Salkantay trek 3 days, is an excellent option for lovers of hiking. In addition, for those who want to be very far from the bustling city and above 4600 meters above sea level. Salkantay trekking 3 days, is another alternative walk that will allow you to explore part of the Andes in 3 days. You will have incredible scenic views. Snow-covered mountains, colorful lagoons, deep valleys formed by small rivers that rise from the glaciers. "Join our expert hiking team in the Andes" Our highly trained staff. Guides and cooks will make your adventure a unique and unforgettable experience.

Salkantay trek Is for me?


Salkantay trek, Inca Trail to Machupicchu

Duration (days):

03 Days and 2 Nights ending at citadel of Machupichu

Duration (nights):

 01 nights in Soraypampa Lodge del Cielo “Sky Lodge” along the Salkantay Trek route

“Included in the final price” 01 night in Aguas Calientes “Accommodation can vary according your request”


English & Spanish “Other Languages on request”

Close Airport:

Cusco /Perú

The Highlights:

Salkantay Trek, the trail indeed which was named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, the salkantay snow peak and Machupicchu citadel  

Travel Style Salkantay Trek:


Unique trekking experience with lot of adventure to Machu picchu, made for outdoor activitie lovers.

Trip Type Salkantay Trek:

Small Group

Small group experience; Avg 12 persons “keep in mind that small group size means an authentic experience”.

Age requirement:

12+ all travellers under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Physical Rating/ Grading:


1 2 3 

Machupicchu Face



Full-day hikes (6-12 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up and down with than 3,500 masl of elevations) in some sections of the route.Demanding: with Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travelers.

The Distance Salkantay Trek:

 The Salkantay inca trail I difficulty starts with the distance 74 km (45 miles) total distance, covered over 3 days and 2 nights. The hike is generally broken down into:

  • Day 1: by car: Cusco – Soraypampa; Trekking Soraypampa – Collpapampa:
  • Day 2:  Collpapampa /   Aguas Calientes: 16 Km (9.94 miles) +19 Km (11.81 miles) By Car and Train 8 hours Trek “Moderate day”
  • Day 3: Aguas Calientesto Machu Picchu: 4 Km (2.49 miles) “Easy Day”.


Prices can vary according to the service level and inclusions.

Classic Services

Salkantay Trek Sky Lodge “Lodge del Cielo” with Expedition Train "Backpacker"

Please Check our Prices table in attached and their inclusions

Activity Salkantay Trek:

Trekking, Adventure






Please allow yourself at least 1 or 2 days in Cusco before your hike begins to Machu picchu.


 Overnight in our Lodge del Cielo “Sky Lodge”, Salkantay Sacred Mountain and Machupicchu Royal City

Limited Spaces:

 YES. To protect the historical trail of the Incas, the number of people allowed to hike in the Inca Trail, there are only 500 available spaces per day. That’s why, you should make your reservations in advance.

 Spaces are booked at short notice please make your reservations with three to six months in advance.

The spaces are fully booked during the high tourist season which is from May to September.

More about the


The ancient trail laid by the Incas from the Sacred Salkantay Mountain to Machu Picchu winds its way up and down and around the mountains, snaking over two high Andean passes on the route, which have collectively led to the route being dubbed ‘the Salkantay Inca Trail.’ The views of snow peaks, distant rivers, and cloud forests flush with orchids are stupendous for walking experience from one cliff-hugging pre-Columbian archaeological place mystical and unforgettable experience.

You Book, You Go…

Don’t Worry…

We Won’t Cancel:

While other tour companies generally cancel their trips due to low participation of travelers making over their passengers to other big groups tour operators, we guarantee that we will never cancel a trip because of low signing-up of participation.

for the departure date neither get our travelers to other tour operators! This makes to our travelers the assurance and peace of mind to know their travel plans are insured and guaranteed.

Request a Quote:

We can customize this trek as a private service just for you. Any detail can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and other destinations.

Day to Day Itinerary

Note: one day before this tour there will be a briefing with your guide in Cusco. We are picked up starting at 2:00 am “time can vary” at your Cusco hotel by ITEP guide and vehicle “Pick up time can vary and will be confirmed only on the day of your briefing”.

DAY By Car Cusco to Soraypampa “Trekking Soraypampa- Collpapampa”

Overnight at Collpa pampa camp site Sky Lodge with 2,870 masl /9,414 ft

We are going to pass through the mountain village of Mollepata in this place that we are going to stop for a short break before ascending to Soraypampa. If Some passengers did not have a chance to have breakfast this is going to be the perfect moment to enjoy a nice breakfast.

Here in Soraypampa, we are going to start our challenge day trek.

we will start our trek climbing the Salkantay Pass “We like to walk in a fresh early morning and before the sun comes out, before it puts on us the strong heat characteristic of the Andes.

