- Availability: Available now
- Group size: 2-10
- Tour Type: trekking/ experiential, adventurous
- Max. Elevation: 4500 msm
Salkantay Trek & Humantay Lake
Short Salkantay Trek 4D/3N
Salkantay is the second highest snow-capped mountain in our region. This Machu Picchu hike is considered by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful 25 trails on the planet.
This Short Salkantay Trek; will lead you to amazing green bluish lagoons, high snow-capped mountain ranges, tropical crops, a fabulous Machu Picchu overlook and the beginning of the amazon forest.
Highlights of our Short Salkantay Trek
- We elaborated a unique itinerary; that gives you the precise hours of hiking to make you really enjoy, observe, acclimatized to the altitude, take your time and appreciate the landscape beauty of our Short Salkantay Trek.
- We provide a emergency horse; just in case someone needs a little push.
- We pamper you with a wool alpaca blanket and a hot water bladder
- Don´t lose the chance to see Machu Picchu from the Llactapata overlook
- Because we enter the beginning of the Amazon jungle; we will surprise you with a typical dish from this region
- Be part of our social and environmental projects
- We prepare food for our hikers and team, with 100% organic vegetables purchased from local producers
Trip Overview of our Short Salkantay Trek
- Trek Type:trekking/hiking, scenic, cultural, informative and involving
- Good for: those in moderate shape or better
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Season:From March 1st to January 1st
Day 1. Cusco – Challacancha – Soraypampa – Lake Humantay
- Hiking distance: 6.2 miles/10 km (6-7 hours)
- Campsite altitude: 3.900 meters above sea leve
- Considered: Moderate to Difficult
- Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
- Weather: Cold and windy
We will pick you up from your hotels at 4 am. and we go for 2 hours to our breakfast place in the town of Mollepata. We drive for another hour to a place called Challacancha.
This is the starting point of our hike within the Short Salkantay Trek. We hike uphill for half an hour, until we reach an Inca irrigation channel. From where we will hike for three hours to the Soraypampa hamlet. This section is full of colorful and interesting plants and an imposing view of the Humantay snowy. In Soraypampa we will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, take a nap and get ready to go up to the Humantay lake.
The ascent is steep and lasts around 2 hours. Once at the lake, our guide will show you the best places from where to have a panoramic view of the snowy mountain and Humantay lake in all its splendor.
At sunset, we will descend for an hour to our camp in Soraypampa hamlet; we will enjoy our happy hour and a delicious buffet dinner.
To successfully culminate with our first day on the Short Salkantay Trek, we will observe the stars and recognize Inca constellations.
- ** The Short Salkantay Trek and the Humantay Lagoon are highly crowded places; Your expert guide will manage time to avoid the crowds.
Day 2. Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Wacraymachay – Chaullay.
- Hiking distance: 14.25 miles/24 km (10-11 hours)
- Hotel altitude: 3.000 meters above sea level
- Considered: Challenging
- Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
- Weather: warm and very humid
After a nutritious breakfast, we will start hiking uphill for 4 hours; We will be surrounded by a beautiful Andean landscape adorned by streams, Andean grasslands and a privileged view of the snow-capped Salkantay. Upon arrival at the mountain pass, we will make a small offering to thank for the good weather and you will take spectacular photos with the second highest peak in the region.
We descend for three hours towards Wacraymachay, where we will a cold fruit juice and lunch.
After a well-deserved nap, we will descend for four hours to our camp. This section of the Short Salkantay Trek is sensational, because we will gradually enter the beginning of the Amazon jungle. Where we will see beautiful orchids, interesting ferns and medicinal shrubs.
In the evening we will enjoy our happy hour and a delicious buffet dinner.
- ** A challenging but beautiful day awaits us. The magnificent view of the second highest snow-capped mountain in the region, and the entrance to the Amazon rainforest make this day, within the Short Salkantay Trek unique and special.
