Challenge Salkantay Trek - 3 Days

Challenge Salkantay Trek is rated as moderate to difficult adventure; it is suitable for those who wish to experience high Andes within a short span of time. Commencing from the Saraypampa Valley; it passes through high mountain pass to Machu Picchu with amazing views of snow-capped mountains and spectacular views of valleys beneath

Our Challenge Salkantay Trek; is one of the shorter treks to Machu Picchu designed for well-trained trekkers; and for those interested in authentic views of the Andes and the iconic Machu Picchu. This trek is situated in the National park of Machu Picchu in the southern Peru. The Challenge Salkantay Trek is a good trek offering cultural insights such as the Inca ruins along the trail and the Popular Machu Picchu declared recently as the new wonder of the world, The trek also offers a natural insights lake the splendid views of the Vilcabamba mountain range from which the Salkantay mountain (6,271m) is the highest. The trek also offers the great views of the two deepest cayons of the region: the Urubamba and the Apurimac.


Three-day Challenge Salkantay Trek starts in the city of Cusco situated at one hour flight from Lima The capital of Peru. On the first day we commence at 4:30am when we pick you up from your hotel and travel in or private car to the zone of Soraypampa at 3,800m; from where we start walk up to the Salkantay pass at 4,600m. Then we’ll descent to the pristine forest; where we’ll have the choice to see wildlife in their natural habitat and local farms. The Challenge Salkantay Trek ends in the Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu at 2,400m, which we’ll explore site by site.

During the Challenge Salkantay Trek we include one camping night in the zone of Chaullay (Our exclusive camp) and one night in a hotel of 3-stars category in the town of Aguas Calientes. The trekking is full portered trekking; we provide horses and horseman for the camping equipment; one baffle bag per person for your personal belongings where you can put up to 6 kilos; which will transported by the horse. Our staff is highly professional and well-trained in high altitude trekking.

On the Challenge Salkantay Trek you’ll hike loading you small back pack with water, snacks, sunblock, insects repellent, camera, and one jacket and enjoy the Trekking to Machu Picchu in Peru.

Highlights for Challenge Salkantay Trek

  • Stand face-to-face with Salkantay Mountain and Machu Picchu; experience the Challenge Salkantay Trek itself.
  • Salkantay Pass at 4,600 meters, a vantage point providing fantastic views of majestic peaks such as Umantay, Salkantay and more.
  • Great trekking trail and excellent mountain landscapes
    The Salkantay Trek is listed among the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.
  • The Salkantay Trek is definitely one of the best alternatives trekking to Machu Picchu.
      Next to the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is the second most popular trek to Machu Picchu, and a lot less crowded.
  • The hike alongside the magnificent Apu Salkantay and the arrival at the ruins of Machu Picchu is one of the best experiences known to mankind.
  • See natural bridges, snowcapped mountains, cascades, and wildlife and Pristine forests.
    Camping with less people to make your own trip and have the best look on these incredible mountains in Peru.


Day 1: Drive 4-hour and Trek to Chaullay camp

Pick up time from your hotel at 4:00am and drive 4-hour to the zone of Soraypampa at 3,800m the starting point of the trek. Today is the hardest day because we’ll pass over 4,600 masl (the Salkantay Pass).

Meals included: Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

Day 2: Trek Aguas Calientes Town

We’ll trek to Qollpapampa village and drive a car to the zone of Hidroelectrica from where we’ll walk through the Urubamba River/valley to the town of Aguas Calientes and have accommodation in the hotel

Accommodation:  Hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Explore Machu Picchu

Today we’ll explore the magnificent Machu Picchu; the tour guide will lead you through the most important sites of the Inca sanctuary, after the tour you’ll have free time for further exploration. In the afternoon we’ll return to Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast in the hotel

Day 1
Challenging day

Today we’ll pick you up from your hotel in Cusco very early (3:30 am) and travel in our car to the zone o Soraypampa; the journey will last approximately 3.30 hours. At Soraymapa we’ll meet our trekking team and commence the trekking toward the first and only campsite at Chaullay.

From Soraypampa the trail climbs gentle for two hours to salkantaypampa, the bottom of the Salkantay mountain; then continues zigzag up for two hours until the highest pass at 4.600m; from where you’ll be rewarded by splendid views of the Vilcabamba mountain range; of which the Salkantay mountain is the higest. After we take enough pictures and rest for about 30 minutes we’ll descent through the mountain moraine to the zone of Wayrocmachay wher our lunch well be served.

After a healthy and pleasant lunch we’ll continue walking slope down to our exclusive camp in the zone of Chullay. Today is considered the hardest day because we’ll pass the highest of the trek (Salkantay Pass 4,600); but this section of the trek is blessed with splendid mountain views.

