The Ultimate Trek to Machu Picchu: Salkantay Trek 5 Days

  • Best price guaranteed
  • No booking fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • Booking Type Instant booking
  • duration 5 days
  • tour type Small group
  • age requirement 5-79 yrs
  • max group size 8
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Maximum altitude 4600 meters
  • Tour Code BM-11447
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English, Spanish
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru
  • +3
  • Salkantay snowpeak
  • Llactapata archaeological site
  • Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek is a popular alternative to the very-crowded classic Inca Trail. It offers more distance, more mountains, more scenery, and a wider variety of landscapes, but still concludes with a visit to the iconic city of Machu Picchu. As the route does not have as many regulations as the Inca Trail, this also means that it can provide a “back door” trek to Machu Picchu when Inca Trail permits are sold out. This new itinerary, Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu via Llaqtapata, includes the highlights of the other Salkantay trek, but avoids many of the areas that are becoming crowded with other trekkers.

This trip is fully-inclusive, including a guide, accommodation, meals and transportation.

Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Distance trekked: about 50km
Elevation: 1900-4600m
Difficulty: Moderate
Crowds: Moderate
  • Day 1: Cusco-Soraypampa-Soyroccocha
  • Day 2: Soyroccocha-Unuyuq
  • Day 3: Unuyuq-Sahuayaco (La Playa)
  • Day 4: La Playa-Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu-Cusco
  • Licensed guide fluent in English, Spanish, and Quechua, plus an assistant guide for large groups.
  • Support staff including professional cooks and wranglers for the mules and horses
  • Horses and mules to carry group gear as well as large duffels provided at the briefing, for personal items. Up to 8kg per person.
  • All meals on trek, which incorporate traditional Peruvian dishes as well as modern fusion cuisine and special dietary needs.
  • Drinking water and snacks.
  • Dining tent with table, stools, and all dining implements, toilet tent, and kitchen tent
  • Sleeping tents, and Thermarest. Three-person tents are provided for single occupancy and four-person tents for double occupancy to allow plenty of room for personal gear.
  • One riding horse for emergencies. Additional riding horses can be provided for an additional charge.
  • First aid kit, including oxygen.
  • Pre-trek briefing.
  • All group entrance fees, including Machupicchu.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes. (3 star hotel)
  • One way train service to Ollantaytambo or Poroy Train Station)
  • All transfers, including private van from your hotel in Cusco to trailhead at Soraypampa, train to Aguas Calientes, bus to and from Machu Picchu, and private transfer back to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Dinner on the 4rd day at Aguas Calientes. Lunch and dinner on the 5th day.
  • Personal hiking gear including backpacks, trekking poles, and sleeping bags. Poles and sleeping bags may be hired.
  • Private tent, our tents are each for 2 people. If private tents are required there is an extra fee
  • Tips for guides, cooks, and wranglers.
  • Entrance to hot springs or other entertainments in Aguas Calientes
  • Personal riding horse. Additional horses may be hired according to the needs of the individual and group.
This tour has not received any customer reviews yet. However, you can expect a good tour as it is run by a trusted travel specialist who has received 5 reviews for other tours with an average 5.0 rating.
Why Book with Bookmundi
  • Earn US$ 27+ in travel credits.
  • Excellent customer service. Our travel experts are ready to help you 24/7.
  • Best price guaranteed.
  • No credit card or booking fees.
  • 100% financial protection.
  • Carbon neutral tours.
  • 25,000+ trip reviews, with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5.
  • Read more reasons to book with Bookmundiless
What are customers saying about Bookmundi
4.65 Average 664 Reviews

40% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 60 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, but the 40% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 60 days of departure.


A deposit of 40% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days prior departure. For any bookings within 60 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

Travel Insurance

We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.

Other Practical InformationThe provided itinerary is a sample. Hiking times are an average and will vary depending on the group. Additionally, lunch and camp sites may change to meet the needs of the group and conditions. PRE-TREK Before the trek, your guide will meet you at your hotel for an in-depth briefing. This provides an opportunity to ask questions and do any last-minute shopping before leaving Cusco.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.

Sign-in to unlock instant trip discounts. Create wish lists and save up to USD 1,500.

More login options here.