Short Salkantay Trek
If you’re short on time but still want to experience the beauty of the Andes Mountains in Peru, the short Salkantay Trek may be the perfect option for you. The short Salkantay Trek is a two-day hike that takes you through the stunning landscapes of the region and allows you to experience the culture and hospitality of the local people.
The trek starts early in the morning with a pick-up from your hotel in Cusco. From there, you’ll drive to Mollepata, the starting point of the trek. You’ll hike for about four hours through the Andean mountains, taking in the breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks and the lush vegetation. The first day of the trek ends at Soraypampa, where you’ll spend the night in a comfortable campsite.
On the second day, you’ll start early with a nutritious breakfast to prepare for the challenging ascent to the Salkantay Pass. This is the highest point of the trek, located at an altitude of 4,650 meters above sea level. The trek to the top of the pass takes about three hours, and you’ll be rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of the Andes mountains.
After taking in the incredible views, you’ll begin the descent to the town of Challacancha, where you’ll have a delicious lunch before being transferred back to Cusco.
Book your trekking: Salkantay 5 Days
Book a tour with our agency authorized by the Ministry of Culture.
What to pack:
Since this is a short trek, you don’t need to bring as much gear as you would for a longer trek. However, it’s still important to pack the essentials. You’ll need good quality hiking shoes, comfortable and breathable clothing, a waterproof rain jacket, a warm jacket for the nights, a hat and gloves, a backpack, a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a headlamp.
Overall, the short Salkantay Trek is a great option for those who want to experience the beauty of the Andes Mountains but don’t have the time or the physical ability to do the full trek. It’s an excellent opportunity to get a taste of the region’s natural beauty and culture, and you’ll come away with unforgettable memories of your adventure in Peru.