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Salkantay Trek

What you should know about Salkantay trek in Peru

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is famous for adventure and trekking.

The terrain of the Salkantay region offers various stunning trekking routes. It is rather unfair to name one as the best Salkantay Trek. As, these routes are different and best on their own way. It is very important that you have known some items for trekking the Salkantay Trail


Salkantay is a snow mountain peck located in the border of the National park of Machu Picchu, it is venerate d as an important deity since is the spiritual protector of everyone who lives in the skirt of the mountain. The Salkantay mountain reach to an altitude of 6,271masl; it is the second highest mountain in the region of Cusco in Peru; the region also includes plains and deep valleys that extend to the northeast and to the south. The region of Salkantay has a diverse geography, including fertile plains, subalpine forested hills, and several mountains higher than 5,000masl.

The name “Salkantay” arises from the “Quechua “; the Inca language which still is speaking nowadays in Peru spatially in the countryside like the region of Salkantay; the significance is to be wild or savage. The zone offers wonderful views and varied ecological zones which are visited all year around by trekkers from all over the world. Salkantay covers some of the most varied and astounding terrain on earth. All in one place, you can experience the thrill of rafting down raging, glacial fuelled river while enjoying views of jungle covered canyons.

You can soar amongst the Cusco’s highest peaks on daily mountain flights or you can catch it all from ground level, where you’ll trek through gorgeous terraced lands of vibrant gold and green. Along the way you’ll pass serene villages, turquoise lakes and waterfalls. Whether your interest is adventure or culture, Sallkantay will satisfy all its visitors with a wide range of exciting experiences.


Salkantay has five climatic zones, broadly corresponding to the altitudes. The tropical and subtropical zones lie below 2,200 metres), the temperate zone 2,200 to 3,200 metres, the cold zone 3,200 to 3,600 metres, the subarctic zone 3,600 to 4,400 metres, and the Arctic zone above 4,400 metres (14,436 ft).

Salkantay experiences two seasons: the dry season from April to November and the raining season from December to March. The Salkantay blocks cold winds from the south and warm winds from the northeast. In a land once thickly forested, deforestation is a major problem in all regions, with resulting erosion and degradation of ecosystems.

Salkantay is popular for mountaineering, having some of the highest and most challenging mountains in the world, including the Salkantay pass at 4,650masl.


To arrive to Salkantay you need firstly arrive to the city of Cusco from where you’ll drive a car for 3 or 4 hours: we offer adventure tour to the region of Salkantay during which you’ll hike through the base of the Maintain observing one of the most beautiful vies in the world.

The tours to Salkantay starts in the city of Cusco and it follows the highway to Lima; after of two-hour drive the route is turning to the right site and is continuing zigzag up to the village of Mollepata; from here the route continues for 1:30 hours to the zone of “Soraypampa”: “Soraypampa” is the beginning point for trekkers.


Because the region of Salkantay is home to network of trails also called the Great Salkantay Trails, an extensive trail system that covers Salkantay region and the national park of Machu Picchu. The diversity of trekking in Salkantay cannot be found in any other regions. In fact, the lowest point is 1500 m above sea-level in the zone of Santa Teresa; while the highest point is Salkantay at 6,271m above sea-level, the two points are, in a straight line, only 200 kilometers apart.

The majority of visitors to Sallkantay Trek come in via the Cusco Airport located at one hour from Lima the capital. It is in Cusco that trekkers need to acquire their permits to enter to Salkantay and Machu Picchu, either from a trekking agent or from the appropriate offices. Documents will be checked along the trekking route.

Naturally, Salkantay Trek makes the list of trekking as one of the best of the world. Due to its popularity, the trail can get a bit crowded during the peak tourist season; nonetheless, it is still rather magnificent to conquer as you stand face to face with the world’s wonder – Machu Picchu. The Inca Culture is one of the highlights of this trek, making the whole thing a cultural experience. Apart from the grandiose experience of seeing Mt. Salkantay, the other peaks along the way make the trekking very scenic and unforgettable.


The salkantay Trekking on the soraypampa valley at 3,800masl

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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