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Cusco & Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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Cusco & Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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08 Day Cusco & Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

  • Qoricancha
  • Soraypampa
  • Salkantay Pass
  • Machu Picchu

Do you long for a journey that challenges your body, inspires your soul, and transports you to a magical past? Then this package is ideal for you, an amazing hike along the route of Salkantay Trek with amazing dreamy landscapes.

Isn’t that enough for you? , what better way to know one of the world’s wonders as a reward after a good walk and have one of the best instagrameables photos on the mountain of colors.

Your journey begins here!

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Duration 08D / 07N

15,190 ft.

MAX. ALTITUDE 15,190 ft.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 08-DAY CUSCO & SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

  • Enjoy the sacred and imposing snow-topped mountain Salkantay accompanied by an amazing view of the impressive brilliantly turquoise-colored Lake Humantay.
  • During the expedition, you will have the opportunity to see a wide range of biodiversity, the view of the mountains in the Andes, also be able to explore the Amazon jungle and cloud forest.
  • Explore a part of the original Inca Trail, the route which goes to the Inca site of Llactapata, since this point you will have an interesting panoramic view of the back of Machupicchu Citadel.
  • Taste delicious food far away from the city, our chef will surprise you with his culinary qualities and some local products prepared in a majestic way.

Highlights

08 Day Cusco & Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

From the warm welcome at the airport to the exploration of the rich culture at the Inca Museum and the majestic Temple of Qoricancha, every day takes you to live something you will never forget.

The journey intensifies with the challenging Salkantay Trek, ascending the Salkantay Pass at 4,630 masl and exploring amazing landscapes. From Sahuayaco Beach to Machu Picchu, each step tells a unique story on this journey full of discoveries and wonders.

Overview 08 day Cusco & Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu:

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DAY 1: CUSCO ARRIVAL – MUSEO INKA – QORICANCHA

  • Walking Distance – 3 km / 1.86 miles.
  • Starting Elevation – 3350 m. / 10990 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – 3350 m. / 10990 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – –.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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DAY 2: FREE DAY – (OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES – EXTRA COST)

  • Walking Distance – –.
  • Starting Elevation – 3350 m. / 10990 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – –.
  • Campsite Elevation – –.
  • Difficulty: – –.
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DAY 3: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA – HUMANTAY LAKE (L)(D)

  • Walking Distance – 12 km / 7.45 miles.
  • Starting Elevation – 3350 m. / 10990 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – 4200 m. / 13779 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – 3900 m. / 12795 feet.
  • Difficulty: Challenging
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DAY 4: SORAYPAMPA – CHALLWAY (B)(L)(D)

  • Walking Distance – 22 km / 13.7 miles.
  • Starting Elevation – 3900 m. / 12795 feet.
  • Highest Salcantay Elevation – 4630 m. / 15190 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – 2920 m. / 9514 feet.
  • Difficulty: Formidable
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DAY 5: CHALLWAY – LA PLAYA – LUCMABAMBA (B)(L)(D)

  • Walking Distance – 18 km / 11.19 miles.
  • Starting Elevation – 2920 m. / 9514 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – 2920 m. / 9514 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – 2000 m. / 6561 feet.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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DAY 6: LUCMABAMBA – LLAPTAPATA -HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES (B)(L)(D)

  • Walking Distance – 17 km / 10.6 miles.
  • Starting Elevation – 2000 m. / 6561 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – 2702 m. / 8858 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – 2050 meters ASL / 6571 feet ASL (Aguas Calientes hotel).
  • Difficulty: Mild
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DAY 7: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B)

  • Activity Overview: Private Tour in Machu Picchu with optional hike “Huayna Picchu” or “Machu Picchu Mountain”
  • Walking Distance – 2 km / 1.25 miles.
  • Starting Elevation – 2050 m. / 6571 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – 3350 m. / 10990 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – –.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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DAY 8: TRANSFER TO AIRPORT

  • Walking Distance – –.
  • Starting Elevation – 3350 m. / 10990 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – 3350 m. / 10990 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – –.
  • Difficulty: – Easy

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO NAVEL OF THE WORLD - MUSEO INKA Y QORICANCHA

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With a warm welcome to Cusco, we are excited to welcome you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be devoted to rest and adapt to the altitude. Remember! Cusco is located at 3,350 meters / 10,990 feet.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Inca Museum, and you will learn about the rich Andean culture. The museum houses a collection of artifacts dating back thousands of years, including textiles, ceramics, gold and silver.

