Salkantay Tours Peru

Salkantay Treks

The best Salkantay Tours in Peru allows you to explore the natural and cultural richness of the Andes and Machu Picchu.

Salkantay Tours in Peru gives an insight to the diversified culture, tradition along the chance to spectacle the architectural magnificence that surely enthralls each and every visitor. The Salkantay Tours offer a unique experience that has stored something new every time you visit. Sightseeing to the historical places like Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu; takes us to that mythological age in the historical era hundreds of years back. Our Salkantay Tours are an ideal adventure holiday packages; suitable for people of every kind. Either you prefer to travel solo or with your family, friends, Salkantay Tours with “SUNRISE PERU TREK” is always there; to ensure the delightful tour experience in the land of the Incas here in Peru.

The Salkantay Tours includes the exciting activities like: trekking through the mountain range, Bird watching, Jungle Trips, observes the best sunrise-sunset views over Machu Picchu; exploring the local cultures through cultural dance and sightseeing around the most beautiful and culturally rich places. Salkantay range, Apurimac canyon near the Salkantay Mountain, sacred valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu National park are famous spots for trekking, adventure trips and bird watching. Salkantay Tours and travels are organized in a best way by “SUNRISE PERU TREK” travel Company to ensure each and every of our clients are not only satisfied but delighted in every way. Visit the best places of Peru with the best trekking and tour company “SUNRISE PERU TREK” for the best tour experiences in Salkantay Peru. Browse through the tour packages mentioned below and get ready for ultimate tour experience.

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Salkantay Tours Facts

  • TIMING: 3 – 4 or 5 days
    STARTING POINT: Cusco Hotel
    ENDING POINT: Cusco Hotel
    DEPARTURE DATES: Daily Departure group service and private service.
    TYPE OF TOUR: Adventure, Cultural and History.
    TRANSPORT: bus, trekking and train.
    DIFFICULTY: Does involve some narrow trails amongst archaeological site, so sturdy footwear is required to help you enjoy it fully.
    LEVEL: Moderate, though still difficult if you have average fitness.

The Salkantay Treks Preparations

Salkantay Treks Preparations: For Salkantay Treks to Machu Picchu you do not need to be a super athlete nor a mountaineer but a few weeks of training, prior to arriving in Cusco, will enhance your experience. It will not be more enjoyable spending the trip of a lifetime struggling to walk the trails every day when a little sensible preparation before you arrive would make the trails so much more rewarding.

One of the most frequent questions I am asked by people who are planning to trek in Peru is how to prepare for Salkantay Treks to Machu Picchu.

Assuming that you have the basic physical conditioning equal to the trek that you have chosen to do, preparing for the trek is fairly straightforward. There are three basic components of Salkantay Treks Preparations – aerobic, strength, and mental. Aerobic conditioning is important primarily because you will trekking in thin air, up to 40% less than at sea level.

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With good aerobic conditioning you will be able to better metabolize whatever oxygen is available to you, not only bringing energy to your leg muscles, but minimizing the potential effects of Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS). You should plan on doing at least one hour of aerobic conditioning at least 4 times per week for 2 months or more before your arrival in Cusco. This can be running, cycling (outdoor or stationary), Nordic track, hill climbing, or any exercise that gets your heart rate into the aerobic range (70% of your maximum heart rate) for sustained periods of time.

Even if you are in good overall physical condition you may not have the right muscles well-conditioned for the kind of trekking terrain you will experience in Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. Building good leg muscle strength in the gym is helpful but it is also very important that you exercise the exact muscles that you will depend on when you trek. Hiking in hilly areas for at least two hours per day with some weight on your back is the best way to do this. Not only will it make your climbs up steep mountain trails easier and more enjoyable, but even more importantly it will help with the long descents down steep trails.

