Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - 4 Days 3 Nights

Make your way through breathtaking snow-capped mountains and picturesque narrow valleys, lakes and waterfalls
Cusco, Peru
4 Days
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
English / Spanish
What's Included

  • Get up to $40 cash back per person when you book with us to use on day tours before or after your trip
  • 3 nights camping accommodation
  • Camping equipment
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Free airport pickup and drop-off available
  • Pre-departure briefing 
  • Live Inca history show
  • Spiritual ceremonies performed by Andean healers
  • Cooking lessons and Pachamanca demonstration
  • Knowledgeable native guides
  • All taxes and admission permits 
  • Porters to carry all belongings that you don’t need in your daypack (up to a maximum weight of 7 kg)
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners (except lunch on the final day) 
  • Filtered water
  • Medical kit 
  • Satellite phones
  • Extras (hand towels, pillows, hand sanitizer, hot water for washing, snacks, daypack covers, and rain ponchos)
  • 2% of  the price you pay goes to support local social projects


Where We Visit

  • Cusco
  • Soraypampa
  • Huayracpunku
  • Wayracmachay
  • Wayrampunku
  • Challway
  • La Playa
  • Colpapampa
  • La Playa 
  • Llactapata
  • Hydroelectric 
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu
  • Sun Gate

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What's excluded

  • Sleeping bag: $20 to rent
  • Inflatable air mattress: $15 to rent
  • Trekking poles (pair): $15 to rent
  • Tips for our staff: TreXperience ensures all staff are fairly paid and therefore tipping is optional and at your own discretion
  • Travel Insurance: Highly recommended for all hikers
  • Lunch on the last day
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: Tickets need to be booked in advance and cost an additional $75 per person
  • Machu Picchu Mountain: Tickets need to be booked in advance and cost an additional $75 per person
  • Additional Night in Aguas Calientes: $55
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade: $55salkantay 
What to Expect

This multi-day tour from Cusco to Machu Picchu will lead you on Salkantay trek, which is the second-most popular route to Peru's most famous Incan ruin. It's not hard to see why Salkantay is such an incredible route thanks to its beautiful and diverse scenery. On this 4-day tour, you will make your way through breathtaking snowcapped-mountains and picturesque narrow valleys, passing beautiful lakes and waterfalls along the way.


You will get to visit the glacier-capped, 20,574-foot Mount Salcantay (Savage Mountain), which is considered a sacred spot by locals, as well as the much warmer and lusher cloud forest. Finally, towards the end of your tour, you will join the Inca Trail for a bit before making your way to Macchu Picchu by way of Llaqtapata.



Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Huayracpunku

Start your first day with a pickup from your Cusco accommodation between 4:30 am and 6:30 am (depending on your location). Then, drive to Soraypampa (3900 m), arriving at approximately 8:30 am. Once there, you will eat breakfast and begin your Salkantay trek! You will start with a 4-hour walk up to Soyrococha (4400 m / 14430 ft), where a freshly-prepared lunch will be awaiting you. On the way to Soyrococha, you will see a range of native flora and fauna such as the Andean goose (the love birds), deer and vizcachas (similar to rabbits).


After lunch, hike for about one hour longer until you reach Salkantay Pass (4650 m/ 15255 ft). Once at the summit, get a chance to explore the amazing landscape of the area, including a beautiful lake at the base of this majestic mountain. From the top, it will be another 3-hour downhill hike to the campsite at Wayracmachay (3800 m/ 12467 ft). Once you arrive, there will be snacks and hot drinks waiting for you. Your tent will also be set up for your arrival. Spend the evening resting and soaking up the scenery before eating dinner and heading to bed. 


Day 2: Wayrampunku – Challway – La Playa

Wake up early and enjoy a hot cup of coffee, cocoa or tea as you look out over the huge plains and snow-capped mountains that surround your campsite. After breakfast, start your downhill hike from the highlands to the cloud forest. Get ready to experience a rapid change in the temperature, from the cold weather of the Andes to the warm tropical forest. On the way down, you will see an abundance of different types of flowers, hummingbirds, and orchids before arriving at Colpapampa (located at 2770 meters).


Once at Colpapampa, take a break for lunch and say goodbye to the horsemen who have accompanied you. After lunch, it's time for a 4-hour hike both up and downhill headed that will take you to La Playa (located at 2070 meters). Look out for beautiful waterfalls along the way. You will also pass local coffee, avocado and banana plantations.



