04 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu


04 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The Tour 4 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the less frequented routes compared to the nearby famous Inka Trail, the second option for most travelers seeking to arrive to Machu Picchu by foot. It has without a doubt the best scenery that the Andes has to offer – everything from native forest of the high Andes to snow-capped peaks, glacial lakes, and cloud forest. This is a journey that will show you Mother Nature at its best with all its wonders and sights. The area is not especially inhabited, but we will pass one local community to learn about the lifestyle.

Salkantay is highly recommended for those who wish to embark on a journey through the natural world in its most pure essence, through a peaceful environment that offers you an opportunity to feel its medicine and all its gifts it has to offer us. We also offer you a visit to the lake of Humantay, another glacier next to Salkantay, which will take you as close to the glacier as possible without getting into any serious climbing. This is truly an adventure that will treat you to the best of the best in the Andes of Peru.


  • Max Elevation: 4,400 meters / 14,435 feet
  • Distance: 12km / 7.45 miles


  • Max Elevation: 4,650 meters / 20,574 feet
  • Distance: 21 km / 13 miles



  • Max Elevation: 2,920 meters / 9,580 feet
  • Min Elevation: 2,000 meters / 6,462 feet
  • Distance: 20 km/ 12 miles




Today we will depart very early from Cusco, at 04:00 am, and make the roughly 3-hour journey to the town of Mollepata, the gateway to the Salkantay valley. Along the way you will experience many different micro-climates and altitudes, each with its unique agricultural essence, such as the town of Limatambo, known for its avocados. Here we will have a quick breakfast before continuing back up in elevation to the community of Soraypampa where we begin our trek. Continuing roughly 03 hours up to Salkantaypampa (4,000 meters/ 13,123 feet), we will have lunch below the massive glacier of Salkantay. After a brief rest we will continue slowly up to our final camp at Suyroccocha (4,400 meters/ 14,435 feet). Here we will settle in for the night right at the foot of Mt. Salkantay at an astounding  6,271 meters/ 20,574 feet), and weather permitting, a spectacular night show of constellations and the possible shooting star.

  • Max Elevation: 4,400 meters / 14,435 feet
  • Distance: 12km / 7.45 miles

Lodging: Campsite


After an early breakfast and a beautiful Andean sunrise, we will begin our ascent, roughly 01 hour, to the high pass at 4,650 meters/ 15,255 feet). The views at this elevation are spectacular, surrounded by glaciers and the view of the valley below. As we descend, the ecosystems will change from alpine and the vegetation will slowly increase. If we are lucky, it is possible to see local birds and mammals as we trek. Our lunch spot will be in the community of Huayraqmachay, still in the high elevations near the glacier. After lunch we will descend and you will feel the abrupt change in climate as we enter the humid cloud forest, with dense vegetation and more wildlife. After about 04 hours, we will arrive to Collpapampa (2,920 meters/ 9,580 feet). Here the weather is more tropical and full of wildlife as well as abundant flora. Our campsite will be here near the river and among the forest.

  • Max Elevation: 4,650 meters / 20,574 feet
  • Distance: 21 km / 13 miles

Lodging: Campsite


Our walk continues today through the dense vegetation of high Andean jungle and through the fields of fruit that can now grow at this elevation. Bananas, Coffee, Avocados and Cacao are the most common in this area. The scenery becomes that of waterfalls, orquids and plenty of birds. We will stop for lunch in the community of Sayahuaco (2,000 meters / 6,462 feet), followed by a short journey by car to the Hydroelectric Station. From here we continue by foot to Aguas Calientes (2,040 meters/ 6,692 feet) over roughly 03 hours. NOTE: It is optional to take a short train ride here instead of walking for an additional cost of $31). Arriving in Aguas Calientes we will find our hotel and settle in before we reunite for dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Max Elevation: 2,920 meters / 9,580 feet
  • Min Elevation: 2,000 meters / 6,462 feet
  • Distance: 20 km/ 12 miles

Lodging: Campsite


This is the most important day as we visit one of the wonders of the world, the majestic city of Machu Picchu. We will wake early to have breakfast and board the bus up to Machu Picchu, and, if we are lucky, receive the first rays of the sun as dawn breaks and lights up this magical mountain.  The guided tour through the Sanctuary will last roughly 2 to 3 hours. Later we will begin our return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and rest before our late afternoon train to Ollantaytambo. Following our journey by train, our land transport will await our transfer to Cusco and back to your Hotel.

