Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with the Epic Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Tour 5 Days.

Classic Salkantay Trek 5 days Guided Tour

If you’re looking for a Great alternative Hike in Peru after the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and some of the most stunning scenery Peru has to offer, then the Salkantay Trek is for you. The trail gets its name from Mount Salkantay, a towering peak in the Andes Mountains. The trek is challenging, but it’s worth it for the incredible views of the mountains and valleys below. The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular hiking trails that lead you to Machu Picchu in 5 Days and a great way to see some of the country’s best scenery.

HIKING OVERVIEW

  • The Salkantay Trek covers roughly a distance of 60 to 74 kilometers or 37 – 46 miles and depending on your level of fitness, the estimated trekking time per day is around 6 to 8 hours the first two days 3rd day 6 Hours and 3 hours the last stretch from Santa Teresa to Machu Picchu Pueblo.
  • Distance: 74 km (46 miles)
  • Altitude: 4580 meters at the highest point
  • Things to do/see: Humantay Lagoon, Santa Theresa hot springs, Apacheta pass, views of Salkantay mountain, ziplining (Available for upgrade)
  • Seasonal Hike: All year round

Tour Leaders Peru manages small groups and gives you a personalized tour. We hike unique trails not Hiked by other tour operators. You will have the opportunity to go at your own pace and take as many pictures as you desire. Your Tour Leader will share his knowledge about the history of the area. The natural flora and fauna you observe while on the trek are a beautiful sight to appreciate.

NOTE: You need to be in good physical condition in order to hike the Salcantay trail – Salkantay Trek Difficulty Here

And you should definitely acclimatize to the altitude and Avoid Altitude Sickness in Salkantay Trek. Other tour operators sell this tour package as if it is an easy walk in the park. Keep in mind that it is not.

NOTE: Planning to embark on the breathtaking 5-day Salkantay Trek? Let us know ASAP to secure your spot! For the peak season of June/July/August, we recommend getting your Inca Machu Picchu permit at least six months in advance. Even for the other months, it’s best to book your entrance to Huaynapicchu Ticket at least 5 months ahead. Don’t miss out on this incredible adventure!

Group Service Price

From $670 USD Pp

(5/5)

Itinerary highlights

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Exploring the colonial city of Cusco, Discover Hidden Places with our experts tour Leaders in Peru

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Get ready to Explore in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley of the Incas and level up your hiking skills!

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Embark on an epic adventure, tracing the sacred Inca Trail of the Incas along the legendary pilgraming Path!

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Rediscover the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu

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Visit The Most Colorful Rainbow Mountain in Peru.

What’s included

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Private guide, leading you to the awe-inspiring wonder of Machu Picchu.

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Hotel accommodations in Cusco & Sacred Valley, for every budget.

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Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge
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Door to Door service
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Meet and greet airport service

Highlights

HOW TO GET PERU?

How To Get To Cusco City?

Currently, the airport in Cusco serves exclusively domestic flights. As a result, all international travelers arriving by plane must disembark in Lima and proceed through Customs.

Even if your flight to Cusco is scheduled on the same day with the same airline carrier, it is necessary to retrieve your luggage in Lima and check it in again.

The best way to reach Cusco is by air, and luckily there are several options from different airlines. Start Peru or LAN are highly recommended, although they can be a bit pricey. They offer the most flights and flexibility.

Just keep in mind that delays or cancellations may occur. The high altitude of Cusco makes landing a bit challenging, especially in bad weather conditions. If you’re up for an adventure, bus travel is always an option.

Although it can be a long journey, the buses in Peru are well-maintained and quite comfortable. This option is particularly encouraged if you’re coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Arequipa, Puno. If you’re traveling from Lima, be prepared for a 21-hour bus ride. Safe travels!

How To Treat The Elevation In Cusco Peru

Treating elevation (altitude) sickness in a place like Cusco, Peru, which sits at a high elevation of about 3,400 meters (11,150 feet), requires some precautions and strategies to help your body acclimate to the thin air.

Altitude sickness can range from mild discomfort to severe symptoms, so it’s important to take it seriously. Here’s how you can treat elevation sickness:

1. Acclimatization:

Gradual Ascent: If possible, try to gradually ascend to higher altitudes over a few days rather than going directly from sea level to Cusco’s altitude.
– Take Breaks: Plan for rest days or shorter activities upon arrival to allow your body to adjust.

2. Hydration:

– Drink Plenty of Water: Staying well-hydrated helps your body cope with altitude. Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption, as they can contribute to dehydration.

3. Rest:

– Allow for Rest: Listen to your body and get plenty of sleep during the first few days at high altitude. Avoid overexertion.

