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Salkantay Trek 4 Days – Salkantay Trek 4D 3N

Salkantay Trek 4 Days, popularly known as Salkantay Trek 4D3N is one of the most popular treks in the world. The trek is popular as the best alternative to the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This high-altitude trek would be the highlight of your trip to Peru. 

On this Salkantay Trek 4 Days, you will be hiking from the Andes to the Tropical Jungle. 

The starting point of the trek is near the snow-capped Andean peaks. You will be hiking through the hidden gem of the Andes, Lake Humantay before descending to the dense cloud forest to visit Machu Picchu. 

The four-day Salkantay Trekking to Machu Picchu offers captivating views of the snow-capped Salkantay Humantay Andean peaks. You will get an insight into the life of the local communities that are untouched by modernity. They maintain their age-old traditions. 

The highest point of the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is at 4650 meters above sea level. It is highly recommended that you spend at least four days in Cusco before the trek to avoid altitude sickness. 

At Minka Peru Expedition, we take pride in working with locals. Our tour guides were born and raised in Cusco region. They have excellent knowledge about the Inca civilization and traditions. They are also fluent in English. 

We have this tour operating on a daily basis.

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Which is better Salkantay or Inca Trail?

Both the Salkantay Trek and the Inca Trail are good options. The Salkantay Trek starts at Mollepata town and traverses the unique Andean landscapes, including the Salkantay Mountain Pass, located at 4600 m.a.s.l. It ends at Aguas Calientes, which climate is much warmer due to its location in the rainforests of Peru. On the other hand, the Inca Trail follows an ancient road, which takes visitors through different environments, including the beautiful cloud forests. Also there are numerous Inca ruins scattered along the Inca Trail.

How fit do I need to be for Salkantay Trek?

In order to take the Salkantay Trek, travellers must have a good physical condition. People with health problems like heart diseases or high blood pressure must avoid taking this trek.

How do you prevent altitude sickness in Cusco?

Altitude sickness can be prevented by staying a few days in Cusco city without doing strenuous physical activities. This helps to acclimatize the body to the climate of the region. It’s also recommended to stay hidrated and get plenty of rest between tours.

  • Destination

  • Departure

    Pick up from your Hotel
  • Departure Time

    5:00 AM.
  • Return Time

    Approximately 6:00 PM.
  • Dress Code

    Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk
  • Included

    First aid kit and emergency oxigen
    Pick up from your Hotel
    Professional Guide
  • Not Included

    Walking Stick


We will pick you up at 0600 from your hotel in Cusco. Then, we will drive to a remote town called Mollepata. It is at 2800m.  The road to Mollepata offers beautiful views of the Apurimac valley. Mollepata will be our stopover for breakfast.  Then, we will drive for about an hour to Sayllapata (3200m). This is the starting point of the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.  We will meet our muleteers and chef here. Salkantay Trek's first section will take us through traditional Andean communities such as Challacancha and Cruzpata for two hours.  After lunch, we will stop in Soraypampa and continue our hike for four hours to our campsite.
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner
  • Camping Accommodation
  • Maximum altitude: 4,200m
  • Minimum altitude: 2,200m
  • Distance traveled: 15 km approx.
  • Walking time approximately 6-7 hours


Our crew will be waking you up to a cup of freshly brewed coca tea or Peruvian Coffee. We will begin the day with a hike to Salkantay Pass (4600m). You will be able to see Salkantay Mountain (6271m) from this point. Often the sky is clear. However, a clearer view depends on the weather conditions. After three hours of hiking with stunning views of the mountains Humantay, Huayanay, and small lakes and moraines, we will reach Huayra Machay (3700 meters). We will continue hiking for three hours to Collpapampa (2600m) after lunch.
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch, as well as Dinner
  • Accommodation for camping
  • Maximum altitude: 4,600m
  • Minimum altitude: 2,600m
  • Distance traveled: 15 km approx.
  • Walking time approximately 6-7 hours


We will begin with a four-hour downhill hike on the third day of the Salkantay trek 4 Days to Machu Picchu. Ceja de Selva is a high Jungle niche that will introduce you to the area. This area is known for its coffee, cocoa, and other tropical fruit plantations such as passion fruit.  We will stop here for a while. You can then jump into the natural waterfall-fed shower. Here you can see the Peruvian national bird "Gallito des Rocas" (Cock of the Rock). Then, we will drive you in our private transportation through Santa Teresa to Hydro Electrical.  We will stop here for lunch. Then, we will hike three hours along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes. This is exactly the same route Hiram Bingham used to reach Machu Picchu. You can also take the train from Hidro Electrica towards Aguas Calientes.  The cost for this extra trip is 34 USD. You will be accommodated in an ensuite hotel room with a hot shower in Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch, as well as Dinner
  • Camping Accommodation
  • Maximum altitude: 2,600m
  • Minimum altitude: 2,250m
  • Distance traveled: 12 km approx.
  • Walking time approximately: 4-5 hours


