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Salkantay Trek Recommendations

If you are planning to travel to Salkantay, here you will find some important information you need to know.

When to travel?

The best time to do this trek is during dry season, which is between May and October. May is the recommended time of year because everything is still lush and green after the end of the rainy season. June, however, is the coldest time of the year and not as nice.

Alejandro hiking towards the Llactapata ruins with a view to Machu Picchu - Coffee Route - RESPONSible Travel Peru
Hiking towards the Llactapata ruins for a view to Machu Picchu

What to take?

First of all, your daypack. As well as the bag the horse will carry, and as a minimum a -5 °C (23 Fahrenheit) sleeping bag. The clothing must be appropriate for the mid- to high- mountain weather, which is hot during the day and very cold during the night. To keep your clothes organized, we recommend to bring 3 bags for clean, dirty, and wet clothing. Do not forget your personal toiletry for the 4-day trekking (towel, soap, toothbrush/paste, toilet paper, etc). The more products with natural or biodegradable components the better. Bring the necessary medicines, considering headaches and high-elevation sickness among the main discomforts. Also, some bandages for wounds or blisters. It is very important to bring your flashlight, specially for the last day when the trek starts at 4:00 am. If you are willing to visit rural communities, it would be a nice gesture to bring school items to offer as gifts or donations. A fully charged camera, sun glasses, hat and sunblock are a must.

How to avoid high elevation sickness?

It is important to acclimatize before starting the trek. Arriving in Cusco 2 or 3 days in advance will give you enough time to do so. ‘High elevation pills’ also help and are commonly used among visitors. Keep your body well hydrated, coca leave infusions are recommended. Sleep long, keep yourself warm, and do not forget to eat before being hungry, to drink before being thirsty, and to rest before being tired.

A light diet, consisting of foods which are easy to digest, is very important. These are:

  • Creams or soups
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Yogurt and carbs
  • Under no circumstance fatty or fried meals.

For extra detailed information (not only for this trek but for your whole experience in Peru) we reccomend reading:

How to stay safe and healthy when traveling in Peru

During the whole trek you will travel with experienced guides, who are highly capable to assist you under any circumstance. Ask all the questions you want, to make sure you are prepared and to have the best experience during your trip to Salkantay!

Be ready for some unforgettable stargazing at the glass cabins (day1)

Book your RESPONS experience to Salkantay emailing us at [email protected] and ask everything you want to any of our travel specialists. Alternatively you can also fill out our QUESTIONNAIRE and we will take care of everything.


RESPONS’ mission is to improve living conditions in Peru through developing and promoting sustainable tourism. We’ve implemented a business model in which all areas of human relations are respected, and - equally important - respect for the planet is incorporated.

Following this business model, we practice fair trade, foster cultural identity, promote equal opportunities, and we preserve the environment that surrounds us and other species.

Together with you we improve, day by day, on the always-demanding path towards sustainability.

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