After that, we will visit the Qoricancha Temple, also known as the Temple of the Sun. This temple was built by the Incas and is considered one of the most important of the Inca civilization. The temple is made of gold and silver and is believed to represent the «Navel of the World».

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 3,350 m / 10,990 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,350 m / 10,990 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: —
  • Walking Distance: 3 km / 1.86 mi
  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Weather: Sunny and cold
  • Meals:
  • Accommodation: Ayni Cusco Hotel *** or similar
DAY 2: FREE DAY (OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES - EXTRA COST)

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Start this day with peace of mind; it will be a day of relaxation. The city of Cusco offers interesting places to explore, such as 7 Borreguitos Street, famous for being one of the most Instagrameables, or the restaurants near the Plaza de Armas, where you can enjoy delicious food.

If you are looking to add an extra activity to your day, we have rides available that you can purchase through our Inkayni Peru Tours agents. Thus, you can make the most of your time in this fascinating city.

Here are some options:

  • HALF-DAY CITY TOUR (EXTRA US$ 25)
  • FULL-DAY SACRED VALLEY (EXTRA US$ 50)

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 3,350 m / 10,990 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,350 m / 10,990 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: —
  • Walking Distance:   —
  • Walking time:
  • Difficulty:
  • Weather: Sunny and cold
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Ayni Cusco Hotel *** or similar
DAY 3: FIRST DAY TREK: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SORAYPAMPA (L)(D)

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On this wonderful day, we will start picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4:00 a.m approximately. The journey by transport takes approximately 2 hours to Mollepata (2,900 meters / 9,514 feet), at this point you can buy snacks or items you need.

Then we will head towards Challacancha (3,600 masl/ 11,500 ft), where the Salkantay Trek begins. From here we will walk to Soraypampa (3,900 meters / 12,795 feet), where we will wait for lunch and take advantage of a short break.

After that, we will continue with the hike to the Humantay lake (4,200 meters / 13,779 feet). The hike lasts approximately 3 hours.

At the end of the day, we will return to our campsite, where a delicious dinner awaits us.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,900 m / 9,514 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,200 m / 13,779 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 3,900 m / 12,795 ft
  • Walking Distance: 12 km / 7.46 mi
  • Walking time: 6 hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather: Cold and windy
  • Meals: Lunch, & dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Camping in Soraypampa
DAY 4: SECOND DAY TREK: SORAYPAMPA - CHALLWAY (B)(L)(D)

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This day will be great and will also be the most challenging, as we will ascend to the highest point of the route, the Abra Salkantay (4,630 masl).

The hike starts early in the morning, we will walk to Salkantaypampa (4,100 masl / 13,451 ft). From here, we will ascend to the Abra Salkantay

At the top of Salkantay Pass (4,630 m / 15,190 ft), we will have a breathtaking view of the Vilcanota Range and the snowy Salkantay (6,271 m / 20,574 ft). Then, we will descend to Wayraqmachay (3,912 meters / 12,834 feet), where a delicious lunch awaits us.

After lunch, we will continue walking for about 3 hours to Chaullay (2,920 masl / 9,514 ft), where we will spend the night and will also be waiting for a delicious dinner.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,920 m / 9,514 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,630 m / 15,190 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 2,920 m / 9,514 ft
  • Walking Distance: 22 km / 13.67 mi
  • Walking time: 9 hours
  • Difficulty: Formidable
  • Weather: Cold and windy
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Camping in Chaullay
DAY 5: THIRD DAY TREK: CHALLWAY - LA PLAYA - LUCMABAMBA (B)(L)(D)

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Ready? This day we will start with a nutritious breakfast to recharge our energy for a walk of approximately 5 hours towards Sahuayaco Beach (2,064 masl / 6,771 ft). The road is impressive, with waterfalls, fruit trees and different species of birds such as the famous “Gallito de las rocas

Upon arrival at Sahuayaco Beach, we will enjoy a lunch provided by our team of Inkayni Peru Tours. Then, we will continue walking for a couple of hours until we reach Lucmabamba (2,000 meters / 6,561 feet). This will be the point of our camp for the evening and we will also be waiting for a delicious dinner.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,000 m / 6,561 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,920 m / 9,514 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 2,000 m / 6,561 ft
  • Walking Distance: 18 km / 11.19 mi
  • Walking time: 6 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather: Warm and hot
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Camping in Lucmabamba
DAY 6: FOURTH DAY TREK: LUCMABAMBA - LLAPTAPATA -HIDROELECTRICA - AGUAS CALIENTES (B)(L)(D)

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This will be our penultimate day on the Salkantay Trek tour and the last day of hiking; we will start this day very early with an energetic breakfast. Then, you will walk to the LLaqtapata archaeological site (2,702 meters / 8,858 feet), where you will see a brief view of Machu Picchu.

