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Primium Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 Days

Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu

The Salkantay mountain is one of the biggest mountain in the Peru Andes top  and was recognized by National Geography as one of the best trek to get to Machu Pichu. The wonders offered all along the trek are incomparable even though it is use by many other agencies. We will try our best to make it an unforgettable memory for you.

Where Does The Hike Begin?

Our hike starts from soraypampa uphill to salkantay mountain. near this mountain we will have our camp near the   majestic  mountain with an unpredictable view towards the mountain and the stars during the night.

The Salkantay Route Goes With Horses.

The Salkantay road goes on horses, as an agency we have a team that supports us with the horses until the end of the hiking, this work is done with the Mollepata locals,  which is the entrance of this Salkantay Trek to machupicchu.

Trek Briefing to Salkantay to Machu picchu

You will have a meeting before the trip with our professional guide to give you detailled information, and also to help you if you need anything regarding the trek.

Salkantay Trek Map

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


Day 1: Cusco-Soraypampa-Soyrococha

Hotel / Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

We will come early to pick you up at your hotel and head to the village of Mollepata, where we will take 30 minutes to rest before going to the bottom of the Salkantay mountain with the bus for an other hour.
After arriving at Soraypampa (3900m), we will get ready for the long walk awaiting for us.

We will start walking for an hour to Humantay, a wonderful lagoon down a mountain covered by snow. You will have time to explore and take pictures before going down to Soraypan to enjoy a delicious Andean meal that is cook by our special  chef . after lunch caming  rest like 30 minutes Full of energy, we will keep going for 4 hours we are going to see mountains and animal as donkys nad cows, berds local people living at 4200 metersand lettle by lettle we are gone to the campsite located in Soyrococha.

  • Distance : 7 km
  • Walking time : 5 hours
  • Low elevation : 4200 mt
  • High elevation : 4650mt
  • Campsite elevation : 4480m
  • Climate : Cold wind
  • Area : No trees

Day 2: Soyrococha–Huayrac Machay-Collpapampa

Tent / Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner

After a nice and warm breakfast we are ready to new challenge, we will start walking on the Salkantay mountain (4600m) and get a breath-taking views over blue-coloured lagoons.

We will arrive to the Huayrac Machay pampa where we will take lunch with a wonderful view over Vilcanota Cordillera.
We will keep going for 3 hours after eating to reach the campsite of Collpapampa. Along the walk, you will see how the weather changes as well as bushes and wildlife.

  • Walking distance : 16 km
  • Walking time : 10 hours
  • Low elevation : 2950 mt/ 9687 ft
  • High elevation : 4600 mt/ 14996 ft
  • Campsite elevation : 2950 mt/ 9678 ft
  • Climate : changing between warm and cold

Day 3: Collpapampa –Playa-Lucmabamba

Tent / Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner

This part of the trek is way easier than the other days, going through vegetation like bamboo, with a very humid and warm weather. You will see many fruit plantation like coffee, avocado, oranges, banana, papaya, passion fruit, etc.
There is a lot of places but especially one community called Lucmabamba (3800m) that will teach you and show you how to grow and cook those fruits. We will then enjoy the view until reaching thermal baths (or medicinal baths) and go to our campsite.

  • Walking distance : 15 km
  • Walking time : 6 hours
  • Low elevation : 1850 mt/6069 ft
  • High elevation : 2950 mt/ 14996 ft
  • Campsite elevation : 1850 m /6069 ft
  • Climate : Changes between warm and cold

Day 4: Lucmabamba-Hydroeléctric-Aguas Calientes town

Tent /Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

You will enjoy waking up in the middle of the jungle and listen to the birds before having a delicious breakfast. You will then start walking for 2 hours to Llactapata ( 2750m), where you will appreciate the Incan construction and be able to see one part of the ruins of Machu Pichu.

We will go down to the bottom of the moutain and go to hidroelectrica to get lunch. Later on we will jump on the train to arrive at Aguas Calientes where we will stay overnight before going to Machu Pichu the next day.

  • Distance : 12 km
  • Walking time: 6 hours
  • Low elevation : 1850mt / 6069 ft
  • High elevation : 2450 mt / 8202 ft
  • Campsite elevation : 2050 mt / 6725 ft
  • Climate : Warm and humid

Day 5: Aguas Calientes Town-Machupicchu-Cusco

Hotel/ Breakfast

We will wake up early to take the first bus in order to get to Machu Pichu to see the sunrise and take pictures.
Our tour will last approximately 2 hours inside the ruins but you will have free time after to explore the city on your own. We will then take the bus back to Aguas Calientes, then the train to Ollantaytambo and finally the last bus to get back to Cusco.


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 4 persons
  • Mattresses
  • Bathroom tent
  • Kitchen tent
  • Dinning room tent
  • Tables and chairs
  • Cooks
  • Muleteers
  • Horses carrying 8 kg of luggages per each person
  • Emergency horse
  •  breakfasts/  lunches/  dinners
  • Drinking water
  • Oxygen tank
  • Return train ticket from  Machu Pichu to ollantaytambo & cusco
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance ticket for Machu Pichu

Not Included On The Salkantay Trek

  • Sleeping bag (you can rent some directly at the agency)
  • First day breakfast
  • Lunch for the 5th day
  • Tips for the Crew, cook and muleteers
  • Wayna picchu mauntain  $75 USD per person
  • Machu picchu mauntain   $ 70 USD per person

What To Bring for the Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu

  • Original passport (it is to Show at the check  point)
  • 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

Departures & Price

Departure Dates 2021 – 2022

Every Day.

number of people prices per person
1-2 Person $ 520 USD Per Person
3- 4 People $ 500 USD Per Person
5-6 People $ 480 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 bring to Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek to machupicchu, basic packing checklist

  • original 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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