Salkantay Trek 5 Days

Alternative Inca Trek which takes you through the andeas through spectacular scenery where you will reach Machu Picchu in 5 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:  5 Days

 Difficulty: Medium – Heavy

 Group Size: Max 12 people

 Private Group: 1 to +

Day 01: Cusco 3500m/11483ft – Mollepata 2900m/9514ft – Challacancha 3600m/11811ft

  • 05:00 hrs. Pick up from Hotel
  • Transfer in bus, Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha
  • Hike: Challacancha – Soraypampa (7 km. approx. / 03 hrs.)
  • Lunch
  • Hike: Lago Umantay – Soraypampa (4 km. approx. / 02 hrs.)
  • Tea Time
  • Dinner and Overnight

Day 02: Soraypampa 3850m/12631ft – Chaullay 3050m/10007ft

  • Breakfast
  • Hike: Soraypampa – Huayracmachay (12 km. / 4 a 5 hrs. aprox. / ascent)
  • Lunch
  • Hike: Huayracmachay – Challway (9 km. / 3 hrs. aprox. / descent)
  • Tea Time
  • Dinner and Overnight

Day 03: Chaullay – Playa Sahuayaco 2350m/7710ft

  • Breakfast
  • Hike to Playa Sahuayaco (15 km / 05 hrs. aprox. / andean flat)
  • Lunch
  • Tea time
  • Dinner and Overnight

Day 04: Playa – Machu Picchu Pueblo 2100m/6890ft 

  • Breakfast
  • Hike: Playa Sahuayaco – Llactapata – Hidroeléctrica (15 km / 5 hrs. aprox. / ascent – descent)
  • Lunch
  • Hike: Central Hidroeléctrica – Machu Picchu Pueblo (10 km / 3 hrs. aprox. / flat)
  • Dinner and Overnight in Aguas Calientes

Day 05: Machu Picchu Pueblo – Cusco

  • Breakfast
  • Climb in bus, Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (30 min.)
  • Guided tour of 02.30 hours
  • Return by train, Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer in bus, Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Cusco (3,350m) – Mollepata (2,900m) – Markocasa – Soraypampa (3,850m)
An early rise at around 5am! We drive from Cusco by bus for approximately 4 hours to Mollepata – we can stop here for a short while and take breakfast in a restaurant if the trekkers want (not included in cost). We drive a further 30 minutes to Markocasa from where our trek begins.Here we meet up with our wranglers and their their horses. We commence walking for approximately 1 hour before reaching Cruzpata, from where we get our first view of the magnificent snow mountain of Humantay (5,917m). We pass many rivers continuing on our trek for about another 3 hours before reaching the small community and picturesque spot of Checchicancha. We stop here to take a break and have our lunch. In the afternoon we continue walking for about 3-4 hours to reach Soraypampa, which is nestled in-between the snow mountains. We camp here overnight.

Soraypampa – Chaullay (3,050m)
An early start to the day as we have a steep climb ahead of us. Our ascent takes around 3 hours 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) where we have our lunch and a good rest. After lunch we continue walking for around 3-4 hours until our campsite at Chaullay.

Chaullay – Santa Teresa (2,200m)
We leave from Chaullay early as well after our breakfast – we pass through Collcapampa. In this part of the trek we will walk on a narrow trail on the mountainside, finding some species of orchids and different kinds of plants, and some cornfields and fruit fields. We have the opportunity to see the most beautiful waterfall on the trail.
After walking for 5 hours we will reach La Playa from where we take a small truck to Santa Teresa town. The truck journey is approx. 45 minutes.
Upon arrival in Santa Teresa we set up our tents and have the chance to visit the medicinal hot springs waters close by – approx. 45 minutes from Santa Teresa town (optional activity). In the evening we have dinner at our campsite and rest up for the night.

Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes (1,900m)
We have breakfast and after a short journey by bus (1 hour in group service) we start walking for around 2 hours to get to the Urubamba River and onward to the Hydro-Electric Station, where we take lunch close by.We then continue on our journey towards the town of Aguas Calientes traversing at the bottom of the valley for approximately 3 hours along the train tracks until we reach the town and go to our hostel where we will take our dinner and rest up before the next day in Machu Picchu.

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 5D 2016

PAX 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 +
PRICE $ 755 $ 730 $ 680 $ 655 $ 605 $ 590 $ 575


  • Pre-departure briefing  You will meet your guide and group in our office or in your hotel.
  • Private Transportation solely for Pachamama Trek passengers to start of Trek
  • Professional English speaking guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
  • Mules From day 1 to 2 to carry the all camping equipment and your personal baggage (7 kilos).
  • Duffles to put your luggage into including plastic bag to keep your gear dry during rainy season
  • Food  : Meals:3 breakfasts, 3lunches, 3 dinners and Snacks (we provide generous amounts of nutritious meals and beverages and ask  vegetarian option in our briefing time.
  • Bowl of warm water in the mornings to freshen up with provided to each passenger
  • Wake up tea Every morning at the campsite we will wake you up with a cup of coca tea our support staff will bring the coca tea to your tent in order to wake you up.
  • Tea time  every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
  • Water grooming  Each morning warm water with towel
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu (roundtrip)
  • Spacious tents and Sleeping mats
  • Camping equipment Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and first aid kit
  • Horses to carry the group equipment ( to cvarry food, tents, tables, etc 1 to 3 days)
  • Hotel accommodation on the 4th night of the Trek – all rooms are with private bathroom and breakfast. We can upgrade if you prefer.
  • Train train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Cook In charge to prepared all the meals along the journey and cook assistant
  • Private transfer from train station to hotel


  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
  • Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Single Room Supplement if required – $35 per room
  • Saddle Horses – if you are unsure about walking the entire way we recommend hiring a horse – $90 per horse for entire trek
  • Thermal baths in Santa Teresa (5 Soles) – taxi cost separate
  • Thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (10 Soles)
  • Climb up Huaynapicchu Mountain – $14 payable in advance for permit
  • Gratuities


  • Single Tent (for persons not happy to share) – $50 per tent
  • Sleeping bag – $25
  • Inflatable Thermarests – $15
  • Inflatable pillow – $5
  • Trekking poles – $15 per pole
  • Extra horse in case you want to ride – $60 per horse
  • Single Tent (for persons not happy to share) – $45 per tent

Interested in climbing Huaynapicchu Mountain?

Please note that you need to reserve permits for Huaynapicchu Mountain in advance. The system of booking is permit based and can get sold out way in advance! There are 400 permits available per day and the cost to add on Huaynapicchu to your program is US$ 14 per person payable via Paypal in advance.

Please Note that if passengers are not on time they will lose their entrance!!