We designed this trek for you that may not have enough time, you will trek 4 days in the mountains and one day in Machu Picchu, you won’t miss anything on the trek but we just designed a special itinerary carefully for you.
Apart from the classic Inca Trail, the Salkantay trekking is often considered as one of the 25 best treks IN THE WORLD, now we have the chance to take you on this adventure with our amazing crew of Peru By Locals. Trek is currently open all year round to everyone and there are no limitations on spaces and permits.
The Salkantay Trekking to Machu Picchu will take you through unique and varying landscapes with the scenery nothing short of breathtaking! From picturesque grassy highlands to flourishing cloud forests, where luxuriant tropical cloud forests meet colossal snow capped mountains, the Salkantay trekking is really authentic. You will be spirited away into a world of phenomenal beauty and abundance of nature, with sacred solitude and hours of amazingly quiet contemplation.
Since the ancient Incan times, Salkantay has been considered as sacred and the protector of the people, crops and their animals. The name Salkantay is a Quechua word meaning “invincible, wild or savage”, and it’s the highest peak of the Vilcabamba mountain range, which forms part of the Andes Mountain Range, rising to 6271 meters above sea level (20,574 ft.).
Salkantay Trekking – Overview
- Type of tour: Trek and camp
- Distance covered: 27 km (27. 3 miles)
- Lowest elevation: 1800m (5,905 ft)
- Highest elevation: 4600m (15,091 ft)
- Level of difficulty: chalenging
- Good for: Anyone in shape
Day 1.- Transport to head start of the trail (Soraypampa), hike to the highest pass and camp Huayraqmachay.
We will pick you from your hotel in Cusco at 5:00am and transport you to Soraypampa, the starting point of the trek. Before we arrive to Soraypampa (3,800 m / 12,467 ft) , we will stop at Mollepata town for a short time to buy the last minute supplies such as water or just sit and have a cup of coffee in one of the local restaurants. At about 9:00am we will arrive to Soraypampa, the starting point of the Salkantay Trekking.
Here we will meet our horses and muleteers, who will carry all the equipment for us. After that we will start hiking towards Soyroccocha where we stop for lunch that takes about between 3 to 4 hours, here we stop a delicious lunch with our chef.
After lunch we trek to Salkantay pass (4600m (15,091 feet). for about 40 minutes. During the hike you will have breathtaking views of the majestic Salkantay and other snowcapped mountains, the rest of the trail is down hill for about 2 to 3 hours. Your tents will be ready and waiting as well as Salkantay style happy hour with hot drinks and popcorn and later a delicious dinner. The night especially in winter is amazing because the Milky way is visible, so if you like photography it is a perfect place to do long exposures at night.
|Distance covered:||11 km (6.8 miles)|
|Time:||6 to 7hours|
|Lowest elevation:||3800m (12,467 ft)|
|Highest elevation:||4600m (15,091 ft)|
|Level of difficulty:||Chalenging|
Day 2.- Huaraqmachay – Chaullay – Luqmabamba amnd coffee tasting tour
You will wake up with a nice cup of coca tea to a stunning view of the gleaming snowcovered Salkantay mountain. After a nutritious breakfast, we will start our trek towards Chaullay in a long strech of down hill. where we stop for lunch with our crew, here we will catch a local transport to Luqmabamba for about one hour, After you relax, we will go for the coffee tour, where we will meet Fredy – the owner of the camp as well as the coffee plantation. You will be able to pick up your own coffee beans, roast them and make your own coffee, plus Fredy will teach us many local traditions they have here. Also you will be able to buy roasted coffee beans from Fredy as a souvenir for friends.
|Distance covered:||10 km (6.2 miles)|
|Time:||3 to 4 hours|
|Lowest elevation:||6233m (10,170 ft)|
|Highest elevation:||3900m (12, 800 ft)|
|Level of difficulty:||Moderate|
Day 3.- Luqmabamba – Llaqtapata – Huidroelectric – Aguas Calientes
We will have an early wake up call with nice cup of cocoa tea, after breakfast your hike starts with 3 hours climb through the claud forest until we reach the Llactapata Inca site (2,700 m/8,856 ft), where we will have a thorough tour. This is the first view of Machu Picchu in the distance as well as Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains.Leaving Llactapata, we begin a 2 ½ hour descent to Hydroelectric. At 3 pm we will catch the train for a 40 minute trip to Aguas Calientes town.
