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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (3 Days)

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Tour Details

Short of time? Experience the best of Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu on our three days trek from Cusco. Also known as Salkantay Challenge Trek, this trek covers 48 kilometres through diverse landscapes. It starts near the foothills of the snowcapped Salkantay Mountain. Trekking through the turquoise waters of Laguna Humantay you will be rewarded with sights of colourful valleys and waterfalls. You will then be descending to the cloud forest. This is one of the best treks in South America. 

The most challenging yet a remarkable part of the trek is the hike to the highest point of the trek, Salkantay Pass at 4,600m / 15091ft. As most passes on this 3 days Salkantay Trek are at high altitude, we recommend you to be well acclimatised to avoid altitude sickness. 

Best time to do Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu:

Peruvian Andes witnesses two types of seasons: dry season and rainy season. Rainy season is from December to March. During monsoon, the terrains are a bit slippery and there are chances of landslides. The best time to do the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is during the dry season, from April until November. 

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Pre Trek briefing
  • Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to Sorayapampa
  • Bi-Lingual guide
  • Camping equipment: We have tents for the kitchen and dining room as well as tables, chairs and the complete kitchen equipment. All transported by horses.
  • Duffel Bag in which you can load upto 7 Kgs / 15 lbs (including sleeping bag) for our mules to carry.
  • Cooking service: A chef specialized in walking routes, along with his assistant, will prepare delicious dishes of Peruvian cuisine throughout the trip (Buffet food)
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and 2 dinners. Special menus, vegetarian or vegan, diets are available at no additional cost.
  • Entrance Tickets to Machu Picchu
  • Coffee, Tea every morning and in the evening
  • Daily snacks: On days 1, and 2. At the beginning of each day we will offer delicious snacks in a cloth bag: local fruits, chocolate cookies, candies.
  • Facility to refill your water bottle
  • Medical kit
  • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo Train Station to Cusco

Price Excludes

  • Entrance to Salkantay (S/ .10 per person)
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain subject to space availability (USD 25 each)
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch and Dinner on the third day
  • Sleeping bag, our sleeping bag is .15 degrees below zero and includes polar sheets - USD 25
  • Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes –Machu Picchu (up or down UDS 12 each)
  • Walking Stick (USD 10)
  • Train from Hidro Eletrica - Aguas Calientes (USD 31)
  • Vista Dome train upgrade USD 35
  • Additional costs: Additional costs may be generated, delays modification of the itinerary for reasons beyond the responsibility of the agency such as: bad weather conditions, health or safety problems, change of government policies, political instability, strikes, etc.

Recommended To Carry

  • Original passport (it is the most important)
  • Sleeping bag (if you don't have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting a good one).
  • Jacket for Cold and Rain
  • Sportswear (for five days, polo shirts, pants)
  • Hiking shoes
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hat or cap and gloves for the cold
  • Swimsuit, towels and sandal
  • Sun block and sun glasses
  • Rain jacket or poncho (December - March)
  • Extra money
  • Standard 35 liter backpack
  • Hand or headlamp
  • Personal Medications


At around 0400 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will transfer you to Mollepata. It will be a two hours drive. We will stop in Mollepata for breakfast. We will then drive you further to Sorayapampa. This is the starting point of the 3 Days Salkantay Trek.

On the first leg of the trek, we will be hiking to the highest point. Salkantay Pass nestles at 4,650 metres above sea level. From Sorayapampa its a seven kilometres hike to Salkantay pass. This can be covered in three hours. Once we reach Salkantay pass we will stop for a while and immerse in the tranquility. You will have a breathtaking view of the Peruvian Andes from here. 

We will then descend to Wayraqmachay where we will stop for lunch. Then we will continue the trek for around two and a half hours to Chaullay. We will be spending the night at Andean Hut in Chaullay.

This section of the trek is quite strenuous and will require a good physical resistance. We highly recommend you to acclimatise well in Cusco before starting the trek.

  • Total walking distance: 17 kms.
  • Walking Duration: 10.5 hours
  • Mollepata: 2,800 metres
  • Soraypampa: 3,900m.metres
  • Abra Salkantay: 4,650 metres
  • Cahullay: 2,060 metres
  • Difficulty level: Challenging
  • Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner and Snacks during tea time.


After breakfast, at 0600 AM, we will start trekking down the hill. This will be an easy day. We will be trekking 17 kilometres down the hill for six hours. Along the way you will be walking through scenic landscapes. The route is rich with wild orchids, coffee plantations, avocados, and some tropical fruits like passion fruit and granadillas.

On the way, we will also be passing through Collapampa town known for its cloud forest. We will stop for lunch here. After lunch you will be transferred to Hydroelectric Power station in our vehicle.

From Hydroelectric it is almost a three hours hike to Aguas Calientes town along the railway lines. This is the same route that Hiram Bingham took while he rediscovered Machu Picchu. We will be accommodating you in an ensuite hotel room in Aguas Calientes. You can spend the evening at the nearby hot springs in Aguas Calientes. 

  • Total walking distance: 17 km (Approx)
  • Walking Duration: 6.5 hours (Approx)
  • Chaullay Altitude: 2,900 m.s.n.m (approx)
  • Hydroelectric Altitude: 1,890 m.a.s.l. (approx.)
  • Aguas Calientes Altitude: 2,060 m.a.s.l. (Approx)
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Food Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


After an early breakfast, you will be hiking along a section of Inca trail for an hour and a half to Machu Picchu. Alternatively, you can take a bus. It takes 25 minutes and costs USD 12 each way. 

Once in Machu Picchu, our local expert will give you a two hours guided tour of the Inca site. After the tour, you will have some free time to walk around the citadel. Alternatively, you can visit the Sun Gate which offers an enchanting view of the renowned Inca Ruins. 

You can also visit the Inca Bridge. If you have booked hike up to Machu Picchu mountain or Huyana Picchu Mountain, our guide will direct you to the entrance. 

At a designated time you will be taking the train from Aguas Calientes train station to Ollantaytambo. Here our representative will meet you and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco. We will return to Cusco at around 1000 PM. 

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