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Salkantay Trek Packing List

Salkantay Trek Packing List

Salkantay Trek Packing List

Salkantay Trek Packing List: Salkantay trek is four or five days trek to Machu Picchu and you don’t need to carry all your belongs, the majority of your thinks you can leave in the  storage of the hotel or you can leave in the storage or our travel agency; you only need to bring the following things:

After receiving numerous emails, queries and comments asking about trekking gear and how to pack for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, especially when the trek is incorporated into a longer trip, we decided to assemble our Salkantay Trek Packing List advice for treks, short and long.

By way of background, during the first six years of our journey we carried all that we needed in our backpacks so as to be prepared for just about any kind of climate or activity, from beach to glacier. In retrospect, we made some silly decisions in those early days. As a result, we schlepped a few bits we never used. But through experience and experimentation and after about a dozen of Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, we got smart not only as to what gear to carry with us, but also what to buy locally or rent.

Suggested Salkantay Trek Packing List

Please note.- we provide a duffel back to carry 6 kilos of your personal things among then your sleeping back, the roll mattress, etc. the other thing you’ll carry in your daypack.

  1. Two bags, 1 day pack, and 1 pack to hold everything else. Your guides will carry up to 6 kilos for you each day, so if you have 2 packs, you can divvy up the weight pretty easily and only keep on you what you need.
  2. 1 sleeping bag–which you need…hands down, it gets really cold at night, so is recommend a bag that can handle -10 degrees Celsius.
    Hiking boots. When you walk as much as you do on the trek, and go through waterfalls, and up and down mountains, extra support and coverage can really be a lifesaver.
  3. Some underwear, 4 or 5 pairs of socks. It is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not trekking. Also, We recommend bringing both really heavy hiking socks, and lighter socks as well. The weather is all over the place, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or overheating.
  4. 2 pairs of long underwear, 1 super thick, 1 capeline midweight–which is perfect
  5. 2 pairs of pants, 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray the clothes before the trip.
  6. 2 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts. Actually you will stay in a hostel in Machupicchu village and  for sure you will get a long shower, and you will need 01 more t-shirt for your Machupicchu day.
  7. 1 hoodie, 1 fleece jacket, 1 fleece shirt for layering, 1 vest, this items will be good for a cold person. Other people on the trek definitely will get away with less layers, the layers help.
  8. 1 rain jacket, 1 warm/winter jacket. The first night the temperature can be as -10 degrees Celsius and the second day you go up close a snow covered mountain, so the big coat is a must. The rain jacket can be helpful, because there are raining days (even if we are dry season!)
  9. 1 Cocoon sleeping bag liner. It is super lightweight and easy to pack, and definitely does its job.
  10. Snacks, gum and lozenges–which are needed. The trek is long and we don`t take many breaks. So if you keep a bar or some nuts in your day pack, they will really help you keep going.
  11. CASH–Few places in Peru accept credit cards, and in the mountains, you’re not going to find an ATM. about 500 soles, and  we would recommend bringing at least that much in case something goes wrong or you need help.
  12. Travel-sized tissues and wet wipes–The air is cold and damp, so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seemed to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.
  13. 1 bathing suit–which came in handy. The third and fourth nights are near hot springs, so if you plan to go, bring one. A lot of people bring towels, but you don’t need them. You can rent towels at the hostel or hot springs for 1 or 2 soles, which frees up a lot of backpack space.
  14. 1 pair of flip flops–which are nice, you can wear them to the hot springs, and in the shower at the hostel.
  15. Toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.–which you need, but pack light. You’re going to be filthy and gross, so you don’t need shampoo and soap and all of that. Pack the day to day minimum.
  16. Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Salkantay is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes.
  17. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger, and then blow up into itchy red bumps.
  18. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on.
  19. A head lamp–which is useful. If you don’t have one, at least bring a small flashlight.
  20. A camera….no explanation needed!
  21. Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the trek have varying degrees of altitude sickness, and both of these remedies (in addition to the  coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
  22. A watch with an alarm. You don’t need it, but there are a lot of early morning wake up calls, and on the last day to get to Machu Picchu, you need to
  23. wake up on your own. Also, the guide talks time a lot (meet at 6, dinner at 7, etc.) so a watch would be nice to have.
  24. Sun screen, there are days where the sun gets really hot.
  25. Imodium AD or something for your stomach. Some people get an upset stomach at one on the trek, with 8-10 hours of hiking each day, you need to get over whatever the day throws at you quickly, so bring some meds.

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Experince

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.

WHY BOO A TOUR WITH US?

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