Salkantay Trek Peru 2023

The Salkantay Trek is a 5-day trekking route that ends in Machu Picchu. During the day, tourists hike through mountainous sections (70 kilometers in total). At night they rest in campsites with incredible views of the stars. What can you do the route without a tour? However, it is best to do it with a tourist agency. Learn all the details of this hike, day by day.

The Salkantay Trek is a trekking route that ends in Machu Picchu after 05 days of walking and 04 nights of camping. Its name is due to the mountainous landscapes near the imposing snowy Salkantay, the second-highest in Cusco.

The Salkantay Trek tour also offers versions of only 04 days. However, the classic route is the one that lasts 05 days.

  • This route covers 70 kilometers in total.
  • This trek reaches its highest point at the Salkantay pass (4,650 meters).
  • The lowest point is in the town of Aguas Calientes (2,040 meters).

During the hike, in addition to the Salkantay Pass, Kondor Path Tours passengers will appreciate the famous Humantay Lagoon. On the penultimate day, you will enjoy the jungle landscapes of Cusco. On the last day, enjoy Machu Picchu and return by train to Cusco.

The best way to do this hike is in the company of a tourist agency. However, it is also possible to go on your own. For this, you should organize an excellent backpack, with warm clothes and thermal tents (it is frigid during the first two nights). If you do not have the necessary experience, you should go on an all-inclusive tour.

Salkantay Trekking Prices

The 5-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu costs approximately US$500 per person.

If you are traveling alone, you will have to buy: entrance to Machu Picchu, train tickets, bus tickets, and lodging in Aguas Calientes. In addition, you should carefully organize your backpack, which should include: a thermal tent, sleeping bag, adequate food, toiletries, and more.

More information about the route

Unlike the famous Inca Trail, the tour to the Salkantay Trek can be purchased online or in the city of Cusco with anticipation of days or weeks. To be sure you are traveling with a specialized agency and with good reviews, you can see our Tripadvisor profile (such as TripAdvisor, for example).

Are you planning to do the Salkantay Trek? It is best to spend one or two days in Cusco before starting the trek. The reason? So the tourist will adapt better to the mountainous geography of the Andes Mountains. Remember that you may suffer the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as nausea, fatigue, and headache. Do not drink alcoholic beverages before the expected hike.

During the route, you can appreciate different flowers, trees, and plants: the eucalyptus, Molles, the ichu (Paja brava of the Andes), and the beautiful orchids. You can see the types of birds and mammals: the llama, alpaca, Andean condor, cock of the rock, vizcacha, Andean deer, and even the spectacled bear.

What is Salkantay trekking?

The Salkantay Trek has a total distance of 75 km (46 miles) of length and about 3000 m (10 000 ft) of altitude, so it is considered a challenging physical-grade trek compared to the other trekking options in Cusco.

Our Salkantay trek starts when we pick you up from your hotel to take you to Mollepata or Soraypampa. A great attraction of the Salkantay Trek is that not only can you see Machu Picchu, but you can also see Llactapata. Pronounced “Yakuta-Pata,” Llactapata is an archaeological site about 5 km from Machu Picchu. It does believe that, in Inca times, it was a resting place on the way to Machu Picchu. Still today, on some treks, Llactapata is used as a resting place. Choose a suitable itinerary if you wish to spend the night here.

The Salkantay to Machu Picchu trek is popular because you will reach the iconic city of Machu Picchu, an alternative to the classic and very crowded Inca Trail. It offers adventure, mountains, scenery, and a wider variety of landscapes, from rainforests to snow-capped peaks. Since the Salkantay trek has fewer restrictions than the classic Inca Trail, it can provide a “back door” trek to Machu Picchu when tickets for the classic Inca Trail sell out.

What to take on the Salkantay Trek

  • Original Passport and original Green ISIC international student cards if they are
  • Water-resistant trekking shoes and
  • Warm clothing (thermal underwear, polar fleece, hat, gloves, socks)
  • Waterproof clothing (Poncho).
  • Synthetic or cotton clothing (socks, pants, shorts, T-shirts)
  • Sun hat and
  • Sunscreen and insect
  • Water bottles such as
  • Basic
  • Walking
  • Bathing suit and
  • Personal
  • Personal

Some tips for Salkantay trekking

If you are renewing your Passport, your identification number has changed. Therefore, you will need to provide the new one. What must you do before the trip? As soon as you have your new Passport, inform Kondor Path Tours of this change. Otherwise, this update or modification will have an additional charge of USD 12.00 and create a great inconvenience to update it at the last minute.

Without a passport, you will not be able to enter Machu Picchu. Also, if you brought your new Passport and did not inform us and did not update this information, you will not be able to enter Machu Picchu.

