Classic Salkantay Trek (4 Days)

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Prepare for an exhilarating adventure with Peru Jungle Trips on our Classic Salkantay Trek 4 Days, tailored for those who crave excitement and breathtaking landscapes.

Embark on a journey through diverse terrain, from snow-capped peaks to enchanting cloud forests and verdant Peruvian jungle, all leading to the iconic wonder of Machu Picchu.

Experience the dramatic shift in landscapes and climates in just four days, immersing yourself in awe-inspiring vistas that will surely leave you speechless.

Salkantay Pass's sign.

On Day 1, trek to the mesmerizing Humantay Lake, a sapphire amidst snowy panoramas. Day 2 brings the challenge of the Salkantay Pass trail, offering panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay Mountain.

But the adventure doesn’t end there! Conclude your epic journey with a visit to the fabled Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour followed by an ascent to either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, where you’ll soak in a panoramic vista of the Citadel, transporting you back in time.

Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

04:30 AM – 05:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Professional Guides
  • Briefing at our office.
  • Emergency Horse
  • Hotel
  • Transportation
  • Equipment
  • Food, Lunch the last and first day is not included.
  • Water
  • Extras: small pillow to sleep with, a foam mattress, a day pack and a rain poncho.
  • Satellite Phones

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bag: USD $25
  • Inflatable air mat: USD $20
  • Walking sticks (pair): USD $20
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain $ 35


  • Passport
  • Valid, GREEN ISIC card (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Entrance Fees
  • 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • Headlamp: Essential
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Quick dry towel. We provide small ones, you might enjoy something a little larger
  • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean - might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap.
  • Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
  • Large plastic bags: to help organise and keep clean from dirty
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
  • Sunscreen, face moisturiser, bug spray, handsanitiser, wet wipes, toothbrush and paste, toilet-paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc


We’ll fetch you from your hotel bright and early at 4:30 a.m., embarking on a scenic 3-hour drive to Mollepata, the starting point of our Salkantay trek. Upon arrival in Mollepata, while you enjoy breakfast, our skilled cook and horseman will organize the camping gear and culinary essentials.

A couple of lodging domes located in Mollepata.

Then, we’ll begin our hike, with the initial 3 hours offering a gradual ascent to Cruzpata, where we’ll relish lunch amid panoramic vistas of majestic snow-capped peaks (Humantay; 4120m/13500ft and Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft)—just a taste of what’s to come!

Our journey continues towards Soraypampa, our first camping spot on the Salkantay Trek (3800 m/11750ft; the highest and chilliest campsite along the route), nestled near the towering Salkantay, Cusco’s second-highest snow-capped mountain.


Following our breakfast, we set out to trek around 5:45 am. Today promises to be the longest day of our journey. The initial 4-hour stretch involves a steady uphill climb to reach the highest point of the Salkantay (4650m), nestled between two towering peaks: Salkantay to the right and Tucarhuay to the left.

Salkantay's peak seen from the vantage point.

From this vantage point, the views of the two snow-capped giants are simply breathtaking. There’s a chance of encountering snow at this altitude.

After a well-deserved break, we’ll continue our trek (now downhill) through a dramatic cloud forest toward Huayracpunku, where we’ll pause for lunch. Following lunch, we’ll resume our journey, heading deeper into the beginnings of the jungle until we reach our second campsite at Chaullay or Colcapampa (3000m along the Salkantay trail).


After breakfast, at 6:30 am, we embark on our journey through the high jungle, crossing the Lluskamayo River and several small streams to reach La Playa, a trek lasting about 6 hours.

Today, we’ll traverse valleys and enjoy stunning views of waterfalls, tropical fruits, and lush vegetation. Once we reach Sahuayaco Beach, our muleteers will return to Mollepata via the same Salkantay Trek, where you’ll also have lunch.

Hidroeléctrica's sale posts demark the path to Machu Picchu's beginning.

From there, we’ll take a local vehicle to the Hidroeléctrica station to commence a further 2-hour walk along the railway tracks to Aguas Calientes.


We rise early in the morning around 4 am, then at 4:30, we have breakfast and set out to walk to Machu Picchu, which takes about an hour and a half. However, there’s another option to catch the first bus departing at 5:30 to Machu Picchu (a 30-minute ride) to witness the magnificent city as the sun rises.

Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu (approximately 2 hours) led by your guide. Afterward, you’ll have around 30 minutes to explore the citadel further on your own, or you can opt to climb Huayna Picchu (2720m), which takes about 1 hour to reach the summit.

Machu Picchu's agricultural terraces.

Once you’ve soaked in the beauty of Machu Picchu, you’ll descend to Aguas Calientes, where you’ll have free time to have lunch and visit the hot springs. Then, you’ll need to head to the train station 30 minutes prior to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo. There, we’ll be waiting for you with the minivan to return to Cusco.


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