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Salkantay Trek 4 Days to Machu Picchu

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Tour Details

Salkantay Trek 4 Days to Machu Picchu is a shorter version of the renowned 5 days Trek. We have designed this experience to make it possible for those with less time but want to experience this esteemed Trek to Machu Picchu. 

The itinerary on the first three days remains the same as the five days trek. So you will not be skipping the best parts of the trek. 

Salkantay Trek is one of the best alternatives to Inca Trail. This trek takes you through the foothills of the mighty Salkantay Mountain. It is the tallest peak of the mountain range that towers to 6,271 metres above sea level. The trek is popular because of its biodiversity of ecosystems. It goes along the picturesque turquoise lake, Laguna Humantay. You will be starting high up in the Andes and will reach the cloud forest. This trek offers entrancing views of Andean landscape at every turn. 

National Geography Travel Magazine recognises Salkantay trek as one of the best twenty five treks in the world.

Why Encuentros Peru Adventure?

As outdoor specialists, we have dedicated local guides for this trek who are trained in mountaineering. They are born and raised in the region. You will learn and discover many new things about the significance of each place, along the trek. The guide will share informations that only a handful know. This will give you an idea on what to expect on your tour in the lost city of Incas, Machu Picchu.

The highest point of the trek is at 5100 metres above the sea level. Although we carry first aid kit and oxygen cans on all high altitude treks, we highly recommend you to be well acclimatised to avoid altitude sickness. 

While you are acclimatising in Cusco we recommend you to check out our Cusco City Tour and Sacred Valley Tour. These tours will give you an introduction to Incas history which you will be uncovering in Machu Picchu. 

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

06:30 AM

Price Includes

  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Entrance fees to The Salkantay Trek
  • Briefing time about the Salkantay Trek One day before
  • Liners for your sleeping bags
  • Second day Andean ceremony, offering to the mother earth
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Transport to Soraypampa ( trailhead)
  • Tourist train back to Ollantaytambo ( expedition service can be at 14:30, 18:45 or 21:30 leaving from Aguas Calientes)
  • Private transport back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Entrance fee Machu Picchu
  • Food: *3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 3 dinners
  • Camping equipments
  • Therma-rest (air mat) sleeping mat
  • Horseman, mules or porters (they just carry cooking stuff and camping equipment) and 7 kilos from your personal things
  • 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carry by the horses
  • 1 night accommodation at Aguas Calientes
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps and Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
  • First Aid kit
  • *Vegetarian/special diet options available

Price Excludes

  • Entrance fees to Huyanpicchu.( if you take this entrance it will be charge 30 dollars to the original price)
  • Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Tips for the guide and crew (Optional)

Things To Carry

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the program
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into the Inca Trail. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilising tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to take a bath in the hot springs)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original passport
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
Trip Summary

Day 1Cusco - Mollepata - Sorayapampa - Huayraqpampa - Arrayanniyoq

We pick you up from your hotel and travel by bus to Mollepata and then Soraypampa. A 3 hour walk will take us to Soyroqocha where we will have the lunch with the beautiful capped mountain Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) We will begin our climb to the Highest point on this trek which is on 4 650 m.a.s.l15200 ft.taking in the beautiful landscape along the way and once we get to the top the pass we go down to the campsite of Arrayanniyoq

Day 2Arrayanniyoq - Chaullay - Collpampa - La Playa

After the breakfast we go down (downhill) through a dramatic cloud, where we will have lunch. After the lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo or lunch stop variety of little brooks to reach La Playa late in the Afternoon we can go to the Natural Hotspring of Santa Tersa ( this service is optional and you need to pay for the round trip bus from La Playa to The Hot spring),. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants.and also we camp here in very warm area (optional visit the Natural Hot spring)

Day 3La Playa to Llaqtapata or Santa Teresa - Hidro Eletrica - Aguas Calientes

We will have breakfast at 8am and leave our campsite at la Playa we will walk for about 20 minutes to get to Lucmabamba so wi will do the original trail of Lacctapata after we arrive to Hydrolectric where we are going to have lunch then we continue walking, passing a variety of crop plantations, coca, banana we will be walking about two and half hours along the train road till reaching Aguas Calientes town where we will spend the night in a hostel.
In Aguas Calientes, you can take advantage of the thermal springs in the town (entrance 15 soles) a real treat after finishing the trek.

Day 4Machu Picchu - Cusco

We wake up early morning about 4 am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and leave to walk up to Machu Picchu which takes one and half hours up to Machu Picchu but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 to Machu Picchu (25-minutes long ) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top. Then you will take the train around 2:00pm, 4:00pm or 6:20pm according to the train Availability so you will arrive to Ollamtaytamabo after 2 hours travelling so A private transport will wait for you and will take you back to Cusco to your Hotel.

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Necter Richardson

Solo Traveller

This tour was incredible and the tour company made it even more spectacular. They are definitely worth paying extra for. I’ve had friends go with cheaper companies and have a different (tougher) experience. The accommodation really makes this one stand out from the others – a good nights sleep on comfy beds in a different type of hut/tent each night really helped between long days of trekking. The food was also amazing, and you definitely do not go hungry!! Our guide was friendly, knowledgable and spoke very good English, and liked a joke which always helps. There’s quite a few groups at the same time, so they match you in a group with others of similar ages which was good.

December 17, 2019