The Salkantay Trek Challenge

3 Days & 2 Nights
Starting from US$420 per person
Private Camps & Hotel Accommodation
Up to 12 People Group Size
4,261 m / 6,758 ft Max. Altitude
Challenging Difficulty

The Ultimate Challenge to the Sacred Mountain

Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Andean Huts - Inca Jungle - Machu Picchu
Private Camps & Hotel Accommodation
Up to 12 People Group Size
4,261 m / 6,758 ft Max. Altitude
Challenging Difficulty

The Salkantay Trek is the ultimate alternative route to Machu Picchu, but not everyone has the time to dedicate 5 days hiking to the World Wonder. Short on time but still want to enjoy a hike and see the incredible Salkantay mountain? We have the perfect option for you: the 3-day Salkantay Challenge! Our trek will push you to hike 49 km / 30.45 miles over rugged mountain terrain and through lush, thick jungle to Aguas Calientes in just two days.

Although this route is shorter, you’ll still be able to enjoy incredible scenery. You’ll pass by rustic bridges, snow-capped mountains, vibrant valleys, waterfalls, wildlife, unique plants, and the fascinating cloud forest. Your challenge will be complete when you reach the amazing citadel of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What better reward could you ask for!

Salkantay Trek Challenge Map - Alternative Faster Hiking Route to Machu Picchu The Salkantay Trek Challenge Map
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Before You Go
  • Packing List
  • Accommodation
  • Pricing
  • Enquire Now

The Salkantay Trek is sometimes known as the Savage Mountain Trek and is the best alternative trek to the Inca Trail. This adventure is specifically designed for those who want to hike to Machu Picchu but are short on time. Witness the amazing biodiversity of the ecosystem in the region and observe how small communities live off-the-beaten-path.

When you start your trip, you’ll feel the thrill of knowing you’re going to be seeing so much within such a short time frame. On your first day, you’ll head up to imposing Salkantay Pass and see the sacred Salkantay Mountain right in front of you. You’ll witness some of the most incredible landscapes on this route, and one of the best is looking out over the white glaciers.

Once you’ve conquered the hike up to the pass, you’ll head down through the misty cloud forest to the edge of the jungle region, where the climate starts to warm up. As you get closer and closer to the Inca citadel, you’ll feel it getting warmer and your heart beating faster with excitement.

Spend the last night in Aguas Calientes and rest well before the ultimate day. Day 3 is your visit to Machu Picchu, and you’ll find it difficult to contain your emotions when you first enter the archaeological site and look over the incredible fortress. You’ll enjoy an informative tour of approximately two hours. In the afternoon, you’ll head back to Cusco for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 01

    Cusco | Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Wayracmachay - Chaullay - Andean Huts

    Defeat the hike up to the Salkantay Pass to witness the incredible landscape and snowy peaks before you head down through the cloud forest to spend the night surrounded by nature.

  • Day 02

    Chaullay | Colpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

    Head deeper into the jungle and hike along the train tracks to get to Agua Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel and enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

  • Day 03

    Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

    It’s the big day! Explore the glorious Machu Picchu and learn all about it from your knowledgeable guide before heading back to Cusco.

What's it like

Why Take the Salkantay Trail

  • Hike along the best alternative route to the Inca Trail and of the world’s 25 best treks, according to National Geographic.
  • Observe the impressive Apu Salkantay Glacier and snowy mountain peaks in one of the most beautiful landscapes you’ll ever see.
  • Enjoy descending through the fascinating and mystical cloud forest.
  • Meet fellow trekkers from across the globe and share new experiences.
  • Stay at our private campsites with small groups to enjoy peace and privacy.
  • End your trek at the magnificent Machu Picchu and learn its ancient secrets.

Why Travel with us

Day 01

Cusco | Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Wayracmachay - Chaullay - Andean Huts

Highlight of the day: The glorious and absolutely stunning Humantay Lake - be prepared for one of the most amazing views you’ve ever seen.

