Classic salkantay trek

Classic Salkantay trek 5 days

Classic Salkantay trek, an alternative Inca trail to machu picchu, a fascinating hiking that includes the humantay lake tour, this fascinating adventure trip, passes by the high mountains, which are part of the Vilcanota knots, a range of mountains where salkantay mountain is located “6,271m”. The journey starts from about 30 miles northwest from Cusco City.

The classic hike of salkantay, is the best alternative hike to Machu Picchu, takes 5 days and 4 nights, where you can see different ecosystems that changes at every corner, and opportunity to take pictures of nature, vegetation, birds and animals that are frequently seeing along the way.

This private tour, is for people who are coming in a special journey, honeymoon trips, family vacation, or for those who are willing to run away from the crowds, and want to have authentic experience.  We are direct operators, who are leading and organizing it by ourselves.

GROUP SIZE: We organize all our hikes in private service, for solo travelers, students, for organized large groups, etc.

Departures: Daily departures are available. From April to November, and rainy season upon request.


Day 01: Cusco – Humantay Lake – Salkantay pampa. The tour starts with the pickup from your hotel in cusco city and drive to soraypampa, it takes 4 hours of drive, then after breakfast a hike to the famous humantay lake, this ours takes about 4 hours, where you will see a nice glacier lake, then we are going to return to soraypampa where we’ll lunch, after lunch we are going to walk for about 2 hours up to Salkantay pampa and camp over 4:00 meter above sea level.

Day 02: Salkantay pampa – Collpapampa. We serve breakfast at 06:00 hrs; it starts by a steep uphill trail, that leads by an switchbacks path, to the Salkantay pass “4.630 m”, it is the highest point of the entire hike, it takes about 2.5 hours, impressive view from summit, you can appreciate the view of the majestic Salkantay mountain “6,272 m”, and faraway there is many mountains summits visible, then we will walk down to wayracpampa and stop for lunch.

After lunch the trail gets in to the cloud forest, you’ll pass by a village named rayanniyoc, then reached a place called challway which is camp for other groups, we will get collpapampa “3000m”, a nice plateau, and spend the night in the most amazing spots.

The Classic Salkantay hike on this day, Will see many trees, bambus, orchids, and birds, after 3.5 hours we will finally arrive to Collpapampa (2.930 meters). This is a little settlement where we spend the night.

Day 03: Collpapampa – La playa – Santa Teresa. This day is one of the most interesting sections of the trail, the scenery shows lovely mountains with lush forest. We start walking at 07:30 AM, by a path banking the river towards to Lluscamayu, observing ferns, flowers, orchids and birds. Llusca mayu is the limit of the cloud forest and high jungle.

There are different kind of fruits such as: banana trees, coffee, passion fruits and avocados. After about 5 hours of walk we will arrive to la playa (2400 masl), the playa is a settlement where some companies camp, but we will take our transport to Santa Teresa, up to the hot-springs, you will enjoy the moment relaxing at the pools, then we can have dinner and spend the night at a very warm place.

Day 04: Hotsprings – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes. Tasty breakfast will be served, thenwe can catch our transport to hydroelectricity plant, from here we are going to walk 6 miles, by the valley, nice river view and trees, possibility to see the cock of the rocks birds “rupicola peruviana”, after 3 hours you wil arrive to aguas calientes, the guide will take you to your hotel and relax, then meet up for dinner and spend the night.

Day 05: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu. Wake up at around 5:00 am, take shuttle bus to machu picchu, where our guided will show you the place for about 3 hours.

You will explore all the most important sectors, including shrines, temples, plazas, upper and lower urban area, then once exit from the park, take bus back to town where you can have free time for your lunch, after lunch take train to ollantaytambo, from where our driver will transfer you back to your hotel in cusco city.

**Before doing this hike: We advice you to stay at lower elevation at least 3 days before doing the classic hike; during this time we advice you to visit sites that are worth to visit, in tours such as: Cusco city tour, maras moray, sacred valley tour, tipon pikillacta, inca bridge tour, horseback ride, rainbow mountain tour.


  • Private transport from hotel to trek start point “Soraypampa”.
  • A tent per each 02 people (wide room, highly maintained for excellent performance in field).
  • Complete meals during trek, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs, Kitchen tent, Toilet tent.
  • English speaking professional tour guide.
  • Cook and cooking equipment. Horsemen and horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 3, accommodation for our guides, cook / muleteers.
  • Emergency horse if someone who may need during the 3 days.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in aguas calientes.
  • Round trip shuttle bus to Machu Picchu.
  • Machu Picchu fee.
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to ollanta and bus drive to Cusco.


  • Sleeping bag (available to rent in our office).
  • Lunch on the last day: after the guided tour at Machu Picchu.
  • Optional train, Hydroelectric to Machu Picchu town.
  • Tips: please beware that our agency staff are paid, so please feel free to tip according to your wish.


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Each reservation requires a deposit from 50% (according to total price) as a down payment per person. The final balance can be paid at our Cusco office in cash during your briefing a day or two before your trip.
Once the deposit will be confirmed we will send you your contract voucher.




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