Salkantay and Inka Trail 6D/5N


6 Days/ 5 Night


2430 msnm


74,7 km


Level 3: Moderate

Tour Guide



Inca Trail Treks

Overview – Salkantay and Inka Trail

The Salkantay and Inka Trail Trek is a stunning multi-day journey through the Andes Mountains in Peru. Starting from Mollepata town, it takes you along ancient Inca paths, incorporating segments of the Salkantay and Inka Trail, and culminates with a visit to Machu Picchu – one of the world’s most iconic archaeological sites. Along this trek, travelers will explore some of the region’s most breathtaking landscapes: snow-capped peaks, lush rainforest valleys, glacial lakes, and winding rivers.

On day one, travelers will meet their guide in Cusco before setting off into the Sacred Valley towards Soraypampa town, where they will camp for the night. The following morning they will begin their ascent up to Salkantay Pass at 4500m above sea level—an incredible feat! After summiting Salkantay Pass and admiring its majestic views, hikers then make their descent down to Huayracmachay town.

Then, they will climb to Collpapampa, where they will spend the night. From here on out it’s time for exploration as hikers traverse through cloud forests filled with exotic wildlife before making camp near Santa Teresa hot springs, where they can relax after a long day of hiking.

Travelers reach the quaint town of Aguas Calientes, which signifies a pause in their trekking journey, as access to Machu Picchu from here is typically by train or bus. However, this unique 6-day adventure continues the next day when participants leave Aguas Calientes and travel to KM 104 to embark on the final leg of the renowned Salkantay and Inka Trail. After several hours of hiking, they will reach the Sungate of Machu Picchu, offering their first breathtaking glimpse of the ancient site from a vantage point like no other.

From the Sungate, hikers will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus, where they will spend the night, recharging for their full day visit to Machu Picchu the following morning. This visit provides ample time to explore the stunning architecture and spiritual allure of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, immersing themselves in its beauty and mystery that has enchanted visitors globally for centuries. After a day spent wandering among the awe-inspiring ruins, the group will return to Cusco, carrying with them memories of a lifetime.

Salkantay and Inka Trail

The Majestic Salkantay: Heart of the Andes

Salkantay Mountain, a towering peak in the Vilcabamba range, serves as a stunning backdrop to one of Peru’s most revered pathways, the Salkantay and Inka Trail. Rising to 6,271 meters (20,574 feet), Salkantay is the highest point on the Salkantay and Inka Trail, a route historically and spiritually significant to the people of Cusco and adventure seekers worldwide.

The Salkantay and Inka Trail offers an alternative yet profoundly beautiful approach to Machu Picchu, differing from the more frequented Inca Trail. This route showcases the raw, natural beauty of the Andean landscape, with Salkantay Mountain as its crown jewel. Trekking the Salkantay and Inka Trail provides a unique opportunity to experience the diverse ecosystems of Peru, from lush cloud forests to stark high-altitude terrains.

Historically, Salkantay has been regarded as a sacred mountain, or “Apu,” by local communities. It plays a vital role in Andean cosmology, deeply intertwined with the local culture and traditions surrounding Cusco. The Salkantay and Inka Trail, passing this sacred peak, offers trekkers a spiritual journey through spaces that have been revered for centuries.

Moreover, the Salkantay and Inka Trail serves as a critical economic component for local communities, offering employment and supporting sustainable tourism practices. As travelers explore the Salkantay and Inka Trail, they contribute to the preservation of the cultural and natural heritage that makes the region so special.

The Salkantay and Inka Trail is not just a route but a journey through history, culture, and some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Andes, with Salkantay Mountain standing guard over this timeless trail.

Salkantay and Inka Trail

Why visit Salkantay and the Inka Trail with Andean Trekking Peru?

Andean Trekking Peru, based in the historic city of Cusco, is your premier gateway to unforgettable adventures in the heart of the Andes. Specializing in local exploration, we offer a diverse range of services, including trekking, camping, cultural tours, and expertly guided hikes along the Salkantay and Inka Trail. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing you with a comprehensive and intimate experience of Peru’s breathtaking landscapes, rich culture, and diverse wildlife.

Explore the wonders of the Salkantay and Inka Trail, where the beauty of untouched nature meets the mystique of ancient civilizations. Our tours along the Salkantay and Inka Trail are meticulously designed to ensure a personal and profound connection with the natural and historical treasures of the region. From the rugged trails of the majestic Andes to the spiritual depths of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Andean Trekking Peru promises a journey along the Salkantay and Inka Trail that transcends the ordinary.

Whether you’re venturing on a challenging trek along the Salkantay and Inka Trail or immersing yourself in the cultural heritage of the Sacred Valley, our knowledgeable guides are committed to making your expedition both safe and enriching. With Andean Trekking Peru, embark on the Salkantay and Inka Trail and discover places beyond the reach of the typical traveler, all while ensuring your comfort and safety in the spectacular Andean wilderness.

Departure & Return location

Cusco hotel transfer

Departure Time

6:00 am

Recommended to carry

  • Original passport.
  • Heavy clothes.
  • Hiking poles.
  • Hiking boots.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Mosquito Repellant
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Peruvian soles in cash.
  • Water bottle and snacks.
  • Camera.


