Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3NMaximum Altitude4650m/15,255ft

Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3NDistance55km/34.17miles

Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3NGroup size8 People max

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Salkantay trail is considered the most important alternative trek to the Classic Inca Trail, becouse it is longer and more streneous trek, and also less crowded. Salkantay trail  goes throughout many different microclimates and you have the chance to enjoy the amazing wild life, diversity of vegetation from the high lands down to the jungle area.

Go on the Salkantay trail, go beyond your limits and venture on this little wildness place full of outstanding snow-capped mountains, beautiful lakes and green valleys rich in flora and fauna, so, the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu seems like to be the best trekking choise.

Starting altitude – 9128ft./2800, Longest day – Day 1, and Day 2 approximately 10.9 miles / 18km, Coldest night – Day 1 around 0° Celsius, Overall difficulty – Dificulte, Trekking style – 3 days Hiking and 2 nights camping


Salkantay Trail 4 days – Itinerary

Day 1 Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa –  Salkataypampa
We are going to pick you up from your Hotel at 5am and we will travel to a little town of Mollepata where we are going to stop for breakfast and buy some suplies for the Salkantay trek, and then we will continue our travel still  on our minivan for about 1 hour to Challacancha 3,700m/12,066ft. the trailhead of the Salkantay trekking.

Around 9am we start our trekking through an amazing Route with a great views of Umantay and Salkantay glacier, finally after 2 hours of traveling we reach Soraypampa a spectacular place to enjoy our first Lunch. In the afternoon we continue hiking uphill for 2 more hours to our campsite colled Salkantaypampa 4,100m /13,366fts. at this altitud the temperatures at night is very cold, therefore we recommend wear warm clothes.
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Day 2 Salkantaypampa – Salkantay Pass – Collpapampa – la Playa

Today is considered a challenging day of the Salkantay trail 4 days, we start ascending on the zagging switchback up the Mountain for about 2 hours with spectacular scenery that  goes from one extreme to another; starting from the high Puna covered in Ichu grass until Salkantay pass  4,615m /15,050ft.

After we enjoyed the Salkantay pass we start descending  to the warm and lush cloud forest  we will see a variety of wildlife, like the beautiful hummingbird and toucans, there is also a chance to see Andean Foxes, white Tailed Deers and Viscacha (wild Rabbit). Once we arrived to Collpapampa we are going to catch our minivan and travel for 1 hour all the way to la Playa – Santa Teresa a beautiful place to spent the night. The Hot springs is an optional visit, 1 hour of travel by car from our camp.

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Trekking Time: 8 to 9 hours
Highest Elevation: Salkantay Pass 4,615m/15,050

Day 3 Santa Teresa – Llaqtapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes

Our destination today is Aguas Calientes town, today is the most beautiful hike of our 4 day Salkantay Trail, we travel through the Coffe plantation with exotic flora and fauna to the ancient Inca site of Llaqtapata for 3 hours, this is a spectacular overlooking Machu Picchu Inca site surrounded by beautiful mountains. Then we start descending for 2 hours  on the other site of the mountain to Hydroelectric station where we are going to stop for our last Lunch  and then catch our train to Aguas Calientes, our acomodation is in one of beautiful Hotels.

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Day 4 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

After an amazing hike on the Salkantay Trekking, we are ready for the Machu Picchu tour the ancient city of the Incas, we are going to have 3 hours of Machu Picchu tour which take us through stunning construction, a professional tour guide is going to help us to explore properly and understand better the mystery of this sacred place. Afterward you will have extra time to explore the Inca site on your own.

If you have booked a permit to climb Huayna Picchu Mountan it will be your next trek. The Sun Gate is another place to visit, where Inca Trail hikers arrive through it to Machu Picchu, it takes 1 hour hike and is free and available to all.
Usual train departure is in the afternoon from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then bus to Cusco.


What is Included?

  • Pick up from the Airport/Hotel
  • English Spanish speaking tour guide
  • Professional cook
  • Briefing
  • Entrance Fee to the Salkantay trail
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Briefing the night before the trek
  • Duffel bag to pack your hiking gear
  • Horses to transport the camping equipment and food supplies
  • Emergency horse
  • Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the trailhead
  • 4-man tent for every 2 people
  • Dinning tent
  • Kitchen tent
  • Train ticket from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo (Expedition class at 16:22 hours)
  • Train ticket from Idroelectrica to Machu Picchu town
  • Pick up from the train station and drop off into your hotel – Cusco
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu round trip
  • Meal: 3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Water: we will provide you water every day at breakfast time, at lunch time and at dinner time

What is not Included?

