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Tour SALKANTAY TREK 4D/3N overview

  • Tour Type: Trekking/hiking, culture, adventure.
  • Good For: Those in moderate shape, or better.
  • Difficulty: Moderate, Difficult.
  • Considerations: Ask in advance for availability for Huana Picchu mountain and Machu Picchu mountain (20 USD per person)
  • Starting Altitude 3200m / 10,500 feet.
  • Highest Altitude – 4650m / 15,200 feet.
  • Walking Distance – 60 km. / 37 miles.
  • Longest Day – Day 2, approximately 22 km/11 miles.
  • Coldest Night – Day 1 around 0º celsius / 32º degrees F.
  • Acclimatization is Recommended.



At around 4:30 am you will be picked up from your hotel and leave Cusco at around 5:00 am (after all clients have been picked up). From Cusco you will pass through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo, arriving to your destination of Mollepata around 8.00 am. In Mollepata we will have breakfast and prepare our bags/duffels of 5 kilos, which will be given to the horsemen.

From Mollepata we will take a bus to Challacancha (45 minutes) and in Challacancha we will start our hike. We will walk for 3 hours to Soraypampa, passing the view point of Hornada Pata where the valley splits into two (Valley of Mollepata and Challacancha). Soraypampa is also our lunch stop and campsite for the night.

After lunch in Soraypampa you have the option to hike up to Lake Humantay located at 4220 m/13,850 ft which will take about 1 hour. The return descent will take around 45 minutes.

Tea will be served at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:30 pm and finally we will head to our tents for a good night sleep.

  • 11 km / 7 mi. 5 hours


We will wake up at 5:00 am and eat breakfast from 5:30 am to 6.20 am then continue our hike for 4 hours until the Salkantay Pass located at 4650 m/ 15,250 ft. At the Salkantay Pass we will visit two important historical points (Salkantay-Pampa and Soyroq’ocha). Here we will make a small offering of coca leaves to Pachamama and Apu Salkantay. We will also talk about the history and religion of the Incas.

We will then descend for 2 and a half hours towards our lunch spot in Huayrac-Pampa where we will have 1 and a half hours to eat and rest before descending from 3900 m/ 12,800 ft to 2900 m/ 9500 ft. This will take around 3 and a half hours. This part of the trail is surrounded by jungle and we will arrive at the campsite of Chaullay where we will have tea and dinner.

  • 22 km / 13.5 mi. 10 hours


We will have breakfast at 6:00 am and shortly after begin hiking for approximately 5 and a half hours through jungle. In this part of the trek we will see and appreciate many coffee, orchid and cloud forest plantations as well as many natural plants used for medicines. We will arrive at our lunch point, Playa Sahuayaca, where we will have lunch and shortly after take transportation towards Hidro-Electrica where we will walk for 3 hours towards Aguas Calientes. In Augas Calientes we will spend the night in a hostel and have our final dinner together in a restaurant.

  • 16 km / 10 mi. 5 hours
  • After lunch: 11 km / 7 mi 3 hours


The grand finale! We will wake up very early this morning for our visit to Machu Picchu, where we will have a guided tour of the citadel to see and learn about temples, terraces, and all of the incredible stone structures that make Machu Picchu a Wonder of the World. After the guided tour you will have free time for more photos and to continue exploring on your own.  For those who have previously selected to climb *Huayna Picchu Mountain or *Machu Picchu Mountain, you will do so at your designated time (1st group: 6am to 8am, 2nd group: 9am to 11am)

After your tour in the park you will return to Aguas Calientes where you will wait for your return train to Ollantaytambo at 6:20pm. From Ollantaytambo we will take our final return bus back to Cusco.

*Note: ask in advance for availability. 20 USD per person



The following transportation services are included within the tour:

  • Tourist Transport Cusco: Cusco to Mollepata, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Mollepata- Challacancha Transport, approximately 45 minutes
  • Playa Sahuayaco- Hidroeléctrica Transport
  • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Tourist Transport from Ollantaytambo station to Cusco (Plaza Regocijo)


Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu


The return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo(Train expeditions at 6:20 pm)


We have camps set up in every designated CAMPING SITE, which include:

  • Soraypampa: rustic cabins for 02 people, sleeping mats of 13 cm
  • Chaullay: lodge with private rooms for 04 people, 04 personal beds (and 02 matrimonial rooms for pairs of 02)
  • Aguas Calientes – basic hostel with beds, hot shower, wifi
  • 5 kG duffle to be carried on the horses (personal items)


The accommodation that is included in Hostel in the town of Aguas Calientes.

  • All of the rooms come with a private bath and shower
  • Hot water
  • WI-FI
  • Take- Away breakfast (juice box, cheese sandwich, crackers and one fruit)

NOTE: If you wish to reserve your own hotel or work with a specifc hotel, let us know in advance so that we are able to coordinate the details.


  • Official Tourism Guide – our guides are certified by DIRECTUR with a minimum experience of 3 years. Groups bigger than 13 people will be accompanied by a SECOND GUIDE (with a maximum group size of 17 people)
  • Cook specialized in high mountain cuisine- comes with special stainless steel kitchen equipment
  • Muleteers and horses to carry all of the camping and cooking equipment
  • 5 kilos for extra personal items each passenger (within the luggage of each passenger the weight of the sleeping bag will also be included)


All the food required during the tour is included.

