Login

Sign Up

After creating an account, you'll be able to track your payment status, track the confirmation and you can also rate the tour after you finished the tour.
Username*
Password*
Confirm Password*
First Name*
Last Name*
Email*
Phone*
Country*
* Creating an account means you're okay with our Terms of Service and Privacy Statement.

Already a member?

Login

Login

Sign Up

After creating an account, you'll be able to track your payment status, track the confirmation and you can also rate the tour after you finished the tour.
Username*
Password*
Confirm Password*
First Name*
Last Name*
Email*
Phone*
Country*
* Creating an account means you're okay with our Terms of Service and Privacy Statement.

Already a member?

Login

Salkantay Trail 4D

(1 Review)
Price
From$985
Price
From$985
Full Name*
Email Address*
Your Enquiry*
Save To Wish List

Adding item to wishlist requires an account

4686

Why Book With Us?

  • High quality, personalized experience from start to finish
  • Unique, off-the-beaten track routes
  • Experienced staff
  • Verified sustainability practices
  • $20 of every trek donated to Threads of Peru

Threads of Peru

Martina Puma Ccama – Chaullacocha

Handy in the Andes


handy in the andes

  • Want to give back while on vacation? Do some good while having a blast and join us on one of our Clean Up Treks!                                                                                                  Read More

 


Have a Question?

Fill out the inquiry form on this page, or get in touch. We’re always here to help!


Contact Us

 

4 Days / 3 Nights
Availability : We depart any day with 2 people; not recommended Dec-Mar.
Soraypampa
Machu Picchu
Difficulty : ★★★★ Challenging
Adventure : ★★★ Getting off the beaten path
Solitude : ★★ Popular
Min Age : 10
Max People : 12
ALTITUDE
0
m
DISTANCE
0
Km
TIME
0
days
AVG DAILY HIKE
7
h per day

Photos

Description - Salkantay Trail 4 days

If you are a fit, well-acclimatized trekker looking for a major physical challenge, then this 4-day Salkantay Trail is the trek for you! This itinerary follows the Classic Salkantay Trail at a faster pace, making for long, challenging days of hiking. With an option to relax on Day 3 or go for some thrill-seeking adventure, spend Day 4 of the Salkantay Trail exploring the incredible and unparalleled Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca citadel rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.

What to Expect on the 4D Salkantay Trail

Incredible mountain vistas, a changing and varied landscape, and a widely ranging altitude and climate. The 4-day Salkantay Trail is a difficult hike done in a shorter amount of time, with the chance to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Andes, and end up at Machu Picchu.

Price

Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people

$1790

4-6 people

$1099

7-8 people

$1015

9-12 people

$985

Details

What is Included?

  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of the 4D Salkantay Trail trek departure
  • Private transport from Cusco to the Salkantay Trail trailhead and return at the end of the trek
  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu and Salkantay Trek
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide, plus an assistant guide for groups over 8
  • Tent: 2 people in a 4-person tent, allowing for greater comfort and backpack storage!
  • Basic foam mattress. If you require greater comfort during the trek we can rent you an inflatable mattress. See Optional Extras & Upgrades below.
  • Cook and cooking equipment, plus assistants for larger groups.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary. Our professional cooks prepare a combination of traditional Peruvian and Western cuisine. Talk to your guide if you have certain preferences! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. When served, salads are washed in boiled water.
  • Toilet tent
  • Horses and horsemen, who carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7kg/15lbs per person).
  • 1 emergency horse which you can ride if you are feeling ill or if you are a little slower
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs, and kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
  • Tents, sleeping bags and mattresses for our staff to sleep in, plus a budget for their meals
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket from Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket (Expedition service) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Celebratory dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Lunch on the last day.
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a Standard Hotel. This will be a nice, clean and safe 3-star hotel with breakfast included and private bathroom. You can also upgrade to a higher quality hotel.

What is Not Included?

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Entrance to the Aguas Calientes hot springs
  • Entrance to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Sleeping bags. Available for rent if you don’t have one with you.
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Additional horses for your personal luggage

You Should Bring

  • See What To Bring for our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack for your trek. Note: the temperature varies widely on this trek. Be prepared for all types of weather, and be able to both bundle up and de-layer! For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.

Optional Extras & Upgrades

    We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trek and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.

