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Salkantay Hiking Premium 5D


The Salkantay Trek is considered as one of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.

The Salcantay mountain is one of the highest mountains in the Cusco region, together with the Ausangate snow cap in the Vilcanota mountain range which is located further south. Nevertheless and without hesitation, it is the grandest in its splendid isolation and the greatness of its two-headed mole, with the addition of being one of the mountains of this magnificent Andean region that present major technical problems in all its aspects. This is attested by the six itineraries opened to date by the different aspects of this white giant.


Day 1: Cusco -Mollepata Town- Sayllapata - Soraypampa-Salkantaypampa

Today’s Highlights: Walking from Sayllapata to Salkantaypampa enjoing the nature over 3,000 masland views of the enigmatic ‘Apu’ Salkantay.

We will pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 a.m. to begin our expedition to Machu Picchu. You will be met at your hotel by your guide, then we will drive for three hours in our van (bus) to the trail head, . You will have time to take your first breakfast in Mollepata town or buy the some staff you could need along the expedition,if the weather allows, the views from this area are breathtaking. You will be looking at two big mountains, called Humantay (5,900masl -19,356ft) and Salkantay (6,215masl-20,390ft).Once in Sayllapata( 3450masl- 11,318ft)your guide will introduce the team, take a group photo and at around 9:30 a.m., you should be hiking, on your way to Machu Picchu. During the day's hike, you will explore the Andes with alpine views, the entire time. For two hours, you will partake in gradual, uphill hiking along the Salknatay valley, until we arrive to Soray Pampa, located at 3,900mt-12,795ft, for our lunch and some beautiful views of the Salkantay glacier peak and the Salkantay river. After your lunch, you will continue the last 3 hours uphill, by switchback, to ourcamping  spot at Salkantaypampa, located at 4,000masl- 13,125ft. You will be impressed with the view along the way, as you pass by streams, waterfalls from the hillsides and views of both mountains (Salkantay and Huamantay). Meals are always something to look forward to when you hike with Vidal Expeditions. your trekking chef and porters, who will be ready with hot beverages, followed by an amazing family-style meal for you to enjoy. This spot is located close to the mountain of Salkantay, so you will be able to see and hear some avalanches falling from the hill of the Salkantay glacier peak. which always has snow on the roof, and the cloud forest at the bottom of the valley. At around 5:30 p.m., you will get to your campsite, located at the foot of Salkantay mountain, and your trekking staff will have your tents set up and with your duffel bags ready. They will provide you with warm water to get washed up and change into something warm. We will have a happy hour with hot chocolate and coffee, followed by dinner. If the weather allows, you will get to enjoy the blue sky, as your tour guide will show you the Inca constellations.

Walking Distance:  12km / 7.45 miles
Starting Elevation: 3450 meters / 11318 feet
Highest Elevation: 4000 meters / 13125 feet
Campsite Elevation:  4000 meters / 13125 feet
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Lunch, Dinner (Snack and afternoon tea)
Accommodation: Camping (tent)
Adventure: Absolutely, completely satisfactory
Today’s Highlights: Walking from Sayllapata to Salkantaypampaenjoing the nature over 3,000masl. and views of the enigmatic ‘Apu’ Salkantay.

Day 2: Salkantaypampa- Salkantay Pass- Wayraqpunco- Chaullay

Highlights of today: Hiking next the Salkantay mountain with the top view of the biggest peak. And incredible views of the rain forest and tropical jungle in Chaullay.

After an early wake up with the first daylight at 05:30 am. and a quick breakfast we soon start hiking up to the highest point of the trail: the Salkantay Pass (4650 MASL - 15,255 ft). The distance is a 3km (1.84miles) tough ascent in 2 hours, between the rocky valley bottom and the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6,215masl-20,390ft).When we finally reach the top we can and definitely will appreciate the spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo. The Salkantay Mountain is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region and one of the Inca Gods called “Apu”. After reaching the top of the pass there is a 5km (3.1miles) and 2 hours downhill hike towards the camp for our lunch. The walk downwards is on a serpent shape trail and a rocky gravel path to get to the Huayracmachay lunch spot. In the afternoon we will enter the upper part of the amazon jungle, which is also called “the cloud forest”. This is a 10 km (6.2miles) hike in 3 hours on a wide trail in the thick forests. This hike is truly beautiful, there are decorated the hills with colourful sceneries and a lot of wildlife and native plants. The forests are most times of the year warm or have a temperate temperature. When finishing this magnificent hike we finally arrive at Chaullay Village (2900 MASL - 9,514 ft), our base camp in the jungle.