All of the food we offer is BUFFET SERVICE (except for the fourth lunch and fourth dinner, which are in tourist restaurants)

  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 3 Dinners
  • Coca Tea to wake you up EVERY MORNING in the campsites
  • Oxygen (Oxishot)
  • First Aid Kit (Only the generic, it’s necessary that the passanger still comes with their own personal medication)
  • Radios


  • First breaksfast
  • Lunch on the last day
  • Entrance Fee to Huaynapicchu Mountain  and/or Machu Picchu Mountain 20 USD
  • Sleeping bag 15USD
  • Walking stick 15USD
  • Tips


  • Passport (Note: required for entrance to Machu Picchu)
  • Backpack
  • Warm clothes for the night
  • Water-proof clothes
  • Flashlight
  • Hat
  • Several shirts
  • Insect repellent
  • Poncho or Rain Jacket
  • Water purification tablets
  • First Aid Kit
  • Water bottle
  • Student ID card (isic) if applicable
  • Extra soles or dollars
  • Walking sticks

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the best alternatives to the Inca Trail and is a great option for the adventurers who want to experience the drastic changes in landscape from mountain to jungle, as well as for those who are able to handle the high altitude and long distances. Ascending the Salkantay Pass of 4650 m (approx. 15,300 ft) is challenging, but with the right preparation we know you’ll find this trek to be incredibly rewarding too. Read through our Frequently Asked Questions before your trek to make sure you feel as prepared as possible before your departure.

We recommend that you spend at least 2 to 3 days in the city of Cusco to help acclimate yourself and to avoid possible problems associated with altitude sickness during your trip. If you have already been to another destination with a high altitude before arriving to Cusco, we still recommend that you spend a full day in Cusco to rest, recuperate from your trip, and to enjoy the beautiful views of the city before departing for your trek.
In general Salkantay in known for its unpredictable weather, so no matter what time of year please come prepared for both warm and cold temperatures, and rainy and dry conditions. It helps to know what season you’re traveling in though and Salkantay experiences two main seasons, the rainy season (November-March) and the dry season (April-October).

During the rainy, warmer season temperatures average around 15°C / 60°F during the day and 5°C / 40°F at night. However, with a high chance of rain and wind at the Salkantay Pass, these temperatures may feel colder to you.

During the dry season the weather is sunny and clear and on average 20° C / 70 °F during the day but much colder at night, around -3 °C / 26 °F.

Also, after the second day, as we descend into the Peruvian Amazon basin, the weather changes to a more humid and warmer climate and these humid temperatures are consistent throughout the year.

We recommend two long-sleeve trekking shirts, two short-sleeve shirts, leggings or trekking pants, shorts, four pairs of underwear, sweatpants for the night, three pairs of hiking socks, a rain poncho, an insulated jacket for the Salkantay Pass, gloves, beanie, a hat with a brim, hiking boots, a bathing suit (if you plan to visit the hot springs), and slip on sandals to rest your feet at the campsites.
On the Salkantay Trek you will be permitted one personal daypack (a 30 to 50 L backpack is sufficient) and before your trek we will give you and one extra duffle bag from our office which can be used to carry your extra clothes and personal items.
Your weight limit for the duffle bag is 7 kg/15.4 pounds. Our horsemen will carry your duffle for you along with the food and the camping equipment. It’s important to keep in mind that you will not have access to your articles of clothing in this bag until the end of each day, since the horsemen and the horses will always be ahead of the group. Therefore, store the items you need immediate access to in your backpack and store the items you won’t need until the evening in your duffle bag.
The Salkantay 4D/3N Trek includes 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners. The only meals not included are breakfast on the first day and lunch/dinner on the last day after the tour of Machu Picchu.

The Salkantay 5D/3N Trek includes 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners.
The only meals not included are breakfast on the first day and lunch/dinner on the last day after Machu Picchu.

We serve a variety of traditional Peruvian dishes including various natural teas with rice, chicken, beef, fish, pasta, salad, potatoes, eggs, pancakes, bread, and for lunch and dinner each meal begins with a soup.
Yes, vegetarian/vegan options are available. Let us know before your trek so we can accommodate and inform your chef.
Yes, you can rent sleeping bags from our office for 15 USD. They are down feather sleeping bags that work in temperatures as low as -10°C.
Yes, you can rent a pair of walking sticks from our office for 15 USD.
Yes, you can leave extra luggage in our office free of charge.
We currently have covered camping sites for our tents in each campsite. We carry the tents and set them up for you at each campsite too. They have a 4-person capacity but we only use them for 2 people per tent. We also include sleeping pads in all the tents with a thickness of 5 centimeters.

In Aguas Calientes you will sleep in a hostel.

Note: In January 2019 we will be upgrading to comfortable sleeping cabins in Soraypampa and Chaullay, with two beds per cabin and new dining facilities too. Stay tuned!

