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5 Days. Salkantay Classic Trek 5-day to Machu Picchu


Salkantay Classic trek 5-day to Machu Picchu is an alternative to the classic and traditional Inca Trail 4-day as well as Lares trek, Inca Jungle and Huchuy Qosqo that are also traversed by the original road of the Incas. Salkantay trek 5 days, today is very famous and visited by many tourists from different countries, because it offers much more spectacular views on different altitudinal floors: colorful lagoons, impressive glaciers of the Andes mountain range, small rivers of fresh water, subtropical zones of abundant flora and fauna. You will also be able to see traditional high Andean communities. Finally, you will visit Machu Picchu, the fourth wonders of the modern world. Tour this impressive route and visit Machu Picchu differently together with the specialized team of Machupicchu Andes Tours – Matours. 4 and 5-day walk, start and end at your hotel in the city of Cusco.


Salkantay Classic trek 5-day to Machupichu

Summary of the Salkantay Classic trek 5-day to Machu Picchu

FIRST DAY: Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay Lagoon.

  • 4:30 hrs. Pick up from your hotel and travel to Challakancha
  • Breakfast at Mollepata at a local restaurant.
  • 9:20 hrs. Start of the hike in Challacancha.
  • 12:00 hrs. Lunch in Soraypampa and in the afternoon visit to Laguna Humantay.
  • Dinner and accommodation at the Soraypampa Camp.
  • Walking time. 7 hours
  • 8 Km / 5 miles

SECOND DAY: Soraypampa – Salkantay Highest Pass – Chaullay

  • 5:40 hrs. Breakfast and start of the hike to the highest point
  • 10:00 hrs. Arrival to the highest point of Salkantay Classic Trek (4,620 meters / 15,157 feet) and visit to the Blue Lagoon
  • 12:00 hrs. Lunch in Wayracpunku
  • 18:30 hrs. Dinner and overnight in Chaullay
  • Walking time: 8-9 hours
  • 19 Km / 11.8 miles

THIRD DAY: Chaullay – Sawayaco Beach – Llaqtapata.

  • 00 hrs. Breakfast and start of the walk
  • 12:00 hrs. Lunch at Sahuayaco Beach
  • 13:15 hrs. Ascent to the camp of Llaqtapata
  • 18:30 hrs. Dinner and overnight in front of Machu Picchu
  • Walking time: 8 hours
  • Distance 16 Km / 13.6 miles

FOURTH DAY: Llaqtapata – Hydroelectric – Machupicchu town (Aguas Calientes)

  • 6:40 hrs. Start of the walk
  • 12:00 hrs. Lunch at the hydroelectric power station
  • 17:00 hrs. Arrival to the town of Aguas Calientes
  • 18:30 hrs. Dinner and overnight in Aguas Calientes in a hotel
  • 16 km / 10 miles
  • Walking time. 8 hours
  • Travel by Train (optional)

FIFTH DAY: Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes) – Machu Picchu – Return to Cusco.

  • At the assigned time, visit some of the Wonders of the world and tour in Machu Picchu for 2 and a half hours.
  • 18:20 hours. Train departure from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo station (1 hour and a half trip).
  • 20:05 hours Arrival of the train to Ollantaytambo and transfer to the city of Cusco.

Salkantay Classic trek 5-day Map

Note. All the hours mentioned in the itinerary are approximations and will vary depending on how the group progresses along the route.


Detailed Itinerary – Traditional Salkantay trek 5-day to Machu Picchu.

FIRST DAY: Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay Lagoon.

To start this fantastic 5-day trek. At 4:00 a.m., our staff will go through your hotel in Cusco. Then, you will journey for 2-hour until Mollepata town, where you will have breakfast. Continue your trip to Challakancha, the starting point of the hike, where you will also meet the muleteers who will be in charge of transporting the camping equipment.

