4-Day Salcantay trek to Machu Picchu

Just as its name says in Quechua words, Salcantay is a “Wild or Savage Mountain”, an outstanding snow- capped mountain of 20551 f/6264m worshiped for thousands of years by ancient Peruvians. The trek around this mountain is rated among the best trekking trips in the world because of the exquisite beauty of its natural surroundings that includes different ecological areas from rugged mountain and high desert terrain to the Andean tropical rain forest passing through the Salcantay glacier. The journey is conducted by experienced guides that will make your trip pleasant and safe. Our service includes native staff, excellent camping equipment, balanced and delicious meals. This Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is the perfect choice for those travelers looking into really connect with nature and maybe reconnect with themselves!

We strongly recommend a proper acclimatization.

Why to choose Culturandes Travel & Adventure for this 4-Day Salcantay trek to Machu Picchu?

Are you ready to discover an Andean paradise with this 4-day trek, rated among the best in the world by the hand of Culturandes Travel & Adventure expert staff and experienced guides?
We offer you:

  • Reliable and top services
  • Certified Peruvian tour operator
  • Safe transportation according the highest standards
  • Professional drivers
  • Excellent camping equipment
  • Balanced meals during the trek
  • Detailed and personal pre-departure information
  • 24 hours support during your trip
  • Excellent local official English/Spanish guides who will turn out the star of your trip

We are experts in private and customized tours all around Peru, ask our expert travel advisors to upgrade your experience with additional activities and extensions. Contact us.


This is a question we must all ask ourselves before planning a trip. The answer depends a lot on the age, the particular interests of each person but above all on the economy of each passenger. Being in a group of 15/20 people with different interests will probably mean that some of them will want to make shopping without stopping on a souvenir market while others with 10 minutes will have enough, and although there is a schedule for each activity there always exist the person who arrives some minutes late running, causing a loss of your precious vacation time, at the end of the day. Besides, the local official guide of the group will guide in both, English/Spanish languages, will has a strict stipulated itinerary and will be available for the 15/20 people at the same time. The main advantage of this service is the affordable price.

On the other side, with the private services you will have a very accommodate driver (if this is the case) who will make the necessary stops where you indicate and for the time you will considerer convenient in each place and a local official guide who will guide in your own language (when possible, if not just in one language, most of the times English) and who will perfectly know your particular interests to make of your trip a very personal experience, without losing time in places that are not of your interest. The main advantage of a private tour is that you use your vacation time more efficiently, learn more about the country and have all the attention of your guide, no doubt a “must” for the demanding client. If you have 5 or more people in the group, we recommend you take the private services as the price gets very close to that of the group services

We urge you to get in touch with us so we can design your trip to Peru together, probably combining some excursions in private and some in group services. Our team of experienced voyagers knows what it means to plan a trip of a lifetime as well as the investment that implies, therefore, we want everything to go perfect.

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  • Active Tour
  • Archaeological
  • Nature
  • Trekking

  • Chaullay
  • Cusco
  • Hidroelectrica
  • La playa
  • Machu Picchu
  • Salcantay
  • Salkantay
  • Soraypampa

  • Moderate to Challenging

  • 4days

  • March to December


  • Discover the trek named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.

  • Reach the Mt. Salkantay which is an outstanding glacier-capped summit worshipped for thousands of years by ancient Peruvians
  • If you need an Off the beaten path to get to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and an alternative route with more spectacular views, this Salcantay Inca trail is perfect for you.


  • Remain astonished by a place where the legend of the past is so vividly present while you discovered the Incas civilization best-kept secret
  • Climb Huayna Picchu or walk to the Sun Gate to sample breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding area


Lunch, dinner

The journey for this 4-Day Salcantay trek to Machu Picchu, begins with a transfer from your hotel to travel through the Andes until reaching Mollepata village (9,196f/2,803m) where you can gear up on last minute supplies or anything you may have forgotten back in town (water, rain poncho, bug spray, etc.). You will then continue to Challacancha (12,139f/3700m) where you will meet your horsemen and start the Trekking.

