Salkantay Trek

Trekking Tour

4 days



Cusco │ Mollepata │ Soraypampa │ Salkantay │ Chayllay │ La Playa │ Aguas Calientes │ Machu Picchu │ Cusco


Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa

Very early in the morning you start the tour and leave by bus from Cusco towards the little town of Mollepata (2,900m/9,514ft) where you have time for breakfast before reaching Challacancha (3,550m/11,646ft) where the hike starts. You begin your trek to Soraypampa which is smooth and relaxed with typical landscapes of the Andes valley. After a deserved break, in the afternoon you visit the spectacular glacier lagoon of Humantay (4,270m/14,009ft) where you have a great opportunity to enjoy the surroundings.

Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay – Chayllay

In the morning you start today´s hike with an ascent to the Salkantay Pass (4,650m/15,255ft). During this climb, you enjoy spectacular views of the snowy mountains: Salkantay (6,264m/20,551ft), Humantay (4,270m/14,009ft) and Tucarhuay (4,600m/15,091ft). After spending some time at the Salkantay Pass, you begin the descent down to Huayracmachay (3,860m/12,664ft) where you have lunch. You then continue to the Chaullay campsite (2,850m/9,350ft). Along the route, you observe the new landscape as you enter the part of the jungle also called the “cloud forest”.

Day 3: Challay – La Playa – Cocalmayo – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

This morning you take a 3-hour ride to the thermal springs in Cocalmayo where you have some time to relax in the hot water. Afterward, you continue your ride for another 2 hours to the Hidroeléctrica (1,800m/5,905ft) where you can choose between two options: you can take the train or you can hike the way to Aguas Calientes.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Early in the morning, you take a bus to the citadel of Machu Picchu, where you have a 2 hour guided tour. After finishing the tour, you have free time to explore this magical site on your own. You then descend by bus to Aguas Calientes (2,000m/6,561ft) for lunch and board the train back to Ollantaytambo where our bus is waiting to take you back to your hotel in Cusco (3,400m/11,154ft).