Salkantay Trekking Machu Picchu 2024



FROM: $115.00


Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Salkantay hike in just two days, immersing yourself in the captivating Andean mountains of Peru. This adventure is perfect for those seeking a deeper exploration beyond Machu Picchu. Marvel at the mesmerizing landscape surrounding Cusco’s second-highest peak, with breathtaking mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, and lagoons, including the stunning Humantay and Salkantay Lagoons. Our exclusive Quiswarniyoc campsite offers a night surrounded by natural wonders, and our Crystal Igloos provide a truly exceptional and serene lodging experience. Highlights include visiting Humantay Lake, conquering the magnificent Salkantay Pass, and enjoying the immersive beauty of our Crystal Igloos. Departures are daily, and vegetarian/vegan food is available upon request.


2 Day


Machu Picchu


  • Pick up in Cusco.

    • Pick up at the hotels of the participants.
    • Departure from Cusco at approximately 5:15 am.
    • 2 hour drive to the town of Mollepata.

  • Breakfast in Mollepata

    • Delicious breakfast in Mollepata.
    • Payment of an entrance fee of 10 soles to the local municipality.
    • Continuation by car for another hour to Soraypampa.
    • Meeting with the muleteers and the horses that will carry our luggage, food and personal belongings of each hiker in canvas bags with a capacity of 7 kilos.

  • Begin to Humantay Lake.

    • Beginning of the 2 hour uphill walk towards Lake Humantay.
    • Arrival at Lake Humantay and free time to explore, take photos and listen to the guide's explanations about the importance of the lake.
    • 2-hour descent from the lake to the exclusive Quiswarniyoc camp.

  • Camping Quiswarniyoc.

    • Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at the campsite.
    • Take advantage of free time to explore the surroundings or hike to the Salkantay Mirador for panoramic views.
    • Relax in the Mountain Sky Huts or glass igloos at the campsite.
    • Engage in additional short hikes, visit breathtaking mountain viewpoints, and explore cascading waterfalls at the Quiswarniyoc campsite.

  • Pick up at the hotels of the participants.
  • Departure from Cusco at approximately 5:15 am for a 2-hour drive to the town of Mollepata.
  • Enjoy a delicious breakfast in Mollepata before continuing the journey.
  • Upon arrival in Soraypampa, meet with the muleteers and horses that will carry luggage and personal belongings.
  • Begin a 2-hour uphill hike towards Lake Humantay, where you’ll have free time to explore and listen to the guide’s explanations.
  • Morning Activities

    • Around 5:00 am, the cooks will wake you up with a cup of hot coca tea, giving you time to repack and prepare for a nutritious breakfast served at around 5:45 am.

  • Hike to the highest point

    • Afterward, it's time to begin the ascent to the highest point of the Salkantay trail, which stands at 4,630 meters. The uphill hike takes approximately 3 to 4 hours at a steady, slow pace.

  • photographic moment

    • Marvel at the breathtaking mountain vistas and capture photographs.
    • Learn about the revered mountain gods and participate in a traditional Andean ritual.

  • Hike downhill chaullay

    • Begin a 2-hour downhill hike.
    • Pause for a mouthwatering lunch.
    • Afterward, you'll begin the 2.5-hour downhill trek back to Soraypampa, where transportation will be waiting to take you to Mollepata for lunch.

  • return to Vusco

    • Following lunch, you'll continue with a two-hour drive back to Cusco, arriving at approximately 6:00 pm.

  • Walking Distance: 22 km, approximately 9 hours of hiking
  • Difficulty: Challenging day (conquering the highest point at 4,650 meters above sea level)
  • Weather: Warm and windy during the day, with cold nights
  • Accommodations: Mountain Sky Huts
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, tea time, and dinner





$ 115 Book with $46
  • The lowest price guaranteed
  • Real local operator (cusco)
  • English, Spanish
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$ 115 Book with $46
  • The lowest price guaranteed
  • Real local operator (cusco)
  • English, Spanish
30% off



  1. First select the best package for you.
  2. Fill in “Book Online” FORM, select the date, and complete the booking information. Have one person fill it out for the entire group to ensure you’re booked together.
  3. Make a payment online using any debit or credit card, Our system will charge you 40% in advance of the total number of passengers.
  4. When you complete your payment, you will receive an email from our reservations staff, who will ask you for the following information for each passengers (by email and photo).
  • Name and surname
  • Passport Nro
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Sex
  • Phone


Optional: You can pay the full tour amount upfront to avoid any future payment concerns.

