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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days is one of the most scenic and thrilling routes to reach Machu Picchu. With glacier mountains, picturesque lakes like Humantay and Salkantay Lake, and a trek through the Amazon jungle, this is one of the most beautiful and interesting treks in Peru.

The SALKANTAY TREK 5-day / 4-night trek through diverse landscapes culminating in a tour of the magical city of Machu Picchu on the 5th day. This trek boasts spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, turquoise lakes, Andean plateaus, waterfalls, and a high jungle.

This tour can be enjoyed with us, with the best services provided at reasonable prices. We offer exclusive camps with newly-built Mountain Sky Huts, glass igloos, professional knowledgeable guides, and supporting staff, we have all-inclusive itinerary options to make sure you don’t miss a thing. We’ll pass by brilliantly-blue lakes, reach heights up to 4,630 meters, and pass by waterfalls, rivers, and hot springs.

We will also trek through the original Inca Trail to the Llactapata ruins, where you will have a fantastic view of Machu Picchu from a different angle, motivating you to finish the final stretch before you make it to the famous lost city of the Incas.

5 Day Salkantay Trek is listed by National Geographic as 1 of the 25 “World’s Best Treks.” Choose an experienced, highly-rated company for your Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu and make it an unforgettable experience.

Salkantay trek 5 days Highlights views

  • Enjoy the scenic views of Salkantay Mountain
  • Visit Humantay Lake and Salkantay Lake
  • Make a small ritual for the Andean gods and learn about the Inca religion
  • Enjoy our friendly customer service and experienced guides
  • Eat delicious meals and freshly prepared and vegan, vegetarian food or any dietary restrictions are available, without any extra charge
  • Hike through the different types of landscapes, such as cloud forests, highlands, grassy hills, and Andean valleys
  • Reach 4,700 meters (15,420 feet) in elevation along the Salkantay Pass
  • Explore Machu Picchu and the surrounding area with an expert and knowledgeable tour guide
  • Visit the Inca ruins of Llactapata and hike on the original Inca Trail
  • Hike one of National Geographic’s 25 “World’s Best Treks”
  • Sleep in comfort under the stars in our Mountain Sky Huts located in private campsites.
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Day by Day Travel Schedule

Customize this itinerary by adding extra days to any location. Please contact one of our expert travel advisors for advice.
Day 1: CUSCO- MOLLEPATA - SORAYPAMPA

Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 5 days, The night before your tour, you will receive a short briefing on the hike from your trek leader.
In the morning, early pick-up (4:30 a.m.) We will drive for three hours until we reach the starting point of our BREAKFAST ”Mollepata ” (3,800 m), where you’ll link up and meet our porters and staff who will accompany you throughout your trek.

Then we will keep going by bus to Challacancha (starting point of our hiking ) basically the first section is 40 minutes up Hill then gonna be gradual until our base camp, once there Will have a delicious lunch ( vegetarian option) after lunch

When you arrive at the lagoon, you will have a couple of hours to explore, take photos, and listen to our guide explain the significance of the Humantay Lagoon.

After, we’ll hike downhill for 2 hours to get to our base camp, in the afternoon Will have tea time a dinner.

 

Day 2: SORAYPAMPA-WAYRAQMACHAY- CHAULLAY

Day 2 of the tour to Salkantay trek 5 days to machu picchu we start with a hot fusion tea. We will have enough time to pack and enjoy a delicious breakfast as we watch the sunrise. Afterward, you will begin the longest day of your trip to reach ”CHAULLAY ”.

We’ll hike up gradually for about three hours towards the“Salkantay Mountain”. From here you’ll have a view of the “Huamantay Mountain” (5,900 m) and our precious Salkantay Valley. We will continue climbing for another hour until reaching the highest point of your walk (“Salkantay Pass” – 4,650 M Lagoon (Elev. 4,200 m),

We’ll pass alongside streams, and waterfalls on the slopes and have different views of the Mountains mentioned above. If we’re lucky, you might observe Condors soaring.
Then, we’ll descend for another two hours reaching our lunch spot  (“Wayracammachay” – 3,800 m.). The downhill portion can be a bit slippery, which may require the use of trekking poles, after lunch Will keep going dawn to Chaullay base camp once there we have the option to take shower and wifi Upon arriving at camp, our guides and porters will welcome your arrival. Dinner will be served and you’ll have R & R time

DETAILS: SALKANTAY TREK 5 DAYS
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hiking Distance: 23  km
Trail Condition: Rocky, dusty, and slippery
Weather: COULD  to hot (mosquitoes)

Day 3: CHAULLAY- PLAYA- LUCMABAMBA CAMP

We’ll start the day off with hot fusion tea. We will have enough time to pack and enjoy a delicious breakfast as we watch the sunrise. Afterward, you will begin the  day of your trip to reach ”LUCMABAMBA ”.

