Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days is one of the most scenic and thrilling routes to reach Machu Picchu. With glacier mountains, picturesque lakes like Humantay and Salkantay Lake, and a trek through the Amazon jungle, this is one of the most beautiful and interesting treks in Peru.
Booking this tour with us means enjoying the best services at affordable prices (In a basic or confort service). We provide exclusive camps with newly built Mountain Sky Huts and glass igloos, along with professional and knowledgeable guides and supporting staff. We offer all inclusive itinerary options to ensure you don’t miss out on anything. We will pass by brilliantly blue lakes, reach heights of up to 4,630 meters, and trek past waterfalls, rivers, and hot springs.
We will also trek through the original Inca Trail to the Llactapata ruins, where you will get a fantastic view of Machu Picchu from a different angle, motivating you to finish the final stretch before reaching the famous lost city of the Incas.
The 5-Day Salkantay Trek is listed by National Geographic as one of the “World’s Best Treks.” Choose an experienced, highly-rated company for your Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, and make it an unforgettable experience.
5 DAYS SALKANTAY TREK HIGHLIGHTS
- Salkantay Mountain: One of the highlights of the trek is the stunning views of Salkantay Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the Andes, which rises to an elevation of 6,271 meters (20,574 feet).
- Humantay Lake: A beautiful turquoise lake located at the base of Humantay Mountain. The trek includes a hike to this lake, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
- High altitude passes: The trek includes two high altitude passes – Salkantay Pass (4,650 meters / 15,255 feet) and Inca Pass (4,200 meters / 13,779 feet), both of which offer incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
- Llactapata ruins: On the fourth day of the trek, you will visit the Llactapata ruins, which offer stunning views of Machu Picchu from a different perspective.
- Machu Picchu: The final day of the trek includes a visit to the world famous Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The trek ends with a guided tour of the ruins, followed by free time to explore on your own.
- Exclusive Campsites: Sleep in our exclusive private campsite, which offers a panoramic view of the Salkantay mountain.
- Amazon Region: Enjoy the Amazon region is full of coffee, banana, and avocado plantations.
- Hot springs: Take a dip in the hot springs of Santa Teresa on the afternoon of the third day, and spend the night in Lucmabamba
Whats is Included in the Salkantay Trek?
- Salkantay trek 5 days briefing at 7:00 pm a day before the departure at our office
- A duffle bag to pack 7 kilos of your belonging that will be carried by horses during the trek
- English/Spanish speaking professional tour guides
- Professional chef and cooking equipment
- Horses for carrying up to 7 Kilos of personal luggage and other required equipment
- Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
- Private transportation to head of Salkantay trail
- 5 breakfasts
- 4 lunches
- 4 dinners
- 3 nights of camping
- 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Mountain Sky Huts with Thick Mattresses, glass door, Night Lighting, and Panoramic for the first and second night
- Personal pad (double foam – 2.5 inches thick)
- Pillows at the first and second camp
- Transportation from La Playa to Santa Teresa
- Transportation from Santa Teresa to Lucmabamba to do the Llactapata trek
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Guided visit to Machu Picchu
- Return journey from Aguas Calientes to Cusco BY TRAIN
- Vegetarian/Vegan options available on request with no additional charges
- First-Aid equipment and oxygen bottle for emergencies
What is Not Included for the Salkantay Trek?
- Entrance ticket for the Humantay lake charged by the local government of Mollepata = 20 soles per person
- Sleeping Bag – If you do not have one you can rent from us for $15 USD for the whole trek
- Trekking Poles – If you do not have one you can rent from us for $15 USD for 01 pair for the whole trek
- Santa Teresa Hot Springs: Going to the hot springs on the third day afternoon is an option that you can decide whether to go or not once you arrive at Lucmabamba camp since you have a free afternoon to relax. If you like to go to the hot springs, the guide will organize local transportation to take the group to the hot springs they charge 30 to 40 soles for round-trip service and takes around 01-hour drive each way and the entrances for the hots springs is 15 soles and you can stay around 2 hours enjoy the nice and relaxing hot springs.
- Travel insurance
- Extra expenses such a hot shower in the second camp for 10 soles or maybe if you like access to internet wifi for 10 soles
For the five days of Salkantay treks, you need personal trekking gear and a sleeping bag. If you do not have a sleeping bag is possible to rent one from us also if you like trekking poles, you can rent them from us. The rest needed for this trek we provide.
