Tourists posing for a photo with Machu Picchu's background.

Salkantay and Rainbow Mountain Trek

6 Days & 5 Nights
Starting from
US$750 saves US$100
per person
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Private Camps & Hotel Accommodation
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From 12 People Group Size
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5,100 m / 16,732 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

The impressive trek to Salkantay and the Rainbow Mountain

Humantay Lake - Salkantay Pass - Cusco Rainforest - Machu Picchu - Rainbow Mountain
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Private Camps & Hotel Accommodation
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From 12 People Group Size
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5,100 m / 16,732 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

After spending some time in Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire, join us on Salkantay and Rainbow Mountain trek, also known as Rainbow Mountain, Seven Colors Mountain, or Vinicunca.

This is the best route to explore the magical Humantay Lake, the imposing Salkantay Mountain, the majestic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, and the authentic Rainbow Mountain. The best tourist attractions of Cusco are in this itinerary. You´ll also witness the immensity of the highest sacred mountain in the Cusco region, Ausangate (6,372 m / 20,905 ft).

You´ll have six impressive and challenging days in the company of the best landscapes in the region. In addition, you´ll receive explanations from experienced guides along the way to learn about the history and nature of the Andes.

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If you like adventure and want to enjoy one of the best trekking routes in the world, our Salkantay and Rainbow Mountain trek is for you. It combines the most exciting hiking routes with the landscapes you can imagine. Join us alone, as a couple, or as part of a group.

Prepare to pass through snow-capped mountain peaks before descending through the cloud forest on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. You´ll trek through the lush Peruvian jungle as you get closer and closer to the Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu. The drastic change in climate and surroundings makes this exciting trek so unique.

On the first day, we´ll climb up to the impressive Humantay Lake, which sits like a blue gem amidst the snowy backdrop. The next day, we´ll tackle the challenging trail up to Salkantay Pass to see the majestic Salkantay Mountain. On day 4, you´ll visit the fascinating Inca archaeological site of Llactapata and get a first glimpse of Machu Picchu. On the fifth day, you´ll visit the majestic Machu Picchu, and our guide will explain the mysteries of this sacred place.

On the last day, you´ll ascend 5,100 meters to appreciate the picturesque Rainbow Mountain. During the trek, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Ausangate Mountain (6,372 m / 20,905 ft). You´ll see that choosing Salkantay Trekking is guaranteed enough to make the best trek in the Andes.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 01

    Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Sky Camp

    This morning, hike to Soraypampa and enjoy a delicious lunch; in the afternoon, we’ll hike up to Humantay Lake. Spend the night in our Sky Camp at Soraypampa.

  • Day 02

    Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Huayracmachay - Collpapampa (Mountain Sky View)

    Today you’ll climb a challenging trail up to the Salkantay Pass to see Salkantay Mountain before beheading down through the cloud forest. You’ll spend the night in our exclusive Mountain Sky View in Collpapampa.

  • Day 03

    Collpapampa - La Playa - Lucmabamba - Jungle Domes

    Enjoy the day walking through the lush jungle and visiting an organic coffee farm. Tonight you’ll sleep surrounded by nature in our exclusive Jungle Domes.

  • Day 04

    Lucmabamba - Llactapata - Aobamba - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

    In the morning, you’ll hike to the Inca archaeological site of Llactapata and appreciate Machu Picchu for the first time before heading to Aguas Calientes to rest in a comfortable hotel.

  • Day 05

    Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

    You´ll spend the morning exploring Machu Picchu before returning to Aguas Calientes. Then, you will board the train to Ollantaytambo, and our private transportation will take you back to Cusco.

  • Day 06

    Cusco - Cusipata - Llacto - Rainbow Mountain, Vinicunca

    You´ll leave Cusco early in the morning and head to Llacto, the starting point of the trek. You´ll reach the top of Rainbow Mountain and appreciate its picturesque scenery. Finally, our transportation will take you back to your accommodation in Cusco, culminating this incredible experience.

