Rating in Peru
$ 650

Salkantay Trek Machu Picchu

Trekking  +  walking
Trekking + walking
min $ 650
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Salcantay, Machu Picchu
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 650
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  • At a Glance
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Price

At a Glance

Voted as ‘One of the 25 Best Treks in the World’, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, this challenging trek to Machu Picchu travels through high mountain passes boasting spectacular views, before heading to the ancient and legendary city. Hailed as the most spectacular peak in the Peruvian Andes, Salkantay casts its impressive shadow over you throughout this hike, where you will have ample opportunity to take in the beauty of this remote, isolated wilderness. Starting Price US$ 650

Challenging trek to Machu Picchu
Spectacular views


Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1: Cusco / Mollepata / Huayracmachay

    This morning, with your trek guide and group, you will be transferred from Cusco to Mollepata village. Here we will meet our support team who will load the camping equipment and food supplies on the horses and begin your trek. The views throughout the day are fantastic with verdant green mountains, a wide variety of native plants and flowers with birds. Towards the end of the day we will see the snow-capped peaks of Humantay and Salkantay (the Savage) looming high above us.
    Our campsite for tonight is at Soraypampa. Campsite and dinner BLD
    Walking Time; 6-7 hours /Maximum Altitude; 4,600 m / 15,092 ft / Campsite Altitude; 3,800 m / 12,470 ft

  • Day 2: Trek Huayracmachay – Arayaniyoc - Colpapampa

    Today is the longest and hardest day of the trek but also the most beautiful from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. At around 7:00AM we will hike to a place called Pampas Salkantay, then go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay located next to the Apu Salkantay. At midday, we will be on the highest point (4600 meters above sea level) enjoying spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level), the second highest point of the Cusco region. Following lunch at 1:00 PM at Huayracmachay we will trek around 3 more hours to our next camp in Challway (2920 meters above sea level).
    Campsite and dinner  BLD
    Walking Time; 6-7 hours / Maximum Altitude; 4,600 m / 15,092 ft / Campsite Altitude; 3,800 m / 12,470 ft

  • Day 3: Trek Colpapampa – Hatun Pocco - Sahuayaco

    After an early breakfast, we will have six hours approx. of easy, downhill hiking in the very lush and green high jungle or Ceja de Selva, where you will see coffee, and fruit plantations. Finally take the easy walk to Sahuayaco (2,250 m / 7,381 ft) where we will have lunch and make our final camp. Enjoy a free afternoon or as an Optional extra, from here we will take a small car for approximately 45 minutes to Santa Teresa village where there is the hot spring bath.
    Campsite and dinner BLD
    Walking Time; 6-7 hours / Maximum Altitude; 2,600 m / 8,530 ft. / Campsite Altitude; 2,100 m / 6,889 ft.

  • Day 4: Trek Sahuayaco - Lucmabamba - Hydroelectric Plant - Aguas Calientes

    After breakfast, trek to Lucmabamba. Climb for about five hours through the jungle before descending to the interesting complex of Llactapacta (2,700 m / 8,858 ft), largely covered by vegetation. The day of the long awaited first view of Machu Picchu arrives, in the saddle of the mountain opposite. We descend for two hours to the impressive Machu Picchu Hydroelectric System. After you will walk for a further 2 and a half hours along the train tracks or take the 1 hour train to Aguas Calientes at 4:30 pm.
    Overnight at Casa Andina Machu Picchu BL
    Walking Time; 6-7 hours / Altitude; 2,200 m.a.s.l. / 7,217 ft.

  • Day 5: Machu Picchu Archaeological guided tour - Cusco

    Early morning walk or bus ride to the citadel of Machu Picchu, for a 2-hour guided tour. After that there is free time to explore the area or take the optional climb on your own to the mountain of Huayna Picchu, known as the Temple of the Moon, or you can hike to the Sun Gate, regarded as the entrance to Machu Picchu. Later, a shuttle bus will take you to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will have time to relax and explore Aguas Calientes town. At around 15:45 take Vista Dome Train back to Ollanta Station, on arrival, you will be met and transferred by bus to Cusco. B

  • Departure Dates

    Flexible departures (any day)

  • Included

    Accommodations and meals as outlined in the itinerary
    Water boiled after the second day
    Transfers & Tours with local English speaking trek guide as indicated in the itinerary
    Certified Cook for trek meals
    Machu Picchu entrance fee
    Vista Dome Train Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo
    Train Ticket Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes
    Two person tent and sleeping mats
    Horses to carry all camping equipment plus 1 emergency horse
    First aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
    Toilet tent

  • For More Information

    Please contact: jen@heritagesafaris.com


Private Service:
US$ 1,250 per person (Based on 2 Persons on Trek)
US$ 850 per person (Based on 4 Persons on Trek)
US$ 750 per person (Based on 6 Persons on Trek)
US$ 700 per person (Based on 8 Persons on Trek)
US$ 650 per person (Based on 10 Persons on Trek)

Group Service:
US$ 1,075 per person (Based on 1 Person / Includes Single Supplement)
US$ 875 per person (Based on 2 Persons Sharing Tent/Room)

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of The Heritage Safari Company
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