Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N
Salkantay trail is considered the most important alternative trek to the Classic Inca Trail, becouse it goes throughout many different microclimates and you have the chance to enjoy the amazing wild life, diversity of vegetation from the high lands down to the jungle area.
Go on the Salkantay trail, go beyond your limits and venture on this little wildness place full of outstanding snow-capped mountains, beautiful lakes and green valleys rich in flora and fauna, so, the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu seems like to be the best trekking choise.
Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu – Overview
- Starting altitude – 9128ft./2800
- Highest altitude – 15,018ft./4615m
- Walking distance – 26miles/55km
- Longest day – Day 1, and Day 2 approximately 10.9 miles / 18km
- Coldest night – Day 1 around 0° Celsius
- Overall difficulty – Dificulte
- Trekking style – 3 days Hiking and 2 nights camping
Salkantay Trail 4 days – Itinerary
Day 1 Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Salkataypampa
We are going to pick you up from your Hotel at 5am and we will travel to a little town of Mollepata where we are going to stop for breakfast and buy some suplies for the Salkantay trek, and then we will continue our travel still on our minivan for about 1 hour to Challacancha 3,700m/12,066ft. the trailhead of the Salkantay trekking.
Around 9am we start our trekking through an amazing Route with a great views of Umantay and Salkantay glacier, finally after 2 hours of traveling we reach Soraypampa a spectacular place to enjoy our first Lunch. In the afternoon we continue hiking uphill for 2 more hours to our campsite colled Salkantaypampa 4,100m /13,366fts. at this altitud the temperatures at night is very cold, therefore we recommend wear warm clothes.
Day 2 Salkantaypampa – Salkantay Pass – Collpapampa – la Playa
Today is considered a challenging day of the Salkantay trail 4 days, we start ascending on the zagging switchback up the Mountain for about 2 hours with spectacular scenery that goes from one extreme to another; starting from the high Puna covered in Ichu grass until Salkantay pass 4,615m /15,050ft.
After we enjoyed the Salkantay pass we start descending to the warm and lush cloud forest we will see a variety of wildlife, like the beautiful hummingbird and toucans, there is also a chance to see Andean Foxes, white Tailed Deers and Viscacha (wild Rabbit). Once we arrived to Collpapampa we are going to catch our minivan and travel for 1 hour all the way to la Playa – Santa Teresa a beautiful place to spent the night. The Hot springs is an optional visit, 1 hour of travel by car from our camp.
Trekking Time: 8 to 9 hours
Highest Elevation: Salkantay Pass 4,615m/15,050
Day 3 Santa Teresa – Llaqtapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes
Our destination today is Aguas Calientes town, today is the most beautiful hike of our 4 day Salkantay Trail, we travel through the Coffe plantation with exotic flora and fauna to the ancient Inca site of Llaqtapata for 3 hours, this is a spectacular overlooking Machu Picchu Inca site surrounded by beautiful mountains. Then we start descending for 2 hours on the other site of the mountain to Hydroelectric station where we are going to stop for our last Lunch and then catch our train to Aguas Calientes, our acomodation is in one of beautiful Hotels.
Day 4 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
After an amazing hike on the Salkantay Trekking, we are ready for the Machu Picchu tour the ancient city of the Incas, we are going to have 3 hours of Machu Picchu tour which take us through stunning construction, a professional tour guide is going to help us to explore properly and understand better the mystery of this sacred place. Afterward you will have extra time to explore the Inca site on your own.
If you have booked a permit to climb Huayna Picchu Mountan it will be your next trek. The Sun Gate is another place to visit, where Inca Trail hikers arrive through it to Machu Picchu, it takes 1 hour hike and is free and available to all.
Usual train departure is in the afternoon from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then bus to Cusco.
What is Included on the 4 day Salkantay trail?
On your arrival to the airport of Cusco – Peru one of our transfers well be waiting for for you with our Logo. We include one way transfer from the Airport to your Hotel,so,as soon as you get your flight schedule led us know.
Professional Tour Guide
Our tour guides have University degree, they studied tourism and English at University. They all are passionate on the Salkantay trek, they are knowledgeable in the History, Archeology, and also in the Astronomy, they always will be happy teaching you about their heritage.
The night before the Salkantay trek, your guide will give you all detailed information about your 4 day Salkantay trekking schedule, an also you will get your duffel bag, which is to fix your personal belongings no more than 8kg/16lbs you have to include your sleeping bag and air matt in case you have your own or rented one.
We do use horses on the Salkantay route, not being allowed for the classic Inca trail. Horses are going to carry all camping equipment, food supplies and your duffel bags. Also we include an emergency horse on the Salkantay trekking, if you feel tire or need a break, so an emergency horse is waiting for you.
All the transportation are included on the Salkantay trip. From the very beginning of your trekking to the end of your trek, our train service is expedition class it can be upgraded to the Vistadome train.
Our camping equipment is from the best quality and very comfortable, each Tent will be shared by 2 people, except if you request for a single tent, we provide spacious dining tent and kitchen tent.
Our amazing and experienced chefs, they prepare all the meals and they make magic happens during the 4 day Salkanta trekking to Machu Picchu in a small tent over a single flame. Always taking care of our customer’s health we provide all natural and fresh vegetables and selected meat proper from the Peruvian Andes.
