6day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

This Salkantay trek is one of our best treks around Cusco because it gives you the chance to enjoy the area and its boundaries, you will enjoy the lakes, mountains and visit sites that are not included in the regular tours. Of course as the other tours you will also visit Machu Picchu.

  • Tour Package:Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Type of Tour: Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Group Size: Private Tour starting with 4 people
  • Departures Day: Daily departures are available during the year.
  • Difficulty degree of this Trek: Challenging due to the altitude, we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco or over 3000m/9840ft.

Tour Itinerary


We will leave from Cusco between 4:30am and 5:00am. A local bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level). We will arrive approximately at 8:15am in the morning and have breakfast. During the trip we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay Mountain, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. We will meet with our support staff and they will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9:00 a.m., we will begin our walk toward Sayllapata (3200 meters above sea level). About 1:00p.m., we will have a Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we will continue hiking toward the Soraypampa village (3850 meters above sea level). Around 5:30pm in the afternoon we will arrive to our camp where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.


Today, nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. We will start the hike around 7:00 in the morning. We will hike to a place called Pampas Salkantay, then go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay located next to the Apu Salkantay. At midday, we will be at the highest point (4600 meters above sea level). We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is the second highest point in the Cusco region. In the area there are two lakes the Soroycocha and the Laguna Salkantay that we will visit and enjoy their turquoise waters. After lunch we will continue walking down hill this time through an area with a micro-clime called High jungle or cloud forest. We will reach our camping place late in the afternoon.


Around 7:00a.m., we will start our trek. We will walk for about 8 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period we will observe a town called Collpabamba, the jungle area known as the Cloud forest where waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous Pervian bird called the “Cock of the Rock”. We will reach our camp site at 4pm. Where we will accommodate in our tents and have a deserved rest after our delicious dinner.


Today our journey from Sahuayaco to Hidroelectrica will take us between 7 to 8 hours. First we will visit Llactapata Archeological site, this site is found 5 hours away from Sahuayaco. We will explore the archeological site for one hour, from there we will continue two hours more to Hidroelectrica town where we will rise our tents and spend the night.


After breakfast we will start with our expedition tour to Aguas Calientes town. We will visit an archeological site, visit the cataratas or waterfall of Mandor, and visit an Orquidi garden.

Once we reach Aguas calientes town you will have a free time to explore the town or go to take a bath on the hot springs.

Optional: Today there is an option to visit Putucusi Mountain. The mountain offers epic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding Urubamba River Valley. The walk requires a challenging 1.5-hour trek up the mountain, with approximately 1700 wood and rock steps.


Today, you will be able to choose between waking up at 4:30am and walking up to Machu Picchu or taking a bus to Machu Picchu at 7:00am. In Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for about two hours and after that you will be free to explore the Citadel and take pictures, or if you desire, ascend toward the Huaynapicchu Mountain. At 2:26pm or 6:03pm (depending on availability), you will be taking a train to Ollantaytambo and from there; a bus will drive you to your hotel in Cusco.

NOTE: During the fifth day trek from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes the customers have to carry their luggage all the way to Aguas Calientes or ship it in the train that leaves at 1pm to Aguas Calientes from Hidroelectrica where one of our workers will pick it up (the price of this shipping is not included in the trekking price).

The following is what is included in this trek:

  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private bus to Cruzpata (starting point of the trail).
  • Reliable, knowledgeable, and friendly guides (English and Spanish)
  • Meals are full board. Including: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners served with drinks.
  • Triple three season Eureka tents for 2 people, lots of space for your personal stuff.
  • Cooking gear, dinning utensils, food supplies.
  • Thick, comfy sleeping mats provided for free.
  • Cooking Tent
  • Pack mules for the company equipment & your personal stuff.
  • Mules for emergencies.
  • Horsemen ( 1 for 4 mules )
  • Accommodation and food for our guides, cook, horsemen.
  • Guided tour in all archeological sites & Machu Picchu.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Accommodation in ***Hotel-boutique
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • One way bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Free entrance ticket to Huaynapicchu or Montaña if available.


  • Last lunch.
  • Entrance fee to hot springs. (10 soles)
  • Sleeping bag. you can rent it USD $ 5.00 per day
  • Mules on the 4th, 5th and 6th day (on your luggage will be shipped by train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes).
  • Train ticket from “Hidroelectrica” to Aguas Calientes.
  • One way bus ticket at Machu Picchu.

Payment Methods

Why with US?

With Manu National Park Peru/Manu Explorers Peru you will meet professional tour guides who have lived by the jungle of the Madre de Dios river all of their lives.  Our guides are professionally trained and have extensive knowledge of the Manu area and the flora and fauna that abounds in the jungle.


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