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Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu

This Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu.

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Multi Day Hike

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Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu

Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu

This Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu.

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Multi Day Hike

Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu 23 reviews
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Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu 

The SALKANTAY TREK 5 DAYS trek through varied landscapes, ending on day 5 with a visit to the magical city of Machu Picchu. This trek offers spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, turquoise lakes, Andean plateaus, waterfalls and high jungle.

The Salkantay Trek is a 5-day hike through the Andes Mountains in Peru, leading hikers to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. The trek begins in the village of Challacancha and takes hikers to the highest point of the trek, the Salkantay Pass, where they can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. From the pass, hikers will embark on a challenging descent through a variety of ecosystems, including cloud forest and tropical jungle. The final day of the trek culminates in a visit to the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, where hikers can spend the day exploring the ancient city with a guide. The Salkantay Trek is a physically demanding but rewarding journey that offers a true sense of adventure and a chance to experience the beauty and culture of the Andes Mountains.

Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu, Excellent hike through the Cordillera de Vilcabamba and pass through many impressive landscapes, where we will meet the famous Tropical Cloud Forest to the high Andes in this beautiful Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu. We will visit the Camp the first night in our private camp, located at the foot of the mountain of the Salkantay, surrounded by breathtaking views of the snow.

The famous 5 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, named among the top 25 treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure magazine, is a trek that everyone can do, without limitation of space or permits. Connecting the town of Mollepata, Cusco with Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trek is a remote Inca trail located in the same region as the Inca Trail, where huge snow-capped mountains collide with lush tropical forests. This hike is located less than fifty kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco in south-central Peru along with the Vilcabamba mountain range and rises to 6,271 meters above sea level (20,574 feet) Mt.
The name Salkantay is a Quechua word meaning «Wild Mountain». Our classic Salkantay trail is a custom-designed alternative to the traditional Inca Trail. An out-of-the-ordinary experience for adventure travelers looking for a hike away from the crowds. With more spectacular views, the 5 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu offers the solitude and quiet contemplation that a sacred trail deserves.
  • Departures: Every day.
  • Departures: All year-round.
  • Recommendation: Make your reservation in advance.

In the evening, we will observe stars to know the Inca constellations. We will stay in our camp the second night in our ecological and private camping, surrounded by green vegetation, lush, with fruit plantations like bananas, mangoes, avocados, and coffee,

Here we have a free hot shower Camp on the third night with breathtaking views of Machu Picchu, to enjoy the sunset and sunrise on the mountain of Machu Picchu. We will go through different microclimates.


DAY 1Soraypampa – Salkantay Tampa – Salkantay Pass – Wayracmachay

Sites to Visit DAY 1

Salkantay Trek  5 Days

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days, We will pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 am to begin our expedition to Machu Picchu. You will be greeted at your hotel by your trekking guide, cook, and porters to drive three hours in our private van at the head of the trail, Soraypampa.

You will enjoy your first breakfast, prepared by your trekking chef, and then start preparing for your trip. If weather permits, the views from this area are breathtaking.

You will see two great mountains, called Humantay (5,900 meters above sea level) and Salkantay (6,215 meters above sea level). Your guide will introduce you to the team, take a group photo, and around 8:30 am, you should be walking on your way to Machu Picchu. During the hike of the day, you will explore the Andes with alpine views all the time.

For two hours, you will participate in a gradual and uphill walk along the Salkantay valley until you reach, located 4,000 meters Salkantay Pampa for a rest and a beautiful view of the summit of the Salkantay Glacier and the Salkantay River.

After your break, you will continue the last hour uphill by switching back to our lunch spot in Laguna Suyroccocha, located 4,200 meters high. You will be impressed with the view along the way as you pass through streams, waterfalls on the slopes, and pictures of both mountains (Salkantay and Huamantay). Meals are always something to expect when walking with «SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES

On our first lunch, you will be greeted by your trekking chef and porters, who will be ready with hot drinks followed by an incredible family-style meal for you to enjoy.

This place is located near the mountain of Salkantay trek, so you will see and hear some avalanches that fall from the hill of the glacier peak Salkantay. You can take a little nap after lunch until it’s time to continue your expedition.

