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Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Challenge Trek 3 days

The Salkantay Challenge Trek is the shortest trek to Machu Picchu; it’s considered as the world’s best trekking trail by seasoned trekkers and very popular for short trekking. The reasons for popularity are numerous but main attractions are the Salkantay peaks and the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu!. It’s all inclusive trip…

Salkantay Challenge Trek is astounding short hike to Machupicchu that satisfy the ambitious trekker intent on crossing high passes. You’ll cross the Salkantay Pass at 4,600m / 15091ft. The Trek begins in the zone of Soraypampa at 3:30 hours from the city of Cusco; from where we gain further outstanding views of Salkantay and Umantay peaks.

This trek traverses the entire Machu Picchu national park and provides all the highlights you would expect with a mixture of local villages and remarkable culture. Our nights are spent in a combination of camps and hotels of 3-stars category. If you are highly motivated and want to experience the absolute best of what the Salkantay region has to offer, then this is the trek for you.

The Salkantay Challenge Trek is popular because it allows trekkers to pass through diverse terrain. From jungle to high alpine, and reaches to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu; a XV century Inca build

Salkantay Challenge Trek
Experience the 3-day Salkantay Challenge Trek in Peru including the Inca Santuary of Machu Picchu



The Region of Salkantay is one of Peru’s top trekking destinations since the trek takes you to Machu Picchu, the new wonder of the world; the 3-day Salkantay Challenge Trek is a ultimate trekking adventure, crossing one pass over 4,600m / 15091ft, offering amazing scenery and views. The trip is a package for customers with a well experience in trekking; this amazing trek runs beneath the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6.271 m / 20,574 ft); one of the highest and most stunning mountain in the Peruvian Andes.

The trekking has been opened to everybody in its different modalities of 3 days , 4 days 5 days and more; “Sunrise Peru Trek” a trekking specialist travel company, offers to its customers a 3-day Salkantay Challenge Trek for well-trained trekkers. The trekking is the most popular alternative Trek to Machu Picchu since the trail runs through different ecological zones. For Salkantay Challenge Trek is very important to be well prepared since the trail is considered very challenging, in this trek is included two days of trekking for 8 -9 hours per day and one day exploring Machu Picchu.

Fast facts

  • Duration:   3 days / 2 ghts
  • Max. Elevation: 4,600 (Salkantay Pass)
  • Start/finish: Cusco City
  • Difficulty:  Challenging
  • Trek style: Adventure trekking / Camping Trek
  • Type of Tour: adventure, cultural and history.
  • Transport: bus, trekking and train.

Getting there!

The typical starting point of the Salkantay Challenge Trek is the zone of Saryapampa at 3,800m / 12468ft where we’ll arrive by private car. Soraypampa is a small community located at the base of the Salkantay Mountain. This is the normal campsite for other groups that hike in 4 or 5 days. To get this place we’ll drive for 4-hour from the city of Cusco.

For this trek is very important to be in good physical condition since the trek offers top trekking route.

Permits & regulations

As with other treks in the Cusco region, you’ll need Entrance fees for the trek ($10 USD) and the special permit to get in the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu ($50 USD). The costs of the entrances are included in the cost of the tour but, it’s very recommendable to reserve in advance. If you’re going through a trekking agency, they will arrange these for you. If you’re arranging your trek yourself, you’ll need to pick up your permit in Cusco.


Our Salkantay Challenge Trek starts from Soraypampa at 3,800 meters (12468ft) located at four-hour bus ride from the city of Cusco. The trek continues 4 hours up to the highest pass of Salkantay located at 4,600 m (15,091 ft). Then, the trail descends throught the left-hand side of the valley, becoming indistinct in swampy areas. And then comes a place named Huayracmachay “Eye of the Wind”; from here, we will have a great chance to see the beautiful Pyramid-shape of Humantay behind as you drop below the tree line; known as “LA CEJA DE SELVA” (“Eyebrow of the Jungle”), and walk through groves of bamboo with many orchids and other flowers and lots of hummingbirds, spectacular waterfalls, a small hot spring at Collpapampa, the right place to see parakeets that abound in this area as well.

