Classic Inca Trail 4 days
- 4 Days / 3 nights
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We return to Soray Pampa after about 6 hours of hiking.