If you are a student, you must provide your VALID student ID (not a copy and not expired).

If you have any medical restrictions, please consult us before making your trek, food restrictions, allergies, special diets, current medication, and health problems. Or anything else we should consider to make your trip enjoyable and worry-free.

Our Salkantay Trek 5 days is a personalized alternative to the usual Inca Trail. On this tour, you will be in touch with the beauty of the Peruvian landscapes. With more breathtaking views, the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu gives you the privacy and peaceful reflection that such a sacred trail deserves.

The Salkantay Trek has been considered one of the 25 best treks in the world by the National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine. It is a trek easily accessible to all, with no limitations or permits required (at least for the moment). The Salkantay Trek 5 days / 4 nights is an ancient and secluded trail located in the same area as the Inca Trail, where huge icy mountains infringe on the abundant rainforest.

Salkantay Trekking Information

The Nevado Salkantay is the highest point of the Cordillera Vilcabamba in the Department of Cusco, Peru. It is the highest mountain in the Machu Picchu area and is the most sacred mountain in the land of the Incas.

The best season to do the Salkantay trek is from May to September. What should you try at different times in those months, depending on the route? Since the first ascent in 1952, Nevado Salkantay has climbed on the mountain’s south, east, and north sides.

The Salkantay Tour is the perfect alternative to the Inca Trail.

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most exciting and essential alternatives to the Inca Trail. You will find vast flora, various ecosystems, remote Andean villages, a view of the snow-capped mountain of Salkantay, and the site of Llactapata, located on top of a mountain just behind the Machu Picchu mountain.

The tour will take you to Machu Picchu, located at the foot of the historical and archaeological site of Machu Picchu, from where we walk early in the morning to the lost city of the Incas to see the sunrise over it.

This version of the Salkantay Trek 5 Days through spectacular corners says it is the perfect alternative to the well-known Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but this one is a little more “adventurous.”

One of the critical features of the Salkantay trek is the mountain that gives the trail its name.

Mount Salkantay (or Nevada Salkantay / Salkantay) is one of the most emblematic mountains of the Cusco region and the highest mountain of the Willkapampa range.

The Inca Trail route is a challenging trek for the world’s expert travelers. The name, Salkantay, means ‘wild’ or ‘savage.’ However, a French-American expedition successfully climbed for the first time in 1952.

The lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, is directly north of Salkantay. Although not now visible in Machu Picchu, the Southern Cross star formation, when viewed from the Machu Picchu sundial, appears instantly over the top of Salkantay during the rainy season.

In Inca times, Salkantay was considered one of the principal deities that controlled the climate in the region. Even today, Salkantay does consider to have a mystical significance by Peruvians.

Where is Nevado Salkantay located?

Located 60 km northwest of Cusco, Salkantay, at 6,271 m, is the 12th-highest mountain in Peru and the 38th-highest in the Andes.

The summit of Salkantay Mountain

Salkantay Mountain has two peaks located to the east and west. In the past, the western summit was thinner and more attractive than the eastern one. However, after many years, both peaks are now the same size.

The Salkantay Trek is an alternative trek that reaches Machu Picchu. If you did not get spaces for the Inca Trail, this is your best alternative to enjoy the diversity of fauna and flora along this route, where you can find beautiful orchids, which will fascinate you with colorful flowers.

La Flora in the Salkantay trek:

  • Erodium cicutarium
  • Orchid
  • Ichu (Andean grass)
  • Salicornia ramosissima Fauna on the Salkantay Trek
  • Alpaca
  • Condor
  • Vizcacha
  • The cock of the rock (Peruvian national bird)
  • Call

Details about the Salkantay Hike

  • Type of trip: Hiking, camping, adventure, history,
  • Suitable for: people in good physical condition
  • Difficulty:
  • Considerations: Check availability for entrance to Machupicchu mountain and Huaynapicchu
  • Starting altitude: 3200m / 9515ft.
  • Highest Altitude: 4650m / 15,200ft.
  • Walking distance: 72
  • Longest day: Day 2, approximately 22 km / 11
  • Coldest night: Day 1, around 0º
  • Acclimatization is
  • Helpful information about the Salkantay Trek:
  • Walking distance: 40 miles / 64 Km