What's it like


  • According to National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine, the Salkantay route is considered one of the 25 best treks in the world.
  • Enjoy one of the best hiking adventures in Peru and South America.
  • Visit unique places: Humantay Lake, Salkantay Mountain, Llactapata, and Rainbow Mountain.
  • Witness incredible landscapes: waterfalls, waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, colorful valleys, cloud forests, unique plants, and wildlife.
  • Hike alongside the magnificent Salkantay and Ausangate mountains.
  • Explore the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Reach the top of the beautiful Rainbow Mountain.

Why Travel with us

Day 01

Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Sky Camp

Highlight of the day: Get ready for one of the most incredible views you will ever have: the glorious and spectacular Humantay Lake.

Hike to the Jewel in the Mountains

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Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Meals
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Sky Camp Accommodation
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty
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10 km / 6.21 mi Walking Distance
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5 to 6 hours Walking Time
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3,800 m / 12,467 ft Starting Elevation
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3,800 m / 12,467 ft Min. Elevation
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4,200 m / 13,780 ft Highest Elevation
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3,900 m / 12,795 ft Campsite Elevation

After an early wake-up, you’ll head to Mollepata to enjoy breakfast before continuing to Challacancha, where you’ll begin today’s exciting hike. The morning walk will take around 3 hours and lead you to Soraypampa, your first accommodation, where you’ll stay in our unique Sky Camp.

After an energizing lunch and a well-deserved rest, we will ascend to the impressive jewel of the mountain, the Humantay Lake; it is a three-hour round trip before descending for a tasty dinner and a well-deserved sleep.

You’ll be up nice and early today to be ready for us to pick you up around 4:00 a.m. You’ll travel in our comfy transportation with blankets to enjoy a bit more sleep on the drive. After 2 hours, we’ll enjoy a brief stop in Mollepata for breakfast. We’ll then continue on to Challacancha, where we’ll start our hike.

First, you’ll meet the cooks and horsemen, as well as do a last equipment check. Then, we’ll be on our way. You’ll start with a 3-hour moderate walk to Soraypampa (3,900 m / 12,795 ft), where we’ll be spending our first night. The first section is relatively flat with a slight bit of uphill through a deep valley of glaciers. You’ll notice that a lot of the trail follows a restored Inca water channel, which local farmers still make use of today. This section is 7 km / 4.35 mi overall.

Once in Soraypampa, you’ll get settled in at our exclusive Sky Camp, where you’ll sleep this evening. You’ll have a bit of time to rest after enjoying your first lunch in the mountains. Feeling refreshed, it’ll be time to start the hike up to the wonderful Humantay Lake (4,200 m /13,780 ft).

This round trip takes about 3 hours and covers 3 km / 1.86 mi. It’s not far, but you need to take things slowly at this altitude. You’ll have some time once you get to the lake to enjoy the fantastic scenery. There aren’t many places in the Andes quite as stunning as the turquoise waters glistening against the Humantay glacier. You’ll feel like you’re in a fairy tale!

Back at camp, you’ll enjoy a delicious and well-deserved dinner with a beautiful sunset as your company. You can’t describe the energy here, but you’ll feel its peacefulness for yourself once here. Then it’ll be time to turn into your Sky Camp igloo. From the glass roof, you’ll enjoy a night under the stars, constellations, and comets and wake up to see the Apu Salkantay watching over you.

Day 02

Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Huayracmachay - Collpapampa (Mountain Sky View)

Highlight of the day: Feel the energy and the great power of the Salkantay mountain, the hike to the top will really be worth it.

The Stunning Salkantay Pass and Descent to the Amazon Jungle

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Mountain Sky View Campsite Accommodation
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Challenging Difficulty
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23.5 km / 14.6 mi Walking Distance
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10-11 hours Walking Time
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3,900 m / 12,795 ft Starting Elevation
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2,900 m / 9,514 ft Min. Elevation
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Highest Elevation
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2,950 m / 9,678 ft Campsite Elevation

Today is the most difficult day, but the reward will be great because you will get incredible views of the landscape. After tasting breakfast, we´ll ascend for three hours to Salkantay Pass, where we´ll take pictures of the incredible panorama and recover our energy.

Afterward, we´ll descend through the cloud forest until we reach our lunch spot before continuing to the jungle's edge amidst exotic scenery. Finally, we will arrive at the exclusive Mountain Sky View in Collpapampa, where we will spend the night.

