Salkantay Trek 5 days


Min: 2900m / 9515ft. Max: 4650m / 15,200ft


5 days

Physical Level


Tour Type


Group Size

Min 2 people, Max 12 people

Best Season

April to October


Salkantay is the second most famous hike just after the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu in this 5-day trek to Machu Picchu you will witness the famous Humantay Lake, will see close to the second highest glacier of Salkantay with an elevation of 6271 meters 20574.15 feet after this incredible views you will decent to the high jungle where you will see lots of vegetation and the jungle crops like coffee all the way to Machu Picchu town.

Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu - view from Llactapata


The 5-day Salkantay trek to Machupicchu is considered one of the most famous treks in Cusco besides the Inca trail and is the best alternative trek to get to Machu Picchu. It goes through different micro-climates, changing the scenery every day. You’ll witness the glacier, valleys, jungle, and hot springs on this tour, and will enjoy beautiful landscapes with amazing lakes, incredible snowcap mountains, and lush tropical cloud forests. This path was used by our ancestors in order to connect Machu Picchu through the Lactapata Inca site, and the 5-day trek tour package offers a perfect mix of trekking, culture, and nature.


  • Day 01 Cusco – Mollepata – Humantay Lake – Salkantay pampa
  • Day 02 Salkantay Pampa – Ccolpapampa
  • Day 3 Ccolpapampa – La Playa
  • Day 4 la Playa Hidro electrica – Machu Picchu
  • Day 5 Machu Picchu – back to Cusco

Useful information:

  • Starting Altitude – 2900m / 9515ft.
  • Highest Altitude – 4650m / 15,200ft
  • Walking Distance – 60.5 km / 37.5 miles
  • Longest Day – Day 2, approximately 21 km/13 miles
  • Coldest Night – Day 1 around 0º Celsius
  • Overall Difficulty – Difficult (depends on your level of fitness).
  • Duration – 05 days
  • Group size – up to 8 people
  • High season – April to September

Acclimatization is Recommended you have to spend at least 48 hours over 3000 meters above sea level)

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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 sanitizer
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • First aid kit


780 Per person

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What is the 5 day salkantay trek itinerary?

  • Day 01 Cusco – Mollepata – Humantay Lake – Salkantay pampa
  • Day 2  Salkantay Pampa – Ccolpapampa
  • Day 3  Ccolpapampa – La Playa
  • Day 4  La Playa Hidro electrica – Machu Picchu
  • Day 5  Machu Picchu – back to Cusco

this is the most clasic Salkantay trek 5 days to Machu Picchu where you will explore all in a reseasonble place.

What is the difference between salkantay 4 day and 5 day?

You hike the same Path! in a 4 day salkantay trek you will pass some point because of the time but in case of the 5 day salkantay trek your have plenty of time to explore and will have more time to spent along the trek.

Is Salkantay trek harder than the Inca trail?

The short answer is yes Salkantay trekking is harder than the inca trail it terms of distance you cover more in terms of elevation Salkantay pass is higher than the classic Inca trail.

Travel Guide

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu offers a diverse and challenging adventure through the Peruvian Andes, showcasing stunning landscapes, Inca ruins, and the grandeur of Machu Picchu. This alternative trek takes you through high-altitude mountain passes, picturesque villages, and lush jungles, providing a unique experience for trekkers seeking both natural beauty and cultural immersion.

Best Time to Go: The ideal trekking season is from April to September when the weather is relatively dry, offering clear views and comfortable temperatures. However, be prepared for colder nights at higher altitudes, and note that December to March is the rainy season.

Altitude Considerations: Given the high altitudes, spend a few days in Cusco acclimatizing before starting the trek. Stay hydrated, avoid alcohol, and listen to your body to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

Packing Essentials: Pack layers for varying temperatures, including a waterproof jacket and sturdy hiking boots. Essentials include a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a reusable water bottle. A good backpack and trekking poles can enhance your comfort during the journey.

Cultural Interaction: Engage with local communities along the trek, respecting their traditions and customs. Taste local foods, interact with villagers, and learn about the Andean way of life. Support local economies by purchasing handmade crafts.

Campsite Comfort: Be prepared for cold nights by bringing a warm sleeping bag and dressing in layers. Quick-dry clothing is advisable, and don’t forget essentials like a headlamp and toiletries.

Machu Picchu Visit: Plan your visit to Machu Picchu, considering whether to hike Waynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain. Opt for an early morning visit to enjoy the citadel with fewer crowds. Learn about the history and significance of Machu Picchu from your guide.

Responsible Trekking: Practice Leave No Trace principles by carrying out all waste. Use biodegradable soap and limit single-use plastics. Follow established trails and respect the natural environment.

Embark on the Salkantay Trek with a sense of adventure, cultural appreciation, and a commitment to responsible trekking, and you’ll create lasting memories of this incredible journey to Machu Picchu.


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