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Meet the Smiling and Friendly Staff of Salkantay Trekking

Blog Introduction: Embarking on a trek to Salkantay is an adventure of a lifetime. And, while the stunning landscapes and breathtaking biodiversity will undoubtedly capture your attention, it’s the people who accompany you during the trek who will make your journey truly unforgettable. At Salkantay Trekking, we take pride in our team of experienced guides, trek chefs, assistants, and horsemen who help our guests navigate the rugged terrain, serve delicious meals, and make every moment of the trek a memorable experience. In this blog post, we introduce you to the smiling and friendly staff of Salkantay Trekking and share their activities during the trek.

Who makes up the trek crew?

Every trek group at Salkantay is accompanied by a support team consisting of a trained guide, trek chef, assistant guides, and local horsemen. Together, they work as a joint effort to ensure that every trekker has a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience. The guide and trek chef play a lead role in overall supervision and control of the trek group, while the assistants help with fetching water from the spring, carrying the packed lunch, and other tasks. The horsemen not only herd horses but also help pitch tents and serve as a man of errand. The horses carry the tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, food supply, cookware, gas, stoves, chairs, tables, and your trekking gear.

How many staff accompany each trek group?

The number of staff members who accompany each trek group will depend on the size of the group. For a trek group of two people, there will be five staff members – a guide, trek chef, an assistant, and 2-3 horsemen, and 8 horses to carry your equipment and supplies. For a group of 12 persons, there will be 11 support staff – a guide, chef, 4 assistants, 5 horsemen, and 40 horses. Regardless of the group size, the staff members work tirelessly to provide unmatched service and assistance throughout the trek.

Meet our Trekking Staff:

Our team of trekking staff at Salkantay Trekking comprises of some of the most experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable individuals. Here are some pictures of our trekking staff in action:

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1. Elmer, our guide – Elmer has been with Salkantay Trekking for over four years, and his knowledge about the paths, flora and fauna, and Inca culture is extensive. He’s an excellent communicator and has a great sense of humor, which makes the journey fun and informative.

2. Juanita, our chef – Juanita has been with Salkantay Trekking for six years. She’s a master in creating meals that are both delicious and nutritious and can cater to various dietary restrictions. From soups to salads and main courses, her food will leave you wanting for more.

3. Carlos, our assistant guide – Carlos has been with Salkantay Trekking for three years. His role involves helping with the logistics of the trek. He’ll be there to ensure that the campsite is set up before your arrival and that your needs are taken care of throughout the trek.

4. Orlando, our horseman – Orlando has been with Salkantay Trekking for five years. He carries the heaviest load of the trek – food, gear, water, and gas. And, albeit tough and exhausting work, Orlando always greets trekkers with a smile and makes them feel welcomed.


At Salkantay Trekking, we take pride in our team, who belongs like a family to us. Our staff comprises individuals who are not only knowledgeable, experienced, and hard-working but also friendly, welcoming and always ready to help. And, while the scenery on the trek is awe-inspiring, it’s our team who makes Salkantay Trekking a unique and unforgettable experience. We look forward to having you on our next trek and introducing you to our team.

Salkantay Trekking staff