Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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5 Based on 6 Reviews
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Small group
  • age requirement 10-65 yrs
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Maximum altitude 4650 meters
  • Trek difficulty Medium
  • Tour Code BM-35481
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  • Operated in English, Spanish
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru
  • Enjoy the beauty of Humantay lake while witnessing the snowed peaks towards Machu Picchu
  • We provide a complete accommodation experience with nights at lodges, campsites and hotels
  • Satellite phones will keep us connected along the trek. Safety first!
  • The whole experience is fully guided by our professional trekking guides
Hike the popular alternative trek to Machu Picchu with us — we have the best itinerary! This trek is the first choice for many hikers after the Inca Trail, and the regular route can be crowded and noisy. That is why we carefully designed this itinerary with unique places to stay to make your trip unforgettable. Booking with us and you will visit and enjoy the Sacred Valley, stay in our Glas cabañas with a view of Humantay Glacier, and experience our famous Hobbit Houses for the 3rd night (with a jacuzzi!) following a stay at the Llactapata campsite with a view of Machu Picchu. On the last day, visit Machu Picchu early, where you will have time to enjoy taking pictures and soak up a guided tour.

Join us for an experience of a lifetime with the best-experienced tour guides, professional chefs, friendly porters, the best equipment, and unique accommodations!
  • Day 1: Arrive in Cusco (3399m)
  • Day 2: Explore the Sacred Valley (2900m)
  • Day 3: Start the Salkantay Trek (3800m)
  • Day 4: Wayracmachay - Ccollpapampa- Loretta (Hobbit House)
  • Day 5: Loreta - Sahuayacu - Inca trail - Llactapata
  • Day 6: Llactapata - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes
  • Day 7: Machu Picchu
  • Day 8: Departure Day
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners. We cater to every dietary restriction.
  • Accommodations: 2 nights at our lodges in Soraypampa and La Loreta, 2 nights hotel in Cusco (after and before the trek), camping in 4-man Eureka tents only used for 2 people
  • All entrance fees
  • Trekking guides
  • Train ride back to Cusco
  • Personal porter
  • Drinkable water along the trek
  • 4-man Eureka tents only used for 2 people
  • Pick up and drop off
  • Briefing sessions
  • First aid kit and oxygen tank
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Walking sticks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Air Mattress
  • Huayna Picchu mountain
  • Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Airfare
  • Tips
  • Trekking gear
  • Travel insurance (advisable)
5 - Excellent
Based on 6 reviews
  • Gisbert Sauer
  • From Germany
  • On Apr 04 2024
5 - Excellent
  • Douglas Lewns
  • On Nov 16 2023
5 - Excellent
Absolutely incredible
I went on Salkantay Trek and the experience was absolutely incredible. Our guide, Edward was phenomenal throughout, answering all our questions and teaching us about the history, geography, nature and culture of that incredible... Read more
  • Anne Klaasen
  • On Oct 12 2023
5 - Excellent
Well prepared
Well prepared Salkantay trek 5d/5n zone with Saul G as a guide and Gregorio as a chef and Cesar and Walter as porters. Good food all the way and amazing places to sleep such as the hobbit houses and the star gazing houses the... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 15 2022
5 - Excellent
“Super Hikers” on the Salkantay!
We just finished our 5D/5N hike on the Salkantay trail with our fabulous guide, Ivan and our amazing cooking team, Alberto, Luisa, and Waldir. Our week on the trail has been a beautiful experience that our family will always... Read more
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Other Practical InformationWhat is the Salkantay trek? This is a multi-day hike which connects to Machu Picchu crossing the high mountains and also the rain forest on its way. The Salkantay trek gets this name due to the Salkantay snowed peak being this the highlight of the experience while reaching 5200 meters high (17060 feet). This is a very challenging trek but with beautiful scenery and deep contact with nature. When do I need to book my trek? This is an alternative trek to Machu Picchu, it doesn’t require a permit to be hiked but it does need one to the Machu Picchu visit. This means that we need to book in advance as well because, believe it or not, the entrances can get sold out. We advise you to book this trek at least 3 months in advance to avoid any last-minute stress. Always, the sooner is the better so, if you can book months in advance we encourage you to do so. Is Humantay lake included in this trek? Yes, it is included in all of the variations of the Salkantay trek. We have a lodge in Soraypampa, the village next to the uphill to the lake. Humantay is one of the highlights of this trek. What kind of gear do I need to bring? This trek will be a multi-day hike which means that you will need trekking gear such as trekking boots, trekking pants, waterproof jackets and hat, trekking socks, walking sticks, base layers, a trekking backpack, etc. We have a full packing list page to recommend exactly what to bring so this experience gets to be more comfortable. Is this trek family-friendly? The answer to this question is more on a case-by-case basis, based on the age(s) of the family member. Remember that even though they are vacations, it’s still trekking so it is a physical challenge for everybody. If the children in your family are used to this kind of experience then they will be ok and most importantly, they will have fun. The same for the older members of the family, having a clear idea of their experience on hiking and also their health situation so they can get the best out of the tour. How cold is it on the trek? When hiking the Salkantay trek, the contact to the high mountains is inevitable, the higher it gets, the colder it is, so, we advise you to dress up warm and bring layers for this trek. Temperatures can get to 0°C or 32°F but our equipment is special for this kind of weather. Are there any extra activities on the way? Along the trek you will find ziplining, a swing near a cliff, and coffee farms, we include all of these, except the zipline on our itinerary. Is there snow on the Salkantay Trek? Since we will be climbing to 4900 meters high, the presence of snow it’s very likely. Especially in the wet season. This will give the hike a unique style and sights. Dress up warm and with good trekking boots for this. Does this trek include hiking poles? No, this trek does not include the hiking poles but we strongly advise you to bring them. You can bring your own or rent them from us but this item is a must for your experience to reduce the impact on your knees and ankles. What’s the weather like on the trek? It depends a lot on the season, in the dry season, rain and snow are not that much likely but not impossible. During the wet season, the chances of rain and snow are higher, so we always advise bringing layers and thermal clothing for this trek. Is it all camping on the Salkantay Trek? No, our itinerary includes a night at our lodge in Soraypampa, our glass cabañas, and then a night on our Hobbit houses in Loreta. The rest of the nights will be in campsites with all the accommodations needed. The last night is always at a hotel in Aguas Calientes to enjoy the guided tour through Machu Picchu the next morning. How’s the food on the trek? Food will be provided by our trekking chefs during the campings. These will be hot meals cooked in situ and based on the dietary needs of the participants being able to cater to every single need. Our trekking chefs will cook all the 3 different meals for you: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These meals will be specially made for providing the needed energy for hiking and to recover from the hiking without losing any of the flavor. The last lunch is not included but your leading guide will recommend options based on your budget. What’s the total distance I’m going to hike? 52 Km/33 Miles At what time will we return to Cusco? After catching a bus down to Aguas Calientes, hikers will take a two-hour train ride along the Sacred Valley, and arrive in Ollantaytambo. From here, an Alpaca Expeditions bus will be waiting to take hikers on the two-hour trip back to Cusco. The group will return to Cusco between 7 and 8 p.m., depending on what time the train leaves Aguas Calientes. Where are we going to get dropped off? Our service is always door to door. We will pick you up from the hotel and drop you off at the hotel too.

Permits to the Inca Trail are subject to availability. Kindly note that in case such permits are not available for your preferred date, you may need to choose a different date for your trip.

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