Salkantay Hike Challenges and Delights Travelers

The Salkantay hike was once a “secret” way to Machu Picchu compared to the more widely known Inca Trail. However, now the hike is at the top of the list for alternative routes to Machu Picchu. Discover the unique adventure that awaits you with Alpaca Expeditions’ Salkantay Trek. Our popular hike includes the Glass Cabañas in Soraypampa, the spectacular Humantay blue lagoon, and lush Peruvian forests.

Challenges and Adventure Awaits You

Travelers embarking on the Salkantay Trek may want to consider starting their trip by spending a night or two Cuzco. The time spent in Cuzco allows your body to adjust to the altitude and will reduce the chances of altitude sickness.

The Salkantay Trek is considered a challenging hike. Most hikers can handle the trek but you must be realistic about your physical abilities. Hiking up to 18 km per day is not for the faint of heart. The trail cuts through the Mollepata Valley, past Salkantay at the maximum altitude of over 15,000 feet, and then descends into a tropical forest. From those amazing heights, the trail descends into the subtropical cloud forest, before making it to Machu Picchu.

Our Priority is Your Comfort and Enjoyment

A top-notch guide is essential for this, and any, hike to Machu Picchu. All of our English-speaking guides grew up in this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. You will find our guides to be fun, yet professional. Their goal is to ensure you are safe, happy, and get the most out of your trip to Peru. Additionally, we include a personal porter. Your porter is responsible for carrying your duffel bag containing your personal items.

Your first night is spent in the Glass Cabañas in Soraypampa. Drift off to sleep as you marvel at the night sky filled with stars. Throughout the journey, our private campsites offer access to hot showers and a swimming pool. Alpaca Expeditions tours include excellent cuisine – even on top of a mountain! A chef trained in culinary school prepares hot meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is even a happy hour included before dinner with light snacks and tea. All Alpaca Expeditions tours include filtered water.

Salkantay Hike with Alpaca Expeditions

Lately, the Salkantay Pass is almost as popular as the Inca Trail. At Alpaca Expeditions we offer you a superior experience. What are you waiting for? Your next adventure awaits. Click here and watch a video of our Salkantay Trek and get a glimpse of the adventure that awaits you.


Our goal at Alpaca Expeditions is to create the best experience for all of our clients. We create journeys that are to be remembered for a lifetime. Journeys you can be proud of and can share with everybody around you.

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