Today you´ll wake up with the light of the day's first rays and an energizing coca tea to start the hike. Enjoy a nutritious breakfast before starting the trek to the highest point of the route, Salkantay Pass (4,630 m / 15,190 ft). You will walk a distance of 7 km / 4.34 miles for three hours. It is a difficult ascent along the "Trail of the 7 Snakes", so called because of its winding route.

Once at the top, you´ll appreciate the most magnificent view over the surrounding valleys and the Salkantay mountain next to you (6,271 m / 20,574 ft), which is the second-highest mountain in the Cusco region, considered Apus (Inca Gods). You´ll also be able to observe the mountains: Humantay, Tucarhuay, and Pumasillo. After enjoying the views and rest, you´ll begin the 7 km / 4.35 mi downhill hike to our lunch point at Huayracmachay (3,850 m / 12,631 ft), from where you can enjoy fantastic views.

This section of the trail is rocky and steep and provides wonderful views of the valley. After a revitalizing lunch, you will enter the edge of the tropical rainforest, also known as "cloud forest". This tour has a distance of 9.5 km / 5.9 miles and lasts approximately three and a half hours. Along the way, you will enjoy a magical rainforest and witness the drastic change from the Andes to the Amazon. You will observe colorful landscapes, unique fauna, native plants, and you will feel that the climate will become much warmer.

After a long day of hiking, you will be happy to arrive at our camp in Collpapampa (2,950 m / 9,678 ft). In the evening, we´ll serve you dinner before resting in the Mountain Sky View.

Day 03

Collpapampa - La Playa - Lucmabamba - Jungle Domes

Highlight of the day: Explore the lush jungle and learn all about coffee and the process in the plantations. The aroma in the air is heavenly.

Jungle Adventure and Coffee Experience

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Jungle Domes Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
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17 km / 10.56 mi Walking Distance
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5 to 6 hours Walking Time
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2,950 m / 9,678 ft Starting Elevation
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2,000 m / 6,562 ft Min. Elevation
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2,950 m / 9,678 ft Highest Elevation
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2,000 m / 6,562 ft Campsite Elevation

Your adventure continues today by hiking through the jungle of the Santa Teresa Valley, where you’ll observe a lush landscape of rivers, waterfalls, orchids, and many plantations, including bananas, coffee, and avocado. You’ll get to our Jungle Domes camp at lunchtime for a rest before you get to enjoy a free afternoon to explore your surroundings and visit an organic coffee farm. You’ll get a good night’s rest this evening, listening to the sounds of nature all around.

Today you’ll be woken at 6:00 a.m. for your tea and then breakfast before setting off from the campsite. Our first destination will be La Playa, and we’ll be walking through the Santa Teresa Valley. You’ll enjoy a more leisurely walk today with more downs than ups as you soak in the lush landscape of rivers, waterfalls, orchids, and many plantations, including banana, coffee, and avocado.

We’ll pass through a small village called Collpapampa, and after, descend through a valley where you’ll observe waterfalls, birds, hot springs, fruit trees, and plenty of flora and fauna. You might be lucky enough to see the national bird of Peru, the ‘Cock of the Rock.’

In La Playa, we’ll devour a tasty lunch before we head to Lucmabamba (2,000 m / 6,562 ft), just another hour away. In the afternoon, you will have free time to explore the tropical surroundings and visit an organic coffee farm, especially perfect for those who are coffee lovers. Even if you are not a fan of a cup of coffee, the smell in the air is delicious. This is the main agricultural industry in the jungle that exports products to the United States, Asia, and all of Europe. You´ll also visit avocado and orange plantations.

After dinner, of course, you´ll go to bed for the night in one of our exclusive camps, Jungle Domes. While resting, you can listen to the different sounds of nature and feel in harmony with mother earth.

Day 04

Lucmabamba - Llactapata - Aobamba - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

Highlight of the day: Visit the fascinating Inca archaeological site of Llactapata. Get your camera ready for your first glimpse of Machu Picchu!

