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Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 Days

6-Day Salkantay Trek and Brief Inca Trail Adventure to Machu Picchu

6 Days from $ USD 1150.00

Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 Days

Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 Days

6-Day Salkantay Trek and Brief Inca Trail Adventure to Machu Picchu

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6 Days from $ USD 1150.00

Price
$ USD 1 150.00
Duration
6 Days
Physical Level
Easy
Altitude
3300 mnsn
Accomodation
Glamping
Departures
Daiy Departures
Cusco

Overview

Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 Days

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. This hike is famous for its stunning views of Salkantay Mountain, the highest snowfall in the Vilcabamba Mountain Range, and is rated as one of the top 25 hikes in the world by National Geographic Adventure magazine.

This hike high in the Peruvian Andes and takes us through cloud forests to Hidro Eléctrica, where you will then travel to the town of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu.

Although we will not find Inca ruins on the route, we will be able to visit Machu Picchu on the Short Inca Trail and at the end of the visit to Machu Picchu.

It is essential to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness, since the highest point of the Classic Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is the Salkantay Pass at 4,630 meters (15,190 feet) above sea level. Therefore, we recommend spending at least 3-4 days in the city of Cusco before starting the trek.

The best time to do the Salkantay Trek is during the dry season, which falls between March and November. It is recommended to avoid the rainy season as the hike can become wet and slippery. Salkantay Trekking also offers an eco-glamping experience at EcoDomes, which adds to the unique experience of the trek.

Trip Details

Details About Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail 6 Days
  • TOUR NAME: Salkantay Trek and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • 100% LOCAL COMPANY: fully licensed Salkantay & Inca Trail Operator, Highly Recommended! Check out our reviews on Trip Advisor & Youtube what our Passengers say about us
  • GROUP SIZE: 02 People Minimum (04 – 06 Average) and 08 People Maximum
  • STARTING POINT: Pick-up from Cusco & Sacred Valley Hotel/Airbnb. From 4:30 am to 5:00 am
  • ENDING POINT: Drop-off in Cusco at Hotel/Airbnb 10:30 pm
  • DEPARTURE: Daily. If you are a group of 02 we depart (No matter if you have paid as a large group service).
  • HIKING DISTANCE: 60.5 km / 37.5 ml
  • PHYSICAL LEVEL: Level 3. Salkantay Trek requires some physical preparation and we also recommend Aclimatize 2 days before we begin the Salkantay Trek
  • MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 4,630 m / 15,228 ft
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private Van/Bus to Challacancha (for our Passengers and staff) Tourist Expedition Train Back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and Bus back to Cusco
  • ACCOMMODATIONS: 02 nights in Green Eco SkyDomeEco-friendly (Private Campsite of Domes at Soraypampa and Loreta La Playa Private Shower and Bathroom), 01 Night in a Small Dome (Shared Bathroom), 02 nights in the hotel (Aguas Calientes)
  • PORTERING/HORSEBACK SERVICE: 7 Kilos/14 Pounds Extra Portering service is included. We will provide you a duffel bag for your personal Stuff (This will be carried by the porter or Horses), Water Bottle, Rain Poncho & Salkantay T-shirt at the briefing time
  • MEALS: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, 3 tea times + wake-up teas  (Vegetarian, Vegan and Free Gluten with NO extra Charge, Upon Request)
  • SALKANTAY TREK & SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU: Short Inca Trail Permits as well as Machu Picchu entrance fee Included.
Price From
$ 1150.00
Food

3B, 2L, 1D

Travel Asistants

Loal Guide
Private Conductor

Transport

Bus, and Boat

Group Size

Accomodation

Glamping

Physical Level

Easy

Travel Map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Humantay Lake – Soraypampa (Sky Lodge Dome)
  • DAY 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huaracmachay – Chaullay (Sky Lodge Dome)
  • DAY 3: Chaullay – LLuscamayo – Loreta La Playa Sahuayaco (Sky Lodge Dome)
  • DAY 4: Loreta – Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes (Hotel)
  • DAY 5: Aguas Calientes – Km.104 – Wiñay Wayna – Aguas Calientes
  • DAY 6: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Highlights

