Salkantay Trek Tours To Machu Picchu 4 Days 3 Nights-New-Land-Expeditions


About Salkantay Trek To Machupicchu

Thinking about trekking to Machu Picchu?. The first thing that came to mind was probably to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

Because of excessive crowds, the Peruvian government decided not only to limit daily access but also to impose strict Inca Trail Regulations. We understand how frustrating it is to not be able to get a permit, because you didn’t book 4 months in advance and there are no permits left.

The famous Salkantay Trek (or Salcantay Trek), is named as one of the 25 best treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. It is a trek open to everybody, with no limitation on spaces or permits (at least for now). Connecting the city of Mollepata, Cusco with Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote footpath,  located in the same region as the Inca Trail, which has massive snowcapped mountains, collide with lush tropical rain forests.

Located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in South-Central Peru by the Cordillera Vilcabamba and rising to 6271 meters above sea level (20574 ft), Mt. Salkantay is an outstanding glacier-capped summit, worshipped for thousands of years by local Indians. The name Salkantay is a Quechua word, meaning “Savage Mountain”.

Our classic Salkantay Trek is a custom-designed alternative to the traditional Inca Trail. Off the beaten path, this is a cutting edge experience for adventures travelers who are looking for a little more privacy and authenticity. With more spectacular vistas, the Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek offers the solitude and quiet contemplation, as a sacred path deserves.

Tour Itinerary :


We pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 a.m. to drive for about three hours to Mollepata where we start our Salkantay Trek. As soon as we are at Mollepata you will have breakfast, ands while are eating, the cook and the horseman will pack all the camping equipment and cooking stuff and we start hiking. The first three hours will be a little bit uphill to get to Cruzpata, where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay; 4120m/13500ft and Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft). And this is just the start! We will begin our Salkantay Trek to Soraypampa, our first Salkantay Trek camping spot (with 3800 m./11750ft the highest and coldest campsite of the trip). We will be very close to the second highest Salkantay snow capped -mountain of Cusco.

Total distance: 15 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 2:30 – 3 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,800 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude: 3,800 m (aprox.)

Salkantay Track To Machu Picchu 4 Days 3 Nights

Salkantay Track To Machu Picchu 4 Days 3 Nights

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After having our breakfast we start walking around 5:30 am. This day will be the longest day. The first three hours are uphill to get the highest point of the Salkantay Trek (4650m/15200ft), located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible. There is a possibility that it contains snow.

After a rest, we will continue our walk downhill through an impressive cloud forest to Huayracpunku, where we will have lunch. After lunch, we hike again in the direction of the start of the jungle, until we reach our second camping spot of Chaullay or Colcapampa (3000m/9800ft).

Total distance: 19 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 8 – 9 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,650 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude: 2,750 m (aprox.)



After breakfast, at 6.30am, we start walking through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of little brooks to reach La Playa. We will be walking about six hours. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits ,plants, and as soon as we are at La Playa, we ride by horse, back to Mollepata, taking the same Salkantay Trek. After having lunch here, we take a local car to get Hydroelectric station to start walking two more hours by taking the railrodad to Aguas Calientes.

Total distance: 16 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,750 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude: 1,600 m (aprox.)  

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu



This is the most important day of the Salkantay Trek. We wake up early in the morning around 4:00 am and have breakfast at 4:30. We leave after breakfast to walk up to Machu Picchu, which takes one and a half hour. Another option is to catch the first bus, which leaves at  5:30 am to Machupicchu (25-minutes ride). In both situations, walking or taking the bus, you will be able to see the magnificent city as the sun is rising.

A walking tour (of approximately two hours) is given by your guide. After this tour you can explore the mysterious city by yourself. If you still have energy, you can climb Huaynapicchu (2720m/8890ft!!). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top. After enjoying Machu Picchu, we have to go down (walking or by bus) to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and the bus back Cusco.

Total distance: 4 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 1- 2 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (aprox.)

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  • Profesional bilingual tour Guide.
  • First day Andean ceremony, offering to the mother Earth.
  • Maximum number of paxs is 10 paxs.
  • Pick up from your hotel (we pick you up from where you are staying).
  • Private transport to Mollepata Markocasa (trailhead).
  • Tourist train back to Ollantaytambo (expedition service can be at  18:45 pm or 21:50 pm, leaving from Aguas Calientes).
  • Private transport back from Ollamtaytambo to Cusco.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Food: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 3 dinners.
  • Cook.
  • 3-Persons tents capacity, just for two paxs to have more space to store your luggage.
  • Camping equipment (tent, cooking and eating tent, portable chairs and tables).
  • Thermarest (air mat) sleeping mat.
  • Horseman , mules or porters (they just carry cooking stuff and camping equipment).
  • 6 Kilos of your personal belongins to be carried by the horses.
  • 1 Night accommodation in a hostal in Aguas Calientes (private room,cable tv, wi fi and hot water).
  • First Aid kit.
  • Vegetarian/special diet options available.
Not Included:
  • Entrance  fees to Wayna Picchu (if you take this entrance, it will be charged 10 dollars to the original price).
  • Breakfast on first day and lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrances to the hot spring waters  or transportation to get there (15 soles round trip) in Aguas calientes(10 soles).
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (optional),  $24 dolars round trip (one way 12 dolars and you can buy it at the Aguas Calientes bus station).

Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack.

Note: if you need something to hire from us, we will arrange it for you, without any deposit (because most of the rent camping shops ask around 50 or 60 dollars for anything you want to hire).

What You Need To Take:
  • Original passport and Student card (ISIC), green card.
  • Insurance card is essential.
  • Hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors).
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Warm jack.
  • Hat and gloves.
  • T-shirts.
  • Comfortable trousers.
  • Rain pants.
  • Sun hat, bathing suit (for hot springs in Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes).
  • Sun protection cream ( factor 35 recommended ), the sun is strong here.
  • Insect Repellent, 40 % Deet (for mosquitos).
  • Waterbottle.
  • Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended).
  • Toiletpaper.
  • Personal medication.
  • Camera and film camera.
  • Torch with spare batteries (flashlight).

Extra contribution suggested money for tipping porters, cook and guide. and for any emergency (300 soles).

Walking poles (Black Diamont or Leki brand).

​Optional items to take:
  • Short pants.
  • Walking poles (with rubber tips). These can also be hired from us.
  • Plaster and bandage.

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