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Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek is the most beautiful hiking destination that reaches to the Inca citadel of Machupicchu in Peru. The hike takes you through remotely isolated ethnic and cultural villages situated in the foothills of the Salkantay Mountain!…

Salkantay Trek is a new but wonderful trekking route to Machu Picchu; it´s an extraordinary alternative hike, if you didn´t get permits for Classic Inca Trail. The hike leads you across the “Cordillera Vilcabamba” in the National park of Machu Picchu. The trail combines mysterious Incas ruins with different types of landscapes: From the typical Andean landscape up to the snowcapped mountains and down the sub-tropical forests; where you´ll find great diversity of flowers, orchids, birds and hummingbirds, among the others. is marketing website that offers Salkantay Trek and Trips to Machu Picchu! with First-rate equipment, professional guides and personalized services for your unforgettable trekking holiday in Peru. We always have availability in its different modalities, either you are a solo traveller, a couple, with a family or a group of friends.

Find here Trekking itineraries: from leisure to extremes including a day tours, sightseeing tours, pilgrimage tours, cultural tours, religious tours, a day hiking and many more. You can visit some of our top trekking itineraries at: 3-day Salkantay Challenge Trek; 4-day Salkantay Adventure Trek; Best Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days; 5-day Salkantay Private Trek; 7-day Salkantay & Inca Trail; 8-day Salkantay Package; 9-day Salkantay Luxury Trek;  10-day Salkantay Imperial Trek.

Best time to trek Salkantay

When is the Best Time for Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu?

The best time for this trekking is the dry season that starts in April
and ends in November; during these months there are fewer possibilities
to experience rain while you are trekking and you’ll have more photo

Salkantay Trekking Season generally known best as three seasons after
falls, after the winter and after the spring. The following month mid of
April to mid of November consider ever best season of trekking
Salkantay. During this period of months have pleasant climate condition
not so hot and cold and visibility of mountain are crystal clear. In
spring season in Salkantay many different types of flowers bloom both
trees and ground.

Autumn (March – June)

Autumn season is considered as the best trekking season for the trekking
in Salkantay. During this season offers excellent weather and
tantalizing mountain views. Temperature is moderate, making it a good
time for Salkantay Trekking. The sky is generally clear with outstanding
views. Occasionally short storms may dump considerable snow at high

Winter (June – September)

Generally, the days are clear in winter season in Salkantay. June, July
and august months are cold days in mountain. In winter season in
Salkantay is usually snow fall in the higher elevations with risk winds
and colder temperatures. Hence is ideal for trekking in the lower
elevation. If you are looking for suitable and incredible scenery, this
is a great time to Trek in Salkantay.

Spring (September – December)

Spring season in Nepal is also considered as the best season to do the
trekking. In this season offers different varieties of wild flora above
3000m, which makes trekking more comfortable and interesting. It is
mildly warm at lower elevations and quite moderate temperature at higher
elevation over 4000m, which provides spectacular and excellent
mountains View.

Summer (December – March)

December, January and February months are main rainy season in Salkantay
and involves monsoon with heavy rainfall which makes trekking
conditions unfavorable. This season is ideal time for tour to Machu
Picchu .

Salkantay Trek Location

Where is Salkantay?

Salkantay is one of the tallest mountains in the region of Cusco, about 60 km (40 mi) west-northwest of the city in Peru, its range runs across the Machu Picchu National park. It is the highest peak in the Vilcabamba mountain range, part of the Peruvian Andes. The Mountain of Salkantay is the 38th-highest peak in the Andes, and the twelfth-highest in Peru.

Mount Salkantay (or Nevada Salkantay / Salcantay) is one of the most iconic mountains in the and the highest mountain on the “Vilcabamba” range. Trekkers on the Salkantay trail spend a day approaching the mountain from the south and then another day in close proximity to the mountain as they scale the Salkantay Pass, which at 4,600m provides amazing vistas into the valley below. The mountina of Salkantay stands at 6,271m.

Is this trekking safe?

Is Salkantay Trek safe?

The short answer is yes, The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is very safe in fact. Salkantay Trek feels safer than most other treks around the globe, possibly due to the religious nature of the people and their natural kindness. Over the past 10 years Salkantay Trekking has enjoyed a growing fascination to visit from travellers from all over the world. The People are very hospitable; they accept that tourism is a mainstay of the economy, and are very welcoming.

Adventure Experiences in Salkantay

Given Salkantay‘s incredible terrain, it‘s no surprise that it‘s one of the world‘s most popular destinations for Trekking. When you‘re grabbing your gear, make sure you grab a buddy too. Trekking or hiking alone is dangerous for a number of reasons. You may also want to hire a guide, as the woods and mountain areas can be tricky and getting lost or injured is a real risk. Dress accordingly and don‘t take on more than you can handle. In addition to trekking and hiking, Salkantay offers a huge variety of outdoor adventures sure to satisfy even the most daring traveler. Whatever your pleasure, be aware of the risks and use caution during your adventures.