  • Sleep in comfort under the stars in our Eco-friendly Sky Green Eco Domes located on the private campsite at Soraypampa and Loreta Campsite. Best Campsites Along the on Salkantay Trek.
  • Day 1: Private Soraypampa GLAMPING SKY LODGE DOME
  • Day 2: Private Chaullay GLAMPING SKY LODGE DOME
  • Day 3: Private Loreta La Playa GLAMPING SKY LODGE DOME
  • Day 4: Aguas Calientes Hotel
  • Day 5: Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Day 6: Machu Picchu
  • Visit Humantay Lake and Salkantay Lake
  • Hike the Original Inca Trail to the LLactapata Incan site to see Machupicchu.
  • Enjoy the scenic views of Salkantay Snow Mountain
  • Make a small ritual for the Andean gods and learn about the Incan religion
  • Enjoy our friendly customer service and experienced top guides
  • Eat delicious, freshly prepared Peruvian cuisine (Buffet Peruvian Style Food)
  • Hike through the different types of landscapes and Sceneries, such as cloud forests, highlands, grassy hills, and Andean valleys
  • Reach 4,600 meters (15,000 feet) in elevation along the Salkantay Pass
  • Explore Machu Picchu and the surrounding area with expert and knowledgeable tour top guides
  • Hike one of National Geographic’s 25 “World’s Best Treks”

Kindly note that a minimum of two persons are required, and you can choose any day that suits you. We guarantee 100% departure for all bookings. To secure your Inca Trail permits, please send us the completed booking form and a 30% deposit.

For travelers with limited time or those who are not physically fit enough for the four-day Salkantay trek, we offer a fantastic alternative. You can choose between a three-day trek that includes Humantay Lake and a train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, or a two-day trek that includes Salkantay and Humantay Lake, and sleeping in our domes.

Itinerary

DAY 1

Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Humantay Lake – Soraypampa (Sky Lodge Dome)

The 5 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu starts with an early morning pick-up from your Cusco hotel, between 0430 and 0500, and a two-hour drive to Mollepata. Here, we will stop for breakfast at a local restaurant and our local expert will provide some essential tips for the trek.

We will then continue to Challacancha to meet our support crew, chef, and muleteers who will assist us on the trek. After ensuring that all the necessary gear is in place, we will begin our gradual uphill hike to Soraypampa, which is at an altitude of 3900m/12795ft and where our Signature Skydomes are located.

The trek from Challacancha to Soraypampa starts with a flat surface hike, offering views of various Andean glaciers in the distance. We will also hike through a restored Inca Canal, still used by the locals today. Upon arrival at Soraypampa, we will serve a freshly cooked meal using ingredients from the Cusco region and prepared by our renowned Andean chefs.

After lunch, we will hike to the enigmatic turquoise glacier lake, Lake Humantay, which is located about 3 km (1.86 miles) from our campsite and sits at an altitude of 4200m/13780ft.

The round trip takes approximately three hours. Once at the lake, you will have plenty of time to immerse yourself in the Andean beauty and our guide will explain its prominence in Andean mythology.

After the hike, we will return to our campsite to witness the sunset and enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by our crew. You can then settle into your Sky Dome and fall asleep under the stars.

Day 1 Trek Summary: Total distance: approx. 15 km Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours Maximum altitude point: approx. 3800m Campsite altitude: approx. 3800m

DAY 2

Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huaracmachay – Chaullay (Sky Lodge Dome)

Prepare for another memorable day on the Salkantay Trekking adventure, as you wake up to the warm glow of the sun rising above the Salkantay Peak, shining through the walls of your SkyDome.

Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and a traditional Andean breakfast, rich in protein, to give you the energy to start your hike to the highest point of the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, Salkantay Pass, located at an altitude of 4630 meters (15190 feet).