During this first day you will walk on the road that runs all the way to Soraypampa (12,795f/3900m). After having lunch, you will begin to hike up to Humantay Lake (13,779f/4,200m). This hike will be approximately 1.5 hours (1.25 m/2 km) and will take you to the skirts of Humantay Mountain where the beautiful, crystalline-blue waters of the Humantay Lake lay. After breathing in the beauty of such magical place, you will begin making your way back down until to the camp site of Soraypampa.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner
Maximun altitude: 13,779ft/4,200m
Minimun altitude: 9,196ft/2,803m
Walking distance: 13km/8.07ml
Approximate walking time:  6 to 7 hours


Breakfast, lunch, dinner

This second day is far away the hardest of this trek,as you will ascent to the Salkantay Pass (15,256f/4,650m). The climb to the pass takes anywhere from 4-5 hours (7.4m/12km), and it is a fairly steep grind of narrow switchbacks and steady uphills until the rock structures of the pass, finally come into view. Though the air is thin and the trail is steep, anyone who is fairly physically fit and acclimated to the altitude can make it over the pass. (Optional horse rental available to reach high pass)

Once having crossed the pass it is the start of a long path downhill to Chaullay (9,514ft/2900m) there are various small villages scattered amongst the plains, and it is incredible to think that there are a handful of local people who live permanently so far removed from modern society.  The trail weaves its way down the flank of the mountain and parallels to the Salkantay river that grows exponentially as you make your way down the valley, finally making it an hour or so before sunset we arrive to the Chaullay village. The camping here is ready.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Maximum altitude: 15,256 ft/4,650m
Minimun altitude: 9,514ft/2900m
Walking distance: 17km/10.56ml
Approximate walking time: 8 to 9 hours


Breakfast, lunch, dinner

You will begin this day descending from the village of Chaullay (9,514ft/2900m) to La Playa (6,771ft/2,064m/) and during this traverse is when you will notice the singular change from the Andes mountains down into the upper jungle region.  You will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, river crossing across bridges constructed from simple tree logs and branches, tropical fruits and plants before stopping for lunch.

After a well deserve lunch and rest, you will say goodbye to the donkeys and horse herders that will go back to Soraypampa and you will head to Hidrolectrica train station (6200f/1890m) by car.  From here you will have two options to choose, if you are exhausted you may take the train to Machu Picchu village (for an additional price) but if you still have the energy, you may walk for about three hours along the train track. If you choose to walk you will be rewarded with the visit of a sacred ceremonial site, the Intihuatana, that according to history, this Inca stone used to work along with the famous sun dial rock that is located in Machu Picchu, during the winter solstice, which was the beginning of a new farming season for the Incas.  You will finally reach Machu Picchu village and you will head to your hotel (hotel not included).  This night you will share a dinner with your group and guide as he briefs you on the next day’s plans before going to rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Maximun altitude: 9,514ft/2900m
Minimun altitude: 6200ft/1890m
Walking distance: 10.56 m/17 km
Approximate walking time: 6 to 7 hours


When, in 1911, the American archaeologist and historian Hiram Bingham discovered “The Lost City of the Inca Empire”, he could not imagine that he had reached the most enigmatic Inca ruins, one of the most spectacular and overwhelming places on earth that still conserves its mystery, charm and mystical appeal, despite its enormous popularity, even more so after having been designated one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Exploring the place continues to be an exciting experience, especially at dawn, when the scenic rays of light extend over the Andean peaks. At the indicated time you will approach the station to board the bus that goes up to the citadel. After the guided tour, you will descend from the archaeological zone to the station, and embark on the train Expedition which will meander slowly through the Andean landscape until you reach Ollantaytambo train station, where you will be transferred to the vehicle that will take you back to Cusco.

Maximun altitude: 7873f/2400m
Minimun altitude: 6,692f/2,040m
Walking distance:  0.93 m/1.50km
Approximate walking time: 2 hours


  • If you do want to see the beautiful scenery and ancient buildings of Machu Picchu, book your trip early. The Peruvian Government has placed a limit on the number of people allowed to hike the trails of the citadel per day and entrances tend to book up quickly.
  • For those who want to hike the Huayna Picchu mountain reservations has to be made well in advance, as the local authorities just allow 400 persons per day in two shifts of 200 persons each one (there is an additional to pay for this entrance).

Ask our expert travel advisors to complete your trip with an extension to the impressive Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, the mysterious Nazca lines, the enigmatic jungle or the Kingdom of the Chachapoyas.


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