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SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

Ranked among the world’s most formidable trekking routes, this is your invitation to a remarkable expedition that challenges your limits and ignites your daring essence

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EMBARK ON A PROFOUND JOURNEY OF SELF-DISCOVERY WITH THE SALKANTAY TREK

Embark on a journey that seamlessly weaves awe-inspiring natural beauty with profound cultural immersion. The renowned Salkantay Trek, spanning approximately 70 kilometers (43 miles), will lead you through a captivating tapestry of landscapes, from majestic snow-capped mountains to lush, fragrant cacao plantations.

The pinnacle of this experience, of course, is the arrival at the archaeological marvel that is Machu Picchu. This ancient Incan citadel, nestled within the mountains, casts an enduring spell on visitors from across the globe.

Prepare for a journey that will challenge your physical limits and reward you with profound emotional fulfillment. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking nature and cultural richness that the Salkantay Trek has to offer. Ready to weave your own narrative in these majestic lands? Your adventure of wonders is about to commence.

EXPERIENCE AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY WITH TOP TRAVEL EXPERTS

  • Small groups of 2 to 10 people for personalized experiences
  • Premium camping equipment for utmost comfort
  • 100% guaranteed and confirmed reservations
  • Complimentary luggage transportation
  • Expert bilingual and experienced guides
  • Local tour operator with in-depth knowledge
  • Environmental commitment and natural respect.

EMBARK ON THE ADVENTURE THAT WILL CAPTIVATE YOUR SENSES AND WANDERLUST SPIRIT

  • Take on the challenge of the Salkantay trek, ranked among the top 25 hiking routes globally by National Geographic Adventure
  • Traverse snow-capped mountains that will test your limits
  • Explore 4 of Peru’s 8 natural regions
  • Immerse yourself in stunning landscapes of remarkable scenic beauty
  • Discover the diverse options of Salkantay Trek (2, 4, 5, and 7 days) for varying experiences

DISCOVER THE FINEST SALKANTAY TREK VERSIONS

The Salkantay Trek is a gem where nature and culture converge in harmony. This legendary hike perfectly balances moments of calm and excitement: cloud forests, high mountain passes, lagoons, the silhouette of the Salkantay Mountain in the background, glittering glaciers, roaring waterfalls, and abundant wildlife populate the route.

With every kilometer, you’ll find a deep connection with nature and with yourself. Each step evokes the ancestral legacy of the Andes.

Get ready to experience the majestic Andean snow-capped peaks and the Inca spirit in an extraordinary adventure. The Salkantay Trek is an experience that will endure within you forever.

SALKANTAY TREK 2 DAYS (HUMANTAY AND SALKANTAY PASS)

Enjoy a short but intensely rewarding getaway. Marvel at the stunning Humantay Lake and conquer the impressive Salkantay Pass on this route of spectacular landscapes.

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SALKANTAY TREK 4 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU

Experience the essence of Salkantay on an exciting 4-day journey, traversing majestic mountains, cloud forests, and remote valleys. Culminate at Machu Picchu with an unparalleled sense of achievement.

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5 DAY SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

Expand your adventure over 5 days, delving deeply into the secrets of Salkantay. Discover diverse landscapes, Inca ruins, and local communities before reaching the grandeur of Machu Picchu.

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7 DAY SALKANTAY HIKE & INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

Combine the best of two worlds in this 7-day expedition. Traverse the majesty of Salkantay and immerse yourself in the history of the Inca Trail as you head towards the astonishing Machu Picchu.

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A SUBLIME CHOICE FOR RESTLESS SPIRITS

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5 DAY SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

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    MAXIMUM ALTITUDE 4,630m│15,190ft

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The classic route of the Salkantay Trek is a comprehensive journey through a diversity of landscapes, from snow-capped mountains to dense forests and beautiful lagoons. Highlights include crossing the Salkantay Pass and visiting Humantay Mountain. This version of the Salkantay Trek covers 70 kilometers / 43 miles.

Discover the perfect balance between physical challenge and time to enjoy and connect with the local culture, all before reaching the iconic destination of Machu Picchu. Book now and be part of the Classic Salkantay Trek!

DISCOVER THE MOST IMPRESSIVE LANDSCAPES ON THE SALKANTAY TREK

SALKANTAY MOUNTAIN

The majestic Salkantay mountain is one of the most imposing peaks in the Vilcabamba mountain range. Revered as an “Apu” or mountain god since ancient times, this 6,271 meter (20,574 feet) summit challenges adventurous hikers exploring its epic Salkantay trekking routes.

