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Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5D4N

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Tour Code: BRDM974

This is a challenging trek to Machu Picchu, including some of the most exquisite views as you trek through high mountain passes and down into the high-altitude jungle on your way through the backdoor to Machu Picchu.

About this activity

Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5D4N

  • Duration: 5 days (this tour can be done in 5D4N or 4D3N – ask us for details)
  • Guide language: English or Spanish
  • Mobile vouchers OR printed vouchers are accepted
  • More unique and less touristy than Inca Trail;
  • Discover a different side of the great Andes mountain and get the most beautiful views of the mountains;
  • Hike among 6,000m Andean peaks;
  • See the snowy peak of Mount Salkantay;
  • Optional Zip Line in Santa Teresa;
  • Optional hot springs in Santa Teresa;
  • Explore Aguas Calientes;
  • You have the chance to watch sunrise in Machu Picchu;
  • Discover the dream-destination Machu Picchu with a two hour guided tour then you can explore Machu Picchu by yourself for the rest of the day;
  • Includes 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners;
  • No need to bring your tent, the operator will provide double occupancy tents and sleeping mattress.
Full Description

Salkantay Trek
The adventure begins the night before the trekking with a comprehensive welcome and information briefing either at your hostel or the agency office (we will let you know). With your guide or another travel expert of the agency you will review the details of the trek and coordinate the pick-up hour for the next day (depends on the location of your hotel).

Day 1: Cusco– Mollepata– Soraypampa
You will be picked up at your hostel between 3:30 and 4:30am. In the city center you will meet your guide and the rest of the group and be transferred to
Mollepata (approx. 3 hours). At Mollepata you will stop for
breakfast (not included) and can buy more snacks and water, then you will continue another half an hour by truck to the trail head. Here, you will organize your luggage,  then a full day of hiking begins. Spectacular mountain scenery and breathtaking views will fill the day until arriving at the first campsite Soraypampa at approx. 3800m. Here, we will enjoy a nice lunch prepared by our cook and have some time to relax.
Those who still have energy can do another optional small hike to the nearby lagoon. We’ll go to bed early after dinner and spend the night at Soraypampa.

Trekking distance:21.3 km
Altitude: 3360m.a.s.l. to 4050m.a.s.l.
Walking time: between 6 and 7 hr

Day 2: Soraypampa– Abra Salkantay– Challway

We start trekking early in the morning after a good breakfast to start the hardest and most beautiful part of our trekking: with spectacular views and the massive Salkantay smiling down at you, you will start climbing up step by step to the Salkantay Pass at 4600m, the highest point of the trek (approx. 2,5 hours, depending on your speed and the speed of your group). Here, while catching your breath and having some snacks, your guide will explain a little about the Salkantay, the region and its people. Then you start descending for another 2 hours until we arrive our lunch point Huayracmachay (4000m). After a well-deserved lunch we continue walking down into a greener scenery and milder climate to our next campsite Challway at approx. 3000m.

Trekking distance: 20.8km
Altitude: 4050 m.a.s.l. to 4608 m.a.s.l. to 2860 m.a.s.l.
Walking time: 7 to 8 hr

Day 3: Challway– Playa Sahuayaco – Santa Teresa (hot springs)

You wake up surrounded by the mystic scenery of green mountains and thick clouds hanging low over the trees and valley. After breakfast we continue our hike crossing rivers and bridges until we reach Playa Sahuayaco. Here, a van will be waiting for you and take us down the dusty winding road to the village of Santa Teresa. After a short rest at the campsite we will visit the nearby hot springs where you can enjoy a well-deserved bath, have a cocktail and relax after the challenging days of trekking. In the evening you will have a briefing with your guide about the options the next day – then, there is usually a little party at the campsite.

Trekking distance: 13.8km
Altitude: 2860m.a.s.l. to 1972m.a.s.l.
Walking time: 4 to 6 hours

Day 4: Santa Teresa– Hidroeléctrica– Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town)

You will have breakfast at around 7:00 am, then there are different options to choose from.

  • Zip lining: Those who are up to more adventure can go for a rapid Zip Line Adventure at the nearby Zip Line Park. Featuring 5 zip lines over 200 meters high and a suspension bridge makes this the ultimate adventure in Santa Teresa. Eventually, a van will bring you to Hidroeléctrica where you meet the rest of the group.
  • Trekking: if you prefer continuing by foot, you start trekking right after breakfast from Santa Teresa to Hidroeléctrica where you’ll meet the rest of the group for lunch.
  • For those who partied too much the night before or if you simply don’t have enough energy to walk, there the option to take a bus from Santa Teresa to Hidroeléctrica (15 Soles).