Day 3. Chaullay – Lucmabamba – Machu Picchu Overlook – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes
- Hiking distance: 11.25 miles/24 km (7-8 hours)
- Hotel altitude: 2.000 meters above sea level
- Considered: moderate to difficult (there is not altitude sickness issues)
- Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, dinner! All served as buffet
- Weather: warm and very humid
After our delicious breakfast, we will board a private car, but owned by the locals. We will be driven for an hour to Lucmabamaba, which is the starting point of our trek. We will ascend through a very well preserved Inca trail in the direction of the Machu Picchu viewpoint. Throughout this four-hour ascent, we will be surrounded by beautiful panoramic views and a lot of coffee, orange and avocado crops. Once in Llactapata our expert guide will share interesting information about the archaeological complex of Llactapata and its relationship with the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Then we will descend for two hours to Hidroelectrica, where we will have lunch.
After a short nap we prepare to hike the last leg of our Short Salkantay Trek. This section of three hours to Aguas Calientes, is made up of an exuberant Amazon jungle; where you can see toucans, Andean motmots, eagles, turkeys and the beautiful cock of the rocks (the national bird of Peru).
Upon our arrival at the town of Machu Picchu, your guide will take you to your accommodation, coordinate dinner time and plan your visit the next day to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
- ** Perfect itinerary on the Short Salkantay Trek to see Machu Picchu from the pretty Llactapata overlook. Also enjoy colorful bird watching.
Day 4 Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu- Cusco
- Meals included: Breakfast Only
In order to get well rested and have plenty of time to enjoy the views, pictures and lessons at Machu Picchu. We suggest you to wake up by 5:00 in the morning, get ready, pack the essentials and take the bus from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu citadel. This will a ride of 30 minutes untill reaching the inca citadel at 6:15 am more or less. Thus, you will have the chance to see the sunrise on this magnifecent location.
Your guide will give enough time to take pictures into the most beautiful spots of the Inca citadel, share information about this amazing Incan masterpiece and display you the most impressive details of Machu Picchu. Then we take the bus back at more or less 12:00 pm. down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy without rush our lunch. This lunch is optional and not included. At lunch, your guide will deliver out train tickets, so if you opt to skip this; please arrange to get these train tickets before leaving your guide at Machu Picchu citadel. Unless you requested for an upgraded train, we will book the Expedition class train departing Aguas Calientes at 3:20 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. This will be a 2 hour drive to Ollantaytambo or 4 hours to Poroy (this is based on which train you board). At Ollantaytambo or Poroy an INCAS PATH driver will meet you and drive you back to Cusco, then we drop you off at the door of your hotel or the closest possible if the is not car access until your accommodation.
** Our service is door to door.
Included on the Short Salkantay Trek
Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grewp up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our salkantay trekking route
Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the short salkantay trek that also includes an entrance to Machu Picchu
Hotel: This 4 day salkantay trek includes one night in a three-star hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu. The hotel you book will be listed on your invoice, and upgrades are always available.
Briefing: The night before your trip, you will come to our office for your informative meeting. You will receive your duffle bag that will stay with your porters while you hike on the salkantay trekking route. This duffle bag should not exceed 7 kg / 14 pounds and should include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
Porters: We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffle bag and also our camping equipment and food to our basecamp. There is no additional cost for this. You will not have access to your duffle bag until you arrive at your camp in the afternoon.
Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this short salkantay trek. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5 am and brought to the trailhead. The train back from Aguas Calientes will be on the train called Expedition Class and will be included in your trip. You also have the option to upgrade to the Vistadome class train for $75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, our van will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. In addition we included your round trip bus ticket from Aguas calientes to Machu Picchu
Food: Our 4 day salkantay trek includes expert hiking chefs who will will cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.
Water: Starting from your first lunch until your last breakfast We will provide you boiled, filtered, and then cooled water before distributing. You must bring personal water bottles and or a camelback. We advice you to bring a bottle or camelback of 1.5 litters , as being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.
Details: we profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each hiker receives a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress to insulate, a backpack cover to protect their belongings while hiking, a extra blanket, a bladder to refill with hot water for the cold nights and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best holiday.
Satellite phones: our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our crew. While all our guides are prepared and trained to deal with most basic problems that occur in the mountains; Very rarely serious problems may occur that will require the assistance of a specialist doctor and that is when our satellite phones are very useful and necessary, also if you want to call a friend who is anywhere in the world, from the salkantay mountain pass on your 4 day salkantay trek or from the dead woman´s pass on the classic inca trail or in case you need to verify the puppy that you left at home with the grandmother. While satellite phones are not cheap, We believe they are very important for your security and to give you the best possible experiencie.
First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the salkantay trek, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.
