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Salkantay Mountain

Salkantay or Sallqantay (in Quechua) is the highest peak in the Vilcabamba Andes mountain range, located in Peru by Cusco Region, about 65 km (46 mi) west-northwest of Cusco city. It is the 35th-highest peak in the Andes and the ten -highest in Peru. However, as a range highpoint in deeply incised terrain, it is the second most topographically prominent peak in the country, after Huascarán. 
Salcantay is close to Machu Picchu that makes alternative trekking routes  that are conecting with the famous Inca Trail; this is known as the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu via Llactapata.

History
The name Salkantay is from Salcca, a Quechua word meaning wild, uncivilized, savage, or invincible, and was recorded as early as 1583.The name is thus often translated as "Savage Mountain".
Directly to the north of Salkantay lies Machu Picchu, which is at the end of a ridge that extends down from this mountain. Viewed from Machu Picchu's main sundial, the Southern Cross is above Salkantay's summit when at its highest point in the sky during the rainy season. The Incas associated this alignment with concepts of rain and fertility, and considered Salkantay to be one of the principal deities controlling weather and fertility in the region west of Cuzco.

Mountaineering
Salkantay is a large, steep peak with great vertical relief, particularly above the low valleys to the north, which are tributaries of the Amazon River.
The standard route on the mountain is the Northeast ridge. Accessing the route typically involves three days of travel from Cusco. The climb involves about 1,800 m (5,900 ft) of vertical gain, on glaciers, snow, ice, and some rock.

Mountaineering history
Salcantay was first climbed in 1952 by a French-American expedition comprising Fred D. Ayres, David Michael Jr., John C. Oberlin, W. V. Graham Matthews, Austen F. Riggs, George Irving Bell, Claude Kogan, M. Bernard Pierre, and Jean Guillemin. All except Oberlin, Riggs, and Guillemin reached the summit. Two years later Fritz Kasparek fell through a cornice near the summit on the NE ridge.[citation needed]
On June 17, 2013, Nathan Heald (USA), Thomas Ryan (USA), and Luis Crispin (Peru) made the summit at 10:30 am after nine hours of climbing from a high camp at 5,500 m. on the NE ridge. This makes Crispin the first Peruvian climber to summit the mountain. The team took a reading of 6,279 m, S 13° 20.027’, W 72° 32.596’, on a GPS device. On July 31, 2013 a second team led by Nathan Heald (USA), consisting of James Lissy (USA) and Edwin Espinoza Sotelo (Peru) made the summit by the NE ridge. This makes Heald the only person to have summited the mountain twice. Due to glacial retreat, the route is now calculated to be graded D on the French adjectival scale.
 

Salkantay Mountain tours

Salkantay route is on its way to become one of the most famous across the world due to its ample geography and bio diversity of flora and fauna, this route goes through Humantay and Salkantay high mountains.
Afther hiking over the glaciers mountains, We visit Santa Teresa tropical valleys. The farmer from these towns are dedicated to coffee plantations and more other sweet fruits like passion fruit, oranges, papayas, bananas and honey bee farming.
This trekking route to Machu Picchu is situated in Cusco region, nearest to Vilcanota mountains chain on the Peruvian andes. This hike starts from Cusco city then we will drive til Mollepata town (2.5 hours bus trip approx.), it is little town where we will stop to supply water and make ...

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Everything was perfectly organized. The team at Kenko Adventures takes care of everything, so you just have to relax and follow their instructions. Our guide Victor was great, he explained everything during the tour and happily answered our questions. Definitely recommended!

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Everything was perfectly organized. The team at Kenko Adventures takes care of everything, so you just have to relax and follow their instructions. Our guide Victor was great, he explained everything during the tour and happily answered our questions. Definitely recommended!

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Luisa M

Corinna A

Everything was perfectly organized. The team at Kenko Adventures takes care of everything, so you just have to relax and follow their instructions. Our guide Victor was great, he explained everything during the tour and happily answered our questions. Definitely recommended!

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