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Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu 5D/4N

Salkantay Trek is one of the amazing alternative treks to Machu Picchu. The trek is located in the Vilcabamba mountain range and passes through stunning landscapes varying from the cloud forest to the high mountains. Along the way are fantastic views of second highest mountain in the Cusco area, Salkantay (“Savage Mountain”) standing at 6,271m/19.685ft. It passes through little visited areas and combines culture and tradition with the incredible flora and fauna offered by Peru.

Nig Adventures designed this trek to enjoy more the nature than crowds, small groups from 2 to 8 participants, daily departures , we are 100 %  local  tour operator, sustainable and responsible tour company, Nig Adventures offers best trekking staff such as the guides, cook, and porters, best buffet food all fresh and served by oru top chefs, best camping equipment, private portable toilet.




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  • Pickup from your hotel
  • Private transfer to Challacancha, the trailhead
  • Hiking to the pass with incredible views
  • Camping in Soyrococha
  • Walking Distance – 15km / 9 miles
  • Starting Elevation . 3650 meters / 11975 ft
  • Campsite Elevation – 4490 meters /14730 ft
  • Considered: Moderate /difficult
  • The area: Andes


  • Hiking in Cloud Forest
  • Walking Distance – 17km / 10.5 miles
  • Hight Elevation – 4650 meters / 15255 ft
  • Campsite Elevation – 2870 meters / 9350 ft
  • Considered : Moderate/difficult
  • The Area : Cloud Forest


  • Camping at Lucmabamba, is amazing. 
  • Visit the famous organic coffee farm
  • Walking Distance – 12km / 7.5 miles
  • Starting Elevation. 2870 meters / 9350 ft
  • Campsite Elevation – 2140 meters / 7020 ft
  • Considered : Moderate morning and free afternoon to enjoy the hot spring of Cocalmayo
  • The Area : Cloud Forest


  • Trekking on the Inca trail
  • Walking Distance – 13km / 8 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 2140 meters / 7020 ft
  • Llactapata elevation – 2700 meters /8858 ft
  • Hotel Elevation – 2000 meters / 6560 ft
  • Considered : Moderate
  • The Area : Cloud Forest


  • Early wake up, breakfast
  • Bus up to Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy the sunrise (weather permitting)
  • 2.5 hourS Private Guided Tour in Machu Picchu
  • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer Ollantaytambo – Cusco

End of the Salkantay Trek


ITINERARY – Salkantay Trek


We will pick you up from your hotel at 4.30 am to begin our Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu. We´ll go by bus to Mollepata community, an Andean community located in a sub-tropical region at 2803 meters. En route you will be able to visit the archaeological complex of Tarawasi, considered one of the most beautiful buildings in that area.

You will then arrive to Challacancha town where the horse riders and horses will be waiting for us, which will bear the burden of the expedition. From here you will ascend to Soraypampa, where you will have lunch, then you will climb up for 3 more hoursto Soroycocha (4491 masl), where the first camp site will be installed. From here you will get a spectacular view of the Apu Salkantay (6271 masl, also known as the “Lord Protector and Guardian of Cusco”).

  • Walking distance: 15 km/ 9 miles
  • Starting Elevation . 3650 meters / 11975 ft
  • Campsite Elevation – 4490 meters /14730 f
  • Weather: Cold , wendy , rainy in the wet season
  • Considered: Moderate /difficult


After a healthy breakfast in the morning, forecasting a long day of hiking, you will begin a trek towards Qollpapampa. The first strech will have you ascend to the Salkantay trek pass (4650 masl). From here, you have a great and amazing view of glaciers decorating the Vilcabamba mountain range and the south face of  the Apu Salkantay, observing local wildlife such as chinchillas or the Andean Condor in the wild. Upon reaching Wayracmachay you will have lunch and then continue descending into an atmosphere of tropical climate, known as cloud forest. On this Salkantay trek you will see traces of the original ancient Inca trail. You will continue until you reach the Salkantay river and then follow it until you reach the second camp site at the community of Qollpapampa (2870 masl).

  • Walking distance: 17 km/ 10.5 miles
  • Hight Elevation – 4650 meters / 15255 ft
  • Campsite Elevation – 2870 meters / 9350 ft
  • Weather: Warm and hot
  • Considered : Moderate/difficult


After the breakfast you will descend through a narrow path along the banks of the Santa teresa river. Upon arriving you will be received by a warm and humid climate, you will notice the change in fauna and growing green flora. The route will pass through wild fruit plantations such as passion fruit and coffee. Afterwards you will pass through Coripacchi waterfall and eventually reach the Wiñaypoqo settlement where you wil apreciate a lot orchids, then you will arrive around 1 pm in the afternoon at the camp site where you will visit the coffee planatations after the lunch and finally you will take our private bus ahead the hot springs of Cocalmayo and after enjoy the pool will came back to Lucmabamba where you will spend the night. 

  • Walking Distance: 12km/ 7.5 miles
  • Starting Elevation. 2870 meters / 9350 ft
  • Campsite Elevation – 2140 meters / 7020 ft
  • Weather: During day time hot and humid, chilly at night
  • Considered : Moderate morning and free afternoon to enjoy the hot spring of Cocalmayo


Early wake up with a hot glass of coca tea served in your bed by your trekking chef. You will get ready for today’s activity and enjoy your trek climbing up to llactapata (2700 masl), where you will have an exceptional view of Machupicchu from a different angle you can have a glimpse of Machupicchu and the Salkantay as well as take a good rest. After that you have to descend once more to Aobamba river in order to see a larger variety os fruit trees and honey farm until you reach the Hydroelectric plant in Machupicchu. Here you will board the local train that will take you to Aguas Calientes (a short and great route that take approximate 45 minutes) and finally you will do the check in your hotel , to take relaxing bath and rest.