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The second day, the trek continues through the cloud forest until “Hidroelectrica” from where we’ll follow the rail way for 3 hours to the town of Aguas CAlientes. If you are tired you can decide to take the train for 30 hours (USD35 extra); once we arrive to the town of Aguas Calientes, you’ll have accommodation in the hotel. The last day we’ll explore Machu Picchu and I the afternoon we’ll return to Cusco by train.


  • Guided Salkantay Trek.
  • Machu Picchu Tour.
  • Free time within Machu Picchu


  • The Salkantay Trek is listed among the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.
  • The Salkantay Trek is definitely one of the best hiking adventures that you will find in Peru.
  • After the Inca Trail the Salkantay Trek is the second most popular trek to Machu Picchu, and a lot less crowded.
  • The hike alongside the magnificent Apu Salkantay and the arrival at the ruins of Machu Picchu is one of the best experiences known to mankind.
  • See natural bridges, snowcapped mountains, cascades, wildlife and cloud forests.
  • Camping with less people to make your own trip and have the best look on these incredible mountains.




We’ll leave the city of Cusco at 03:30 a.m. (Pick up time from your hotel); we’ll travel by car for about 3 hours to the town of Mollepata where we’ll stop to use toilets, some breakfast and probably purchase some items for the trek, then we’ll continue one hour drive to Soraypampa (3,800m / 12467ft) where we’ll start the Trekking to Machupicchu.

As soon as we are at Soraypampa, our chef and the horseman will pack all the camping equipment and cooking stuff and we’ll start the hike. The first 4 hours will be uphill to get to the Highest Point which is at 4,600 m / 15091ft (the highest of the trek) then the trail, we’ll continue down to Huayracmachay where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay; 4,120 masl/13,500 ft) and down the beginning of the cloud forest.

After lunch you’ll have time to rest and refill your water bottle; then the trail continues down for about 2 hours to the camp of Qollpa; which is a small community where we’ll see farms.

  • Estimated walking time: 8 – 9 hours
  • Beginning point: 3,800 m / 12467ft
  • Maximum altitude point: 4,600 m / 15091ft
  • Campsite altitude: 3,200 m / 10450ft


After good breakfast, we’ll continue the trek through lush and beautiful scenery, keeping our eyes open for flora and fauna along the way. In this part of the trail, we will see different types of plants, fruits, flowers, birds etc. coca and banana crops can be observed; with luck, we can see the famous Peruvian National Bird called “Tunki” or the “Gallito de las Rocas – The Cock of the Rocks “.  After four hours of trekking we’ll arrive to the zone of “Playa Sawayacu” where you’ll visit the organic coffee farms and you will have the choice to taste this extraordinary drink.  The coffee is the main product that people farm here and they export to different pars of America, Europe and Asia.

From the “Playa Sawayacu” We continue walk half hours to Lucmabamba where the lunch will be served.  From here we’ll take car until the zone of “hidro”¡… why?  Other ways can be very hard the ascent to the pas of LLactapata the car will take us first of all to the town of Santa Teresa and from here we continue to “Hidro”.

From “Hidro” we’ll continue the trekking next to the railway for 3 hours until the town of Aguas Calientes. If you are exhausted, you can take the train to Aguas Calientes ($31.00 extra). Once we arrive to the town of Aguas Calientes you’ll have accommodation in the hotel. At approximately 7:00pm you’ll have diner in one of the restaurants, at the diner time your trekking guide will give you the briefing for the guided tour at Machu Picchu; after that you can go to rest in your hotel and be ready for the next day.

Trekking Facts

  • Estimated walking time: 8-9 hours
  • Beginning point: 3,200 m / 10450ft
  • Maximum altitude point: 2,750 m / 9022ft
  • Aguas Calientes altitude: 2,000 m / 6562ft


This trekking ends with an especial visit of Machu Picchu. We’ll wake up very early (4:00am); at 4:30 am you’ll have your breakfast in the hotel after that you will need to leave your duffel bag in the reception of the hotel; at approximately 5:30am am we’ll take the bus for 25 minutes up to Machu Picchu; this is the best time to view the “Lost City of the Incas” – Machu Picchu.