4. Diet:

– Eat Lightly: Consume easily digestible foods and avoid heavy, greasy meals that can stress your digestive system.

5. Medications:

Diamox (Acetazolamide): This prescription medication can help prevent and alleviate altitude sickness Please consult a doctor before using it and discuss potential side effects.

6. Supplemental Oxygen:

– In severe cases, supplemental oxygen might be necessary. Some hotels in high-altitude areas offer oxygen tanks for guests.

7. Avoid Alcohol and Smoking:

– Alcohol and smoking can worsen the effects of altitude sickness. It’s best to avoid them while acclimating.

8. Listen to Your Body:

– Pay attention to any symptoms like headache, shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, or dizziness. If symptoms worsen, it’s crucial to descend to a lower altitude.

9. Natural Remedies:

– Some people find relief from altitude sickness by drinking coca tea, a traditional remedy in the Andes. However, it’s important not to overdo it, as excessive consumption could have negative effects.

10. Consult a Doctor:

– If you have a history of heart or lung problems, or if you’re concerned about altitude sickness, consult a doctor before traveling to high altitudes.

Remember that everyone’s body reacts differently to altitude, and there’s no way to completely avoid altitude sickness. It’s essential to be prepared, give your body time to acclimate, and seek medical attention if symptoms become severe.

How Is The Weather In Cusco Peru?

Cusco, Peru, has a temperate and relatively mild climate due to its elevation in the Andes Mountains. The city’s high altitude of around 3,400 meters (11,150 feet) influences its weather patterns. The climate is characterized by distinct wet and dry seasons. Here’s an overview of the weather in Cusco:

1. Dry Season (May to September):

– This is considered the best time to visit Cusco, as it experiences less rainfall and generally clearer skies.
– Daytime temperatures are mild, ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F).
– Nights can be chilly, with temperatures dropping to around 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F).
– It’s the peak tourist season, so expect larger crowds, especially around popular attractions like Machu Picchu.

2. Wet Season (October to April):

– The wet season in Cusco coincides with the Southern Hemisphere’s summer and is characterized by more frequent rainfall.
– Daytime temperatures during this period are similar to the dry season, but nights might be slightly warmer.
– Rainfall is heaviest from November to March, with January and February being the rainiest months.
– Rain showers can be intense but are often followed by periods of sunshine.
– This season is considered the low tourist season, so there might be fewer crowds and lower prices on accommodations and tours.

Keep in mind that weather can be unpredictable, even during the dry season, due to the city’s high elevation. It’s a good idea to pack layers, including warm clothing for the nights, as well as waterproof gear for potential rain showers. Additionally, the weather in Cusco can vary based on the specific month and even week, so checking a reliable weather forecast before your trip is recommended.

Bring Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is an absolute must! Whether you’re planning trips for months or embarking on adventurous journeys, unexpected events can strike at any moment. Protect your investment and embrace peace of mind with the right insurance. Need assistance? We’re here to connect you with an expert agent who’ll guide you through the process!

Health Concert Along the Inca Trail

Open communication with your Tour Leader regarding any health conditions or concerns is vital. Although our guides are not medical professionals, they are equipped with first-aid training. Additionally, we collaborate with a clinic in Cusco to provide support to our team when needed.

Please that you assess whether a Tour is suitable for you. Consulting your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in planned activities is recommended. It’s also important to seek your physician’s advice regarding vaccinations and medical precautions. Please note that One Travel Destinations does not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level, and medical needs.

If you experience severe altitude sickness or any other condition that prevents you from hiking, but you still want to visit Machu Picchu, we will gladly assist you in coordinating a train trip. Please note that since this will be a new itinerary, additional fees may apply. However, we will make every effort to utilize as much of the original plan as possible to keep costs to a minimum.

If you encounter difficulties during your hike and are unable to proceed, a dedicated porter will accompany you to the nearest road. They will wait while a car is arranged to pick you up and transport you to the closest health clinic for assistance.

Comparison Between Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain in terms of time, distance, and location

Machu Picchu Mountain: Price $80.00
– Time: The hike to the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain usually takes about 3 to 4 hours round trip, depending on your pace.
– Distance: The trail is approximately 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) one way, making it a total hike of about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).
– Location: Machu Picchu Mountain is located to the northwest of the Machu Picchu archaeological site itself. It offers panoramic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding area.

Huayna Picchu Mountain: Price $80.00
– Time: The hike to the top of Huayna Picchu generally takes around 2 to 3 hours round trip.
– Distance: The trail is shorter but steeper, with a distance of about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) each way, making it a total hike of around 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).
– Location: Huayna Picchu is the iconic mountain that rises directly behind Machu Picchu. It offers breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and the Urubamba River valley.

