Salkantay Trek Classic 5 Days

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The Salkantay trek is a high altitude 74km/46 miles hike in the Cusco region, Peru.

The route starts at Mollepata, a small town 100km from Cusco. It takes you through some incredible nature areas of the Andes with breathtaking scenery and amazing wildlife. Trekking includes a visit to two Inca sitesLlactapata and Machu Picchu both history and nature lovers will enjoy the Salkantay trek.  It is considered to be a cheaper alternative to the famous Inca trail though it goes through the completely different areas and unlike the Inca trail, Salkantay trek finishes in Aguas Calientes (from where you walk to MP) not at Machu Picchu

  • Type of Trip: Trekking / Hiking, Cultural, Adventurer.
  • Good for: 4,650 meters.
  • Difficulty: Moderate, Hard.
  • Considerations: Check availability of the entrance to Machupicchu mountain and Huaynapicchu mountain.
  • Start altitude: 3200m / 9515ft.
  • Highest Altitude: 4650m / 15,200ft.
  • Walking distance: 60 km.
  • Longest day : Day 2, approximately 22 km / 11 miles.
  • Coldest night: Day 1 around 0 degrees.
  • Acclimatization is recommended.
Daily tours: “Everyday”




We start the day picking you up from your hotel from 4:30 AM. Then we will go on a tourist bus passing through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo arriving at Mollepata (2900m.snm), where we will be at approximately 7:30 AM. There, we will have our first breakfast and we can leave our 7 kilos luggage for our riders. We will then take a transport that will take us to Challacancha for 1 hour (3380m.snm). From that point our trek will begin, reaching Soraypampa (3900m.snm) in approximately 3 hours, where we will be arriving at 1:30 pm. There we will have our first lunch and first camp. After lunch we will go to the beautiful Humantay lagoon.

LAGUNA HUMANTAY: Ascent for 1:30 minutes where we will arrive at the impressive Humantay Lagoon (4220 masl). There we can appreciate the turquoise color of the lagoon and the snowy Apu Humantay and then begin to descend for 40 minutes to our Soraypampa camp for tea time, which is at approximately 6:00 pm. Then we will have our delicious dinner prepared by our chef and finally we will pass to our tents or sleeping tents.

(12 KM. 7.45 miles) – 5 hours



Starting at 5:00 am we will have a nutritious breakfast and then continue our trek. We start from Soraypamapa point to the highest point Abra Salkantay (3 hours) where we can appreciate the imposing snowfalls of the Salkantay mountains, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo (4650m.snm), through Salkantaypampa and Soyrococha, where we will appreciate a small lagoon then begin the descent to Huayracmachay (3 hours)

(3800m.s.n.m). At Huayracmachay, we will have our lunch and then continue the walk. You will notice a dramatic change in the landscape. This walk is really impressive after we continue down to Chaullay (3 hours) (2900m.s.n.m), where our second camp will be.



We will have our breakfast at 6:00 am, and then walk around 5:30 hours all through the jungle eyebrow with flat ascents and descents. We will appreciate coffee plantations, orchids, begoneas, bromeliads and many natural plants used for medicine, arriving at our Playa Sahuayaca lunch point where we will have the “buffet” lunch and board a bus which is included from the lunch point to the camp (Playa – Santa Teresa). Arriving at our camp we will have the option to visit the thermal baths located in Cocalmayo (Santa Teresa) that are not included in our package and we return to our camp at 6:00 pm, for our tea and dinner.



The sunrise will be within a tropical area full of history and nature. There our breakfast awaits us and then we will continue our journey towards Hydroelectric station where we will have lunch in the restaurant. After lunch, we will continue our walk through the tropical zone towards the town of hot springs and accommodate ourselves in the hostel and wait for dinner at 6.30 pm.



We will get up very early in the morning to visit Machu Picchu, where we will have a guided tour of the citadel of Machu Picchu and visit temples, terraces, palaces and platforms. Then you will have time to take pictures and explore on your own.

You will return to the town of Aguas Calientes to wait for your Expedition train at 6:20 PM

Note: If in case you have Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu mountain, you would be entering the first schedule from 6AM – 8AM and second schedule from 9AM – 11AM

(Not included in the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain package)


The following required transportation services are included in the tour:
• TOURIST TRANSPORT Cusco – Mollepata trip approximately 02h and 30 minutes.
• Transportation Mollepata – Challacancha, approximately 45 minutes trip.
• Transportation Playa Sahuayaco – Hydroelectric
• TOURIST TRANSPORT Ollantaytambo station – Cusco (Plaza Regocijo)
Entrance ticket to the Inca city of Machu Picchu
The schedules we work with are the TRAIN EXPEDITION OF 18:20
We have camps established in each CAMPING PLACE, within which:
• In Soraypampa: We have rustic cabins, with mattresses 13cm thick.
• In Chaullay: We have spacious rooms with personal beds so that passengers can enjoy during their small stay in each place.


The accommodation that we include in the package is a BASIC HOSTEL in the town of Aguas Calientes.
• All rooms have a private bathroom and private shower
• Hot shower.
• Takeaway Breakfast Snack (Includes Frugos, cheese, biscuit and 01 fruit sandwinch)
• If you wish to book your own hotel or work with a specific hotel, let us know in order to coordinate the details.
• Maximum load of 5KG per passenger on horseback

• Official Tourism Guide – Certificates in DIRCETUR with a minimum experience of 3 years. Groups larger than 14 people are accompanied by a SECOND GUIDE (Maximum groups of 18 people).
• Cook specializing in high mountain cuisine – HAS A UNIQUE STEEL HOUSE.
• Horsemen and horses to carry all camping equipment, kitchen.
• 5 kilos of personal belongings per passenger – inside the passenger luggage will also include the weight of their sleeping bags.

All meals required during the tour are included.
All the food we offer is BUFFET SERVICE (Except for the fourth lunch and fourth dinner that are in tourist restaurants)
• 03 Breakfasts
• 03 lunches
• 02 snacks (Soraypampa, Chaullay and Santa Teresa – Includes Chocolate – mate – coffee – milk – tea –Poc Corn – Cookies)
• 03 dinners
• We wake you up every morning with
• Oxygen (Oxishot)
• First aid kit (Only generic, it is necessary that the passenger has their personal pills)
• Communication radios.

Lunch for the last day.
Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain 20 USD
Service and extra expenses.
Sleeping bag 15 USD
Trekking poles 15 USD
Passport (Note: Requires for the entrance of Machu Picchu).
Warm clothes for the night
Waterproof clothes. Flash. Hat. Several shirts
Insect repellent.
Plastic rain poncho.
Water purification tablets.
First aid kit.
Water bottle.
Student card (if applicable).
Additional soles or dollars.

What to Bring?

Original passport or ID
Trekking shoes or walking shoes
Thick jacket or coat
Hat or cap
Refillable water bottle (can buy water at some point of the trek)
A good raincoat
Long sleeves t-shirt
Pants and short pants
Insect repellent
Sunscreen with SPF 40 UV
Toilet paper
Personal snacks
Sunglasses, plastic bags
Personal medication
Personal towels and sandals
Light backpack
Photographic camera, extra batteries
Extra money (Peruvian currency preferred)
Sleeping bags (ask our staff about the sleeping bags for rent)

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