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WHAT YOU SHOULD PACK FOR SALKANTAY TREK!
A perfect amalgamation of nature, culture, and trekking, The Salkantay
Trek is said to be one of the most popular alternatives to The Inca Trail. The
trek lets you take a journey through the lowland Jungles, a visit to
Llactapata – an Inca site and features high snow-clad mountains. Being
an off-beat trekking destination, Salkantay Trek lets you cherish the
natural beauty of the Andes Mountain without much crowd or distraction
to worry about.
The Salkantay Trek ranks among top 25 most popular treks of the world as
declared by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. The trek is
considered as an ancient remote footpath and is located in the same
region as the Inca Trail. The trek connects the city of Mollepata, Cusco
with Machu Picchu and offers spell-binding views of snow clad mountains
and lush green tropical rain forests.
For those that intend to experience this trek should know that
acclimatization is highly recommended for The Salkantay Trek. The
starting altitude of the trek is at 2,900 m (9,515 ft) and the highest altitude
is at 4,650 m (15,200 ft). The trek is graded as difficult.
But, before you head over to this trek, here are a few things you should
definitely consider while packing:
For those that have personal medical needs to cater to, it is best advised
to carry an extra set of medicines in case of emergency, along with your
daily medicinal kit.
Make a first aid kit inclusive of bandages, band aids, gauze, relief sprays
for body aches, ointments for wounds and any kind of body aches.
Consult your family doctor and seek advice regarding fitness routine to
prepare your body for the trek.
Water-proof / Wind Jacket.
Warmer / Fleece Jacket.
Spare pairs of long light - weighted trousers with a zip-off alternative
option for shorts.
Short-sleeved and long - sleeved shirts.
Bodywarmers and thermal wears.
Spare pairs of undergarments.
Swim-suit (You may get a chance to visit Aguas Calientes hot springs).
Flip-flops or any similar footwear.
Sleeping Gear Recommendations:
An all-seasons sleeping bag suitable for 0 to -10° F.
A sleeping bed liner (This will help add an extra 25° F of warmth).
1. Maximum backpack size of 20 Litres is sufficient for the trek.
2. Make sure you carry water, snacks and toilet paper in your daypack. Also,
layering clothes like Jackets, Poncho, etc. is recommended.
3. Waterproof hiking shoes or boots are a must. It is advisable to choose
hiking boots or shoes that you are most comfortable in.
Waterproof hiking shoes or boots are a must. It is advisable to choose
hiking boots or shoes that you are most comfortable in. Waterproof shoes
are advised since it may rain in the rainforest and wet shoes may cause
We hope that you all can make the most out of this packing essential
guide to Salkantay Trek.
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