The Salkantay Pass hike includes the famous “Trail of the seven snakes”, named after the seven switchbacks leading to the summit. This part of the trek can be challenging due to the altitude, but we will take it slow, allowing you to catch your breath and appreciate the breathtaking views of the Andean peaks.

Salkantay Peak is the second-highest peak in the Cusco region and a sacred symbol in Andean mythology, referred to as “Apus” or Father in Quechua. The locals perform sacred rituals here, including K’intu, using three Coca leaves to seek blessings, which your guide will explain to you. Take your time at the summit to enjoy the views of Humantay, Taucarhuay, and Pumasillo peaks before continuing on a 7 km (4.35 miles) hike down the hill to our lunch camp in Huacarmachay (3850 meters/12631 feet), nestled in a valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

At our lunch camp, our expert crew will serve a freshly cooked Andean meal to refuel you for the next part of the trek. After lunch, we’ll leave the Andes and enter the Peruvian Amazon Jungle, hiking 8 km (4.97 miles) at a normal pace, which takes about three hours. You’ll notice a significant change in the topography as it gets warmer, and our guide will share information about the native plant, animal, and bird species found in the region.

Our campsite for the night is in Chaullay (2900 meters/9514 ft.), where our crew will assist you in settling into your Sky Dome. We’ll meet for dinner later, marking the end of another memorable day on the Salkantay Trek.

Day 2 Trek Summary:

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

6-Day Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu

DAY 3

Chaullay – LLuscamayo – Loreta La Playa Sahuayaco (Sky Lodge Dome)

In the morning, our crew will gently wake you up with a knock on the door of your Skydome at 6:00 AM. After a cup of freshly brewed coffee, breakfast will be served to fuel you for the relatively easier third day of the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. Our trek will take us through the Santa Teresa Valley, where we will walk for about six hours towards La Playa, crossing the Lluscamayo river on the way.

During the trek, we will pass by numerous waterfalls and farms that produce bananas, avocados, and coffee. Keep an eye out for the Andean Cock of the Rock, the national bird of Peru, which is often seen in this region.

We will take a break for lunch at our campsite in La Playa, where our crew will serve a delicious meal. Afterward, we will visit some nearby farms for a guided tour, or you can choose to unwind at the natural hot springs of Ccocalmayo.

Finally, we will gather for dinner in the evening before you get back to your respective Sky Domes for a sound sleep.

Day 3 Trek Summary:

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

6-Day Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu

DAY 4

Loreta – Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes (Hotel)

Breakfast will be served at 8:00 AM, following which we will embark on a hike through a section of the Original Inca Trail to catch a stunning view of Machu Picchu in the distance. This is considered the most picturesque spot to see Machu Picchu from.

Our hike will lead us uphill to one of the most beautiful Inca complexes, Llactapata, which sits at 2700m/8858 ft. Here, you will have a closer view of the Machu Picchu complex. This is the first Inca archaeological site we will be visiting on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, and our local expert will give you a guided tour of the complex, providing insights into Andean culture and history.

Afterwards, we will hike down the hill for an hour and a half, with Machu Picchu peak in the distance. We will stop for lunch at Hidro Electrica (1800 meters/5096 ft), named after the artificial waterfall here which generates electricity.

Following lunch, you will have two options:

  1. Hike along the railway tracks, retracing the footsteps of Hiram Bingham III, who rediscovered Machu Picchu. The route takes you through the tropical jungle and offers stunning views at every turn, with a duration of three hours.
  2. Take a 45-minute train ride to Aguas Calientes, which will cost an additional $35.

We highly recommend the hiking option, which also offers the opportunity to see Intihuatana, a sundial rock that the Incas used to read the winter solstice. This rock worked together with the stone in Machu Picchu citadel, which we will visit the following day.

Once in Aguas Calientes, we will accommodate you in an ensuite hotel room for the night. In the evening, we will meet for dinner. Aguas Calientes is known for its hot springs, so you can take a refreshing dip in the thermal waters during your free time.