It will start with the last uphill of the day, towards the Salkantay Pass at 4,650 meters of height, the walk’s highest point. This will take about an hour; we will reward your hard work with hot drinks or coca tea. As the sky begins to change color, you can enjoy these incredible views without any other tourists. The views surround you.

You will be looking towards the peak of Salkantay, valleys, clouds rising over the valleys, and the beginning of the sunset, over the mountains. If there is enough time, you will have a short walk to enjoy the small, colorful lake at the foot of the glaciers. Finally, your last two hours and a half will be downhill to our first camp,

Wayracmachay is located 3,800 meters high. Again, you will experience some breathtaking views. You will enjoy the back of the mountain, which always has snow on the roof, and the cloud forest at the bottom of the valley.

Hopefully, the weather will allow you to see the sunset over this magical place and watch the condors flying overhead. At about 5:30 p.m., you will get to your campsite, located at the foot of Salkantay Mountain, and your trekking staff will have your tents set up and with your duffel bags ready. They will provide hot water to wash and change into something warm.

We will have a happy hour with hot chocolate and coffee, followed by dinner. Weather permitting, you can enjoy the blue sky, as your tour guide will show you the Inca constellations.


  • Walking Distance: 15 km
  • Elevation Gained: 850 meters
  • Elevation Descended: 850 meters
  • Weather: Cold, windy, rainy in the wet season
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Salkantay Trek 4 Days

DAY 2Wayracmachay – Chaullay – Ccollpapampa La Playa – Sahuayaku

Sites to Visit DAY 2

5 Days Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu

We will start our walk early with a hot drink to help you create the day. We will have the opportunity to see the sunrise, over the peaks and clouds of the glaciers, rising from the green and foggy forest. You will have time to pack and enjoy a good breakfast, prepared by our cook.

Around 7 am, we will begin the hike, which will be 4 hours downhill, until arriving at his lunch, called Collpapampa, at 2,700 meters high. After lunch, we notice that the microclimate changes from cold and glacial views to a warmer forest with green jungle and lush and beautiful flora and fauna.

There will be a diversity of orchids to appreciate, as well as ferns and begonias flowers. We will enjoy the company of colorful hummingbirds. After lunch, we will gradually go for 5 hours of descent to our camp, called Sahuayacku or La Playa, 2,400 meters high. On the way, we will appreciate beautiful waterfalls, rivers, and again, flora and fauna. This tropical forest climate is where people grow coffee, passion fruit, papayas, oranges, and avocados. Upon arrival at the camp, you will be greeted by your trekking staff and will have time to enjoy your afternoon with hot drinks and dinner.


  • Walking Distance: 18 km
  • Campsite Elevation: 2,400 meters
  • Elevation Descended: 1,400 meters
  • Weather: Warm and hot

DAY 3La Playa Sahuayaku – Lucmabamba Coffee Farm – Inca Trail – Llactapata – Camp in Front of Machu Picchu

Sites to Visit DAY 3

Salkantay Trek 5 Days

 After breakfast, we will start a shorter day, but more interesting. You will experience the most beautiful scenery along your trek to Machu Picchu. You will explore the rainforest and visit an organic coffee farm, where you can taste the coffee prepared by local people.

Coffee is the primary agricultural industry of the local population. They cultivate large hectares of coffee to export to the United States, Asia, and Europe. Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia, but it was not until the Spanish invaded Cusco brought to this region. We will also explore some orange and avocado farms. When you have finished, you will have the opportunity to climb part of the Inca trail for two and a half hours.

You will see will appreciate breathtaking views of the Santa Teresa valley, up to the Llactapata Inca site, just in front of Machu Picchu. This will be the first site you see of the Lost City of the Incas. We will appreciate the ruins of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu from this place. You will explore and learn about the Inca site with your tour guide.

There will be plenty of time to take photos. Then we will walk for 15 minutes downhill; we will take our lunch in the camp. A local family owns this camp. This is a great place to enjoy the sunset and sunrise over Machu Picchu. After lunch, we will have time to enjoy the views and relax from the hike. Once again, we will have a happy hour, with tea and coffee, and your cook will prepare a meal for dinner.


