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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 4 Days

Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu

The trip normally takes 5 days to reach the ruins of Machu Pichu, but with us you will have the opportunity to do it in 4 days, with the exact same views and sceneries. with a view of all the mountains, it will be a challenge of your life, a magical and attractive mountain where you can breathe fresh air, take a small gift in your life will be unforgettable memory in your life.


You will have a thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your salkantay trek to machu picchu. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.

Salkantay Trek Map

Salkantay Trek Map(Download Salkantay Trek Map in PDF here)


Day 1 cusco – Mollepata-Soraypamapa-Huayracmachay

Hotel /Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner

After having breakfast at your hotel, we will come pick you up and leave to the Soraypampa mountain (3900m). The walk will start from there for about 5 hours, going along the Salkantay trek and reaching the highest peak (4650m). We will be close to the Salkantay mountain, where you will be enjoying lagoons and take pictures. Later on, we will go down for 3 hours to get to our campsite, located in the Huayracmachay pampa (3800m). Your tents and luggages will be there already.

  • Distance : 13 km
  • Walking time : 8 hours
  • Low elevation : 3900m
  • High elevation : 4650m
  • Campsite : 3800m
  • Climate : Cold
  • Difficulty : It is a challenge
  • Accomodation : Camp (tents)

Day  2  Huayracmachuay-playa-Lucmabamaba

Tent /Breakfst /Lunch /Dinner

having a delicious breakfast and get some energy for the day awaiting for you. We will leave to Collpa which is a 4 hours walk and then take a local bus until Lucmabamba, where we will stop for lunch. After a little while, you will join the “Coffee tour” where you will discover the all process of making coffee from the plant to the drink. We will go later on to the famous hot springs (or medicinal baths) in the district of Santa Teresa, and finally reach our campsite around 5pm to have dinner.

  • Distance : 14 km
  • Walking time : 5 hours
  • Low elevation : 2150 m
  • High elevation : 3800 m
  • Climate : Cold
  • Accomodation : Camp (Tents)

Day 3 Lucmabamba –Hydroelectric-Aguas Calientes

Tent /Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner

We will wake up early, have breakfast and start walking to Llactapata which will take about 3 hours. There, we will have a great viewpoint over a part of Machu Pichu (2700m) before walking down for 2 hours to reach the hidroelectrica and stop for lunch. Later on, we will have a very nice and flat 3 hours walk to get to Aguas Calientes, where we will see many birds and fruit plantations.

When we will arrive there, we will show you your hotel and then eat together at one of the best restaurant in town.

  • Distance : 17 km
  • Walking time : 9 hours
  • Low elevation : 2040 m
  • High elevation : 2700 m
  • Accomodation : Hotel

Day 4 Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

Hotel /Breakfast

After having a copious breakfast at the hotel early in the morning, we will take the bus for 30 minutes to get to Machu Pichu. The tour with our guide will last 2 hours maximum in accordance with the rules of the site, but you will have free time afterwards to explore the city on your own. We will then go back down to Aguas Calientes to take the train and go to Ollantaytambo, and finally take our bus for 1h20 back to Cusco and to your hotel


Included on the salkantay trek to machupicchu

  • Tourist guide fluent in English, spanish and quechua
  • Transport to bring you to the start of the trek
  • Comfortable tent for 2 persons
  • Mattresses
  • Bathroom tent
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dinning room tent
  • Tables and chairs
  • Cooks
  • Muleteers
  • Horses carrying 8kg of luggages per each person
  • Emergency horse
  •  breakfasts/  lunches/ dinners
  • Drinking water
  • Oxygen tank
  • Return train ticket from machupicchu to ollantaytambo-cusco
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance ticket for Machu Pichu
  • Round bus ticket from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Pichu- machupicchu to aguas calientes-cusco
  • Bus from ollantaytambo

Not Included in The Trek

  • Sleeping bag (you can rent some directly at the agency)
  • First day breakfast
  • Lunch for the 4th day
  • Tips for the crew, cook and muleteers

What To Bring for the salkanatay trek to machupicchu

  • Original passport (it is better to bring both to buy tickets)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with external battery
  • Suncream
  • Hat for the sun and for the cold
  • Hiking sticks
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Flashlight
  • Hiking shoes, trousers and jumpers
  • gloves
  • thermal clothings

Departures & Price

Departure dates 2021 – 2022


number of people                      prices per person

1-2 People                                    $ 550 USD Per Person

3-5 People                                    $ 520 USD Per Person

6-8 People                                    $ 500 USD Per Person

Note: A minimum of two people is required to run the trek, and there is a maximum of eight people per group.

students: discount of $20, but you have to supply us with a copy of your ISIC card when you make the booking. Children up to 15 years of age will be charged as students, under the condition that you supply us with a copy of the passport at the time of booking time.

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Packing list

Important to know Salkantay Trek

  • passport
  • valid student card (if booked as a student with machula expeditions)
  • immigration card  ( as you enter peru)
  • comfortable daypack ( hiking daypack)
  • camelbaks ( or water bottle)
  • comfortable hiking boots

 Gear inside your daypacks

  • sunhat
  • rain poncho
  • fleece
  • music iphone
  • handsanitizer
  • camara
  • sunscreen
  • wet wipes
  • bug spray
  • personal medications
  • toilet paper ( plastic bag for waste

for your duffel

  • 2 hiking pants
  • 4 sets s-shirt
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • sets of undergarments
  • water proof jacket
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • headlamp  essencial
  • quickday towel
  • sleeping bag recommend down bags for -10c at least
  • toothbrush and paste

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