Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

(5 Days / 4 Nights)

Type of Tour: Hiking, adventure, challenge.
Duration: 5 days/4 Nights
Start Hour: 07:00 am
Languages: English and Spanish
Visit: Mollepata, Humantay Lake, Soraypampa, Machu Picchu
Availability: Departures all year - every day
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Overview & Highlights

Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 5 days is an excellent alternative to the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This tour perfectly combines cultural and natural beauty, We will enjoy magnificent views of the snowy peaks of the Salkantay trek. The walk takes us back to the time of the Incas and makes us aware of the deities of the Incas APUS, such as the Salkantay, Pitusiray or Humantay highest peak of 5000 meters and our journey ends in Machu Picchu.

Salkantay Trek is a cutting edge experience for travellers who seek authenticity or more privacy for travellers who seek unique and spectacular landscapes, Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu offers peace and quiet contemplation of the nature of the Peruvian andes.

Overview of Our Tour Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days.

Day 1: Mollepata – Soraypampa.

Day 2: Soraypampa – Chaullay o Collpapampa.

Day 3: Chaullay – La Playa – Santa Teresa.

Day 4: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu.

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Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa.

The first day of the Salkantay Trek Machu Picchu tour will begin with pick up from your hotel at 4:30 am to drive by bus to Mollepata, passing through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo. After three hours of travel from Cusco we arrive at Mollepata (2800 m / 9186 feet). After a light breakfast we begin our walk to the area called Cruzpata where we are waiting for lunch with a beautiful panoramic view of the snowfall of Humantay 4120m and Salkantay 6271m. We continue our journey between valleys and beautiful landscapes to soraypampa 3800m.s.n.m, where we will spend the first night the highest and coldest night in our entire tour.

Day 2: Soraypampa – Chaullay o Collpapampa.

After an exquisite breakfast we started our walk. During the first four hours we will hike up the Pampa de Salkantay from where you can take pictures of the snowy mountains and nearby. We will arrive at the Abra Salkantay, with 4629 meters (15,187 feet) of altitude, is the highest point of the route. The guide will perform a traditional ritual: the construction of an apacheta (read article), which is our offering to the Inca sacred gods known as APUS, to give us permission and protection on our journey.

After four hours of descent will arrive to Wayramachay (4000 m / 13,123 feet) for lunch. From this moment the Andean landscape is replaced by a little more than vegetation. After three hours we camp on terraces known as Chaullay located to (2900 m / 9,514 ft) meters above the sea level.

Day 3: Chaullay – La Playa – Santa Teresa.

We started the morning with a delicious and nutritious breakfast. We expect a hike of five hours in which we can appreciate the change in our landscape from the Andes mountains at the entrance of the high jungle. We will pass by the Andean Community of Arranyanniyoc, a sample of living culture. Cross small rivers and refreshing waterfalls. We will also see varieties of orchids that will captivate your senses.

We will have lunch in La Playa town, also known as Sawayaco. Once recovered energies will continue the descent by an hour and a half to Santa Teresa in full eyebrow of jungle, where we spend the night after dinner.

Important: Optionally, there is a hike to the hot springs of Cocalmayo (optional activity – We recommend your visit) see video. In these hot springs you can relax and swim surrounded by a sub tropical environment typical of the Peruvian jungle.

Day 4: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes.

We started our fourth day of salkantay trek with an exquisite breakfast, then we restart our walk through the jungle eyebrow with a semi tropical humid climate. We can see a wide variety of crops such as coffee, coca, bananas and fruit trees. Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu may be seen in the distance along the way. Then we will descend to the old Hydroelectric Power Station from where we will walk along the rails until we reach the town of Aguas Calientes, this route takes approximately 2 hours. In Aguas Calientes town we go to our hotel where we will have private baths, hot water, wifi and a comfortable bed waiting for us.

Inca Machu Picchu Tours includes an exquisite celebration dinner in the town of Aguas Calientes for concluded the route of Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu.

Important: As an optional activity, at the beginning of the fourth day you can experience the highest and longest zipline in South America (optional activity – see video). Throw yourself on a rope and cross to the next mountain! We have all the necessary equipment to make it a fun experience as well as safe.

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco.

On the last day of our tour Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, according our entrance to machu picchu we wake up early and hike to Machu Picchu, which we take an hour and half to reach the entrance of Machu Picchu and appreciate the magnificent Citadel of Machu Picchu If the weather permits we can appreciate the magnificent sunrise.
We will have a guided tour through the citadel of Machu Picchu for 2 hours after this you can explore the mysterious city of Machu Picchu on your own. If you still have energy you can also climb the Huayna Picchu mountain or machu picchu mountain(Optional Activity USD 30.00) which will take 45 minutes to reach the top this ascent is optional.


Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N Tour Includes:

  • Transport from your hotel in Cusco to Mollepata.
  • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
  • Hostel with Private Room and Bathroom in Aguas Calientes town .
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • High quality camping equipment (Professional tent, Doite Cima 4, for 2 persons) Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs).
  • Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and tea time/Optional vegetarian) Cook and assistant. Horseman and mules for up to 7kg of a customer’s personal equipment.
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N Tour Not Included:

  • Breakfast at the first day and lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Train from the Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu Town 45 usd).
  • Zipline in Santa Teresa (optional: 30 usd).
  • Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes (optional: 10 Soles).
  • Sleeping bag (If you don’t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting one).

Prices & Availability

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days cost: based on the train and guide service (Group Service or Private Service) you will select, we have several options to suit your needs. The price is per person, ask for our groups discounts or last minute booking special offers. Any doubt about prices, tours, destinations? Just send us an email to, call us or write a message I will be happy to help you: Mobile – WhatsApp: +51 996 626 858 – Mobile – WhatsApp: +51 984 449809.


 Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days Budget Version( Price per person – Minimum 01 person)
Important: Budget version doesn’t included return by train from aguas calientes to ollantaytambo  See Itinerary of budget version.

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Salkantay Trek Classic 5D/4N ( Price per person – Minimum 02 people)
Includes: Trekking activity and return by train.

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Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail 7D/6N ( Price per person – Minimum 02 people)
Includes: Trekking activity, huayna picchu or muntain machu picchu, return train.

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Reviews by Tripadvisor Travelers

Absolutely stunning!!!

Siebrand, Feb 2020

Very personal experience and well worth the money, the day before Yang our travel assistant came our hotel to give us a briefing and recommendations to make rainbow mountai tour and answered all our questions, the altitude is no joke though so definitely drink a lot of water or some pills prior to the trip. Our guides Carlos, Marta and driver Pedro were all brilliant. At all times they were helpful knowledgeable and made the experience memorable. HIGHLY recommend! these guys for your adventure in cusco. Siebrand Family.

Wonderful experience

Adventure22800695542, Jan 2020

The service was great! The driver and guide were very attentive to every detail and making sure we were breathing ok since this is such an intensive hike! It was all worth it!!!

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