  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking poles
  • Air mattresses
  • First day breakfast and last day lunch
  • Transportation to the hot spring
  • Entrance fee to the hot spring
  • Extra expenses
  • Tips


Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Price

We Warmly welcome to you, and we really want to make the best experience for you on the Salkantay 4 days Adventure trip. Our departure to the Salkantay trail can be any day of the week.

Price: USD 580 Per Person – Group Service

A group Service means that it is open to other trekkers to join you. Your group will have varying hiking and fitness abilities. All our Guides are experts on how to keep the trek moving and happy no matter how fast you go.

Private Tour Service is available and priced by party size

The Salkantay trail 4 days adventure is the best trek to Machu Picchu, even better if you do just with your friends or loved ones. Our private trips  can start with any size and we will do all our best to make a lifetime experience for you.

2 Hikers: $660 per person
3 Hikers: $630 per person
4 Hikers: $600 per person
5 Hikers: $570 per person
6 Hikers: $540 per person
7 or more Hikers: $500 per person

Students discount 

Student from 18 to 25 years old get discount of $20

Students from 12 to 17 years old, they get discount of $20.

Children from under 11 years all they get discount of $20.

Student discount apply anyone who has the information required from the student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date, etc. A copy of the card is required at booking to obtain government approval for the discount. For people of 17 years of age or younger, we will need a copy of the passport at booking time.

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Some considerations

For example, if you book a trek or tour at the age of 17 but, you turn 18 before you start your trek or tour, you do not qualify for a student discount.

To comfirm your booking with us is required a deposit of USD $ 200 per person via PayPal + 6% of PayPal transaction in order to purchase all the entrance fee to Machu Picchu and train tickets. The deposit can be done via PAYPAL or Wester Union. Go to our booking option.


Salkantay Trail – Optional Extras

Optional Rentals

  • Sleeping Bag US$25
  • Walking Pole US$8
  • Inflatable Mattress US$25
  • Single Tent Supplement US$25

Optional Upgrades

  • Vistadome train.- (One Way): $40per person
  • Casa Andina Hotel.- $45 US p p shared ($110 for a single)
  • El Mapi Hotel.- +$50 US p p shared (+$170 for a single)

Huayna Picchu Mountain – Included in Price
Huayna Picchu, is a stunning mountain that sits directly behind Machu Picchu, this is the infamous sugar-loaf mountain which sits at an elevation of 2,720m and 300m above the Machu Picchu Inca Citadel.
There are some archaeological remains as the Moon Temple and other precincts that are interconnected with authentic trails, steps, tunnels and natural formatted caves which made the view more interesting, without any doubt, Huayna Picchu mountain can be the highlight of your trip to Machu Picchu.
The last stretch to get the summit is very steep, narrow, and in some parts, you are required to use your hands for balance. There are some stone ladders to climb up the cliff face along the way. if you have problems with the heights this may not be the hike for you. The summit itself is not flat but is instead rocky, therefore when the crowd picks up it can be a bit difficult to move around.

  • Difficulty – Due to the complexity and gradient of the trail, the hike is rather challenging.
  • Duration – The round trip can take between 1.5 to 2 hours in average.
  • Elevation – The mountain’s summit sits at 2,693masl, while the climb itself is 353m.

Huayna Picchu mountain can be climbed in 2 different sessions:

  • The first session: from 7am to 8am
  • The second session: from 10am to 11am

Machu Picchu Mountain – Included in Price
The climb up to Machu Picchu mountain is nearly twice as high as Huayna Picchu but has a more gradual ascent profile up to its summit at 1,850 feet (~620m) above the city ruins (3,051m above sea level).
The panoramic views are from another world. The Inca ruins, Huayna Picchu and Putucusi Mountains look so small behind the giant row of mountains that it makes you wonder if it is true what you are seeing. You will be astonished!
The awe-inspiring view is still composed by a bright blue sky, clouds and the Urubamba River snaking around colossal mountains covered with lush vegetation. What a gift from our mother nature!

  • Difficulty – Due to the complexity and gradient of the trail, the hike is rather challenging.
  • Duration – The round trip can take between 2.5 to 3 hours in average.
  • Elevation – The mountain’s summit sits at 3,000masl, while the climb itself is 600m.