Both mountains require a separate entrance ticket and have limited daily slots due to conservation efforts and the preservation of the sites. The hikes are considered moderately challenging and involve steep ascents, uneven terrain, and sections with stairs and narrow pathways. It’s important to consider your fitness level and any altitude-related factors before attempting either hike.

Machu Picchu entrance Times and Circuits

As of our last update in September 2023, Machu Picchu has specific entrance time slots to manage the flow of visitors and preserve the site. These times may vary, so it’s important to confirm the current entrance times with our office before your visit. Here’s a general idea of the entrance times:

There are typically two entrance time slots for Machu Picchu:

1. Morning Entrance:

– The morning entrance allows you to enter Machu Picchu early in the day.
– It often starts around 6:00 AM and lasts until around noon.
– This entrance time is popular for visitors who want to experience Machu Picchu in the cooler morning hours and have more time to explore the site.

2. Afternoon Entrance:

– The afternoon entrance is usually from around 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM.
– This time slot is often less crowded than the morning entrance and can be a good option if you prefer a quieter experience.

It’s also important to book your tickets well in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to secure your preferred entrance time.

Pre Departure Briefing

We kindly request you to join us at our office for the pre-trek briefing, which takes place at 7:00 PM on the evening before your trek. If you are unable to attend at this time, we would be more than happy to arrange an alternative time that suits you. The briefing session typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, during which you will also be provided with your duffel bags for the Inca Trail, spanning 4 days.

The 2D/1N Short Inca Trail Trek with HOTEL package does not include a briefing session. However, our friendly office staff will be more than happy to assist you and review all the necessary details during your check-in time at the hotel. Rest assured, we are dedicated to providing you with a seamless and enjoyable experience throughout your trek.

Duffel Bags For Each Hiker

During your Meeting, duffel bags will be waiting for you at the briefing. Our dedicated porters will take care of carrying them, ensuring they are returned to you at each campsite, so you can focus on enjoying your adventure. The duffel bags measure 65 cm long X 30 cm wide (equivalent to 2ft long X 1ft wide) to accommodate your essentials.

It’s important to note that each duffel bag has a maximum weight allowance of 7kg. Out of this, 4kg is allocated for your clothes and other personal items, leaving you with a remaining 3kg specifically designated for your cozy sleeping bag and comfortable pad. We want to make sure you have all you need to have a restful night’s sleep amidst the breathtaking surroundings of your journey.

Pick-Up Time For The Inca Trail Trek

ONE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS stands out as one of the few companies that offers hotel pick-up services. If your accommodation is located within Cusco City’s central area, your Tour Guide will arrange the pick-up time during the briefing session. Please note that pick-up times may vary by 30 – 45 minutes due to traffic conditions and previous pickups.

Cusco, a city steeped in history, boasts charming cobblestoned streets and narrow passageways. However, it’s important to note that smaller hotels and Airbnb options are often nestled in car-inaccessible streets, sometimes located on hilly terrains. As a result, hauling luggage could pose a challenge. For a more convenient stay, we highly recommend selecting accommodations with improved accessibility. We have curated a list of comfortable hotels that are easily reachable for both pick-up and drop-off purposes.

Certain treks offer the convenience of pickups in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley, as described in detail below.

The List below outlines potential pickup locations for the start of our tour.

Trek Possible Starting Locations
  1. Inca Trails Cusco, Urubamba, Yunahuara & Ollantaytambo
  2. Salkantay Treks – Only Cusco
  3. Lares Trek – Only Cusco
  4. Huchuy Qosqo Trek – Only Cusco
  5. Ausangate and Rainbow Trek – Only Cusco
  6. Day Tours Cusco, Urubamba & Ollantaytambo

Return To Cusco After Your Hike

Returning From Machu Picchu requires a lot of logistics, which are all included in your tour.

From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, you will take a 25-minute bus down to the village. Buses are first come first serve and run all day.
You will take a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. Your guide will give you your train tickets with train time. Make sure you get to the platform 30 minutes ahead of time.

* Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is 2 hours

* Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy is 3.5 hours

Once you arrive at the train station, look for a gentleman wearing our Logo sign. He will then drive you to San Francisco Square, Cusco

* Van ride from Ollantaytambo to nearby San Francisco Square is 2 hours Aprox.

* Van ride from Poroy to nearby San Francisco Square is 30 minutes

Once you arrive near San Francisco Square, you will separate into separate pre-paid taxis and be driven back to your hotel.

