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Classic Salkantay trek & Humantay Lake 5D/4N

  • Tour type: 5D/4N Trekking, camping
  • Physical/difficulty: Challenging
  • Temperature: Cold - humid & hot
  • Max altitude: 4,650m./15,367ft.
  • Total distance hiked: 56 km/34.796
  • Good for: Those who love adventure and are in a good shape

The Salkantay 5-days trek is for those who want to discover a new and lesser-trodden trail, or those who find the Inca Trail fully booked (due to restrictions on the number of trekkers allowed), we have a seriously attractive alternative for you: The Salkantay Trek. Though it is nowhere near as well-known as its famous counterpart (the Inca Trail) it is, unquestionably, just as magical. A quiet connection with the nature and the andes mountain range with its crystal clear lakes, Humantay and Salkantay, also hiking around the serene Peruvian cloud forest and to have the opportunity to taste the fresh fruits grown such as; bananas, papayas, avocados, granadillas, etc. we will browse into the coffee bean plantations and learn about this product also pick, roast, grind and to have the experience of brewing your own coffee. you will take a local transportation to the local hot springs of Cocalmayo and relaxing your body after a long hiking. To take the Inca trail to reach to Llactapata Inca site and enjoying the view of Machupicchu far in the distance from another perspective and delve into the world of the Incas. Finally, embarking on the path that an American professor took years ago searching for the lost city of the Incas. Ultimately reach what for many is a top bucket-list destination: Machu Picchu!


Cusco – humantay lake – Salkantay – Cocalmayo hot springs – Llactapata Inca site – Machupicchu


Explore and enjoy the complete Salkantay trek without the usual crowds. 


Day 1Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay lake – Soyrococha

We will pick you up from your hotel at 4 am. in the morning in a private van, after three hours driving we will arrive to ‘Mollepata village’ where we will have the chance to buy energy drinks, snacks or any essential items such as batteries that we may have forgotten. From here we will continue in our van for about 1 hour until ‘Soraypampa’ (around 8 am) where we have our breakfast while enjoying the great views of ‘Humantay glacier’ (5,900m./19,356ft.) and ‘Salkantay’ (6,217m./20,396ft.) Mountain glaciers. Before to leave we will have the chance to organize again our stuff, once we are ready we start to hike for 2 h. gradually uphill to the west toward the ‘Humantay Lake’ (4,200m./13,779) where we stop to enjoy the scenery, then we continue descending along 1 hour until our lunch spot. (average time to stay there 1 pm.). After a delicious lunch we continue hiking gradually uphill to the northeast next to a little stream with the magnificent view of the ‘Salkantay’ or savage glacier in front of us, after 3 hours we reach to ‘Soyrococha’ (4,400m./14,517ft.) which is our campsite. Here we will be around 5 pm. this campsite is great due to its location at the bottom of the ‘Salkantay’. Around 6 pm we will enjoy our tea time, where our chef will surprise us with hot drinks and snacks, then dinner.

Absolutely still the option to enjoy the fascinating Inca constellations in the southern hemisphere sky.

  • Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities.
  • Distance: 10 kms. – 6mi.
  • Average time: 7 hours.
  • Considered: Moderate.
  • Trail condition: Rocky, muddy.
  • Weather: Cold – windy.
  • Campsite altitude: 4,400m./14,517ft.

Day 2Soyrococha – Salkantay pass – Huayracmachay - Collpapampa

Very early morning around 5 am. You will be awakened with a cup of hot coca tea, then again this morning our chef will surprise us with a fabulous breakfast to get energy for this really beautiful day. we will start a steep up ascent for along 1 h. towards the highest pass in whole entire trek, ‘Salkantay Pass’ at 4,650m./15,367ft. Once here a resting time as well time to enjoy the fascinating views of this magnificent glacier, now time to continue towards the Salkantay lake. After we begin to descent for 3 hours through the valley to our lunch spot which is known as ‘Huayracmachay’ at 3,800m/12467ft. (average time to reach here 12 pm.). On this trail well we will enjoy the changeable scenery which it will be turning to green. After lunch we have 4 more hours of downhill, along this trail we will see how the topography of this place is changing the first hour we continue with the astonishment view of the snowcapped peaks, some waterfalls far in the distance and while we are descending through the valley we will see more and more vegetation which means we are entering to the cloud forest, around 5 pm. we will reach to our campsite called ‘Collpapampa’.

  • Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities.
  • Distance: 16 kms. – 9mi.
  • Average time: 7 hours.
  • Considered: Challenging.
  • Trail condition: Rocky, muddy and slippery.
  • Weather: Cold – windy – humid.
  • Campsite altitude: 2,900 m./9514ft.

Day 3Collpapampa – La playa / Sahuayaco – Hot Spring - Lucmabamba

Today after an energetic breakfast we continue descending for 5 more hours to the east through the valley towards Lucmabamba, actually on the way we will enjoy the views of waterfalls, rivers and the lush vegetation with the local fruits such us; Avocados, bananas, granadillas, mangos, passion fruit, etc. around noon We reach to our lunch spot, then after siesta we will have an incredible experience of nature in its purest form, it is a tour in a coffee plantation next to the campsite. We will begin by browsing the fields, with our local guide, learning about the different types of coffee beans, and why not! To prepare our own hot coffee. Around 3 pm. we will take a local transportation to go to bath in the natural hot springs (2 h. round-trip-) at Cocalmayo. Upon our return our trekking chef will surprise us with a lovely dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities.
  • Distance: 14 kms. – 8,700mi.
  • Average time: 5 to 6 hours.
  • Considered: Moderate.
  • Weather: Hot (day) – chilly (night).
  • Campsite altitude: 2,100m./6,8897ft.

Day 4Lucmabamba – Inca trail / Llactapata – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes

After an energetic breakfast we will start to climb uphill toward ‘Punkuyoc pass’ (2,700m./8,858ft.), along the path we will see more local products as well beautiful views of the mountain chain and the green scenery with more products, after almost 4 hours we reach to ‘El mirador’ (a view point at the pass) from here we have a panoramic view of the ‘Vilcabamba mountain range’ as well the first view of Machupicchu archeological park, your guide will share with you the history also he will describe you the topography of this region, then we hike downhill for 30 minutes until ‘Llactapata’ archaeological site, after exploring this place we continue descending for almost 2 hours until ‘Hidroelectrica’ (1,800m./5,900ft.) where we will have our last lunch made by our trekking chef, before continuing with our adventure we will have a small ceremony to say good bye to our chefs. then we hike for 3 more hours until Aguas Calientes through the trail that once Hiram Bingham (American professor) took to rediscover Machupicchu. On arrival at Aguas Calientes around 5 pm we will go directly to your hotel to check-in, dinner will be organized in the finest restaurant.

  • Meals: Breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hotel.
  • Distance: 16 kms. – 9,941mi.
  • Average time hiking: 9 hours.
  • Considered: Moderate.
  • Weather: Hot.
  • Sights: Llactapata Inca site, Machu Picchu.

Day 5Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Ollantaytambo - Cusco

We had 4 unforgettable days. Now! another important day. You will have breakfast in your hotel then we go to take one of the first buses (6 am) to Machupicchu, after 30 minutes by bus we go into Machupicchu archeological park, after passing the control point we immediately go to the Machupicchu classic view point, after taking the first pictures we start to explore Machupicchu! 2 hours of private tour exploring the highlights of the lost city of the Incas, if you have booked Machupicchu mountain or Waynapicchu mountain you will organize of course with your guide (must be arranged ahead of time).

Afterwards again by bus to Aguas Calientes, where your guide will be waiting for you in a local restaurant to enjoy the last lunch (this lunch is not included), you should be 30 minutes in advance at the train station and wait for the departure time, 2 hours by train till Ollantaytambo station then by our private van 2 more hours until Cusco directly to your hotel, (in Cusco we will be around 8 pm.)

  • Considered: The most memorable day!!!
  • Weather: Hot
What to bring?