Day 4 Trek Summary:

  • Total distance: 12 km
  • Estimated walking time: 5 – 6 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: 1,600 m
  • Hotel (Aguas Calientes) altitude: 1,900 m
6-Day Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu
6-Day Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu
DAY 5

Aguas Calientes – Km.104 – Wiñay Wayna – Aguas Calientes

The Short Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu commences with an early morning stroll from Aguas Calientes to Km 104, where we will begin our exploration of Chachabamba.

We will start the hike by crossing a small bridge and ascending a short uphill trail to the lesser-known but prominent Inca site, Chachabamba. It is situated at 2150 meters above sea level (7053 ft) and is home to a stone altar where the Incas worshipped their supreme God, Inti (Sun) and Apus (Mountain Peaks). Our local expert will demonstrate the process of using sacred coca leaves to express gratitude to nature and other entities, a tradition that locals still follow today.

After touring Chachabamba, we will continue hiking uphill for approximately four hours to Wiñay Wayna, which means “forever young” in Quechua. The archaeological site is the most beautiful spot on the trail, situated at 2650 meters (8694 ft) above sea level. It served as an administrative center to Machu Picchu and features 20 urban areas, farming zones, and ceremonial sites. Our local expert will provide an immersive tour here, highlighting the most prominent part of the complex, the 7 Window temple, built in honor of the Rainbow.

Following the tour, we will stop at the clean and well-maintained campsite to have lunch, refill our water bottles, and use the restrooms before continuing our 2-day hike to our next stop, Intipunku (Sungate), which takes approximately an hour. This section of the trek passes through lush tropical jungle, and from Sungate, you will have the first view of Machu Picchu citadel nestled between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains.

Only those hiking the Inca Trail and Short Inca Trail enter the citadel through the Sun Gate. We will make a brief stop here so that you can take in the view. After that, we will exit the citadel and take a bus down to Aguas Calientes, where we will accommodate you in a hotel for the night.

Aguas Calientes, as the name suggests, is home to hot springs. You can relax and soak in the natural thermal waters in the evening, which is the perfect way to unwind after a full day’s tour. The town also has many souvenir shops where you can buy souvenirs.

6-Day Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu
6-Day Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu
DAY 6

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Our journey to Machu Picchu begins with an early morning ride on a tourist bus. Before entering the citadel, your Machu Picchu tickets will be checked against your original passport.

As we enter the citadel, you will witness the sun rising over Machu Picchu, casting golden rays on the walls. We will start the tour with a brief introduction to the Inca civilization and visit main areas of the citadel such as the main plaza and farming terraces.

After the tour, if you have booked to climb Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu mountain, our tour guide will direct you to the respective entrance.

Once you’ve had your fill of Machu Picchu, we’ll take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. You’ll have some free time here to have lunch or explore the town.

Later in the evening, we’ll board the train back to Ollantaytambo train station. Upon arrival, our representative will meet you and transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco, arriving at approximately 10:00 PM.

6-Day Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu
6-Day Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu

