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Deep Salkantay Trek Expedition

Deep Salkantay Trek Expedition

Salkantay Mountain is known as the most impressive peak in the Peruvian Andes. Deep Salkantay Trek Expedition is the best alternative for the Inca Trail. If you do not want to be on a busy path, but want to have an excellent hike with brilliant natural surroundings, then a super option is the Salkantay Trek Expedition. En route you will see the "Apu" Salkantay (Apu means spirit), the tallest peak near Machu Picchu, this frost-topped mammoth is still at the core of the beliefs of the Incas' heirs, the Quechua people of the high Andes. After an excellent hike we will arrive at the legendary Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.


This Deep Salkantay Trek Expedition takes you on a newly discovered route. On the new path you have the opportunity to see and learn more. On the first day we visit an Inca temple and we get to trek through the charming countryside of Ichupata, where the first campsite is located. On the second day we climb over the Rio Blanco, we have the chance to see condors around here, one of the most delightful aspects of this new Salkantay Trek tour and then cross the Inca Chiriaska Pass, the highest peak of the Vilcabamba mountain range. The third day takes us to Cruz Qasa pass, which provides wonderful vistas of Mount Ocobamba, from where we will hike to Chuqueñana Pass and then continue on a gorgeous trek across the meadow to Aqoqasa. On the fourth day (the last day of trekking before reaching Machu Picchu) we will pass the ruins of Inca Raqay and the village of Ancasqocha, finally reaching the Urubamba Valley, the most abundant area of these part's, where we will camp.


Quick Itinerary:


Day 01: Cusco- Mollepata - Soyraypampa

Day 02: Soraypampa - Chachani Qasa

Day 03: Chacani Qasa/ Aqoqasa

Day 04: Aqoqasa/Chillca

Day 05: Machu Picchu


Important info about your Trek:

  • Guided Salkantay trail
  • Salkantay Mountain
  • Machu Picchu tour
  • Observe the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Crew: A Inca Trail Machu Representative in Cusco and a professional bilingual Tour Guide, a Cook and Porters for the Hiking the Deep Salkantay Trek Expedition


Accomodation: 3x campsite, 1x hotel

Meals: 3x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner, 3x afternoon tea (Please allow USD 20-50 for meals not included).

Transportation: Transportation by private van, 1x train (Expedition Class).

Camping equipment: You can view our Salkantay Trek camping equipment click here


Packing List:

  • Passport: Carry it is very important
  • Inmigration Card
  • ISIC card: If you booked as a student
  • A good hiking shoes: Comfortable and useful on all terrain
  • Waterpoof: Especially in rainy seasons
  • Sunscreen: Avoid the ultraviolet ray
  • Coca leaf


Interesting Information


Day 01: Cusco- Mollepata - Soyraypampa
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Early morning, we will pick you up from your hotel in our private bus. We head west through the Anta Valleyand stop at the Inca temple of Tarawasi. Then we continue our drive to the village of Mollepata, where we will enjoy a quick sojourn of this charming town.Then we carry on our excursion to Soraypampa (10,660 ft/3250 m), where our crew awaits us with mules or horses to begin our hike. We will trek through delightful terrains to Ichupata, where our first campsite is located.

Meals: Lunch, dinner

Maximum Altitude: Soyrapampa12,693 ft (3869 m)

Day 02: Soraypampa - Chachani Qasa
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After an appetizing breakfast, we start our hike, getting over the Rio Blanco. One of the most appealing parts of this hike is that you can see condors. We carry on ascending to the Inca Chiriaska pass (15,826 ft/4825 m) under the south front of Salkantay (20,600 ft/6247 m), the tallest summit of the Vilcabamba mountain range. The route continues down, then up to Chachani Qasa, where we will camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Maximium altitude: 15,830 ft (4100 m) (Inca Chiriaska pass)

Day 03: Chacani Qasa/ Aqoqasa
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A quick trek takes us to Cruz Qasa pass at 15,465 ft (4715 m) with ecellent vistas of the Mount Ocobamba (16,813 ft/5126 m). We then descend to 13,615 ft (4150 m) and after ascend to the Chuqeñan pass (14,114 ft/4302 m). We then carry on our exquisite trek across the meadow over 13,451 ft (4100 m) for approximately 7.5 km to Aqoqasa (13,887/4234 m), where we camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Maximum Altitude:Chachani Qasa 4600 M