  • Walking Distance: 12 km
  • Campsite Elevation: 2,700 meters
  • Elevation Gained: 400 meters
  • Weather: During day time hot and humid, chilly at night
5-Day Glamping Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek Luxury

5-Day Glamping Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek Luxury

DAY 4Llactapata Mirador – Aguas Calientes Hotel

Sites to Visit DAY 4

We’ll start our Salkantay Trek 5 Day the day with a hot mate of coca. You will prepare for today’s activities and enjoy the last breakfast prepared by your cook.

We will start our two-hour hike downhill, with breathtaking views of Machu Picchu, until we reach the hydroelectric station.

The impressive part of this area is the natural waterfall, 300 meters high, which generates electricity for the region of Cusco.

Then, we will arrive at the famous Intiwatana (solar clock). According to history, this Inca stone worked with the renowned sun rock in Machu Picchu during the winter solstice, which was the beginning of a new season of cultivation for the Incas. After passing through this small Inca site, you come to the train rain road suitable for walking.

In 3 hours, we will arrive at «Machu Picchu Pueblo», located at the foot of the Machu Picchu valley. This section was used by American Professor Hiram Bingham, who rediscovered Machu Picchu after centuries of being lost.

He walked through this valley, looking for the lost city of Vilcabamba. He met the farmer Melochor Artaega, who guided him to Machu Picchu. We will pass by the estate of Melchor Arteaga, where we will see many species of flora and fauna, among them the famous Peruvian national bird called «gallito de las Roccas,» toucans, parrots, and orchids.

Finally, upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, we can enjoy lunch. in the restaurant. Then, we will go to your hotel to enjoy a shower of hot water and a visit to the famous hot springs (10 soles, not included) of Aguas Calientes. In the evening, you can enjoy your final dinner in the restaurant too


  • Walking Distance: 14 km
  • Aguas Calientes Elevation: 2,000 meters
  • Weather: Hot and warm

Machu PIcchu Inca Trail Equipment

Machu PIcchu Inca Trail Equipment

Machu PIcchu Inca Trail Equipment

DAY 5Machu Picchu (The Sacred City of The Incas) – Return to Cusco

Sites to Visit DAY 5

Today is the most important day of your trek, and to make the most of the day, we will start the day with a good breakfast early before taking one of the first buses to Machu Picchu (from 5:30 in the morning). The Hotel will prepare your bags upon your return from the tour.

The bus will take 30 minutes to reach the top of Machu Picchu. Once you arrive, your guide will introduce you to Machu Picchu. We will head to a beautiful place to watch the sunrise and take photos. The Guide will show you the Inca City of Machu Picchu 02:30 hours, teaching you more about the history and culture of the Incas. At the end of the tour, you will have time for yourself or, if you are organized to walk Huayna Picchu (must be booked in advance as it is sold and costs $ 25 per person),

Your Local Guide will show you where to begin this hike. Which will not take more than two hours round trip. Then later, we will return to take our bus to return to Machu Picchu Pueblo around 3 pm, as his train usually leaves at 4:20 pm. We will take a train back to Ollantaytambo for two hours, followed by a two-hour drive, back to your hotel in Cusco.

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Machu PIcchu Inca Trail Equipment

Machu PIcchu Inca Trail Equipment


Included on the Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu
  • Pre-departure briefing on your hotel or in our office
  • Two Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 people / 6-8 with one tour guide).
  • Tourist bus “Cusco to km 82.”
  • Salkantay Trail permits and Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
  • Hotel in Cusco
  • Walking stick
  • Wifi
  • Hot shower
  • Sleeping bag
  • Admission document to the Inca Road System by SERNANP – INCA TRAIL “National Service of Natural Protected Areas.”
  • Indigenous porters to carry camping equipment.
  • Extra porter to carry 7 kg/15.4 lb. customer’s items.
  • Tent: 02 people in each.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad.
  • Camping equipment.
  • One Kitchen tent.
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities.
  • One cook and Assistant cook.
  • One chief porter.
  • Meals: 4 breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 dinner, Daily morning snack
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Our kitchen staff uses biodegradable dishwashing detergents.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Machu Picchu guided tour for 2 hours.
  • Bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town.
  • Train return to Ollantaytambo and private transport from Ollantaytambo station to Cusco.