Enjoy Your First Glance of Machu Picchu from Llactapata

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Hotel Accommodation
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Challenging Difficulty
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25 km / 15.53 mi Walking Distance
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8 - 9 hours Walking Time
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2,000 m / 6,562 ft Starting Elevation
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1,800 m / 5,906 ft Min. Elevation
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2,800 m / 9,186 ft Highest Elevation
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2,040 m / 6,693 ft Accommodation Elevation

Today's adventure will be more exciting as you hike part of the original Inca Trail. You´ll hike for two hours to an Inca archaeological site, Llactapata. You´ll learn all about the history, as well as get your first view of Machu Picchu.

Then, you´ll descend to Aobamba for lunch before heading to Hidroelectrica. From here, you can continue walking to Aguas Calientes for three hours or, if you wish, you can board a train (not included in the tour). In the evening, you´ll have dinner at a restaurant and sleep in a hotel before the big day tomorrow.

After a hearty breakfast, you´ll be eager to put on your hiking shoes for another day of hiking. This morning you’ll be able to walk along a bit of the original, world-famous Inca Trail! After a 2 hour uphill climb and fascinating views over the Santa Teresa Valley, you’ll reach Llactapata (2,700 m / 8,858 ft), an Inca archaeological site right in front of Machu Picchu.

Llactapata is the first Inca site you’ll see on the trek, and you’ll learn all about the mysteries of the ancient culture and the extraordinary site. You even get to have your first exciting glance of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu from here. Your guide will fill you in on all the history of the Incas while you take all the photos you want to share your fantastic experiences with friends and family back home.

Afterward, you’ll walk downhill for 1:30 hours, where you get another couple of peeks at the Inca citadel, Machu Picchu, along the way - only making your anticipation for tomorrow stronger. We stop for lunch in Aobamba before we continue on, for a half-hour, to Hidroeléctrica (1,800 m / 5,906 ft). One of the most impressive sites in this section is the 250-meter-tall artificial waterfall, which generates electricity for the entire city of Cusco.

Once in Hidroelectrica, you have a couple of options: 1) If you’re tired out after all the trekking, you can opt to board a train to Aguas Calientes (US$ 37.00 extra). 2) If you want to enjoy the last stretch of the trek, you can enjoy the flat walk along the side of the tracks to Aguas Calientes, which takes around 3 hours. It’ll be one more chance to enjoy your warm jungle surroundings as you hike.

Along the way, you’ll see Intihuatana, an ancient rock the Incas used as a sundial, which worked together with the sundial stone at Machu Picchu. These were used to measure and read the winter solstice, meaning the beginning of the farming season for the Incas. Next, you’ll reach the train tracks that lead to Aguas Calientes. Once in the small town, you’ll enjoy dinner at a restaurant and spend the night in a comfortable hotel.

Note: During the rainy season and for safety reasons, the hike up the Llactapata Trail isn’t 100% guaranteed. When there’s frequent heavy rain, this trail can become very dangerous.

Day 05

Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Get ready for the experience of a lifetime that will allow you to travel back in time to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World: The Majestic Machu Picchu.

Tour of the Incredible Incan Citadel, Machu Picchu

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Breakfast Meals
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Easy Difficulty
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2-3 hours exploring Machu Picchu Optional Activities (Difficulty - Duration)
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2,430 m / 7,972 ft Machu Picchu Site Elevation
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Moderate to Challenging Optional Mountains
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3,000 m / 9,843 ft (3 - 4 hours) Machu Picchu Mountain Elevation
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2,720 m / 8,924 ft (2 hours) Huayna Picchu Mountain Elevation
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2,497 m / 8,192 ft (1.5 hours) Huchuy Picchu Mountain Elevation

Today is one of the most anticipated days. You´ll explore one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World, Machu Picchu. After an early start to the day, you´ll head to the citadel to avoid the crowds. Once there, you will have a guided tour and learn everything you need about the site while appreciating the wonderful scenery.

Afterwards, you´ll be able to climb an additional mountain if you booked your ticket in advance. Afterward, we will return to Aguas Calientes, where you will have lunch and board the train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our transportation will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. It's time to rest and recover your energy; another incredible day awaits you tomorrow.

Today you´ll visit one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu. You´ll have to get up early to avoid the crowds and enjoy the serenity of the site in the morning light.