HIKING TOUR INFORMATION

Activities

Hiking, Camping, Nature, Stunning Landscape, Archaeology & Cultural Adventures

NOTE: We are excited to bring you the Salkantay Trek 5-day tour! While we strive to follow the itinerary as planned, please note that certain changes may be required due to local conditions such as strikes or natural disasters. Rest assured, our experienced travel company will make these decisions in the best interest of your safety and enjoyment. Your satisfaction is our top priority!

Group ZISE Min 2 ppl, Max 8 ppl

We require a minimum of 02 people to embark on our trips. Whether you’re traveling with family, as a couple, or even on your own, you’re more than welcome to join us. The price is per person and is based on double occupancy, with the possibility of sharing a room or tent. While the itinerary is primarily designed for shared services and semi-private accommodations, if you prefer a private service, please let us know in advance and we will make the necessary arrangements.

Our Service

UPGRADED: Experience the best of Premium or Comfort trips with Tour Leaders Peru experts. Our experienced crew and top trip leaders/guides are by your side, providing in-depth exploration and exclusive access to unique sites known only by the local leaders/guides.

Our carefully crafted itineraries offer plenty of free time to roam and discover. Enjoy high-end camping gear, top-notch accommodations, and the best available transportation. Most importantly, your trip price includes ground transportation, delicious meals, and exciting activities. Join us for an informative, engaging, and upbeat adventure!

Physical Conditions

All seasoned adventurers are in excellent physical shape! This category is tailor-made for you. Embark on 5 to 8-day trips that will test your spirit. Brace yourself for full-day hikes, mountainous terrain, and steep trails with elevation gains and descents of up to 4,000 feet.

Get ready for some camping and hiking at extreme altitudes, all while enjoying breathtaking views. Most hikes take place above 11,500 feet, with some days reaching heights of 15,157 feet. Prepare for thrilling exposed sections along the way. Let the ultimate adventure begin!

Sleeping Tents

REI Half Dome Pro is a four-season tent available in REI or other reputable brands. Paired with the Therma-Rest Pro sleeping pads and pillows, these tents offer a roomy and cozy experience. Although designed for three people, they are best suited for accommodating two guests.

Limited Spaces

the preservation of the historic trail, access to the Inca city of Machu Picchu is limited to 2950 tourist per day. It is highly recommended to secure your spot as early as possible, as reservations can be made up to three to four months in advance. Notably, during the peak tourist season from May to September, spaces tend to fill up rapidly.

WHY YOU SHOULD HIKE WITH TOUR LEADERS IN PERU?

LOCALLY OWNED COMPANY.

Founded by former Inca Trail Tour Guide Cesar Conde, founder of www.blissfultravelescapes.comTOUR LEADERS PERU is a locally-owned company in Cusco, Peru. It proudly stands as the sole tour operator and agency with deep roots in the region, offering unparalleled expertise and insider knowledge.

OUR CAMPING EQUIPMENT.

With its dedication to utilizing top-of-the-line equipment like HALF DOME REI tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags, Tour Leaders Peru has established itself as a trailblazer in the industry, driving impactful change.

FOOD IN EACH TRAIL.

Embark on a remarkable hike with Tour Leaders Peru, where indulging in culinary delights is almost guaranteed. Our talented chefs undergo specialized training annually to craft exquisite meals throughout the journey. Prepared with fresh ingredients, our buffet-style food selection includes delectable options spanning breakfast, snacks, and lunches complete with soup, main courses, and hot beverages.

To welcome you at each campsite, we’ll treat you to a delightful hot drink during our happy hours. For dinner, be prepared for a culinary journey featuring soup, main courses, and desserts. As an added convenience, we ensure all hikers have access to potable drinking water while on the trails.

PORTABLE TOILETS.

At One Travel Destinations, we prioritize the comfort and convenience of our valued clients. That’s why we offer exclusive access to portable ecological toilets at all of our campsites. Rest assured, these facilities are available solely for the private use of our esteemed clientele, ensuring a seamless and eco-friendly experience for everyone involved.

PERSONAL PORTER.

Our hiking services encompass porter assistance, allowing travelers to bring along 7 kg (16 pounds) of personal belongings while on the trail. Our dedicated porters will shoulder the responsibility of carrying all your belongings, ensuring your trek is hassle-free and enjoyable.

HOTEL TO HOTEL SERVICE.

One Travel Destinations provides convenient hotel-to-hotel service for all our travelers. Our comprehensive services start by offering direct pick-up from your Cusco hotel accommodation and conclude with a seamless drop-off in Cusco. Experience seamless and hassle-free transportation throughout your journey with us.

FREE LUGGAGE STORAGE.