The remaining BALANCE is due 48 hours before the tour begins. You can pay in CASH (soles or dollars) or CREDIT CARD (+ 5 %) at the office in Cusco or in your hotel/hostal/apartament.


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.


Additional Enhancements:
Huayna Picchu Mountain: $30 USD (subject to availability). Check availability at
Machu Picchu Mountain: $30 USD (subject to availability). Check availability at
Sleeping Bag Rental: (for the entire trek): $15 USD
Trekking Poles Rental: (one pair for the entire trek): $10 USD
Upgrade Train: Vistadome – Panoramic Train (if you choose the train return option): $35 USD.


Important: Book the normal tour with a deposit and pay the remaining balance and any additional upgrades you choose upon arrival in Cusco.


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.

All university cards must be laminated and clearly show the following information:

  1. The name of the university or institute
  2. The student’s first and last names
  3. The current date of the university card
  4. You have to be under 25 years old



We have a wide multimedia gallery where you can see photos of our groups of passengers on adventure routes such as the Salkantay Trekking of 4 and 5 Days as well. One of the most famous routes that is Machu Picchu by Bus (Acceso Amazonico) for 2 and 3 Days in addition to one day tours such as the Rainbow Mountain Full Day.

What to Pack

Get your backpack ready with the following recommendations!

  • 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

  • Swimwear (for hot springs or swimming)

  • Sandals / Flip flops

  • Headlamp or flashlight (with extra batteries)

  • Sunglasses

  • Sun hat or cap

  • Water bottle or hydration system (at least 1.5 liters capacity)

  • Personal medication (if necessary)

  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.)

Frequent questions

We help you solve any doubts you may have!

The Salkantay trek is an alternative route to the Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu. It is a multi-day hike that goes through stunning landscapes, including snow-capped mountains, high-altitude passes, cloud forests, and Inca ruins.

The Salkantay trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek. It involves hiking at high altitudes, with the highest point being Salkantay Pass at 4,630 meters (15,190 feet) above sea level. However, the trek is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and previous hiking experience.

The Salkantay trek typically takes 4 to 5 days to complete. Some tour operators offer longer or shorter itineraries, depending on your preferences and fitness level.

You should pack comfortable and waterproof hiking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, a backpack, warm clothes, rain gear, a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent. It’s also essential to bring a sleeping bag, a water bottle, and snacks or energy bars.

While you don’t need to be an experienced hiker, it’s important to have a reasonable level of fitness to complete the Salkantay trek. You’ll be hiking for several hours each day, often at high altitudes, so it’s a good idea to prepare your body with cardio and strength training before your trip.

While it’s possible to do the Salkantay trek independently, it’s recommended to hire a guide for safety reasons and to learn more about the history and culture of the area. Most tour operators offer guided tours, which also include transportation, meals, and accommodation.

The best time to do the Salkantay trek is from April to October, which is the dry season in the region. During these months, you can expect clear skies, warm days, and cool nights. However, it’s also possible to do the trek during the wet season (November to March), although the trails can be muddy and slippery, and you may encounter more rain and clouds.

The Inca Trail is a famous trekking route in Peru that leads to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. It’s a 4-day hike that follows an original Inca stone path through the Andes mountains, passing through several Inca ruins and offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.

The Inca Trail is considered a challenging trek, with steep ascents and descents, high-altitude passes, and rugged terrain. It’s important to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience to complete the trek.

The best time to do the Inca Trail is during the dry season, which runs from April to October. During these months, you can expect clear skies, warm days, and cool nights. The wet season, from November to March, can be more challenging due to the rain and mud on the trails.

The Inca Trail is a 4-day hike, covering a distance of approximately 42 kilometers (26 miles). However, there are shorter and longer itineraries available, depending on your preferences and fitness level.

You should pack comfortable and waterproof hiking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, a backpack, warm clothes, rain gear, a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent. It’s also essential to bring a sleeping bag, a water bottle, and snacks or energy bars.

You need to book the Inca Trail through a licensed tour operator, as independent hiking is not allowed. The government limits the number of permits for the trail each day, so it’s essential to book well in advance, especially during the peak season (June to August).

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