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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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Ian Wilkinson

I did a solo 2 day short Inca trail in June 2022. It was an amazing experience, and perfect for those who want to do the Inca trail but don't have enough time for the traditional four day hike. Very happy with my experience, made stress-free by the well organised tour.

The day before the first trip, my guide Elvis met me at my hotel to explain everything I needed to prepare for the tour. On the first day, the private transport arrived… ...

Kati 20s

Elvis was an excellent guide, knowledgeable, patient and friendly. I was met at the airport, taken to my hotel, given a briefing at the hotel, then given a second briefing with Elvis that evening. Elvis picked me up on time the following morning and the entire trip to and from MP was perfect. All the details were taken care, I never had to worry about anything. We got to KM 104 (one day… ...

Chris W

We had a fantastic time on our trek. Our guide Grober met us the evening before and prepped us for the trip. He was very helpful throughout the trek, pacing the walk perfectly and was full of knowledge not just about the history but also the local fauna and flora (so many orchids!). Grober was fantastic and it was great to have the insight of a local (he seemed to know everyone of the locals and park rangers we passed!). We were both really… ...

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Chris W

We had a fantastic time on our trek. Our guide Grober met us the evening before and prepped us for the trip. He was very helpful throughout the trek, pacing the walk perfectly and was full of knowledge not just about the history but also the local fauna and flora (so many orchids!). Grober was fantastic and it was great to have the insight of a local (he seemed to know everyone of the locals and park rangers we passed!). We were both really… ...

Coudy 202

Thanks to our friends of Canada for choose us for they 1 Day Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu.

Chris 20w

Best organization! We had a meeting the night before the departure where Elvis explained us everything we needed to know! The next morning we started our trekking with Adolfo, a very well prepared guide and a very kind person!
The visit in Machu Picchu was extraordinary, with the suggestion of Adolfo, we arrived early the… ...

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Reviews for 5 Days w Inca Trail

Chris W

We had a fantastic time on our trek. Our guide Grober met us the evening before and prepped us for the trip. He was very helpful throughout the trek, pacing the walk perfectly and was full of knowledge not just about the history but also the local fauna and flora (so many orchids!). Grober was fantastic and it was great to have the insight of a local (he seemed to know everyone of the locals and park rangers we passed!). We were both really… ...

Sierra Farr

We just finished our two day adventure with Elvis. We had the most amazing time throughout the tour. The hotel stay was even better than expected. Elvis was an amazing guide! Thank you!

Rubes

A few friends and I utilized this travel service during our trip to Peru and had a great experience. We hiked the abbreviated Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and also hiked…

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