour scenic drive takes us to our camp at Soraypampa 4000 m. This is a unique camp located between two high peaks the Salkantay and the Humantay , with spectacular views of the glaciers. (B+L+D)


Include in the 2-Days Inca Trail

  • Transportation to the head of the trail
  • During the trek, we will have mules for the cargo and horses for emergencies.
  • All the meals during the trek
  • Professional bilingual guide, Cook, assistant cook
  • Double occupancy tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, bathroom tent.
  • Clients do not carry anything but a day pack.
  • Train back to Cusco

No Included

  • Personal sleeping bags, Personal gear,
  • Hotels,Transfers In or Out of Cusco.
  • Overnight at Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance ticket to MachuPicchu US $ 40.00 for Adult
  • Clients do not carry anything but a day pack.
  • Sleeping bag rental US $ 5.00 per day.
  • We provide you with an insulite mattress, if you want to Up-Grade, for a therma-rest mattress, the cost is US $ 5.00 per day.
  • Advise if vegetarian diet is required.
  • Single tent supplement US $ 15.00

We Recommend to bring to the Short Inca Trail

  • Sleeping bag (If you don’t have it, please enter our Camp Equipment Rental catalog)
  • Bottle of water during the first day until lunch time
  • Water purification tablets (Micropur)
  • Extra money for additional personal expenses, such as: drinks, snacks, thermal baths, others
  • Original passport in hermetic plastic bag, can get rainy
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight
  • Pills for altitude sickness (easily purchased in pharmacies in Cusco)
  • Heavy clothing (hat, scarf, wind breaker, poncho, gloves)
  • Trekking boots.
    (In case your socks get wet, it’s always good to keep your feet warm and dry).
    In the rainy season it is important to have your personal belongings in plastic bags.
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks.
  • Photographic Camera

Prices for this tour

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Prices for Salkantay Trek 5 Days

From 2 participants
USD 987.00

From 3 to 5 participants
USD 857.00

From 6 to 8 participants
USD 697.00

From 9 to more participants
USD 647.00

To confirm your reservation just send us USD 250.00 per person and your trip application Our accounting department will contact you in less than 24 hours, with your invoice and voucher.

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