Salkantay Trekking Adventure 4D/3N

One of the best and unique hikes is Salkantay Trek Adventure 4D/3N to Machu Picchu as your Alternative option. This trek is full of beautiful landscapes as you hike from Glacier to the tropical jungle. Throughout your hike, you will observe the gorgeous glacial Humantay Lake, waterfalls, and hike through the Peruvian cloud forest. The air you breathe will be pure and fresh as you are up at approximately 4,600m/15,000ft. You’ll have the opportunity to see coffee plantations and taste Peru’s renowned coffee. A definite must for Coffee lovers! As you reach the jungle area of the hike you’ll have the opportunity to taste fresh fruits grown there. Fruits such as bananas, pineapple, avocados and much more can be tasted here.

Tour Leaders Peru adventure manages small groups and gives you a personalized tour. We hike unique trails not traveled by other tour operators. You will have the opportunity to go at your own pace and take as many pictures as you desire. Your tour leader will share their knowledge about the history of the area. The natural flora and fauna you observe while on the trek is a beautiful sight to appreciate.  You need to be in good physical condition to hike this trail and you should definitely acclimatize to the altitude ( about 80 miles in total and the altitude is no joke ). Other tour operators sell this tour package as if it was an average walk in the park. Know that it is not.  Bear in mind that in this trek an emergency horse is included for you in case you get too tired and need some rest.

You can do other tours to acclimatize to the altitude such as City TourSacred Valley, and Maras Moray. This will make your tour adventure easier once you have acclimatized to the altitude. Nonetheless, the views are amazing and you will feel so accomplished at the end. The journey and your achievement of this hike are better than the destination. You will need very good walking shoes. In regards to clothing make sure to take waterproof/easy drying clothes as well as warm clothes because it gets cold at night.

This tour is a day shorter than the classic Salkantay Trek Adventure of 5D/4N. You will visit the exact same sites and will not miss any important landmarks. This tour is shortened from the classic trek on the third day in which you will have private transportation from La Playa to Hydroelectric town. From there you will board a train to Aguas Calientes. On the last day, you will visit and enjoy the magnificent Machu Picchu.

From $512 per person

Why Join Us? What makes us different than others?

Tour Leaders Peru truly cares about its Customers, Staff, and our Environment.  We are Eco-friendly

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 100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru, we never put you with other tour operators.

 Pick up from Airport and Hotel

 Top of the line equipment REI Co-op Half Dome 4 Tent. Only for Two Persons Learn more

 8 kg per person, other companies offer you only 6 kg

 Best English Speakers Tour Leaders, We know Communication is very important in your trip

 Extraordinary Chefs! Don’t get stressed about food and forget your power bar. We serve you a 5-star outdoor restaurant with delicious organic gourmet food in your dining tent.

 Hotel Aguas Calientes Hot Shower with all facilities

 Free and Safe Storage in Cusco and Aguas Calientes while you are hiking and visiting Machupicchu

  Bus Ticket from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes 35 minutes ride.

 Private Camping sites. We avoid the crowds from other explorers

 Cocalmayo/Santa Teresa Hot Springs and hike an original short Inca trail along Salkantay Trek- other tour companies offer only 1 option we include BOTH

Train from Hydroelectric town to Aguas Calientes.  Other tour companies don’t include this option.

Meals Based on the tour Itinerary, Vegetarian and Gluten-free option at no extra cost. 



Day 1: Mystical Day: Cusco – Soraypampa—Humantay Lake—Suyrococha Camp Site

We’ll pick you up at 5:00 am from your hotel and travel by bus for 3 hours to Soraypampa. After a short Breakfast, we’ll hike the Salkantay Trek Adventure Machu Picchu to Humantay Lake. This is a site that most companies skip, but we believe this mystical lake is too beautiful to be overlooked. You will see for yourself the enchantment of this lake. From here, we descend back to Soraypampa and have lunch. We continue our trip for another 2 ½ to 3 hours towards Suyrococha campsite. As soon as you arrive your campsite will be set up by your chaskis (porters) in advance. Hot drinks will be served followed by dinner. You will have a good night’s rest at the bottom of the Salkantay glacier. Be prepared for the second day.

  • Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and popcorn
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,219m/13,845ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,700m/12,139ft
  • Distance Travelled: approximately 10km/6.2miles
  • Walking Time: approximately 9 hours

Day 2: The Most Challenging Day: Suyrococha—Salkantay Pass (highest point) – Collpapampa Camp Site

We will have breakfast at around 5:30 am and begin our 1-hour hike to the highest pass on this trek located at 4650m/15200ft. You will literally feel amongst the clouds at Salkantay pass. The view of the Cordilleras snow cap mountains is absolutely breathtaking. From here you will descend through different microclimates until you reach Huaraqmach’ay for your lunch break. When the group is finished eating you will continue descending until you reach Collpapampa campsite. You will have free time to relax until dinner is served and afterward a good night’s rest.

  • Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and popcorn
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,650m/15,255ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,800m/9,186ft
  • Distance Travelled: approximately 17km/10.5miles
  • Walking Time: approximately 11 hours



Day 3: Nature’s Beauty: Collpapampa—La Playa Camp Site

Early morning tea wakes up call at 5:30 am followed by breakfast. We begin our up and down trek through the beautiful cloud forest. Along the way, you will have the chance to see beautiful flora and fauna, colorful birds, butterflies, waterfalls, coffee and banana plantations and much more while arriving in the high jungle. You will arrive at La Playa campsite and have lunch. Afterward, we will get on our private transportation and drive for about 45 minutes until we reach Hydroelectric town. From here we will catch the train to Aguas Calientes town. We will drop you off at your hotel and later meet up for dinner. Feel free to explore Aguas Calientes town afterward and then make sure to get a good nights rest for the last day.

  • Meals: B/L/D snacks: Dinner at Indio Feliz Restaurant
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,800m/9,186ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,100m/6,889ft
  • Distance Travelled: approximately 11km/6.8miles
  • Walking Time: approximately 7 hours

Day 4: Unforgettable Day!!! Machupicchu – Cusco

To avoid large lines and crowds we highly suggest you have a very early breakfast (5:00 am) at your hotel before taking the earliest bus to Machupicchu. We recommend everyone to try and be the first ones in line because it fills up incredibly quick. Enjoy the first view of Machupicchu and the sunrise (depending on the weather). Your tour leader will guide you throughout this magnificent site for about 3 hours. If you book well in advance and have a Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain ticket, your tour leader will take you to the main entrance where you can explore these sites on your own.

Be sure to return to Aguas Calientes on time to board your train. Your tour leader will specify the time after your guided tour. The train ride back to Ollantaytambo is approximately 2 hours followed by a 2-hour drive to Cusco. We will drop you off at your respective hotels in Cusco.

Note: If you wish to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes let us know when booking your tour. We will organize your transportation back to Cusco. If you decide to change your train ticket or hotel stay at the last minute, TLPA does not cover any price change or transportation back to Cusco.

  • Meals: Breakfast at your hotel
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,400m/7,874ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,100m/6,889ft

We are excited to be part of your adventure vacation and lead you to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Make sure to book your tour in advance. 





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Additional Upgrades

Huayna Picchu– $40 per person – Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade

Machupicchu Mountain- $35 per person – Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade

Vistadome Train – prices vary from $57-$73 per person one way

Additional Night in Aguas Calientes hotel – The price depends on the season and Hotel availability 

Items for rent

  • Single Tent $40 (if you wish to sleep alone)
  • Sleeping Bag $20 per person (minus 5 degrees Celsius)
  • Air Mattress $20 per person (REI mattress)
  • Walking Poles $20 per pair (Professional ones that can be extended)
  • Extra kilograms $15/kg (Example 3kg=$45)

PRICE Group Service

From $512 per person

Our tours are personalized and customize for you. Our Tour Leaders have years of experience guiding tourists with different hiking abilities. You can expect a wonderful time with TLP Adventure!

Price per person $512.00

  • 2 Trekkers: $640
  • 3 Trekkers: $620
  • 4 Trekkers: $595
  • 5 Trekkers: $576
  • 6 Trekkers: $554
  • 7 Trekkers: $534
  • 8+ Trekkers: $512

Note: An initial deposit of $250.00 is required to reserve your spot.  We require this deposit in order to buy train and bus tickets, entrance to Machupicchu and to reserve your hotel. The remaining balancing is due 21 days prior to your trek departure. Please see our Terms and Conditions.


This tour includes a three-star Hotel in which wifi, private bathroom, and a hot shower are included. Prices are based on shared room occupancy. Single rooms are available for an extra fee ($40). Please inform upon your booking if you wish to have a single room otherwise you will share with another member of the group. 


Please take money for your own personal expense while on the trek. You may wish to buy yourself some beverages, souvenirs and/or tip your personal staff. Peruvian Nuevo soles are preferable.