This Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 Days / 4 Nights hike is one of the most popular alternative trek to the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

The Salkantay Trek distance is longer, more difficult and rugged, but with less people in a group and therefore more authentic than the Inca Trail.

The Salkantay Trek is one of the most popular alternative trek for the Classic Inca Trail, 5 days and 4 nights adventure to Machu Picchu. Salkantay Trek needs you to be a little more fit since the route is relatively longer, more difficult and some roads are rough.

You will travel with a small group, exploring the remote path and rise highs of the Salkantay trek.  You will reach the highest point of the trek called the ”Death Woman Pass”. The walk takes you through barren mountains and lush vegetation, cloud forests and dry mountains by streams and rivers. We find hot springs on the way where you can definitely relax after a day of hiking. Be prepared for the different temperatures in different heights of the trek – you may even see some snow – the highest point on the way is 4,650 meters / 15,200 feet above sea level.

The Salkantay 5 days and 4 nights trek will end at Machu Picchu, where our professional guide will give you almost 3 hours tour around magic ruins of Machu Picchu. You will also have time to explore this unique and sacred place by yourself after the guide tour.

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: We will pick you up from your hotel at 4.30 am to begin our expedition to Machu Picchu.  We will travel in a bus passing through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo. After approximately 2 hours and a half driving we will stop to enjoy first breakfast prepared by trekking chefs and then will start preparing for your journey. After breakfast you will have a short car ride to Challacancha where you will start trekking yourself.

You will start two and a half hours hiking along absolutely stunning scenes of Andean vegetation, valleys, mountains and the snowy tops of the Humatay (5217 m.) and Salkantay (6264 m.)

Continuing the hike through green and gorgeous landscapes to the courtyard of Soraypampa (3700 m.) where the first night of camping going to be spend.  Our chefs and porters will prepare the campsite and a pleasant dinner.

You will have afternoon free for yourself, to relax, have siesta, or optional for those who still have energy to hike one hour one way to the Turqouise lagoon – Humantay (4100 m.) Where there waterfalls come from mountains.

On a first day you will hike total 15 km, including the lagoon, it will take around 7 hours.


After and early breakfast we will start trekking at around 6.30 am. continuing the hike through the Peruvian highland. The second day of Salkantay 5 Days and 4 Nights Trek will bring a day full of adventures. The day you will cross the Pampa- Salkantay hitting the highest point of the trek called ‘’Death Woman Path’’ at 4600 m. above sea level, imposing snowy Humantay path where you can appreciate and enjoy the majesty of the landscape, white river, small lakes and moraines.

After 5 hours hiking on a second day you are ready for well-deserved lunch and little rest in Huayracmachay. Last 2-3 hours downhill walk to the Campsite at Chaullay (2,920 m.) where you will spend your second night.

Second day includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and 20 km. of hiking on a day.



On a third day of Salkantay 5D/4N Trek you will get to wake up with a fabulous mountain scenery, our chefs will prepare you a tasty breakfast and hot tea. Nights and early mornings may be chilly comparing how hot days can become. Be prepared for the temperature changes, read more how to prepare for the trek and feel comfortable before starting the hike.

You will start 3 hours easy walk towards complete changes of nature. From snowy mountains picture to the Jungle niche called ‘’Ceja de Selva’’with a variety of flora and fauna. You will pass by the Andean Community of Arranyaniyoc where we begin to descent into the jungle. Walking cloud forests and exploring different kind of plants, fruits, flowers and birds. You will get to see banana and coffee trees.  Hot springs of Rio Santa Teresa makes the area humid and warm forming it to a micro climate that have managed to make the most of the Orchids.  The variety of colours and species have been classified by experts as the most beautiful orchids in the world.

On the way you will have a pleasant experience meeting the local families living and inhabited in this area.

After a day in a jungle we will arrive at the third night campsite called ‘’La Playa’’ where you will have great dinner and again well-deserved rest at a beautiful view place.