While walking, enjoy spectacular views of the Andes mountain range. At noon, try the delights of our professional chef. In the afternoon, make a short hike to the Humantay lagoon (4100 meters /13.452 feet), admire the beauty of the landscape and take excellent photographs.

At 6:30 pm, dinner, and lodging at the Soraypampa camp.

  • Altitude Soraypampa: 3880masl / 12730 feet
  • Walking time: between 7 hours
  • Hiking distance: 8 km /5 miles

It includes:

  • Lunch, dinner, and snacks.
  • Bus Cusco to Mollepata
  • Camping equipment

SECOND DAY: Soraypampa – Salkantay Highest Pass – Chaullay

Today, you will dawn among the huge snow-capped mountains. At 5:40 am, have your breakfast and then start the uphill hike to the highest point of the classic Salkantay trek 5-day to Machu Picchu. From Salkantay highest pass, you will admire the majesty of the Salkantay mountain (Apu = sacred mountain) and also visit blue lagoon. Then start to descend to Wayracpunku and take a short break to enjoy the energetic lunch.

After lunch, continue descending to the tropical forest, where you will appreciate the richness of the biodiversity (flora and fauna) and finally arrived at the Chaullay campsite.

At 6:30 pm. Dinner and overnight in campsite tents.

  • Salkantay highest pass: 4620 meters / 15.157 feet
  • Walking time: 8 hour
  • Hiking distance: 16 km / 13.6 miles

It includes:

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Camping equipment

THIRD DAY: Chaullay – Playa Sahuayaco Village – Llaqtapata Archaeological site.

After the delicious breakfast, start walking among the tropical forest, commonly referred to the as high jungle. This part of your adventure is considered one of the best sections because you can see varieties of wild and domestic vegetation such as orchids, begonias, coffee plantations, bananas, oranges and more.

After 5-hour hiking, take your short time to have lunch in Playa Sahuayaco. Then continue on a beautiful original Inca trail ascending towards the Llaqtapata camp. It is the best camp of the classic Salkantay trek 5-day because you will spend the night in front of the Inca city of Machu Picchu, you will appreciate the beautiful sunset and sunrise, without a doubt, you will have the beautiful panoramic views. If you are birds, mammals, and orchids lovers, this is the best place to be with them.

At night, they will make a bonfire with all the members of the expedition; if the night is starry, you will be able to see the Inca constellations.

Overnight in tents.

  • Llaqtapata Altitude. 2480 meters / 9.317 feet
  • Walking time: 8 hours
  • Hiking distance: 16 km / 13.6 miles

It includes:

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Camping equipment

FOURTH DAY: Llaqtapata – Hydroelectric – Machupicchu town (Aguas Calientes)

This morning will be fantastic because you will have magical views of the first rays of the sun that will illuminate the top of the Huaynapicchu Mountain and the Inca city of Machu Picchu.

After your energy breakfast, explore the archaeological site of the small Inca city of Llaqtapata. It is still covered in its 80% with vegetation and around it, you can observe the diversity of flora and fauna. If you are lucky, you can see the spectacled bear or the Andean bear.

After all, begin to descend a zigzag path to the hydroelectric plant, where you will have your last lunch, and then you will say goodbye to the muleteers and cook.

From the Hydroelectric Power Station you have two options to get to Machu Picchu Pueblo: the first option, to walk by the railroad for 3 hours (we do not recommend because there are many small stones in the route). The second option is to travel by train around 48 minutes (train departure time 2:17 or 2:50 hours).

Once you arrive at Machu Picchu Pueblo, settle into your hotel and at 6:30 pm enjoy your last dinner.

  • Altitude Machupicchu village: 2050 meters / 6724 feet
  • Walking time: 8 hours
  • Hiking distance: 16 km / 10 miles
  • Train from hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes (Optional)

It includes:

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes

FIFTH DAY: Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes) – Machu Picchu – Return to Cusco.

Today is such an important day because you will visit one of the 7 wonders of the world, Machu Picchu.

