Explore the breathtaking landscapes of the Classic Salkantay Trek 4 days and 3 nights adventure to Machu Picchu. This trek offers an authentic camping experience, featuring comfortable equipment and spacious tents that ensure a restful night's sleep under the stars. Enjoy unique culinary experiences, including picnic meals and a traditional Pachamanca barbecue, all prepared by expert chefs in the great outdoors. 

Our personalized service focuses on attention to detail and tailoring the journey for small groups, enhancing the intimacy and depth of your trekking experience. Conclude your adventure with a scenic return on the Panoramic Vistadome Trains, providing stunning views of the Peruvian countryside. This tour combines the thrill of adventure with the comforts of top-notch service, making it an unforgettable escape into Peru's natural and cultural heritage.

Trek details

4 days 3 nights
Adventure - Camping - Hiking
Maximum Altitude
4630 m / 15190 ft
Machu Picchu
Group Size
8 to 12

Embark on the Salkantay Trek 4 Days adventure, a classic journey to the iconic Machu Picchu, where majestic landscapes and ancient trails await. Begin your adventure by diving into traditional Andean culture with a Pachamanca barbecue, an authentic Peruvian culinary experience where food is cooked underground using hot stones. Each day, trek through breathtaking scenery ranging from lush cloud forests to rugged mountain passes, ensuring there's never a dull moment.

Experience camping like never before in our high-quality, spacious tents, equipped with all the necessary comforts to enhance your rest under the starlit sky. Our campsites are carefully chosen to provide not only safety and comfort but also stunning views of the natural surroundings.

Enjoy personalized service tailored to the needs of our small group tours, allowing for a more intimate and fulfilling 4 Day Salkantay Trek experience. Our expert guides will share insights into the local flora, fauna, and history, enriching your journey every step of the way.

Feast on carefully prepared picnic meals that showcase the rich flavors of the region, providing you with the necessary fuel to tackle the challenging trails. As your expedition concludes, relax and reflect on your adventure as you travel back to Cusco on the Panoramic Vistadome Trains. These trains offer expansive views through their large windows and glass roofs, allowing you to soak in the majestic vistas one last time during your 4 Day Trek to Machu Picchu.

This trek not only challenges your spirit but also pampers your senses, combining rigorous hiking with luxurious downtime, ensuring every moment is memorable.


  • Explore one of the most beautiful treks in the world.
  • Hike along the Cordillera of Vilcabamba to Machu Picchu.
  • Get off the beaten path and explore less-visited sites.
  • Participate in a Pachmanca Barbecue and cooking lessons
  • Support social projects while traveling with us.

Salkantay Trek 4 Days at a Glance!

Day 1: Cusco — Humantay Lake — Salkantaypampa

  • Distance: 12 km - 7 hours
  • Campsite Altitude: 4000 m
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping under the stars
  • Intensity: Moderate
  • Experiences: Explore Humantay Lake
  • Places Visited: Soraypampa, Humantay Lake, Salkantay Basecamp

Day 2: Basecamp — Salkantay Pass — Collpapampa

  • Distance: 18 km - 8 hours
  • Campsite Altitude: 2800 m
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping near a village
  • Intensity: Challenging
  • Experiences: Conquer the highest point
  • Places Visited: Salkantay Pass, Wayrajmachay, Collpapamopa

Day 3: Collpapampa — Hidroelectica — Aguas Calientes

  • Distance: 18 km - 7 hours
  • Aguas Calientes Altitude: 2000 m
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel
  • Intensity: Moderate
  • Experiences: Pachamanca Barbecue, Coffe tour
  • Highlights: Salkantay River Valley, Lumabamba, Hidroelectrica, Aguas Calientes

Day 4: Machu Picchu (Beat the crowds!) — Cusco

  • Machu Picchu Altitude: 2400 m
  • Tour Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Highlights: Viewpoint, temples, palaces
  • Additional Activities: Optional hikes to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Transportation: Bus to Machu Picchu, Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo, private transport to Cusco.