After LLaqtapata, we will descend to the hydroelectric area (1,890 meters / 6,200 feet). Here, they will pause briefly to hydrate. Then, you will continue walking to the village of Aguas Calientes (2,050 meters / 6,571 feet), where you will spend the night.

The walk of this day is about 6 hours, and is characterized by its natural beauty. The group will walk along the train tracks, accompanied by the Vilcanota River and the local flora and fauna.

Once we get to Aguas Calientes, you can settle into your hotel and then have dinner together in one of the best restaurants in the area.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 1,890 m / 6,200 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,702 m / 8,858 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: 2,050 m / 6,571 ft
  • Walking Distance: 17 km / 10,56 mi
  • Walking time: 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Mild
  • Weather: Warm and hot
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
  • Accommodation: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel *** or similar
DAY 7: FIFTH DAY TREK: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO (B)

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On the fifth and last day of the Salkantay Trek, this day we will visit Machu Picchu. We recommend getting up early to avoid crowds and enjoy the sunrise.

When arriving in Machupicchu (2,400 meters / 7,873 feet), you must present the entrance ticket and your passport. Our guide will take you to the most important places of the citadel, such as temples and altars. The visit will last approximately 2 hours.

After the visit, travelers can choose to hike up Huayna Picchu. For this, an additional ticket is needed. The hike to the top takes about an hour and a half and offers a spectacular view of Machu Picchu.

In the afternoon, travelers will return to Aguas Calientes by bus. From there, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo (2,700 meters / 8,858 feet) and then a bus to the city of Cusco (3,350 meters / 8,792 feet).

Note: If you wish to visit Huayna Picchu it is necessary to purchase another ticket, for which you will be charged an additional fee, consult with our agents of Inkayni Peru Tours.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,050 m / 6,571 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,350 m / 10,990 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:
  • Walking Distance: 2 km / 1.25 mi
  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Ayni Cusco Hotel *** or similar
DAY 8: FREE DAY-FLY TO LIMA

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Today, we will be watching your flight schedule to be able to transfer to Cusco airport and give a warm farewell thus ending our services.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 3,350 m / 10,990 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,350 m / 10,990 ft
  • Campsite Elevation: —
  • Walking Distance:   —
  • Walking time:
  • Difficulty:
  • Weather: Sunny and cold
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation:

What's Included?

INCLUSIONS BEFORE AND AFTER THE SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU:

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PROFESSIONAL AND TRAINED STAFF

  • Tour leader during the whole trip.
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
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PERMITS AND ENTRANCE

  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu (Circuit 2).
  • All entrances.
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ACCOMMODATION

  • 03 nights accommodations in 03-star hotels in Cusco.
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FOOD AND WATER

  • 3 breakfasts are included in the accommodations.
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TRANSPORT

  • All transfers.
  • Transportation.
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  • All tours.

INCLUDES FOR THE 5-DAY SALKANTAY TREK PERU:

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BRIEFING

  • 1 or 2 days prior to the trek you will have a briefing with your tour guide to receive key details about the 5-day Salkantay trek.
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PROFESSIONAL AND TRAINED STAFF

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Professional Cook.
  • Muleteers with mules (Will carry cooking, camping equipment, and your personal duffel bag).
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EQUIPMENT

  • EUREKA and DOITE camping equipment (4-man tent for every 2 trekkers).
  • The dining tent is well equipped.
  • Duffle bag (duffle bag for your belongings).
  • Double-thickness foam sleeping mattress (you need to carry).
  • Inflatable pillow (you need to carry).
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EMERGENCY KIT

  • First aid kit.
  • Oxygen bottles.
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PERMITS AND ENTRANCE

  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu (Circuit 2).
  • Entrance ticket to Salkantay.
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ACCOMMODATION

