This trek takes you around the stunning Mount Salkantay, which is the second largest mountain in Cusco region (6,277m / 20,577ft). On your first day, you will enjoy the spectacular views of the snowcapped peaks such as: Salkantay Mountain and Humantay mountain range. However, the view at the top is stunning and unique. The walk to the famous Apacheta pass which is at 4650m/15,088ft is not strenuous nor very steep. Afterward, it is mainly a descent into more tropical area passing Andenes and Chaullay. On your third day, you will hike to LLACTAPATA (2,700m/9,157ft). From where you may enjoy the amazing views of Machu picchu, Huaynapicchu mountains and the Inca citadel of Machupicchu (Inca city). Ending at the most important mystic center of the world: Machu picchu.

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It is a challenging alternative to the Inca Trail, and the government hasn’t placed restrictions on how many people are allowed to complete it per day so you don’t need to book 4 months in advance. The name Salkantay is a quechua word meaning "Savage Mountain". From snow-capped mountains to the Amazon rainforest, this is a great way to travel to Machu Picchu.
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Useful Information

-Starting Altitude – 4650m / 15,200ft
-Highest Altitude – 4217m / 13,780ft.
-Walking Distance – 60.5 km / 37.5 miles
-Longest Day – Day 2, approximately 18 km/11 miles
-Coldest Night – Day 1 around 0º celsius
-Overall Difficulty – Difficult

At 4:00am,(time in peru) we pick you up from your hotel, then we drive in our private bus to Mollepata (2,850m/9,407ft) for 3 hours. Along the way there are spectacular views of the rural villages such as: Iscuchaca and Limatambo, stunning valleys and snow-capped mountains such as: Salkantay, with a stop for breakfast at Mollepata. Then we continue by bus to Soraypampa(3,850m/12,700ft), where we meet our horsemen, horses and pack all our equipment onto the horses. Afterwards we start the gradual climb of 570 meters by walk through pristine Andean valley landscapes for about 3.5 hours before arriving at Sorococcha(4,400m/14,517ft) for lunch. After lunch, we continue walking for one more hour to reach Apacheta pass (4,650m/15,367ft). At here, we can enjoy the spectacular views of snowcapped mountains such as Salkantay (6,277m/20,717ft), Humantay, Huayanay, white rivers, and small lakes. At the Apacheta Pass, you can leave a piece of rock carried from the bottom as a present to the Apu Salkantay(Mountain god), During Inca times, the walkers used to leave their shoes, clothes, jewels or simply piece of rock as an offering. We continue walking for 2 hours downhill to our first campsite at Huayracmachay.

After an early delicious breakfast, we descent for 4 hours toward the rural community of Wiñaypocco for lunch, passing Chaullay and enjoying the Peruvian cloud forest with a lot of opportunities to see Toucan, Woodpecker and Peacock. After lunch we walk for 3 more hours through the beginnings of the rainforest; enjoying a myriad of flora and fauna including orchids, birds, coffee, cacao and fruit plantations. Finally we arrive at La Playa where we spend the second night (2,050m/6,767ft)

Today is the most beautiful and relaxing day on our trek. After a delicious breakfast we walk for 3 hours up hill through the original Inca route towards the ruins of LLACTAPATA located at 2,700m/8,907ft.(only from May to September) From where you may enjoy the different angles views of the citadel of Machu Picchu and the mountains of Machu Picchu and Wayna picchu, Canyons and another Inca trail can be seen as well. After time to enjoy the amazing views, we descent for 2 hours to Hidroelectrica for lunch. Then we take the train with extra cost $ 32 to Aguas Calientes town where you will spend the night in a private hostel.

We leave our hostel after a very early breakfast to take the bus for the journey up to Machu Picchu ruins. Once inside Machu Picchu ruins we provide a guided 3 hour tour with plenty of free time for further exploring, taking photos and the for climb Huayna Picchu ask for available or up to the Sun Gate. Then back to Aguas Calientes town for a lunch and at approx 14:55 or 16:00 we take our return train to Ollantaytambo with a bus connection to Cusco city arriving back at your hotel / hostel.