Hike to the Jewel in the Mountains

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Andean Huts (Wooden Camping Chozas) Accommodation
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Challenging Difficulty
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22 km / 13.7 miles Walking Distance
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3,900 m / 12,795 ft Starting Elevation
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Maximum Elevation
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2,900 m / 9,514 ft Campsite Elevation

Begin your adventure in the early morning hours as we pick you up and take you to the starting point of the trek in Soraypampa. This morning, you’ll be taking on the biggest challenge of the trek, the hike up to the Salkantay Pass. Once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views all around the snowy mountain peaks. You'll head downhill for lunch and continue as you enter the Amazon jungle. Observe the scenery change dramatically around you with the contrast of the Andes to the jungle. Enjoy lush greenery and tropical wildlife along the way. You’ll be spending the night in the village of Chaullay, surrounded by nature’s sounds.

Your adventure begins very early on day 1. At 2:30 am to be precise. We’ll collect you from your accommodation and drive for around three and a half hours through Anta, Mollepata, and Challacancha before arriving at our starting point in Soraypampa at 3,900 masl (12,795 fasl). Along the way, you’ll be able to observe the white snowy mountain peaks of Salkantay and Humantay, two colossal Inca gods, or Apus as they’re known in the Andes. Also, keep your eyes peeled for rolling hills, low valleys, and stunning wildlife in every direction.

Once we get to Soraypampa, we’ll enjoy a filling breakfast and meet our trekking team while they organize all our equipment and cargo mules for the trek. From here, we’ll start hiking the toughest part of the route to the highest point of the trail, the Salkantay Pass at 4,630 masl (15,190 fasl). Although the distance is only 7 km (4.35 miles), it’s a difficult ascent over 4 hours. You’ll walk slowly up the ‘trail of the 7 snakes,’ suitably named due to its winding form. At the top, you get to appreciate the outstanding views of the Salkantay Glacier (6,271 masl/20,574 fasl) and the surrounding valley with other spectacular peaks including Humantay, Tucarhuay, and Pumasillo. Salkantay is the second highest mountain in the whole of the Cusco region.

After completing the big challenge of the day, there’s a 7 km downhill hike to our lunch spot, where you can enjoy the delicious reward our chefs prepare for you. On your way down this serpent-shaped trail, there’s a great lookout to stop at and look out over the stunning valley.

You’ll be able to rest after eating before you set off again. In the afternoon, you’ll enter the upper part of the Amazon jungle and into the cloud forest. You’ll walk 8 km in around 3 hours as the jungle thickens around you and you feel the climate get warmer. During this section, you’ll notice how dramatically your surroundings change from the chilly Andes to the humid jungle.

The scenery along this hike is truly beautiful, and you get to see so much in one day, including colorful hills, unique wildlife, and native plants. At the end of the day, you’ll reach your camp in the small village of Chaullay at 2,900 masl (9,514 fasl) and enjoy some well-deserved rest and dinner. As you put your head on your pillow, you can unwind and listen to the surrounding sounds of nature to help you drift off.

Day 02

Chaullay | Colpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

Highlight of the day: Witnessing the energy and hugely powerful gigantic Salkantay Mountain - the walk up is really worth it.

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Comfortable Hostel Accommodation
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Challenging Difficulty
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27 km / 16.78 mi Walking Distance
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2,900 m / 9,514 ft Starting Elevation
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2,900 m / 9,514 ft Maximum Elevation
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2,040 m / 6,693 ft Campsite Elevation
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Train ride from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes Optional

The Stunning Salkantay Pass and Descent to the Tropical Mountains

Continue your jungle trek this morning as the rainforest thickens around you. You’ll be able to spot wild orchids and many bird species on your way to the lunch spot at La Playa. Here, you’ll also enjoy a coffee demonstration before our transport picks you up and takes to Hidroelectrica. From there, you’ll walk alongside the train tracks to Aguas Calientes or opt to take the train for an additional $34. The Urubamba River accompanies you all the way. Once in the town, you’ll enjoy dinner in a local restaurant before going to bed early, ready for the big day tomorrow.

You get to sleep in a little later today as we won’t be setting off until 6 am. This morning, you’ll be wandering through the Santa Teresa valley to the small town of La Playa. During the first 5 hour hike, you can observe the lush landscape and spot rivers, wild orchids, and plantations where coffee, bananas, and avocados are grown. You’ll also get the chance to try the delicious passion fruit and granadilla on the route.

We’ll pass through a village called Colpapampa before continuing to the bottom of the mountains where we cross to the other side of the valley. We’ll be accompanied by waterfalls, birds, fruit trees, and tropical plants along the way.

