Short Description

This is a challenging trek to Machu Picchu, including some of the most exquisite views as you trek through high mountain passes and down into the high-altitude jungle on your way through the backdoor to Machu Picchu. This tour can be done in 5 days, 4 nights or alternatively 4 days and 3 nights - ask us for details. Best time to trek: April to November - sometimes available during the rainy season (December and March) depending on weather conditions.

Day 1 - Cusco to SoraypampaDay 1 Info

Day 1 – Cusco to Soraypampa 
Trekking distance: 10,2km Altitude: 3360m to 4050m Walking time: 3 to 4 hours 
You will be picked up from the hostel at approx 4:30am and transferred to Mollepata where we’ll stop for breakfast (not included). Then it’s time to drive to Challacancha  (about one hour) where the hike to Soraypampa starts, our first camp site and also lunch spot. Afterwards we’ll hike up to the famous Huamantay lake, where we can take some facebook pictures, for about 45 minutes then come back to our base camp. During the tour we get spoiled with beautiful views of the valley, By the time we reach the campsite we are at an altitude of a little over 4000 meters and have already hiked 10 km. Needless to say, most of you will be snoring in your tents shortly after a good meal prepared by the cook and served by your guide. 

Day 2 - Soraypampa to Chaullay

This is the day! Wake up call and “room service” is delivered by your guide - a coca tea served at the door of your tent - to start this long day of trekking. After breakfast with the help of the weather gods you’ll see the massive Mount Salkantay smiling down at you (or laughing depending the way you look at it). Step by step we will climb higher until reaching Soyroccocha where we take a short rest and try to catch our breath. We keep on smiling and climbing higher and higher with the views getting more and more spectacular as the Salkantay mountain approaches. Later in the morning of the second day you will reach the highest point of the trek at an impressive 4608 meters. Here, the guide will explain a little bit about the history of Salkantay Mountain and the Andean people. This little history break is an excellent excuse for you to catch your breath, recover from the climb and eat some well deserved snacks. After taking a break at the highest point of the trek it’s time to leave the altitude as we begin the descent, walking for about 2 hrs until we see the kitchen tent. Here we’ll crash down and fill ourselves up with a tasty lunch and some tea or coffee. The day is not over yet as we continue hiking down to lower altitudes and into greener and greener scenery until we reach the second campsite, Chaullay. This campsite is very lovely and with a surrounding green hill scenery a beer tastes even better.

Day 2 Info

Trekking distance: 20.8km 
Altitude: 4050 m.a.s.l. to 4608 m.a.s.l. to 2860 m.a.s.l.
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours

Day 3 - Chaullay to Santa Teresa 

Waking up in the cloud forest is something special; usually in the early morning the clouds hang low over the valley and the trees, creating a mysterious scene. Soon after breakfast you will find yourself crossing rivers, balancing over bridges and enjoying the warmer climate. When we reach the "supermercado" we know we are close to the river where a van will be waiting to bring us to the village of HydroElectrica, from there its a 2.5hr walk to Aguas Calients where you will spend the night.

Day 3 Info

Trekking distance: 13.8km
Altitude: 2860m.a.s.l. to 1972m.a.s.l.
Walking time: 4 to 6 hours

Day 4: Machu Picchu - Huayna Picchu - Cusco

In the morning you will start your 1 hour ascent to Machu Picchu to arrive in time for sunrise, or if you choose you may head up at a later hour (bus is optional, US$12 each way, first bus departs at 5:30am). If you have purchased a pass for Huayna Picchu in advance you will have the opportunity to climb the mountain (at 7am or 10am - climbing time determined in advance depending on availability). There will be a two hour guided tour of Machu Picchu following which you will have the rest of the day to explore Machu Picchu. You need to return to Aguas Calientes at least 30 minutes prior to your train departure at 9:30pm. There will be transport waiting for you in Ollantaytambo to bring you back to Cusco - estimated arrival time 1:30am. If you prefer to return earlier to Cusco (recommended) you can select the 16:22 pm or the 18:45 pm return train for extra cost.


