The Salkantay Trek is a forty-five mile, six day adventure through some of the most spectacular and diverse terrain in the world. The trek is named after 20,600 foot tall Salkantay (savage mountain), the dominant peak in the region, and one of the most sacred peaks in Inca mythology. Let’s go!
Day 1: Marcoccasa (10,800 feet) to Salkantay Lodge (12,700 feet) at Soraypampa.
Day 2: Acclimatization hike to Humantay Lake and a special event (see below). 1300 feet up then 1300 feet down… a good strategy for acclimatization (climb high, sleep low).
Day 3: Crux of the trek… from Salkantay Lodge (12,700 feet) , around Humantay, survived) Salkantay pass (15,250 feet), then dropped down to Wayra Lodge (12,900 feet).
Day 4: Descend from Wayra Lodge (12,800 feet) and into the cloud forest on the way to Colpa (sulfur) Lodge at Collpampa (9400 feet).
Day 5: Up and down from Colpa Lodge through banana, avocado, and coffee orchards to Lucma Lodge at Lucmabamba (6,900 feet).
Day 6: Up 2,000 feet to Llactapata pass (9,000 feet), where we were treated to our first distant, but amazing view of Machu Picchu, then endured a brutal 3,000 foot descent to cross the Aobamba River to Aquas Calientes (gateway to Machu Picchu).