At One Travel Destinations, we go the extra mile to provide exceptional service. That’s why we offer complimentary luggage storage for all your extra bags and personal belongings. So, whether you’re exploring the city or catching a flight, you can trust us to keep your belongings safe and secure while you enjoy your journey worry-free. Experience hassle-free travel with One Travel Destinations!

TOP QUALITY SERVICE.

We are the only company that prides itself on consistently receiving excellent reviews on TRIPADVISOR. Our satisfied customers have raved about our exceptional services, describing the unforgettable experiences they’ve had on our tours. With us, you can expect nothing less than a remarkable journey filled with immersive adventures, knowledgeable guides, and delightful discoveries. Join us for a tour that will leave you with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Itinerary

Day 1: Humantay Lake - Salkantay Campsite

Inca Trail - KM-82

Fig.1 – Humantay Lake – Salkantay Trek hike day One.

We start the day by picking you up from your hotel at approx 04:00 AM. We will drive for around 4 hours, crossing Anta and Mollepata and ending up at Challancha. Through the windows of the bus, you can clearly see the white, snowcapped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay: two colossal gods of the Incas. You will also see the spectacular scenery of high peaks and low valleys in a colorful and contrasting panorama filling every direction you turn your eyes! After the first two hours of driving, we will stop quickly in Mollepata to take advantage of the toilet facilities, souvenir shops, and optional, short breakfast.

We will then continue to Challacancha, the starting point for our trek. We will meet our support staff, and they will organize all of the equipment and cargo mules. Around 09:30 AM, we will begin trekking to Soraypampa (3850 MASL – 12631 FASL), the first campsite on our journey.

The first section of the path takes us over a few deep valleys along the side of a mountain. At some parts of the trail, an old aqueduct can still be seen which still supplies water to farmers in the lower valleys. We will travel 7 km (4.35 miles) in

3 hours to Soraypampa where we will have our lunch at the base camp of Salkantay. After lunch and a short rest, we hike up to the unforgettable Humantay Lake (4200 MASL – 13779 ft). This is a 5 km (3.1miles) round-trip which we will walk for a total of

Humantay Lake Tour

3 hours. This place is one of the most beautiful sights in all of the Andes with unbelievable blue-green water reflecting the mountain glaciers of Humantay Snow Mountain.

It seems like something out of a dream or fairy tale! Back at our camp, the background of the valley at sunset creates the most peaceful scene with an energy that can only be felt and not described!

Because Soraypampa (our camp) is located in the middle of the glacier valleys, the sky is so immensely clear at night that you can truly appreciate the stars, constellations, and even comets shooting across the pitch blackness, uninterrupted by the hustle, bustle, or lights of the city. Take a moment this night to re-center your spirit and consider all the deep things of life in the profound silence and tranquility of Soraypampa!

Hiking Distance

Hiking distance: 13 km / 8.1 miles
Hiking time: 6½ to 7 hours approximately.
Climate: hot during the day and warm at night.
Accommodation: Camping.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Maximum Altitude: 4200 Masl / 13779 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2954 masl / 9694 ft.

Salkantay Map 5 Days

Day 2: Salkantay Pass 15,255f- Collpapampa Camsite

4,650m/15,255ft

Fig.2 – Salkantay Pass 4,650m/15,255ft.

We will have breakfast at around 5:30 am and begin our 2-hour hike to the highest pass on this trek located at 4650m/15200ft. You will literally feel amongst the clouds at Salkantay Pass. The view of the Cordilleras snowcap mountains is absolutely breathtaking. From here you will descend through different microclimates until you reach Huaraqmach’ay for your lunch break.

When the group is finished eating we will continue descending until you reach Collpapampa campsite. You will have free time to relax until dinner is served and afterward a good night’s rest.

Salkantay Trek Distance day 2

Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and popcorn
Maximum Altitude: 4,650m/15,255ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,800m/9,186ft
Distance Travelled: approximately 17km/10.5miles
Walking Time: approximately 11 hours

Day 3: Collpapampa - Playa Hight Jungle
Winayhuayna Inca terraces

Fig.3 – Salkantay Camp Day 3 Half Dome REI Tents Equipment are ready for our Hikers.

Early morning tea wakes up call at 5:30 am followed by breakfast. We begin our up-and-down trek through the beautiful cloud forest. Along the way, you will have the chance to see beautiful flora and fauna, colorful birds, butterflies, waterfalls, coffee and banana plantations, and much more while arriving in the high jungle.

You will arrive at La Playa campsite and have lunch. Afterward, we will get on our private transportation and drive for about 1 hour until we reach the Cocalmayo hot Spring you can spend as much as you want afterward and will be back to our campsite in the same transportation following our dinner.

