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Salkantay Trek 5 Days / 4 Nights

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5 Days - All Inclusive
Availability : Every Day
Min Age : +18
Max People : 12


This 5-day tour is one of the most impressive treks in Cusco, where you will see incredible landscapes, imposing snowy peaks, waterfalls, and rivers. This hiking route is ideal for those who want to reach Machu Picchu by a different and adventurous path, meet Andean communities, and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. All this makes Salkantay Trek the perfect alternative to the Inca Trail.

The cost of the Salkantay Trek 5D-4N is 200 USD (BASE PRICE) and includes all the services detailed below. To return to Cusco you must choose one of the 2 options: By bus (30 USD) or by train (85  USD) adding one of these services at the time of booking.

Physical Rating:

Moderate (3/5)


46 miles over 5 days

Highest Altitude:

15,000 feet

Age Requirement:

Min. 18+

Group Size:

Min. 1 – Max. 12

Departure & return Location:

Cusco, Perú
04:20 a.m. – 22:30 p.m.

Trek Includes

  • Pre departure briefing
  • Hostel / Hotel pick up
  • 4 Breakfast, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners. Vegetarian option
  • 5 kls to load on the mule
  • Oxygen tank & first aid kit
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip transportation by bus
  • Guided tour in Machu PIcchu. 2hrs. Early tickets
  • Professional chef and cooking equipment
  • Professional bilingüal guide (English/Spanish)
  • Accommodation: 3 nights camping and 1 hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Vegetarian/Vegan options available on request with no additional charges
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Salkantay trek starting point
  • Return journey from Aguas Calientes to Cusco BY: TRAIN or CAR as your choice
  • A duffle bag to pack 6 kilos of your belonging that will be carried by horses during the trek

Trek does not include

  • Travel insurance
  • Zip Line 35 USD. Optional
  • Snacks or additional drinks
  • Last days’ lunch in Machu Picchu
  • Tips for your guides and porters
  • Humantay Lagoon entrance 9 USD
  • Hiking poles. Renting 10 for whole trek
  • Machu Picchu Mountain 60 USD. Optional
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain 60 USD. Optional
  • Hot spring entrance in Santa Teresa. 15 soles
  • Sleeping bag. Renting 17 USD for whole trek
  • Round tourist bus ticket to Machu Picchu 24 USD
  • Round trip Bus: Colcamayo Thermal waters 30 SOLES

ADDITIONAL ITEMS: You can add and upgrade items to your trek at booking time.

VERY IMPORTANT: If you want to get the entrance to the Wuayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, we suggest you reserve it 3 months in advance, previously sending us a message to our email: contact@perubucketlist.com to see if there is availability for the required date.

*Tips, are always optional; Our guides, porters, and cooks receive a salary according to Peruvian laws, but if you wish to value their efforts and good work, feel free to do so; an economic incentive from you is always welcome. To find out how much you could award as part of a personal thank you, please click the link in Terms & Conditions. # 22. Here you will find a standard referring to tips.

Tour Detail

Shared trek: Please note, that you may meet many people from other groups who booked the same trek activity with us and coincided with you on the same departure day and join us.

Meals included: 4 lunches, 4 dinners, and 4 breakfasts. Including vegetarian and vegan options – just let us know in advance.

Accommodation: SOLO travelers joining group trips are paired in twins or a group in a multi-share dorm in a country lodge with someone of the same sex for the duration of the activity.

Service level: Standard. Private transportation, local bus, and train.


Day 1Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa

Walking distance: 7 km approx.

The pick-up will be from 4:00 am – 4:30 am. Please wait for us to ready. We will arrive at any time. If we delay, we will call you. After completing all the pick-ups, we will leave in the direction of Mollepata (2 hrs by bus). We will stop at the entrance and pay the fee of 20 soles to the local municipality (Not included in the tour price). Then we will go to the restaurant to have breakfast for an average of 40 minutes.

After finishing breakfast, we will continue with our trip in the same transport for 1hr 20 min to Challacancha (3800 masl), where we will start our trek. We will walk for around 5 hours until we reach Soraypampa (3900 masl) place, where we will spend the first night.

Upon arrival, our lunch will be ready. After enjoying our delicious lunch, we will take a break and then continue with our next activity of the day, visit the famous Humantay Lagoon 4200 masl. Arriving there, we will take time to enjoy the stunning landscape. Then we will all return to the base camp together.

At 5 pm, our chef will serve cookies, coca tea, hot chocolate with milk, and different types of mates. Then dinner will be served. Afterward, we will have time for a short briefing from our guide about the next day. Once it is over, we’ll go to bed early. The next day, we will get up very early.

Day 2Soraypampa – Soyrococha – Huayracmachay - Colpapampa

Walking distance 22 km approx.

Early morning the cook will wake us up at 4:30 am offering a cup of coca tea that is very good for acclimatization. At 5 am, we have to be ready with all our belongings in the dining room, where we will have our breakfast for 40 min. At the entrance, we will find a designated area where we will leave our duffle bags. At 6 am, we will leave the camp (Soraypampa) towards the Salkantay Pass (4650 masl). During the hike, we will make some stops that will help us recover oxygen and strength. The approximate walking time is 3 hours uphill.