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You might think that the biggest challenge of High Mountain trekking is going up but actually it is descending that creates the most problems for trekkers. In the gym be sure to focus on building strength in your quadriceps, the muscles that take on the entire burden going downhill. If you have weak quads you will be likely to step down heavily, possibly leading to ankle, knee and other problems during the trek. Tai Chi is also an excellent exercise for trekkers as it focuses not only on strengthening these muscles but also on technique for stepping lightly and safely. The Tai Chi technique of well-balanced “weightless stepping” is ideal for navigating steep, uneven trail surfaces for many hours per day.

We highly recommended you arrive to Cuzco two days before you start the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu for your successful acclimatization; Meanwhile you can take our day tours like city Tour half day, Sacred Valley of the Incas or mountain bike.

The Salkantay Treks Preparations

  • The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is considered a challenging trek; the highest pass is located at 4600m so, It is highly recommended you train hard prior to hike Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu to make the experience more pleasant.
  • So it is important to be in good physical condition before you start the trek and the best way is to do a lot of walking.
  • Try to spend an hour a day on the road. Walk upstairs rather than take a lift, if possible, walk or cycle when you would normally drive or ride a bus, take the dog for a walk. Jogging and aerobics will also hand.
  • Run a few miles most days is probably the best single physical activity, which will hand. It does not have to be too complicated. While you are training you can also be breaking in those new trekking boats that may otherwise give you blisters on the first day out on the trail. Those who are planning to climb one of the trekking peaks need to be physically very fit. Please also be mentally prepared for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.

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Salkantay Treks Height Sickness

Salkantay Treks Height Sickness is also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude disorder, hypobaropathy, or Soroche, is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 masl (approximately 8,000 feet). Acute mountain sickness can progress to high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE).The causes of altitude sickness are not fully understood.

Salkantay Treks Height Sickness
Salkantay Treks Height Sickness

The percentage of oxygen in air remains essentially constant with altitude at 21% up until 70,000 feet (21,330 m), but the air pressure (and therefore the number of oxygen molecules) drops as altitude increases — consequently, the available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases above 10,000 feet (3,050m). Altitude sickness usually does not affect persons traveling in aircraft because the cabin altitude in modern passenger aircraft is kept to 8,000 feet (2,440 m) or lower.

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A superficially related condition is chronic mountain sickness, also known as Monge’s disease, occurring only after prolonged exposure to high altitude. An unrelated condition, often confused with altitude sickness, is dehydration, due to the higher rate of water vapor lost from the lungs at higher altitudes.

Those who ascend rapidly to altitudes greater than 2500m (8100 ft) may develop Salkantay Treks Height Sickness. In Peru, this includes Cusco (3400m) and Lake Titicaca (3800m). Being physically fit offers no protection. Those who have experienced altitude sickness in the past are prone to future episodes. The risk increases with faster ascents, higher altitudes and greater exertion. Symptoms at Salkantay Treks Height Sickness may include headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, malaise, insomnia and loss of appetite.

Severe cases may be complicated by fluids in the lungs (high-altitude pulmonary edema) or swelling of the brain (high-altitude cerebral edema) If symptoms are more than mild or persist for more than 24 hours (far less at high altitudes), descend immediately by at least 500 meters and see a doctor.

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To help prevent Salkantay Treks Height Sickness, the best measure is to spend two nights or more at each rise of 1000m. Alternatively, take 125mg or 250mg of acetozolamide (Diamox) twice or three times daily starting 24 hours before ascent and continuing for 48 hours after arrival at altitude. Possible side effects include increased urinary volume, numbness, tingling, nausea, drowsiness, myopia and temporary impotence.
Acetazolamide should not be given to pregnant women or anyone with a history of sulfa allergy. For those who cannot tolerate acetazolamide, the next best option is 4mg of dexamethasone taken four times daily. Unlike acetazolamide, dexamethasone must be tapered gradually upon arrival at altitude; since there is a risk that altitude sickness will occur as the dosage is reduced.

