Salkantay Trek 5 Days

Salkantay Trek runs beneath the magnificent Salkantay mountain (6.271m/20569ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes. Your first two days are dominated by the impressive “Apus” of Salkantay and Huamantay, as you pass through the high puna landscape. On the third day you descend to the warm cloud forest, to reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day. The impressive Sacred Inca city of Machupicchu is visited on the last day of the program. The Salkantay Trek tour is an interesting alternative for those not having found spaces on the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.

The Salkantay Trek (or Salcantay Trek), was recently named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.

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Native people in Salkantay Mountain

Salkantay Trek 5 Days Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake – Soyroccocha

At 5am we pick you up at your hotel and drive in our private van for 3.5hours to Soraypampa. Along the way you can enjoy some spectacular views of villages, Iscuchaca, Limatambo, stunning valleys and the spectacular Salkantay snow-capped mountain. At the trail head (Soraypampa) we power up with our breakfast while obsorbing the exhilarating views of Humantay (5900m/19,356ft) and Salkantay (6217m/20,396ft) mountain glaciers. Puting on our comfortable shoes we take a 2.5 hour return hike up to see the turquoise Umantay Lake. We continue with a gentle ascension for 1.5 hours to Salkantay Pampa where our trekking chefs have our delicious lunch waiting in front of the beautiful glacier. Slipping in through the back door with one hour uphill by switchback we arrive at our first campsite at Soroccocha located at the foot of the great Salkantay Mountain. Then you’ll replenish your body with a coffee or hot chocolate. The views on this day will be truly breathtaking.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities
Distance: 10kms/6 miles
Time: 6hrs approximately
Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2: Soyroccocha – Salkantay Pass – Glacial lake – Colpapampa

After a scrumptous breakfast, get ready, get set to go.….on a moderate climb on your day 2, within an hour you will reach the highest point of the trek (4,650m/15,367ft). From here we transpire with nature at it’s purest form, feeling at one with the massive snowcapped mountains, Salkantay (6,217m/20,717ft), Humantay, Huayanay and the diversion of white lively rivers, and small humble lakes. As a side line we take half an hour to enjoy the panoramic and truly exquisite turquoise Salkantay Lake. Continuing down to Rayanniyoc for lunch and toward our finish line for the day, we trek for 2 more hours to the small village of Colpapampa to spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
Accomodation: Camping facilities
Distance: 16kms/10 miles
Time: 8hrs approximately
Difficulty: Challenge

Day 3: Colpapampa – Lucmabamaba – Hot springs

Today we have passed our mid way point. Within 3 hours of walking, we are enjoying the beginning of the lush tropical rainforest, the bountiful fruit bearing trees, coffee and cacao trees, and the undulating fruit plantations with their flowering orchids and always plenty of birds to see. We arrive at wonderful Lucmabamaba for lunch with free time to rest.

After lunch, we will have an incredible experience of nature at it’s purest form, touring a coffee plantation adjacent to the campsite. We will begin by browsing the fields, learning about the different types of beans and picking our own beans. It doesn’t end there. Engulfed in the fields of tomatoes and avocados are multiple ecosystems from beginning to end. We pick our fresh produce which our trekking chef will use for our dinner.

Then by 3pm, we will take the local transport for 30mins to the natural hot springs at Cocalmayo, where we bath in the natural resources mother earth provides us. Upon our return our trekking chef with be creating his specialty with our fresh produce from the day.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities
Distance: 14kms
Time: 5 to 6 hrs approximately
Difficulty : Moderate.

Day 4: Lucmabamba – LLAQTAPATA – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes.

After a last delicious breakfast by our chef and a hot drink, we will continue along the ancient and remote Inca Trail for 3 hours uphill to the Puncuyoc Pass (2700m/8,858ft). Along the way you will need to pinch yourself at fantastic views and authenticity of these unique valleys and fruit plantations. Location! location!! We arrive to Llactapata Inca Ruins, located right in front of Machu Picchu where we enjoy the strategic location of the Citadel of the Grand Machu Picchu from far away and it’s surrounding mountains Huyana Picchu, Machu Picchu and the Aobamba Canyon.

