Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes, Nepal

With Cherie Horne

The Salkantay – Machu Picchu Trek follows a beautifully remote and ancient footpath in the same region as the classic Inca Trail.


What makes this adventure so exceptional is the less frequented trekking route is spread over extended days to relish a myriad of diverse and spectacular views so you can truly enjoy the natural beauty of the Andes away from jam-packed trekking crowds.

This breathtaking journey is an excellent option for adventure travellers who wish to challenge themselves in remote higher altitudes, or for trekkers who are simply looking for an alternative to the traditional Inca Trail. The distinctiveness of this incredible trek enables you to see the change in different ecological floors, from subtropical areas and stunning peaks and glaciers, to finally reach the acclaimed ‘Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.’

The first steps of this exciting journey begin in Mollepata, west of Cusco, a different place from the rest of the Machu Picchu-bound Inca trails. After a few exciting and challenging days at altitudes above 4,000m the trek will see us descend to join the traditional Inca Trail beyond Paucarcancha at Huayllabamba. This unique itinerary of superb walking with fewer trekkers allows you to fully appreciate and relish in breathtaking Peruvian nature and Andean peaks.

You will experience roar, dramatic scenery not seen on the Classic Inca Trail. We will explore the beautiful Rio Blanco Valley before crossing an exceptionally steep and snowy high pass at an altitude of 4,600m – the Salkantay Pass. Trekking under the grand, snow-girt mass of the thrilling Sacred Inca mountain, Salkantay (6,264m) will totally astound as the south face of this revered peak towers high above us. Mesmerising panoramic views across the sprawling Valcabamba Range will captivate the senses and make every step of your trekking adventure exceptionally memorable.

If you desire a trek with an unparalleled and exclusive difference the Salkantay – Machu Picchu adventure is for you. With fewer distractions and disturbances than you encounter on the Inca Trail this is the number one alternative. You will experience a remarkable blend of awe-inspiring scenery, high snow-capped mountains, lowland jungle, challenging trekking, culture and natural beauty that is truly unique to the Andes.

Escape the congested Machu Picchu bound Inca Trail and trek the magnificent Salkantay – Machu Picchu trek with Cherie Horne.



  • Arrival/Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights
  • Deluxe Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share basis – Bed & Breakfast
  • Highest quality Teahouse accommodation with attached bathroom when available on a twin share basis during trek*
  • Unlimited breakfast, lunch & dinner from full Teahouse menu at your choice while trekking
  • Unlimited hot drinks at each meal (excluding carbonated & alcoholic drinks)
  • 4-5L of boiled or filtered drinking water per day while trekking
  • Welcome or farewell traditional Nepalese dinner with cultural dance & folk music
  • Half day guided city tour in Kathmandu
  • All domestic flights and airport tax (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending point of trek
  • Free use of quality trekking gear including sleeping bag, fleece liner & down jacket (to be returned on trip completion)
  • Free loan of local mobile SIM card (twin share) to communicate with family & friends. Credit not included
  • Cherie Horne Trekking Adventures (CHAT) duffle bag & hat
  • Summit Club membership with Kathmandu, Hampton East
  • Professional local trekking co-guide & assistant guides well trained in Wilderness First Aid
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment
  • First Aid Kit excluding personal prescription medication
  • Gamow Bag/PAC
  • Everest National Park Trek Permit, TIMS card & any other required permits or official documentation
  • Trip Certificate
  • Emergency helicopter rescue Evacuation Coordination Service^
Trek Exclusions
  • International airfares (approximately $1000-$1600 return from Melbourne to Kathmandu)
  • Travel & emergency helicopter rescue insurance (Please make sure your insurance covers helicopter evacuation services)
  • Excess baggage charges more than 15kg (which includes carry-on bag) for domestic flights
  • Visa fees
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) other than scheduled itinerary
  • Drinks (carbonated and alcoholic)
  • Hot shower and battery charges during the trek
  • Expenses of personal nature (laundry & phone calls)
  • Lunches and dinners whilst not trekking (approximately $5-$10 per meal in Kathmandu restaurants, $10-$20 per meal in Radisson Hotel)
  • Tips for Nepalese co-guides & porters
  • Pre-Trek Simulated Altitude & Group Training program
Important Travel Insurance Information

Travel Insurance is compulsory when taking part in a “Cherie Horne” Adventure Trek. FBI Travel will be able to assist you with the costs on a case by case basis and help you with a policy to cover you as required. Refer to the following attached documents for more information.

If you have pre-existing medical conditions which require additional cover please contact FBI Travel for assistance.


22 day Trek with Cherie
from USD$3,565* per person

Day 1: Kathmandu (1400m)

Arrival at Kathmandu International airport. Transfer to Radisson Hotel – Hotel (B/B)

Day 2: Kathmandu (1400m)

Nepal time zone acclimatisation day in Kathmandu. Trek orientation with Cherie & Nepalese guides. Clothing & equipment check. Full day Sightseeing of KTM Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath & Pasupatinath – Hotel (B/B)

Day 3: Phakding (2,610m)

Fly to Lukla (2,840m) & Trek to Phakding (2,610m) 3-4 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 4: Namche Bazar (3,440m)

Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 5 -7 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 5: Namche Bazar (3,440m)

Acclimatisation Day at Namche Bazar. Trek to Everest View Hotel (3,880m) – Return to Namche (3,440m) 4-5 hours -Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 6: Phortse Thanga (3,680m)

Trek to Phortse Thanga (3,680m) 3-4 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 7: Dhole (4,200m)

Trek to Dhole (4,200m) 2-3 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 8: Machhermo (4,470m)

Trek to Machhermo (4,470m) 4-5 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 9: Gokyo (4,790m)

Trek to Gokyo (4,790m) 4-5 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 10: Gokyo Ri (5,483m)

Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483m) – Return to Gokyo (4,790m) 4-5 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 11: Dragnag (4,700m)

Trek to Dragnag (4,700m) 2-3 hours- Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 12: Cho La Pass and Dzongla

Trek to Cho La Pass (5,420m) – Dzongla (4830m) 7-8 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 13: Loboche (4,910m)

Trek to Loboche (4,910m) 3-4 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 14: Gorak Shep (5,140m)

 Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m) 2-3 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 15: Everest Base Camp (5,364m)

Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) Return to Gorak Shep (5140m) 5-6 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 16: Kala Patthar, Gorak Shep and Pheriche

Climb to Kala Patthar (5,550m) – Return to Gorak Shep (5,140m) – Descend to Pheriche (4,240m) 7-8 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 17: Kala Patthar, Gorak Shep and Pheriche

Trek to Khumjung (3,780m) or Tengboche (3,860m) 5-6 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 18: Monjo (2,835m)

Trek to Monjo (2,835m) 5-6 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 19: Lukla (2,840m)

Trek to Lukla (2,840m) 4-5 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 20: Kathmandu (1400m)

Fly to Kathmandu (1400m) – Transfer to Radisson Hotel – Hotel (B/B)

Day 21: Reserve day

Reserve Day (In case of Lukla flight cancellations due to bad weather) – Hotel (B/B)

Day 22: End of Trek

Departure to International Airport. End of trek (B)

Register and reserve your place now.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FBI Travel Groups Department on (03) 8573 0915 or email groups@fbitravel.com.au


Terms & Conditions:*Itinerary subject to change. Single room supplement available at additional cost. B/B = Bed & Breakfast, B = Breakfast, B/L/D = Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner



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