Optional hikes after the Machu Picchu guided tour:

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain - You need to book in advance; the walk takes 2 hours round trip, and the cost is $68 extra per person.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain—You need to book in advance. The hike takes 3.5 hours, is a round trip, and costs $68 extra per person.
Full Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco — Humantay Lake — Salkantaypampa

Depart from your hotel in Cusco bright and early at 4:30 AM for a scenic 3-hour drive to the trailhead. Upon arrival, begin a gentle 3-hour hike to Soraypampa (3870 m / 12696 ft). Here, enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your trekking chef, offering a taste of local cuisine to fuel your upcoming journey.

After lunch, gear up for a 2-hour uphill trek to Humantay Lake (4200 m / 13779 ft). This hike is one of the most popular day hikes in the Cusco region, famed for its stunning turquoise waters set against a dramatic mountain backdrop. Spend some time exploring the beautiful surroundings of the lake. Then, continue your adventure with another two-hour trek through the breathtaking Salkantay Valley. Your destination for the night is the first campsite at Salkantaypampa (4000 m / 13123 ft), where you will find your tents already set up. Relax with some warm water for washing, enjoy a restorative tea time, and settle in for a hearty dinner before retiring for the night under the stars.

  • Campsite Altitude: 4000 m /13123 ft
  • Highest altitude: 4200 m / 13779 ft
  • Hiking Distance: 12 km / 7.4 miles
  • Duration of the hike: 7 hours
  • Meals: breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping under million stars
  • Difficulty: Moderate
Day 2: Basecamp — Salkantay Pass — Collpapampa

Wake up with a cup of coca tea in your tent, pack for the day, enjoy breakfast, and prepare for the longest and most challenging day of the Salkantay Trek. Start your hike around 7:00 AM, beginning with a 2-hour ascent to Salkantay Pass (4630 m / 15190 ft), the highest point of the trek. At the summit, take time to enjoy the breathtaking views of the second-highest mountain in the Cusco region. Afterwards, descend for 2 hours to Wayrajmachay (3905 m / 12812 ft), where you will stop for lunch.

After a nutritious meal, continue your trek. The landscape will dramatically shift from dry scenery to snowy peaks and tropical areas as you hike down for three more hours to the second campsite at the village of Collpapampa (2800 m / 9186 ft).

  • Campsite Altitude: 2800 m / 9186 ft
  • Highest altitude: 4630 m / 15190 ft
  • Hiking Distance: 18 km/ 11.1 miles
  • Duration of the hike: 8 hours
  • Meals: breakfast, snacks, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping near a village
  • Difficulty: Challenging
Day 3: Collpapampa — Hidroelectica — Aguas Calientes

After enjoying breakfast in the village of Collpapampa, begin your trek down the Salkantay River valley to Collpapampa village for lunch (2020 m / 6627 ft). Along the way, you'll encounter beautiful waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, orchids, and hundreds of different species of birds. Upon arrival at Collpapampa, participate in a traditional Pachamanca underground barbecue, where you will help bury the food—comprising various vegetables, meats, and fruits—while it cooks. During the cooking process, visit a local coffee farm, learn about the harvesting process, and prepare your own espresso.

After savoring the delicious Pachamanca, take our transportation for 45 minutes to Hidroelectrica and start the final stretch of the trek to Aguas Calientes. First, visit the Intiwatana rocks, which are perfectly aligned with the sundial at Machu Picchu during the winter solstice. Then, begin a 3-hour hike along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in town, check into your hotel, enjoy a relaxing hot shower, have dinner in a local restaurant, and prepare for the next and most important day.

  • Aguas Calientes Altitude: 2,000 m/ 6560 ft.
  • Distance: 18 km / 8.6 miles
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Meals: breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Difficulty: Moderate
Day 4: Machu Picchu (Beat the crowds!) — Cusco

On this beautiful day, rise very early to catch the first bus to Machu Picchu. The hotel provides breakfast, and you can leave any extra items you do not need for Machu Picchu. Once you arrive at the citadel and pass the checkpoint, you'll start a guided tour lasting about 3 to 4 hours. Begin exploring the citadel’s most stunning locations, including temples, palaces, and constructions. Once the guided tour is completed, take some time to explore on your own or opt for a hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (optional and not included).

