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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days / 4 Nights

Salkantay Trek Overview

The route to Salkantay is an old and remote trail alternative to the Inca Trail, has much more spectacular views and with various ecological floors we will walk between lagoons, impressive snow-capped mountains such as Salkantay and Humantay, crossing rivers and subtropical areas of abundant vegetation and fauna. This trail is an excellent option for those who wish to escape from the more congested and faster routes, or for those who are looking for an alternative when the spaces of the traditional Inca Trail are occupied.

This impressive excursion passes under the magnificent Salkantay mountain (6,710 m / 22,014 ft), one of the highest and most impressive in the Peruvian Andes. Your first two days will be dominated by the impressive Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks as you hike through the high Andean landscape. The third day you will descend into the warm cloud forest, to reach Machu Picchu Pueblo on the fourth day. The impressive sacred citadel of the Incas Machu Picchu is visited on the last day of the program.

This excursion is an interesting alternative for those who have not found space on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu route. The Salkantay excursion was recently named by National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine as one of the top 25 excursions in the world.

  • Level: Moderate to difficult; good physical condition necessary.
  • Location: Cordillera Vilcabamba Nevado Salkantay and Machu Picchu
  • Total Distance: 65 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 5 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 5 Days

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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Contact Information

In Mayuc we have a group of professionals specialized in adventure travel; write to us and one of our experts will organize your next vacation, you can also contact us by Phone or WhatsApp 24 hours a day, we speak Spanish and English and all our guides are local