4 Day Salkantay Trek
Get ready to embark on the ultimate Machu Picchu adventure with the express & short 4 Day Salkantay Trek. Feel the glory of Humantay Lake, appreciate the raw power of Salkantay Mountain and wander through mysterious cloud forests and Peruvian jungle. Each night, enjoy luxurious accommodation with delicious alpine cuisine cooked by experienced chefs. But it doesn’t end there – our professional and knowledgeable guides will be accompanying you every step of the way sharing all they know about this region, its culture, and its incredible history! Join us for a truly exciting journey in comfort and good company to Machu Picchu trek Salkantay.
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- Duration4 Days
- Type TripTrekking
- Group SizeMax 12 people
- LanguagesEng, Esp,
- SeasonYear around
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Day 1: Cusco/ Mollepata/ Challacancha/Soraypampa/ Humantay Lake/Sky
Day 2: Soraypampa/ Salkantay Pass/ Wayracmachay/ Chaullay
Day 3: Chaullay/La Playa /Hidroelectrica/Aguas Calientes
Day 4: Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu/ Ollantaytambo/ Cusco
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Starts at: Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
Ends in: Drop off to your hotel in Cusco
Name: 4 Day Salkantay Trek
Total Hiking: 59km/ 36.66 mi.
Altitude: 4630 m/ 15190 ft.
Day 1 Cusco/ Mollepata/ Challacancha/Soraypampa/ Humantay Lake/Sky Camp
We’ll collect you from your accommodation in Cusco at 4:00 am for a 2 hour and 15 minute drive to Challacancha, the starting point of your trek. Have the perfect breakfast – complete with cozy blankets – before meeting your horsemen and cooks. Then get ready for a relatively easy 3-hour hike up to Soraypampa (3900m / 12795f) which will take you past gorgeous glaciers and deep valleys, with Incan water channels that still provide locals with irrigation! This section is 7 km/4.35mi long, and it’s just the start of your unforgettable journey.
Get ready to be amazed at the Sky Camp in Soraypampa and enjoy a delicious lunch cooked by our talented chefs right in the middle of the majestic mountains. When your bellies are full, start your afternoon trek up to Humantay Lake (4200m / 13780f).
Take a leisurely 2.5-hour round trip hike to Humantay Lake (4200m / 13780f) that’s only 3km/1.86mi long, but don’t underestimate the altitude! Once you arrive, take some time to absorb the incredible view of turquoise waters against white snow – it’ll be like something from a dreamland.
After a revitalizing trek, enjoy a delicious dinner as you bask in the evening sun setting behind majestic mountains. The feeling of inner peace is hard to put into words but undeniable; then head for your igloo and gaze up at the stars through its roof for a truly unforgettable night’s rest.
Meals Included: 1 Breakfast, 1 lunch & 1 Dinner
Day 2 Soraypampa/ Salkantay Pass/ Wayracmachay/ Chaullay
Start your morning with a cup of coca tea, followed by a nutritious and delicious breakfast. Then, set out on your toughest challenge yet: the 7km/4.34mi long climb to the highest point of the route – Salkantay Pass (4630m/15190f). Prepare for a challengining ascent along a winding path – it’ll take about 3 hours or more.
Reaching the summit will reveal unbeatable views of valleys, the Salkantay Mountain towering at 6271m/20574f and second-highest peak in Cusco, Altared Apus. Marvel at the spectacular vistas of Humantay, Tucarhuay, and Pumasillo mountains. Take some time to recuperate your energy before embarking on a 6km/3.72mi trek down a rocky path to Wayracmachay (3850m/12631f) for lunch. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our chef as you take in more stunning scenery.
Once you’ve had your fill and have rested up, we’ll continue our descent into the valley. It’s about 8km/4.97mi down and will take about 3 hours. On this stretch, you’ll experience a dramatic climate change as you leave the snowy mountain peaks behind and enter the cloud forest of the Peruvian Amazon jungle. Spot vibrant wildlife found only in this region and enjoy an array of colorful scenery.
