The Salcantay or Salkantay is a snow-capped mountain in Peru, located in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, in the district of Santa Teresa, province of La Convención, Department of Cusco. It rises to 6264 meters above sea level.
The snowy Salcantay is one of the highest mountains in the Cusco region, along with the snowy Ausangate in the Cordillera Vilcanota which is located further south.
However, it is undoubtedly the most grandiose in its splendid isolation and the grandeur of its two-headed mass, with the addition of being one of the mountains of this magnificent Andean region that present greater technical problems for all its slopes. This is attested by the six itineraries opened to date by the different slopes of this white giant.
HOW TO GET TO SALKANTAY TREK?
- The snowy Salkantay is an alternative route to reach the citadel of Machu Picchu, this route runs through the Vilcabamba mountain range.
- Before traveling you must take into account that it reaches an altitude of 4650 meters above sea level can be reached by one way:
- Via Mollepata.- the mobilities that lead to the beginning of the trek (Soraypampa) leave from the Arcopata bus stop.
- Along this road you can find various types of plants including the famous orchids that are very beautiful and colorful.
- The climate of the first part of the trail is dry and cold, the second part is warmer and more humid.