Salkantay Tour to Machu Picchu 5 days 4 nights, is an alternative to the traditional Inca Trail. The sacred road is an avant-garde experience for adventure

A little explored Inka road that is born through an alternate route, which goes by Mollepata – Salkantay – Santa Teresa – Machupicchu. Here the landscape is natural, beautiful with exotic flora and fauna along this adventure hike through beautiful valleys and white mountains.

Trip Type: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture.

Hiking Distance: 75 km – 47 miles.

Good For: Experienced hikers.

Starting Altitude: 2900m – 9515ft.

Highest Altitude: 5028 m – 16,495ft.

Coldest Night: Day 2 around -2º Celsius and day 3 around 0º Celsius.

Overall Difficulty: Challenging.

Recommendation: Permit required.

Enjoy some of the most beautiful places along the Salkantay trail, including the Humantay lagoon and a campsite right at the foot of the prominent Apu Salkantay. Better yet, walking through a section of the Inca Trail before reaching Machu Picchu.

Salkantay Lake on the way to Machu Picchu


  • Pre-departure briefing the night before your tour
  • Collection from your hotel
  • Cruz Pata (trek starting point)
  • 07 breakfast 07 lunch 07 dinner snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten-free special diets upon your request.)
  • Water (only you have to take for the first 5 hours)
  • Entrance fee for the Inca trail and Machupicchu sanctuary
  • Porter to carry camping and cooking equipment
  • Personal porter to carry your personal belongings up to 10 kilos
  • Experienced top tour guides (2-8 with one tour guide 9 to 16 two guides)
  • Dinning ten with table and chairs
  • Four-man ten for every two hikers
  • Sleeping pad (you need to carry unless you hire an extra porter to carry your personal belonging
  • Bus down from Machu Picchu citadel to Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit


  • sleeping bag (five seasons) can be hired from us
  • breakfast on day first lunch and dinner on day seven
  • entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain
  • tips for trekking crew, guides, cooks, and porters
  • hot springs in Machupicchu Pueblo (10 soles)
  • travel insurance (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl)


pick up for Salkantay trek is  at 5 am you will be picked up by your tour guide in order to start your adventure Salkantay to Machu Picchu from Cusco we will drive for 2 hours and a half until Mollepata here we will stop in order to buy your breakfast after breakfast we will drive for another 30 more minutes until Marko Q’asa here is where our official hiking adventure begins!.

Once you get off from our bus you will have time to get ready and get our group picture before we start our Andean hike the first two hours will be uphill with beautiful views until we arrive irrigation canal from this section we will for another 2 hours and a half this section is pretty flat until our lunch spot with outstanding view to Humantay glacier and Salkantay once we arrive at Soraypampa.

This is going to be our lunch spot and campsite, of our Salkantay trek of course the best camp from where you can see Humantay and Salkantay mountain cover in glacier, after lunch we will hike to the lake which will take us two hours and a half once you arrive you enjoy the majestic Humantay glacial and the amazing lake after you enjoy the lake we will go back to our campsite in order to organize our bed and wear our warm clothes because this is our coldest campsite with an amazing view!


Early in the morning our cook will wake us up with a hot coca tea after this you will have time to get ready your stuff then you will have your breakfast after a good breakfast we will start with our amazing hike this is going to be the longest, the most beautiful day and the highest point of our trek, the first three hours will uphill until we get to the highest point Salkantay pass 4650 m 15255ft we will so close to the glacial of Salkantay which is considered one of the second highest mountain in Cuzco.

We will have time to enjoy the view of the valleys from the top after that we will continue with the downhill for another two hours until Wayracmachay this place is our lunch stop once we enjoy our amazing and nutrition lunch we will continue with the downhill for another four more hours more o less until we arrive at our campsite after lunch the clime will change we will in a high jungle where will be able to see beautiful flowers and hummingbirds you will pass Chalway village and the river with the same name little uphill them campsite survived the Hardest day of Salkantay trek!

Machu Picchu from Wayna Picchu mountain
Machu Picchu


Wake up call with hot coca tea and them time to get ready our stuff after breakfast after good breakfast time to start with our hike today will be an easy day with little uphill and downhill with a lovely vegetation as well we will pass through some small villages the families are farmers so you will chance to taste different jungle fruit, still you will descend like 800m until our lunch spot which is la playa and will be our campsite too so in the afternoon we will have free time like this you will rest for the following day or if you want to visit the hot spring you can arrange with the tour guide, tea time dinner and bedtime.


we start with our adventure early in the morning  the first 30 minutes we will follow the dusty road until we reach to head of the inca trail that heads to the small inca site at the top of the mountain from the fork is going to be uphill for 3 hours with beautiful views to the mountains surrounding vilcabamba once we reach to the top we will descend for ten minutes until the small incan site call llactapata in where we will have time to explore, enjoy the surrounding mountains and machu Picchu in the distance then time to continue with downhill for 2 hour until hidro electrica where we will have our last lunch after lunch we will say good bye to our chef it is a tradition to give tips after this ceremony we will continue to the town of machu Picchu pueblos we will do our check-in at the hotel you will have time to enjoy your showers and them we will go to one restaurant where we will have our last dinner as well you will organize with your tour guide for the following day Machu Picchu and last hiking day of Salkantay trek.

Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay pass Peru


Early in the morning your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel then you will go to the bus station in order to take bus to Machu Picchu the wonder of the world once you arrive you will have guided tour for two hours where you will visit the most important temples after the guided tour you have your free time in order to explore more, if you have permits to hike either Waynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain. Your guide will give you your bus tickets to go down to Machu Picchu Pueblo as well will offer you a meeting point in a restaurant to enjoy your last lunch in a local restaurant, of course, this is optional.
In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo where our bus driver will be waiting for you with Andean Soul Adventure logo and take you back to Cusco end of Salkantay trek.

  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher).
  • Insect repellant.
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
  • Personal medication.
  • Camera
  • Torch with spare batteries.
  • First aid kit.

Salkantay 5 days groups service.

600 USD per person

A group tour means that it is open for other hikers  to join you. This means that your group will have varying hiking and fitness abilities.

Salkantay 5 days private service:

2 Trekkers: $755 per person
3 Trekkers: $730 per person
4 Trekkers: $680 per person
5 Trekkers: $655 per person
6 Trekkers: $625 per person
7 Trekkers: $615 per person
8 or more Trekkers: $595 per person

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
March 9, 2019

I had a great hike to Machu Picchu on the Inka Trail with Juan Carlos de Alma Andina Adventures. Everything was very professional and they gave us a lot of detailed information about the places of way alongvthe Inka. We will be back for another walk with them in the future.

March 9, 2019

The organization (for example: hotel in the town of Machu Picchu, the way back from Machu Picchu with train or taxi to Cusco) was perfect. The equipment for the camping was at a very high level (for example: the tents were of the North Face brand) and the owners did an amazing job! The food was delicious!

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