Cusco, Peru

About this trip

Salkantay trek 5 days. 

Salkantay trek is one of the most scenic trails in Peru that we have to reach Machu Picchu. It has glacier mountains, picturesque lakes such as Humantay and Salcantay Lake, Amazon area make this trek beautiful to hike through it, all the way to Machu Picchu. We take you through the different type of landscape and attraction to enjoy the beauty of the Peruvian Andes. In this Salkantay trekking tour, You will enjoy the best service from Machu Picchu Reservations team. We offer you the best places to camp, and the trips are led by professional guides and the best itinerary to enjoy spectacular locations such as the Humantay lake, Salkantay mountain and the pass which is 4630m about sea level. On the second day, you reach the highest point of the whole trek to start descending into the Amazon area with rivers, waterfalls, hot springs. Santa Teresa area has Inca trails that go to the ruins of Llactapata from where you will have a fantastic view of Machu Picchu from a different angle, a day before you get there and finally you will make to the lost city of the Incas. If you have enough time in Cusco, we recommended to the five days options because you will not miss anything on this tour to Machu Picchu. Salkantay trek is one of National Geographic 25 “World’s Best treks.” Choose the right company to be with you on your trip on the Salkantay to Machu Picchu. Get support by a professional team, experts on treks. 



  • STARTING POINT: Pick up from 5:00 to 5:25 am from the hotel in Cusco, If you are close to the office in Cusco you may walk there to meet at 5:30 am.
  • ENDING POINT: Drop off in Cusco at the main square around 10:30 pm, If you tell us, in advance, we can drop you at your hotel.
  • DEPARTURE: Daily.
  • TOTAL, TREKKING DISTANCE: 75 km / 46 ml
  • MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 4630 m / 15228 ft
  • ACCOMMODATIONS: 2 nights in the mountain sky huts, 01 camp + 1-night hotel
  • MEALS:   Five breakfast, four lunch, four dinners, three tea times + wake up teas
  • MACHU PICCHU:  Entrance ticket included

Enjoy the scenic views of Salkantay mountain and visit the Humantay and Salkantay Lake along the Trail.
Make a small ritual for the Andean gods and learn about Inca religion.
Enjoy our friendly customer service and delicious Peruvian cuisine.
Hike through the different type of landscape such as cloud forests, highlands, grassy hills, and Andean valleys and reach 15000 feet in elevation or 4600 masl on the Salkantay pass.
Explore Machu Picchu and the surrounding with expert and knowledgeable tour guides.
Visit the Inca ruins of Llactapata and hike on the original Inca trail.
Hike one of National Geographic 25 “World’s Best treks.”
Sleep under the authentic Mountain sky huts the private campsites. 

Transportation Options

 We offer you two options to go back to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu.


You can visit Machu Picchu for a longer time and have enough time if you are planning to do HUAYNAPICCHU or MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN, which require a minimum of 3 hours approximately. After visiting the area of Machu Picchu for 7 to 8 hours, you have to return to the town of Aguas Calientes to take a train at 18:20 to Ollantambo for 1.5 hours then by car to Cusco for 2 hours more to arrive in Cusco around 10:30 pm


You arrive at Machu Picchu around 6:00 am for the guided tour for 2.5 hours then you have free time to explore the site on your own. If you take this option, and you are thinking to do HUAYNAPICCHU, or MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN is possible but will be too very tight and rush because you need to leave Machu Picchu at 11:30 to walk back to Hydroelectric for 3 hours in order to be in Hidrolectrica at 2:30 pm to take a car for 6 hours back Cusco. If you are considering doing this option and doing one of the mountains, we recommend you stay one more night in Aguas Calientes and return the 6th day to Cusco by car. 

We recommend


 What you need to pack for the Salkantay trek:

  • Passport
  • Backpack to carry water, some snacks, a camera, sunscreen, valuable things, Jacket etc.
  • Sleeping bag at least minus 5 cº. If you do NOT have one, you can rent from us for 10 dollars for the whole trek.
  • Trekking Poles - We recommend for people with problems of knees, ankle, or you are used to using hiking poles. If you do NOT have one, you can rent a pair of trekking poles for 10 dollars from us.
  • Wool hat or beanie
  • Sun hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • 3 - 4 t-shirt, if you have long sleeve better
  • layers (sweater, fleece)
  • 2 - 3 pair of long pants if you have leggings, you can do on leggings
  • Hiking shoes
  • 2 – 3 pairs of wool socks
  • A jacket Rain gear (Pants, jacket, if you do not have you can buy rain poncho) it is crucial, especially for the wet season.
  • A small towel.
  • Shorts.
  • Sunglasses.
  • A small headlamp.
  • Waterbottle.
  • Toothbrush and other personal toiletries.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Sun cream.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sandals / Flip flops.
  • Swimwear.
  • If you have thermal clothing you can take them which not that important, you will use them at least for the first night which is at 4000 m
  • Some snacks such as chocolate, cereal bars, candies, nuts, energy bars, etc.
  • Extra Cash in Soles

Remember that we provide you with a duffel bag so you can pack 7 kilos of luggage which will be transported by horses. You get the duffle bags night before of the trek, at the briefing day.


  • Original Passports
  • If you confirm your reservation as a student. Do not forget to take your student ID in physical to the trip. It will be so important to be able to prove that you are a student, at the checkpoint of Machu Picchu

What’s included

  • Ticket
    Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Briefing
    Pre-departure Salkantay trek briefing, presented by the tour guides at 7:00 pm at the office a day before
  • Bag
    Duffle bag to get ready 7 kilos of your belonging carried by horses.
  • Guide
    English/Spanish speaker professional guide.
  • Guided visit
    Guided visit to Machu Picchu.
  • Transportation
    Transportation to head of Salkantay trail.
  • Camping
    3-night camping
  • Hostel
    1-night hostel in Aguas Calientes
  • Meals
    5 breakfast, 4 lunch and 4 dinner
  • Transport from la playa
  • Mountain sky Huts + Thin
  • Personal pad
    (double foam - 2.5 inches thick).
  • Pillows
    at the first camp
  • Cooks
    Cooking equipment.
  • Car or train
    according to option chosen. BY TRAIN at 18:20 - BY CAR 3:00 pm. From Hidroelectrica
  • Veggie option
    Vegetarian food is available on request with no extra charge.
  • First Aid equipment
    Oxygen bottle for emergencies.
  • Horses for carrying
    7 Kilos of each hiker.
  • Mollepata entrance
    The ten soles entrance fee of the local municipality of Mollepata, every single person pay the ten soles directly to the local government which is about 3 dollars.
  • Sleeping bags
    If you do not have one, You can rent from us.
  • Extra expenses
    tips and gratitudes
  • Travel insurance
  • Hot springs expenses
    which are to cover de transportation and the entrance (20 to 25 soles)

Available Packages

Returning by CAR
Deposit: $180
Returning by train
Deposit: $180

Available options

Huayna Picchu (check availability)
Montaña MachuPicchu (check availability)
Sleeping bag for the whole trek
Walking Pole
UP-GRADE train to Vistadome - Panoramic
Deposit: $180

Returning by CAR


Day 1
Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay lake – Quiswarniyoc Private camp

After picking up everyone from their respective places or hotel, we left Cusco around 5:45 am to the town of Mollepata by car for 2 hours. Once in Mollepata, we stop to have a delicious breakfast and also pay an entrance fee of 10 soles to the local municipality. Then we continue by car 1 hour more to Soraypampa where we will meet with the muleteers and horse who will take all the luggage, food and the 7 kilos of personal belongings of each hiker which is going give to them in the duffle bags. We start the uphill hike to Humantay lake for 2 hours, When you arrive at the lagoon you will have enough time to explore, photograph the place and the guide will explain all the meaning of the Humantay lagoon. After a couple of hours in the lake, we start going down to Quiswarniyoc exclusive camp for 2 hours to have a healthful lunch. After lunch, you have free time to explore the beautiful area and also if you like more hiking you can go up to Mirador of Salkantay for the panoramic view of the entire region. If you are tired, you can rest in the MOUNTAIN SKY HUST which are the cabins with glass door, inside there is pillows, sleeping pad and the illumination for the night.
QUISWARNIYOC PRIVATE CAMP: It is an exclusive camp located at 4000 m, it is a unique camp that has places for short hiking, overlooking the mountains and has waterfalls. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains. 

Your Organizer

Machu Picchu Reservations
Machu Picchu Reservations is a professional company based in Cusco that offers different tours at the best prices such as Salkantay Trek, Inca Trail, Rainbow mountain, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, Choquequirao Trek, Laguna Humantay and much more. We are a responsible company with vast experience in the tourism industry, we have the best professional team to make your, journey unforgettable. We are direct operators of all the tours we offer, you will have the best technical support in any tour you do with us. For this 2019 w