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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu


The 5-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is often called “The Other Inca Trail” because is the alternative trekking route. Salkantay Trek offers a prime wilderness experience away from the crowds. The Salkantay Trail also pass through an astounding variety of flora in nine distinct ecosystems.

This route of Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a fifty-mile trail that takes 5 days with extraordinary views: a turquoise glacier-fed lake, expansive highland plains, snowy peaks, fruit orchards, coffee plantations, and the lush flora of the cloud forests. Additionally, the Salkantay Trail houses different mountain villages, which offers a good chance for local interaction.

The lodge to lodge classic Salkantay trek offer the most confortable and scenic way to reach Machu Picchu in 5 days. With lodge stays at Salkantay trail, we conserve its natural surroundings and help the local communities. At the end of every day, trekkers can relax, and eat a delicious Peruvian food. Stretch out and get a good night’s sleep in a warm bed. That extra comfort makes this challenging Salkantay Trek all that more enjoyable.

At the end of the fourth day of Salkantay Trek, sleep in your well-appointed hotel at Machu Picchu Village. On the final day of Salkantay Trek, take a private guided tour of Machu Picchu. The Salkantay Trek 5 days deservedly is considered one of the best treks in the world.


  • Enjoy the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 days with local experts.
  • Visit the turquoise glacier lake of Humantay.
  • Experience different Andean ecosystems and stunning landscapes.
  • Be amazed by the imposing mountains at Salkantay Pass 4,700 meters (15,420 feet)
  • Hike to Llactapata Inca site via the original Inca Trail.
  • Take a private tour of Machu Picchu with an expert tour guide.
  • Sleep in comfortable family-owned lodges along the Salkantay trail.


  • Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa.
  • Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Chaullay.
  • Day 3: Chaullay – Lucmabamba – Hot Springs (optional).
  • Day 4: Lucma Lodge – Llactapata Climb – Aguas Calientes hotel.
  • Day 5: Machu Picchu Guided Tour – Cusco.

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Day 1.- Cusco – Challacancha – Soraypampa Lodge

Get an early start when your guide and private van pick you at your hotel in Cusco. The roomy van lets you stretch out in comfort for the three-hour drive. Have a hearty lunch in a beautiful farmhouse in the town of Mollepata, then walk around to check out the farm. After lunch, continue in the van until your arrival at the trailhead.  Begin a 3-hour hike on an original Inca Trail to the first lodge, Salkantay Lodge at 3860m (12,000ft) located in Soraypampa. Delight in a hot shower, enjoy a delicious supper and get a good night’s sleep in a plush bed on your first night of the trek.

The first trek is a moderate difficulty of about 3 hours to help you acclimate to the altitude.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 2.- Soraypampa –  Salkantay Pass –  Challway Lodge

After breakfast, begin the trek to the stunning Salkantay Pass. Walkthrough the pampa, circle around Mount Huamantay, and continue to the most challenging section and the highest altitude of the entire trek: a switchback trail that ascends to over 4600m (15,000ft). You are rewarded with the astonishing vision of the massive glacier of Salkantay. Participate in the ancient custom of stacking a rock to commemorate your presence in this magical place. Then take a descending trail overlooking valleys dotted with massive boulders and rock formations. Enjoy a hearty, hot picnic lunch and a well-deserved rest in a special spot with commanding views of the mountains and valleys. After lunch, the descent continues through the hilly countryside until you arrive at Challway, and your second lodge is at 2 800m (9,184ft). Clean up, rest in a comfy bed, and celebrate the day’s accomplishment with an Andean dinner.

The third trek is challenging difficulty of 10 hours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 3.- Challway – Playa Sawayako – Eco Quechua Lodge

After a relaxed breakfast at the lodge, continue the descent walking along the Salkantay River. Feel the change of ecosystem from the dryer highlands to the higher cloud forest. Warm breezes rise up from the moist jungle below. In the afternoon, arrive at the third lodge in Santa Teresa Valley, the Quechua Lodge, at 2,150m (7,052ft). After a delectable lunch, spend the rest of the afternoon in the natural hot springs. Enjoy another gourmet dinner and spend the night in comfort.