Not Included on the Short Salkantay Trek
Rentals: Due we are hiking the 4 day salkantay trek ,each trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and trekking poles (with rubber tips). They are optional but encouraged for a better comfort. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
- Sleeping Bag: $20
- Inflatable Air Mattress: $15
- Trekking Poles (Pair): $15
Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 1 hour hike to the top. While this hike is on your own, your guide will show you the entry. Huayna Picchu is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you with advance. The ticket is $75 per person.
Machu Picchu Mountain is the other mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu site. as Huayna Picchu it offers also spectacular views, this extra hike takes 3 hours round trip. This is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you in advance. This ticket is $75 per person.
Our 5 day salkantay trek includes the ExpeditionTrain class. This train is always booked at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. departing from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. There is also the vistadome train class, which is an upgraded train that offers slightly larger seats and windows, some entertainment and snack. Usually, the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and goes to Poroy, a train station 30 minutes close to Cusco. As this is an upgraded fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel. The ticket is $75 per person.
Extra day at Machu Picchu
You will have from 6 am to 12 pm to enjoy Machu Picchu (it is not possible to be all day in Machu Picchu due to the new protection regulations developed by the Peruvian state), arriving at the citadel around 6 a.m. and leaving no later than 12 p.m. to take your train at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. If you also want to have a guided tour again the next day in Machu Picchu, we can also organize it.
- The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is $ 55 per person.
- The round trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu is $ 25 per person.
We would love to tour the short salkantay trek with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to Machu Picchu. We can leave any day from March to January as the sakantay trekking route is always available
Group Price (2020):
- $600 per person
Private tours are available and priced by party size.
- 2 Trekkers: $980 per person
3 Trekkers: $925 per person
4 Trekkers: $870 per person
5 Trekkers: $815 per person
6 Trekkers: $760 per person
7 Trekkers: $705 per person
8 or more Trekkers: $650 per person
We include a three (3) star hotel and we utilize, Retama Machu Picchu, Inti Punku Machu Picchu Hotel & Suites, or Waman Hotel Machu Picchu (based on availability at booking). Rooms are based on double or triple occupation, and there is a single room surcharge of $50 US per person if you book lonely. Rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers,breakfast and wifi. We could also upgrade your hotel if you like better something more luxurious. Please remind the service in Aguas Calientes is not as good as in Cusco. Below there is a list of potential upgrade choices, If you want any other hotel, just let us know
- El Mapi: +$80 US pp shared (+$160 for a single)
- Sumaq : +$220 US pp shared (+$380 for a single)
- + $ 50 US per person
For those who want a single room or travel alone, there is a $ 50 room charge to cover the total cost of the room. We do not join hikers alone in a double room. This covers three star hotels and will be more expensive for improved hotels.
- – $ 25 discount per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the beginning of the hike or who is 17 years old or younger. For those who use an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of Machu Picchu.
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This short salkantay trek, includes porters who will carry all your duffle bag while you hike on the salkantay trek. We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during the salkantay trek 5 day and at the lost city of the Incas; the great Machu Picchu.
- Original Passport ,
- STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the short salkantay trek hike is entirely dirt soil
- For Your Duffel: Our porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
- 4 wicking t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants
- 4 sets of undergarments.
- 4 sets of hiking socks
- 1 Fleece and 1 down jacket; it gets cold at night
- 1 Rain jacket and rain pants /rain poncho
- 1 sun hat
- 1 wool hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Hiking boots
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might bring a towel a little larger.
- Bathing suit
- Battery Charger: There is no place to plug, on the salkantay trek!
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep away clean clothes from dirty clothes.
- Earplugs in case someone from the group snores
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- Face moisturizer
- Bug spray
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medication
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
Inside Your Daypacks:
Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25 litters will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside in the Machupicchu check point. Some items are listed below
- Rain gear
- Music (IPhone)
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Where do we pick up the hikers for the 4 day Salkantay Trek ?
Pick up will be from your hotel at 5:00 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.
Where to pay the remaining amount for the Short Salkantay Trek?
Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the Salkantay hike for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your Salkantay Trekking route .
Reserve for the Short Salkantay Trek?
We try to make the booking as easy as possible in Incas Path. We prepare a reservation form where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 200 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the Machu Picchu permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.
Permissions for the Short Salkantay Trek?