No Included

No Included on the 5 Day Salkantay Trek
  • Tips (Tipping is 100% optional depending on the service you received)
  • Travel Insurance for 5-Days of Salkantay Trek
  • water the day 1 and 5


What is the Salkantay trek 5 Days?

The 5 Day Salkantay Trek is one of the many treks that can be found in the Cusco region, Peru. It has a total distance of 75 km (46 miles) at a maximum altitude of 3000 m (10 000 ft), so it is considered to be a strenuous trek.

This Salkantay 5-Day trek starts in Cusco, where you are picked up from your hotel to take you to Mollepata or Soraypampa.

This Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu, you can also see Llaqtapata. Pronounced as «Yakhta-Pata», Llaqtapata is an archaeological site about 5 km from Machu Picchu. It is believed that in Inca times, it was a resting place on the way to Machu Picchu. Still today, on some treks, Llaqtapata is used as a resting place. Make sure you choose the right itinerary

The 5-day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu goes up to the Salkantay pass at an altitude of 4580 m altitude is the highlight of the trek and one of the reasons why the Salkantay trek is such a challenge for trekkers.

How difficult is the 5-Day Salkantay Trek?

If you really think the Salkantay trek 5 Days is difficult, don’t worry, it is not. It is a gentle ascent that you will enjoy. This trek is intended for classic travelers, which means that all people with moderate fitness are capable of doing it. The same applies to the Salkantay trek. It is not easy, but it is not very difficult to accomplish either. When considering the Salkantay trek, you just need to be aware of a few details that we will guide you through.

What To Bring

Packing list to 5 Days Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu

  • A Good daypack.
  • Original passport.
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
  • Three pairs of trekking pants.
  • One rain jacket: The first night, the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • One warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf, and woolen hat for cold nights).
  • Four shirts.
  • Two long-sleeve shirts.
  • One good sleeping bag.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray.
  • Water.
  • Digital Camera and film
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
  • Bandages or moleskin.
  • Flip flops. Your toes will thank you!
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Something to read in the evenings
  • Extra money.


Luxury All Inclusive Service
Number of personsPrice per person

Prices: Salkantay trek 5 Days Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2022 through January 2023. All prices quoted are $USD

  • Group service $620 per person

Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need for extra Porter hire!).

Discounts: Salkantay trek 5 Days 

  • Student Discount 20$ dollars
  • Under 15 years will pay as a student: US$20.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00

Optional Extras (Need to Book in Advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing:  USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)

Frequently Asked Questions: Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu

Frequently Asked Questions Salkantay Trek 5 Days

The Salkantay hike is also known as the route of the sacred snow-capped mountains (APUS) that starts from the city of Cusco and then goes by bus to the place called Challacancha, this is a pilgrimage road has a distance of 89 km through unique landscapes with unique flora and fauna, lagoons, cloud forests, and rainforest and ending at the temple of wisdom (Machu Picchu).

The Salkantay Peak -Wild Mountain- is located within the Vilcabamba mountain range, northwest of Cuzco. Salkantay is one of the highest and most spectacular mountains in the Andes (6,271 m/20,574 ft).

National Geographic’s Adventure Travel magazine included the Salkantay among the 25 best treks in the world.

How far do we hike each day?

5-Day trekking, on the first day, is for training and the second day is the most difficult because of the altitude, the third day is a short day, the fourth day is a very long day but you will not have problems with the weather because it is the jungle to Machu Picchu town and the fifth day is basically bus, that means we will walk between 5 to 8 hours per day, reasonable averages to enjoy this incredible trek.

How difficult is the 5-Day Salkantay Trek?

Even for an experienced traveler, the Salkantay hike 5 Days will be complicated but not impossible because of the difficulties that there are in the different days demanding you physically, but in recent years there is the possibility of renting horses and taking the most difficult part of this trek, for this it is very important to acclimatize in Cusco 2 or 3 days to avoid difficulties with the altitude and of course exercise and be in good shape.

