The Salkantay Trek. Salkantay trek in private cabins experience salkantay trek. Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, Salkantay Awesome. Refugios Salkantay is a team of families living along the Salkantay route. There is no travel agency or middleman operating the company. We are people from the area who will interact with you directly in order to bring you the highest quality service. We will show you how our culture, traditions, and ancestral history work in harmony with the flora and fauna of the area. Salkantay trek.



You will be picked up from your hotel from 5:00 to 5:30 a.m. in a private vehicle, which will take you to the community of Mollepata, this is a journey of approximately 2 and a half hours. In Mollepata, you will be greeted by my family, where you will have breakfast (Marino, my husband and /or my children - Flor or Edwin), who will give you all the necessary information about the trek, the map of the route you will take, plus some water and snacks for the day. We also have a store to buy any last minute items that you may need for the trek.

After breakfast, you will be driven, in our private vehicle to Challacancha, which is approximately a 1 hour journey. From here, we will start to hike to our first lodge in Soraypampa, which is approximately a 2 hour walk. Here, you will be greeted with a coca tea and you will be shown to your rooms, when you will have time to get settled into the first night’s accommodation. Our lodges are fully equipped with private bathrooms, a hot shower, and we have a choice of rooms with double beds, twin rooms or rooms with 3 beds for bigger groups.

Once you are settled-in, you will be able to try some delicious and nutritious local cuisine. Vegetarians or anyone with food allergies are also welcome, we cater for all dietary needs. After a hearty lunch, you will have a short, acclimatisation trek to the spectacular Tukarhuay Lagoon with a stunning backdrop of the Tukarhuay glacier, or more commonly known as the Humantay glacier. You will also have spectacular views of the Salkantay glacier, one of the most sacred mountains in Inca mythology (Apu Salkantay) at a massive (6,200 metres / 20.341 feet). This excursion will take approximately 3 hours in total and will help you to acclimatise for the rest of the trek. When you get back to the lodge there will be an appetizer waiting for you and then a delicious dinner.

Total walking distance: 12km / 7.45 miles. Starting elevation: 3,380 metres / 12,729 feet. Highest elevation: 4,300 metres /14,107 feet. Altitude of the lodge: 3,850 metres /12,477 feet. Approximate night-time (outside) temperature at the lodge: 0 - 5°C.

  • Accommodation:private rooms at the lodge (Soray - Chalway - Lucmabamba)
  • Meals: Lunch, dinner and afternoon tea and snacks)
  • Walking time: 4-5 hours
  • WIFI signal
  • Fresh towels, face towels, and soap provided.
  • Transfer of your personal items for the duration of the trek.
  • Difficulty level: Moderat
  • Adventure level: Satisfactory
  • We have renewable energy to charge your cell phones.


Today is the big day! You will wake up and have a coca tea at 5am. At 5:30am our host Marino, will serve a delicious breakfast. A horseman (arriero) will carry your personal item’s with mules, to your lunch stop (Huayracmachay). This is an ascent of 7km (4.34 miles) in approximately 3 hours, between the rocky valley and the magnificent Salkantay mountain at (4,660 metres - 1,5288,71 feet). When we reach the pass, you will be able to appreciate the spectacular views of the mountains and glaciers of Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay y Pumasillo where we will be greeted with some coca tea. The Salkantay peak is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region and revered as an important God of the Incas, these are called “Apus” or Sacred mountains. After you arrive at the highest pass, you will then descend for approximately 2 hours until you arrive at Huayracmachay, where you will have your lunch. This is also when the horsemen will give you your personal items.

In the afternoon, you will enter the high part of the Amazon jungle, which is also known as a cloud forest. It is approximately a 10 km (6.2 miles) downhill walk, taking approximately 3 hours. The path is a wide track through thick woodland areas. This part of the trek is really beautiful and has stunningly decorated hillsides, with natural scenic views and a great amount of wildlife, native plants and flowers. The woodlands throughout most of the year are relatively warm, with quite hot temperatures. After finishing this stage of the hike, we will arrive at our lodge in CHALWAY (2,900 metres - 9,514 feet).

On arrival, you will be greeted with a snack and refreshments. The local family who you will be staying with, are aware that the hike has been a long one today and that you will be arriving with a healthy appetite. They will provide you with a delicious dinner, fresh towels and a hot shower.

Total walking distance: 22km / 13.67 miles. Starting elevation: 3,850 metres / 11,089 feet Highest point: 4,660 metres /15,288 feet. Altitude at the lodge: (Refugio Chalway) 2,870 metres / 9,416 feet.

