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Information About Salkantay Mountain and Hiking Trek

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Information About Salkantay Trek

The Salkantay Trekking is an old and adventurous trail alternative to the Inca Trail, has spectacular views and various ecological floors; we will walk between lagoons, impressive snow-capped mountains such as Salkantay and Humantay, crossing rivers and subtropical areas of abundant flora and fauna.

This road is an excellent option for those people who want to get out of the routine and venture in a fun, friendly and above all of a cozy group coexistence.

This excursion passes under the magnificent Salkantay snow-capped mountain (6,710 m / 22,014 ft), one of the highest and most impressive in the Peruvian Andes.

Some attractions within the Salkantay Trek:


To begin the trek to Humantay you must take all possible precautions such as carrying flashlight, canes, warm clothes, sunglasses … etc, the road is the same to go to the snowy Salkantay taking a detour halfway to reach the lagoon after hours of walking approximately. The path is somewhat complicated due to the altitude, remember that you will be over 4,000 masl so it is recommended to stay in the city of Cusco for at least 01 day to acclimatize, but we promise that when you reach the lagoon at the foot of the snowy Humantay you will not regret and you will realize that the walk was worth the spectacular landscape, the lavish lagoon is so charming that you will not want to take the road back.


It is the highest peak of the Vilcabamba mountain range, part of the Peruvian Andes. It is located in the region of Cusco 60 km (40 mi) West – Northwest of the city of Cusco. It is the 38th highest peak of the Andes and the 12th highest in Peru. However, it is the second highest in topographic prominence in the country, after the Huascarán. The “Salkantay” snow-covered mountain is the tutelary Apu of Cusco with 6271 mts. of altitude. In this tour you can observe beautiful Andean landscapes, you pass an Abra of 5000 mtrs. and you have the possibility of observing Condors and Alpacas in their natural habitat. Salkantay is a high, steep peak, the most spectacular peak in the region, with great vertical relief, particularly over the low valleys to the north that are tributaries of the Amazon River. However and without doubt, it is the greatest in its splendid isolation and the greatness of its two-headed mass, with the addition of being one of the mountains of this magnificent Andean region that present greater technical problems for all its slopes.

Altitude Sickness:

Mild symptoms of altitude sickness include headache, possibly increasing to mild dizziness, moderate symptoms rise to nausea and loss of appetite. Coca leaves, widely used throughout Peru to cure virtually everything, are known to provide significant relief from altitude sickness symptoms by improving oxygen absorption, reducing fatigue and providing many vitamins and minerals, coca leaves can be purchased in any Peruvian market.

The Salkantay excursion was recently named by National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine as one of the top 25 excursions in the world.

The trek to Salkantay is one of the beautiful routes that crosses the immense mountains of the Andes, and to be able to realize this trek you will need all the necessary information so that your trip is unforgettable.

On this page you will find useful information about different aspects of the Salkantay hike such as the location, altitude, degree of difficulty of the hike and the main tourist attractions we can visit along the hike.

This information is updated constantly and responsibly because for us your health and safety is the primary concern and the main basis for our services, we hope that all this information will be useful to you:

Location of Nevado Salkantay:

The Salkantay Snow Mountain, (6272 m.a.s.l.) or also called Apu Salkantay is located to the north of the city of Cusco, is the highest mountain range of the eastern flank of the Vilcabamba mountain range. The Quechua name of this snow-capped mountain means “Wild Mountain” because it is a snow-capped mountain that is difficult to climb to the top.

How to get to Salkantay:

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

Weather in the Salkantay hike:

In the Andean region of Cusco there are two well-defined seasons: Winter, which runs from April to November and is predominantly dry, with high temperatures during the day and very low temperatures during the night and summer, between November and March, when it rains the most; these rains are torrential but do not usually last long and are interspersed by long periods of sunshine. The trail can be done in the rainy months as the trail is in very good condition, the camping equipment is modern and all meals are taken inside a tent.

Salkantay Hiking  Altitudes:

Cusco rises to 3,400 meters above sea level, which can be a problem for some people, so we recommend that you be in Cusco at least 48 hours before starting the trail, during which you should drink plenty of fluids, avoid alcohol and rest. The maximum altitude within the hike in Salkantay is 4 600 m.a.s.l. which is the beautiful Salkantay pass and the minimum altitude is 2 200 m.a.s.l. in the last camp in Sahuayaco.

Conditions for the Salkantay hike:

You will have no problem completing this route as long as you are in good health, in good shape and used to walking. If you don’t walk regularly, you can always do a little training before your trip.

Recommended age for the Salkantay Inca Trail

Any age is ideal for this excursion as long as you are in reasonable physical shape and have no problems walking. Children under 10 years of age who take part in the Salkantay Walk will be under the responsibility of their parents.

Difficulty level of the walk to Salkantay:

Taking into account the following points of difficulty where:

  • Easy: Accessible to all types of people in good health.
  • Moderate: Accessible for people who do a bit of sport eventually, and who are used to walking on all types of terrain, without much weight to carry 4 to 6 hours of walking.
  • Challenging: Accessible to physically active people with some walking experience for 6 to 7 hours.
  • Demanding: Accessible to people who require endurance and effort, good health and average walking experience are necessary, in certain circumstances it is worth bringing your own equipment.
  • Strenuous: Accessible to people who are physically and psychologically prepared for a strenuous hike, this is a level of adventure, often involving carrying your own equipment.

Taking into account these levels of difficulty the walk to Salkantay is between easy and moderate.

Availability of the trek to Salkantay:

At the moment the hike to Salkantay does not have any type of regulation as far as availability and quotas, so it can be visited at any time of the year, the only detail is the rainy months (December to March) where the rains make the walk a challenge, but with much desire and an adventurous spirit we will arrive at our final point of visit that is Machu Picchu.


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