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Salkantay to Machu Picchu 5D/4N

Salkantay to Machu Picchu 5D/4N

Trip Overview

Tour Type:
Salkantay Trek, Healing Workshop, Hiking, camping, adventure, history, and culture.
Good For:
Those who enjoy Spiritual Retreat.
Moderate, but challenging.
We will have everything taken care of for you for two weeks, but you won’t feel rushed or over scheduled.


The Salkantay Trek is an alternative path to get Machu Picchu and considered by most to be the best alternative route. This magnificent trail is perfect for adventurers who wish to become personally integrated in changing ecosystems from one day to the next. You will walk through sweeping, magical landscapes of a snowy mountain paradise to a tropical jungle where you will find a wide range of animals and medicinal plants and flower varieties. Witness with your own eyes a living, but ancient, culture in remote villages hardly ever seen by foreigners!

The Cordillera Vilcabamba is an impressive mountain range extending over 260 km. The snow-capped mountain Salkantay rises to 6271 MASL– 20574 FASL in height and Salkantay is the second highest peak in Cusco. It is an outstanding snowy peak, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco.

We recommend have two days of acclimatization before the trek is ideal for visiting the city of Cusco, its nearby Inca ruins, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Tour Plan


DAY 01: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa

After an early-morning pick you up from your hotel, we’ll leave Cusco and travel through the province of Anta, here we will stop to participate in an Andean Blessing ceremony. Following steep-sided river canyons, we descend into the Limatambo valle before climbing again to the town of Mollepata, where we will stop for breakfast and then continue our bus trip for another hour until we reach the first campsite, Soraypamapa. Once there we have a break and lunch. Then we will get ready to start our trek to Humantay Lake where we will do a ceremony in honor to the APU SALKANTAY (mountain spirits). We will make an offering to Pachamama (despacho) in which all of us participate and then go back to camp where dinner will be ready.
Walking Distance – 8km / 4.97 miles
Starting Elevation – 3350 meters ASL / 10990 feet ASL
Highest Elevation – 4600 meters ASL / 15091 feet ASL
Campsite Elevation – 3920 meters ASL / 12861 feet ASL
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Lunch and Dinner (snacks and afternoon tea time)
Accommodation: Sky Lodges
Adventure: Moderate-High! (Especially the trek to Humantay Lake)

Day 02: Soyraypampa – Abra Salkantay – Challway

After an early breakfast, we will start the trek to Salkantay Pass (4600m). As you take in the panorama you will see not only Salkantay but also the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, Pumasillo, and the Huayracmachay valley. Where we will offer a coca leaf K´intu (an arranged set of leafs) to the Apus. From the pass we start our descent into the valley. As we travel, the vegetation changes from the sparse grasses of the puna and mountain passes to lush cloud forest home to butterflies, hummingbirds, and a wide-variety of flora. After lunch we continue our trek to Challway through Andean cloud forest where the energies of orquids and native plants will guide our steps down the river.
Walking Distance – 22 km / 13.7 miles
Starting Elevation – 3800 meters ASL / 12467 feet ASL
Campsite Elevation – 2750 meters ASL / 9022 feet ASL
Maximum Altitude: 4650 meters ASL / 15255 feet ASL
Difficulty: Challenging
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (snacks and afternoon tea time)
Accommodation: Camping
Adventure: Absolutely, 100%! The raw and breath-taking beauty of this day’s hike along with its challenging nature will quench any wanderlust you’ve been trying to cure!

Day 03: Challway – Playa Sahuayaco – Cocalmayo

Today is a more relaxing day. We start with a small descent and then walk along a newly built road towards the valley. We will get a look at rural life in the valley, and, if in season, we can harvest some “granadilla” from the passion fruit family, or maybe some of the region’s incredible avocados. We’ll pass through this beautiful valley, After a 2 hour walk, we will arrive at the town of Sahuayaco, also known as “La Playa” for lunch. Once we have had time to rest, we will board a bus that takes us to the baths of Cocalmayo where we can bathe.
Walking Distance – 10km / 6.25 miles
Starting Elevation – 2750 meters ASL / 9022 feet ASL
Campsite Elevation – 2400 meters ASL / 7874 feet ASL
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (snacks and afternoon tea time)
Accommodation: Camping

