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Cusco & Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

  • Duration

    09 / 08

  • Price per person



MAX. ALTITUDE 16,470ft.



camp & hotel

ACCOMMODATION camp & hotel



  • Sacred Valley
  • Salkantay
  • Machu Picchu
  • Rainbow Mountain

Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests

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09 Day Cusco & Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

We have created an adventure in which you will be able to experience Peru at its best and like never before. Above all, with Salkantay Trek & Rainbow Mountain Trail – Salcantay Pass you will trek from 3,900m/12,800ft to 2,100m/6,900ft. Certainly, traversing across magnificent mountain passes, enjoying enormous and mystical snow-capped peaks.

Likewise, seeing nature in its purest form and exploring more than 15 different ecosystems that we have in this area from beginning to end. Moreover, the chances for ethnic and cultural exchange are ever-present with local natives who still remain closely attached to their heritage and are very willing to share it.



Firstly, upon your arrival at the airport in Cusco, an Inkayni Peru Tours staff member will be there to greet you and take you to our partner hotel. Certainly, it is located in the charming historic district of San Blas. Most importantly, the lodge is centrally located and only a few minutes’ walk from the Plaza de Armas, the beautiful and bustling town center.

Also, this day will be reserved for resting to adapt to the altitude, approximately 3400 meters (11,000 feet). Then, meet your expedition group at 5:00 pm.

  • Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.


We will pick you up from your hotel around 8 AM and head to Moray. The drive is about 1 hour and 20 minutes and is absolutely beautiful. You will drive through the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, through lush yellow fields of wheat, past some villages.

Finally, we arrive to the fascinating display of terraces in Moray. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops.

After that, in village Maras, we visit a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back all the way to pre-Inca times. Therefore, there are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountainside, being filled daily by a little stream of water.

The last place to visit will be Chinchero. Here we can admire the well-preserved Inka walls of the main square as well as the many altars. Moving on we will participate in a wonderful introduction and learning experience of the art of Andean textiles.

  • Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.



Firstly, we will leave from Cusco approximately between 4:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. A bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level). Then, we will arrive around 8:00 am, we will stop for last-minute supplies, leg-stretching, or to use the restrooms. We will continue to our trek starting point, Sayapata.

Consequently, we will meet with our support staff, and they will load the equipment on horses and mules. So, around 9:00 am we will begin our walk toward Soraypampa (3850 meters above sea level). During the trip, we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. Then, around 1:00 pm, we will have a Peruvian lunch. After that, we will continue hiking toward Humantay Lake for 3 hours approximately. Absolutely, this is a beautiful lake in the heart of the mountains. Finally, we will come back to our camp where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.

  • Lodging: Campsite in Soraypampa

salkantay trekking


Today, nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, we will start the most challenging part of the trek. Subsequently, we will start the hike around 7:00 in the morning. We will hike to a place called SalkantayPampa. Then, go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Humantay located next to the Apu Salkantay. At midday, we will be on the highest point ( 4600 meters above sea level) Salcantay pass.

Certainly, we will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level), which is known as the second-highest point of the Cusco region. Then, we will have our lunch in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive at our camp in Challway (2920 meters above sea level). Finally, around 7:00 p.m, we will recuperate from the trek and eat dinner.

  • Lodging: Campsite in Challway

salcantay pass


Firstly, we will start our trek at 7:00 am, and we will enjoy the beautiful sunrise. Consequently, we walk for about 5 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco. During this period, we will observe a town called Collpabamba, also called the “Forest Cloudy Brow,” where waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to find the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks‘ — the national bird of Peru Once. Likewise, at Playa Sahuayaco we’ll have lunch. After that, we are going to hike a couple of hours more to get to Lucmabamba, which is our last campsite, also the beginning of the Inca trail of Llactapata.

  • Lodging: Campside in Lucmabamba

salkantay trek to machu picchu


Firstly, around 8.00 am we will gradually hike up for about 2 hours to finally get to LlactaPata, a beautiful archeological site that has connections to the Inca sites Machupicchu and Sayacmarka. So, we will have plenty of time to explore this nice Inca site. Then, start our descent to HidroElectrica (power plant) which will take us about 1 ½ hours. Certainly, a pleasant 3 hours walk will bring us to Aguas Calientes where we will stay in a hotel for the night. After having stored our baggage we will go out and have dinner together in one of the many restaurants.

  • Lodging: Aguas Calientes Golden Sunrise Hotel*** or similar.

salcantay pass to machu picchu


This last day starts very early. We will wake you up at around 5.00 am to have our breakfast. Then, we’ll take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. There are two good reasons to be at the entrance of Machu Picchu very early:

1. It is well worth the effort to get up early, we’ll find the Inca city quiet.  You will have plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the sunrise in Machu Picchu.