Here is a general packing list for the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu that you can use as a reference:
- Hiking boots or shoes
- Hiking socks (wool or synthetic)
- Long pants (hiking pants or leggings)
- T-shirts or breathable shirts
- Fleece jacket or sweater
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Warm hat and gloves
- Swimwear (for hot springs or swimming)
- Sandals / Flip flops
- A towel
- Backpack (20-30L)
- Sleeping bag (rated to 0-5 degrees Celsius/32-41 degrees Fahrenheit). If you do not have one, you can rent one from the company
- Headlamp or flashlight (with extra batteries)
- Trekking poles (optional but recommended), if you do not have one pair you can rent from the company
- Sun hat or cap
- Water bottle or hydration system (at least 1.5 liters capacity)
- Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.)
- Personal medication (if necessary)
- Camera or phone for taking pictures
- Portable charger or power bank
- Book or Kindle for reading during downtime
- Snacks (such as energy bars, trail mix, or dried fruit)
- Cash in soles (for buying souvenirs or optional activities)
- Also, keep in mind that the weather can be unpredictable in the Andes, so it’s recommended to dress in layers and bring both warm and waterproof clothing or rain ponchos.
DOCUMENTS YOU MUST CARRY DURING THE TREK
- Original Passport
- Original student card if you have applied for a student discount.
NOTE: We do provides a duffle bag in which you can pack up to 7 kilograms of your personal belongings, which will be carried by horses during the trek. During the trek, you will carry a small backpack with the necessary items for the day hike. The rest of your belongings can be packed in the duffle bag, which will be accessible at each campsite.
Map Salkantay 5 Days
Frequently Asked Questions Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu + LLactapata trek
How long is the Salkantay Trek?
The Salkantay Trek is approximately 89 km/55 miles and takes about 5 days to complete.
What is the difficulty level of the Salkantay Trek?
For the average traveler or tourist, the Salkantay Trek is considered challenging but achievable. Physical fitness is required, and all trekkers should spend at least 2 days in Cusco to acclimatize. Altitude sickness can occur, even for those who are extremely fit.
What is the most challenging part of the Salkantay Trek?
The Salkantay Pass, located at an altitude of 4,650 meters above sea level, is considered the most difficult part of the trek. Hikers may experience wind, cold temperatures, and symptoms of altitude sickness. Oxygen will be provided if necessary.
What is the minimum age for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?
While there is no strict age limit, children under 12 years old may not enjoy the trek and should be able to walk for 90 minutes without needing to be carried.
What is the best time to hike the Salkantay Trek?
The best time to hike the Salkantay Trek is during the dry season, which lasts from April to November in Cusco. May and October offer the best weather conditions.
Can I hike the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu on my own?
Yes, it is possible to hike the Salkantay Trek independently, but it can be risky as the trail is not well-marked at all points. Hiring a tour agency like Mystic Salkantay offers the advantage of experienced guides who know the route well.
Can I hike the Salkantay Trek with children?
Children over 12 years old who are in good physical shape and used to hiking long distances are allowed to hike the Salkantay Trek.
Is there cell phone coverage during the Salkantay Trek?
Cell phone coverage is sporadic during the trek and there is no opportunity to charge your phone. A satellite phone will be carried by one of the trek leaders for emergency use only.
What is the weather like on the Salkantay Trek?
The weather on the Salkantay Trek is varied due to the different terrains and altitudes encountered on the trail. The Salkantay Pass and nearby areas are the only places where weather is a serious concern, with temperatures that can fall below freezing.
Is the Salkantay Trek closed during certain times of the year?
The Salkantay Trek is closed February every year due to weather conditions. The trek is open and has the best conditions from March 1 to January.
What is the difference between the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail?
The Salkantay Trek is more strenuous and famous for its mountain scenery, while the Inca Trail is a classic trek that offers diverse scenery. Salkantay is considered slightly harder than the Inca Trail, but less challenging than other trails like Choquequirao.
|Inca Trail Hike
|Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
|Mountains, cloud forest, and Incan Archaeological Sites
|Mountains and abundant wildlife
|26 miles over 4 days
|46 miles over 5 days
|200 people per day, book in advance. More customizable than Salkantay.
|No permit restrictions, an average of 50 hikers per day.
|Mid-range camping or luxury glamping. Porters are available to carry gear.
|Options from rudimentary camping to luxury lodges.
|Travelers in good hiking shape who value comfortable camps and don’t mind a popular trail.
|For experienced, hikers who want to get off the beaten path and value solitude, mountain scenery, opportunities to view wildlife, and a wider range of overnight options.