Salkantay Trek Distance Day 3

Meals: B/L/D snacks
Maximum Altitude: 2,800m/9,186ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,100m/6,889ft
Distance Travelled: approximately 11km/6.8miles
Walking Time: approximately 7 hours

Day 4: Playa - inca Ruins - Hotel Aguas Calientes
Machu Pichcu Lost Inca City
Fig.4 – You can hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2, 4, 5, or 7-day all-inclusive tours, which include all or part of the famous Classic Inca Trail Trek.

We’ll have breakfast around 7:00 am and then begin our trek to Llactapata Inca Ruins. On the way, you will walk through coffee plantations, visit a local family, and taste the world-renowned Peruvian Coffee (coffee lovers you are in for a treat!) You will continue your hike until you reach the balcony view of Machupicchu. After some photos and rest, you will continue on a two-hour downhill hike to the Hydroelectric town. There you will be served lunch.

Once you finish lunch we wait for our train to Aguas Calientes that departs at 3 pm. Aguas Calientes town is where you will spend the night. Enjoy a nice warm shower and prepare to visit the Lost City of the Incas the next day.

Salkantay Trek Distance Day 4

Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and popcorn
Maximum Altitude: 2,800m/9,186ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,100m/6,889ft
Distance Travelled: approximately 15km/9.3miles
Walking Time: approximately 6 hours

Day 5: Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco
Machu Pichcu Lost Inca City
Fig.3 – You can hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2, 4, 5, or 7-day all-inclusive tours, which include all or part of the famous Classic Inca Trail Trek.

To avoid large lines and crowds we highly suggest you have a very early breakfast (5:00 am) at your hotel before taking the earliest bus to Machupicchu. We recommend everyone try and be the first ones in line because it fills up incredibly quickly.
Enjoy the first view of Machupicchu and the sunrise (depending on the weather). Your tour leader will guide you throughout this magnificent Machupicchu tour for about 3 hours. If you book well in advance and have a Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain ticket, your tour leader will take you to the main entrance where you can explore these sites on your own.

After your Tour in Machu Picchu
Be sure to return to Aguas Calientes on time to board your train to Cusco. Your tour leader will specify the time after your guided tour. The train ride back to Ollantaytambo is approximately 2 hours followed by a 2-hour drive to Cusco. We will drop you off at your respective hotels in Cusco.

The train departs from Aguas Calientes
the train station in the afternoon at 16:45 pm and arrives at Cusco or ( Poroy train station ) at 8:30 pm, It depends on train ticket availability. Then we pick you up to transport you to Cusco and drop you in your respective hotels.

Meals: Breakfast
Maximum Altitude:2400m/7872ft
Minimum Altitude:2100m/6888ft / Distance
Approximate Walking Time:4 – 5 Hours exploring Machu Picchu Citadel

COMPLETE PERU PACKING LIST

Recommended Salkantay Trekking Packing List, alternative trails Hiking to Machu Picchu.

To prepare your Salkantya packing list, you’ll need to understand some basics about the logistics of the hike, weather seasons by month, and what tour companies provide top-of-the-line equipment. Before you purchase any gear, research carefully and also find out what the tour you’ve booked (or are considering) includes.

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Daypack:

You will need a daypack for the 5-day Machu Picchu trek; this must be small, light, and comfortable. For Machu Picchu, backpacks should not be larger than 25 liters; Osprey Day Pack Amazon or DayPacks for Hiking REI.COM however, if yours is bigger is ok; you can make it look smaller or store it on the last day.

Duffle Bags:

The Tour Leaders Peru office will have a special treat for you the day before your tour begins: a handy duffle bag. This bag is super convenient because you can stow all the essential equipment you’ll need during the exciting 5-day adventure. And guess what? The amazing porters will carry these bags for you! Just remember, the weight limit is 6 kilos, which includes your cozy sleeping bags and comfy air mats.

Passports:

On the epic Inca Trail adventure, don’t forget your original passport! Make sure it’s valid for at least 6 months from your visit to the country. And hey, if you’re booking as a student, remember to bring along your student card. Can’t wait to see you on this amazing journey
Recommendation:
Bring a waterproof neck wallet travel pouch and passport holder

Sleeping bags:

Make sure to bring high-quality sleeping bags rated for temperatures as low as -10°C. During winter, mountain temperatures can drop to 0°C below. Don’t worry if you don’t have one; you can rent a sleeping bag from us for just $25 for the entire trip! our recommendation is to buy down sleeping bags 0 degree

Inflatable mattresses:

We provide foam mattresses for the Inca Trail; if you want more comfort, you can bring an inflatable mattress or rent it from the Tour Leaders Office for 20$ for the whole trip or buy your own inflatable mattress pad online

Trekking poles:

REI.COM Trekking poles are incredibly useful when conquering mountainous terrains—helping you tackle both ascents and descents with ease! Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with them; our knowledgeable tour leader will provide a thorough explanation of how to use them effectively. You have the option to bring your own trekking poles for hiking Online or rent a pair from us for just $15 for the entire trip. So, gear up and get ready for an exhilarating hiking adventure!