Still feeling overwhelmed, we descend for 2 hours to the Hydroelectric plant the primary power source for Cusco where we will have lunch. Then it’s the last leg of the journey walking to Aguas Calientes through the National Park of Machu Picchu. Feel your adrenaline start to swirl in your veins as you come closer to the iconic Machu Picchu and the ancient wall that surrounds the Inca Citadel.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Accommodation: Wiracocha Inn Hotel or Andean Terra Hotel
Distance: 15kms / 9 miles
Time: 9hrs approximately
Difficulty : Moderate

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Wake up early to a new day of adventure and mindfulness sharing the day with our majestic Machu Picchu. Following in the ancient and remote footsteps of the ‘Lost City of the Incas, listen carefully to the etheric cultural exchange of history without the crowds who arrive at midday. You will be gifted with free time to explore, take photos, climb Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain or visit the Sun Gate. Afterwards, we go back to Aguas Calientes and in the afternoon at 4:22pm we return by expedition train to Ollantaytambo train station and then back to your hotel in Cusco by van, arriving at about 8:30pm.

Meal: Breakfast
Difficulty: Easy

End of Salkantay Trek

What is Included in Salkantay Trek 5 Days:

  • Collection from your hotel in Cusco from 05:45 am.
  • Private bus to Mollepata-Cruzpata (starting of our trek.)
  • 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a roll pad mattress.
  • English speaking experienced professional mountain guide. (1-8 ppl with1 guide) 2 Guides for a group of 9-17 participants.
  • 7 kilos porterage service for your personal items ie extra clothes, sleeping bag to be carried by mules, (so you just need to carry your small day pack with bottle of water and everything you will need during the day).
  • Full board meals 5 Breakfast, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners. (Buffet Style Peruvian Gourmet Cuisine).(Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request)
  • Dining tent and cooking tents with tables and chairs. Experienced Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent. First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Mules to carry tents, mattress, food, cooking equipment Hot water for washing purposes.
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles each morning.
  • PeruRail train ride from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes.
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes (Private rooms).Double or Triple Accommodation.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Admission Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex. Complete guided tour in Machu Picchu, time to explore on your own
    PeruRail 1st Class train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or (train to Ollanta and private transport to Cusco).
  • Ticket to Huaynapicchu mountain (walk to the top without a guide, trail is well marked) If Huayna Picchu tickets are sold out we offer Machu Picchu montaña walk instead.

What is not Included:

  • Water to drink on Day 1
  • Sleeping bag (minus 8 ºC)
  • The bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes US$ 12 or (45 minutes down-hill walk to Aguas Calientes).
  • Dinner on the 5 th day,
  • Tips for your guide,cook and staff are optional not mandatory.

We recommend that you bring:

  • Comfortable daypack.
  • Sleeping bag (Minus 8ºC)
  • Sturdy Hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and trekking pants. not jeans
  • Layers for variable temperatures specially at night
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera, extra film & batteries
  • Sunprotection : sunscreen : sun hat : sunglasses
  • Thermals : wool socks : Gloves / scarf and woolen hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent, Rain poncho : a good rain jacket
  • Extra plastic bags especially in wet season and plastic garbage bags to line your back pack
  • Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Water bottle : water purifying tablets optional
  • Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Original passport and University student card if applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks,Trekking poles.

PRICE Salkantay Trek 5 Days

  • 2-4 person US $555
  • 5 + person  US $540

Personal porter included!
**** This price includes the extra porter who will carry your belongings up to 7 kgs, we will provide you with a duffle bag, to put your things.

***We provide large Eureka 4 man tents for each 2 trekkers.


  • Under 18 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: US$40 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Group of 5 or more: US$30. – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.


  • Sleeping Bag – US$20 per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress – US$20 per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles – US$15 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent: US $30 – (Tent is for single trekkers only)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade – US$57 per person (For the return to Cusco (Poroy) at 4:43 pm)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain – US$35 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Machu Picchu Mountain – US$30 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Single supplement US$30 per night (for solo travellers with single room)