Salkantay & Machu Picchu Inca Trek: 5D/4N

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5 Days 4 Nights
Availability : Jan 01’ - Dec 31’
Min Age : 16+
Tour Details

This trek perfectly combines cultural and natural beauty. We will enjoy the challenge of the
ecosystem and the magnificent view of the snow-capped Salkantay (6264m/20551f), which is
considered as the most representative mountain of the mountain range of Vilcabamba. The trek
takes us back to the time of the Incas and makes us aware of the
spirits of mountains such as the Tucarhuay or the Humantay
which peak is higher than 5000m (16404 feet).

Salkantay Trek Itinerary:

Code: XA – 12
Altitude: 1950 – 4600 m/6398 – 15092 f
High season: April – November
Duration: 5 days – 4 nights
Level of difficulty: Difficult


Departure & Return Location

At your hotel in Cusco

Departure Time

5 Hours 

Price Includes

  • Pre-briefing time at 19hrs in our office 1 or 2 days before your date departure (It has to be confirmed at the booking time)(Incl. 2 breakfast)
  • Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to Mollepata (Marcoccasa).
  • Transport from Lucmabamba to the Hydroelectric station (just for the equipment and 32 everyone’s bag).
  • Tourist Train from the Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes
  • Tourist Bus from Machu Picchu town to Machu Picchu
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and Collective tourist transfer from the train station in Ollantaytambo to the centre of Cusco (Plaza Regocijo / Few meters of Plaza de Armas or Marriott Hotel / Calle Ruinas, beginning of San Blas neighbourhood)
  • Hotel with Private Room and Bathroom in Aguas Calientes town or Machu Picchu town (Marco Wasi, Inka Tower or similar category)
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu citadel
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • High quality camping equipment (Professional tent, Doite Cima 4 or Eureka tent, for 2 persons) Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs)
  • Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and tea time/Optional vegetarian)
  • Cook and assistant
  • Horseman and mules for up to 6kg of a customer's personal equipment.
  • An emergency horse
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

Price Excludes

  • Breakfast on day first and lunch on the last day in Machu Picchu town
  • Tourist Bus from Machu Picchu to Machu Picchu town (After Machu Picchu guiding you can discover more about Machu Picchu park then on the way back to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town you can do it hiking otherwise you can take a bus at an extra cost $ 12.00 per person)
  • Sleeping bag (If you don't have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting a good quality – 10° for $ 6.00 per day)
  • Ticket entrance to Salkantay National Park PEN. 130


  • Backpack with rain shelter
  • Sleeping bag
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants
  • Trekking shoes
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and Hot Springs)
  • Woollen or synthetic socks and a sweater
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts
  • Rain poncho and a hat
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag)
  • Flash light and batteries
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles
  • Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change
Relevant information
Travelling to Cusco shouldn’t be underestimated remember the Inca empire is located at 3,400 meters (11,200ft), therefore we strongly recommend to consult your doctor about altitude pills and the vaccines you may need.
The treks around the mountains must not be underestimated. Especially the second day involves great physical exertion to complete. Combined with high altitude and extreme weather (it can get very hot) the trek can be hard work. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you are well acclimatized, in good shape, and healthy.
  1. On Day 1 and Day 2 (from Marcoccasa to Chaullay), a team of muleteers and mules will carry all camping equipment, food and personal belongings (maximum 7 kg/15lb per person). On Day 3, your luggage will be sent by car to the Hydroelectric Train Station.
  2. Visit to Wayna Picchu: To climb Wayna Picchu or Montaña, you need to book months in advance. We take care of the reservation and guarantee your entrance for Wayna Picchu. Entrance costs an additional fee of $20.00USD.
  3. Tips: Porters, cooks and guides always appreciate tips for their services. The porters are also grateful for small donations of clothes and school supplies for their children.
  4. Student Card: For the $ 20.00 student discount, you must have a current ISIC student card with valid expiration dates and a photo when booking – not just when you arrive in Cusco! Please send a copy of your student card when booking, and bring the actual card with you.
  5. CANCELLATION: For any last-minute cancellation, the expenses already made by the agency will be at your expense.



Day 1 Cusco - Mollepata (Marcoccasa) – Soraypampa

We will leave Cusco at 4:30am and head towards Marcoccasa (3400m/11154f), passing the village
Mollepata (3000m/9843f). In Marcoccasa we will meet the horsemen and the rest of the group
and start our trek. We start hiking within a magnificent valley, surrounded by the most important
snow-capped mountains such as the Humantay (5217m/17116f) and the Salkantay
(6264m/20551f). Our campsite will be at Soraypampa
Climate: cold
Transport time: 3hrs 30 hours
Hiking time: 6 hours

Day 2Soraypampa - Salkantay pass – Andenes

After breakfast we will set off towards the Salkantay Pass (4600m/15092f) which offers an exceptional view of the Salkantay snow-capped (6264m). Thereafter we will descend again and will have time to enjoy the increasing vegetation of the ecosystem. Our campsite will be in Chaullay (3000m/9842ft), amidst the tropical forest.
Climate: warm with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 8-9 hours

Day 3Andenes - Wiñaypoco - La Playa – Lucmabamba

The third day is dedicated to the region’s flora and its plantations. After descending to a dimmed forest and enjoying the diversity of species of orchids, bromeliads and many other plants, we will see coffee-, cacao- and fruit-plantations. Moreover, we will have the pleasure to meet local families of Wiñaypoco (2650m/8694f), La Playa (2100m/6890f) and Lucmabamba (2000m/6561ft). Our campsite will be in Lucmabamba. This afternoon you stay in contact with a local rural family from the forest in which you will have the opportunity to witness the cultivation and processing of coffee. Depending on the variety, it takes approximately 3 to 4 years for newly planted coffee trees to begin to bear fruit. The fruit, called the coffee cherry, turns a bright, deep red when it is ripe and ready to be harvested. Due to the botanical characteristics of the coffee tree and the fact that coffee is often grown in mountainous areas, widespread use of mechanical harvesters is not possible and the ripe coffee cherries are usually picked by hand, a labour-intensive and difficult process. We will show and explain to you the complete process from
the tree to the cup of coffee. You will also have the opportunity to ask the locals your own questions about the process of cultivation.
Climate: warm during the day with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 6 hours
Note: According to the group’s wishes it is possible to change the itinerary a bit and visit the hot
springs in Santa Teresa (1830m/6004f) this afternoon at an extra cost.

Day 4Lucmabamba - Llactapata Inca site – Machu Picchu town

After breakfast, we will hike up on the Inca trail to the archaeological site of Llactapata at 2650m/8694f (Beautiful scenery for discovering flora and evidence of Inca culture). From here we will have an outstanding view over Machu Picchu Mountain and Vilcanota Canyon). Afterwards we will continue down to Hydroelectric train station (1950m/6398f), where you are able to take the train to Machu Picchu town (2050m/6726f). Overnight in Machu Picchu town.
Climate: warm with some insects
Hiking time: 6 hours

Day 5Aguas Calientes town - Machu Picchu citadel - Cusco

We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30am and head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) by tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00am. After a guided tour around the archaeological site, including information about life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (2750m/9022f) on your own. We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 2:55pm or at 6:45pm. Until then you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants. Moreover you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax a bit.
Hiking time: 2 hours