Ultimate Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

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Ultimate Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

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


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

Stop At: Humantay Lake, 08645, Peru
Pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 am 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 (3900 m/12795 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.
Highest altitude: (4200 m / 13780 ft)
Distance: 13 km / 8 miles
Duration: 6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 6 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Camping


Stop At: Salkantay Trail, Peru
We will wake you up bright and early with a hot cup of coffee or coca tea, while you 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 different types of flowers, hummingbirds, and orchids until we arrive at Colpapampa (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


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 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 farm and prepare your organic coffee. After lunch, hike up for 3 hours along an ancient Inca trail 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


Stop At: Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), Signposted from main square, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Peru
Llactapata is a very unique and isolated site that overlooks Machu Picchu. Here it's worth getting up early, sit, and watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu: After Breakfast, start a 2 hour downhill 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. 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.
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


Stop At: Machu Picchu, 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. 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 Vistadopme 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
"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"
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"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 12 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"

Start Time: 04:30 AM
Duration: 5 Days
Start location: Traveler pickup is offered
We also pick up from AirBnB's and any other locations inside Cusco city.

Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • 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
  • Accommodation included: 5 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes)
  • Entry/Admission - Llaqtapata
  • Entry/Admission - Salkantay Trail
  • 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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