    • Extra horse to carry luggage exceeding the allowed 7kg (15lbs) per person
    • Extra horse for you to ride, and horseman to lead it
    • Sleeping Bag suitable for -5˚C
    • Deluxe sleeping bag suitable for -15˚C
    • Light-weight aluminum walking stick. Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
    • Thermarest inflatable mattress
    • Thermarest inflatable pillow
    • Single-occupancy tent supplement
    • Comfort Camping Upgrade
    • Aguas Calientes Upgrade
    • Extra Day at Machu Picchu
    • If you’d like to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain , let us know at the time of booking as it requires a separate permit.
    • If you’d like more flexibility in your return travel to Cusco, consider upgrading to the Vistadome train (Executive Class) for an extra $30 per person. This upgrade must be requested at time of booking.

    Important!

    • When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days.
    • Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.
    • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

Available Discounts

  • Students: USD $30 off, in certain circumstances. Please enquire for details about eligibility.
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4 years: Free. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group. This discount does not apply to train fares. Children under 2 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap.
  • 5% off a day tour listed price when you also book a 3-day or longer trek operated by Apus Peru

Trekkers Wanted

    Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone! Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you trek might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
  • The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.
  • Trek conditions vary according to the season. In the dry season the trail can be dusty; in the wet season it can be slippery and muddy. Apus Peru takes no responsibility for trail conditions, as it is directly related to the weather. This is also a highly used trek. The trail is showing signs of degradation.
  • We do not recommend this trek during Dec-Mar, inclusive, because the trail can become slippery and muddy, though this recommendation depends on the actual weather conditions.
  • The Salkantay trail is an adventurous trek and one of the most spectacular, crossing a 4600m pass that in the wet season can be snowed under. That said, the Salkantay trail (also spelled Salcantay trail) is the second most popular hike in the region and can be very crowded: during high season, expect up to 15 groups departing per day; 5 groups per day in low season. If you want a remote trekking experience, consider one of our other treks, such as Ancascocha or Carabaya.
  • The Salkantay trek has wonderful mountain views but little or no interaction with local, Peruvian culture. If you would like to experience traditional culture, consider our Lares to Machu Picchu 4D trek
  • Done in 4 days, the Salkantay Trail trek is tough and should not be attempted by those who do not have some experience in trekking, plus a solid level of fitness!

Ready to Book?

  • Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.

Itinerary

Day 1Cusco – Soraypampa – Huayracmachay

    You’ll enjoy an early breakfast in your hotel, and then we will pick you up and start our morning’s journey by private car. After 2.5-3h, we arrive in Mollepata, the traditional starting point for the Salkantay trek. In Mollepata, we will have the chance to pick up some last-minute snacks and supplies, or have breakfast if you missed it at your hotel! We then continue another 1.5h by car to Soraypampa where we will begin to hike, a gentle 2-3h climb until we reach Salkantaypampa. Here we will have lunch very close to Salkantay mountain and its glaciers.

    After a nice rest, we will climb steeply for about 2.5-3h to the Salkantay Pass where we can make a traditional offering to the apu (mountain deity). Coming in at an impressive 4600m (13,451 ft), this is the highest point we will reach on our trip. After marvelling at our achievement, we descend 2-3h to our campsite at Huayramachay or Andenes.

    Total Walking Distance – 15km
    Total Walking Time – 6-7h
    Minimum Altitude – 3800m / 12,467ft / Maximum Altitude – 4600m / 15,091 ft
    Altitude of camp – 4000m / 13,123ft
    Approx. night temperature – -1°C

Day 2Huayracmachay – Arrayanniyoc – Challhuay – La Playa

    After a good night’s rest, we start our hike today with a steep, one hour climb along a narrow path to Unuyoc where we will have incredible views of the Santa Teresa River Valley below. From here, we descend another hour to the Unuyoc campsite and then on to Wiñaypocco where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, the landscape will change dramatically right before our eyes as we descend through the “eyebrows of the jungle”. From here on, we descend gently for 3h to the small high jungle village of La Playa, where we will spend the night.

    We have a number of camping options tonight that you will decide upon as a group, in discussion with your guide. Options include La Playa and Santa Teresa (both popular campsites which can be crowded and known for parties); Lucmabamba (a great option to get away from the crowds); and Cola de Mono (a great option if you plan to do the Cola de Mono zipline on Day 4).

    You can also choose to spend the night in a homestay in Lucmabamba! Spend the night with a local coffee-growing family and enjoy a hot shower and a comfortable bed! There is an extra cost for this option. Read more about our homestay options here.

