Budget Salkantay Trek
Cusco, Peru 5 nights from £1,249

Budget Salkantay Trek

Take on the wild and less visited side of the Andes, tackling the Salkantay Trail, a guided trek exploring incredible biodiversity, towering snow capped peaks and mysterious Incan cities.

  • 4 days trekking


Towering peaks

Towering peaks

Hike in the shadow of huge, snow capped Andean mountains.

Incan cities

Incan cities

Visit archeological sites and the incredible lost city of Machu Picchu.

Atmospheric adventures

Atmospheric adventures

Hike through dense cloud forests, rich in wildlife.


A fantastic alternative to the well known Inca trail, offering a quieter and wilder experience, while still offering a thorough exploration of the Andes mountains. A fully guided and supported trek, ascend to the heady heights of 4600m, tackling the Salkantay pass before arriving at the lost city of Machu Picchu, the crowning glory of any trip to this region.

Route Highlights

  • Machu Picchu

    The highlight of the trip is a visit to the lost city of Machu Picchu.

  • Salkantay Pass

    Take on a high altitude adventure, hiking to the heady heights of 4600m.

  • Diverse nature

    Experience the compelling biodiversity of this incredible region. 

  • Mountain
  • Newcomers
  • Forest
  • Average fitness
  • Solo
  • Groups
  • Couples

Degree of difficulty

  • Considered a difficult challenge, the Salkantay trek offers a greater degree of difficulty than the Inca Trail.
  • A good level of fitness is required to complete the long days of trekking on consecutive days.
  • Altitude plays a significant part in the difficulty of this challenge, reaching heights as high as 4650m above sea level. 

Andean Accommodation

  • During the trek, accommodation will be in the form of camping using high altitude mountain tents. 
  • Meals are taken in a separate mess tent, which can be used as a communal area in the evenings. 

Eating and Drinking

  • Special menus have been designed to ensure that the demands of trekking at altitude are covered by appealing, healthy meals with ample provision for energy.
  • Breakfast is a hearty affair, with ample offerings and tea and coffee.
  • A hot lunch is prepared freshly each day
  • Following each day of trekking, an afternoon tea is served with snacks and hot drinks to replenish calories.
  • Evening meals consist of three courses, offering hearty starters and a main course with fresh vegetables and carbs such as rice, pasta or potatoes. 
  • Water is boiled and filtered each morning to fill bottles for hiking. It's a good idea to bring purification tablets, but this isn't essential.
  • Coca tea is available on the trek, which is commonly drunk to alleviate the effects of altitude sickness. 


  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

  • Transfers

Meeting point


Getting to Cuzco

  • Fly to Cuzco International Airport in Peru (CUZ)
  • It is usual that flights from Europe will need to connect through Lima. Lima is serviced by KLM, BA and Iberia from UK Airports, with connections in Amsterdam with KLM or Madrid with Iberia. 
  • From Lima, domestic flights to Cuzco are provided by LATAM, Avianca, Star Peru or Peruvian Air. LATAM are the preferred option due to the capability of their planes to land in foggy conditions. 

  • Hill
  • Mountain
  • Forest
  • Lake

Budget salkantay TrekItinerary

  • Day 1 | Briefing in Cuzco

    Meet with the local representative for a full pre-trek briefing. No accommodation is included this evening. 

  • Day 2 | Cuzco to Salktantaypampa

    Take a transfer to the start point of the trek, passing through the picturesque towns of Pampa de Anta on the way. The trek beings in Soraypampa, meeting with the arrieros. Hike to Humantay Lake at the base of the Humantay Glacier, before ascending to the campsite at Salkantaypampa.

  • Day 3 | Salkantaypampa to Collpapampa

    Climb to the highest point of the trek at the Salkantay Pass at 4600m to enjoy sensational views. Further hiking through spectacular scenery before arriving at the lunch site at Huayraqmachay. A long afternoon descent to the campsite at Collpapampa.

  • Day 4 | Collpapampa to Lucmabamba

    Follow the trail downhill for up to six hours, passing through the jungle at Ceja de Selva where there are coffee, coca and fruit plantations. Reach the campsite at Lucmabamba  for lunch. The campsite is within a coffee plantation, so there is time to explore the facilities and taste some of the local coffee in the afternoon, with an optional trip to the hot springs in Cocalmayo.

  • Day 5 | Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes

    A morning hike to the archelogical site of Llactapata, offering views of Machu Picchu, before a two hour hike to take lunch by the hydro-electric station. Further walking after lunch to Agua Calientes and the hotel.

  • Day 6 | Machu Picchu

    Take the bus to Machu Picchu to take a guided tour around the site. Optional climb of Huayna Picchu, the mountain behind Machu Picchu. Afternoon bus to Agua Calientes to take the train to Ollantaytambo, to take a final transfer to the hotel in Cuzco.

  • Accommodation
  • Guides
  • Meals
  • Transfers


  • Transfer to and from the trek start point
  • Machu Picchu entry and camping fees
  • A fully supported trek
  • All meals and drinking water on the trek
  • A private portable toilet
  • High quality mess and sleeping tents with a comfortable insulated sleeping mat
  • Hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Access to emergency oxygen and first aid kit

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in Cuzco
  • Tips for your guides and crew
  • Personal items
  • Travel insurance (you must be insured, and specifically for treks up to 5000m)
  • Your personal trekking gear
  • Your personal medicines or prescriptions
  • Snacks on the trek
  • Meals and drinks not on the trek

  • Carbon offset
  • Plastic bottle free

This trip takes responsibility seriously and ‘goes the extra mile’ to ensure that your presence in this country is entirely positive.

Central to this is

  • Caring for the crew
  • Caring for the local environment
  • Caring for the local communities

All guides and partners are hand picked to ensure that every aspect of your trip operates to the highest standard and reflect the strong values, ethics and joy of travel.

This commitment to Responsible Travel is mutually beneficial without compromising the countries and communities touched or the depth and uniqueness of your adventure.

Key values of this trip

  • Leave nothing behind
  • We’re the visitors, let’s be respectful at all times
  • Deliver a breathtaking experience
  • Let’s benefit local communities and environments

Let’s help keep these wonderful places precious.

Porters and crew

All crew are paid proper wages and are treated with respect and dignity. This trip with IMEC, IPPG and KPAP, all not-for-profit organisations that focus on improving the working conditions of porters.

Friends of Conservation

Travellers are given the opportunity to mitigate some of the environmental impacts of flying by supporting community and conservation initiatives.

Travellers Against Plastic

This trip is a proud supporter of the Leave No Trace and Travellers Against Plastic campaigns, which help educate travellers on the impact of travel and provide practical guidance for enjoying the outdoors responsibly.

  • Age 18 & over
  • Between 2-10 in group
  • Private group option
  • ABTA
  • ATOL




Price per person (inc deposit)


Enquiries & bookings

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