If you have booked directly through KB Tours, we partner with Eco Mapi (3 minutes from the main plaza) in Aguas Calientes and you will be staying there. Eco Mapi has hot showers, wifi, and comfortable beds.
The minimum group size is 4 people and the maximum group size is 15 people. In the case of 15 people the group will have two guides.
Chew coca leaves, drink coca tea or manzanilla tea (for stomach aches) at your campsites, and ask your guide for assistance. They are trained professionals equipped with the necessary aids to alleviate any discomfort associated with the altitude. They carry Sorochin pills, coca leaves, agua florida, and extra oxygen bottles.
Prior hiking experience is recommended but not required. Our guides are trained to assist hikers of all fitness levels and all trekking experience levels so you will never be left behind. Most important of all is to acclimate yourself to the altitude before your trek.
Yes, on the second day during the assent from the Soraypampa campsite to the Salkantay Pass there is an option to rent a horse for 100 soles for the three-hour assent. Ask your guide for assistance, the horse can be rented at the Soraypampa property.
For additional expenses along the route, we recommend bringing 300 soles (though you most likely won’t spend it all) and in small bills too to be used at the campsites and along the trek.
Bathrooms are free at the campsites but cost 1 sol along the route. Keep small change on hand too for water bottles, snacks, and toilet paper along the route.

Other additional expenses include:

  • Hot shower at the Chaullay campsite (10 soles)
  • Cocalmayo hot springs in Santa Teresa (25 soles)
  • Zipline on day 4 of the Salkantay 5D/4N Trek (20 USD in our office, 30 USD to book at the campsite)
  • Optional bus that runs between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu entrance (12 USD one way, 24 USD there and back)
  • Food/souvenirs in Aguas Calientes. Note: Aguas Calientes is an expensive town, expect to pay ~30 soles per meal.
  • Tips for guide, horsemen, and cooks.
Both treks follow the same route up until day 3. After lunch on the 3rd day in Playa Sahuayaco, The 5-Day Salkantay trekkers take a 45 min bus to Santa Teresa where they will spend the night, with the option to go to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs in the evening and the Zip line the next day (day 4).

After lunch on the 3rd day in Playa Sahuayaco, the 4-Day Salkantay trekkers take a bus from the lunch spot to Hidroeléctrica. In Hidroeléctrica they will walk three hours to Aguas Calientes where they will spend the night in a hostel.

Also, the Salkantay 4D/3N trek covers a total distance of 60 km/ 37 mi and the Salkantay 5D/4N trek covers 72 km/ 45 mi.

The Salkantay Private trek includes a personal guide, chef, and horsemen for private groups of 2 to 8 people (snacks, water, and sleeping bags also included). The bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is included in this tour too.
Yes, the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is included in all of our Salkantay tour packages.
In total you are permitted 3 hours in the park. The guided tour of Machu Picchu is approximately 1 hour and after the tour you have 2 hours of free time to further explore the ruins on your own. KEEP IN MIND that regulations have changed and the tour in Machu Picchu is all a one-way path. That is, you cannot backtrack and revisit sites once you have passed them. In addition, once you exit the park you cannot re-enter. Therefore, take your time completing the route in Machu Picchu.
Yes there the option to take the bus that runs between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes. It is 12 USD one-way and 24 USD for there and back. Tickets can be purchased in Aguas Calientes, ask your guide for further assistance when you arrive.
First, send us an email asking about availability. Then, if available, select which mountain you would like to climb when you make your reservation online. Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are an additional 20 USD each.
Huayna Picchu Mountain is home to the Temple of the Moon and is the famous mountain peak seen behind the ruins in all the classic photos of Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu is an approximately 45 minute climb with more ruins at the top and an incredible view of the Machu Picchu ruins down below. In total the visit to Huayna Picchu is approximately 2 hours. Huayna Picchu Mountain is an additional 20 USD.
Machu Picchu refers to the ruins, which you will already have an entrance ticket to and will visit on a guided tour. Machu Picchu Mountain is an additional hike within Machu Picchu that offers a much higher view of the ruins and overlooks the entire valley. Machu Picchu Mountain is an additional 20 USD.
If at any point you need to return to Cusco during your trek, KB Tours is not responsible for any refund and/or extra expenses for your return to Cusco. There are plenty of transportation options available at each campsite should a return be necessary. Ask your guide for further assistance.
Once you have made your reservation and initial deposit, you can cancel your trip at any time however we cannot refund your 50% deposit. One month before your trek, if you have already made your full payment and you decide to cancel, we can only refund 50% of your payment as your tickets to Machu Picchu and transportation tickets back to Cusco have already been purchased by this time and cannot be returned.
Go to our website kbtourstravel.com, select the trek you would like to do, and click BOOK NOW. When you make your reservation, you are also required to make a 50% deposit via PayPal. Your reservation will not be complete until this deposit has been made.
Congratulations, adventure awaits you! Before your trek, please stop by our office in Cusco at 351 Procuradores Street Interior 120 to complete the second half of your payment in cash (can be paid in dollars or soles) and to receive a briefing on your trek with your guide.
We are open Mondays – Saturdays from 9 am to 8 pm

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