Salkantay trek 5 days
Price : $790

Salkantay trek 5 Days

Salkantay trek 5 days to Machu Picchu is the second most popular trek to get the iconic city of Machu Picchu; an alternative to the very-crowded classic Inca Trail. It offers adventure, mountains, scenery, and a wider variety of landscapes from rain forest to snowcapped peaks. Since the Salkantay trek has fewer restrictions than the classic Inca Trail, it can provide a “back door” trek to Machu Picchu when classic Inca Trail tickets are sold out.


  • The Salkantay hike is definitely one of the best adventures that you are going to have in Peru. Not only you can witness the ancient Inca trails, but you will also enjoy amazing views and hike through the rain forest.
  • After the Classic Inca Trail the Salkantay Trek is the second most popular route to Machu Picchu, and  lesser-trodden . Here you can have your own fun and experience in the Andes. You take your backpack and explore these vast mountain ranges, meet new courageous people and have cool campsites under beautiful night starry sky with Milky way.
  • The hike alongside the splendid Salkantay Mountain, Humantay Mountain and the arrival at the Llacta of Machu Picchu is one of the best experiences known to mankind.
  • The hike is ideal for nature explorer, couples, friends, nature lovers and intrepid travellers.
  • See natural bridges, orchids, hotsprings, glacier, waterfalls, wildlife and rain forest.
  • Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu has been chosen as one of the 25 best Treks in the world, by the National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine
  • Camping with less travellers to make your own trip and have the best look on these unbelievable mountains.

Why you should hike Salkantay trek 5 days with us?

  • We organize our trip differently than the conventional Salkantay Trek travel companies, our groups spend the night in a proper tent in a remote áreas to enjoy the nature much better.
  • On our Salkantay trek 5 days on day 3 in the afternoon, our guide will take you  to harvest the coffee beans then to make the process of peeling, in the evening you will grab some coffee beans to roast them then  grind them and finally you will drink your fresh coffee.
  • Our first campsites is close to Salkantay Mountain so you will see the sunset over the Salkantay Mountain.
  • Llacta Pata ruins are included in our tour.
  • It is  included the Train ticket from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes so you dont need to hike after tough hike to Llacta Pata ruins.
  • We are practical, punctual, reliable Travel company, welcoming individuals or groups. Check out our reviews on trip advisor.
  • At AB Expeditions, guides, driver, horsemen and Cooks receive their salary as soon they finish their job.
  • We dont share our group of Salkantay trek 5 days  with other companies.
  • Small groups of 2 to 8 people máximum. This fact sets us apart from other travel companies that take bigger groups.
  • AB Expeditions is A 100% locally owned Travel Company and fully licensed Salkantay trek operator.
  • Our Tour Guides pride themselves on being up to date and have a comprehensive programme of continual professional development. We love showing what a fascinating and amazing Salkantay trek is.
  • Your return train ticket on day 5 is at 02:55 pm from Aguas Calientes. Therefore you arrive to Cusco early so you will sleep enough to do any tour the next day.


DAY 1: Cusco – Humantay Lake – Salkantaypampa

We will pick you up at your hotel around 05:00 am for your Salkantay trek 5 days. We proceed to drive nearly 3 hours to Anta – Mollepata. During the bus ride, you can observe the white snowcapped mountains of Salkantay and Veronica: the Holy Gods of the Incas.   Also, you will glimpse the spectacular views of the upper part and lower valleys with colorful landscapes. After 3 hours and half  of driving, we will make the first stop in Soraypampa town (the starting point of our hike), where there are toilet facilities and  breakfast prepared by our chef. There we will meet with our support staff, organize all the equipment, horses and mules and we will have an introductory meeting.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. we will start our trek to Humantay Lake (4200 m /13779 ft).  The first part of the path is flat then uphill all the way to the lake. We will explore it for about 30 minutes then hike back to Soraypampa where you will have your lunch. After lunch, we will continue hiking up to the Salkantaypampa (4150 m / 13615 ft). Salkantaypampa is located on the middle of the glacier valleys where at night it is so dark with no ambient light making it a perfect spot to appreciate the constellations in the sky.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping.
  • Campsite altitude: 4150 m / 13615 ft.
  • Distance Travelled: 10 km/6.214 mile.