 We continue our journey towards Machu Picchu, walking up to Rio Blanco valley and circling Humantay Peak across Salkantay Peak.

 The highest point of the ride is the Salkantay Pass with  4,638 masl (15,213 ft) at the pass we stop to take in views of snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction, with the glaciated south face of Salkantay trek towering above us.  We will keep our eyes out for Andean condors, often visible in this area. From the pass we descend towards the Wayra, (“Wayra”: wind; from the name of the location “Wayracmachay”: ‘the cave where the wind lives’) where we going to enjoy a delicious lunch, later we continue a 03 hours trek downhill until we reach our Campsite in the  route; dinner and overnight at the Sky Lodge.


Trekking Time: Approximately 12 hours (including picnic lunch in the route),Approximately 10 hours. Our style is just walk slow, enjoy the escenary, and talk with our tour guide.  A local man can make this trail in just 3 hours. But we going to do it in 10 hours including the Lunch time.

Walk and Terrain: Walk, on mostly steep trails, and some open slopes.


The name Salkantay or Salkantay is coming from the Inca´s word Sallqa, a Quechua word meaning wild, uncivilized, savage, or invincible, and was recorded as early as 1583.The name is thus often translated as "Savage Mountain".

Directly to the north of Salkantay lies Machu Picchu, which is at the end of a ridge that extends down from this mountain. Viewed from Machu Picchu's main sundial, the Southern Cross is above Salkantay’s summit when at its highest point in the sky during the rainy season. The Incas associated this alignment with concepts of rain and fertility, and considered Salkantay Trek to be one of the principal deities controlling weather and fertility in the region west of Cuzco.

About Our Lodge del Cielo base in Collpampampa: Our camp is located at 10 minutes walking from the village of Chaullay, Chaullay is a very crowded campsite lodge. Our Campsuite in Colpapampa  this gives us a huge advantage to have a 360 panoramic view of the Salkantay trek Valley, also it is a perfect place, away from the crowd and where we can know alittle of the local family.



DAY 2| Overnight in Aguas Calientes Village at 1,900 m/6,232 ft

This day we walk along the Santa Teresa river valley, through more populated rural areas. We pass through banana, passion fruit, avocado orchards and coffee plantations. The coffee grown here is said to be one of the best organic coffees in the world. Our ride takes us to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail”.

Then we board a car from “La Playa village” until Hydroelectric village “Train station” , we continue walking next to the rail way until Aguas Calientes also known as Machupicchu Village (approx. 3 hours) to Aguas Calientes, the town of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we check into a hotel for a celebration dinner with our guide and one last briefing for our next day experience!




Note - Those who prefer not to hike from Hydroelectric Village to Aguas Calientes can take the train experiencev40 minutes’ trip “price is not included”.  They will meet the rest of the group at the train station in Aguas Calientes together. (The guide confirms your preferences the night before.)

Trekking Time: Approximately 5 hours

Car and Train: Approximately 2 hours

Walk and Terrain: Walk on narrow trails

About Our overnight in Machupicchu Village: Hotel in Aguas Calientes will vary according your request and expectations.



DAY 3 | Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary

After a very early buffet breakfast at the hotel, we make our way to the bus station     for the ride up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary (30 min). Our trip leader will give an introductory guided tour of the inca city.

Machupicchu Guided Tour: Machupicchu Inca City open at 6 am. We going to be in the Inka City between 6 am and 7 am, after we show our entrance ticket we going to climb the best view point for take some Picture “The Guardian House”, after a 30 minutes in free time at your own discretion, Our Guide we will give as a lot of information about the Inka City for around 1 hour.



After the guardian House Guided explanation, you going to have 02 options.

1.- After the explanation of our Tour Guide from the Guardian´s House. - Climb to the Sun Gate. A trek up of one hour, a really great option for get best panoramic pictures of all the Andes. Those who arrive to the Inca Trail to Machupicchu arrive trough the Sun Gate; later you can come back to the Inca city and Visit by your own and at your own discretion the Inka City.

2.- After the explanation of our Tour Guide from the Guardian´s House. – We continue into the Inca city by another 1 hour, passing the mean plaza, the temple of 03 windows and much more, Once we arrive to the Sacred Rock “very close to the entrance gate  for Huaynapicchu Sacred Mountain”, Our tour guide will give you some free time in order to explore the Inca city at your own discretion. Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (not included in the price, spaces are limited, please let us know)

Very Important 1: According Machupicchu regulation, Once we enter to the sacred City is not allow to get back by the same paths “there are a lot of sign about wich route we should follow, and is just forbidden to stop in some places or just our return for those place we were before”, For that reason we advise you to enjoy every minute you will be in each inka place.

Very Important 2: According Machupicchu Regulaton, entrance fees is only one time, it means once you go out from the Inka City, you can not return, unless you get a new ticket.