Details about Salkantay Trail

  • Starting altitude: 2850 m / 9650
  • Highest altitude: 4552m /
  • Final altitude: 2300m / t (Machu Picchu altitude)
  • Starting point: Cusco – We will pick you up from your
  • Departure time: 05:30 am
  • Information point: our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the
  • Information hours: between 17:00 and 18:00
  • Return point: our driver will drop you off at your hotel or Airbnb
  • Time of return: from Aguas Calientes to Cusco – 14:30 (Incarrail) or 18:30 (Perurail)
  • Best alternative trek: if you wish to make the Inca Trail, we can recommend a 5-day excursion to Salkantay to the Inca. Our departure is 100% guaranteed.
  • Service level: superior service, includes all personal equipment, additional horses for your team, and private.
  • Physical Rating: 3 – Demanding, some high altitude hiking or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy
  • Age requirement: 12+ / All travelers under 18 must be accompanied by an
  • Salkantay Tour Operator: Cusco Tu destino Travel
  • Crew: a professional tour guide, cook, and horseman during the
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 04 lunches, 04 dinners, 03 evenings
  • Transportation: one private transport, one return train EXPEDITION (18:20 or 14:30)
  • Lodging: camping 3 (Camping equipment), 1 Hotel (these following hotels do use to accommodate you during your Salkantay Trek. Once booked, our reservation department will confirm your wish to upgrade your hotel.

What is the highlight of the Salkantay Trek? How is the hike to Salkantay:

It’s a new adventure, unveiling an incredible view or resting your muscles in the magnificent hot springs. While some experiences stand out above the rest, here are some not-to-be-missed stops along the Salkantay trek.

Humantay Lake:

The incredible turquoise water lagoon surrounded by the impressive peaks of Humantay and Salkantay offers one of the most beautiful views in Peru.

Abra Salkantay Pass:

In this area, you can directly contact the Salkantay snow-capped mountain, arriving at this point at 4630 meters or 15190 feet above sea level. An impressive view of Salkantay at an altitude of 6271 meters or 20574 feet above sea level.

Inca ruins of Llactapata:

On the Salkantay route, we can find some archaeological remains discovered by Hiram Bingham. From this point, you can enjoy an incredible view of Machu Picchu.

Medicinal Hot Springs in Cocalmayo:

With important healing properties and reaching up to 45°C, these natural thermal baths are ideal for relaxing and recovering sore muscles after a long day of hiking.

The lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu:

A visit to the city of the Incas will be the perfect end to your journey. Our Salkantay trekking tour includes a 1-day tour to Machu Picchu at the end of the route, where you will have a free day to visit this enigmatic city.

What do you do on the Salkantay Trek?

The route to Salkantay includes a series of fun tourist activities that include:

  • Camping
  • Excursions
  • First opportunities for photography and film
  • Walks
  • Impressive landscapes

How to get to Nevado Salkantay?

We hiked along the Mollepata route, a small town 100 km from Cusco. Tip: you can take the bus to Mollepata on Arco Pata street. It is 10 minutes from the main square. It is easy to get there.

On the Salkantay trek, we will hike from 3,900 m / 12,800 ft to 2,100 m / 6,900 ft, trekking through magnificent mountain passes near massive, majestic snow-capped peaks immersing ourselves in nature in its purest form and exploring more than 15 different ecosystems in 5 days.

On the Salkantay trek, we will contact local populations willing to share their culture and customs and the cultural heritage they practice to this day.

The price of the tour includes the entrance fee to Machu Picchu. Salkantay Trekking

If you love nature, this route does recommend for you. This opportunity is for you if you do not get a space for the Classic Inca Trail. The way Salkantay Trek, five days / 4 nights, did recently named by National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine among the 25 best hikes in the world. You can see beautiful places like the Salkantay Lagoon along the route, with ecological diversity of flora and fauna.

Why is the Salkantay trek popular?

It is a route that takes you directly to Machu Picchu since there are currently no daily limits to the number of hikers allowed on the trail, as is the Classic Inca Trail.

Is the Salkantay Trek route challenging?

This route has always been known as the “indomitable” for its unpredictable avalanches and dangerous snowy crossings. Kondor Path Tours’ route is entirely safe, and you do not have to fear these inclement weather conditions, where you will reach a maximum altitude of 4,549 masl. Even so, it is best to acclimatize at least 02 days before the hike and, of course, arrive in good physical condition.

Recommendations for the Salkantay Trek:

What is the best time to do the Salkantay Trek?

In Cusco, you can find two seasons of climate quite marked, the rainy and dry seasons, so the months of May to October are the best dates for this excursion since the rains stop and the road is firm.

Although this Salkantay trek can be done all year round, except for the month considered the rainiest of the year (February), we suggest you think about it very well. And take other tours that we have on our web page.

What can we find on the Salkantay Trail route?

During the hike, we will have impressive views of the Humantay and Salkantay lagoons since, with the thaw of these two, there are lake formations, being the most important and very visited by travelers.

In recent years, travelers worldwide have visited Humantay Lake to enjoy its beauty and leave offerings to the Pachamama, the deity representing Mother Earth in the Inca culture.

In the Salkantay trek, we will be able to find a wide variety of flora and fauna in the jungle region since we do surround by the green and warm landscape that allows us to breathe pure air that is good for our organisms.