Once at the Inca citadel, you´ll enjoy an approximately two-hour guided tour through the most relevant sectors of this incredible ancient site. You will see houses, temples, terraces, and crop fields. You´ll be impressed by the intelligence of the Incas in terms of engineering work, which was way ahead of its time and remains a mystery in many aspects.

The Incas did not have the tools we use today, but they were still able to build and organize their community on the side of a mountain and even create a water system with aqueducts and canals.

Bonus fact: When a Peruvian guide showed this site to Hiram Bingham, it was almost unrecognizable, covered in thick vegetation and disrepair. Since then, it has been cleaned and restored; today, it is protected and treasured by people worldwide.

After your tour, you can choose to go to Huayna Picchu Mountain (2,720 m / 8,924 ft) or Machu Picchu Mountain (3,000 m / 9,843 ft); these tours will take you an hour and a half and three hours up and down, respectively (tickets must be booked in advance).

Be sure to return to Aguas Calientes for lunch before boarding the train to Ollantaytambo. Once there, our private transportation will pick you up at the next station and take you back to your hotel in Cusco. It's time to rest and recover your energy; another incredible day awaits you tomorrow.

Day 06

Cusco - Cusipata - Llacto - Rainbow Mountain, Vinicunca

Highlight of the day: Arrive at the spectacular Rainbow Mountain and enjoy the amazing panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

Walk to the impressive Rainbow Mountain

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Breakfast and Lunch Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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7 km / 4.35 mi Walking Distance
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2 - 3 hours Walking Time
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Starting Elevation
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5,100 m / 16,732 ft Highest Elevation

Today is the last day of our incredible adventure. We'll pick you up early to head to the starting point of the trek. On the way, we will stop for breakfast and get the energy we will need. We will hike for an hour and a half through beautiful scenery and observe the unique Andean wildlife as we make our way along the challenging trail to Rainbow Mountain. Once at the top, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the 360° view and take great pictures.

Later, we will descend for an hour until we reach the start of the hike; from there, our transportation will take us to a restaurant for lunch, and then we will return to Cusco. Finally, we will drop you off at your accommodation to rest after six exciting days.

Today is the last day of our adventure. We´ll start at 4:00 a.m. picking you up at the door of your accommodation in private transport to head for three hours to the South Valley of Cusco. You will have the opportunity to sleep a little longer on the way, thanks to the comfortable transportation and the cozy blankets we will provide you with.

You´ll appreciate villages and herds of llamas and alpacas that will entertain you while you enjoy a delicious continental breakfast that will give you the nutritional boost you need to start the trek.

We will continue our journey until we reach the starting point of the trek, Llacto (4,630 m / 15,190 ft); from there, we will follow a beautiful stream and go along a winding path in the middle of the Andean mountains. As we ascend, you will be rewarded with the breathtaking view of Ausangate Mountain (6,372 m / 20,905 ft).

This remote region is home to many people, and you´ll have the opportunity to see them working the land. You´ll also be amazed to see the traditional clothing they wear and make, thanks to the artistic textile talents they have inherited from their ancestors.

After an hour and a half hike, we will arrive at the incredible Rainbow Mountain (5,100 m / 16,732 ft). Take the time to admire the astonishing beauty of this impressive natural formation and feel the thrill of witnessing a unique natural site. Take this opportunity to take some fantastic pictures while your guide gives you a personalized site explanation. We will spend about 30 minutes to an hour at the top, depending on how fast you have walked and the weather conditions.

It will take us another hour to reach the hike's starting point; from there, we will board the transportation that will take us to a restaurant in Cusipata to enjoy a buffet lunch. Then, we will board our transportation again to return to Cusco. We will leave you at the door of your accommodation to rest after six special days around the Peruvian Andes.


At Salkantay Trekking, we specify the included and 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 to avoid missing anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What Is Included?

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entrance Ticket to Salkantay Trek
  • Entry to the Rainbow Mountain
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site

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!

  • 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).

  • Sleeping Bag (for the Salkantay Trek)

    Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect you from temperatures as low as -18ºC (0ºF). They are mummy-form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.

  • Trekking Poles with rubber tips
  • Medical Kit or 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.

  • 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.

  • 24/7 Customer Service

    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’re very considerate of the Pachamama (Mother Earth). For this reason, our campsites and lodges are adapted to the environment to avoid generating negative impacts.

