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Cusco - Mollepata
Machu Picchu - Cusco
Min Age : 8+
Max People : 2 - 10

Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

The Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days in Peru is one of the stunning trails you can take up to the Machu Picchu Inca site. Along this route, you get to enjoy and experience the incredible views of the snowy peak of the Salkantay mountain which is the highest mountain of the Vilcabamba mountain range in the Peruvian Andes. Standing at over 6,279 m it is the tallest peak in the whole area of Cusco and is considered to be the most Sacred Mountain in the land of the Incas.

This Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu 4 days is one of the 5 top treks in Cusco and is considered the best alternative trek to Machu Picchu also you don’t request permits like for Classic Inca Trail. This Trek is highly recommended for anyone that loves mountains nature and outdoor adventures.

This trek is very popular for people who want to experience the beauty of the hike and enjoy an adventure. On the trail, you will visit lakes, snow peaks, and cloud forests.

Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days Highlight
  • Impressive views of Salkantay peak
  • Stunning Mountain ranges of Vilcabamba
  • Beautiful cloud forest and lush vegetation
  • Amazing lake Humantay
  • Traditional coffee roasting and cultural immersion
  • Beautiful streams and cascades
  • Native Flora and fauna
  • Delicious Peruvian food and traditional cuisine

Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days – Summary

  • Trip style: Adventures, Active & Cultural Immersion
  • Length: 4 days/ 3 nights
  • Frequency: All year around
  • Group: 2 persons min, max 10 persons
  • Fhysical Grading: moderate, challenging
  • Total distance hiked: 58 km /36 miles
  • Beginning altitude: 3,800 m /12,467 ft
  • Maximun altitude: 4;650 m /13,451 ft

4 Days Salkantay Hike – Itinerary

  • Day 1: Cusco –Mollepata- Soraypamapa – Humantay Lake – Salkantay Pampa (Meals: L/D)
  • Day 2: Salkantay Pampa – Salkantay pass – Huayraq – Chaullay (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 3: Chaullay – Playa Sawayaco – Machu Picchu Town (Meals: B/L/D)
  • Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco (Meals: B)
Salkantay Trail – Itinerary


We will pick you up from your hotel at approximately 5:30am and we will travel by private bus to Mollepata where there will be a quick stop for breakfast. Then we continue driving for another two hours until we arrive at Soraypampa. From there we will begin our hike to the scenic Lake Humantay, a lake fed from mountain glaciers that has views of Mount Salkantay, a sacred mountain in Incan mythology. After enjoying our lunch along the trail we keep hiking up for another 2 hrs more to reach our camp site for the night.

WALKING DISTANCE: 10 km / 7.45miles
STARTING ELEVATION: 3350 m / 12477 ft
HIGHEST ELEVATION: 3850 m / 12,690 ft
DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Challenging
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (including a snack and afternoon tea)


After waking up early for a warming coca tea there will be time to enjoy a lovely breakfast before embarking on the day’s hike. This will be the longest day of trekking, first climbing upwards as we ascend to reach the trek’s highest point on the Salkantay pass (4,638m / 15,213 ft).

Surrounded in every direction by snow capped mountain peaks of the Vilcabamba range, we will take in the views of the glaciated south face of Mount Salkantay towering above us. Then we will change direction and head downwards through lush green vegetation, descending into the jungle of the cloud forest.

WALKING DISTANCE: 22 km / 13.7miles
STARTING ELEVATION: 3800 m / 12467 ft
HIGHEST ELEVATION: 4650 m / 15255ft
DIFFICULTY: Challenging/Moderate
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (including a snack and afternoon tea)


Another early start with a morning coca tea which is shortly followed by breakfast. We will begin hiking by descending along the Salkantay river, where you can see striking orchids accompanied by colourful butterflies and start to feel the warm air rising from the jungle below. As we trek we will hike through more populated rural areas as well, passing through banana, granadilla and avocado orchards. We will enjoy a scenic picnic alongside the river followed by a tour of a coffee plantation. After reaching the end of our trek we will enjoy a lunch together before taking a private bus to Hidro Electrica from where will hike fpr 2 hrs more to aguas calientes town.

WALKING DISTANCE: 18 km / 11.2 miles
STARTING ELEVATION: 2750 m / 9231ft
HIGHEST ELEVATION: 2150 m / 7022 ft
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (including a snack and afternoon tea)
ACCOMODATION: Hotel in Aguas Calientes Town


Today we reap the rewards of completing the Salkantay Trail and take a short bus ride up from Aguas Calientes Town to visit the Machu Picchu Inca site. We will enjoy a two hour tour with a local guide after which you will have to time to explore the beauty of this vast archaeological site yourself. Following this we will get a train back to Ollantaytambo from Maccu Picchu town and then return to Cusco by private bus

STARTING ELEVATION: 2115 m /6542 ft

  • English Speaking Tour Guide with Local Trekking experience
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+with local experience
  • Chef and Assistant Chef
  • Horseman
  • Mules to carry 7kg of your personal items
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Private bus from your hotel to Soraypampa
  • Train back to Ollantaytambo
  • Private bus from Ollantaymbo to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Kitchen tent and Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • 3 star hotel for final night
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes round trip
Doesn't Include
  • Sleeping Bag (can be rented from us : US$20.00)
  • Hiking ples (can be rented from us : US$B15.00)
  • Air mattress (can be rented from us : US$ 20.00)
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and Lunch and Dinner on Day 5
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your Salkantay Trail.
Packing List for Salkantay Trek
  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film with extra batteries
  • Torch with spare batteries

Group Service

  • Price service per person  US$580.00 (adults)

Private Group Price

  • Price service per person US$620.00 ( adults)

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).


  • Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 18’s Discount: US$20

Optional upgrade:

  • Sleeping Bag US$20
  • Walking Pole US$15
  • Inflatable Mattress US$20
  • Single Tent Supplement US$35
Optional Extras

Optional upgrade (Need to book in advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mts climbing:  USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mts climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: USD50.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance)

How to book (Group or Private Service):

You can either book by emailing us or by using the Booking form provided on this site.

By e-mail: andeanpathtravel@gmail.com

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