In addition, we will be able to marvel at the Inca constructions that they left us as a legacy. Enjoy magical nights with a starry sky, making you think it was worth all the effort.

Is the hike to Salkantay strenuous?

The difficulty of the Salkantay trek will depend on your physical condition, if you have experience in other outings and your state of health. This route does consider by many travelers of more significant effort since the degree of difficulty is “High.” This is regarded as a tremendous challenge for those people who do it.

What physical preparation should I have to do for the Salkantay trek?

As we said, the preparation in advance to do this trek is fundamental since, in this way, the muscles of the body are strengthened and gain resistance and will have better results when the day comes to do the Salkantay trek.

Will I suffer from altitude sickness on Salkantay Mountain?

It is also known as mountain sickness, soroche, or adequately called altitude sickness. This physical discomfort does cause by the difficulty of adapting to the low atmospheric pressure, which generates headache, nausea, and difficulty breathing due to a lack of oxygen in the blood.

It generally affects travelers from countries closer to sea level since the oxygen in the air becomes thinner, and this causes altitude sickness.

How can I avoid altitude sickness?

To prevent or make it more bearable is recommended upon arrival to acclimatize, take a rest, or not make physical efforts that can shake; it is advisable if the first days upon arrival in the city of Cusco.

It is advisable to drink coca tea the day of your arrival as a first natural remedy.

Consider inhalation of air, gradual ascents, continuous hydration, avoiding smoking, choosing easily digestible food, keeping warm, and avoiding taking tranquilizers.

What to bring for the Salkantay trail?

  • A backpack of at least 30 kg does recommend.
  • It is indispensable to wear a hot jacket, as it is freezing at night.
  • It is essential to have an extra change of clothes if a change of clothes is required.
  • It is good to have removable hiking pants since we can give them double use, shorts during the day, and pants at night, thus reducing the weight and space in our backpacks.
  • Trekking shoes are essential, have grip capacity, are suitable for rough terrain, and are water-resistant.
  • Other accessories include water bottles, gloves, walking sticks, flashlights,s and binoculars in case we can observe wildlife.
  • Personal hygiene items: Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and other necessary items.
  • Bring extra batteries and an extra memory card, as there will be a wide variety of scenery you can photograph.
  • Have your original Passport or identity document on hand, allowing you to identify yourself at the checkpoints.
  • Additional medical items, such as personal medication in case of treatment, insect repellent, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, tissues, and other things you may need
  • Some cash

Questions about the Salkantay trek:

Why book Salkantay Trek in advance?

The Salkantay trek itself has no limitations, but what is limited are the entrances to Machu Picchu and the train tickets, this trek has 100% guaranteed departures, but the train tickets and the entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu are subject to availability. For that reason, Kondor Path Tours recommends you book in advance. Finding available spaces for train tickets and the lost city entrance is challenging in the high season.

Why choose the Salkantay trek?

This trip is for you if you also desire privacy and authenticity in addition to beautiful scenery. You should know that doing this hike is extremely difficult, but anyone with a reasonable fitness level can do it.

The total hiking distance is 40 miles from the start to the end point, allowing you to see more of this fantastic region than you would on the Inca Trail.

How long is the Salkantay Trek?

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu has a distance of approximately 72 kilometers, preferably completed in 5 days and 04 nights.

Also, the Slaknatya is hiking for 04 days and 03 nights. The last day corresponds to the visit to Machu Picchu. What is the weather like on the Salkantay Trek?

The weather is pleasant mainly, even hot and cold at night. Temperatures can drop below 0°C, especially on the first night. Traveling at the best time of the year is recommended, from May to September, when it is more relaxed but less rainy. The rainy season is from December to March.

Is the Salkantay Trek difficult?

No, it is not difficult since even the path does signposts, and all kinds of people do it. But it is hard; you must walk a lot and be relatively high.

Is it possible to do the Salkantay Trek on your own?

Although they will tell you that it is impossible to do this trek without the company of a travel agency, be careful. You must ensure your physical integrity since no one can monitor your walking pace. You can take the wrong paths, plus you will not enjoy the explanations or the tasty food of our chefs, which is why we recommend traveling with a travel agency, do not save a few soles for -your integrity. You can review our entire catalog of tours for the Salkantay trek.

Is the Salkantay Trek dangerous?

It is not dangerous; you will not be robbed or assaulted, but if you do not watch your pace and do not know the route, the experience can be unpleasant.

Is there lodging in the Salkantay Trek?

Yes, there is a possibility of accommodation at each stage, but it is challenging to find spaces, and they are usually already bought in advance.

Booking with Kondor Path Tours also helps us to help people with limited financial resources.|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

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