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Salkantay Trek 5 Days Machu Picchu

The Salkantay 5-Day Trek to Machu Picchu perfectly combines cultural and natural beauty; you’ll enjoy the magnificent view of snow-capped Salkantay (6264m/20551f), the highest mountain in the Vilcabamba range. You’ll see local farmers, changing, magnificent scenery and learn more about the ancient lives of the Incas. You’ll sense the spirits of the mountains such as Tucarhuay and Humantay.

Duration 05 Days
Size Max 10 people
Max. Altitude 1950 - 4600 m
Act. Level Challenging

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Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata (Marcoccasa) – Soraypampa

We’ll leave Cusco at 5:00am and head towards Marcoccasa (3400m/11154f), passing the village Mollepata (3000m/9843f). In Marcoccasa, we’ll meet the horsemen and the rest of trek team to begin the hike. You’ll see majestic snow-capped mountains such as Humantay (5217m/17116f) and Salkantay (6264m/20551f). Our campsite is at Soraypampa (3900m/12795f).

Transport time: 3 hours

Hiking time: 6 hours

Climate: cold

Optional: On the way to Soray Pampa (3900m/12795ft), we strongly recommend making a 2-hour detour to Humantay Lake (4220m/13845ft) to see the magnificent lake and the snow-covered peak of Humantay.

Day 2: Soray Pampa- Salkantay Pass – Rayampata

After breakfast, we’ll hike to Salkantay Pass (4600m/15092f) which offers an exceptional view of snow-capped Salkantay (6264m/20551f). Then we’ll descend and enjoy the lush vegetation of the changing ecosystem. Our campsite is at Rayanpata (3350m/10990f) amidst a tropical forest.

Hiking time: 7- 8 hours

Climate: cold and warm with mosquitoes

Day 3: Rayanpata (Andenes) – Chaullay – Wiñaypoco – Lucmabamba

The third day is dedicated to enjoying the region’s flora and its coffee, cacao and fruit plantations. You’ll descend into a forest, enjoying the diversity of orchids, bromeliads and other plants. Moreover, you’ll meet local families in Chaullay (2950m/9678ft), Wiñaypoco (2650m/8694f), La Playa (2100m/6890f) and Lucmabamba (2000m/6561ft). Our campsite is in Lucmabamba.

This afternoon you’ll visit with a local rural family and learn about the cultivation and processing of coffee. Depending on the variety, it takes approximately 3 to 4 years for newly-planted coffee trees to bear fruit.

The fruit, called the coffee cherry, turns a bright, deep red when it is ripe and ready to be harvested. Due to the botanical characteristics of the coffee tree and the fact that coffee is often grown in mountainous areas, mechanical harvesters aren’t used, and the ripe coffee cherries are usually picked by hand, a labor-intensive, difficult process. You’ll learn about the complete process from the tree to the cup of coffee. You can also ask the locals your own questions about the process of coffee cultivation.

Climate: Warm during the day with mosquitoes

Hiking time: 7 hours

Optional: After arduous days of hiking, we recommend that you swim and soak in the hot mineral springs of Santa Teresa.  You need to coordinate this visit with your tour guide to arrange a vehicle from Lucmabamba to Santa Teresa. It’s worth the effort!

Day 4: Lucmabamba – Llactapata Inca site – Machu Picchu town

After breakfast, we’ll hike on the Inca Trail to the archaeological site of Llactapata at 2650m/8694f, with its beautiful scenery for discovering flora and evidence of Inca culture. From here we’ll have an outstanding view over Machu Picchu and Vilcanota Canyon.

Afterwards, we’ll continue to the Hydroelectric train station (1950m/6398f), where we stop to relax for a while before we continue by train to Aguas Calientes (2050m/6726f), where you’ll spend the night.

Hiking time: 6 hours

Climate: Warm with mosquitos

Day 5: Machu Picchu town – Machu Picchu – Cusco

We’ll leave the hotel after breakfast at 5:30am to head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) by tourist bus. We’ll arrive at the citadel around 6:00am.

After a guided tour around the archaeological site, including information about the life and culture of the Incas, you’ll have time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (with advanced reservation) on your own. 

Later, you’ll descend to Aguas Calientes where you’ll have time to have lunch in one of the many restaurants, or soak in the natural springs. Later, you’ll leave Aguas Calientes by train around 18:00.

Hiking time: 3 hours



  • Orientation meeting in our offices with your guide 1 or 2 days before the start of the trek at 19:00h, to be confirmed when booking.
  • Transfer:
    • Shuttle from the hotel office to the village of Mollepata (Marcoccasa)
    • Shuttle from Chaullay to Lucmabamba (Day 3)
    • Train from Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes
    • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
    • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, then shuttle to your hotel in Cusco
  • Overnight in a private room in a hotel in Aguas Calientes (Marco Wasi, Inka Tower or similar depending on availability)
  • Entrance to the Machu Picchu site
  • Bilingual Spanish-English professional guide (for a French-speaking guide, please contact us in advance!)
  • Private campsites domes on the first night, with toilet and showers
  • High-quality camping equipment (Professional Tents Eureka! Timberline 4 or Doite Himalaya, for 2 people with mattresses).
  • Camping equipment, dining tent, kitchen, with tent shelters and toilets
  • Meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks).  Please notify the agency in case of allergies or special diet such as vegetarian.
  • Cook and kitchen equipment.
  • Muleteers and mules for transporting camping equipment and your personal belongings (maximum 7 kg/15lb per person)
  • Rescue horse (2 people)
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle
  • Cold, boiled water during the all trek.


  • Breakfast of the 1st day and lunch of the 4th day in Aguas Calientes
  • Sleeping bag (if you don’t have one, you can rent one from our agency)
  • Bus down Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (cost $12.00USD). You can also descend on foot which takes about 1 hour.



  • Backpack with rain cover (30- or 40-liter capacity is sufficient).
  • Clothing for both warm and cold climates.
  • Trekking shoes/boots.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  • Woolen/synthetic socks and a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved T-shirts.
  • Rain poncho/waterproof jacket and a hat.
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, toilet paper, hand cleaner/disinfecting alcohol gel, personal toiletries.
  • Camera (with rain protection), a flash light/headlamp and extra batteries.
  • Snacks (e.g. chocolate bars and dried fruit)
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card (to receive the student discount) and extra money in soles.
  • The climate can be very cold and wet, so your wet clothes won’t have enough time to dry. Take extra clothes.


  • On Day 1 and Day 2 (from Marcoccasa to Chaullay), a team of muleteers and mules will carry all camping equipment, food and personal belongings (maximum 7 kg/15lb per person). On Day 3, your luggage will be sent by car to the Hydroelectric Train Station.
  • Visit to Wayna Picchu: To climb Wayna Picchu or Montaña, you need to book months in advance. We take care of the reservation and guarantee your entrance for Wayna Picchu. Entrance costs an additional fee of $20.00USD.
  • Tips: Porters, cooks and guides always appreciate tips for their services. The porters are also grateful for small donations of clothes and school supplies for their children.
  • Student Card: For the $ 20.00 student discount, you must have a current ISIC student card with valid expiration dates and a photo when booking – not just when you arrive in Cusco! Please send a copy of your student card when booking, and bring the actual card with you.
  • CANCELLATION: For any last-minute cancellation, the expenses already made by the agency will be at your expense
Period before departure written notification is received.Cancellation fee as a percentage of the holiday price
15-10 days.50%
9-7 days.80%
6 days or less.100%


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