we’ll continue to descend for approximately 5 hours, all the while, appreciating the orchids, ferns, begonias, and many other different florae. These variable climate changes are due to cloud forests merging with tropical forests. It’s at this zone where farmers grow coffee, passion fruit, papayas, oranges, avocados, and many more crops. There is a lot of wildlife along the way with scattered small waterfalls.
Upon arriving at our campsite “LUcMABAMBA ” a.k.a. (Elev. 2,000 m), we will enjoy some hot fusion tea and dinner. if you want you can go to a hot spring

DETAILS: SALKANTAY TREK 5 DAYS
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hiking Distance: 16 km
Trail Condition: Rocky, dusty
Weather: Warm to hot (mosquitoes)

Day 4 LUCMABAMBA - LLAQTAPATA- AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN

After breakfast, We gradually descend for 45 minutes until reaching the connection point of the Inca Trail, built-in 1,300 (from Vilcabamba to Machu Picchu). Here you’ll appreciate the stone path leading to the “Llactapata” Incan site. Just in front of you, you’ll have a Wonderful vista of Machu Picchu and along the way, you’ll see coffee and yucca plantations. Once you arrive in Llactapata, your guide will describe the geography and re-telling the Incan history of this zone.

We continue our trek for another two and a half hours, all downhill, until reaching an organic coffee farm and an orange/avocado farm.

You will see will appreciate breathtaking views of the Santa Teresa valley, up to the Llactapata Inca site, just in front of Machu Picchu. This will be the first site you see, of the Lost City of the Incas. We will appreciate the ruins of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu from this place. You will explore and learn about the Inca site with your tour guide

We will start our two-hour hike downhill, with breathtaking views of Machu Picchu, until we reach the hydroelectric station. The impressive part of this area is the natural waterfall, 300 meters high, which generates electricity for the region of Cusco. HERE Will have a lunch

Then, we will arrive at the famous “Intiwatana” (solar clock). According to history, this Inca stone worked together with the famous “Sun Rock” in Machu Picchu. After passing this small Inca site, you’ll come to the nice flat road for the last stretch.

This stretch of the Inca Trail was used by American Professor Hiram Bingham, who rediscovered Machu Picchu after centuries of being lost. He walked through this valley looking for the lost city of Vilcabamba. It’s here where he met the farmer Melchor Arteaga, who guided him to Machu Picchu. We will pass by the estate of Melchor Arteaga, where we will see many species of flora and fauna, as well as, our famous Peruvian national bird called “gallito de las Roccas”, toucans and parrots.

Finally, upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, (3 hours). Afterward, we will go to your hotel so you can enjoy a hot shower and a visit to the famous hot springs (10 soles, not included) of Aguas Calientes. In the evening, you can enjoy your final dinner at the  restaurant.

DETAILS: SALKANTAY TREK 5 DAYS

Lowest Elevation: 2,000 m
Trail Condition: possibly slippery

Day 5: MACHU PICCHU “SACRED CITY OF THE INCAS” – CUSCO

On our Final day, we will start off early (wake up at 4:30 a.m.). Followed by breakfast (5:00 a.m.) at the hotel. After, board the bus to Machu Picchu, which will take approx. 25 minutes to reach (door open at 6:00 a.m.). Please be sure to bring your original passport to show the Rangers (you can get a Machu Picchu seal on your passport).

Your guide will take you to the best places in Machu Picchu while enjoying the sunrise (depending on the weather).

Then you will have a two-hour guided tour. Following this, you’ll have an opportunity to explore Machu Picchu on your own.

If you have reserved a visit to “HUAYNAPICHHU” (tickets $ 75.00 per person/limited to 400 per day – NOT INCLUDED), you’ll begin your hike at 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., please coordinate with the Trek Leader for your visit depending on Municipality’s programmed time.

There are many more activities that you can do. These activities are optional (not included with the package) for example The “Puerta del Sol” (2-hour hike up and down), where you will appreciate the Inca city from a different viewpoint.

In the afternoon, you’ll catch the train to reach the City of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo, we will have transportation waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.

DETAILS:
Meals: Breakfast
Lowest Altitude: 2,040 m / 6.691 ft
Highest Altitude: 2,440 m / 8,052 ft

Note: If you want to stay an extra night, just lets us know and we can help book a hotel in Aguas Calientes, as well as your train ticket for the next day
Rangers don’t allow people to carry bags bigger than 25 liters when entering Machu Picchu
No trekking poles are allowed in Machu Picchu
Snacks and water are allowed – in bags.

What's Included

What is Included in Salkantay Trek 5 days?

We show you a list of what is included in a 5 day Salkantay trekking.

