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Frequently Asked Questions – Salkantay Trek

Every traveler asks by themselves a lot of questions before booking, paying and starting their trip, for this reason Salkantay Cusco Trek company has elaborated a series of questions and answers about the doubts that our clients may have, specially before starting the Salkantay trek, questions that maybe could be useful  for you to organize much better your trip to Peru and obviously organize tours in cusco city and  Machu Picchu, tours which our company Salkantay Cusco Trek offers  our customers.

Here are the following frequently asked questions.

1.- Should I have a physical training for this type of walk?

The hike salkantay to machu picchu is a moderate type of challenge, the path is a not very demanding climb, the altitude is 4630 masl, so you do not need a strict training to be part of this adventure.

2.- How many days should I acclimate in the city of Cusco to avoid having problems of height?

You as a tourist need to stay in Cusco for at least 2 days before starting the trek, walking around the city such as doing the city tour or the sacred valley of the Incas tour,  obviously a good secret to avoid altitude sickness is  constantly drink coca tea, which is a good remedy to withstand altitude sickness.

3.- What type of camping equipment do I require for the hike?

The equipment you will require will be the following:

Hiking shoes, backpack, Rainwear, Hiking pants, Cold weather jacket, towels, Toiletries, Camera, Extra batteries, Hiking poles.

4.-How many hours and kilometers will I walk per day?

The salkantay trek with Machu Picchu is 60 km (38 mi) here we detail hours and kilometers per day.

 Day 1: challacancha, soraypampa, humantay lake, soraypampa camp.

  • 12km (8 miles)
  • 6 hours approximately
  • Altitude: 3850 mts (12650 ft)

Day 2: soraypampa, suyrococha, paso, huayracmachay, colpapampa camp.

  • 26km (16 miles)
  • 10 hours approximately
  • Altitude: 2900 mts (9680 ft)

Day 3: colpapampa, playa, camp.

  • 10 kilometers (6.5 miles)
  • 5 hours
  • Altitude: 2100 mts (6900 ft)

Day 4: playa, lucmabamba, llaqtapata, hydroelectric, Aguas Calientes town.

  • 12 kilometers (7.5 miles)
  • 6 hours
  • Altitude: 2000 mts (6560 ft)

Day 5: Aguas Calientes town, machu picchu, cusco

  • Exploration of the city of machu picchu
  • 2 hours
  • Altitude: machu picchu 2400 mts (7880 ft)

5.- What kind of food and drinks does the company offer?

The type of food is  very good quality our chefs are trained to prepare all kinds of food specially strict diets like, gluten free,  dairy products, and  many surprises along the way.

We offer:

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Lunch (appetizer, soup, main course, drinking water, hot drink)
  • Tea  time (happy hour)
  • Dinner (soup, main course. Dessert, drinking water, hot drink)

6.- What is the number of people in a group?

We offer two types of service

Group Service: from 5 to 16 people,  more than 9 people we send 2 tour guides

Private service: you as a customer decide the number of people in your group, you will have a team of workers only for you, guide, cook, horsemen, porters, etc.

7.- What is the best way to book and cancel my tour?

Once you have chosen the type of tour, you have to make a reservation with all your personal information sending us your scanned passport, your required diet, health conditions.

Once you make the reservation you  have to send your deposit via Paypal or wester union, the type of cancellation is below ..


$ 150.00 dollars per person plus 10% paypal paycharge  to Peru in total would be $ 162.00 dollars, the rest will be paid in cash before starting the tour.

8.- What kind of money for extra expenses will I take to my tour?

Salkantay cusco trek company recommends our clients to carry soles for additional expenses during the course of the tour.