Short Salkantay Trail

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Salkantay Trail Machu Picchu 4D/3N

Day-by-Day Summary

DAY 1: Cusco – Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake.
DAY 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay - Wayracpunku – Chaullay
DAY 3: Chaullay - La Playa – Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes
DAY 4: The Expected Day – The Inca Citadel (Machu Picchu) - Cusco


  • Follow your guide through Machu Picchu, learning the mysteries of the Inca
  • Follow your guide through the salkantay trail, livin the magnificent valleys, peaks, lakes, and more
  • Discover how beautiful are the andes mountains

Places Visited

Humantay Lake,Humantay and Salkantay Peak, Valles, Aguas Calientes Village, Machu picchu and more..

Departures:Our company has daily departures to Salkantay, since 2 to 10 participants maximum per group, we are a 100% direct trekking tour operator, sustainable and responsible with Nature.
Starting From
USD 400
  • Duration:
    4 Days and 3 Nights
  • Tour Style:
    Walking, Cultural, Historical, Traditional, Narutal.
  • Hotel
    1 Night (Shared Room)
  • Camping
    2 Nigths
  • Difficulty
    Challenging (depends on ypour level of fitness).
  • Transportation
    Bus, Train, Van, local car

Day 01: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa - Visit the Humantay Lake

We are going to pick up early from the hotel; our transport will be passing by the hotel at around 4:30 a.m. to 5:00 am to go to the traditional village of Mollepata (2950 m) where we have the breakfast. From Mollepata we are going to continue our trip to Challacancha, Where we start the trekking to Soraypampa Camp site. On this place, we have our lunch and our overnight. After the lunch, probably we go to a beautiful lake called Humantay, this depends of the weather where we can see incredible landscape like snow mountains.

Day 02: Soraypampa - Salkantay Mountain Pass and Lake - Collpapampa.

After breakfast, we start the trekking ascending to Salkantay pass just above 4630 meters; of this point we can see the glaciers of Salkantay and another mountains. If we are lucky we can see probably snowslide, after this we are going to descend to Huayracmachay site where we have our lunch with short break, then we are trekking to Chaullay (2920 m.s.n.m) for dinner and overnight.

Day 03: Collpapampa - La Playa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes.

Our activity will begin at 6:00 am, this day we are going to walk for 7 hours approximately to arrive to Playa. On the way we will see waterfalls, fruit trees, a flora variety, the coca plantations, varieties of orchids and birds, if we’re lucky we’ll see the famous “cock rock.” we are going to have lunch in la Playa site. Then we are going to take a car from Playa to Hydroelectric. Then we take a train to Aguas Calientes. When we arrive to this town, the staffs of hotels wait us. At night, we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant at about 6:30p.m approximately.

Day 04: Visit to Machu Picchu and Back to Cusco.

Today to have a perfect visit to Machu Picchu, we have to leave early (5am approximately), we will have breakfast at the hotel and then we take the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (2400 m). At the archeological site, we will enjoy a guided tour of the most interesting sections of this site. We will see the Intihuatana, the temple of the three windows, temple of the moon, the terraces, ceremonial fountains, the gateway of the sun, and other sectors of this impressive site. In the afternoon, a bus wait us to take us back down to Aguas Calientes, at night we will board the train to Ollantaytambo, In Ollantaytambo our staff wait you to come back to the hotel in Cusco.