Day 3: La Playa – Llaqtapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes

Day three is arguably the most beautiful of your Salkantay trek! Wake up and enjoy a hearty breakfast before making your way up to Lucmabamba (2000 m / 6600 ft). Once there, you will join an original, ancient Inca trail that was built in the 15th century and only rediscovered a few years ago. Hike for about 3 hours uphill until reaching Llaqtapata, another extraordinary Inca ruin located right in front of Machu Picchu. Once there, you will have time to explore the site and learn about Inca history from your guide.


After that, prepare for a relatively easy 2-hour downhill trek to our lunch spot. After lunch, you will take the train or hike (optional) to Aguas Calientes, arriving at around 5 pm. End your night with dinner at a local restaurant before spending the night in a hotel. 


    DAY 4:  Machu Picchu (Lost City of the Incas)

    On the last day of the tour, you will wake up very early to prepare for the highlight of your trip - Visiting Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Head straight to the bus stop so you can catch the first bus of the day to Machu Picchu at 5:30 am. You will arrive as the sun is coming up, then you will hike for an hour up to the Sun Gate, taking in spectacular views of the city along the way. If it's a clear day, you will be able to watch the spectacular sunrise over Machu Picchu, which is an unforgettable experience.


    After that, you will be lead on a 2 to 3-hour comprehensive tour of the city before getting some free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. If you'd like, you can 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. Once back at Cusco, your guide will meet and return you safely to your hotel.


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    Frequently Asked Questions


    • Valid, original Passport (a copy will not be accepted)
    • Valid, Student Card (if you booked as a student)
    • Hiking boots (light, comfortable and broken in)
    • A good quality daypack (light, small and comfortable)
    • Water storage for at least 2 liters; either a camel bag or water bottle(s)


    Below is a list of items that we highly recommend you keep with you at all times in your personal backpack. Remember you will be carrying this with you every day of the trek so we recommend you bring a good quality daypack which is both light and comfortable. It is important to note that due to local regulations, your backpack should not exceed 25L. All larger backpacks cannot be taken into Machu Picchu and will need to be stored outside the gates.

    • Hat and sunglasses
    • Rain gear
    • Warm layers (fleece / long-sleeved tops)
    • Sun cream, bug spray
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toilet paper
    • Personal medication
    • Band-aids, moleskin
    • Camera, extra batteries
    • Head torch
    • Extra snacks, power bars, chocolate
    • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips (small change is useful for paying to use the villagers’ toilets on the first day)
    • Some light, comfortable shoes for the camp
    • Warm jacket, hat, and gloves
    • 2-3 t-shirts (wicking t-shirts are best)
    • 1-2 hiking pants/trousers
    • 4 sets of undergarments
    • 4 sets of hiking socks
    • 1 Fleece
    • 1 Warm, down jacket for the coldest nights
    • Quick-dry towel
    • Soap
    • Wet wipes
    • Toothbrush and paste
    • Face moisturizer
    • Powerpack/battery charger
    • Plastic bags to keep wet or muddy clothes separate
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    It's advised that all hikers arrive in Cusco at least two days prior to your tour. This will enable you to get used to the high altitude. Those who have not had time to acclimatize may struggle with the treks.


    Cusco is a domestic airport only and therefore international visitors typically arrive via Lima. The easiest and fastest way to get to Cusco from Lima is to take a flight. The bus journey from Lima to Cusco is very long (approximately 20 hours). Visitors travelling to Cusco from closer cities in Peru are advised to take a bus. There are a number of companies in Peru operating very comfortable bus journeys. We advise you to book your bus journey in advance as ticket do sell out.

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    Food on this tour is supplied by highly talented chefs who never fail to cook up a delightful feast despite being in the middle of the Andean Mountains! All chefs specialize in Andean cuisine and are able to cater for all dietary requirements so please let us know in advance of your needs. All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are provided each day (except lunch on the final day) and the food is both delicious and plentiful. It's guaranteed that even the biggest foodies among you won’t fail to be impressed. Your energy levels will be kept high with snacks each day and it's ensured that you will have tea/coffee every morning to wake you up and every afternoon to unwind.

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    Terms & Conditions:

    • Embarking on an adventure such as this may involve risk of illness or injury caused by forces of nature, animals, insects, and flora. By booking your trip, you acknowledge these risks and are applying to participate voluntarily.

    Cancellation Policy:

    • All primary deposits are unfortunately 100% non-refundable. However, the earlier you notify the supplier of a cancellation, the better they can assist you. Please send all cancellation notifications to
    • If you cancel 8 weeks or more days before departure: Cancellation fees equal the amount of your deposit.
    • 8 weeks to 4 weeks before departure: 60% of the total tour price is due.
    • 4 weeks to 5 days before departure: 80% of the total tour price is due.
    • 5 days to 36 hours: 90% of the total tour price is due.
    • 36 hours or less before departure: 100% of the total price is due.

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