Inclusions

Included

  • Pivate Tourist Transportation Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha. (Salkantay Trailhead)
  • Pick up from your hotel by your guide.
  • Professional bilingual Tour guide in English/Spanish.
  • Short Inca Trail Permits as well as Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Food service in the campsites (5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, 3 snacks) – nutritionally balanced menu: Buffet style. Plenty of food you will never be hungry with us! as well as Guinea Pig for free because we want you to taste all from Peru. All these meals are prepared by our cook and his assistant.
  • Professional Cook/Chef: all our fresh vegetables are washed in iodine water prior to serving. Vegetarian (vegan) food on request at no extra cost! All dietary requirements from vegans, lacto-allergies,, and general dislikes can be catered for so long as a prior warning is given when booking the trip
  • Daily tea service (Wake up Coca tea and afternoon tea time(Happy hour) including hot drinks such as Mate de Coca and locally grown coffee)
  • Dining equipment including portable chairs and tables
  • First Aid Kit
  • 01 Oxygen tank
  • Porters/Horseman, Horses (to carry All Food, Camping Equipment, and 7 kilos of passengers’ belongings) We Never overload our Horses (well Animal Welfare)
Accommodations:
  • 1st Night Private Campsite: 01 Night Glamping Sky Lodge Dome at Soraypampa
  • 2nd Night Private Campsite: 01 Night Glamping Sky Lodge Dome at Chaullay 
  • 3rd Night Private Campsite: 01 Night Glamping Sky Lodge Dome at La Playa Loreta Coffe Camp
  • 4th & 5th Night Private Hotel: 01 Night in Aguas Calientes (Twin Bedroom, 3 beds room, 04 beds room)
  • Please Note: The DOME at 1st and 3rd Campsite is 6 Meters in diameter and has Comfortable Beds, Blankets, Pillows Private Shower, and in Bathroom (Accommodation is upon request) (Twin Bedroom, 3 beds room, 04 beds room) and our domes use Solar Energy and Solar Water heater is base on the weather. And the 2nd Campsite of our domes is 3 Meters in Diameter to sleep only. So you will need a sleeping bag. And we only use biodegradable things and we Support Sustainable, Responsible & Ethical Tourism.
  • Expedition Train Back From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Train Time from 1:37 pm to 7:00 pm) Subject to Availability
  • Bus back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco and drop off at the hotel.
  • Duffel bag for personal belongings (We will provide you with this duffel bag at the briefing time)
  • Pre-trek Orientation – briefing A day before we do the Trek. (Hotel or Office) Let us know once you are at the office or by email.
  • Water for Drinking: we will supply you with filtered and boiled water and your bottles will be filled at each meal time. Please, bring enough water for the 1st day only.
  • Free “I Survived” T-shirt and certificate (only for PEOPLE who successfully complete the trek!!!)

No Included

  • Breakfast Day 1
  • Lunch and dinner Day 6
  • Entrance fee to Salkantay and Humantay Lake 20 soles
  • Sleeping Bag (You can rent from us)
  • Walking Poles (You can rent from us)
  • Tips for our staff (Optional)
  • Optional: If you feel tired after the trek to and from Llactapata, There is a chance to take a train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes. (30-minute ride)(Cost of the Train Service is $35)
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu ($12 per person, one way)
  • Travel and Health Insurance.(bring copies with you please): Quechuas Expeditions highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment. Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss, the and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance, and emergency medical expense insurance.
  • Additional costs or delays out of the control of the management (landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.)

What to Bring

For the five days of Salkantay treks, you need personal trekking gear and a sleeping bag. If you do not have a sleeping bag is possible to rent one from us also if you like trekking poles, you can rent them from us. The rest needed for this trek we provide.

Here is a general packing list for the Salkantay trek that you can use as a reference:

Clothing:

  • Hiking boots or shoes
  • Hiking socks (wool or synthetic)
  • Long pants (hiking pants or leggings)
  • T-shirts or breathable shirts
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Swimwear (for hot springs or swimming)
  • Sandals / Flip flops
  • A towel

Gear:

  • Backpack (20-30L)
  • Sleeping bag (rated to 0-5 degrees Celsius/32-41 degrees Fahrenheit). If you do not have one, you can rent one from the company
  • Headlamp or flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Trekking poles (optional but recommended), if you do not have one pair you can rent from the company
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Water bottle or hydration system (at least 1.5 liters capacity)
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.)
  • Personal medication (if necessary)

Optional:

  • Camera or phone for taking pictures
  • Portable charger or power bank
  • Book or Kindle for reading during downtime
  • Snacks (such as energy bars, trail mix, or dried fruit)
  • Cash in soles (for buying souvenirs or optional activities)
  • Also, keep in mind that the weather can be unpredictable in the Andes, so it’s recommended to dress in layers and bring both warm and waterproof clothing or rain ponchos.

DOCUMENTS YOU MUST CARRY DURING THE TREK

  • Original Passport
  • Original student card if you have applied for a student discount.