    Total Walking Distance – 17km (camping at La Playa)
    Total Walking Time – 5-6h
    Minimum Altitude – 4000m / 13,123ft / Maximum Altitude –
    Altitude of camp –
    Approx. night temperature –

Day 3Santa Teresa Activities – Aguas Calientes

    Tonnes of great options today for the adventurous! You will pick your option as a group, either at your briefing or on the trail. Note that this will not be a wilderness experience, and you can expect to encounter other people no matter what you do.

    Options

    1. Relax & Unwind
    This morning, we travel by vehicle to the busy Santa Teresa campsite where you will have some free time and a chance to visit the nearby Colcamayu hot springs. Then we will travel to the impressive Machu Picchu Hydroelectric Station where we will have lunch and visit another Inca ruin. After this, we will walk for another 2.5 hours along the train tracks to arrive at the village of Aguas Calientes. Here, enjoy a celebratory dinner with your group before turning in at your standard Aguas Calientes hotel. Aguas Calientes Hotel Upgrades available.

    2. For the Adventurous 
    We leave early and climb for about three hours through the jungle before descending to the interesting, but largely covered ruins of Llactapacta. Don’t let your guide talk you out of this! Yes, it’s a three hour climb, but it is also a very interesting introduction to Machu Picchu!

    Originally discovered by Hiram Bingham at the same time that he discovered Machu Picchu, modern day explorers Vincent Lee and Gary Ziegler recently established that these ruins are much bigger and more important than previously thought. From here we have our first view of Machu Picchu, in the saddle of the mountain opposite.

    We descend very steeply on a muddy track for two hours to the impressive Machu Picchu Hydroelectric Station. After this, we will walk for another 2.5 hours along the train tracks to arrive at the village of Aguas Calientes.

    A soak in the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes is often the perfect respite for aching muscles! Afterward, enjoy a celebratory dinner with your group before turning in at your standard Aguas Calientes hotel. Aguas Calientes Hotel Upgrades available.

    3. Calling All Thrill Seekers!
    Zip along South America’s highest and longest zipline, the Cola de Mono! Note that there is an additional fee to ride the Cola de Mono. After a thrilling morning, we’ll travel to the Machu Picchu Hydroelectric Station before walking for 2.5 hours along the train tracks to arrive at the village of Aguas Calientes.

    A soak in the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes is often the perfect respite for aching muscles! Afterward, enjoy a celebratory dinner with your group before turning in at your standard Aguas Calientes hotel. Aguas Calientes Hotel Upgrades available.

    If you prefer not to walk 2.5h to Aguas Calientes from the Machu Picchu Hydroelectric Station, you also have the option of taking the train (included in your Salkantay Trail trek price).

Day 4Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

    After a very early breakfast at the hotel, we will take the bus up to Machu Picchu in the pre-dawn hours to reach Machu Picchu before the crowds. Your 4h visit to Machu Picchu can be spent exploring some of the alternative routes, like the Inca Bridge, after which your guide will give you a 2-3h walking tour of the historic citadel.

    If you’re feeling adventurous you may wish to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, but take note: this requires an extra permit, and they can sell out well in advance! Be sure to tell us at booking if you would like to add one of these hikes. For more tips on what to see, check out our Visiting Machu Picchu page.

      Want more time to explore? Consider our Extra Day Upgrades.

      After visiting Machu Picchu, you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes (or walk down!). From there, we return to Cusco in the afternoon by the Expedition (tourist class) train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, where our driver will meet us and transfer you directly back to your hotel in Cusco. Total travel time is about 4 hours from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.

1 Review
Sort By:RatingDate

Grant G. from Canada

Couple Traveller

Apus-Peru put together a private, custom 4-day Salkantay trek that other adventure companies wouldn’t. Unbelievable scenery, Inca ruins and didn’t see a single hiker after early morning of day 2!
From the very beginning, our sales representative was super helpful, discussing numerous options, routes and pricing to help me settle on my ultimate itinerary. And when my wife got sick and had to stay in Cusco, she was there to take care of her. They even refunded some of the cost.
My guide was great! Excellent English, very knowledgeable and set the perfect pace for me. Can’t say enough about the food. Lots of it and all wonderful. They even baked a cake for me on the last night!
The equipment was all first rate … new or very-nearly new. I’ve done the Everest Base Camp trek and summited Kilimanjaro, but this was the best team of all. I recommend Apus-Peru unconditionally.

27 June, 2018
error: Content is protected !!