Salkantay Trek – 4 Days

Great alternative trek option to Machupicchu over 4 days.  We take you through the spectacular scenery, high mountain snow pass and dense jungle forestation.

Duration – 4 Days
Difficulty – Medium


  • No permit requirements
  • 4 day trek to Machu Picchu – see snow mountains, beautiful fauna and flora of Peru
  • Professional English speaking mountain guides
  • High quality service and highly recommended by our clients
  • Can depart on any date with a minimum of 2 persons

Short Itinerary

Day 1 Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Chaullay
Day 2 Chaullay – Santa Teresa
Day 3 Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes
Day 4 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu

* We can arrange a customised itinerary for you to include the Salkantay Trail, contact us for more information.

Tour Itinerary

This trek is ideal for travellers wishing to get off the beaten track but still join onto the original Inca Trail. It is a wonderful trek taking you right from the watershed of the Apurimac to the Urubamba. We traverse through beautiful green valleys and camp next to turquoise glacial lakes. We will enjoy a wide variety of flora, fauna and wildlife.
Voted by National Geographic Travel Magazine – as one of the best 25 treks in the world to do.



Cusco (3,350m) – Mollepata (2,900m) – Soraypampa (3,850m) – Colcapampa (3,200m)

An early rise at around 4.30am!  We drive from Cusco by private bus for approximately 2.5 hours to Mollepata and then continue driving up to Soraypampa (1.5hrs) from where our trek begins. Here we meet up with our wranglers and their horses that will carry our equipment during the trek.

We start our climb ascending the mountains until we reach the high pass at 4,800m near the magnificent glacier peaks of Salkantay (6,271m) and Humantay (6,100m) the second highest peak in the Cusco area.  After admiring the beautiful landscape, we begin our descent to Wayracmachay (3,800m) – approx. 5hrs walking – where we have our lunch and a good rest.  After lunch we continue walking another 3.5hrs until our campsite at Colcapampa – along the way we find some species of orchids and different kinds of plants, and some cornfields and fruit fields.


Chaullay (3,050m) – La Playa (2,050m)

An early rise, we take our breakfast and continue on our way!  Today we head for Lluscamayu where we will take our lunch – approx. 5-6hrs walking.  Today we will see a variety of fauna and flora (orchids, bromeliads, typical vegetation) upon entering into a micro-climate zone. We will also see many different kinds of birds, insects and butterflies. We descend to the small town of La Playa, a small village, with a very hot and humid climate where you can visit the local hot springs later in the evening if you wish.  We camp nearby.


Playa – Santa Teresa (2,200m) – Aguas Calientes (1,900m)

We have breakfast and after a take a journey by bus (1 hour) to Hydro-Electric Station.  From here we start walking following the train line towards the town of Aguas Calientes for approximately 3 hours (10km).  Enroute we stop and have a box lunch.  On arrival in the town your guide will take you to your hotel.  We include dinner tonight in a restaurant.


Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

This morning together with your Guide you take the bus up to the magnificent ruins of Machupicchu! You will visit the most important sites and temples of this beautiful ancient city – the guided tour lasts around 2 hours.  After the tour you have plenty of time to explore the citadel on your own, and maybe even climb Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mnt.  Afterwards you can come back down to the town for lunch.  Your extra time in the citadel is dependent on your return train time.  In the afternoon we take the train back to Ollantaytambo where our driver will be waiting to transfer you back to Cusco in Private Transportation leaving you in your hotel.


In accordance with new rules imposed by the Institute of National Culture there are three morning entrance times into the citadel:  6-7am, 7-8am, 8-9am   Permits are limited to each entrance time.  The sun rises in the area around 6am but has to climb over the surrounding mountains in front of the ruins before you actually experience the sun rays.  Please do not be disappointed if you cannot get the earliest entrance time as Machupicchu is often shrouded in cloud especially in the rainy season.  This usually lifts a little later in the morning.  It really is the luck of the draw if you get sunny Machupicchu or mystical Machupicchu – they are both equally as beautiful!


Permits are required for either of these hikes – you must book in advance!

