Salcantay Trekking FAQS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How difficult is trekking in the Salcantay Region?

Trekking in the Salcantay region is quite challenging, there’s a lot of up and down trekking and the altitudes can be quite high, average trekking days here are longer than most other trekking areas in Peru. And it is recommended that you have a good level of fitness to fully enjoy your trek in this region.

How much does a trek cost to the Salcantay Region?

Trekking costs depend how quality service is it! so it is not possible to give any general figures. However we believe our prices are unbeatable in Peru. And once we know the number of people, the date, the trek itinerary and the requirements, we will be happy to send out a cost estimate or quote without any obligation.

What is the Maxim/Minim number of people for a trek?

Usually a trekking group consists of 16trekkers, but we are very happy to guide 3, 2 or even just 1 trekker through our beautiful mountains with a reasonable price.

Will I get altitude sickness?

On all our treks we allow time for acclimatization and this greatly reduces the risk of altitude sickness. While trekking to this region you will take acclimatization rest days. And should you have any difficulty or if you have signs of altitude sickness, we will quickly descend to spend the night at a village or campsite at a lower altitude. We do advise you to drink plenty of water.

But rest assured that our guides are also qualified to deal with such situations should they arise.

Can I drink the local water while trekking to Salkantay Region?

We do not recommend drinking from streams or village taps in the mountains. We do recommend bringing along your own water bottle and treating the water with tablets. There are safe drinking water stations along most trekking routes. If bottled water is not available, we boil any water used for drinking or cooking.

Am I likely to get sick?

On camping treks our cook does all the food preparation and he is very well trained in food hygiene. We have never had any cases of sickness due to the food or drink on camping treks. We do rely on local food and drinks. There have been cases of trekkers with stomach sickness and diarrhea which is common in travelers. But our guides can supervise food and drink preparation and this greatly improves the level of hygiene. We always carry a comprehensive first aid kit, which includes drugs for most common disease.

How many hours do I need to walk per day while doing SalkantayTrekking?

In Salkantay, most of the trekking routes need 7 to 8 hour (20km) walking in a one day. For trekking you need to walk until you reach the camping site designated in your itinerary so this can vary per person. But we aim for around that figure.

What sort of food can I expect during Salkantay trekking?

Our Andean chef cooks a delicious range of mostly vegetarian food. Mostly noodles, potatoes, eggs, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – (eat some every day). In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot drinks, as well as soft drinks. Whichever option you choose, you can be assured that the food is fresh, nutritious and tasty. Please, if you have any special dietary requirements please advise us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Are the trip destinations safe?

Security and safety are a high priority of our company, however there are risks associated with adventure travel that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe.

The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Is there student discounts?

STUDENT DISCOUNT: $30 off per person

Student Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to info@machupicchandincatrail.com.

How to book the classic Salkantay trek?

To book the Classic Salkantay trek through PayPal, we do require a $200 deposit per person. PayPal does charge us a fee of 10%, which we ask the client to cover. This does add $20 to each deposit, so a total of $220. This tax is just for deposits, the remaining, you will pay in cash without taxes in our office in Cusco.