After the re-union at Hidroeléctrica, you will have lunch with your group and then start the last part of your trekking: under palm trees, with the river one side and the train track on the other, you walk for approx. 2,5 more hours to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town). Arriving in Aguas Calientes you will check in to your hostel with comfortable beds, hot shower and WiFi and have some time to visit the hot springs of Aguas Calientes (entrance: 10 Soles), get your snacks for the next day and relax. In the evening you will meet at a restaurant for dinner and your guide will give all the information about the next day as well as your Machu Picchu and train tickets. Make sure to charge your camera and/or smartphone for your visit to Machu Picchu!

Trekking distance:14.3km
Altitude: 1972m.a.s.l. to 1680m.a.s.l.
Walking time: 4 to 6 hr

Day 5: Aguas Calientes– Machu Picchu– Ollantaytambo– Cusco

Today is the day! You get up early to start walking up to Machu Picchu at around 4:30 am, a quite steep ascent on old Inca stairs (approx. 1,5 hours). Optional you can take the first bus (US$ 12 one way, be aware that you’d have to line up early to catch the first bus leaving at 5:30 am). You will meet your group & guide at the entrance of Machu Picchu and be one of the first groups entering the sanctuary that opens its gates at 6:00 am. There will be a 2 hour guided tour given by your guide visiting the most important places of the Inca City. Then you will have the rest of the day to explore Machu Picchu on your own (You can do optional short hikes, for example to the Inca Bridge or the Sun Gate, take the obligatory Machu Picchu photo from the view point and chase the numerous Lamas walking around the complex to take a funny picture. In the afternoon you return to Aguas Calientes (walking down or taking the bus, US$ 12.00 one way). You will have time to pick up your luggage at the hostel and have lunch before your train to Cusco departs (NOTE: there are different train departures depending on availability and tour price. More information below!). An 1,5 hours train ride will bring you to the village of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas where a transport will be waiting for you to bring you back to Cusco (approx. 2,5 hours, arrival at Plaza Regocijo in the city center. From there you have to walk or take a taxi to your hostel. There are safe taxis around at any time).

  • Info Briefing the evening before the trek;
  • English and Spanish speaking professional tour guide;
  • Camping equipment (tents for 2 people, sleeping mat, cooking equipment, cooking tent);
  • Cook, horsemen, horses and mules (they carry camping equipment and 5kg of personal equipment per person);
  • 4 x breakfast, 4 x lunch, 4 x dinner (meals including hot drinks, vegetarian options available
    upon request);
  • Pick up at your hotel in Cusco (historic center);
  • Transport CuscoMollepata;
  • Transport Playa SahuayacoSanta Teresa;
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes;
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu;
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu (2 hours);
  • Train ticket Aguas CalientesOllantaytambo;
  • Transfer OllantaytamboCusco.
Not Included
  • Sleeping bag;
  • Water and snacks;
  • Fee in Soraypampa town (usd$3.00) you have to pay directly;
  • First breakfast, last lunch and dinner;
  • Tips for cook, horsemen and your guide;


  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu mountain: US$ 20 (book in advance!);
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu mountain: US$ 20 (book in advance!);
  • Taxi and hot springs in Santa Teresa: US$ 5;
  • Zip lining: US$ 30;
  • Bus Santa TeresaHidroelectrica: US$ 5;
  • Bus Aguas CalientesMachu PicchuAguas Calientes:
    · One way: US$ 12,
    · Round trip: US$ 24;
  • Sleeping Bag: US$ 20;
  • Hiking poles: US$ 15.
What You Need To Bring
  • Original passport;
  • ISIC card (students);
  • Extra money for emergencies and optional activities (we recommend at least 300 Nuevos Soles);
  • Sleeping Bag (high mountain);
  • Sleeping Bag inlet (optional);
  • A good size daypack or backpack;
  • Comfortable shoes / hiking boots;
  • Sandals or Flip Flops (for the hot springs and to wear at the campsites);
  • Comfortable long trousers;
  • Shorts;
  • T-Shirts;
  • Warm clothes for the night;
  • Wind and waterproof jacket;
  • Hat and gloves;
  • Underwear and socks;
  • Swim wear;
  • A small towel;
  • Sunglasses;
  • Sun block;
  • Insect repellent;
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste;
  • Toilet paper;
  • Camera and batteries;
  • Flashlight (there is no light at the camp sites);
  • A water bottle;
  • Water purification pills (if desired);
  • Snacks such as fruit, sweets, cookies, granola, nuts.

Meeting Point

Pickup in Cusco

Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Peru

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We did this 5 days trekking to Machu Picchu, it was one of the best trips we have ever done, we visited the glacier and walked up to Machu Picchu, the sunrise views were amazing, it was the best way to be in nature! Birdmi staff was super helpful, she answered us all the questions before we book the tour and our guide was friendly and professional, we felt safe with his accompany, we can highly recommend this 5 days trekking to everyone who likes the nature!

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