Helpful Tips for Trekking in Salkantay!..

Top Tips for Trekking in Salkantay!

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the best trekking destinations in the world – and it’s fully open for business after the regulation of the Classic Inca Trail. So what do you need to know before you go?…

  • The best time to travel to Peru for trekking is in the dry season which begins in March and finishes in October. Sure, that during this time is the busy season (especially June to August), but it’s also the best time for trekking to Machu Picchu; since the weather allows you to enjoy the amazing landscapes including the beautiful sunrise and sunset at Salkantay Mountain.
  • This trekking is complemented with the best views of Machu Picchu from the top of the Huayna Picchu Mountain so; make your reservation 4 -5 months in advance for the second turn; which allows you to climb after the tour within Machu Picchu.
  • Carry your passport and other documents in a plastic bag to avoid to get web in cases of rain; the dry season doesn’t guaranty 100% dry in the Andes the weather can change at any time So, be prepared for all kind of weather
  • At different section of the Trekking Route there are biting mosquitos like in the zone of Santa Teresa and Machu Picchu, so that we recommended wear long light clothing and use strong insect repellent.
  • It is very important to be prepared with sun protection, including sun hat, sunglasses and sun block… The weather could change from be a hot weather to cold in few hours… don’t get burnt!
  • Along the trail you´ll have the option to purchase drinks and snacks…Take Soles with you a Peruvian currency for buying water, snacks, etc. Also in this type of trekking is a tradition to tip your porters, cook and Guides; for all this things will be necessary to have you a local currency.
  • Waterproof clothes, well worn-in walking boots – Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential, and a sleeping bag is necessary too.
  • It is best to have 1 to 2 days of contingency days while planning a trip to Machu Picchu. Mountains are full of surprises, every day you find something new. But, the weather in the mountain region of Peru is unpredictable.
  • The internal flights from Lima to Cusco or in the reverse may get delayed or canceled due to weather. By including a few extra days into your trekking tour you will get a peace of mind even when your internal flights get delayed. Even if your flights take off at the scheduled time, you will never get bored in the vibrant city of Cusco. You can always spend your extra days by relaxing your exhausted muscles in a spa or going around the city exploring the rich art and culture.
  • When you trek in Salkantay, you may suffer from altitude sickness. So, it is very important to have knowledge on symptoms and precautions for Acute Mountain Sickness( AMS). AMS is very common while trekking in Salkanytay. When you ascend higher, the oxygen level in air drops down. So, you will feel shortness of breath and nausea. If you feel those symptoms you need to take immediate action to keep yourself safe. Gradual ascent and hydration is a key to avoid the AMS. Watch out for any early symptoms of altitude sickness and treat it well.
  • Deciding whether to take guides and porter is a decision that we all need to make. If this is your first trek in Peru and you are not well versed with Peruvian culture and language, then hire a guide and porters which you’ll find in authorized companies like “Sunrise Peru Trek”. Salkantay Trekking Guides not only help you on the way during the trek, but s\he also provide insight into the culture and lifestyle of the country.

Trekking difficulty…

How difficult is Trekking Salkantay Trail?

Salkantay trek is rated to be from Moderate to challenging trekking; this trek is not extremely demanding for anyone with a reasonable/ healthy level of fitness. We’ve seen all age groups enjoy this trek, from children under ten, to septuagenarians. The most important is the acclimatization, we normally recommended arrive to Cusco at less two day before your trekking. Meanwhile you can explore the natural and cultural highlights around the city.

The Salkantay Trek is not for tourists. Trekking to Machu Picchu is an adventure of a lifetime and life changing for many people. It is achievable for most people but NOT A TOURIST TREK!! And needs to be respected, prepared and trained. There are a couple of key elements to a safe, successful trek and journey up through the Salkantay Trek, hiking at low level oxygen environments and making a safe, successful and enjoyable trek.


  • 1st DAY.- Moderate
  • 2th DAY.- Chalenge
  • 3th DAY.- Moderate
  • 4th DAY.- Moderate
  • 5th DAY.- Easy
Salkantay Trek Cost

So, you want to go to SALKANTAY TREK and want to know how much it will cost?…

From package tours to budget guides there are many ways to Salkantay Trekking! There’s so much information out there that it’s often hard to get a straight answer. You’ll find your straight answer on this page. First, it’s really important to remember the following as your price will depend on it.

  • How many days do you want to trek for? – Salkantay Trek can be 2, 4, 5 and 7 days on average.
  • What time of year are you planning to go? Peak season is more expensive than off. Who do you buy the trek from? Travel agent, online group travel, online agent, in country guide, local guide.
  • What type of trek do you want to do? All inclusive, guide only or independent? Lets deal with the biggest issue first, where and what type to buy a trek along with the costs!
Salkantay Trek vs Inca Trail

Salkantay Trek vs Inca Trail

If you’re thinking to trek to Machu Picchu, there’s probably a question on your mind: Inca Trail vs. Salkantay? So, here there is a help to decide which trek to go!..

