Salkantay FAQ

How difficult is the Salkantay Trek?

Both the 7 and 5 day options are considered Difficult on the scale. They both have their own challenges to face. The 5 Day moves through the pass which can be affected by weather creating arduous terrain. However, on the 7 Day, you have to conquer Dead Woman’s Pass. Having said this you will have a guide with you throughout.

What does the difficulty rating mean?

Each trek is assigned a difficulty level. This has been developed based on prior information of the trek and feedback from previous clients. The ratings in ascending order are as follows:

Easy – Moderate – Challenging – Difficult

Am I fit enough to undertake this trek?

This trek is difficult and does challenge you throughout however, you it is completely do-able with a good level of fitness. If you are worried about your level of fitness then we encourage you to train for your trek through cardio pursuits.

Will I get Altitude Sickness on this trek?

It is unfortunately a possibility, however people suffer from altitude sickness differently. We recommend to be in Cusco at least 2 days before your trek to acclimatize. Taking altitude sickness tablets prior to your trek also diminishes a lot of people’s symptoms. In worst case situations, which are very rare, all our guides carry oxygen to administer.

When is the best season to do Salkantay Trek?

The dry season, between May and the beginning of November, is the best time to undertake this trek as hiking conditions are optimal and the storms which plague the wet season are non existent. This is not to say you cannot do this trek in other months as you will quickly descend into a tropical environment which gives warmth all year round.

Do I need to speak Spanish?

No you do not need to speak Spanish. The people you deal with at Southern Peru Explorers all speak English, from booking your trip to the guides who will accompany you along your adventure. It is handy to pick up a few phrases to be friendly and get around before and after your trip with us, although on your trek we shall be there to support and translate if needed.

What happens if I have a medical condition?

You know yourself better than anyone else if your medical condition will hinder your trip or not. It is imperative that you let us know however, especially if you intend to carry medications with you. If we are made aware we can advise on best options and also make special provisions if needed. If you do have an ongoing medical condition we recommend you to seek council with your doctor before booking any trek.

What happens if I have dietary needs?

Not a problem, we can cater for you. Please let us know at the time of booking so we can ensure tasty options for you!

What do I need to bring on this trek?

Day Pack: Everything you would need during the day. Essentials: Water bottle/s of 3 litres in total, waterproofs (jacket and pants), extra socks, bug repellent, sunscreen, extra layer i.e. jumper, sun hat / beanie, any medication you need including inhalers. Optional: Walking poles, camera, sunglasses, phone, lip balm (UV rays here are some of the highest in the world), extra clothing, snacks (although we do provide you with this) and whistle. If you are unsure whether you will need an item, just as us during briefing or on your inquiry form when booking. Do bear in mind that this trek varies in terrain and environment from snow to tropical, so you will need to pack a little more varied than other treks and have sturdy hiking boots.

Duffel Bag: This is where all your extras go that you will need for subsequent days or during the evening/night. Essentials: Warm jumper/jacket for the evenings, beanie if you have not already packed it in your day bag, lightweight shoes for wearing around camp such as trainers or flip flops, head lamp / torch, extra clothing (you do not need a new change of clothes for every day, this will increase your weight in your duffel bag and you only have a finite limit). Optional: Battery pack for your phone, talcum powder for your feet or any chaffing areas, make up, notebook. Once again if you are unsure about any items or wonder if we provide them please ask either in your inquiry form or during briefing. You will need to pack you air mattress and sleeping bag in the duffel bag also, however Southern Peru Explorers will provide these.