We honor all food restrictions, but you should mention before you start the trek to Salkantay. Food is served family style and you will enjoy our traditional dishes from Peru and Cusco. Every day in the morning your chef will provide you a snack to enjoy along the Salkantay trekking.
Beginning from your first lunch antil your last breakfast, we will supply all the wa ter you need. The water you will get from us on the Salkantay trekking is straight from the glaciars and streams, it will be boiled, filtered and cooled before it will be distributed. You must bring your own water bottles or camel back.
This amazing mountain stands behind Machu Picchu; we included on the 4 day Salkantay Trekking and in all of our alternative routes, as long as permits remain with the government, the views from the top are spectaculars. It takes 45 minutes to reach the top and 45 minutes back down it is quite steep. If you are interested to experience this adventure you need to book in advance, and also we highly recommend climb in the second group which is at 10am and so much better views.
This is a 3 star hotel and is based on sharing a room – either double, matrimonial or triple. There is a single room surcharge if you are booking alone of $30 US per person. Rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers and wifi. We can also upgrade your hotel if you prefer something a little fancier.
What is not Included on the Salkantay Trail?
You really need a sleeping bag when you choose the camping option. Most of our campsites are above (3,500m /11,390ft) it can be cold. We highly recommend bring Sleeping bag for -10C (it can be rented from us).
Inflatable Air Matt
It is optional but it helps in getting a good sleep, (it can be rented from us).If you have your own we highly recommend bring with you.
Highly recommended. It helps to keep your valance especially when you go steep downhill and it must have a rubber tip when bringing your own, if you do not have (it can rented from us).
on this trek is not included your breakfast from the first day, but we get to stop in a little town of Mollepata, there are some Restaurants where you can buy your breakfast.
We do not include Lunch from the last day on this trek , after the tour in Machu Picchu most of our hikers love to explore Aguas Calientes where there are so many restaurants, so, you would love to experiece one of our traditional dishes from Peru.
The Hot springs from Santa Teresa
The hot springs of Santa Teresa on the Salkantay route is the nicest one, we really love to encourage our clients to visit and relax their muscles after 3 days of hiking.
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Price
We Warmly welcome to you, and we really want to make the best experience for you on the Salkantay 4 days Adventure trip. Our departure to the Salkantay trail can be any day of the week.
Price: USD 580 Per Person – Group Service
A group Service means that it is open to other trekkers to join you. Your group will have varying hiking and fitness abilities. All our Guides are experts on how to keep the trek moving and happy no matter how fast you go.
Private Tour Service is available and priced by party size
The Salkantay trail 4 days adventure is the best trek to Machu Picchu, even better if you do just with your friends or loved ones. Our private trips can start with any size and we will do all our best to make a lifetime experience for you.
2 Hikers: $660 per person
3 Hikers: $630 per person
4 Hikers: $600 per person
5 Hikers: $570 per person
6 Hikers: $540 per person
7 or more Hikers: $500 per person
Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
Student Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek to Machu Picchu or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to firstname.lastname@example.org
Salkantay Trail – Optional Extras
- Sleeping Bag US$25
- Walking Pole US$8
- Inflatable Mattress US$25
- Single Tent Supplement US$25
- Vistadome train.- (One Way): $65 per person
- Santuario Hotel .- +$45 US p p shared (+$110 for a single)
- Casa Andina Hotel.- $55 US p p shared ($110 for a single)
- El Mapi Hotel.- +$65 US p p shared (+$170 for a single)
Additional Free Tours
If you are traveling with the family or friends and you are 4 or more people in your group, you automatically get for free one of our additional tours what you like more from the List down below. Plese, we do not include the entrance fee, we include the transportation and a professional tour guide.
Do not worry single travelers, book the Salkantay trek with us and get a special discounts on any of our additional tours
- South Valley tour
- Maras Moray Tour
- Sacred Valley Tour
- Cusco City Tour
The Packig List for the Salkantay Trail
- Valid, GREEN ISIC card (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Good daypack
- Camelbaks is recommended – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Comfortable hiking boots with ankles support
- Walking Poles
In your Duffle Bag
Remember you are packing for 2 nights of camping and one night hotel. Horses will carry up to 8 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt.
- 2 wicking t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants
- 4 sets of undergarments
- 3 sets of hiking socks
- 1 Fleece
- Warm, down jacket: this trek includes 1 cold night camping
- Headlamp: essential
- Waterproof gloves
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones.
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean
- Battery Charger: There is some place to plug in at the camping area!
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- Face moisturizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
In your Daypacks
Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend small. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25L will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside citadel gates.
- Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won’t have time to filter water until your first lunch.
- Bug spray
- Rain gear
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Salkantay Trekking 4 days – Booking
How to book
Please E-mail us directly and confirm with our team before your booking. Once you are ready, please fill in our Booking Form and pay the Deposit of $200 US per person. Our office will email you back that day with your confirmation. We always send out confirmations, so if you don’t hear from us, check your spam or contact our office and we will resend.
We are so excited to take you on this adventure and thank you for traveling with us.