Walking Distance:  19 km / 11.7 miles
Starting Elevation:  4000 meters / 13125 feet
Campsite Elevation:  2750 meters / 9022 feet
Maximum Altitude:  4650 meters / 15255 feet
Difficulty: Challenging - Moderate.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Snack and afternoon tea)
Accommodation: Camping
Adventure: Absolutely
Highlights of today: Hiking next the Salkantay Mountain with the top view of the biggest peak. And incredible views of the rain forest and tropical jungle in Chaullay.

Day 3: Chaullay- La Playa - Lucmabamba

Highlights of today: We will appreciate the landscape, scenery and wildlife. Looking different wild fruits along the way like: banana, avocado, passion fruit, coffee, etc.

At 6:00 am. we will start our trek to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley. We will be hiking for approximately 6 hours. During the hike we’ll see waterfalls, wild orchids, but also coffee, banana and avocado plantations. Here you can taste the famous passion fruit and granadilla fruit. We will see a village called Colpapampa, also called the “forest cloudy brow” where waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to see the famous bird called “the Cock of the Rocks” this bird is the national bird of Peru. After lunch at La playa, we will hike for approximately 1 hour to our base camp called Lucmabamba (2400 MASL - 7874 ft). We will explore the tropical forest for a little while and have a lovely visit at an organic coffee farm. Here you can taste the coffee prepared by the local people. Coffee is the main farming industry of the local people here in the jungle and they farm many hectares of coffee to export to the USA, Asia and Europe. Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia, but it wasn’t until the Spanish invaded Cusco that it was brought to this region. We will also explore an orange and an avocado plantation.

Walking Distance: 18km / 11.2 miles
Starting Elevation:  2750 meters / 9022 feet
Campsite Elevation:  2400 meters / 7874 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Adventure: Absolutely
Highlights of today: We will appreciate the landscape, scenery and wildlife. Looking different wild fruits along the way like: banana, avocado, passion fruit, coffee, etc.

Day 4: Lucmabamba - Llactapata - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

Highlights of today: One of the  best days of the trek. We will   hike  part on the original inca trail and try to get the first view of  Machupicchu

The chef of the trek will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea served in your bed. You will get ready for today’s activity while enjoying your last prepared breakfast by the trek chef. We will begin the hike early and you will get the opportunity to enjoy a small part of the famous Inka trail! After a climb of 2 hours with amazing views of the Santa Teresa valley we will arrive at the Llactapata Inca site right in front of Machu Picchu. This will be the first archaeological site we will see of the Lost City of the Incas and a very special place to enjoy and spend time. We will be able to see not only the Machu Picchu ruins from this spot, but also the Huaynapicchu and the Machu Picchu Mountain. We will explore this Inca site with the guide and he will continue the history lessons about the Incas of this beautiful country and of course you will have plenty of time to take as many photos as you want.

After the Llactapata ruins, we will continue our trek with a 2 hours downhill hike. At this hike you’re always able to have views of Machu Picchu until we arrive at the Hidroelectrica train station which is our lunch place. The most impressive part of this area is the natural waterfall of 300 meters high which generates the electricity for the region of Cusco. We will then arrive at the famous Intiwatana. Intiwatana is an ancient rock used as a sundial in the ancient Inca times. According to history, this old Inca stone used to work with the famous sundial stone in Machu Picchu. These could measure and read the winter solstice which was the beginning of the new farming season for the Incas. After we pass this small Inca site we will reach the train rails. Next to the rails there is a nice path to walk on; this path will take us approximately 3 hours. After the 3 hours we will arrive at AguasCalientes, which is located at the foot of Machu Picchu. This section is very interesting because it is the trail that was used by the American Professor Hiram Bingham who rediscovered Machu Picchu after centuries of it being lost.

Walking Distance:18 km / 11.2 miles
Starting Elevation:2450 meters / 8038 feet
Campsite Elevation:2000 meters / 6561 feet (AguasCalientes hostel)
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights of today: One of the  best days of the trek. We will   hike  part on the original inca trail and try to get the first view of  Machu Picchu.