Essentials for the classic Salkantay trek 5D

  • Original passport. (very important)
  • Valid GREEN ISIC card, (if you booked as a student)
  • Small day pack – 30 or 40 L. for hiking during day.
  • Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support.
  • Head lamp with extra batteries.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sleeping bag: it has to be at least -15 ºC (can be rented from overandestravel)

About your backpack

We recommend a small backpack 30L – 40L for hiking, Big backpack will not be allowed inside Machupicchu. Big ones can be stored outside citadel gate.

  • Water bottle, or Camelbak – please supply your water until first lunch, then we will provide cold-boiled water after every meal.
  • Value things.
  • Personal medication.
  • Sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Rain gear: rain jacket, rain pant and plastic poncho.
  • Camera.
  • Snacks like dry fruits, chocolates, etc.
  • Extra money (dollars or soles) for souvenirs, drinks, tips, etc. at least $100.
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from overandestravel)

For your duffle bag

We will provide you a duffle bag at your briefing time and of course we will explain you what to put inside. Also include a porter wo will carry up your personal items to 7 kg. or 14 pounds including your sleeping bag and air mattress (these 2 items are 3.5 kg.)

  • Sandals/comfortable shoes for camp.
  • Warm clothes for variable temperatures – 3 ºC: wool hat, scarves, gloves, wool socks.
  • Couple of fleece (thermals will be great)
  • Power bank – No electricity along the trek.
  • Quick-dry towel.
  • 3 hiking pants, t-shirts.
  • Sets of undergarments, hiking socks.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Swimming suit.


  • Toothpaste, toothbrush etc.
  • Basic first aid kit – moleskin, band aids, etc.
  • Toilet paper, wet wipes and small plastic bag for waste.

Note: Beside the main briefing done the night before the trek. Your guide will explain you every night about the activities to do and what to bring in your backpacks next days.

Extra information

Included in the Classic Salkantay trek


  • It will be done one night before the trek, and here we will tell you all the specific details about your trek.

Professional guide:

  • Bilingual English speaking, experienced professional guide.
  • Private guided tour in Machupicchu.


  • All tickets for the trek.
  • Entry fee to Machupicchu.
  • Tickets for the hot springs (on day 3)


  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel.
  • Pick up in a private transport to the starting point of the trek.
  • Bus ticket (round trip) Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu (on day 5)
  • Last day, train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private van from Ollantaytambo to your hotel.

Lodging and hotel:

  • 3-nights of camping in a comfortable tent (sleeping 2 people in a 4-person tent)
  • 1-night hotel in Aguas Calientes, if you book your hotel just let us know. (Upgrades are always possible)


  • Experienced trekking chef.

Wranglers and horses:

  • To transport all equipment, tents, food, chairs, etc.

Emergency horse:

  • We will have an extra horse in case of difficulties.

Camping equipment:

  • Dining tent with tables and chairs to enjoy our meals.
  • Kitchen tent.

Duffle bag:

  • We will provide you a duffle bag at the moment of the briefing for your personal gear (7 kg.)


  • 5 breakfast, 4 lunches and 4 dinners.
  • Snacks, and surprises made by our trekking chef.
  • * if you have any food restriction, please let us know.


  • We will provide you boiled and cold water to refill the water bottles from your first lunch.

First aid:

  • All our guides have received training in first aid from a Physician.
  • Emergency first-aid kit.
  • Oxygen tank, fingertip pulse oximeter, medical infrared thermometer.


  • Small pillows, a thick foam mattress and much more!!!

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bag.
  • Inflatable air mattress.
  • Walking sticks (Pair)
  • Last lunch in Aguas Calientes.
  • Tips for the crew (Guide, chef, horseman)

Rentals and complementaries

  • Sleeping bag: US$20.00 per person, per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress: US$20.00 per person, per trek.
  • Walking Poles: US$20.00 per pair, per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Private hotel room: US$30.00 per night for solo travelers.
  • Waynapicchu Mountain: US$75.00 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Machupicchu Mountain: US$75.00 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)

Price Reference

  • US$ 650.00 per person.


  • Student Discount (with active green ISIC card): US$20.00
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$20.00


  • Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

Sacred valley Map