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SALKANTAY PASS

A crucial point on the Salkantay trek, the 4,630 meter (15,190 feet) Salkantay Pass offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Salkantay mountains. Conquering this challenging pass is an exciting achievement, rewarding trekkers with glimpses of Andean grandeur.

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HUMANTAY MOUNTAIN

Humantay Mountain, with its stunning beauty, is a standout stop on the Salkantay Trek. With its characteristic turquoise color, the lagoon at the base of the mountain is a captivating sight. Climbing to the top of Humantay Mountain provides a panoramic view of the surroundings and is a rewarding experience for adventurous travelers.

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HUMANTAY LAKE

Nestled amid soaring peaks and glaciers, the intensely turquoise waters of Laguna Humantay create a surreal oasis along the Salkantay trail. The stunning contrast of rocky crags and snowy backdrops surrounding this serene tarn makes it a place of otherworldly beauty.

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COCALMAYO HOT SPRINGS

After days of hiking the Salkantay trail, the hot springs of Cocalmayo (Qoqalmayo) provide welcome relief for weary muscles. Soak in and unwind as the warm waters revitalize you, taking in spectacular views of the lush surroundings.

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LLACTAPATA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Resting at 2,782 meters (8,858 feet), Llactapata was a vital Inca resting site and place of Andean worship. Connect spiritually with the ancient people of the mountains as you explore this cultural heritage site along the Salkantay trek.

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MACHU PICCHU

The lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, dramatically situated atop a mist-veiled mountain ridge, is the ultimate treasure awaiting Salkantay trekkers. Marvel at the ingenious terraces, temples and structures of this renowned archaeological wonder as you complete the classic Salkantay trek.

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SALKANTAY MOUNTAIN

The majestic Salkantay mountain is one of the most imposing peaks in the Vilcabamba mountain range. Revered as an “Apu” or mountain god since ancient times, this 6,271 meter (20,574 feet) summit challenges adventurous hikers exploring its epic Salkantay trekking routes.

VIEW MORE

SALKANTAY PASS

A crucial point on the Salkantay trek, the 4,630 meter (15,190 feet) Salkantay Pass offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Salkantay mountains. Conquering this challenging pass is an exciting achievement, rewarding trekkers with glimpses of Andean grandeur.

VIEW MORE

HUMANTAY MOUNTAIN

Humantay Mountain, with its stunning beauty, is a standout stop on the Salkantay Trek. With its characteristic turquoise color, the lagoon at the base of the mountain is a captivating sight. Climbing to the top of Humantay Mountain provides a panoramic view of the surroundings and is a rewarding experience for adventurous travelers.

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HUMANTAY LAKE

Nestled amid soaring peaks and glaciers, the intensely turquoise waters of Laguna Humantay create a surreal oasis along the Salkantay trail. The stunning contrast of rocky crags and snowy backdrops surrounding this serene tarn makes it a place of otherworldly beauty.

VIEW MORE

COCALMAYO HOT SPRINGS

After days of hiking the Salkantay trail, the hot springs of Cocalmayo (Qoqalmayo) provide welcome relief for weary muscles. Soak in and unwind as the warm waters revitalize you, taking in spectacular views of the lush surroundings.

VIEW MORE

LLACTAPATA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Resting at 2,782 meters (8,858 feet), Llactapata was a vital Inca resting site and place of Andean worship. Connect spiritually with the ancient people of the mountains as you explore this cultural heritage site along the Salkantay trek.

VIEW MORE

MACHU PICCHU

The lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, dramatically situated atop a mist-veiled mountain ridge, is the ultimate treasure awaiting Salkantay trekkers. Marvel at the ingenious terraces, temples and structures of this renowned archaeological wonder as you complete the classic Salkantay trek.

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DISCOVER THE ROUTES THAT AWAIT YOU ON THE SALKANTAY TREK

2 DAY HUMANTAY LAKE & SALKANTAY PASS HIKE

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This version offers you an exciting 2-day adventure through the Salkantay Trek, covering approximately 18 kilometers or 11.2 miles in total.

On the first day, you will visit the stunning Humantay Lagoon and spend the night near the Salkantay Mountain, under the starry Andean sky that will captivate you with its spectacular constellations. On the second day, you will face the challenge of the Salkantay Pass located at 4,630 meters / 15,190 feet above sea level, marking a memorable moment in this unique experience. Embark on the adventure that will be engraved in your heart!

Note: This version does not culminate in Machu Picchu.