DAY 2: Salkantaypampa – Salkantay Pass  – Collpapampa

Early wakeup call at 5:00 am with coca tea brought to your tent. Afterward, we pack up quickly, enjoy a  breakfast and immediately begin hiking up to the highest point of the Salkantay trail (4620 masl – 15,255 ft).  The distance is 5 km we should complete in 3 hours. During the ascent through the rocky valley, we can observe the magnificent Salkantay peak(6217 masl – 20,341 ft) and may even see chinchillas on the trail (Once we reach the top of the trail, we will enjoy spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay.

Salkantay Mountain is considered the second-highest mountain of the Cusco region and one of the main Inca Gods known as “Apu Salkantay”. Hiking to the top is the most difficult part of the entire trek.  You will feel so accomplished!  The next  3 hours are spent heading downhill on the serpent trail along gravel and rocky path to reach Huayracmachay, our lunch spot. In the afternoon we will arrive at the upper part of the rain forest, also called a “cloud forest”. We will cover 9 km in 3 hours until to get Ccolpa pampa Village (2900 masl – 9,514 ft) our base campsite.   In the second half of the day during the descent, we will observe the thick forest which is decorated with colorful orchids and native plants. The majority of the year the weather is warm and pleasant.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping.
  • Maximum Altitude: 4650 masl/15.2559 feet.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2900 masl/9.5144 feet.
  • Distance Travelled: 21 km/13.0488 miles to Chaullay.

DAY 3: Collpapampa – Lucmabamba

 Around 5:30 am wake up call with coca tea!  Next, we have breakfast and afterward start hiking straight to la Playa; walking through the thick jungle and following the riverbank of the Salkantay River on a gradual trail. On the route, we stop at several family hamlets to enjoy the local fruit and vegetables (passion fruit, banana, coffee, avocado, mango, orange, and papaya).  If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called “the Cock of the Rocks”.

The trail distance is 16 km and the hiking time is 7 hours until we reach Lucmabamba, our base camp. Lucmabamba is a small town surrounded by coffee trees and can provide the basic facilities (toilet, electricity, shopping, and souvenirs) and serves as our lunch point.   In the afternoon you will go to harvest the coffee then peel them.  In the evening, you will grap coffee to roast then grind them and at the end you will prepare your own coffee expreso.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2900 masl/9.5144 feet.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2100 masl/6.8898 feet.
  • Distance Travelled: Approx 16 km/9.9419 mile.

DAY 4: Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes

Today we need to start early to avoid the mid-day heat. While hiking, we will pass through coffee plantations and an artisan coffee mill en route to Llactapata. Here we follow a wide, well-preserved, and original Inca trail which once ran to Quito.

Following the trail up the side of the ridge, we can see a multitude of butterflies, citronella, orchids, rocky streams, and stunning views of the Santa Teresa Valley. From the pass, we can see Machu Picchu just as fabulous as that from Intipunku, the famed Sungate. From the pass, it is a short walk to Llactapata.  Still covered under vines, jungle vegetation, and trees, we will explore the site before descending to the Rio Aobamba and on to the Hidroelectrica where we have our last lunch with our amazing cook. From there, we will take a train until we reach Aguas Calientes.  Once in town, we check into our hotel, go out to dinner then overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hotel.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2040 masl/6.6929 feet.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2900 masl/9.5144 feet.
  • Distance Travelled: 24 km/14.9129 miles approx.

DAY 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Day four is the most magical day: Machu Picchu. We will wake up at 3:30, extremely early, to take the first bus up to Machu Picchu and see the sunrise over the ruins.