Only tour operators licensed by the goverment, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your Machu Picchu permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.
Passport Number Update?
The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.
Where to stay in Cusco?
You can stay in a hotel that you consider convenient, however you must have the account of the location of the hotel because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your Incas Path sales representative.
Can I stay in the sacred valley?
Not, as the driving route to get the trailhead of the short salkantay trek does not go through the sacred valley of the incas.
Can I stay an additional night in Machu Picchu town or Aguas Calientes?
Of course, if you agree to take the same train from Aguas Calientes that is part of your original itinerary, which is usually at 3.20 or 4:22 pm, then there is no additional charge for the train to be booked one day. after. If you need us to insure your hotel or another visit to Machu Picchu, Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain this will have an additional cost. If you decide to spend another night in Aguas Calientes, be sure to inform the Incas Path office at least one month in advance, so that your train ticket is purchased for the correct day.
Can I book my hotel on my own in Aguas Calientes?
You can choose any hotel to stay in Aguas Calientes. It is a small and very safe town. If you decide to book your hotel, be sure to tell us where you plan to stay so we can take you there safely.
During the trip, how challenging is the Short Salkantay Trek?
Remember that this short Salkantay hike, it is challenging because you will climb one very high mountain pass; if rains, the dirt soil path could be muddy ( don´t worry if you have good hiking boots) also on the last three days into the salkantay trek is humid and hot all the time, so it will be exhausting but it will be worth it when you arrive at Machu Picchu, and so you will take your so awaited posdcard pictures and will learn all the most interesting details about Machu Picchu
Will I need extra money on the 4 day Salkantay trek?
Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, snacks, along the way or reminders in the citadel of Machu Picchu or go to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes, take about 400 soles or if you do not want to take cash with you there are ATMs in Aguas Calientes and You can also make almost any payment using your credit or debit card, «also remember that along the days of hiking into the salkantay trek just cash is accepted».
How many people will be in my group on the Short Salkantay Trek?
We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups that start each day. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in the short salkantay trek. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.
Do you need hiking boots for the classic salkantay trek 4 day?
We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the 4 day salkantay hike can become a bit muddy and slipery. Please make sure they have good soles.
Are trekking poles really necessary on the Short Salkantay Trek?
For the classic salkantay trek 4 day we recommend the use of trekking poles for everyone, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people. There are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the dirt soil path.
Are there any toilets along the 4 days Classic Salkantay Trek?
Along the short salkantay hike there are 3 places that has toilet. Firstly at the hiking start, then at lunch spot and at basecamp. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.
Can I use plastic botles during the Short Salkantay Trek?
Due to New goverment regulations for the salkantay trek it will be 100% BANNED to BRING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES. We kindly suggest you getting your aluminum plastic bottles to avoid any dissapointment at the check points along the salkantay trek and in the Machu Picchu citadel.
Aluminum water bottles can be bought in many different shops around the main square.
If you are still at home and ready to fly to Peru for your Inca trail we recommend you bringing aluminum water bottles or camel bags.
Where do I store my luggage?
All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests, or if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage
What should I expect from the weather on the Short Salkantay Trek?
Please understand that this is a very difficult question to answer. Historically, from April to October it is the dry season, from November to March it is the rainy season, but in recent years our weather has been affected by climate change and today it is very difficult to predict. Remember that in the mountains the radiation and heat are very high during the day and the evenings and nights always cold. We always recommend a short sleeve shirt for the salkantay trek and Machu Picchu, long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, rain jacket and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket.
Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?
For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets on the salkantay trek. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your trip to Machu Picchu and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.
What type of outlet is used in Cusco and Machu Picchu?
Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output and also that of South America.
What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?
Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip to Machu Picchu and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, We always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.
In general, participants in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.
Is there a possibility to cancel my Short Salkantay Trek?
There is no possibility to cancel the short salkantay hike. Even in extreme weather conditions or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The Peruvian government does not have any type of refund or change of date, because if there is any weather problem or strike that prevents us from entering the salkantay trek; We will do our best to provide you with an alternate hike or take you to Machu Picchu in some way. We will keep you very informed in case there is a strike or weather inconvenience in Peru, Cusco or Machu Picchu. In the event that a passenger decides to cancel their trip to Peru, they will lose the total amount deposited because the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, train and bus tickets have already been purchased.