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Salkantay Trek Packing List – Don’t Pack More Than You Need!

If you’re planning a trek to Machu Picchu via the Salkantay route, one of the most important things you need to consider is the gear that you’ll need. This four to a five-day trek will be physically demanding, and you’ll need to pack wisely to ensure that you’re comfortable throughout the journey. Don’t fret! We have your back. In this blog post, we’ll provide you with our expert advice on what to pack for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu and how to ensure that you’re not overpacking.

1. Clothing:

When it comes to clothing, layering is the key. You’ll need clothes that can keep you warm during the night and dry during the day. Here’s what we suggest:

– Base layer: breathable t-shirts or long-sleeved tops.
– Mid-layer: fleece jackets, soft shell jackets, and thermal pants.
– Outer layer: waterproof and windproof jacket, waterproof pants.

Other clothing items that you should include in your packing list are:

– Trekking pants
– Trekking shorts
– Water-resistant hiking boots
– Woolen socks
– Hat
– Gloves

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2. Camping Equipment:

You don’t have to bring your own camping gear; Inca Trail Trek provides high-quality camping equipment, including tents, mattresses, and sleeping bags. All you need to pack is a few essential items:

– Headlamps or flashlights
– Water bottles or a water-bladder
– Trekking poles
– Sunscreen, sunglasses, and lip balm
– Toiletries
– First aid kit with altitude sickness medication

3. Food:

Inca Trail Trek provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the trek, so all you need to pack is snacks, energy bars, and electrolyte replenishers. We suggest that you bring at least four days’ worth of snacks that are easy to carry and provide sufficient calories.

4. Personal Items:

To ensure that you enjoy the trek comfortably while maintaining hygiene, consider packing the following items:

– Wet wipes or baby wipes
– Hand sanitizer
– Towels
– Insect repellent
– Plastic bags for waterproofing

5. Money and documents:

Make sure you carry your passport, travel documents, and cash in a waterproof pouch or zip-lock bag. You’ll need to keep your passport with you throughout the trek, so don’t leave it in the storage.


Packing for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu doesn’t have to be daunting. With our packing list, you’ll have everything you need to ensure a comfortable and successful journey. Overpacking is one of the most common mistakes that trekkers make. Remember to pack wisely and only carry what is necessary. Finally, always check the weather conditions before heading out and ensure you have the appropriate equipment for the forecasted weather.

Enjoy your Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu!

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