Salkantay Wildderness TrekTo Machu Picchu 4D

Machu Picchu

3 reviews
Duration: 4 days
Group size: 1 - 12
Salkantay Wildderness TrekTo Machu Picchu 4D
Machu Picchu

3 reviews

Duration: 4 days
Group size: 1 - 12

About this trip

Overview of the alternative route 

This New Salkantay route will start In Cusco, Visit Humantay Lake, Salkantay Mountain, and at the final part will allow you to hike along a section of the Inca Trail before reaching Machu Picchu as well.

At Trexperience, we are committed to always offering lifetime journeys and always striving to find the best, safest, and most beautiful treks in the region.

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Highlights of the Trek:

Visit Humantay Lagoon in the afternoon with fewer people

  • Camp at the base of Salkantay Mountain
  • Hike the first part of the Classic Inca Trail backward
  • Travel off the beaten path, considered as the wilderness trek
  • Come back to Cusco onboard the Vistadome trains     

Itinerary of the Ultimate Salkantay Trek

We pick you up in your hotel located in Cusco at and drive for 3 hours to Soraypampa, where we have breakfast; after a delicious breakfast, we will continue for 1 more hour to Marcoccasa, the trailhead. We will follow for 4 hours an ancient aqueduct which supplies water to the farmers in the lower lands; the lunch place is at Soraypampa, which is also our campsite, in the afternoon we will visit the Humantay Lake at 4200mts.  

  • Walking distance: 14km
  • Campsite elevation: 3900m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Trail type: Moderate

Wake up early in the morning in your tent with a cup of coffee or tea; after breakfast with the mountains, we will start hiking towards the Salkantay Mountain until we reach Frozen Inca pass at 5100 meters high,  after spending some time at the top, we start descending into the second campsite in Paucarcancha at 3300 meters.  

  • Walking distance: 16km
  • The highest point of the trail: 5,100m
  • Campsite elevation: 3300 m
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Trail type: Challenging

After breakfast, we start hiking backward along the first day of the Classic the Inca Trail, visiting the Inca archaeological site of Paucarcancha, Wayllabamba, Patallaqta, Willkarakay.  As you are trekking, you will be enthralled by the surrounding valleys and mountains' stunning views. After lunch, you will meet up with our private van and be transferred to the city of Ollantaytambo and take the train to Aguas Calientes, where you will stay the evening in anticipation of visiting the famous Machu Picchu Citadel.  

  • Walking distance: 15km
  • Aguas Calientes elevation: 2,000m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accommodations: hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

After breakfast in the hotel, we take the early buses up to Machu Picchu for the sunrise, explore Machu Picchu with your guide for about 3 hours; once you finish the tour, you will have time to explore the citadel, climb the extra mountains before taking the bus down to the city of Aguas Calientes from where you will take the Panoramic train and bus back to your hotel in Cusco.  

  • Machu Picchu elevation: 2,400m
  • Accommodations: not included
  • Meals: Breakfast in the hotel             


  • Safety briefing the day before the tour at 6:00 pm
  • Pick up from your hotel on the morning of the tour
  • All transportation during the duration of the trek
  • Duffle bag up to 7 kilos for your personal stuff carried by horses
  • Professional highly trained mountain tour guides
  • Experience chefs, porters, and horsemen
  • 2 nights camping in the mountains with comfortable equipment
  • 1 night in a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • All meals during the Trek with local ingredients
  • Entrance ticket to Salkantay and Machu Picchu
  • Buses up and down to Machu Picchu
  • Panoramic Vistadome exclusive train to come back to Cusco.

Not Included  

  • Sleeping bags, air mattress, or trekking poles
  • Last day Lunch
  • Huayna Picchu or Montaña entrances
  • Tips for porters, chef, guides

Available options

Sleeping bags
Trekking Poles
Air Mattress
Huayna Picchu

Your Organizer

3 reviews
We are a responsible local tour operator based in the city of Cusco


Our guide was amazingly informative! This place is magic!
By Kim S for Gladys Kouts's Group - Full day Machu Picchu trip by VTD on 14 Feb, 2020


Our tour guide was amazing!!! i will cherish these memories forever!!!
By Gerardo G on 24 Mar, 2020