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1.- Overview
2.- Salcantay Trek
3.- See also
4.- Tours


Salcantay is a large, steep peak, "the most spectacular peak of the region", with great vertical relief, particularly above the low valleys to the north, which are tributaries of the Amazon River.

Salcantay was first climbed in 1952 by a French-American expedition comprising Fred D. Ayres, David Michael, Jr., John C. Oberlin, W. V. Graham Matthews, Austen F. Riggs, George I. Bell, Claude Kogan, M. Bernard Pierre, and Jean Guillemin. All except Oberlin, Riggs, and Guillemin made the summit.

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. The route is graded AD on the French adjectival scale.

The name Salkantay is from salka, 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".

Directly to the north of Salkantay lies Machu Picchu, which is at the end of a ridge that extends down from this mountain. Viewed from Machu Picchu's main sundial, the Southern Cross is above Salkantay's summit when at its highest point in the sky during the rainy season. The Incas associated this alignment with concepts of rain and fertility, and considered Salkantay to be one of the principal deities controlling weather and fertility in the region west of Cusco

Salkantay Trek:
Salcantay's proximity to Machu Picchu makes trekking around it it attractive as an alternative to the oversubscribed Inca Trail. There are three possible routes starting from Mollepampa. All three begin with a day of approach, heading north along a dirt road. Then they diverge:

The longest route, heads north to the base of the mountain, then turns right, following the east side of the mountain, then heads northeast to eventually join the Inca Trail itself at Wayllabamba. This route takes 4 days to reach the Inca Trail, then another 2 days to reach Machu Picchu.
The most common route used by trekking companies heads north, then west around the west side of the mountain, over Salcantay Pass at 4600m. It continues as far as the village of La Playa, where buses usually make the connection to Santa Teresa. From here, trekkers walk to the Hydroelectric project then either train or walk to Aguas Calientes, at the base of Machu Picchu. This route takes 4 days in total.
A more satisfying variation on this route turns right before reaching La Playa, over a ridge and arriving directly at Aguas Calientes two days later. This route takes 6 days in total.

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Mountain   Elevation (metres)  Region   Mountain range  
Huascarán Sur 6,746 Ancash Cordillera Blanca
Huascarán Norte 6,655 Ancash Cordillera Blanca
Yerupajá 6,617 Ancash Cordillera Huayhuash
Yerupaja Chico 6,121 Ancash Cordillera Huayhuash
Coropuna 6,425 Arequipa Cordillera Occidental
Coropuna Casulla 6,377 Arequipa Cordillera Occidental
Coropuna Este 6,305 Arequipa Cordillera Occidental
Huandoy 6,395 Ancash Cordillera Blanca
Huandoy Sur 6,160 Ancash Cordillera Blanca
Ausangate 6,372 Cusco Cordillera Vilcanota
Huantsan (Tunsho) 6,369 Ancash Cordillera Blanca
Chopicalqui 6,345 Ancash Cordillera Blanca
Siula Grande 6,344 Lima-Huánuco Cordillera Huayhuash
Chinchey (Rurichinchay) 6,309 Ancash Cordillera Blanca
Ampato 6,288 Arequipa Cordillera Occidental
Palcaraju 6,274 Ancash Cordillera Blanca
Salcantay 6,271 Cusco Cordillera Urubamba
Santa Cruz 6,241 Ancash Cordillera Blanca
Copa 6,188 Ancash Cordillera Blanca
Ranrapalca 6,162 Ancash Cordillera Blanca
Pucaranra 6,156 Ancash Cordillera Blanca
Hualcan (Rajopaquinan) 6,122 Ancash Cordillera Blanca
Callangate (a.k.a. Chumpe, Collpa Ananta or Chimboya) 6,110 Cusco Cordillera Vilcanota
Colquecruz (a.k.a. Alcamarinayoc) 6,102 Cusco Cordillera Vilcanota
Chacraraju 6,108 Ancash Cordillera Blanca
Jirishanca 6,094 Ancash-Huánuco Cordillera Huayhuash
Chachani 6,057 Arequipa Cordillera Occidental
Jatunriti (a.k.a. Nañaloma, Yanaloma or Chumpe) 6,106 Cuzco Cordillera Vilcanota
Jatunhuma (Pico Tres) 6,093 Cusco Cordillera Vilcanota
Solimana 6,093 Arequipa Cordillera Occidental
Hualca Hualca 6,025 Arequipa Cordillera Occidental
Yayamari (Montura) 6,049 Cusco Cordillera Vilcanota
Chaupi Orco 6,044 Puno- Bolivia Cordillera Apolobamba
Pucajirca 6,046 Ancash Cordillera Blanca
Quitaraju 6,036 Ancash Cordillera Blanca
Tocllaraju 6,034 Ancash Cordillera Blanca
Caraz 6,025 Ancash Cordillera Blanca



Salkantay 7 Days
 Salkantay 7 Days / 6 Nights

We will leave from Cusco approximately between 4:30a.m. and 5:00a.m. A local bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level)


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inca trail machu picchu
 Salkantay 5 Days / 4 Nights

Pick up from your Hotel early in the morning, we start our journey in Chilca (km 82 in the Sacred Valley), the start of the Inca Trail. Here, we meet with the porters and cooks who will accompany us during our journey.


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inca trail machupicchu
 Salkantay 4 Days / 3 Nights

This trip has some of the same elements as our 4-day Inca Trail with one exception: We will start our journey by train from Cusco. Leaving Cusco at 06:20 hs we will start our hike from km 104, spending until arrive to the ruins of Wiñayhuayna,


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