The fourth trek is a moderate difficulty of 5 hours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 4.- Llactapata Pass –  Hidroelectric Train Station – Aguas Calientes

After your last breakfast on the trek, your last challenge is the ascent to Llactapata Pass at over 2700m (8900ft). Explore the expansive Llactapata Ruins. Admire a unique view that most visitors don’t see: the spectacular rear view of Machu Picchu at a distance. Satisfy your appetite from the ascent with the last delicious picnic lunch, while feasting your eyes on the view of Machu Picchu. After lunch, descend through the Aobamba Valley on a switchback trail through verdant forest, more fruit orchards, and coffee plantations.  Your final steps for the trek conclude with your arrival at the Hidroelectrica Train Station to take a short ride on a basic, local train to Machu Picchu Village.  Rest in your first-class hotel room, have a great dinner, and rest early for the visit to Machu Picchu early the next morning.

The sixth and final trek is a moderate difficulty of 6 hours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 5.- Machu Picchu Tour – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

After breakfast, your guide comes to your hotel and accompanies you on the 25-minute bus up the hill to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.  Your private tour is tailored to your interests:  ancient lifestyles, science, mythology, religion, engineering, or other topics.  Your guide has the answers.  Explore the most important places of the citadel: The Guardhouse, Sun temple, and Royalty group, Main Plaza, Three Windows Temple, and the Sacred Sun Dial.  Wear sturdy shoes for this 2-hour tour because you walk on narrow stone paths and steps. Later, ride the bus down to Machu Picchu Village, and then relax on the Vistadome train service to the Ollantaytambo Train Station. Private transport takes you back to your hotel in Cusco.

End of the service.
Meals: Breakfast

Prices & Inclusions


The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is perfect for friends, couples, and families because you can leave on any date you wish. During this adventure tour, you can also set your pace to maximize your experience. You do not have to wait for anyone else the Salkantay Trek starts with only 02 passengers. The total package cost is based on a Hotel double occupancy.

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  • Expert English-speaking tour guide.
  • Lodge and hotel stay during the trip.
  • 3 hotel Nights (2 in Cusco and 1 In Aguas Calientes) – 3-star Hotel.
  • Meals during the trek.
  • Emergency horses.
  • Machu Picchu private guided tour.
  • Vistadome tickets between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • Admission tickets to Machu Picchu.
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Transfer in/out Airport.


  • First day and last day meals
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Travel Insurance.
  • International and domestic flights.
  • drinks or beverages
  • Any item not specified in the paragraph included.


For this trek, you need to pack a duffel bag that will be carrying the pack animal (horse/mule). Max. 7 Kilos /14 Pounds, and a daypack to carry essentials during the hike.


  • Original Passport (the same you have used for booking your trek)
  • Good daypack (25 to 30L)
  • Water 1 to 2 liters of water
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
  • Polar or sweater for early mornings and evenings
  • Rain jacket or Rain Poncho.
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Toiletries kit
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
  • Personal Medication (we carry a Basic first Aid kit).


  • Pack your clothes and personal belongings for the next 5 days.
  • Warm clothes.
  • Comfortable shoes (to be used at the lodges)
  • Toiletries kit.
  • swimming clothes.


We will design a customized trip to connect you with our Country through your interests, you can modify a tour package on our website. you decide where to visit, how long would you like to spend in each place, what type of accommodation suits best for you, and more including:

  • Adding extra activities to your itinerary.
  • Assisting with planning a business Trip.
  • Getting hotel Upgrades.
  • Arranging any special packages to celebrate important
    occasions, whether it’s an anniversary, birthday, retirement, honeymoon, or other milestones.

Contact us to help you in arranging the adventure of your dreams.


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Length: 5 days/4 nights
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  • Trek through extraordinary scenery while resting at luxury mountain lodges.
  • Train journey to Machu Picchu from Hidrolectrica.
  • Exceptional private guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Tour the world wonder at your own pace, no rush.