Your guide will spend around 2 hours explaining the highlights of Machu Picchu.   Afterward, you will have time to explore by yourself the ruins and hike Huayna Picchu if you have booked this option. (This is a separate entrance ticket that costs $65 per person). Finally, you will return to Aguas Calientes and take a train back to Ollantaytambo, and then bus back to Cusco.   Once in Cusco, we will transfer you back to your hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Tour: Visit Machu Picchu.



  • Private van from your hotel in Cusco to Challacancha (the starting point of hiking).
  • 7 Kilograms of your personal belongings.
  • English speaking guide with conduct radio communication.
  • Professional Chef.
  • Horseman
  • Pick up and drop off in you hotel.
  • Mules which carry group gear and large duffels provided by the company, for personal belongings.
  • Meal service at the campsites ( 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, 4 snacks). With option for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose Intolerance and any food allergy.
  • Large Dining tent, table, stools, all cutlery, and kitchen tent.
  • 4 season Tents for two people (tent with capacity for 3 people used as doubles - Kayla Doite).
  • First aid kit, including oxygen.
  • Round trip Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and Viceversa.
  • Foam mattresses.
  • Pre-departure Inca Trail briefing, presented by the tour guides at 6:00 pm at the office a day before.
  • Entrance fees to Salkantay Mountain, including Machu Picchu ticket.
  • Hotel of 3 stars in Aguas Calientes (La cabaña or Similar)
  • Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo at 14:55.
  • Private van from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • We provide hot water bins each day to help our clients clean and feel good at night.
  • Rain Poncho to cover from the rain.
  • Two hour guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Boiled water to fill in your water bottles or Camelback (your chef will provide clean water after each meal)
  • Day pack cover to keep you dry your belongings.
  • Wake-up tea. Hot herbal tea brought to your tent, each morning before breakfast.
  • A duffle bag, where you put your 7 kg / 14 pounds of personal items per person (personal cares, personal items, sleeping bag are within this 7 kg / 14 pounds).

Not Included

  • Gratuity for guides, cooks, and horseman.
  • Entrance to hot springs in Cocalmayo (Santa Teresa) or other entertainments in Aguas Calientes.
  • Personal riding horse. Additional horses may be rented according to the needs of the individual and group.


  • Original Passport and Original Green ISIC international student cards if you are students.
  • Water-resistant trekking shoes and sandals.
  • Warm clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, hat, gloves, socks).
  • Waterproof clothing (poncho).
  • Synthetic or cotton clothing (socks, trousers, shorts, t-shirts).
  • Sunhat and sunglasses.
  • Sun cream and insect repellent.
  • Water bottles such as Nalgene.
  • Basic medications.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Swimsuit and towel.
  • Personal items.
  • Personal snacks.


  • If you have reserved the service with your old Passport and then you have renewed it and obtained another, you most likely will have a different passport number. Please let us know so we can update this information. This modification has to be made prior to your trip to Peru (at least 10 days before your trip). As soon as you have your new passport please inform AB Expeditions of this change. Otherwise, this update or modification will have an additional fee of USD 12.00 and it will create a big inconvenience to update it at the last minute.
  • If you do not bring your passport, you won’t be allowed to enter Machu Picchu. Also, if you bring your new passport and failed to inform us and this information was not updated, you won’t be allowed to Machu Picchu.
  • Those passengers who booked their trip using the discounted price for  Student Holders must bring their original and valid student card (not a copy and not expired). This document must be shown at the Machu Picchu Control Gate. Unfortunately, if you do not bring your card, you will be denied entry to the Machu Picchu as the permits won’t be valid without your card.
  • It is very important that our passengers inform us before their trip of any medical restriction, food restriction, allergies, special diets, current medication, health issues, or anything that we need to consider to make your trip enjoyable and without concerns.
  • If you have medical restrictions for some or all the activities detailed in your booking please contact your doctor and inquire about the risks of doing said activities.

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