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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Salkantay Trekking

This was one of the first alternative routes to Machu Picchu after the Inca Trail, it offers us the most picturesque attractions on the Salkantay route to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, during the journey we will visit the Humantay Lagoon, we will see the snowy Humantay, Salkantay, among others.

We will also visit the famous hot springs pools of Cocalmayo, by booking this option you will be traveling the traditional route that many companies offer, however, here you will also find with us a difference in our services.
If you prefer to walk the trek in a different way, away from large crowds of tourists, we recommend you to book the Ultimate Salkantay Trek 5 Days.

Itinerary at a Glance.

Day 1 : Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Laguna Humantay – Soraypampa

Day 2: Soraypampa – Abra Salkantay – Wayracpunku – Chaullay

Day 3: Chaullay – La Playa Sahuayaco – Santa Teresa

Day 4: Santa Teresa – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

Day 5: Visit to Machu Picchu – Return to Cusco.

Departure & Return Location

From Your Hotel of Cusco.

Departure Time

4 am, from your hotel.


  • Measl during the tour (5B, 4L, 4D)
  • 1 Night at hotel and, 3 nights of camping
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location


  • Gratuities for the team
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Single Room


  • Sunscreen
  • Trekking Poles

Classic Salkantay Trek Itinerary

Day 1Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Laguna Humantay – Soraypampa

We will pick you up from your hotel at 4:00 am to travel in the direction of Mollepata where we will have our optional breakfast at a local restaurant (not included), here we will purchase our entrance ticket to the Salkantay trail (Included) and then continue our journey towards Challacancha where our hike begins.

From here we will walk about 2 hours to Soraypampa by an Inca canal with impressive views of the snowy Salkantay, upon arrival we will have lunch in Soroypampa followed by a short break.

Then we will start our 1 hour hike uphill to the Humantay Lagoon at 4230m / 13,878ft. Once here our guide will explain the reason for the turquoise colors and you will have free time to explore and take pictures.

We will then return to Soraypampa at 3930m / 12,849ft for our tea time followed by dinner before heading to our tents to sleep.

Day 2Soraypampa – Abra Salkantay – Wayracpunku – Chaullay

Today is the most difficult day of the entire route, 20 km, our staff will wake you up at 4:40am with a cup of coca tea in their tents, at 5am will be our breakfast and then begin our hike up to the Salkantay pass at 4630 m above sea level. This first stretch will take us 3 to 4 hours to reach the pass.

Once at the highest point our guide will explain the importance of the mountains for the Andean communities, and we will have free time to celebrate our conquest with a small Andean ritual based on coca leaves. Then we will start our way down for about 2 hours to WayraqPunku for lunch.

After lunch we continue our trek downhill for about 3 hours more to the village of Chaullay at 2900 m, here we will have our tea time, dinner and will be our camp. In this place you can take a hot bath for 10 soles.

Day 3Chaullay – La Playa Sahuayaco – Santa Teresa

Today we will wake up at 5:00 am again with a cup of hot tea, followed by our delicious breakfast. Around 6:00am, our 5 hour hike begins, passing through plantations of coffee, bananas, avocados, coca and more.

In Sahuayaco we will have our lunch and then visit a local coffee plantation where we will be instructed on the varieties of coffee grown in this town. Afterwards we will continue our trip by local van to the thermal baths of CocalMayo, where we will spend some time in the pools before returning to our campsite.

Finally we will have our dinner and then go to rest in our tents, we will also organize a group campfire, if you wish tonight you can share some drinks moderately before going to bed.

Day 4Santa Teresa – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

After breakfast we will travel for 45 minutes by local car to the village of Llucmabamba, where we will start our hike uphill for 3 hours until we reach Llactapata from where we will have the first views of Machu Picchu in the distance and also our guide will explain the importance of the archaeological center of Llactapata.

Continuing we will begin to descend for about 2 hours to the village located next to the hydroelectric plant, here we will have our lunch. Finally, our hike continues for about 3 hours more along the train tracks towards the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will settle in a hotel in shared rooms followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 5Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

The big day has arrived, we will visit the archaeological park of Machu Picchu built by the Incas, you will wake up at 4:00 am so you can have breakfast at your hotel and then go by bus (included) for about 30 minutes to the park of Machu Picchu.

We will enter Machu Picchu to start the guided tour for about two hours to Machu Picchu, our guide will give you history lessons, will give you to know the functions of each place visited in the archaeological park, we will visit the most important places of Machu Picchu always following the new regulations of the Government.

After the guided tour, if you book an extra ticket for the Huayna Picchu mountain, you will start your additional hike.
At the recommended time you will return to the town of Aguas Calientes by bus (included) for lunch at a local restaurant (not included), then you will have free time to explore the town of Aguas Calientes before departing by train to the town of Ollantaytambo.

