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The Salkantay Trek

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5.0 Based on 57 Reviews
  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Remote fullservice camping trek through the beautiful Vilcabamba Range
  • Walk on the classic Inca Trail and enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Spectacular views of Mt Salkantay (6271m) and its glaciers
  • Spend four nights in Cuzco, the old Inca capital
  • Explore the fortresses and markets of the Sacred Valley
Start and end in Cusco, the "The Salkantay Trek" trip is a guided trekking trip that takes 14 days. You will travel through Cusco, Salkantay, Pakaymayu and 5 other destinations in Peru. "The Salkantay Trek" is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

This trek spends a few days deep in the bewildering majesty of the Cordillera Vilcabamba before joining the classic Inca Trail for the approach to Machu Picchu. This high route skirts many of the great peaks and passes close to Mt. Salkantay (6271m) and its creaking glaciers. The trek continues through remote villages and crosses the spectacular Inca Chiriasqa Pass and finishes by exploring the Inca temples and fortresses of Cuzco and the Sacred Valley.
  • Day 1: Start Cuzco (3400m); afternoon city tour.
  • Day 2: Full day walking tour of nearby ruins including Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman.
  • Day 3: Free day in Cuzco.
  • Day 4:  Drive to Marcocasa; trek to camp at Soraypampa.
  • Day 5: Optional walk to Humantay Lagoon and climb up to base of Salcantay.
  • Day 6: Cross Inca Chiriasqa Pass and follow glaciated valley to Pampa Cahuana.
  • Day 7: Follow river to camp at Huayllabamba.
  • Day 8: Join Inca Trail and cross Dead Woman's Pass (4215m).
  • Day 9: Over Runcuray Pass (3800m) to ruins of Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca.
  • Day 10: Down Inca steps to Wiñay Wayna and Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate.
  • Day 11: Guided tour of Machu Picchu; train to Sacred Valley.
  • Day 12: Explore Ollantaytambo and Pisac; return to Cuzco.
  • Day 13: Free day Cuzco.
  • Day 14: End Cuzco.
  • 7 nights en suite hotels and 6 nights full-service camping
  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 6 dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Full porterage throughout trek Exodus kitbag Inflatable sleeping mat while camping
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) Visas or vaccinations
  • Sleeping bag (hire locally from US$35)
5 - Excellent
Based on 57 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 06 2019
5 - Excellent
Immersion in the high Andes
Really excellent trip. Altitude is an issue. We needed the first few days acclimatising in Cusco, where walking up hills seemed an effort. But we were acclimatised when the trek started. There are two parts to the trek... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 10 2019
5 - Excellent
Absolutely Fantastic
I had high expectations of this trip and it did not disappoint, not one little bit. Cusco is a beautiful city, very relaxed, clean, and welcoming - perfect for acclimatisation before and relaxing after the hike. As for the hike... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On May 25 2019
5 - Excellent
Amazing trip !
Well, what a trip that was ! An amazing experience made all the better by excellent organisation by this company.
  • Anonymous
  • On Feb 11 2019
5 - Excellent
Yes the High Inca Trail is truly breathtaking in more than one way, from the stunning routes, and landscape to the hard climbs and how altitude affects your body.Challenging but very rewarding at the same time, this is the best... Read more
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Salkantay Trek tour. You can cancel the tour up to 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 11 September 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 11 September 2022, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

The Salkantay Trek tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this The Salkantay Trek tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • What is the best month to visit Peru? Can I visit Peru during the off-season?

    The best time to visit Peru is between the months of May and September. Corresponding with the dry season, temperatures in the country at this time hover between 16°C to 22°C. But more importantly, traveling to Peru during this time means that there is little fear of getting caught in the country’s torrential monsoon. Another less popular but still good time to visit Peru is between October and December. A shoulder period between dry and monsoon seasons, the climate during this time of year is generally fine, although skies are cloudier and you might have to dodge the odd shower. The wettest months are January and February. It is still possible to visit destinations such as Lake Titicaca during the rainy season, but the Inca Trail is closed for travelers. Find more information here.

  • Is Peru expensive to visit? How do the ATMs work?

    Peru is not expensive for travelers and we recommend it as a top pick for visitors on a budget. Most travelers can get by on USD 30 to USD 40 per day, including transport, accommodation, and food. Tackling the Inca Trail and exploring Machu Picchu are must-do attractions but also relatively costly. ATMs are the quickest way to withdraw neuvos soles, as the country’s currency is called, on the road and visa cards are easily accepted. Many ATMs have an English language option, too. They can be found in some airports, inside banks, and as stand-alone units in major towns and cities. If you are looking for other destinations to visit on a budget, find more information here.

  • How many days do you need in Peru?

    Given its wealth of attractions, there are many reasons why you should consider Peru trips that last between ten days and two weeks. This will give you enough time to see top-rated sites, such as Manu National Park, while also discovering the country’s history and culture in more far-flung and as-yet-unknown destinations. You can still take in a number of attractions even if you can only spare one week in Peru, however, the time constraint would mean that you will have to limit your exploration to a destination or two. For a more detailed rundown, check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Peru.

  • Do they speak English in Peru?

    Spanish is the most-spoken European language in Peru, alongside several local languages like Quechan and Aymara. Those involved in the tourism industry and those in popular destinations such as Lima and Cusco will speak some English, while guides leading tours for English-speaking travelers will have a good hold of the language. However, knowing a few words of Spanish is always useful.

  • What is considered rude in Peru? What cultural notions should I be aware of?

    Personal contact is an important part of Peruvian culture. Not only do Peruvians tend to stand closer to each other than you might at home, but physical contact (especially on one’s arms and back) is also common. You should avoid the desire to step away, as this is considered offensive. Greetings are important, with handshakes along with a few words of greeting being common. Give the elderly your respect if you are young and leave your seat on public transportation for them. 

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