Once we get to La Playa, we’ll enjoy our last energizing lunch with our team before beginning the coffee show. You’ll learn all about the drink and how it sustains so many families in the region. After some more relaxing, our transport will pick us up and take us to the Hidroelectrica train station. From there, we’ll enjoy an easier walk beside the railway and Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes. If you’re exhausted at this point, you can opt to take a train the rest of the way for $34.

As we wander through the tropical paradise, we can see avocado, banana and coffee plants, and many bird species. You might even spot the cock of the rocks, the national bird of Peru. You’ll be walking along the same trail that the American professor Hiram Bingham used when he ‘rediscovered’ Machu Picchu after it was lost for centuries.

We’ll get to Aguas Calientes after about 3 hours, where we’ll head to our hostel for you to rest in your room. You can enjoy a private bathroom, a hot shower, wifi, breakfast in the morning, and luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu. This afternoon, you can rest a while or explore the small town before we head to a restaurant for dinner. There are no cars in Aguas Calientes, so it’s nice and peaceful.

We’ll enjoy dinner at 7 pm and hear about what we can expect tomorrow. You’ll need to head to bed early as you’ll be up before dawn again to head to the Inca citadel.

Day 03

Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Witnessing the energy and hugely powerful gigantic Salkantay Mountain - the walk up is really worth it.

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Breakfast Meals
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Easy Difficulty
Machu Picchu Citadel Elevation Icon
2,430 m / 7,972 ft Machu Picchu Citadel Elevation
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3,000 m / 9,843 ft Machu Picchu Mountain Elevation
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2,720 m / 8,924 ft Machu Picchu Citadel Elevation
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Moderate to Challenging (2-4 hours Optional Activities

Jungle Adventure and Coffee Experience

Wake up early for the ultimate day and the one you’ve been waiting for so long. You’ll want to get to Machu Picchu early to beat the big crowds and enjoy views with very few visitors. We’ll take the bus up to the entrance. Once inside, soak up the magic of the place and enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of all the important parts before you have more time to explore for yourself or hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain if you have pre-booked tickets. Make the most of your time in the mystical Inca citadel before heading down to Aguas Calientes for lunch and to catch a train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our transport will take you back to your hotel in Cusco at 8 pm.

The big day has finally arrived! You’ve been waiting for it for a long, and it’s finally time to visit Machu Picchu. You’ll need to be up around 4:00 a.m. for a quick bite to eat before we set off to beat the other tour groups. The earlier you get to Machu Picchu, the better. The site opens at 6:00 a.m., so we like to be one of the first groups there for you to enjoy the place with fewer tourists. We’ll head to the small bus stop in Aguas Calientes then enjoy the walk to the entrance.

When you enter Machu Picchu, you’ll feel a deeper and more intense emotion than usual. It’s a truly magnificent sight, and you’ll feel the magic and mystery right away. Your guide will offer you a tour of approximately two hours to all the important places of this metropolis. If you have booked tickets for Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, now it's time to go hiking.

Later, you’ll need to return to Aguas Calientes for a quick spot of lunch before boarding your train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private transportation will collect you and take you back to your accommodation in Cusco.

It’s time to stop walking and rest. We assure you that your heart will continue to hallucinate in the Andean mountains for a long time to come!


Salkantay Trekking specified the included/non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details. For specific programs, maybe some items are different, please read carefully before booking with us.

What Is Included?

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure briefing

    You will meet your trekking guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags, which our horses will carry. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.

  • Experienced Guide

    All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. We choose them for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and sincere desire to proudly share in our culture and history. He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!

  • Medical Kit - First Aid Kit

    All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

  • Private Camping Equipment

    We have dining rooms and a kitchen on each campsite. In addition, all our equipment like tables, chairs, cooking equipment, etc., will be carried by our horses.

  • One Duffle Bag

    There, you can carry your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15 lbs (this weight includes your sleeping bag).

  • Extras included in our service

    We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a cover to protect your backpack on the road and a rain poncho.

  • Customer Service 24/7

    We have telephone service available 24 hours a day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your trek.

  • Satellite phones

    Our main priority will always be the tranquillity of our clients. All of our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains; however, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps you feel more secure. For this reason, each Salkantay Trekking guide has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world.


  • Personal Accommodation in Private Campsites

    Like our ancestors, we are very considerate of the Pachamama (Mother Earth). Therefore, our campsites and lodges are adapted to the environment to avoid generating negative impacts.