Campsite at Chaullay: 2900mt

Starting point elevation: 3,800mt

Meals included: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping tents

Maximum Altitude: 4, 600mt

Minimum Altitude: 2900mt in the camp

Walking distance: 20 km

Walking time: 7 – 8 hours

Day 2
Trek through the cloud forest

Have an early breakfast and commence to walk as early as possible to enjoy very nice walk; and appreciate the mountain landscapes and the wildlife in their natural habitat.

The trail for today follows the river/valley of Santa Teresa whit dense vegetation; we’ll have the choice to see waterfalls, small villages and local farms. We’ll walk from Chaullay to Ccollpapampa in 45 minutes approximately; then continue for 5 hours to Playa Sawayaco where our lunch will be served. After lunch we will catch a local transportation to the Hidroelectrica train station. Here you will have two options: 1) if you are exhausted you may take the train to Aguas Calientes. 2) If you are still eager to hike you may walk from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes for about 3 hours along the train track. Once in Aguas Calientes you’ll have accommodation in the hotel which is included in the tour.

Accommodation: Hotel

Maximum Altitude: 2,300 masl

Minimum Altitude: 2,000 masl

Approximate Walking Time: Total hours of walk: 7-8 hours

Day 3
Explore Machu Picchu

Today is the most important day of the tour because we’ll explore the most important tourist destination of South America; recently it was named as the wonder of the world – Machu Picchu. Very early we’ll get breakfast in the hotel and be assured that all your things you leaved in the storage of the hotel. We’ll take the bus for 25 minutes up to Machu Picchu.

Upon arrival at the citadel of Machu Picchu, known as the Lost City of the Incas, we will display our entrance tickets and begin our guided tour. We’ll visit the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and cemeteries, etc. Our tour last around two hours. Then you will have free time to stroll around the citadel. In the afternoon you must take the bus down to Aguas Calientes; where you can have lunch in one of the several restaurants in Aguas Calientes (not included).

In the afternoon take the train back to Cusco; we will be waiting for you at the train station to take you to the hotel in Cusco

The Trip Cost includes

  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office, for an orientation trek and provide you the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. Meeting at 7:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
  • Transport: Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to
  • Entrance fees: To Machu Picchu.
  • Horses: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears as well to carry your personal items (6kg per person) in duffel bags that we provide; Muleteers.
  • Experienced Guide: English speaking tour guide.
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
  • Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs.
  • Air mattress: to put under your sleeping bag (carried by horses)
  • Accommodation: 1 night in tent and 1 night accommodation in 3-stars hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes with Breakfast.
  • 1 Duffle Bag: Where you can put your personal belongings (6 kilograms) which includes your sleeping bag.
  • Trekking Cook: In charge to prepared all the meals along the journey, over 6 people cook assistant
  • Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 dinners and Snacks (Vegetarian, vegan or special menus are available at no extra cost)
  • Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite we will wake you up with a cup of coca tea our support staff will bring the coca tea to your tent in order to wake you up.
  • Tea time: Happy Hour: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
  • Daily snacks: Days 1 and 2: Our Snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, Caramels we will give this snack at the beginning of each day trek in a cloth bag to avoid environmental contamination.
  • Medical kit: Our crew brings the First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition service at 18:20 hrs)
  • Transport: Transfer from Ollantaytambo Train Station to hotel in Cusco (The last day)

The price Not Includes

  • SLEEPING BAG: can be rented in our office for US$ 20 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  • BREAKFAST: on the first morning. Some hotels offer early morning breakfast service. If not, we'll stop at Mollepata for your breakfast and also you can buy some items for the trek.
  • MEALS: Lunch in the town of "Aguas Calientes" on the final day, you must consider a bugged of US$ 15 to 20 in average restaurant.
  • Entrance to the thermal baths in "Aguas Calientes" (optional) US$ 3.
  • Tips for the staff. Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

Trekking Faq's

What's Salkantay Challenge trek?

It’s a top trekking trip that leads you the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru

How many hours per day do i have to walk?

Everyday you’ll walk for 7 -8 hours; the last day you’ll explore Machu Picchu full day

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Price From USD 450 USD $ 380/person
Total $ 380 USD

Trip Facts

  • min: 2 - Max: 8
  • Machu Picchu in Peru
  • Daily
  • 49 kms
  • Challenge Salkantay Trek begins in the zone of “Soraypampa” 3:30 hours drive west of Cusco, Peru. We pass the village of Ancahuasi, Limatambo and Mollepata
  • Max: 4,600masl
  • Cusco hotel
  • Involves some narrow trails, so sturdy footwear is required to help you enjoy it fully.
  • we use 3-star hotels if you would like higher level, please let us to know at the time of booking.
  • Expedition Option: This is the cheapest, but still a very comfortable way to return from Machu Picchu.

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