Once we have reached the Salkantay pass, we will take some time to rest and enjoy the view of the imposing snow-capped Salcantay. Here we will take time to perform a ceremony to Mother Earth “Pachamama” with coca leaves and pisco. After we finished the ceremony, and take many photos, we will begin our walk downhill to Rayanniyoc (3300 masl), where we will have our lunch for 40 minutes and 20 minutes rest. Then we will continue the hike to Rayanpata at 3000 masl. Here we will be entering the jungle, where we can find abundant varieties of mosquitoes and a hot climate. We will rest for a few minutes to put on sunscreen and mosquito repellent. After this, we will continue the hike for about 2 hours until we reach the second campsite Colpapampa (2800 m.s.n.m). In this place, we can take a hot shower (additional cost of 10 soles) if you wish or a free cold shower. You can have the Wi-Fi service at an additional charge (10 soles all night).

Our chef will serve some cookies, coca tea, hot chocolate, and some mates at 5 pm followed by dinner. Afterward, we will have time for a short briefing from our guide about the next day.

Day 3Colcapampa - Playa Sahuayaco - Santa Teresa - Cocalmayo

Walking distance 8 km

Early morning the cook will wake us up at 5:00 am offering a cup of coca tea that is very good for acclimatization. At 5: 30 am, we have to be ready with all our belongings in the dining room, where we will have our breakfast for 40 min. At the entrance, we will find a designated area where we will leave our duffle bags. At 6:00 am, we will leave the campsite (Colpapampa) towards the Sahuayaco (2000 masl).

On the way, we will observe varieties of birds, orchids, and tropical fruits such as avocado, mango, peach, passion fruit, and cacao varieties from the area. We will arrive at Playa Sahuayaco, where we will spend the night by noon. At 1 pm our lunch will be served (40min). After a well-deserved rest in the afternoon, we will continue with the next activity. We embark on round-trip transportation (additional cost of 30 soles) to the thermal baths of Cocalmayo. Here we have to pay for an entrance (10 soles), we will spend a good time relaxing in the medicinal waters for about 2 hours, then we return to the campsite, where tea time will be waiting for us. A good cup of chocolate, coffee, cookies, and popcorn; followed by dinner.

Optional:  You can go to the thermal baths of Cocalmayo (15 SOLES ENTRANCE AND 15 SOLES BUS TICKET EACH WAY), and do the Zip Line (EXTRA 30 USD)

At night, we will have dinner in group and enjoy the time with your new travel buddies with a good “Pisco Sour”. If it is your thing.

Day 4Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes

Walking distance 10 km

The kitchen team will wake us up at 4:30 am and give us a cup of coca tea because we are 2000 masl. At 5 am, we will gather all our belongings, put them in the assigned area, as usual, and go to the breakfast area. After breakfast, we will continue our walk towards Llactapata (3600 masl). 3hrs approx uphill hike.

During the walk uphill, our guide will tell us about a lot of Peruvian history. We will arrive at the highest point of Llactapata, where we can observe the famous citadel of Machu Picchu. Here we will take time to rest, photograph the magnificent scenery and then begin our descent of approximately 3hrs 30min to the hydroelectric station, where we will have lunch for 30 minutes, then continue with the walk to Aguas Calientes (2040 masl), 3 hours following the railroad.

Once we arrive at the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes, also known by that name), we will go directly to our hotel, our guide will give us the keys to our rooms, and we will have time to rest and take a good shower.

By 6:50 pm approx. We will meet at the reception and then go to the restaurant where we will have dinner. After this, our guide will give us a short briefing about the next day and then give each one our entrance to Machu Picchu and the return train ticket to Ollantaytambo if it is our case.

Day 5Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Finally, the BIG DAY arrived. Today we will get up very early at 4:30 am and 4:50 am to start the fifth and last day of the Salkantay trek. We will meet in the dining room with all our belongings to have a good breakfast (30min) and then leave for the citadel of Machu Picchu on foot for about 1hr50min or take the tourist bus (20 min – 12 USD UP).

Upon our arrival at the entrance of Machu Picchu, we will all proceed to show our original passports and tickets to the control area. Once inside the Citadel, we will have time to take pictures for about 30 min approx. We will begin our 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu, after which we will have free time to explore it.

At the end of the visit, we will return to Aguas Calientes on foot or by bus (USD 12 down). Here we will have time for lunch and then return to the hotel to collect our belongings and go to the train station to catch the train that will take us to Ollantaytambo (1hr45min), where our bus will be waiting there to take us to Cusco 2hrs.

The train departure will be according to the SCHEDULE available by the train company. It can vary depending on how early was purchased.

If you have a different type of Machu Picchu ticket than the rest of the group, then you have to enter at the specified time your entrance. It will mean that you do not have the included guide of 2 hours in the citadel. It can happen if you buy or reserve the trek with us at the last minute or if you got your Machu Picchu ticket during the high season.

