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Salkantay Trek Packing List

Some people find it overwhelming to find out how they have to prepare for their adventure to Machu Picchu through the incredible experience of Salkantay Trek. Hiking to Machu Picchu is something really amazing that we are all capable of doing, but these tips should get there a little easier. Hiking in the Andes is something different from sea level hiking. The higher elevation makes breathing difficult it is very common and known as altitude sickness . Some people find it helpful to use prescribed medication such as Diamox. Talk to your doctor to find out what is best for you. Get your body moving, walking, running, hiking whichever you choose will help you prepare for the constant movement and get through 5 day Machu Picchu Tour. When you are ready to pack for your hiking trip, remember these essential things that you should take:


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What to Pack for Salkantay Trek


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Luggage and backpacker for you trekking to Salkantay Trek

Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. The horses carry your luggage from Soraypampa (1st day) to Playa camping (3th day). 4 day hike, our chef takes your luggage by bus to Hidrolectrica. From there to Aguas Calientes, you are expected to carry your own luggage (max 3 hrs), in case, the local train running, our chef take your luggage to the town. We recommend keeping the weight under 5 kg/10lb. You will need to carry clothes, sleeping bag.


If very important your take best cover backpacker, because the weather in Salkantay trek is change every date, we can’t predict it raining or no. If you don’t have, we recommended to put your clothes, sleeping bag and other personal equipment inside the plastic bag.




Salkantay Trek Clothing


Appropriate clothing along this hike

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machupicchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machu Picchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.

  • A winter jacket (preferable jackets with goose feathers): It is not necessary to bring your entire collection of winter jackets. For this trip, you only need a winter jacket to keep you warm and save space in your backpack. The key is to wear down the jacket, shirts or long sleeves to give an extra coat. You can find jackets of all prices in the market but we highly recommend making a small investment in a good jacket that will last for years. Also, make sure you have a hood to protect your ears and neck from the wind. Some jackets help you gain space in your backpack because they can be easily stored. 
  • A rain jacket: The rain jacket is very important. Weather in the mountains is unpredictable, even in the dry season it can rain. Therefore, it is necessary to bring a rain jacket to protect your clothes. If you do not want to invest in a jacket, you can also use a rain poncho. 
  • Waterproof pants: It is important to wear waterproof pants. These pants sometimes have a high price, but you can buy for a good price in Cusco (highly recommended for Salkantay trek). 
  • Rain Poncho: There are two types of ponchos: plastic (1 USD) and nylon (7 USD). Both can be easily purchased in Cusco around the main square. 
  • 2 pairs of long pants with closure to turn it into shorts (optional): Ideal, it is better to have two pairs of trekking pants. It is optional if you want the pants to become shorts, but note that some travelers just use large pants to avoid mosquito bites. 
  • 5 t-shirts / long-sleeved polo shirts (men / women)
  • Underwear: 6 pair of the underwear that you feel more comfortable with.

Toiletries and medication:  


Toiletires and medications

  • Lip balm and sunblock: You have to wear sun lotion even when is cloudy. Apply generously on the parts of your body which are exposed to the sun. If you have a delicate skin and get burn easily, do not forget to apply it on the back of your neck and on your wrists. Also keep a good repellent for mosquitos.

First aid kit: 

  • Tablets for diarrhea 
  • Tablets for altitude sickness 
  • Anti-nausea medication for motion sickness 
  • Pain killers for headaches 
  • Allergy and cold medication 
  • Something for stomach
  • Baby wipes and tissues. You will use them all for your nose due to the changes in the air as well as refreshing yourself because there are not available showers in some spots. 
  • Bring all your prescriptions with you.



passport packing list for salkantay

It is very important that your backpack has your original passport and your original identity document to be able to identify you at the checkpoints. In case of being a student, the ISIC card will be useful for some discounts in the price of the tour and in some establishments in the city of Cusco.



salkantay trek electronic

The memories of your adventure will be recorded forever in the memory of the camera and you can share them with your friends and family. To ensure the functioning of your equipment, do not forget to bring extra batteries and an additional memory card. The landscapes you will find are one of the reasons to choose the way from Salkantay to Machu Picchu, so prepare that camera! 




cash for the salkantay trek

  • Cash: It is advisable to have around 400 soles (equivalent to 123 US dollars) in cash for extra expenses. 
  • Personal medications: If you follow a treatment, do not forget to take all your medications with you. 
  • Snacks: Small healthy snacks like energy bars, granola, yogurt among others. 
  • Souvenirs of your country: Share your culture with your travel companions and the people you meet along the way!
And finally enjoy your adventure during your 5 Day Machu Picchu Tour commonly called Salkantay Trek. Are you ready?

What to bring to Salkantay Trek

  • Original passport (+ copies for a case of lost),
  • Original ISIC (an international student card if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (+ copies for a case of lost),
  • Pocket money in Nuevos Soles,
  • A backpack
  • A small rucksack,
  • Rain gear (a rain-jacket and a waterproof trousers or a rain poncho - this can be purchased in Cusco),
  • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended,
  • Sandals (for a higher comfort while at a campsite),
  • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping),
  • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the Sun, rain as well as cold),
  • Sun cream or sun block,
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body,
  • Insect repellent – recommended minimum is 20% DEET (please note that no malaria cases have been reported during this trip!),
  • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions),
  • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries,
  • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper,
  • Small towel and toiletries,
  • Sufficient reserve of underwear,
  • Swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes),
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.)
    Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu.
  • Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle to be refill.
  • Optional: walking sticks; you can also rent it from us,
  • Please note: we provide with filtered boiled water during the entire trek, but if you like to use water from streams along the trail, you need to take some water-purifying tablets with you.

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