Salkantay Useful Information

Published on: 21 de June de 2018 -


Elevation 6,271 metres (20,574 ft) or 6,264 metres (20,551 ft)
Location Cusco Region, Peru
Mountains Cordillera Vilcabamba, Andes Peruanos
Prominence 2,540 metres (8,330 ft)
Coordinates  13°20′09″S, 72°32′57″W
First ascent August 4, 1952, by Fred D. Ayres, David Michael, Jr., W. V. Graham Matthews, George I. Bell, Claude Kogan, M. Bernard Pierre
Easier route Northeast ridge: technical glacier/snow/ice climb (French grade AD)

The Inca Trail from Ollantaytambo is not the only route to reach Machu Picchu.


It presents two summits covered by the snow, known as China Salcantay and Salcantay female, separated by a port that opens to the valley of Santa Ana in the province of Urubamba. Both rivers pour their waters in the Urubamba by its left margin.

The Salkantay to Machu Picchu is one of the beautiful routes that cross the Andes’ immense mountains. To carry out this trek, you will need all the necessary information to make your trip unforgettable.

Elevation Weather
Cusco Capital: 3,350 m.s.n.m. (Cusco)

Minimum: 2,000 m.s.n.m. (Aguas Calientes)

Maximum: 4,650 m.s.n.m. (Open Salkantay)

Semi-tropical, hot, and humid days and cold nights with constant rain all year round

Minimum: Between -5 ° C to 11 ° C Open Salkantay (June)

Maximum: Between 20 ºC and 26 ºC Sahuayaco Beach (June)

Rainfall: November to April

We hope all this information is helpful:

How to get to Salkantay:

To get to the beginning of our Salkantay trek, we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to Mollepata. The trip lasts approximately 3 hours to 3 hours 30min, or if you want to make this trip independently, you can take the local buses that depart from Arcata.

Location of Nevado Salkantay:

It does locate to the north of Cusco. The name Quechua of this snowy means “Wild Mountain” to be a snowy, difficult ascent to the top.


The maximum height within the trek in Salkantay is 4 600 meters. Salcantay is the beautiful Mountain of Salkantay, and the minimum elevation is 2 200 meters of Sahuayaco.

Conditions to make the Inca Trail to Salkantay

You will have no problem completing this Salkantay as long as you are in good health, moderately fit, and accustomed to walking.

Age Recommended making the trek.

Children under ten years old are the responsibility of their parents

The difficulty level:

  • Easy: Accessible to all types of people with good health.
  • Challenging: Accessible to physically active people with some experience on walks lasting 6 to 7 hours.

Tours information

  • Activities: Excursion by snowy from Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Our Departures: Daily
  • Minimum number of passengers: 1 to more
  • Months of Operation: All Year
  • Type of Tour: Adventure – Cultural
  • Type of service: Private – Group

Recommendations to take in the adventure trip:

  • Backpack, with a change of clothing for the walk, shorts, and warm clothing.
  • Maximum recommended 6 kilos for personal items.
  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Cap to protect from the sun.
  • Sunblock.
  • Snacks: energy bars, chocolates, etc.
  • Bottle with water and purification tablets (Micropur, which can do purchased at local pharmacies in Cusco).
  • Trekking stick.
Salkantay Mountain

Salkantay Mountain

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