Salkantay Trek

Peru Peru

Worth knowing

The Salkantay Trek runs for a length of 69 kilometers through Peru.

The difficulty of the trail is rated as demanding and it usually takes 3 days to walk the Salkantay Trek.
Of course, how long it really takes for the trail depends on the experience and fitness of the hikers.

The drinking water supply is on the way no problem, since there are numerous possibilities to fill up the water supplies.
This can be done, for example, at streams, springs, but also at wells or public facilities. However, the water may have to be filtered before drinking!

On the trail food supply is less of an issue. As a rule, you can either buy groceries every day or eat in a hut or restaurant.
Nevertheless, it is important to carry an appropriate supply with you.

You can stay overnight in homestays, in guesthouses/hotels along the way and on campsites.

Wild camping on the trail is a gray area As always, leave behind no traces . Rubbish has to be taken away and nature has to be respected and protected!

Campfires are currently allowed. However, this can change at any time.
Therefore, please be sure to pay attention to public notices and a possible risk of forest fires..
In addition, new fireplaces should never be built, but existing ones should be used.

Facts about Salkantay Trek

69 km
Elevation gain
3.400 m
Elevation loss
4.600 m
Highest Point
4.631 m
Lowest Point
Intihuatana / 1.788 m
Round Trip?
Walk in both directions?
69 km
3.400 m
4.600 m
4.631 m
1.788 m
You have the following accommodation options on the Salkantay Trek
  • in homestays
  • in guesthouses/hotels along the way
  • on campsites
Solitude on the Salkantay Trek
Moderate contact with other people and only occasionally with settlements

The best time to hike the Salkantay Trek is:


Arrival to the Salkantay Trek

You will arrive via Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport.

You can get to Starting point via Bus. Duration approx. 4 hours.

Departure from the Salkantay Trek

Departure is via Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport.

You can get to the airport per Bus. Takes about 7 hours.

Map and elevation profile of the Salkantay Trek

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