  • 3 nights in comfortable and spacious tents.
  • 1 night in a hotel of 3 stars in Aguas Calientes.
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FOOD AND WATER

  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks, and 4 Dinners.
  • If you have a dietary request (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free, etc) or allergy please advise us upon booking and reconfirm the day of our briefing.
  • Wake-up tea: Every morning our staff will bring tea to your tent.
  • Boiled water for the trekking (day 1 is on your own) – bring a camelback or a bottle to refill with water.
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TRANSPORT

  • Door-to-door service.
  • Consettur Bus (Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu – round trip).
  • Return train Aguas Calientes — Ollantaytambo on Voyager Train (Inca Rail) or Expedition Train (Peru Rail).
  • Return transportation Ollantaytambo — Cusco.
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OTHER

  • A mule will carry your personal items up to 7 kilos (including the sleeping bag + mattress + pillow: 2kgs and a half to 3kgs).

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flights.
  • Intra-flights (Lima – Cusco / Juliaca – Lima).
  • Single Supplement US$ 300.00 (solo travelers).
  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us). US$ 25.00.
  • Trekking poles (Can be hired from us). US$ 15.00.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$ 85.00.
  • Entrance ticket to the hot springs.
  • Meals where are not stated.
  • Gratitude or tips for your crew (cooks, horse herders, guides).
  • Travel Insurance (We highly recommend insurance for your entire trip).

Packing List

PACKING LIST FOR THE 5-DAY SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU:

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ESSENTIALS

  • Original Passport
  • Valid Student Card (if you booked as a student)
  • Water storage: Water bottles or Camelbaks are recommended.
  • Money in cash (Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sun hat
  • Snacks
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CLOTHES

Horses will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 2.5 kg.

  • 2-3 wicking t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of undergarments & hiking socks
  • Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • Wool hat
  • 1 Fleece
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Quickdry towel.
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EQUIPMENT

  • Sleeping bag (rent from us)
  • Trekking poles (rent from us)
  • Battery Charger (power bank)
  • Plastic bags (to keep clean)
  • Duffle bag (we will provide you)
  • Good daypack (smaller is great)
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RECOMMENDED

  • Face moisturizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc.
  • Camara
  • Earplugs
  • Rain gear
  • Flashlight

Prices

8-DAY SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU – SMALL GROUPS

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2 or More People US$ 1804.05

OUR GROUP SIZE: Small Groups not more than 10 people.

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FAQS?

What is the Salkantay Trekking?

Salkantay Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Cusco region, known for its challenge and the variety of climates it offers. Remember its popularity covers all of South America thanks to the stunning landscapes that it offers during the route, and the incredible views you can have of the snowy Salkantay, one of the highest mountains in Peru.

The best thing about this Trek is that you can visit one of the world’s wonders, Machu Picchu, after overcoming this challenge of the Salkantay Trek route.

What are the age requirements to participate in the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

For the Salkantay trek there is no specific age restriction. However, it is important to note that this trekking has a considerable level of difficulty, so it requires good physical condition and health.

In Inkayni Peru Tours we recommend this trek to travelers from 12 years of age who enjoy good health. Under 17 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

In addition, it is advisable to acclimate before making the Salkantay Trek. This can be done by gradually ascending to higher altitudes for several days.

How to book the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

Booking with Inkayni Peru Tours is very simple. Just click on this link that will take you to a form you must fill in with your details. Then proceed to make the payment. To ensure that the purchase was successful, you will receive a confirmation message in the email you provided.

Note: Please, contact our Inkayni Peru Tours agents before booking to check availability. You can contact us by mail (info@inkayniperutours.com), WhatsApp, or online chat.

What is the best season to make the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

Dry season, from April to October, is the best time to travel to Cusco. Rain and humidity can make travel difficult, so it is advisable to travel during the dry season to enjoy a safer and more pleasant trip.

Are you planning a trip to Cusco in the rainy season? Don’t worry, everything will be fine. However, you must pack properly and prepare for the rain. This way, you can enjoy the greenest landscapes during your trip compared to the dry season.

What is the maximum altitude during the tour?

The maximum altitude of the Salkantay Hike is 4,630 meters / 15,190 feet in the Salkantay Pass. You will reach this point on your second day of hiking.

Do you care about height? Do not worry, first, we recommend you acclimate when you arrive in Cusco City. That way, when you get to the Salkantay Pass, you’ll have overcome the effects of height.