The complete trek is 72 km and with options of 4 and 5 days and is considered slightly easier than the classic Inca Trail.

What’s the most challenging section of the Salkantay Trek 5 Days?

The high point of Salkantay is at 14.760123 feet above sea level, which is the most difficult stretch during the Salkantay, there are several reasons for the wind, little oxygen, and may have altitude sickness but take it easy because there is the option of renting horses, especially when ascending and basically the descent is somewhat lighter in general with a steady pace if you can make it.

Can I hike the Salkantay Hike at any time?

The best months to make this excursion are between April and September, with very clear days with incredible views of the landscapes and very cold but bearable nights.

The rainy season is between October and March with cloudy days and cold nights even so the views are not very spectacular, for lovers of the mystical are incredible scenery and the least recommended month is February there is a lot of rain and landslides and the road is not safe instead Machu Picchu is open all year round, in general, the most recommended months are the dry dates,

When is the best time to hike the 5-Day Salkantay Hike?

the best months to make this excursion are between April and September, with blue sky with incredible views so you can take the best pictures and make beautiful memories of this magical country

Salkantay Trek without a guide?

The answer is yes, it is possible to do it on your own or with a group carrying all your trekking gear without cooks, guides, or muleteers, but you run the risk of getting lost as some days the path is not so clear and the best recommendation is to book with SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES, to have a mystical experience

Salkantay Trek 5 Days with Childrens?

This trek in some days are very tiring and regularly other days are calmer, the recommendation for children there is the option of taking horses during the first and second day as they are the most tiring days, of course, they must have acclimatization of 2 to 3 days in Cusco to avoid complications in this trek, and always do some walking exercises in their different countries that come and from 10 years old can make these treks

Can I use my mobile/cell phone on the Salkantay Trek?

The Salkantay trek becomes more popular every year and also more facilities for the hiker, which means that in every camp there is wifi and you will not have problems to make emergency calls and about the signal coverage there is only in some places sporadically and there is also the option to charge your cell phone, camera, etc.

What is the weather like?

The climate in recent years was changing abruptly due to global warming and the different altitudes that are in this Salkantay trek, basically, the biggest concern is the first day and in Salkantay pass with strong winds and at night the temperature drops below zero, and the following days are calmer because you get to warmer places and will not have difficulties with the weather.

What should I bring to the Salkantay Trek?

  • A good daypack.
  • Original passport.
  • Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
  • Three pairs of trekking pants.
  • One rain jacket: The first night, the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • One warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf, and woolen hat for cold nights).
  • Four shirts.
  • Two long-sleeve shirts.
  • One good sleeping bag.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Bug spray.
  • Water.
  • Digital Camera and film
  • A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
  • Bandages or moleskin.
  • Flip flops. Your toes will thank you!
  • Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Something to read in the evenings
  • Extra money.

Why do I need to make a deposit?

We recommend making your reservation in advance and we will guarantee your Spaces for this hike.

Each reservation needs 30% of the deposit as the first payment. The final balance(70%) will be paid in Cusco (Briefing Day). About Payment, you must choose where would you like to make the deposit: Payment system online,

We use the money from your deposit to make several important purchases, including the entrance fee to Salkantay Trek, the entrance fee to Machu Picchu, bus tickets, and train tickets. In addition, making a deposit assures us that you will be coming on the trek, and are unlikely to cancel at the last minute. This helps us with knowing how much food to buy, how many of our guides to using for the trek, etc. The deposit is non-refundable once we receive it because we will immediately use it to purchase the tickets mentioned above.

What happens after I make the security deposit?

First, we will send you an email to confirm your payment. Then we will contact you to offer you different hotel or hostel options in Cuzco, as well as inform you of other tours you might be interested in.

Two weeks before your tour date, we will contact you by email to request the final payment. We will also ask you where you will be staying in Cuzco, to be able to pick you up on the day of your hike.

After we receive the final payment, we will send you an email confirming your tour date and informing you of important contact information for our tour agency, as well as some final tips to prepare for the trek.

Can I change my starting date for the Salkantay Hike 5 Days?