The drop-off will be at Plaza Regocijo, close to Plaza de Armas, three block distance. We do this because the traffic in Cusco city at night is chaotic, and the arrival at your hostel door may take too much time. We hope you can understand.



What to pack

Take a backpack with you so that you can carry what you need for the trek, where you can carry on water, some snacks, a camera, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, valuable things, a waterproof jacket, and basic things that you can carry. We recommend bringing a 15-25 liter backpack, but if you like, you can bring a daypack or any size backpack as long as you feel comfortable with it.

  • Original passport
  • For students: ISIC card
  • Insurance card / certificate
  • Walking stick (Highly Recommended)
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm jacket
  • 2-4 t-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sunscreen & Insect repellent
  • Toiletries / Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Light backpack (maximum 6 kg)
  • Sleeping bag (-15º)
  • Flip flops
  • Small towel
  • warm gloves
  • Extra money for your expenses
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho (rainy season: November-April)
  • Water – at least 2 liters for the first 4 hrs., until lunch time. First day
  • Wool hat or beanie
  • Layers (sweater, fleece)
  • Some snacks: energy bars,, chocolate, cereal bars, candies, nuts, etc
  • Swimwear

IMPORTANT: Remember that we will provide you with a duffle bag at the briefing time, which you can use to pack 6 kilos of your belongings that you will take to the trek. The duffle bag will be carried by horse during the entire hike.

It means you will do the trek carrying your small backpack with the things you need for the day. You will have access only to your duffle bag at any time we reach the campsite.

Pricing Trek 2023

 SALKANTAY TREK 5D-4N Group Tour  2023

We have 2 prices For the Salkantay trek 5D-4N. The cost of it will depend how you would like to return to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu.

5 Days / 4 Nights Trek return by car:

  • Student: 210 USD
  • Adult: 230 USD

5 Days / 4 Nights Trek return by train:

  • Student: 265 USD
  • Adult: 285 USD


You as a current student have a discount, but first you must meet and help us with the following requirements that the Peruvian government requires before reserving Machu Picchu tickets. We will buy these tickets on your behalf. The Peruvian Government has 02 rates only for foreigners which are ADULTS/STUDENTS.

In order to get this discount you must send us these requirements if you meet them before booking with us to our email info@perubucketlist.com the following:

  • Have with you the original physical card issued by the university in PVC material. Bring with you
  • Information on the university. Supporting document
  • Student name
  • Student photo
  • The card must have a valid expiration date of at least one year if you visit Machu Picchu in 2023 the expiration date must be 2023 or 2024 If it is more than this it is not valid
  • Discount for students, no more than 25 years
  • ISIC cards are not valid for the discount.

VERY IMPORTAN: If you dont meet these requirements we will get the Machu Ticket as a ADULT on your behalf.

Terms & Conditions

If you are booking the Salkantay trek 5 days /4 nights with Peru Bucket List, we will require 100% of the total amount at booking time 48 hrs. before the tour starts to assure you a place. For any last-minute booking, please send us a message on our Whatsapp number +51 997 804 498. We may have places left for you.

Changes & Cancellations Policy

For more information about  it check our TERMS & CONDITIONS Click here.

Machu Picchu Tickets - Train tickets

You have know:

If you book a few days after starting the trek or at the last moment, the company will buy the train tickets or Machu Picchu tickets available on the official platform of said entities on your behalf.

There are 4 different circuits to visit the famous citadel. The company will make the purchase of the entrance to Machu Picchu immediately after making the payment in cash at our office or through our website. The company does not offer the purchase of any circuit in particular if it is a reservation close to the departure date. Before making reservations, we ask you to ask us about the availability of the circuits / entrance preference via WhatsApp. We always recommend you book in advance.

The company does not make or promise any change of train tickets or Machu Picchu tickets since these have been purchased on its behalf. Any change of train ticket schedule / departure will be subject to the administration of the referred entity (train company) and subject to some extra payment if required; If so, the extra cost will be assumed by the passenger.

Regarding the change of Machu Picchu ticket. The company does NOT offer changes or refunds once it has been purchased on your behalf. We recommend you book and pay in advance.

2hrs Guide Tour in Machu Picchu

The guided tour to the citadel is always done in the early hours of the day (2hrs). If you have a different ticket (circuit) than the rest of the group, or if you have a different entry time, you have to enter to Machu Picchu without any guide. That means that you will not  have the guided tour offered for 2hrs unfortunately. This is because we only have one guide for the group. We look forward to your understanding.

Cusco drop off

The drop-off will be at Plaza Regocijo, close to Plaza de Armas, three block distance. We do this because the traffic in Cusco city at night is chaotic, and the arrival at your hostel door may take too much time. We hope you can understand.

Duffle bag

A duffel bag will be provided to everyone before the hike begins at the time of the briefing. We will ask you for a small deposit (50 soles) for this. We will return that money once you personally return the tarpaulin to our staff in Cusco. We do this for events that occurred in the past with other travelers. We hope you understand why we do this.

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