Salkantay Trek Difficulty

If you want to hike in Peru you have to know that almost all hikes-treks are quite difficult in Peru and you should be well prepared and healthy before starting the trek. The altitude of this mountain is higher than other mountains in Cusco – Peru.

Salkantay trek difficulty
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Classic Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Difficulty – 5 days

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Difficulty levelModerate (15 km)Challenge (22 km)Moderate (16 Km)Moderate (19 km)Easy (4 km)

How to be prepared for Salkantay Trek Difficulty?

Try to walk 10 km in a day or go to the gym one month before the tour because we will cover a lot of distance in the first 2 days. The good news is that everyone in the last years that started a walk has finished it! If you are really fighting, we have emergency horses that you can ride if you are not fit for the walk.

The second day of the trek will be the longest and the hardest. After an early breakfast, we will begin to climb a moderate climb for three and a half hours until we reach the Salkantay Pass (4,600 m / 15,092 ft). From this point, we can enjoy spectacular views of the second highest peak of Cusco. In the step, you can leave a piece of rock that is carried from the bottom as a gift for the spirit of the mountain.

How is the nights and sleep along the trek?

No matter what time of year, the trail cools at night (the altitude is more than 6000 m) until you reach Aguas Calientes. Bring a warm sleeping bag and put on your clothes. You will need a good warm sleeping bag. Where possible, we recommend that you bring your best sleeping bag.

If you plan to hire a bag, it is a good idea to bring a silk sleeping bag liner to use on the inside for extra warmth and comfort. A bag of four seasons (or -10) is recommended for the winter months.

At other times, it will probably be fine in a bag of 3 stations (or -4 / -5), although this depends on how much someone feel the cold and is administered only as a guide.

On the trip from Salkantay to Machu Picchu, we offer mats to roll up. However, for comfort and warmth, thermal-style mattresses can also be hired in Cusco for USD $ 15. If you travel in winter and do not want to invest in a season 4 bag, you can consider buying a bag of 3 stations plus a liner of sleeping bag and carry additional clothes.

How cold is Salkantay Mountain?

This mountain in Cusco – Peru is cold all the time, the highest point is the Sacantay pass (the altitude is 6372 m). 4 days of hiking is a classic, this trek always goes to Machu Picchu, because it is an alternative to the Inca Trail, and ends only in Aguas calientes (Machu Picchu Village).

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