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Walking in Peru

Discover the Salkantay Trek - so much more than an alternative to the Inca Trail. Supported by our experienced trek team ascend to Salkantay Pass (4,525m) overlooked by the magnificent snow covered Mount Salkantay (6,271m) and glacier. Taking in the views of the Vilcabamba range descend through tropical forest and small mountain villages. A final ascent brings us to Abra Q'elloqasa (2,860m) and down to Ahobamba Valley for a short mountain train ride to Aguas Calientes, from where we visit the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Tour Highlights

  • Magnificent mountain scenery - Great views to Salkantay and other snow-capped mountains of the Vilcabamba Range particularly from Salkantay Pass (4525m)
  • Full-service camping - Our experienced trek crew set up the tents and cook hearty meals, leaving you to enjoy the experience of being in the mountains
  • Machu Picchu - First view this extraordinary Inca site across the valley from Abra Q'elloqasa, then explore it with our Explore Leader
  • Cusco - Explore the historic capital of the Incas


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    Trip starts in Cusco

  • 2
    Explore the historic city of Cusco

  • 3
    Visit the Sacred Valley and Pisac market. Opportunity to go whitewater rafting

  • 4
    Travel in to the mountains to the start of trek

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    Trek to Salkantay Pass (4,525m). Great views of Salkantay and glacier

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    Descend following the Salkantay River to cloudforest

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    Follow Santa Teresa River to Lucmabamba

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    Ascent to Abra Q'elloqasa (2,860m). Views to Machu Picchu

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    Discover the Inca city of Machu Picchu

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    Trip ends in Cusco

Trip notes

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Salkantay Trek
Why Book this trip
Walk through this magnificent scenery, away from the crowds. No pass is needed so the Salkantay Trek can be booked at short notice.
Included meals 9 5 4
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Train
4 nights Standard Hotel
4 nights Simple Camping
1 night Simple Guesthouse
Trip Staff
Cook, Explore Tour Leader / Trek Guide, Porter(s), Trek Crew
Maximum Altitude on Trek (m)
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16