Salkantay Trek

5 Day Hiking Tour with Machu Picchu

Hiking Experience Peru 5 Days Camping & Local Hotel All year round Small Group

From US$ 790 per person

Our local Partner for this Trip

Our partner is an adventure travel company based in Cusco, Peru, that specializes in multi-day treks and tours to Machu Picchu.  During their trips they make every effort to minimize negative impacts and maximize the benefits to the local people and natural environments visited. Their mission is to provide exceptional travel experiences with a strong commitment to environmentally responsible, sustainable, ethical, and socially conscious travel. They are committed to international sustainable tourism guidelines, have aligned their operations with the standard suggested by „leave no trace“ and train their staff in accordance. They have developed ongoing community projects and charity events supporting local Andean communities, one of these includes building a school at one community.

Trip Facts: Salkantay Trek

Machu Picchu & Inca Ruins

Visit Machu Picchu, one of the 7 man-made wonders of the world and Peru´s most visited Inca Site plus a small Inca Site along the trail.

Diverse Landscape & Scenery

The Salkantay Trek combines Andean plateaus with spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, turquoise lakes with high jungle and cloud forest.

Lake Humantay

See the beautiful Lake Humantay, an epic turquoise lake surrounded by massive snowcapped mountains and glacial peaks.

Premium Camping

A dedicated support team will make sure you will feel most comfortable, set up tents before you arrive at each campsite, prepare delicious fresh meals and provide you with hot water bottles and thick blankets to keep you warm at night.

Experienced & Knowledgable Guides

Guides attend yearly safety, evacuation, emergency, and first aid training as well as training refreshers on Incan history, flora and fauna are fluent in English and have 10+ years of trekking experience.


The Salkantay trek is beautiful trail through diverse landscapes. It combines Andean plateaus with spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, turquoise lakes with high jungle and cloud forest. You will pass through tropical fruit and coffee plantations and during part of the trek walk on an original Inca trail to a small Inca ruin where you will have a distant view of Machu Picchu. The trip concludes with a tour of the magical city of Machu Picchu on the 5th day. The Salkantay trek is approximately 60 km/37 miles long and goes up to 4,600 m/15,092 ft and considered moderate to strenuous. For the truly motivated the tour can be done in only 4 days.

  • Drive to Mollepata for breakfast in a local restaurant
  • Continue on a beautiful scenic journey through the Limatambo Valley, with stops for panoramic views of the “Apu or Mountain Salkantay”, awesome chains of magnificent snow capped mountains and the lush Apurimac River Valley
  • Arrive at the trailhead called Sayllapata to meet your Arrieros “horsemen” and trekking staff
  • Trek through traditional Andean communities such as Challacancha and Soraypampa
  • Continue walking through small Andean villages to Salkantaypampa at the base of Salkantay Mountain, your first campsite
  • Today´s trek starts with an ascend to the Apacheta pass, enjoying a spectacular view of the snow capped Salkantay Mountain, the second highest peak in Cusco’s region
  • See the snow capped mountains Humantay and Pumasillo as well as the Salkantay river, small lakes and moraines
  • Continue downhill to your lunch camp in Huayracpunku and further down to the high jungle where the landscape is warmer, more humid, and quite lush
  • End your hike at Chaullay campsite
  • Start your day with an easy hike through the Totora Valley which is part of the high jungle or Ceja de Selva
  • See a wide variety of plants including different fruit, flowers, birds and other various crops (e.g. coca, coffee, avocado, and bananas)
  • Pass a beautiful waterfall and several streams and with luck, observe the famous Peruvian national bird, “Gallito de las Rocas”
  • Continue hiking straight to your campsite at La Playa where you will enjoy lunch and some time to rest before having happy hour and dinner later in the evening
  • Begin your trek to the village Lucmabamba where you will see the remains of an original Inca trail Trek on this rising trail along plantations of coffee, banana, passion fruit, avocado and a enjoy a lovely view of the lush Santa Teresa Valley
  • Follow the Inca trail climbing up to Llactapata, an Inca ruin
  • See Machu Picchu from a distance and enjoy some free time to rest, use the restroom (1 sol), and buy drinks or snacks if you wish
  • Walk downhill to the hydroelectric plant 1,870 m/6,135 ft and have lunch before taking the train to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu
  • Rest in your hotel or visit the local hot springs before or after our dinner in a local restaurant
  • Enjoy an early tour of Machu Picchu with your guide who will unfold the mysteries of this magical site, explaining the history and flora/fauna

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