Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N (Start Trek on Day 2)

Forget the Inca Trail and hike to Machu Picchu along the higher and more beautiful Salkantay Trail!

Discover a different side of the great Andes mountain range and get the most amazing views of the mountains by taking this alternative route.

Tour Highlights

  • Hike among 6,000m Andean peaks
  • Cross snowy high passes with incredible views
  • Reach the comfort of Aguas Calientes town
  • See the Machu Picchu site as it opens with a guide
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Tour Information


  • - 1 night in Cuzco in Hostel / 3-star hotel / 4-star hotel, 2 nights camping and 1 night at a 3-star hotel
  • - Pick-up, various transfers
  • - 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • - Active adventure
  • - Professional bilingual guide on trek tour
  • - Briefing, equipment, snacks, fees


Every Monday


Day 1: Cuzco, Peru

Today you’re free to arrive at the time that fits you the best.

Upon arrival, reach your accommodation, check in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure!

Day 2: Cuzco-Soraypampa Camp, Peru

Today we pick you up at 05:30am and travel by tourist-class bus to Mollepata (2,900m) where you can stretch your legs and buy snacks. Continue by car to Challacancha where we will make final preparations and double check our equipment.

Embark on a 3-hour walk that will take us to Soraypampa (3,920m) where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains. Hike up to Laguna de Humantay (approx. 1.5 hours each way) for more incredible views of the Andes mountains and then return to camp for the night. Our first campsite is located at 3,920m and is the highest and coldest campsite of the trip.

Take some time to rest up and enjoy your first night immersed in nature. Have dinner and go to sleep early.

Day 3: Soraypampa Camp-Challhuay, Peru

We will have breakfast at around 6:00 am and begin our 4-hour walk to the highest pass on this trek (4,650m) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Humantay on the left.

(Optional horse rental available to reach high pass for 100 – 120 soles).

From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible with a possibility of snow here. After a 2-hour downhill hike, a well-deserved lunch will be served at Huayracpampa, followed by another 3-hour trek to our campsite at Challhuay or Colcapampa as we near the beginning of the high jungle region at 2,900 meters.

Day 4: Challhuay-Aguas Calientes, Peru

After breakfast at 6:30 am, we start trekking for the day through the upper jungle crossing the Santa Teresa River and a variety of little brooks. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants.

We will have lunch at La Playa (2,200m) and continue by car to Santa Teresa town (1,700 meters) with a warmer climate.

From here we will take another car to Hydroelectric Station (40 minutes) and then walk 3 hours to Aguas Calientes. There are internet cafes, cafes with board games and cards, plenty of shops and places to relax.

Optional train transfer from Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes is available for an extra cost.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes-Cuzco, Peru

Catch one of the first buses (05:30 am) to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride) in order to appreciate the magnificent city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates.

A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city on your own. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (to be booked in advance at an extra cost).

Return to Aguas Calientes by bus.

Take the train back to Ollantaytambo and a bus to Cuzco. You will be dropped off late in the day at the Plaza San Francisco.

Upon arrival you will need to make your own way to your accommodation.