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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (5 days)

Salkantay trek ending in Machu Picchu, the most popular alternative route to the Inca Trail. Watch the landscape change, from mountains to jungle.

  • Until December 31, 2017:
    • Price per person, based in double occupancy, for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (5 days): US$ 330.
  • From Janury 1 to December 31, 2018:
    • Price per person, based in double occupancy, for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (5 days): US$ 350.


  • Discount for student with current university card: US$ 20.
  • Discount for children between 11 and 17 years old: US$ 20.
  • Discount for children between 3 and 10 years old: US$ 50.

*For having some of the indicated discounts, you must write us at reservas@denomades.com before making the online booking.


  • Pickup at the hotel in Cusco.
  • Drop off in Cusco's downtown.
  • Transportation:
    • Shared transportation from Cusco to Challacancha.
    • Shared transportation in Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
    • Shared transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Accommodation:
    • 1st night in Soraypampa camp (shared double tent).
    • 2nd night in Chaullay camp (shared double tent).
    • 3rd night in Santa Teresa camp (shared double tent).
    • 4th night in Aguas Calientes in Hotel Presidente or Hotel Vista Machu Picchu, according to availability (private room, with private bathroom).
  • Meals:
    • Breakfast (everyday, except for the first and the last day).
    • Lunch (everyday, except for the last day).
    • Dinner (everyday, except for the last day).
  • Camp equipment (carried by a mule driver):
    • Tent.
    • Sleeping pad.
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • Luggage carrying service the 3 first days (up to 5 kg per person).
  • Entry ticket to Salkantay Route.
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu citadel (archaeological site).

Not included

  • Shower in Soraypampa camp (no access).
  • Shower in Chaullay camp (S/. 10 per person).
  • Shower in Santa Teresa camp (S/. 5 per person).
  • Bathroom access in the route.
  • Sleeping bag (optional rental, US$ 20 per person for the whole trek).
  • Trek poles (optional rental, US$ 20 per person for the whole trek).
  • Luggage extra weight (S/. 50 for up to 12 kg).
  • Breakfast the first day (S/. 7 per person), lunch nor dinner the last day.
  • Drinks in the fourth day dinner.
  • Water.
  • Entry ticket to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs (optional activity, S/. 25 per person).
  • Zipline ticket (optional activity, S/. 100 per person).

Optional services

  • Train upgrade to Vistadome category: US$ 35 per person.
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu Mountain: US$ 20 per person.
  • Entry ticket to Huayna Picchu Mountain: US$ 20 per person.
  • Rountrip bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu: US$ 24 per person.

*It is not possible to climb up the two mountains, Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu, in a single tour.

How to book

  1. Choose the departure date in the calendar.
  2. Choose the number of people.
  3. Select the mountain that you want to climb up as an optional service (Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu). In case you don't want to climb up any mountain, just continue with the next step.
  4. Click in "Add to cart".
  5. Pay online a deposit of the total price of the program.
  • Once paid, the booking is subject to confirmation according to availability. If you want to check the availability before paying, write us at reservas@denomades.com.

What to bring

  • 30 liters backpack to bring the things you will use during the trekking.
  • Backpack waterproof cover.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Trek poles (recommended).
  • First layer (synthetic shirts and pants).
  • Long and short sleeved T-shirts.
  • Warm jacket.
  • Waterproof clothes (jacket and pants, or rain poncho).
  • Synthetic underwear.
  • Bathing suite.
  • Towel.
  • Trek shoes.
  • Flip-flops.
  • Hat and gloves to protect yourself from the cold.
  • Cap to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Personal hygiene objects.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Headlamp.
  • Extra batteries (most of the accommodation places do not have free access to energy).
  • Water (1 liter per person the first day; you will be able to buy more water in the route).
  • Snacks.
  • At least S/. 200 for not included expenses in the trekking (the amount considers activities and optional rentals).


Beginning: Day 1 at 4:30 am at your hotel in Cusco.
End: Day 5 around midnight in Cusco's downtown.

