Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days with train return last day

OVERVIEW TOUR: Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days with train return last day
  • Salkantay Trek Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake
  • Salkantay Trek Day 2: Soraypampa – Paso Salkantay – Huayrapunku – Chaullay
  • Salkantay Trek Day 3: Chaullay – Sahuayo Beach – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes
  • Salkantay Trek Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Trek to Machupicchu – Cusco

Amazing Salkantay Trek – Machupicchu

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  • Duración:  4 days / 3 nights
  • Salidas Diarias:  01:00pm a 00:00Hrs.
  • Ubicación:  Machupicchu - Salkantay Trek - Cusco - Peru
  • Tipo de Excursión:  Trekking
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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days with train return last day

The grand andean experience – The Savage Mountain trek to Machu Picchu

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an alternative to the Inca Trail and considered by most to be the best alternative route mountain (and maybe even better! salkantay). This magnificent trail is perfect for adventurers who wish to become personally integrated in changing ecosystems from one day to the next trek. 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 Trek rises to 6271 MASL– 20574 FASL in height – salkantay. It is an outstanding snowy peak, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south-central Peru Salkantay. Because of its proximity to the city, it is easily accessible by car and it has been climbed by professional mountaineers since 1952 to salkantay.

In order to complete the Salcantay Trek to machu piccho, you need to have a reasonable level of fitness, but age shouldn’t be a barrier. The most important thing is to be well-acclimatized to the altitude. The highest you will trek the entire time is (4, 650 MASL – 15092 FASL). 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.



Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days with train return last day

Trek Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa – Lake Humantay – Salkantay – distance 12 klm (5 hours trip)

Between 4:20 a.m. at 4:50 a.m. We will pick up from your hotel – Cusco in our touristic bus, then we will go with a trip to the town of Mollepata (height of 2900mt-9514 feet) which is at a distance of approximately 2.hours from the city of Cusco, where we will take a break from About 20 minutes where you can prepare with last minute supplies or anything you have forgotten in the city (water, rain poncho, insect repellent, etc.).

Then we will continue our trip to the place of Challacancha, which is the beginning of the trek (height of 3600 mt-11500 ft.); Then we will have a 5 hour trip on the way to reach the base of the camp called Soraypampa (height 3912 mt -12834 ft.); where we will have a lunch enjoying the panoramic view of mountains, breathe the thin air of mountains and its geography as the Humantay mountain (4200 mt-13779 ft) and also the snowy Salkantay (6271 mt-20575 ft), after a rest we will make an ascension during 1 hour of walk towards the lagoon of Humantay and soon we will return to the base of the camping where we will have the time of takes a tea and also the dinner.

Trek Day 2: Soraypampa – Paso Salkantay – Huayrapunku – Chaullay – Salkantay – distance 22 km (9 travel hours)

This is the most difficult day of the walk, for this reason we get up 5:00 a.m. and breakfast will be 5:30 a.m. our walk will start 6:00 a.m .; “However, waking up at dawn in the middle of the extensive meadows of Soraypampa, the sun that illuminates the Andean peaks of the mountains that sprout from behind makes it an energizing and fascinating beginning for a good day of walking.”

Now we make an ascent to the hard pass 3 to 4 hours of walking along the road until we reach the pass of the Salkantay (height 4630 mt-15190 ft) “Although the air is scarce and it is steep”; Once you have crossed the pass we will have a traditional Andean ceremony with the whole group, then we will make a descent to the place of Huayrapunku (height 3912 mt-12834 ft) where we will have a lunch and then continue to the second camp Chaullay (height 2900 mt- 9514 ft).

“On the way to Chaullay there are several tent camps and small villages scattered among the plains, and it’s amazing to think that there are a handful of local people who live permanently so far from modern society and in those harsh natural conditions.”

Trek Day 3: Chaullay – Sahuayo Beach – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes  (distance 15km – 8 hours trip)

We woke up early the day like 6:00 a.m. and breakfast 6:30 am, we will start the walk in a jungle at the height of a very beautiful geography of rivers between the plains, waterfalls and raging streams where we can appreciate the flora and fauna of this place as orchid plantations Cocoa, coffee, fruit of coca, papaya bananas, avocado, passion fruit and birds such as hummingbird, parrots and rooster of the rocks, and pumas are exceptionally rare, etc. The view of the valley are enough to occupy your mind during the 4 hours of walking until you reach the Sahuayo Beach (2064 mt – 6771 ft); where we will have a lunch and then we will have to take a taxi to get to the Hidroelectrica (for this transport the payment is US $ 10 extras not included); where we will meet on the road with another group that left a day before us and we will join this and then we will walk along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes to sleep in a private hotel.

Trek Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Tour to Machupicchu – distances 5 km (1 hour ½ trip)

This day we will start very early at 4:00 a.m. the first part of the trip is flat for ½ hour and for 1 hour we ascend the road to Machupicchu where we will arrive at approximately 6 a.m. to be able to see and enjoy the sunrise and have a visit in Machupicchu with our professional guide for an average of 2 hours of tour and then you will have free time to do your personal exploration in the citadel of Machu Piccho.

“Machupicchu is incredible, and seeing the sun break the mountains and illuminate the Inca stone city is a unique opportunity in life for all visitors in Peru.”

After your visit to Machu Piccho, you have to make a descent to the city of Aguas Calientes to board your train back at the time you can choose.