Permits can only be booked as a combined ticket together with your entrance into Machupicchu and you need to adhere to the following regulations:

  • Machupicchu entrance time 6-7am : must purchase Huaynapicchu entrance for 7-8am
  • Machupicchu entrance time 7-8am : must purchase Huaynapicchu entrance for 7-8am
  • Machupicchu entrance time 8-9am : must purchase Huaynapicchu entrance for 10-11am

Kindly note that if you want to do one of these hikes, we always do the guided tour of the ruins first. If it happens that you are part of a group and only some persons wish to do the climb we then need to coordinate with you to work out the best solution for all parties.

Huaynapicchu: Currently the more popular hike.  This hike is around 1hr steep ascent – there are sheer drops on the side – if you are afraid of heights, this is not for you!  Coming down will also be around 1hr approx. The following are the entrance times:

  • 7am-8am slot (you may need to forfeit part of your guided tour of Machupicchu with this option)
  • 10-11am slot (this is our preferred time slot for our passengers as it means you can have your tour of Machupicchu first followed by the hike)

Machupicchu Mountain:  Less known than Huaynapicchu but certainly not to be ignored.  This hike is slightly longer taking around 1.5hrs up and same down.  From the top you will also get a birds eye view of Machupicchu. Many of our guides prefer this hike as its less crowded.  The following are the entrance times:

  • 7am-8am slot (you may need to forfeit part of your guided tour of Machupicchu with this option)
  • 9-10am (this is our preferred time slot for our passengers as it means you can have your tour of Machupicchu first followed by the hike)

The cost to add on either excursion is US$ 28 per person payable in advance.  Please note your permits are with your name and passport details and are non- transferable and non-refundable

Tour Photographs

Tour Prices


Join other travellers :  US$ 750 per person

Group Discounts : 5+ persons : Please enquire…


Close your group for only you and your family and friends!  Add on $100 per person to close your group.

*Please consult with us if you are a group of 15+ persons and want private service for discounted rates*


  • Professional English speaking Mountain Guide
  • Pre-Briefing at our office
  • Collection from hotel to start of the trek
  • Private transportation to start of Trek and return
  • Entrance into Salkantay Nature Reserve
  • Entrance into Machupicchu
  • Roundtrip Bus up to Machupicchu from Aguas Calientes
  • All meals except Breakfast 1st Day and Lunch/Dinner last day (Buffet Style Peruvian Cuisine). We also cater for vegetarians and various dietary requirements.
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles each morning.
  • 7kg Personal luggage allowance to put on the horses – ie extra clothes, sleeping bag (you just need to carry a small daypack with everything you will need during the day).
  • Personal Duffle Bags for your extra luggage to put on the horses
  • Spacious tents / Inflatable Sleeping mats / All camping equipment
  • Horses to carry the group equipment (food, tents, tables, etc.)
  • Emergency Oxygen bottle and first aid kit
  • IncaRail or Expedition train ticket
  • Hotel on the 3rd night of the Trek – we use 3* La Pequena Casita or Hotel Humantay (you can upgrade if you wish)


  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
  • Single Room Supplement if required – $45 per room
  • Sleeping Bag – $30 per bag for entire trek
  • Saddle Horses – if you are unsure about walking the entire way we recommend hiring a horse – $90 per horse for entire trek
  • Thermal baths in Santa Teresa (10 Soles) – taxi cost separate
  • Thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (10 Soles)
  • Climb up Huaynapicchu Mnt or Machupicchu Mnt – $28 payable in advance for permit
  • Gratuities


  • Sleeping bag – $30
  • Walking Poles – $12 per pole
  • Inflatable Mattresses – $25  per mattress
  • Inflatable Pillows – $6 per pillow
  • Saddle Horses – if you are unsure about walking the entire way we recommend hiring a horse – $90 per horse for entire trek (including horseman)
  • Thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (10 Soles – price subject to change without notice)
  • Thermal baths in Santa Teresa (10 Soles – price subject to change without notice) – taxi cost separate
  • Single Tents (for persons not happy to share) – $60 per tent
  • Upgrade train service to Vistadome : the cost is US$55 per person (trains subject to availability)


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