• Av. el Sol 200, Cusco - Peru

Salkantay Trek 5d/4n


5 days

Max People


Min Age




This trek gives you stunning scenery on the Salkantay trek includes Humantay Lake. The Salkatanay part of the trek comes with the whole package: Andean gastronomy, folklore, stunning glaciers, crystal clear lakes, cloud forest and rain forest, which on the last part transforms into rich vegetation and enigmatic ruins, this way giving you the best of nature and culture. This trek is off the beaten path and connects you to the classic Inca Trail. You will see a few the Incan sites like the Patallacta Inca ruin. It is the largest village along the classic Inca trail.

You get to camp in the middle of nature, surrounded by the majesty of the mountains, for 3 nights and the last night sleep in hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Trip Overview

Tour Type: Trekking/hiking, cultural, gastronomy, adventurous and folklore
Good For: 4,650 meters
Difficulty: Moderate, Difficult
Considerations: The campsite on the first night is near Salkantay. The third day you will experience the typical dímela and folklore.
Price: $650USD per person


  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Porters and Chef - We include a porter/muleteer who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. There is no additional fee for the porter. You will receive your duffel bag at your briefing the night before your trek departs.
  • Transportation: All your transportation is included in this trek Hotel pick up at approximately 4 a.m. (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo) and brought to KM 104, to begin your trek Train back from Aguas Calientes is included on the Expedition class (if you wish to upgrade to the Vistadome train it is an additional $75 per person) Your round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is also included Drop off at Hotel
  • Permits: As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we will purchase your permits (pending availability, check our Inca Trail Availability link). These permits are for a specific date and in your name. They can’t be changed, once confirmed. Only your passport number is allowed to be updated. The permit includes an entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Meals - Our chefs cook delicious meals served family-style. Be sure to mention any food restrictions when booking your trek so we can make sure to accommodate. In addition, remind your guide at the briefing. Breakfast, lunch & dinner each day of the trek A snack is provided each morning to enjoy on your hike The last meal is breakfast on day 4 (lunch on the last day is not included)
  • Water - Beginning from your first lunch until your last breakfast, we will supply your water. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distributing. You must supply your own water bottles or camel back. We recommend carrying about 1.5-3L. We will refill our water at each meal.
  • First AidYour guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February, which every single tour guide must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment.
  • Tents: We use Eureka Timberline 4 person tents; however on our hike it is only shared by 2 people. Also, there will be a dining tent and a toilet tent
  • Briefing: The night before your trek, you will attend a briefing. At this time, you will receive the duffel bag that your porters will carry while you hike. This bag should not exceed 7kg/14 lbs and does need to include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
  • Rentals - Every trekker needs a sleeping bag, when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional, but encouraged. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available to rent:
  • Sleeping Bag: $25
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $20
  • Walking Sticks (Pair): $20

Tour Plan

Day 01 Cusco – Challacancha - Soraypampa – Humantay Lagoon – Salkantay Pampa

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco between 4:00 am to 4.30 am in our private transportation before embarking on a 3.5-hour car drive to the trail head soraypampa (3900 m.a.s.l). Once at trail head, you will enjoy your first breakfast along with your trekking group´s chef, guides and support team. After breakfast, you will begin your trekking to machupicchu hiking up to the water canal and then following to it toward the salkantay mountain for about 2 hours with an amazing scenic views to snow capped mountains as salkantay and humantay peaks until our first lunch spot soraypampa where our trekking crew will be waiting on us with out first delicious lunch ready where we are going to meet the rest of our crew like the muleteers and we will have a short time to pack our things for a half day trek and we give our duffel bags to them and after a deserve siesta we continue This hike will be approximately 1.5 hours and will take you to the skirts of Humantay Mountain where the beautiful, crystalline-blue waters of the Humantay Lagoon lay. After breathing in the beauty of such magical place, you will begin making your way back down to the main trail point to continue with your hike to the first camp ground. This hike will be approximately 2 hours of gradual ascent until reaching Salkantaypampa (4,000 m.a.s.l) – with an estimated arrival time of 1 p.m. Salkantaypampa is located on the skirts of the Salkantay glacier mountain and has some unmatched views of the Salkantay Mountain.where we are going to spend our first night in our personal tents this campsite will have you closer to the magnificence of Salkantay Mountain and will make your overnight stay an unforgettable night under the stars.

