Salkantay 5D/4N Classic

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Trekking Tours

5 Days | 4 Nights



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02 of you are opening up a new departure date for the 5 days salkantay trek; we only need 2 people for an unforgettable adventure tour. Daily departures. Over 3 people get a special prices. Salkantay Trek tour programme includes a FREE pick you up from cusco airport to a downtown hotel.

  • Tour Type: Trekking/hiking, culture, adventure.
  • Good For: Those in moderate shape, or better.
  • Difficulty: Moderate, Difficult.
  • Considerations: Ask in advance for availability for Huana Picchu mountain and Machu Picchu mountain (20 USD per person)
  • Starting Altitude –3200m / 10,500 feet.
  • Highest Altitude – 4650m / 15,200 feet.
  • Walking Distance – 60 km. / 37 miles.
  • Longest Day – Day 2, approximately 22 km/11 miles.
  • Coldest Night – Day 1 around 0º celsius / 32º degrees F.

This is our most popular trek and offers to visitors the most economical method to trek the 5 Days Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. You will be joining a group of other trekkers like you coming from overseas, a great opportunity to have fun and make new friends.

If you are short on time you may want to choose 1 +/-days for with the eventual goal of completing the entire Salkantay trek to Machu

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Sayllpata – Soraypampa

We will leave Cusco approximately at 5:30a.m. A bus will take us to the town of Mollepata where we will arrive approximately at 7:30 in the morning, we will stop for last minute supplies, leg-stretching or to use the restrooms at a local restaurant. We will continue our journey to Sayapata, our trek starting point. We will meet with our support staff, who will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9:00 a.m., we will begin our hike toward Soraypampa. During the hike we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow. Around 1:00p.m. we will have a Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we will visit Humantay Lake, a marvelous lake in the mountains, (3 hours hike) and we will come back to our campsite where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.

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Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Chaullay

After a good breakfast we prepare ourselves to undertake the long and hardest stretch of the trip, leaving at 7am. We cross all the denominated Salkantay Pampas site from where we`ll go towards the left side of the snow-capped mountain Umantay which is next to the snowed one Salkantay. About 12pm we will be in the highest point (step Salkantay Umanata to 4500 a.s.l.). From this place we observe the snowed ones and glaciers of the Salkantay. Besides we`ll appreciate the stunning view of the falling snow ( avalancha). After one hour of having reduced the trek rythm, we have the lunch. Later we restart the trek until the place denominated Huayrac we`ll set up our second campsite.

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Day 03 : Chawllay – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

We will eat breakfast at 6:00 am, then immediately we will begin our 5 ½  hour trek along the edge of the jungle through ascents and descents. In this route we will enjoy views of plantations of coffee, orchids, begonias, bromelias, and many other plants used for medicinal purposes. Then, we will arrive at our lunch spot in Playa Sahuayaco where we will have a buffet style lunch. After, we will have a locally guided tour of coffee preparation and finally we will enjoy a delicious dinner prepared for us by our chef.

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Day 4: Santa Teresa –Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

In Santa Teresa we will begin the day with breakfast at 6:30 am and be ready to continue our hike for 3 hours towards Hidroeléctrica where we will have lunch in a restaurant. After lunch we will continue our hike for 3 more hours towards Aguas Calientes where we will stay in a hostel and have dinner at 6.30 pm.

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Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

We wake up early and hiking to Machupicchu where we begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, climb up the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machupicchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (please note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day), or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. From here we take the train back to the city of Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall.




