Salkantay – Machu Picchu, Peru

The Salkantay – Machu Picchu Trek follows a beautifully remote and ancient footpath in the same region as the classic Inca Trail. What makes this adventure so exceptional is the less frequented trekking route is spread over extended days to relish a myriad of diverse and spectacular views so you can truly enjoy the natural beauty of the Andes away from jam-packed trekking crowds.

This breathtaking journey is an excellent option for adventure travellers who wish to challenge themselves in remote higher altitudes, or for trekkers who are simply looking for an alternative to the traditional Inca Trail.

The distinctiveness of this incredible trek enables you to see the change in different ecological floors, from subtropical areas and stunning peaks and glaciers, to finally reach the acclaimed “Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu”.

The first steps of this exciting journey begin in Mollepata, west of Cusco, a different place from the rest of the Machu Picchu-bound Inca trails.  After a few exciting and challenging days at altitudes above 4,000m the trek will see us descend to join the traditional Inca Trail beyond Paucarcancha at Huayllabamba. This unique itinerary of superb walking with fewer trekkers allows you to fully appreciate and relish in breathtaking Peruvian nature and Andean peaks.

You will experience roar, dramatic scenery  not seen on the Classic Inca Trail. We will explore the beautiful Rio Blanco Valley before crossing an exceptionally steep and snowy high pass at an altitude of 4,600m – the Salkantay Pass. Trekking under the grand, snow-girt mass of the thrilling Sacred Inca mountain, Salkantay (6,264m) will totally astound as the south face of this revered peak towers high above us. Mesmerising  panoramic views across the sprawling Valcabamba Range will captivate the senses and make every step of your trekking adventure exceptionally memorable.

If you desire a trek with an unparalleled and exclusive difference the Salkantay – Machu Picchu adventure is for you. With fewer distractions and disturbances than you encounter on the Inca Trail this is the number one alternative. You will experience a remarkable blend of awe-inspiring scenery, high snow-capped mountains, lowland jungle, challenging trekking, culture and natural beauty that is truly unique to the Andes.

Escape the congested Machu Picchu bound Inca Trail to explore the magnificent Salkantay – Machu Picchu trek with me at Cherie Horne Adventure Trekking.

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Day 1: 
Arrival to Jorge Chaves International Airport, Lima (1,550m) – Transfer to Hotel in Miraflores, Lima

Meal Plan: Dinner in Lima
Drive time: 20 mins from airport to hotel

Day 2:
Lima (1,550m) – Connecting Flight  to Cusco (3,400m) – Transfer to Hotel, Cusco, Peru

Flight time (Cusco): 1 hour
Meal Plan: Breakfast in Lima/ Dinner in Cusco

Day 3:
Acclimatisation day in Cusco (3,400m) – Hotel

Tour of Sacred Valley – history and culture of the Incas and Peruvian lifestyle. Exploration of Cusco.
Salkantay – Machu Picchu Trek orientation with Cherie and her Peruvian guides. Clothing & equipment check.
Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Drive time: Tour bus around Cusco for the day

Day 4: 
Cusco (3,400m) – Mollepata – Soraypampa Camp (3,850m) – Tent Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Drive time: 2-3 hours driving from Cusco
Walking time: 6-7 hours

Day 5: 
Soraypampa Camp (3,850m) – Salkantay Pass (4,600m) – Andenes  (2,970m) – Colpapampa Camp  (2,850m) – Tent Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Walking time: 7-8 hours

Day 6: 
Andenes – Colpapampa Camp (2,850m) – La Playa (2,400m) or Hot Spring (2,150m) – Tent Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Walking time: 3-4 hours

Day 7
La Playa (2,400m) or Hot Spring (2,150m) – Hydro-electrica (1,800m) – Aguas  Calientes (2,040m) – Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Walking time: 3-8 hours  (Depending on which option we take)
Drive time: 1-2 hours

Day 8: 
Aguas Calientes (2,040m) – Machu Picchu (2,450m) – Cusco (3,400m) –  Hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast/Dinner
Walking time: 3-5 hours
Drive time: Aguas Calientes  – Machu Picchu – 45min
Train time: Aguas Calientes – Cusco – 45min

Day 9: 
Cusco (3,400m) – Transfer to airport for onward flights to Lima or alternative travel plans.

Meal Plan: Breakfast
Drive time: 1 hour

Day 10 – 11:
Cusco – Optional trek to Rainbow Mountain (additional costs apply).

* Itinerary subject to change
* Single room/tent supplement available at additional cost of $600.00 USD. This needs to be requested at the time of booking.
* All registered Trekkers will receive a comprehensive “Salkantay Machu Picchu Information Pack” including detailed itinerary; clothing & equipment list; medical & dietary information; weather facts; training requirements; accommodation etc. upon expedition registration.


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Trek Inclusions:

  • Arrival/Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights
  • Transfer from hotel in Cusco to Mollepata or Soraypampa
  • Acclimatisation Day in Cusco
  • Sacred Valley Tour
  • Quality Hotel accommodation in Lima, Cusco and Aguas Calientes (twin share)
  • Hotel in Lima (1 night)
  • Hotel in Cusco (3 nights)
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (1 night)
  • Breakfast in Lima before the trek
  • Breakfast and dinner in Cusco before and after the trek
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes Ollanta
  • Bus drive to Cusco (tourism class)
  • Professional Peruvian Mountain Guide (Cherie’s co-guide)
  • Experienced Salakantay trek specialists guides and assistants (English speaking)
  • Complete meal plan during Salkantay trek: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Camping equipment – high quality 4 season performance tents (4 person capacity for twin share accommodation – high comfort)
  • Experienced camping chef and cooking equipment.
  • Catering equipment – Dining tent with tables & chairs, Kitchen tent, Toilet tent
  • Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Muleteers to manage horses
  • Trip briefing
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation
  • Emergency horse if needed during 3 days of Salkantay trek
  • All Park fees and permits
  • Rescue fee on trek
  • 1.5 litre bottled water on the first day of trek and 4-5L boiled water each day during the trek
  • Transfers to and from Lima and Cusco International Airport
  • Cherie Horne Adventure Trekking (CHAT) duffle bag
  • Corporate discount on trek clothing and equipment with Kathmandu (Australian residents only)
  • Professional & experienced Peruvian mountain co-guide & assistant guides well trained in Wilderness First Aid
  • Comprehensive First Aid Kit
  • Supplementary Oxygen & Pulse Oximeters
  • Gamow Bag/PAC

 Trek Exclusions:

  • International flights to and from Lima, Peru
  • Internal flights – Lima – Cusco – Lima
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Tips to Peruvian guides & assistants
  • Drinks (other than boiled water during trek)
  • Lunch on Day 1
  • Dinner on Day 1
  • Lunch on Day 8 
  • Optional train, Hydroelectric to Machu Picchu town
  • Single room/tent supplement ($600.00 USD)
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory)
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Vaccinations
  • Any add-on tours or activities not mentioned in the program
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flat sleeping mattress
  • Expenses of personal nature (laundry, phone calls)
  • Pre-Trek Simulated Altitude & Group Training program


 Would you like to experience other tours and activities in South America?
I can arrange a wide variety of other South American tours and activities at your request. Please inform me if you would like to arrange extended travel plans











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