  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes

    The last night of this trek is spent in a hostel in Aguas Calientes with a double or triple room, private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, breakfast, and luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu.


  • Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, and 2 Dinners

    Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets: vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost, so let us know if you have any particular restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks.

  • Water

    We will provide you boiled, filtered, and cooled water from your breakfast in Soraypampa to your lunch in La Playa. For it, you need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle (we recommend a capacity of 2 liters).

  • Wake up tea

    Every morning at the campsite, you’ll be woken up with a cup of coca tea. Our staff will bring the tea to your bed so that you’re warmed from the inside out before you start your day.

  • Tea Time or Happy Hour (Day 1)

    This afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide popcorn, biscuits, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won’t have to wait until dinner to relax, warm-up, and enjoy a bite to eat.

  • Snacks on the trail daily

    Every morning we’ll give you snacks so you can enjoy them during the walk. Your tour leader will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, caramels, etc., at the beginning of each day.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

    To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we will give you a cloth bag for your snacks.

  • Products for hygiene

    You’ll be provided with a small towel and soap before each meal to clean your hands.


  • Private Transport
    • Day 1: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and travel by private transportation to Soraypampa, the starting point of the trek.
    • Day 2: Transport from La Playa to Hidroelectrica.
    • Day 3: Transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

    PeruRail Expedition Service

  • One Way Consettur Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Day 3)
  • Personal Belongings Transportation

    On day 1, cargo mules carry all the camping equipment and your baggage allowance (7 kg / 15.4 lb).

    On day 2, your duffle bag will be transported by car and train.

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entrance Ticket for Salkantay Trek
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site.

What Is Not Included?


All our travellers need a sleeping bag to camp and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional, but highly recommended. If you do not have them, don’t worry, you can rent them with Salkantay Trekking:

  • Sleeping bag: US$ 15.00
  • Walking poles (pair): US$ 15.00
Huayna Picchu Mountain

You can climb the famous mountain always seen in the photos behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It’s 45 minutes uphill. Going down can be scary if you fear heights. You can take this excursion once your guided tour to Machu Picchu ends. The permit must be issued at least one month in advance due to high demand. Consider that there could be changes to protect your integrity, this, mainly due to weather conditions.

The ticket for Huayna Picchu costs US$ 60.00 per person.

Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It offers less steep, wider, and visually less frightening roads than Huayna Picchu, and it takes 1.5 hours to reach the top. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can assure for you if we have time in advance.

The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain costs US$ 60.00 per person.

Train Ticket from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes (Day 2)

In case you feel exhausted or in bad condition after the trek from Chaullay to La Playa, you can take the train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes.

US$ 35.00 per person.

Lunch in Aguas Calientes and Dinner Cusco (Day 3)
Personal clothing and gear
Travel insurance
Tips for our staff

Tipping is usual on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering their hard work. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the horsemen and chefs together.

Additional costs or delays beyond our control

Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.

  Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as amazing and as easy as possible. On this section you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about trekking Salkantay in one place.

Please read carefully the following information – it will help you with any questions you may have about our services.

Have another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap!

Is it for me?

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a great alternative for the Inca Trail trek and better suited for more adventurous trekkers who are able to handle higher altitude and longer distances. Ascending to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4650 MASL - 15088 FASL is not too strenuous since it is at the beginning of the trek, neither is it very steep, but it does require stamina and a little time in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude before beginning the trek.

How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?

It is very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek. We do recommend that you arrive to Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you become acclimatized and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.

If you have already been in another area of Peru at high altitude before arriving in Cusco, we still recommend you have a complete day in Cusco to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before departing for the trek.

Here some suggestions for activities to do in the Cusco vicinity before starting your adventure trek:

The Briefing

This meeting will take place the night before the trek’s departure at 5 PM at our office which is located at Triunfo Street 346. We are 1 block from the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) of Cusco.

What about the balance?

If you still have a pending balance, you must pay it 2 days before your hike/tour. Otherwise, your trip reservation will not be confirmed.

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency at our office in Cusco. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Duffle Bag for Salkantay Trek Challenge 3 Days

The evening before you start your trek, we will provide you with a duffle bag to pack your clothes for the 3 days of your Salkantay Trek. Your weight allowance is up to 7 kg / 15.4 lb. Our horses will carry your duffle bag for you together with the food and camping gear. It is important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffel bag until the end of each day, as the horsemen and horses will always be ahead of the group.