Day 1: Cusco – Challacancha – Soraypampa (16 km of walking, 6 hours). We will pick you up at your hotel to go to our starting point and go towards Mollepata in a vehicle, in a 3 hours trip. There, we will have to pay our entry to the community and then we will have breakfast (not included). There will be time to buy the last elements before gather with the group with whom we will make the trekking. After the guide directions, we will board the bus again that will take us to Challacancha, from where we will start the trek. We will traverse a track seeing the first landscapes with mountains and valleys. After 3 hours, we will reach the Soraypampa camp, at 3900 m a. s. l. Here we will have lunch, and then, some time to recover energies. In the afternoon we will go up to the Humantay Lagoon, natural sight at 1 and a half hours from the camp and at 4100 m a. s. l., in which it is possible to see the glacier with the same name as a background, if the weather allows it. Back to the camp, we will rest for a moment before dinner, in which we will share and listen the directions of the guide for the next day, before going to sleep in our tents.

Day 2: Soraypampa – Abra Salkantay – Chaullay (22 km of walking, 10 hours). We will begin the day with a coca tea in our tents, to get up with energy. After leaving our things in order, we will gather for breakfast and then set up to begin the trek. We will go up between the mountains, seeing the difference of landscape from the day before, making stops for resting while we gain altitude. Our destination is the Abra Salkantay, at 4650 m a. s. l., where we will have views of the Humantay Glacier and the Salkantay Snowcapped Mountain. In this, the highest point of the trek, we will make a small ceremony of thanks to the Pachamama and the surrounding Apus (mountains), and then we will go on with our way towards the shelter, at 4100 m a. s. l., for lunch. After recovering some energies, we will continue descending, passing from a cold and mountain landscape to a warmer and jungle one, towards the Chaullay camp (2900 m a. s. l.), where we will have dinner and rest in our tents.

Day 3: Chaullay – Santa Teresa (14 km of walking, 5 hours). We will begin the morning with a coca tea in our tents, to wake up and set up our things. After breakfast, we will say goodbye to the mule driver, who will get ahead with our luggage, and we will begin walking. In the route, we will see different plantations, among which are quinoa and pomegranate. The guide will give some explanations about the flowers and its importance in the Andean culture. After 5 hours walking, we will reach Playa Sahuayacu, where we will have our lunch. After resting for a while, we will follow by bus to Santa Teresa, where we will spend our third night. Here, during the afternoon, it will be possible to go to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs (optional, not included), 3 pools with different temperatures, and recover our muscles of the days before trekking. During the night, we will have dinner, the directions for next day, time to share with the group and resting.

Day 4: Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes (16 km of walking, 6 hours). The day begins with the breakfast to make the trek towards Hidroeléctrica with energy. We will continue watching the diversity of landscape, although in altitudes from 1700 to 2000 m, where it is possible to see the jungle landscape in all the way to our destination. On the other hand, there is the option to make a zipline during the morning to traverse several miles of cable among the hills, besides a hanging bridge, and that includes transportation to Hidroeléctrica, getting there for lunch. After eating, and when the group is already gathered, we will walk by the train rail for 3 hours to Aguas Calientes. Here, we will be installed in our hostel until dinnertime in a restaurant. After dinner, we will hear the guide's directions for the next day, besides receive a snack for the way between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu, before going to sleep.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco. We will get up very early to walk from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. The stairs will be waiting for us to climb up to the citadel, where we will get together with our guide and have a 1 and a half hours tour, with explanations about how the site was discovered, the time it was built and the techniques used for its construction, besides another interesting information. Then, we will have free time to traverse on our own and take pictures, or climb up one of the mountains (Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu) if you included this optional service. After going over the site, we have to go back to Aguas Calientes to pick up our things and go to the train station half an hour before the departure time of the train to Ollantaytambo. From there, we will take a vehicle that will leave us in Cusco downtown.


Green line: transportation by vehicle   | Red line: trekking   | Yellow line: train transportation  

Cancellation policy

  • The cancellation of this tour does not have a 100% reimbursement.
  • If you cancel with more than 6 days in advance, the amount refunded of the advance payed for the booking, will be only US$ 40 per person.
  • If you cancel with less than 6 days of anticipation, the advance payed to book will not be reimbursed.

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