5-Day Salkantay Trek & Short Inca Trail


  • Hike Distance: 60.5 Km/37.6 Miles
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Duration: 5 days/4 nights
  • Highest point: Inka Chirisaska pass 5000 meters/16402 ft
  • Elevation Gain: 2100 meters, 6600 ft.
  • Weather: See below
  • Seasons: All year round.
  • Hike Trail Map: See below
  • Cusco Drive Time to the starting point: 3hr 15min+
  • Town Nearest Hike: Mollepata
  • Beauty: Paramo, Puna, Glacier lakes, Vilcabamba mountain range views, scenic trail, Grassland area, local villages, wildlife: prairie horses and dogs, Vizcachas and Andean foxes, Spectacled bear, Dwarfed deer. Birds; Condor, torrent tyranulett, Black-chested Buzzard-eagle, Chiguanco thrush, hummingbirds.
  • Activities: Hiking trail, archaeological site tours, nature and Andean community visits.
  • Prices from: $985 USD Per Person (Based on group size)


  • Professional, bilingual Tour Guide.
  • Collection from hotel
  • Return transportation (bus to start of trail and tourist train back to Ollanta)**
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • 3 one way bus tickets up to Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes.
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks  and 3 dinners (breakfast on day 1 and dinner and lunch in Aguas Calientes town are not included).  
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Cook
  • 2-people tents
  • Sleeping mattresses
  • Horseman and mules (to carry cooking and camping equipment )
  • 1 night accommodation in hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Extra oxygen
  • First Aid kit
  • Vegetarian/special diet options available upon request


​The average hiking time on the first day is 8 hours.
The second day consists of a tour to the Sacred City of Machu Picchu.
​The views, the flora and fauna along this ancient Incan road will take your breath away. This Tour is a unique alternative for those who don’t want to hike the long classic inca trail. The 2-day Inca trail is short in distance but not in adventure.

Today is a  day  of moderate difficulty hiking to help us ease into the trek. We pick you up at 4 am from your hotel and take you on a 4 .5 hour bus ride to Soraypampa. After packing up all that we need for the day, we’ll begin our trek to the  Humantay Lake. The hike to the lake takes about  4 hours covering a distance of about 4 miles. This part of the day will signify our training for what is to come in the following days. After we reach the lake and enjoy the stunning beauty of this place, we will return for lunch to Soraypampa.  In the afternoon, we will continue our hike to Salkantaypampa 4200m where we will be camping in an “off the beaten path” area, surrounded by the most fantastic views of the snow-capped peak Salkantay 6276m.  It is worth mentioning that hardly anyone camps here, so we will be able to enjoy this beautiful spot in complete peace and tranquility.

From this point on we will be hiking on the “off the beaten path” area of the Salkantay Trek, while everyone else will be heading to Santa . Teresa, our trail will lead us to the Inca Trail. Climbing up the valley towards Salkantay Mountain we take a side path that leads us up and over the Incachiriaska Pass (Frozen Inca Pass, 5158m / 16495 ft.) which is the highest point on the trek.  This part of our itinerary will be the most challenging one in terms of the difficulty of the hike and the altitude we have to gain, but our expert guides will make sure you succeed at reaching the mountain pass.

The views in this alpine area are once again amazing.  The immensity of the Salkantay mountain makes you feel entirely dwarfed by the sheer size of this peak.  There you can get a sense of why the Inca’s worshipped it as a god. The whole area is adorned with small mountain lakes of varying hues and colors, with a bit of luck, we will hopefully see a variety of the Andean wildlife such as Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and the White-Tailed Deer and perhaps even some Andean Condors, Guanacos and Vicunas. From the mountain pass, we will carry on down for about 2 hours till we reach our lunch place and from there another two more hours until we get to the small community of Pampacawana (4000m / 13123 ft.) where we will camp for the night.

Early in the morning we will leave our campsite at Pampacawana and make our way down the valley to join the Inca Trail at Wayllabamba. Along the way, we will visit many Incas sites that correspond to the greater Inca trail system, such as ‘Paucarcancha, Wayllabamba, and Patallaqta,  Our guides will make sure you explore these ancient sites and give you the proper historical and archaeological information about them.  Our goal for the day is to visit the most stunning Incan site of the Machupicchu Sanctuary called Wayna Qente. This beautiful place is a secred jewel hidden in the furthermost area of the Sacred Valley within the national park which is barely visited by tourists.  After lunch, We will continue our hiking for another 5 miles until we reach our campsite at Piscacucho. 

