Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu

  • Duration

    04 Day /

  • Price per person


MAX. ALTITUDE 15,190 ft.


tent & hotel

ACCOMMODATION tent & hotel




These activities are a walk in the park! You will be able to enjoy the scenery, history, and time with loved ones without exhausting yourself. You do not need any special training, gear, or acclimatization for an “Easy” trek or tour. Terrain will be generally flat and comfortable, highly traveled.


A step up from “Easy,” these tours require a little more physical effort but are still 100% manageable to anyone with or without adventure experience. Again, you do not need special training, gear, or acclimatization for a “Mild” trek or tour. Terrain is generally flat but with possible gentle up- and downhills.


Before embarking on a “Moderate” trek or tour, you should be at least partly acclimatized to the high altitude of the Andes as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. These tours are still very manageable without special training as long as you have spent a day or two at high altitude. Terrain often includes moderate up- and downhill walking with possible rough patches or infrequently-traveled sections.


“Challenging” treks or tours require that you are acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 2-3 days or more at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. You will need to be in good physical shape, and it’s recommended that you train at least some beforehand, possibly with running, biking, or strenuous workout videos. Terrain is often rough, sometimes with steep up- and downhills and often not highly traveled. Generally, these last several hours.


These “Formidable” treks are our most difficult treks and require serious effort but are also the most rewarding. It is necessary to be in pristine physical condition. Again, you must be acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 4-5 days or more if possible at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. It is important to train physically before these treks so that your body is prepared for the strenuous nature of the trip. Generally, these last at least an entire day in infrequently-traveled areas with rough paths.

  • Cusco
  • Mollepata
  • Salkantay Pass
  • Machu Picchu

With the 04 Day Salkantay trek is significantly less populated than the Inca Trail. It’s a tour full of adventure into the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Also, the Salkantay hike is one of the most famous treks in Cusco with amazing landscapes

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04 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Group Service

The 04 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Salkantay trek 4 days is the second most visited place in being more visited after Machu Picchu. It has incredible typical landscapes of the Andes because such beauty must be enjoyed in a unique and exclusive way. Certainly, this route offers us different landscapes since on the way we will pass through snow-capped mountains, cloud forests and we will feel the climate changes of the altitudinal floors in the course. Likewise, as well as we will also pass through small Andean communities. It is aimed at those people who love nature, they will like to feel the tranquility and be in contact with it.



  • Maximum Elevation: 4,400 meters / 14,435 ft.
  • Distance: 12 km / 7.45 miles


  • Maximum Elevation: 4,650 meters / 20,574 feet
  • Distance: 21 km / 13 miles


  • Maximum elevation: 2,920 meters / 9,580 ft.
  • Distance: 20 km / 12 miles





  • Firstly, we will leave Cusco very early at 04:00 a.m., the trip will last approximately 03 hours to the town of Mollepata. On the way, we will pass through different microclimates and altitudes, such as the town of Limatambo, known for its avocados.
  • After taking breakfast briefly, we will continue to the Community of Soraypampa, where we will begin our trek.
  • So, we will continue approximately 03 hours to Salkantaypampa (4,000 meters / 13,123 ft.), we will have lunch under the massive Salkantay glacier.
  • After resting, we continue our trip to our camp in Suyroccocha (4,400 meters / 14,435 ft.), we will settle for the night right at the foot of Salkantay.
  • Finally, weather permitting, we will have a night constellation show with a show of constellations.

Accommodation: Campsite at Suyroccocha



  • A beautiful Andean sunrise will wake up. So, we will begin our ascent of approximately 1 hour to the Salkantay pass (4,650 meters / 15,255 ft.).
  • Likewise, at this point the sights are spectacular, surrounded by glaciers and the view of the valley below. With some luck, we will observe local birds and mammals along the way.
  • Our lunch will be in the community of Huayraqmachay, in the elevations near the glacier.
  • After that, we will descend and feel the abrupt change in climate as we will enter the cloud forest.
  • Consequently, after 4 hours, we will reach Collpapampa (2,920 meters / 9,580 ft.), the weather is more tropical and full of wildlife.
  • We will camp near the river and in the forest.

Accommodation: Campsite at Challway



  • Firstly, we will have a nutritious and delicious breakfast in the morning.
  • Likewise, we continue our journey through the dense vegetation of the high Andean jungle and the fruit fields. The most common fruits are bananas, coffee, avocados, and cacao.
  • We will stop for lunch in the community of Sayahuaco (2,000 meters / 6,462 feet).
  • Next, we will make a short trip by car to the hydroelectric station.
  • From Hidroelectrica, we will continue by foot to “Aguas Calientes” (2,040 meters / 6,692 ft.) around 03 hours.
  • As a result, in “Aguas Calientes”, we will settle in our hotel and then go for dinner at a local restaurant.

NOTE: It is optional to take a short train ride here instead of walking for an additional cost of $31.

