Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (5 days)


If you cancel your booking until 10 days before the beginning of the activity, we will refund 100% of the advance you paid for the booking.

Free cancellation

You can reschedule your booking without any additional cost until 10 days before the beginning of the activiity.

Free rescheduling

Salkantay trek ending in Machu Picchu, the most popular alternative route to the Inca Trail. Includes food and superior accommodation.


  • Price per person for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (5 days): US$ 669.

*If you are travelling with people under 18 years old, write us at reservas@denomades.com so we send you the prices.


  • Pickup at the hotel in Cusco.
  • Drop off in Cusco’s downtown.
  • Transportation:
    • Shared transportation by vehicle from Cusco to Mollepata.
    • Shared transportation by bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
    • Shared transportation by Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
    • Shared transportation by vehicle from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Accommodation:
    • 1st night in Soraypampa camp (shared double tent).
    • 2nd night in Colcapampa camp (shared double tent).
    • 3rd night in La Playa camp (shared double tent).
    • 4th night in Aguas Calientes in Hotel Casa Andina or similar (double private room, with private bathroom)
  • Meals:
    • Breakfast (everyday, except for the first day).
    • Lunch (everyday, except for the last day).
    • Dinner (first, second and third day)
  • Camp equipment (carried by a mule driver):
    • Tent.
    • Extra blanket.
    • Sleeping pad.
  • Luggage carrying service the 3 first days (up to 7 kg per person).
  • Extra oxygen.
  • Cook.
  • Dinner tent with tables and chairs.
  • Portable bathroom.
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • Entry ticket to Salkantay Route.
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu citadel (archaeological site).

Not included

  • Bathroom access in the route.
  • Showers in the campsites (US$ 100 per person for all campsites).
  • Sleeping bag (US$ 35 per person).
  • Inflatable sleeping pad (US$ 25 per person).
  • Trek poles.
  • Luggage extra weight (US$ 70 for 14 kg maximum).
  • Breakfast the first day.
  • Dinner the fourth and the last night.
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Water.
  • Snacks.
  • Horse for riding (US$ 150 per person).
  • Transportation and entry ticket to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs (US$ 5 per person).
  • Transportation back from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (US$ 12 per person).
  • Health insurance.

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.
  • Transportation back from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes: US$ 12 per person.
  • Zipline (US$ 35 per person).

*It is not possible to climb both mountains, Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu, in the same tour.

How to book

  1. Select the departure date from the calendar.
  2. Select the number of people.
  3. Click on "Add to cart".
  4. Pay the full price of the tour online.

What to bring

  • Backpack of 30 liters to carry the things that you are going to use during the day.
  • Waterproof backpack cover.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Trek poles (recommended).
  • First layer (T-shirt and synthetic pants).
  • Short sleeves and long sleeves shirts.
  • Warm jacket.
  • Waterproof clothes (jacket and pants, or rain poncho).
  • Synthetic underwear.
  • Bathing suit.
  • Towel.
  • Trek shoes.
  • Flip flops.
  • Hat and gloves to protect yourself from the cold.
  • Sun hat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Toiletries.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Headlamp.
  • External battery.
  • Water (1 liter per person for the first day, you can buy more water on the way).
  • Snacks.
  • At least S /. 200 per person for not included expenses in the trek (the amount does not consider activities and optional rentals). 


  • Minimum age required of 12 years old to make the activity.
  • Not allowed for pregnant women.


Beginning: Day 1 at 05:00 am at your hotel in Cusco.
End: Day 5 around midnight in Cusco's downtown.

Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa. We will pick you up early in the morning to start the trip by car to the town of Mollepata, itinerary that also follows the standard Salkantay Trek. Here, we will have the opportunity to have breakfast and buy the last things for the trekking, before meeting with the group and the guide that will accompany us during the journey. We will begin a 3 hours trek in which we will have the first views of the mountainous landscape of the Andes. We will arrive to Cruzpata, where we will have our first lunch with a view to the snowy Humantay and Salkantay. After resting for a moment, we will continue the trek to reach our first camp, Soraypampa, located at a 4000 m altitude. We will settle in, and then we will have some time to rest, or visit the Humantay Lagoon (at a 4200 m altitude) before dinner. We will spend the night in our tents.

Day 2: Abra Salkantay - Colcapampa. We will have breakfast early in the morning, to start then the trekking to the highest part of the route, the Abra Salkantay, at a 4600 m altitude. On the way, we will see the different colors of the mountain landscape until arriving to the path, in which, if the weather allows, we will have a privileged view of the Salkantay and Tucarhuay snow-covered mountains. After this experience, we will continue our descent trek to a place called Huayracmachay, where we will have our lunch. After this, we will begin a 3 hours trekking in which we will see the variation of the landscape from mountainous to jungle, where is located our second camp, Colcapampa. In that place, we will have dinner and rest for the next day.

*Depending on the pace of the group, in addition to availability, we could spend the night in Chaullay or Andenes camps.

Day 3: Colcapampa - La Playa. We will start the day with breakfast, to leave early to Llactapata, in a 3 hours trek. We will experience the change of the temperature, crossing the jungle, as we approach to the crossing of the Lluskamayo Rver. We will continue the trek through the valleys, seeing waterfalls and tropical plants. We will arrive at La Playa, where we will camp. After resting for a while, we can go to the hot springs (optional, not included) to relax and then return to the camp for dinner and resting.

Day 4: La Playa - Aguas Calientes. We will have breakfast, after which we will begin a 3 hours ascent trek towards Llactapata. This place is an ancient Quechua fort from which it is possible to see the citadel of Machu Picchu. After taking pictures and resting for a while, we will continue our journey with a 2 hours descent, passing through different banana and coca plantations until arriving at Hidroeléctrica for lunch. Then we will walk for 3 more hours to Aguas Calientes, where we will settle in our accommodation and we will have free time to go to the hot springs and have dinner (not included), before receiving the instructions for the following day and resting.

Day 5: Machu Picchu - Cusco. We will have breakfast very early in the morning to take the bus that will take us to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Once there, we will have a guided tour as we watch the sunrise. This tour lasts approximately 1 and a half hours, after which we can explore the citadel on our own, returning to the places that caught our attention and taking pictures. On the other hand, those that included the ascent to any of the mountains, Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu, this will be the moment that you will have to carry out that activity. However, it is important to inform the guide about it, so he can give you the last directions. After finishing our turn in Machu Picchu, we are free to go back walking, or line up to take the bus back to Aguas Calientes (not included). We will meet with our guide again at the station to take the train to Ollantaytambo, where our transportation will be waiting for us to return to the center of Cusco.


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

Cancellation policy

  • The cancellation of this tour does not have 100% refund.
  • If you cancel with more than 48 hours in advance, it only will be refunded US$ 230 per person of the deposit paid to book.
  • If you cancel with less than 48 hours in advance, we will not refund anything of the deposit paid for booking.

Loading availability...

Customer support

US$ 669.00
Book now