Salkantay Trek Peru (3 Days) – Salkantay Trekking

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Salkantay Trekking Details
Salkantay Trek Peru

The three days Salkantay Trekking also known as the short Salkantay Trek Peru is the best alternative to the classic Salkantay Trek. This is ideal for those wanting to experience the best of the esteemed trek in a short time. 

Salkantay Trek is recognised as one of the best 25 treks in the world by National Geographic Travel Magazine. On this three days trek, you will cover 48 kilometres in two days and the third day is dedicated to the iconic citadel of Incas, Machu Picchu. 

With jaw dropping sights at every turn the trek compliments its trekkers with a varied landscape. The experience begins close to the snow capped Andean peak and takes you through many colourful lagoons with a sight of highland valley down to the cloud forest. 

This is a high altitude trek, the highest point is the Salkantay Pass at 4650 metres above sea level. We highly recommend you to spend at least four days in Cusco to acclimatise before the trek to avoid altitude sickness

Why Encuentros Peru Adventure?

On any treks or hikes with us, the one thing that will stand out is our passion for outdoors. We only employ certified local travel experts as guides. They have extensive knowledge and are passionate about the history of Incas. You will be having a fun-filled, safe and a memorable experience with us. 

On all tours, safety is of an utmost importance to us. We operate tours in small groups. This would let our guide be focused and explain things efficiently. Do check out our reviews on Tripadvisor.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

06:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Pre trek briefing
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Transport from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the trek in private car
  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu (Huayna Picchu $15 extra) and Salkantay trek (if charged)
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 6 people)
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks
  • Basic foam mattress
  • Toilet tent
  • Toilet paper, pack-in &pack out
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7 kg/15lbs per person)
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower
  • Tents for our staff to sleep in
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
  • Train or equivalent luggage from Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket (Expedition service) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a basic hotel
  • One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
  • Meals (optional vegetarian food).
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
  • Celebratory dinner in Aguas Calientes

Price Excludes

  • Dinner on the last night
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain an additional fee of US $16 per personal applies Breakfast on the first morning
  • Entrance to the thermal springs
  • Sleeping bags – If you haven’t got a sleeping bag or you don’t want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire
  • Any Private Expenses

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
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to take a bath in the hot springs)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original passport
Salkantay Trekking

Day 1Cusco - Soraypampa - Chaullay

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco quite early in the morning. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you for three and a half hours to Soraypampa. This is the starting point of the three days of Salkantay Trek Peru.

On our way to Soraypampa, we will be having a brief stop in Mollepata. It is the last major town. Here you can buy some last minute essentials that you may need during the three days. 

At Soraypampa, we will be meeting the rest of our crew (muleteers and chefs). While we arrange your duffle bags and camping equipment, our chef will serve you a freshly prepared breakfast. 

Salkantay Trek Peru:

After the breakfast, we will begin the Salkantay Trekking adventure with a gradual uphill climb to the highest point of the trek, Salkantay Pass. We will be covering the distance of seven kilometres in three hours. 

This segment of the Salkantay Trek is somewhat challenging, but the enchanting views of the Peruvian highlands and mighty Salkantay Mountain would make up to it. 

We will have a brief stop in the pass to immerse in the beauty and serenity of nature. You will have a panoramic view of the valley which is simply out worldly. Once you have had your fill of this pristine sight, we will start hiking down the hill to our lunch spot. 

After relishing an authentic Peruvian meal for lunch, we will continue the trek for three hours from Andes to Amazon. On this segment, you will witness a noticeable change in temperature and landscapes.

We will have many stops on this three hours Salkantay Trekking. Our guide will be explaining the use of many different medicinal plants that we will encounter along the way. Our chef will serve you a mouthwatering meal for dinner at our campsite in Chaullay where we will spend the night. 

Day 2Chaullay - Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes

We will be waking you up to a freshly brewed cup of Peruvian coffee or tea. This will be followed by breakfast. We will be leaving the campsite at 0600 AM. The second day begins with a trek to La Playa. 

You will be passing through many beautiful sights on this route. This includes Avocado, coffee and orchid plantations, waterfalls and rivers. We will be hiking to Colpapampa, also known as the brow of the cloud forest. 

Here you will be able to see many Andean farmers. On our way, we will also spot the Peruvian national bird, the cock of the rock. 

At La Playa, we will be serving you lunch. After lunch, we will bid goodbye to our crew as we will be embarking on a road trip to Santa Teresa and onward to Hidro Electrica. 

From Hidro Electrica, you will be walking along the railway lines to Aguas Calientes. This is the same route, Hiram Bingham III, the renowned American professor took when he rediscovered Machu Picchu. 

At Aguas Calientes, we will be accommodating you in an ensuite room. The small town is popular for hot springs, so you can spend your evening soaking in the fresh waters. At 0700 PM, our guide will be meeting you at the hotel to explain the following days itinerary. We will then serve dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will be leaving from the hotel quite early in the morning. The hotel crew will be handing over a snack box. Then you will be boarding the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. It is a 25 minutes ride up the hill. 

Our guide will be meeting you at the entrance of the citadel. Once inside, we will give you a detailed two hours tour. You will be visiting many iconic sites like the main soiree, the ceremonial centre, remains of Inca temples and more. 

After the tour of Inca ruins, 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 entrance. 

Alternatively, you can hike to the sun gate. It requires no prior booking and offers a stunning view of Machu Picchu. This view is exclusive at sunrise to those on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

We will then be taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here you will be boarding the train to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will be meeting you at the train station and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco. We will be reaching Cusco at around 09:00 PM.

Salkantay Trekking
Salkantay Trekking

When is the best time to hike Salkantay Trek?

It is ideal to hike Salkantay Trek during dry season which is from April to November. During the wet season, which is from December and March, the Salkantay trail gets slippery and also has a risk of landslides.

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Derek Dickinson

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A fantastic experience, this trip was a nice short trek to Machu Picchu with a lot of sights enroute. Jose Luis is a very good guide and his knowledge and interest is impressive.

December 4, 2019
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