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At 6,271m (20,574′), Salkantay Mountain is the highest peak in the Vilcabamba mountain range of the Peruvian Andes. The name Salkantay comes from the Quecha word sallqa, which means savage, wild, uncivilized.

The Salkantay Trek is another alternative to the classic Inka Trail which begins near Ollantaytambo and runs west to Machu Picchu. The Salkantay Trek can be hiked in 4-10 days, but by bike it can be completed in one looong day.


  • 4 Days / 3 Nights
  • Everyday
  • Max People : 08
  • Min Age : 10+
  • Level: Moderate
  • Pickup: Cusco
There are a handful of ways to get to Machu Picchu, but the Salkantay Trek. This journey can take anywhere from four to seven days to complete, and includes about eight hours of walking a day, steep climbs, river crossings, and, if you travel with Peru Next Destination, comfy stays along the trail that make it manageable. The reward is the breathtaking views especially those of Salkantay 6,271 m (20,574 ft), the highest peak of the Vilcabamba mountain range.
  • Dip your feet in the beautiful glacial lake of Humantay
  • Enjoy the comfort of cabins and lodges along the way, built and run by locals
  • Cross over the 4660m Salkantay pass before descending into the cloud forest
  • Harvest, roast and enjoy your own coffee from a local coffee farm
  • Visit the lesser-known picturesque ruins of Llactapata
  • Explore the fabled sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Relax and enjoy the views on the train ride back from Machu Picchu

Day 1Cusco – Soraypampa – Huayracmachay

We have an early start to our day and following pick up at your hotel we will drive for approximately 2 and a half hours to reach Mollepata which is our breakfast stop. After breakfast we will drive 2 more hours to Soraypampa located at 3 800 meters above sea level and our trailhead. After a short briefing and enjoyment of the views of the snow-covered Mountain of Umantay (5 700 meters) and the surrounding mountainous landscape, we start a gentle hike. The trail gets steeper and we come to a series of zigzags. As you gradually ascend, enjoy the breathtaking view and continue hiking until we arrive at our lunch stop by a small lake named Soirococha which is at 4 400 meters in altitude. Following lunch, we will hike for approximately four hours where we will reach the high pass at 4 600 meters from where we can get a stunning view and take photos of the sacred mountain in the Peruvian Andes, Salkantay. The views are worth the great effort in reaching the top which is marked by a pile of stones that grows daily as each traveler adds his pebble to thank the Apus (mountain spirits) for a safe trip and good luck. From here we start a gradual descent leading us to a wide-open scenic moraine and valley where we can spot chinchillas, mountain car acara (birds of prey), Andea gulls, and the world’s biggest bird, the Andea condor, on the way down to our campsite at Wayracmachay (3 700 meters) with good views of the mountain ranges.

  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Minimum elevation: 3,205 m / 10,512 ft.
  • Maximum elevation: 3,700 m / 12,139 ft.
  • Distance to walk: 8 km / 4.9 miles
  • Walking time: 4 to 5 hours approximately
  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Area: Dry Mountain

Day 2Huayracmachay – La Playa

On the second day your waiter will wake you up in the morning (you do not need to turn on your alarm) with a cup of coca infusion or coffee later you will enjoy a good breakfast and then we will prepare our equipment to start the walk with a steep 3 hour ascent up to the Kuychiccasa pass (4,450 m / 14,599 ft) During our walk we will pass through small villages with views of extensive Andean peaks and valleys. Then we will descend a meandering path for 1 hour to reach the lunch place called Chancachuco (4,312 m / 14,147 ft). After lunch we will take a well-deserved rest and continue the itinerary, we will walk a small climb where we will have a view of the majestic snow-capped mountain La Verónica (5750 m / 19100 feet) and then we will descend for 3 hours to reach the second camp that will be in the community of Ancascocha (3,700 m / 12,139 ft). All meals included

  • Highest elevation: 3,700 m / 12,139 ft.
  • Camp elevation: 4,450 m / 14,599 ft.
  • Walking distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 8 – 10 hours.
  • Difficulty level: challenging
  • Area: Dry Mountain

Day 3La Playa – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

Today we wake up very early to start an amazing uphill climb on a proper Inca trail, which will give us some impressive views of the valley and the mountains. After approximately three hours of hiking we will arrive at the Llactapata Inca ruins overlooking Machu Picchu. It is a magical view given to us that the majority of tourists will never see! We then descend for two hours into a forest of thick vegetation and great bird watching opportunities. Before reaching the Hydroelectric town for lunch, we will make a stop to enjoy the view of an imposing man-made waterfall. We will then follow the railroad heading up the Urubamba valley to Machu Picchu town and stay overnight in a hostel. You have the option to upgrade your accommodations and pay the difference in price (based on availability and the season).

  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Maximum elevation: 4,650 m / 15,255 ft
  • Minimum elevation: 3,133 m / 10,278 ft.
  • Walking distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 8 hours
  •  difficulty: challenging

Day 4Machu Picchu – Cusco

After an early morning breakfast at the hostel we will head up to Machu Picchu and enter early for the best photo opportunities and a two-hour guided tour. Afterwards, spend as much time as you wish visiting and exploring the site on your own, walk up to the Sun Gate or ascend toward the Huayna Picchu Mountain. There is a fee to climb Huayna Picchu which is not included in your package and is subject to availability. Note that some sections of the climb require ropes and only those travelers who do not suffer from vertigo should attempt it. It is a one-hour trip to the summit and is not recommended during rainfall. Finally make your way down to Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu town). Here you can choose to have lunch before boarding the train back to Cusco or go directly to the train station for the return trip to Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast 
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Maximum elevation: 3,133 m / 10,278 ft.
  • Minimum elevation: 2,040 m / 6,692 ft
  • Walking distance: 11 km / 6.83 miles
  • Estimated walking time: 6 hours.


Guide (English – Spanish)
Entrance Thermal Baths “Pacchanta”
Entrance Ticket “Vinincunca”
First aid kit

not included

Lunch on the fourth day in Aguas Calientes
Sleeping bag
Tips for guides
Tips for the staff
Extra Drinks

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