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The start of this wonderful hike is nestled between two of the largest mountains surrounding Machu Picchu, the snow-capped Salkantay (20,574ft/6271m) and Humantay (15,938ft/4853m).
You will begin the hike in Soraypampa, located 75mi/122.3km from the city of Cusco, the landscape here is completely dominated by the great Salkantay and surrounded by a large chain of snow-capped mountains and glaciers.
The environment is made unique by the nearby snow, streams, dwarf forests, and giant rocks that fill it.
Salkantay means indomitable. It was named this by the ancient Incas because of the difficulty it presents to reach the top of the mountain due to sudden changes in the climate and constant avalanches caused by its geography.
There are records of climbers reaching the Salkantay summit since 1950. Climbers attempt the peak of Salkantay between the months of March to September since the rains are less frequent in these months of the year.
As you go deeper into the trek to Machu Picchu (days two and three), the temperature gradually rises and the landscapes undergo changes in their shape and color.
The jungle “Salkantay” and the cloud forest are painted in different shades of green and the vegetation is more abundant.
Ferns, orchids, different varieties of butterflies, birds, native trees, coca plantations, coffee, and Inca archaeological remains such as the Inca trail of Lucmabamba and the archaeological center of Llactapata fill this route and make it special.
This hike also offers an impressive lesser-known view of the back side of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu, while allowing you to explore on foot the valley that surrounds the Inca city of Machu Picchu.
On the third day, you will reach Aguas Calientes. This picturesque town offers its visitors restaurants, craft shops, lodges, and hot springs, the Salkantay trek will end with a guided tour of Machu Picchu, wandering through its ancient streets, houses, squares, temples, storage houses, altars, and an impressive view of Huaynapicchu towering over the ancient city.

  • Starting Altitude: 12,690ft/3869m.
  • Maximum elevation: 15,213ft/4636m.
  • Distance: 30.4 mi/48.2km.
  • Longest Day: Day 2 – 13.6 mi/22km.
  • General Difficulty: Difficult.

About this activity


Group or Private


Trekking, Cultural and Adventure


Up to 8






4 Days


Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Huayracmachay

We will start the Salkantay trip to Machu Picchu 4 days with collection at your hotel (4:00 AM) in our private vehicle which will bring you through various towns like Izcuchaca and Limatambo prior to showing up at Mollepata, where we’ll take a break for breakfast.
Later we’ll proceed with our excursion via vehicle for two hours to Soraypampa (12,690ft/3869m), where we’ll start the hike, where we’ll meet our horseman and his horses that will be responsible for shipping our hardware (seats, tables, tents, food, and your own things).
We’ll set up our bags and start our climb through a valley encompassed by immense mountains, before the snow-covered pile of Salkantay (20,574ft/6,271m) We will rise through the valley for four hours to show up at the most noteworthy mark of our journey called El Paso de Salkantay (15,213ft/4,636m) from here; you can get a very close perspective on the snow-covered pinnacle of Salkantay and the ice sheets and chain of mountains that encompass it.
Afterward, we’ll dive for three hours through stone woods possessed by chinchillas before we arrive at our camp at Huayracmachay (12,812ft/3,906m), it’s an extremely quiet and lovely spot. Here we’ll spend the evening, with a delightful supper arranged by our cook.

  • Distance: 7.4 mi/12km.
  • Meals: Lunch – Dinner.
  • Maximum Altitude: 15,213ft/4636m.

Day 2: Huayracmachay – Collpapampa – Wiñaypoco – La Playa.

We’ll wake up today encompassed by mountains canvassed in snow, in a camp crossed by waterways and streams. This water comes from the mountains, so it’s exceptionally new and very cold.
After breakfast, we’ll start our plunge through a gorge, encompassed by bountiful vegetation, with heaps of blossoms and orchids. Following two hours of climbing down the gorge, we’ll show up at an archeological gathering called Andenes.
One hour further down we will show up at the town of Chaullay (9514ft/2900m). Here we will have a rest before we go on with our trip for an additional 40 minutes to the town of Collpapampa, which is encircled by waterways on different sides.
From this town, we will slip further into the valley to proceed with our journey for two additional hours on a street encompassed by bountiful vegetation to show up at Wiñaypoco. Here we’ll take another rest and partake in the organic product that fills in this valley.
Afterward, we’ll proceed with our hike through the valley, encompassed by estates of espresso, granadilla, oranges, and bananas. Two hours further down the valley, we’ll show up at the town of La Playa (6594ft/2010m).
This is a well-disposed and warm town. Here we’ll find hot showers and cold beverages, and we’ll spend the night serenely after a flavorful supper arranged by our cook.

