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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
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Max 8 pax
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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days

Trip Overview

Tour Type: Walkthrough natural sites in Cusco, Salkantay, and Machu Picchu
Good For: Everyone, done in small groups or privately
Difficulty: Moderate
Consideration: Please remember comfortable shoes.
Season: From January 1 to December 31.
Duration: 4 Days.




We leave from Cusco between 4:30 and 5:00 am and take a scenic morning bus-ride to our trek starting point at Marcoccasa.

Along the four-hour drive, we will pass through the town of Limatambo (2100m/6888ft), an important point of access to the city of Cusco, where the Tarawasi ruins are located. The road continues up a beaten track along the right shore of the Apurimac River and crosses the town of Mollepata (2800m/9184ft) and the small community of Cruzpata (2750m/9020ft), the starting point of the trek, where we meet our wranglers and horses. After a short introduction, we’ll start the hike up through the vegetation between the dark hills.

The beginning of the trail is slopping up with some flat stretches, appropriately called the “training section” of the trek. Go at your own pace, this day is flexible.

If you arrive early enough, you have the option to hike up to the small lagoon at the bottom of Humantay Mountain to come back to the campsite called Soraypampa. (3,500m/11480ft).


We will wake up to beautiful morning light in the mountains, have breakfast, and start the hike to the summit of the trail.

During the ascent we will have our first view of Salkantay Mountain and we will start our hike towards the base of the white peaks of Salkantay (6271m/20569ft), cross Salkantaypampa.

Then we have a 2 hr steep ascent to Soyroccocha, just next to the impressive glacier views from Salkantay pass (4600m/15088ft), the highest pass in the program where, besides enjoying stunning views of the surrounding glaciers and the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range, we may also observe chinchillas and condors in their natural habitat.

We break for lunch mid-trail and from this point, we start descending towards a more tropical climate, into the cloud forest. Along the route, we can see the remains of an ancient Inca path, which is approximately 6 meters wide.

As we continue, we will experience the increasingly lush vegetation, passing waterfalls, passion fruit and coffee plantations. After the last 3 hr hike we arrive at the settlement of Chaullay, the base camp (2,900 masl – 9,514 ft).


Our early morning starts towards La Playa, crossing the small village called Collpapampa.

Here, the Salkantay River becomes the Santa Teresa River.

After a rest, we continue our descent to the banks of the Totora River, passing the waterfalls at Coripacchi, to the settlement at Wiñaypoko where there are passion fruit, mango, banana, avocado, and coffee.

At midday, we’ll get to the bustling small town of La Playa, break for lunch, and continue the journey via a small bus (1 hour and 30 minutes) until the Hydroelectric.

There you have two options: you can continue by foot 3 hrs or catch the 1 hr train (US$ 26.00) to finally arrived in Aguas Calientes where we will meet for an early dinner and stay in a hostel.


We wake up early and board a bus to Machu Picchu where we begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately 2 or 3 hrs.

You will then have free time to walk around or climb up the Huayna Picchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (please note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day for Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountain, US$15.00, must reserve in advance). You may also visit the Temple of the Moon, Sun Gate or the impressive Inca Bridge.

In the afternoon, back down to Aguas Calientes to board the train to Ollantaytambo and a 2 hr bus back to Cusco. Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.



  • Pre-departure briefing at Willka Travel Office.
  • Entrance for Salkantay
  • Pick-up from your hotel in the morning and transfer vias bus transport to Mollepata (starting point of the trek)
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellence
  • Accommodation as requested.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen tent
  • English-speaking, professional, and official tourist guide (The standard group size is 13 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 14 guests and 2 guides)
  • 1-night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food, and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 4
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7 kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 3
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • Meals (3B, 3L, 3D + daily morning snack + daily tea service, except for the last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Expedition Service 18:35 pm)
  • Transfer train station to hotel in Cusco
  • 24 hr guest service: Please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit


  • Clothes, rain gear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries, and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day after the guided tour at Machu Picchu
  • Walking sticks
  • Sleeping bags (you can rent from our company)
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost).

What to Bring?


  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Clothing for a warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • Rain poncho cold and sun hat.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  • Woolen or synthetic sock sand a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag), a flashlight and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card
  • Extra money insoles (s/ 300.00 soles) emergency case and tips.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and mostly, your clothes – once gotten wet – won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.

What Clothes To Bring

  • Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or
    hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic
    hiking socks are also required, and we recommend Neoprene socks and water shoes for this trip.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you’re interested in.



Huayna Picchu Mountain: If you want to climb Huayna Picchu, you have to add $25 per person, to book your spaces
remember just 400 people can climb Huayna Picchu.
Times: 7:00am – 200 people / 10:00am – 200 People
Machu Picchu Mountain: If you want to climb Machu Picchu, you have to add $25 per person, to book your spaces. remmember just 400 people can climb Machu Picchu Montaña. Time: 8:00am to 10:00am 200 people
Sleeping bag rent: Price: USD $20.00 – 4 Days Hike.
Our sleeping bags are –8ºC-comfort (0ºF) they are cleaned after every uses extra Horse: USD $50.00
Personal horse and horsemen for riding or carrying extra personal belongings while on the trek.Extra night in Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu:
Please let us know if you wish us to make the hotel booking and, in this case, your request
hotel category and accommodation, and the number of nights you wish us to book.