Back to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus (included) and later board the Expedition train by 4:22pm to the Ollantaytambo Train Station where you will meet our private van and be transferred to your hotel in Cusco arriving around 8:30pm.

Return to Cusco at 3,360 m/11,021 ft

Meals: Breakfast Distance: 6kms/3.7mls Difficulty: Easy



  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. The meeting will be at 7:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
  • Transport: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel by private transportation to Challacancha, the starting point of the trek.
  • Experienced Guide: English speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route, including leading your group in ancient ceremonies! He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!
  • Personal accommodation in private campsites: Like our ancestors, we are very considerate of the Pachamama (Mother Earth). Therefore, our campsites and lodges are adapted to the environment to avoid generating negative impacts.
    • Night 1: Enjoy our camping huts, made of ichu (Peruvian feather grass) and wood to guarantee a pleasant rest with protection during cold nights in the mountains. 2 people will stay in each 4-person tent inside of each individual hut. We provide you with a thick camping mattress free of charge.
  • Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by the horses).
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu Archeological Site
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes: The last night of this trek is spent in a hotel in Aguas Calientes with a double or triple room, private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, breakfast, and luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu. This will either be Hotel Encanto Machu Picchu, depending on availability at the time of travel.
  • 1 Duffle Bag: You can put your personal luggage, up to 7 kgs (15.4 lbs), including your sleeping bag, in this bag to be carried by our horses.
  • Cargo Mules: On day 1, cargo mules carry the all camping equipment and your allowance of personal baggage (7 kgs/15.4 lbs). On day 2, your luggage will be carried by car or train to your destination.
  • Trekking Cook: A chef specialized in cooking on the trail, with an assistant, will prepare all of your delicious meals along the journey to replenish your energy. You will never go hungry!
  • Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners (Vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost)
  • Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite, you will woken up with a cup of coca tea! Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.
  • Tea time daily: Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide popcorn, biscuits, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you will not have to wait until dinner to relax, warm up, and enjoy a bite to eat!
  • Snacks on the trail daily: Our snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, caramels, etc. We will give this snack to you at the beginning of each day in your cloth bag.
  • One cloth snack bag per person: To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we will give you a cloth bag for your snacks.
  • Products for hygiene: Each morning, you will be provided with a warm, wet towel to clean yourself up with.
  • 1 Blanket or Liner per person
  • 1 Pillow per person
  • Light-weight plastic rain poncho
  • Medical kit: Our crew will bring a first-aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (“Expedition” service with Peru Rail at 18:20 PM)
  • Transport: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco (Day 3)
  • 24-hour guest service: We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your trek.
  • We will create a Memorable Lifetime Experience for you.


  • Sleeping Bags: You can rent one from our company if you do not have your own. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect from temperatures as low as -18ºC (0ºF). They are mummy form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use.
  • Bus Concetur to Machupicchu inca City: Most of the times the wait to board the bus to Machupicchu is from 1 hour to 1:30 min, So we prefer that you decide a day before your visit to the Inca city of Machupicchu. If you wish to take the bus considering the waiting time. Or if you prefer to do the last stretch of ascent walking up 45 to 1 hour "everything will depend on your physical state, after the trekking done".
  • Day 1: Breakfast: Approx. Usd5 to usd 10.00, Price can vary according your selection.
  • Last Day: Lunch and Dinner in Aguas Calientes. Approx. Usd 20 to 25.00, Price can vary according your selection.
  • Climb Huayna Picchu / Machu Picchu sacred mountain more USD 75 per person
  • Vistadome Panoramic train more USD 50 per person
  • Walking Sticks: You can rent a set from our company if you would like.
  • Horse with saddle + muleteer from Soraypampa - Laguna Humantay USD 25 per person
  • Horse with saddle + muleteer from Soraypampa - Abra de Salkantay USD 45 per person
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff: Please note that our agency staff is well paid, so feel free to tip or not tip as much as you wish.
  • Option: If you feel tired after the trek on day 3, you have the option to take a train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes. (Cost: USD $34.00)
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management (landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.)


For availability of spaces for this service, please contact us and we`ll send you detailed information, prices, terms and conditions.

Please keep in mind that significant price reductions are available for groups. All our tours are fully guaranteed, departure every day. Contact us for more information for the tour that you are choosing, or to begin customizing your own itinerary. recommendations:

Imperios Travel Experiences Peru is a tour operator travel agency in Peru and the city of Cusco, We really know what we do and offer, We are well managed, with several offices in Peru and a long list of travel destinations , offering all travel alternatives in Perú, from family trips, honeymoon trips and luxury travel, including adventure tours and exploring trips to the jungle, for almost any budget”

NOTEInka Trail Expeditions Perú, specializes in organizing the ideal travel plan to Peru, with hotels and destinations that you choose, because we have all confidential and promotional rates. For guidance on how to organize your custom package. Please write us.


Traveler Reviews

Mayra Villa
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