Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Full

Machu Picchu

5 day, 4 night trek over mountain passes to reach the infamous lost city.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
73 km
Ascent
4.2 km
Descent
5.6 km
Duration
1 day +
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
4.6 km
Gradient
32˚
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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Full Map

Description

One of the best 25 treks in the world according to National Geographic, this trail takes you on an unforgettable journey beneath the magnificent Salkantay mountain (6271m) to the lost city of Machu Picchu.

You’ll pass through rainforest, cloud forest, highlands and high mountain passes, beneath glaciers, around turquoise lakes, and past three of the most stunning peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba Mountain.

This is the most popular alternative to the over trodden Inca trail, and widely regarded to be more impressive.

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation