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Salkantay & Humantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N


Salkantay is a mountain in Cusco, very close to this is Lake Humantay, also a route to Machu Picchu.


  • Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Humantay Lake – Soraypampa

    We pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 a.m. to drive for about 3 hours to Mollepata where we start our Salkantay trek.

    As Soon as we are at mollepata while you have breakfast the cook and the horseman will pack all the camping equipment and cooking stuff and we start hiking the first 3 hours will be a little bit uphill to get Cruzpata where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay; 4120m/13500ft and Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) – just the start! We will begin our Salkantay trek towards Soraypampa, our first Salkantay Trek camping spot (3800 m/11750ft; the highest and coldest campsite of the trip) we will be very close to the second highest Salkantay snow capped -mountain of Cusco.

    1ST DAY: Total distance: 15 km (aprox.)
    Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours
    Maximum altitude point: 3,800 m (aprox.)
    Campsite altitude: 3,800 m (aprox.)

  • Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huaracmachay – Chaullay

    After having our Salkantay Trek breakfast we start walking about 5:30 am, because this day will be the longest day the first 4 hours is uphill to get the highest point of the Salkantay Trek (4650m/15200ft) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left.

    From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible. There is a possibility of snow here. After a rest, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach our second Salkantay Trek camping spot of chaullay or Colcapampa (3000m/9800ft).

    2ND DAY: Total distance: 19 km (aprox.)
    Estimated walking time: 8 – 9 hours
    Maximum altitude point: 4,650 m (aprox.)
    Campsite altitude: 2,750 m (aprox.)

  • Day 3: Chaullay – La Playa – Lucmabamba or Sta Teresa

    After breakfast, at 6.30am, we start walking through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of little brooks to reach La Playa walking about 6 hours. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits, plants and as soon as we are at la playa place horses will go back to Mollepata on taking the same Salkantay Trek .so we camp at la Playa Sahuayaco

    3RD DAY: Total distance: 16 km (aprox.)
    Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
    Maximum altitude point: 2,750 m (aprox.)
    Campsite altitude: 1,600 m (aprox.)

  • Day 4: Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

    We will have breakfast at 8am and leave our camping spot of Lluscamayo. We walk up on a original Inca Trail to Llactapata site where you will get a chance to see Machupicchu far away (one of the most beautiful place to see Machupicchu) then We continue walking, passing a variety of crop plantations, coca, banana etc. until we reach the hydroelectric station.

    And after the lunch we keep walking about two and half hours along the train road till reaching Aguas Calientes town where we will spend the night in a hostel. In Aguas Calientes, you can take advantage of the thermal springs in the town (entrance 10 soles) a real treat after finishing the Salkantay Trek

    4TH DAY: Total distance: 12 km (aprox.)
    Estimated walking time: 5 – 6 hours
    Maximum altitude point: 1,600 m (aprox.)
    Hostel (aguas calientes) altitude: 1,900 m (aprox.)

  • Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

    Salkantay trek important day, We wake up early morning about 4 am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and leave to walk up to Machupicchu which takes one and half hours up to machupicchu but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 to Machupicchu (25-minutes long) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huaynapicchu (2720m/8890ft) It takes 45 minutes to reach the top.and after enjoying machupicchu you have to go down to aguas calientes to take the train back to ollantaytambo and then bus back cusco.

    5TH DAY: Total distance: 4 km (aprox.)
    Estimated walking time: 1- 2 hours
    Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (aprox.)


  • Transportation Cusco-Challacancha. (Trailhead)
  • Professional bilingual Tour guide English/ Spanish.
  • Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus From Hidroelectrica to Cusco(Bus leaves between 2:30pm to 3:00pm)
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Professional Cook: all our fresh vegetables are washed in iodine water prior to serving. Vegetarian (vegan) food on request at no extra cost! All dietary requirements from vegans, lacto-allergies and general dislikes can be catered for so long as prior warning is given when booking the trip
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • First Aid Kit
  • 01 Oxygen tank
  • Horseman, Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment & 4 kilos of passengers)
  • 1st Night: 01 Night in Dome at Soraypampa Campsite ( Twin Bed room, 3 beds room, 04 beds room)
  • 2nd Night/3rd Night: Tents to Sleep, Sleeping Mattress per person
  • 01 night in a hostel in Aguas Calientes.

Not include (no hidden costs or surprises)

  • Meals: Breakfast on Day 1 and Lunch on Day 5
  • Sleeping bag US$10
  • Walking poles US$8
  • Extra Porters or Horses for carrying personal items (Optional US$ 60.00 per 2 days)
  • Entrance Fee to Salkantay and Humantay Lake 10 soles
  • Entrance fees to Hot Springs Colcalmayo 10 soles
  • Other items or activities not mentioned.

What we recommend to bring

  • Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.
  • Travel insurance (and some copies).
  • Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
  • Sleeping bag liner.
  • Backpack to carry your things.
  • Phone and Camera charger and adapter.
  • Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Torch or headlamps.
  • Deet or mosquito repellent (recommendable 30% deet).
  • Hiking poles (or you can rent one pair from us).
  • Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
  • Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.
  • Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
  • Sunblock and sunglasses.
  • Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
  • Hiking trousers.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Hiking socks.
  • Water bottle or canteen.
  • American dollars and peruvian soles in cash.
  • Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
  • Crédit or debit card.
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
  • Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Diamox (acetazolamide), Aspirin, Band Aids, Anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).


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