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Salkantay Trek Distances and Altitudes along the trek to Machu Picchu


Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Elevation
Salkantay Trek Elevations

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.

Salkantay Pass
The Salkantay Pass Altitude is 4580m

Day

Altitude

Distance

1 Cusco – Soraypampa
  • Starting Elevation “Mollepata” . 9,515 feet (2900 meters)
  • Campsite Elevation “Soraypampa” – 3850 meters / 12631ft
  • Considered : Moderate
The area : Andes
  • Walking distance 15 km (aprox.)
  • Estimated trekking time 7 - 7 hours
  • Maximum altitude point 3,800 m (aprox.)
  • Campsite altitude 3,800 m (aprox.)
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2 Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass - Challway
  • Highest Elevation “Salkantay pass” – 4600 meters /15090 ft
  • Campsite Elevation “Challway” – (3000m/9842f)
  • Considered : Difficult 
The area : Andes, Salkantay Glaciar
  • Walking distance 16 km (aprox.)
  • Estimated trekking time 6 - 7 hours
  • Maximum altitude point 2,750 m (aprox.)
  • Campsite altitude 1,600 m (aprox.)
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3 Challway – Santa Teresa
  • Starting Elevation . “Challway” – (3000m/9842f)
  • Campsite Elevation “Santa Teresa” – 1811 meters / 7055 ft
  • Considered : Moderate
The area : Cloud Forest
  • Walking distance 16 km (aprox.)
  • Estimated trekking time 6 - 7 hours
  • Maximum altitude point 2,750 m (aprox.)
  • Campsite altitude 1,600 m (aprox.)
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4 Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes
  • Walking Distance – 15km / 9 miles
  • Starting Elevation “Santa Teresa” – 1811 meters / 7055 ft
  • Hotel Elevation “Aguas Calientes” – 2050 meters / 7986 ft
  • Considered : Moderate
  • The area : Cloud Forest
  • Walking distance 7 km (aprox.)
  • Estimated trekking time 2 - 3 hours
  • Maximum altitude point 2,700 m (aprox.)
  • Campsite altitude 2,700 m (aprox.)
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5 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
  • Machupicchu Inca City 7,972' (2,430 m)
  • Huaynapicchu sacred Mountain 8,924' (2,720 m)

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