Salkantay Trek – 5 Days

Alternative Inca Trek which takes you through the andeas through spectacular scenery where you will reach Machu Picchu in 5 days.

Duration – 5 Days
Difficulty – Medium


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

Short Itinerary

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

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

Tour Itinerary

This trek is ideal for travellers wishing to get off the beaten track but still take in the breathtaking ruins of Machupicchu. It is a wonderful trek and voted by National Geographic as one of the Worlds Most Beautiful Treks! We traverse through beautiful green valleys and cross right through the snow-capped mountain of Salkantay.  You will enjoy a wide variety of flora, fauna and wildlife.


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

An early rise at around 5am! We drive from Cusco by bus for approximately 4 hours to Mollepata – we can stop here for a short while and take breakfast in a restaurant if the trekkers want (not included in cost). We drive a further 30 minutes to Markocasa from where our trek begins.

Here we meet up with our wranglers and their their horses. We commence walking for approximately 1 hour before reaching Cruzpata, from where we get our first view of the magnificent snow mountain of Humantay (5,917m). We pass many rivers continuing on our trek for about another 3 hours before reaching the small community and picturesque spot of Checchicancha. We stop here to take a break and have our lunch. In the afternoon we continue walking for about 3-4 hours to reach Soraypampa, which is nestled in-between the snow mountains. We camp here overnight.


Soraypampa – Chaullay (3,050m)

An early start to the day as we have a steep climb ahead of us. Our ascent takes around 3 hours 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) where we have our lunch and a good rest. After lunch we continue walking for around 3-4 hours until our campsite at Chaullay.


Chaullay – Santa Teresa (2,200m)

We leave from Chaullay early as well after our breakfast – we pass through Collcapampa. In this part of the trek we will walk on a narrow trail on the mountainside, finding some species of orchids and different kinds of plants, and some cornfields and fruit fields. We have the opportunity to see the most beautiful waterfall on the trail.

After walking for 5 hours we will reach La Playa from where we take a small truck to Santa Teresa town. The truck journey is approx. 45 minutes.

Upon arrival in Santa Teresa we set up our tents and have the chance to visit the medicinal hot springs waters close by – approx. 45 minutes from Santa Teresa town (optional activity). In the evening we have dinner at our campsite and rest up for the night.


Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes (1,900m)

We have breakfast and after a short journey by bus (1 hour in group service) we start walking for around 2 hours to get to the Urubamba River and onward to the Hydro-Electric Station, where we take lunch close by.

We then continue on our journey towards the town of Aguas Calientes traversing at the bottom of the valley for approximately 3 hours along the train tracks until we reach the town and go to our hostel where we will take our dinner and rest up before the next day in Machu Picchu.


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 for group services
  • Hotel on the 4th night of the Trek – we use 3* La Pequena Casita or Marco Wasi – we can upgrade if you prefer at additional cost.


  • 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 – $25 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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