Hiking boots:

waterproof hiking boots are a must-have for this hike. Prioritize their use before embarking on the Inca Trail, as they provide crucial ankle and toe support.

Hiking Socks:

Make sure to pack 4 – 5 pairs of hiking socks for your adventure! Opt for thick wool hiking socks to keep those blisters away and enjoy your hike to the fullest!

Sandals or sneakers:

After an exhausting day of hiking, it’s time to free your feet from the confines of your boots. Instead, slip into some comfortable, lightweight footwear as you wander around the campsite. Remember to bring along camp sandals or light Hiking shoes for both the camping and hotel in Aguas Calientes. Your tired feet will thank you!

Rain gear:

You must always bring rain gear; even during the dry season, rain can occur anytime. We will provide you with rain plastic for your duffle bags during the Inca Trail.
Bring:
1. Waterproof Jackets.
2. Gloves.
3. Rain Hiking Pants. You will need to get some waterproof bags to keep your clothes dry.

Warm clothes:

Please Make Sure to have warm clothes with you at all times in your daypack while hiking!
Don’t forget to bring
1. Down jacket
2. Hats for hiking.
3. Thermal hiking gear
As temperatures might drop below freezing at night. Stay prepared and enjoy the winter season in Peru!

Toilet paper:

Carry toilet paper in your daypack. Additionally, it’s advisable to bring wet wipes antibacterial or tissues for added convenience.

Water container:

Ensure you bring water bottles, bladders (Camelbak water bladder), or any reusable containers with at least a 2-liter capacity. Kindly note that single-use plastic bottles are strictly prohibited on the Inca Trail and at Machu Picchu.

Toiletries:

Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, dry shampoo, moisturizers, small Travel towel

Personal medication:

Headache pills, pain killers, Pepto, Imodium, Diamox, band-aids, hand sanitizer, and a basic first aid kit travel.

Cameras:

Cellphones, GoPro, and travel cameras must be comfortable and not very heavy. Note that to use tripods need special permission. During The Inca Trail tour, we camp in the mountains, and at some campsites, we don’t have electricity; you need to bring extra batteries or a portable power bank.

Headlamp:

Headlamps are essential for the Inca Trail; you will need them to go to the restrooms at night, during dinner time, and if you are late on the trail walking in the dark is always good to prevent always carry in your daypack.

Sun Protection:

Sun hats, long sleeves for hiking, and sunscreen are always with you.

Insect repellent:

Don’t forget to pack bug spray for people – something with feet works wonders! If you’re hiking the Inca Trail between July and October, we highly recommend the mosquito net for head and face. Stay protected and enjoy your adventure to the fullest!

Snacks:

Pack energy bars, chocolates, candies, crackers, and granola. While we do provide daily snacks, it’s always great to have some extras on hand! Let’s keep the energy high and the snacking game strong!

Extra Money:

Bring extra money in Soles to the Inca Trail; you will need them to buy water, use toilets during the first and last day, buy souvenirs, or tip.

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Salkantay Trekking Map

Discover the gorgeous Salkantay Trek Map, showcasing the intricate path of the iconic Inca Trail leading to the magnificent Inca city of Machu Picchu.
Salkantay Trek Map 5 Days

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Price Per Person From:

Adult

Child -$30 Discount

Adult (18-70)

8+ Hikers $670 Pp
7 Hikers $725 Pp
6 Hikers  $780 Pp

5 Hikers $ 835 Pp
4 Hikers $ 890 Pp
3 Hikers $ 945 Pp
2 Hikers $ 1100 Pp

Hiking Gear

Sleeping bags ( For Rent )
$30

Sleeping mattress – For Rent – $20

Gear 

Trekking Poles – rent for $20

Availability

Huayna Picchu Mountain $80.00 (if available)
Machu Picchu Mountain $80.00 (if available)
*Kindly take note that the prices indicated above are solely valid for the year 2024. The rates may differ based on the scheduled departure dates. We suggest that you reach out to one of our Travel Advisors for a Free quotation and additional details. Best Regards Tour Leaders Peru.

