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Salkantay Trek is considered the best alternative to the Inca trail in Peru

Salcantay, Salkantay or Sallqantay is the highest peak in the Vilcabamba mountain range, part of the Peruvian Andes. It is located in the Cusco Region, about 60 km west-northwest of the city of Cusco. It is the 38th-highest peak in the Andes, and the twelfth-highest in Peru.

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Salcantay, Salkantay or Sallqantay (in Quechua) is the highest peak in the Vilcabamba mountain range, part of the Peruvian Andes. It is located in the Cusco Region, about 60 km (40 mi) west-northwest of the city of Cusco. It is the 38th-highest peak in the Andes, and the twelfth-highest in Peru. However, as a range highpoint in deeply incised terrain, it is the second most topographically prominent peak in the country, after Huascarán.

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View from the Trek.

Salcantay’s proximity to Machu Picchu makes trekking around it an alternative to the oversubscribed Inca Trail; this is known as the Salkantay trek.

history

The name Salkantay is from sallqa, a Quechua word meaning wild, uncivilized, savage, or invincible, and was recorded as early as 1583. The name is thus often translated as “Savage Mountain”.

Directly to the north of Salkantay lies Machu Picchu, which is at the end of a ridge that extends down from this mountain. Viewed from Machu Picchu’s main sundial, the Southern Cross is above Salkantay’s summit when at its highest point in the sky during the rainy season. The Incas associated this alignment with concepts of rain and fertility, and considered Salkantay to be one of the principal deities controlling weather and fertility in the region west of Cuzco.

Mountaineerin

Salcantay is a large, steep peak with great vertical relief, particularly above the low valleys to the north, which are tributaries of the Amazon River.

The standard route on the mountain is the Northeast ridge. Accessing the route typically involves three days of travel from Cusco. The climb involves about 1,800 m (5,900 ft) of vertical gain, on glacier, snow, ice, and some rock.

Mountaineering history

Salcantay was first climbed in 1952 by a French-American expedition comprising Fred D. Ayres, David Michael Jr., John C. Oberlin, W. V. Graham Matthews, Austen F. Riggs, George Irving Bell, Claude Kogan, M. Bernard Pierre, and Jean Guillemin. All except Oberlin, Riggs, and Guillemin reached the summit. Two years later Fritz Kasparek fell through a cornice near the summit on the NE ridge.

On June 17, 2013 Nathan Heald (USA), Thomas Ryan (USA), and Luis Crispin (Peru) made the summit at 10:30am after nine hours of climbing from a high camp at 5,500 m. on the NE ridge. This makes Crispin the first Peruvian climber to summit the mountain. The team took a reading of 6,279 m, S 13° 20.027’, W 72° 32.596’, on a GPS device. On July 31, 2013 a second team led by Nathan Heald (USA), consisting of James Lissy (USA) and Edwin Espinoza Sotelo (Peru) made the summit by the NE ridge. This makes Heald the only person to have summited the mountain twice. Due to glacial retreat, the route is now calculated to be graded D on the French adjectival scale.

How to get to Nevado Salkantay?

The snowy Salkantay is an alternative route to reach the citadel of Machu Picchu, this route runs through the Vilcabamba mountain range.

Before traveling you should take into account that you reach a height of 4650 m.a.s.l.

Via Mollepata.- The mobilities that lead to the beginning of the walk (Soraypampa) leave the Arcopata whereabouts.

Along this path you can find various types of Plants among them, the famous Orchids that are very Beautiful and colorful.

The climate of the first part of the trail is dry and cold, the second part is warmer and more humid.

Frequently asked questions about the Salkantay Trek

How say salkantay?

Salkantay, Salcantay. Sallqa Antay the named origin in native language from the Incas. Now a days is well know us a Salkantay trek or Salkantay Trail.

How long is salkantay trek?

Salkantay 5 day can be shorted to 4 days by skipping the last day Salkantay trekking near the amazon cloud forest. But most classic Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is 5 days 4 nights.

How difficult is salkantay trek?

Salkantay Trek for beginners can be difficult but not impossible. Few days before departure need to be training for Salkantay Trekking with acclimatizing before departure at list 03 day early by doing Day Trip from Cusco.

How high is salkantay pass?

Salkanatay altitude trek 4,600 m.15, 000 Ft. The second day consider the most difficult at this high, reason why is recommended to work with best Salkantay Trek operators.

How hard is salkantay trail?

Salkantay trek difficulty from 1 to 10 is number 7. Few days before departure recommended training for Salkantay trek with hike activities and acclimatizing.

How to pronounce salkantay?

Salkantay pronounce in Quechua native language from the Incas Sallqa Antay means wild Mountain or wild star pronounce Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu.

How hard is salkantay?

Salkantay trek difficulty from 1 to 10 is number 7. Few days before departure recommended training for Salkantay trek with hike activities and acclimatizing. 

How high is salkantay trek?