The following transportation services are included within the tour:

  • Tourist Transport Cusco: Mollepata trip, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Mollepata- Challacancha Transport, approximately 45 minutes
  • Tourist Transport from Ollantaytambo station to Cusco (Plaza Regocijo)


Entrance ticket to Machupicchu


Train included in all tours is the Cerrojo-Expedition (Aguas calientes to Ollantaytambo) Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 14:00 and being the 9:00 pm the last train


We include all of the camping equipment necessary to ensure the confort of our customers:

  • 1 tent for every 2 people: the tents that we offer to our customers are spacious, with intial capacity for 4 people, but we only use them for 2 people
  • 5 extra kilos for the backpacks on horse (personal items)
  • Sleeping mats with a thickness of 5 centimeters
  • Sleeping bag


We have camps set up in every designated CAMPING SITE, which include:

  • Soraypampa: the tents are set up under a shelter to prevent our customers from being cold
  • Chaullay and Santa Teresa: the camping sites are spacious so that travelers can enjoy the open views to the fullest during their limited stay in each place


The accommodation that is included in the HOSTEL in the town of Aguas Calientes.

  • All of the rooms come with a private bath and shower
  • Hot water
  • WI-FI


  • Official Tourism Guide- our guides are certified by DIRECTUR with a minimum experience of 3 years. Groups bigger than 14 people will be
  • accompanied by a SECOND GUIDE (with a maximum group size of 18 people)
  • Cook specialized in high mountain cuisine- comes with special stainless steel kitchen equipment
  • Muleteers and horses to carry all of the camping and cooking equipment
  • 5 kilos for extra personal items each passenger (within the luggage of each passenger the weight of the sleeping bag will also be included)


  • All the food required during the tour is included.All of the food we offer is BUFFET SERVICE (except for the fourth lunch and fourth dinner, which are in tourist restaurants).
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners
  • Coca Tea to wake you up EVERY MORNING in the campsites
  • Oxygen (Oxishot)
  • First Aid Kit (Only the generic, it’s necessary that the passanger still comes with their own personal medication)
  • Radios


  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch on the last day
  • Entrance Fee to Huaynapicchu Mountainoio and/or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Hidroeléctrica Train
  • Service and extra expenses

Important Note:

  • All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions and flight schedules.
  • Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.

Departures 100% guaranteed!!

Do I need to book it in advance? 5 Days Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu has departures guaranteed, but train tickets and entrance to Huayna Picchu mountain are subjet to availability. For that reason, we HIGHLY recommend booking it in advance to ensure you receive exactly what you want!

PLEASE NOTE: May, June and July are peak months of a HIGH TOURIST SEASON in Cusco. It means that train tickets ARE SELL OUT QUICKLY!! Please be aware that the trek leaves daily; however, return train tickets may not be available, if you like to book on last moment. To avoid this inconvenience, please book it several weeks in advance!

Available Discounts:

  • Students: Discount of USD 20.00 dolars.To the students with valid card International Student Identity Card (ISIC) In case to be a student, the card must be properly scanned and send digitally to our e- mail before you pay the initial deposit for the reservation, in order to qualify for the discount .
  • Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
  • Group of 8 or more: Completely free !! Sleeping bags and trekking poles for groups of 8 or more

Upgrades And Additional Things To Hire and Rent:

  • Extra Horse to Carry extra things/40kg- US$100
  • Extra Horse To Ride /90kg-Weight Limit US$100 Day 1 & 2 and Includes an Horseman to control the horse.
  • Huaynapicchu Mountain Entrance ticket US$20 (2 hours round trip) based on availability and book in advance
  • For Machu Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional US$20 and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Machu Picchu Mountain as well
  • Extra Night Hotel in Aguas Calientes US$30 per person based on twin bed room with private bathroom (This is in case you need to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes town)
  • Walking sticks(Black Diamond) : it can be rented from us. (02 poles – US$20 for the entire trip)
  • Upgrade to first class Vistadome Train (And inclues and Private Transfer From Ollantaytambo to Cusco as well) US$60

We would be pleased to arrange additional free days to your tour, if you so desire, in order to give you more time to explore things, or places that may be of particular interest to you.

Monday – Saturday (Mornings: From 9 am to 1 pm) - ( Afternoons: From 3 pm to 7 pm)


Telephone (OFFICE) : 0051-84-652880 - Telephone (HOME) : 0051-84-652880

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