Salkantay Map

Day 1 – The starting point of the hike is Sayllapata at 3100m/ 10,168ft . The path veers off, detouring to Humantay Lagoon located at 4,200 meters above sea level . The path carries on past Salkantaypampa the opening of the pass where the campsite is located next to the Salkantay Glacier.

The days walking will cover 10km and take approx 4hours depending on fitness level and walking pace.

Day 2 – The route continues onto the Salkantay mountain pass which lies at 4,600 meters above sea level and is the highest point of the trek. The route traverses the edge of Salkantay mountain (6,271m / 15,090ft) and descends down to Huaracmachay where the environment starts to change. Another decent to Qollpapampa at 2,890m / 9479ft will conclude the day.

This day will take approx 21km taking approx 9 hours

Day 3 – The route makes a quick accent before allowing a relaxed downhill into the Amazonian rainforest which you will be immersed in all the day. The route closely follows the river for most of the day until reaching Lucmabamba at 2,400m / 7874ft.

The day takes approx 17km and 6-7 hours

Day 4 This day starts with a steep ascent to a view point and onwards to the recently rediscovered Llactapata at 2,850m / 9,350ft. The route then drops to the river and once in the valley connects to the hydroelectric plant and follows the train track into Aguas Calientes which is located at 2,040m / 6,692ft.

This day consists of 20km and takes approx 7 hours.

Day 5 – The last day entails traveling by either bus of foot up to Machu Picchu for the exploration of the ruins. Then you will return the same way back down to Aguas Calientes to catch your train back to ollantaytambo.