Do I need a guide to make the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

If you need it, why? This person will be in charge of helping you and giving you the most important information about the route. Keep in mind that on the route there are adjacent roads that can divert you from your destination.

In Inkayni Peru Tours, one of our guides will always be present on all our trips, which will make your trip much more pleasant.

Is transportation provided from my hotel?

This service is included in most of our packages. Be sure to provide us with your hotel information to facilitate our operations and be available to you efficiently.

Note: The streets of Cusco are narrow and winding, so our transportation may not be able to reach your location. In that case, one member of our staff will pick you up at a nearby point.

What is the difficulty of the Salkantay Trek?

The difficulty of the Salkantay trekking is challenging. Why? This route shows different types of terrain, altitudes, and climatic conditions that represent a challenge.

However, we are sure that you will be able to overcome them, as long as you take into consideration your acclimatization before making this trip and packaging correctly. With this, our whole trip will be simple and you can enjoy it to the fullest.

How many hours of hiking are there per day on the Salkantay Trek?

Remember each person has their own pace when walking; some are faster and others slower. Therefore, walking hours are relative and not always accurate. Below, we will provide you with a rough estimate of the walking hours per day

Weather Hike to Salkantay:

  • Day 01: 6 hours approximately
  • Day 02: 7 hours approximately
  • Day 03: 6 hours approximately
  • Day 04: 7 hours approximately
  • Day 05: 2 hours approximately
Do I need to bring my camping equipment?

Don’t have camping equipment? Don’t worry, some of our services include the necessary equipment, so, you can travel comfortably. We recommend you to check out our inclusions section on our What does it include?

Please note that sleeping is the only service not included in our offer. We recommend you bring one or you can also rent it with us.

How much weight can I carry in my backpack during trekking?

There is no weight limit set in itself, but that does not mean you have to travel with much, bear in mind that you will walk long distances and our purpose as travelers is that you can enjoy your trip to the fullest, remember only to carry the necessary

We have a “What to Wear?” There we give you a list of items that you can take into consideration so you can pack, they are useful items that will help you a lot in your trip.

Can I hire a muleeter to carry my equipment?

Of course, you can, but keep in mind that in Inkayni Peru Tours, this service is included and you can enjoy it during the trekking. However, remember something important: the muleeter has mules, and each carries luggage with a weight limit.

How many kilograms of luggage can you carry?

We inform you that during the Salkantay trek, our support staff will help you transport your luggage, which must not exceed 7 kg per person. We take this measure to preserve the integrity of our staff, who will be responsible for accompanying you throughout the trip.

Note: If you have excess baggage, you must take it by yourself or contract this service additionally. If you have any questions, contact our Inkayni Peru Tours agents, who will be glad to help you.

Why do I have to attend the briefing before the Salkantay Trek?

The meeting is crucial for you to attend. In it, you will meet your guide, who will provide all the necessary information about the Salkantay Trek, addressing topics such as the right dress, what to wear, weather conditions, and other important data.

On the other hand, if you have not yet completed your remaining balance, this will be one of the best times to do so. You will also be given a travel bag (duffle bag) where you can carry your luggage. Remember that the maximum weight of the duffle is 7 kg.

Is it possible to change the start date of the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu after booking?

Be careful about it. You will not be able to modify the start date of the Salkantay Walk, since the permits and tickets purchased are not adjustable as to their date of use. You must meet the deadline.

Note: You must plan your trip properly to meet the dates you have set for travel.

What if I cancel my Salkantay Trek reservation, the deposit is refundable?

Unfortunately, the deposit will not be refundable once it has been made. This is because those funds are specifically intended for the purchase of permits and tickets that will ensure your trip on the date you have planned

Note: Before booking, contact our Inkayni Peru Tours agents. We will be happy to help you plan your trip.

You can check it in our Terms & Conditions

Do I need to make a booking in advance?

Yes, and there are several reasons for this. The demand for this trek is quite high, comparable to the Inca Trail. In addition, the availability of Machu Picchu is limited.

Please consider booking at least three months in advance. This will help you secure your place on the route and allow you to plan your trip accurately. It will also allow us to have all the necessary logistics ready for your travel experience.

Can I transfer my Salkantay Trek to someone else?

Please note that you will not be able to transfer this trip. Why? Once the reservation is made, we purchase the necessary tickets and permits, which cannot be replaced. They may only be used by the person to whom they were granted.