DEPARTURE FROM

The Group Service Salkantay Trek Hiking Tours depart From Cusco City Only

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DEPARTURE TIME

4: am Pick Up time from Cusco Hotels

RETURN TIME

Usually, we are going to return to Cusco by 8: 30 PM Approximately & drop you up to your respective hotels

INCLUSIONS:

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All tours are stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides.
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Ground transportation and entrance fees
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Breakfast at all hotels
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All meals on Inca Trip

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Budget tours are designed to offer the best value and comfort possible, and have some variations compared to our 3, 4, and 5-star packages. Speak with your Travel Advisor to learn more about our Budget tours.
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Train Machu Picchu – Cusco (Vistadome Train for 4-star and 5-star packages / Expedition Train for 3-star packages)

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Airfare – In case you need help with your flight ticket to Peru Contact us at (408) 898 – 8724

Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
Airport taxes
Tips

Sleeping Bag, You must Bring your own or You can rent one from our office

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Frequently Asked Questions

Inca Trail Trek & Tours FAQs: Usually before booking the Inca Trail, you will have questions, such as the best time to go to Machu Picchu and Inca Trail Trek.

How challenging is the 7-Day Inca Trail trekking & Salkantay Trek?

Trekking is considered from moderated to challenge; you don’t need to be an athletic or expert mountaineer to complete the Trail to Machu Picchu. If you get a good acclimatization process you’ll stay well during the trek.

However, we recommend you exercise and walk before you come to Peru for Trekking. Remember that the best preparation for the trek is treadmill exercises with steep inclines and stairs.

How far is the Salkantay trek in 5 days?

Distance Challenge: The Salkantay trek’s first hurdle is the length. Spanning 46 km (equivalent to 18.58 miles), this journey unfolds across 5 days and 4 nights.

What is the difference between 4 day and 5 day Salkantay?

The 5-day trek spans the same distance as the 4-day version but allows for a more leisurely pace, providing trekkers with ample time to savor the scenic beauty. On the fifth day, the itinerary includes the iconic visit to Machu Picchu, just as in the 4-day trek.

How difficult is the Salkantay trek?

Salkantay Trek Complexity
The trek is rated moderately challenging, with a 3-star difficulty level out of 4. Salkantay Trail is well-frequented and renowned! Differing from the typical Salkantay routes originating in Mollepata, we commence our journey from Soraypampa, including an exclusive excursion to Lake Humantay on the first day.

Is Salkantay trek better than Inca Trail?

This particular trek serves as a well-liked option to the Inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu. While longer and more demanding than the Inca Trail, it presents breathtaking landscapes and a genuine encounter with the Peruvian Andes.

Can you do the Salkantay trek in 4 days?

For those seeking the essence of the Salkantay Trek without the luxury of time for the full 5-day classic journey, this condensed 4-day trek provides the perfect solution. It seamlessly blends a remarkable trekking adventure with visits to some of the world’s most stunning locales. Whether solo, with a group, or as a couple, this experience promises unparalleled beauty and exploration.

Can you get altitude sickness on the Salkantay trek?

Salkantay Trek Advice: Altitude Sickness
Symptoms typically manifest within 48 hours of ascent (but may also appear later), such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, breathlessness, sleep disruptions, dizziness, heart palpitations, and difficulty focusing.

Add Ons

Ance your Peru experience by exploring the beautiful city of Cusco. Taking tours in this vibrant destination not only helps with acclimatization but also sets the perfect tone before embarking on the classic trail hike. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

RELATED TOURS

Are you a traveler looking for new adventures? A photographer in search of stunning landscapes? A hiker or camper who loves the outdoors? If so, you’re going to want to check out our new hiking tours of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu post. But hurry – restrictions are now in place due to Covid19 which may limit access in the near future. So don’t miss your chance to experience this unique and amazing journey!

Hiking Trail To Machu Picchu

Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 5 Days

Total distance: 26 miles/23km
Elevation: 4,200m/13,779ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require

Machu Picchu Ina Trail Hike

Short Inca Trail 2 Days

Moderate hike. The trek starts at 2100m (KM 104) and climbs to 2700m (Wiñay Wayna) before descending to 2400m (Machu Picchu). Since the trek is carried out at a much lower you do not need to worry about acclimatization.

Salkantay Trekking Tour 5 Days

Inca Trail Salkantay Trek 7D

Total distance: 46.7 miles/75km
Elevation: 4,821m/15,817ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
This is all-inclusive Tour

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Lares Valley – Inca Trail 4D

Total distance: 29,3miles/47km
Elevation: 4,700m/15,419ft
Good for Hikers
Difficulty: Quite Challenging
Inca Trail: Permit Require
Mysticism Hike

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