Ultimate Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D
  • Ultimate Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D

    The Ultimate Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days and 4 nights is the second most popular route to Machu Picchu, also the most challenging and adventurous tours we offer at TreXperience. You will be able to see the Humantay Lake, snow-capped mountains, the cloud forest, coffee farms and finish the trek at Machu Picchu.

    Why book with TreXperience
    Travel with an authentic Local Tour Operator from Cusco city
    We offer complimentary airport pick up and drop off
    We are the only company that offers PACHAMANCA demonstration
    We offer a real camping experience with tents and hot showers
    We camp at Llatapata on day 3, a mountain in front of Machu Picchu
    Support Social Project while traveling
    Come back to Cusco on the last days in the exclusive Panoramic trains



    Itinerary

    Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake - Salkantaypampa (13km – 6hrs)

    Stop At: Humantay Lake, 08645, Peru
    The TreXperience team will pick you up from your hotel between 4:30 am (depending on your location) and drive you to Soraypampa (3800 m/ 12467ft) – arriving approximately at 8:30 am. After a delicious breakfast, we will start your Salkantay TreXperience! It’s a 2-hour walk up to Humantay Lake (4200 m / 13780 ft) after enjoying the beautiful views of this spectacular turquoise water lake, we will continue to our lunch place where the chef will be waiting to serve you lunch using organic products from the area. Along the way, you will see a variety of flora and fauna such as the Andean goose (the love birds), deer and vizcachas (which look a lot like a rabbit). After lunch, we will continue climbing for two more hours to reach Salkantay Pampa (4100 m/13450 ft). Once at the campsite we will have the tents ready, get ready for your bed, have tea time, dinner, and after we can stargaze before going to sleep.
    Campsite Altitude: (4100 m/13450 ft)
    Highest altitude: (4200 m / 13780 ft)
    Distance: 13 km / 8 miles
    Duration: 6 hours
    Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
    Duration: 8 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Camping

    Day 2: SALKANTAYPAMPA – WAYRAMPUNKU – COLLPAPAMPA

    Stop At: Salkantay Trail, Peru
    We will wake you up bright and early with a hot cup of coffee or coca tea. When exiting your tent, a beautiful scenery consisting of vast plains and snow-capped mountain peaks are waiting for you. We will enjoy the breathtaking views of the highest mountains in Peru. After breakfast, we will start ascending to the highest point of our trek, the Salkantay pass (4630 m /15190 ft), at the summit we will take the time to explore the fantastic landscapes including a beautiful lake at the base of this majestic mountain. From the top, it will be another 3 hour downhill hike to the lunch place at Wayracmachay (3800 m/ 12467 ft). After lunch, we will start descending from the highlands into the cloud forest, experiencing one of the fastest changes in temperature and weather. Along the way, we will see an abundance of different types of flowers, hummingbirds, and orchids until we arrive at Colpapampa located at (2770 m / 9087ft). This night we will stay next to a small village.
    Campsite Altitude: 2770 m / 9087ft
    Highest altitude: 4630 m /15190 ft
    Distance: 16 km/ 9.91 miles
    Duration: 8 hours
    Difficulty: Moderate - Challenging
    Duration: 8 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Camping

    Day 3: COLLPAPAMPA – LLUCMABAMBA – LLACTAPATA

    Stop At: Llaqtapata, Machu Picchu Peru
    Day 3 is arguably the most beautiful of your Salkantay TreXperience! After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we will make our way to Lucmabamba (2000 m / 6600 ft) where we will join an original Inca trail, built in the 15th century. Along the way, we will pass by a stunning waterfall, as well as coffee, avocado, and banana plantations, until we arrive at Lucmabamba where we have a special PACHAMANCA lunch, this is an ancient way of cooking underground, you will participate actively in the preparation and also visit a local coffee farms, where you will prepare your organic coffee. After lunch will walk along a small part of the ancient, lost Inca trail that was discovered a few years ago. It takes approximately 3 hours to reach Llaqtapata; another extraordinary Inca ruins located right in front of Machu Picchu. Here we will take some time to explore, learn about the history of the Incas, and enjoy the beauty of the site. We will reach the campsite at approximately 4:00 pm to watch the spectacular sunset over Machu Picchu. At the campsite, we will have tea and dinner and a special surprise!
    Campsite Altitude: 2,000 m / 6560 ft
    Highest altitude: 2600 m / 8528 ft
    Distance: 18 km / 11 miles
    Duration: 9 hours
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Duration: 6 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Camping