Lodging: Golden Sunrise Hotel Machu Picchu or similar

What´s Included


  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. The meeting will be at 06:00 PM 01 or 02 Days before the trip begins.
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Chef.
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 7kg of your personal items.
  • Pick-up and transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Water (excluding the first 04 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
  • 03 Breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 03 Afternoon Snacks and 03 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know (food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
  • Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite, you will woken up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Golden Sunrise Machupicchu *** , Hatun Samay Hotel *** ) Day 04.
  • Double thickness foam sleeping mattress.
  • Oxygen bottle.
  • First aid kit.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
  • Train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Transportation Ollantaytambo-Cusco.


  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us). US$25.00
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 05.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$35.00
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.



****Daily Departure with at least 2 people****

2 or More People US$ 569.00


We offer small Groups, not more than 10 people.


  • Group of 05 or more: US$ 25.00 All of you need is to book the trek altogether at the same time.
  • Under 18 years old: US$ 25.00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years old): US$ 25.00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using an university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to info@inkayniperutours.com.  More Information about STUDENT CARD.


Extra Services?

Hire of sleeping bag 5 season $25.00
Walking stick highly recommended! $15.00
Single supplement $60.00
Additional night at 3 star hotel $85.00


Is the trek difficult? Do I need to be in good physical condition?

All our treks (Inka Trail, Salkantay, Ausangate, Lares, etc) are moderately difficult, lengthy and traverse rough mountain terrain. We kindly recommend that if you plan to conquer any of these routes to be in relatively good physical condition, plus acclimatization. These means arriving to Cusco at least 02 days prior to your trek departure to adjust to altitude. During the last two months leading up to your trek we suggest a regular and moderate exercise routine to improve endurance and stamina. We wish for you to have the best experience possible!

Are vegetarian, vegan, and/or other special diet needs available?

Of course! Without any additional costs! When you make your reservation, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies!

Vegetarian foods will be absent of all meats, chicken or fish. We will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.

Most of our main meals are a buffet-style, leaving you the option to avoid anything undesirable to you.

If there are any food items or veggies that you cannot stomach, perhaps onions, tomatoes, mushrooms.. etc, upon your request we will ask our chef to leave them out or separate this item.

We can also attend lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant diets. We cannot accept individuals with serious allergic or life-threatening reactions.

I have a food allergy. May I still participate?

Every day we receive many clients with food allergies to nuts, wheat, etc. Please inform us in detail of your condition upon making your reservation.

We kindly ask that you declare the severity of your reaction and any medication that you take in case of emergency.

If your allergy is severe, we ask that you be accompanied by a friend or individual conscious and fully responsible of your situation and ready with any medication.


When must I arrive in cusco or arrive to your office?

We require that all clients arrive to Cusco at least 48 hours before the start of your trek, although 03 nights before is ideal. You must pay your remaining balance two days before your departure for your trek. This will assure that all individuals are acclimatized and adjusted to the high altitude conditions to begin your trek comfortably. Please note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash in our office and cannot be paid before your arrival.

Our office hours are Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm, 4:00pm – 8:00pm. (Please aim to arrive 7:30pm at the latest!)

Are hiking sticks or poles necessary?

For this trek more than any other, we do recommend hiking sticks, especially for those with any known knee problems. The poles will assist your balance and reduce the impact on your knees.

Inkayni Peru Tours will rent hiking sticks for $15

Where can I store my baggage that I dont need for the trail?

Any baggage that is not necessary for your trek may be stored in your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge). In the case that your hotel may not provide this service, we will store your baggage safely in our office free of charge.

What is the weather like during the trek?

The best time for making the trek with good weather is between the months of April – October when there is minimal rainfall and clear skies. The driest months are June – August, which is winter in the Andes.

January to March is summer in Peru, which means rainy season for Cusco and especially the Inka Trail, which is located mostly in the tropical cloud forest.

Where do I have to be the morning of the start of my trek and where will I finish at the end?

We will pick you up from your hotel to begin your trek and upon finishing, we will also leave you at your hotel.

I wish to have a train company or train option different to that which Inkayni Peru Tours offers, is this possible?

If you wish to change your train company or option (such as Vistadome de Peru Rail, to Ollantaytambo or the whole route to Poroy), or your departure time, additional fees may apply. You must speak with one of our sales agents to inquire about availability and the additional costs.

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