After arriving to the town we will check in into the hotel for a great hot showers and relax before our dinner at INDIO FELIZ.
|Distance covered:||11km (6.8miles)|
|Time:||5 to 6 hours|
|Lowest elevation:||1800 (5,900 ft)|
|Highest elevation:||2800m (9186 ft)|
|Level of difficulty:||Moderate|
Day 4.- Early bus to Machu Picchu and train back to Cusco
This is the day you may want to take one of the first buses at 5:30 am and take 30 minute drive to Machu Picchu. Make sure to either have breakfast at 5am or pack one, so that you arrive to Machu Picchu in time to witness a magnificent sunrise. You will then have two and a half hours guided tour of the most important sites in the Machu Picchu, after which you will have time to explore at your leisure. After spending the day in Machu Picchu, a bus will take you back to Aguas Calientes town for your lunch. From there you will take the train (expedition) to Cusco, where one of the representatives from Peru by Locals Travel will be waiting for you to drive you to your hotel in Cusco.
Inclusions & exclusions
Inclusions on the Salkantay Trekking Machu Picchu
- Transport to and from your hotel in Cusco
- Meals (4B, 4L, 4D)
- Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu (does not include Huayna Picchu)
- Horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
- Emergency horse in case we need it
- Boiled drinking water from day 2 onwards
- Trekking guide, knowledgeable in history, tradition, fauna and flora
- First Aid Kit, carried by your guide
- Equipment (sleeping tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table, chairs, air mattresses)
- Duffle bag if needed
- You have access to 17 pounds (8 kg) bag for the horse where you can put your personal belongings
- Round-trip bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town
- Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (expedition), If you would like us to upgrade it to Vistadome we will purchase that train ticket for $ 25 extra per per person
- One night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes
- One dinner at INDIO FELIZ
Exclusions on the Salkantay Trekking Machu Picchu
- Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
- Lunch on the day five at Aguas Calientes
- Tips for muleteers and guides
- Huayna Picchu tickets
- Machu Picchu montaña tikctess
Salkantay Trekking to Machu Picchu – Additional options
|Huayna Picchu||Huayna Picchu tickets must be booked in advance since permits are limited to 400 per day.||USD 55|
|Machu Picchu montaña||Machu Picchu montaña tickets must be booked in advance since permits are limited to 400 per day.||USD 55|
Prices with Hotels
|Terrazas del Inca 2*||Casa andina 3*||Sumaq hotel 4 *||Pueblo hotel 5 *|
|$ 630||$ 740||$ 990||$ 1280|
Students: discount of $20, but you have to supply us with a copy of your ISIC card when booking the Salkantay Trekking to Machu Picchu with us.
Children up to 15 years of age will be considered as students, under the condition that you supply us with a copy of the passport at the booking time.
In order for us to reserve your spot on this trek, you are required to send us the following information: full names, passport number, age, gender, nationality and make the relevant deposit of US$200 per person using PAY PAL as indicated below:
When you have sent us the information of each person, made your deposit using PAYPAL and once we have both, we will confirm your tour. Thank you so much for choosing PERU by LOCALS.
If you have any questions, send us an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
What to bring
What to bring on the Salkantay Trekking to Machu Picchu
- Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
- Down sleeping bag (if you don’t have one, you can rent one from us)
- Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, few t-shirts, few pairs of socks, sun hat, warm long underwear, light trekking pants, gloves, rain jacket)
- Day backpack (50 liter) that can allow you to put all your belongings if you are not hiring extra porter
- Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes)
- Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended
- Head lamp
- Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
- Book to read (you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book)
- Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
- Bug repellent
- Extra money to tip and buy somethings along the trail