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Nevado Salkantay Climb 6,264m 6D/5N (Very Difficult)

The Great Apu Salkantay is one of the hardest mountains to climb in the region. The route to base camp crosses two passes, one at Incachillaska (5,100m) and the other at Abra Palqay (4,700m) on the eastern side of the mountain. Just crossing Abra Paljay is the base camp to climb Salkantay. The easiest route on the mountain is the NE ridge, but it still quite difficult and presents 1,000m of steep, exposed climbing mostly around 70 but there are several steeper sections of 80 - 90. Salkantay is for mountaineers who want a challenge and wish to climb the most sacred of the Andean summits.


DAY 1: Cusco - Soray Pampa (3,888m)
We take private transport to the town of Mollepata and have breakfast. Afterwards we arrive to Soray Pampa (3888m) below the south face of Nevado Salkantay. There we will stay in cabins for the night.

DAY 2: Soray Pampa - Abra Inkachillaska (5,100m) - Sisaypampa (4,200m) - Abra Palqay
We will have breakfast at 8am and start our trek up to the pass at 5,100m which should take around 4 hours. We may have lunch on either side of the pass depending on our pace and the decision of the group. Arriving at our camp in Sisaypampa (4,200m) around 3 or 4pm we can enjoy the last rays of sun before it goes behind the mountain.

DAY 3: Base Camp (4,641m) - Camp 1 (5,225m)
We will awake at 6am and have breakfast at 7. We will leave the camp at 8 and start our climb to Camp 1 on the glacier. There is a bit of rock climbing just before entering the glacier. We should arrive between 12pm and 1pm giving us plenty of time to rest before our alpine start.

DAY 4: Camp 1 (5,225m) - Summit - Base Camp - Sisaypampa (4,200m)
We will wake up at midnight and leave the tent by 1am. The climb should take about 7 hours in total and then another 3 to get back to Camp 1. From there we will pack up the tent and return to Base Camp for lunch. After lunch we will descend Abra Palqay and Camp in Sisaypampa for the night.

DAY 5: Sisaypampa - Abra Inkachillaska - Soray Pampa
We return to Soray Pampa after about 6 hours of hiking.

DAY 6: Soray Pampa - Return to Cusco
We awake at the hour of your choosing and have breakfast. Then go by a collective service to Cusco.

Included in the package:
- Transportation (Cusco to Soray Pampa, Soray Pampa to Cusco)
- All camping/climbing equipment
- 1 High Mountain Guide per 2 clients
- Arriero and horse service (will carry all expedition gear)
- Food from Lunch Day 1 until Breakfast Day 6.

Technical mountaineering experience is required. You will need cold weather clothing and some type of rain protection clothing. A pair of mountaineering boots is required. You should be in very good physical condition and acclimatized. For acclimatization purposes it is preferable that you have been to 5,500m recently. Cerro Soray (5,446m) may be climbed beforehand in order to help acclimatize. This climb may also be combined with the Salkantay Base Camp to Machu Picchu Trek.

climbing : Nevado Salkantay Climb in The Peruvian Andes
Posted by tours in machu picchu on 2013/4/5 11:10:00 (3908 reads)

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