Salkantay Trek Distances and Altitudes along the trek to Machu Picchu
The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu passes through stunning landscapes varying from the cloud forest to the high mountains. Along the way you will see the fantastic views of second highest mountain in the Cusco area - Salkantay ("Savage mountain" from Quechua) standing at 20,574' (6,271 m). This trek to Machu Picchu goes through unfrequented areas and combines culture and tradition with the incredible flora and fauna offered by Peru. You will be in the real Andes and the perfect conditions to get a sense of the life in the area.
Salkantay Trek Distances
Soraypampa to Salkantaypampa: 7 km (4.5 miles)
Salkantaypampa to Salkantay Pass: 4 km (2.5 miles)
Soyrococha to Salkantay Pass: 1 km (0.6 miles)
Salkantay Pass to Wayramachay: 7 km (4.5 miles)
Wayramachay to Chaullay / Collpapampa: 16 km (10 miles)
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.