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
  • Duffel Bag
  • 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
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Food: *3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 3 dinners
  • Daily Tea Time
  • 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 with hot shower facility
  • 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)

Recommended To Carry

  • Travel Insurance
  • 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)

Day 1Cusco - Mollepata - Sorayapampa

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 0600 AM. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you Mollepata. It is a remote Andean town at 2,800 metres above sea level. Here we will be stopping for breakfast. Then we will be driving further to our trailhead in Sayllapata at 3,200 metres. 

We will be meeting our crew (muleteers and porters) here. We will be loading your duffle bags on mules while your guide will be giving you a short briefing. Then we will start hiking for two hours through some remote Andean communities of Cruzpata and Challacancha.

At Soraypampa we will be stopping for lunch. Then we will continue hiking for four more hours to our campsite.

Day 2Arrayanniyoq - Chaullay - Collpampa

We will begin the second day of the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu by hiking to the highest point of the trek, Salkantay Pass at 4600 metres above sea level. You will get a panoramic view of the valley below from here. You will also get a closer sight of the Andean sacred peak, Apu Salkantay. 

Then we will hike for three hours along the Mount. Humantay and Huayanay. You will also get to see many remote lakes. We will be stopping for lunch at our campsite in Huayracmachay which is at 3700 metres above sea level. 

After lunch, we will be hiking for three more hours to our campsite in Collapampa.

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

After breakfast, we will be leaving the campsite at 0800 AM. Then we will be hiking for 20 minutes to Lucmabamba. We will be hiking on the Llactapata Inca Trail. We will stop for lunch in HidroElectrica. 

Then we will be hiking for three hours along the railway tracks to Aguas Calientes. Here we will be accommodating you in an ensuite hotel room. As you will have the evening to yourself, you can simply explore the town or take a dip in the hot springs after which the town derives its name. 

Our guide will be meeting you later that night to explain the following day’s itinerary.

Day 4Machu Picchu - Cusco

over a snack box. Then you will be taking a bus to Machu Picchu Citadel. It is a 20 minutes ride. Once at the entrance of the citadel, our guide will be meeting you and will assist you in entering the citadel. 

We will then give you a two hours guided tour of the citadel. On this tour, you will be visiting many places like the main plaza, ceremonial centre, remains of Inca temples and more. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. 

If you have booked to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will direct you to the respective entrance. Alternatively, you can hike to Sun Gate. It offers a panoramic view of the citadel. 

After the tour, you will be taking the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. You will then be boarding the train to Ollantaytambo train station. Here, our representative will be meeting you and will transfer you to Cusco. We will be reaching Cusco at around 09:00 PM.

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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
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