What is the difference between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain?

Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are two mountains peaks which tower over the Machu Picchu archaeological site. To climb one of the mountains you need to purchase a pass in combination with your Machu Picchu entry ticket-passes cannot be purchased separately from entry ticket, and once entry ticket has been purchased a mountain pass cannot be added or cancelled.

Huayna Picchu (Wayna Picchu).

This is the more popular of the two optional mountain treks but it also can be very crowded. 200 people start climbing between 7am-8am, and 200 people start between 10am-11am so in total 400 people climb every morning. The trail is quite steep and takes about 1.5 hours to climb up and down - people who have trouble with vertigo may not enjoy this trek. There are some interesting archaeological ruins on the top of Huayna Picchu.

Machu Picchu Mountain.

This hike is less popular than Huayna Picchu but no less beautiful. MPM is located on the other side of the ruins from Huayna Picchu. There are 500 passes available daily. You can begin your climb between 7 and 11am. The trail is less steep than Huayna Picchu but it is a longer hike (takes about 3 hours total). 

Check this amazing link out for views from the Huayna Picchu mountain and Machu Picchu mountain (it will open with the Huayna Picchu mountain, click on the right side of the picture and the other views will open).

Why book the Salkantay Trek with Loki Travel?

Questions or need any feedback  and to make reservation please writte to [email protected] thanks 

If you are wondering why booking the Salkantay trek is cheaper or more expensive with other agencies then ask if they offer following services:

*Private transport to Mollopata (the start of the hike)

*We work with the biggest operator in town who works mainly for expensive online companies.

*ALL guides work exclusively for our operator and have a lot of experience guiding this tour

*You can choose how you want to come back from Aguas Calientes (find out your own transport, or different train options, if you want).

*10% discount at restaurants in Aguas Calientes for your last day lunch, dinner

*The operator owns all gear, tents, cooking material etc.

*Zip line option on day 4! (if you do the 5 day version)



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Loki Office: Cuesta Santa Ana 601, Cusco, Peru
Plaza de Armas office: Portal de Carnes, Cusco
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 084 - 244976
Telephone international: 0051 - 84 - 244976



US$252 (2018 price is $272)


4 days, 3 nights


  • US$15 Huayna Picchu
  • US$15 Machu Picchu Mountain passes
  • US$30 Zip Line in Santa Teresa (5 day only)


  • Hiking boots/shoes (waterproof)
  • Backpack (30 to 40 liters)
  • Comfortable clothing for trekking
  • Rain gear or poncho
  • Wool socks (stay warm when wet)
  • Sandals or light shoes for campsites
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece
  • Thermal clothing (for sleeping)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking sticks
  • Flashlight + extra batteries
  • Camera
  • Hat (sun, rain and cold)
  • Sun block
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Personal medical kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks
  • Swimsuit
  • Spending money (soles)
  • Original passport


  • Information briefing before your trek
  • Private transport Cusco-Mollepata
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Hot drinks in the evenings and with meals
  • Mules to carry 5kgs of personal equipment
  • Transportation La Playa-Santa Teresa
  • Entrance ticket for Machu Picchu
  • 2 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Expedition train Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo at 21:30 (9:30pm)
  • Bus Transportation Ollantaytambo-Cusco
  • English and Spanish speaking professional guide during the whole trek
  • Double occupancy tents
  • Sleeping mats
  • Cook and dining tent
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes


  • First breakfast, last lunch and dinner
  • Water
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking sticks
  • Tips for staff
  • Taxi and hot springs in Santa Teresa (10 + 10 soles)
  • Zip Lines in Santa Teresa (US$30)
  • Bus tickets Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes (optional, US$12 each way)
  • Entry fee for Huayna Picchu US$15 or Machu Picchu Mountain US$15 - must be reserved at time of booking.