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Salkantay Trekking to Machupicchu 4D/3N

Salkantay Trekking to Machupicchu 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 the nature, snow cap mountains, flora and fauna all together. 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 our top chefs.




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OVERVIEW Salkantay trekking to Machupicchu


  • Pickup from your hotel
  • Private transfer to Soraypampa, the trailhead
  • Hiking to the pass with incredible views
  • Camping in Wayracmachay
  • Walking Distance – 16 km / 9.9 millas
  • Hight elevation – 4650 meters15255 ft
  • Starting Elevation . 3800 meters/2467 ft
  • Campsite Elevation – 3750 meters/ 12303 pies
  • Considered: Moderate /difficult
  • The area: Andes


  • Hiking in Cloud Forest
  • Walking Distance – 19 km / 11.8 mi
  • Starting Elevation – 3750 meters/ 12303 ft
  • Campsite Elevation – 2140 meters / 7020 ft
  • Considered : Moderate/difficult
  • 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 Trekking to Machupicchu 4D/3N


ITINERARY – Salkantay Trekking to Machupicchu


We will pick you up from your hotel at 4.30 am to begin our Salkantay trekking to Machu Picchu. We´ll go by bus to Mollepata community, an Andean community located in a sub-tropical region at 2803 meters. In 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 Soraypampa 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 Soroycocha, where you will have lunch, then you will climb up for 1 more hour to the Apu Salkantay (6271 masl, also known as the “Lord Protector and Guardian of Cusco”). Observing local wildlife such as chinchillas or the Andean Condor in the wild. Then will descend to Wayracmachay where will spend the night.

  • Walking Distance – 16 km / 9.9 millas
  • Hight elevation – 4650 meters/15255 ft
  • Starting Elevation . 3800 meters/12467 ft
  • Campsite Elevation – 3750 meters/ 12303 pies
  • Weather: Cold , wendy , rainy in the wet season
  • Considered: Moderate /difficult


The second day of the salkantay trekking begins with a healthy breakfast in the morning, forecasting a long day of hiking, you will begin a trek towards Qollpapampa where you will have lunch. From here, you have a great and amazing view of the Santa Teresa valley, 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 in the afternoon at the camp site where you will spend the night in the middle of coffee, bananas and avocados plantations.

  • Walking Distance – 19 km / 11.8 mi
  • Starting Elevation – 3750 meters/ 12303 ft
  • Campsite Elevation – 2140 meters / 7020 ft
  • Weather: Warm and hot
  • Considered : Moderate/difficult


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 Trekking. 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.

Huayna Picchu is $25 per person and needs to be arranged in advance




  • 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 ISIC students cards (if booked as a student)
  • Good backpack or daypack
  • Good sleeping bag (can be rented from the company $20)
  • Hiking boots
  • Walking sticks (can be rented from the company)
  • Warm clothes (the temperature is very variable – you could experience all 4 seasons 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)
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, wipes, hand sanitizer
  • Bathing suit (if you want to go to the hot springs)
  • Sandals are recommended to get changed into in the evenings
  • Scarf
  • Water bottle (it’s not necessary to bring water tablets)
  • Personal medical kit
  • Original passport
  • Student card if you are student, you must scan it when you are booking
  • Flashlight
  • Some plastic bags
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Good trekking shoes as the trail  is mudy and slippery in some sections



Our Salkantay Trekking to Machupicchu includes the last night hotel in Aguas Calientes

$555 per person



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


  • Sleeping Bag (4 season) – $20 
  • Pair of Walking poles – $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 people can hike Huaynapicchu per day. You will climb it on your own after the tour in Machu Picchu around 10 .00 am. The price is $25 per person.

OUR GUIDES: Most of our guides began as porters before they went to Cusco University and Institute where they learned about the Inca history. They are always training in order to be the best guide. They each speak English beautifully and of course all of them speak Spanish and Quechua, the Inca Language. They are all able to communicate with natives from around the area and of course he 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 the trail as we go. We respect the local people, teach them to keep clean the area, 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 from what 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 upmost 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 most importantly, with health insurance.

BOOKING: Salkantay trekking is available to depart any day of the week as long as we have two people. You still need to book in advance.

Thanks for traveling with Nig Adventures, 1000% Authentic local company