During the trip, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, raincoat, camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually, a 30 to 50-liter backpack is sufficient.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the hike, you can store your main luggage at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you will not need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.


Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.

Cusco is an old city; therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Return to Cusco

Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don't worry. Everything is included in your tour!

  • In Machu Picchu, you’ll board a bus that will take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to your arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes, you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo (or Poroy). Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 1.45 hours.
  • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Salkantay Trekking clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Cusco or directly to your hotel. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes 1:30 hours.
  • In Cusco,depending on your hotel's location, we will take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel.

Group tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route.

It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date.

In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our buses, tents, or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

  Packing List



Valid Passport
Valid Passport
Extra money (recommended soles)
Extra money (recommended soles)
Personal medication
Personal medication
Water bottle or CamelBak
Water bottle or CamelBak
Sunblock: factor 70 or more
Sunblock: factor 70 or more
Insect repellent
Insect repellent
Personal Care Products
Personal Care Products


Hiking boots or shoes (preferably waterproof)
Hiking boots or shoes (preferably waterproof)
Light footwear or sandals
Light footwear or sandals
Trekking pants (*)
Trekking pants (*)
Trekking socks
Trekking socks
Pair of thermal pants
Pair of thermal pants
Long sleeve t-shirts
Long sleeve t-shirts
Warm jacket
Warm jacket
Waterproof jacket
Waterproof jacket
Raincoat or rain poncho
Raincoat or rain poncho
Waterproof or wool gloves
Waterproof or wool gloves
Sun hat to protect neck and face
Sun hat to protect neck and face
Wool hat for the cold
Wool hat for the cold
Neck gaiter or buff
Neck gaiter or buff
Sunglasses with UV protection
Sunglasses with UV protection


Sleeping bag (-15°C)
Sleeping bag (-15°C)
Trekking poles
Trekking poles
Medium trekking backpack (15 - 25 liter)
Medium trekking backpack (15 - 25 liter)


Camera and charger
Camera and charger
Power bank
Power bank
Snacks: Energy bars, chocolate, candies, dried fruits, etc.
Snacks: Energy bars, chocolate, candies, dried fruits, etc.
Bathing suit
Bathing suit

Private & Exclusive Campsites

Andean Huts

Like in the times of our ancestors, our commitment is to our Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus (Mountains). Our campsite ANDEAN HUTS is adapted to the natural environment without generating any audiovisual impact, constructed of the elements, surrounded by the mountains and rivers, and under the shine of the stars.

  • Location: Chaullay
  • Altitude: 2900 mts.
  • Andean Huts: 20
  • Capacity: 2 people per Andean Hut
  • Meals: Breakfast, and Dinner

Accommodation in Aguas Calientes

Selected Hostels & Hotels

We offer a set of well located hostels & hotels with very comfortable and tasteful decorated rooms. You will find them impecable, clean rooms and beds, adequate toilets and showers. A perfect place to rest before the great day!

  • Location: Aguas Calientes
  • Altitude: 2040 mts.
  • Type: Single, Double, Matrimonial
  • Meals: Breakfast

The Salkantay Trek can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.

2023 Land Cost

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  • Group Price

  • Price
    per person
  • Pre-payment
  • Balance
  • This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Online Payment Salkantay Trek Challenge 3 Days

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Additional Items

There are additional items you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices.

  • Huayna Picchu:  US$ 60.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:  US$ 60.00
  • Huchuy Picchu Mountain:  US$ 45.00
  • Single Supplement (Hotel at Aguas Calientes):  US$ 30.00
  • Extra Night at Aguas Calientes:  US$ 50.00
  • Vistadome Train:  US$ 60.00

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Salkantay Adventure:

  • Rainbow Mountain:  US$ 100.00  US$ 80.00
  • Sacred Valley:  US$ 60.00  US$ 50.00
  • City Tour:  US$ 30.00 US$ 20.00


The alternative treks all end in, or before Aguas Calientes. The last night is spent at a hotel in the village, rather than camping. This 2 star hotel is included in the trek cost, and is based on a shared room. If you would like to upgrade your hotel, or prefer a single room, there will be an additional cost.

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Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information

Student Discount

$20 off

Student discounts apply to anyone 17-years-old or younger, and we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to

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Note |  Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!

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