SAT1 Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

GO hike Peru and visit Machu Picchu

GO trek Peru · GO live your bucket list · GO where your colleagues can't find you


  • GO trek to one of the world's most famous archaeological sites

  • GO experience the grandeur of the Andes Mountains, tackling a pass at 4,625 m. (15,174 ft.) with the impressive Nevado Salkantay Mountain towering above at 6,271 m. (20,574 ft.)

  • GO experience Peru authentically by staying with local families along the route, including a family that runs their own coffee plantation

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is quickly gaining international notoriety and offers a more challenging and dramatic approach than the Inca Trail to the iconic Inca ruins. Stunning mountain views on the first couple days at high altitude in the Andes will leave hikers breathless for more than one reason. This serves as a marvelous prelude for the mystifying Amazon cloud forest and the highlight visit to Machu Picchu. This tour offers an authentic Peruvian experience, thanks to our partnership with local families along the trek. These families provide accommodation, delicious meals, transportation and transfer luggage (luggage transfer is available for most of the trek, but not all). This is a great ethical alternative to the commercially guided tours that are increasingly present along the route.

This trek travels up to an altitude of 4,625 m. (15,174 ft.) and the first night is spent in a hut is at 3,867 m. (12,687 ft.). Hiking at this altitude is strenuous and is not to be underestimated. Good fitness is required and acclimatization is necessary. The families who will host along the trek speak very little, if any, English. While speaking Spanish is helpful, only a sense of adventure and a good translator app on your smartphone are necessary. 

Physical Condition

Technical Difficulty

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Only 30% payment due at the time of booking!

Salkantay Trek - Nevado Salkantay
Machu Picchu Salkantay Trek
Salkantay Trek views of Machu Picchu
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Salkantay Trek local families

Map and Elevation Profile

Salkantay Trek map an elevation profile

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Choose your own dates

Choose your own pace

Choose your own hiking buddies

Salkantay Trek Itinerary

Itinerary can vary based on availability

*Estimated time is based on a pace of 4.2 km. per hour and 400 m. elevation gain per hour.

Time for stops is not included. Actual hiking times will vary. 

Additional Information

Airport: Cusco, Peru

Cusco is reached via the Lima and Bogota airports

Season: March to November

The recommended season for trekking in Peru is during the dry season from May to September. The shoulder months are likely to be wet.

Skills and Experience Required

Physical Condition: High Technical Difficulty: Low Skills Required: -General hiking and navigation skills -Alpine hiking experience -Experience hiking at altitudes above 1,500 m. (4,921 ft.)

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Included in all packages

  • Exclusive access to tours in a navigation app, even when offline

  • Personalized eGuidebook containing maps, daily itinerary, accommodation information and more

  • GPX File

  • Booking and logistics assistance during your tour

  • Unlimited time spent answering your questions

  • Peace of mind by leaving the planning and booking to local experts

  • More time for the important things in life 

*When booked 2 or more months in advance

**The term "room" at a mountain hut varies greatly from hut to hut. These are often shared rooms that are smaller than the dormitories. Rooms book quickly at the huts. When there is no availability, you may end up in the dormitory.

Not included

  • Paper map

  • Emergency response and rescue

  • Flights

  • Beverages

  • Any meals not specified

  • Sheets at mountain huts (a sleeping bag liner or travel sheet is required: read more


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