  • Hotel in Cusco (1 Night)
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (1 Night)

    You will spend the last night of the trek in a comfortable hotel at Aguas Calientes, including luggage storage, while you visit Machu Picchu.

    *Accommodation is in double, twin, and triple rooms.


  • Meals on the Salkantay Trek ( Firts 5 Days): 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 4 Dinners
    Meals on the Rainbow Mountain (6 Day): Breakfast and Lunch at local restaurants

    Our chef prepares the most amazing 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 allergies or 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 on the trail

    For the first 5 days, we will provide you with boiled, filtered and refrigerated water during your trek, from your lunch in Soraypampa to your breakfast in Lucmabamba. For this, it is necessary to carry an empty water bottle or camel bag (backpack litrera), we recommend a capacity of 2 liters.

    On the last day we will provide you with a bottle of water.

  • 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

    Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide you 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.

  • Daily snacks on the trail

    Before starting your trekking, your tour guide will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, cookies, chocolate, caramels, etc. Every morning, we’ll refill it so that you can enjoy your snacks during the walk.

  • 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.


  • Transport
    • Day 0: Private transfer from the Airport or Bus Station to the Hotel in Cusco
    • Day 1: You'll be picked up from your hotel in the morning and travel in our transportation to Challacancha, the trek’s starting point.
    • Day 5: One Way Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
    • Day 5: Transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
    • Day 6: In the morning, we´ll pick you up at your hotel, and you´ll travel in our transportation to the starting point of the trek. Later, the transportation will be waiting for you to take you back to the door of your hotel in Cusco.
  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Day 5)
  • Personal Belongings Transportation
    • On day 1, 2 and 3, cargo mules carry all the camping equipment and your baggage allowance (7 kg / 15.4 lb).
    • On day 4, your duffle bag will be transported by car and train.

What Is Not Included?

  • 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 Mountain 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 you if we have time in advance.

    • The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain costs US$ 60.00 per person.
  • Meals not indicated
    • Day 1: Breakfast
    • Day 5: Lunch in Aguas Calientes
    • Day 5: Dinner in Cusco
    • Day 6: Dinner in Cusco
  • Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes (Day 4)

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

    • US$ 37.00 per person
  • 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 memorable and as carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

Is it for me?

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an excellent alternative for the Inca Trail trek and better suited for more adventurous trekkers who can handle higher altitudes and longer distances. Ascending to reach the famous Salkantay Pass (4,630 m / 15,190 ft) is not too strenuous nor very steep since it is at the beginning of the trek. Still, 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’s very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you adjust and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.

You might have already been in another area of Peru at a high altitude before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we still recommend you have a whole 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:

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Salkantay Trekking office.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco)

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.

If possible, it would be greatly appreciated if you could settle the remaining balance for the trek/tour in cash, either in US dollars or the local currency, at our office in Cusco. You can withdraw funds from various ATMs located along Avenida Sol, offering both US dollars and Peruvian Soles. Alternatively, you have the option to pay using a credit/debit card or PAYPAL, either online or in person, but please note that a 5% service charge will be applied by our payment gateway (Niubiz) and PAYPAL. We regret to inform you that we are unable to accept bank checks or traveler's checks as forms of payment for the balance.

Duffle Bag or Travel Bag

The evening before the trek, we'll provide you with a duffle bag to pack your clothes and personal gear needed for the trip. Our horsemen will carry it on the route and hand it to you once you get to each camp. Please note that you will not have access to your items in the bag until the end of each day.

The maximum weight allowed is 7 kg / 15.4 lb, including the weight of your sleeping bag, clothes, and other personal items. They measure 60 x 24 x 22 cm (23.6 x 9.4 x 8.7 in).

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored 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 won’t 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 everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Please note:

  • All pickups are within Cusco City, but we recommend booking a hotel in the historic center for its convenient location.
  • Our guide or staff will confirm the pickup time the day before the tour.
  • Due to traffic conditions, the pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes.
  • Cusco is an old city and has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs are located on streets without car access or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. For such reasons, we strongly advise you to 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’ll take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes, you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo. 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’ll take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel.