The train is the Expeditions service and leaves at 18:20, this trip lasts one hour and thirty by the Vilcanota river valley to Ollantaytambo, where our driver will be waiting to transfer you to the city of Cusco to your hotel, arriving at about 21:30 pm.

We do not offer return by bus, as the bus ride is a risky stretch.

What is included?

Here is What is Included in the price.

  • Pre departure briefing.Pre departure briefing you will have a meet with your guide and group in our office a day before at 6pm.
  • Tour Leader or GuideYou’ll have an experienced trip leader with you for the entire journey.
  • Accommodations We include 1 night in a hotel and 3 nights camping, two per room or tent.
    For single room is an extra fee.
  • Entrance FeesIt is included in the entrance to the Salkantay Trail, to the places to visit in the itinerary, as well as to the archaeological park of Machu Picchu.
  • All Private TransportationTransportation from Cusco to Soraypampa on day 1 and, from Ollantaytambo to Cusco on day 5. Consettur Bus round trip on day 4.
  • Expedition Train Service ithe expeditions train that returns at 18:20 or 20:30 is included.
  • Meals of our ChefAre included since the breakfast of the day 1, until the lunch of the last day. Also we include a snack per day and boiled, filtered and cooled water for your bottles. Those are prepared by our mountain chef.
  • Medical KitAll our team were trained in first aid, all our guides carry a kit to face emergencies as well an oxygen tank.
  • Trekking Equipment.During the trek we will transport 7 kg of your belongings for that will provide you a duffle bag, also a rain poncho, plus a backpack cover.
  • Campin EquipmentWe use the best possible equipment for mountain activities for your comfort and safety. Tents for up to 4 people, we use only for 2 people, as well as spacious dining tents.
  • Tour support team.We include staff that will make your trip unforgettable, such as the guide, cook, cook's assistant, porters and muleteers.

What is not included?

  • Single Roomif you require a single room has an extra cost.
  • Gratuities for the team.Tipping is a common tradition on any kind of tour, normally the group participants collect their tips to hand out to the muleteers, chefs and guides. Although we pay a good salary to all our team, always an extra is welcome for them.
  • Meals not mentioned.The dinner of the last day.
  • Trekking poles.

    Walking sticks with rubber tips are highly recommended to make easy your hilke. If you dont have, dont worry, we can rent them US$ 15.

  • Sleeping Bagfor this tour it is necessary to bring your -15°C sleeping bag, if you don't have them we can rent them for you US$ 20.
  • Travel insurance: It is not mandatory, but it is recommended that you purchase one to protect yourself financially from any lost excursions.

Pricing & Departure Dates

The  Salkantay Trek can leave on any day of the week, from March to January. we dont leave on february because rain a lot.

The departured are 100% guaranted, because we operate since two travelers.

Land Cost

Group Service Price: $ 490.00  US$ 450 per person.

Required Deposit:  To book, you need to make a pre payment of US$ 150.00 per person by PayPal.

Please after deposit send us to booking@doadventuresperu.com the transfer number. Only with this we will be able to confirm your pre payment and reservation of the trek.

Balance: the remaining balance can be paid online by Paypal in advance, or in Cusco at briefing with cash (recommend) .

Notice: If your are going to pay the balance with credit or debit car is a charges 5%. that have to be covered by the clients, this tax is jus for the remaining balance, or can be pay in Cusco with cash without tax before the tour.

!If you wish you can book this tour in private service only for your group, for that contact us.!



On this tour the last night will be spent in the town of Aguas Calientes before visiting Machu Picchu. For which we include a Basic hotel with double, triple or triple rooms.
If you want to upgrade the quality of the hotel or prefer a single room, there will be an additional cost.

Additional Itens

Here are some intens that you can include in this tour if you don’t have them, here are the rental prices.

  • Trekking Poles: US $ 15
  • Sleeping Bag: US $ 20
  • Inflatable mattresses: US $ 25

Extras & Upgrades

These Mountains can be visited after finishing the guided tour of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: US $ 50 this is the famous mountain behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. it takes 50 minutes up, and another 40 to back, you can climb this mountain once finished the guided tour of Machu Picchu. The entry to this mountain has an extra cost, and need to be book in advance.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain: US $ 50This is the other mountain who surrounds the archaeological site of Machu Picchu, it is less popular than Huayna Picchu and takes 1.5 hour up.  Also requires an extra entry that cost .

Extensions on Offer

These extensions you can include to your tour, each one needs an additional day.

  • Archaeological City Tour: US$ 30.00 US$ 20.00
  • Sacred Valley Tour: US$ 60.00 US$ 45.00
  • Rainbow Mountain: US$ 100.00 US$ 70.00
  • Humantay Lake: US$ 100.00 US$ 70.00

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