Early breakfast at the campsite. We will begin the hike at around 8.30 am. The hike starts through the jungle semi-tropical and humid climate with a variety of crops of coffee, cocoa trees and fruit plants. All the way up to Sahuayco you will get to explore the nature of the jungle, and where we have lunch.

From Sahuayaco you will get a first glimpse of Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu mountains. From the central of Hidro Electric we are about take the train to reach final point of the day Aguas Calientes, the town of Machu Picchu where after the dinner you going to stay overnight in a hostel or optional in a hotel.


Very early in a morning, after breakfast you will take the shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu ruins.

Our professional tour guide will give you two and a half hours tour around impressive citadel of Machu Picchu giving you more information about urban and agricultural area, towers, ceremonial places, sacred springs, terraces which were used to contemplate the domains of the Inca.

After the guided tour you will have time free to keep exploring the ruins, climb Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains. That is optional, and if you are planning climb one of those mountains, we can arrange the entrance ticket for you with the advanced notice.

The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes off at 18.45, until this time you have to get to the town, get your bags from the hostel. It is up to you how early you will leave Machu Picchu to get to Aguas Calientes. Town is welcoming with nice and cosy restaurants, markets, also you can have your time and relax at hot springs.

Train ride will take about one hour and a half, at 20.15 in Ollantaytambo our staff member will pick you up from the station and guide to our private transport to bring you back to Cusco.

What does this tour include?

The Tour of Salkantay Trek to  Machu Picchu Includes:

  • Transfer from your hotel to the bus station (bus from Cusco to Mollepata).
  • English speaking professional guide Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horsemen and horses (to carry camping gear, food, cooking equipment, etc) for days 1 to 3.
  • Accommodation for our guides, cook, porters and horsemen
  • Meals (4B, 4L, 4D + wake up tea)
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition Service).
  • Transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • 3 night camping along the route (2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent).
  • Train ticket from Hidroelectric to Aguas Calientes
  • Full camping equipment: tent kitchen, tables, chairs, tent bedrooms, mattresses.
  • 1 night hostel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrance ticket to Salkantay Park and Machu Picchu.
  • Local guide to visit Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer to Cusco
  • First Aid Kit and Oxigen


The list of things to bring for the trek (maximum weight 7 kg.)

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight – light band
  • Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Plastic bags (to protect cameras and littering)
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Waterproof jacket
  • 4 t-shirts
  • Long pants
  • Shorts
  • Several pairs of socks
  • Underwear
  • Rain poncho
  • Slippers or sandals to rest your feet in the camp
  • A cap or hat
  • Personal medications
  • Snacks

What to wear on a first day of the trek

We recommend to wear layers on a first day of the trek, as you will start trekking in a morning when the temperature is quite low, and during the day you will experience different temperatures.

  • Short sleeve polo.
  • Long sleeve shirt.
  • Thick coat.
  • Long pants
  • Shorts
  • Thick socks.
  • A good pair of hiking shoes
  • Hand bag with camera, documents, water bottle.
  • Money (soles) of small dollars.
Extra Information

From $ 480 per person.

The Salkantay Trek 5D/4N price starts from $480 per person. Keep in mind if travelling more people in a group prices will get lower.

The Salkantay 5 days and 4 nights trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular alternative trek. This trek is longer and more difficult at some parts, but you going to travel in a smaller groups, the Salkantay Trek is more authentic than the Inca Trail.

You will travel with a small group, exploring remote road and reaching the highest point of the Salkantay Trek.

The hike will take us through Andean mountains and lush vegetation, in addition to streams, rivers and hot springs. You will experience the temperature differences during the days and nights passing different heights on the way.

The legend hike will end in Machu Picchu with a professional guided tour and free time left for you to spend it as you like.


For the qualification as a student you must have valid ISIC card.

The inclusion of hotel upgrades, improved train services must be requested in advance.

Before making the reservation check carefully the availability of spaces for the dates you want to start your Inca Trail.

If there is no left available spaces for the Classic Inca Trail, Salkanatay Trek or any alternative trek, we have to offer you a short Inca Trail 2D/1N. Check availability for this amazing trek and contact our team for any further information.


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