  • Walking Distance – 13km / 8 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 2140 meters / 7020 ft
  • Llactapata elevation – 2700 meters /8858 ft
  • Hotel Elevation – 2000 meters / 6560 ft
  • Weather: Hot
  • Considered : Moderate


Today is the most important day of the Salkantay Trek. To get the most of the day, we encourage every group to have a very early breakfast before catching one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu (starts at 5:30AM). Don’t worry about your bags, the hotel will keep for you until you return from your tour. The bus will take 25 minutes to the top and once you arrive your guide will introduce you to Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 wonders of the World. You will head directly to a beautiful place to watch the sunrise and take loads of pictures. Your guide will walk you around the citadel for about 2.5 hours teaching you more of the history and culture of the incas and the importance of this site.

At the end of the tour you will have more time to explore Machupicchu by your own if you arranged to hike Huaynapicchu * (must be done in advance, costs $25 per person), your guide will show you where to line up to begin this hike, which will take no more than 2 hours roundtrip. You will cach the train to Ollantaytambo which will take 2 hours and then a 2 hour car ride back to your hotel for drop off.





  • Trekking briefing, two nights before
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Transfer in private transport to Challacancha ( trailhead )
  • 4 person sleeping tents (we only put 2 in each tent) very spacious, large and comfortable
  • Inflatable sleeping pads.
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs (very confortable)
  • English-speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups over 10 people)
  • 3 meals per day, tea time and snacks every morning
  • Portable private toilet tent
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Top Chef, cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Porters, horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment)
  • Emergency horse just in case 
  • Drinking water every morning, lunch,  and dinner time. 
  • Expedition Tourist class train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo then a private Van to transfer back to your hotel in Cusco
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Bus to/from Machu Picchu (roundtrip)
  • 2.5 hour Private Guided tour of Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore on your own
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes double or triple rooms, private bathrooms, hot showers, wifi, and storage while you visit Machu Picchu.
  • 78 kg /17 lb luggage allowance to be carried by our horses  
  • We are a 100%  local tour operator  with the best adventure guides, professional chefz, and amazing porters and horsemen.
  • Taxes included
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Day Pack Rain Covers


  • Lunch on the last day
  • Sleeping bag (this can be rented from the company for $25  for the entire trek)
  • Walking sticks (this can be rented from the company $20 for the entire trek)
  • Optional Huayna Picchu Climb ($25 per person)



  • Original Passports and student cards (if applicable and booked as a student)
  • Good backpack or daypack
  • Good sleeping bag (can be rented from the company for $20)
  • Hiking boots
  • Walking sticks (can be rented from the company)
  • Warm clothes (the temperature changes – you might experience 4 seasons all in one day)
  • T-shirts (4), sun hat, 2 pairs of pants/trousers, gloves, 4 pairs of socks, rain jacket, warm jacket, extra layers
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Insect repellent (non malarial mosquitos)
  • Rain poncho (you can buy this in Cusco or on the trek)
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, wipes, hand sanitizer
  • Bathing suit (if you want to go to the hot springs)
  • Sandals 
  • Scarf
  • Water bottle (it’s not necessary to bring water tablets)
  • Personal medical kit
  • Student card if you are student, you must scan it when you are booking
  • Flashlight
  • Some plastic bags in the rainy season
  • Waterproof gloves (important!)
  • Toiletries: toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, wipes, hand sanitizer
  • Towel
  • Good trekking shoes as the trail is muddy and slippery in some sections



Our Salkantay Trek  to Machupicchu 5D/3N includes one night of hotel in Aguas Calientes,2 star hotel called President. 

$575 per person

Interested in upgrading your hotel?


  • Student Discount (with valid ISIC card) $25
  • Under 12 Discount $20


  • Sleeping Bag (4 season) – $20 
  • Pair of walking sticks – $15;  

Important Notes


HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN: Please, if you are thinking of climbing Huaynapicchu Mountain you must book this at the same time as your Salkantay trek. Only 400 permits are issued per day to hike Huaynapicchu. You will climb it on your own after your guided tour in Machu Picchu at around 10:00am. The permit price is $25 per person.

OUR GUIDES: Most of our guides began as porters while attending Cusco University and Institute where they learned about the Inca history and recieved there licenses. They are always learning in order to be the best possible guides. They all speak English and of course all of them speak Spanish and Quechua, the Incan Language. They are all able to communicate with natives from around the area and will have lots of history to share with you.

OUR FOOD: Definitely one of the highlights of the tour is the food. It is always fresh and most of it is organic. There is always a lot to eat and lots of options including vegetables, meat, chicken, fish and other types of protein and carbohydrates. Everyone sits down to eat together and we go out of our way to accomodate all dietary requirements including vegetarian options and any food allergies. We do not provide any alcoholic drinks on the trek but if you would like you can bring your own.


We always clean up the trail as we go. We respect the local people, teach them to keep the areas clean, and help the local kids. We always take one extra porter who will be walking on the trail just to clean up, picking up the bottles and plastic bags that other people using the trail throw away.

WE ARE RESPONSIBLE: We try to treat our hikers, our porters and all the local people from the villages with the utmost respect. We travel in small groups to give personalized tours to each traveller, we pay good salaries to our porters and follow the porters law. We provide all our porters with their hiking gear such as shoes, pants, jackets, t-shirts, hats, sleeping bags and very importantly – health insurance.

BOOKING: Salkantay is available to depart any day of the week with a 2 person minimum. You still need to book in advance. Thanks for traveling with Nig Adventures , a 100% local company