Climbing the Salkantay Mountain in 6 days

Salkantay Mountain - Salkantay Trek 6 day
Salkantay Mountain

The Great Apu SalkantaySalkantay god” is one of the hardest mountains to climb in the region. Salcantay was first climbed in 1952 by a French-American expedition.

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".

For the Incas, “Apu” 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.

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.


The route to base camp crosses two passes, one at Incachillaska (5,100m) and the other at Abra Palqay (4,700m) on the eastern side of the mountain. Just crossing Abra Paljay is the base camp to climb Salkantay. The easiest route on the mountain is the NE ridge, but it still quite difficult and presents 1,000m of steep, exposed climbing mostly around 70° but there are several steeper sections of 80 - 90°. Salcantay is for mountaineers who want a challenge and wish to climb the most sacred of the Andean summits.

2 people: $1,700 per person “min 02” Technical mountaineering experience is required. You will need cold weather clothing and some type of rain protection clothing. A pair of mountaineering boots is required. You should be in very good physical condition and acclimatized. For acclimatization purposes it is preferable that you have been to 5,500m recently. Cerro Soray (5,446m) may be climbed beforehand in order to help acclimatize. This climb may also be combined with the Salkantay Base Camp to Machu Picchu Trek. Best months: May to September Time required: 6 days Climbing Grade: Difficult The itinerary is as follows:


Day 1: Cusco - Soray Pampa (3,888m)

Soray Pampa
Soray Pampa (3,888m)

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.

Day 2: Soray Pampa - Abra Inkachillaska (5,100m) - Sisaypampa (4,200m) - Abra Palqay

Abra Inkachillaska (5,100m)
Abra Inkachillaska (5,100m)

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.

Day 3: Base Camp (4,641m) - Camp 1 (5,500m)

Salkantay Trek - Base Camp
Salkantay Trek - Base Camp

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.

Day 4: Camp 1 (5,500m) - Summit – Camp 1

Day 4: Camp 1 (5,500m) - Summit – Camp 1
Day 4: Camp 1 (5,500m) - Summit – Camp 1

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.

Day 5: Camp 1- Sisaypampa (4,200m)

Day 5: Camp 1- Sisaypampa (4,200m)
Day 5: Camp 1- Sisaypampa (4,200m)

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.

Day 6: Sisaypampa - Soray Pampa - Cusco

Day 6: Sisaypampa - Soray Pampa - Cusco
Day 6: Sisaypampa - Soray Pampa - Cusco

We return to Soray Pampa after about 6 hours of hiking.

End of our Services


  • Transfers In / Out
  • Transportation Cusco-Mollepata. (Start walking)
  • Professional bilingual tour guide English /Spanish.
  • 1 High Mountain Guide (for groups of 6 or more people)
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks, 4 dinners. ” Vegetarian (vegan) food on request at no extra cost!
  • Cook. (Professional)
  • Drinking water along the Salkantay Trail, only on meal times.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 1st Aid Kit
  • 01 Oxygen Ball
  • Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Horse men
  • Quadruple & waterproof Camping tent “02 people only”
  • 01 Sleeping Mattress per person “therma rest”

You will need

  • Personal mountaineering equipment (helmet, harness, belay device, 2 technical axes, crampons)
  • Clothing for cold and rain
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Headlamp
  • Sleeping bag
  • Mattress
  • Backpack 40-70 liters
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Some technical or high altitude mountaineering experience is required. More importantly you should be in very good physical condition and acclimatized. For acclimatization purposes it is preferable that you have been to 5,500m recently. Cerro Soray (5,446m) may be climbed beforehand in order to help acclimatize. This climb may also be combined with the trek Salkantay Base Camp


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6 Days & 5 Night

Departures Dates

Every day of the year (please check availability in our groups).


1950 - 4600m. / 6398 - 15092 f.

Visited Places

Cusco, Soray Pampa - Abra Inkachillaska (5,100m) - Sisaypampa (4,200m) - Abra Palqay- base camp. Sisaypampa - Soray Pampa - Cusco.

Salkantay Climb Availability

- Daily departures are available along the year, the recommended period for this trek is April to October.
- All private service departure dates are adapted to your request any day you choose.

Group Size

Small groups 4 – 8 people maximun.Average 6 people

The world opens up a little more for a small group, We have the freedom to move around

Preparation prior the Hiking Trips

Due to the altitude of the highest point in Salkantay we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco at 3350m/9840ft.


Vegetarian option at no extra cost. Check our regular menú

Salkantay Trek Dificulty LEVEL: BY DAY

DAY 1: easy
DAY 2: moderate
DAY 3: challenge
DAY 4: challenge
DAY 5: challenge
DAY 6: moderate

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Traveler reviews

Incan magic
Written: May 9th 2024
5 star rating 5/5 stars

We trekked through the mountains with a fantastic guide who looked after us and showed us all the details we would have otherwise missed. From the ruins themselves to the flora and fauna our guide Henrry took us back in time hundreds of years with ease. He will be remembered for his personal touch...

Super experience
Written: May 9th 2024
5 star rating 5/5 stars

A great experience. Very well organized. It is my third time in Peru and second time visiting Machu Picchu. I felt comfortable and safe with Primo. He did a good job and he has a wealth of knowledge of the region. 5 stars and maximum recommendations. Very professional, cordial and punctual....

Stunning hike, and Henrry is the best!
Written: May 8th 2024
5 star rating 5/5 stars

This was the Royal Inca Trail one-day hike, starting at KM 104 and finishing at Machu Picchu. Our guide was Henrry Chauca, and he is excellent. I was twice the age of the other six hikers, and therefore the slowest. Henrry made sure that I was always safe, kept encouraging me, told me to take my...

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