2. Our guide will give you a tour around Machu Picchu telling you about the history of Machu Picchu and the most important temples and altars. After that, if you still have plenty of energy you should climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. This is the steep mountain dominating the background of Machu Picchu.

Usually, we take the bus at around 1:00 pm. The bus ride takes around 25 minutes and your guides will give you the ticket. Make sure that, before you leave Machu Picchu by bus, the guides give you the time and location of the restaurant where the group meets in Aguas Calientes. Finally, you will get your train and bus tickets back to Cusco in the restaurant in Aguas Calientes.

  • Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.

machu picchu citadel rainbow mountain trail


Very early in the morning between 04:00 to 04:30 am. We will go to the south of the city, crossing fields, rivers, mountains, and villages. So, we will travel for about 2 hours until we reach the town of Cusipata, where we will enjoy our delicious breakfast.

After that, we will travel for another 45 minutes, observing beautiful landscapes, canyons, glaciers, and herds of llamas and alpacas, until we reach the starting point of the hike in Pulawasipata. So, we will walk for approximately 2 hours until we reach the Mountain of seven Colors or Vinicunca. On the way, we will observe numerous South American camelids with their shepherds dressed in beautiful colorful typical costumes.

Upon reaching the top of the vinicunca mountain peru, we will have enough time to take photographs and enjoy the landscape. Besides, we can also clearly appreciate the highest snow in Cusco, the Ausangate mountain.

Later, we will undertake the return along the same path until we reach our transport to return to Cusipata. Subsequently, we will taste our delicious buffet lunch. Meanwhile, we will return to Cusco, our vehicle will leave you in the center of the city.

  • Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.


Transfer to the Cusco airport in the morning or afternoon according to your flight details (End the tour)

What's Included


  • All transfers from and to the airport.
  • Transportation.
  • All tours.
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Entrances for day 02
  • 04 night’s accommodations in 3 stars hotels.
  • Rainbow Mountain tour.
  • Breakfast included in the accommodations, 01 Lunch


  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Chef.
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment
  • Pick-up and transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes, Day 6.
  • Inflatable 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).
  • Single Supplement US$300 (solo travelers)
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
  • International and intra flights.
  • Meals where are not stated
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee US$35
  • Entrance ticket to the hot springs
  • First breakfast and last lunch at Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals where not otherwise stated as included.
  • Gratitude or tips for your crew (cooks, horse herders, guides)


  • Original Passport
  • Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • A waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries

Extra Services?

Extra services for the tour package

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


JULY 2021


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 trek to machu picchu travel to be in relatively good physical condition, plus acclimatization.

How far in advance should I acclimatize for the salkantay trek – Salcantay pass?

This means arriving to Cusco at least 02 days prior to your trek departure to adjust to the altitude. During the last two months leading up to your tour package Salkantay trek & rainbow mountain trail – salcantay pass, 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!

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

What will the meals be like during the Cusco & Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

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

Above all, 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.

So, 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?

Certainly, 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 for the salkantay trek & rainbow mountain trail – salcantay pass.

And if I have a severe allergy – Salkantay trek & rainbow mountain trail?

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

However, 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. Certainly, You must pay your remaining balance two days before your departure for your package salkantay trek & rainbow mountain trail. 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.

What are the office hours – Salkantay trek & rainbow mountain trail tour package?

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

You can check it in our Terms & Conditions

Are hiking sticks or poles necessary?

For this trek salcantay pass & rainbow mountain trail more than any other, we do recommend hiking sticks, especially for those with any known knee problems. Above all, the poles will assist your balance and reduce the impact on your knees while you are doing the Cusco & Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.

Certainly, Inkayni Peru Tours will rent hiking sticks for $15

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

Can I leave my belongings in your office?

On the other hand, 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). Therefore, In the case that your hotel may not provide this service, we will store your baggage safely in our office free of charge for your tour package salkantay trek & rainbow mountain trail – salcantay pass.

What is the weather like during the trek?

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

When is the rainy season in Cusco & salkantay trek to machu picchu – rainbow mountain trail?

Certainly, January to March is summer in Peru, which means the rainy season for Cusco and especially the Salkantay trek tour – salcantay pass, 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?

When the tour starts and ends – Salkantay trek & rainbow mountain trail tour package?

Certainly, We will pick you up from your hotel to begin your trek Salcantay pass, 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 for the cusco & salkantay trek to machu picchu. Consequently, there will be 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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