Have breakfast at the hotel and go to the Inca city of Machu Picchu for the assigned shift, you can go by bus or walk. The guided tour within the lost city of the Incas will last 2 and a half hours and if you have reserved the permit to climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. After the excursion, you can go up on your own.

After all, take the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, have lunch on your own and then head towards the train station. Take your return train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy in Cusco. Upon your arrival, our staff will be waiting for you to escort you to the city of Cusco – Hotel.

  • Machupicchu Altitude: 2450 meters / 8038 feet
  • Walking time: 1 hour and a half
  • Distance of travel: 1.7 km / 1.1 mile

It includes:

  • Breakfast
  • Entrance to Machupicchu
  • Return train from Machupicchu town to Ollantaytambo or Poroy in Cusco
  • Bus from Train station to Cusco


Salkantay trek Inclusions

  • An informative talk with the Guide, one night before the walk.
  • Cusco – Mollepata (Challakancha)
  • Professional guide, chef and assistant for a group plus 8 people
  • Muleteers, who will be in charge of driving the horses
  • Horses to transport the camping equipment
  • Food: 4 lunches, 4 dinners, 4 breakfasts (vegetarian optional)
  • Large dining and kitchen tent
  • Chairs and dining table
  • 1 tent for 2 people plus mats
  • First aid kit and an oxygen balloon
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca city of Machu Picchu
  • One night accommodation in Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes)
  • Guide service throughout the tour
  • Return train ticket to Ollantaytambo or Poroy (Expedition train)
  • Mobility from Ollantaytambo or Poroy to Cusco – hotel

What does not include in the Trek

  • Bus from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (optional USD 24 Round Trip)
  • Sleeping bags (we can rent you)
  • Travel insurance: it is strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip
  • Personal stuff
  • Additional horses
  • Breakfast on the first day, lunch and dinner on the last day
  • Walking sticks
  • Tips (optional)



  • For the Salkantay Classic trek 5-day, you must be in Cusco at least 2 days before to acclimatize.
  • To acclimatize better, drink the infusion of Coca leaves, you have to make short walks around the city of Cusco on your own, or you can hire a short tour such as City tour, Sacred Valley, Salt mines of Maras – Moray (reserve separately).

Packing List

  • Walking sticks
  • Sleeping bag (we can rent)
  • A personal light backpack
  • Sweater and thick coat
  • Shorts
  • Pajamas
  • Personals stuff
  • Sunscreen
  • Hats or hats
  • Rain poncho
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water bottles
  • Mosquito repellents
  • Toilet paper
  • Energy bars
  • Flashlight
  • Lipstick
  • Sunglasses
  • Plastic bag
  • Camera with charger and
  • Extra money (soles)


Prices of the Salkantay Classic trek 5-day

We offer 2 types of services.

  1. Private Service. This private service is for those who do not wish to travel with the crowd. In this service, all the tour will be exclusive to your group, so you can fully enjoy your adventure. The group can be integrated by your family, friends, co-workers or special trips such as weddings, anniversaries, etc.

The price varies according to the number of members of your group.

Your group size

Price per person


2 Hikers

US$ 660

3 Hikers

US$ 640

4 Hikers

US$ 620

5 Hikers

US$ 599


US$ 579

  1. Group service. The complete tour will be shared between 10 and more people. The members of the group will be of different nationalities, languages, beliefs, ages, gender, etc. To book the tour in group service, click on booking, green icon.

People number

Price per person



US$ 399


Useful information

About the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Valle sagrado está en el corazón de los andes centrales, al norte de la ciudad del Cusco – Perú, en un promedio de 35

About Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, en quechua significa "Montaña Vieja" Es el nombre contemporáneo dado a una llaqta o un antiguo

About the City of Cusco

La ciudad del Cusco actualmente posee gran cantidad de títulos, que le han atribuido por su historia, arqueología

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