Salkantay Trek 4D/3N

Special Tour 4 Days 3 Nights Availability: 2023-03-23
Trekking Tours

This trek is the shorter version of Salkantay to Machupicchu and is an optimal trek for those with less time in Cusco. Salkantay (The Savage) is the second largest mountain in the Cusco region.On this trek, you can enjoy an adventure of a lifetime.

  • Professional guide fluent in English
  •  bus to the start of the trail
  • Two-people tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Meals cooked by an experienced chef: breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks!
  • Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking
  • Vegetarian/special diet options available
  • Weight Allowance: 5 Kilograms/11 pounds per trekker (weights to be carried by horses)
  • Horse (to carry tents and cooking equipment)
  • Dining and kitchen tents
  • First aid kit
  • One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • MachuPicchu entrance fees
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

  • Breakfast on the first morning. Some hotels offer an early morning breakfast service. If not, we stop at the town of Mollepata where you will have the chance to buy breakfast.
  • entrance ticket to salkantay ( 20 soles )
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day
  • Sleeping bags. These can be rented in our office for the entire trek (US$ 20) every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use
  • Tips for the guide, cooks, and wranglers.
  • bus from lucmabamba to hidroelectrica

What you need to bring:
  • Original passport
  • For students: ISIC card
  • Insurance card
  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • 2-4 t-shirts
  • 2 pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
  • Long underwear for sleeping
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water and/or water purification tablets
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Cash (approximately 200 Peruvian nuevo soles).

Optional items to take:

  • Shorts
  • Walking stick
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit for hot springs

The day you arrive in Cusco, we will meet with you at your hostel/hotel to introduce ourselves and finalize trek payments. It is important that we recieve this payment in advance so we can purchase all food for the trek. The night before the trek, you will have your pre-departure briefing. At this meeting we will discuss the final preparations for the trip and answer any remaining questions.

Day 1: Mollepata – Soraypampa

We will pick you up at 5:00am from your hotel and travel by private van to the village of Mollepata in the verdant Apurimac River Valley. After breakfast and getting ready, we will take a three and a half hour walk to Sicllapata. Here we will eat lunch surrounded by beautiful panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks of Humantay and Salkantay. We will continue our trek towards Soraypamapa (4000m/12750ft) for another 4 hours. This campsite is the highest and coldest campsite of the whole trip.

Day 2: Soraypampa – Qollcapampa

The second day is the longest day of the trek. After an early breakfast, we will start hiking up a moderate climb for three and a half hours until we reach the Salkantay Pass (4600m/9800ft). From this point, we can soak in spectacular views of Salkantay. At the pass you can leave a piece of rock carried from the bottom as a present for the mountain spirit.

We will continue a downhill trek for two hours to Huayracmachay. After a quick rest, we will continue our hike for three and a half hours through the Amazon jungle (do not forget your bugspray!). We will reach our second campsite, Colcapampa (3000m/9800ft) and have dinner. Depending on how quickly the group hikes, other possible campsites are Challway or Qolllpapampa.

Day 3: Qollpapampa – La Playa- Hydroelectric Plant – Aguas Calientes

After breakfast at 5:30am, we will start a 6 hour hike through the tropical jungle. We will cross the Lluskamayo River and a variety of small streams so waterproof shoes are a good idea. We will pass through gorgeous valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls. Your guide will show you naturally growing tropical fruits and native plants and flowers. We will stop for lunch at la Playa campsite (2500m/8350ft) and then take a van for one hour to the Hydroelectric train station. At 4pm we will take a train to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night. In Aguas Calientes, we will enjoy a celebratory dinner and and you will have the luxury of comfortable beds and hot showers. You will also have the option of visiting the thermal springs in the evening (an additional 10 soles).

Day 4: MachuPicchu

We will have two options to arrive to MachuPicch: 1) we can hike for one and a half hours from Aguas Calientes to MachuPicchu, or 2) we can take a bus to MachuPicchu. By waking up early, you will witness the magnificent sunrise at this ancient Inca city. At MachuPicchu, you will have a guided tour for approximately 2 hours. After the tour, you will have free time to explore this mysterious city by yourself.

When you finish at MachuPicchu, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch where he/she will give you your train ticket back to Cusco.


All our departures are available from March to January. We do not trek in February. We highly recommend you book your tour far in advance because during the high season (May to September) MachuPicchu entrace tickets and train tickets sell out several weeks in advance.

Our four-day Salkantay trek is the newest trek to Machu Picchu. This service is perfect for small groups of friends, couples, and individuals.

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