  • Accommodation at the lodge: Private rooms (Refugios Salkantay).
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch dinner and afternoon tea and snacks in the afternoon.
  • Total walking time: 8-9 hours
  • Fresh towels
  • Hot shower
  • Transfer of personal items to Huyraymachay (70 % of the distance).
  • Difficulty level: challenging to difficult
  • Adventure level: Satisfactory.
  • We have renewable energy to charge your cell phones.


The local family will awaken you with a hot beverage early in the morning, which will be served in your room, to help start the day. You will also be served a healthy breakfast to prepare you for the days hike. You will leave your personal belongings in the lodge and we will transfer them to the next lodge for you. At around 7am you will start to hike and will walk for around 4 to 5 hours along a gradual descent. If you are a fan of orchids and flowers, there are many different species along the route, including different species of begonias and a surprising array of ferns. There are also some amazing hummingbird species native to the area and other different bird species. During this part of the hike, we can appreciate beautiful waterfalls, rivers and a highly impressive flora y fauna.

The beautiful scenery along this part of the trek will keep you entertained. You will then arrive at thesmall community of “La Playa”, where a local family will be waiting for you with a delicious lunch. After your lunch, you will walk approximately 1 hour through tropical jungle. In the afternoon, you will arrive at the Lucmabamba lodge where the local family will welcome you and allow you to settle in to your rooms for the night. They have private bathrooms and hot or cold showers. Afterwards you will enjoy a delicious, hearty lunch.

After lunch, you have the option to participate in a cultural experience with people who are native to the area including farmers who organically cultivate their coffee plantations, which is considered one of the best organic coffees in the world. The organic coffee plantations still use traditional methods to toast and grind the coffee beans. We will then continue through banana plantations where they also cultivate “granadilla” a member of the passion fruit family, yucca and avocados. We will finish the day with a delicious dinner after the day’s activities.

Distance walked: 16km /9.94 miles. Starting elevation: 2,870 metres / 9,416.01 feet. Altitude of the Lucmabamba lodge: 2,100 metres /6,889 feet

  • Walking time : 6-7 hours.

  • Meals : Breakfast, lunch, dinner and an afternoon snack

  • Available rooms at the lodge: private rooms with private bathrooms

  • Fresh towels

  • Transfer of personal items: included all day

  • Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

  • Adventure: Satisfactory


The local family will wake you early in the morning with a hot cup of coffee, served in bed. You will be able to prepare yourself for the day’s activities and enjoy a hearty breakfast. You will start today’s hike quite early in the day and you will have the opportunity to enjoy hiking on part of an original Inca trail. After a 3 hour ascent with incredible views of the Santa Teresa valley, you will arrive at the Inca site of LLACTAPATA, situated just in front of Machu Picchu. This will be the first archaeological site that you will see on the trek, and you will see the lost city of the Incas, which is an amazing and very special place to visit with spectacular views. Not only can you catch your first glimpse of the Machu Picchu archaeological site, but also the amazing view of Huayna Picchu and the Machu Picchu Mountain. You will explore this amazing site and a local family will bring you a refreshing drink of bottled water, before you continue on the hike.

After the ruins of Llactapata, you will continue to descend for 2 hours, all the time appreciating the stunning views of Machu Picchu. You will then arrive at a small family home, where the family will be waiting with fresh water (bottled) to rehydrate and show you this impressive place. You will then continue to the hydroelectric train station which is your lunch spot for the day and where your personal items will be waiting for you from the Lucmabamba lodge.

After lunch and the delivery of your personal items at the Hydroelectric train station, this is where we say GOODBYE and where the services of “Refugios Salkantay” end.

You may then continue for another 2 and a half hours walk until you reach the town of Aguas Calientes. This is a very popular route along the train tracks to get to Machu Picchu and it is virtually impossible to get lost.

Distance Walked: 18 km / 11.2 miles. Starting elevation: 2,450 metres / 8,038 feet

Elevation in Aguas Calientes: 2,000 metres. Transfer of your personal items: (Lucmabamba-Hidroelectrica) 80% of the total distance.

  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch.
  • Dificulty level: Moderate.
  • Aventure level: Absolutely!


The most outstanding experience today: Arrive early in the morning to Machu Picchu, for which you will have to wake up really early in your hotel. The entrance to Machu Picchu is open from 6am until 5pm. You may want to walk up to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu or you can take the shuttle bus to the entrance (for $ 12.00 usd ) This will give you more time to experience the amazing site before the trains start to arrive from Cusco. In addition, arriving before the trekkers from the Inca trail get to Machu Picchu plus you have the bonus of the amazing sunrise. If you would like the services of a guide, there are many at the entrance to the site. The cost is usually around s/20 per person for a group tour and around s/150 soles for a private tour. A guided tour usually lasts 2 hours for this mystical site. There is also the option to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain or the Machu Picchu mountain (be aware that you need to reserve permits with anticipation to climb these mountains). Both mountains take around 3 hours to climb up and down. Also for the more adventurous you can hike to the “Inti Punco “ or Sungate which is where the Inca trail trekkers see their first view of Machu Picchu.

