Salcantay Trek

In this classic Andean trek, you experience some of the world's most breathtaking mountain scenery along with some of its finest archeological sites. 

On the Salcantay Trek, you discover the Vilcabamba Cordillera, an exhilarating range of steep valleys, lacy waterfalls, and towering granite snowpeaks.  Five hundred years ago, the Incas united each valley and pass with a network of exquisitely crafted stone highways.  Life in these mountains has changed little: the Quechua-speaking peasants scattered through these high green valleys nurture their herds, till the soil with traditional tools, and make coca leaf offerings to the powerful Apu (mountain spirit) residing in the sacred peak of Nevado Salcantay (6,271m/ 20,600').

Departing for our trailhead at the town of Mollepata, several hours west of Cuzco, you climb to a spectacular camp at the foot of the massive south face of Salcantay. After crossing the unforgettable Incachiriaska Pass at 4,950 m/16,230 ft, you descend a long valley to join the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. You follow mysterious ancient granite paving stones on a spectacular route high above the Urubamba River, until emerging within sight of Machu Picchu. You have a full day at the legendary Lost City of the Incas to explore every corner of this wonderful site. 

IMPORTANT: Since this trek includes time on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, permits are required. Permits must be purchased far in advance as they sell out 5-6 months in advance! Please plan accordingly and check with us as soon as possible.

Quick Facts

  • 6 days hiking/4 nights camping/1 night hotel
  • Permit required for Inca Trail portion; book 6 months in advance
  • In/Out Cuzco
  • Remote hiking beneath majestic Nevado Salcantay (6,271 m/ 20,600')
  • Enjoy unspoiled Inca Trails and tranquil Andean valleys
  • Explore the magnificent ridge-top city of Machu Picchu

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