Day 5: Machu Picchu (The Sacred City Of The Incas) - Return to Cusco

Walking Distance:  8km/ 5miles
Starting Elevation:  2000 meters / 6568 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Breakfast
Overview:  touring in Machu Picchu
Adventure: Absolutely
Highlights of today: Finally  after 4 days hiking early morning we arrive  to Machu Picchu, we should be one of the first group  in Machu Picchu to get pictures without many people and have chance to see the sunrise.

Today is the most important day in your expedition. To get the most out of the day, we encourage every group to have an early breakfast before catching one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu (starting at 5:30 a.m.). The hotel will hold your bags for you, until you return from your tour. The bus will take 30 minutes to get to the top. Once you arrive, your guide will introduce you to Machu Picchu. You will head directly to a beautiful place to watch the sunrise and to take pictures. Your guide will walk you around the citadel, for two and a half hours, teaching you more of the history and culture of the Incas. At the end of the tour, you will have some time to yourself or, if you arranged to hike Huayna Picchu (must be booked in advance, as it sells out and costs $35 per person), your guide will show you where to begin this hike, which will take no more than two hours round-trip. You should start heading to the bus line to head back to Aguas Calientes around 1 p.m., as your train will typically leave at 14:30 p.m. (your guide will inform you if the train time is earlier). You take a two hours train back to Ollantaytambo, followed by a two hours car drive, back to your hotel for drop off.

Machu Picchu mountain can be climbed instead of Huayna Picchu for $35 per person. This hike is more challenging and takes three hours minimum, round-trip. You always have the opportunity to climb to the Sun Gate for free. This is a much easier walk of two hours, round-trip.


  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your head guide and group in our office, for an orientation trek and provide you the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. meeting at 7:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
  • Transport: Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Sayllapata (starting point of the trek).
  • Experienced Guide: English speaking professional and official tour guide.
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
  • Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs.
  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Accommodation: 3 nights camping and 1 night accommodation in selected hotel in AguasCalientes with Breakfast.
  • Hotel in AguasCalientes: double or triple rooms, private bathrooms, hot showers, wifi, and storage while you visit Machu Picchu.
  • 1 Duffle Bag: Where you can put your personal belongings (7 kilograms = 15 lbs) which includes your sleeping bag.
  • Air mattresses.
  • Cargo Mules: From day 1 to 2 to carry the all camping equipment and your personal baggage (7 kilos).
  • Trekking Cook: In charge to prepared all the meals along the journey, over 6 people cook assistant
  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 dinners and Snacks (Vegetarian, vegan or special menus are available at no extra cost)
  • Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite we will wake you up with a cup of coca tea our support staff will bring the coca tea to your tent in order to wake you up.
  • Tea time = Happy Hour: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
  • Daily snacks - Days 1, 2,3 and 4 Our Snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, Caramels we will give this snack at the beginning of each day trek in a cloth bag to avoid environmental contamination.
  • Water grooming: Each morning warm water with towel
  • Medical kit: Our crew bring the First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train tickets: From AguasCalientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition service at 16:20 or 18:20 hrs)
  • Transport: Transfer from Ollantaytambo Train Station to hotel in Cusco(Day 4)
  • 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit
    We are Direct operators & local owners with the best trekking team on the hike.

Not included:

  • Entrance fee: to Salkantay Trail (S/.10 per person)
  • Sleeping Bags: (We rent  from our company), our sleeping bags are -18ºC-comfort (0ºF), mummy form. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
  • Walking Sticks: ( We rent from our company) our walking sticks are with Antishock system
  • Day 1:Breakfast
  • Last Day: Lunch and Dinner in AguasCalientes.
  • Huaynapicchu  /Machupicchu  mountains: to climb those  mountains  you need to book in advance to see  if those are available  and has extra cost $35.00 each mountain.
  • Option: If you feel tired after the trek to and from Llactapata, you have the option to take the train from Hydroelectric to AguasCalientes, cost: $28.00
  • Tips:horse driver, cooks & guides
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape,  bad weather condition,  in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness,  change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.

What to bring?

  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries

Places to Visit

Cusco, Mollepata, Salkantay, Aguas Calientes


From USD 520.00


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