Salkantay Mountain altitude is 6280 msn 20574 Ft. 

Salkanatay altitude trek 4,600 m.15, 000 Ft. The second day consider the most difficult at this high, reason why is recommended to work with best Salkantay Trek operators.

How to book salkantay trek?

Book Salkantay Trek in advance atleast a few Months before you arrive online with 50% down payment.

How high is salkantay?

Located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south central Peru by the Cordillera Vilcabamba and rising to 6271 meters above sea level (20574 ft) the highest Mountain in the Andes range.

How tall is salkantay?

Salkantay Mountain altitude is 6280 msn 20574 Ft. Third highest in Peru nearest cloud forest.

what does salkantay mean?

Salkantay trek or Salkantay Trail worlds 25 famous trekking in the world rated by national geographic Salka means wild Antay means star or Wild Mountain.

What is salkantay trek?

The famous Salkantay Trek (or Salcantay Trek), named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, is a trek open to everybody, with no limitation on spaces or permits (at least for now). Connecting the city of Mollepata, Cusco with Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trekking is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests.

what does salkantay?

Salkantay trek or Salkantay Trail worlds 25 famous trekking in the world rated by national geographic Salka means wild. Antay means star or Wild Mountain.

When to do salkantay trek?

Salkanatay  Trekking can be done any time of the year during April to November dry season and from December to march wet season are great, just need to pack according to your availability.

Where is salkantay pass?

Salkanatay altitude trek 4,600 m.15, 000 Ft. The second day consider the most difficult at this high, reason why is recommended to work with best Salkantay Trek operators, located in the northwest of the Andes Mountain Range.

Where does the salkantay trek start?

The Salkantay trekking start at Soraypapa based mountain over 3,850 m.s.n 9,515 Ft. driving from Cusco 4 hours where most on the Salkantay tour Operators used for base camp.

Where to book salkantay trek in cusco?

Booking Salkantay Trek online with 50% down payment of full payment even better to use Paypal or bank transfer online.

Where to start salkantay trek?

The Salkantay trekking start at Soraypapa based mountain over 3,850 m.s.n 9,515 Ft. driving from Cusco 4 hours where most on the Salkantay tour Operators used for base camp.

Where to book salkantay trek?

Booking Salkantay Trek online with 50% down payment of full payment even better to use Paypal or bank transfer online.

Where is abra salkantay?

Salkanatay altitude trek 4,600 m.15, 000 Ft. The second day consider the most difficult at this high, reason why is recommended to work with best Salkantay Trek operators, located in the northwest of the Andes Mountain Range.

Where does the salkantay trail start?

The Salkantay trekking start at Soraypampa based mountain over 3,850 m.s.n 9,515 Ft. driving from Cusco 4 hours where most on the Salkantay tour Operators used for base camp.

Why Salkantay Trek 08 Days?

Salkantay Trekking to Machu Picchu

During the first 2 days before the Salkantay Trekking to Machu picchu starts, we will experience acclimatizing activities including visiting Cusco, the Capital of the ancient Inca Empire (Private City Tour), sightseeing, and the Private Sacred Valley tour. A few days are necessary to start this amazing adventure to the Salkantay Trek. 

The difficulty is for professional trekkers. Motivated Amateurs can also handle this trail on foot. There is also an option for horseback riding. This trek will take you over the Salkantay Altitude 14,900 Ft. 4,600 Meters Above Sea Level, rated by National Geographic named among the best 25 top hikes treks in the world. The Salkantay trek is along the Andes and the Amazon Cloud Forest. This hike will take you through different Ecosystems before you arrive to Machu Picchu, Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Reservations are available all of the year. 

Try to book within a minimum of a few months before your travel date. Some people choose to adventure Salkantay Trek without guide. We do not recommend this because our staff helps you to enjoy the trip to it’s fullest potential. Our staff are locals so we know the best views and tricks to stay safe. 

We organize Salkantay Trekking with the most professional Local Tour Guides, first aid kits, and horses to carry all of the equipment. Our goal is to make your experience unforgettable, Salkantay Cost can be from 500 Usd Dollars up to 1,000 Usd dollars depending on the type of service and hotel at your arrival to Machu Picchu Town. 

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When to travel to Peru? Considering that Peru is categorized as one of the 17 megadiverse countries on earth, you have a variety of climates and seasons to consider. That being said, you can visit Peru year-round depending on where you would like to visit. However, if you are looking to explore the Amazonian rainforest or traverse through the Andes Mountains, many travelers choose to avoid the rainy season which runs from November to March with its peak between January and February. Visiting from April through October lands you in the generally dry winter season, which is an excellent time to visit Machu Picchu, experience a world-class trek, traverse the exotic Amazon Rain forest not to mention the other amazing destinations Peru has to offer. Speak with a Qosqo Expeditions Designer today to discover the best time for you to experience a luxury tour of Peru.

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