    Day 4: LLACTAPATA – HYDROELECTRIC – AGUAS CALIENTES

    Stop At: Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), Signposted from main square, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Peru
    Camping at Llactapata is particularly special as this is a very unique and isolated site that overlooks Machu Picchu. Here it's worth getting up early to sit and watch the sun reveal the outstanding beauty of your surroundings with a hot cup of coffee or coca tea. After breakfast, it is a relatively easy 2 hour downhill trek to the hydroelectric satiation where we have a brunch and re-energize for the last stretch of our TreXperience. It is then a 3-hour walk along the railway to Aguas Calientes – a picturesque town located just below Machu Picchu. This section of the trek is steeped in history as it was used by the American professor, Hiram Bingham, to discoverer Machu Picchu in 1911. It is also gorgeous and is home to a variety of endemic birds such us the Rupicola Peruviana (locally known as the cock-of-the-rock), parrots, toucans, hummingbirds, and orchids. Once in Aguas Calientes, your tour guide will take you to your hotel where you will have some time to rest and freshen up. In the evening we will enjoy a final dinner together with our chef and porters before spending the night in the hotel.
    Aguas Calientes: 2,000 m/ 6560 ft
    Distance: 14 km / 8.6 miles
    Duration: 6 hours
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Duration: 6 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: 3- star Hotel

    Day 5: MACHU PICCHU (LOST CITY OF THE INCAS)

    Stop At: Machu Picchu, 08680, Peru
    On our final day, we have to get up very early to prepare for the highlight of your TreXperience; visiting Machu Picchu – the Lost City of the Incas. We will go straight to the line to wait for the first buses going up to Machu Picchu at 5:30 am to beat the crowds. Arriving as the sky brightens, we will walk for an hour up with incredible views of the city along the way. On a clear day, you can watch the spectacular sunrise over Machu Picchu with an unforgettable sight. Your guide will take you on a 2 to 3-hour comprehensive tour of the city before leaving you in Machu Picchu to explore on your own or climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (tickets must be booked as far in advance as possible). Your guide will explain how to take the bus from Machu Picchu back to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included) and then take the train and bus back to Cusco. The TreXperience Team will meet you off the train and return you safely to your hotel.
    Highest altitude: 2400m / 7874ft
    Distance: 6km / 3 miles
    Duration: 2 – 3 hours
    Difficulty: Easy

    Duration: 4 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Not Included

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"
    "A current valid passport is required on the day of travel"
    "Infant seats available"
    "Not wheelchair accessible"
    "Children must be accompanied by an adult"
    "Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking"
    "Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required"
    "Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants"
    "A current valid passport is required on the day of travel"
    "This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
    "This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
    "This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers"



    • Start Time4:30 AM
    • Start location: Traveler pickup is offered
      Wait at the lobby of your hotel


    • Duration: 5 days
    • Cancellations and refunds: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
  • Included

    • Accommodation included: 5 nights
    • Safety briefing the day before the tour at 6:00 pm in our Office
    • Pick up from your hotel in the morning of the tour
    • All transportation during the duration of the trek
    • Duffle bag up to 7 kilos for your personal stuff carried by horses
    • Professional highly trained mounatin tour guides
    • Experience chefs, porters, and horsemen
    • Pachamanca Cooking demonstration
    • Organic coffee farms tour
    • 3 nights camping in the mountains with comfortable equipment
    • 1 night in a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes
    • All meals during the Trek with local organic ingredients
    • Entrance ticket to Salkantay and Machu Picchu
    • Buses up and down to Machu Picchu
    • Panoramic Exclusive train on the last to come back to Cusco
    • Entry/Admission - Llaqtapata
    • Entry/Admission - Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes)
    • Entry/Admission - Machu Picchu

    Not Included

    • Sleeping Bags, poles, air matts (Can be rent from us)
    • Huayna Picchu (need to be booked in advance)
    • Montaña (need to be booked in advance)
    • Tips for our staff
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