The Salkantay Trail

7-day lodge-based trek to Machu Picchu

The Salkantay Trail

Experience the mountains of Peru in comfort on this fully lodge-based trek to Machu Picchu. An alternative to the standard camping-based routes, on the Salkantay Journey you will stay in four top-quality mountain lodges, all of them located in pristine areas on a remote, uncrowded trail to Machu Picchu.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Cusco to Salkantay Lodge

    You will be met at your hotel in Cusco after an early breakfast by your guide & driver and set off immediately for Soraypampa.

  2. Day 2: Hike to Humantay Lake

    Today is a chance for you to further acclimatise, with a relatively moderate hike on the slopes above Salkantay Lodge to Humantay Lake, which is fed by the hanging glaciers of Mt. Humantay.

  3. Day 3: Cross the Salkantay Pass

    This morning’s hike will see you climb the Rio Blanco Valley, circle Humantay Peak (with dramatic views of Mt. Salkantay), before crossing the Salkantay Pass, the highest point of the trek at 4,640m. This will be the toughest and longest day of the trek, with a total altitude gain of 750m.

  4. Day 4: Descend to Colpa Lodge

    Today’s mostly downhill hike will be a pleasant contrast to yesterday’s steep ascent. After a leisurely breakfast at the lodge, continue your journey down to the valley floor and the Salkantay River. You’ll notice the temperature rise and the air become a little more humid as you descend further into the foothills.

  5. Day 5: Hike the Santa Teresa River Valley

    This morning will see you follow a well-trodden trail through the Santa Teresa River Valley. This is a populated area with several small villages, and during the morning’s trek you’ll pass farmer’s fields and fruit & coffee plantations – producing, many claim, some of the best organic coffees grown anywhere in Latin America! A hot picnic lunch will be served by the river.

  6. Day 6: Llactapata Pass, train to Aguas Calientes

    Set off early after a fulsome breakfast for the last day of your trek. This morning will you see climb 2-3 hours as you cross the Llactapata Pass (2,735m), where you will be greeted with your first view of the spectacular Machu Picchu sanctuary from the south – a unique view onto the sanctuary that very few trekkers get to experience.

  7. Day 7: Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary; return to Cusco

    Wake to an early breakfast at the hotel, then make your way to the bus station for the 30 minute ride to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

Price guide

Based on two travellers in shared twin/double accommodation, and travel in high season (Apr-Oct; Christmas & New Year). Low season rates start from £2,615 per person. For available departure dates, please contact us.

7 days from £3490pp


7 days from £3490pp

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