You may stay and enjoy this magnificent site for 7 hours more, until 5pm.You may stay and enjoy this magnificent site for 7 hours more, until 5pm.

included & not included


  1. Hotel Pick up in Cusco.
  2. Private transport (Cusco - Mollepata / Mollepata - Challacancha.)
  3. Hot shower at all lodges.
  4. Fresh towels and soap provided at all lodges.
  5. Rooms in private cabins: Soraypampa, Chayway, Lucmabamba.
  6. Mules And horsemen to carry your personal items for 70% of the route with the exception of (Huayracmachay - Chalway) and (Hidroelectric - Aguas Calientes).
  7. First Aid kit in all lodges.
  8. All meals included during the hike with until the last day when we reach Hydro electric.
  9. Sleeping bags are NOT required as we provide plenty of blankets at each lodge.
  10. We also provide a natural walking stick for the hike at no extra cost- one stick per person.
  11. Water is provide. (Bottled).
  12. WiFi Free
  13. All our Refugios have renewable energy to charge their cell phone.
  14. Coffee tour
  15. 16: ZIP LINE + The MOST EXTREME SWING IN SOUTH AMERICA! (optional, As long as they want to make it.


  1. First breakfast in Mollepata
  2. Entrance fee to Salkantay Trail (S/.10 per person)
  3. Machu Picchu entrance ticket. ( )
  4. Return train: (Machu Picchu - Ollanta) /
  5. Return to Cusco (Ollanta - Cusco) (There are “collectivos” for s/15.00 soles per person /Private transport: S/ 100 for 4 people, as you leave the train station).
  6. No services in Aguas Calientes
  7. No services inside Machu Picchu

+ 2 OPTIONS to return to Cusco from Aguas Calientes :

  1. Train: (AGUAS CALIENTES – OLLANTAYTAMBO) There are many different train times for trains back to Cusco . Then from Ollantaytambo – Cusco, Buses all day until 8pm approx, which will leave you in the Plaza San Francisco -2 blocks from the Plaza de Armas.
  2. Bus. A 3 hour walk along the train tracks (Aguas Calientes - Hydroelectric) then a public bus /minibus - 6 hours Approx. (hydroelectric - Cusco)
  3. Any additional information on how to book your entrance to Machu Picchu, hotel in Aguas Calientes, options how to return to Cusco (by train - by bus) we are very happy to help you.

+ What to Bring:

  1. A change of clothes for each day – please be prepared for every type of weather from cold and hot, to wet and dry.
  2. Rain gear (waterproof jacket and trousers) or a rain poncho. You can buy a rain poncho almost everywhere but best to do so in Mollepata for around $1.50 usd.
  3. Good walking boots, preferably with ankle support and waterproof. Spare, dry socks are a necessity.
  4. Sandals to allow your feet to rest.
  5. Torch and batteries (Very Important) Extra spare batteries – *PLEASE DISPOSE OF IN SPECIAL RECYCLING FACILITIES
  6. HATS! A hat to protect you from the cold, to protect against sun, and the rain.
  7. Sunblock.
  8. After sun /hydration creams.
  9. Insect Repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although there is no recorded malaria in the area, bites can be itchy.
  10. Snacks: cookies, energy bars, chocolate, dry fruits, trail mix, etc.
  11. We recommend bringing water sterilisation tablets if you want to drink water, which you can collect along the way.Your own basic medical kit /first aid kit, which you may need along the route – with any prescription medication, plasters/band aids, painkillers, anti-diarrhoea tablets etc.
  12. Swimsuit (if you want to enjoy the thermal springs).
  13. Cash! – Enough for snacks, tips, souvenirs, - bring in small denominations - no large notes.
  14. Original Passport and student cards .
  15. Please bear in mind that knives or anything with a Sharp metal point, will be confiscated in Machu Picchu.

+ Optional Extras:

A horse for riding in case of emergencies (Soraypampa - Abra Salkantay) $ 20 U.S.D per person if you need to hire a horse.

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* A group tour means that it is open for other trekkers to join you. This means that your group will have varying hiking and fitness abilities.

Private Tour:

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

2 Trekkers  $ 230 per person

* All our tours are priced in US Dollar.