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Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

4620 M / 15190 FT
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Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days is the impressive and second most interesting, attractive, and popular hike  to reach the city of Machu Picchu( temple of the wisdom); the best option to the busy classic Inca Trail

It offers this adventure, snowy, mountains, beautiful lakes as the humantay and Salkantay and crosses the eyebrow of the jungle which makes a unique and beautiful experience in Cusco.

When you book this trek with us, you will enjoy a different experience from the rest of the travel agencies because GO TREKS PERU will show you in a very mystical way and at very reasonable prices, along the Salkantay trek we have exclusive cabins with private bathroom and hot shower and wifi more than a team,

A family with professionals at your disposal basically will not worry or miss anything just enjoy, we will pass through bright blue lakes with light blue touches something incredible and magical, reach heights of up to 4620 meters, and pass mountains, jungle brow, waterfalls, rivers, and hot springs.

We will also have the opportunity to walk part of the original Inca trail to the archaeological center of llactapata, where we will have a breathtaking view of the mountains of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, and part of the archaeological center of Machu Picchu, having a motivation to finish this pilgrimage to Machu Picchu the temple of wisdom.

The 5 day Salkantay trekking experience is ranked by National Geographic as 1 of the top 20 treks in the world. Choose us and you will not regret this pilgrimage to the lost city of the Incas.

Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

Trip Details Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

Trip Details of Salkantay trek to machu picchu 5 days 

  • Tour Name: Ausangate Trek 5 Days
  • Tour/Trek Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
  • Location/Terrain:, Snow-capped, Lagoons, Machu Picchu Inca site
  • Accommodation: beautiful lodges 
  • Acclimatization: Due to the high altitude, we recommend 2  days in Cusco before embarking on our Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 5 days
  • Adventure Rating  Very Strenuous trek
  • Activities: Trekking/ Camping
  • Altitude: 4600m/15,139ft
  • Departures: every day  with 2 or more people
  • Customizable: Yes!



Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 5 days, The night before your tour, you will receive a short briefing on the hike by 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 the 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 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.


Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Hiking Distance: 15 km
Highest Elevation: 3,800 m
Campsite Elevation: 3.800 m
Weather: Cold
Conditions: Rocky, dusty and slippery (required: trekking shoes)


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 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

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


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. 2,400 m), we will enjoy some hot fusion tea and dinner. if you want you can go to a hot spring

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


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.


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


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 $ 25.00 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.

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.



Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

  • 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.
  • Four-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Chef
  • Excellent meals:
  • Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, and rice, foods which 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 hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Hotel After the Trek

No Included

  • Tips: Guide, Cook, Horseman.
  • Water on First Day
  • $ 25 Waynapicchu Mountain entrance ticket (walk to the top without a guide, the trail is well marked).
  • First breakfast-last lunch


Packing List

Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

As a Professional Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffle bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress, and extra clothing.

  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 hiking pants at least
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
  • Couple Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º Celcius.
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
  • A small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
  •  Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek

What To Bring

  • A good day pack: such as Eagle Creek Afar Backpack (Appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.)
  • Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
  • 3 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans), 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray before the trip.
  • Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
  • 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit. A rain jacket can be helpful because there are rainy days even in the dry season!
  • 1 warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
  • 4 pairs of underwear, 6 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) It is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well as the weather is variable, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or too hot.
  • 4 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 good sleeping bag liner which is super lightweight and easy to pack. This does its job!
  • Travel-size tissues and wet wipes.
  • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on, so bringing some anti-itch ointment could be helpful.
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelback
  • Water (Only for the first day of the hike, as we will provide you with water throughout the rest of the hike).
  • Camera
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
  • Bandages or moleskin
  • Flip flops to change into at night. Your toes will thank you!
  • Toiletries
  • Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach) because some people get an upset stomach on the trek. Also, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful to help with aches and pains after 8-10 hours of hiking each day.
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Something to read in the evenings
  • Extra money for drinks, tips in Soles for cooks, horsemen, guides. (USD$60-70).
  • Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220)

Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2020 through January 2021. All prices quoted are $USD

1 Trekker:  $550 per person

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).


  • Student Discount 20$ dollars
  • Under 15 years will pay as a student: US$20.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00

Optional Extras (Need to Book in Advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing:  USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)

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