To get to Machu Picchu there are several options: by train, by car, and on foot; on foot is the better option since you’ll have the option to see the mountain that surrounds the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. So which route are you going to take? The Inca Trail, famous for its place in history on the Royal Road system, is an ancient set of trails that connected the Inca Empire to Machu Picchu. On the other hand, the Salkantay Trek is a visually stunning journey through some of the most breathtaking views in Peru, secluded from tourists and close to nature

Both trails are beautiful, historic, and ultimately lead to one of the most amazing wonders of the ancient world.


Probably SUNRISE PERU TREK services are intended to offer quality and value for money, together with a rich, varied and a rewarding experience. We have built our reputation as the best service provider. Our prices of all the tours are highly competitive and unmatched with any other local tour operators.


  • Because SUNRISE PERU TREK transportation department provide air conditioned large Mini Coaches, cars to cater to Groups and Individual requirements. The chauffeurs and accompanying guides are polite, well behaved, highly experienced and trained. They are well versed with the local areas and can communicate in English.
  • So, Sustainable and Responsible turism
  • Because, SUNRISE PERU TREK holidays aim to maximize benefit to traveler; the local people and their culture, and the environment in general by:
    Minimising negative environmental, social and cultural impacts
  • Providing more enjoyable experiences for you through meaningful connections with local people and a greater understanding of local, cultural and environmental issues
  • Generating greater economic benefits for local people and enhancing the well-being of host communities
  • Making positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage and to the maintenance of their diversity


  • It´s very important to give yourself enough time to acclimatize
  • Drink water from bottle only
  • Take time to enjoy the view
  • Spend some time meeting the locals
  • Make sure you have the right clothes for the cold and warm weather
  • Keep snacking
  • Respect the customs and traditions of the natives



Because the topography of Salkantay offers a number of stunning trekking routes. The best Salkantay Treks for one can be found by looking at the one’s preferences over the features offered by the trekking. The best trek for one can depend on his/her choice of difficulty, number of days for trekking, budget and trek style.

As a resul, if you’re looking for something remote; consider the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu which was named as one of the 25 best treks in the world. Apart from the very diverse topography which varies in altitude. The entire trail is challenging and heaps of fun for passionate trekkers who enjoy various types of terrain.

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Experience for Salkantay Trek

The Salkantay Trek is not a forced march and the pace is always slow, the days generally being shorter than a day hike at home.

We do recommend that you embark on a good fitness programme prior to your trip though, and one that builds up general stamina and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a rucksack to train for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, so the best advice is to get out into the hills as often as you can. You are likely to carry about 4 kilos in your day sack so this is a good weight to work with.

If you are going to be using the gym then concentrate on step machines which work on the thigh and calf muscles, and try to build your heart rate up to 50% above resting rate. Any cardiovascular activity is good, but remembers that swimming will not train the correct muscle groups so it must be added to other exercises to be effective. Exercise groups like body pump, Pilates and aerobic are all excellent preparation for a trek like this, especially those which work on core strength, balance and stability.

Support Team

Salkantay Trek Support team

The horses will carry your main bag up to a maximum weight of 7 kgs and cater for all the group needs, including assisting you if you need to go back down the valley. Unless specifically tenting, all accommodation is in tents which are top quality; except the last night will be in a 3-stars category hotel.

We run our Salkantay Trekss from a permanently staffed office in Cusco and our dedicated team provides an excellent service.

All of the guides have been employed for over ten years with us, and they have been trained to our high standards personally by Director and high altitude trekking leaders. They know how to deal with medical emergencies and speak good English. They are very attentive and after so many years have a good understanding of western needs.


If you think all the travel companies are same then it is time you change your concept! Yes, we are different and we don’t just say it, we can prove it! We create, organize and guide all by ourselves! Sunrise Peru Trek has been organizing and guiding travel groups since 1999, and every time we travel, the trips just keep getting better and better! We have been turning the dreams of thousands of our visitors into memories by providing first-class services. We are dedicated to offering our customers the best service and support throughout your journey to Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. With professional and experienced team, there is no better travelling companion than Sunrise Peru Trek Team. Let us enlighten you why we are different!


SUNRISE PERU TREK pioneered adventure Company for nearly two decades and we remain committed to small, low-impact groups keen to not just see, but experience our range of remote destinations to Machu Picchu We are one of the Peru’s leading tour operators trusted for professional, efficient, and highly hospitable services. We focus on Treks and Adventure tours to Machu Picchu only, which encourages us to polish our itinerary and improve constantly.

Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek