One of the most incredible ways to reach at Machu Picchu is through the Salkantay trek. This 5-day and 4-night hiking route crosses the imposing Apu Salkantay , the sacred mountain and the tutelar apu of Cusco, that then reaches at the Wonder of the World. Would you like to know Machu Picchu with this adventure surrounded by amazing landscapes? Know everything you need to know about the Salkantay trek:
This route as it passes through the slopes of the majestic Apu Salkantay of more than 6200 m. does not leave anyone indifferent. You can almost touch the glaciers that fall 1600 m. below its peak and the best? It has absolutely everything. During the 5 day Salkantay trek you will feel the pass of different ecologycal floors, and you will enjoy:
There are 5 days of walking with routes between 4 and 7 hours. Part of the route runs along mountain roads at high altitude reaching the 4600 m high of the Salkantay Pass at the second day of treking.
Remember that the fact of reaching a height of 4600m requires basic knowledge about altitude sickness. And for photography lovers really this is an adventure that you can miss for any situation because you will see one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.
Salkantay Trek, like many other treks in the world, is a challenge route for many adventurers. But know we go for the key points to organize your best adventure at Salkantay Trek:
It is recommended to start a physical routine before this trek, and first you need to know your body to know if you are going to be able to travel the route. This is not about getting there, it is about enjoying, walking at ease and reaching the goal happy. Now we have some point here:
So you know the most interesting fats , now star your training plan. We recommend the following:
Anyway, this is not an exact science. There are people who do not do any sports and do the Salkantay Trek without any problem.
It is really important to know about altitude sickness because this is your first enemy during the walk. Know we will talk about how to prevent it and have the best travel to salkantay trek:
The altitude sickness a disease that can affect mountaineers, hikers, skiers or travelers at high altitudes, usually above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters). And remember that Salkantay is located at 4600 m.a.s.l!!
Symptoms of altitude sickness
Altitude sickness or mountain sickness should be noted that many ski resorts are at this point and that in sensitive people may appear even at lower altitude. The symptoms are:
But don’t worry we have the solution. It is recommended to relax and have a free day when you arrive to Cusco maybe you can take 2 or 3 days to adapt. We recommend you to take some interestings tours that are not a real challenge to your body like a city tour, or walk around the beautiful city of Cusco. Also you can take some pills and the best remedy a coca leaves tea.
The Salkantay Trek is a spectacular trekking that takes you in 5 days to Machu Picchu. It does not present any technical difficulty. Yeah it demands physical effort (3/5) but really it will be rewarded day per day by its beauty landscapes. It runs through hills that are at high altitude (Abra Salkantay at 4,600m maximum height).This makes it a path not too crowded.Ideal for lovers of tranquility.
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