For the entrances to Machu Picchu have 3 different options to visit the Inca city:

  • First option: Entrance to Machu Picchu (this option is included for all tours).
  • Second option: Entrance to Machu Picchu + Huaynapicchu mountain.
  • Third option: Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu + Montaña Machu Picchu.

** The tickets for these 3 options are valid only for one day. “For example,” it is impossible to do with the same entrance ticket one day to visit Machupicchu and the other day to Huaynapicchu mountain. “For example” It can not be done with the same Huaynapicchu Ticket and Machu Picchu Mountain because the 3 entry options to Machu Picchu are clear and specific.

** But if you want to make an extra mountain like Montaña Huaynapicchu (you must book 4 months in advance for the high season from May to September) or mountain Machu Picchu (1/2 monthly advance); and we also recommend having one more night in Aguas Calientes or return by train (this recommendation has enough time to visit Machupicchu and up to Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain)

** Train schedules available from Cusco (Peru Rail / Inca Rail) – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (village machupicchu):

  • They are anticipated between ½ month and 1 month before their trip to Machu Picchu. Especially high season between the schedules (from May to September) of the train expedition: travel distance (2 hours x train) and (2 hours plus x bus) ..
  • 2:30 pm Aguas calientes – train to Ollantaytambo and then bus to Cusco. (Arrival in Cusco at 6:30 p.m.)
  • 6:30 pm Aguas calientes train to Ollantaytambo and then bus to Cusco. (Arrival in Cusco 10:30 p.m.)
  • 9.30 p.m. Aguas Calientes train to Ollantaytambo and then bus to Cusco. (Arrival in Cusco at 1:30 a.m.)
  • For the last hour of the train (9:30 p.m.) the reservations are made between 3 days and 2 days before the trip machu picchu.

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What Includes Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days:

  • Information with the guide responsible for the tour 1 day before departure at the office in cusco.
  • DELIVERY OF THE EQUIPMENT, such as: (sleeping bag, hiking poles, inflatable mattress and a backpack to place all this equipment on horses or mules)
  • Private transportation cusco- mollepata-challacancha
  • 3 breakfasts-3 lunches-3 dinners
  • Professional guide english spanish x 5 days including the machupicchu
  • Personal tents for two people
  • Walking poles
  • Sleeping bag
  • Inflatable mattresses (matras thermarest)
  • Hot drinks at night and at each meal
  • Horses (mules) to carry 6 kilos per person
  • Transport-beach (sahuayaco) – santa teresa – 3 day
  • Hostel in Aguas calientes.0 x 1 night
  • Return transportation x train to Cusco the last day
  • Bus ollantaytambo to cusco

Does not Included Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days:

  • The first breakfast and the last lunch
  • Water (cold beer champagne wiski etc.)
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu US $ 12 only up
  • Entrance to huaynapicchu US $ 15
  • Entrance to machupicchu mountain US $ 15
  • Tips (voluntary tips)

What you need to bring for salkantay trek to machupicchu 4 days:



** Important points for salkantay:

The excursion varies in price because we include a private taxi from Sahuayacu beach to hydroelectric (3 day).
return by train

  • US $ 12 BUS aguas calientes TO MACHUPICCHU (only up)
  • If you want an extra night in hot waters US $ 15

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  • 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 & Dinner (Plus snacks & afternoon tea time)
  • Accommodation: Wooden Camping CHOZAS (Andean Huts)
  • 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!

Today’s Highlights: Hike along the winding Salkantay trail with the mountain’s tallest peak in front of your eyes all morning! Challenge yourself as we make our way up some steep slopes while looking out on the valley far below until we reach the base of Apu Salkantay. Around midday, you will be standing in the middle of the Andes mountain range! In the afternoon, we make our way into the incredible cloud forest and tropical jungle around Chaullay. This is your most challenging day but also your most rewarding!.

After an early wake-up with the first daylight at 05:30 AM and a quick but energizing breakfast, we will start trekking up to the highest point of the trail: the Salkantay Pass (4650 MASL – 15255 FASL). The distance is a 7 km (4.34 miles) of difficult ascent in 3 hours between the rocky valley base and the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6271 MASL– 20574 FASL). When we reach the top of the pass, we will appreciate the spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and the imposing snowy peaks of Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo mountains. Salkantay Mountain is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region and one of the Inca gods called “Apu”.

Continuing from this climax of today’s trek, there is a 5 km (3.1 mile) downhill walk to the site for lunch. The walk downwards is on a serpent-shaped, rocky, gravel path which leads to the Huayracmachay lunch campsite. To rest on the way down, there is a perfect valley outlook that is absolutely stunning! In the afternoon after our meal, we will enter the upper part of the Amazon jungle, which is also called “the cloud forest”. This is a 10 km (6.2 mile) hike completed in 3 hours on a wide trail in the thick and magical tropical forest. During this part of the trek, you will notice a dramatic change in landscape and the earth’s energy as we move from Andes to Amazon! This hike is truly beautiful; the hills are decorated with colorful scenery, wildlife, and native plants.

The forests are warm and tropical most of the year with temperate climates. At the end of this outstanding hike, we arrive at Chaullay Village (2900 MASL – 9514 FASL) for a much-deserved reward of rest from our long day of trekking! This is our base camp in the jungle as we continue to make our way to Machu Picchu.




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