Salkantay Full Itinerary
Salkantay 5D/4N Itinerary
The following is an itinerary of Haku Expedition’s 5 Day/4 Night Salkantay trek. We offer this unique journeys as all-inclusive; Transport, lodging, meals, entrance fees, snacks, water, and a pre-trek briefing at our location in Cuzco are all incorporated into the price. Our services reflect eight years of customer feedback from countless treks and adventures.
Please note that we work closely with the local people of Cuzco and the surrounding area. We pay fair wages and create economic opportunities for those who work with Haku Expeditions. Please be sure to respect our employees, guides, drivers, and their rich culture.
We’ll begin the day leaving from Cuzco to our first stop, Mollepata, where we’ll disembark and enjoy a hot breakfast. From Mollepata we will travel a scenic road to Soray Pampa, located at the feet of two majestic mountains, Huamantay and Salkantay. From the foot of Soray Pampa we will hike up to a stunning glacier lake- bring your camera!- and from there we'll return to the cabins for the night.
Waking up early at the foot of Salkantay mountain is breathtaking. A hot breakfast will precede the day’s trek, which will take us to a 4660 meter pass on the ceiling of the Andes, surrounded by the echo of distant avalanches and followed by a steady descent. It's a beautiful hike through the high Andes and the variety of vegetation, birds, and views makes it one of the best in the world. After approximately 9 hours we will arrive at camp Colpapampa, located at the end of the Salkantay Valley. This valley will eventually bring us to La Playa, Santa Teresa and our final destination, Machu Picchu. Dinner will be served and we will have the opportunity to visit the nearby natural hot springs.
Our third day’s hike will bring us along a curling river to La Playa, through a warmer, thicker microclimate rich of wildlife. The hike ranges from four to five hours - lunch will be waiting for you at the end. After lunch a transport will carry us to Santa Teresa and to the relief of the beautiful natural hot springs nestled along the Vilcanota River. Machu Picchu draws nearer and nearer.
The morning’s hike will head towards Machu Picchu following railroad tracks to the town of Aguas Calientes. It’s a fairly level hike of about three hours. Upon arrival, we will dine in one of our favorite restaurants in Aguas Calientes - a welcome change from the rustic camping life.
Machu Picchu is best visited at dawn which requires waking at 5 AM. You can choose to either hike to the ancient city (1.5 hours) or take the frequently running bus (20 minutes). We include a fully guided tour and, upon request and availability, access to the adjacent Huanaypicchu mountain. We also provide a packaged lunch from a (delicious) French Bakery in town as food in the sanctuary is expensive and usually unappetizing. After your visit you will return at your leisure to Aguas Calientes and to your transport back to Cuzco.