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Salkantay faq Adventures to Peru

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.) Salkantay

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How long is the Salkantay trek and how many hours a day do we hike?

How difficult is the Salkantay trek?

Is altitude sickness a common problem? How high is the Salkantay trek?

When do we reach Machu Picchu and how much time do we spend there?

Do porters carry our luggage while on the Salkantay trek?

How cold does it get on the Salkantay trek? Will I need to bring hats and gloves?

What type of accommodation is used on the Salkantay trek?

Are there restrooms available on the trek?

Is a sleeping bag and sleep mat included?

Is purified water available on the trek?

What type of food will we get on the the Salkantay trek?

How long is the Salkantay trek and how many hours a day do we hike?

The Salkantay trek has many different trails and campsite options. The trail that we follow is approximately 55km. On average you will hike about 8 hours per day.

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How difficult is the Salkantay trek?

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is better suited for more adventuresome trekkers who are able to handle a little more altitude and distance. It’s not a technical hike but the altitude may affect some individuals. We recommend bringing a hiking stick or purchasing a wooden walking stick while in Peru as it will help with your balance and reduce the load on your knees. We ask that you not use a metal tipped walking stick as it can harm the fragile environment along the trail.

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Is altitude sickness a common problem? How high is the Salkantay trek?

It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full day spent in Cusco (3249m), taking it easy and drinking plenty of water, is usually enough for most people. The highest point you will reach while hiking the Salkantay Trek is 4950 meters.

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When do we reach Machu Picchu and how much time do we spend there?

You will reach Machu Picchu early in the morning on Day 5. Your local guide will take you on an informative 2-3-hour tour of the site. After the tour you will have a few hours of free time to explore the area on your own, relax, meditate or simply write in your journal before the group travels by bus to Aguas Calientes where we catch the train back to Cusco.

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Do porters carry our luggage while on the Salkantay trek?

No, pack mules and/or horses will be provided to carry your personal items. You will still need to bring a day backpack to carry any essentials you might want or need, such as water, snacks, camera, sweater, rain poncho jacket, etc.

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How cold does it get on the Salkantay trek? Will I need to bring hats and gloves?

The altitude means it can get quite chilly, especially during the Andean winter (May – September) when the temperature can drop to below zero degrees (Celsius) at night. It can still be cool at other times of the year and so we recommend bringing thermal underwear and a warm sleeping bag. You can purchase warm, inexpensive and locally made hand-woven mitts and gloves in Cusco.

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What type of accommodation is used on the Salkantay trek?

Two-person tents are used to accommodate two same-sex travelers for the first three nights. The fourth night will be spent in a simple hotel in Aguas Calientes. There are a few places where permanent but very basic toilet facilities exist and when they are not available our team will set up portable toilet tents. Trekkers are provided with a bowl of hot water (and a hot drink) every morning in their tent.

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Are there restrooms available on the trek?

There are a few places where permanent but very basic toilet facilities exist and when they are not available our team will set up portable toilet tents. Trekkers are provided with a bowl of hot water (and a hot drink) every morning in their tent.

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Is a sleeping bag and sleep mat included?

Yes. Here at Adventures to Peru we want you to be comfortable and will therefore include an appropriate sleeping bag and inflatable Thermarest mattress while camping.

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Is purified water available on the trek?

Bottled water can be purchased on day 1 of the Salkantay Trek however we discourage trekkers from purchasing bottles as it increases the amount of garbage that must be packed out. Boiled water will be provided every evening after dinner so that you can refill your water bottle(s). If you wish to add water purification tablets you should bring these with you.

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What type of food will we get on the the Salkantay trek?

Our cooks prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a trek of this nature. The menu usually includes pasta, rice, chicken, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods.

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