Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights

$ 610 /
per person


The Salkantay trek express is requested among hikers for the humantay lagoon, exclusive campsite to Machu Picchu. Is the best Alternative hike, you will pass the magnificent Salkantay mountain and visit one of the most popular Humantay Lagoon (6271 m / 20569 ft), one of the best high altitude treks with breathtaking scenery of the Peruvian Andes.

Your first two days will be dominated by altitude as you traverse the Andean mountains. Passing through the Salkantay Gorge, the third day descends into the tropical zone where the beauty of the flora and fauna give way to amazing landscapes of the Peruvian jungle brow, until you reach the town of Aguas Calientes. On the fourth day you will have the opportunity to be one of the first to visit Machu Picchu with your local guide. 

This tour is an interesting alternative for those who have not found space on the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. The Salkantay Trek 4 days, was recently named among the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic adventure Travel magazine.

Tour Location: Salkantay Trek Express 4 Days – Cordillera de Vilcabamba ( Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu)
Type of tour: Adventure, history and culture.
Recommended: For those with moderate (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, without a doubt one of the best routes in Cusco, this route is very different from the Salkantay 5 day tour, where we will spend the first night at the foot of the Salkantay mountain.

For more details about the tour, check our itinerary. “We look forward to taking responsibility for your next adventures in Cusco”.

 Itinerary of the Salkantay Trek Express 

Day 1: Cusco – Humantay – salkantay camp

You will be picked up from your hotel in the city of Cusco to go to Soraypamapa, where we will have lunch. We will visit the Humantay lagoon located at 4300 meters above sea level and we will camp in the foothills of the Salkantay mountains, where you can enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by with organic products.

Walking distance: 16 km
Elevation of the camp: 4,200 meters (13,779 feet)
Climate: cold, rainy

  Day 2: salkantay camp – Collpapampa

The second day of the journey will begin with a delicious morning coffee surrounded by the mountains and with a classic Andean breakfast. Then, we will continue with the hike towards the Salkantay pass located 4,650 meters high (15,255 feet). This part of the trek will take about 3 hours, after which we will have a small break where we have lunch. After lunch, we will descend to the second camp located at 2760 meters, we will spend the night there.

Walking distance: 18 km
Camp elevation: 2,770 meters (9,087 feet high)
Climate: Hot, cold at night

  Day 3: Collpapampa – Hidrolectrica – Aguas Calientes

We will get up early in order to get set and prepared for this day’s journey. We will start the day once again by having an Andean breakfast, and then continue with our hike to the hydroelectric power plant. We will pass through forests full of life, and will eventually arrive at our lunch spot for the break, where we will relax and rest for a bit. After this, we continue the hike to Aguas Calientes and settle in a hotel. At this point, we can then have dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy the town.

Walking distance: 16 km
Camp elevation: 2,370 meters (7,742 feet)
Climate: Hot, cold at night.

  Day 4: 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

Important Information Salkantay Trek Express

Getting to Cusco

All international passengers by plane must disembark in Lima and pass through Customs because the airport in Cusco is currently only for local flights. You must pick up your luggage in Lima and then check them back in, even if your trip from there to Cusco is on the same day and with the same airline.

The best way to go to Cusco is by plane, and there are many airlines to choose from. Although LAN generally offers the most options and flights, it is also the most expensive. Be prepared for flight delays or cancellations.


Of course, the weather is erratic. In Cusco, the dry season typically lasts from April through October, but be prepared because it can rain in June or get sunny in December.

Please make sure you have rain gear, including a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves, no matter what month you are taking the journey.

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. Please be ready with a heavy, winter-weight jacket because evenings will always be chilly.


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 there is at sea level, your body must work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Your body becomes accustomed to the lower oxygen content of the air over a period of days at a high altitude.

You could initially experience the illness or a hangover when suffering from altitude sickness. You can get headaches, exhaustion, a loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, and difficulty breathing while exercising. Please get in touch with our office if any of these side effects worsen, and we’ll assist you find a doctor.

These symptoms will typically be slight. 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.

The coca plant’s leaves contain alkaloids that assist your body absorb oxygen and ward off the effects of altitude sickness. A lot of alcohol and caffeine should be avoided.

They will 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.

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.

Luggage Storage:

Your luggage allowance is still restricted owing to railway regulations even if this is an overnight train vacation. To be transported to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu), all bags must fit in a carry-on.

While you trek, you can leave any additional luggage in Cusco at your hotel or with us at the AltitudExperience deposit. On the morning of your tour, we will collect from you and return after you have reached Cusco. Make sure your baggage are identified in some way so they can be found easily.

First Aid:

AltitudExperience guide has completed a physician-led first aid course. Every February, we hold a training session that is required for all ALTITUDE guides. When guiding you, they’ll have oxygen and a first aid pack for common medical emergencies including traveler’s diarrhea and cuts and scrapes.

In the event that anything unforeseen occurs and you feel you are unable to finish the walk, they will plan the fastest and safest route off the trail to a clinic. You won’t ever be on your own; a team member will accompany you at all times until you reach a doctor in a safe location. We’ll make sure you still have the opportunity to see Machu Picchu and get back in touch with your group when you’re feeling up to it.

Environmental Impact

AltitudExperience carries all of our trash back to Cusco and uses biodegradable soap. Our staff are taught to maintain the trail and collect any trash left by other groups. Additionally, we employ chemical portable restrooms that allow us to pack trash out. Leaving no trace is something we highly support.


Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights

$ 610 /

per person

46 km/28 miles
All year
Permit Required
Type of Tour:
History, Adventure

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