NOTE: Salkantay Treks Peru provides a duffle bag in which you can pack up to 7 kilograms of your personal belongings, which will be carried by horses during the trek. During the trek, you will carry a small backpack with the necessary items for the day hike. The rest of your belongings can be packed in the duffle bag, which will be accessible at each campsite.

Pricing List

6-Day Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu by Glamping Sky Dome to Dome (Prices for 2023 & 2024)

Salkantay Trek Peru Availability And Permits 2023 – 2024: Daily Departures All Departures are 100% Guaranteed. If You’re Booked, You are Going, We won’t cancel your Trip !!!

How to Book?: Send us all Your Personal information, as well as a Deposit of US$100, and the Final Balance, will be paid once you are in Cusco.

Group Service: Price per person: US$950 /

(You will be joined into a formed group of people who come from different countries/Nationalities): From 02 Persons to 08 Persons (Maximum)

Private Service: Price per person: US$1150 /

If you are a group of 02 we depart (No matter if you have paid as GROUP SERVICE). We NEVER pass our people onto another operator as most agencies do here in Cusco.

Daily Departures ( We are the Best Operator On Salkantay Trek with our own Private Campsites of SKY LODGE DOMES)


Group Price
Number of persons Price per person
Price Per person (Max 12 participants) $100.00 Inquire Now
Number of persons Price per person
1 Persons $ USD 900.00 Inquire Now
2 Persons $ USD 800.00 Inquire Now
3 Persons $ USD 700.00 Inquire Now
3 Persons $ USD 600.00 Inquire Now
4 Persons $ USD 600.00 Inquire Now

Booking Note

DISCOUNTS (to apply discounts. Please send us an Email
  • UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD (Students must be below 25 years): US$20. Please send us a scanned copy of the student card at the time of booking.
  • Under 17 years old: US$20 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 12 years old: US$20 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Group of 5 or more: US$10 per person. All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.
UPGRADES:
  • Huaynapicchu Mountain (Based on Availability): US$90 Based on Availability (Let us at the time of booking)
  • Machu Picchu Mountain (Based on Availability): US$90 Based on Availability (Let us at the time of booking)
  • Upgrade to Vistadome Train (First Class Train) (Includes Private Transportation From Ollantaytambo to Cusco) USUS$70
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes US$30 per person (Twin Bedroomdon’t, 3 Beds room & 4 Beds Room with Private shower & Bathroom)
  • A night in Cusco at our Quechuas Guesthouse: from US$30 per person / Twin Bedroom (Before we do the tour/trek or after the tour/trek)
RENTALS
  • Goose Down sleeping bag (Mummy style): US$30 for the entire trip
  • (Black Dimond) Walking Poles Rubber Tips Included: US$20 for the entire trip
  • Day Pack 20 – 30 liters (Rain cover included): US$15 for the entire trip
ADDITIONAL INFO:
  • BRIEFING: all our treks is a Night before we do the trek at 6:30 pm in our office, But if you want us to come to your Hotel let us know in advance.(You will get a chance to meet your guide and as well as to give you your duffel bags)
  • STORAGE: Most Hotels have storage where you can leave the rest of your stuff while you hike to Machupicchu, But if they dont have a place you can leave your stuff in our storage at no extra cost. (Let us know at the time of briefing)

We need at least 02 of you and Leave any day you suit. All Departures are 100% Guaranteed If You’re Booked, You Are Going !!! To Confirm and Secure the Inca Trail Permits. Send us the filled-out booking form as well as a deposit of 30% and you are ready to go…


Recommendations

The Salkantay trek is your trek into a world of stunning landscapes, majestic mountains and authentic experiences that will be etched in your memory forever.

The Salkantay hike is an unrivaled challenge only for nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts. This route will take you through diverse ecosystems, from the jungle to the high mountains, ending your walk on the slopes of the impressive Salkantay snow-capped mountain.

In the city of Cusco you will have the opportunity to acclimatize to the altitude of Cusco, which will prepare you to face challenges along the route. Enjoy the fresh mountain air, breathe deeply and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.

