Salkantay Nevada Trek, a 6,272m peak, is one of the most beautiful mountains in the Andes and one of Peru’s best and well-known treks. Right in the heart of the Andes surrounding the Cusco region, this trek is within easy reach of Cusco itself.

Over the course of four days, you’ll pass by a beautiful glacial lake; up and over the Salkantay Trek pass (4,650m), and descend down into the dense vegetation of the Peruvian cloud forest. Directly to the north of Salkantay lies Machu Picchu, which is at the end of a ridge that extends down from this mountain.


  • Experience the glacial lake of Humantay
  • Cross over the 4,660m Salkantay pass before a descent down into cloud forest
  • Visit the lesser-known picturesque ruins of Llactapata
  • Explore the fabled sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Relax and enjoy the views on the train ride back from Machu Picchu

Fast Facts

  • Maximum Elevation – 4,650m
  • Start/Finish – Cusco/Cusco
  • Trek Style – Camping
  • Best Season – May to October

Reaching the citadel from the back entrance of the valley is a stunning way to arrive and appreciate the citadel from a different perspective. The Salkantay Nevada Trek proximity to Machu Picchu makes trekking around it an excellent alternative to the oversubscribed Inca Trail.

Day 1
Cusco - Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa (Humantay Lake)
Relatively early in the morning you'll be picked up from your hotel, in private transport, travelling for around 4 hours. Upon reaching Mollepata, you'll meet up with our arrieros and mules that carry all of the equipment. In this zone it's possible to see the beautiful snow-capped nevada of Salkantay. Afterwards you'll trek for roughly 4 hours ascending the mountain Sayllapata where it’s time to have lunch. Afterwards you'll continue on the trail until reaching campsite at Soraypampa, where dinner will be served.
  • Walking Distance – 12km / 7.45 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 3,350 m
  • Highest Elevation – 4,600 m
  • Campsite Elevation – 3,920 m
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner (incl. snacks)
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Overnight: Soraypampa
Day 2
The Salkantay Pass - Chaullay
Early in the morning you’ll have breakfast and then starting a 3 hours trek until reaching the highest point of our expedition, The Salkantay Pass (4,600m). From there, tracking down towards Wayracpunku, to have the next meal & pitstop. Afterwards, the journey will continue going into the high jungle. The trekking will last around 5 hours to reach campsite in Chaullay where you'll take dinner and rest.
  • Walking Distance – 22 km / 13.7 miles
  • Starting Elevation – 3,800 m
  • Campsite Elevation – 2,750 m
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,650 m
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (incl. snacks)
  • Accommodation: Camping
Day 3
Chaullay - La Playa - Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes
The following morning, after a good breakfast you'll continue trekking through La Playa & Sta. Teresa bringing us to the Hidroélectric train station. Taking lunch here, you'll continue walking along the train track that leads you through vibrant jungle climate to the final destination of Aguas Calientes. Trekking for about 3 hours and along the way you'll encounter beautiful waterfalls, different Eco-farms and wildlife, finally arriving into Aguas Calientes. Here you'll spend the night in a hostel before your exploration of Machu Picchu tomorrow.
  • Walking Distance – 26km / 16.1 Miles
  • Starting Elevation – 2,750 m
  • Campsite Elevation – 1,600 m
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (incl. snacks)
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Overnight: Aguas Calientes
Day 4
Machu Picchu
If you’re up bright and early, you’ll get to see the sun lighten up Machu Picchu. Follow a hiking trail up to the sanctuary for an early view and to avoid the crowds. You’ll have a fully guided tour, and for those who have requested it, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain is on the list. Enjoy your time here. Explore the ruins, have a snack, take some photos, or take a nap on the terraces. At the end of your time exploring, you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes and wait for your return train to Cusco or Ollantaytambo where transport will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour Info

Breakfast x 3
Lunch x 4
Dinner x 3
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
Horsemen & mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Accommodation in Aguas Calientes – x1 Night
Machu Picchu Entrance Ticket
Round-trip bus tickets
Return Train to Cusco & transfer to hotel
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Any additional extras
There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured
Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Peruvian food can be spicy, it can be strong and rich for many European diets. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, so please avoid at all costs on arrival and stick to bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request), and a mountain cook. They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude.
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru.
From June through to the end of September, we’re offering one person free on all of our treks for group sizes of 3+. If you are a group of 2 you can add one person for free, or if you’re a group of 3 the third person joins free and so on.

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  • All meals as indicated in the plan
  • Private bilingual guide for all activities
  • Private transport for all location transfers
  • Camping equipment, food, mules & crew for the
  • Salkantay trek
  • All entrance tickets required for Machu Picchu
Not Included
  • International Flights
  • Domestic Flights (can be organised as part of plan)
  • Hotels before or after trek (can be organised as part of plan)
  • Tips for guide & crew
  • Any additional meals required
  • Any additional extras
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