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Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu (Glamping)
4 Days and 3 Nights

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Locations Visited

Locations Visited:

Salkantay Mountain, Llactapata, Hot Spring and Machu Picchu

Starting Altitude

Starting Altitude:

3850 masl = 12631 Feet

Highest Point

Highest Point:

4630 masl = 15190 Feet



Up to 16 Pax Maximum

Physical Grading

Physical Grading:


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The trek from Salkantay to Machu Picchu 5 days, is the best alternative option to the Inca Trail, the famous Salkantay Trek (or Salkantay Trek), was named among the 25 best Treks in the world, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. It is a walk open to all, without limitations of spaces or permits (at least for now). An ancient and remote path located in the same region as the Inca Trail with snowy mountains and lush tropical forests, located northwest of the city of Cusco by the Vilcabamba Mountain Range and rising to 6271 masl. Salkantay is an outstanding mountain covered by snow turning it into a glacier and is adored for thousands of years by local people, Salkantay is a Quechua word that means (wild mountain). Local Trekkers Peru, offers you the best staff (guides, cooks and porters), and the best camping equipment that will make this experience an unforgettable memory.

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days and 3 nights Glamping - Local Trekkers Peru - Local Trekkers Peru


We are going to pick you up from your hotel from 4:30 to 5:00 am in the morning and then we will be travelling in our private transport for about 3 hours aprox. The first breakfast is not included in the price so you can order this breakfast in a local restaurant in Mollepata so in that way you can support loca bussinesses, after that we take again the private transport for 20 minuts more until Challacancha where is going to start our trek. Is in this place where we are going to meet our horseman and his horses, who will be in charge of transporting our food and camping equipment. Then we have to walk for about 4 hours until to get Soraypampa where we will have lunch with a panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay; 4120 masl/13500 feet and Salkantay; 6271 masl /20575 feet) it is also in Soraypampa where it is going to be our first campsite (3800 masl/11750 feet; the highest and coldest campsite of the trek) during the night time the temperatura can drop down until Minus 5 degrees centigrade (Below Zero). Taking in the beautiful landscape along the way we will walk up toward the beautiful Humantay lake by the afternoon which takes 1 hora 30 min. to go and 1 hour To come back to Soraypampa our first Campsite.

NOTE: THIS DAY WE WILL SLEEP IN OUR LUXURY DOMES (see the photo for reference)


  • Walking distance: 12 km = 7,4 miles
  • Walking hours: 4 hours
  • Initial Altitude: Challacancha = 3700 masl = 12139 feet.
  • Highest Point: 4200 masl = 13779 feet. (Humantay Lake)
  • Campsite Altitude: Soraypampa = 3800 masl = 12467 feet.
  • Place to Visit: Humantay Lake.
  • Physical Grading: 3/5
  • Weather: Cold

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days and 3 nights Glamping - Local Trekkers Peru - Local Trekkers Peru


We will have breakfast around 5:30 am. To begin our trek to the highest pass of this hike (4630 masl). Located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left in this step, the views of the 2 snowy mountains are incredible. There is the possibility that we have a snow rain here (during the rainy season between the months of November to February only). Approximately 4 hours are needed. uphill to reach Salkantay Pass, where your guide will perform an Andean ceremony to thank the Pachamama (Mother Earth). Then we will have time to take pictures and rest, Then we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracmachay, where we will have lunch. Then we will continue walking downhill in the direction of the jungle, where we can see a small stream, waterfalls, parrots, parakeets, hummingbirds and orchids until we reach our second camp, chaullay (2900 masl / 9514 feet).

NOTE: THIS DAY WE WILL SLEEP IN STANDARD DOMES (see the photo  for reference)


  • Walking distance: 21km = 13 miles
  • Walking hours: 9 to 10 hours
  • Initial Altitude: Soraypampa = 3800 masl = 12467 feet.
  • Highest Point: Salkantay Pass = 4630 masl = 15190 feet.
  • Campsite Altitude: Chaullay = 2900 masl = 9514 feet.
  • Place to Visit: Huayracmachay, Rayanniyoc, chaullay.
  • Physical Grading: 4/5
  • Weather: Cold in the morning, moderate fresh in the campsite

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days and 3 nights Glamping - Local Trekkers Peru - Local Trekkers Peru


After breakfast, at 6:00 am, we start trekking down for the day through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of little Brooks. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls also we can enjoy of tropical fruits and plants such as palms and orchids and as so on, untilto reach Playa Sahuayacco walking about 5 to 6 hours, from where we Will take a local transportation to go to Hidroelectrica train station, where we Will have lunch. Then we will continue walking, passing a variety of crop plantations, coca, banana, we will walk approximately two and a half hours along the train rail until we reach the town of Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hotel. In Aguas Calientes we will have dinner at a local restaurant, where you will have an informative meeting with your guide about the visit to Machu Picchu the next morning.

NOTE: THIS DAY WE WILL SLEEP IN LUXURY DOMES (see the photo  for reference)


  • Walking distance: 16km = 9,9 miles
  • Walking hours: 5 to 6 hours
  • Initial Altitude: Chaullay = 2900 masl = 9514 feet.
  • Highest Point: Chaullay = 2900 masl = 9514 feet.
  • Sleeping point: Aguas Calientes = 2050 masl = 6725 feet.
  • Place to Visit: Hotspring of Aguas Calientes.
  • Physical Grading: 3/5
  • Weather: Warm and Humid.