  • Cusco hotel transfer.
  • Transportation to the trail head.
  • Camping equipment.
  • Professional chef.
  • Mule and muleteers.
  • Breakfast during the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th days.
  • Lunch during the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th days.
  • Dinner during the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th days.
  • Professional tour guide.
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu citadel.
  • Transportation to Km 104.
  • Round bus trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition train ticket).
  • First aid kit.
  • Hotel in Cusco.
  • Lunch on the 6th day.
  • Dinner on the 6th day.
  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu mountain (optional).
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu mountain (optional).
  • Entrance ticket to Aguas Calientes hot springs (optional).
  • Vistadome train tickets (optional upgrade).
  • Hiram Bingham train tickets (optional upgrade).
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Duffel bags.
  • Any private expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips.

Tour Plan

Day 1 Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa

Around 6:00 am, we will take you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then, we will travel to Mollepata town, located at 2,976 meters (9,763 feet) above sea level. We will stop there to have a light lunch before starting the trek.

Then, we will climb for almost seven hours to the stunning Humantay Lake. After taking in the magnificent view for a while, we will climb to Soraypampa village, which is 3,900 meters (12,795 feet) above sea level.

We will pitch up camp in Soraypampa, eat supper, and stay there the rest of the night. We will have hiked around 16 kilometers on day one (9.94 miles).

Day 2 Soraypampa - Huayracmachay - Collpapampa

After breakfast, we'll depart our campground as soon as possible. Then, we will ascend to the highest point of the whole hike, the Salkantay Mountain Pass. After crossing this point, we will continue on to Huayracmachay and halt there for lunch.

Then, we'll climb to Collpapampa, where we'll set up camp, eat dinner, and spend the remainder of the night. We will have traveled around 22 kilometers on day two (13.7 miles).

Day 3 Collpapampa - Playa Sahuayaco - Santa Teresa

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will depart from our campground. After that, we'll trek to Playa Sahuayaco and eat lunch there. Next, we will hike to Santa Teresa town, which is 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) above sea level.

After getting to Santa Teresa, we'll go to Colcamayo town and visit its well-known hot springs. We will spend some time there before having supper. We will spend the remainder of the night at Santa Teresa. We will have traveled around 16 kilometers on the third day (9.94 miles).

Day 4 Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, we will depart Santa Teresa. Then, we will trek to the Hidroelectrica train station. We will be walking along the railroad lines that link Aguas Calientes with the Sacred Valley. We will stop for lunch once we get to Hydroelectrica.

Then we will hike to Aguas Calientes, a little community that serves as the gateway to Machu Picchu. When we get there, a member from our staff will take you to your hotel room. Following supper, you will have some free time to stroll around the town and check out its well-known hot springs. On the fourth day, we will have traveled around 16 kilometers (9.94 miles).

Day 5 Aguas Calientes - Km 104 - Inti Punku - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

After leaving our hotel in Aguas Calientes, we will go to KM 104, where the trailhead to the Inca Trail is located. Here you'll meet your guide who will give you a brief orientation before starting off on your hike.

Your journey starts with an easy two-hour climb along the banks of the Urubamba river, taking in stunning views of snow-capped mountains and lush green valleys. The terrain is mostly flat, but there are some steep sections that require more effort. As you ascend higher into the Andes, you'll be surrounded by towering peaks and terraced agricultural fields carved into hillsides by ancient civilizations long gone.

Once you reach the Llactapata ruins, you will have lunch while admiring the breathtaking views of the Andean valleys. After lunch, it is  another two hours until reaching Wiñaywayna (2,650m/8,700ft). This archaeological site features spectacular ruins that were once part of an extensive network built by the Inca people over 500 years ago.

Then, we will hike to the famous Inti Punku, a stone building located at the entrance of Machu Picchu. From there, you will be able to get awe-inspiring views of the Inca citadel. Then, we will leave the citadel and take a bus to return to Aguas Calientes. Once we get there, our staff will help you to return to your hotel room.

Day 6 Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

We will leave our hotel early in the morning, after having breakfast. Then, we will board a bus to the Machu Picchu citadel. After clearing the security checkpoints, your complete guided tour of Machu Picchu will start.

Machu Picchu is a 15th century Incan citadel located in the Peruvian Andes. It was built by the Inca Empire, an ancient South American civilization that flourished from 1400 to 1532, and it is one of the most recognizable archaeological sites in the world. The ruins are believed to have been constructed as a royal estate for Emperor Pachacuti around 1450 and served as a spiritual retreat for him and his family. Machu Picchu has become one of Peru’s top tourist attractions due to its stunning mountain views and fascinating history.

The site consists of various terraced hillsides with stone walls, temples, stairways, plazas, fountains, and other structures made out of granite blocks carved without mortar or metal tools. Many believe that Machu Picchu was used primarily as a religious center or pilgrimage destination rather than a fortress or defensive structure since there are no signs of fortifications on its grounds. Additionally, many theories suggest that it may have been part of an elaborate astronomical calendar used by ancient cultures in order to track celestial events such as solstices and equinoxes.

If you have previously purchased a ticket to Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain, our staff will guide you to the respective entrance. After the tour, we will return to Aguas Calientes. Once we get there, you will have free time to have lunch at a local restaurant. The cost of the lunch is not included in the tour price.

In the afternoon, we will board a train to Ollantaytambo town. Once we arrive there, our personnel will transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco, where you will be arriving around 10:00 pm.

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