Chuqueñan Pass 4302 M

Day 04: Aqoqasa/Chillca
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Today we traverse across the final pass (15,908/4446 m). We then go down and pass the Inca ruinsof Raqay and the village of Ancasqocha. Then we descend to the narrow Chillca gorge and the most abundant area of the region, the Urubamba Valley, where we camp at 9,184 ft (2800 m)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Maximum altitude:15,354 ft(4680 m) (Aqoqasa pass)

Day 05: Machu Picchu
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On the final day of our tour we leave camp early to walk to the train station and take the ride to Machu Picchu. We reach Aguas Calientes, from where we take the bus to the ruins of machu Picchu. Our guide will tell us all about the history of this Inca fortress. In the afternoon we return to Cusco.

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  • Drinking water (boiled at the campment).
  • All the necessary land transport from your hotel and back to your hotel (including Expedition train to and from Aguas Calientes).
  • Food: Detailed above.
  • English speaking tour guide.
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu.
  • Camp cook, pack animals and mule drivers, camp assistant(s).
  • All our trash produced during the trek, returns to Cusco.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Camping equipment: Tents, air mattress, complete table service, sleeping bag

Not Included
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  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu.
  • Meals not included above.
  • Items of a personal nature including personal medical supplies.

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Highlights by Archaeological Sites

  • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel
  • Explore the ruins from the Mountain
  • Visit Soraypampa
  • See the landscapes from Salkantay Mountain


Best moment of the Trek

  • The landing to Machu Picchu and the hike through Salkantay Mountain


Encampment Equipment

  • Inca Trail Machu Tour operator will provide the double tent. Our tents are of the brand  EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary
    Inca Trail Machu will provide the clean Sleeping bag, Inflatable pillow and blanket. Our porters will leave inside your tent. Once arrived to the camping, you will find inside your all camping equipment.



  • Walking sticks or poles cost $20 to rent.
  • Daypack for your hike U$ 10
  • Rain Poncho U$ 10 
  • There are emergency porters available for rent along this trek if you are unsure you will be able to complete the hike, cost $80.

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Deep Salkantay Trek Expedition

Here is everything you need to know about Deep Salkantay Trek Expedition, one of our most impressive routes.

Where is located the Salkantay?
The "Salkantay" snowy is the highest peak of the Vilcabamba mountain range, part of the Peruvian Andes. It is located 60 km at the northwest of Cusco city. It is the 38th highest peak of the Andes and the 12th highest peak in Peru.

Altitudes in Deep Salkantay Trek Expedition 
During the Deep Salkantay Trek Expedition, we will find the following altitudes:
  • “Soraypampa” at 3,250 m.a.s.l.
  • "Chiriaska pass" at 4,825 m.a.s.l.
  • "Salkantay" at 6,247 m.a.s.l.
  • "Cruz Qasa pass" at 4,715 m.a.s.l.
  • "Chuqeñan pass" at 4,302 m.a.s.l.
  • "Aqoqasa" at 4,234 m.a.s.l.
  • "Final pass" at 4,446 m.a.s.l.
What does "Salkantay" mean?
The name "Salkantay" comes from "Salka", a Quechua word meaning "wild", uncivilized. So, the name is often translated as "wild mountain".

How difficult is the Deep Salkantay Trek Expedition?
This path has a moderate to strong difficulty, it is recommended to have good physical preparation, and arrive in Cusco at least 2 days before starting the tour for acclimatization.

Is it possible to do the Deep Salkantay Trek Expedition on my own?
The trekking of Salkantay unlike the traditional Inca Trail, in which it is mandatory to hire an agency and is difficult to adquire a ticket for entrance, the Salkantay trekking allows its realization on your own. The trekking begins in the village of Mollepata, where you have to pay a registration at the checkpoint in the main square, that has an approximate cost of 130 soles or 40 dollars.

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