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5-Day Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek

5-Day Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek

5 days

5-Day Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek
from $1120 USD

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From Cusco, we drive north across Antapampa into the Apurimac watershed. Mollepata is the starting point of our five day trek across the Cordillera Vilcabamba, past Mt. Humantay and Salkantay into the headwaters of the Santa Teresa valley. Hiking down this cloudforest area we ascend to the Pass of Paltallacta in whose vicinity we camp. Great views of Machu Picchu from a different perspective. Hike into the Aobamba Valley and arrive near the hydroelectric works, downriver from the citadel, board the train at the hydroelectric station, ride to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night. Next morning we will visit Machu Picchu ruins before heading back to Cusco.

This trek is a good alternative to the Inca Trail when permits are sold out!

Note: Set departures are on Sundays


Day 1: Drive from Cusco to trailhead at Soraypampa by way of Mollepata, hike to Salkantaypampa, camp overnight (LD)


Pick up at your hotel in Cusco, drive over Tika-Tika Pass with the first view of Mt. Salkantay and Humantay, cross the plateau of Antapampa, reach Limatambo Pass with amazing views of the mountains and lush agricultural valley below, visit the ruins of Tarawasi with its long asymmetric Inca stone wall, continue to the trailhead and hike to the pampa below Mt. Salkantay, overnight at a campsite (4145m/13599ft/trekking 4 hrs/distance 5-6k)

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping on Trek

Day 2: Hike to Collpapamapa; camp overnight (BLD)


Depart from the campsite toward a terminal moraine, where the trail begins to ascend to Apacheta Pass (4636m/15210ft), from the pass the trail winds downhill to Wayrahmachay pampa(3919m/12858ft), descent to the Saint Teresa River and the campsite (2950m/9678ft/trekking 8hrs/distance 12k)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping on Trek

Day 3: Hike to Lucamabamba, camp overnight (BLD)


Descend from the campsite to Raynapata Pass with astounding view of Mt. Quiswaq and Tortora Valley, descent to Wiaypoqo, Unuyoc and to the road where a vehicle transfer you to the campsite at Lucmabamba (2048m/6719ft/trekking 4 hrs/distance 7k)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Camping on Trek

Day 4: Hike to Hidroelectra Station; train to Aguas Calientes; overnight at hotel (BL)


Ascent to Q'elloqasa Pass (2875m/9430ft), traversing through a dense cloud forest, from there are magnificent views of Machu Picchu's southern face, continue to the junction of the Aobamba and Urubamba Valleys, at the hydroelectric station take a short train ride to Aguas Calientes, dinner on your own, overnight at a hotel (trekking 7 hrs/distance 10 k/train 1 hr)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hatun Samay Hotel or similar in Aguas Calientes

Day 5: Shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu; option to climb Huayna Picchu at 10 a.m.; train return to Cusco; transfer to hotel (BL)


With your guide, you will take the morning shuttle up to Machu Picchu for a guided tour. There is an optional hike up Huayna Picchu at 10 a.m., which requires an additional ticket (not in the trek price). Shuttle back to Aguas Calientes, and  in the afternoon, catch the Expedition train to Cusco.  Transfer to your hotel. 

Meals included: Breakfast


5-Day Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek

Prices are Per Person and Valid for Trips through December 31, 2020

# People in Group: 2 3 4 5+
Group: $1120 $1120 $1120 $1120
Private: $1895 $1600 $1380 $1220
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NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Pre-trek briefing with guide
  • Transportation by vehicle to trailhead
  • Bilingual guide on the trek, who will handle the first aid kit
  • Two-man tents including sleeping pads
  • Pack animals and muleteer
  • Cook and kitchen crew
  • Commissary gear
  • All meals during the trek
  • Portable toilet
  • Train to Aguas Calientes on day four (from Hydroelectric Station)
  • 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Expedition train return to Cusco
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Tips for your guide, driver, cook, crew, muleteer
  • Hotel in Cusco
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Ticket to climb Huayna Picchu (add US$30 per person; must be ordered 90 days in advance)
  • Upgrade to Vistadome train return is US$30 per person
  • Personal gear (sleeping bag, pack, clothes, etc)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic beverages, laundry, insurance, internet)
  • Single supplement is US$135 per person (single tent and room in hotel)
  • International and domestic flights
  • Additional pre and post-trek tours

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