When trekking Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu ” Salkantay Treks Height Sickness ” are the important factors to be considered because there is always a real danger of mild to serious problems related to altitude and it is important that trekkers understand that they will be affected to a greater or lesser extent when they ascend to altitudes over about 3000 meters.
I advise my clients to remember the following suggestion when you are on trekking the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. The following are the basic symptoms of the altitude sickness and to avoid such sickness I recommend few important points.

  • Basic Symptoms : (I) Loss of appetite (II) Sleep disturbance (III) Difficult to pass urine
  • Medium Symptoms : (I) Headache which is bad (II) Irregular breathing (III) Nausea (IV) Mild weakness
  • Serious Symptoms: (I) Slight swelling of hands and face (II) Cannot stand upright without swaying while eyes are closed. (III) Can hear gurgling sound in the chest. (IV) Zero energy.
  • I want to request my clients that please feel free to discuss any kind of trouble with me whether it is simply gastro-intestinal or altitude related.

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What to do about Salkantay Treks Height Sickness?

The Salkantay Treks Height Sickness can be prevented by acclimatization; that is, by a graduate rate of ascent (not more than 400 – 500 meters), allowing sufficient rest at various intermediate altitudes. The dry air of the mountains tends to dehydrate you so an increased fluid intake is necessary. Try to drink at least four liters of water a day.

On the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu you can drink hot garlic soup that will help you to some extent. When we reach to our destination it is better to make some hiking up to a bit higher point and come down to the camp. This is a really good way to get high-altitude acclimatization.

Why does Salkantay Treks Height Sickness occur?

The air at high altitudes like: Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, contains less oxygen than at sea level. Your body has to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air.

Many people travel from sea level to mountain altitudes of 6,000 to 10,000 feet and start vigorous physical activity right away. Not giving the body time to adjust to the higher elevation can cause altitude sickness.

Certain health factors increase the risk of altitude sickness. These include:

  • Dehydration.
  • Smoking
  • Anemia
  • Chronic lung problems such as asthma or emphysema
  • Drinking too much alcohol a history of previous altitude sickness

Many people who are physically fit assume they won’t get altitude sickness because they are in good shape. However, being in good shape does not protect against altitude sickness.

Pulmonary or cerebral altitude edema may start out as a milder form of altitude sickness. It may then worsen into one of these more serious problems. But sometimes the edema occurs without the usual symptoms of mountain sickness.

What Are The Symtoms for Salkantay Treks Height Sickness?

With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have:

  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble breathing during exercise
  • If you have pulmonary edema, excess fluid builds up in your lungs. You may become short of breath and start coughing. It may become very hard for
  • you to breathe. You may cough up pink mucous.

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Salkantay Treks Essential Information


Sallkantay Treks are very popular trek in Cusco – Peru. Located in the national prrk of Machu Picchu where the highest mountains of the region are located; its great biodiversity offers fantastic trekking destinations. This trek will pass traveller through High Andean valleys, glaciers pristine forest and old Inca archaeological centers. Therefore, it is certainly one of the great treks best meant for adventure enthusiasts from across the globe. This trail is rated as moderate and therefore can be undertaken by mountaineers and non-mountaineers with good state-of-health.

At Salkantay Treks, we arrange an exclusive Trekking tour of 3-days, 4-days, 5-days and 9-days for trekking lovers. You will start your journey from the city of Cusco and end in the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. You will pass through many beautiful glaciers like, ice-cold rivers, picturesque mountain and tropical amazon area.


Our highest priority is to our guest and to provide them a superior level of service; this is what makes us Salkantay trek tour operator; we provide twin tent for our guest, we use very good quality of camping tents, air mattress, kitchen tend, dining room tent and portable toilet tent; our camping tens are 4 people capacity and we provided for two customers.

During the trekking we provide clean environments and hygienic food to keep you happy and healthy. Being one of the paramount destinations in the world, the Cusco region has many tourists, so the level of facilities are very high give; we provide accommodations from 3-star hotels to more in the town of Aguas Calientes depending upon your preference and needs.