Remember, plan properly your journey. You can contact our Inkayni Peru Tours agents, who will be glad to help you.

What is the cancellation policy in case of unforeseen events?

We invite you to review our terms and conditions for more details on our policies. You can click on our Terms & conditions, where you will find relevant information about our trips that may be of interest to you.

Note: Remember to contact our Inkayni Peru Tours agents to check availability.

Where can I store my luggage that I do not need to take to the walk?

Carrying only what you need will help you travel lighter and more comfortable. If you have extra luggage you won’t need, we recommend you keep it at the hotel where you stay. Most of these establishments offer this service free of charge.

Note: If your hotel does not offer this service, do not forget to contact our agents. They will give you the facility to keep it in our offices.

Are bathrooms available along the Salkantay Trek?

Along the route of the Salkantay trekking, you will find squat bathing services with cold water. However, remember these bathrooms are often unhygienic and difficult to access.

For the fourth day, you will stay in a hotel where you can enjoy all the necessary amenities, including the possibility of getting properly cleaned.

Is there a telephone signal or internet connection during the Salkantay trek?

During the route, you will not be able to enjoy mobile phone and/or internet services. It will be a unique time to explore part of the world and disconnect from the everyday. You will see that part of the activity will make you forget those details.

Note: The signal of these services will be restored from the night of the fourth day. Why? At that point, you will be in Aguas Calientes town, at the foot of Machupicchu.

Can I buy food and water during the Salkantay Trek?

For your peace of mind, you can buy some snacks and water. Where? These points can be found where we will camp, which are offered by residents.

Keep in mind that their stores are limited and basic. We recommend taking snacks from the city of Cusco to make sure you have enough along the way.

What to do or how to prevent altitude sickness on the Salkantay Trek tour?

You must take into account altitude sickness. You must acclimate in your first days in Cusco. We’re sure you will.

If you are one of the travelers who make the most of their time, we recommend you to take small tours near the city of Cusco. These are perfect to prepare the body to make the Salkantay Trek. I leave here our blog «How to deal with altitude sickness in Cusco«.

Can I bring my camera or phone during the Salkantay trek to take pictures?

Of course. We know that the most valuable memories of our travels are our photographs. Therefore, we recommend you bring a camera or an action camera, such as the GoPro.

What about the drones?

If you plan to use a drone, don’t worry. You can use it during the route until the third day. From day four onwards, you will not be able to do so, as you will be in protected areas where the use of drones is prohibited by Peruvian state regulations.

I want to have a different train option than what Inkayni Peru Tours offers, is this possible?

Inkayni Peru Tours gives you the option to change your train, the route, or even the railway company. However, it is important to note that changes are non-refundable and additional service charges apply.

To make a change, you must contact our Inkayni Peru Tours agents in advance of the date of your trip. They will be happy to help you with the process and give you advice on the options available.

Extra Services?

SERVICE

PRICE

Hire of sleeping bag 5 season $25.00
Walking stick highly recommended! $15.00
Single supplement $300.00
Additional night at 3 star hotel $85.00

Why Inkayni

Why book with Inkayni?

Inkayni Peru Tours is a local tour operator exceptionally recommended by its clients, guidebooks, forums, and others. Our principal objective is to provide the best service, achieve the maximum satisfaction of our customers, and assume the responsibility as guardians of Nature in all our undertakings.

  • Experienced and Professional Team: Get assistance and support from our team, a group of specialists highly qualified to organize your trek to Machu Picchu.
  • Eco-friendly Local Tour Operator: We respect and protect the environment and the local communities that we visit. We use biodegradable products, recycle waste, support local businesses, and donate to social projects.
  • Door-To-Door Service: Pick-up and drop-off are included at no additional cost from your hotel or Airbnb located mainly in the surrounding area of the Historic Center of Cusco.
  • Delicious Andean Fusion Food: During your expedition to Machu Picchu, taste delicious foods prepared by our highly recommended chefs for this kind of experience to Machu Picchu. If you have any dietary request or allergy let us know.
  • High-Quality Camping Equipment: Included kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs, portable private toilet, and comfortable 4 people Eureka Tent (2 people per tent).
  • Comfortable Sleeping Pads: Included double thickness foam sleeping mattress, and inflatable pillow.
  • Labor Welfare: We take care of all our staff, and fully comply with the salary and insurance of our porters, cooks, horsemen, and additional staff.

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