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Trek Salkantay to Machu Picchu

Trek Salkantay to Machu Picchu

Off-the-beaten-path route to the sacred Machu Picchu

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Trek Salkantay to Machu Picchu $ 495.29 USD Per Traveler
Trip highlights
  • Voted one of the best tours in the world by National Geographic
  • Stay in the Skylodges and enjoy the epic view of the Galaxy
  • Hike to the mountain paradise of Humantay Lake
  • Trek next to the majestic Salkantay and reach the ruins of Machu Picchu
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  • The experience

    This off-the-beaten-path route to Machu Picchu is perfect for adventurers that are looking for something a little bit less mainstream. As you trek from the majestic snowing mountains to the jungle you will discover a wide range of plants and wildlife. This amazing trail will leave you in awe of how quickly the ecosystems change from day to day. Your guides will take you to remote villages that foreigners rarely see and you will experience the culture with your own eyes.

    This trek is physically challenging and you must be in reasonable physical condition. The most important factor for success on this route is acclimatization to the altitude. A day of acclimatization in the city of Cusco before the trek is ideal. You will be trekking next to the snow-covered Salkantay. This impressive snowy peak in the Peruvian Andes is located less than 50 miles from Cusco and towers 20,574 feet above sea level!

    • Day 1

      Hike from Challacancha to Soraypampa with very few tourists. We will stop at the Base of Humantay Mountain to enjoy the breathtaking Humantay Lake. Ponder your first views of the unfathomable Salkantay. Spend the night in our Sky Lodges with glass roof and watch the stars from your bed in our exclusive camp.

      Hiking distance - 7.5 miles
      Initial elevation - 10,990’
      Highest elevation - 15,092’
      Elevation of the camp - 12,860’
      Difficulty: Moderate
      Meals: lunch and dinner (in addition to snacks and snacks)
      Lodging: Salkantay Sky Lodges with glass roof.

    • Day 2

      Hike through the switchbacks of the Salkantay route with the mountain peak towering in front of you. Challenge yourself as we move up some steep terrain and look down base of the valley of Salkantay. Around lunch time, you'll be standing in the middle of the Andes mountain range! In the afternoon, we make our way to an incredible forest up in the clouds and tropical jungle around Chaullay. This is the most challenging day but also the most rewarding!

      Distance hiking - 13.5 miles
      Initial elevation - 12,467’
      Maximum altitude: 15,256’
      Elevation of the camp - 9,023’
      Difficulty: challenging
      Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner (in addition to snacks and snacks)
      Accommodation: Camping in Andean huts.

    • Day 3

      6:00 am - 10:00 pm Chullay - Santa Teresa
      We leave our camp early for an easy hike to enjoy some chill time, and appreciate the scenery and wildlife, including the sound of the river running in the valley below us. We will travel through the jungle, finding all kinds of tropical fruits such as bananas, passion fruit and avocados. There are also waterfalls and streams where you can refresh your feet and cool off! We will finish in the beautiful hot springs of Santa Teresa.

      Hiking distance - 11 miles
      Initial height - 9,023’
      Elevation of the camp - 7,874’
      Difficulty: Easy
      Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner (in addition to snacks and snacks)
      Accommodation: Jungle Domes.

    • Day 4

      How could it not be an adventure to travel back in time to visit the Inca people?
      Today something particularly special happens, we travel along the Inca Trail. On this road, we will arrive at the impressive archaeological site of Llactapata just in front of its better known older brother, Machupicchu. You will meet some of the native people who live there and you will understand the daily life in the area.

      Hiking Distance - 11 miles
      Initial height - 8,038’
      Elevation of the camp - 6,561’ (Hotel Aguas Calientes)
      Difficulty: moderate to challenging.
      Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner (in addition to snacks and snacks)
      Accommodation: Comfortable hotel.

    • Day 5

      6:00 am - 10:00 pm MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
      Your enthusiasm for our destination of Machu Picchu will increase as you start hiking early in the morning through the forest to reach the the ruins before most other tourists. You'll have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder as you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this sacred place. You will learn about the mystical Machu Picchu in a 2 hour guided tour of the ruins.

      Activity level: Touring: Easy, Hiking: strenuous.
      Duration of the activity: 2-5 hours exploring; Machu Picchu is 7972’ above sea level.

  • person_pin_circle Pre-departure Information

    Meet your guide and group on the first day and have an orientation meeting.

    person_pin_circle Transportation

    Hotel pick up in the morning and by private transport.

    person_pin_circle Experienced Guides

    All our certified guides are experienced local mountaineers.

    person_pin_circle Night 1 Accommodation

    Relax in a soft bed in our Sky Lodges under the stars.

    person_pin_circle Night 2 of accommodation

    Enjoy our camping cabins, made of ichu (Peruvian Pasto).

    person_pin_circle Night 3 of accommodation

    Experience our ecologically designed Jungle Domes.

    person_pin_circle Night 4 of accommodation

    The last night is held in a hotel in Aguas calientes in a double room.

    person_pin_circle Camping Equipment

    Tents for dining room and kitchen, tables, chairs and kitchen equipment.

    person_pin_circle Cargo Mules

    On days 1, 2 and 3 the cargo mules carry all the camping equipment.

    person_pin_circle Meals

    A chef specialized in cooking all the way.

    person_pin_circle Medical Insurance

    For any kind of accident (we have yet to use this).

    person_pin_circle National Parks Entrances

    All the fees to enter archaeological site of Machu Picchu are already paid.

    person_pin_circle Train tickets

    From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (leaves at 6:20 PM).

  • Accomodation level

    It’s a basic accommodation with the essential services like a hot shower, electricity, and a nice and comfy bed.

    Physical Rating

    There are several physical activities that last from 2 to 6 hours in easy terrains, low altitude flats, or water experiences. Please ask if you’re not sure you’ll fit.

    Experience Style

    Includes physical activities like hiking, trekking, biking, canyoning. You’re always on the move and your transportation system will be mostly your own feet.

    Experience Type
    Small Group

    You’ll be accompanied by a small group of travelers just like you. Examples of these activities are hiking, trekking, mountain climbing.

    Age Requirement

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Extras you can add to your experience

Enjoy more benefits. These extras are not included in the experience, you can add them paying an extra fee.


This insurance covers any accident during the experience. Only for people under 69 years.

Visit to the mountain of the 7 colors

Extra day, we leave at 4:30 am, to make an ascent to the mountain of the 7 colors. NOT INCLUDED: Local contribution of 10 s. For entry.

Sleeping bag,

Feather Sleeping bag rental for all your experience.

Trekking Poles

Trekking Poles income for all your experience.

Experience in 4 days.

Change your experience from 5 to 4 days. Changing the day of rest in "Jungle Domes" by a direct bus to the hotel of Aguascalientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo).

Extra trek to lookout Machu Picchu Mountain

Extra walk of 2 km and 300 m of unevenness. When you reach its top you will have an incredible view and in another perspective of the citadel of Machupichu.

City Tour in Cusco.

Extra day, we leave at 1:30 p.m. and we finished at 6:30 p.m. NOT INCLUDED: Tickets to points of interest

Visit to the Sacred Valley.

Extra day, we leave at 8:15 am, we will drive to the Sacred Valley to visit all the points of interest. NOT INCLUDED: Tickets to points of interest (130 s.)

Experience Photos

These are some photos of the important spot of this experience.

Meeting Point

When you pay your reservation you will receive information indetail about the meeting point where you will meet with Oscar.

* Remember, once you buy you will receive the exact address where you should arrive to start your experience.

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