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Being homeland of Peruvians it’s obvious to have challenging routes, High altitude problems, Weather and other conditions; any of those situations is big enough to ruin your trip. Leading around the steeply hills and rocky routes is not a job of common climbers and trekkers. SUNRISE PERU TREK have been providing native leaders and staffs working in this field perfectly since long years to overcome tough challenges and make your trip a golden memory.

They are trained and well certified by the Government of Peru. All of our staffs have received emergency guidance in Cusco and have knowledge of first Aid for our guest. We never compromise giving safety to our staffs; therefore we provide insurance and medical services during the trek and compensation when they need especially to Porters, Kitchen member and other.


We are  very much concern about the comfort of our guest and whenever it is about the staffs in the field. When we are on trek trekking through challenging route we need proper number of workers like Guide, Porter, Assistance guide, Camping members and other staffs. For the trek is provide 1 assistance guide over 8 guests and the maximum number of guess are 12. Is needed strong and portable Porters to carry our weights, we provide 1.5 porter for every guest or one horse for every guess, depending on guest stuffs and we allow only 20 kg for porters.

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For Salkantay Treks is provided professional and expert Guide, Leader and City guide in the field and can speak proper English, French, Spanish, and other required. We can also manage any other staffs as per your demand.


We believe equipments does matter to make your trip easy and comfortable. Caring excessive quantity of equipment doesn’t make your adventure more interesting but the drawback. So, we request you to carry only selected and needed one and save your extra expenses for other need in trek though we have our potential porters. Warm Clothes, Down Jacket, Trouser, T-shirt, Hiking Boot, Sunglass, Sun cream, Knife, Walking Steak, day back pack, Head Light, Sleeping Bag etc. These are the equipments which you most carry during the trek.


Liner socks, Trekking shirts short sleeve, Thermal underwear, fleece sweaters lightweight, one heavier Easy drying long sleeved base layer shirts, woolen blends trekking socks, pair trekking pants with zip off bottoms


down vest, wind/rain proof over layer – jacket and pants, peak hat, headband, Warm winter hat, lightweight thermal layer hat, pair gloves, down jacket, Pair trekking boots, pair down booties Great for keeping feet warm in room and while sleeping; Pair flip flops (for late night bathroom runs)


From April to November is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Salkantay.  Weather is mostly clear and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction.

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Trekking in Salkantay does not require past experience; though we have challenging route in Cusco compared to Salkantay our itinerary suggests walking comfortable distances.

Trekking in Salkantay always takes us to challenging altitudes and rocky routes; demands proper rest time and acclimatization to sustain their strength. We always have both listed properly in our itinerary. However certain training like Running, Skipping and other workout will definitely help you in roots.


If you are arriving a few days before the start of your trip, please be advised not to accept offers from people to visit specialty shops or to take guided tours. These people are not associated with SUNRISE PERU TREK and therefore we can’t be responsible for the service you receive from them. Your SUNRISE PERU TREK trip includes professional guides who will accompany you to all the sites mentioned in your itinerary.


Should you encounter any difficulties meeting your transfer from the airport to the starting hotel, depending on which country you are in you can contact a SUNRISE PERU TREK representative on the following:

  • Mauro Pedraza – Operations Manager
    Mobile: +(51) 984 734633
  • Henrry Chauca – Operations
    Mobile: +(51) 950 313131
  • Sharon Ovalle – SUNRISE PERU TREK Representatives Supervisor
    Mobile: +(51) 974 359484


While we hope you never have to use it, if for any reason you need to contact someone from SUNRISE PERU TREK, whether it be that you have missed a trip departure meeting, have become separated from your trip on the road or any other unforeseeable problem, the following options are available to you.

Cusco Office

Your best recourse to assistance during the day is to call our team between 8am-9pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am-4pm.
Telf: +51 84 237404

Emergency Contact

If you need to contact SUNRISE PERU TREK outside of the above hours the following number is available:
Mobile: +(51) 984 734633
Please remember if it is a genuine emergency, we of course want you to call us; however, if it can wait until the next day, we ask that you call during our office hours. Thank you.

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