Once in Machu Picchu you’ll have a walking tour of 2 or 3 hours; you also can explore more the site. After all you’ll take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes where you can have your lunch in one of the restaurants; During the tour in Machu Picchu you’ll visit the most important places such as the Inca palace, the different temples built for the elements of the Mother Nature, Inca terraces with impressive aqueducts, the sundial, the storehouses, the stone quarry the main square and more.

In the afternoon, at 2:55 pm we’ll take the train from the Town of Aguas Calientes to the train station of Ollanta (1:45 hours); from here you’ll be transferred to your hotel in the city of Cusco; you´ll arrive in Cusco at approximately 7:00pm.





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See the Map for Salkantay Challenge Trek -thist trek takes you to explore the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu

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  • Pick-up from your hotel at 04:45 a.m.
  • Private vehicle to Soraypampa (starting of our trek.)
  • 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a roll pad mattress.
  • English-speaking experienced professional mountain guide. (2 Guides for a group of 9-17 participants)
  • 6 kilos for the porterage service for your personal items extra clothes, mattress, sleeping bag to be carried by mules, (so you just need to carry your daypack with everything you will need during the day).
  • Full-board meals: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners.
  • Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs. Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Horses to carry tents, food, cooking equipment. Hot water for washing purposes.
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
  • Hostel in “Aguas Calientes” Double or Triple Accommodation.
  • Expedition Tourist Train from “Aguas Calientes” to Ollantaytambo and transport to Cusco.
  • Admission Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex.
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu, time to explore on your own.


  • Sleeping bag, you can rent in our office.
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Water on Day 1
  • Lunch on the final day US$ 10 or US$ 25 approximately.
  • Ticket to Huayna Picchu Mountain (walk to top without a guide, trail is well-marked )




Experience for Salkantay Trek

The Salkantay Trek is not a forced march and the pace is always slow, the days generally being shorter than a day hike at home.

We do recommend that you embark on a good fitness programme prior to your trip though, and one that builds up general stamina and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a rucksack to train for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, so the best advice is to get out into the hills as often as you can. You are likely to carry about 4 kilos in your day sack so this is a good weight to work with.

If you are going to be using the gym then concentrate on step machines which work on the thigh and calf muscles, and try to build your heart rate up to 50% above resting rate. Any cardiovascular activity is good, but remembers that swimming will not train the correct muscle groups so it must be added to other exercises to be effective. Exercise groups like body pump, Pilates and aerobic are all excellent preparation for a trek like this, especially those which work on core strength, balance and stability.

Support Team

Salkantay Trek Support team

The horses will carry your main bag up to a maximum weight of 7 kgs and cater for all the group needs, including assisting you if you need to go back down the valley. Unless specifically tenting, all accommodation is in tents which are top quality; except the last night will be in a 3-stars category hotel.

We run our Salkantay Trekss from a permanently staffed office in Cusco and our dedicated team provides an excellent service.

All of the guides have been employed for over ten years with us, and they have been trained to our high standards personally by Director and high altitude trekking leaders. They know how to deal with medical emergencies and speak good English. They are very attentive and after so many years have a good understanding of western needs.


If you think all the travel companies are same then it is time you change your concept! Yes, we are different and we don’t just say it, we can prove it! We create, organize and guide all by ourselves! Sunrise Peru Trek has been organizing and guiding travel groups since 1999, and every time we travel, the trips just keep getting better and better! We have been turning the dreams of thousands of our visitors into memories by providing first-class services. We are dedicated to offering our customers the best service and support throughout your journey to Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. With professional and experienced team, there is no better travelling companion than Sunrise Peru Trek Team. Let us enlighten you why we are different!


SUNRISE PERU TREK pioneered adventure Company for nearly two decades and we remain committed to small, low-impact groups keen to not just see, but experience our range of remote destinations to Machu Picchu We are one of the Peru’s leading tour operators trusted for professional, efficient, and highly hospitable services. We focus on Treks and Adventure tours to Machu Picchu only, which encourages us to polish our itinerary and improve constantly.

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