Machu Picchu mountain can be climbed in 2 different sessions:

  • The first session: from 7am to 8am
  • The second session: from 9am to 10am

Free Tours

If you are traveling with 4 or more of your friends or family in your group, you will automatically get one of our additional tours for free. You may choose whichever one of the tours that suites your fancy from the list below. Please, keep in mind that we do not include the entrance fees for these tours. What we do provide is the transportation and a professional tour guide.

Do not worry single travelers! If you travel with us, you will also get special discounts on any of our additional tours.

  • Sacred Valley Tour
  • Cusco City Tour

Important Info

Important Information

We know planning an adventure vacation is no small decision, so we’re here to make the process as easy as possible for you. We’ve been doing this for quite a while, so we’ve got the answers to everything you need to know!

Upon your arrival in Cusco City
You will be welcomed by one of our transfers at Cusco airport and then you will be transferred into your hotel. Find out your transfer in Cusco airport holding our Inka trail Explorer. Please you should provide us your flight schedule before you leave home.

The briefing
Your guide will meet you in your hotel 1 or 2 days prior you start the trek, depending on your preference. your guide will explain everything concerning the trek in detail. This includes the Salkantay Trek schedule and a few tips on how to make the Salkantay trek easier. You also will receive a duffel bag which is meant to contain all of your personal belongings.

Can I leave my Suitcase in your storage?
Usually most of the hotels in Cusco city offers a free storage but, definitely you can leave your suitcase in our storage while you go on trek or tour, we offer a free storage.

How do I Pay my final Balance?
Your final balance should be paid in cash and it can be done in American dollars or in the local currency (Peruvian soles). We kindly request pay your final balance at least 24 hours prior you start the trek. You also can pay your balance via PayPal 10 days prior you start the trek. To pay your final balance via PayPal, you need to log into your PayPal account using our e-mail address –

Can I cancel my trip or change my departure date?
As soon as you make your confirmation by paying your deposit we proceed to purchase the Inca trail permits, Machu Picchu tickets and train tickets. According the government regulations, the Inca trail and Machu Picchu permits or tickets cannot be canceled, changed of date or transferred into other traveler and unfortunately there is not a refund.

Do I need my Original passport when I travel into Peru?
Very important to bring the original passport with you. If you are a foreigner, you need a passport to enter Machu Picchu. Not just any passport. It has to be the passport you used to book your trip in Peru or buy your entry tickets to different attractions in Cusco – Peru.
If you renew your passport after you book your trip in Peru, you must travel with both the old and the new passports. You can send us via e-mail a copy of your new and old passports and we will be able to upgrade your new passport information.

How fit do I need to be to hike these trails?
As long as you enjoy hiking, you’ll love these trails – you’ll be hiking about eight miles a day, but there’s no rush, you can take it at your own pace. In fact, the slower the better I say, as that way you get plenty of time not only to enjoy your surroundings, but let your body acclimatize to the altitude as well.
We recommend doing plenty of exercise before you leave home, as the fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy your hike. We suggest you try to go for a short walks or running 2-3 times a week. If you have access to some walking trails that go over hills then go and explore, Hit the gym if you can’t do outdoor activities.
That said our trips are designed for regular active people, so you don’t need to be a triathlete or anything – though if you are you won’t be bored!

What if I need a special diet?
We cater all the food restrictions you might have; we work with professional cooks who will take care of you. You also can specify your particular requirements when you fill up our booking form.

  • Vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • Vegetarian (no meat products)
  • Fishatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • No red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • Gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • Lactose intolerant (no dairy products)

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?
You should have full travel insurance cover – please be aware that some insurance companies require insurance to be purchased within 7 days of deposit payment. It is imperative for you to have medical cover and emergency repatriation and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance policy that also includes trip cancellation and other travel mishaps (e.g. flight cancellations or delays, trip interruption, theft or loss of luggage and personal effects).

Packing List

The Packig List for the Salkantay Trail


  • Passport
  • Valid, GREEN ISIC card (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack
  •  Camelbaks is recommended – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankles support
  • Walking Poles

In your Duffle Bag
Remember you are packing for 2 nights of camping and one night hotel. Horses will carry up to 8 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt.

  • 2 wicking t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 Fleece
  • Warm, down jacket: this trek includes 1 cold night camping
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones.
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean
  • Battery Charger: There is some place to plug in at the camping area!
  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least


  • Face moisturizer
  • Handsanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toiletpaper

In your Daypacks

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend small. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25L will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside citadel gates.

  • Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won’t have time to filter water until your first lunch.
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhat
  • Woolhat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Handsanitizer
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
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