After you finish your visit to Machu Picchu, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes town, enjoy lunch (not included), and then board the panoramic Vistadome Panoramic train back to Ollantaytambo. Our private transportation will take you back to Cusco, arriving at your hotel around 7:30 p.m.

  • Machu Picchu Location: 2400 m/ 7872 ft
  • Duration of the tour: 3-4 hours
  • Meals: breakfast in the hotel
  • The Most Amazing Day


  • Pre-departure briefing held the day before the tour.
  • Pick-up on the first day from your hotel in Cusco.
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Second tour guide for groups of 9 or more.
  • Trekking chef to prepare fresh meals.
  • Duffle bag for up to 7 kilos of your personal items.
  • Cargo mules to carry equipment and food.
  • Camping equipment, including dining tents, tables, and chairs.
  • Porta potties and showers.
  • First aid kit, oxygen tank, and satellite phones.
  • All meals included except for lunch on the last day.
  • Thick foam mattresses, pillows, and hot water bags.
  • Entrance tickets to Salkantay and Humantay.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Two nights of camping with comfortable equipment.
  • One night in a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus tickets to and from Machu Picchu.
  • Vistadome Panoramic train returns to Cusco.
  • All taxes included.

Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag, air mattress, and trekking poles (available for hire).
  • Huayna Picchu mountain tickets.
  • Machu Picchu mountain tickets (different from Machu Picchu Citadel).
  • Last day lunch in Aguas Calientes.
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended).

What is the total distance of the 4 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

The Classic Salkantay Trek 4 days is a popular hiking trail in Peru that takes you through the stunning Andes Mountains and to the lost city of Machu Picchu. The trek covers a distance of approximately 50 miles over 4 days, and offers breathtaking views of glaciers, valleys, and mountain peaks.

What is the difficulty level of the Classic Salkantay Trek 4 days?

The 4-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu covers a total distance of about 30 miles, or 48 kilometers. This route involves walking through varied landscapes, starting from Soraypampa Village and ending at Aguas Calientes town near Machu Picchu.

How challenging is the Salkantay Trek 4 days and 3 nights?

This trek is quite challenging due to its steep paths, long walking distances each day, and high altitudes. It's suitable for those who are physically fit and have some experience in hiking or are well-prepared for vigorous physical activity over several days.

What should I pack for the Classic Salkantay Trek 4 days?

Here is a list of essential items to pack for the Classic Salkantay Trek 4 days:

  • Comfortable hiking shoes: Bring sturdy, waterproof hiking shoes that are broken in and provide good support for your feet.
  • Warm sleeping bag: The nights can be cold, so it's important to have a warm sleeping bag to keep you comfortable.
  • Waterproof jacket: A waterproof jacket is essential in case of rain or snow.
  • Hat and sunglasses: A hat will protect you from the sun, and sunglasses will help reduce the sun's glare and protect your eyes.
  • Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen regularly to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.
  • Refillable water bottle: It's important to stay hydrated during the hike, so bring a refillable water bottle that you can fill up along the way.
  • First-aid kit: Pack a basic first-aid kit that includes items such as pain relievers, band-aids, and blister care supplies.
  • Headlamp: A headlamp is useful for navigating in the dark and for early morning starts.
  • Medications: If you take any medications, bring enough for the entire trek and any extra in case of emergency.
  • Warm clothing: Pack warm clothing for the colder mornings and evenings, including layers that can be easily removed as the day warms up.
  • Snacks: Pack high-energy snacks such as nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate to keep you fueled during the hike.
  • Cash: Bring some cash for any additional expenses, such as souvenirs, snacks, or drinks.

Note: It's also a good idea to check with your tour operator for any specific items they may require you to bring, such as a tent or sleeping mat.

What are the key highlights I will see during the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu?

During this trek, you will see the majestic Salkantay Mountain and Humantay Lake, pass through the highest point at Salkantay Pass, and enjoy beautiful views of snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and tropical forests. The trek concludes with a tour of the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu, a world heritage site.

What is the elevation gain and highest point on the Salkantay Pass during the trek?ays?

The highest point you will reach on the trek is the Salkantay Pass, which is about 15,090 feet (4,600 meters) above sea level. Getting to this point involves a significant elevation gain, which is one of the most challenging parts of the trek due to the thin air at such high altitudes.

