National Geographic Adventure Magazine rated the Salkantay trek as one for the 25 Best Treks in the World.
The Salkantay Trek is a popular alternative trek to the world-famous Inca Trail. It is actually one of Peru’s most beautiful and rewarding hikes. This hike is considered to be challenging. The difficulty comes from, not the distance, but the continuous altitude you will be trekking at during some portions of the hike.
Salkantay has a reputation of being a very tough summit. In fact the Quechua name, Sallqantay, means ‘Savage’ or ‘Wild’. Although it was first successfully climbed in 1952 by a French-American expedition, the mountain is not often conquered. Situated 60 km North-west of Cusco city, Salkantay mountain which stands at 6,271m.
It is highly recommended that trekkers spend a couple of days in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude, read more. Permits are not required to do the Salkantay trek. Thus, it is possible to do this trek on your own.
A 5 day Salkantay trek should cost about the same as the classic 4 day Inca Trail trek. Reputable operators will provide good camping equipment, cooks, dining tent, horses to carry the camping equipment, qualified guides who are trained in first aid, hotel and your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu. It is always important to ask the tour company what is not included in the price they give to you before choosing your operator.
The trek is typically completed on a 5 Day /4 Night itinerary; however it is possible to do the trek on a 4 Day / 3 Night itinerary.
Check out the itineraries below to see how it works.