Salkantay Trek

Mountains are the temples of Andean culture, the locus of life, the source of water, food, and spirit. The arduous but rewarding Salkantay Trek carries you via pristine mountain country, over a 15,000-foot pass, and down undisturbed valleys to the foot of Machu Picchu. Set amid the deeply-incised Vilcambamba range, this high-altitude lodge-to-lodge hike is a premier entry into the footloose, uncrowded Peru of old, with breathtaking views of the Inca empire’s heartland. After a total 35 miles of solitary trekking, you arrive, weary and elated, in the Machu Picchu valley.


  • Challenging altitude and spectacular scenery every day in a true lodge-to-lodge format
  • Sweeping change of environments from the icy heights of Salkantay mountain to the verdant edge of the tropics
  • Approaching the Sacred Valley on foot, you climb to the seldom visited ruins of Llactapata, where you catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu
  • 40 miles in eight days, supported by new lodges.

Itinerary Summary

Day 1- Arrive Cusco

Day 2- Cusco City Tour

Day 3- Cusco to Soraypampa

Day 4- Humantay Lake

Day 5- Salkantay Pass

Day 6- Descend into the Cloud Forest

Day 7- Santa Terest River Valley

Day 8- Lucmabamba/Explore Llactapata Pass

Day 9- Machu Picchu/The Sanctuary

Day 10- Return to Cusco/departure

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