Something very important for the customer is to give a quality service for it, once we buy your tickets with your deposit can only change the start of the trek with additional 200 dollars, the reason that the tickets are not refundable or transferable so it is very complicated and delicate, for that we recommend that you plan very well to have no details with your trip.

Is altitude sickness a problem? What should I do to avoid altitude sickness?

One of the problems of Cusco is the altitude, so before making this trek is to be 1 or 2 days in Cusco to acclimatize and we do not recommend alcohol before the hike and drink plenty of water or rehydrating drinks during the day and not eat much and chew coca leaves will help a lot in the altitude and carry some medicine for altitude sickness.

What should I do if I get altitude sickness?

It is always necessary to be in Cusco before any excursion in order not to have altitude problems, if you suffer during the excursion, let your guide know immediately so that he can help you since they have a first aid kit and will give you pills for altitude sickness and basically it is easy to recognize altitude sickness with stomach problems, headache, dizziness and general malaise.

Do you provide water during the Salkantay Trek?

Yes we will provide you with water to drink throughout the tour and you will have no problems, there are also streams along the route basically the water is clean and you should carry a purification pill this is in case of emergency, in general, there are also stores so you can buy beer, Gatorade, etc.

What is the environmental impact of my trek like?

In the Salkantay trekking every year is cleaned in February to keep clean and also during the high season months in each camp there are garbage cans, in general in this excursion is doing everything possible to keep clean for future hikers.

Are there bathrooms during the Salkantay Trek 5 Days?

During most of the excursion, there are no bathrooms, basically, there are in the camps but remember that they are very basic and in some places you will have to pay 1 sol, this is a kind of economic aid to the villagers, in general, you will have to carry your toilet paper and in Aguas Calientes, you will have your hotel and private bathroom.

What is the food like on the Salkantay Trek 5 Days?

A cook, and kitchen assistant accompanies each group on this excursion and the food is one of the highlights having breakfasts, lunches, and dinners every variable from local food to fusion and we have the option of vegetarian food.

What are the guides on the 5-Day Salkantay Trek?

One of the most important is to have a good guide to have an unforgettable experience, so SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES has the best leaders who know the route very well and with a very good English, of course, depending on the client specializing each year and are knowledgeable in history, archeology, ecology and are from Cusco.

To be able to continue working with the guides we give a higher salary than the others and they are well treated.

What happens if I fall ill, can’t keep up or there is an emergency?

The idea of a hike is to enjoy every second, every minute, every day and basically, it is not a competition for which we will always have staff at the back and you will be totally safe and walk at your own pace.

How is the food in the salkantay trek 5 days?

In the Salkantay Hike 5 Days, the food is very varied and delicious, there will be pancakes, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, toast, local soups, rice, fried potatoes, sauces, noodles, and noodles, noodles general each meal will be different and abundant.

the water is totally drinkable, every day we will provide it until the end of this trek, is to organize with the cook so that you do not lack water and if you want drinks like beer, Gatorade there is in each camp

What are the toilet/washing facilities like?

There are no toilets on this trail, there are only in each camp but they are very basic and at the end of the tours every day our staff will give you warm water to wash your hands and face and bring wet wipes and gel.

Do we need to take our own sleeping bags and mats?

You will have no problem renting sleeping bags, SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES has the best four-season sleeping bags as well as hiking poles included.

Travel Guide Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu

To do this Salkantay 5 Days trek you should take it as easy as possible. This is not a mountain race, so it is best to take your time to enjoy the scenery. Hydrate yourself adequately. The higher the altitude, the more water you need, and one of the benefits of trekking are that you burn a lot of calories.

On the first day, you should know that you can rent a horse for the second day. This can help you to relax when climbing the Salkantay Pass. You will enjoy it better

When should I do the Salkantay trail 5 Days?

For the Salkantay 5-day trek it is necessary to know the climatic conditions you are in. In Cusco, there are two distinct seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. The dry season lasts from April to October and the driest months are June, July, and August.

The latter is also the most crowded season. For this hike, it is not necessary to have permits like the Classic Inca Trail.