  • Pre-trek briefing with your tour guide.
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning of the trek departure.
  • Private transport from Cusco to Mollepata-Soraypampa (starting point of the trek)
  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu
  • English speaking, experienced professional guide
  • Comfortable tents (sleeping 2 people in a 4 person tent)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request)
  • All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes (touristic restaurant )
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room and bathroom
  • Mules and horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen – 7 kilos of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our mules
  • Provision of a horse in case of emergency such as illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
  • Basic foam sleeping mattress
  • Private guided tour within Machu Picchu
  • Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes

  • Walking sticks (rentable)
  • Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°C (rentable for $20 for duration of the trek)
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientas to Machu Picchu and return
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Entry to Huaynapicchu ($20)
  • Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes
  • Extra activities such as zip line and barbecues.
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the last day
  • Additional horses for extra personal luggage above that of the personal item allowance.
  • Optional up – grades (train and hotel)
  • Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide
  • A lightweight, waterproof day pack with change of clothes for the whole period of the trek (must not exceed 7 kilos)
  • Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°c (rentable for $20 for duration of the trek)
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and trekking pants (trousers)
  • Layers of clothes, include thermals, for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Head torch with spare batteries
  • Camera with extra film and batteries
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses
  • Woolen socks, gloves, scarf, woolen hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent
  • Extra plastic bags, especially in the wet season
  • Waterproof clothing or a rain poncho
  • Water bottles and water purifying tablets – Optional
  • Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips
  • Walking sticks (rentable)
  • Favorite snacks
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Toilet paper
  • Sandals or flip-flop
  • Swimming costume
  • Original passport and ISIC card if is applicable.
Group Service Prices

Price per person : This will depend on the amount of people coming to the trek and to the kind of accommodation

  • Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 18’s Discount: US$20

Optional Extras:
  • Sleeping Bag US$20
  • Walking Pole US$15
  • Single Tent Supplement US$30
  • Huayna Picchu permit US$20

Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable Deposits for TREKS and Short Tours
There is a $200 per person deposit needed to your trek/tour with Haku Travel. The deposit can be made through PayPal, which will incur a 5.5% PayPal merchant fee paid by the traveler or by a wire directly to our bank (Bank of America or Citibank) for free if you are a fellow account holder. All deposits are fully non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event that you need to cancel your trip, cancellation fees will be assessed as outlined below under Cancellation Policy. It is not possible to transfer your deposit to another person’s trek if cancelling, they will need to send in their own deposit.
If you are booking a full itinerary, including hotels, with Haku Travel, we will require 50% of the total value as a deposit. If you must CANCEL, refunds other than the non-refundable $200 deposit required for all tours, will be returned if your start date is more than 60 days away. Once you are within 60 days of your tour beginning, money will no longer be refundable.
Final Payment Terms
For all treks and small tours, final payment is due at least three days before your tour begins with Hatu Travel. This is normally paid directly in our office, but can be paid in advance by PayPal with a 5.5% fee or wire to Citibank. In the office we accept both US and Peruvian currency, any denomination but NO torn bills.
Cancellation Policy for Treks and Small Tours
Notification of cancellation must be made in writing to If you are within 8 weeks of your tour start date, further payment is needed as follows:
  • If you cancel 8 weeks or more days before departure: Cancellation fees equal the amount of your deposit.
  • 8 weeks to 4 weeks before departure: 60% of the total tour price is due.
  • 4 weeks to 5 days before departure: 80% of the total tour price is due.
  • 5 days to 36 hours: 90% of the total tour price is due.
  • 36 hours or less before departure: 100% of the total price is due.
We charge these fees because there are many expenses that Hahu Travel pays to set up these tours. There are no exceptions unfortunately, but if you need a letter for your insurance company to help recover some of the cost, we would be happy to supply one.
Inca Trail Permits
Inca Trail permits are 100% non-refundable, non-transferable. Permits are issued in the name and with the passport number of the trekker and cannot be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances.

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