After your longest day of hiking, finally reach the Andean Huts camp in Chaullay (2900m/9514f) to enjoy a hearty dinner before settling into your hut and drifting off to sleep.
Meals Included: 1 Breakfast, 1 lunch & 1 Dinner
Day 3 Chaullay/La Playa /Hidroelectrica/Aguas Calientes
Wake up at 6am for a quick breakfast before embarking on the 5-hour hike to La Playa, through the stunning Santa Teresa valley. Enjoy the lush landscape and spot rivers, wild orchids, and all kinds of plantations such as coffee, banana, and avocado. Don’t forget to savor the granadilla and passion fruit along the route!
Pass through a small village called Colpapampa before reaching the boom of the mountains, and head to the other side of the valley. Explore the tropical section full of waterfalls, birds, fruit trees, flora, and fauna.
When we reach La Playa, enjoy the last lunch prepared by our incredible chefs, relax and watch a show about coffee. After some restful moments, board the private transport and take it to Hidroelectrica train station. From there, hike alongside the tracks surrounded by lots of vegetation and accompanied by the Urubamba River or, if you’re feeling exhausted, take the train to Aguas Calientes for an extra US$34.00.
You’ll find beautiful plants, as well as a huge variety of birds – including the national bird of Peru, El Gallito de las Rocas (the Cock-of-the-Rocks).
After 3 hours of hiking, we’ll get to Aguas Calientes. First, we’ll take you to your hostel to check-in and relax in a room with a private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, breakfast in the morning and luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu. You can rest this afternoon or explore the small town and visit the hot springs. We’ll meet for dinner at a top restaurant before heading to bed early. Be sure to be up before the sun tomorrow for our final adventure – the one and only Machu Picchu!
Meals Included: 1 Breakfast, 1 lunch & 1 Dinner
Day 4 Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu/ Ollantaytambo/ Cusco
Today is the day you’ve been eagerly awaiting ever since you set foot on the trail – it’s time to visit one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu! We’ll wake up while it’s still dark outside after enjoying a restful night’s sleep in our hostel. We like to start this final day early to beat the large crowds at Machu Picchu and enjoy the soft morning light shining on the massive rocks. The entrance opens at 6:00 am, so we want to be one of the first inside.
From Aguas Calientes, we’ll take a bus up to the Inca citadel before entering and admiring the incredible construction. Once inside, you’ll enjoy a tour of approximately two hours with your guide and explore its most important parts – houses, temples, terraces and culvaon fields. You’ll be astonished by the ingenuity of the Incas, which still remains a mystery to this day.
After your incredible guided tour of the citadel, you’ll have the chance to enjoy one of the additional hikes up Huayna Picchu Mountain (2,720 m / 8,924) or Machu Picchu Mountain (3,000 m / 9,843); these tickets must be booked in advance. You’ll be able to gaze upon an incredible view over the citadel of Machu Picchu – one of the best panoramas in the world.
You need to ensure you come back down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy some lunch before you catch the train back to Ollantaytambo. Your train time will depend on availability. In Ollantaytambo, our private transport will be awaiting you to transport you back to your accommodation in Cusco. You’ll now be able to enjoy a well-deserved rest, although your heart will be soaring high in the Andes like a condor for years to come.