Note: Your tour includes a One-Way Consettur Bus Ticket Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu, so you can choose to use it from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu or from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes. If you want a round-trip bus ticket, you’ll need to pay an extra of US$ 12.00.

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 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 trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date.

Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything 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 transport, 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

Sky Camp

Our incredible Sky Camp is located in front of the impressive mountains Humantay and Salkantay. This campsite allows for the perfect union of sky and earth. It allows you to sleep calmly under a deep, blue sky starred with an exceptional view of the constellations. At the same time, you can enjoy all the comforts of a first-class vacation home.

  • Location: Soraypampa
  • Altitude: 3,900 m / 12,795 ft
  • Igloos: 26
  • Capacity: 2 people per Igloo
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Mountain Sky View

Our campsite Mountain Sky View is a warm mountain accommodation and our novelty this year, and it’s with great pleasure that we prepared this place for all those looking for a glamping experience surrounded by nature. Each one of its individual Andean Sky Huts counts with a private bath besides spectacular tropical mountain views. You’ll find peace under the shining stars listening to the voices of wildlife and the whispers of the river in the valley.

  • Location: Collpapampa
  • Altitude: 2,950 m / 9,678 ft
  • Cabins: 10
  • Capacity: 2 people per Sky Hut
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Jungle Domes

From the comfort of our domes, you can be in intimate contact with the surrounding nature, hearing the wind or the rain or gazing at the stars through the central dome from your comfortable bed. The conceptual design of our domes invites you to see one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world from your window.

  • Location: Lucmabamba
  • Altitude: 2,000 m / 6,562 ft
  • Domes: 16
  • Capacity: 2 people per Dome
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation in Aguas Calientes

Selected Hotels

We offer a set of well located 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: 2,040 m / 6,693 ft
  • Type: Double, Matrimonial, and Triple
  • Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation in Cusco

Selected Hotels

Hotels in Cusco

We offer various hotels in Cusco, each with its decoration style, exceptionally comfortable rooms, and a good location in the imperial city. All rooms are impeccable and equipped with spacious beds, bathrooms, and showers, ensuring a comfortable place while you are in the city. Rest comfortably while you live your adventure in Cusco!

  • Location: Cusco
  • Altitude: 3,400 m / 11,155 ft
  • Type: Double, Matrimonial, and Triple
  • Meals: Breakfast

"Salkantay and Rainbow Mountain Trek" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We don’t operate this itinerary in February because of the rainy season & maintenance of the route.

2024 Land Cost

Group Price: US$ 650.00 per person

Required Pre-payment: US$ 300.00 per person

Balance (Cusco): US$ 350.00 (Typically paid in Cusco two days before the start of your expedition)

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Please note that PayPal and our credit/debit card payment gateway, Niubiz, charge a 5% processing fee for online deposits. We kindly request that our clients cover this fee, as it is necessary to use their secure service. Please be aware that this fee only applies to online deposits. If you choose to pay the full amount or remaining balance in cash, there will be no additional charges.


All the related treks to Machu Picchu end in or before Aguas Calientes, so you’ll spend the last night in a hotel in the village rather than camping (shared room included in the trek cost). If you’d like to upgrade your hotel or prefer a single room, please consider that there will be an additional cost.

Extras & Upgrades

There are complementary services and upgrades you can include in this trip.

  • 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 (Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo):  US$ 70.00

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your fascinating Peru Adventure:

  • City Tour:  US$ 50.00 US$ 40.00
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas:  US$ 100.00 US$ 80.00
  • Andean Textiles, Moray & Maras Salt Mines:  US$ 100.00 US$ 80.00
  • Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain:  US$ 100.00 US$ 80.00
  • Pallay Punchu Rainbow Mountain:  US$ 100.00 US$ 80.00
  • Waqrapukara Tour:  US$ 100.00 US$ 80.00
  • Ausangate Seven Lakes:  US$ 100.00 US$ 80.00
  • Qeswachaka Inca Bridge:  US$ 100.00 US$ 80.00

Price Guarantee

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

US$20.00 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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Remember |  One of our Travel Experts will contact you soon to confirm the availability of the trip you chose, give you more information, and/or provide you alternative options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 958 191 179 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

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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