Classic Salkantay Trek 5 Days / 3 Nights

$ 650 /
per person


Clasicc Salkantay Trek, this incredible hike runs below the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6,271m / 20569ft), one of the highest and most impressive in the Peruvian Andes. Your first two days are dominated by the impressive “Apus” of Salkantay and Huamantay, as you pass through the high puna landscape. On the third day it descends to the warm cloud forest, to reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day. The impressive Inca Sacred city of Machupic-chu is visited on the last day of the program. This tour is an interesting alternative for those who have not found spaces on the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. The Salkantay Trek was recently named among the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine.

Tour Location: Cordillera de Vilcabamba ( Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu)

Type of tour: Trekking with camping, History, Adventure and Culture.

Recommended: For those who enjoy long treks and are in good physical condition.

Difficulty: Challenging 

Season: March 15 to January 15.

Considerations: Permit is required for access to Machu Picchu (AltitudeXperience will book it for you). It is necessary to reserve it in advance.

As an alternate trek to the Inca Trail, this is undoubtedly one of the best routes in Cusco, a journey through the heights of the Salkantay mountain at 4700 meters high and a descent into the lush Andean jungle. Don’t wait any longer, live this incredible experience with Altitude Experience. “We look forward to taking responsibility for your next adventures in Cusco”.


Day 1: Cusco – Humantay Lake – Salkantay Mountain

The trip will start from the city of Cusco, and from there we will depart at 5:00 AM to  travel to Soraypampa. The duration of the trip is approximately 3 hours. We will have a delicious lunch with local organic products, and then continue our walk to the Humantay lagoon, where we will spend the night at the foot of the Salkantay mountain located at 3800 meters in comfortable tents.

Walking distance: 18 km

Elevation of the camp: 3,700 mts

Climate: Cold, rainy


Day 2: salkantay camp – collpapampa

We will start the day with an Andean coffee or a coca tea in the same Inca style, and enjoy the best Andean breakfast. surrounded by magnificent mountains. From there, we will start the walk towards the Salkantay Pass at 4730 meters, for about 3 hours. Along the way, we will have a stop to enjoy lunch prepared by local cooks, then descend to the Collpapampa camp.

Walking distance: 18 km

Elevation of the camp: 2,600 mts

Climate: Cold, rainy


Day 3: Collpapampa Camp – Llactapata

The day will once again start with a coffee or a cocoa tea as Andean breakfast is prepared. Once breakfast is done, the trek continues to the first stop of the day, where we will enjoy a delicious lunch. From there, we will continue to our camp where we will spend the night.

Walking distance: 16 km

Elevation of the camp: 2,800 mts

Climate: Hot, cold at night.


Day 4: Llactapata – hydroelectric – Aguas Clientes

The fourth day of the journey will begin in front of the Machu Picchu mountain, where we will have a hearty breakfast. From here, we will then continue with our hike to the hydroelectric plant and arrive at Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night and have dinner at a local restaurant, and enjoy the sights and hot springs.

Walking distance: 16 km

Elevation of the camp: 2,300 mts

Climate: Hot, cold at night.


Day 5: Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

After breakfast at the hotel, we will take the first bus to Machu Picchu to enjoy the sunrise before more travelers begin to pour in and the foot traffic picks up. We will explore every corner of Machu Picchu and once the visit is finished, we will return to Aguas Calientes. From there, we will take the expeditions train to Ollantaytambo and then return to Cusco, where we will drop you off at your hotel.

Meals Included: Only Breakfast

Altitude in Salkantay 

People begin to worry about altitude sickness as soon as they reserve their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco. Because there is less oxygen in the air at high altitudes than at sea level, your body must work harder to obtain oxygen. Your body becomes accustomed to the lower oxygen content of the air over a period of days at a high altitude.

This is why we always advise staying in Cusco for at least two days before to starting any hike. It would be ideal if you had more time. You won’t get bored in Cusco because it is a fantastic city with lots to do.

These symptoms will typically be modest. Always ease into action gradually to give your body time to acclimate. Drink a lot of liquids, such as coca tea or water. Since ancient times, coca tea has been used to help avoid altitude sickness.

Coca plant leaves contain alkaloids that help your body get more oxygen into your blood and stave off altitude sickness. A lot of alcohol and caffeine should be avoided. They’ll make you urinate more frequently and dehydrate you. Don’t smoke.

Your body has a harder time getting oxygen when you smoke. Don’t use sleeping medicines. Your body may have a harder time absorbing oxygen when you sleep as a result of their potential for shallow breathing at night.

Keep in mind that the journey to Machu Picchu is not a race. When people rush to the mountain’s summit too rapidly, even those in the best form will experience altitude sickness. Your body will have more time to become used to the mountain if you move gently.

To assist prevent altitude sickness, your doctor may recommend medications like acetazolamide and dexamethasone. Two days before you travel to a high altitude, begin taking the medication. While you are at a high altitude, keep taking it.

You must keep in mind that this is your vacation and that worrying about becoming sick is unnecessary. Drink plenty of water, move slowly, and take pleasure in the coca tea. In the unfortunate event that something goes wrong and you become ill, inform your guide right away. All ALTITUDEXPERIENCE guides have received training on how to assist you in navigating it.


All briefings take place at our office starting at 6:30 p.m. You must arrange a different time with a member of the ALTITUDEXPERIENCE office staff if you are unable to make this appointment. Briefings last between 30 and 45 minutes. Your duffel bags will be delivered here.

Duffle Bags

Your duffel bag will be handed to you at your briefing. The porters will transport these luggage for you and deliver them back to you at each campground. They are 65 cm long by 35 cm wide, or two feet long by one foot.

The maximum weight for a duffel is 7kg. Your clothing and other personal stuff will each weigh 4 kilograms. The remaining 3 kg will be used for our supplies, including your mat and sleeping bag.


Of course, the weather is erratic. In Cusco, the dry season typically lasts from April to October. This does not, however, prevent it from raining in June or from shining in December.

Being ready is the best course of action. Please make sure you have rain gear, which should include a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves, no matter what month you’re undertaking the walk. Gloves are frequently forgotten, yet trekking is miserable when it’s cold and damp.

Consider the four seasons as well. You should be prepared for all four seasons as many of the climbs over the Andes entail numerous microclimates. Always wear layers since they make it simple to adapt to changing temperatures.

Additionally, it will always be chilly in the evenings, so please be ready with a warm winter-weight jacket.
It’s also critical to remember that the weather can alter an itinerary. Routes can occasionally become impassable, forcing the guides of ALTITUDEXPERIENCE to alter the plan for your safety.

Pick Up

One of the few businesses that will pick you up from your hotel is ALTITUDEXPERIENCE. We’ll schedule this pickup depending on a time that your guide will discuss at the briefing as long as your accommodation is in the heart of Cusco City. Depending on the amount of traffic and the period between pickups, pick-up times may vary by 30 to 45 minutes.

The alleys and alleyways in Cusco’s historic center are cobblestoned. Small accommodations like Air BNBs and hotels are frequently found on impassable streets.


Classic Salkantay Trek 5 Days / 3 Nights

$ 650 /

per person

68 km/ 42miles
All year
Permit required
Type of Tour:
History, Adventure

Student discount: The student discount only applies for people who present a valid UNIVERSITY CARD. 17 years old or younger. We need you to send us a copy of your university ID Tt award the discount. For children 17 years old and under, we need a copy of passport for the reservation.

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