Salkantay Trek 4 Days

This trek is ideal for travellers wishing to get off the beaten track but still join onto the original Inca Trail. It is a wonderful trek taking you right from the watershed of the Apurimac to the Urubamba. We traverse through beautiful green valleys and camp next to turquoise glacial lakes. We also come across Machu Picchu National Geographic Travel Magazinemany Inca archaeological sites and enjoy a wide variety of flora, fauna and wildlife.
Voted by National Geographic Travel Magazine – as one of the best 25 treks in the world to do.

 Duration: 4 Days

 Difficulty: Medium

 Group Size: Max 12 people

 Private Group: 1 to +

DAY 1 – Cusco(3500m/11483ft) – Soraypampa(3850m/12631ft) – The Pass(4800m/15748ft) – Huayracmachay(4200m/13780ft)

  • Pickup from your hotel
  • Breakfast at the foot of Salkantay
  • Private transfer to Soray Pampa (the trail head)
  • Hiking to the pass with great views
  • Camping in Huayracmachay
  • Walking Distance – (15km / 9 miles)
  • Starting Elevation . (3800 m / 12477 ft
  • Highest Elevation – (4600 m /15091 ft)
  • Campsite Elevation – 3800 m / 12477 ft)
  • Area: Andean mountains

DAY 2 – Huayracmachay – Arrayanniyoc – Challhuay(3050m/10006ft) – La Playa(2300m/7546ft)

  • Hiking in the cloud forest
  • Walking Distance – (18km / 11 miles)
  • Starting Elevation . (3800 m / 12477 ft)
  • Campsite Elevation – (2400 m / 9350 ft)
  • area : Cloud Forest

DAY 3 – La Playa – Lucmabamba – Llaqtapata(2700m/8858ft) – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes(2040m/6693ft)

  • llactapata,  day to see some ruins
  • Trekking on the Inca Trail.
  • Walking Distance – (12km / 7.5 miles)
  • Starting Elevation . (1800 m / 5600ft)
  • Campsite Elevation – (2700 m / 8858 ft)
  • Considered : Difficult morning
  • Area : Cloud Forest

DAY 4 – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (2500m/8202ft)– Cusco

  • Early wake up, breakfast
  • Bus up to Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy the sunrise (weather permitting)
  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu
  • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer Ollantaytambo – Cusco

DAY 1: Cusco (3,350m) – Mollepata (2,900m) – Soraypampa (3,850m) – Colcapampa (3,200m)

An early rise at around 4.30am! We drive from Cusco by private bus for approximately 2.5 hours to Mollepata and then continue driving up to Soraypampa (1.5hrs) from where our trek begins. Here we meet up with our wranglers and their horses that will carry our equipment during the trek.

We start our climb ascending the mountains until we reach the high pass at 4,800m near the magnificent glacier peaks of Salkantay (6,271m) and Humantay (6,100m) the second highest peak in the Cusco area. After admiring the beautiful landscape, we begin our descent to Wayracmachay (3,800m) – approx. 5hrs walking – where we have our lunch and a good rest. After lunch we continue walking another 3.5hrs until our campsite at Colcapampa – along the way we find some species of orchids and different kinds of plants, and some cornfields and fruit fields.

DAY 2: Chaullay (3,050m) – La Playa (2,050m)

An early rise, we take our breakfast and continue on our way! Today we head for Lluscamayu where we will take our lunch – approx. 5-6hrs walking. Today we will see a variety of fauna and flora (orchids, bromeliads, typical vegetation) upon entering into a micro-climate zone. We will also see many different kinds of birds, insects and butterflies. We descend to the small town of La Playa, a small village, with a very hot and humid climate where you can visit the local hot springs later in the evening if you wish. We camp nearby.

DAY 3: Playa – Santa Teresa (2,200m) – Aguas Calientes (1,900m)

We have breakfast and after a take a journey by bus (1 hour) to Hydro-Electric Station. From here we start walking following the train line towards the town of Aguas Calientes for approximately 3 hours (10km). Enroute we stop and have a box lunch. On arrival in the town your guide will take you to your hotel. We include dinner tonight in a restaurant.

DAY 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

It is an early start to Machu Picchu to see the sunrise over this magnificent ancient city! We take the first bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu and have a fully guided tour of around 2 hours.

After the tour you have plenty of time to explore the citadel on your own, and maybe even climb Waynapicchu or Inca Bridge.
Afterwards it is optional as to whether you walk down to the town of Aguas Calientes or take the bus back (not included in the tour price). Lunch can be taken in Aguas Calientes (not included in tour price).
In the afternoon we take the train back to Ollantaytambo and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

Prices Salkantay Trek 4D 2016

PAX 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 +
PRICE $ 650 $ 635 $ 615 $ 605 $ 595 $ 570 $ 555


  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Private Transportation solely for Pachamama  passengers to start of Trek
  • Spacious tents and Sleeping mats
  • Professional English speaking guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • 7kg Personal luggage allowance to put on the horses
  • Horses to carry the group equipment (food, tents, tables, etc.)
  • Meals (03B, 03L, 03D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available no extra cost
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Camping equipment
  • Machupicchu entrance fee
  • Hotel accommodation on the 3rd night of the Trek – all rooms are with private bathroom and breakfast. We can upgrade if you prefer
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco(Expedition Service).
  • Transfer train station-hotel in Cusco


  • Personal Mule for 7 Kg US$ 75 (per trekker) Snacks are reccommended: chocolate bars, dried fruits, nuts, etc
  • Lunch and dinner on day 4 (return to Cusco)
  • Drinks, bottled water, drinks in Aguas Calientes.
  • VISTADOME: Train to Cusco instead of Expedition Train, an additional US$36 per personTips for your crew guides cooks, horse herders: suggested US$20-25. Tips are optional but they are a great gesture of gratitude and a wonderful source of esteem for staff.


  1. Group Service– Join other travellers on your trek
  2. Private Service– No other persons except your group


  • Single Tent (for persons not happy to share) – $50 per tent
  • Sleeping bag – $25
  • Inflatable Thermarests – $15
  • Inflatable pillow – $5
  • Trekking poles – $10 per pole
  • Extra horse in case you want to ride – $60 per horse