We will take the tourist bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu in the early morning. Your local guide will help you clear security controls and allow you to enter the citadel. We will take you on a guided tour for two hours.  We will visit the main square, ceremonial center, and remains of temples. You will have some time to explore Machu Picchu independently after the tour. We can arrange for you to hike Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu mountains.  Please let us know when you book the tour. You can also walk to the Intipunku or Sun Gate. The citadel is stunningly visible from this point.  The Sun Gate is used by Inca Trail participants to enter the citadel. There is no entry fee.  The walk from the citadel to it takes approximately two hours. You will then take the bus back to Aguas Calientes after the tour. You will then board the train to Ollantaytambo.  A representative will meet you at the train station to transfer you back to Cusco through the Sacred Valley of the Incas.  Around 09:00 PM, you will reach Cusco.

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  • Isabella K
    January 7, 2022 at 18:24

    it was a really great hiking trip with the highlight of visiting machu Picchu at the last day! fredy our tour guide took really care of us and is really punctual and reliable. he is native and knows a lot of things about the history, culture (patchamama) and nature.
    the best thing was we did not meet any other tourist because we were
    countercyclical to them. Fredy knows at what time the other tourists are at one place and we felt like in a tour with no other tourists.
    he adapted the speed of walking individually for us and showed us different ways, and we could choose which we want to go.
    I can really recommend the salkantay trek with minka tour and the guide Fredy

  • Maarten L
    January 10, 2022 at 13:43

    I’ve had the most amazing experience during the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu. Fredy is a great guide, he knows a lot about the surroundings and also about Machu Picchu! Everything was well organized, the cook made great and varied food every day and all equipment was in perfect condition. Really a recommendation!


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  • The times given on this itinerary are approximate.
  • Hiking times depend on how the group progresses.
  • The trip offers plenty of adventure.

Available discounts that is not cumulative

  • Students: US$ 29 students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid.
  • Teenagers: US$ 20 up to 16 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings.
  • Children: US$ 46 up to 10 years of age, passport.


Departures are available throughout the year although due to weather conditions, the recommended period for this trek is April to November.

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Includes:

  • Pre trek briefing.
  • Pick-up from your hotel.
  • Transport from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the trek in a private car.
  • Duffle Bag
  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu (Huayna Picchu $15 extra) and Salkantay trek. (if charged)
  • English/Quechua/Spanish-speaking professional guide. (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 6 people)
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
  • Basic foam mattress.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Toilet paper, pack-in &pack out.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food, and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items. (up to 7 kg/15lbs per person)
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower.
  • Tents for our staff to sleep in.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu.
  • Train or equivalent luggage from Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes.
  • Train ticket (Expedition service) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • 1-night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a basic hotel.
  • One textile snack bag per person.
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunchtime, if requested with enough time ahead.


  • Cook and Cooking equipment. (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
  • Meals  (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes) Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water.
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals.
  • Lunch on the last day is included.

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Does Not Include:

  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain an additional fee of US  $16 per personal applies Breakfast on the first morning
  • Entrance to the thermal springs.
  • Sleeping bags – If you haven’t got a sleeping bag or you don’t want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire.
  • Tipping is completely optional.

We recommend you to carry:

  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
  • Sandals or plastic slip-on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breathe in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag. (we can hire these to you)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain, and cold.
  • Sunblock.
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters, etc.
  • Small towel.
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs.
  • Cash in soles and/or US$.
  • Original passport.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended.
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries.
  • Camera and batteries. (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended.
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far.
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount.
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles. (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)

How to make a booking

If you would like to make a reservation for this program, please contact us.
  • Once you have chosen your tour, please read the Booking Terms & Conditions, as your booking is subject to these terms.
  • Then fill out and submit the Reservation Form that you will find in the Booking Online section of this website.
  • Once we confirm your booking, we will be indicating to you the best way to deposit 50% of the booking amount to confirm your tour.
  • Once we confirm the deposit reception, your booking is confirmed. We will be sending you a detailed Service Confirmation Form with details of your program.
Should you have any doubts, queries or require additional information, do write to us.
Optional Extras
  • Sleeping Bag USD 5 per day.
  • Walking Stick USD 2 per day.
  • Inflatable Mattress $5 per day.


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