CUSCO

5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

A mix of Andean mountains, glacier lakes, the jungle and Machu Picchu.

Group size
1 - 12
Duration
5 Days
Difficulty
Medium
why Why you'll love this experience
  • Challenge yourself and hike with small group through Andean mountains and jungle.
  • Forget about simple food for on the go - enjoy excellent food prepared by professional chefs with years of experience in the mountains.
  • We include many extras (duffle bag, sleeping bag, hiking sticks, bus tickets) others charge you for additionally.
  • Stay in comfortable domes instead of rustic tents.
info Info about this incredible tour

This 5-day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most stunning tours in Cusco and an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. During this hike, you will experience a constantly changing terrain and environment, characterised by mountains, snow, jungle, sun, thermal baths, humidity and ruins. Each day, you will hike between 6-10 hours passing the snow-capped Salkantay mountain, the beautiful Humantay lake, the jungle and of course the majestic Machu Picchu!

Compared to a normal hike where you eat simple food and sleep in tents, on the Salkantay trek you eat excellent Peruvian food and you fall asleep in comfortable beds looking at glaciers and the stars. Prepare yourself for a challenging but completely rewarding few days of hiking in the Andean mountains!

We recommend you to have a good level of fitness and that you are acclimated to the altitude.

This 5-day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most stunning tours in Cusco and an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. During this hike, you will experience a constantly changing terrain and environment, characterised by mountains, snow, jungle, sun, thermal baths, humidity and ruins. Each day, you will hike between 6-10 hours passing the snow-capped Salkantay mountain, the beautiful Humantay lake, the jungle and of course the majestic Machu Picchu!

Compared to a normal hike where you eat simple food and sleep in tents, on the Salkantay trek you eat excellent Peruvian food and you fall asleep in comfortable beds looking at glaciers and the stars. Prepare yourself for a challenging but completely rewarding few days of hiking in the Andean mountains!

We recommend you to have a good level of fitness and that you are acclimated to the altitude.

This 5-day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most stunning tours in Cusco and an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail…

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Itinerary

Itinerary

ONE DAY BEFORE THE START OF THE 5-DAY SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

At 5:00 pm o at 7:00 pm, you will have a short briefing about the tour at your hotel. You will be given recommendations what to bring and you’ll have another chance to ask your final questions before the start of the trek.

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DAY 1: VISIT OF HUMANTAY LAKE

  • Total trekking distance:
    Total trekking distance:
     
    12 km / 7.5 miles
    12 km / 7.5 miles
  • Trekking time:
    Trekking time:
     
    Approx. 6.5 hours
    Approx. 6.5 hours
  • Level of difficulty:
    Level of difficulty:
     
    Moderate
    Moderate
  • Lodging:
    Lodging:
     
    Shared accommodation in the Sky Camp (3700 m / 12,150 ft)
    Shared accommodation in the Sky Camp (3700 m / 12,150 ft)

Early in the morning from 4:00 am onwards, you will be picked up from your accommodation in Cusco. After 2 hours of being on the road, we will stop in the small town of Mollepata for 30-45 minutes to have breakfast. Afterwards, we will continue to the starting point of the trek, from where we hike (8 km/5 miles, 3.5 hrs) surrounded by beautiful mountains to the Sky Camps in Soraypampa.

Once we arrive at the camp facing the impressive Salkantay mountain, we will enjoy lunch and rest for a while so that we can prepare ourselves for the hike to the beautiful Humantay lake (ascent of 2 km/1.25 miles, 2 hrs). For this hike, you can also rent a horse for S/ 70. When reaching the crystal-clear lake, there will be enough time to take some memorable photos and to discover its surroundings. As we hike in the afternoon, most of the tourist groups will be gone already so we will have the lake almost to ourselves! Afterwards, we will descend to the igloos to have dinner and gaze at the night sky full of stars.

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