Meals Included: Meals not included
Experienced Tour Guide
Private Camping Equipment
One Duffle Bag
Medical Kit or First AID Kit
Extras Included in our Service
Customer Service 24/7
Accommodation in Private Campsites
Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Water on the trail
Wake up tea
Tea Time or Happy Hour
Snacks on the trail daily
One cloth snack bag per person
Products for hygiene
Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Day 4)
One-Way Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Day 4)
Personal Belongings Transportation
Entry Ticket for Salkantay Trek
Entry Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site
Sleeping Bag (rent US$ 20.00 per person)
Walking Sticks (rent US$ 20.00 per person)
Huayna Picchu Mountain (The ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 60.00 per person)
Machu Picchu Mountain (The ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 60.00 per person)
Lunch in Aguas Calientes and Dinner in Cusco (Day 3)
Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes (Day 2) (US$ 34.00 per person)
Personal Hiking Clothing and Gear
Tips for our staff
Additional costs or delays beyond our control
Not suitable for
People with heart problems
People in poor physical condition
What to Bring
Clothing suitable for all weather conditions
Sleeping bag, sleeping mat
Headlamp and spare batteries
Warm jacket, waterproof rain gear, hat/beanie, gloves
Sunscreen lotion and sunglasses
Sunhat and lightweight long pants
Hiking boots with good grip soles (tennis shoes are not recommended)
Backpack that fits your body size properly (25 to 35 liters is usually enough)
Water bottle or hydration reservoir with at least 2 liters capacity
Snacks such as energy bars, nuts, dried fruits etc. (Optional)
First Aid Kit with basic items such as painkillers, band aids etc. (Optional)
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Is it for me the Salkantay 4 days Trek?
Perfect for those who are seeking a more daring adventure while scaling higher altitudes and enduring longer distances! Your journey includes the challenge of conquering the famous Salkantay Pass (4,630 m / 15,190 ), an ascent that is not too strenuous or daunting in spite of its grand elevation.
How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Salkantay Trek?
Its recommended take a two or three day prior to embarking on your journey to acclimatize and adjust your body to the altitude of Cusco, Peru. This will help you avoid any potential issues with altitude sickness during your life-changing trek! Even if you have already been in another area of Peru at a high altitude, we still suggest having one day or two in Cusco for rest, recuperation from travels, and to take in the sights and sounds of this ancient city before setting off on your adventure.
Informative meeting for getting ready to go to Salkantay´s Trek
Held in our main office (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm the day before your tour begins, this meeting will last approximately 30-45 minutes and will provide you with helpful insight into the terrain, geography, and altitude you'll encounter. If you're unable to attend, please reach out to us via email, phone or in person.
About the duffle bag for Salkantay 4 Days Trek
Before setting off on your trek, take advantage of the duffle bag issued by us to fill with up to 7 kg / 15.4 lb of clothing for the three days. Our horses will do the heavy lifting and transport it along with the food and camping gear. Be aware that you won't have access until the end of each day. Make sure you have a large enough daypack to carry all essentials such as a warm jacket, raincoat, camera, sunscreen, snacks, and water (ideally 30-50 liters).
Can I store my luggage during the trek in your office?
Yes, store your main luggage with us or at your hotel prior to departure. If you have any valuable items, keep them in the hotel safe and get an itemized receipt for them; if you're concerned about security, put the items in a sealed and signed envelope. Get ready for an exciting journey with peace of mind!
Pick up of guests
Our pick-up service can come to your hotel in the Historical Center of Cusco on the day of your trek. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time during your brief meeting, but please note that it could take between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. As Cusco is made up of many narrow cobbled streets and steep slopes, we highly recommend selecting accommodations with easy access for cars and luggage transportation.
About group tours
Our group tours give you the freedom to explore and go at your own pace, even if that means someone else is faster or slower than you. But keep in mind, your guide will consult with everyone involved to decide if any changes can be made to the route.
About strikes and demonstrations
While strikes and demonstrations may occur in Peru, we always strive to keep your trip as originally planned. However, depending on the circumstances, changes in date or tour cancellations may be necessary for the safety of everyone involved. Our operations department will make sure to coordinate the new plans with you, your safety is our highest priority!
Keep your valuables safe and sound! Whether you're on the transport, at a restaurant, or out camping, always be aware of where you leave your things and remember to take them with you when you leave. You're solely responsible for your belongings during the tour, please keep an eye out and don't let anything get left behind!
Customize this tour
This, and all the tours we offer online can always be customized, whether you are looking for upgrade alternatives, large groups, more flexible hours, have a special occasion (honeymoon, engagement), are a content creator, or are simply looking for something more private. We have all the alternatives to personalize your trip. Email us to firstname.lastname@example.org, leave us a message at +1 949 299 8915
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