The landscapes you will find on the Salkantay hike are simply spectacular. From glacial lakes to rainforests, roaring waterfalls and snow-capped peaks, every day will surprise you with a new natural wonder. And, of course, the majesty of the snow-capped Salkantay will always be present.

On this journey, you will have the opportunity to meet local communities and learn about their Inca ancestral traditions. You will appreciate the hospitality of the people of this region and you will taste authentic dishes prepared by expert local hands.

Our agency promotes sustainable and environmentally friendly tourism. Throughout the walk, we take care of nature and respect the communities that host us. Leave only footprints and carry with you indelible memories.

You will discover this magical corner of Peru, on this walk you will discover natural beauty mixed with cultural wealth. Your trip will be a testimony of courage, perseverance and admiration for nature.

Are you ready for the challenge? Join us on the Salkantay trek and prepare for a unique experience that will leave you breathless every step of the way. We guarantee that at the end of this trip, you will have created unforgettable memories and a deeper connection with the nature and culture of the Peruvian Andes. Book your adventure today!


Valid Student ID for Machu Picchu

To get the student discount, travelers should have a Valid ID with the following:

  • 25 years or less at the time of entering Machu Picchu. Older than 25 can not enter as a student
  • The ID must have the Name of the university, name, and photo of the student
  • The ID must have a valid expiration date

Invalid Student IDs

Student IDs are not eligible for a discount when:

  • Traveler is older than 25
  • Expired ID
  • Student Id without expiration date
  • ISIC cards are not valid.

Travel Guide

Peru, a country with astonishing natural and cultural wealth, is home to one of the most exciting and rewarding hikes in the world: the Salkantay Trek. This journey takes you through dreamlike landscapes, from the lush tropical jungle to the high snow-capped peaks of the Andes, and culminates in the majestic slopes of the snow-capped Salkantay. If you are looking for an adventure that awakens your senses and connects you with nature in its purest state, the Salkantay Walk is a perfect choice.

Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail
Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail

The landscapes on the walk are impressive:

The Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail itinerary is a work of natural art. Each day will surprise you with breathtaking panoramic views, from glacial lakes and roaring waterfalls to a dense tropical forest. But the real protagonist of this journey is the snow-capped Salkantay, a majestic mountain of 6,271 meters that rises on the horizon. Its snow-capped peaks and glaciers are a constant sight, and natural beauty will surround you at every step.

Cultural exchange with local populations

The Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail also offers the opportunity to interact with local communities along the way. These communities are known for their hospitality and traditions rooted in Andean culture. During your journey, you will have the opportunity to learn about the daily life and customs of these people who live in a remote region of Peru. In addition, you can taste authentic dishes prepared by local expert hands.

An adventure full of fun and contact with nature:

The Salkantay Walk is not only an adventure for nature lovers, but also for those who enjoy a physical challenge. The altitude of the region requires proper acclimatization, so it is important to spend a few days in Cusco before beginning the trek. This will help you adapt to the altitude and be in optimal condition to face the challenges of the road.

We are a Responsible agency:

Sustainable and environmentally friendly tourism is a priority in the Salkantay Walk. The rule is “leave only footprints”, which means that respect for nature and local communities is promoted. This journey gives you the opportunity to connect with the Earth and appreciate its fragility while promoting its conservation.

Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail
Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail

The memories you are looking for from the Salkantay hike

By the end of the Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail, you will have created unforgettable memories and a deeper connection with the nature and culture of the Peruvian Andes. This adventure is a testament to your bravery, perseverance, and admiration for the beauty of the Earth. It is an experience that will change you forever and leave you with a deep appreciation for the wonders of Peru.

In short, the Salkantay Trek is a unique experience that offers a journey through stunning landscapes, the opportunity to connect with local communities, and an adventure that challenges your physical and emotional limits. If you are looking for an experience that allows you to explore the natural wonder of Peru at its finest, this hike is the perfect choice. Get ready for a life-changing adventure!

Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail
Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Salkantay trek is considered challenging but not impossible for the average traveller or tourist. However, due to the physical demands, hikers should be moderately fit and spend at least 2 days in Cusco before the trek to acclimatize to the altitude.

The trek is about 60.5 km long and takes 4 days and 3 nights, with 2 day spent at Inca Trail (https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/). The most challenging section of the trail is the Salkantay Pass, which is at approximately 4,630 m above sea level and may cause altitude sickness symptoms. The challenges include uphill climbing, cold winds, low temperatures, and trekking at a low-oxygen altitude.

The Salkantay trek is not available during the rainy season, from mid-March to the end of February. The trek may be cancelled if the weather threatens the safety of the porters and clients.

A deposit of 30% is required to make a reservation and guarantee spaces for the trek. The deposit is used to make important purchases such as the entrance fee to Machu Picchu, bus and train tickets. It also ensures that the hiker will not cancel at the last minute, which helps the company prepare appropriately for the trek.

The Salkantay trek is approximately 60.5 km long, and hikers hike about 8-9 hours per day on average.

The Salkantay trek is suitable for more adventurous trekkers who can handle altitude and distance. It is not a technical hike, but the altitude may affect some individuals. It is recommended to bring a hiking stick or purchase a wooden walking stick in Peru to help with balance and reduce the load on the knees. Metal tipped walking sticks are not recommended as they may harm the environment along the trail.

Altitude sickness affects everyone differently, and hikers should spend at least 2-3 days in Cusco to adjust to the altitude. Drinking lots of water, chewing cocoa leaves, and taking medication can help alleviate symptoms.

The worst symptoms may include breathlessness while hiking, headaches, and nausea.

How to Book

TO BOOK THE SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS, FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS:

  1. Choose a reputable, government-authorized tour operator.
  2. Click the “Book Online” button, select the date, and complete the booking form. Have one person fill it out for the entire group to ensure you’re booked together. Keep your passport handy for accurate information.
  3. Make a payment online using any debit or credit card. There’s a 2.9% fee for online payments, which customers must cover.
  4. To secure your Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 Days, provide a $180 deposit per person. This helps obtain necessary permits and tickets from the Peruvian government.
  5. Optionally, you can pay the full tour amount upfront to avoid any future payment concerns.
  6. If you choose to pay only the deposit, the remaining balance is due 24 hours before the tour begins. You can pay in cash (soles or dollars) at the office in Cusco or by card (3.9% fee). You can also pay the balance online with any card (2.9% fee).

By following these straightforward steps, you can easily book your Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 Days experience and focus on preparing for your adventure.

Payment: You can pay for Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 Days online using any debit or credit card. A 2.9% fee applies to online payments, which customers must cover. To book Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 Days, a $180 deposit per person is required to secure permits and tickets from the Peruvian government. You can choose to pay the full tour amount upfront to avoid future payment concerns. If you pay only the deposit, the remaining balance is due 24 hours before the tour starts. Pay the balance in cash (soles or dollars) at our office in Cusco, or by card with a 3.9% fee. You can also pay online using any card with a 2.9% fee.

Passport Requirements: Ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned entry date to Peru. If it’s set to expire within 6 months, renew it before traveling. If your passport expires within 6 months but you want to secure Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 Days and Machu Picchu tickets, book the tour and update your passport details with us after renewal. Failure to do so may result in permit and ticket forfeiture.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment. Obtain insurance before departing and consider working with a reputable agency for affordable coverage.

Deposit: The $180 deposit per person for the Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 6 Days tour is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Remaining Balance: If you only pay the deposit, the balance is due 24 hours before the tour starts. Pay in cash (soles or dollars) at our office in Cusco or by card with a 3.9% fee. You can also pay online with any card and a 2.9% fee.

Student Discount: If your student card meets Peruvian government requirements, reserve the tour with a deposit and pay the remaining balance upon arrival in Cusco. The student discount will be applied at that time.

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