  • ENTRANCE TIKETS: In our trek, the entrance Salkantay Trail + Humantay Lake, MachuPicchu archaeological site are included.
  • BRIEFING: Two or one night before your expeditions, we are going to your hotel or you will come to our office for your briefing, it is an information session for the tril to be ready to 100% for the trek day.
  • PROFESSIONAL GUIDES: All our guides studied English and Tourism at the University, institutes, and have many months giving support to the trekkers before to start to work in this kind of adventures like a guide.
  • HOTEL:The activity include 3 nights in tents and 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes village. We include a two star hotel with shared rooms (Double, Marital and Triple rooms). If you would like to upgrade your hotel level or prefer a single room, there will be an additional cost.
  • TRANSPORTATION: All the transportations during the trek are included, we will pick you up from your hotel at around 6 AM and carried to the trailhead (day 1). during the trail are included the transport from La Playa to Hidroelectrica (day 3), one way trip bus ticket form Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (day 5), your expedition train ticket and the transport from ollantaytambo to Cusco (day 4).
  • TRAIN: A train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes the day 3, The last day of the tour, we will board the 18:25PM train from Aguas Calientes village to Ollantaytambo village. From where we transfer you to Cusco city in our car.
  • STORAGE DURING THE TREK: In the moment of the pre-departure briefing, we will provide you a small duffle bag to pack your things for the trail, this bag will carried by the horses with no option to get anything until the campsite. You should therefore bring a daypack in which you can carry your personal belongings such as camera, water and sunscreen, etc.The other part of your things that are not necessary for the trail, you can leave at hotel store or you can leave it with us until come back of the tour.
  • HORSES AND SUPPORT STAFF: We include horses and horsemen who is responsible for carrying your duffel (7 kg of bag) with your personal items. There is no additional fee for this. We will give you your duffel bag at your briefing session and this should be filled with the things you will need on your adventure, but not during the actual hiking time.During the trek you have to bring your own daypack with the essential things, because you will have access to your duffel bag only at your evening campsite.
  • EQUIPMENT: Do Adventures Peru has the best equipment. We use Kaylas tents with capacity for 4 person, but we put only 2 people. This allows some room to spread out and keep your duffels safely with you.
  • FOOD & CHEFS: Many of our customers comments about the wonders of our chefs. They make magic happen on the trail in a small tent over a single flame. The food is served family style, there will be plenty of options for everyone, and always food left over. If you are vegetarian, it is not problem for us, just tell us and you will have vegetarian food. Each day will consist of breakfast, lunch, happy hour with tea and snacks and dinner. Your last meal will be breakfast of the last day. Lunch the last day is not included.
  • WATER: We will supply all the water you need for your trek. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled down before distributing. You must supply your own water bottles or camelback and we recommend carrying about 3L. We will refill just each moorning and encourage you to drink as much as possible as you hike. Hydration is key to feeling great in the mountains, just in each breakfast, for another hand in each camping places have local villagers who sell bottles of mineral water, if you prefer you can buy as a way collaborate to obtain income. the prices are different according how far we are.
  • FIRST AID: Your safety is our number 1 concern. All our guides are trained to provide support in these causes. They all will have first aid kits and full oxygen bottle in case anything happens. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed and will make sure you get directly to a clinic for treatment. This is not something to worry about - but if something happens, we will be there for you.Note: before to do the trek or any type of adventure tour, we recommend you to visit your doctor and explain about the activity that will do, and please try to bring a small first aid bag each according to your conditions to stay peaceful.


We include in our price these additional things, which normally are not included by companies.

  • Is included a bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu (one way)
  • Is included the entrance ticket for the Salkantay treil + Humantay Lake.
  • Is included the Transport from Santa Teresa to Cocalmayo hot spring
  • Is included the transport from La Playa to Hidroelectrica (day 3).
  • Is included the train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes (day 3).
  • Is included the train who depart at 18:30 without, to arrive early to Cusco (day 4).
  • RENTALS: Every trekker needs a sleeping bag when you choose a trek with camping. Inflatable air matts are optional, but do help in getting a good night sleep. Walking sticks are definitely encouraged and must have a rubber tip when bringing your own. If you do not have or want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
  • HUAYNAPICCHU: Huaynapicchu is the mountain located inside the Machu Picchu Park and has beautiful views from the top. It takes 45 minutes to get to the top and then 45 minutes back down and is quite steep for those scared of heights. This is done after your tour of Machu Picchu and is $20 per person to hike. This is extremely popular and needs to be arranged at least a month or two prior to your trek. Please understand that we can not control weather and cloudy days will prevent perfect pictures.


• Extra night in Aguas Calientes $ 50.
• Huaynapicchu entrance ticket $ 18 (depends on availability).
• Sleeping Bag rent for the all trek $ 20.
• A pair of sticks $ 15 for the all trail.
• Adicional horse for carry your personal bags $ 50 per 3 days.
• Vistadone train service $ 60.
• Bus From Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes $ 15 USD


• Original ID documents (Passport)
• A good backpack or day backpack to carry your personal things
• Sleeping bag recommended -5 as minimum, walking sticks are recommended.
• Waterproof trekking boots.
• Warm clothes ( you can experience the four seasons in one day).
• 4 T-shirts, sun hat, two pairs of pants for the trek, gloves, 4 pairs of socks, raincoat, 1 warm jacket, extra layers.
• Camera with extra battery.
• Sunblock, sunglasses, insect repellent.
• Essential toiletries, toothbrush, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.
• Swimsuit for swim in thermal baths.
• Water bottle (no need to bring water pills).
• Personal first aid kit.
• Head lamp.
• Some plastic bags in the rainy season.

The Prices are per traveler:

Shared Service Departures Price
Without Hotel Every Day $ 470 USD $ 400
with Hotel Every Day $ 500 USD $ 430

Private Tour:

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

Without hotel: -30 USD per person if you book for your own.

Private Service Departures Price per person
02 Trekkers Every Day USD $ 620
03 Trekkers Every Day USD $ 600
04 Trekkers Every Day USD $ 580
05 Trekkers Every Day USD $ 560
06 -07 Trekkers Every Day USD $ 530
08 to + Trekkers Every Day USD $ 500


STUDENT DISCOUNT: $20 off per person

Student Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to




This is a 2 star hotel and is based on shared rooms - either double, matrimonial or triple. If you prefer a single room you have to add $30 US per person. All the rooms include private bathrooms with hot showers and wifi. We can also upgrade your hotel if you prefer something a little fancier or we can do the tour without hotel, if you prefer to book the hotel for Aguas Calientes for your own. Please remember that the service you receive in Aguas Calientes will not be quite as good as Cusco.


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