Salkantay Wildderness TrekTo Machu Picchu 4D

Machu Picchu

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

11 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

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


We had a great time with TreXperience hiking the 4 day/3 night Inca Trail in November. We were a group of eight. The equipment was clean and well kept. The porters and entire crew did an amazing job getting the entire group up and down the trail safely. There were several other crews walking the Trail the same days, and we noticed TreXperience offered our group nice extras that the other outfitters did not seem to offer (snacks and coca tea tat Dead Womans Summit, getting campsite No. 5 at Winay Wayna - the view from the tent was amazing, hot showers the last night, birthday cakes, banana foster for dessert, and many others). The crew guide, Elisban, managed a great trip. He communicated the daily itineraries and kept the entire group on track, and offered great tours of all the ruins. Made sure that plenty of photos were taken at all the amazing sites !!! The chef, Lorenzo, prepared excellent meals; the food was delicious and plentiful; we never went hungry. He also made birthday cakes, on two different nights to celebrate !!! I would highly recommend TreXperience if you are considering hiking the Inca Trail.
By Gregory H for Classic 4- Day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on 06 Dec, 2021
We will never forget those 4 days walking the Inca trail with the amazing team Trexperience!! We are a french family of 4 with our 2 daughters 10 and 8 years old and we were really pampered by the Trexperience team who makes us live a wonderful experience. First, our french speaker guide, Oliver, was very friendly and attentive with a great knowledge on the Inca culture. He met all our expectations and he had a great connection with the girls also. Then, the cook was really excellent, congrats to the chef Rolando and sous chef Rene for making us enjoy each meal so much, served by the super smiling Bacilio. Finally, the porters were so kind, we felt a real family spirit thanks to them and the porter principal Uriel. We would 100% recommend Trexperience, high quality profesional service, owned by peruvien people, which was important for us visiting Machu Picchu.
By STEPHANIE P for Classic 4- Day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on 25 Nov, 2021
It was a great and very memorable experience, the guide Maribel, the driver Elvis and the chef Felix all did an excellent job to keep me safe, comfortable and motivated to complete the tour. From the time I was picked up in my hotel, everything was handled in a very high standard professional manner and I truly enjoyed having Maribel as my guide to climb the mountain (she also helped me to take many remarkable pictures). I look forward to returning to Peru and booking more tours with TreXperience.
By NEILPING C for Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley ( Beat the crowds) on 25 Nov, 2021
Hiking with our group of 8 people was very cool. We quickly formed a team with our great guide Charly that always had fun and motivated us. Learned a lot of the Inca culture on the way. Thanks to our "crazy chef" Rolando who made such tasty meals with a big variety to choose. I loved it!
By Felix A for Final Invoice: Classic Inca Trail 4 days / Felix Albertskirchinger on 14 Nov, 2021
A real great team (included all, guide, cooks and porters) made great work! We got a lot of interesting informations about plants, animals, the Inka-culture and the people living in Perú. Charly does his job with passion, takes care for his guests. Perfect-I won't forget this perfect trip! The food was incredibel: tasty, healthy, everything fresh and prepared with so much love . Again : Thank you so much, Celso!-we miss your food already now... . The porters were so nice and friendly and the comfortable tents were always ready, when we arrived in the camp. We got so much more then expected! The only thing that we didn't appreciate was the trip back to Ollantaytambo (by train) : it was too luxouriosy, too much show for our taste. We would have preferred to have the option for travelling earlier and a class lower and to give the difference to the porters...
By Iris H for Final Invoince: Classic Inca Trail 4 days /Iris Haab + Kurt Winkler on 11 Oct, 2021
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Our tour guide was amazing!!! i will cherish these memories forever!!!
By Gerardo G on 24 Mar, 2020