On this day we will go on a 30-minute car ride to the train station at Ollantaytambo, From here we will go on a 1.5-hour train ride to the starting point of the Short Inca Trail. This part of the itinerary will allow us to get the most out of Machu Picchu’s new regulations.  The walk to Machu Picchu Picchu takes about 6 hours. on a distance of 8miles or 12Kms.    We will arrive in Machu Picchu at sunset for our first visit to this wonder of the world.  After the city is closed, we will catch a 30-minute bus ride to our hotel in Aguas Calientes.   

Early in the morning we will walk from our hotel to the bus station for the shuttle buses to Machu Picchu.  The line to catch the bus takes approximately an hour, and the bus ride itself takes approximately 30 minutes.  Once we get to Machu Picchu, our guide will give us a final walking tour bringing together all the lectures we have listened to throughout our 4 days as we tour the most important sites of Machu Picchu. 

After the tour, people who booked their tickets in advance have the optional climb of Huayna Picchu mountain 2720m/8923ft. The whole circuit takes approximately  2 hours; 45 minutes to and hour to reach the top. and 45 minutes to go down the hill.

The trip back to  Cusco starts usually at 2:55PM. The ETA for Cusco is 7:30PM.  

We know that some of our clients would like to experience a night of camping while on their 2-day Machu Picchu hike. That is why we offer our beloved clients the option to camp at Machu Picchu instead of staying at a hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Our clients will spend the night at the municipal campsite of Machu Picchu, right next to the Urubamba river, located  2Km/1.4 miles away from Machu Picchu town on this itinerary. 

All necessary camping gear such as tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads is included.

Also, our professional chefs will prepare for you the most delicious camping food ever.


  • The two day Inca Trail is operated only on a private basis.
  • On the second day of this tour, we will walk for one hour uphill from our campsite to the Archaeological site to take the guided tour of Machu  Picchu.


What you need to take  

  • Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance is essential
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Water (Two litters of water minimum)
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
  • Personal medication
  • Camera 
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful) 

Optional items to take:

  • Shorts
  • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Extra money
  • Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes. * Optional)

Items for rent.

  • Trekking poles 20USD for the pair
  • Extra porter to transport your personal belongings to Aguas Calientes. 100USD for 10KGS
  • Kosher food. 50USD per person


Other Important Information.


  • We will supply you with boiled filtered water.
  • We do this every day in the mornings before we start hiking and after our lunch breaks. 
  • Bring a refillable water container or camelback for when you are hiking. 
  • We strongly advise you to drink at least 2 litres of water a day.  Do not attempt to drink water from the streams, rivers or faucets along the trails. 
  • Do not bring plastic bottled water to our excursions.
  •  Use only drinkable water to brush your teeth.  


  • We strongly encourage you to wear trekking boots on our treks. 
  • Please make sure to wear boots that you have already broken in prior to the trek.
  • We discourage people from wearing brand new trekking boots. You are more prone to get blisters from wearing brand new boots.   


  • Smoking is not allowed while on the trek. We want you to have an overall healthy experience while in the mountains.
  • We discourage people from heavy alcohol consumption while on the hikes.
  • Any type of mind altering substances are discouraged and illegal while on the hikes. 


  • Breakfast starts at 5:30 AM on most days. 
  • Please follow the directions of your tour leader regarding meal times and be there on time to avoid eating cold foods or left overs. 
  • Please let us know if you have a particular dietary request or if you are vegetarian or vegan.
  • We cannot provide Kosher alternatives. 


  • We recommend that all our customers purchase full coverage travel health insurance plan before coming to Peru. Most airfare engines offer this service at the time of purchasing their flight tickets.
  • Yellow fever, malaria or other kinds of inoculation (vaccination) are NOT needed for when you visit Cusco’s Andean region.
  • Please let us know of any changes in your health conditions within the first 24 hours of your arrival to Cusco. We want to know your progress to acclimating to high altitude and your adaptation to the local food.