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days and 3 nights Glamping - Local Trekkers Peru - Local Trekkers Peru


We wake up early morning about 4:00 to 4:30 am to have breakfast and start walking up to Machu Picchu which takes one and half hours up to Machu Picchu but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 am to Machu Picchu (25-minutes long) (this is not included in the price it cost 12 dollars bus up and 12 dollars bus down so in both cases you will arrive at 6 am in the morning to Machu Picchu , Machu Picchu gets open at 6 am so you will get in and you will have the opportunity of experience the Sun Rise in Machu Picchu, a Guided tour (approximately 2 hours and 30 Minutes) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720 masl/8890 feet). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top. Also if for Huaynapicchu there are not available spaces you can also climb the Mountain Machu Picchu which takes 1h 30 minuts to get to the top (you need to le tus know in advance if you want to clim up one of those Mountains). After experiencing the grandeur of Machu Picchu you need to go back to Aguas Calientes to take lunch (optional) then you need to go to the station train to go back to Ollantaytambo then to Cusco. About the train, we will provide you the touristic class train, the train departure times can be in between 2:55 pm to 9:50 pm. it depends of the availability of the spaces. Once at Ollantaytambo station our driver will be waiting for you with your names on a sheet of paper, this person will take you back to Cusco. Departure times of the trains will be provided according to the availability of spaces. Note: If you have a tight budget, do not worry you can get this trek at a more comfortable price for your pocket, but in this case you will return to Cusco from Hydroelectrica by bus Instead of the train.


  • Machupicchu Altitude: 2050 masl = 6725 feet.
  • Highest Point: 2430 masl = 7972 feet.
  • Place to Visit: Machu Picchu, Huaynapicchu, Mountain Machu Picchu which takes 1h 15 minuts to get to the top (you need to le tus know in advance if you want to clim up one of those Mountains).
  • Physical Grading: 2/5
  • Weather: Humid and Hot.
  • Meal Included: Breakfast in the Hotel.

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days and 3 nights Glamping - Local Trekkers Peru - Local Trekkers Peru


  • Bilingual and certified Tour Guide
  • A briefing about the trek with your guide the day before
  • Pick up from your accommodation in Cusco
  • Private transportation to go to the Trail Head
  • Andean ceremony, offering to the mother earth on the Salkantay Pass
  • 1 Bus up from Aguas Calientes to MachuPicchu
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu
  • Guided Tour in MachuPicchu
  • 1 nights in Luxury Domes, 1 night in standard Dome, 1 night in a Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • A duffel bag where you can put inside 07 kilos from your personal stuff including your sleeping bag (it will be carry by the horses or mules until Hidroelectrica)
  • Pick up from Hidroelectrica to back to Cusco, transports leaves in between 14h00 to 14h30 (Returning by bus)
  • Train ticket to Ollantaytambo (if you book this trek returning by Train)
  • Pick up from Ollantaytambo to back to Cusco (If you book this trek returning by Train)
  • Confortable Mattresses in each dome
  • 3 Meals per day during the trek (food served in a buffet style)
  • Professional Cook
  • Availability of meals to your preference (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, pesquetarian, etc)
  • First Aid Kit, with Oxigen ballon.
  • A Survivor T – shirt, for each member of the group

Doesn’t includes:

  • Transport to go from Playa Sahuayaco to Hidroelectrica (30 S/)
  • Entrance fees to Waynapicchu Mountain or Mountain Machu Picchu. (it has an extra cost of 60 dollars per person) If you want to visit one of these mountain and back  to Cusco by bus from Hidroelectrica you have to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes or take the train to back to Cusco the same 4th day. This to have enough time to visit MachuPicchu and one of these mountains.
  • Sleeping bags (you can rent from us which cost 20 dollars for a professional one, which can support until -15 degrees celcius or 5 degrees farenheit)
  • Walking sticks (you can rent from us which cost 20 dollars for a professional black diamond pair)
  • Mineral Water (you can buy bottle of mineral water in every campsite)
  • First Breakfast and last lunch and dinner
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Pichu (Round trip bus cost 24 dollars but just one way cost 12 dollars)
  • Tips for the team (Is not obligatory but if you wish to do it, it will be welcome)
  • Original Passport
  • A valid student card if you book this trek as student (25 years old as máximum)
  • Travel Insurance card (This is just a recommendation)
  • Day Pack
  • Rain coat or Rain Poncho
  • Cold Clothes (For the first and Second day)
  • Trekking shirts and trekking pants
  • Waterproof hiking shoes
  • Bottle of Water
  • Flash Light
  • Toilet Paper
  • Sun Block
  • Sun Glasses
  • Caps or Hats
  • Gloves (for the first and second day)
  • Insect Repellent (30% DEET Recommended)
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Walking sticks
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Extra money especially in soles to buy thing along the trek


  • 405 USD ADULT
  • 475 USD ADULT

To have a student price you have to comply with the following rules of the Peruvian government since we get the discount at the time of buying the Machu Picchu tickets from the Peruvian government. The Peruvian Government has 02 rates for foreigners that are ADULT / STUDENT.


The student card must be an original student ID given from the university in PVC material. It must have been printed on the cardUniversity Information, Student name It must have a valid expiration date / valid only for one year if you visit Machu Picchu in 2022 the expiration date must be 2022 or 2023 If is more of that this is not Valid, Discount for students, not more than 25 years old

ISIC cards are not valid for the discount

If you meet these requirements, send us a photo of your student ID to this email at the time that you are booking the tour to buy tour Machu Picchu tickets as a student: info@localtrekkersperu.com

If you do not meet the requirements, it is better to buy the trek as an adult because if you buy your Machu Picchu tickets with the student rate without meeting the requirements, they will not let you enter the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu for not meeting the requirements. that the Peruvian government requires since Machu Picchu is administered by the Peruvian government.


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