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Salkantay Tour 5 days 4 nights to Machu Picchu

Type Tours



34 km



Best Time

April - May

Group Size

Max - 12 People



Trip Summary

Go off the beaten track to explore the natural beauties of Salkantay Mountain and Humantay Lake for 5 days. Enjoy the impressive landscapes, majestic snow-capped mountains, picturesque valleys, beautiful lakes, waterfalls, rural towns and camp on a mountain in front of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a true wilderness camping experience with tents and hot showers!

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The Ultimate Salkantay Trek 5 days 4 nights takes you to explore the second most popular route to Machu Picchu after the Classic Inca Trail 4 days, and it’s not hard to see why. You will be able to see the Humantay Lake, snow-capped mountains, the cloud forest, visit organic coffee farms, participate in a Pachamanca, camp in Llaqtapata and finish the trek in Machu Picchu with the sunrise, and return to Cusco on the panoramic trains.

During the Salkantay Trek, we provide:

Meal: Your trekking ched will prepare special meals for you every day. We use fresh products from the area to provide the best Peruvian food, and on day 3, you will prepare a Pachamanca underground with hot stones. We offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals.

EQUIPMENT: We offer kitchen tents, dining tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs, portable solar showers, 4-person  tents for every 2 hikers, and 2-person tents for solo travelers. We do not charge any single supplement.

TRANSPORT: We offer door to door service. We will start the tour from your hotel anywhere in the city of Cusco. After the tour, we will also send you back to your hotel.

We are the only company that offers panoramic trains (Vistadome or 360°) on the way back to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery.

SECURITY: All our employees have received training in first aid, mountain rescue and Covid 19 protocol. We offer oxygen tanks, first aid kits, satellite phones.

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PORTERS: Sacred Expeditions Peru porters have the proper equipment and fair wages; they are the most valuable workers, and it is impossible to reach Machu Picchu without them.

Details of the trip:

  • Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
  • walking distance: 64 km – 39 miles
  • Exit: Cuzco
  • Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
  • Season: March to December
  • Destination: Macchu Picchu
  • Type: Adventure – Camp – Hotel

Salkantay Trek Highlights

  • Book with confidence and flexibility; You can change travel dates free of charge!
  • Travel with an authentic Local Tour Operator and the best trekking company from the city of Cusco.
  • We are the only company that offers PACHAMANCA demonstrations on the Salkantay Trek.
  • We offer a true camping experience with tents and hot showers.
  • We camped in Llactapata on day 3, on a mountain located in front of Machu Picchu.
  • Return to Cusco on the last days on the Vistadome Panoramic trains.

Price per person

  • To reserve the Ultimate Salkantay Trek 5 days, you must make an initial payment of 50 USD per person, the remaining balance can be paid online, in installments or in Cusco with any credit card without reservation fees.

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Student discount:

All travelers under the age of 17 will get $35. If you are 25 or younger when you travel, you can get the $35 discount with your student ID. Please notify us by email to give you a code for the discount.

Summary day by day of the Salkantay Trek 5 days:

Day 1: Cusco – Humantay Lagoon – Salkantay Pampa (16km, 8hrs)

We start the Salkantay Trek at your hotel located in Cusco and travel for 3 hours to the trailhead. After breakfast, we will start hiking for 3 hours to Soraypampa using an ancient Inca aqueduct. Lunch will be served by your trekking chef with local products. Then, the afternoon will continue with a 2-hour hike to Lake Humantay at 4,200 meters and camping near the Salkantay mountain at 3,900 meters.

Day 2: Base camp -Hayrajpunku – Collpapampa (18km, 9hrs)

Wake up with a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy breakfast with the mountains, then trek to the Salkantay pass at 4630mts for 3 hours and two more for lunch. The second part is a 3 hour descent to the second camp at 2770m.

Day 3: Collpapampa – Lucmabamba – Llactapata (16km, 8hrs)

Wake up in your tent and have breakfast; we start walking along the cloud forest for 3 hours. Lunch is a special PACHAMANCA (underground hot stone barbecue), the visit to the organic coffee farms. After lunch, 3 hours to the Llaqtapata camp located on top of a mountain in front of Machu Picchu.

Day 4: Llaqtapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes (14km, 6hrs)

Wake up, and when you open your tent, you will see Machu Picchu. Today is a 2 hour descent to Hidroelectica for breakfast and continues another 3 hours to Aguas Calientes. We spend the night in a Hotel, Susanna INN or similar.

Day 5: Machu Picchu (Beat the crowds!) –

4 hours After breakfast, we take the first buses to Machu Picchu for sunrise, visit the Intipunku or the Inca Bridge, and then explore Machu Picchu with your guide. Once you finish, you will take the panoramic Vistadome train and the bus back to your hotel in Cusco.

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