What type of weather should I prepare for on the 4 day Salkantay trek?

You should prepare for a variety of weather conditions on this trek. At higher elevations, the weather can be quite cold and windy, and sometimes even snowy. As you descend, the climate becomes warmer and more humid, especially through the cloud forest. Rain is possible throughout the year, so waterproof clothing is essential.

What camping facilities can I expect during the Salkantay trekking 4 days?

The camping facilities during the trek are basic. You will sleep in tents that are set up at designated campsites each night. These sites have basic toilet facilities and sometimes a communal area for meals, but don't expect luxury—these are functional setups meant for sleeping and resting.

How do meals work on the Salkantay Trek? What types of food are provided?

The food provided during the Salkantay Trek 4 days includes a mix of local Peruvian cuisine and familiar international foods, all chosen to provide the energy needed for hiking. Expect meals like soups, pasta, rice dishes, vegetables, and meats, along with some snacks for energy during the hike.

What is the daily hiking distance on the 4 day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu?

The daily hiking distance varies but generally involves walking about 10 to 15 miles each day. The longest and most challenging day is when you cross the Salkantay Pass, which requires an early start and involves several hours of hiking.

Are there any hot springs or similar attractions included in the Salkantay trekking itinerary?

Yes, there are the Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes hot springs. In our 4-day itinerary, you have the opportunity to visit the Aguas Calientes hot springs on your own.

What fitness level is required for the 4 day Machu Picchu hike via the Salkantay trail?

To complete the Salkantay trek, you need to be in good physical health and have a decent level of fitness. It is recommended that you prepare with several weeks of cardiovascular exercise, such as running, cycling, or long-distance walking, especially if you are not accustomed to regular physical activity.

How does the altitude affect the trek, and what measures can I take to adjust?

The high altitude can lead to problems like altitude sickness. To minimize this, you can spend a few days in Cusco or another high-altitude area to acclimatize before starting the trek. Drink plenty of water, eat light but high-energy meals, and avoid alcohol before and during the trek.

What are the top Salkantay trekking companies, and why are they recommended?

Some of the top trekking companies include TreXperience, Alpaca Expeditions, Salkantay Trekking, Ultimate Trekking, and Llama Path. They are recommended for their experienced guides, good safety standards, environmental awareness, and excellent customer service.

How much does the Salkantay Trek cost, and what factors influence the price?

The cost ranges from $500 to $1200, depending on the trekking company, the quality of the gear provided, the size of the group, and the level of comfort requested (such as upgraded meals or extra porters).

What are the typical group sizes for the Salkantay Trek tours?

Group sizes are usually between 8 and 16 trekkers. This size allows for a more personal experience and ensures that each trekker gets adequate attention and support from the guides.

What wildlife and scenery can I expect on the Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu?

The trek will expose you to diverse natural scenery—from high mountain landscapes with views of Salkantay Mountain to rich cloud forests full of orchids and ferns. Wildlife sightings may include birds like hummingbirds and the Andean condor, and mammals such as the spectacled bear and various species of deer.

What cultural interactions are included along the Salkantay trekking route?

The trek may include visits to local communities where you can observe and participate in traditional Andean practices, such as textile weaving or farming. These interactions provide insight into the local way of life and contribute to a deeper understanding of the region's culture.

What are the environmental conservation practices in place during the Salkantay Trek?

Conservation practices include sticking to established trails to prevent erosion, managing waste properly at campsites, and educating trekkers on the importance of leaving no trace to preserve the ecosystem.

Are there any options for emergency evacuation during the Salkantay trek in Peru?

Yes, in case of an emergency, the guides are trained to initiate evacuation procedures, which may include porter assistance or a horseback ride to the nearest road. Evacuation plans are in place to transport ill or injured trekkers to the nearest medical facility quickly.

What are the cancellation and refund policies for the Salkantay trekking tour?

To book the Salkantay Trail, we require an initial deposit of $200. This deposit is non-refundable as it is used to secure Machu Picchu tickets, train reservations, and hotel bookings. In the case of a cancellation, we will refund all payments minus the initial deposit, provided that the cancellation is made several weeks in advance.