Walking distance: 14km
Trail head elevation: 3,700m
Camp site elevation: 4,000m
Weather: Cold day
Trail type: Challenging (due to elevation)

Day 02 Salkantaypampa – Inca Frozen Pass – Inca Canal

Your day begins with amazing views of the surrounding glacier peaks and mountains. You will enjoy breakfast before you start your 4 hour hike to the pass known as Inca Chiriaska, located at 5,100 m. Just as its name in Quechua implies, this place is cold (almost frozen depending on the time of year) but has the best views of the mountains by the Salkantay glacier peak. You will enjoy the breath-taking scenery with your hot tea drink before continuing downhill. The hike from the pass will be to the lunch spot at approximately 3.5 hrs. At this spot, you will see yet another glacier beauty – the Palcayoc peak.
After lunch and a well-deserved break, you will continue hiking for another 3 hours downhill to the campsite at Inca canal Mirador at 3600 m. This camp will be an amazing place where we are going to enjoy the view of Salkantay glacier from the northeast side the peak and a typical Andean meal called Pachamanka (Pacha-earth Manka-pot.

Walking distance: 14 km
Starting point elevation: 4000 m.a.s.l
Highest point of the trail: 5100m m.a.s.l
Campsite elevation: 3600 m.a.s.l
Trail type: Challenging (due to elevation)

Day 03 Inca Canal Mirador - Paucarcancha Ruin – Huayllabamba Community

In our day three we wake up with a majestic view to Salkantay mountain to enjoy our morning breakfast. We continue our hike to the Inca Canal where your guide is going to explain about the canal to later continue for 4 hours gradually descending all the way to paucarcancha our first Inka site where we have a short history lesson about our ancestors from this place to get our camp it will take us only half our hike once we reach this point our crew will be waiting for us to participate in our typical Peruvian Andean meal cooking pachamanka (delicacy Peruvian dish)we help them to buried the oven a wait for 40 minutes to be ready and then we help them to unburied to later have our delicious meal with hold our crew and few local people together after we will have a time to digest and offer a deserve break local people we take you in a farming field for couple of hours to help them in any activity depending on the season later you will deserve a nice hot shower and to be ready for our live show around 5 pm a group of local people gonna dance a typical Highland dances after the show we will have a light dinner to rest well

Starting point elevation: 3600m.a.s.l
Highest point of the trail: 3600 m.a.s.l
Campsite elevation: 2950 m.a.s.l
Trail type: moderate easy (due to down hill)

Day 04 Huayllabamba - KM 82 – Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Today´s highlight is entering to the Inca Trail. On this hike, you will be mesmerized by the stunning views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. In addition, you will also get a taste of the Inca Trail by visiting the famous Llactapata Inca archaeological site. This site is known for having been an Inca village characterized by its houses, water channels, and many large farming terraces that gently border the mountain side. From Llactapata, you will hike for approximately 1 hour to lunch.

After lunch, you will hike for another 2 hours until Km 82 where you will meet our private van Ollantaytambo-bound. Once in Ollantaytambo, you will enjoy your dinner and will take a train to Aguas Calientes town for your overnight stay.

Walking distance: 11 km
Campsite elevation: 2950 m.a.s.l
Trail end elevation: 2700 m.a.s.l
Aguas Calientes elevation: 2000 m.a.s.l
Trail type: Moderate
Accommodations: tierra viva hotel (or similar)

Day 05 Machu Picchu – (Huayna Picchu optional) – Return to Cusco

After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will walk to the bus station so you can take the bus to Machu Picchu. It will be an early wake up in order to catch the sunrise at Machu Picchu. You will have a two hour guided tour in English. After that, you will have time to explore Machu Picchu by yourself. Those who have tickets to Huayna Picchu will have time to climb the mountain, which takes approximately an hour and a half, round-trip.

After your visit to Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch (not included). You return train from Aguas Calientes town to Ollantaytambo will be in the afternoon - those who have not booked either extra hike will have train tickets for the service at 2:55 pm and those who have booked either extra hike will have train tickets for the service at 4:22 pm. In Ollantaytambo, our driver will be waiting for you to transfer you back to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel.


  • Passport
  • Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged - but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)


  • Porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mattress (if you rent these two items the weigh is 3.5 kg)
  • Rain / Wind jacket
  • Rain pants (optional)
  • Rain Poncho / Backpack Rain Cover
  • Fleece Jacket / Sweater
  • Down jacket as it gets cold at night
  • (2-3) wicking t-shirts
  • (2-3) hiking pants
  • (4) sets of undergarments
  • (4) pairs of hiking socks
  • Hiking Boots
  • Comfortable shoes for camp (closed toe shoes recommended)
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • Headlamp: essential
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Quick Dry towel - We provide small ones, but you may want one of your own as well
  • Small bottle of soap – This can be face wash or shower gel. We provide a small amount of warm water each day to clean
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Sunglasses
  • Headphones
  • Earplugs (optional)
  • Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty as well as added protection should it rain
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
  • Walking Sticks


  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet Paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.


  • Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25L will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside citadel
  • Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won't have time to filter water until your first lunch.
  • Sunhat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and/or wipes
  • Small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips

Tour Map

Booking Form
Enquiry Form
Deposit Option $200.00 Per item
Min - Max (Persons) Adult Price Children Price
2 - 16 $650.00 $650.00