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SALKANTAY TREK 4 DAYS

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    LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY CHALLENGING

This route condenses the essence of the Salkantay Trek into four thrilling days, covering approximately 54 kilometers / 33.5 miles.

You will walk through mountains, valleys, and cloud forests, culminating at the majestic Machu Picchu. In this brief yet intense journey, you will experience the ascent to the Salkantay Pass and have the opportunity to visit the impressive Humantay Lagoon. The experience is full of challenges and rewards, all in a more condensed format. A journey that will showcase the scenic landscapes of the Salkantay!

7-DAY SALKANTAY INCA TRAIL TREK

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This version offers you a broader and more enriching experience, covering 82 kilometers/51 miles in total. By merging the best of the Salkantay Trek with the iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu over 7 days, this route immerses you in the history and traditions of the Incas. You’ll traverse mountains, lagoons, forests, and ancient Inca trails, immersing yourself in captivating landscapes and a rich culture.

The Salkantay & Inca Trail Hike provides a unique opportunity to connect with the past, challenge yourself, and marvel at the natural grandeur. Venture into this exciting fusion of two of Peru’s most iconic routes that will captivate you from start to finish!

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ANDEAN ROUTES SEAMLESSLY FUSED WITH THE SALKANTAY TREK

ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SALKANTAY TREK

What is the Salkantay trek?

The Salkantay Trek is an emblematic hiking route in the Peruvian Andes, renowned for its natural beauty and challenges. It traverses diverse landscapes, from snowy mountains to cloud forests and crystal-clear lakes. This journey offers a unique connection to Inca culture, passing through archaeological sites and culminating in the majesty of Machu Picchu. It’s an opportunity for exploration, personal growth, and encountering history and nature.

Is Salkantay trek worth it?

Absolutely! The Salkantay Trek is an unmissable experience that is worth it. Along this trekking route, you’ll be amazed by spectacular landscapes, from sacred mountains to valleys with lush flora and fauna. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to visit one of the 7 wonders of the modern world, Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most iconic destinations.

How difficult is the Salkantay hike?

The Salkantay Trek is categorized as “CHALLENGING” in terms of difficulty. The route includes daily hikes of several hours through various mountainous, rocky terrains, and varying altitudes. During the trekking, you’ll reach a maximum altitude of approximately 4,630 meters / 15,190 feet at the Salkantay Pass. While it can be a challenge, the satisfaction of completing the trek and enjoying the stunning landscapes makes it a rewarding experience.

How to prepare for the Salkantay trek?

It’s recommended to engage in regular physical training that includes hiking and cardiovascular exercises to strengthen your legs and improve your endurance. Additionally, acclimatizing to the altitude before the hike is advised; spend at least a couple of days in Cusco. It’s also important to bring proper gear, including trekking clothing and footwear, and carry a backpack with essentials such as water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and personal medications.

Is the Salkantay trek dangerous?

The Salkantay Trek is considered a challenging trek that requires good physical condition and proper preparation. Following the guides’ instructions and taking necessary precautions make the Salkantay Trek a safe experience. However, like any outdoor activity, there are risks, such as falls, altitude sickness, and unpredictable weather changes. Choosing a reliable and experienced travel agency with trained guides that adhere to safety standards, such as Inkayni Peru Tours, is important.

How is the food on the Salkantay trail?

During the Salkantay hike, balanced and nutritious meals with high carbohydrates are provided. Our chefs and cooks are professionally trained to offer exquisite dishes amidst the Peruvian Andes. The food includes a combination of traditional Peruvian dishes. Lunches and dinners usually consist of tortillas, pancakes, fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, chicken, rice, soups, and desserts. If you have dietary restrictions or allergies, it’s important to inform our sales colleagues in advance so they can adapt the meals to your needs.

What is the difference between a private Salkantay trek and a group Salkantay trek?

The private Salkantay trek is an option where you can exclusively reserve the trek for you and your travel companions. This provides greater privacy and flexibility, allowing you to set your own pace and adjust the route according to your preferences. On the other hand, the shared Salkantay trek is when you join a group of other trekkers who are also doing the trek on the same dates. This option can be more cost-effective and gives you the opportunity to meet and socialize with other travelers around the world during the trek.

How many kilograms are recommended to carry in the trekking backpack?

When booking the Salkantay trek with Inkayni Peru Tours, mules are included to transport kitchen equipment, camping gear, and 7 kg of your belongings. For the backpack you’ll be carrying, it’s suggested to carry a weight between 2 to 5 kg.

What should I do if I experience altitude sickness during the Salkantay trek?

