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Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Treks in Peru

Salkantay Treks are a great travel destination offering scenic view of spectacular mountains and spell binding landscapes. With the moderate climatic condition, Salkantay Treks attracts hundreds of trekkers annually. Also famous for including in its itinerary the iconic Machu Picchu; Salkantay Treks is now gaining reputation for its cultural and natural highlights. This awe-inspiring trekking region; is situated in the National park of Machu Picchu in the southern Peru; which has been blessed by Mother Nature with unique natural beauty; diversified flora, fauna and diversified group of people offering their unique culture.

With these unique features; Salkantay Treks turns out to be one of the best travel destinations in the world; with cheaper price but warm and welcoming people who regard their guests as their god. The visitors of Salkantay Tres; will know that their travel was worth their money and time.

The Salkantay Treks is the best alternative trek to Machu Pichu; if you miss out the permits for the Classsic Inca Trail; This trek will take you through amazing landscape and natural beauty with exotic flora and fauna endemic of the region. Trek will involve crossing valleys and mountains before arriving to the “Lost City of the Incas”- Machu Picchu.

The trail takes you through the base of the sacred Salkantay snow-peaked mountain (6.271 meters, 20,700 feet), considered by locals to be the “Guardian Spirit of the Andean.” Doing this trek will give you the opportunity to experience remote native communities as well as the region’s great ecological biodiversity before reaching Machu Picchu. Highest and most challenging part of this trek will take you to 14,989 feet or 4,600 meters about see level.

What’s Salkantay?

Salkantay or Salcantay, is the highest peak of the Willkapampa mountain range, part of the Peruvian Andes. It is located in the Cusco Region, about 60 km (40 mi) west-northwest of the city of Cusco. It is the 38th highest peak in the Andes, and the twelfth highest in Peru. However, as a range highpoint in deeply incised terrain, it is the second most topographically prominent peak in the country, after Huascarán.

Salkantay is a large, steep peak with great vertical relief, particularly above the low valleys to the north, which are tributaries of the Amazon River.

Salkantay was first climbed in 1952 by a French-American expedition comprising Fred D. Ayres, David Michael, Jr., John C. Oberlin, W. V. Graham Matthews, Austen F. Riggs, George I. Bell, Claude Kogan, M. Bernard Pierre, and Jean Guillemin. All except Oberlin, Riggs, and Guillemin made the summit. Two years later Fritz Kasparek fell through a cornice near the summit on the NE ridge.

Salkantay Treks Description

We leave Cusco city and then 3 hours drive in private bus to Mollepata, stop for a coca tea… then short drive to the starting point of the trek.

Our hike start at Sayllapata. 5-6 hours of easy walk to our first campsite at Salkantaypampa or Suyruccocha, at 1:00 pm stop near Soray for a lunch and rest (each night we have quite campsites with dinning , cooking tents and 2 person per tent, you just carry a small daypack; we carry oxygen for emergency and a horse for a ride for those affected by soroche. 7-8 hours walk on second day, only few hours near the Salkantay pass from the valley, walk will be not so strenous, beautiful views and amazing landscap; afterward it is mainly descent into a more tropical area passing Andenes and Chaullay on the far side of the mountain second night at Collpapampa, comfortable dinning tent for our meals, 3rd night at Playa campsite,

On Day 4th we walk for 5 hours approximately toward the impresive Llaqtapata Inca ruins Complex, famous lookout point to see Machu picchu range of mountains, we finishes our trek at Hidroelectrica time to rest and lunch, then we continue through the railway to Aguas Calientes town, Dinner and accommodation in private rooms. (optional time to visit the hot springs) next morning early bus to Machu Picchu for a sunrise, but most importantly before the crowds; then your expert tour guide will offer you a guided tour and interpretation insitu at Machu Picchu for 2 – 3 hours, once your tour is finishes you’ll haver free time or optionaly you can climb Huaynapicchu mountain.

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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.


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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