Salkantay Wildderness TrekTo Machu Picchu 4D

Machu Picchu

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

20 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

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


This was such a wonderful trip. The trial was beautiful and Charly, our tour guide taught us so much about the culture and history of the inka trail and the people of the high Andes, as well as about the flora and fauna. It was amazing! Charly is so wonderful, the best guide we have ever had. Amilcar, the chef was so talented and the food was the best we had in all of Peru! The porters were so kind and helpful. Every staff member made it a wonderful experience! I cannot say enough good things about the crew that was on our trek!
By Aubrey W for Classic 4- Day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on 11 Jan, 2022
This was such a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience with an amazing crew. Would highly recommend both the company Trexperience and our tour guide Charlie.
By Sarah U for Classic 4- Day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on 10 Jan, 2022
I had the best solo trip experience ever. our guide, Charley and Merribel both were beyond great! Both knew the local area and history very well to keep our Hike interesting. The other supporting staff like the cooks and porters were great as well. everyone was respectful and helpful. I would highly recommend this company. P.S. - I found it kind of disappointing that our guides couldn't take the dome train with the group to get back to the city at the end. it only make sense if they're are first we meet then they should be the last to see us off as well.
By FNU A for Classic 4- Day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on 07 Jan, 2022
Amazing hike. Difficult but worth the challenge for such breathtaking views.
By Jeremy B for Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike on 04 Jan, 2022
I had a great experience with trexpierence. My advise is to negotiate hard before accepting a final price and be sure to take care of details and have spoken everything. The service they offer is truly premium, better than other services we saw along the road of other companies. So you are really paying to have everything you need and more. Best food that in Cusco restaurants, best personalized service than in a 5 star hotel. Your only job is to go up and down, take photos, drink water and eat like heaven, with all the confort. Even a hot shower you get from this guys. From the company I can say that the equipment they give is 1st quality and the logistics smooth. From the team that came with us, well, they are really the heroes, and they are hired depending on each tour and not necessarily work for trexpierence, so here is a good idea for you: ask for trexpierence to hire this guys: Magic Chef: Julio Caesar Seus chef: Víctor Waiter: Cirilo Head porter: Agustín and the league of justice Cleaner: José Clown: Alan Kuti Guide: Oliver, who is a serious, honest, passionate guide who will be there for you and never disappoint you, not with his knowledge nor with his human level and guide expertise, always ready for everything.
By Ariel M for Classic 4- Day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on 01 Jan, 2022
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Our tour guide was amazing!!! i will cherish these memories forever!!!
By Gerardo G on 24 Mar, 2020