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • HIKING POOLS
  • BLANKET
  • Anden huts.
  • Chef
  • Excellent meals:
  • Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, and rice, foods that are rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking. (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request)
  • Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coca, biscuits, popcorn).
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking)
  • Wake up to coca tea in your tent
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
  • Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Horse to transport 8 kg of your gear
  • Duffle bag for your gear
  • Four breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • One-night hostel  accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

What is Not Included in Salkantay Trek 5 Days?

We show you a list of what is not included in a 5 day salkantay trekking.

  • Tips: Guide, Cook, Horseman.
  • $ 75 Waynapicchu Mountain entrance ticket (walk to the top without a guide, the trail is well marked).
  • First breakfast-last lunch
  • Extra horse
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to Humantay  lagoon

Trip Info

Salkantay Trek Packing List for 5 days

Here is your packing list, and go over what is helpful, and what is a waste of money and backpack space. To help our trekkers on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.

Now we show you the packaging list you need for Salkantay Trek 5 days.

  • A backpack to carry water, some snacks, a camera, sunscreen, valuable things, Jacket, rain gear, etc. We recommend bringing a backpack of 25 – 30 liters, but if you like to can bring a daypack or any size of the backpack as long as you feel comfortable with it.
  • Sleeping bag at least minus 5 cº. If you don’t have one, you can rent one from us for US 10 dollars for the whole trek.
  • Trekking Poles – We recommend them for people with problems with knees, or ankles, or who are used to using hiking poles. If you do NOT have one, you can rent a pair of trekking poles for  US 10 dollars from us.
  • Original Passports
  • Wool hat or beanie
  • Sun hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • 3 – 4 t-shirt, if you have long sleeves better
  • layers (sweater, fleece)
  • 2 – 3 pairs of long pants if you have leggings, you can do on leggings
  • Hiking shoes
  • 2 – 3 pairs of wool socks
  • Rain gear (Pants, jacket, if you do not have you can buy a rain poncho) is crucial, especially for the wet season.
  • A small headlamp
  • A small towel
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Toothbrush and other personal toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Sun cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Sandals / Flip flops
  • Waterbottle
  • Swimwear
  • If you have thermal clothing you can take them which is not that important, you will use them at least for the first night which is at 4000m
  • Some snacks such as chocolate, cereal bars, candies, nuts, energy bars, etc
  • Extra Cash in Soles

IMPORTANT: Remember that we will provide you with a duffle bag on the briefing day which you can use to pack 7 kilos of your personal belongings that you will take to the trek which are going to be carried by horse during the entire trek. It means that you will do the trek carrying your small backpack with things you need for the day hike and you will have access to the duffle bag at each camping place.

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SALKANTAY TREK 5D-4N Group service – SEASON 2023

We have two prices For the Salkantay trek 5D-4N. The cost depends. How you like to return to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu.

Salkantay Trek 5 Days: Return by CAR:

  • Student: 200 US Dollars
  • Adult: 220 US Dollars

Salkantay Trek 5 days: Return by TRAIN:

  • Student: 269 US Dollars
  • Adult: 289 US Dollars

ADDITIONAL OPTION THAT YOU CAN ADD TO YOUR SALKANTAY TREK

  • HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAINUS 20 Dollars (check availability) www.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio
  • MACHU PICCHU MONTAÑAUS 20 Dollars (check availability) www.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio
  • SLEEPING BAG FOR THE WHOLE TREK: US 10 Dollars
  • TREKKING POLES US 10 dollars, one pair for the whole trek
  • UPGRADE to Vistadome – Panoramic train. US 35 Dollars (If you decided to return by train you can upgrade to VISTA DOME TRAIN)

STUDENT PRICE:

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE STUDENT PRICE:

The student price applies to all students from over the world. You just need to meet the requirements that the Peruvian government has for students since we get a discount when we buy Machu Picchu tickets from the Peruvian government.

FOR STUDENT PRICE YOU MUST COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:

  • The student card must be an original student ID given by your university in PVC material.
  • The student card must be printed (University Information, Student name, and Student Picture)
  • The student card must have printed a valid expiration date /  valid only for one year if you visit Machu Picchu in 2022 the expiration date must be 2022 or 2023 or visiting Machu Picchu in 2023 the maximum expiration date is 2024.
  • Discount for students, not more than 25 years old
  • ISIC (international student identification card) is not valid for the discount even if they complete the requirements
  • The only valid document for the student price is the actual student card that meets the requirements of the Peruvian government. It is not valid any other documents, such as certifications, and virtual cards are not valid as proof of student
  • IF YOU MEET all the requirements, send us a photo of both sides of your student ID to gotreksperu@gmail.com by the time you book the tour. If you send us later does not work to apply for the student price

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