  • Distance: 13.6 mi/22km.
  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
  • Maximum Altitude: 12,812ft/3906m.

Day 3: La Playa – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes.

After breakfast, we will begin our hike on a road crossed by rivers and surrounded by coffee and bananas. We’ll see parrots that make the path very noisy. After 40 minutes of hiking down the valley, we will find an Incan road which we will climb for three hours until we arrive at El Paso de Quelloqasa (9380ft/2860m).
This part of the road has some spectacular views of the Santa Teresa Valley. The road to the pass is very beautiful; surrounded by fruit trees – avocados, bananas, limes, oranges – as well as coffee and orchids.
Once at the pass, we’ll have a rest before descending toward the archeological complex of Llactapata (8690ft/2650m). Here we’ll visit the archeological park of Llactapata with the help of our guide. Later, we’ll descend for two hours toward the Valley of Aobamba surrounded by coffee and giant waterfalls.
In the valley, we’ll find Hidroelectrica, where we’ll board the train for a 30-minute ride to Aguas Calientes (6693ft/2040m). In Aguas Calientes, we will spend the night in a hotel and have dinner in a restaurant. You will have the night free to explore the town and will have the option of visiting the hot springs.

  • Distance: 9.3 mi/15km.
  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
  • Maximum Altitude: 9383ft/2860m.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco.

Today after breakfast (5:00 AM) we’ll take one of the first buses leaving (5:30 AM) for Machu Picchu – previously arranged by your guide. Once at Machu Picchu, you’ll have a two-hour guided tour of the city of the Incas.
Later you’ll have a few free hours to explore the city on your own. In the afternoon, you’ll take the bus back to Aguas Calientes where you can eat lunch before boarding the train to Ollantaytambo where a car will be waiting to take you back to Cusco and drop you at your hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Maximum Altitude: 11,200ft/3400m (Cusco).


$535 USD per person


What Is Included in the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days?

  • Pick it up from your hotel.
  • Transportation Cusco – Soraypampa (the start of the trek).
  • Guide (English, Spanish, Quechua) along the hike and at Machu Picchu.
  • Tents (2-3 people per 4-person tent, for your comfort).
  • Sleeping mats.
  • Meals are detailed in the itinerary (vegetarian menu available on request).
  • A cook and cooking equipment (dining tent, table, chairs).
  • First aid kit and oxygen.
  • 11 pounds /5 kg of your personal items (sleeping bag/extra clothes) to go on the horses.
  • Horses or mules to transport equipment and horseman.
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus tickets: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (first day at Machu Picchu only).
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Train ticket: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

What Is Not Included in the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days?

  • First breakfast and last lunch
  • Snacks (Chocolate, crackers/cookies, dried fruits)
  • Sleeping bag ✗ Bottled drinks (water, sodas, beers, etc.)
  • Train ticket from Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes (town)
  • Foods Aguas Calientes (town) ✗ Entrance to Huaynapicchu
  • Entrance to the hot springs at Aguas Calientes Tips for guide, cook, horseman Inca Trail Trekking Company recommends a tip of approximately $40-$50 (U.S.)per staff member (split between your tour group).


Packing list for the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days & 3 Nights.

IMPORTANT: The list given here is a suggested packing list, based on the experience of our guides and staff, and passengers that enjoyed the 4 Day hike to Salkantay and Machu Picchu. Feel free to pack what you think you need to be comfortable along the hike.

  • Passport.
  • Student ID (if applicable).
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • Hiking Boots.
  • Socks (4-5 pairs).
  • Sandals.
  • Swimsuit.
  • Thermal Underwear.
  • Hiking Pants (2-3).
  • Shirts (4-5).
  • Vest.
  • Fleece/Polartec.
  • Rain Jacket.
  • Headlamp/Flashlight (extra batteries).
  • Sun Hat.
  • Wool Hat/Gloves.
  • Sun Glasses.
  • Water Bottle/Reservoir.
  • Hiking Poles (1 pair).
  • Watch (water resistant, with light).
  • Camera/GoPro.
  • Plastic Rain Poncho.
  • Sun Block (50+ SPF).
  • Chapstick.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Toiletries.
  • Toilet Paper (2 Rolls).
  • Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer.
  • Pocket knife, lighter, whistle, sewing kit.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Personal Medication.
  • Snacks.
  • Money (local currency).

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