If you experience the infamous “soroche” (altitude sickness) during your Salkantay trek, it’s essential to rest, stay hydrated, chew coca leaves in moderation, and communicate any needs to the guides.

How many people will be in the group?

The number of people in your group varies depending on the season and the chosen service (private or group). The minimum is 2 and the maximum is 10 people.

Where will we sleep during the 5 Day Salkantay trek?

During the Salkantay trek, there are designated campsites along the route:

  • First day: The campsite for the first day will be at Soyroccocha (4,600 meters / 15,091 feet).
  • Second day: The campsite for the second day will be at Colpapampa (2,920 meters / 9,514 feet).
  • Third day: On the third day, you’ll spend the night in accommodation in Machu Picchu town (Golden Sunrise Hotel Machu Picchu or similar).
  • Fourth day: On the fourth day, you’ll be back in the beautiful city of Cusco; transportation will drop you off at your hotel.

Can I rent equipment for the hike (trekking poles) (Sleeping bag)?

We offer a variety of camping items that are available for rent if desired. The available items are:

  • Sleeping bag ($25)
  • Trekking poles ($25)

Alternatively, if you already have these items, you can bring them with you. Remember that the weight limit our agency offers for carrying is 7 kg per person. 

Can I do the Salkantay trek with children?

The Salkantay trek is a demanding and high-altitude route, so it’s recommended that children have good physical condition and are accustomed to hiking activities. Consult with the travel agency and consider your children’s capacity and willingness before deciding if it’s suitable for them.

Will I have Wi-Fi during my hike?

Wi-Fi connection is limited and unstable during the first two days. On the third night, you’ll stay in a hotel in Machu Picchu town, where you’ll have access to Wi-Fi.

Can I charge my devices during the hike?

It’s possible to charge your electronic devices at some campsites that have charging points. However, keep in mind that these charging points may be limited. It’s advisable to bring external batteries or power banks to ensure you have enough energy for your devices throughout the trek.

Are there restrooms along the route?

Yes, there are restrooms available at some campsites along the Salkantay trek route. Note that these restrooms are usually basic and shared, with simple facilities such as latrines or portable toilets. It’s recommended to bring your own toilet paper and personal hygiene products.

Can I take showers during the route?

Yes, you’ll find showers at all campsites. However, take note of the following:

  • 1st day – Soyraccocha (4,600 meters / 15,091 feet): Cold showers
  • 2nd day – Colpapampa (2,920 meters / 9,514 feet): Cold showers
  • 3rd day – Hotel in Machu Picchu town (2,050 meters / 6,571 feet): Hot showers at no additional cost.
  • 4th day – Hotel in Cusco (3,350 meters / 8,792 feet): Hot showers at no additional cost.

Do I need to carry extra money for the hike?

Despite everything being included and paid for within the package, yes, it’s recommended to carry extra money to cover additional expenses during the Salkantay trek. This could include last-minute purchases and tips. We recommend carrying Peruvian soles.

How much cash is recommended to bring for the Salkantay trek?

The amount of cash you should bring depends on your personal preferences and the additional expenses you want to cover during the hike. As a reference, it’s suggested to carry at least around 400 to 500 Peruvian soles in cash for unforeseen expenses and tips.

How much tip is recommended for the Salkantay trek team?

Tips are not obligatory; they are a show of gratitude to the team that accompanied you during the Salkantay Trek. However, I recommend that you adjust them based on your experience and level of satisfaction.

Is drinking water included during the Salkantay hike?

Yes, during your Salkantay Trek, the agency provides you with drinkable water. The water is filtered, boiled, and then cooled daily. This water is supplied to trekkers in canteens, bottles, and thermoses at each meal. Please remember that you’ll need to ensure you have enough water for the first 4 hours of day one.

How far in advance should I book the Salkantay trail?

If you want to do the Salkantay Trek, it’s recommended to book it with 3 months in advance.

What is the best time to visit the Salkantay mountain?

The best time to visit the Salkantay Trek is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. During these months, the weather is more stable, with sunny days and pleasant temperatures during the day. However, keep in mind that these months are also the peak tourist season, so the trails may be more crowded.

If I decide to cancel the Salkantay trek, is there a refund?

The cancellation and refund policies of Inkayni Peru Tours vary depending on the proximity of your trekking date. Once we receive written notification that you want to cancel your trip, the following fees will be charged:

Proximity to Departure Date Cost to be Charged
30 to 60 days before the departure date 40% of the trip cost
7 to 29 days before the departure date 60% of the trip cost
Less than 7 days before the departure date or “No-Show” (In case the passenger does not show up) 100% of the trip cost

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