Day 04: Cocalmayo – Hidroelectrica – Machu Picchu

At 7 a.m. in the morning we will have our breakfast and then get ready to board our bus to the hydroelectric dam where we will have lunch. Rights afterwards we will start our walk along the shores of the Wilkamayu River (sacred river, guardian of Machupicchu). On this walk we can already observe the impressive Apu Machupicchu and Apu Huaynapicchu. Once we reach Machupicchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes) we will make ourselves coomfortable in our rooms.
In the evening, there are plenty of restaurants, markets, the hot springs, or simply a period of relaxation in your hotel room to enjoy. 4 hours walking
Walking Distance – 10 km / 6.25 miles
Starting Elevation – 2450 meters ASL / 8038 feet ASL
Campsite Elevation – 2000 meters ASL / 6561 feet ASL (Aguas Calientes hotel)
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (snacks and afternoon tea time)
Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel

Day 05: The Sacred City of the Incas Machu Picchu – Cusco

Today’s Highlights: Your excitement for our rendezvous at Machu Picchu will rise as we are hiking early in the morning through the forest to reach the site before most other tourists – even the Inca Trail trekkers!! You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. Your group will learn about this mystical place in a two-hour guided tour of the Arqueological site. Afterwards, you can opt to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain (if you have pre-booked tickets) or walk to the Sun Gate (without extra tickets). Our pilgrimage will end in Machupicchu.
Activity Overview: Touring Machu Picchu with optional hike
Activity Level: Easy, hike: strenuous
Activity Length: 2-5 hours exploring and optional 2-3 hour strenuous hike; Machu Picchu is at 7,972’ elevation


This tour only as a private service

Daily Departure with at least 2 people.
Number of Pax Price per Person
02 People $ 1,200.00
03 People $ 1,100.00
04 People $ 950.00
06 People $ 900.00
08 – + People $ 800.00
Thank you for choosing Pumadventures Peru Tours! We will do everything in our power to take care of you and ensure an enjoyable trip of a lifetime in Peru!


Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to the trailhead.
Healing Workshop – Offering to mother earth.
Machu Picchu entrance.
Salkantay entrance.
2-man personal sleeping and tents.
A mattress per/person.
Camping equipment.
Duffel bag.
Professional tour guide(Assistants are provided for groups over 6 people).
Chef and cooking equipment.
Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
Accommodation for all our staff.
Meals (4B, 4L, 4D + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian menu and special diets can be catered for.
Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested far enough in advance.
First-aid kit emergency.
Oxygen bottle.
Bus ticket in Machu Picchu roundtrip.
Train ticket Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes.
Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo / Poroy.
Tourist transportation from Ollantaytambo/Poroy to Cusco.
Transfer train station-hotel included only if returning on day 5.

Not Included:

Rentals: Every trekker needs a sleeping bag, when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional, but encouraged. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
Sleeping Bag.
Inflatable Air Matt.
Walking Sticks (Pair).
Day 1: Breakfast.
Last Day: Lunch and Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
Personal clothing and gear.
Travel Insurance.
Tips for our staff: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
Option: If you feel tired after the trek to and from Llactapata, you have the option to take a train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes. (Cost: USD $31.00).
Additional costs or delays out of control of the management (landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.)

Packing List

You should bring:

A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/took. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
It gets hot in the Sacred Valley, you should also be prepared for hot conditions on this trek.
Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you).
Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries.
Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions).
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
Sun block.
After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
Toilet paper, pack in & pack out.
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
Small towel or sarong.
Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs ).
Cash – sufficient for tips and souvenirs, or any drinks or snacks you might want to buy along the way.
Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day).
Binoculars (if you have them).

Optional Extras

We can hire the following to you – please contact your Travel Consultant / or our booking forms for the current rates.
Extra mule to carry YOUR things.
Extra riding mule and muleteer to lead it.
Sleeping Bag suitable for – 10deg.
Deluxe Sleeping Bag suitable for -15deg.
Walking stick lightweight aluminum – Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share a tent) Add Extra Services (optional).
Huayna Picchu climbing (USD 50 per person).
Machu Picchu climbing (USD 40 per person).
Extra night in Aguas Calientes (from USD 80 single).

Hire Policy:

When calculating costs for hire of walking stick, sleeping bag, calculate using the length of the tour. Even though you won’t use the equipment on the final day it will still be ‘on the road’ and ‘occupied.’.
If you hire equipment and break it – you are responsible for price of replacement /or repair. (Please do the right thing!).

Available Discounts (these discounts are not cumulative)

Students: US$ 25.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please beware that Youth Travel Cards are not valid).
Teenagers: US$ 15.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).
Children: US$ 35.00 (up to 10 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).

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