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Short Salkantay Hike  4 days – 3 nights

Short Salkantay Hike 4 days – 3 nights


The Salkantay  hike 4 days 3 nights is the short version of the classic Salkantay Trek, in this case the portion from Mollepata to Humantay Lake does it by bus instead of walking, the tour starts in Soraypampa and Humantay Lake to cross that same day the Salkantay Pass 15,000 fts to have a campsite in a beautiful place located close to the pass, the next days are the same than in the classic hike crossing the rain forest until arriving at Aguas Calientes to visit the incredible Machu Picchu on the last day.

  • First day:  Cusco – Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Corywayrachina.
  • Second day:  Coriwayrachina – Playa Sahuayacu.
  • Third-Day:  Playa Sahuayacu – Llaqtapata – Aguas Calientes.
  • Fourth day: Machupicchu – Train back to Cusco.



Salkantay Hike detailed itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Corywayrachina.

We will have breakfast at around 5:30 am and begin our hike to the highest pass on this trek at (4650m)/(15200ft), located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left.

From the pass, the view of the 2 snow-capped mountains is incredible. After a rest, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch for approximately 3 hours towards the jungle until we reach our second campsite.

  • Campsite: Colpapampa 3000 m / 9800 ft.
  • Distance: 13 km / 8.06 miles
  • Highest point: Salkantay pass 4650 m / 15200 ft.

Day 2: Coriwayrachina – Playa Sahuayacu.

After breakfast, at 6:30 am, we start trekking through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits, and plants. We will camp in the warm climate of La Playa Sahuayacu (2500m) / (8202ft).

  • Campsite: Playa Sahuayacu 2500 m / 8202 ft.
  • Distance: 12 km / 7.44 miles
  • Highest point: Colpapampa 3000 m / 9800 ft.

Day 3: Playa Sahuayacu – Llaqtapata – Aguas Calientes.

We will have breakfast at 6:30 am and then head for Llactapata, a 3-hour steady climb. Llactapata is an incredible Inca fort from which we will see Machu Picchu! After some photos and rest, we will continue on a 2-hour downhill hike passing a variety of plantations that produce coca, bananas, etc., until we reach the hydroelectric station.

At about 13:00 pm, we will take the lunch in the station where we will say goodbye to all staff, and continue with the hike until Aguas Calientes Town where we will spend a night in the hotel.

  • Distance: 19 km / 11.78 miles
  • Highest point: Llaqtapa 2760 m / 9052 ft.

Day 4: Machupicchu – Train back to Cusco.

The last day of the Salkantay hike we will have breakfast at 5:00 am and then catch a 25-minute bus ride, at approximately 5:30 am to Machu Picchu, in order to appreciate the magnificent city during its sunrises. A walking tour, approximately 2 hours, is given by your guide and after this, you can explore the mysterious city by yourself.

You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes, it can be reached by bus for lunch and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco.

The train usually leaves at 2:55 pm and we will arrive at Ollantaytambo at 4:40 pm and then will take the bus to Cusco and will arrive at Cusco at 7 or 8 pm.

Includes / Not include

Our Salkantay Hike Included

  • Professional, bilingual tour guide.
  • Walking tour in Cusco
  • Private transportation for all transfers.
  • 1 night of accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Assistant guide.
  • Pick up from the hotel.
  • Return transportation (bus to start of trail and tourist train back to Ollanta).
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • 1 Bus ticket up to the Machu Picchu world heritage site.
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4-afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits, and popcorn) and 3 dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • 4 man tents are provided for 2 people only.
  • Sleeping mattresses.
  • Horseman and mules (they carry cooking and camping equipment)
  • 1 night’s accommodation in Aguas Calientes.
  • Extra oxygen.
  • First-Aid kit.
  • A spare blanket per tent.
  • Toilet tent
  • Hot portable shower

Not Included but you can get from us

  • Entrances to Huayna Picchu Mountain (need to book in advance)
  • Entrances to Machu Picchu Mountain (need to book in advance)
  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us)
  • Personal porter up to 7 kgs or 14 kgs
  • Walking sticks (can be rented from us)

Not Included

  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 5
  • Water, (during the first 4 hours, after that, our team will provide you)
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Laundry

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