Luscamayo is a camp on the Salkantay route. We will leave the Luscamayo valley admiring the mountains along the way. Then we will enter in the jungle that surrounds Machu Picchu.
The Luscamayo valley begins to show crystal clear streams, large trees, abundant birds, insects and butterflies. If you want, there are possibilities to take a refreshing bath in a waterfall with crystal clear water, or if you want, you can take some photographs and hopefully you will see the famous Cock of the Rocks, considered the National Bird of Peru.
Luscamayo is located at 4,650 m.a.s.l
After reaching Soraypampa (3,868m / 12,690ft), the trek begins towards the highest point, which is the Salkantay pass at (4,638m / 15,213ft). After a break, we will continue our way (downhill) through the cloud forest towards Huayracmachay, where we will have lunch. The walk after lunch will take us through the jungle tree line until we reach our second camp, Chaullay Colcapampa (3,000 m.a.s.l.).
The trek to Salkantay is one of the most beautiful routes that crosses the immense mountains of the Andes, and in order to make this trek you will need the necessary information (Salkantay Information Hike) to make your trip unforgettable.
On this page you will find useful information about different aspects of the Traditional Salkantay Walk such as the location, altitude, degree of difficulty of the walk and the main tourist attractions that we can visit on the walk.
This information is updated constantly and responsibly because for us your safety and health is essential and the main basis for our services, we hope that all this information is useful to you:
Nevado Salkantay location:
The Salkantay Glacier (6272 m.a.s.l.) or also called Apu Salkantay is located north of the city of Cusco, it is the highest mountain range on the eastern flank of the Vilcabamba mountain range. The Quechua name of this snow-capped mountain means “Wild Mountain” as it is a snow-capped mountain with difficult ascent to the top.
To get to the beginning of our walk we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to Mollepata, the trip lasts from approximately 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes, or if you want to do this trip independently, you can take the local buses that leave from Arcopata.
In the Andean region of Cusco there are two well-defined seasons: Dry Season, which runs from April to November and is predominantly dry, with high temperatures during the day and very low during the night and summer, between November and March, when most Rains.
The trail can be done in the rainy months since the path is in very good condition, the camping equipment is modern and all meals are taken inside a tent.
Cusco rises to 3,400 meters above sea level, which can be a problem for some people, we recommend that you be in Cusco at least 48 hours before starting the journey, during which you should drink plenty of liquids, avoid the alcohol and rest.
The maximum height within the trek in Salkantay is 4,600 meters above sea level. which is the beautiful Salkantay pass and the minimum height is 2,200 meters above sea level. in the last Lucmabamba camp.
Conditions for the walk:
You will have no problem completing this route as long as you are in good health, fairly fit, and used to walking. If, on the other hand, you don’t walk regularly, you can always do a little training with before your trip.
Any age is ideal for this excursion as long as you are in reasonable physical shape and have no trouble walking. Children under the age of 10 who take part in the Salkantay Walk will be under the responsibility of their parents.
At the moment the Salkantay Trek, unlike the 4 day Inca Trail Tour does not have any type of regulation regarding availability and quotas, so it can be visited at any time of the year. Other alternative treks to Machu Picchu that do not require permission are: Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, Choquequirao Trek 5 Days, Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek, Choquequirao Trek 4 Days.
The only detail is the rainy months (December to March) where the rains make the hike a challenge, but with great enthusiasm and an adventurous spirit we will arrive at our end point of visit which is Machu Picchu. Also, this is the best season to hike the 2 day Inca Trail, Machu Picchu 3 day hike, 2 day Inca Trail with camping or one day Inca Trail.