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Climbing the Salcantay mountain 6 days

Climbing the Salcantay mountain 6 days

Many people in Cusco consider Salkantay mountain like sacred, in the past the Incas called "Apus", those Apus, mountain gods, are associated with high peaks that govern the wild plants and animals, crops and herds, waters, and people in the surrounding region. These beliefs persist in the region today, and communities address to the mountain gods their pleas for good weather and abundant crops and flocks, while individuals look to them for good health and increased prosperity.

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”.

Salcantay in the east of Cusco is considered to be the brother of Ausangate another mountain in the south of Cusco, and the two are thought to be equally powerful and the fathers of all the other mountains. Ritual specialists in the area today go to one or the other for their spiritual empowerment.

Itinerary For Climbing the Salcantay mountain 6 days

The route to base camp crosses two passes, one at Incachillaska (5,100m) and the other at Abra Palqay (4,700m) on the eastern side of the mountain. Just crossing Abra Paljay is the base camp to climb Salkantay. The easiest route on the mountain is the NE ridge, but it still quite difficult and presents 1,000m of steep, exposed climbing mostly around 70° but there are several steeper sections of 80 - 90°. Salcantay is for mountaineers who want a challenge and wish to climb the most sacred of the Andean summits and want to be in top of Salcantay mountain.

2 people: $1,700 per person “min 02” Technical mountaineering experience is required. You will need cold weather clothing and some type of rain protection clothing. A pair of mountaineering boots is required. You should be in very good physical condition and acclimatized. For acclimatization purposes it is preferable that you have been to 5,500m recently. Cerro Soray (5,446m) may be climbed beforehand in order to help acclimatize. This climb may also be combined with the Salkantay Base Camp to Machu Picchu Trek. The Best months: May to September Time required: 6 days Climbing Grade: Difficult The itinerary is as follows:

4:30 am private transport to the village of Mollepata and have breakfast. Afterwards we arrive to Soray Pampa (3888m) below the south face of Nevado Salkantay. Camping night.

Meals provided:

  • CoffeeBreakfast
  • LunchLunch
  • DinnerDinner
Salcantay Climb

We will have breakfast at 8am and start our trek up to the pass at 5,100m which should take around 4 hours. We may have lunch on either side of the pass depending on our pace and the decision of the group. Arriving at our camp in Sisaypampa (4,200m) around 4pm we can enjoy the last rays of sun before it goes behind the mountain.

Meals provided:

  • CoffeeBreakfast
  • LunchLunch
  • DinnerDinner
Climbing the Salcantay mountain 6 days

We will awake at 6am and have breakfast at 7. We will leave the camp at 8 and start our climb to Camp 1 on the glacier. There is a bit of rock climbing just before entering the glacier. We should arrive between 12pm and 1pm giving us plenty of time to rest before our alpine start.

Meals provided:

  • CoffeeBreakfast
  • LunchLunch
  • DinnerDinner
Climbing the Salcantay mountain 6 days

We will wake up at midnight and leave the tent by 1am. The climb should take about 9 hours in total and then another 4 to get back to Camp 1.

Meals provided:

  • CoffeeBreakfast
  • LunchLunch
  • DinnerDinner
Climbing the Salcantay mountain 6 days

The next morning we will pack up the tent and return to Base Camp for lunch. After lunch we will descend Abra Palqay and Camp in Sisaypampa for the night.

Meals provided:

  • CoffeeBreakfast
  • LunchLunch
  • DinnerDinner

We return to Soray Pampa after about 6 hours of hiking.

End of our Services

Meals provided:

  • CoffeeBreakfast
  • LunchLunch


  • Transfers In / Out
  • Transportation Cusco-Mollepata. (Start walking)
  • Professional bilingual tour guide English /Spanish.
  • 1 High Mountain Guide (for groups of 6 or more people)
  • Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu.
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks, 4 dinners
  • Cook. (Professional)
  • Drinking water along the Inka trail, only on meal times.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 1st Aid Kit
  • 01 Oxygen Ball
  • Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Horse men
  • Quadruple & waterproof Camping tent “02 people only”
  • 01 Sleeping Mattress per person “therma rest”


  • 1st Breakfast, Last Lunch
  • Other not mentioned

What to bring for your Tour?

  • Original passport
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC) if you have a student discount
  • Trekking boots/shoes
  • Waterproof jacket (Rain jacket)
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection cream (factor 50 recommended)
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
  • Water
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Extra money for personal expenses, tips, lunch on last day, snacks, etc. We recommend that you bring around 300 Peruvian Nuevos Soles

Optional items to bring for your Tour

  • Shorts
  • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes

Notes for your Tour

  • Itinerary may change according to the climate and health status of the trekkers.
  • Train times for the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo may change according to the train company's availability and will be confirmed close to the time of the trek. If someone books later than most of the group, we may not be able to provide the same train as the rest of the group.
  • Change to earlier/later train time at time of booking (price depending on train availability)
  • Tips/gratuities not included but are optional according to the services rendered

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Package Name: Climbing the Salcantay mountain 6 days
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Departures Dates: Every day (please check availability in our groups).
Altitude: 1950 - 4600m. / 6398 - 15092 f.
Visited Places: Cusco, Salcantay
Type of Tour: Archaeological, Trekking, Landscape, Camping, Inca Trail Alternative Trek
Meals provided:
Coffee Lunch Dinner

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