Accommodation: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel*** or Similar



  • This is the most important day, we will visit one of the wonders of the world, the imposing “Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu“.
  • After our breakfast, we will board the bus that will take us to Machu Picchu, where we will receive the first rays of the sun at dawn while illuminates the magical city.
  • So, the guided tour of the National Shrine will last approximately 02 hours.
  • Likewise, in the afternoon, we will return to “Aguas Calientes” for lunch, before taking the train that will take us back to Ollantaytambo.
  • In Ollantaytambo, our private transport will take us back to Cusco to drop you off at your respective hotel.

What's Included


  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Chef.
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 7kg of your personal items.
  • Pick-up and transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Water (excluding the first 04 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
  • 03 Breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 03 Afternoon Snacks and 03 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know (food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
  • Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite, you will woken up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Golden Sunrise Machupicchu *** , Hatun Samay Hotel *** ) Day 04.
  • Double thickness foam sleeping mattress.
  • Oxygen bottle.
  • First aid kit.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Transportation Ollantaytambo-Cusco.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
  • Train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo


  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us). US$25.00
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 05.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$35.00
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.



****Daily Departure with at least 2 people****

2 or More People US$ 559.00

OUR GROUP SIZE: We offer small Groups, not more than 10 people.

Discounts for Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Group of 05 or more: US$ 25.00 All of you need is to book the trek altogether at the same time.
  • Under 18 years old: US$ 25.00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years old): US$ 25.00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using an university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to  More Information about STUDENT CARD.


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Extra Services?

Hire of sleeping bag 5 season $25.00
Walking stick highly recommended! $15.00
Single supplement $60.00
Additional night at 3 star hotel $85.00


Is the trek difficult? Do I need to be in good physical condition?

All our treks (Inka Trail, Salkantay, Ausangate, Lares, etc) are moderately difficult, lengthy and traverse rough mountain terrain. We kindly recommend that if you plan to conquer any of these routes machu picchu travel to be in relatively good physical condition, plus acclimatization.

How far in advance should I acclimatize for the salkantay trek to machu picchu?

This means arriving to Cusco at least 02 days prior to salkantay trek 4 days departure to adjust to altitude. During the last two months leading up to your salkantay trek tours salcantay pass we suggest a regular and moderate exercise routine to improve endurance and stamina. We wish for you to have the best experience possible!

Are vegetarian, vegan, and/or other special diet needs available?

Of course! Without any additional costs! When you make your reservation of salkantay hike, salkantay trek 4 days, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies.

That is to say, Vegetarian foods will be absent of all meats, chicken, or fish. We will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.

What will the meals be like during the salkantay trek tours?

Most of our main meals are a buffet-style, leaving you the option to avoid anything undesirable to you.

If there are any food items or veggies that you cannot stomach, perhaps onions, tomatoes, mushrooms.. etc, upon your request we will ask our chef to leave them out or separate this item.

We can also attend lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant diets. We cannot accept individuals with serious allergic or life-threatening reactions.

I have a food allergy. May I still participate?

Certainly, Every day we receive many clients with food allergies to nuts, wheat, etc. Please inform us in detail of your condition upon making your reservation.

Therefore, We kindly ask that you declare the severity of your reaction and any medication that you take in case of emergency.

However, If your allergy is severe, we ask that you be accompanied by a friend or individual conscious and fully responsible of your situation and ready with any medication.


When must I arrive in cusco or arrive to your office?

We require that all clients arrive to Cusco at least 48 hours before the start of your salkantay trek tours, although 03 nights before is ideal. Certainly, You must pay your remaining balance two days before your departure for your salkantay trek 4 days. This will assure that all individuals are acclimatized and adjusted to the high altitude conditions to begin your trek comfortably. Please note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash in our office and cannot be paid before your arrival.

What are the office hours – salkantay trek tours?

Certainly, our office hours are Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm, 4:00pm – 8:00pm. (Please aim to arrive 7:30pm at the latest!)

Are hiking sticks or poles necessary?

For this trek more than any other, we do recommend hiking sticks, especially for those with any known knee problems. The poles will assist your balance and reduce the impact on your knees.

In addition, Waman Adventures will rent hiking sticks for $15

Where can I store my baggage that I dont need for the trail?

Any baggage that is not necessary for your trek may be stored in your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge). In the case that your hotel may not provide this service, we will store your baggage safely in our office free of charge.

What is the weather like during the trek?

Most importantly, The best time for making the salkantay trek to machu picchu with good weather is between the months of April – October when there is minimal rainfall and clear skies. Therefore, The driest months are June – August, which is winter in the Andes.

When is the rainy season in Cusco?

In the same vein, January to March is summer in Peru, which means rainy season for Cusco and especially the salkantay trek 4 days, which is located mostly in the tropical cloud forest.

Where do I have to be the morning of the start of my trek and where will I finish at the end?

Certainly, We will pick you up from your hotel to begin your trek and upon finishing, we will also leave you at your hotel.

I wish to have a train company or train option different to that which Inkayni Peru Tours offers, is this possible?

If you wish to change your train company or option (such as Vistadome de Peru Rail, to Ollantaytambo or the whole route to Poroy), or your departure time, additional fees may apply. You must speak with one of our sales agents to inquire about availability and the additional costs for salkantay trek tours.

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