How much does the Salkantay Trail 5 Days cost in Peru?

For this hike, we suggest you check our price table and see which option suits you best.

How high is the Salkantay Pass?

The Salkantay pass has an altitude of 4621 masl (15 100 fasl). On the Salkantay trek, you are most likely to cross the pass on the second day. You should take it easy on this hike if you are prone to altitude sickness.

Altitude sickness during the Salkantay Trek 5 Days

Altitude sickness can ruin your trip to Machu Picchu through the Salkantay trek. The maximum altitude you will reach in Cusco is 3399 meters above sea level. And the maximum altitude in the Salkantay trek is 4621 m. However, from 3000 meters onwards the symptoms of altitude sickness may appear. Our experts at Sullpayky Experiences always advise those interested in the Salkantay trek to acclimatize properly.

Listen to your body

When your body needs rest, it tells you so. Listen carefully to your body. You should be attentive and talk about the symptoms of altitude sickness. Let your friends, guide and porters know how you feel and take a break.

Do not let it get worse. Eat as much as you can. Don’t skip meals, even if you don’t like what’s on your plate. Believe us, you will enjoy the food in Peru. The body works hard and needs a lot of carbohydrates to travel longer distances and overcome the altitude.

Forget the diet and buy extra nutrition bars. Doing the Salkantay trek 5 days is not hard work but you can easily burn over 4000 calories a day. In fact, maybe that’s one of the reasons why you love trekking. Eat, your body will thank you.

Alcohol and Coca Leaves on the Salkantay Trek 5 Days

If you drink alcohol, you will certainly drink during the Salkantay Trek. You will have to increase your water consumption. This is much easier when it is hot and you are sweating, but at high altitude, you need to be disciplined. Drink 3 to 5 liters per day and some tea when you can. Alcohol stimulates mountain sickness and it’s not just because it dehydrates you.

The Incas used coca leaves as a remedy for illnesses and physical problems. Today, coca leaves are still used to suppress the effects of altitude sickness.

Choose a longer itinerary. For example, the Salkantay 5 Day trek is slower and you will enjoy it better for 5 days and it will help you acclimatize to the altitude.

What to bring for the Salkantay Trek 5 Days

This packing list is focused on our passengers who have decided to do any of the Salkantay Trekking routes.

The bottom line of the Salkantay trek 5 Days

When packing your bags for Peru and the Salkantay trek, there are a few things you can’t leave behind. The following items are optional.

  • Valid passport (no copies accepted)
  • Valid student certificate (if you book as a student)
  • Migration card (the paper you receive when you arrive by plane)
  • Trekking boots (light, comfortable, and molded to your feet)
  • A good backpack (comfortable, small, and light)
  • Water storage for at least 2 liters (bottle, flask, or hydration backpack)

What to carry in your backpack for the 5-Day Salkantay Hike

The benefit of booking with us is that you don’t have to carry all your belongings on the hikes. You only have to carry the backpack and you can leave some things with the amazing porters that will make the hike lighter.

Don’t compromise on the quality of the backpack. It is important to note that due to local regulations, the backpack should not exceed 25 liters. You cannot enter Machu Picchu with large backpacks, so you must leave them at the gate of Machu Picchu.

  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm layers (long sleeves/fleece shirts)
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medications
  • Adhesive strips
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Additional snacks, nutritional bars, chocolate
  • Extra money for gifts, drinks, and tips (having cash and change is useful to pay for the first day’s use of the restroom)

Other items for the Salkantay trek 5 Days

Sullpayky Experiences will carry for you everything you don’t need during the day. The maximum weight allowed is usually 7 kg and that includes the sleeping bag and air mattress. We advise you to bring as light as possible and not too much.

Bring at least the following items:

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from the trekking company)
  • Air mattress (can be rented from the trekking company)
  • Lightweight footwear for camping
  • Comfortable jacket, hat, gloves
  • 2 or 3 breathable T-shirts
  • 1 or 2 trekking pants
  • 4 sets of underwear
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • 1 fleece jacket
  • 1 down jacket and warm jacket for colder nights
  • Quick-drying towel
  • Soap
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Face cream
  • Portable battery charger
  • Plastic bags for separating wet or dirty clothes

How to prepare for the Salkantay hike

The best way to prepare for this hike is to «walk» a little more. If you are lucky enough to be surrounded by hills or mountains in the city where you live, it’s time to visit them more often. When? If you are new to this, we suggest you start six months before your planned hike, just doing an hour (or two) of walking a week.

When you’ve improved your condition after 3 weeks it’s time to increase the intensity. Carry a 10 to 15 kg backpack and add one longer, three-hour hike a week. If this lifestyle is new to you, you will soon reap the benefits of trekking.

After a few months of this routine, hike longer and more often. You can simulate a few days of constant trekking by hiking for a few days.

Increasing your physical condition for the Salkantay hike

You’ll need a little extra strength. One way to get stronger is to do some basic strength work. You don’t need to get a gym membership, as just using bodyweight can give you the results you’re looking for.

Once or twice a week, depending on how you feel, you can do two sets of 10 squats and 10 step-ups. If you want to push yourself a little harder, you can try adding some weights exercises and increase the routine.

Where to book Salkantay Trek 5 Days

It is best to book in advance. The Salkantay trek always includes Machu Picchu at the end of the trip. For Machu Picchu, you need entrance tickets that must be arranged in advance. It is necessary a little time in advance to book entrance tickets to Machu Picchu.

Why Sullpayky Experiences!

In SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES we are not only a Travel Agency, we are a 100% Quechua family with more than 15 years of experience in the world of tourism. Our mission is to offer an unforgettable experience that will mark your life, based on Inca values: honesty, love and respect. For this reason, we offer a different kind of tourism, in which our priority is to give you more than a fun trip, a trip of reunion with yourself, to know your essence through the most sacred thing we have, our land, the Pachamama.

We are specialists in creating a personalized experience, so we have more than 28 tours that can be modified according to your needs (from the classic Inca Trail to innovative and alternative tours such as Moonstone) because there are many ways to know Machu Picchu, however, we are convinced that there is only one right for each client. . We also offer tours for clients with special needs.

We offer personalized assistance 24 hours a day, before and during your trip. When you contact us, you will be attended by our Peru travel experts, who will be happy to assist you and help you as soon as possible, answering your questions and providing you with information, as well as recommendations to prepare you physically and mentally for the experience you will live.

All our staff is 100% Quechua and is in constant training to always offer the best possible service. Our guides are Quechua mystics who will provide you with a unique experience. They also have basic training in photography and are equipped with a semi-professional camera to document your entire trip so you don’t have to worry about anything except enjoying every moment. Our cooks have chef training and will be informed of any dietary restrictions (such as allergies).

SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES is a local travel agency and tour operator authorized by the institutions that govern tourism regulations in Peru. That is why we have the necessary licenses and permits to operate within our country.
We also emphasize that we are against the exploitation of the Pachamama (earth) and our wayki (brothers), so we offer a totally ecological tourism and well paid for all our workers, as we seek to be the difference in everything.

We know you will be happy with our service, as evidenced by the hundreds of testimonials from our traveler clients from all over the world. See the recommendations and memories of travel experiences in various social networks such as TripAdvisor, which will explain why you should choose SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES for your next vacation in our country.

About our growth process
Continuous improvement is one of our commitments. One of our principles is that the work of each area is important to achieve the best final product. Therefore, throughout our history we have developed several projects with different areas, which have given us the following results:

We have completed the policy of our Integrated Management System as a sign of the guarantee of our organization.

Continuous training to tour guides, cooks, porters, drivers, people in charge of different areas such as Sales, Reservations, Operations, Administration, etc., in customer service, quality of service to tourists, knowledge of the route, and other topics concerning the tourism industry in Peru. Due to our progress in these areas, we have received the CALTUR 2021 Certification from the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism.

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SULLPAYKY EXPERIENCES – Travel Agency and Tour Operator, complies with all the requirements and licenses necessary to operate and offer various services in the field of tourism throughout the Peruvian territory. The institutions mentioned below are in charge of regulating the tourism industry in Peru and we are subscribed to them:

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